Archive for Month: August 2012

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Vegan Mousakka Goulash

This happens when you combine potatoes and eggplant with a liberal use of paprika: Vegan Mousakka Goulash!

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Vegan perfection makes the paper + Quick and easy dinner ideas

The “perfect” vegan conversation continues on my I Eat Plants column and I share two quick and easy vegan dinner ideas.

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Shine with Rosie Molinary to win a FREE vegan coaching session!

Shine. Embrace your authentic, beautiful self with Rosie Molinary and win a vegan coaching session with me!

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Vegan Brunch at Bloodroot, Bridgeport, CT. Plus: Scenes from a triathlon

How to fuel up after a triathlon? A delicious vegetarian and vegan brunch at Bloodroot in Bridgeport, CT, of course!

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Cheering for my triathlete husband + Vegan news you can use (8/26/12)

Vegan news you can use: Boomers going vegetarian, PETA ads in the lunch room, and your bananas may not be vegan.

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RECIPE: Creamy Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad {Vegan}

The creamy “green” sauce in this recipe – featuring spinach and tofu – makes this vegan pasta salad a nutritional powerhouse!

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Two vegan journeys converge at West Street Grill in Litchfield, CT

Over the span of six years, two people become vegan and connect at the non-vegan West Street Grill in Litchfield, CT.

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Go Vegan with JL In the Kitchen Tip: Cook beans in bulk to save time & money

When you Go Vegan with JL you get tips and tricks on coking vegan – and you can save time and money!

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Oops, I ate egg and cheese. (Turns out, I’m not a “perfect” vegan)

I made some rookie mistakes while dining out recently. SOURCE When I screw up, I do it big – for my online readers of The Journal News, no less.  GEESH.  I write about it today on my I Eat Plants column:

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My Interview on The Starter Vegan is live!

Friends, I cannot thank you enough for the kind words of congratulations about my joining the board of directors of Our Hen House!  I’m excited that you are excited! By the way, have you subscribed to the OHH podcast on iTunes?  Do it! I also want to thank you for your enthusiasm about my first-ever black bean brownie recipe!   Coconut-Ginger Infused Black Bean Brownies Are you soaking black beans yet?  Do it! Today I am really excited to send you over to The Starter Vegan  a new endeavor of Fianna MacGregor, who blogs at Vegan Farm Girl in the […]

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My new role at Our Hen House

I have an announcement and I am going to do it two ways: The quick version: Go to Our Hen House and read today’s blog post:  JL Fields Jumps From OHH Advisor to Board Member The longer version is a bit of a love story.  Grab a cup of tea… As most of you know, my journey to that of an ethical vegan has spanned the two and a half years that I have been eating a plant-based diet, but started over 10 years ago, when I went vegetarian because of a goat. As it is for many of us, […]

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Coconut-Ginger Infused Black Bean Brownies

Coconut-Ginger infused what?! Don’t let the title of this recipe fool you. Yes, I created my first variation of a black bean brownie recipe. No, they don’t exactly taste like coconut or ginger.  Yes, they are light, chocolatey and delicious. No, they do not taste like beans. Why? Because I cooked the beans in coconut milk and I used a decadent, delicious dark chocolate, with a hint of ginger, in the mix Here it is folks – the secret: You must make your beans from scratch. You must make them with coconut milk, not water. I decided to make homemade […]

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A 36-hour escape + Vegan news you can use (8/19/12)

This lovely, sunny, cool Sunday morning I am feeling incredibly relaxed. Since starting my own business, vacation is just not something I have considered. My client roster is busy (I’m thankful!) and, hey, when you work for yourself you don’t get vacation days – you either work and get paid or you don’t work and you don’t get paid. Recently, though, my husband and I had an idea – what if we tried to take “36-hour escapes”?  We’ll get a little R&R and spend less money than a full-fledged vacation. We did just that Thursday and Friday, escaping to Lake […]

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Chopped Salad with Cashew Chipotle Dressing

Today I decided it was time, for the first time ever, to cook dry beans on the stove top. I know, I know, the pressure cooking queen (and rice cooker fall-back gal) going old school?  Well, the funny thing about creating recipes for a book is that I have to remember that not everyone has a pressure cooker  – or rice cooker – so I decided to try making beans without either. I enlisted help from my Facebook and Twitter friends, who gave me lots of great advice. I soaked  2+ cups of dry, red kidney beans (16-oz bag) overnight. […]

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This week on I Eat Plants

I hope you aren’t sick of hearing about the throwdown yet because I have just a few final things to share. The Journal News ran a story on it Wednesday – look at the word “vegan” loud and proud (on my apron) on the front page of the Life & Style section! They also ran a gallery of event photos online.  Food is activism and I am so honored to share the vegan message through my online food column with my local paper!  (Psst…I am planning a return cooking demo visit to the John Jay Homestead Farm Market in the […]

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Back to School Special!

Happy September! Take advantage of my Back to School Special! Get 20% off vegan or career coaching this month!

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The lunch I needed (and I’m not talking about the food) at Quintessence, NYC

Okay, the title is a misleading.  I needed the awesome, raw, vegan food that gets served up at Quintessence in Manhattan that filled my belly.  But my lunch date, Gena of Choosing Raw, filled my heart and filled my soul. Gena is someone with whom I can share everything. My hopes, fears, anxieties, and successes. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G  How lucky am I? We spent nearly two hours catching up on our lives and somehow, in the midst of the flurry of conversation and laughter, we feasted. I’ve been nursing a nasty summer cold so I started with a hot ginger and lemon […]

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Avocado Oil

Recipe testing for the Messina / Fields book is going strong!  I’ve been editing many recipes before handing them over to my faithful testers and have noticed how much I use avocado oil – because I need to keep editing recipes to add “or olive oil”. But really, I’d love for more people to try avocado oil.  (If you’re new to the blog and are scratching your head thinking “wait, vegans don’t eat oil” let me assure you, many of us do!  I talk about my love of oil here and here.) Why avocado oil? Avocado oil has a high […]

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Vegan news you can use (8/13/12)

I usually share vegan news on Sunday, but I was just too excited about Saturday’s cooking demonstration and posted about it yesterday!  A day late, here’s the news. This week’s vegan links and news Vegan news is everywhere… Arkansas:  Vegetarians becoming more prevalent in South District of Columbia: Huh? Quinoa at a Barbecue Joint Florida: Eateries cater to vegetarians with pizza, wraps and soul food Georgia: Vegetarian diets gaining popularity Michigan: Finding vegan food gets easier New York: Getting Acquainted With Your Food: Mamaroneck Resident Recounts Her Journey to Veganism (Hey, that’s me!) Pennsylvania: Vegan Pub Food: A dozen beer […]

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My first public cooking demonstration

I did it! I survived my first public cooking demo! Folks, I am hooked! You already know that I love to talk about veganism through the written word – whether here on the blog, in my Small Bites column or in my upcoming book – and through individual coaching. Yesterday I found myself chatting up a storm, espousing the virtue of quinoa, kale and all good things vegan at a local farmers market and I can’t wait to do it again! We set the table up with promo cards, provided by The Journal News and technology to show my blog […]

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Friday Finds 8/10/12: Sanctuaries in the news + A fabulous vegan nutrition visual

On this early Friday morning I decided to share a few vegan “finds” of the week! You may have heard that Jenny Brown, co-founder and executive director of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, has written The Lucky Ones, out this week.  Here’s a video about the book: My local Patch wrote a story about Jenny and the book (with a little bit about yours truly): Getting Acquainted With Your Food: Mamaroneck Resident Recounts Her Journey to Veganism. Speaking of sanctuaries, I got an email this morning from the fine folks at Herbivore Clothing Company about an in-store and online shopping event […]

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Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad and a Small Bites Throwdown Cooking Demo Saturday in Katonah, NY

I am having some serious fun writing the I Eat Plants column for LoHud.com!  I enjoy writing about great vegan food and finds in Westchester County and sharing recipes each Thursday but this week takes the (vegan) cake.  The Journal News / LoHud.com is sponsoring a Small Bites columnist “throwdown” at a local farm market. The food editor, Liz Johnson, invited my fellow columnist Maria Reina and me to participate in a friendly recipe competition. I was pretty nervous because Maria is a trained chef and, well, I’m not!  But you know me, always up for spreading the vegan food […]

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Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad

Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad by JL Fields @ JL goes Vegan Many of us grew up eating sliced cucumbers and onions as a dinner side dish on hot summer evenings. This recipe is a twist on that old favorite. The addition of quinoa — a gluten-free whole grain, with nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein — turns a familiar small vegetable side salad into a hearty and delicious vegetarian entree! Serves 6 as a side and 3 to 4 as an entree.  Originally posted on my I Eat Plants column: http://bit.ly/NiVjdG Ingredients (Serves 6) For the […]

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It’s about the animals

A few weeks ago I shared my “vegan conversion” story  on James McWilliams’s Eating Plants blog.  Since then I have been thinking a lot about my transition from a dietary vegan to an ethical one. I always give credit to the big three: Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw wrote a Vegan 101 post here on the ethics of veganism and later introduced me to a pig on a farm sanctuary through one of her posts. Which led to me discovering Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and Clover, my sponsored goat. Jasmin and Mariann of Our Hen House helped me figure out to […]

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Vegan news you can use (8/5/12)

Good morning from NYC!  I want to thank you for your kind tweets and Facebook messages about my interview on Our Hen House yesterday! It means so much! BlogHer 12 wrapped last night but I stayed an extra night in the city so that I could enjoy a night out with two of my favorite people! Gail, Lee and I enjoyed a fabulous meal… …at Cafe Blossom West Village (more on that later this week). After spending five of the last six nights in a hotel – four days in Miami and three days in NYC – I am looking […]

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Today you can hear me on Our Hen House! (Hello from BlogHer12!)

Timing is everything! I am attending the BlogHer.com annual conference in Manhattan, as is the wonderful Jasmin Singer, co-founder and executive director of Our Hen House (she presented yesterday!).  Last night Jasmin and I went out for dinner (to tea house Franchia Vegan Cafe) and enjoyed lots of great food, including these steamed Kimchi Dumplings. They were as good as you think they were. This morning I am with Jasmin – and Mariann! – on Our Hen House! I hope you’ll take some time to listen to Episode 134: “If you want to know where you would have stood on […]

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JL meets LJ at T.H.R.I.V.E. (raw + vegan) in Miami

After years of fun and friendship through social media, I finally met LJ in person on my last day in Miami! She suggested T.H.R.I.V.E., a mostly raw, vegan restaurant, which was perfect after a night of decadence at Sublime. T.H.R.I.V.E. is a small and bright restaurant that seats about six people inside; outdoor seating is available, too. In addition to the menu, daily specials are offered on a board. LJ and I started with kombucha – on tap! I opted for a green apple and ginger fermented drink. Truthfully, I have never been a kombucha fan but now that I […]

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A tremendous meal at vegan Sublime (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Our first day in Miami Beach was great – as was day two!  I started the day with an early morning meeting at one of the restaurants in the hotel. They offered the standard breakfast fare but I decided to ask the all important question “Can you see if they have tofu in the kitchen?”  Followed by “If so, I would love for the chef to prepare it however he likes, with vegetables and no butter or cheese because I’m a vegan.” This is what I got. Score! Dave and I both worked all day but found a little time […]

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Escopazzo Organic Italian Restaurant (Raw, vegan options!) in Miami

My husband, Dave, and I are in Miami for work (poor us, right?) and my days have been jammed. But we have found time to get our for a morning run and to discover some very tasty meals. Last night Dave (the omnivore) and I dined at Escopazzo in South Beach. We selected this place because in addition to a traditional Italian menu – with organic items – there is a separate raw, vegan menu! Take a look at just a few of the many offerings: I started with the avocado, grapefruit and fennel salad. I love fennel and grapefruit […]

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