For the first 49 years of my life I believed that dates came in hard bricks wrapped in plastic from the baking aisle of the supermarket. They tasted like sweet pencil erasers and I didn't see the appeal. Since I changed to whole food, plant-based eating, my horizons have broadened a bit and I have … Continue reading Cocoa walnut energy bars or: How to salvage a bad date
When I was sick with angina I used to wear nitroglycerin patches to increase the amount of nitric oxide in my blood. Nitric oxide is is such a wonderful and necessary molecule it was named "molecule of the year" in 1992. It acts to signal the muscles lining our arteries to relax, thus opening the … Continue reading Heart beets
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I will be the first to admit that I am not a pious vegan. I adopted a vegan diet for the health benefits. I don't have a membership in PETA, and I am not part of any vegan activist communities. I am downright intimidated by angry ethical vegans as I know my lifestyle would not … Continue reading Eating plants to ease your mind
Even before I adopted a whole food, vegan diet I cooked a lot of bean dishes. I mostly used canned beans because my attempts at cooking dried beans were pathetic, quite frankly. Either they were still way too hard at the end of their cooking time, or occasionally they'd cook down into mush, but I don't … Continue reading Cooking dried beans for the faint of heart
When you switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet, you will eat a lot of whole grains and they almost all require cooking. Luckily there's a gadget that can handle all the work and give you perfect results every time. Let me tell you why I love my rice cooker. Reason #1 It makes perfect … Continue reading Secrets of a lazy plant-based cook: Part 1 – the rice cooker
Every morning during cooler weather I have the same breakfast. Boring, I know. In the summer I have a different breakfast and I'll tell you about that one in a few months. I have no interest in novel things at breakfast, and I love my morning routine. If you're going to eat the same thing every … Continue reading My Boring Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Blueberries