Banana Split Mousse

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Did you know that today was national mousse day? In celebration, I wanted to share this original recipe I created in an attempt to use up some extra whipped cream from Thanksgiving. It’s incredibly light and silky smooth with a wonderful flavor reminiscent of a banana split – layered with fresh bananas and topped off with a sprinkling of cinnamon, this mousse will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down!

Banana Split Mousse – serves 1

  • 1 rounded T dark chocolate chips
  • 1 rounded T white chocolate chips
  • 1/2  C whipped cream
  • 1/2 banana, sliced thinly
  • cinnamon, dash

In a microwave safe bowl, combine white and dark chocolate chips and heat in microwave on medium until melted. Stir chocolate until smooth, then fold in whipped cream, one spoon at a time, until very thick and fluffy.

In a sundae bowl or glass, layer mousse and slices of banana. Top with more slices of banana and a light sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

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Favorite Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

My mom’s amazing stuffing (with the much-needed box of Peter Vella in behind)

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving full of fun, family, and good food! I want to apologise to my readers for dropping the ball on the biggest food holiday of the year- I had been planning on sharing photos and recipes from yesterday but lost all sense of reality when my glass stovetop shattered in the middle of cooking our Thanksgiving dinner. (I wholeheartedly don’t recommend GE by the way… *superangryface*). Yet, despite it all, I had a fantastic time with my family sharing laughs and stories, and a hot meal. Isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?

Well, as I begin my hunt for a new range, I figure it’s time to get back on the proverbial horse and move on. And, like the many millions of Americans today, I find myself with a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers just bursting with potential (unless of course you’re one of those strange people who don’t like leftovers and throw them all away). Here are some of my favorite ideas for repurposing those leftovers into wonderful new dishes! Continue reading

Remembering John F Kennedy through food

John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35thPresident of the United States, was tragically assassinated on November the 22nd 1963 – 50 years ago today. Perhaps most noted for his famous words during his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”, he asked the nations of the world to join together to fight what he called the “common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself”. He was a man who once described himself as an “idealist without illusions.”

And while the president deserves to be known and remembered for his many achievements, political and otherwise – as those who are much better qualified than I will do – I wanted to honor his memory by revealing a side to this man which has seldom been appreciated, and which resonates with a passion of my own- an appreciation for good food. Continue reading

Recipe Review! Sweet Potato and Pecan Cinnamon Buns with Maple Glaze

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I found this recipe on www.vegetariantimes.com and just had to give it a try. Originally vegan, I switched out the dairy substitutes for real dairy ingredients (don’t hate me!), and even though it calls for a lot of rise time, they were impressively easy to make- not to mention delicious! I can’t think of a better way to use up any leftover sweet potato you might have from Thanksgiving.

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Garlicky Stewed White Beans with Mixed Peppers

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I love to make this recipe on a regular basis, particularly in the fall and winter months. Creamy white beans, sweet peppers and rich, garlicky tomatoes make this meal absolutely delicious, while the high-fiber, high-protein leave you feeling full and satisfied. You’ll definitely want to pair this dish with a hot, crusty baguette and a nice glass of wine! Continue reading

Secrets To Making A Great Vegetarian Gravy

It is a well-known fact that gravy is one of the six essential food groups, along with cheese, chocolate, bread, coffee, and wine. Or at least it should be.

WHEN I became a vegetarian, I didn’t miss meat at all. The things I missed, and craved, were all the good stuff that went along with it, like gravy. I began to search high and low for the perfect gravy recipe, wondering if I would ever be able to recreate such a fantastic food. But I wasn’t having success.

I kept trying every recipe I could find, recipes with cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and strange ingredients that I wasn’t even sure were vegetarian. I got in deep, and nothing was tasting good. Finally, I made myself stop and think about what I was doing wrong, and a lightbulb turned on. Continue reading

Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

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Just in time for thanksgiving! This is a coveted family recipe that’s been in my family for years, and an absolute must for holiday get-togethers.  While some recipes call for a marshmallow topping (a no-no for vegetarians because of gelatin), this creamy sweet potato casserole sports a crunchy, praline pecan topping with plenty of brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. What’s not to love? Oh, and my favorite part- getting to pretend that this is not a dessert so I can eat it with my dinner. 😉 Continue reading

Best Vegetarian Food Sources Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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When people think of Omega 3’s, usually the first image to come to mind is that of fresh salmon or a tin of smelly sardines, neither of which is a viable option for vegetarian and vegans. So what exactly is an herbivore to do? In this article, I discuss the function and benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, as well as a list of the best vegetarian and vegan food sources. Continue reading

40-Minute Vegan Chili

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This chili is absolutely delicious, and super easy to make. If you want to kick it up a notch, you could add a little cayenne pepper for some heat. The refried beans make this chili thick and very hearty, just right for a chilly autumn day! Continue reading

7 Natural Foods That Help Fight Colds & Flu

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It’s that time of year again- the seasons are changing into the cold, rainy autumn weather that’s so typical here in New England. And, just like clockwork, I’ve got a nasty cold. Every fall it’s the same story, so this year I decided to do my research and find out what the best natural food sources are to kick this cold’s butt. Some of the results were surprising, some not so much, but if you’re looking to either fight off or prevent a cold this season, stock up on these foods! Continue reading