Showing posts from August, 2016

Not-So-Southern Collard Greens

These greens are decidedly un-Southern, mainly because they are not seasoned with animal flesh. It is very simple to make a tasty, healthy, cruelty-free version of this Southern classic using just a tiny bit of olive oil for richness, or omit the oil for an even healthier dish. I prefer collard greens, but the recipe can be used with any greens (or a mixture of greens).

Cashew Sour Cream

I confess: I’m one of those vegans who used to say things like “I love cheese,” and “I don’t know how to live without dairy.” (Mexican food and baked potatoes without sour cream? No thanks.) Now? I am coming up on my five-year veganversary and can’t imagine ever contributing to the ugliness and exploitation of the dairy industry again – and I don’t have to! Sour cream is and always has been one of my favorite condiments. This vegan version made from cashews is absolutely divine. I always have some of it on hand – for nachos, tacos, and enchiladas, or to top chili, baked potatoes, or lentils…the possibilities are endless! Add this gem to your recipe arsenal and never yearn for dairy again.

Ten Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast

When I first joined the vegan community, I kept hearing about this mysterious stuff called nutritional yeast. I found it in the bulk bins at my local grocery store, and I bought a few scoops of the flaky, yellow substance. The next step: learning what the heck to do with it! First of all, what exactly is nutritional yeast?

Vegetable and Three Bean Salad

This recipe was inspired by some vegetable salsa my friend Jennifer brought me - it was AMAZING! I made a few modifications - not as much oil and sugar/sugar substitute, different beans and peppers, and walnut oil instead of canola oil. You can adjust the oil and sweetness to suit your tastes. Just a reminder: I used mostly organic ingredients. Use organic when possible!

Why Vegan?

Per the Vegan Society , "veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose." It isn't just a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. And it seems like being vegan is the en vogue thing right now!  From Hollywood types to Olympic athletes, people all over the world are turning to veganism as a way of life. Wonder why? Here are five compelling reasons to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

Five Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

Blueberries are super tasty and they make a heck of a pie or cobbler, but they are also a powerhouse of nutrition and health benefits. They are low fat, low calorie, and full of fiber, and they are packed with antioxidants, which are known to fight disease and help with brain health. Read on for five solid benefits - other than taste - of enjoying blueberries this summer!

Ten Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

As my essential oils mentor said, lavender is the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils. If you're interested in implementing essential oils in your daily health and wellness routine, lavender is a good place to start. Read on for 10 of the many uses of lavender essential oil!