Archive for Month: July 2012

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Shine with Rosie Molinary

Yesterday on Stop Chasing Skinny Marissa of Righteous Chickpea shared her story about finding compassion for herself while on her vegan journey.  I hope you will take some time to read what she has to say:  We can all be kinder and gentler to ourselves and others. I think many of us experienced a new level of self-love when we chose to no longer participate in violence against animals. My friend Rosie Molinary, author, speaker, and teacher  empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world.  She […]

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Vegan news you can use (7/29/12)

This week’s vegan links and news The USDA supports Meatless Monday!  Oops, never mind: Retracting a Plug for Meatless Mondays Top 10 Historic Vegetarian and Vegan Olympians Fry’s Vegetarian Foods UK supplier is among the main suppliers of vegetarian and vegan dishes to the Summer Games Texas Tech Students Win PETA Contest for Anti-Meat Ad [NSFW] Native Foods in Boulder, CO:  Vegan food for meat eaters Vegan advocacy group wants milk removed from schools, citing health concerns Me, Give Up Meat? Vegan Diets Surging in Popularity This week on the blogs JL goes Vegan MONDAY: JL’s Vegan Cherry-Oat Ice Cream […]

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Busy days, quick meals and a recipe tester update

Happy Friday! I have a really busy day ahead of me!  I am working with two coaching clients (Yay!), I have several consulting client conference calls, a nonprofit board meeting, and then dinner tonight with some of my favorite vegan Tweeters – most of whom I’ve never met! This new life of “retirement” is bringing me great joy…and jam-packed days!  But somehow we manage to pull together some interesting meals around here, which I’ll share through a few Instagram photos (I’m jlgoesvegan if you use it) I snapped each day. Monday night Dave, my darling husband who happens to be […]

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Tempeh Revisited: Tempeh Patties

Yesterday I shared a new way to prepare tempeh – basically to make it seem less like, err… tempeh. I know, I know, blasphemy to the tempeh-lovers in the house! At the conclusion of my post on Scrambled Tempeh “Eggs” I suggested that I might try the recipe again, with a little more water, and prepare them as patties. Good news! It worked! I served the patties over a bed of cooked spinach (sautéed with a splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos) and layered with raw tomato slices; I topped it off with finely diced red onion and a dollop of […]

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What’s for breakfast? Scrambled Tempeh “Eggs” {Vegan}

Tempeh. You don’t see much of it on this blog because I don’t exactly love it.  In fact, until today, I had only three tempeh recipes on my recipe page.  The funny thing is, I always have tempeh around; I guess it just seems like the thing a vegan should have handy.  Yesterday, when horrified to discover that I was out of tofu, I did what I had to do.  I grabbed the fermented block of soybeans and grains and tried to make some magic happen – I tossed it in the food processor. Scrambled Tempeh “Eggs” {Vegan} by JL […]

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Still not a skinny vegan

Long time readers know I have a few opinions when it comes to weight and size.  And veganism. And the intersection of the two. I believe you can be a “good” vegan, a “healthy” vegan, and still consume added fats, salt and sugar.  I do not believe that following a restrictive vegan diet makes you “disease-proof.” (Ginny takes some of this on, far batter than I, in her When Vegans Get Cancer post.) I believe that by eating a well-balanced diet filled with vegetables, fruits, beans/legumes, grains, and nuts and seeds – while enjoying indulgences and vegan “junk” food in […]

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JL’s Vegan Cherry-Oat Ice Cream Bars (OXO Cherry Recipe Contest)

We have winners! I am thrilled to announce that Entry #40 Gail P. and Entry #28 Samantha G. will each receive the following Go Vegan with JL! service: Personal Coaching (Phone or Skype) I have developed education modules designed to guide your journey on how to eat and live more compassionately. Topics include health, diet, and meal plans; kitchen tips, tricks and techniques; living in the world as a social vegan; keeping a compassionate home; and more. The 45-minute consultation session:  You talk, I listen, and within two business days you will receive your personalized “Get Started” program. Congratulations, Gail […]

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Very Vegan Farm Market + Vegan News You Can Use (July 22, 2012)

Yesterday Dave and I drove up to Katonah, NY to check out the Farm Market at John Jay Homestead. We made the 25-mile drive because I’m doing my first public cooking demonstration at the market in August! The food editor for my “I Eat Plants” column is pitting me, the home-cook, against a fellow columnist, a chef, for a good-spirited Farmers Market Throwdown on August 11. Maria and I really had fun walking the tables, brainstorming ideas and ultimately deciding on the same ingredient we will each use in our recipes.  Two ingredients, actually – cipollini and bunching onions from Amawalk Farm. […]

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Marmite Sweet Potato Chips (Baked or High Raw)

Marmite.  Love it or hate it? I love it. I slather Marmite on toast.  I mix Marmite and peanut butter together and eat it on celery. I’ve spread it on a corn tortilla and baked it until crisp in the oven. Love it! Marmite is thick, has a very salty flavor and, for some, is definitely an acquired taste.  This dense, almost meaty flavored condiment made the list in Ginny Messina’s excellent post on Umami: It’s been dubbed the “fifth taste” (the other four being sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). Discovered over 100 years ago, umami has more recently become […]

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Meet the Go Vegan with JL! Welcome Kit Partners

I have been overwhelmed and warmed by your responses to my news this week! I am happy to see many of you entering to win a single, 45-minute Go Vegan with JL! coaching session (you can still enter!). I am also loving the comments  from those of you tossing your hat in the ring to test recipes for the book I am collaborating on with Ginny Messina. So much fun! Today I wanted to share something else that has warmed my heart.  The kindness of compassionate businesses!  As I began developing my vegan lifestyle coaching practice, I wanted to offer […]

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All is Revealed Part 2: I am working on a book! (recipe testers needed) + Professionalizing your passions

Where were we? Oh yes. Monday I finally spilled the beans.  I launched my vegan lifestyle coaching practice: Go Vegan with JL! I am giving away a 45-minute coaching session to two winners! Have you entered? I also promised a second reveal.  A little something about a book. When I started blogging I got caught up in it.  Big time.  Blogging started out as, and remains, my hobby. It also became my passion. Through blogging I found a creative outlet to share an experience publicly and to get something deeply profound in return. A community. I began sharing recipes as […]

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All is Revealed Part 1: New Business = Go Vegan with JL! (Vegan Lifestyle Coaching Session GIVEAWAY)

This past spring I did something somewhat quietly. I started my own business.  Some of you figured it out through my Facebook and Twitter updates but, overall, I made the move discreetly.  Last week I wrote about my big professional changes, in broad strokes, for the career section of BlogHer.com. If you haven’t read my piece How I Retired Before I Retired, please do so, as it will give context to what I’m about to announce.  I’ll wait here while you read it. Welcome back! I launched JL Fields Consulting to allow me to choose exciting projects in the professional […]

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Raw, vegan eats on Long Island: Live Island Cafe, Huntington, NY

Tomorrow is the big day! I am finally going to tell you all about my vegan lifestyle coaching practice – and I’m going to be giving away coaching sessions! Stay tuned! Right now, however, I simply have to share a review of a restaurant that I tried for the first time yesterday. Dave and I have been friends with Elaine and Tim for nearly 14 years.  All four of us, as individuals, have changed immensely over time and the open and genuine nature of our friendship means that we each have experienced support and a lack of judgment from one […]

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Summer Fun Friday: Vegan events, fashion (sale!) + a failed (but delish) JL-EGG Omelet

It’s the last call for the Heart Healthy Pizza cookbook giveaway.  I hope you enter for your chance to win a signed copy!   I am glad that you are intrigued by the Curry Cashew Butter recipe I posted yesterday; I enjoyed the conversation and a general agreement that vegans do not have to be no- or low-fat. Today I wanted to share a few items that came my way this week. Compassion Couture is having a summer sale. The FIRST EVER Twin Cities Veg Fest, Saturday, July 14, looks fantastic! The event will be held 10am to 5pm on […]

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Curry Cashew Butter, or Yes, Virginia, I do eat oil and other added fats

I really enjoyed your comments and tweets yesterday, in response to my piece How I Retired Before I Retired on BlogHer.com.  Today in my I Eat Plants column on LoHud.com you will find my piece Victoria Moran is Taking Vegan to Main Street which includes a review of the book Main Street Vegan and an interview with the author. I do hope you will check it out. (Please consider leaving a comment there, if you are so moved!) Now…about that Curry Cashew Butter. I was out for a run the other morning, listening to an Our Hen House podcast, and suddenly […]

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How I Retired Before I Retired is on BlogHer.com

Good morning!  I have loved the activity on the blog this week! You are very, very interested in the cookbook Heart Healthy Pizza and you can still enter to win a signed copy! You are also digging the JL-EGG (vegan egg), my homemade version of The Vegg.  Please let me know if you try it! Today I am going to direct you to BlogHer.com for some news.  Many of you have noticed hints that I have been dropping over the last few months, or subtle changes to the blog that reflect recent trainings and endeavors, but I haven’t quite come […]

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I made a JL-EGG! {vegan egg}

I have been using The Vegg, the innovative “egg yolk” substitute, and absolutely love it.  I’ve made vegan hollandaise sauce, an omelet (seriously, check out the omelet…AMAZING!), and numerous tofu scrambles. Some consider the product a little pricey (you can get it for $7.99 at Vegan Essentials) as it comes out to .50 cents a serving.  Ten percent of net sales of The Vegg go to Compassion Over Killing, though. When I first got The Vegg I checked out the label: Ingredients: Fortified nutritional yeast (dry yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12), sodium alginate, black […]

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Heart Healthy Pizza by Mark Sutton {Book review + GIVEAWAY}

For Vegan Pizza Day my husband and I made a pie from Heart Healthy Pizza:  Over 100 Plant-based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World by Mark Sutton. Today I’m going to share my review of this cookbook and offer you a chance to win a signed copy! First, let me tell you how Mark and I met. I wrote this post: Quorn goes vegan (What the hell is mycoprotein?).  I mentioned Mark Sutton’s critique of vegan food bloggers and Mark read the post. We respected one another’s perspective and a friendship was formed. Now, on to Mark’s […]

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Vacation photo blog #3 (Vegan travel July 2012)

After a fun day with a friend it was date night with my husband. Dinner and dessert: Abay for Ethiopian food and Oh Yeah! for ice cream. Injera chips with fava dip and lentils and veggies for dinner – delicious! I had them mix pistachios and figs in chocolate soy ice cream. Oh, yeah! G’night Pittsburgh. Our mini-vacation was lovely.

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Vacation photo blog #2 (Vegan travel July 2012)

Vegan eats at Double Wide Grill. Seitan buffalo wings. Trailer house salad with vegan fries. Oh, there may have been a South African flight of wine earlier in the day at Ibiza. And olives. Have a great Saturday!

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Vacation photo blog #1 (Vegan travel July 2012)

Ah, CIBO Express Gourmet Markets, I love you. A noon flight means shopping for lunch, which is never a problem for vegans flying JetBlue out of JFK in New York. Lunch today? Edamame hummus and snap peas for a snack and a Grilled Southwest Tofu Wrap made by Soul Gourmet Vegan Cuisine.

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Do you like me? (Facebook, Amazon, Giveaways, Recipes and Votes)

Do you like me? I mean, do you really like me? No, I’m not having a Sally Field moment at the Oscars.  Actually today I just wanted to share a few quick items before we head out for a mini-vacation. As I was listing them, they all had a theme: “liking.” Do you like me? “Like” me on Facebook today and I just might break the 2,000 mark!  Thank you! Hop over to Pinterest and vote for my Creamy Spinach Bow Tie Pasta recipe, part of the Hodgson Mill Summer Pastabilities recipe contest. Thank you, again! You can check out […]

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Fourth of July: Quick and easy plant-based grilling ideas

It’s a big grilling day in the U.S.! Fourth of July!  Let’s save some animals and grill vegetables today, okay? First, mix up a big bowl of the Azuki Bean (with potato) salad recipe I shared with you yesterday. Then get that grill ready for one (or two) of these tasty treats! Grilled Seitan and Mushrooms Kale-Cabbage-Leek Grill Mix Chickpea – TVP Burgers Grilled Gingered Asparagus & Leeks Cinnamon Tofu Pinto TVP Burger Quinoa-Daiya Burger Miso-Date Tofu Protein Burger Have a wonderful day!

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Azuki Bean Salad

‘Tis the season for the summer salad! Last week I made a Creamy Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad (you can still vote for it on Pinterest and you can still ENTER TO WIN $25 in assorted whole grain pasta from Hodgson Mill!).  Sunday, after a strong but hot workout on my bike, I was craving a bean salad. I took a look in my pantry to see what dry beans I had on hand and what vegetables I had, as well.  I saw a bag of unopened azuki beans and immediately wanted to cook them up. Azuki beans (also known […]

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Monday Musings (7/2/12): Vida Vegan Con, green smoothies, and bovine bone use in oral surgery

This summer I thought it might be fun to try out some Monday musings – where I post about nothing in particular but perhaps of interest. I’m registered for Vida Vegan Con 2013!  Registration opened yesterday – I had pop-up and email reminders working overtime at 2:45 so that I wouldn’t miss the 3:00 pm EST early bird registration frenzy.  Why all the excitement? The first 100 tickets were available for $200 (regular price is $280).  So, how did it work out for me? Turns out I refreshed the webpage just enough to buy the very first ticket!  You may […]

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Farmers market, finally + Vegan news you can use (7/1/12)

I was up early this morning which is surprising, considering our big food night out.  I even managed to get out on the road bike for a training ride.  As soon as Dave got home from coaching we hit up one of our local farmers markets.  I cannot believe it took me until July to get outside for some produce shopping! It was a small haul because a) we are going on vacation later this week and b) I have a goal to avoid over-buying at the farmers market this year. We walked over to Andy’s Pure Food for juices.  […]

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