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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A few years ago my husband, daughter and I traveled to Dallas, Texas for a business trip. It was our first time to the lone star state, but since it was in the middle of winter in Washington, we were happy to get out of town and head south where it was warm.  Even though it was January and all the local Texans thought it was freezing, we were happily sauntering around town in our short-sleeves and sandals — constantly getting odd looks and people stopping to ask us if we were chilled to the bone.

During a free evening, we walked from our hotel to explore the surrounding area and to hunt for dinner. Although it was a much warmer walk than had we been at home, ankle deep in snow, it was still January after dark and we became a bit chilled.  When we finally found a good looking restaurant, we were happy to sit, enjoy some hot tea and enjoy the warm and hopping surroundings, while the hostess offered us a complimentary appetizer to commemorate our first visit. They served us a lovely, creamy hummus dish that had a slight kick that helped liven our bones. It was a perfect starter to a wonderful meal.

After that trip, I kept craving that wonderfully velvety white bean dish and experimented to re-create it. No matter what time of year it is, whenever I make this it takes us all back to that brisk but fun evening. I hope you enjoy!

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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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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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