Sugar Free Vegan

ABOUT ME:  I have been many things in this life. Among the highlights are: Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Friend, Lover, Soul Mate, Graphic Designer, Artist, Animal Lover, Movie Buff, Bibliophile, Traveler, Homebody, Collector, and Food Aficionado. In my journey to become me, I have experienced a great deal of life lessons. I HAVE: lived, laughed, loved, lost, learned, lied, told the truth, danced and sang out loud (when no one was looking), traveled, been recluse, acted outgoing, been shy, become a wife, known hatred and resentment, been scared,  been divorced, been careless and selfish, found myself, existed, shown selflessness and compassion, been content, found my soul mate, learned true love, lived my life, mourned, found and kept true friends (let the others go bye bye), felt beautiful, felt truly and self-consciously fat, doubted and believed in myself, learned to be content again, felt proud of myself, been ambitious and lazy, and become a mother of the daughter I've dreamed of since I was young. I'm always on the look out for new life lessons, in hopes that I can take them on gracefully.

Throughout my life, food has been a constant companion — whether delicious and memorable, or bland and forgetful. The Sugar Free Vegan developed from a passion for good cuisine, a desire to be healthy and the necessity to cut out sugar. While I was at it, I thought, "why not cut out all animal products and gluten?" Follow my journey to great-tasting Sugar Free Gluten Free Vegan food. Cheers!

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I am addicted to broccolini. I think that it was one of my least favorite foods growing up; it had to be drenched in thick cheese sauce just to force it down. Well, now that I'm an adult, i don't have to eat over-boiled, mushy broccoli. I can, instead, opt for blanched, al dente broccolini with a hot walnut and onion saute drizzled over the top. No offense to my Mom, who was a great cook. But, what she liked in her broccoli is NOT what I like. Maybe if she had discovered this lovely dish I would have eaten it without complaint as a child. 

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One of the best things about summer is that it is grilling time! At our house, we are lucky enough to look out over the lake as we grill and as we sit at the dining table, and whenever we go out on the patio to grill, you can be sure our two cats scamper in come quickly. They love summer grilling as much as we do, hoping for little scraps of food to drop onto the ground. Along with the cats, barbecue sauce is a great accompaniment.  Try this on your grilled veggies or for a nice thick dip. I even use it in my veggie-loaf.

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This Purple Green Smoothie is currently my morning go-to drink.  I have found that I happily drink my greens in the morning when they are surrounded by beautiful juicy berries, then I can save the real green drinks for later in the day. I have a lovely blueberry farm up the road from my house where I can get blueberries fairly easy. They have a you-pick option in the summer, or you can get frozen for a great buy year round.  Adding blueberries makes the smoothie a tad sweeter than if I only used boysenberries.  Yummm!

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Butternut Squash and Almond Bisquit

When I decided to go gluten free, I thought I would REALLY miss my bread. I have found, though, that by incorporating a few different things into my meals — such as gluten free biscuits or pasta — I don't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would.  These biscuits can be used for savory or sweet dishes, but my favorite use is pairing with my Mushroom Thyme Gravy.

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