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Fat-Free Superbowl Sunday Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Alright, I admit it: I hate football.


I do love going to Superbowl parties. I look at Superbowl Sunday as an excuse to get together with friends and eat good food (and feed vegan treats to unsuspecting omni's). 

I also learned early in life that it's important to see the commercials during the Superbowl because everyone talks about them at school or work the next day and you get labeled a mutant if you say "oh, didn't see it." (This happened to me in high school, true story.)

Anyway, here are some fabulous healthy (but way tasty) recipes from my cookbook that will surely go over big at your Superbowl party!

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (p. 203)
  • (fat-free) Loaded Nachos (p. 245)
  • Meatball Subs (p. 109)
  • Onion Rings (p. 176)
  • Ranch Dip (p. 232)
  • Root Beer Float Cupcakes (p. 214)
  • Cheeseburger Mac n' Cheese (p.256) or Tex-Mac Chili Mac (p. 256)
  • Twice-Baked Potatoes (p. 191)
  • Ultimate 7-Layer Dip (p. 235)

and if you don't have a copy of the cookbook yet, here are some blog recipes:

Vegan Pizza Day

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Today is Vegan Pizza Day -- I actually just found out about this yesterday but hey! better late to the party then totally miss it!

At first I was sort-a bummed that I wasn't home in NYC to eat at my favorite vegan-friendly pizzeria, Slice Perfect.

If I've never talked your ear off about this place: gimme a sec. I love Slice Perfect because they have nailed the true NY-style thin crust, but they use the best, organic (whole-wheat!) ingredients... and they offered daiya way before it was cool. So big props there. (p.s. if you have not had their chana masala pizza, you have not lived).

Anyway, I got over my interim disappointment when I realized this "holiday" would give me a chance to make the fat-free vegan pizza cheese from my cookbook.

What what!

Okay so, in all honesty, this cheese does not taste *exactly* like mozz, or even daiya, but its still really cheesy and tasty in it's own right. It also "melts" to give you that cheese-feel...

and since I've teased you endlessly for 25 straight-days during the cookbook countdown without giving you a single recipe from the cookbook, I'm sharing this one.



  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour (or other)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp yellow miso
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard (powder)

Method: Spoon pasta or pizza sauce over 2 whole-wheat pitas. Whisk above ingredients together in a sauce pan and heat over high until its bubbling. Then reduce to medium and allow to thicken, stirring constantly. Spoon over prepared pita and bake 4 to 7 minutes at 450F, until crust is warm and cheese has melted and formed a skin on top. Allow to cool 3-5 minutes before eating.

Hotel Room Burgers (Quick Vegan Burgers) 6-ingredient bean burgers

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Having driven across the United States twice, I've gotten pretty good about making dinners in a hotel room, but this is perhaps the one I'm most proud of.  Why? Well 1. because I made them in my hotel room (!!) but really because the whole meal cost less than $2 a person!

Who says you can't have a tasty homemade meal in a hotel room?

To make these burgers, all I had to buy was a can of organic black beans ($1.39) and a packet of taco seasoning ($0.93) from the grocery store around the corner. Admittedly, I would have liked an organic brand of Taco seasoning that didn't have weirdly dehydrated things in it, but when you're traveling... you make some compromises.

The other ingredients came from my hotel! I grabbed a handful of plain instant oats from the continental breakfast bar plus ketchup and mustard packets. If I wasn't a stickler for whole-wheat bread, we could have landed complimentary bread from the hotel too, but I used slices from a loaf earlier in the week.

To make the burgers, I mashed the beans with a fork to break them up and then mixed everything else in with my hands.

As for cooking, I used a microwave to warm the patties, about 30 seconds. Nearly every hotel I've stayed in has a microwave that is available to all guests (if one is not already in the room). I also find if the place offers a continental breakfast -- they have a communal toaster as well (if you wanted toasty bread like I did!)