Archive for Month: February 2012

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Sacred Chow, NYC

Last weekend Dave and I had dinner with two dear friends, Ethan and Michael at Sacred Chow, a tiny vegan bistro. There was awesome conversation and tons of laughter… and tons of food! We started with the Sunflower Lentil Paté. Yes, it’s as delicious as you think! Then came my serving tray!

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Vegan 101: Smoothies for quick and easy vegan indulgence

The Vegan 101 Series is back! Last year I started the 101 series to celebrate one year of being vegan.  I’ve just hit two years as a vegan and wanted to bring back, perhaps less frequently, posts for the series. Today’s post has been a few months in the making. I met Tess Masters last summer at the annual BlogHer conference and it was love at first sight! We had been Twitter and blog buddies but there’s nothing like mutual admiration in real life!  After a few months of talking about working together it finally dawned on me. No one […]

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Vegan Zombies and Vegan news you can use (2/26/12)

This week’s Vegan Links and News Here a few items I found of interest this week: Wait. What? Invitro-hamburgers? The NYC Veg Fest is NEXT weekend! I will be there! Will you? Stephanie of Vegan Mainstream shared this great article about her parents: V For Veg: African Americans are indeed in the vegan mix. In nutrition news:   6 Ways To Sneak More Omega-3′s Into Your Diet (Even If You’re Vegan) falls in the good news category and In Rice, How Much Arsenic Is Too Much? in the “uh oh” news category.  I started using brown rice syrup after taking […]

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Creamy Squash and Apple Soup

This may be one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. I was deep in the throes of a bulk cooking weekend (Sunday:  homemade vegetable stock, seitan, quinoa and veggies; Monday: lentils,  beans/greens/grains, spicy black and pinto beans, a loaf of bread, and sloppy joe’s) when I spied a package of pre-cut, peeled butternut squash that I purchased earlier in the week.  I decided I better cook it while I was thinking about it. Not quite sure what I wanted to make, I diced up a couple of apples and tossed with the squash in the pressure cooker. Once it […]

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Sloppy Joe? Maid-Rite? How about a Sloppy Sandwich Made Just Right?

I hope you enjoyed my first-ever “wheat meat” creation yesterday!  It got some fun buzz on Pinterest and I am hoping lots of you try the Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan! I’d love to hear what you think. The three-day weekend gave me extra time to get creative in the kitchen.  I had some beans cooking up in the pressure cooker so I thought I should make something else while puttering around the kitchen.  I had some large portobello caps in the refrigerator, fresh-cooked quinoa cooling on the counter, and a whacky idea brewing. I grew up eating Sloppy Joe’s at home and […]

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Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan & Veggies in Coconut Gravy

Friends! I am overwhelmed!  Yesterday I asked you to help me raise $730 for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary — a way to celebrate my 730 days (2 years) of living a vegan lifestyle.  As of this morning we have raised $430! We are over half way there!  And, guess what?  A supporter of WFAS has pledged to match half of what we raise. Thank you, one and all, for any size donation! Now, a weekend cooking tale.  Sunday morning I pulled my veggie scrap bag out of the freezer. The one-gallon bag was ready to burst!  As it thawed on […]

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Two years vegan!

Two years ago today I chose to follow a vegan diet. Last year, on my one year vegan-anniversary, I wrote a piece for Veggie Buntch, Vegan for a Year, describing what I learned in my first year on a plant-based diet.  On this blog I wrote about how I learned to go vegan — which launched The Vegan 101 Series, a collection of posts from vegans and vegetarians that I admire. The topics ranged from stocking your pantry, to vegan baking, to feeding your children a plant-based diet, to ethics. Gena Hamshaw wrote The Ethics of Veganism for the series […]

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Vegan news you can use 2/19/12

This week’s Vegan Links and News Looking for a new response to the “where do you get your protein?” question? 25 Vegan Sources for Protein Do you think eating a plant-based diet is expensive? Here are 5 Ways to Save Some Bread on Vegan Food. In head-scratching news, a former vegan has turned omnivore — he now hunts his food — and has written a book called The Mindful Carnivore.   I cannot count the ways this story makes me want to vomit. In the world of sports:  the Vancouver Sun writes about hockey player Mike Zigomanis’ vegan diet; I learned […]

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Handle with Care on Stop Chasing Skinny

Happy Saturday!  I’m getting ready for some serious weekend bulk cooking which will result in a cookbook review + giveaway!  So today please pop over to Stop Chasing Skinny where I have shared my recent experience shopping for beachwear. Handle with Care

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Zesty Asparagus & Broccoli

As I confessed Monday, I am a lazy cook. I remind you of this as a way to explain how dinner went down last night. I got home from work and was giddy. Giddy I tell you!  Why?  Grocery delivery night!  I opened the refrigerator to move things around to make room for the fresh food. Um. Oops.  I forgot the asparagus and broccoli I purchased last week!  Desperate times call for desperate measures. Zesty Asparagus & Broccoli

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Health, weight and self-esteem

Thank you so much for your comments and emails about my latest FAQ!  I’d like to think I’m changing vegan lives, one pressure cooker at a time. (Have you checked out my FAQ series?) Today I want to direct you to two posts: Self Esteem and Weight Loss.  My friend Lindsay wrote this follow-up to a post we wrote last September on making judgments about people strictly by how they look.  On Stop Chasing Skinny there is a new community post, Learning to Listen by Lauren, which is part of the pursuing health instead of chasing skinny series. It’s incredibly […]

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FAQ #2: What’s up with the rice and pressure cooker obsession?

If you are new to this blog, be warned. I’m cuckoo for my pressure cooker.  I mean cuckoo.  I am pretty passionate about my rice cooker, too.  For those of you who have been reading for some time, you’re probably annoyed that pretty much any soup, grain or bean recipe I create is prepared in the rice or pressure cooker. I owe you all an explanation. I am lazy. There, I said it. Sure, I look like an overachiever because of my weekend bulk cooking but here’s my reality.  I cook in bulk, a dedicated two or three hours a […]

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Vegan news you can use: The Valentine Issue (2/12/12)

This week I’m sharing Vegan Valentine Links and News! If you are in New York (or New Jersey or Connecticut) why not make last-minute plans for a romantic night or two at The Guesthouse at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary this week or weekend?  It’s so incredibly warm, cozy and romantic and WFAS was recently named as a Special Place to “Pop” the Question–get going, lovebirds!   If you can’t make it to The Guesthouse, make a donation in honor of your loved one! Take some time to listen to this week’s Our Hen House podcast: Episode 109: “The love of […]

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My vegan breakfast ideas on Shape Magazine + You and your in-laws on T.V.?

Woot!  Shape Magazine ran a piece online yesterday on 10 Breakfasts of Champions. Yours truly offered some vegan options! So turkey or tofu on your in-laws’s breakfast table? You could talk about it on television! I received the following casting call and am passing it along to you.

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A typical bulk cooking weekend + Happy Herbivore recipe testing

Bulk cooking. I talk about it often.  Here’s how it went down Saturday morning. Vegetable Stock These days, it all starts with the stock.  Early in the morning I pulled the gallon bag of vegetable scraps out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter.  Last week the bag included: radicchio and romaine lettuce, onion and garlic scraps and skins, half a tomato, and the ends of green beans, celery and carrots.  I washed the scraps and tossed them into the pressure cooker with 8 cups of hot water, 2 bay leaves, 2 sprigs of dry thyme and […]

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Curried Lentils and Mushrooms (Soup? Dal? You decide!)

I set out to make a lentil soup over the weekend.  My refrigerator was fairly bare so I was going for something pretty basic.  As I thought about a spice, I quickly grabbed curry. The result left me wondering.  Did I make soup or dal? Curried Lentils and Mushrooms

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Food is activism (at work)

I pack lunch each day for work. Friday I asked the manager of the faculty and staff dining room to consider making a chickpea or tofu dish for me today because I had a lunch meeting with an external colleague. Lunch: Chickpeas in paprika! Tasty! Tomorrow he is making me tofu (he pulled the package out of the fridge to show me…how cute)! Food is activism! Have you had an impact at work? Tell us!

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Make your own seitan for the game tonight + Vegan news you can use (2/5/12)

I heard there is a sporting event today? All I know is that Madonna will be live in concert tonight and I sure won’t miss that! So I’m going to make seitan fajitas to celebrate The Material Girl. Last month my friend Christy, The Blissful Chef, wrote a series of pressure cooker posts (be still my beating heart).  This one, Pressure-Cooked Seitan, made me swoon! I could not wait to try it. Well, yesterday I did try it and, folks, it’s a game changer. I pulled out my KitchenAid because I wanted to use the dough hook for the kneading […]

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Shredded Apple and Veggie Salad with Goji Berry Dressing

Yesterday I was craving raw food all day.  When I got home I opened up the fridge to discover that it was definitely time to grocery shop.  Though the shelves were bare, I managed to come up with a fast, easy and crunchy dinner. Shredded Apple and Veggie Salad with Goji Berry Dressing

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Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Green Pizza

I didn’t bulk cook last weekend.  The horror! Saturday I spent a few hours at the salon being pampered and then had a lunch date with my husband. Sunday I had a lot of writing to do.  So, rather than begin some uninspired cooking I reminded myself why I cook in bulk–to have food to reheat throughout the week and to freeze.  I pulled a few things out of the freezer (mystery meals!) so that I would have something to take to work each day for lunch–a brown rice-barley mix, quinoa and black beans, split pea soup and kale-polenta cutlets. […]

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Pursuing health, instead of chasing skinny

Happy February! I’m busy working on a few recipes, reviewing some cookbooks and working on my FAQ series (thanks for the kind comments about my post-40 video!) Today I’m going to ask you to pop over to Stop Chasing Skinny, where I kick off the February theme–Pursuing health, instead of chasing skinny–by sharing what pursuing health means to me, right now. I know many of you have opinions on this so I hope you’ll check it out and share your thoughts.  I also hope you will consider sharing your own story on how you pursue health — I would love […]

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