Archive for Month: June 2012

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It’s Vegan Pizza Day! (Plus, summer = pasta salads! How about a Hodgson Mill Pasta GIVEAWAY?)

It’s Vegan Pizza Day! Last year this auspicious occasion was celebrated on January 29 and I made this yummy pie, a day late.  Yesterday I made pizza a day early, so that I could review a vegan pizza cookbook for you. I will share the review – and a giveaway – tomorrow, but today, on the actual Vegan Pizza Day, I offer you this teaser. On to today’s giveaway.  Earlier this week I posted about my Creamy Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad recipe which is part of the Hodgson Mill Summer Pastabilities contest on Pinterest.  Voting continues through July 6! […]

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Creating a Vegan Community by Dianne Wenz, Montclair Vegans {Guest Post}

Earlier this week I shared my tips on how to Make Your Vegan Activism POP.  I mentioned that this was the student presentation I prepared for the Main Street Vegan Academy.  I asked a fellow academy student, Dianne Wenz (who you know as VeggieGirl), to share her presentation here. She is a force of nature and I know her wise words on how to create a vegan community will inspire you!   *** My high school art teacher used to encourage her students to look to other artists’ work for inspiration by saying “Artists cannot work in a vacuum.” Those words […]

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I need your vote on Pinterest! Creamy Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad {Vegan}

Last month Hodgson Mill reached out to me, offering samples of their pasta – in return I was challenged to create a new recipe for their Summer Pastabilities recipe contest on Pinterest. The contest deadline was Monday and, truthfully I found myself in the kitchen Monday morning, scratching my head.  As you know, I had spent the prior six days in the Main Street Vegan Academy and I had almost forgotten about the pasta salad recipe contest! Hodgson Mill sent three types of whole wheat, whole grain pastas to sample:  medium shells, bow tie and angel hair.  As I pondered […]

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Vegan Reuben-ish Sandwich

Oh, social media, I love you.  I have professed my adoration for bloggers, tweeters and Facebook peeps in the past.  Social media helped me go vegan. Yesterday morning I planned my meals for the day.  A smoothie for breakfast, a salad with quinoa and beans for lunch, and for dinner…um, I was stumped.  I grabbed a package of Upton’s Naturals seitan bacon from the freezer to thaw and later tossed it in the fridge. Then I forgot about it. As dinner time rolled around I remembered the seitan but had no clue what t make.  Naturally, I turned to Facebook […]

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Make Your Vegan Activism POP!

One of our sessions in the Main Street Vegan Academy, “The Joy of Speaking”, focused on public speaking and working with the media. Victoria Moran’s presentation was excellent. I have done public speaking for years and I still learned a great deal.  Here are two great tips: Focus on three points Share personal stories that illustrate at least 50% of the points. At the conclusion of the Academy we were asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation in which we share a personal area of expertise that could be helpful to our fellow coaches-in-training. I structured my presentation using suggestions from […]

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JL Fields, VLC (or, Main Street Vegan Academy conclusion)

Patient readers, thank you for joining my Main Street Vegan Academy journey! Yesterday the training concluded but not before an outstanding presentation from Victoria Moran on things to consider as we plan our vegan lifestyle coaching practice.  She walked us through a wide range of issues – from topics to cover with our clients to possible “homework” for them to complete to the variety of ways in which we can structure client sessions – and left us all feeling excited and ready! I cannot wait to begin motivating and supporting people as they learn to be compassionate to themselves, and […]

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Day 4: Main Street Vegan Academy (Vegans love a sweet treat)

Today is the day! I will receive my certification as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach! Yesterday we experienced an incredibly diverse day of instruction in the Main Street Vegan Academy.  We covered the environmental reasons for going vegan + how to share our personal “going vegan” story (with Michael Parrish DuDell), social networking to promote our brand (with Sharon Nazarian), urban farming, and wildlife rescue, growing up vegan, and traveling while vegan (with Victoria Moran and Adair Moran). And the “sweet dilemma”! Chef Fran Costigan gave a fantastic presentation on making vegan desserts. More specifically, how to put as “wholesome as […]

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Day 3: Main Street Vegan Academy (What vegans eat and what this vegan ate)

I’m back with more! I got up at 4:30 this morning to catch up on work and life (and you) before heading back into the city for another exciting day at the Main Street Vegan Academy! Before I share one thing that I learned in the Academy yesterday, I did want to follow-up on yesterday’s post in which I share the idea that 90% vegan is better than not being vegan at all.  Not one of the instructors suggested that we sit down with clients with some type of 50, 80 or 90% vegan “plan”. Rather, they encouraged us to […]

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Day 2: Main Street Vegan Academy (Nutrition, Shopping + Vegan Junk Food)

The long, wonderful days spent at the Main Street Vegan Academy are wearing me down, in a good way! Each morning I’m getting up oh-so-early so that I can do work for my “day job” – then I spend 10 – 11 hours in the academy.  On the train ride home, and a couple of hours before bed, I’m back to work.  I’m loving every minute of it. The topics covered yesterday ranged from working with overweight and food addicted clients to vegan nutrition to helping clients shop for compassionate clothing.  There are so many things worth sharing but, since I […]

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Day 1: Main Street Vegan Academy

Good morning!  First things first:  Today in my I Eat Plants column on LoHud.com I share my experience making vegan butter and explain why some vegans avoid products with palm oil.  I will be anxious to see the response (please consider leaving a comment!) Day one of the Main Street Vegan Academy was fantastic!  We learned about health coaching, animal rights, how to work with the media and to do presentations, and how to be persuasive vegan activists.  I’m loving Victoria Moran so much and the academy instructors are phenomenal.  I have promised to share one thing I’ve learned each […]

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Main Street Vegan Academy begins!

Wow.  Your comments on yesterday’s post – How vegan are you? – are phenomenal! I really appreciate the diversity of opinions and the respectful dialogue.  For many of us, we are on a journey and we are finding our way when it comes to the intersection of our vegan diet and the ethics behind it.  If you haven’t had chance to share you opinion, please do!  Also yesterday, my write-up on The Seed event was published on BlogHer.com:  The Seed: Truly a Vegan Experience For Everyone! (A very special thank you to my intern Megan for attending the event so […]

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How vegan are you?

Yesterday I shared something quickly on Facebook. I can’t lie, I love me some radical, unapologetic vegans! And I also love folks who jump in to appreciate victories, no matter how big or small. This morning I did finally take a look at the packaging of the products. The L’Oreal Sulfate-Free Ever Creme shampoo and conditioner: The Neutrogena naturals: Neither product was tested on animals.  I do see that one Neutrogean ingredient is “coconut/palm kernel derived”- I wonder what that may have to do with palm oil and the orangutans? Some on Facebook suggested that if a company did any […]

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Recovering from the weekend and gearing up for a vegan academy

This little ole’ blog was mighty silent over the weekend – because I was mighty busy! As you know, The Seed was this weekend and, wow, was it ever amazing. I loved talking to folks after the vegan blogging panel (for which I moderated and presented). I ate delicious food like these vegan drumsticks and blue “cheese” dressing from Foodswings. I enjoyed quality time with quality people, like Gena Hamshaw and Rich Roll. I’m writing an original piece for BlogHer, describing my experience at The Seed, and I’ll be sure to share it with you. I witnessed my husband perform […]

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Friday Food Fun: Brunch at Sacred Chow, quick and easy dinners, and Marmite toast

Happy Friday, friends!  What a busy a week – and it’s still going! I’m busy today working with clients and, in between, prepping for the blogging panel at The Seed! (Want 10% off tickets? Follow this link.)  I hope to see you tomorrow morning! Since I have a busy week – and a busy day ahead of me – I thought I would quickly share some food fun. Just a few meals via Instagram (follow me at jlgoesvegan!). Brunch with my husband at Sacred Chow.  Better than Biscuits and Gravy for him. Tempeh Hash (Make it a Po’ Boy) for […]

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The Seed is this weekend!

Thank you for all of the wonderful, supportive comments to my post yesterday!  I appreciate that you understand how giddy I am about my column! Speaking of the column, today I review a local Asian restaurant. It was nice to see some of you on the vegan, pressure cooker chat on Twitter yesterday, too! If you missed the chat, no fear! Here’s the transcript. Now, on to The Seed. It’s almost here! I wrote an original piece for BlogHer.com about the event which went up yesterday:  The Seed: A Vegan Experience in New York City June 16 & 17.  I […]

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JL in Print, Katie Couric, and a Soyrizo & Bean Burrito

It’s one of those days. I’m grinning ear to ear. When I was invited to write a weekly column for my local paper’s online food section, I jumped at the chance.  A vegan column?  Yes!  My editor told me that on occasion they may choose to run one of my columns in the print edition of The Journal News. So far, they have printed teasers about the online column. Like yesterday’s teaser about TODAY’S twitter chat. But guess what happened today?

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Twitter Chat on the Pressure Cooker: June 13, 12:00 pm EST + 10% off Raw, Vegan Ice Cream

Did you see my review yesterday of a (new to me) raw, organic vegan ice cream?  I have good news! Blue Organic Cashew Creamery is offering a discount on their delicious ice cream for those of you who discover them through my blog.  Order here and enter the discount code “BLOG.”  When you check out you will receive 10% off your order! Now, what’s this about a Twitter chat? Two weeks ago I wrote about the Top Three Reasons I love my pressure cooker for my I Eat Plants column on LoHud.com. The pressure cooker obsession continues because my Small […]

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Blue Mountain Cashew Creamery – Raw and Organic Vegan Ice Cream!

I recently opened up a pretty exciting package from Blue Mountain Organics Cashew Creamery.  The contents: I was so excited to try these flavors out!  I’ve been reading great stuff on blogs about this raw and organic vegan ice cream, most recently on City|Life|Eats, and I was ready to dig in. But first, a few details: The cashew creams have about half the saturated fat content compared to dairy ice cream. They are sweetened with agave nectar. They use superfoods such as lucuma, maca, mesquite, and camu, In addition, the ice cream is Dairy-Free, Vegan USDA Certified Organic Raw Soy-Free, […]

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Vegan Vegg Omelet Recipe + Your Pressure Cooker Questions + A weekly round-up

It’s Sunday and you might be expecting my weekly round-up of vegan news and links.  Sorry. No time! I had an incredibly busy work-week and then I spent Saturday writing. Today, I’m off to NYC for the Compassion Couture’s First Ever NYC Sample Sale.  Therefore, instead of news, I thought I would share the amazing vegan omelet I created yesterday with The Vegg … and a weekly round-up of blog activity. But first I have a VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION! Wednesday, at 12:00 p.m. EST, the editor for my I Eat Plants column is hosting me on a Twitter chat to discuss…the […]

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Chik’n Lentil Noodle Soup

Have you tried my Creamy Kale Miso Soup yet? Don’t keep me waiting! I want to know if you loved it! In April I was the Favorite Veg on the Web on Como Water. The wonderful Tiffany invited me to guest post and to share my Chik’n Lentil Noodle Soup recipe. I decided to repost the recipe here today so that I could finally join in on Ricki Heller’s fantastic Wellness Weekend activities on Diet, Dessert and Dogs. Here’s how my soups get started.  Each week I toss vegetable bits, pieces, and scraps into a gallon freezer bag as I […]

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Creamy Kale Miso Soup

I want to thank you all for the thoughtful and interesting comments to my I am not a gluten-free vegan post – and welcome to the many new readers who popped in to read the post! I found the dialogue incredibly interesting and appreciate your thoughts. As promised, I have a few gluten-free cookbook reviews coming your way – so stay tuned! The other day I went for a run around noon. It was cloudy, spitting rain and unusually cool. Perfect running weather! I ran along the Sound, enjoying the chill in the air.  When I returned home, the chill […]

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I am not a gluten-free vegan

I am not a gluten-free vegan.  Though, dear readers, that’s not really a surprise, is it?  I haven’t met a piece of seitan (hello, vital wheat gluten) that I didn’t love and nearly all of the bread I make is with wheat or other glutenous flours. SOURCE I often receive emails from readers who request that I make more gluten-free recipes and / or to indicate when my recipes are gluten-free.  The truth of the matter is that any gluten-free recipes on this blog are accidental!  When I first started baking bread I complained about how “short” and dense my […]

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Frugal vegan eats + luxurious vegan fashion in this week’s vegan news you can use (6/3/12)

This week’s vegan links and news This Famous Chef Could Serve Up Your Next Investor.  The vegan Willy Wonka? Love it. A Guide to Organic Volunteering. Summer is a great time to give time and energy to others. Best dairy-free summer desserts.  Self-explanatory. Beyond meat: Americans preoccupied with protein. This is an interesting read – I would love to hear your thoughts. Tired of being unhealthy, area residents changed their lives.  While I wish everyone would eat 100% vegan, I do love this mention of “Frugal Vegan Wednesdays.”  She is learning that vegan eating isn’t expensive, while trying out new […]

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“Meaty” Lentil & Veggie Mac (20-minute meal!)

Before I share a super-fast and delicious meal with you, let’s take care of a little business: I am happy to announce that we have four winners of a day-pass to The Seed!  Congratulations to Melissa, Ilana, Ivory and Jessica! (I sent each of you an email with instructions on how to obtain your ticket.)  Didn’t win?  You can still get 10% of tickets here! Yesterday in my I Eat Plants column on LoHud.com I shared my Top 3 Reasons Why I Love My Pressure Cooker.  Please check it out and share your thoughts! Back to food. Last night my […]

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