Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sometimes salads and sautéed or grilled vegetables are great on their own with just some extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt or, my favorite, Herbamare. However, sometimes you just need a little more je ne sais quoi to make it more filling and satisfying. This is where pumpkin seeds can be a vital asset your vegan pantry!

Why pumpkin seeds? Well, most notably, they’re incredibly nutritious and rich in protein. But also, when roasted …

A Vegan’s Take on Okja

Before seeing Bong Joon-ho’s film Okja, produced by Netflix, I didn’t know what a potential game-changer it might be for the vegan cause. I’d heard a little here and there about the film, knew it was a part Korean, part American sci-fi film centered around a girl and a genetically-modified pig-like animal and that it involved a struggle between a vigilante animal rights group and Big Ag. I was a bit wary of watching Okja …

Guac

Guac is probably the single best thing you can make when gathering together with friends or family. It evokes a fun, laid-back vibe and everyone loves it.

I’ve been making my own version for several years now, but only last year introduced a new twist that makes it even more awesome: cucumber.

 Cucumber adds an unexpected but welcome element of coolness, which is balanced by the warmth of red onion and jalapeño. I’ve made this …

Must-Watch Animal Rights Talks

Since becoming vegan, I’ve listened to many thought-provoking and poignant animal rights speeches on YouTube. But there are really only a handful that have stuck with me throughout the years and that I keep returning to to watch or listen to again and again. I know I’m not alone, because they’re some of the animal rights and vegan talks with the most views on YouTube. So what is it about these speeches in particular that …

Vegan Lemon Cream Pasta with Arugula

One of the things I love in theory 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.

The good thing is that there are vegan alternatives to every dairy product. So when my mom explained to me on that that she was …

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, Gobo, 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 memories of …

Hydrating and Alkalizing Green Juice

My diet is mainly macrobiotic, meaning that I eat lots of cooked seasonal vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Back when I initially experimented with various vegan ways of preparing and eating food, I did try going raw because it seemed like a potentially healthier lifestyle. However, this phase did not last very long, because I found that especially when the weather gets cold here in New York City, I need warming, grounding foods to feel …

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 with Swiss Chard in Miso Sesame Peanut 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 when you get home from work. 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 tofu.