Bad blogger

I know I’ve been seriously slacking here. Writers block? Maybe.

I’m embarking on a new journey that I’m not quite ready to disclose here yet. But, I hope to document some of my thoughts and new discoveries here, so you can expect to see more posts from me about food, energy, and wellness. Those are my passion, and our food industry impacts the planet in a huge way, so it’s all relevant.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Cleveland Zoo 2012Isn’t she lovely? She lives at the Cleveland Zoo.


Virtual Vegan Potluck: Cheesy Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip

It’s Virtual Vegan Potluck day! What a really fantastic idea. More than 65 bloggers have come together to make vegan food to share at a virtual vegan potluck. Feast your eyes on delicious, plant-based, and healthy appetizers, beverages, salads, breads, mains, sides, soups, and desserts. I’m sure you’ll find some good food to “sample” and I think we’ll all leave with new blogger-friends and recipes. (If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Vegan Bloggers Unite!)

I made Cheesy Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip from The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone. We invited Britt and her husband to come help us eat it because, if left unattended, I will eat this whole thing myself. All of it. And then my pants don’t fit for a week. Trust me. It’s happened.

Fortunately, they came and we all enjoyed some fantastic food. Feast your eyes on this fresh produce, beans, and all-around deliciousness.

Tomatoes and avocados

All the ingredients. I love how fresh this recipe is.


The dip, constructed

Finally, I get to eat it!

Cheesy Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 3 large avocados
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 12-16 oz. nondairy sour cream
  • 1/2 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives, or more if you like
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 package Daiya shredded vegan cheddar cheese (her recipe calls for 2 cups, but I’m over cheese, so I don’t need that much)

The original recipe calls for a few more spicy ingredients that I don’t include. Even though I think Alicia Silverstone and I are kindred spirits, I don’t have permission to post this recipe, so I’m going to send you to Oprah’s site for the full recipe. Also, Alicia and Laura Linney made a video about making this dip and it’s super cute. (Be sure to come back for the rest of the Virtual Vegan Potluck!)

Go forward to Veg Hot Pot

Go back to iatelunch

Start at the beginning, Vegan Bloggers Unite!

Recipe Friday: Virtual Vegan Potluck is tomorrow

On Saturday, May 12, terra not terror will be participating in a world-wide, plant-based virtual potluck. How fun is that?!

Ann over at An Unrefined Vegan came up with the idea of bloggers hosting a virtual vegan potluck. We’ll all make a dish, post photos and recipes, and our readers can “sample” all the dishes as they scroll through the blogs. Check back tomorrow morning to see what I’ve made, feast with your eyes, and to find some favorite new bloggers to follow.

Facebook doing good

Saving lives

Facebook is doing some good in the world, other than keeping people connected with friends and family. Now, you can let everyone know that you’re an organ donor. They’ve added a “health and wellness” section to profiles that asks some weird stuff, but also includes an “organ donor” box to check. More than 114,000 American are waiting for an organ donor. If you’re not officially on the list of donors, you can follow a link to find local donation registries. The hope is that this will go viral and encourage (by peer pressure) more people to become donors.

Teaching unemployed youth

Apps for Good teaches unemployed youth how to write web code, hoping they can use that valuable skill to get a job. Apps for Good recently teamed up with Facebook to teach youth how to build Facebook apps for social good, and how to market the apps. They’ll learn not only coding language, but some entrepreneurial skills as well.

terra, not terror on Facebook

We’ve joined Facebook! Find terra, not terror on Facebook and “Like” our page for more stories and posts about living simply and reducing your impact on the environment.

Lucky lady

I’m so lucky to have a husband who likes to cook good vegan food while I grade papers. The semester ends next week, so I should be back in the kitchen and back to blogging in no time!

Meanwhile, check out my Pinterest board for delicious recipes.