Ever Evolving Food Blog

Hello Everyone! I have had this blog for years now, and as my personal life has changed, so have my tastes and eating habits...for the better!! I am now a fully plant-based eater, so my newer recipes will reflect this lifestyle and way of eating.

All of my old recipes will remain on my food blog, of course, so there will be a mixture of the old and the new for everyone to look through and choose. You can always play around with any recipe out there and make it your own, whether it's plant-based or not. There are always other options!
Thanks SO much for following! Happy Eating!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Texas Caviar

It's not what you're thinking.  There are no fish eggs in this New Year's recipe.  It's an all-natural cold salad that is great for parties or family gatherings.  If you've never eaten black-eyed-peas before, now would be a good time to start.  In this recipe, everything comes together so nicely and it tastes delicious! If you like salsa, you'll love this cilantro-laced dish.

1/2 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic\
1 (8 oz.) bottle zesty Italian dressing
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained
1/2 tsp. coriander 
1 bunch chopped, fresh cilantro 

In a large bowl, mix together onion, green bell pepper, green onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, zesty Italian dressing, black beans, black-eyed peas and coriander. Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours. Toss with desired amount of fresh cilantro to serve.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Why I've Been Away

I just wanted you all to know that I haven't given up my cooking blog. There is a reason I haven't been on here in the last few months.  I have been going through a separation and divorce.  I have moved into a new house with a new kitchen that I am not familiar with yet, but I will be.  I will be putting up a blog for the New Year that has black-eyed peas called Texas Caviar.  Thank you for being patient with me as I go through this difficult period in my life.  I promise to get back on track and get cooking again.  It's one of my passions, and I have missed it.  Thank you for your support.