#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...]

Healthy Breakfast Muffin with Quinoa, Dates & Oranges

Healthy Breakfast Muffin with Quinoa, Dates & Oranges

The secret to all-day energy is what you decide to eat in the morning. I love starting my day with a healthy breakfast muffin packed with nutrients and protein like this healthy breakfast muffin made with quinoa, dates and fresh oranges. As many of you know, oranges are renowned for their juicy and sweet concentration of vitamin C.  We know that vitamin C can … [Read more...]

6 – Incredible Health Benefits of Chia, Hemp and Flax Seeds

Incredible Health Benefits of Chia, Hemp and Flax Seeds

When I began my plant-based journey, it was tough for me to wrap my head around all the new, exotic and unfamiliar seeds available.  But when I realized the health benefits of chia, hemp and flax seeds, I knew I had to learn how to work them into my everyday life. After four years of research and experimenting, I discovered which seeds were the most beneficial to my health and which seeds I should … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Bread with Apples & Walnuts

Wow! I have been so busy lately, but I love every minute of it. I keep searching for new inspiration for my recipes and this week's apple cinnamon bread was inspired by realizing I bought too many apples. Funny but true. But it was mighty delicious! The reason I'm so busy is because of my new ventures include my Ordinary Vegan podcast. I had no idea when I launched the [Read more...]

No Oil, No Refined Sugar Zucchini Muffins

No Oil, No Refined Sugar Zucchini Muffins I love adding vegetables to muffins. Grated vegetables not only add more nutrients, they also add more flavor and moisture. Zucchini is plentiful and inexpensive this time of year so today I grated a large zucchini and added it to my muffin mix. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can use replace the zucchini with grated apples or carrots. … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust

  Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust I received an unexpected surprise in the mail today. It was a letter I wrote to a friend when I was only 17-years-old. My childhood girlfriend was kind enough to send it to me. The first thing that struck me were my rapid-fire jokes. I'm not saying they were funny, but every other line I wrote, I made a joke. It is the opposite of what I recall about … [Read more...]

Chia Seed Plant-Powered Breakfast

  Chia Seed Plant-Powered Breakfast  There is nothing like starting your day with the nutritional bonanza of chia seeds. Did you know chia seeds are considered one of the healthiest and most beneficial foods on the planet? A one ounce serving of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They also contain more calcium than a glass of milk and are loaded with antioxidants … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach

 Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach, Arugula & Basil Sour Cream Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, Dave Barry, once wrote: "minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables." A clever and funny way to describe how bountiful zucchini can be. Which is why even though they are a type of … [Read more...]

Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans

  Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans and Vegetables Many of our visitors to Ordinary Vegan are first-time guests and I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to start embracing a plant-based diet. A plant-based/vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and eliminates all meat and dairy.  The health benefits are astounding and here are some … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrots and Avocado with Cilantro Dressing

Sometimes the yummiest plant-based recipes are the simplest combination of flavors and textures like these colorful roasted carrots and avocado. This is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy and the cumin seeds impart a distinctive aromatic flavor. The best part is you can nibble these guilt-free whenever you feel like a snack. Also, let us not forget the health benefits of carrots and … [Read more...]

Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole

Sweet Pea Guacamole Just found out it is officially "Guacamole Day." Who knew? So to celebrate I made one of my favorite guacamole recipes. Hope you enjoy this easy sweet pea guacamole recipe as much as I did, and Happy Guacamole Day. Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole   [Read more...]

Baked Oatmeal with Raspberries & Pistachios & Raising Vegan Children

Baked Oatmeal with Raspberries & Pistachios & Raising Vegan Children

Many people believe that restricting animal protein from a child's diet is dangerous. Meanwhile, there has been a dramatic rise in type-2 diabetes in children because of the increase in childhood obesity. Type-2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but that name was discarded … [Read more...]

Oil Free Granola Bars with Dark Chocolate & Cherries

Oil Free Granola Bars with Dark Chocolate & Cherries I don't eat many store bought granola or energy bars because of the high sodium and oil. For example, I was reading the ingredients of a very popular brand of protein bar targeted to women and here is what I found; organic cane syrup, dried cane syrup, palm kernel oil and the sodium was 340mg. Sugar, oil and sodium does not make a healthy protein … [Read more...]

Healthy High Protein Vegan Sandwich Ideas

Healthy High Protein Vegan Sandwich Ideas Often I am asked about vegan sandwich ideas especially from parents of vegan children. There are many simple recipes I recommend like peanut butter, bananas and strawberries or a wrap with hummus and avocado, but that can get boring. I met a young boy on a plant-based diet who told me he … [Read more...]

Sugar Snap Peas With Mint, Lemon & Pistachios

Sugar Snap Peas With Mint, Lemon & Pistachios It's sugar snap pea season here in California and I can't enough of these. Sugar snap peas are a relatively new food and a cross between snow peas and garden peas. They have a crispy texture and slightly sweet taste. You can eat … [Read more...]

Red Quinoa Pancakes with Golden Gooseberries

Red Quinoa Pancakes with Golden Gooseberries

OK, I admit it. I am quinoa crazy. I just can't get enough of this inexpensive super nutritious grain. Lately, I have been buying black and red quinoa to compliment the colors of other ingredients. I also think there is a subtle difference in taste and my palette says the red quinoa is a little nuttier. At any rate, it … [Read more...]

Vegan Snack: Stuffed Dates, Almonds & Tangerines

Vegan Snack Attack Dates Stuffed With Cashew Cream, Almonds & Tangerines

I love a healthy, nutritious vegan snack, and it doesn't take many plant-based ingredients to feel full and satiated. Just think fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables. All of those foods are guaranteed to make you feel sharper, brighter and energized. Just think,  a snack that tastes great … [Read more...]

Wolfgang Puck’s Oscar Night “Green With Envy” Power Smoothie

Oscar Night "Green With Envy" Power Smoothie Juicing is extremely popular with the Hollywood crowd, and Wolfgang Puck is kicking off this year's Oscar party by handing out this fresh, green, organic power smoothie. Personally, I don't juice and don't have the proper equipment, but a food processor or blender works fine with some added liquid. I used apple juice. This recipe will make 6 shot-size … [Read more...]

Biscotti Cookies With Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

Biscotti Cookies with Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

I came across some super yummy jams last year at a pop-up. They are called Laura Ann's Jams, and they are infused with exotic spices and flavors like Blueberry Basil, Raspberry Habanero, Rockin Jalapeno (my favorite), and Strawberry Vanilla Bean among others.  Types of jams you are not likely to find in your local … [Read more...]

Top Six Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

Top Six Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

For many Americans, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest food days of the year. Much like Thanksgiving, people often feel horrible the next day from all the fat, sugar and salt. Not us … [Read more...]