Coconut-Lima Bean Dip

Getting a bit tired of the regular chickpea hummus? Want to try something new that everyone in your family can enjoy? Try this easy vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and oil-free recipe for a Coconut-Lima Bean Dip. It gives a refreshingly different spread for your veggies and whole wheat crackers. The recipe can be used…

Tips on Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Based on personal experience, here are some tips for cooking and using spaghetti squash. While you can microwave or bake the spaghetti squash, I’ve found that it is easiest to boil it before removing its strand-like interior. Here is how I would recommend boiling spaghetti squash: Use a knife to make a few small holes…

Sesame-Cashew Snaps

  My husband has a love (…ok craving…) for sesame snaps and frequently buys them at grocery stores. It looks deceptively healthy…after all it’s packed with sesame seeds, which are nutritious right? However, a look at the ingredient labels reveals that the snack is basically made up of sugar. For example, of the four ingredients…

Transitioning to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet – Step 4

STEP #4: INCREASE THE BEANS/LEGUMES If you are already using legumes like black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, garbanzo/chickpeas, split peas, lentils, soy beans and/or peanuts in your diet, then this step is easy. You can simply increase the amount and how regularly you eat of this nutrient dense category in your diet. However, if…

Vegan Coconut Corn Mini-Breads

I knew there was a reason I bought this recipe book. Many years ago, I decided to buy a book titled ‘Quick Breads’ by Howard Early and Glenda Morris. I am a novice bread baker, so the idea of being able to make breads rapidly without much dough kneading or rising time was very appealing.…

Transitioning to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet – Step 3

STEP #3: CHOOSE SMART SNACKS Need something to tide you over until lunch or dinner? Children tend to need to eat more frequently than adults, so would often benefit from snacks between meals. There are a few key reasons why. Children, especially younger children, tend to have high energy levels and smaller stomach capacities. In general,…