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Asian Cabbage Salad with Citrusy-Ginger Dressing

Asian Cabbage Salad

Hello Dear Reader- One afternoon in December of 2013, I watched two videos in succession. The first, Earthlings, highlighted the suffering animals endure in the food industry and the second, a lecture by Gary Francione, examined the philosophy of animal use. Clearly moved by what I had learned, my husband asked, “does that mean you are going to stop eating…

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Top Ten Reasons the Mad River Valley in Vermont is a Vegan Paradise  

The Cubano Vegan Sandwich

The Mad River Valley encompasses the towns of Waitsfield, Warren and Moretown in north central Vermont. “The Valley” is  a popular tourist destination with spectacular scenery and a multitude of recreational opportunities. It also happens to be a paradise for vegan food lovers! Here are the top ten reasons vegans love visiting: 1) NOTE: Sadly, I…

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Simple Treat for Chocolate and Banana Lovers

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Apart from one daughter who loathes them, we are a household full of banana lovers. They are a pantry staple we are almost never without. On the rare occasion that bananas over ripen and need to be used, I turn to my favorite banana bread/muffin recipe. The sweetly spiced nourishing  treat tastes AMAZING! They are…

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Living Without Cheese: Five Simple Tips

Vegan Cashew Cheese

The first time I was asked “what do vegans eat?” my response was “fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.”   Then the follow-up question came, “yes, but what do they eat?” and I understood. This wasn’t a question about the particular ingredients consumed on a vegan diet but rather about how they come together in satisfying…

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Nutrient Rich Creamy Mushroom Pasta Bowl

Pre-Race Mushroom Pasta Bowl

Hello Dear Readers, Today my vegan husband is competing in his first half-iron man of the season. Last night, with optimal nutrition and sustained energy in mind, I made this flavorful, carb-loaded, pre-race pasta bowl. For anyone looking for alternatives to the familiar creamy mouth feel of traditional cheesy pastas, this purely plant based dish…

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Two Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipes

Chocolate Mousse

Hello Dear Readers, I so appreciate the Internet for enabling connections with lovely people from my younger days. For instance, a high school classmate reached out to me recently expressing the desire to add more plant-based foods to her diet. In particular she, like many others I’ve heard from, imagines the elimination of dairy will be a…

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Memories from Main Street Vegan Academy

Final Main Street Vegan Academy Lunch with Victoria Moran and Joshua Katcher at Candle Cafe West

  I recently returned from a five day certification program at Main Street Vegan Academy (MSVA).  What a blast! For a start, I loved my classmates…a phenomenal bunch  hailing from as far away as Puerto Rico and Argentina.  Additionally, NYC is vegan dining heaven. I only just scratched the surface of possibilities but thoroughly enjoyed…

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Weight Loss Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

Plant-based Foods

Here’s a test of your pop-culture knowledge. What do the following public figures have in common: former Vice President Al Gore, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, actor Woody Harrelson, Olympian Carl Lewis, and super-model Christie Brinkley? If you guessed that each consumes a plant-based diet, you are correct. Why would they, and millions of others…

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Meeting My Hero, Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Diana Goldman with T Colin Campbell

    So this happened last night…I met one of my heroes at a preview of the highly entertaining and informative film Plant Pure Nation. There are so many great reasons to eat a whole foods, plant-based diet: personal health, the environment, animals, and human rights. I am so grateful to Dr. T. Colin Campbell who…

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