How To Pre-Prep Your Pumpkins For Faster Cooking

Sometimes when you desire to cook a pie pumpkin, sugar pumpkin, carving pumpkin or kabocha squash (also known as a Japanese pumpkin), it can be time consuming and straining on your hands to cut through and remove the thick tough rind, in order to cut the flesh down into cubes to use in cooking. Roasting…

Crazy Versatile Chickpeas

Have you ever wanted a fast and flavorful plant-based, protein-rich recipe that you can make quickly and then use in multiple ways and for different meals? If so, you have come to the right place! These Crazy Versatile Chickpeas involve only 8 main ingredients, can be made within 15 minutes and have the perfect seasoning…

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Do you know your chickpeas? Familiar by different names such as garbanzo beans, gram, Bengal gram and ceci (in Italian), chickpeas are part of the pea family under the general classification of legumes. They are harvested annually and there are two main varieties of chickpeas – kabuli and desi. In American supermarkets, the large, beige-colored…

Shiitake Mushroom Lentil Stir-Fry

Recently on a trip to Asia, I introduced red lentils to my father. He had never tried lentils before, so my goal was to expose him a little bit to the plant-based world. I was excited to use local ingredients available in Asia, including fresh Shiitake mushrooms! As a result, this simple but flavorful plant-based Shiitake…

Banana Bliss Bites

Here’s an easy way to change up the breakfast routine, with a simple but nutritious recipe that’s quick to put together. With the right ingredients on hand, you’ll be able to put Banana Bliss Bites on the table for the whole family in no time, and also pack some to go for those who need…

Fast Kitchen: Sharpen Knives!

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I cannot emphasize how important this concept is in the kitchen. It is critical to quick preps and fast cooking, especially if you are starting to prepare more plant-based meals! So take a minute to stop and consider: when was the last time you had your knives sharpened…

Yummy Vegan Raspberry Coconut Pancakes

When I woke up on the morning of New Year’s day, I had a sudden craving for pancakes and a desire to try a new recipe. This particular combination doesn’t usually happen. So I searched online for a recipe to try and came across the Vegan Pancakes recipe by Nicdelis on AllRecipes.com. It looked like a…

Steamers: How To Make Your Own Or Choose One

If you are looking for a food steamer, you will find many different food steamer options available in the marketplace. The options range from multi-compartment steamer machines, multi-tiered steamer pots, simple stand inserts, collapsible steamers and steamer baskets. Steamers can be bought from nearly any place, from sources like Asian supermarkets, online commerce stores, kitchen…

Fast Kitchen: Steam Cook – Here’s Why

When you hear the word ‘steamed’, does a picture of bland and unappetizing vegetables pop your head? If so, I am sure you are not alone. Actually, the absolute KEY to steaming is to steam just long enough for a food to be cooked through and tender (think ‘al dente’). Don’t over-steam. If you do, the…