#13: Longevity – The Food Secrets of Cultures With The Longest Lifespan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/ordinaryvegan/Ordinary_Vegan_Podcast_13.mp3 We can consume foods that can heal us or we can consume foods that can kill us. Once we know the difference, we are on the road to a healthy, happy, long life. Today's podcast is devoted to longevity and the foods that have played a role in the cultures of people around the world who enjoy healthy lives into their 80s, 90s, and some well into their hundreds. Listen to today's podcast to unlock the secrets of longevity … [Read more...]

Crudite Platter with Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing

The key to a successful crudite platter is to use all the season's best vegetables. Today I choose green for my crudités because sugar snap peas, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers and green cauliflower were all available at my local farmer's market. I recommend taking a few minutes to properly prepare each vegetable. Here is what you do. Asparagus: Make sure you remove the tough fibrous ends. My trick is to bend the thick end of each stalk until it snaps off. Then boil some water and blanch … [Read more...]

Easy Salsa Recipe for Tomato Season or Year-Round

I love a fresh and easy salsa, and I rarely buy store-bought. Especially during tomato season. Utterly addictive, this bright and spicy easy salsa combines vine-ripened  tomatoes, chipotle peppers, onions, cilantro and garlic to bring out a rich and smokey flavor. I promise you will never want to buy commercially bottled again. I like to celebrate tomato season by making easy salsa,  tomato vinaigrette, roasted cherry tomatoes over pasta or a simple, delicious tomato sauce with a soffrito of … [Read more...]

Vegan Meringue with Summertime Berries

I need to introduce you to my love. It is vegan meringue. Oh my goodness. To be honest, I was very skeptical about using chickpea brine to make vegan meringue, but I got over that quickly. This meringue was light, airy and formed stiff peaks. Not only was the texture great, but it was absolutely delicious. I don't know about you but meringue is one of my favorite sweets. Sure it has sugar but everyone needs a treat once in awhile. You could use this vegan meringue in any recipe that calls for … [Read more...]

Easy Corn Chowder with Potatoes, Red Pepper & Dill

This easy corn chowder highlights the savory taste of seasonal vegetables. Fresh and sweet, corn is one of the summer's greatest pleasures. What I love most about this easy corn chowder is that it's simple yet hearty and creamy without the cream. I substituted the cream with some Silk unflavored almond milk, and it worked brilliantly without the added calories and fat. Corn has been getting a bad rap lately. In … [Read more...]

#12: How A GFCF Diet Can Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Today's podcast discusses the benefits of a gluten-free, casein-free,  GFCF diet,  for children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. Gut disorders are one of the most common medical conditions associated with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children with autism are three to five times more likely to suffer from chronic gastrointestinal … [Read more...]

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...]