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...]

Vegan Chow Mein with Tofu & Vegetables

Vegan Chow Mein with Tofu & Vegetables "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Mahatma Gandhi Last week I met a very impressive young man. He was ten-years-old and he told me "he loves animals." Because of this love and compassion, he … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Vegan Pho Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Vegan Pho Noodle Soup Noodles houses are all the rage here in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is Vietnamese style noodle soup, but it is very difficult to find vegan pho. Pho consists of noodles in a light sweet broth usually accompanied by basil, lime and chili.  The combination of sweet, salty, spicy and citrus is a perfect balance of  flavors. Traditional pho is often made with animal … [Read more...]

Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Tofu

Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Tofu

Today is World Kidney Day and awareness events are being held around the globe. They call it the "silent disease" because you don't usually feel anything until it's too late. World Kidney Day encourages people to be screened to detect any problems early on. More than 10% of people, or more than 20 million, aged 20 … [Read more...]

Smokey Mole Tacos with Tofu and Tomatillo Sauce

Smokey Mole Tacos with Tofu and Tomatillo Sauce On Tuesday, March 26, President Barack Obama, signed a spending bill, HR933, into law that included language that has food advocates and organic farmers up in arms. It is being called the "Monsanto Protection Act". The "Monsanto Protection Act" bars federal courts from being able to stop the sale or planting of genetically modified (also known as GMO) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future. The advent of … [Read more...]

Tofu With A Red Onion Glaze Over Rice

Tofu With A Red Onion Glaze Over Rice

So my feet are shrinking- ugh. Suddenly, all my shoes are too wide. WTH?? I decided to do some research and see if there is any connection to my new vegan diet and shrinking feet. Well guess what? There is. Your feet are the first thing to swell up when you have too much sodium in your diet. It creates water retention and you can actually reduce the size of your feet by reducing your sodium intake. So what's my plant … [Read more...]

High Protein Edamame Pasta, Spirituality & Food

High Protein Edamame Pasta, Spirituality & Food

When I woke up this morning, I felt a little unusual - very calm, satisfied with lots of energy and I didn't even need my morning cup of coffee. I decided to step on the scale to see if I have lost any weight and found out "nope" not a pound but I felt weirdly light. So, I measured my stomach. Someone recommended that I do that before I started this diet because they said the first thing you lose is … [Read more...]

Stir-Fry Tamarind Tofu and Mushroom

Stir-Fry Tamarind Tofu and Mushroom

I can't believe it has only been one week since I went vegan! It has really been difficult because of my busy schedule, a root canal and finding food options out there in the "real world" but I'll start with yesterday. My Godchild turned one this weekend and the birthday party was amazing. The menu was barbecue chicken & ribs and a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. When the food was served, I hadn't eaten … [Read more...]