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“Have you lost weight?” and Other Questions I’m Asked as a Vegan

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      Vegans eat plants. That’s it. To many, this diet sounds radical. I get it. Less than four years ago I ate meat, fish, eggs, and dairy and a vegan diet seemed to me “a bleak and inexplicable asceticism akin to culinary celibacy”[1]. So I do welcome and sympathize with the following five most…

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Chunky Veggie-Bean Chili

Vegan Bean Chili

In the third class of a free, grant-funded, healthy cooking program I co-teach in Boston, my colleague and I focus on satisfying soups and side dishes. In the class, we prepare a fabulous vegan vegetable bean chili that is super nutritious, affordable and filling. It has 231 calories per serving, 115 mg of calcium, 4…

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Creamy Mustard Dressing: Low Fat and Low Calorie

Plant Pure Kitchen Creamy Mustard Dressing Cobb Salad

When it comes to making salads and bowls, it’s all about the sauces and dressings. I mean I love the veggies, beans and grains…but isn’t it the wonderful flavorful sauces and dressings that really make the dish? When it comes to dressings, Kim Campbell, has created a recipe for a spectacular one. She is one…

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Watch My Show, Go Vegan, Get Skinny?

A few weeks ago, during the solar eclipse, I found the answer I’d been seeking while sitting in a field, within the path of totality, at a small community college in Kentucky.   Months earlier, after watching my cooking show, my friend Andrew advised, “If you want to grow your channel, do two things: hang…

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Kris Carr’s Save the Tuna Salad on Rye

I am so grateful to Kris Carr for granting permission to create a video of her wonderful Save the Tuna Salad on Rye.   x https://youtu.be/ynfRgudV7E8   There are so many reasons I think you should try it. It is a fabulous plant-based dish that is easy-to-prepare, satisfying, delicious and health promoting. In the video,…

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Top Ten Healthy Plant-based Snacks for Traveling

Dear Reader- I’ve found the key to healthy eating on-the-go is being prepared. Yes, you may get lucky and come across an adorable little beach cafe serving fresh squeezed juices, buffalo tofu bites and chickpea kale salads or a gourmet modern mecca with sleek outdoor seating and divinely prepared raw plant-based thai lettuce wraps and kimchi…

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Rip Esselstyn’s Sweet Potato- Vegetable Lasagna

Rip Esselystyn's Raise-the_roof Sweet-Potato Vegetable Lasagna

I’m very excited to share with you, in this blog post and step-by-step on my YouTube video, the yummiest of yummy lasagna recipes from Rip Esselstyn’s The Engine 2 Diet book. He’s a Texas firefighter and professional triathlete who claims that the “best way to stay on top of your game is to consistently fuel…

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Asian Spring Rolls

Vegan Asian Spring Rolls

Recently my daughter came home for the weekend and brought five friends with her. The night they arrived I prepared an Asian inspired dinner for them. It included one of my very favorite appetizers- a real crowd pleaser – Asian Spring Rolls. Watch me demonstrate the preparation of the Spring Rolls on my You Tube video here.  …

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Maple Marinated Tempeh

Sweet Potato Tempeh Wraps

Why tempeh? Well, one of the questions I hear about eating a plant-based diet is “how can I feel full and satisfied without meat, chicken and fish”. So many suggestions come to mind such as: mushroom burgers, bean chilis, tofu stir fries and seitan stews. Tempeh dishes also top the list. It is a wonderful ingredient…

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Plant-based Healthy Avocado Toast

Healthy Avocado Toast

I’m often asked what I eat for breakfast. The typical American breakfast tends to focus on some type of animal product, whether it’s eggs, dairy, bacon or sausage. So, I understand the curiosity about my vegan diet.   I recently received an email from one of my YouTube viewers who shared that she’s been eating…

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Plant-based Mexican Kale Salad: gluten-free, protein rich and vegan

Beantown Kitchen Mexican Kale Salad

This is a recipe for a gluten-free and vegan Mexican Kale Salad with Black Beans and a Maple Lime Vinaigrette. It is one of my favorite salads as it is so easy-to-prepare, flavorful and satisfying. It uses a technique that my daughter calls “life changing”. Massaging the kale transforms the greens from bitter and grassy to tender and slightly…

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