Category Archives: Cooking Tips

Fabulous Vegan and Vegetarian Frostings

Maple Coconut Frosting

Get creative and nourished with a wide variety of organic wholesome sweeteners like maple syrup or coconut sugar to make fabulous vegan, dairy free frostings with nut butters and organic dairy free shortenings. And if you are not vegan, you might try blending grass raised organic butter, cream cheese or chèvre with maple syrup, maple sugar, raw honey, or coconut sugar for a luscious frosting. Lots of great choices everyone will love. Continue reading

Creative Vegetarian Cooking with Herbs and Healthy Fats

Madagascar Pink rice with cumin seeds and cashews

You can go wild in your kitchen mixing and matching a variety of spices, nuts, healthy fats and  varieties of rice to make this quick and easy vegetarian Madagascar Pink Rice with Cashews recipe. When I developed this recipe, I researched spices and nuts that come from Madagascar to create an authentic, delicious, quick and easy vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian recipe. I enjoy cooking and eating organic Madagascar pink rice, which has an enticing color and an unusual, almost tropical flavor. And for a whole grain rice, only takes 15-20 minutes to cook. Continue reading

Marinated Dried Tomatoes Recipes

Marinated Dried Tomatoes, easy to make, gluten-free, vegan recipeYou can make your own organic Marinated Dried Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs: marjoram, basil, thyme and garlic. YUM! Eat them from the jar or put them on salad, pasta, pizza; thicken tomato sauces and add color and fragrant flavors to vegetable sautés. Continue reading

Creative Vegetarian Cooking

4 luscious vegetarian dishes, Leslie created for Nutiva

I’ve always been crazy about the great taste and wholesome goodness of organically grown foods. To me, there is nothing more appealing and delicious than fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits. And with Mother Nature as my ever-present guide, it’s easy to go wild in the kitchen, adapting to the bounty of the season while conjuring up new and exciting dishes, as Continue reading

Swapping Ingredients; Fixing Seasonings

Leslie Cerier's Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Today, I had fun making this Sweet Potato Pie, swapping ingredients and procedures and having it come out fine. First, I decided to swap hazelnut oil for virgin coconut oil. Got to admit, I do like the flavor of coconut better in pastries, but this vegan pie is still delicious. Then in my Continue reading