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 …

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 …

Vegan on the East End of Long Island

Like many New Yorkers, I try to head out east as much as possible during the warmer months. My parents have a house out there, where I spent all my summers growing up, and which feels much more like home to me than the city.

The moment I get there, I instantly feel peaceful, relaxed and happy – and all of my stress and anxiety falls away. It’s pretty awesome.

What’s not awesome is that …

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 …