Snacks, Sides, & Breads


Sweet & Tangy Lil’ SmokiesThis used to be one of my favorite recipes back in the day, and recreating it vegan style was simple as pie, mainly because Fieldroast has the most amazing vegan alternative-meat products. If you haven’t tried these products yet, you should!  I use their roast for holidays, the frankfurters for cookouts, and their breakfast sausages […]
Rotel Cashew Queso DipThis cheese dip recipe is seriously our number one recipe.  We make it at least once a week, and especially when we have company.  Because it’s THAT GOOD! Most people who aren’t plant-based can’t tell it doesn’t actually have cheese in it.  Instead, its flavor comes from the combination of raw cashews and nutritional yeast. […]
Buffalo Tofu BitesAnyone out there with me that Frank’s Hot Sauce is a food group all on its own? Whew. It’s the best! Anything hot & spicy and with TOFU, and I’m in. It took me a while to become a tofu lover, but now I can’t get enough. It’s not nearly as weird as I once […]
Nacho Cheeze w/ Green ChilisY’ALL.  It was our Saturday morning mission today to make a good vegan nacho cheeze sauce. But listen, I TOTALLY get all the people that say they could never be vegan because of cheese (the real kind). I get you. I was you once upon a time.  But the reality is, cheese hurt my stomach […]
Coconut BaconI know this post might be a bit tough for some of you, my friends. Cause we’re talkin’ about bacon. I promise I’m not gonna get into how bad it is for us, I’m really not.  It’s a personal choice, in my opinion. I’m also not here to argue over how good bacon tastes. Remember, […]
Buffalo Beer-Battered Cauliflower WingsAllergen Info:  Gluten free, soy-free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, vegetarian You can be a vegan.  You can be plant based. You can be a junk-food junkie.  You can eat chicken wings, or not.  And I promise you’ll love these Cauliflower wings.  The only catch?  You better like hot. I’m talkin’ about the nose running, […]
Cauliflower Tots w/ Buffalo Thousand IslandI must admit I had never eaten cauliflower until about a year ago (You’re seeing a pattern here).  And I’m thirty. I know, it’s kind of crazy, but honestly, it was a little weird to me.  And chalky.  And not broccoli.  I LOVE broccoli. But my curiosity got the best of me, and I went […]
Mango & Black Bean SalsaAllergen Information: Free of the top 8 allergens There’s just something about that sweet and savory combination that satisfies our taste buds.  It’s probably why I used to follow my Wendy’s Fry with a Frosty.  (Ok, ok, stop drooling.  If you need a Frosty fix, try something like our Chocolate Milkshake). This Mango & Black […]
Mustard Roasted ChickpeasAllergen Information: Free of the top 8 allergens Move over croutons.  Move over Lay’s Potato Chips.  Enter on the scene:  Chickpeas. Yummy, crunchy goodness that’s versatile enough to fit your culinary needs. Feelin’ snacky? Oh yeah. Needin’ sweet AND salty? Yes m’am. Trying to eat less bread or gluten free? Uh huh. Here’s your answer.  […]
Homemade Roasted Garlic HummusAllergen Information: Free of the top 8 allergens. Special Equipment: Food Processor Just a little while ago, I didn’t know what hummus was, and upon more research found out that it was made from Chickpeas.  Ok, great. I still didn’t know what those were either!  And back then, if I didn’t know what it was, […]
Coconut Cinnamon PopcornAllergen Information: Free of all top 8 allergens.  Gluten-free, dairy-free.  Contains: corn, coconut I. Love. This. Snack.  #1 It’s cheap.  #2 It’s easy.  #3 It’s sweet AND salty.  #4 It’s like kettlecorn with a cinnamon kick! The coconut gives it a slightly sweet flavor, but it’s mainly used as a butter substitute.  Even if you […]
Gluten-Free Rice Tortilla ChipsAllergen Information:  Free of the top 8 allergens I don’t think I ever would have picked up these tortillas at the grocery store before our food journey & if McCall never would have been eating “rice” products.  Boy, I’m sure glad I did! We love these rice tortillas for quesadillas, wraps, and these awesome chips.  […]


Roasted Fall VegetablesGrowing up in South Carolina, we knew not to get too excited about the onset of fall with the first chill in the air.  Usually just when we think fall has arrived, summer lobbied for one last push. But now that I’m in Nashville, fall seems to be a little more reliable.  It’s early September, […]
Sage & Roasted Garlic Mashed PotatoesEvery year around the holidays, I host a Plant Based Friendsgiving for the foodie friends in my life.  This year was a little bit different since moving to Nashville–not because we don’t have friends (We have a few!), but it has just been TOO chaotic and expensive to move up and get everything accomplished with […]
Sawyer’s Sweet Creamed Corn**For new readers who don’t know, Sawyer is my 5 year old son who was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis at 15 months old.  He has had EGD (scopes) every 8-12 weeks for almost 4  years, and has 6 safe foods (ingredients) he can eat.** I developed this recipe over the years as something fun for […]
Garlic White Beans with ThymeOne of my favorite chain restaurants to frequent is Zoe’s Kitchen.  I love that there’s something for my hubby, my son, and me!  (My other two sons cannot eat at restaurants–ARG!) It’s light and fresh–and one of my favorite side dishes there (that is Vegan friendly for me) is a side of white beans.  So […]
Apple-Citrus Mint SaladI first had this delightful salad while in Nashville attending an amazing food event.  I knew I had to learn to recreate it, but I have to be honest, I really don’t like grapefruit by itself, so I was hesitant to even try this dish. What I found is that the sour taste of the […]
Shells & CheeseI wouldn’t have made it through high school & college without Kraft Easy Mac.  Shoot, I wouldn’t have made it through my childhood with regular ole’ Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with ketchup on top (YES!) or Velveeta Shells n’ Cheese. Between those things and Spaghettios, that was my diet. I’m always open about my diet […]
Baked Sweet Potato FriesIn keeping with yesterday’s baked potato recipe, it’s only fitting that I follow that up with some FRENCH FRIES!!! I already have a wonderful BBQ french fry recipe (made with white potatoes), so here’s my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes! They are much different in texture than regular potatoes, but I still enjoy their […]
Perfectly Baked PotatoesI remember a time when eating anything “white” was forbidden.  Oh the bondage of rules. I actually really enjoy potatoes, maybe the fried ones a little too much. But let me introduce another philosophy, one you may not agree with.  And that’s ok. Instead of staying away from avocados because they are high in fat […]
Orange-Cranberry SauceCan we have a real moment here?  I’m posting my favorite cranberry sauce recipe (sans the refined white sugar) but I’ve got nothing to compare it to!  I’ve never tasted cranberry sauce out of a can, or made another recipe. And it’s not because I’ve always been a foodie.  If you know my journey, you […]
Green Bean CasseroleI originally heard about this all-vegetable based green bean casserole from the amazing Detoxinista.  It’s such a clever idea–almost pure genius. But I have to admit, when it’s holiday season, my nostalgia kicks in, and I really do just need a little more butter, Paula Deen style. While I LOVE Detoxinista’s recipe (and really, all […]
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Brussels SproutsHave I told you lately that Brussels sprouts rock? I know like most things green, they get a bad rap. But Roasted Brussels sprouts?? They are amazing.  They remind me of roasted cabbage…the little burned parts, my favorite! With this sweet and spicy glaze, made from local raw honey, maple syrup, soy sauce, and sriracha […]
BBQ Potato Wedges + Garlic AioliOk, y’all–sometimes you just need french fries, right?  For me this journey is about discovery, pleasure, and a full life.  And let me tell you–my life wouldn’t be FULL without good ole french fries from white potatoes. My go-to meal a few years ago was a Super Size Fry at McDonald’s with four barbeque sauces […]
Creamed Spinach–Gluten & Dairy FreeAllergen Information: Contains tree nuts. Special Equipment: High Powered Blender If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of spinach. When it’s raw, it’s sneaky–it doesn’t really have a taste and that makes it easy to mix into smoothies for an extra dose of vitamins in the morning. Try our Classic Strawberry Banana […]
Sweet & Salty Roasted Carrots  Out of all the beautiful, amazingly good foods God made, carrots are my favorite.  I really don’t know why–they just are!  I eat them in some form everyday: in salads, in wraps, in stir fry, or roasted on their own. This is a dish that is simple enough that no one can mess it […]


Crispy Corn FlatbreadIf you follow me on Instagram, you see that every bowl of soup I eat has one of these slices wedged in the corner. It’s just a tiny bit addicting….ahhh! Like I need anything else to dream about besides chocolate! Speaking of chocolate…you know how when you make brownies and you eat the edges first? […]
Gluten Free Buttermilk BiscuitsI know that everybody doesn’t need a gluten free and dairy free biscuit.  But if you’re like me, and you yourself are gluten free by choice or for medical necessity or your household is battling a food related disease or allergy, you know how precious a recipe like this can be. It has honestly taken […]
Honey-Jalapeno Corn MuffinsAllergen Information: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free.  Contains Tree Nuts (substitution given). Every good bowl of soup needs a matching muffin.  For me, this one hits the spot, especially with anything Mexican.  There’s a subtle, yet flavorful combination of sweet honey and spicy jalapeno. We paired this muffin with our Savory Southwest Chili, but […]
Allergen-Friendly Apple Cinnamon MuffinsAllergen Information:  Free of top 8 allergens. Dairy, Egg, Nut, Tree Nut, Gluten, Soy free.  Contains coconut. Gluten-free baking is tricky, it’s tough, and it’s time consuming.  But sometimes, you just hit the jackpot. These muffins are incredible.  For my gluten-free friends (or heck, our dairy, egg, nut, or soy free friends, too), you really […]