Palak Paneer with Tofu & Spinach Gravy

Before I became vegan, I had absolutely no experience with Indian spices. But when I started a plant-based diet, I knew I had to try new spices to change up the flavor profiles of grains, legumes, and vegetables. My go-to spices were always basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. And for some reason I thought I disliked Indian food, but boy was I wrong. Now I realize that Indian spices are a vegan's best friend and I highly recommend getting some of these aromatic seasonings into your spice rack … [Read more...]

#11: Compassion & Healthy Living With Gene Baur

I'm extremely excited to welcome Gene Baur to the Ordinary Vegan Podcast! Gene is the co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as "the conscience of the food movement" by TIME magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farms. What I love most about Gene Baur is his non-judgmental approach. He gently pries our eyes open with his … [Read more...]

Three Healthy Oil-Free Summer Salad Recipes

I can't believe summer is only a week away, and I am so ready for some easy, healthy summer salad recipes. Summer is too precious to waste indoors and for anyone who enjoys food and cooking, summer offers the finest produce. The key is to keep it simple and just enjoy the fresh, fragrant flavors of these seasonal ingredients. That is what I tried to do with these summer salad recipes. Each salad has it's own unique flavor profile, and every dressing is light and oil-free. There is no … [Read more...]

Macaroni Salad For Your Summer Holiday Parties

  OK. Trust me. This macaroni salad was beyond delicious. Truth be told it was inspired by The Pioneer Women macaroni salad recipe, but I made it lighter, lower calorie and 100% vegan! But I got to hand it to that women, the combination of the pickles, black olives, and roasted red pepper is outstanding and creative. So thanks for the inspiration. Sorry I didn't get this recipe out before the weekend, but it should come in handy for … [Read more...]

Podcast #10: Vegan Nutrition & The Role Of Vitamin Supplements

Vegan Nutrition & The Role Of Vitamin Supplements Vegan nutrition isn't difficult to maneuver, but there are a couple of worrisome vitamins we must pay attention to. Today's podcast explores those bothersome vitamins and the role of vitamin and mineral supplements in a plant-based diet. You will learn: How easy it is to obtain healthy vegan nutrition How your body is designed to get nutrients How supplements do not improve health, unless one has a proven deficiency What … [Read more...]

Vegan Meatballs With Rice and Peas Smothered in Tomato Sauce

Growing up Italian, I always loved meatballs. As a matter of fact, my childhood nickname was meatball because that was all I would eat. Now all I eat are vegan meatballs. I still haven't found an egg replacer that mimics eggs well enough to really hold a meatball together, but this comes pretty close. I think the oil from the walnuts help and I used flax eggs to bind and add structure. You can find a full list of vegan egg substitutes [Read more...]

Healthy Dairy Free Diet Beverages

Dairy Free Diet Caramel Latte

For the past few months I have been blogging about the environmental and health benefits of following a dairy free diet. Many of you mentioned that you would miss milk drinks, so with the help of Silk, I made it my mission to come up … [Read more...]

#9 – How Sandy Gooch Started A Natural Foods Revolution

How Sandy Gooch Started A Natural Foods Revolution

"Sandy Gooch single handedly pioneered a natural foods revolution for everyday people" ~~~Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey Sandy Gooch was experiencing seizures and chest pains at too young of an age. Upon investigation, Sandy Gooch found that what she was eating was making her ill. She made an immediate change in her eating choices.  Little did she know, in … [Read more...]

Vegan Burger with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Healthy Vegan Burger with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

I love this vegan burger. It had an excellent texture, nice spices and held up pretty well. I bring that up because burgers made with animal protein have lots of sticky saturated fat which holds them together, but vegan burgers don't have all that fat, so they need a vegan egg replacer. I used the vegan flax eggs, but you could also just add some vegan mayonnaise to help hold the mixture together. I was able … [Read more...]

Methane & Giving Up Cow’s Milk To Help Save The Planet

Methane & Giving Up Cow's Milk To Help Save The Planet

Did you know methane gas emissions is considered the next climate crisis?  Did you know methane gas is a more potent gas than carbon monoxide? If you knew that making small changes to your diet could help reduce the methane crisis would you be willing to help? April … [Read more...]