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Cajun Recipes: Black Eyed Peas in a Creole Roasted Red Pepper Gravy Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

This Creole-inspired dish would probably be more "authentic" if I used tomatoes, but I just love the taste of roasted red peppers, so I had to use them. That being said, I'm sure this dish would be just as delicious with tomatoes or fire roasted tomatoes if you prefer. You could also add carrots and celery to complete the "holy trinity". Not to mention, this spicy dish would be a great way to follow tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Years! Scott & I will be traveling on New Years day, but once we come home, I plan to make my healthy version of Hoppin' John in Pudge-Free Holidays.



Per Serving (with brown rice) 341 cals, 3g fat, 65g carbs, 14g protein

Per Serving (without rice): 232 cals, 2g fat, 42 carbs, 11g protein

Recipe:Creole Black Eyed Peas


A quick and easy Cajun-inspired meal that's wholesome and spicy.

Chef's Note: Creole seasoning may be substituted for Cajun seasoning.



Drain the roasted red bell peppers and set aside. Line a medium pot with 1/4 cup broth and saute onions until translucent, about three minutes. Transfer onions to blender and add red bell peppers. Blend until smooth and creamy. Return mixture to the pot and add Cajun spice, beans, leaves and liquid smoke. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer until thoroughly warmed. Add hot sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add part or all of the remaining broth if desired (for a thinner gravy and a milder flavor). Serve over cooked brown rice or barley.

Boston: Grasshopper & TJ Scallywaggles

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Before we left Boston for LA, Scott & I gorged ourself on Asian dishes at Grasshopper and Vegan pizza at T.J. Scallywaggles. I thought if I ate enough, I'd never want to eat it again or I wouldn't miss it. I was wrong. Thus, while in NY, we decided to take a day trip to Boston (a short 4hr train ride away) to see our friends and eat at our two favorite restaurants, which coincidentally happen to be next door to each other. Behold:


"No Name" @ Grasshopper


T.J.'s Plain Pizza (vegan)

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T,J.'s "White Pizza" (vegan)

NY, NY: Babycakes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I just had to know what the fuss was all about. It wasn't until I moved to LA that I learned of Babycakes NYC's existance*. You see, LA vegans have been anxiously anticipating Babycakes LA location to open up (it's grand opening has been delayed far more times than one could count) and its the kind of thing you always hear a buzz about. I figured while back home I'd haul all my cookies to lower downtown and give the seemingly legendary cupcakes a whirl. I was stoked to see gluten-free and spelt cupcakes and yes, the bakery did smell like a sugary filled dream! Here's what we ordered:


(Lemon, Red Velvet & Gingerbread)

Sadly, everyone was sorely disappointed. While the icing on my lemon cupcake was to die for, the actual cupcake left much to be desired. My friend Lindsey's favorite cake is red velvet and she too wasn't happy with her cupcake (Please don't give up on vegan cake Linds!). Scott wasn't impressed with the gingerbread one either and reiterated he preferred my homemade fat-free carrot cake cupcakes. Taste aside, the cupcakes range from $3.50-$4.50 each. While I'm used to those high prices in LA, I still felt a tad ripped off... Oh well, at least they made for a pretty photo.