Welcome to Beantown Kitchen! I’m Diana, fifty+ years old, the wife of a vegan triathlete (and kind man), mother of three phenomenal daughters, and absolutely passionate about sharing what I’ve learned about the joy, health, peace of mind and palate pleasure that comes from plant-based cuisine.
I am so happy you found your way to my site and hope it proves to be a source of meaningful information for you. With warmest wishes…xoxo, Diana
What’s plant-based cuisine all about?
Plant-based cuisine consists of purely plant based foods such as grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and no animal products at all such as chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs, or dairy. For optimum health and weight maintenance benefits, I prefer to (but don’t always) consume minimally processed plant foods. So that would mean foods that come from plants rather than those that are made in plants. These are often referred to as whole plant-based foods. So, Oreos and Fritos may be vegan but they are not whole plant based foods.
What I’m hoping to share
The benefits of plant-based cuisine are enormous. On this site, you will find information about the health aspects of a vegan diet. You will also find delicious and easy to prepare recipes, often with nutritional analysis. This site is a resource for educational information about the connections between the environment, animal rights, world hunger and our food choices. Lastly, I celebrate the plant-based resources we have on our doorstep here in Boston and the larger New England area.
I offer information about my catering, workshop, coaching and culinary education services. I would love to help you integrate plant-based eating into your life.
My journey to this place
There are so many compelling reasons to consume plant-based foods. They can be health-promoting, nutritionally adequate, associated with the prevention and treatment of disease and beneficial for weight management. They also can be amazingly delicious! The Standard American Diet (SAD) contributes to environmental degradation, world hunger and animal suffering. According to the American Dietetic Association, we do not need to consume animal products to be healthy and obtain optimal nutrition. Once I realized the consumption of the SAD hurts us, the planet, and non-human animals…and that we don’t need to… the next logical step for me was a plant-based diet. It’s been one of the most joyful and meaningful decisions I’ve ever made.
My background & education
I received a B.S. from Cornell University in Nutritional Science and a M.Ed from Harvard University in Teaching and Curriculum. I have a certificate in Plant Based-Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, I am certified as a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator by Main Street Vegan Academy and a Plant-Based Professional Certification from Rouxbe Cooking School. It is an absolute joy for me to share with you my enthusiasm for plant-based cuisine, nutrition and education.
I am a Plant-based Caterer, Sierra Club Cooking Show Host, and a Plant-based Nutrition Educator based in Boston. My blog, Beantown Kitchen, was awarded one of the top 100 plant-based blogs by Feedspot. I love sharing photographs and recipes on my YouTube Channel and Instagram.
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