Curried Pea Soup with Tempeh Croutons

I have received your requests to post more soup recipes and this fabulous pea and lettuce soup from Alan Roettinger from his fabulous book, Extraordinary Vegan hits the sweet spot. Alan is a writer, food designer, blogger, and public speaker. He has served clients as a private chef in the United States, Europe, and Australia for over 25 years. Raised in Mexico City, he acquired a taste for exotic food early on and soon developed a passion for flavor and beauty that drives his diverse,…

Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Mac n Cheeze

Looking at Mayim Bialik's resume I have to wonder what I have been doing with my time! Is there anything this woman doesn't do? She's not only an Emmy-nominated actress for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, she also has a PhD in neuroscience! And she is a great cook and busy mother of two boys, who have been raised vegan. In her cookbook, Mayim's Table she shares quick easy recipes that make it easy for busy parents to cook nutritious, healthy meals the whole family can enjoy. The best thing…

WGN: Easy Healthy Recipes

I had a blast sharing some quick easy recipes on WGN in Chicago yesterday. I whipped up some great recipes from my new book - a 5 minute, 15 minute, and 30 minute meal in my Vitamix. I shared the sweet kale shake that tastes like ice-cream. (If you haven't tried it don't miss it because it is still the most visited recipe on my site and the most fabulous introduction to green smoothies!) I also made the amazing creamy of cauliflower soup that is my most requested recipe. It takes 10…

Vegan Coconut Lemongrass Soup

I was so excited when I got my copy of Brendan Brazier's new Thrive Energy Cookbook. People are raving about this book, and with good reason. The recipes are super easy and delicious, and the photography by Kevin Clark is stunning. I'm a huge fan of Brendan's books and have featured several of his recipes on the site. But, he's really stepped it up a notch with this book. It is his best book ever aimed at making plant based eating more accessible. For those of you who don't know…

Gluten Free Vegan Buckwheat Oat Waffles

I got an amazing new waffle maker a few months ago to make waffles and pancakes for my niece and nephew when they come to visit next month, and I have been making lots of waffles to get them juuuuust right! Allergy-Free waffles can be really tricky though. They are either too gooey, or heavy, or too crispy. It took me forever to perfect the gluten-free vegan pancake/waffle recipe in my new cookbook and so when I made Lexie's recipe I appreciated how many trials it would have taken to…

Allergy-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

These allergy-free vanilla cupcakes come from the Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats cookbook. I am not a great baker, and don't enjoy baking, and I'd never used powdered erythritol before. So, I was learning new tricks making this recipe. And Debbie's book is full of them. Having a son with multiple food allergies has made Debbie an expert in developing fool-proof allergy-free baked treats that more than hold their own against their conventional sugar-laden counterparts, and she shares…

Easy Cultured Vegetables

I eat probiotic-rich (fermented) foods every day. Probiotic replenishment is vital for maintaining a balanced inner eco-system so that the friendly bacteria are strong enough to balance the hostile bacteria that is present in every body. Foods rich in probiotics help to build mineral-rich alkaline blood, and are essential for the assimilation of protein, healthy digestion, cleansing the body, and fighting disease. I get my probiotic intake in several ways: I drink 1/4 cup coconut water…

Dr Mark Hyman: Sugar Addiction and The 10 Day Detox Diet

I had the privilege of interviewing my good friend Dr Mark Hyman, one of the most respected doctors in the United States about sugar addiction and his secrets to weight loss and optimal health. The strategies he shares in his new book THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION 10-DAY DETOX DIET will change your life. It seems I am not the only person who agrees that this book ROCKS! It was released yesterday as the #1 book on Amazon. The kind of food you eat can absolutely make the difference between…

Vegan Brazil Nut and Almond Pâté

If you are a woman living on a plant based diet or thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, Vegan For Her is a must-read written by two of my favorite people in the vegan world, Ginny Messina (The Vegan RD) and JL Fields. Ginny is one of the most respected pioneers of vegan nutrition offers valuable advice in a clear, easy-to-digest, flip-through-at-your-own-pace kind of way what makes this book really easy to read and find the information that is relevant to you. This is a…

Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Pesto

I am totally basking in the afterglow of Dr Mark Hyman's 10-DAY DETOX program. As I mentioned in the smoothie and soup posts last week I have been sleeping better than I have in years and I have so much energy. I lost a bit of weight (that I gained on my trip to Italy and Spain) and my allergies (hayfever) have ceased as well. That is the power of rebooting your body and resetting your sugar levels. It is incredible. As I mentioned in previous posts, that Dr. Hyman's team picked…

Vegan Zucchini and Watercress Soup

Participating in Dr Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox Program has been a real eye opener. It has been scientifically proven that sugar is more addictive than alcohol, cocaine, and heroine. Sugar is the most dangerous drug on the planet. Reading Dr Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox Diet book has been a game changer for me the last month. Abstaining from any foods that convert to sugar in the body (sweeteners, high-sugar fruits, starchy vegetables, and grains) has made a huge difference in my blood…

Vegan Protein Detox Smoothie

I am so excited to share Dr Mark Hyman's upcoming book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet with you over the next couple of weeks. I've made many of the recipes over the last couple of weeks proving that this is definitely not a diet of deprivation. The diet is not strictly plant based. There are recipes containing lean animal protein. But, there are plenty of recipes for vegetarians and vegans. So, there is something for everybody. Dr Hyman and his team invited me and two…

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