Archive for Month: April 2011

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Making other people’s recipes

Last weekend I made other people’s recipes.  I read so many food blogs and cookbooks, and take cooking classes in which I get great recipes, that I simply decided to rely on others. I started by making a great raw bread recipe from Bitt of Raw. I made a sandwich with Christine’s zucchini hemp humus, romaine lettuce, a slice of tomato and spiralized cucumber. Then I decided that my non-Easter dinner (I’m Buddhist) would include dishes from the chefs who led the two recent raw classes in which I participated. First, a  fabulous raw mock mashed potato dish from Andrea […]

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Hello fitness, my old friend

Cue Simon and Garfunkel… Okay, maybe I shouldn’t compare fitness to darkness but a funny thing happened this winter. I quit working out. Oh, I ran here or there, or had a few spurts when I actually got to the gym for a 30 minute workout. But, truly, I barely worked out. Especially in February and March. I blamed it on all kinds of things. No need to bore you with that. Bottom line? I didn’t want to work out. I slept, I had an extra cup of coffee, I blogged. Another funny thing happened. I didn’t gain weight.  I […]

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Vegan 101: The Higher Raw Diet

I am thrilled to bring you an interview with raw vegan chef Kristen Suzanne for the Vegan 101 series.  When I started reading food blogs last year, I found myself reading a lot of raw food blogs.  For no real reason.  In fact, “raw” sounded rather scary to me.  But it sure didn’t stop me from purchasing a dehydrator.  With no clue what to do with said dehydrator, I picked up a copy of Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Dehydrating and started making raw breads and crackers. In January I decided to try to incorporate more raw foods in my […]

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Weekly Round-Up: Raw Recipes, Raw Classes and Vegan Nutrition 101

This week was pretty raw.  The food, that is! MONDAY:  Spring Salad Pizza I tried to make a raw veggie burger with sprouted lentils.  That didn’t work out so well but my failed burger became a delicious pizza! Also on Monday, my Gingered Asparagus & Leeks recipe was featured on Meatless Monday!   TUESDAY: Vegan Cuts Launches I was pleased to announce that my friends at Vegan Backpacker launched a deal website that features exclusive discounts on vegan products and services.   THURSDAY:  Raw Granola Bars + Sponsor an Animal for Easter With some freshly sprouted buckwheat groats I made granola […]

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A Tale of Two Raw Classes

Ah, New York City, I love you!  One of the many advantages to living in metro-NYC is the proximity to fine (as well as cheap) vegan dining and to the culinary arts.  In January I took my first vegan cooking class at the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) and I was hooked.   Now I’m always on the lookout for classes.  I attended a beginning raw class at NGI in March and an advanced raw class at Organic Avenue in April. Easy Affordable Raw with Andrea McNinch at NGI I’ll admit, I felt disappointed when I walked in.  I paid $10 more […]

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Vegan 101: Planning Healthy Vegan Diets

Folks, I cannot begin to describe how happy I am to share this latest post in the Vegan 101 series.  I have been reading The Vegan RD since I made the decision to go vegan!  Ginny Messina offers no-nonsense, thoroughly researched information regarding the vegan diet. I respect her immensely and I am so honored that she agreed to write a nutritional piece for the series.  I think you’ll agree that Ginny provides solid, important information for new (and old) vegans. *** Virginia Messina, MPH, RD is a dietitian and public health nutritionist specializing in vegan nutrition. She is co-author […]

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Raw Granola Bars + Sponsor an Animal for Easter

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been sprouting.  I decided to make my Candy-Coated Granola with the sprouted buckwheat groats but as I checked on them a few hours into dehydrating, I suddenly wanted granola bars so I scored them and ended up with these. I made just a few changes from the original recipe: Omitted sesame seeds Added 1/4 cup thickly chopped Brazil nuts Scored the batter into 12 bars Dehydrated for 30 hours These bars make a great, quick breakfast and, if you happen to have a little leftover frosting from the Raw Carrot-Banana Cake recipe… …you […]

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Vegan Cuts Launches

Check it out!  Vegan Cuts, a deal website that features exclusive discounts on vegan products and services, launched today! Vegan Cuts makes it easy and fun for their members to discover new vegan companies and shop vegan. Members receive weekly emails featuring exclusive deals from vegan companies.  Its premier deal from Moxie Organix, for 40% off a travel sized vegan skin care kit, is apropos considering Vegan Cuts was started by John and Jill, the same couple behind Vegan Backpacker, a blog about the eating adventures of vegan travelers. Like Groupon and Living Social, Vegan Cuts has a referral campaign […]

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Spring Salad Pizza

The sun is shining, the skies are clear and that’s how I like my Mondays! I also like Mondays because I get some great recipe ideas from Meatless Monday.  So you can imagine how excited I was last week when I received an email from MM asking to highlight the roasted version of my Gingered Asparagus & Leeks recipe, originally posted on The Blissful Chef!  Thank you, Meatless Monday, for including me in your April 18, 2011 recipes! You know what else happens on Monday? I get to discover how my raw/dehydrating experiments fare. Sunday morning I realized I need […]

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Weekly Round-up: Recipes, The Blissful Chef visits and a blog refresh!

It was a busy week around here! MONDAY On the same day that I posted a new split-pea soup recipe on my own blog and The Blissful Chef posted my new Gingered Asparagus & Leeks (roasted or raw!) recipe on her blog! WEDNESDAY The fabulous Julie of Savvy Eats began the process of moving my blog to self-hosting and, along the way, designed a playful new look and an easier interface for you to find your way around. What’s new on the blog? Printable recipes courtesy of Recipage.  You can also email or text recipes to review later, as well […]

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Adventures with Carrot Pulp (Crackers + Cake)

I’ve been juicing like mad. If you follow me on Twitter you know I almost always tweet out my daily green juice.  Monday I posted a split pea soup recipe using a green juice base (instead of veggie stock). All this juicing means I end up with a lot of veggie pulp. Last week I intentionally juiced a big glass of carrot juice specifically for the pulp. I had things I wanted to try. I made these crackers On their own, they were a bit bland but with a dollop of humus, quite yummy! I moved from crackers to dessert.  […]

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Vegan 101: A Newbie’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Cooking

It’s spring! What a perfect time to freshen up the blog! I hope you like the changes — and will pardon a few hiccups along the way. I have some broken links to fix (actually, a lot!)  and I’m doing a major recipe page overhaul (thanks to Recipage). Spring is also a perfect time to freshen up our vegetables and fruit choices. With just over a year of vegan eating and cooking under my belt, I’m slowly understanding the significance of seasonal changes and how to adapt my diet.  Spring is a perfect time to introduce seasonal eating and cooking […]

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Very Veggie Split-Pea Soup

I was reading food blogs on Sunday morning, as I do, and I read a great idea: — use green juice as a base for soup. So I grabbed my pressure cooker and did just that! JL’s Very Veggie Split-Pea Soup Makes 6 cups Printable Version INGREDIENTS *2 golden beets *5 kale leaves *6 swiss chard leaves *1 cucumber *1 zucchini *6 stalks of celery *2 T olive oil *1 small onion, diced *3 cloves garlic minced *1 bay leaf *1 t each: rosemary, coriander, saffron strands *2 cups dry split peas, rinsed and drained *2 cups of water *Juice of one lemon […]

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Weekly Round-Up + Born to be Wild

Saturday my husband I had a “day date.”  We ran errands (hair salon, Target shopping and a visit to Whole Foods) and then went out for lunch and saw the documentary Born to be Wild. The film is 40 minutes.  It’s definitely “documentary-lite.”  The filmmaker does not go into depth about why the baby orangutans and elephants are orphans (meaning you will find no graphic violence) except to say it’s about the depletion of the rain forest in Borneo and elephant poachers in Kenya. (You have probably seen a segment or two on elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick on […]

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"Ice Cream" for Breakfast

After some serious downtime I found myself working out pretty consistently this week and, as a result, I found myself craving a heartier breakfast. A few mornings this week, in addition to my daily green juice, I enjoyed this tasty treat. JL’s “Ice Cream” for Breakfast (mostly raw) Serves 1 (generously) INGREDIENTS *1/2 c cashews *1/2 c frozen mango chunks *Half a frozen banana, cut into chunks *1/4 c uncooked, rolled oats METHOD Place all ingredients in a food processor (use the S blade) and pulse to desired consistency. This is a great, filling breakfast — and it would make […]

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Restaurant Week: Spadaro Ristorante (The vegan’s perspective)

It’s Restaurant Week on JL goes Vegan!  I’ve taken you to Jolo’s Kitchen and Pure Food and Wine. In this final installment we’re back in New Rochelle (nope, I don’t live in New Roc but super-close!), this time I visit a very non-vegan restaurant. Spadoro, New Rochelle, NY Imagine walking into a dining room, perhaps on a holiday, and the family gathering is so large a number of tables are set up to accommodate everyone.  You can hear the variety of conversations as you make your way to the table you’ve been motioned to join. We recently met up with […]

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Restaurant Week: Pure Food and Wine

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Restaurant Week on JL goes Vegan!  (Yes, I’m thrilled to have delicious, vegan Caribbean food so close to home!) Now, I return to Pure Food and Wine.  My first visit was in September when I took myself out for lunch and enjoyed a delicious taco salad. I returned in December, with my omnivore husband, to experience an incredible Five Course Chef’s Tasting Menu which I reviewed for This Dish is Veg. Pure Food and Wine, New York, NY On a sunny Sunday afternoon in April I popped into Manhattan for the NYC […]

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Restaurant Week: Jolo’s Kitchen

Happy Monday! I did something I don’t normally do— I posted over the weekend. I couldn’t help myself.  I made a Cucumber & Beet Noodle Salad with Avo-Hemp Dressing (raw) for lunch Saturday and had to post it. I hope you’ll check it out! *** It’s Restaurant Week on JL goes Vegan!  Actually, I wasn’t planning a Restaurant Week series but I had two unexpected meals out over the weekend, and I’ve been sitting on a post that I wrote about a recent night out with friends, so I decided to just dedicate a whole week to dining out.  If […]

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Cucumber & Beet Noodle Salad with Avo-Hemp Dressing

I got a Spirooli Spiral 3-in-1 Slicer for $30.  I didn’t need one. Or did I? I took a raw class at the Natural Gourmet Institute last week (post forthcoming!) and I saw just how efficiently this cheaper version of a spiralizer worked. I ordered one as soon as I got home! It arrived on Friday and on Saturday afternoon, having not yet grocery shopped with a grocery delivery scheduled for Sunday afternoon, I searched my refrigerator for something to try in the Spirooli. I found a cucumber. I found a beet. And then I decided to make a dressing […]

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Tofu Scramble x 2 = breakfast burritos and nachos

After months of eating a raw breakfast—juices, granola and bowls of fruit and nuts Monday through Friday—I crave big, hot, savory breakfasts on the weekend. JL’s Sprouted Lentil – Tofu Scramble Breakfast Burrito Serves 1 (generously) INGREDIENTS 1/4 quarter block of tofu, drained and cubed 1/2 cup sprouted lentils, rinsed and drained 1t sesame oil 1t coconut aminos 1t Sriracha 1 clove garlic Pinch of cumin A couple dashes of Herbamere 1/4 cup onion, chopped 2 leaves collard greens, chopped 1 sprouted tortilla Fresh Salsa METHOD Mix first eight ingredients in a large bowl and let sit for 10 – 20 […]

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