Little Vegan Restaurant in Guatemala

veganI was going through my pictures from our recent trip to Guatemala and was reminded of a small little vegan restaurant we came across.   I never would have thought we’d see a vegan restaurant in this out of the way/under developed part of the country.   Unfortunately, we just finished with dinner so we couldn’t eat there.   However, it didn’t stop us from buying a couple vegan chocolate chip cookies for a snack later. Read more

My Cooking Class While on Vacation in Guatemala

My husband and Cooking Class 32I just returned from from vacation in Antigua Guatemala.   One of the things we did Cooking Class 11was a cooking class.   This was one of the most fun things we did.  The class was the El Frijol Feliz Cooking School (   The owner’s name was Luis and our chef’s name was Leivi.     Read more

Green Beans with Mushrooms & Onions

green bean and mushroomGreen Beans with Cremini Mushrooms and Italian Pearl Onion


Green beans are in season right now.  They are great on their own but this dish ramps up the flavor.  These caramelized little onions really give this dish a nice flavor. Read more

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower 3For those vegans that miss hot wings, this is a great alternative.  This is a great appetizer but can be an entree if served with a salad.  Note that this is made with chickpea flour so it’s gluten free! Read more

Vegan Frozen Delites

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vegan desert

These delicious healthy frozen delites are great to serve at parties or to always have made up in your freezer for when you want a little something sweet.

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Dr. Tina Featured in Pasadena Now!

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Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoesThese are awesome as a side dish, appetizer or for snacking.  They are good hot, cold or room temperature.   This is a nice, healthy low calorie snack.  And they are heart healthy because they are prepared with no oil. Read more

Sourdough, Rye & Butternut Squash Dressing

vegan stuffingSourdough, Rye & Butternut Squash Dressing

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  This is one of the dishes my family ate.  It’s a very nice replacement for traditional stuffing but can also be a hearty entree. Read more

Vegan Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Hello everyone.   I didn’t want my first recipe posting to be quite so vegan soup 12complicated but this is what I had already planned for dinner.   Although this seems complicated, it’s really not.  There just happens to be a lot of spices that give it the Vietnamese flair.   The nice thing about many Asian soups is that you get to eat both cooked and raw vegetables.   This made 4 large servings and was very easy to reheat and make up the next day. Read more

Changes to Simply Vegan!

I’m sure you have been wondering why I haven’t posted lately.  A lot of things have changed in my life.  First, I graduated from the University of Southern California.

USCAfter some soul searching on what I wanted to do, I decided to see the world.  I don’t just want to see it as a tourist, but rather experience each country I visit as the locals do.  I plan to live out of my suitcase for a while.  I will look for work in each country I visit in order to fund my travels.  Read more

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