About Connie Wiens

I'm a "mostly-contented" person who enjoys watching movies, reading, walking, swimming, and feeling the freedom of my age. I'm part of a 3 generation household and enjoy being "Mimi" to my grandchildren and having them know me on a daily basis. I like the challenge of grocery shopping, planning, and cooking vegan for our family.

Sautéed Cabbage


Happy Belated St Patrick's Day! Well, we didn't have corned beef to celebrate but we are having cabbage. We served it up with some mashed potatoes and steamed … [Read more...]

Pasta Salad


We love this pasta salad as a side dish with a wrap, sandwich or burger.   Sometimes we have it alone for lunch.  It's also great served over a bed of … [Read more...]

Vegetable Lo Mein


This is a quick meal with so many possibilities.  You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand and it's good hot or cold.  You can also use different … [Read more...]

Baked Spring Rolls No Eggs


We love spring rolls but when they are fried, they don’t settle well in our stomachs.  This version is baked on a rack over a cookie sheet so they get … [Read more...]

Vegan Stuffing (Dressing)


We came up with this vegan version of traditional stuffing or dressing.   It rounded out our Christmas Feast really well.  Quick and easy to … [Read more...]

Vegan Mashed Potatoes


The first time I had Connie's mashed potatoes, I couldn't believe how much better they tasted than mine (this is Karen but it's Connie's recipe).  Anyone can … [Read more...]

Vegan Apple Pie


This is family favorite, especially around the holidays, but really any time.  Pie is easily made vegan and so delicious.  Ingredients: Top and bottom … [Read more...]

Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust

This is Connie's mother, Lorraine's,  old family recipe.  We videotaped the process to show you how it's done.  This pie crust is vegan and super flaky and … [Read more...]

Vegetable Pot Pie (Shepherd’s Pie) Two Ways


With pie crust.  We cut out the top with Christmas tree cookie cutters for vents.  Cute for any holiday! With mashed potatoes on top!  Mmmm... comfort … [Read more...]

Fresh Green Salsa


  Ingredients: One large can of tomatillos, drained 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped Juice and zest from … [Read more...]

Vegan Vanilla Frosting


This is another old time recipe that was easy to make vegan.  Connie says, you have to experiment a little bit with this and add more soy milk if it's too … [Read more...]

Zucchini Crisps


These are a nice side dish with burgers or almost any pasta dish.   Also a nice appetizer. Easy to make and so delicious. Ingredients: 1/8 cup coarsely … [Read more...]

Zucchini Pasta


Yum.  This quick and easy vegan pasta dish tastes great! Ingredients: 5 zucchinis 3 cloves garlic 1/2 small-to-medium red onion 1 cup crushed … [Read more...]

Chickpea Tomato Pasta


So simple and so good.  This is a hearty meal that sticks to your ribs.  No strange ingredients in this one either.  You can find everything you need to make … [Read more...]

Vegetable Pot Pie


I used filo dough to make this a quick and easy recipe for a week night meal. Ingredients: 4 veggie bouillon cubes 4 cups water 2 celery ribs 2 … [Read more...]

Bean soup


This recipe is quick to make and super cheap!  Make extra and take it for lunch!  Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes. Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 3 … [Read more...]

Vegetable Soup


Ingredients: 3 ribs of celery, diced 3 large carrots, diced or sliced 1 small onion, diced 3 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small chunks 1 quart … [Read more...]

Lasagna Roll ups


This is a fun change from a traditional lasagna.  Kids love to make them and eat them!  Cook up some veggies and pour them on top. Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]

White Bean Enchiladas


This is one that the whole family loves.  Not too spicy so kids love it!  Serve with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and tortilla … [Read more...]

Vegan mayonaise


Ingredients: 1 12 oz block silken tofu 1 1/2 T lemon juice 1 t mustard 1 1/2 t vinegar apple cider or white vinegar 1 t sugar 3/4 t onion powder 1/2 t … [Read more...]

Dairy free Ranch Dressing


Ingredients: 1 cup vegan mayo 1/4 cup soy milk 1 t dijon mustard 1 T lemon juice 1 t onion powder 3/4 t garlic powder Whisk all ingredients until … [Read more...]

Potatoes Au Gratin Casserole


Ingredients: 4 potatoes 1 onion chopped 1 T vegan margarine 2 T flour 2 cups unsweetened soy milk 2 t onion powder 2 t garlic powder 2 T nutritional … [Read more...]

Fettuccini with Alfredo Sauce


This is a family favorite.  It's great on whole wheat pasta with some steamed broccoli.  We like it as a pizza sauce too.  This version is dairy free and … [Read more...]

Baked Spring Rolls


We love spring rolls but when they are fried, they don't settle well in our stomachs.  This version is baked on a rack over a cookie sheet so they get crunchy … [Read more...]

Connie’s Sweet Potato Enchiladas


MMM....The sweet potatoes and black beans make a great combination.  Cook a couple of sweet potatoes the night before and this one is quick to mix and toss in … [Read more...]

How to Fire Roast Green Chilies


Set your oven to broil. Place peppers on cookie sheet about 6 inches below the element.  Leave oven door ajar. Roast and rotate peppers until they are … [Read more...]

Roasted Green Chile Stuffed Peppers


This is my favorite dinner right now.  If you buy the peppers roasted, prep time is about 15 minutes and then you can toss them in the oven and dinner is ready … [Read more...]