A Vegan Celebrates the Black-Eyed Pea

Hot Dang Black-Eyed Peas

As a child of the South, I have eaten black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to increase luck for the year. Have you wondered why these little peas are celebrated? Some say it dates to the Civil War, yet the peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s troops to eat. Nevertheless, these little peas existed as food for slaves and on January 1, 1863, helped to celebrate the day of Emancipation Proclamation. The official day when slavery was no longer legal.

Vegan Hot Dang Black-Eyed Peas Recipe


•    2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

•    2 cloves of minced garlic

•    1 yellow onion diced

•     Half a jalapeño chopped (Only if you can take the heat.)

•    1/8 cup of all-purpose flour

•    A 16-ounce bag of frozen organic black-eyed peas

•    1 can of Rotel original diced tomatoes & green chilies

•    3 cups of vegetable broth or more


Place EVOO in a sizeable twelve-inch skillet on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno to the pan. Cook until onions are translucent.

Then add flour and stir for approximately one minute. Next, add black-eyed peas to the skillet and combine.

Add Rotel and one cup of the vegetable broth. Stir until thickened.

Then add two more cups of broth and cook until hot. Remember the recipe is spicy, and one can control the pepper by excluding the jalapeño or adding less Rotel. 

Accompany this recipe with collard greens and sweet cornbread.

See delicious Cornbread Recipe here: https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/the-easiest-and-most-delicious-vegan-cornbread/

I celebrate with these peas in hopes of one-day freeing farm animals from slaughter. 

Sending you love and light.

A Vegan’s New Year’s Resolution

Be the mountain for the goat.

None, because resolutions should be a daily or weekly commitment. If one chooses to wait until midnight on the first day in January to begin, then one probably will fail. Why not start now?

If the pledge is significant, then one should start today. The top New Year’s resolution is to become a better a person, which can begin today. 

Tip for today: Becoming a better person.

“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

•    Begin with Self. Start with that little voice in one’s head. Think positive, and say the words out loud.

•    Quit blaming others. Concentrate on one’s commitment to growth, and worry less about what others are doing and saying.

•    Let go of resentment. Meditation helps when one feels angry. Stop and breathe. Headspace is a good app for meditation. https://www.headspace.com

•    Overlook and forgive others. One never knows what another person is going through in their life. 

•    Listen to other people. Be an active listener. These two seem effortless but are difficult for most people, because they are either eager to tell their story or afraid of silence.

•    Polite. ‘Thank you’ are two underused words. Try practicing these words and letting the individual know why you appreciate them.

•    Learn something new. Learning something new leads to self-confidence.

•    Do not forget to love the animals that cannot speak. Love will lift one’s heart.

One will not become better overnight, but print this list and add other tips. Read as a mantra daily.

Clinking champagne glasses to you!   Sending you love and light. 

A Vegan Sleeps

Sleeping is essential to one’s recovery system. Trouble sleeping occurs from anxiety, or bad sleeping habits. Today, I want to discuss the latter.

If one is taking sleeping medications and natural sleep is not occurring, then the body will exude lethargy physically and mentally.

Here are some suggestions for good sleep. 

  • Turn off all electronics two hours before going to bed.
  • Do not have a television in bedroom or computers.
  • Take a warm bath, and clean sheets are a must. Make up your bed in the morning. Nothing feels better than getting into a well-made bed at night.
  • Stop drinking any caffeinated drinks at 2 pm.
  • Do not drink alcohol after 5 pm.
  • Do not eat after 4 pm. The body needs rest, and this includes the digestion system. 
  • When you get in bed turn off the light, and practice deep breathing while listening to one’s breath.
  • Every night go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. One’s sleep mode needs consistency.

Here’s to sleep because it restores one’s mind and body. Sending you love and light,

An Easy Vegan Family Dish

One Pan Tater Tot Casserole

Even the little ones will get behind this scrumptious one pan meal. Hats off again to Holy Cow Vegan. She creates some of the best recipes. Please check out her site and follow for delicious vegan recipes. 


While this casserole is baking, take time to pick up a good book and read.  One book I recommend is, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. 

Sending you and yours love and light. Happy Holidays!

Vegan Holiday Gift

Breville Sous Chef Peel & Dice Food Processor

It was love at first sight. Unfortunately, as a doctoral student, my budget would not stretch. Nevertheless, I went without fancy coffee drinks, and after a year saved enough to purchase an incredible food processor.

As a vegan, I’m always chopping, dicing, and peeling vegetables. The Breville Sous Chef Peel & Dice is a dream. I opened the box and followed the directions, and in one minute the machine peeled eight small potatoes. Yes, it peels potatoes!

Breville Food Processor Peeled Potatoes

If that is not amazing enough, it also dices in 12mm squares. The food processor diced all eight potatoes in perfect squares in less than 20 seconds. You can also buy the extra dicers in 8mm and 16 mm.

Breville Food Processor Diced Potatoes

If you know someone who is vegan or planning on taking the plunge, this machine is a perfect holiday gift. It not only peels and dices but meticulously completes all your food preparation needs. From slicing onions to almost any size to shredding and much, much more your Breville Food Processor will need to sit out on the counter because you will use it daily. The Breville Peel and Dice food processor reduces your preparation time and makes your food look beautiful.

Choose from .3mm to 8.mm slicing

Wishing all your vegan dreams come true, and as always sending you love and light. Happy, compassionate cooking!

Vegan Reindeer Treats

Vegan Reindeer Treat

Be sure and thank all those fabulous reindeer as they are disguised as UPS, FedEx, and USPS Employees. They are very busy during the season helping Santa get out the packages. Place a basket at your front door filled with reindeer treats and thank them for making the deliveries. They need the energy! 

Yes, it is hard for them to keep those antlers hidden. Giggles and Grins.


  • 1/2 bag of Original Skinny Pop Popcorn  https://www.skinnypop.com
  • 3 squares of one King David vegan white chocolate bar (available from Amazon.com)
  • 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil
  • Green food coloring
  • Vegan Sprinkles (Fancysprinkles.com)


In large bowl place popcorn. Then melt chocolate with coconut oil and green food coloring in a microwave-safe container, cook for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until all chocolate is melted. Careful not to overcook. Drizzle green chocolate over popcorn and mix thoroughly. Then add your choice of sprinkles.

Life is better with sprinkles! Sending you love and light.

Vegan Pimento Cheese Spread

What? A cheese spread that is vegan?

Oh-yes, and it is delicious!



Drain Pimentos. Then place 1/2 of the pimentos in a food processor with garlic, and blend. In a medium bowl add cream cheese, all three of the shreds, Vegenaise, pimentos, and blended pimento with garlic. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl thoroughly. Add Jalapeno if you prefer spicy pimento cheese spread. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for at least an hour to let flavors incorporate.

Great for party spread or a tasty sandwich.

Sending you love and light.