Happy Herbivore Blog

Just returned from a great visit with our daughter in CA.  I must say as a proud Mom the food was fantastic. Starting with fresh squeezed  OJ, to   Fat-Free Blueberry Breakfast Cake, onto a dinner of Chickpea Cakes Piccata and topped off with Almost Fat-Free Chocolate Cherry Cheese Cake and later on a sample of her Fat-Free Vegan  Ice Cream all of which to die for.  I have to say she is my "TOP CHEF".

Aww! Thanks Mom!

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If you loved my traditional almost fat-free cheesecake recipe, you're in for a real treat with this variation! For starters, I used chocolate gram crackers for the crust. I pulsed them in my food processor until they were a consistency similar to bread crumbs. Then mixed the gram crack crumbs with about 8 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce. I poured the batter into my greased pie pan and baked it at 350F for 8 minutes. It smelled so heavenly.

cherry chocolate cheesecake

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My parents are visiting from the East coast and I wanted to make something for breakfast that was easy, comforting and would last the duration of their stay. Well, the cake only survived one breakfast, but that's okay because my parents absolutely loved this cake! 

My Dad even made a comment in the afternoon about how good breakfast was. Now that's a compliment! You could easily add a crumb topping to this cake to make it more ...

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After I made the Cajun Chickpea Cakes, I wondered why I didn't make bean cakes more often. Afterall, they're so quick and easy! I was rumaging through my fridge for dinner ideas when I found a bunch of asparagus on the verge of going bad. I was also in the mood for something lemony, so piccata seemed like a good fit. I'd actually never had piccata until I was vegan and the one time I tried to ...

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Taco huts are a perminent fixture in the Southern California landscape and Hugo's Tacos is one of the more famous huts.

Hugo's

They also happen to offer a vegan version of everything they make (plus a vegan deep fryer if you're into that sort of thing). After several vegans (and non-vegans) told us we haven't lived until we've sampled the soy chorizo taco, well... curiosity was sparked. BUT despite my outdoorsy hobbies, I'm a total princess ...

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