Vegan in the White Mountains!

This winter, I’ve made two trips the White Mountains in New Hampshire and thought I’d share my experiences travelling and doing outdoor activities there as a vegan!

The White Mountains, which include Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, are towards the northern end of the Appalachian trail and include some of the most rugged peaks on the East Coast. The area is absolutely magical and beautiful. I feel like I never really experienced what it …

Shells n’ “Cheese”

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I usually use quinoa shells instead of macaroni, as I prefer the size and shape. In this particular cheese sauce, I add coconut oil and white miso, which add to the richness and flavor of the cheese sauce.

The creaminess of the cashews, the cheddary-ness of the nutritional yeast, and the tartness of lemon or lime juice create a very cheesy taste and texture, that doesn’t involve…

Vegan Winter Fashion

Being vegan in our society is no easy task, given that almost every single sector in our economy relies on some form of animal exploitation. Of course, perhaps the greatest logistical challenge for vegans lies in finding dairy and meat-free food when the overwhelming majority of food in our culture is not vegan. But in my experience, finding vegan clothes can be even harder sometimes.

Winter is an especially tricky time fashion-wise for vegans, as …

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, …

How To Be Cold-Proof

Around this time of year, many of us get resigned to the idea that we’ll probably come down with a few colds in fall, winter, or spring and that it just comes with the territory of being alive. But are colds really that inevitable?

In the past few years, I’ve vowed to myself that I would not get a cold. This commitment stems from a six-month period during which I had a recurring ear and …

Baked Tempeh with Forbidden Rice Noodles in Peanut Sauce

This delicious Thai-inspired dish requires minimal prep time and chopping. It does involve a bit of passive waiting time, but you can leave the kitchen and do chores in between steps.

People’s interest are always piqued when they see the dish because it looks so exotic and unusual. My brother, who can be pretty skeptical about vegan food particularly anything containing soy – sampled it and was very impressed, although he remained unclear as …

Vegan Fall Fashion

One of my favorite ways to get into fall mode is to start thinking about the new clothes I’m going to wear, particularly vegan sweaters, jackets, boots. Towards the end of the post, I’ll get into my favorite vegan finds for the season. First, let’s talk about a very animal-unfriendly material that gets purchased and worn a lot around this time of year – wool.

The details surrounding the story of wool are not common …

Must-Watch Documentaries + Vegan Popcorn Recipe!

I first got into watching documentaries as a senior in college, when I was taking a course called American Independent Films. Every week our class would watch “indie films,” films outside the major film studio system that are either quirky, gritty, or deal with fringe topics that don’t normally get coverage in the mainstream media. As part of our course, we went to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for 10 days. This was a …

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

This delicious vegan fettuccine alfredo is my go-to meal when I’m cooking for a group of people. Not only is it super easy to make, but even picky eaters and skeptics of vegan food love it. Everyone is usually surprised that there’s no cheese in it, since the nutritional yeast and cashews create a convincingly cheesy taste and texture. I usually add kale, because kale goes fabulously with the sauce, but you can sub with …

Health Benefits of Nature

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” -Gary Snyder

Our planet is extraordinarily beautiful.

And yet…the majority of the time we find ourselves amidst artificial and man-made surroundings that fail to inspire and nourish us as nature does. We are adapted to be in nature, but rather than seek fulfillment and healing in the natural environment, we turn to computer screens, gadgets, and pharmaceutical drugs. This movement away from nature and towards …