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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Jul 16 2012

Spicy Vegan Barbecue Sauce

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.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (such as tobasco), optional*
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light agave
  • 1/4 cup amber agave
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • salt, to taste

Smoothie Directions

Step 1: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion until slightly tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often  Stir in the minced garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Take care not to burn the garlic.

Step 2: Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir often.

Step 3: Salt to taste and remove from heat.  Allow to cool, then puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.

*You may adjust the heat to your liking, or leave out completely.

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