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Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce

January 22 2021 VegKitchen 

Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce Whip up a batch of these flavorful Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce. Mushrooms, garlic, lentils, quinoa, walnuts, and more come together in this lentil cake recipe.  These lentil patties are great for a tasty vegan lunch or dinner. They’re also great for meal prepping! Here is a plant-based recipe that kids and adults can enjoy.  This lentil fritters recipe is… Vegan  Vegetarian Gluten-free Dairy-free Flavorful  Great for meal prepping How to Make Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce Start by cooking your lentils as directed on the package.  In a saucepan, add oil, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook occasionally.  You will add in your nuts and pulse in a food processor until the walnuts form a powder.  Add mushroom mixture and half the lentils to a bowl. Add in walnut powder and mix. Once thickened into dough, add in your remaining lentils. Mix well.  Create 12-15 patties to pan sear.  Full measurements and directions can be found in the printable card below.  Lentil Fritters Variations Change Up The Vegetables  In terms of vegetables, add in extra or leave the recipe the same. Any finely chopped veggie could work well in this dish--carrots, bell peppers, etc.  Air Fryer Instead of the Oven […] The post Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce appeared first on VegKitchen.

Easy Vegan Bran Muffins

January 15 2021 VegKitchen 

Easy Vegan Bran Muffins Traditional all bran muffins have been given a plant based makeover, in these easy vegan bran muffins. This healthy and delicious breakfast muffin can be even more fun with the addition of your favorite mix-ins. Try adding raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chocolate chips, or diced apples. Your imagination is the limit! I loved the traditional All Bran Muffins that I had growing up. So of course, I had to do my best to make a vegan-ized version of that very special treat. The easy vegan bran muffins are one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes. They’re quick and simple to throw together over the weekend, and have breakfast ready all week long. These vegan bran muffins are: Super healthy! Packed with fiber Ready in just 30 minutes Kid-friendly And did I mention that they’re totally delicious too? Tips & Tricks Wheat Bran – I used this wheat bran from Bob’s Red Mill. But you can use your favorite brand. Flour – I used a whole wheat flour for my vegan muffins, as it’s a bit healthier. But you can also substitute all purpose flour and the recipe works just fine. Ground Flax Seed – Don’t skip the flax seed […] The post Easy Vegan Bran Muffins appeared first on VegKitchen.

Firecracker Tofu Wings

January 15 2021 Vegan Richa 

Firecracker Tofu WingsSweet and Spicy Crispy Baked Firecracker Tofu Wings – an addictive vegan appetizer that will leave you wanting more. This is a super easy and delicious tofu recipe that’s perfect for Game Day, parties, movie night, or any occasion that calls for crowd-pleasing snacks. I am not in the habit of calling a recipe addicting, but if anything would deserve that kind of etiquette, it would be these Firecracker Tofu Wings. They are perfectly crispy on the outside, soft and on the inside, and soak up all of the sweet and spicy firecracker sauce! Like takeout, just way better plus all plant-based and lower in artificial ingredients than the takeout version. Every bite of these baked tofu wings is absolutely delicious and you will find yourself automatically reaching for the next wing while still munching on the first one! Don’t say I did not warn you! Bookmark this one for your next movie night or Game Day. What is firecracker sauce? Firecracker sauce is a simple sweet and hot Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce that goes well with just about anything and is especially great for spicing up anything rather neutral-tasting – from cauliflower to tofu! Traditional restaurant-style firecracker sauce has a hefty dose of sugar to make it more sweet than hot. With my sauce, I go a bit heavier on the spice and flavor and lower on the sugar. Anything from 2 1/­­2 – 3 tbsp will be just enough. Start with 2/­­1 tbsp and add some more to taste. You might not even need the whole amount. More vegan appetizer and snacks : - Baked Sweet Potato Fries with vegan Chipotle Ranch - Baked Garlic Fries with Garlic Tahini Sauce.  - Nashville hot cauliflower bites - Spicy Pepper Crisp Cauliflower bites with celery ranch - Mango Sriracha Cauliflower Bites Continue reading: Firecracker Tofu WingsThe post Firecracker Tofu Wings appeared first on Vegan Richa.

New 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines: What Vegetarians Need to Know

January 11 2021 Vegetarian Times 

New 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines: What Vegetarians Need to Know A well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet your nutritional needs. Find out what you need to know about a plant-based diet. The post New 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines: What Vegetarians Need to Know appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

The 5 Best Foods for a New Year

January 6 2021 Vegetarian Times 

The 5 Best Foods for a New Year Awaken your taste buds with these unfamiliar -- but healthy -- foods you should include in a plant-based diet The post The 5 Best Foods for a New Year appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Protein from Plants?

December 22 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Protein from Plants? Scientific research has unequivocally proven that daily protein supplementation builds muscle, increases strength and supports fat loss. For decades, we have heard about the pros and cons of egg, whey and casein protein supplements, and it is apparent that milk proteins (whey and casein) monopolize the protein-powder market. As anyone who supplements with protein powder … Continued The post Protein from Plants? appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

December 22 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Slow Cooker Lasagna The slow cooker is my go-to cooking method for lasagna.  Because it’s made with dried lasagna noodles (no need to pre-boil), assembly is a cinch. Plus, you can assemble it well in advance and refrigerate until needed.  Then, just set it and forget it! I’m posting this easy version just in time for the holidays.  It’s a great idea for Christmas dinner because you can relax and enjoy the day while it cooks, without worrying about it burning or spilling over in the oven. For another version, with more vegetables, try the Lasagna Primavera recipe in The Plant-Based Slow Cooker.  But if you want a more basic lasagna, this one’s for you.  You can leave out the spinach if you prefer, but I like the added greens.  (Plus red and green is so Christmas-y!)You can use your own homemade tomato sauce or storebought marinara sauce in a jar (you may need to use a jar and a half to make it sauce enough). Lasagna in a Slow Cooker For best results, use a large oval slow cooker. You may need to break the noodles to conform them to the shape of the slow cooker. To make gluten-free, use gluten-free lasagna noodles. I use regular dry lasagna noodles - no need to pre-boil. The added water is absorbed by the dry noodles and softens them as it cooks. SERVES 6 SLOW COOKER SIZE: 5- TO 6-QUART COOK TIME: 4 TO 5 HOURS GLUTEN-FREE OPTION   12 ounces soft tofu, drained 1 pound firm tofu, drained 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1?3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/­­2 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 to 5 cups of your favorite tomato sauce for pasta (or a large jar of marinara sauce) 1/­­2 cup water 1/­­3 cup dry red wine (optional) 1 package vegan mozzarella shreds (such as Violife or Daiya) 8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles (about 9 noodles)   - Crumble all of the tofu into a large bowl. Add the spinach, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well, then taste to make sure the mixture has enough salt and pepper. - Spread a layer of marinara sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the water and wine (if using). (The extra liquid will be absorbed by the dried noodles as they cook). Arrange a layer of the noodles over the sauce, breaking pieces to fit, as needed. - Top the noodles with about one-third of the tofu mixture, followed by a sprinkling of the mozzarella, and another layer of noodles. Spread a layer of marinara sauce over the noodles. Repeat the layering two more times, ending with a layer of marinara sauce topped with the remaining mozzarella. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or until the noodles are tender. - Remove the lid, turn off the cooker, and let the lasagna stand for about 15 minutes before serving.   The post Slow Cooker Lasagna appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies

December 16 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies Makes 3 Dozen Cookies Photo by VK Rees These cookies scream CHRISTMAS so loud that you might have to tell them to shut up! Chocolate and melty minty chocolate with crushed candy canes. They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid theyve been so desperately wanting. You don’t have to find peppermint chocolate for these, chocolate chips or regular dark chocolate bars will work, too.  To crush candy canes, place them in a plastic zip lock and pound on them with something heavy (like a rolling pin). Ingredients 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil, room temp 1 1/­­4 cup sugar 1/­­2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temp 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened plant milk, room temp 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/­­3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 3 oz peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up (6 oz total) 4 crushed up candy canes Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently, it might make the oil clump and firm up a bit but thats ok. Mix in the vanilla. Add one cup of the flour, all of the cocoa powder, the baking soda and salt and mix well. Mix in the chocolate peppermint chunks and then add the final cup of flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use gloved hands to get it fully incorporated.  Lightly grease baking sheets. Place a dozen on a baking sheet in 1 1/­­2 tablespoon scoops. Flatten slightly. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.  Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

How to Get Enough Calcium on a Vegan Diet

December 8 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Calcium is critical for strong bones, and other vital functions in your body--and its harder to get on a vegan diet. The good news: with a little planning, you can meet all your daily calcium needs with whole, unprocessed foods. Plus, research suggests calcium absorption from plant sources is comparable to that from cow’s milk, nutrients found in plants benefit bones, and a carefully selected vegan diet doesn’t increase osteoporosis risk. And plant foods are rich in other nutrients like magnesium, vitamin K, copper, zinc, protein, fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients, all of which play an important role in preventing osteoporosis. You dont have to drink milk; keep bones strong with these 12 plant-based foods: 1. Collard greens One cup cooked = 266 mg Daily value: 27% Milk calcium equivalent: about 3/­­4 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, vitamin K, fiber, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidants. 2. Tofu One-half cup = 250 to 400 mg Daily value: 25-40% Milk calcium equivalent: 3/­­4 to 1 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: protein, magnesium, copper, zinc. Note: firm and extra-firm varieties, made with calcium sulfate, have the highest calcium content. 3. Spinach One cup cooked = 245 mg Daily value: 24% Milk calcium equivalent: about 3/­­4 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Related: The Well-Stocked Vegan Pantry 4. Chia seeds Two tablespoons = 177 mg Daily value: 18% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­2 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, copper, zinc, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids. 5. Bok choy One cup cooked = 158 mg Daily value: 15% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­2 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, vitamin K, fiber, vitamin C and other antioxidants. Note: Because it’s a cruciferous vegetable, bok choy is also rich in cancer-preventive compounds. 6. White beans One cup cooked = 131 mg Daily value: 13% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­3 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, zinc, copper, fiber, protein Related: Nutrition Face-Off: Raw vs. Cooked Spinach 7. Tahini Two tablespoons = 126 mg Daily value: 13% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­3 cup* Biggest benefits: magnesium, zinc, copper, fiber. Note: look for raw, unsalted varieties, with no added oil 8. Navy beans One cup cooked = 126 mg Daily value: 13% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­3 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, zinc, copper, fiber, protein 9. Amaranth One cup cooked = 116 mg Daily value: 12% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­3 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, zinc, copper, fiber, protein Related: 5 Habits of the Healthiest Vegans 10. Edamame One cup cooked = 98 mg Daily value: 10% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­4 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: protein, magnesium, copper, zinc 11. Almond butter One ounce (about 22 nuts) = 86 mg Daily value: 8% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­4 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, protein, copper. Note: Look for raw, unsalted varieties, with no added oil. 12. Blackstrap molasses Two tablespoons = 82 mg Daily value: 8% Milk calcium equivalent: about 1/­­4 cup* Other bone-building nutrients: magnesium, copper, zinc. Note: Because it’s high in sugar, use blackstrap molasses as a substitute for other sweeteners, to avoid overdoing your daily sugar grams. * Based on the calcium content of 352 mg in one cup 2% milk The post How to Get Enough Calcium on a Vegan Diet appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte

December 7 2020 My New Roots 

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte   Hi friends. It feels good to be back in this blog space. Since the beginning of this year, Ive been focusing my attention on my latest project, My New Roots Grow – an online universe of wellness education – which will launch soon. Grow is the most energy-intensive and large-scale project since my cookbooks, and once again it feels like birthing something major. The blog has been on the back burner giving more space for Grow to, well, grow, but I thought Id pop in with this stellar holiday dessert because tis the season! I actually developed this recipe last winter, but wasnt sure what to do with it. I thought about keeping it exclusively on Grow (since that is where a lot of my recipe content will live from now on!), but because it is so special and delicious, I felt that it should just be out in the world. Inspired by the Spiced Chocolate Torte that I make on the retreats in Mexico (remember places?!), I wanted to make a festive holiday version with white chocolate and peppermint. The crust is dark chocolate and pecan, so rich and delicious with just the right amount of salt. The interior is velvety smooth and beguilingly creamy, made with cashews, coconut oil, and white chocolate. I love the kiss of peppermint in the filling, which is definitely present but not overwhelming. I didnt want anyone to feel like they were eating dessert and brushing your teeth at the same time!   Some notes on the recipe… If youre using peppermint essential oil to flavour the filling, I find it helpful to measure it out on a spoon first, just in case the bottle is in a giving mood – one too many drops of this stuff will ruin a good torte with too much minty-ness! I like to use about 6 or 7 drops total, but if it comes out too fast, I have no way of controlling the amount. If youre using peppermint extract, start at a quarter of a teaspoon and work your way up to the flavour that suits you. If you eat a vegan diet, you can use maple syrup instead of honey in the filling, but the colour is going to be more brown /­­ beige than creamy. Also, make sure to find dairy-free white chocolate, since the vast majority of commercially-made white chocolate contains milk solids. And then, if you do find vegan white chocolate, read the ingredient list to make sure that is doesnt contain any hydrogenated oils or weird emulsifiers (or just pick your battles!).   The torte decorating is entirely up to you, although pomegranate seeds create a striking display of holiday cheer! Other options include fresh mint leaves, cacao nibs, or shaved dark chocolate. You could even include them all, if youre feeling extra festive. Store the torte in the freezer until youre ready to enjoy it, then bring it out about 15-20 minutes before serving so that its not rock hard. Its easier to slice and eat when its warmed up a tad. Use a smooth, very sharp chefs knife, and run it under hot water before cutting into the torte to make it glide. If you’re not in the mood to make a crust, you can turn this dessert into freezer fudge by preparing only the filling. Pour the filling into an 8-inch /­­ 20 cm square pan lined with plastic wrap; top with 1/­­2 cup /­­ 65g toasted pecans, cacao nibs, or chocolate shards, and freeze until solid (about 2 hours). Slice into squares and enjoy straight from the freezer!     Print recipe     White Chocolate Peppermint Torte Serves 10-14 For the crust: 1 cup /­­ 100g pecans 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml coconut oil, preferably flavour-neutral 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1/­­4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 150g rolled oats, divided, gluten-free if necessary 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder For the filling: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 200g cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours 3/­­4 cup /­­ 175 ml creamed honey (sub with maple syrup, but be warned the colour of the filling will be brown) 1/­­2  cup /­­ 125 ml coconut oil 75g /­­ 2.6 oz. white chocolate, melted (dairy-free /­­ vegan if desired) 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 tsp. fine-grain sea salt a few drops peppermint essential oil or extract, to taste pomegranate, mint, cacao nibs, shaved dark chocolate, for garnish, optional Directions: 1. Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan or pie dish with coconut oil. 2. In a food processor, blend 1/­­2 cup (50g) of the rolled oats on high until you have a rough flour, place a small bowl and set aside. Without cleaning the machine, process the pecans into a fine crumb with the texture of sand. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, oat flour and cacao powder, and process again until the dough comes together. Finally, add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and pulse until the oats are chopped, but still have some texture to them. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers. If it doesnt, try adding a bit more maple syrup or processing a bit longer. 3. Crumble roughly half of the dough evenly over the base of the pan. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Taking a small section at a time, use the remaining crust to go up the sides, all around the form until complete. Poke a few fork holes into the bottom of the crust to let the steam escape. 4. Bake the crust, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 5. Make the filling: Drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, honey, oil, melted chocolate, vanilla, salt, and peppermint, then blend on high until the filling is completely smooth. It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a tablespoon (15 mL) of plant-based milk (or a bit more) to help it along. 6. Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smoothing out the top evenly. Place the torte on an even surface in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for a couple of hours, and then cover the dish with foil and freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours, until the torte sets. 7. Remove the torte from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing. It is meant to be served cold. Garnish with mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, melted or shaved chocolate, if desired.   I hope that wherever you are and whatever youre celebrating this month, you are safe, healthy, and grateful. This year has thrown us all for the biggest loop of our lives, and finding the small joys and tiny triumphs (like getting out for some fresh air, putting dinner on the table) is enough to make me feel proud, anyway. The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, but I know that I am just thankful to have a roof over my head and a torte to share with the ones I love. I hope the same for you, dear friend. In light and love, best wishes for the season ahead. Sarah B The post White Chocolate Peppermint Torte appeared first on My New Roots.

25 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes

December 4 2020 Vegan Richa 

25 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes25 vegan comfort food recipes for the cold months that will hit the spot when you need something warming and satisfying. Whether its for breakfast, dinner, or dessert, these easy plant-based recipes are perfect at any time. 25 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes to keep you warm and cozy all winter long! Before us lie many of those days when youre just craving something hearty, comforting, and delicious! I’ve gathered some of my favorite vegan comfort food classics for you to enjoy all winter long! This is a collection of easy recipes that prove once again that a vegan meal can be every bit as satisfying as traditional comfort food fare. Whether youre craving filling mac and cheese, a hearty Sheperd’s Pie, a steaming plate of creamy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes, or something sweet and soul-hugging like Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal. These tried and tested recipes will deliver whenever you need something a little more indulgent.Continue reading: 25 Vegan Comfort Food RecipesThe post 25 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood

December 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

When most people hear the phrase, You are what you eat, they think about it in terms of body size or physical medical issues -- such as being overweight or underweight or having Type 2 diabetes. But research shows your food choices also affect your mental health, mood, and temperament. Eating a healthy diet containing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds --with the addition of fortified foods and supplements when indicated -- can support mental well-being, says Reshma Shah, M.D., a plant-based pediatrician and coauthor of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Phytonutrients, which have a protective effect, and fiber, which is responsible for the health of our gut microbiome, are exclusive to plants and have been associated with improved mental health outcomes. Mental Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet Theres no shortage of research being done on the mood-boosting and mental health effects associated with the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based fuel. These include: - Anxiety and stress. The arachidonic acid, found only in animal products like eggs and chicken, sets off multiple chemical reactions in the body that eventually lead to an increase in inflammation, says Dr. Kasey Nichols, NMD, licensed physician and member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA). When this inflammation reaches the brain, it subsequently can cause feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as depression. People who avoid foods with arachidonic acid typically report a more positive mood and improved mental health. One survey-based study found decreased rates of stress and anxiety in those eating a vegan vs. omnivorous diet, and that vegetarians had reported better mood than non-vegetarians. - Depression. Research suggests eating more plant-based foods can improve quality of life, mood and reduce symptoms of depression. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry analyzed the dietary patterns and risk of depression in 3,486 participants over a five-year period. Individuals eating whole foods reported fewer symptoms of depression compared to those who ate mostly processed foods. - ADHD. Although diet isn’t the driving cause or cure for ADHD, Dr. Nichols says some research has shown that switching to a plant-based diet could help with its symptoms. One study showed that preschoolers who chose processed dietary patterns were significantly and positively correlated with ADHD symptoms, while those who chose vegetarian dietary patterns were negatively correlated with ADHD symptoms. Cognition. Some research has shown that eating more plant foods can prevent a cognitive decline later in life, says Dr. Nichols. One study found that those who consistently ate more plant-based foods were 18-33% less likely to develop cognitive impairment than those who didn’t. - Focus. Looking to improve productivity in the workplace? One study showed that employees who ate plant-based foods reported improved job performance and missed fewer workdays. Related: 8 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 2 Things to Watch on a Plant-Based Diet While eschewing animal products is a healthy lifestyle choice, it requires a thorough understanding of how to create balanced and complete meals. There are a couple areas youll need to pay special attention to, to ensure youre reaping all of the healthy benefits: - Nutrient deficiency. If done improperly, a plant-based diet could lack important nutritional needs that can negatively affect mental health. A deficiency in nutrients found in animal products -- like choline, vitamin B-12, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids -- have been linked to depression, poor mood regulation, poor metabolism, low energy, as well as memory and attention span difficulties. Plant-based eaters in developed countries need to be the most concerned about lacking brain-healthy nutrients like DHA, vitamin B12, vitamin K2, zinc, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin D3, says Dr. Nichols. It is usually common knowledge that vegan diets need to be supplemented with B12, but many people are under the impression that colorful fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of most other vital nutrients. Dietary supplements are a great way counter any deficiency. - Caloric deficiency. Switching to a plant-based diet may end up resulting in a significant reduction in calories. Many find that they lose a few pounds, but if the reduction becomes too extreme and lacks key nutrients and carbohydrates, you may become more irritable, or hangry, and easily distracted, says Dr. Nichols. If youre losing too much weight, add some more healthy fats (such as coconut oil and avocados) into your diet. Related: Plant-Powered Brain Health Boost Your Mood with These Plant-Based Must-Haves Its easy to fall into a rut during meal prep and planning -- many people are creatures of habit who gravitate toward the same menu week after week. But if your go-to meals arent well-rounded, this could leave you lacking in essential nutrients. In order to ensure youre getting the full spectrum of nutrition your body and mind need to thrive, make sure youre including the following: - Omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids have been implicated in improved mental health outcomes, says Dr. Shah. Plant-based diets generally limit or exclude fish, which is a major source of omega 3 fatty acids, so they may be low in this key nutrient. Instead, youll find your omega 3s in foods such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed, and walnuts. - Tryptophan. The brain uses the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Its found in chicken, eggs, cheese and fish, but plant-based sources of tryptophan include leafy greens, sunflower seeds, watercress, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, broccoli and peas. - B vitamins. Known to boost mood by increasing such neurotransmitters as serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), B vitamins may be the key to boosting your spirits, too. Choose from beans, legumes and lentils, fortified cereals and sunflower seeds. The effects of going plant-based vary from person to person, so it’s best to consult your doctor first to make sure it’s the right move for you, says Dr. Nichols.   The post How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway

November 27 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway Its time for my first annual Holiday Cookbook Giveaway! I will be giving away a set of four of my recent titles to three lucky winners during the next three weeks. Each book bundle will include a copy of: Vegan Mac & Cheese The Plant-Based Slow Cooker One-Dish Vegan The Plant-Protein Revolution Cookbook The first winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 1st; the second winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 8th; and the third winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 15th. The winners will be chosen at random. Whether you add the books to your personal cookbook collection, or give them away as gifts, this giveaway is my way of saying thank you and Happy Holidays from me to you. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment at the end of this post.  For example: What are you grateful for? What makes you smile?  Why do you want to win these books? What’s your favorite vegetable? TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD! Enter now! Leave your comment at the end of this post and check back on the next three Tuesdays to see if youve won a cookbook bundle! The post Holiday Cookbook Giveaway appeared first on Robin Robertson.

10 Dietitians Share Their Tips to Add More Plant-Protein to Your Diet

November 19 2020 Vegetarian Times 

With the new year just weeks away, the media is honing in on the top nutrition trends we can expect to see in 2021, and to no surprise increasing plant-protein remains at the top. Whether youre eating more plant-based for sustainability, health, or just because, rest assured there are a variety of whole food options you can choose from to meet your protein needs. But, before you head straight into the freezer department at your local grocer to pick up the latest faux meat product, lets take a look at 10 whole food sources of plant-based protein you may just want to toss into your cart instead! Reader beware, you may end up saving a few bucks once you realize how convenient and affordable many of these options are. Lentils Just one cup of cooked lentils provides nearly 18 grams of plant-protein and 16 grams of fiber for just 225 calories. Lentils also contain many important nutrients, like iron, potassium, zinc and choline (a nutrient that 90% of Americans arent getting enough of!) Plus, theyre budget-friendly with a 16-ounce bag of dried lentils coming in at just $2.99.  Registered Dietitian Kim Rose of www.kimrosedietitian.com recommends making a pot of seasoned lentils on the weekends. Divide them into individual 1 cup servings, and then add them to different meals throughout the week!  Youll find me turning lentils into meatballs, or for a really quick fix, adding a little bar-b-que sauce to them to make tasty, vegan sloppy joes. Hummus This plant-based spread can be made from a variety of beans and legumes, not just the traditional garbanzo bean you may think! Depending on the bean used, the protein content will vary slightly, but a standard 1/­­4 cup serving (or about 70 grams by weight) has roughly 6 grams of protein for just 180 calories. Plus, it often packs heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids that help keep you fuller for longer too! Brynn McDowell, Registered Dietitian and cookbook author of The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy recommends using hummus in place of mayo on sandwiches or spreading it on bagels or toast! She suggests thinning it out and using it as a creamy salad dressing to add more plant-based protein to meals. Pistachios Pistachios are a good source of plant-based protein with a 1-ounce serving of the nut (shelled) providing 6 grams of it! Plus, they pack dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants that help keep your body in tip-top shape. While the shelled variety tends to be a tad pricier, you can still pick up a 10-ounce in-shell bag for about $5.49 at most markets. Lauren Manaker, Registered Dietitian, and author of Fueling Male Fertility, recommends to use shelled pistachios as a salad topped in place of grilled chicken or shrimp. The plant-based protein boost that also gives you fiber and healthy fats for staying power. You can also toss pistachios in trail mixes and in oatmeal as a topping for added nutrition and crunch! Related: Healthy Late-Night Snacks Chickpeas One of the most common forms of plant-based protein on the market is the good ole chickpea (aka, the garbanzo bean!) With nearly 7.5 grams of protein, 6.5 grams of fiber, and 3.7 mg of iron in just 1/­­2 cup serving of cooked chickpeas, its a great way to increase the total nutrient density of your diet. The best part: a pound of chickpeas (dried) often comes in at less than $3.00! NYC-based Registered Dietitian, Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, is a big fan of adding chickpeas to both meals and snacks! From grain bowls to veggie burgers, or roasted as a protein-filled snack, chickpeas offer a convenient and affordable plant-based protein to nearly every diet. Edamame (Soybeans) Edamame is the immature form of the soybean that is often eaten from the shell (or shelled) alongside traditional Asian dishes. Regardless of the form of soybean you eat, they can easily be incorporated into a balanced diet with two servings being a reasonable goal for adults. A half-cup of shelled edamame packs nearly 9.5 grams of plant-based protein and 4 grams of fiber, as well as iron, potassium, folate, and choline! Sarah Koszyk, Sports Nutritionist and author of 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, recommends pureeing edamame in a hummus, dip, or pesto. Spread the edamame purees on a sandwich or wrap, add it to a burrito, or toss it with a salad, pasta, or rice dish. If youre looking to venture into the other forms of soybeans (like tofu), Registered Dietitian Sylvia Klinger of Hispanic Food Communications suggests blending silken tofu with oil, spices and herbs makes for a delicious high protein dressing, or adding a soy-based curd to pancakes to boost the protein there as well! Tempeh Tempeh is a fermented product made from soybeans in addition to some whole grains, seasonings and other flavorings. A 4-ounce serving of this soy-based protein packs nearly 20 grams of protein, in addition to a host of nutrition benefits. For starters, tempeh is filled with nutrients like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins in addition to its role as a probiotic. Jenna Braddock, Florida based at MakeHealthyEasy.com recommends spending a little bit of time prepping it to make the perfect dish! Braddock suggests crumbling the tempeh, then marinating it and finishing with a sear in a hot pan to add instant protein to salads, wraps, bowls and tacos. Pill Nuts Pronounced peel-y, this nut is native to the pili tree often found in Northern Australia and the Philippines. While lower in protein comparatively speaking per serving size (a 1/­­4 cup serving provides 3 grams in comparison to some of the other nuts), it packs a nutritional punch in that it contains essential amino acids the human body needs. This nut is harder to find at local markets, and you will need to likely shop online and be willing to spend about $16.99 for a one-pound bag. Maya Feller, nationally recognized nutrition expert and author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook, recommends enjoying this mildly flavored nut in yogurt form (yes, brands are now popping up incorporating this nut into their yogurts!) smothered over a stack of pancakes or in their raw form as a crunchy snack. Hemp Seeds Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds provide nearly 10 grams of plant-based protein to your meal for just 170 calories. Plus, theyre full of iron and unsaturated fats while offering a great nut-free alternative for crunch. While a bit more pricey than other seeds (a 12-ounce bag is roughly $12.99), theyre an easy addition to boost plant-protein on simple foods. Plant-based sports dietitian, Kelly Jones of kellyjonesnutrition.com recommends adding them to oatmeal, sprinkling them onto pancakes, using as a topper for soups and salads, and incorporating into homemade energy bites! Lupini Beans Lupini beans are a staple of the Mediterranean diet and making a name for themselves in the US due to their high protein content. In just a 1/­­2 cup cooked serving of the bean it packs nearly 13 grams of plant-based protein. But, where it packs in protein it lacks in fiber, with that same 1/­­2 cup serving providing only 2 grams. Found traditionally in the jarred food section of the market, there are a few ways you can cook with them! Amy Gorin, a plant-based registered dietitian and owner of Plant-Based Eats recommends draining and rinsing the beans as you would do with any other canned beans. Then, use them in your favorite dishes, like her delicious plant-based lupini salad! Quinoa One of the only whole grains that is a complete source of protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), this is an excellent (and affordable) gluten-free, plant-based protein addition to nearly any diet! One cup of cooked quinoa contains nearly 8 grams of protein for just 220 calories (plus nearly 5 grams of fiber.) Quinoa also contains many important B vitamins as well as potassium and antioxidants. Registered Dietitian Tamara Hoffman of Unbeetable Nutrition and Wellness recommends adding quinoa to your taco Tuesday menus with a spicy Mexican seasoning or sauteing it into your stir-fry dishes with a soy sauce. The post 10 Dietitians Share Their Tips to Add More Plant-Protein to Your Diet appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Lentil Curry Casserole

January 7 2021 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Curry CasseroleMake this easy Vegan Curry Lentil Casserole whenever that craving for restaurant-style creamy lentil dishes hits. Brown lentils simmered in a fragrant coconut curry broth served over rice! So easy, so delicious. Gluten-free, too. We all have that bag of dried lentils somewhere in the back of our pantry, just waiting for us to find them, add some spices and simple pantry staple ingredients to them, and create an unexpectedly delicious and healthy dish that everyone will LOVE! This recipe for vegan Lentil Curry Casserole is one of those unexpectedly AWESOME lentil recipes that has to potential to become a family favorite! Especially if you are a fan of rich and creamy curries! It is one of my family’s favorite weeknight dinners – packed with plant-based protein, nutrients, and spicy goodness! A simple and nourishing curry casserole the whole family will enjoy tucking into. Just look at that thick and creamy gravy – all those amazing coconut and curry flavors are layered deeply into the lentils as they slowly bake. The perfect one-pot /­­ one-casserole meal and the perfect comfort food dish for the cold season! Think of this lentil casserole as an easy westernized version of restaurant-style Indian daal, with plenty of warming spices, creamy coconut milk and some nut butter for extra richness. You might have most ingredients at home already. Let’s get cooking! MORE INDIAN DISHES TO TRY - Butter Tofu GF - IP Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce , with Cauliflower. GF - Tofu Amritsari Masala.GF - Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chickin(soycurls). GF - Creamy, Delicious - Mushroom Matar Masala GF - Bombay Potato and Peas GF - Tofu in Spinach Curry - Palak Tofu GF This is a simple one pot meal baked into a casserole instead of on the stove top. Baking allows for amazing roasted flavor and also hands off cooking. You can easily convert it to stove top. This is a generic curry inspired from Indian flavors. You can change up the spices and flavors to preference. Lets make it!Continue reading: Lentil Curry CasseroleThe post Lentil Curry Casserole appeared first on Vegan Richa.

15 Easy Vegan 30 Minute Meals For Veganuary

January 4 2021 Vegan Richa 

15 Easy Vegan 30 Minute Meals For VeganuaryThis collection of easy vegan 30 minute meals will cover all your plant-based lunches and dinners. Perfect for Veganuary! Plant-based eating made delicious and simple! Make Veganuary fuss-free! These easy vegan meals take 30 minutes only! Veganuary – for those of you who have not heard of it before. It is a yearly campaign that supports people through a month of eating vegan food in January. This is a movement that has grown over the past few years and it is expecting record-breaking signup numbers in 2021! Let’s do this! A plant-based diet can not only be an incredibly healthy way to live but also an incredibly delicious and fuss-free way of eating! Here are 15 recipes to prove this point! All of them take 30 minutes or even less to prepare but taste as if you had spent hours slaving away in the kitchen! You can use these any month of the year for lunch or dinner inspiration but I find they are especially delicious during the cold monthsContinue reading: 15 Easy Vegan 30 Minute Meals For VeganuaryThe post 15 Easy Vegan 30 Minute Meals For Veganuary appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Ask The RD: Can I be vegetarian and still gain muscle?

December 22 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Ask The RD: Can I be vegetarian and still gain muscle? If youre vegetarian, you might have to work a little harder in the kitchen, but you can still gain muscle. The post Ask The RD: Can I be vegetarian and still gain muscle? appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan White Beans and Kale Skillet

December 17 2020 VegKitchen 

Vegan White Beans and Kale Skillet This white bean and kale recipe makes for the perfect hearty, healthy meal. Complemented by fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet onions, and artichoke hearts, these Italian white beans are both delicious and 100% vegan.  This one skillet meal is ready in less than 20 minutes and requires minimal clean up! Just throw everything in the skillet to cook and serve it along with some warm bread. If youre craving an Italian-style recipe without leaving the house, this is the perfect recipe for you! Feel free to add extra spices, such as fresh parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. You may even add a couple bay leaves to the mix once youve added in the liquid.  This Italian white beans recipe is…  vegan vegetarian plant-based Italian-inspired ready in 20 minutes an easy weeknight meal How to Make White Beans and Kale Heat up the olive (or avocado) oil in a large skillet on the stove.  Add onions to the skilled and cook until they are softened. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet and cook.  Deglaze the skillet with either white wine or vegetable broth. Throw the beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and Italian spices to the skillet.  Stir to combine […] The post Vegan White Beans and Kale Skillet appeared first on VegKitchen.

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway #3

December 15 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway #3 I’m happy to announce the third winner of my Holiday Cookbook Giveaway.  As a reminder, three winners have been chosen (one in the last three weeks) to win copies of four of my recent cookbooks: The Plant-Based Slow Cooker The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook Vegan Mac & Cheese One-Dish Vegan The third and final winner has been chosen using the Random Number Generator on Random.org and the winner is: Connie Faivre. To claim your cookbooks, Connie, please send me an email or DM me on Messenger and let me know where to send your cookbooks! If I dont hear from you by next week, another winner will be chosen. I wan to that everyone who participated in my giveaway.  Thank you for your support and for your kind words. I wish the very best to all of you this holiday season and in the coming year. The post Holiday Cookbook Giveaway #3 appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Cookbook Giveaway Winner #2

December 8 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Cookbook Giveaway Winner #2 It’s time to announce the second winner of my Holiday Cookbook Giveaway.  As a reminder, three winners are being chosen (one each week) to win copies of four of my recent cookbooks: The Plant-Based Slow Cooker, The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook, Vegan Mac & Cheese, and One-Dish Vegan. The second winner has been chosen using the Random Number Generator on Random.org and the winner is: Sandra Lee Childs . To claim your cookbooks, Sandra, please send me an email or DM me on Messenger and let me know where to send your cookbooks! If I dont hear from you by next week, another winner will be chosen (along with a winner for the third and final giveaway). Everyone else, thanks for entering and if you didnt win this time, you’ll have another chance to win next Tuesday.  And keep those new entries coming in (on the original Holiday Cookbook Giveaway post from November 27). The post Cookbook Giveaway Winner #2 appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Vegan Almond Coconut Granola

December 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThis Homemade Baked Almond Coconut Granola is super easy to make and so delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness and the ultimate crunch from nuts, chia seeds and rolled oats! You will want to sprinkle it on everything! Vegan Glutenfree So much better than store-bought granola mixes. Homemade granola – I just LOVE that it is so easy to make and so customizable. You can make it plain, or add in all your favorite dried fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, spices, etc. This vegan recipe for crunchy coconut almond granola has just about everything I love: crunchy granola with big flakes of coconut and whole almonds mixed in.  I also add some chia seeds and assorted nuts for extra crunch. The “glue” that holds this vegan baked granola together is a blend of coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut sugar and a dash of cinnamon too. So this is basically refined sugar-free and provides a rounder, more caramel-y sweetness than storebought granola. Youll pour the wet ingredients over the dry granola ingredients to make it all sticky, and allow for it to bake up all nice and crunchy! Take your time here  -as it bakes youll get those nice big clusters of granola throughout. Did I mention that it will make your kitchen smell amazing? MORE GRANOLA FROM THE BLOG - Date Caramel Granola  - no Oil- no refined sugar - Sunbutter or pb Granola Bars - Maple pecan Cardamom granola  - Lentil Cranberry Granola - candied pecans  - Sriracha Orange Quinoa Peanut Granola - Quinoa Chivda - savory  Indian Trail mix Lately, my favorite way to enjoy this coconut almond granola is on a bowl of coconut yogurt – my favorite breakfast these days! It’s just so crunchy and tasty with the perfect amount of sweetness. Also a wonderful snack. Of course, you can also just enjoy it with your favorite plant-based milk like a bowl of cereal – maybe with chopped up fruit on top. But honestly, it is so good I could just eat it by the handful.Continue reading: Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThe post Vegan Almond Coconut Granola appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts

December 2 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts This recipe is for those of us, who bought one too many cans of pumpkin puree as the excitement of fall was just starting. We take that canned pumpkin and turn it into an earthy, savory, and creamy pasta sauce with the addition of alliums (shallot, garlic), spices, lemon, and some plant-based cream. To make it extra special, we finish the pasta with a topping of fragrant, toasty sage walnuts. This is definitely a weeknight-friendly meal, perfect for those times when you’re craving warm, comforting carbs this coming winter. Hope you’ll give it a try! Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients olive oil ½ cup chopped raw walnuts 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage sea salt 1 large shallot - diced 4 garlic cloves - minced ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika pinch chili flakes, or to taste 15 oz (425 g) can unsweetened pumpkin puree freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon tamari or coconut aminos ½ cup unsweetened dairy-free creamer or cashew cream (see note) juice from 1 lemon 12 oz rigatoni or other pasta of choice Instructions Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat, add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the walnuts, sage, and a generous pinch of salt. Toast, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, until the walnuts are golden and the sage is crispy. Transfer the walnuts, sage, and their oil to a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the pot/­­pan if needed. Add more oil to coat the bottom of the same pot/­­pan. Add the shallot and a pinch of salt, saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, and chili flakes, and stir around for 30 more seconds, until fragrant. Add the pumpkin puree, plenty of black pepper, another generous pinch of salt, tamari, and creamer/­­cashew cream. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Stir to combine and let the sauce warm through. Turn off the heat and mix in the lemon juice. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water, according to the instructions on the package. Reserve about ½ cup of the starchy pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the pot/­­pan with the pumpkin sauce. Stir to coat the pasta in the sauce, adding small splashes of the reserved starchy water, if the sauce needs help sticking to the pasta or if it needs thinning. Serve the pasta right away, topped with the sage walnuts and their oil. Notes To make cashew cream at home, combine ½ cup of water and ¼ cup raw cashews in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. 3.5.3226 The post Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

December 1 2020 Vegetarian Times 

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your ListTis the season to update your naughty or nice lists and start holiday shopping. With health and wellness remaining center stage amidst a new surge of COVID-19 cases, everyone could use an extra dose of TLC throughout the holidays and into the new year. Weve curated a collection of 25 wellness gifts at a variety of price points that are sure to fill your lucky recipients with the warm fuzzies this season is all about. Broglie Box Curated Wellbeing Kits Help a loved one on your list keep his or her anxiety or stress in check with a BroglieBox. Co-founder Julia Broglie was inspired to create the company after experiencing her own mental health challenges as a young adult and losing her older brother, Justin, to suicide. She offers a wide variety of boxes -- such as Grief Relief, Stress Less and Focus Kit -- but were partial to the Alleviate Anxiety Deluxe Box, which comes with therapy dough, a massage rollerball, mindfulness cards, a workout band, hydration reminder, journal, medication reminders and a magazine full of articles from mental health experts. BroglieBox, $40 Nap Bar Better Sleep Box Good things come to those who nap, including reduced sleep deprivation and increased productivity. Houston residents adore pay-by-the-snooze facility Nap Bar, and you can now give the same luxurious napping experience to anyone on your nice list, no matter where they live. Nap Bars Better Sleep Box features everything you need for the perfect napping environment: an aromatic soy-based candle, a vegan aromatherapy pillow mist, a blackout sleep mask, and a downloadable theta brain wave audio file. Nap Bar Better Sleep Box, $69 Dazzle Dry Mini Kit Its not as easy to get a mani/­­pedi these days, so why not gift a quick-drying, non-toxic, humane, and long-lasting manicure system that brings gorgeous nails right to your recipients house? Developed by bio-organic chemist Dr. Vivian Valenty and backed by over 30 years of research, Dazzle Dry is a unique line of naturally advanced, high-performance nail care. Its award-winning four-step nail system is vegan, never tested on animals, and dries in just five minutes without UV light. DazzleDry, $75 Landia Skincare Mens Care Starter Set No doubt, theres a man in your life who could really use his own skincare products, and the Mens Care Starter Set from Landia Skincare is the perfect choice. The whole vegan skincare line is toxin-free, and made in Oregon from organic local ingredients that are responsibly sourced. This set includes a shave cream, face cream, and beard and hair oil in two scents -- and, best of all, it comes luxuriously packaged in a wooden box complete with a wooden button. Built Marketplace, $20 Lord Jameson Dog Treats Whether your pup celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, Lord Jamesons got you covered. Choose from Holiday Cobbler (crisp green apples and oats), Gingerbread (peanut butter and oats), or Hanukkah Gelt (blueberries) -- the entire collection is vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, allergy-friendly, and made without any preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or GMO ingredients. Lord Jameson, $12.99 The Dry Challenge Book If 2021 is the year someone in your life has vowed to cut back on their alcohol consumption, help support their healthy lifestyle choice with a copy of, The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month. The Dry Challenge is ideal for anyone who wants to complete a dry-month challenge, giving up all forms of alcohol for 31 days -- it walks you step-by-step through one drink-free month, from sharing the news with friends and family to getting back on track if you slip up and have a drink (or two). Amazon.com, $14.99 Puritize Home Sanitizing System Sanitize everything was 2020s slogan, and all signs are pointing to 2021 requiring the same vigilance with hygiene. Help protect your loved ones with a Puritize Home system, an ultraviolet light home sanitizing system that kills more than 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses -- in just 10 minutes. Put your cell phones, masks, glasses, keys, remote controls, headphones, toothbrushes, and electronic devices in and wait for it to work its magic. Puritize, $199.99 Vellabox Candle Subscription Do you know what really sets the mood this holiday season? Heavenly scented small-batch candles-- especially ones that are made by American artisans, are vegan and cruelty-free, use 100% natural wax with cotton wicks, and are phthalate- and paraben-free. Vellabox ticks all those boxes, with an expertly curated candle subscription box. With three sizes to choose from, your recipient will receive a candle and surprise gift each month all year long. Vellabox; starting at $10/­­month FINEX Cast Iron Skillet Set Theres no more prized culinary tool than a cast iron skillet -- you can pretty much cook anything in it, it lasts literally forever, and it even fortifies food with iron. FINEX is designed by a small team of Portland-based craftspeople who are grounded in the belief that cooking should be genuine. The Holiday Starter Set comes with a 10-inch skillet and lid (the most versatile pan youll ever own) perfect for cooking holiday meals, and a custom three-piece care kit to ensure the cookware is preserved and performs perfectly for generations to come. Finex, $229.00 Blissd Happiness Planner They say it takes 30 days to break a bad habit or create a healthy one. But what if it takes just a bit longer? Blissd will give you 100 days of goal setting, self-reflection and inspirational quotes all wrapped up in its beautiful Happiness Planner. This planner uses the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development to help you discover and create a life in alignment with who you truly are. Bliss’d, $29.00 Saltworks Gourmet Salt Gift Set Dont get salty this season; give salty! Any foodie will love the curated selection of six signature salt fusions from SaltWorks -- including Black Truffle Sea Salt, Wild Porcini Mushroom, Vintage Merlot, Espresso Brava, Lime Fresca and Spanish Rosemary. Its housed in a limited-edition recipe box, along with six different recipes. The bold flavors absolutely come through, since SaltWorks uses a proprietary process to bind natural ingredients to each sea salt crystal. Saltworks, $49.95 Green Chef Meal Delivery Know someone doing keto? Paleo? Living a plant-powered lifestyle? No matter their dietary preference, Green Chef delivers. Literally. All of the premium ingredients you need to cook a delicious meal for two or four comes pre-measured and prepped -- all you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions to enjoy a gourmet meal. These days, skipping the grocery store is the best gift of all. Green Chef, starting at $11.99 per serving Mala Collective Mala Bead Necklace Long-time meditators and those wishing to start their practice will appreciate receiving mala beads from Mala Collective this holiday season. Whats a mala? A string of 108 beads (an auspicious number in Buddhism) used as a tool to help count mantras. It also acts as a tactile guide as you sit in silence in a meditation practice. Each necklace is made from different gemstones (each steeped in its own symbolism) and Rudraksha seeds (which provide inner calm and peace), and is hand-knotted and blessed in Bali. Mala Collective, $96.00 Mission Farms CBD Goat Milk Soaps Sure, soap can clean, but the right soap can also heal. Thats why Mission Farms crafts soaps made from more than 25% fresh goat milk (goats milk naturally contains specific enzymes to reduce dry skin and psoriasis, such as alpha-hydroxy acid and MCT oils), coconut oil, and olive oil -- and infuses it with full-spectrum CBD and other essential oils. The goats milk comes from a farm outside of Bend, Oregon, and theres a formulation for any need: Deepen Your Sleep (lavender blossom), Ease Your Comfort (spearmint eucalyptus), Cam Your Stress (honey grapefruit) and Enhance Your Well-Being (oatmeal and honey). Mission Farms CBD, $20.00 Dr. PAWPAW Skincare Balms Is it a lip balm? Color for your cheeks? Eyeshadow? The answer is yes! Dr.PAWPAWs Hello Gorgeous Gift Set is whatever you need it to be, including the perfect stocking stuffer. This set of vegan-approved, cruelty-free, ethically sourced multipurpose natural skincare balms jazz up and nourish lips, skin and hair. They harness the power of pawpaw or papaya and contain vitamins A, C, and E, plus iron, potassium and magnesium. Ulta, $12.99 Apollo Neuro Wearable Wellness Device Since stress is at an all-time high, it makes sense to fight it with technology never seen before. A team of physicians and neuroscientists at Apollo Neuro recently developed a wearable wellness device that uses gentle vibrations (low-frequency, inaudible sound waves you can feel but not hear) to help your body recover from stress. Apollos scientifically proven technology improves heart rate variability -- a key biometric of stress -- so you can feel more calm, balanced, and perform at your best. Apollo, $349.00 NAMAR Sustainable Cutlery Set Single-use plastic is ruining the environment, so why not give a gift that will help the future of our planet? This sustainable stocking stuffer is ideal for coworkers who bring their lunch to work, frequent travelers, picnickers, or anyone leery of germs on restaurant silverware. Made from 100% wheat straw, yet gluten-free, NAMAR is biodegradable, reusable and easy to clean -- and it doesnt get soggy in soups or salads. The set includes a fork, spoon and set of chopsticks placed inside a travel-friendly wheat straw case. Namar, $12.00 White Elm Vegan Leather Tote Bag For the woman who always has her hands full, give the perfect vegan carry-all: a White Elm Aquila vegan leather tote bag. Not only does it feel like high-quality leather, but the well-thought-out design is also a favorite among traveling mothers, nurses, teachers and working professionals. It was created by a busy mom who wanted to stay organized and look good, so the super spacious bag features an adjustable shoulder strap, carry handles, three exterior pockets, five interior pockets, and a secure zip closure. White Elm, $129.00 Slumber CBN Sleep Aid Youre probably familiar with CBD, but CBN is another compound found in the cannabis plant thats primarily used as a natural sleep aid. For anyone on your list whos struggling with getting enough shut-eye, CBN may be the most priceless gift of all. This THC-free formula is made in Colorado and derived from organically grown hemp, plus its vegan and GMO-free. Slumber, $44.95 Sanabul Womens Boxing Gloves Theres no such thing as punching like a girl, but that doesnt mean she needs to wear mens boxing gloves while doing so. Sanabuls Womens Easter Egg Boxing Gloves feature a narrower silhouette that contours the female hand for a comfortable fit. And dont let the feminine array of colors (mint, coral, ice blue, and lavender) fool you -- these gloves are made for performance and durability. Amazon, $49.99 AncestryHealth Genetics and Health Kit Wouldnt it be helpful to have a little crystal ball that provides insights into your risk for commonly inherited health conditions? Well, it exists -- but in the form of a DNA kit, not a crystal ball. Simply use the AncestryHealth kit to provide a saliva sample, and your recipient will learn his or her risk for some commonly inherited conditions (such as breast cancer). By knowing this risk, users are able to work with their healthcare provider to get the screenings they need for early detection and chart a healthier path forward. Plus, AncestryHealth also includes all of the features of AncestryDNA, which allows one to discover their origins and connect to living relatives. Amazon, $119.00 OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Clip Ons Help your loved ones maintain clean hands on the go with OLIKA hydrating hand sanitizers. These thoughtful vegan and gluten-free stocking stuffers are refillable, recyclable and come in six essential oil-based fragrances (such as mint citrus and cucumber basil). Plus, theres aloe vera in the formula to help keep frequently sanitized hands moisturized. Clip one to your purse and another to your childs backpack. Olika, $29.99 Martha Stewart CBD Holiday Sampler Sick of the CBD gummies that taste like unsophisticated kids candy? Kick things up a notch for the CBD-lover on your list with Martha Stewarts new 15-flavor CBD gummy sampler. With this special gummy sampler gift box, I was inspired by flavors from my garden, said Stewart. So, she included raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, Persian lime, black raspberry, strawberry, grapefruit, calamondin, green apple, black currant, blood orange, kumquat, quince, Meyer lemon and huckleberry in this 60-count box with 10mg CBD per gummy. Shop Canopy, $64.99 Moodygirl Chocolate Bars Its easy to rationalize eating dark chocolate -- its full of antioxidants, heart-healthy flavanols, and even a little brain-stimulating caffeine. But what about a chocolate bar that boosts your mood, too? Moodygirl chocolate bars contain vitamins and adaptogens designed to help women through PMS symptoms, low libido and stress relief. Plus, they are organic, vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugars. These are the most delicious and guilt-free stocking stuffers around. Moodygirl, $9.99 Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer Juicing is a great way to pack more fruits and vegetables into each day, but cleaning up can be such a chore. Enter the Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer, which eliminates the mess thanks to a larger pulp outlet and elongated strainer grooves that rinse clean -- no scrubbing required. Its slow squeeze technology mimics the motion of squeezing fruit by hand, and youll be left with bone-dry pulp. Bonus: it can also make smoothies, nut milk and ice cream. Hurom, $499.00 The post The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats

November 23 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Choose Whole Grains Theres a reason the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend to make at least 50% of your grains whole: theyre packed with essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body running at its peak! When gearing up to bake that family favorite sugar cookie or bread loaf, consider swapping half of the all-purpose flour for a whole-wheat flour until you can make the full switch (this Healthy Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Loaf is a great recipe to start with!) Traditionally, when you start small like this its an easy way to slowly get your pallet to adjust to the change while boosting the fiber of the entire slice (or cookie) too! If youre gluten-free, consider using a recipe that calls for gluten-free oat flour or almond flour (like these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins) so you also reap the benefits of the fiber. Amp Up Those Omegas with Walnuts Pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie calling your name this season? Consider swapping out that white flour and butter crust for a delicious (and nutritious) walnut-based crust. Walnuts pack 2.5 grams of the plant-based version of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), in addition to 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in a one-ounce portion. While many name brands have begun selling their own walnut crusts in the baking section at your local market, they often contain flour and butter in small amounts to help hold the crust together. Not a deal-breaker if youre tight on time, but defeats the purpose of the swap if youre trying to keep this treat gluten-free and vegan. Consider making your own (check out a simple recipe idea here) by pulsing walnuts with a date paste or syrup in your food processor, then shaping into a pie crust and freezing until ready to bake. Related: 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar Think natural When It Comes to Sugar Its no secret most people eat WAY more added sugar than recommended (for reference, on average Americans eat about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day when the recommendation is closer to 12 teaspoons or below for a 2000 calorie diet!) And friends, beware, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, and good ole cane sugar are ALL just different types of added sugars (one isnt better than the other.) To help satisfy that sweet tooth, consider using the natural sugars found in sweet fruits and vegetables, like apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, in your baked goods. Depending on the type of recipe youre making, you should be able to reduce the added sugar by at least a third when you sub in unsweetened applesauce (like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars do!) Note you will also need to modify the fat amount (like the oil or butter used) so the texture continues to be the same. Boost Fiber with Beans Chocolate is abundant this season and for good reason: its delicious and its packed with flavonoids. But what if you took that decadent chocolate and brought it up a notch to boost the fiber and create a decadent dark chocolate dip to serve alongside graham crackers, gingerbread, or fresh fruit? Youd be the hostess with the most-ess for sure! Begin by pureeing a cup of beans alongside melted dark chocolate or dark cocoa powder, dates for natural sweetness, and your favorite nut or seed butter of choice. Blend until its a smooth, hummus-like consistency and enjoy! (Use this Sweet Hummus Recipe as your guide.) Power Up with Protein Cream pies and bundt cakes are certainly popular around the holiday season, but that doesnt mean you cant do over the dairy! Swapping in a portion of reduced-fat Greek or skyr yogurt for sour cream helps to boost the protein while minimizing the saturated fat of your treat. If youre still not a big fan of Greek yogurt, then ease into it by starting small with the swap, with roughly a third used in place of the sour cream. In no time youll be adjusted and making the full swap, pinky promise! (Try this Butterscotch Cheesecake Pie for a nice addition to your menu this year!) The post 5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara

November 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Butternut Squash CarbonaraThis Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara is a dairy-free spin on the traditional Italian Carbonara recipe with a creamy cashew cheese butternut squash carbonara sauce! Serve with crispy roasted smoky bacon-ish tofu.Jump to Recipe This easy vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara is the perfect fall and winter dinner. It’s a creamy spin on my popular Pumpkin Sage pasta and trust me, it will likely become a staple you will make again and again. Traditional Italian Carbonara Sauce is made from parmesan cheese and egg yolks.  This vegan version is just as deliciously rich and creamy (even without egg or dairy), thanks to cashew cream, and even quite cheesy thanks to nutritional yeast, and a hearty thanks to miso paste and fresh sage! While traditional Carbonara is often topped with bacon or pancetta, I wanted that smoky “chew” on top and went with oven-roasted tofu. Before roasting the tofu, we coat it in a whole bunch of spices to bring on the smoky-sweet notes. Let me tell you this dish has a perfect balance and blend of cozy fall flavors (butternut squash + sage = fall central)! A simple plant-based pasta dinner or plant-based lunch your whole family will love. Even your kids will give this a big thumbs up! Let’s make this gorgeous fall meal.Continue reading: Vegan Butternut Squash CarbonaraThe post Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara appeared first on Vegan Richa.


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