Holidays Made Easy with Vegan Appetizers You Can Afford

Vegan appetizers are one of my favorite food dishes to prepare and a must for any get-together. These vegan appetizers don't include expensive cheese, but they do include delicious, healthy cheese alternatives. This year I focused on affordability. I often hear how expensive a vegan diet can be but you don't always have to shop at pricey grocery stores to get great produce. This week I tried a … [Read more...]

Plant-Based Shopping List For A Healthy New Year

Today's blog post shares my recommendations on what to include on a plant-based shopping list. This plant-based shopping list isn't just for beginners; it is also a good reminder to all vegans about getting back to the basics of what a whole food, plant-based diet is centered around. But for you folks just getting started, 2017 is around the corner and the new year provides a fresh … [Read more...]

Creamy Squash Soup with Corn, Toasted Pecans, and Coconut

  Nothing says fall like a creamy squash soup. Not only is it delicious, it is also an excellent source of many immune-fighting vitamins and minerals. Here is a nutritional breakdown. One cup of butternut squash provides 437% of your vitamin A as well as 52% of vitamin C. Vitamin A and vitamin C are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural molecules that help neutralize free … [Read more...]

Podcast #15 – How Telomere Length Affects Your Health & Longevity

A telomere is the DNA sequence at the tip of a cell's chromosome in human beings. Think of a telomere as a little cap that protects our chromosomes from deterioration which is associated with aging and disease. Telomere length affects our long-term health and longevity. Telomeres become shorter with each cell division and can reach a point where they are no longer able to protect the chromosomes, … [Read more...]

Three Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies That Work

Healthy holiday eating is always a challenge.  On average people gain about 2 pounds between Halloween and New Year's Eve. Two pounds doesn't sound like much, but as the years go on, it can add up. My #1 healthy holiday eating strategy is always begin your holiday meal with soup. Filling up on a healthy, high-fiber soup first can help prevent you from overeating later. Several [Read more...]

Vegan Roast Wellington with Lentils, Mushrooms & Chestnuts

"We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell I love Joseph Campbell and especially that quote. It took me awhile to get it right but somehow I did. Sometimes we are just too close to the action to understand how unhealthy it is for us. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Most Popular Vegan Recipes

 

A Video Message From Ordinary Vegan

  The Ordinary Vegan community has spoken, and here are the top-5 most popular vegan recipes to date. For more tasty and popular vegan recipes, visit Ordinary Vegan's recipe page. Thanks for being part of our healthy community. I am on a mission … [Read more...]

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie With Lentils, Mushrooms and Peas

  First of all, before we discuss this incredibly delicious vegan Shepherd's Pie, I wanted to share some of the things I love about fall and winter. People usually look at me strangely when I say I love the short days and cozy nights. But there is so much to celebrate, from cute sweaters to log fires. Furthermore, it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all coming, and no matter how old I get, I love the holiday season! I didn't use to like Halloween but now we have a … [Read more...]

Vegan Ice Cream with Chocolate Flakes & Coconut Caramel Sauce

I created this vegan ice cream yesterday solely to smother it in Nature’s Charm new vegan coconut caramel sauce. Oh my gosh, I have missed caramel so much since I became vegan but I don’t have to anymore. Nature’s Charm just released a [Read more...]

Vegan Podcast 14: Ordinary Foods with Extraordinary Health Benefits

What if you could add five healthy foods to your plate and make an improvement in your health and longevity? Today's podcast explores what ingredients can play a role in;  controlling blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar and boosting energy. We also provide easy tips and recipes on including these extraordinary ingredients into your diet. Simple and fun ways to spice up your health. This week's podcast recipe is a delicious, easy to prepare authentic … [Read more...]

Vegan Bean Chili With Creamy Cannellini Beans, Green Chiles & Spinach

  Halloween is right around the corner and there is something I always do to prepare for that busy night.  I make a big batch of my vegan bean chili with creamy cannellini beans, roasted green chiles, and spinach. A Halloween night meal should be simple and forgiving.  Meaning you can make it a day or two in advance and rewarm throughout the evening. When family drifts in and out, there is always something hearty and healthy to feed them. Also noteworthy is that this vegan bean … [Read more...]

Easy Vegetable Soup With Roasted Poblano Peppers

Autumn is in the air and making a big pot of easy vegetable soup for Sunday supper is one of my favorite "cool" night things to do. I always like to step it up a notch with some crunch, texture and a little smokiness.  Foods with lots of textures satiate you faster especially in a plant-based diet. Also, if you are the only vegan in a carnivore family, my strongest advice is to get as much fresh food as possible on the table with different textures. For example; green beans with sliced … [Read more...]

Calcium Rich Foods In A Plant-Based Diet

It is no secret that calcium rich foods are vital for strong bones and teeth. Many people believe that cow's milk is the greatest source of calcium with 276mg of calcium per cup. But did you know that one cup of collard greens has 357mg of calcium and calcium-fortified non-dairy milk has up to 300mg of calcium? Tofu, broccoli, tempeh, black strap molasses, dark leafy green and seeds are also rich in calcium. As a matter of fact, one of the best calcium-rich diets you can follow is plant-based … [Read more...]

Meatless Meatballs Smothered in Vegan Dill Gravy

Meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts smothered in dill gravy. I love a hearty Sunday suppah! As we like to call it in Boston. Fall is right around the corner, and I am gearing up and practicing hearty vegan meals to keep you warm and satisfied all winter. So many of you reach out to me about family meals after you make the switch to a vegan diet. I would say this is the kind of meal you could serve to a carnivore spouse or family member and not get any … [Read more...]

Bulgur: One Of The World’s Best Foods For Weight Loss

Bulgur is a whole grain that often takes a back seat to more traditional grains like quinoa. Did you know quinoa with 222 calories per cup has nearly twice the calories of bulgur, which has 112 calories per cup? Cup for cup, quinoa has more macronutrients except for dietary fiber. However, if you eat two cups of bulgur, you'll be eating the same amount of calories and nutrients that are in one cup of quinoa. Protein wise, quinoa contains approximately 8 grams of protein per cup and bulgur … [Read more...]

#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...]