SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone!
I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps.
I think we should just go ahead and declare December Winter Squash Month, because everywhere I look lately, I'm seeing interesting meatless dishes using winter squash. butternut squash, in particular, seems like a favorite ingredient for imaginative cooks.
I am going to be upfront and honest with you about this recipe. I wasn't sure this mousse would work out, let alone taste so sinful. In all honesty, it seemed incredibly weird to blend together firm tofu and chocolate. But, this Chocolate Mousse has quickly become one of my favorite desserts. It's simple, chocolatey, decadent, rich, and of course healthy for you! ...more
When I saw FOOD52 making mashed sweet potatoes using coconut milk, it gave me an idea. On Thanksgiving, I added shredded coconut to my sweet potato and liked it. But it needed a little something else to moisten it up, which is when I remembered the coconut milk.So the next time I cooked a couple sweet potatoes, I removed the skin, whipped them up, added brown sugar, coconut milk to help make them creamy and add a little coconut flavor, just a dab of butter, cinnamon, and shredded coconut flakes. The result was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!...more
One of the most beautifully colored foods in all of nature is the purple eggplant, a species of nightshade. You probably know it best from eggplant parmesan, ratatouille or moussake. But here are 10 things you probably don't know about it:1. The flowers and leaves can be poisonous if eaten in large quantities.2. There are white eggplants!3. Wait at least four years after successfive crops before planting in the same spot due to pets and diseases that "stick around."4. About 20 pounds of eggplant has the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette....more
The holidays are here and the kids are out of school. What to do to keep the whole family entertained as well as keeping holiday spirits high? I've compiled a list of my favorite holiday theme parks and attractions around the country that kids of all ages, including adults, will enjoy! Plus, I've added in recommendations on where to grab a healthy bite for all sorts of special diet diners ; )...more
Do you ever have one of those weeks where you have plans every night and don’t have time to cook? That was me last week. I really want to get back in the kitchen because I have a few good recipes that I want to post, but I haven’t had time to make them and take pictures! And what fun is a recipe without pretty pictures? In the meantime, I would still like to give my readers some healthy food options, so I’m telling you about my favorite healthy “fast food” options. Yes, “fast food” can be healthy food, especially in NYC where the options seem endless!...more