I Ate Here: New World Cafe, Des Moines, Iowa

New World Cafe Mexican Bowl

New World Cafe is a tasty surprise in the middle of meat and corn country. Even as a life-long Midwesterner who has had amazing vegan meals all over this part of the country, finding a vegan gem in Iowa surprised me. Discovering that they make nearly all of their dishes gluten-free?   Almost unbelievable! Well, until… 

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins In Johnna's Kitchen

These muffins, while not picture perfect, are so full of rich chocolate flavor and wonderful texture, that I just had to share them with you.  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins are a great way to start the day. I say this because muffins are for breakfast, right?  I saw some diet guru on TV recently and… 

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Chunky Garden Veggie Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan)

A Forkful of Chunky Veggie Stuffed Spaghetti Squash In Johnna's Kitchen

Looking for a veggie-packed recipe that makes an easy dinner?  This is it!  My Chunky Garden Veggie Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is my go-to right now.  Let me explain why… My kitchen, the cute 1970′s kitchen you’ve seen pictured here on my blog and in several print publications, is getting a much needed renovation.  The popcorn… 

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Johnna’s Cheese-y Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)

Cheesey Hashbrown Casserole In Johnna's Kitchen

Oh, how I love a breakfast casserole!  My Cheese-y Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole has all of the flavor of traditional hashbrown casseroles but without the questionable ingredients. In my not-so-healthy eating days, I would make a casserole with a gloppy can of condensed cream-of-something soup, lots of cheese and sour cream and any processed food I… 

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Black Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas are one of my favorite foods to assure good luck in the New Year. This hummus is a quick and easy way to eat black eyed peas, along with other good-for-you ingredients like olive oil and roasted garlic. Oh, the roasted garlic!  This recipe uses an entire head (not a clove, a… 

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Pimento Cheese Spread: Beyond the Sandwich (dairy-free, vegan)

pimento cheese (dairy-free) In Johnna's Kitchen

Pimento cheese sandwiches bring back childhood memories of sandwiches on white bread, laden with either homemade pimento cheese or the variety we called pimento cheese “spread,” that actually came from a glass jelly jar.  Do you remember it, too? While chatting with my friend Tina and her fella about tasty dishes that contain dairy, pimento… 

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