Who am I or really what do I love to do. I love to create vegan recipes, food photography, life lessons, wellness tips and healthy foodie inspiration from me to you. I am an artist, writer, healthy kids advocate, animal lover, wife, entrepreneur and open-hearted dream follower.
Two lil’ Pumpkin Muffins sittin’ on a plate. One got devoured, and then there was one. One lil’ Pumpkin Muffin sittin’ on a plate. He got gobbled up, and then there were none!..None until you make more that is.
Fall in love with my two cozy recipes for vegan pumpkin muffins: Cream-Topped Pumpkin Muffins and Spiced Up Pumpkin Muffins. These muffins bake up fluffy, velvety and moist. Bake them this weekend! When I made u p this patch, it was a drizzly, gray-skyed, melancholy morning here in NYC. Too gloomy to venture outside in, but perfect weather for pumpkin muffin baking. There is nothing better than warming up your home with the smell of baking muffins.
One goal I had with the spicy muffin was that I wanted to create a muffin that rivaled Le Pain Quotidien’s Pumpkin Muffin
Lets start with the Spiced Up. In this muffin I add a hint of cayenne, an extra dose of orange zest and pumpkin seeds. These are my muffins of choice in the mornings, not too sweet and perfect slightly warmed. Goes perfect with a warm cup of organic espresso. For extra spice, try adding in 1/2 tsp of grated fresh ginger.
Now from my Cream-Topped. The cream-topped muffins have a silky layer of sweet vegan cream cheese/vanilla yogurt blend drizzling over top, as well as in the center of the muffin. Yes, oozing sweetness. I enjoyed both varieties and will definitely be making these again this fall!
One goal I had with the spicy muffin was that I wanted to create a muffin that rivaled Le Pain Quotidien’s Pumpkin Muffin (which is not vegan – most of their delicious muffins are vegan). And if you’ve ever seen Le Pain’s Pumpkin Muffin, I think I did a pretty good job replicating it. This is one of those cozy weekend activities, which really pay off. Your family and friends will love you, trust me, give it a whirl…
One of my favorite “G”-friendly neighborhoods in New York City is the lower east side, LES. Whenever I get the chance, I stroll through the gritty, cobblestone streets, peruse the quaint shops and get some tasty treats. ..that like totally rhymed.
Here is my vegan tour of the LES – I’ll let you in on a few of my favorite vegan-friendly spots . Where to eat, where to drink and where to meet the cutest shop-kitties around..
There’s a lot to discover on the vegan-friendly lower east side. Vegan cupcakes, music, fashion, drinks, and even adorable kitties in vegan shoe boxes (more on this in #2!)..
My Hood. It’s true what they say about NYC. When you live here, you tend to stick to your own hood. Months will pass where I won’t visit the upper west or east sides. Or Tribeca. Or sadly, even Central Park! But that is why it is pretty much essential to force yourself to get out of your own neighborhood and visit some fave spots.
And if you are an NYC tourist – well you definitely have an excuse to spread out and see all this town has to offer. Including the LES.
For a few years I lived right in the heart of the lower east side neighborhood. So I was spoiled: Babycakes at least once a week, soy chai from Teany, MooShoes perusing whenever I pleased. And of course now that we moved to a new neighborhood, I miss having easy access to those spots. So next time you are in NYC I hope you will check out my lower east side faves and think of me.
If you’re looking for a high-brow, party-savvy appetizer recipe made from affordable low-brow, healthy ingredients, my Fiesta Balls are for you. In a flash you can turn a boring can of white beans, some veggie accents and spices into creative, eye-catching balls that can easily be served at your next VIP’s-only dinner party.
The presentation is simple and chic. Each lightly fried ball is placed on a large half-circle tomato slice. Then dusted with a hint of cayenne, paprika, pepper or your fave warming spice or zesty herb. Add a spicy salsa or harissa spread on the side or drizzled over top. Your guests will be raving “These balls are amazeballs!”
The best part about this recipe is that you can customize it to your hearts delight. Hate corn? Use mushrooms. Hate mushrooms? Use spinach. Hate spinach? Use olives. The veggie accent is totally up to you. Spices too. You can make these balls as hot and spicy as you’d like. So whip out a low brow can of cannellini beans and brush off your serving tray. These balls are ready for their silver platter debut. Here is my originol recipe for Fiesta Bean Balls. Recipe variations follow below.
I can’t help myself, I have to write what I am feeling about the Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress… This is America. You can do whatever you want with a slab of meat. Eat it. Toss it. Protest against it. Wear it. Make your choice and live with the consequences. Lady Gaga chose to wear it. Her explanation for shrouding herself in slabs of blood-red meat were stated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. I’m sure you’ve seen the quote by now, but here it is:
“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening … If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat.”