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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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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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Sweet and Sour Crispy Tofu and Rice Salad

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Hello dear reader-   Recently my husband, Dan, and I travelled to Mt Tremblant, Canada for an Iron Man competition. He was competing…not me! He’s a plant-based triathlete and the night before long endurance races like this, his goal is to eat a high carbohydrate dinner with moderate amounts of protein. In response, I made one…

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Oatmeal Bowl: a healthy, plant-based breakfast

Easy-to-prepare, healthy, Plant-based Oatmeal Bowl

Hello Dear Reader- My husband and I eat oatmeal just about every morning for breakfast and there are a variety of reasons we love doing so. They are a simple-to-prepare, low-fat, breakfast option whether using rolled oats, served cold and uncooked with plant-based milk, or steel-cut oats, boiled and then simmered in water for twenty minutes. Either…

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Chocolate Mousse: Healthy Vegan Dessert

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Why a vegan chocolate mousse? At least once a week, someone tells me that they’d like to adopt a plant-based diet but can’t imagine how it’s possible to live without dairy. A few years ago, in response to this, I set-out to create recipes that provide fabulous alternatives to dairy. One of the most popular has…

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My Experience with a Juice Cleanse

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Hello Dear Reader-   When my youngest daughter came back from a few days away with friends and announced that she’s been eating nothing but junk and needs to detox, I took notice. Her idea…”let’s do a juice cleanse together.”   As it happens, I’ve been pretty curious about juicing as a culinary technique. I know…

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