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Make it With Matt: Acai Bowls

Acai Bowl with Berries, Chia and Cacao Nibs

Dear Readers This past weekend more than 3500 riders cycled across 46 towns in Massachusetts as part of the Pan Mass Challenge. I’m super proud of Dan and Katie for cycling a combined total of almost 300 miles for this charity fundraiser. Here they are  feeling surprisingly well at the end of a 100 mile stretch.     After the…

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Acadia Breakfast Bowl

Acadia Breakfast Bowl

Dear Readers,   I named this fiber and antioxidant rich blueberry chia oatmeal bowl after the gorgeous Acadia National Park located in Maine.     Wild blueberries are the official fruit of this Northeastern state.       They are nutritional powerhouses: high in Vitamin C, manganese and antioxidants. On top of that, the phytonutrients…

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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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