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...]

#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...]

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...]