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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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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Raw Caesar Salad Dressing

I learned, rather late in my life, how great a Caesar salad is. Not that I'm old, really, but I was in my 30's when I was finally brave enough to try it. You see, sometime when I was young I heard that the dressing was made of raw eggs. Ew! And in my ignorance, never wanted to try it. To me, 30+ seems sort of late considering I had eaten thousands of salads and never once tried Caesar.  Then a few years ago, while dining with one of my dearest friends, we decided to split lunch as we often did. Her choice was a Caesar salad to go with our soup or sandwich.  Having become somewhat of a foodie a few years before, I decided that if my friend loved it, so would I.  Besides, our tastes in food are so similar, it seemed silly to me to NOT try it.  So try it, I did, and it was love at first bite — pardon the quip.

In my new sugar free gluten free vegan trek, I absolutely needed to find a Caesar substitute.  I knew I had to cut out the Parmesan cheese and crunchy croutons (oh man!), but I thought that if a dressing was good in flavor, I could handle it, and fill my Caesar void. I've tried both sweet and savory tasting dressings, and I like both.  This recipe is on the sweet side — and I needed to ad back in some of my "crunch" by adding carrots, cucumbers and radishes, but it was very tasty.  One of these days, I'll come up with a less-sweet version to post here.

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