Acorn Squash

Acorn squashes are a variety of winter squashes, whose close cousins are summer squashes such as zucchini and crookneck squash. The acorn squash you see at the store are most commonly these vibrant beauties pictured above. They sport a smooth dark green skin with grooved ridges and have bright orange flesh on the inside. What’s…

‘So Healthy You Won’t Believe It’ Vegan Oreo Cookies

I have been saving up this ‘So Healthy You Won’t Believe It’ Vegan Oreo Cookies recipe for a special occasion and now with Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems like the perfect occasion to post this recipe. Here’s the background. One day I had some left over soy cream frosting remaining, and suddenly thought they would…

Protein Content of Top 30 Plant-Based Foods

Have you ever wondered, “How much protein is there on my plate?” If so, you are definitely not alone. Often vegans and plant-based eaters are criticized for their perceived lack of adequate protein intake. The good news is that there are many protein-rich sources in the plant-based world, so those eating a variety of plant-based…

Grapes

Green grapes, red grapes, black grapes, seedless grapes…who doesn’t love them? But do you know what is really enclosed inside each juicy globe you bite into? Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to do some research into this. It’s fascinating. Read on! Grapes are a wonderful late summer and fall produce to…

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 9 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…

Raspberry Date Jam

If you’re looking for a jam recipe without any added refined sugar, look no further! Try this super easy and quick to make Raspberry Date Jam recipe which uses only 4 ingredients. The key ingredient to add to its sweetness? Dates! Packed with chia seeds as a gelling agent and for an extra nutritional boost,…

Quinoa

First what is Quinoa, and how do you even pronounce it? Originating in the Andean region of South America, Quinoa is commonly pronounced as “KEEN-wah”. Unlike rice, wheat or maize which are grain cereals, quinoa is a pseudocereal that is actually more related to amaranth and spinach, in which its seeds are harvested. According to…