Archive for Month: April 2012

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First Annual Connecticut Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival: A Recap

Good morning!  In my Sunday review post (have you noticed the new “Mark Your Calendar” section highlighting vegan events?) I promised to recap my experience at the First Annual Connecticut Vegetarian (and healthy living) Festival.  I announced the event on the local vegan Meet-Up and eleven RSVP’d – pretty impressive since it’s a nearly two-hour drive!  It was a two-day festival; my friend Marcia, from the Meet-Up, and I drove up together Saturday and had a wonderful time! It was the first annual event so, as you can imagine, they had a few kinks to work out. Eager vegans like […]

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Chik’n Lentil Noodle Soup + Vegan news you can use 4/29/12

Good morning friends! It’s Sunday, the sun is shining and I’m feeling like an empowered and happy vegan!  Attending the Connecticut Veg Fest yesterday may have something to do with it! I heard some great speakers, hung out with wonderful vegan friends and met some interesting vendors.  I’ll share all of that with you tomorrow or Tuesday.  For now… This week’s vegan links and news After enjoying sweets and treats from Allison’s Gourmet for quite some time, I finally met the marvelous Allison at Vida Vegan Con last summer. I am very honored that I was last week’s Fridays with […]

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Vegan food demo (and food finds) at the grocery store

TGIF!  The sun is shining and I’m trying to figure out what to cook this morning (thinking of making socca for the first time) and how to work out later (run, walk, road cycling, hmmm).  Decisions, decisions! I wanted to thank you all so much for your warm response to the news of my online column on LoHud.com! I am excited to show my local community how fun, fabulous and delicious plant-based eating is!  Speaking of that, yesterday I covered the local Whole Foods “Vegan Thursday” event for a future post in my I Eat Plants column. Here is one […]

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“I Eat Plants” debuts on LoHud.com + Other random acts of vegan activism

Last month I volunteered to get involved with the food blog of my local paper.  Small Bites wanted to feature guest bloggers as part of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  I reached out to Liz Johnson, Small Bites producer and food editor of The Journal News and LoHud.com and told her that I wanted to review my experience at restaurants as a vegan – specifically that my non-vegan husband and I would dine at non-vegetarian restaurants and I would share my observations.  I wrote the following three posts: Zitoune in Mamaroneck: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012 Haven in Pleasantville: Hudson Valley […]

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An ‘A’ for Effort: Don’t judge a bowl of beige food by its color

In high school I made a sun dress in my Home Ec class.  I was proud of it.  The edges were a mess and the hem was uneven, however.  I was never able to bring myself to wear it outside of the house. I slept in it for years. My homemaking skills did not improve much over time.  One of my post-40 challenges was to take up knitting. I was a loyal student, as I was in high school, but, just as in high school, most of my hand knitted projects ended up with bumps and lumps.  Older and less […]

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Review Day! {Beanfields Chips, The Blooming Platter Cookbook, and OXO Dressing Shaker Giveaway}

I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world! The skies are grey here in metro-NYC and the air and ground is wet. We desperately needed the rain, so I won’t complain, but it does make for a rather blah day.  Why not brighten it a bit by reviewing three items and offering you a giveaway? Review 1: Beanfields Chips I was so jealous, reading all the posts from bloggers who were attending the 2012 Natural Products Expo West. Shortly after, however, I received an exciting email from Beanfields Snacks – their Nacho Bean & Rice tortilla […]

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Ethical meat-eating, Save the date(s), and Vegan news you can use (4/22/12)

This week’s vegan links and news Put Your Ethics Where Your Mouth Is (NY Times)  Finally, you can read the six finalists who are making the case that it is ethical to eat meat.  The background: Thousands of readers took us up on our challenge to make an ethical case for eating meat. Our panel of judges — Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, Peter Singer — narrowed the pool down to these six finalists. Vote below by midnight on April 24 on the essay you think makes the strongest case. You can only vote for one. […]

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Vegan Cuisine: A Simple Art (You are invited to a ten course tasting event!)

I love it when big ideas and brainstorming turn into a reality! Last year I wrote a review about an amazing dining experience at Flow Bar + Restaurant in Jim Thorpe, PA. Flow is a destination restaurant located in a circa 1800’s stone factory with an underground stream visible from the dining room. Meals are prepared fresh daily to reflect the season with our own in-house bakery. The chef, upon my request for a vegan lunch, offered this inspired dish. A bed of quinoa and spring peas   ˜   Massaged kale, sautéed in white wine and tomatoes   ˜   Two […]

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Long time no see, green smoothie

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a green smoothie. Dare I say I may have burnt myself out on them? I tend to get into a rut routine with breakfast: smoothies every single day, miso soup every single day, or porridge every single day.  My daily work schedule has changed recently and I’m trying adjust some of my eating patterns accordingly. Enter the long-lost green smoothie. What’s in it?

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Hurry-up Red Lentil Soup

If you are like me, you read a lot of vegan blogs.  As I have always said, vegan blogs really helped me transition so easily and well to a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle. My friends at Vegan Mainstream started VStream Zine to give readers “a pulse on the vegan blog world.”  I am so excited to share that I have an article in the forthcoming “Changes & Transformation: Me. You. All of Us.” issue of VStream! This 50-page online magazine is packed with articles from your favorite vegan bloggers, community leaders, chefs, and activists. Learn from them how to […]

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The Vegg and other random vegan meals

It’s mid-week (already?!) and, because of a recent schedule change, I find that I am able to do less bulk cooking and actually cook when I want to eat. It’s led to some fun eats! I finally tried  The Vegg – a new product dubbed as “The World’s First Vegan Fried Egg” but, to me, it seems more like a plant-based egg yolk alternative. On the package the makers of The Vegg suggest using it for french toast or a tofu scramble. What kind of vegan am I? I had no tofu! Nor bread for french toast. Thanks to the […]

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Hey, brain, leave my belly alone + I’m a Lazy Cook

Good morning! Thank you for the kale granola feedback on Twitter and Facebook! So glad you were are excited by the recipes! On a forum someone suggested that those recipes were about as vegan as one could get. Guilty! Today I wanted to direct you to Stop Chasing Skinny for my short piece Hey, brain, leave my belly alone.  Let’s just say a pair of spandex shorts served as muse. I also wanted to let you know that my first piece for ElephantJournal.com, I’m a Lazy Cook,  went live last week. I love the variety of topics and issues the journal […]

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Kale Granola! {Two vegan recipes}

I have been obsessed. Obsessed, I tell you! Last month I visited Lifethyme Natural Market for the first time and picked up a package of kale granola.  What? Uh huh, kale granola. I almost didn’t buy it.  First I grabbed a bag of BBQ Kale Chips and was being obnoxiously loud and giddy about finding it. One of the women behind the (vegan) bakery counter pointed out the kale granola. I looked at it and, I must admit, couldn’t even imagine it so I put the package down.  I started to walk away and she said “here, try it” and […]

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The “politics of sight,” a rescued calf, and more vegan news you can use (4/15/12)

This week’s Vegan Links and News Obviously I will be linking you up to the great “Mike Jr.” news – the calf who escaped slaughter in New Jersey this week – but I just have to start with a really cool experience I had yesterday. I went out for a mid-day walk – it was a warm afternoon, the sun was shining bright, and I was listening to the latest Our Hen House podcast (episode 118) featuring Timothy Pachirat, author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight. Listen here (The interview segment begins at the 19:43 […]

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Make delicious homemade vegan butter (Save orangutans!)

Did you hear? Vegan.com and Bryanna Clark Grogan rocked the vegan culinary world last month when they unveiled Bryanna’s Homemade Palm-Oil Free Vegan Buttery Spread.  The funny thing is, I have had a recipe saved since last month; I was listening to an Our Hen House podcast where Jasmin Singer talked about a homemade vegan butter that she used for a cookie recipe. I emailed her immediately and she hunted down the recipe:  How to Make Vegan Butter. It’s a small vegan world! It turns out that this recipe by Mattie on VeganBaking.net is what Bryanna based her new, buttery […]

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From a slaughterhouse to a sanctuary (What are you doing to help animals today?)

Yesterday I posted an exciting update from Jasmin of Our Hen House, sharing news of plans that she and Mariann have to continue to change the world for animals.  Little did I know that hours later I would get caught up in, and witness, the messy and beautiful world of changing the world for one young steer. Let’s back up.  As most of you know, I serve on the board of directors of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WFAS).   Yesterday I had a meeting scheduled with Jenny Brown, co-founder and director of WFAS, to continue working on our 2012 […]

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Great news for animals! A letter from Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House

Good morning, friends!  Today I’m sharing a letter to me – and you – from the remarkable Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House. It’s filled with wonderful news! Hi JL (and my fellow readers of “JL Goes Vegan” – ain’t she fabulous?!), Here I am to spill the beans (don’t worry – I fully intend to cook them with a pressure cooker!) about what’s going on over at Our Hen House! We’re devoted to covering ideas, opportunities, and inspiring stories for anyone who wants to change the world for animals. We produce podcast episodes (this weekend is our 118th consecutive […]

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New World Szekely Goulash {Vegan}

My husband is Hungarian.  Well, his mother is so he’s halfway there.  He grew up eating traditional Hungarian dishes and when we were first married he dazzled me with Szekely Goulash.  I should mention that I grew up thinking goulash was elbow macaroni, a can of stewed tomatoes and ground beef. So his traditional, “old world” Hungarian goulash – made with sauerkraut, pork and sour cream – was completely foreign to me. And it was delicious.  The year I went vegan he stepped up to the challenge and made me a vegan version of his family favorite. A few months […]

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Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing {Vegan}

It’s the simple things in life, right? Saturday night my inclination was to do what we’ve been doing a lot of lately – phoning dinner in. And I don’t mean auto-pilot doing the same ol’ same ol’ in the kitchen. I mean picking up the phone and literally dialing dinner in.  I stopped myself, though, and decided to woman up. What could I make that was quick and easy? I began by tossing a mix of farro and barley into the rice cooker (with homemade vegetable stock).  I had a package of Upton’s Naturals traditional seitan in the refrigerator and […]

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Vegan eats at the ballpark, 15 superfoods, and pie! Vegan news you can use (4/8/12)

This week’s Vegan Links and News Baseball season opened this week and there are new vegan eats at baseball parks! Arizona Diamondbacks Announce New Additions To Chase Field,  Vegan Weenies at Giants Games, and my Cubs are offering Sloppy Janes with tempeh: Wrigley Field to Unveil New Menu Items.  Oh, and plant-based athletes can buy vegan baseball gloves! Hey, L.A. folks! Get Your Tickets For the 3rd Annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival! In WTF? news: Gov. Scott repeals 45-year-old bunny-dye ban. Love these kind of lists: 15 Vegan Superfoods to Add to Your Diet. I love me some […]

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Lentil Humus

I’ve been on a bit of a humus and raw veggie kick over the last few days.  Really, is there anything better?  I’ve been eating store-bought humus and thought, wait, I can do better than that!  I began soaking a bowl of dry chickpeas (only for an hour, and with a tablespoon of baking soda – a trick I learned from Christina Pirello) but recalled that I had cooked lentils in the refrigerator.  My immediate gratification gene kicked in and I decided to grab what I had on hand for a different type of humus. Traditional humus is made with […]

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Cherries and Strawberries for Breakfast

I’ve been working from home this week and finding that I’m drinking far more coffee than usual and then I forget to eat breakfast.  When I finally sensed the hunger pang pounding through my over-caffeinated, jittery body this morning, I wanted to eat. NOW!  I grabbed bread for toast, an almond butter that I picked up at the NYC Veg Fest, and fresh strawberries. Breakfast is served. Where are the cherries?

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Sweet Tempeh Bacon Sandwich

I still haven’t gone to the grocery store this week.  Maybe today is the day!  I did, however, pick up some romaine lettuce at Target when shopping for office supplies the other day so, with lettuce as a guaranteed ingredient, I searched the refrigerator and found an unopened package of tempeh and a loaf of spelt bread.  Sandwich! Sweet Tempeh Bacon Sandwich by JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a side of Kale This is an intuitive cooking recipe. Use as much as you like of each ingredient! The steaming step is not necessary; however, I tend to always […]

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Pasta with White Beans {Vegan}

I’m back, I’m back, I feel fully back to my life!  Vacation was wonderful, and so needed, but there’s something wonderful about being in my own home, my own bed, and my own kitchen! I got home late Monday night and on Tuesday morning I realized we were in serious need of groceries.  I worked with what I had on hand:  I enjoyed a piece of toast with Earth Balance and nutritional yeast for breakfast and dipped some raw green beans and snap peas in humus for lunch. By late afternoon I was craving cooking time in the kitchen so […]

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More body shaming to “promote” veganism

Hi friends! I’m at an airport, on my way home to NY.  It seems fitting to touch, oh so briefly, on the PCRM / Airport commercial.  I do so on Stop Chasing Skinny where I link up to the offending commercial and Ginny Messina’s brilliant response:  More body shaming to “promote” veganism.  Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Vacation dining at non-vegan restaurants

Hi folks, still enjoying the fun and sun in Florida so no “Vegan News” from me today. I am the only plant-based eater on this family vacation so I’m trying to find decent eats in very non-vegan (as in not even close) restaurants. We had lunch at the Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak in Lake Wales, FL. Not one single thing on the menu was vegetarian.  I asked for a salad with no cheese, no meat but tons and tons of vegetables.  “We have tomatoes.” Okay. It was small but fine. Later, we met up with Mom and Dad’s […]

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