Archive for Month: May 2011

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Vegan 101: Five Easy Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens

A funny thing happened when I started this Vegan 101 series.  I started “meeting” wonderful people, perfect contributors to the series! Recently Nava Atlas emailed me. Yes, me!  She read Ginny Messina’s Vegan 101 post and wanted permission to re-post it on her site.  Are you kidding? Of course! I want to spread the word on how to plan healthy, vegan diets! Through our email conversation I learned that Nava is working on a new cookbook on leafy greens; never one to miss an opportunity when it presents itself I immediately invited her to write a post on leafy greens […]

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Meatless Monday Memorial Day & A Weekly Round-Up

If you’re in the U.S., I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend! On this Meatless Monday, Memorial Day style, my Chickpea-TVP Burgers are featured as Smokey Chickpea Burgers (clever)! If you have some chickpeas and TVP on hand, you can whip this up in no time for your Memorial Day celebration! Here’s a recap of this week’s blog posts… MONDAY: Vegan 101: The Pressure Cooker–The Vegan’s New Best Friend WEDNESDAY: Grilled Asparagus & Leeks + Cinnamon Tofu FRIDAY: A “Dinner and a Show” Date SATURDAY: Homemade Vegan Ice Cream! SUNDAY: Vegan Day Trip to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (JL goes […]

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Vegan Day Trip to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (JL goes Vlogging)

Welcome to my first Vlog! Join me on my Vegan Day Trip! RELATED LINKS My vegetarian-to-vegan story (it began with a goat) The Ethics of Veganism by Gena of Choosing Raw for the Vegan 101 series Meet Clover Eat Vegan in Woodstock:  Garden Cafe Join me!  DONATE to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! (FOR A LIMITED TIME ALL DONATIONS ARE BEING MATCHED DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR BY AN ANONYMOUS BENEFACTOR. SO YOUR GIFT WILL HAVE DOUBLE THE IMPACT!)

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Homemade Vegan Ice Cream!

I read this blog post– Vegan Rhubarb Ice Cream — and immediately ordered this ice cream maker and then I made Geanna’s ice cream Make this ice cream immediately.

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A “Dinner and a Show” Date

Tuesday night my husband and I met up in Manhattan after work.  It’s been awhile since we have gone out on a “dinner and a show” date.  We’re members of the Theatre Development Fund and really should take advantage of the discounted tickets more often. We met up at our usual pre-theatre spot, Haru.  He’s an omnivore and I’m a vegan–this Time’s Square restaurant works for both of us. Most of the starters are made with animal products (thank you, dear, frustrated server for helping me learn this).  Ultimately I requested that she ask the chef to make me a […]

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Grilled Asparagus & Leeks + Cinnamon Tofu

I was delighted to create a spring recipe, Gingered Asparagus & Leeks, for Christy, The Blissful Chef, last month.  I was equally delighted when Meatless Monday chose to feature the recipe the following week! Now that it’s spring and outdoor cooking is kicking into gear, I decided to try this recipe out on the grill. Success! JL’s Gingered Asparagus & Leeks (Roasted, Grilled or Raw) PRINTABLE VERSION Serves 4 Ingredients 1 bunch of asparagus (about 16 spears) 1 leek, thinly sliced Juice of half a lemon 1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil 1 tablespoon coconut aminos 1 teaspoon ginger, grated Instructions […]

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Vegan 101: The Pressure Cooker–The Vegan’s New Best Friend

I bought a pressure cooker last fall after I read this post by my friend Gena.  It. Changed. Everything.  I was terrified to use it at first (memories of my mother shooing us out of the house when she canned tomatoes came flooding back).  Now? I use it all the time.  I rarely buy canned beans.  I’m cooking with grains like millet and farro.  I’m making split pea and lentil soups with kale and cabbage .  Truly, the pressure cooker is a game changer. I even started creating pressure cooker recipes (check out a link to my latest pressure cooker […]

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Weekly Round-Up: Favorite Post and Favorite Recipes of the Week

Hand’s down, the best blog post I read this week was written by my husband.  Why? The surprise of it. We both blog and we really don’t talk much about our blogs to each other. He doesn’t know when or what I’m blogging and I certainly don’t know his schedule.  So imagine my surprise when this post popped up in my Google Reader: Support, In Injury And In Health.  I can’t lie. It brought me to tears.  At work.  I always feel appreciated by him but there was something about the public declaration that was especially moving. This week I […]

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Urban Gardening: Progress!

I planted my urban garden three weeks ago. and look at it three weeks later! I’m so happy! My cherry tomato plant, Charlie, is my pride and joy.  (When we bought him he looked like the sad Charlie Brown Christmas tree–you know, the last tomato plant, wilting and leaning over–so we named him Charlie.) Look at Charlie now!

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I am not a skinny triathlete

This is my first triathlon season since making the declaration: January diet? Nope, I bought bigger clothes.  Over the winter and spring I slowly started adding new pieces to my wardrobe and I’ve been feeling very comfortable in my new skin. Until triathlon training kicked into gear. I forgot to get larger triathlon clothing! My ego was bruised for oh, about two minutes. I had to remind myself that when I wear clothes that fit, I know I look fine.  Good.  Actually, better than fine or good. Sometimes I even look hot. Putting my ego and mirror aside, and bigger […]

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Savory Quinoa Bread

There will be bread but first, did you check out Bitt’s guest post Monday?  She offered great tips on Reading Labels to Avoid Animal Products in the Vegan 101 series.  Also on Monday, Nava Atlas re-posted Ginny Messina’s Vegan 101 post, Planning Healthy Vegan Diets, on VegKitchen (stay tuned–Nava has a fantastic post for the series coming soon!). I’m thrilled that the series is being read widely– the whole point is to provide new (and old!) vegans solid information, here and everywhere. If you’re new to the blog, here is the Vegan 101 series, to date. How I learned to […]

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Vegan 101: Reading Labels to Avoid Animal Products

It’s time for another Vegan 101 post! (I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am!)  Today’s guest is my friend Bitt who blogs at Bitt of Raw. She is a smart, fun, and informative writer who often challenges the reader. Bitt is a long-time vegetarian-then-vegan who openly and courageously chronicles her health issues to help others on their journey. As a new vegan I was stunned to learn along the way that, because I wasn’t reading labels well, I was still, inadvertently, consuming animal products. I know this has happened with some of you from your emails. […]

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Weekly Round-Up: What I’ve read, how I’ve trained and what I blogged

I thought I’d start this week’s round-up with links to a couple of posts of interest: The Happy Herbivore is starting a Meal Revolution and you can join in! Some of my favorite pressure cooker mavens came together for this fabulous article:  Sneaky Whole Grains – with pressure cooker accomplice! which includes three recipes I simply must try! In the realm of interesting-doesn’t-always-mean-“yay”, my friend Gena, a NYC blogger –who I simply adore– announced she’s moving to DC. Boo hoo for me. Hooray for DC! I know many of you come to this blog for the fitness as well as […]

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Friday Night Dinner at The Natural Gourmet

The first time I took a public cooking class at The Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) it was a Friday night.  The lobby was packed.  It turns out that in addition to cooking classes, they hold a Friday Night Dinner. Friday Night Dinner at The Natural Gourmet has become a culinary magnet for savvy New Yorkers and visitors alike. Savor a delicious and unique experience when Chef Instructors and students of our Chef’s Training Program pour their expertise and enthusiasm into a three-course vegetarian dinner that is both innovative and beautifully presented. I added coming back for a dinner to my […]

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I made my own vegan cheese!

I hope you enjoyed the Chickpea-TVP Burgers & Kale-Cabbage-Leek Grill Mix recipes Tuesday! I’m sure loving grilling season. Okay, to the cheese. I’m excited.  Today I can finally share the results of my first experience making raw, vegan cheese!  I took an Advanced Raw Class with Russell James last month at Organic Avenue and I was obsessed with trying to make the two cheese recipes that we tasted. The recipes were included as part of the class and they are not for me to share. You can find the Caraway, Fennel & Olive Cheese recipe in Russell’s Raw Cheese e-book […]

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Chickpea – TVP Burgers

Déjà vu? If you subscribe to my blog (yes! you can get my blog posts delivered to you via email or via RSS feed to your favorite reader!) you may have seen something very similar to this post yesterday.  Oops.  I hit publish instead of update. Apologies! *** It’s grilling season! It’s my second grilling season as a vegan. Let me tell you what I learned last summer:  most of the things I want to grill really don’t work so great on a traditional grill. Tofu sticks.  Burgers crumble through the grates. I have to wrap veggies in foil. By […]

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Vegan 101: Vegan Meals for Kids

I live with a husband and two cats.  I am the last person to make suggestions on how to prepare vegan meals for children. When I first started blogging a friend asked me to cover the topic (this one’s for you, Barbara!) and I just wasn’t equipped!  As the Vegan 101 series has evolved it  seemed obvious to me that this is an important topic for new vegans.  While you may have started eating vegan, you may be struggling with how to feed your children. I knew exactly who I wanted to write on this topic–a blogger who I have […]

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My Foray into Urban Gardening + A Weekly Round-Up

Saturday we planted an Urban Garden! Err, yes, I live in the ‘burbs. I tried a garden a few years ago and it didn’t work. I’m thinking this urban gardening thing just might. What’s in there? I’m so excited!  Wish me luck! Now I need to finish my weekend by catching up on work for my grad class.  While I’m reading and writing a paper (okay, three papers–did I mention I’m behind?), how about a recap of this week’s posts? MONDAY Vegan 101: Eating Vegan and Low Fat:  The Happy Herbivore contributed to the Vegan 101 series! WEDNESDAY Luscious Organic […]

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A lunch photo. Because it’s pretty.

Raw Sandwich Bitt’s Basic Buckwheat Bread, “cheeze spread” (I tossed cashews, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and sea salt into the food processor), red peppers, avocado and romaine lettuce. Did you eat anything pretty this week?

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Vegan Travel: Tucson

I’m just back from my first trip to Tucson, Arizona.  I’m the queen of finding time on business trips to enjoy my surroundings and explore. And that I did. The conference was held at the Westward Look Resort, which was spectacular. I arrived early Tuesday afternoon, well before check-in, and my room wasn’t ready so I used the opportunity to pick up a few supplies. I had researched in advance and found a health food store, Sprouts, near the hotel. While driving there I also discovered a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.  As I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter, I […]

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Luscious Organic Desserts (A vegan cookie & scone review)

A few weeks ago quarrygirl.com announced: “luscious vegan baked goods now available online!”  I promptly went to Luscious Vegan Desserts website and placed an order for French Tea Cookies and Cranberry Orange Scones.  Within in minutes.  Never underestimate the influence of bloggers–just ask Veg News! About five days later I received an email from Jon at Luscious Organic Desserts. He apologized for the delay but there was an error in the shipping option — I selected ground but the scones require two-day shipping — so they held my order so that they could send it to me via two-day shipping, […]

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Vegan 101: Eating Vegan and Low Fat

If you’ve been reading my blog for anytime at all you have probably figured something out. I’m a high-fat vegan. Yep, I am.  My good friend Lindsay, you know her as The Happy Herbivore, is not and let me tell you, she teases me about my high fat ways!  I bought Lindsay’s first cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (and reviewed it), because, though I loves me some fat, I’m also pretty aware of the needs of my changing 40+ year old body. Moderation just might be key. Lindsay’s recipes are accessible and delicious.  It was imperative for me to include […]

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Weekly Round-Up

I’ve had a wonderful week in Tucson, feeding my brain during the day at a work-related leadership institute, and feeding my heart and soul during down time by working out, connecting with nature and exploring vegan options in the area. And while I was doing that, this was happening on the blog… WEDNESDAY:  Hello fitness, my old friend I confess that I had a tough winter but I am finally back on the fitness bandwagon. And I give you a chance to dance. FRIDAY: Making other people’s food I share a few of the recent dishes I’ve made, created by […]

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