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...]

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...]

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Greens & Fennel Seeds

Well, it's that time of year again. New Years Day! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful 2016. I greatly appreciate all your support over the years, and I am so thankful you are part of our healthy, compassionate community.  It is an honor to serve you. In 2015, I launched my first podcast and … [Read more...]

Easy Soup – Hot and Sour Cabbage Mushroom Soup

Easy Soup - Hot and Sour Soup with Cabbage, Mushrooms & Noodles

This is such an easy soup to prepare, but you would never know it from the complex flavors. Not only that, it can be created in 20 minutes. What more could you ask for? I also love the health benefits. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low … [Read more...]

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet & Spicy Walnuts

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet & Spicy Walnuts There is nothing better on a cold, dreary day than breaking out a big pot and making soup. Today I not only pulled out my big pot,  but I was feeling exotic,  so I also pulled out my Padma Lakshmi's cookbook called "Tangy, Tart, Hot and … [Read more...]

One-Pot Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Stew

Easy One-Pot Vegan Chickpea, Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Stew Whether you are on a vegan diet full or part-time, you will love this satisfying and easy one-pot vegan meal. This chickpea, cauliflower and sweet potato stew is quick, delicious, high protein and full of everything your body needs to thrive on. It is also oil free and low fat.  Chickpeas are considered a nutrient-rich food and provide … [Read more...]

Red Bell Pepper Soup with Crunchy Garbanzo Beans

 Red Bell Pepper Soup with Crunchy Garbanzo Beans It's Valentine's Day week and messages of love are everywhere. This year I won't be celebrating a romantic Valentine's Day with anyone and before you feel sorry for me, I want to share something with you. Many years ago, I read a book called the [Read more...]

Vegan Chicken and Dumplings

Vegan Chicken and Dumplings Many parts of the USA are getting pounded with snow this week and a delicious plant-based recipe is the perfect remedy for those cold, wintery days.  I have lots of friends and family on the East Coast and I wanted to come up with something that would help keep them warm and cozy. I choose my vegan chicken and dumplings recipe because nothing says warm and cozy … [Read more...]

Braised Greens and Potatoes with Fennel

Braised Greens, Potatoes & Mushrooms with Lemon, Dill and Fennel Some people look at me skeptically when I start talking about the connection between spirituality and veganism. But the truth is once you stop eating dead animals your energy changes.  Your body becomes clean for the first time in your life, and the highly potent plants you consume … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Pomegranate Salsa

Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy soups, casseroles and even muffins shine with the addition of sweet and golden butternut squash. Aside from being a delicious versatile ingredient, there are many, many health benefits. Let's discuss a few. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidants including beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is considered one … [Read more...]

Asian Noodle Soup with Corn, Carrots & Grilled Pineapple

Asian Noodle Soup with Corn, Carrots, Kale, Bok Choy & Grilled Pineapple

The other day I got really angry. It came on unexpectedly. One minute I was running on my treadmill listening to a book on tape, the next minute I was choking back some strong, scary emotions. I was angry about something in my past and my first inclination was to ignore it and move … [Read more...]

Creamy Green Cauliflower Soup with Parsley Sauce

Creamy Green Cauliflower Soup with Parsley Sauce As you all know, I love my cruciferous vegetables. These delicious vegetables have it all; carotenoids, beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and K, folate, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Members of the cruciferous family include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy. [Read more...]

Cilantro Summer Corn Chowder with Cashew Cream

Cilantro Summer Corn Chowder with Cashew Cream Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Caught in a bad romance Lady Ga Ga When I was a student in 6th grade, I had the choice to eat in the school cafeteria or go home for lunch. I choose the option to go to a small local restaurant where I sat at the counter and ordered the same meal every single day;  lettuce and tomato sandwich on toasted bread and a small … [Read more...]

Broccoli Soup & How Cruciferous Vegetables Fight Cancer

Broccoli Soup & How Cruciferous Vegetables Fight Cancer

If you’re looking for an exceptionally nutrient-dense food that’s also tasty, easy to prepare and could possibly inhibit cancer, look no further than cruciferous vegetables. There are many types of cruciferous vegetables. The most common varieties are arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, … [Read more...]

Spring Vegetable Soup with Peas, Asparagus, Mint & Rice

Spring Vegetable Soup with English Peas, Asparagus, Mint & Jasmine Rice There is no doubt in my mind that spring is here when I spot fresh garden peas at the grocery store. These yummy fresh peas are tucked inside a pod and very simple to shell. They have a delicate, sweet flavor and well worth the time and effort of removing them from the pods. I also grabbed some other spring seasonal vegetables … [Read more...]

Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Mint

Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Mint

If you want to put a different spin on traditional pea soup definitely try this split pea green pea combo. It is delicious, inexpensive and plant-based healthy. Did you know that green peas are extremely low in fat and a mega source of vitamin K, manganese, fiber, B1, copper, folate, phosphorus and vitamin … [Read more...]

Italian Wedding Soup with Cannellini Meatballs, Farro & Kale

 Italian Wedding Soup with Cannellini Meatballs, Farro, Kale & Spinach and...A Gift Resides In The Worst of Times I love the morning because every day brings a new chance to start over. Last night I went to bed thinking there could be no solution to a problem, and of course the new day brought a new solution. Recently, I have been watching a couple of my friends truly suffer because they … [Read more...]

No Fuss Italian Pasta e Fagioli with “little ear” Orecchiette

Italian Pasta e Fagioli "How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours" Wayne Dyer In my former career, I was fortunate to have a positive powerful mentor named Russ.  Every decision I made at work and life, I would ask myself, "what would Russ do?". That simple question always guided me to the right answer. Now I have a different career and no mentor like Russ in my life. So who do … [Read more...]