Roasted Green Beans with Mint and Oregano

Ingredients2 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed3 Tbsp. olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)¾ tsp. salt1 Tbsp. lemon zest2 Tbsp. lemon juice¼ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped2 Tbsp. loosely packed fresh oregano leaves, choppedDirections...more

Breakfast of Road Warriors

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Aquafaba Vegan Chocolate Mousse!

If you're not yet familiar with Aquafaba, prepare to have your mind blown wide open!It's a new discovery; a vegan egg white replacer made out of... are you ready for this? The water you drain off of a can of chickpeas. Yeah.  Sounds crazy, right? Well, it's not. It's magical!...more

Uncle Guacamole's Fantasy Lunch Counter

When I was ten years old, my family took the short ride across the George Washington Bridge and into Manhattan to visit my Dad’s aunt.  A lifelong spinster, she was an accountant who lived high in an apartment building that shot its way up into the sky at 435 West 57th Street.  I was highly impressed with everything:  The midtown location, the doorman, the soft music in the elevator, the tiny, compact living quarters, my aunt’s adding machine with the smooth, green buttons and the frou-frou lunch we enjoyed across the street at the Holiday Inn....more

Vegan Lessons from Early Disney Cartoons

My little grandniece, who will turn four later this month, loves to watch cartoons on Netflix when she is visiting us.  Although she has been a video fanatic at least since she was two (I am old enough to remember when cartoons appeared on TV on Saturday mornings only), we encourage her to get involved in other activities as well.  While she visited us over the weekend, she played with the cats, got a good look at the chickens, romped about with the neighbor kids, created things with Play-Doh (the blue and red mashed together for so long that all of her creations are now rendered ...more

So Yummy (A Vegan Allegory)

Among the many difficulties of eating a vegan diet is that you are constantly challenged — by well-meaning family members, by coworkers, by mere acquaintances.  My advice to anyone considering going vegan is that this aspect of the lifestyle is far more difficult than the matter of finding something to eat.  The fact is that, without adequate support, you’re always going to be the odd person out. ...more

Saying the Wrong Thing (Vegan Edition)

My 19 year old niece recently spent a month trying on vegetarianism for size.  She even flirted with vegan meals a bit, as she shares my opposition to the murder of animals for our gustatory pleasure....more

Vegan in the Military: Switzerland vs. Israel

In January, Switzerland's military service discharged a young man after his request for vegan food and synthetic leather boots....more

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

I have a confession to make, I am a Hummustarian.Have you seen the Butterball commercial where the couple proclaim they’re Turkatarians? Well, not a Turkatarian here, but I believe I’ve morphed into a Hummustarian.Hummustarian as described in Sweet and Spicy Monkey’s kitchen dictionary is one who eats hummus, a lot of hummus....more

Lighter, a vegan startup, creates 'Pandora' of food

A few days ago, my husband sent me a link to a Forbes article about a vegan meal planning startup a couple of days ago. At first, I didn't think much of it, but I read the article today and was impressed with what I found and thought I'd share it with you!...more