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Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Baby Bok Choy is a one minute wonder — a quick stint on a searing hot grill turns an under-appreciated veggie into a rock star — a little bit of honey sesame glaze doesn’t hurt either! *This post…

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

My Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf is meant for joyful gatherings ~ it has roots in the ancient cuisines of Persia, India, and Turkey, but I guarantee this pretty gluten free vegan dish will thrill everybody around your table,…

Multi Seed Crisps ~ homemade vegan crackers made entirely from seeds!

Multi Seed Crisps ~ Homemade Vegan Crackers

These vegan Multi Seed Crisps are a deliciously crisp cracker just perfect for snacking and dipping ~ and they couldn’t be easier to make! I was so intrigued when I saw this recipe on my blogging friend Angie’s blog…

How to make Homemade Vegan Thin Mint Cookies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

My No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies are hopelessly addictive, just like the ones you buy from your favorite Girl Scout ~ but my copy cat recipe is shockingly easy to make ~ hold on to your hats, these…

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

20 Healthy Recipes to Get Your Glow Back! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back!

20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back ~ are you ready to hit the restart button?  I know I am…here are my top 20 healthy recipes for 2017 ~ my favorite ways to nourish and revitalize…

Braised Red Cabbage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Braised Red Cabbage

I’ll tell you one thing, Braised Red Cabbage might not be the most glamorous dish on the holiday table, but it provides a perfect sweet/tart element that brings everything else on your plate to life.  Plus you can’t beat…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad

This pretty vegan Ancient Grain Salad is so versatile, it goes from holiday table to working lunch without skipping a beat, and it’s as healthy as it is stunning. save the recipe! It’s all about the texture!   This…

Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert that can be updated in so many ways, my Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce is a light and refreshing way to end a meal, it’s vegan, too! Panna cotta’s one of…

Couscous Almondine Salad with a spiced lemon vinaigrette is a complete departure from your everyday pasta salad! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Couscous Almondine Salad

This Couscous Almondine Salad is inspired by one of the pricey pre-made salads at my favorite grocery store — it’s easy to throw together, it’s chocked full of great tastes, it’s healthy as all get out, and it keeps…

A super easy Vegan Blender Muffin recipe

Gluten Free Vegan Blender Muffins

Break open one of these tender Gluten Free Vegan Blender Muffins hot out of the oven and you’d never guess they contain no flour, oil, or dairy products! This idea of super quick, super healthy muffins made right in…

Healthy Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush is a chunky Mediterranean salad full of healthy veggies and crunchy toasted pita bread — a tangy lemon-sumac dressing makes the dish sing. Let’s start out the week on the right foot — fill your market basket with…

Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a simple chickpea salad with all the components of a great hummus, and I think you’ll find lots of other uses for the creamy lemon tahini dressing, too… Sometimes you have to tinker with something…

Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

Jeweled Tabbouleh

Jeweled Tabbouleh is a joyful cracked wheat salad studded with colorful, gem-like fruits and nuts…if your body is a temple, this is definitely something  you’ll want to invite inside ;) This recipe has been hanging out in my head…

Healthy and low calorie Tofu Skewers are a delicious 30-minute meal

Grilled Tofu Skewers

Easy, healthy, and delicious, Grilled Tofu Skewers is probably my family’s favorite vegan meal, and it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes! I’ve been crazy obsessed with skewers this year.  I get so enthusiastic about…

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! I know I’ve got a winner when I can’t even make it…

Watermelon Gazpacho

You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The combination of red ripe tomato and crisp watermelon…

Restaurant Style Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa ~ it’s made entirely without tomatoes, but a jar of roasted red peppers fills in beautifully, giving this salsa a vibrant color and flavor! Mid summer begs for salsa — it’s as much of a…

vegan chocolate cake with coconut frosting

The Best Ever Vegan Chocolate Cake

I have no resistance to a great chocolate cake, it’s one of my trigger foods, and things quickly go south if I’m left alone in a room with one.  When I heard about this recipe I thought I’d be…

beautiful breakfast smoothie bowl

How to Build the Ultimate Smoothie Bowl

How to Build the Ultimate Smoothie Bowl ~ everything you need to know to put together a beautiful and healthy breakfast! You’ve heard about them, you’ve probably seen them, but have you tried making a breakfast smoothie bowl for…

bulgar wheat and parsley make up a wonderful Tabouleh Salad

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a fresh wheat and parsley salad that has been a fixture of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries.  This delicious classic salad never gets old… Tabbouleh is the queen of warm weather salads.  I can probably count on…

vietnamese summer rolls

Spinach and Basil Summer Rolls

Spinach and Basil Summer Rolls are light, elegant, and utterly refreshing dipped in a fresh coconut lime sauce! Yesterday’s farmers market had some beautiful Chinese spinach, a large leafy green with purple veins that was too pretty to pass…

clean, fresh tasting Cilantro hummus

Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus is a fresh vibrant take on one of the healthiest and most versatile appetizers out there. Cilantrophobes, you may want to make your exit right about now.  I’m not poking fun at you, I know you can’t…

An easy and healthy appetizer!

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas are an easy high protein appetizer or snack ~ once you start popping these little guys you won’t be able to stop! I’ve got a great little last minute idea for you today — it will…

Roasted Olives with Feta and Jalapeno

Effortless Entertaining: Roasted Olives

I’m popping in today with what might be the most stupidly easy effortlessly elegant appetizer on my blog.  I serve these roasted olives when I want to create an especially relaxed, informal atmosphere with friends, and it occurred to…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate, a healthy side dish

Minimal Monday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate is a super easy fall and holiday side dish that dresses up any table and will make Brussels sprout fans out of everyone! Everybody knows by now that if you lightly coat Brussels sprouts…

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup recipe 8

Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup

My Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup is healthy, warm, satisfying, and the most gorgeous shade of crimson you’ve ever seen! I’m not sure what I love more about this Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, the astonishing color, or the flavor, which…

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette is a delicious healthy salad that adds a bit of fresh green to fall and holiday tables. Pumpkin bars and apple cakes are all fine and good, but ‘real food’ can play…

Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad 2

Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad

Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad ~ if you love colorful bell peppers like I do, this is for you ~ it’s crunchy, colorful, healthy, and so yummy! When it comes to what I’m eating, all bets are off…

Mejadra from Jerusalemn

Mejadra (from Jerusalem)

Are you ready for some serious comfort food, Middle Eastern style?  Mejadra, (or Mujaddara) is a hearty basmati rice and lentil dish that’s sustained  Muslims, Christians, and Jews for centuries. Now we all can get in on the action…

Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad 8

Minimal Monday: Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ this salad was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month.  I knew I wanted to make it on first sight, only to realize after opening to the page that it’s a…

Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus is a vibrant makover of a delicious but sometimes ho-hum appetizer… Hummus is so fantastic that sometimes it feels like a sacrilege to mess with it.  And I already have so many great variations on the…

Early Girl Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of the glories of summer, and it has to be made with garden fresh tomatoes.  Forget about eating it during the rest of the year, you can only make and enjoy a truly great gazpacho in…

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers| The View from Great Island 5

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers ~ a great veggie burger is a thing of beauty, and one of the hardest recipes to nail down.  This one is hearty and full of flavor ~ you won’t miss the…

Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles | The View from Great Island 4

Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles

Yes, you read that right.  Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles ~ alcoholic pickles!  Beautiful little Persian cucumbers basically pickled in a giant G&T.  Gin, (I like Hendrick’s) tonic water, lime, and some juniper berries make a perfectly good pickling…

Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette 8

Minimal Monday: Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

If your first thought on reading the post title was meh, whatever, think again.   This is my favorite kind of recipe to share and my favorite way to eat.  Yes its spare, and you may not think of celery…

Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream 5

Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream ~ you’d never know this luscious homemade ice cream was non-dairy ~ it’s got a wonderfully creamy texture and a fabulous coco-nutty flavor! So many foods get such a boost by roasting and toasting. …

Fire Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa 5

Fire Roasted Tomatillo & Corn Salsa

Fire Roasted Tomatillo & Corn Salsa ~ everything that goes into this zesty salsa is charred over an open flame first, so the rich, smokey flavor is infused throughout.  Enjoy it with grilled meats, poultry, fish, and tacos, or…

How to Make Almond Milk

How to Make Almond Milk ~ this is a game changer, I promise!  Non-dairy almond milk is healthy, fresh tasting, and easy to make at home! I’m a new convert to almond milk — have you tasted it?  I…

Bowl of Beet Chips 2

Minimal Monday: Pink Beet Chips

I would have passed right by the beets at the supermarket the other day but a savvy green grocer cut a few of them open and left them out for display.  The pink and white spirals hypnotized me. These …

Citrus Salad

Minimal Monday: Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachio

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachio is a wonderful way to celebrate citrus season! I get so excited when I see the citrus fruit start to flood into the stores in December.  I’ve been buying tangerines and clementines, cara…

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus is guaranteed to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party!  Pumpkin adds a nice complexity to this hummus without screaming at you.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing sweet about it… but it does gets a…

Green Cauliflower Soup with Fried Shallots

It’s hard to resist rainbow colored cauliflower.  If I have the choice between bland white and electric green, orange, or purple, I’m going for the colors every time.  This green cauliflower tastes exactly the same as the original, but…

Rich Chocolate Vegan Frosting

I’m not a vegan, but, like most of us, I know people who are, including my sister.  I thought it would be fun to formulate a dairy free frosting in anticipation of the holidays, when I’ll be cooking more…

Spicy Mandarin Orange Soba Noodles

Spicy Mandarin Orange Soba Noodles ~ these healthy Japanese buckwheat noodles in a spicy Mandarin orange sauce are low in calories, full of protein, and packed with flavor! I’m completely obsessed with cold noodle dishes this summer, they just…

Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls

Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls ~ fresh and light summer rolls filled with a rainbow slaw! In the dead of summer, Vietnamese summer rolls are probably the most appropriate meal anyone could dream up.  I’ve posted three other summer…

Homemade Muesli

Homemade Muesli is one of the original ‘health’ foods, invented by a Swiss doctor in 1900. It falls somewhere between granola and oatmeal — it’s lighter than granola because it isn’t roasted with oil, and it’s served cold, which…

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

The Ultimate Veggie Burger ~ I’m not a fan of vegetarian food that pretends to be anything other than what it is.  I love veggies, and I don’t see why they should need to disguise themselves.  But I make…

Spring Vegetable Skewers and Saffron Couscous

Spring Vegetable Skewers and Saffron Couscous is an easy meatless meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes! At least once a week I try to make a simple, no frills vegetarian dinner.  I clear out the extra…

Rainbow Carrot Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Rainbow Carrot Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce ~ I don’t do juice diets or detox cleanses or anything like that.  If I feel the occasional need to get back on the straight and narrow I go for a…

Minimal Monday: Layered 7-Bean Salad in a Jar

Layered salads in jars are hot on Pinterest right now.  I couldn’t figure out if they were a gimmick or not, so I decided to give one a try.  When it comes to salads in general, I’m really lazy,…

one-ingredient chocolate mousse

Amazing One-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

This Amazing One Ingredient Chocolate Mousse is not quite El Bulli territory, but it’s close.  Would you believe that pure chocolate and a little water whip up into a dense, unadulterated, magically spoon-able mousse?   And it’s probably the…

Beautiful Breakfast Tart (Gluten Free)

This Beautiful Breakfast Tart has to be the most delightful breakfast idea ever with a nutty granola crust filled with thick Greek yogurt, and topped with a colorful sunburst of fresh juicy fruit.  Yes it looks too beautiful to…

Easy Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia

At the end of the day, if you’ve got your favorite drink in one hand, and a basket of hot salty Meyer lemon and rosemary focaccia bread by your side, you can count yourself among the very fortunate.  And…

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding (vegan or not)

Rice pudding is kind of like the mac and cheese of the dessert world.  Everybody loves it, everybody has a favorite recipe for it, and it can be changed up in a million ways, but why would you want…

Roasted Black Grapes | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Roasted Black Grapes

Roasted Black Grapes is a quick and easy appetizer that’s elegant, unexpected, and absolutely fabulous! You can’t afford not to make this.  If it turns out you love it, you’ll have a ridiculously easy appetizer in your arsenal for…

Garden Pea Hummus

Spring is here, ready or not.  I’m guessing most of us are ready.  But here in California the change is so subtle, I mean, the flowers have been blooming for months, and the trees are never actually bare; by…