Vegan Lemon “Butter” Pasta with Arugula and Hemp Seeds

Fresh. Simple. Easy. One of the things I love about Mark Bittman’s pasta recipes in the New York Times is that they’re super-simple and yet they also use unique combinations of ingredients that make the dish creative and unexpected. Unfortunately, they also rely heavily on dairy – cream, butter, and cheese – which are unhealthy, and products of a cruel industry.

The good thing is that there are vegan alternatives to every dairy product. …

Vegan Lunch Joints NYC

More and more these days, people are waking up to the fact that vegan food is not doomed to be bland and boring, but can instead be delicious and exciting. Case in point: NYC’s vegan lunch spots, which have proliferated over the years, commanding the attention of even the most curmudgeonly meat eaters and making life a ton easier for vegan New Yorkers like myself.

In my last post, I shared my vegan favorite places …

Vegan Restaurants NYC

A lot has changed in the New York City vegan scene in recent years. Some of my favorite vegan restaurants such as V-Note, Blossom on Carmine, and Pure Food & Wine closed due to the high cost of organic food, rising real estate prices in Manhattan, and other circumstances.

It was definitely sad to hear that these restaurants closed, especially since the food and atmosphere they had were so great, and I have many fond …

Refreshing and Alkalizing Green Juice

An ideal vegan diet incorporates both raw and cooked vegetables because there are certain nutrients that are best preserved in raw foods, while others are most easily digested when cooked. My own tendency is to gravitate towards warming, grounding, stick-to-your-ribs kind of food. Raw vegetables have just never really appealed to me, but I do notice that I feel more energized and vibrant when I eat them.

So what’s the solution? For me, the …

Omnivore or Herbivore?

As humans, we usually take for granted the idea that we can eat just about anything, and therefore we are omnivores.

However, when you compare the teeth and digestive systems carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores, what emerges is the truth that, anatomically and physiologically, we share little in common with carnivores and omnivores, and that we in fact have the classic characteristics of herbivores.

In this post we will delve deep into the “controversial” topic of …

Baked Tofu + Swiss Chard in Special Sauce

This is an Asian-inspired meal I randomly made up that is flavorful and delicious. It’s grounding and filling yet also light – making it the perfect meal for after work on a cold winter’s evening. It’s also super easy to make. And if you already have the pantry ingredients (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, toasted sesame oil, peanut butter, and tahini), all you have to pick up at the store is garlic, swiss chard and

More Must-Watch Documentaries

So many amazing documentaries are coming out all the time about vegan diets, animal welfare, and the environment. In my previous post about documentaries Must-Watch Documentaries, I listed some of the absolute must-see films about these topics.

However, there are many more documentaries that I consider to be essential viewing. So if you’ve watched Forks Over Knives, Eating, Earthlings, Blackfish, Conspiracy, etc. definitely move on to these ones. Several of these films got a …

Chia Seed Pudding

This fresh, filling, and delicious chia seed pudding is unlike most breakfast recipes in that you prepare it the night before, and it only takes 5 minutes to make. It’s also super-rich in beneficial nutrients. Coconut milk is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), fatty acids which (counterintuitively) boost our metabolism. It’s also creamy and delicious. Chia seeds – often touted as superfoods – are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3’s, in addition to containing magnesium, …

The Problem(s) with Dairy

Have you ever paused to consider the fact that not only are we, humans, the only species to consume milk into adulthood, but that we’re the only species to ingest the milk of another species? Most people haven’t, and indeed I myself never contemplated the absurdity of this fact until after I became vegan.

The dairy industry doesn’t want you to think about how completely unnatural it is for humans to drink the milk of …

Chickpea Flour Omelette with Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella

In my opinion, chickpea flour omelettes are a crucial staple for everyone’s cooking repertoire. They’re super-easy to make; high in protein, fiber, and iron; and delicious when combined with the right seasoning and / or vegetables.

However, most people aren’t even aware that they exist – even most of my vegan friends and acquaintances haven’t heard of them. Which I find surprising, because chickpea omelettes are one of my go-to dishes when I need something …