How to Veganize Your Fridge

One of the easiest ways to transition to a vegan diet is to simply replace the dairy products you have in your fridge with plant-based substitutes!

There’s really no reason why we should use meat and dairy products, which entail so much suffering – not only for the animals, but for ourselves in terms of health consequences – when we’re privileged enough to have so many plant-based alternatives readily available at our nearest health food …

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…

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 snack or (really) lazy dinner than some baked potato slices.

Like most others, I had been raised thinking that potatoes were fattening, empty calories. However, when I began practicing intuitive eating a few years ago, I started to sense that they weren’t as bad as they had been made out to be …

How To Be Cold-Proof

Each year, many of us get resigned to the idea that we’ll probably come down with at least one cold and that it’s just one of those things about winter. But are colds really that inevitable?

Over the past few years, I’ve done my very best not to get a cold. This commitment stems from a six-month period during which I had a recurring ear and throat infection that left me pretty much debilitated. I’m …

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 …

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 …

Scrambled Chickpea Omelette with Onions, Swiss Chard, and Guac

Chickpea flour omelettes are now one of favorite foods when I want something filling and yet light that’s easy to make. But as many times as I’ve made them, I still haven’t been able to master the technique of flipping them over, and as a result they wind up pretty messy-looking. Finally it occurred to me: why don’t I just make them scrambled from now on? After all, scrambled eggs are pretty much the same …