Vegan 101: My Favorite Cookbooks

9-19-2011 11-26-03 AM

One of the easiest ways to get into being vegan is to treat yourself to a few good cookbooks.  The market for vegan cooking guides has exploded over the last few years, and without some direction, typing in “vegan cookbook” into Amazon will yield a laundry list of authors that is overwhelming to the untrained eye.  Below is a short list of my favs.  If you want to... Read More

Vegan 101: The Master List

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So today I sent this email to my friend who is a newbie vegan and I thought it might be helpful for others, newbie or not.  So here is my vegan bible!!  You can get these at any Whole Foods, and also some grocery stores. Earth Balance – best “butter” spread ever.  I have turned a lot of non-vegans onto it to.  All natural/vegan. Silk Coconut Milk Vanilla — I’m... Read More

I *Heart* Kale

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Oh yes, yes I do. Enough posts on vegan ice cream… this is the real good stuff. Kale is my “comfort food.” When I’m starting to feel worn out and tired, I work this into a meal. If you didn’t now, Kale is packed with nutritional value. Check out this chart from World’s Healthiest Foods: As you can see the vegetable is super low in calories and... Read More

I *Heart* Chard

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While Kale will always be my favorite green, Chard is a close 2nd.  Especially Rainbow Chard, which just sounds nice to say.  Like other greens, chard is a nutritional powerhouse, especially for bone support.  Check out this chart from World’s Healthiest Foods: I also like chard because it’s also one of my go-to “fast foods.”  Throw some washed leaves... Read More

I *Heart* Tempeh

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Tempeh is seriously a “secret” food. Unless you are vegetarian, and probably vegan, chances are you haven’t heard of it. Up until a few years ago, there would be one maybe one tempeh product at Whole Foods, if that. You couldn’t then, and most likely still can’t, find any tempeh products in your local supermarket (even my awesome Ralphs). Even... Read More

I *Heart* Quinoa

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Quinoa is one of those things.  Most people don’t know it exists, never mind how to actually pronounce it (for the record, it’s KEEN-WAH). Quinoa has been around potentially for 7 thousand years!  The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as the mother of all grains, and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the... Read More