Golden Delicious Vegan Banana Bread

As Summer turns into Fall, this becomes the perfect time to turn our attention to some comfy foods that are all round favorites. Favorites that you can pack into school lunches, work lunches, enjoy as an afternoon snack or even as an after-dinner dessert. A good example would be…banana bread! Who doesn’t like banana bread?…

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…

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…

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms are a common ingredient used in Asian cooking, and for good reason. They are flavorful, have a meaty umami taste and give dishes a fragrant distinctive taste when added. Did you know that Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of choline? Choline is a micronutrient that is critical in many parts of the…

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,…

Peachy Chia ‘Yogurt’

One of the best parts of summer has got to be the abundance of fresh summer produce in fields, grocery stores and farmer markets. It is such a delight to feast on ripe and ready summer fruits like juicy pink fuzzy peaches, fragrant red hued nectarines, sweet blueberries, golden apricots and luscious strawberries. Our family…

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…

Cooking 101: How To Prepare & Use Dry Beans

Cooking with dried beans is easy and more economical than buying canned beans (which often contain salt as part of the ingredients). It just takes a little time. You can often buy a big bag of dried beans that will make double or triple the amount of cooked beans. In practice when I work with…