Cooking, Coaching, and Consulting

I am the author of The Vegan Air Fryer and Vegan Pressure Cooking, co-author of Vegan for Her, co-creator of Real World Vegan Meal Plans, and founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. I share vegan recipes and meal ideas and compassionate living tips. Welcome!

— My Books —

The Vegan Air Fryer

Enjoy your favorite plant-based fried foods without all of the added fat! If you love fried foods, but don’t want all the oil and mess of frying, then you will want this cookbook. It shows you how to "air fry" your favorite fried foods with little or no cooking oil. JL Fields, author of Vegan Pressure Cooking, has done the research, development, and testing, so you can serve crispy French fries, eggrolls, and all kinds of fried food in minutes – without frying. Now you can eat healthier versions of delicious "fried" food!

Vegan Pressure Cooking

Say goodbye to long cooking and preparation times. With a pressure cooker, you can cook filling, nutritious meals in under an hour and with little mess or cleanup. It's not only delicious, but easy too! With Vegan Pressure Cooking, you'll learn all of the ins and outs of pressure cooking--including why there's no need to be scared of trying something new! From choosing a pressure cooker that suits you best to understanding the ingredients that are perfect for pressure cooking - including beans, grains, hearty vegetables, and more.

I’ve just returned from a vacation with my parents. I mean come on, how cool is that? I turned 52 last weekend and my parents drove from Illinois to visit me in Colorado Springs. Then I crashed their road trip vacation and visited the Grand Canyon for the first time. From there we detoured off to Taos, NM, my second home away from home, for some relaxation at a mountain view Airbnb and a morning soaking in the hot mineral springs in Ojo Caliente.

What a special week!

Today I’m sharing a photo summary that you just might find helpful next time you’re looking for vegan food in Colorado Springs and Durango, CO, the Grand Canyon, AZ, and Taos, NM.

But first, this. On Facebook, I dedicated my birthday to raise funds – $520 – for Luvin’ Arms Animal Sanctuary. We raised $735! If you’d like to donate, please go directly to Luvin’ Arms and donate here (thank you!).

Okay, back to the vacation.

Mom and Dad spent a couple of days with us in Colorado Springs. Since we keep a vegan home and they are not vegan, we served vegan breakfast each morning and then dined out for lunch and dinner. And by breakfast, I mean bread. I mean homemade sourdough bread.


We went to Trinity Brewing where I got the chickpea salad over a bed of greens.

McCabe’s Tavern for the grilled grapefruit salad with tofu.

Sunday we hiked the Rainbow Gulch trail

and rewarded ourselves with a birthday brunch. I had the vegan breakfast bowl (beans, Spanish Rice, pumpkin seeds and cashew sour cream) with sesame-crusted tofu at Adam’s Mountain Cafe[click to continue…]

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