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. …

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 …

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

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, …

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 …

The Best Vegan Avocado Toast

Rich in healthy fats and fiber, avocado toast may just be the best and easiest breakfast ever. This version drizzled with lemon juice and coconut oil, and topped with sea salt, hemp seeds, and crushed red pepper is the one I always make, and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s rich in energizing and nourishing healthy fats, but not overly filling, making it the perfect light meal to have before you head out the door …

Vegan Protein Smoothie

This recipe is inspired by my hiking friend, who is in great shape and very hard core. We go on many of the same hiking trips together with mutual friends, but I can never actually hike with him because he goes at a much faster pace than most people, and I’m more of a straggler.

One day when we were driving back from the Daks, he explained to me the ingredients that he has in …

Charred Kale with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Do you ever feel like you just want something easy but healthy, while also tasty and comforting for dinner? I’ll often make this recipe for charred kale along with some potato rounds for a nice, light dinner if I’ve had a heavy lunch or am too tired to make anything that requires forethought or energy and it always winds up being just what I needed.

People are often surprised how amazingly delicious and un-boring …

Shells & Cheeze

“I could go vegan…but” can you guess what the rest of the sentence usually is? I couldn’t give up cheese. This is what people say to vegans all the time. But the truth is you don’t really have to give up anything, as there are many different vegan cheeses on the market these days. And what’s even better is that you can create your own vegan cheese by combining cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon or …

Simple Side: Potato Rounds

Grounding, filling, earthy, comforting… these are some words that come to mind when I think about potatoes. In my opinion, these’s no better yummy snack or (really) lazy dinner than some baked potato slices.

Contrary to mainstream society’s beliefs about them, potatoes are actually incredibly healthy for us. They contain high levels of fiber and are packed with nutrients. Like most others, I had been raised thinking that potatoes were bad for me. However, …