Author Archives: Adrienne Asher // Blackberry Season

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

This is a light middle-of-summer salad that’s wonderful with heavier foods like barbecue baked beans, and potato salad.

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

6 cups cucumbers (about 2 pounds), coarsely sliced or chopped
2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound), coarsely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Optional: 1 cup pitted olives (such as Kalamata or Gaeta), halved
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint

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Summertime Virgin Mojito

Cool, refreshing, mint-lime goodness!

Summertime Virgin Mojito

1 part simple syrup
1-1/2 parts lime juice
6 mint leaves, whole (do not shred)
Soda water
1 sprig mint

To make a simple syrup, add equal parts sugar and water, heat until the sugar dissolves into the water, and allow to cool.

To create the drink, muddle* the lime juice, mint leaves … Read more

Barbecue Baked Beans

Barbecue Baked Beans

2 medium carrots, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1-1/4 cups plain tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup pure dark maple syrup
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans white beans, drained and … Read more

Vegan Boston Baked Beans

These beans, being vegan, won’t have the richness of Boston Baked Beans made with salt pork, but that doesn’t keep them from being completely delicious. The additions of salt throughout the instructions contribute to a thoroughly-cooked bean; if you are strictly no-salt, the beans will take much longer to cook.

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Chili-Peach Baked Beans

Chili-Peach Baked Beans

4 (15-oz.) cans unsalted cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 ripe peaches (about 1 lb.), peeled and finely diced (about 2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup organic ketchup
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
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How To Lose Weight As A Vegan

This plant-based weight loss program is based on The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss. Great book, great program, and I can say from personal experience that if you follow it faithfully, it works, and works rapidly, while at the same time giving energy and a full tummy.

  1. Eat until you’re satisfied, choosing well-prepared high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods.
  2. Fill half
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