Tag: vegan 101

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Vegan 101: An Easy—But Essential—Vegan Baking Primer by Allyson Kramer

I am so excited that this site is a stop along Allyson Kramer’s blog book tour for Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World: Fantastic, Allergy-Free Ethnic Recipes. Allyson is an inspiring recipe developer, writer and author.  When we talked about I might share her fabulous new book with you we both realized the perfect way was for her to write a piece for my Vegan 101 Series! You are going to love her practical advice on vegan baking and I implore you to get her new book ASAP! Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Around the World is the cookbook for vegans cooking for omnivore […]

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Vegan 101: “Wee-Gans” – Raising Vegan Children

Today in the Vegan 101 Series chef and cookbook author Dreena Burton shares strategies to feed your plant-powered kids!

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Vegan 101: How To Use Seasoning For Delicious Vegan Meals

The latest in the Vegan 101 series, Heather Nauta provides a primer on how to combine herbs, spices and seasonings to make your vegan meals even more delicious!

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Vegan 101: Vegan Cooking with a Slow Cooker

Robin Robertson joins the Vegan 101 series with dvice on vegan cooking with a slow cooker. This Go Vegan with JL series provides new vegans, or the veg-curious, resources and tips on the vegan journey.

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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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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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Tata 2011! It’s been swell!

This was my first full year of blogging! I loved it and can’t wait to do more of it in 2012.  For now, though, let me share some 2011 highlights. I.  If there is one thing I am most proud of on this blog this year, it’s the Vegan 101 series. I simply turned to people I admire and respect and asked them to participate–to help new vegans and the vegan-curious. And they did. How I learned to go vegan by JL of JL goes Vegan How to Travel Like a Vegan Pro by Jill Vegan Backpacker Kitchen tips from […]

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Vegan 101: How to share your passion with compassion

We’re back with another, fantastic, Vegan 101 post! This post is really worth the wait.  I started reading Lisa’s blog Vegan Cookbook Critic very early on in my vegan days.  It was the perfect place to read cookbook reviews before making a purchase. But Lisa went a step further and she made numerous recipes from the books she reviewed. She is a talented chef and photographer so her reviews were very enticing!  This really helped me determine if it was “my kind” of cookbook.  Her blog evolved and is now vegan culinary crusade, which really says it all.  Lisa is […]

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Vegan for Life (book review)

I gush.  It’s true. If I love something I can’t help myself. This book was in my mailbox on Thursday. I finished it by noon on Friday. It’s that good. Jack Norris, RD and Ginny Messina, MPH, RD have teamed up for what I now consider the vegan resource on my bookshelf, Vegan for Life:  Everything you need to know to be healthy and fit on a plant-based diet.  (You may recall that Ginny, The Vegan RD, wrote a post on vegan nutrition for the Vegan 101 series on this blog.) Why am I gushing? 

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Vegan 101: Vegan Baking Made Easy

I don’t consider myself a baker (for good reason) but when I came across the website Diet, Dessert and Dogs I began to believe that perhaps I could bake.  Ricki Heller is a wonder.  She is smart, funny and has done the legwork for you in figuring out how to bake vegan and gluten-free.  I am so pleased that Ricki is offering vegan baking tips as part of the Vegan 101 series! *** If you ask most cooks which they find more difficult, cooking or baking, I suspect most would answer “baking.” For most people, a perfect pie crust or […]

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Vegan 101: Five Easy Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens

A funny thing happened when I started this Vegan 101 series.  I started “meeting” wonderful people, perfect contributors to the series! Recently Nava Atlas emailed me. Yes, me!  She read Ginny Messina’s Vegan 101 post and wanted permission to re-post it on her site.  Are you kidding? Of course! I want to spread the word on how to plan healthy, vegan diets! Through our email conversation I learned that Nava is working on a new cookbook on leafy greens; never one to miss an opportunity when it presents itself I immediately invited her to write a post on leafy greens […]

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Vegan 101: The Pressure Cooker–The Vegan’s New Best Friend

I bought a pressure cooker last fall after I read this post by my friend Gena.  It. Changed. Everything.  I was terrified to use it at first (memories of my mother shooing us out of the house when she canned tomatoes came flooding back).  Now? I use it all the time.  I rarely buy canned beans.  I’m cooking with grains like millet and farro.  I’m making split pea and lentil soups with kale and cabbage .  Truly, the pressure cooker is a game changer. I even started creating pressure cooker recipes (check out a link to my latest pressure cooker […]

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Savory Quinoa Bread

There will be bread but first, did you check out Bitt’s guest post Monday?  She offered great tips on Reading Labels to Avoid Animal Products in the Vegan 101 series.  Also on Monday, Nava Atlas re-posted Ginny Messina’s Vegan 101 post, Planning Healthy Vegan Diets, on VegKitchen (stay tuned–Nava has a fantastic post for the series coming soon!). I’m thrilled that the series is being read widely– the whole point is to provide new (and old!) vegans solid information, here and everywhere. If you’re new to the blog, here is the Vegan 101 series, to date. How I learned to […]

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Vegan 101: Reading Labels to Avoid Animal Products

It’s time for another Vegan 101 post! (I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am!)  Today’s guest is my friend Bitt who blogs at Bitt of Raw. She is a smart, fun, and informative writer who often challenges the reader. Bitt is a long-time vegetarian-then-vegan who openly and courageously chronicles her health issues to help others on their journey. As a new vegan I was stunned to learn along the way that, because I wasn’t reading labels well, I was still, inadvertently, consuming animal products. I know this has happened with some of you from your emails. […]

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Vegan 101: Vegan Meals for Kids

I live with a husband and two cats.  I am the last person to make suggestions on how to prepare vegan meals for children. When I first started blogging a friend asked me to cover the topic (this one’s for you, Barbara!) and I just wasn’t equipped!  As the Vegan 101 series has evolved it  seemed obvious to me that this is an important topic for new vegans.  While you may have started eating vegan, you may be struggling with how to feed your children. I knew exactly who I wanted to write on this topic–a blogger who I have […]

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Vegan 101: Eating Vegan and Low Fat

If you’ve been reading my blog for anytime at all you have probably figured something out. I’m a high-fat vegan. Yep, I am.  My good friend Lindsay, you know her as The Happy Herbivore, is not and let me tell you, she teases me about my high fat ways!  I bought Lindsay’s first cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (and reviewed it), because, though I loves me some fat, I’m also pretty aware of the needs of my changing 40+ year old body. Moderation just might be key. Lindsay’s recipes are accessible and delicious.  It was imperative for me to include […]

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Weekly Round-Up

I’ve had a wonderful week in Tucson, feeding my brain during the day at a work-related leadership institute, and feeding my heart and soul during down time by working out, connecting with nature and exploring vegan options in the area. And while I was doing that, this was happening on the blog… WEDNESDAY:  Hello fitness, my old friend I confess that I had a tough winter but I am finally back on the fitness bandwagon. And I give you a chance to dance. FRIDAY: Making other people’s food I share a few of the recent dishes I’ve made, created by […]

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Vegan 101: The Higher Raw Diet

I am thrilled to bring you an interview with raw vegan chef Kristen Suzanne for the Vegan 101 series.  When I started reading food blogs last year, I found myself reading a lot of raw food blogs.  For no real reason.  In fact, “raw” sounded rather scary to me.  But it sure didn’t stop me from purchasing a dehydrator.  With no clue what to do with said dehydrator, I picked up a copy of Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Dehydrating and started making raw breads and crackers. In January I decided to try to incorporate more raw foods in my […]

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Vegan 101: Planning Healthy Vegan Diets

Folks, I cannot begin to describe how happy I am to share this latest post in the Vegan 101 series.  I have been reading The Vegan RD since I made the decision to go vegan!  Ginny Messina offers no-nonsense, thoroughly researched information regarding the vegan diet. I respect her immensely and I am so honored that she agreed to write a nutritional piece for the series.  I think you’ll agree that Ginny provides solid, important information for new (and old) vegans. *** Virginia Messina, MPH, RD is a dietitian and public health nutritionist specializing in vegan nutrition. She is co-author […]

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Weekly Round-up: Recipes, The Blissful Chef visits and a blog refresh!

It was a busy week around here! MONDAY On the same day that I posted a new split-pea soup recipe on my own blog and The Blissful Chef posted my new Gingered Asparagus & Leeks (roasted or raw!) recipe on her blog! WEDNESDAY The fabulous Julie of Savvy Eats began the process of moving my blog to self-hosting and, along the way, designed a playful new look and an easier interface for you to find your way around. What’s new on the blog? Printable recipes courtesy of Recipage.  You can also email or text recipes to review later, as well […]

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Vegan 101: A Newbie’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Cooking

It’s spring! What a perfect time to freshen up the blog! I hope you like the changes — and will pardon a few hiccups along the way. I have some broken links to fix (actually, a lot!)  and I’m doing a major recipe page overhaul (thanks to Recipage). Spring is also a perfect time to freshen up our vegetables and fruit choices. With just over a year of vegan eating and cooking under my belt, I’m slowly understanding the significance of seasonal changes and how to adapt my diet.  Spring is a perfect time to introduce seasonal eating and cooking […]

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Raw Brazil Nut & Almond Pate

I cannot help but share a few more thoughts on the ethics of veganism before I get to this raw lunch. What a response to Gena’s post on the ethics of veganism! Be sure to check out the comments, which I found informative and challenging—a perfect compliment to Gena’s outstanding take on this important issue. As for me? I don’t (knowingly) eat animal products.  I quit purchasing leather after going vegan.  I do still wear old leather shoes and belts. I have a huge stash of wool yarn that I have not touched since going vegan.  I do still wear […]

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Vegan 101: The Ethics of Veganism

I cannot tell you how excited I am to offer the latest in the Vegan 101 series. Gena is one of the smartest bloggers I read. Seriously.  She is able to take complicated issues and present them in an accessible way.  She is thought-provoking, clever and she lives a passionate vegan lifestyle.  I have learned how to be vegan from Gena. And Gena has inspired me to eat a higher raw diet.  As I considered the issues I wanted to cover in the Vegan 101 series, I knew the toughest would be about the ethics of being, or going, vegan.  […]

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Raw Not-Tuna Salad

A huge thank you, once again, to Emily of Daily Garnish for contributing to the Vegan 101 series Monday! Her post Kitchen tips from a chef was incredibly helpful and brought some lurkers out to comment (it was so nice to see you!) and encouraged a few of you to email me with ideas for future Vegan 101 posts. Thank you, Emily and thank you, readers! *** I do not miss eating fish. Truly.  I haven’t eaten fish since 2006 and, frankly, the smell sort of grosses me out.  But I can see why you might think so, as I […]

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Vegan 101: Kitchen tips from a chef

I am thrilled to bring another great blogger to the Vegan 101 series!  The purpose of this series is to serve as a resource for new vegans, or those considering going vegan, as well as those of us who could use a few new tips or a refresher. As I have posted previously, in my pre-vegan days I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen.  I had a lot to learn and I turned to vegan cookbooks and blogs.  Last summer I started reading Daily Garnish (back then it was known as The Front Burner) and was hooked reading Emily’s […]

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Not-Tuna Noodle Casserole + A Typical Day of Higher Raw Vegan Eats

I am so glad you are enjoying the Vegan 101 series!  Thank you for the comments and wonderful emails!  There will be a new post in the series Monday! In many of your emails you ask me to share a bit more about what I eat on a regular basis. Frankly, if you follow me on Twitter you will pretty much read what I’m eating all day long!  But here’s a glimpse into a typical day. Breakfast, lunch and snacks: Green juice:  Granny smith apple, 8 leaves romaine lettuce, 5 kale leaves, 4 stalks of celery, 1 inch of ginger […]

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Vegan 101: How to Travel Like a Vegan Pro

As promised in my “How I learned to go vegan” post I am bringing you a Vegan 101 series to help the new (and “old”) vegan on his/her journey. Today I am thrilled to share a fabulous guest post from Jill of Vegan Backpacker. Jill is the author of the Vegan Backpacker blog, where she is working hard to debunk the myth that it’s difficult to eat vegan while traveling. Her travels have taken her to the United States, South America, Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan and many countries in Europe. I have turned to this blog numerous times to prepare […]

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Vegan 101: How I learned to go vegan (It’s my Veganniversary!)

One year ago, yesterday, I began my vegan journey. I am currently enrolled in a graduate program on Adult Learning. Yes, 25 years after earning a master’s degree I decided to go back to school. (I tell ya, I’m a work in progress!)  In my first course, Adult Learning Theory, I immediately recognized that I was in the midst of a learning experience myself — I was learning how to be vegan. On this one year “veganniversary,” I thought that rather than share how to be vegan—you can check out my post Vegan for a Year on Veggie Buntch for […]

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