Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

Meatless Meatloaf Made with Heart-Healthy Nuts and Lentils

This meatless meatloaf doesn’t taste like meatloaf. I won’t even make that claim. But it does taste good, and it’s full of heart-healthy nuts and lentils. Meatless Meatloaf? I know, it sounds like another oxymoron. I grew up eating a version of this tasty casserole that we just called ‘lentil loaf.’ So that’s what I’ll keep calling it. Science has shown that eating a half a cup of pulses a day will improve your heart health. Eating nuts will keep…

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What are Pulses and Why do I Need Them?

What are pulses and why do I need them? Good question! This week we’ll focus on pulses and some tasty Instant Pot Indian vegetarian recipes. And if you’re looking for gluten-free recipes, you’ve come to the right spot! What are Pulses? Don’t confuse ‘pulses’ with your pulse. In fact, my online dictionary has the first definition for ‘pulse’ as the food, not the heartbeat. The bottom line? Pulses are good for your pulse (and your overall heart health). According to…

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Easy Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

The beauty of this easy vegetarian enchilada casserole is that you can make it vegan and it’s gluten-free! Tofu adds plenty of protein. Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole I love enchiladas, but as a vegetarian, I find it hard to stomach the cheese enchilada offerings in restaurants. My body isn’t used to huge amounts of cheese. I could just make enchiladas at home, but I rarely have the time (or patience) to fry the corn tortillas in oil, wrap each enchilada individually,…

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The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu

No, tasty tofu is NOT and oxymoron! The key to preparing tofu (and other vegetarian protein substitutes) lies in remember that tofu is the canvas. You get to paint the flavors! The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu First of all, let me assure you that not all tofu is created equal. The most widely available tofu is ‘tub tofu’ that comes in a plastic tub with water. Make sure you purchase extra firm if you buy tub tofu. This kind…

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Try This Easy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup Today!

Don’t let the word ‘vegan’ scare you off. This easy vegan tomato basil soup doesn’t taste vegan. Why Vegan Tomato Basil Soup? Good question! Mostly because, while I don’t mind dairy products, I don’t like cooking with large amounts of cream. I’d rather eat good fats from nuts and keep my heart healthy. I tried some tomato basil soup at a restaurant, and loved the burst of flavors. But I didn’t love the calorie and fat count from the cream.…

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Vegetarian Tuna Casserole: Is it for Real?

Of course not. You can’t have a real fake anything. But my meat-eating friends tell me my vegetarian tuna casserole tastes like tuna casserole, so that’s what I’m calling it! Is Tuna Vegetarian? I remember an incident in Spain while attending college over there for a year. Our choir went on tour, and to save money the choir director arranged for choir members to stay in the homes of the church members whose churches we performed in. We thought the…

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The the Best Easy Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup Recipe

This easy creamy vegan broccoli soup recipe is so good, no one will know it’s vegan! Easy Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup Before I divulge the recipe for creamy vegan broccoli soup, let’s take a moment to talk nuts. You may have heard that nuts are bad for you because they are high in fats. A study published in April of 2018 in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that contrary to popular belief, nuts and seeds can lower your cardiovascular…

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Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with a New Series

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day and Meatless Monday with this easy-to-fix cauliflower chipotle soup. It’s vegan, and tastes great! 31 Days of Breaking Vegetarian You might wonder what a life-long vegetarian would have to say about breaking vegetarian. After all, I didn’t give up meat or anything drastic like that. I’ve never craved a hamburger. The only meat that’s entered my system snuck in when Taco Bell didn’t get my order right. I don’t get the ‘it tastes like chicken’ jokes.…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Vegetarian

This year I’m offering a beginner’s guide to eating vegetarian (also a guide for people who just want to eat less meat). This will serve as the landing page, so check back each day in October to find recipes and balanced advice on eating vegetarian. If you have any burning questions, let me know in the comments! The Last Day of September Means Write 31 Days! For the past four years I’ve participated in the #write31days series. This yearly blogging…

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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

This week’s Self-Care Sunday installment focuses on physical wholeness and will help you avoid winter weight gain. How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain I know, talking about winter weight gain on the day after fall is like stores selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. But trust me, planning self-care routines ahead of time pays off big. The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to keep off the extra pounds when I stop my regular routine. What about…

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