28-Day Plant-Based Diet for Earth Day

28-Day Plant-Based Diet for Earth Day Tomorrow is Earth Day, and I am very excited about the upcoming Earth Day Challenge that I am doing in conjunction with DietBet. Basically, people are challenging each other to eat a 28-day plant-based diet to demonstrate their love for the planet and for themselves. What's the … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipes For a Vegan Memorial Day

Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone. With the massive beef recalls going on this week, it would be the ideal time to serve and encourage your family to enjoy a delicious meatless holiday. There are so many yummy options including this plant based burger as the piece de resistance. Sides could include baked beans, grilled vegetables, potato salad and the tasty quinoa black … [Read more...]

Vegan Sandwich – Sun-Dried Tomato & Chickpea Sandwich

Vegan Sandwich - Sun-Dried Tomato & Chickpea Sandwich I needed something quick and easy for lunch today so I made this delicious vegan sandwich with chickpeas, basil and sun-dried tomato mayonnaise piled with my favorite toppings.  Chickpeas are gold to a plant-based diet. They  are loaded with protein and fiber, and they are low in fat. They are also very versatile and you can use them in soups, … [Read more...]

Eggplant Burger On A Ramen Noodle Bun With Tahini Sauce

Eggplant Burger On A Ramen Noodle Bun With Tahini Sauce Ramen noodles are all the rage here in Los Angeles, and LA restaurants are cooking them up in all kinds of original ways. Ramen noodles usually host an entire meal in one bowl, and I love that too, but I thought it would be fun to make some ramen buns.  Surprisingly, they were much easier to construct than I imagined. They were … [Read more...]

Baby Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwich

No Bones Baby Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwich

I ran into an old friend today. She is a 45-year-old mother of a four-year-old toddler. She did a very brave thing five years ago. She hadn't found the right man, but she wanted children, so she adopted. Of course,  it turned out to be the best thing she has ever done. Her only regret is that she feels like she … [Read more...]

Chickpea Burger with Tahini Sauce & The Benefits of Meditation

Chickpea Burger with Tahini Sauce

I was speaking to a dear friend today and she was really struggling. She began sharing a heartbreaking story when suddenly she stopped, and said she didn't want to talk about it anymore. She also said, "I don't want to ever think about it again." Well I have read enough Pema Chodron books to know that is not a good idea. The best way to heal is by bringing painful stories into the light of awareness, not by pushing them … [Read more...]

Avocado and Chickpea Hummus with Pomegranate Seeds

Avocado and Chickpea Hummus with Pomegranate Seeds "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Mohandas Gandhi There is something extremely important I would like to talk about today. It is a subject that I avoid because I write a food blog and never want my readers to feel helpless or guilty about their lifestyle choices. But today I want to speak frankly about the food industry and animal abuse. First, I would like to say, I am not … [Read more...]

Letting the Universe Take Me

Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich & Letting the Universe Take Me

On Friday, the local nightly news announced that there were a pod of rare endangered blue whales swimming off the coast of Long Beach. Blue whales are the largest thing that has ever lived on earth and they have a heart the size of a Volkswagen bug. They also weigh over 100 tons. Due to their enormous size and power, blue whales have virtually no natural … [Read more...]

Vegan Reuben Sandwich with Russian Dressing

Vegan Reuben Sandwich with Sweet & Spicy Russian Dressing

"Letting go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us" ~~Joseph Campbell                          Post from 2011 I love Joseph Campbell's quote about life. Is it genuinely possible to have the life that is waiting for you if you have a job, family and obligations? … [Read more...]

Keeping it Simple and Meeting Your Protein Needs

Keeping it Simple and Meeting Your Protein Needs

I receive a lot of feedback from people who say "they don't have time to be vegan", meaning they don't have the time to cook. One of the many things I hope to accomplish with this blog is convincing you that creating quick and easy vegan recipes isn't as hard as it looks. There is no reason that being vegan should mean hours of cooking. Here are a few recipes that I made this past week. All are simple, quick … [Read more...]

Veggie Burgers With a Spicy Mango Ketchup

Veggie Burgers With a Spicy Mango Ketchup

DAY 38 - In Norse mythology, the number 38 is said to represent unnatural bravery which seems somehow fitting for me today. It's so hard to believe that I have actually been vegan for 38 days. I definitely feel different and there is a certain lightness in my body and a heightened energy that I have never felt before. That is the good news. The bad news is that I have to constantly worry about what I am going to eat. … [Read more...]