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Breeder’s Cup 2014

I was recently at the annual Breeder’s cup that took place from October 31st to November 1st in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. This event was the season ending premier event of the thoroughbred horse racing season. Hosted by Bobby Flay, this event was attended by some of the best chefs in the world!

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a horse galloping on the track

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With Herb Karlitz eating a veggie burger at an In and Out in California

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with Bobby Flay and Herb Karlitz

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with Italian chef Michael Chiarello

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The closing moments of the race

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at the stadium horse track

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Bobby Flay announcing the winners!


Thanksgiving Specials


Preparing a Thanksgiving feast takes time and lots of cooking!  To help you alleviate the cooking, we’ve prepared some specials just for the occasion! Order our delicious Thanksgiving specials to wow your guests with our vegan desserts! You’ll save so much time that can then be allocated to cooking the turkey or be spent relaxing with your family.

Spinach “Ricotta” and Cashew Lasagna

Spinach “Ricotta” and Cashew Lasagna


This is a delicious traditional lasagna recipe that I inherited from my grandmother Maria da Graca. Of course it wasn’t vegan originally but I “veganized” it and added cashew because it goes very well with tofu and spinach. You don’t need to tell your guests it’s dairy free and I am sure they won’t know the difference!


6 servings
  • One 12.3-ounce package firm organic tofu, strained
  • One 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • One 8-ounce package vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 to 13 no-boil vegan lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella-flavored vegan cheese3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 thinly sliced and 1 whole
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound cashew
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with oil.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes and stir for about 45 seconds. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt, bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce is reduced and most of the water is evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, add the tofu, spinach, cashew, vegan cream cheese, basil, nutritional yeast, whole clove garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and nutmeg to a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Spread a few tablespoons of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish and top with 4 noodles (This is fine if they overlap slightly; divide the noodle into pieces to fill in any gaps if you need to).

Add half of the tofu mixture and spread out evenly. Top with a third of the sauce. Repeat with another 4 noodles, the remaining spinach mixture and half the remaining sauce.

Finish the lasagna with the remaining 4 noodles and sauce. Bake until the lasagna is hot, about 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with the shredded vegan cheese and bake until the lasagna is very hot and the cheese is slightly melted, about 15 minutes more. Let cool for a few minutes, cut into 6 pieces and garnish with basil leaves

Clean Plates Assists You to Eat Clean

We are constantly looking for new ways to promote and inform people about healthy eating. We came upon Clean Plates and immediately, Vegan Divas wanted to be “Clean Plates Approved.” That means we underwent a rigorous screening process which scrutinizes everything, for example, is the produce we use organic, is the meat hormone-free, and also charted our food preparation methods, including the availability of natural sweeteners and more.
Here is some more info from Jared Koch, founder and CEO, sent along to explain further regarding what they do.
Clean Plates gives you everything you need and want to eat clean. Eat what?  Eat clean, or clean eating, if you prefer.
Eating clean can improve your life in untold ways and you don’t have to do anything extraordinary or extreme. You don’t need to give up meat, learn molecular chemistry, buy weird unpronounceable stuff or eat food with a taste that leaves something to be desired.
All you need to do is make some different choices — and Clean Plates is there to help you every step of the way to make those choices easy.
With Clean Plates you’ll know:
  • About restaurants that source their food locally
  • Where you can find the best gluten-free desserts
  • What is Moringa and why is everyone suddenly talking about it
  • Conscientious consumer micro-brews and distilleries. Drink good AND do good.
  • Nationwide food and healthy eating events
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Tea Drinkers Beware!

“The ancient Chinese tradition of drinking tea dates back thousand of years to the early Chinese dynasties and aristocrats who drank the beverage for its medicinal properties. In ancient times, leaves from the Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant) were either ground into a powder or placed as loose leaves directly into water to infuse it with herbal essence. Unfortunately, modern day tea is nothing like the unadulterated version of old tea.” – FoodBabe
tea, gmo, pesticides, vegan, healthy, cancer,
I read that and was a little disturbed by it, as we drink a lot of tea, especially in winter.  I was intrigued so I read on to see what else she had to say.
“Did you know that most tea is not washed before it is put it into bags? That means if the tea was sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides, those pesticides go directly into your cup. And this is the reason why tea is on myorganic shopping priority list.”
Please read this post as it is as eye opening as a freshly brewed cup of tea! http://bit.ly/1l5iPJR

“Happy Hanukwanzamas” Holiday Special Interview on Food WRap!

“Food Wrap, is a weekly show on The Go Pro Radio Network that’s all about good eatin’.
foodwrap, vegan, food, diet, christmasFood Enthusiasts Nina Marcalle and Shawna Glover will take you on a delicious journey through the latest trends and traditions in alternative eating from the everyday person’s perspective.”
It will be a great! Please listen – The show will broadcast at 9PM EST and The Vegan Divas will be calling in at 9:25 here is the link http://bit.ly/JCJbXF
To speak with the host call (646) 929-1521

First ever BVI Wine & Food Festival

I just came back from the British Virgin Islands – besides swimming with sharks, I was there for the first Food and Wine Festival in BVI.
vegan, bvi, fernanda, tripA new and dynamic event combining the talents of the best chefs in the Territory along with internationally renowned names in the culinary and wine making worlds. For three days, visitors and residents alike will be able to sample, learn, feast or lounge through our menu of a la carte events.
Oh, and it was such a wonderful event, surprisingly though, even being on tropical islands, it was really hard to find fruits and vegetables. You see the locals, unfortunately for me, eat mostly fried foods and goat.
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Chef Cesare Casella
I got lucky because one of the chefs, Cesare Casella, who was participating on the event saved the day!
Farro Risotto, vegan
Farro Risotto
Chef Cesare prepared especially for me a Farro Risotto with vegetables.
baths, virgin gorda, trip, beach
The Baths of Virgin Gorda
The highlight of the trip, however, was the Baths of Virgin Gorda
virgin gorda, baths, vegan, bviThere was a storm that day so I had the beach almost to myself. It was one of the best meditation practices I ever had!