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before yesterday Oh My Veggies 

This January marks the eighth year that I’ve been doing Weight Watchers. While my weight has fluctuated since reaching my goal and I’m now actively trying to lose weight again, I really feel like it was joining Weight Watchers that prompted me to learn how to cook and get creative in the kitchen. Because before Weight Watchers? Our meals were pretty much take out, stir fry, or pasta. Pasta showed up on the menu at least once a week. I’d make a whole box (!!!) and my husband and I would split it. He’d put lots of sauce on his, while I’d put a little bit of sauce and a mountain of grated Parmesan on mine. I was under the impression that a ginormous bowl of pasta was a typical serving–after all, that’s what most restaurants serve, right? It was a shock to find out that those big boxes of pasta that my husband and I were eating by ourselves are meant to serve eight people. Oops. One of the first changes I made when I joined Weight Watchers was downsizing those pasta portions. But clearly, two ounces of pasta alone just wasn’t going to cut it. So I started […]

Top 20 Plant-Based Proteins

before yesterday Meatless Monday 

Top 20 Plant-Based ProteinsWill I get enough protein? is one of the most common questions asked by people looking to add more plant-based foods to their diet. The short (and long) answer is -- YES. Check out our Plant Protein Power Kit for downloadable social media graphics, plant-protein GIFs and printable posters. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the recommended dietary allowance for individual daily protein intake is 0.8 grams per of protein per every 2 pounds of body weight. Although this is an approximate calculation -- other factors such as age, sex, body type, and lifestyle must be considered for a precise nutrient recommendation -- it provides a reliable benchmark to measure your daily protein requirements.  This amounts to around 56 grams of protein per day for the average sedentary man and 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. So, how do you reach that daily number eating only plant-based foods? Easy, check out our guide below and discover which seeds, nuts, legumes, vegetables, and plant-based products pack the biggest protein punch. Still have questions? Learn more about plant-based protein from the nutritional experts at Johns Hopkins University. Broccoli One of the most popular vegetables is also one of the most protein dense, with one cup of cooked broccoli containing 6 grams of protein. Roast it, sauté it, or steam it for a quick and nutritious side dish. Chia Seeds Small but mighty, 1 ounce of chia seeds packs nearly 5 grams protein. Drop a spoonful into a smoothie or combine with a liquid like juice or nut milk to make a fun-textured chia pudding. Chickpeas Cooked chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus and boast nearly 15 grams of protein per cup. And remember, when using canned chickpeas, save the liquid -- also known as aquafaba -- for a terrific, plant-based egg white replacement. Edamame Popular in Japan and other areas of East Asia, edamame is as close you can get to a perfect food: One cup of cooked edamame contains 8 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein, and is only 189 calories. Farro One of the lesser known ancient grains, farro needs to be on your radar. A quarter cup of uncooked farro contains 6 grams of protein. Its toothsome texture adds a pleasant chew to grain bowls and salads. Frozen Veggie Burgers There are tons of different types of pre-made frozen veggie burgers varying in ingredients, texture, and flavorful, and although their nutritional profiles differ, you can generally expect between 10 - 15 grams of protein per patty. Try a range of brands and see which one(s) fit your palate. Hemp Seed Heralded as a superfood, hemp seeds have a subtle, nutty flavor similar to pine nuts. In baking, hemp seeds can be used as a nut replacement, but it can also be added to smoothies, with 2 tablespoons containing over 6 grams of protein. Jackfruit Jackfruit is often marketed as a plant-based alternative to pulled pork, with a meaty, stringy texture fit for faux barbecue platters and sandwiches. Jackfruit is rarely sold whole, but there are a handful of brands selling products made with jackfruit in the refrigerated section of supermarkets. Jack fruit is not the most protein-dense item on this list, but it still contains 3 grams per cup. Kidney Beans These hefty beans are dense, nourishing, and nutrient-packed. One cup of cooked kidney beans contains roughly 13 grams of protein (as well as 13 grams of fiber). Lentils With tons of fiber and almost no saturated fat, look to use lentils as the foundation of multiple meals throughout the week. A cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein and more than half your recommended daily value of fiber. Mung Beans Mainly cultivated in East and Southeast Asia, the mung bean is often used as the foundation of stews, vegetable patties, or dal. One cup of cooked mung beans contains 14 grams of protein. Note: mung beans are easier to find dry rather than cooked and canned. Nut Butters Although not all nut butters are considered equal when it comes to protein content (or flavor), they generally contain around 4 grams of protein per tablespoon. Oatmeal A cup of cooked oatmeal contains 6 grams of protein; pair it with a scoop of peanut butter and a sprinkling of hemp or chia seeds for a protein-packed breakfast. Plant-Based Meat Thanks to plant-based meat, sources of vegan protein are all the rage. A typical plant-based burger patty contains 20 grams of protein. Many quick-service restaurant chains now offer versions of their classic menu items featuring some variety of plant-based meat. Quinoa The trendiest of grains (well, its technically a seed), quinoa is a splendid source of protein that can serve as the foundation of any meatless meal. A cup of cooked quinoa boasts around 8 grams of protein. Seitan The original plant-based meat replacement, seitan -- which is made from wheat gluten -- is packed with protein and can be quite tasty when properly prepared. A 3-ounce serving of seitan includes between 15 - 20 grams of protein, a number that is comparable to most animal proteins. Soy Milk The market for non-dairy nut milks has exploded in recent years, but soy milk remains the most nutritious option. One cup of soy milk has 8 grams of protein, which makes it a nice base for smoothies and shakes. Sprouted Bread Sprouted bread is a certain category of bread made from grains that have been allowed to germinate (aka sprout) before being milled into flour. Ezekiel Bread -- a common brand of sprouted bread -- contains 4 grams of protein and only 80 calories per slice. Sunflower Seeds Who wouldve thought that the innocent little sunflower seed could pack such a protein punch? A half-cup of sunflower seeds has 15 grams of proteins. Bring some in a little baggy and keep with you for a quick and nutritious snack. Tofu There are imitators and then there are originators. Tofu -- made from soy beans -- is sold in a variety of textures and forms, but no matter the type, youre guaranteed to get a solid dose of plant-based protein, with a half-cup offering around 10 grams. Our recipe for Jamaican Jerk Tofu (the most popular recipe on our website) will make you a lifelong tofu loyalist.   Below, weve curated a sample a menu to demonstrate how easy it is to hit your daily protein target eating only plant-based foods. Breakfast: Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats (17 grams of protein) Lunch: Garlicky White Bean Avocado Toast (13 grams of protein) Dinner: Veggie Meatballs (27 grams of protein) No time to cook? No problem. Meatless Monday On-the-Go is easier than ever. Creating a plant-based Meatless Monday masterpiece? Let us know by tagging @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday on your social media posts for a chance to be featured on our channels.   The post Top 20 Plant-Based Proteins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

London Vegan Restaurant Scene Evolution

January 18 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

London ranked No. 1 in the world on HappyCow’s Top 10 Vegan Friendly Cities List 2019.  This doesnt come as a surprise, many of us having already heard, or had the chance to experience first-hand, how wonderful the city’s vegan food scene truly is. The Top 10 Cities List was published in December of 2019, and after letting the results sink in, I couldnt help but wonder: (1) When was it that London became so great for vegans? (2) Are the number of vegan restaurants catching up to that of vegetarian ones? Keep reading to find out. I was given access to a slice of HappyCows Database (as of December 2019), containing the essentials for my analysis: restaurant types (vegan /­­ vegetarian), location (London), and opening/­­closing dates. After some sorting-through of the raw data, I was able to generate the results below – which hopefully speak for themselves. Note: HappyCow has been in existence online since 1999 – slightly more than 20 years. However, the current system of data recording has been in effect only since 2007. This means that we do not have additional data from prior to 2007. However, since veganism was in its infancy at this time, […] The post London Vegan Restaurant Scene Evolution appeared first on HappyCow.

The London Vegan Restaurant Boom

January 18 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

London ranked No. 1 in the world on HappyCow’s Top 10 Vegan Friendly Cities List 2019.  This doesnt come as a surprise, many of us having already heard, or had the chance to experience first-hand, how wonderful the city’s vegan food scene truly is. The Top 10 Cities List was published in December of 2019, and after letting the results sink in, I couldnt help but wonder: (1) When was it that London became so great for vegans? (2) Are the number of vegan restaurants catching up to that of vegetarian ones? Keep reading to find out. I was given access to a slice of HappyCows Database (as of December 2019), containing the essentials for my analysis: restaurant types (vegan /­­ vegetarian), location (London), and opening/­­closing dates. After some sorting-through of the raw data, I was able to generate the results below – which hopefully speak for themselves. Note: HappyCow has been in existence online since 1999 – slightly more than 20 years. However, the current system of data recording has been in effect only since 2007. This means that we do not have additional data from prior to 2007. However, since veganism was in its infancy at this time, […] The post The London Vegan Restaurant Boom appeared first on HappyCow.

Vegan Oz: 20 Top Restaurants in Australia’s Biggest Cities

January 12 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Both Melbourne and Sydney topped the world’s 20 most vegan friendly cities last year.  With an abundance of top-notch restaurants around the country, we’re pleased to bring you a run-down of the BEST places to find vegan food down under.   Tell us in the comments where you’ve been!  Sydney Currently ranked No 1 in Sydney is deli-cafe Shift Eatery, serving iconic vegan items such as a big breakfast fry-up, tomato lox bagel, and chia waffles. Up next is Gigi Pizzeria in Newton, bringing you Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, antipasti, salads, and desserts. Ringing in third place comes Funky Pies, Bondi Beach, with from-scratch vegan chunky pies and baked goods. These locations are currently the highest rated. However, they’re followed-up closely by many more well-reviewed eateries. See all of Sydney’s options HERE. Melbourne A trip to Melbourne should start with Good Love, a hip vegan restaurant serving comfort food and cocktails. Stop by next at Smith & Deli for some New-York style bagels and pastries. For the insatiable sweet-tooth, Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop has got you covered from doughnuts to milkshakes. Two of the highest-rated in Melbourne happen to focus on baked-goods, but don’t be fooled. This city delivers well-rounded vegan dining […] The post Vegan Oz: 20 Top Restaurants in Australia’s Biggest Cities appeared first on HappyCow.

Tips To Get You Through Veganuary 2020

January 8 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

If you’re new to veganism - or have always been curious, but never made the jump – the international campaign known as Veganuary may be the perfect transition period to attempt it. According to their blog, Veganuary set out to create a movement that would appeal to non-vegans throughout the world. With more people starting the new year with new trends, new objectives, and newfound motivation, you surely won’t be alone diving into a plant-based prerogative. With so many questions surrounding newly-vegan navigation, we’d like to share with you some tips and resources for how you can best prepare for the month (or year) ahead of you. Register on Veganuary.com By doing so, you can take advantage of the free resources provided to help you understand how to tackle this process from the get-go. Don’t be scared of the kitchen There are plenty of resources on the web to get you comfortable whipping up easy meals for you and your family. Try typing in “Vegan Recipes” in Google or in YouTube, or hashtagging it on Instagram. A great website to start with? The feedfeed vegan. Look around your city for participating local restaurants A handful of U.S. Cities are focused […] The post Tips To Get You Through Veganuary 2020 appeared first on HappyCow.

The 10 Best Vegan Restaurants Worldwide – January 2020

December 31 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

All these establishments are 100% pure vegan eateries which have at least seven or more five star dining reviews on HappyCow. From a list that’s updated daily based on reviews and ratings by HappyCow users worldwide, here are the top-rated restaurants around the globe! Shift Eatery – in Surry Hills, Australia (NSW) With house-made meats, cheeses, and sauces – all vegan – you’ll find all of your deli needs here. Additionally, you have your pick from coffee, smoothies, toasties, and more; so be sure to swing by Shift. Saido – in Tokyo, Japan Saido’s website states:  “Please enjoy the world of ‘junk’ vegan Japanese food based on the concept of gastronomic origin, which you will meet for the first time in Nanado.” With noodles, bowls, snacks and fried foods that you’re sure to love, it’s worth the trip in to Tokyo. Vegan Beat – in Athens, Greece How do you make a visit to Greece even better? Stop for lunch at a vegan restaurant! Vegan Beat offers wraps, burgers, salads, juices, among other items – so you can fill up but maintain a lightness necessary to continue your days of tourist traipesing. AtayaCaffe – in Berlin, Germany Blending traditional, bold Senegalese cuisine “with the depth and elegance of Italian gastronomy.” Ataya […] The post The 10 Best Vegan Restaurants Worldwide – January 2020 appeared first on HappyCow.

Still Looking For a Reason to Go Meatless on Monday? Here are 19.

December 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Still Looking For a Reason to Go Meatless on Monday? Here are 19.Youve probably heard of Meatless Monday. Maybe youve even considered giving it a try. Well, weve got your motivation right here -- the 19 reasons to go meatless on Monday in 2020. With the human population set to reach 10 billion by as early as 2050, the current approach to food production is no longer sustainable. Studies show that a reliance on animal products like dairy, beef, pork, and poultry is doing irreversible damage to the environment and is having a negative impact on personal health. Pretty heavy issues, but Meatless Monday can be part of a delicious solution to tackle these global problems. For 2020, we are encouraging everyone to ditch meat one day a week to help preserve the planet and live a healthier life. Improve Your Health Eating animal products has shown to increase instances of a myriad of metabolic and chronic health problems. Cut out meat one day a week to improve your wellbeing:   1. Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 2. Lessen the probability of developing type 2 diabetes. 3. Lower chances of having a stroke. 4. Preserve your kidneys. 5. Maintain a healthy weight. Save the Environment  Theres an inextricable link between livestock production and environmental degradation. For a number of reasons (many of which are listed below), a reduction in the consumption of animal products can help stall the destruction of our oceans, forests, and atmosphere. Enjoying plant-based meals instead of meat on Mondays can be help address climate issues including: 6. Forests are cleared for livestock production. 7. Animal feed production requires intensive use of water, fertilizer, pesticides, and fossil fuels. 8. Animal waste is a leading factor in the pollution of land and water resources. 9. Beef, pork, and poultry emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, and other harmful greenhouse gases. 10. Livestock production uses 75% of the earths agricultural land. 11. Industrial livestock production displaces small, rural producers. 12. A quarter-pound of beef requires 425 gallons of water to produce (enough to fill 6,800 glasses of fresh drinking water). 13. Livestock manure can contain a variety of pathogens such as coli, growth hormones, and antibiotics. 14. Livestock waste streams contaminate drinking water and groundwater. Plant-based Goodness   Feel good about the food youre eating while saving money and exploring new ingredients. Thanks to the boom of flexitarian and plant-based eating, its never been easier, more convenient or delicious to go Meatless Monday. 15. Abundance of delicious plant-based meats to satisfy any of your cravings. There are so many high-protein meatless products now available at grocery stores, restaurants and fast food chains - making it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite foods - entirely plant-based. 16. Make Meatless Monday a reason to get the team together. Round up your friends and family to enjoy plant-based meals with on Mondays. 17. Almost all of your favorite restaurants offer a hearty plant-based option. So you can still frequent your favorite local, just explore new parts of the menu on Mondays. 18. Provides an opportunity to explore new ingredients. There are so many fruits, vegetables and grains to choose from, every Meatless Monday meal can be a new culinary adventure. 19. Youll likely save money on your grocery bill!   Interested in learning more about why you should give Meatless Monday a try? Weve got all the information (and plant-based recipes) that youll need to get started. The post Still Looking For a Reason to Go Meatless on Monday? Here are 19. appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-Go

December 16 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-GoThis holiday season, having options is the best defense against unknown dining circumstances. When your choices are limited to bacon-wrapped scallops, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, Swedish meatballs, and those loveable mini hot dogs -- youll be wishing you had a spoonful of almond butter or some plant-based snacks tucked away in your back pocket. But with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can maintain your Meatless Monday routine in any setting. Whether youre on the road, in the air, trapped at your in-laws house, or just hungry, our Meatless Monday travel guide can help you navigate any potential dining debacle. Photo Source: ATW80   Here are our 8 Meatless Monday travel tips for plant-based eating on-the-go: Theres an App for That Happy Cow and Vanilla Bean are two great apps that can help you find meatless meals all around the world. Use these apps to locate nearby restaurants and grocery stores with plant-based options, with referrals by other plant-based travelers, just like you. Just Add Water Water is life, especially when youre a road-weary traveler looking for something to eat. A bottle of water will quench your thirst, but it can also be combined with protein powder for a more complete meal. Prepare Pre-Boarding Getting on a plane? Dont have anxiety over the lack of meatless airline food. Bring some light snacks or protein-packed foods that are easy to carry like trail mix, hummus, or single-serve nut butters. You can also bring a dehydrated soup, oatmeal, or rice and ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water for mixing. And for your in-flight meal, many airlines offer a meatless option, just make sure to preorder it beforehand. Know Your Restaurant Options When youre on the highway heading to your next holiday destination, you will get hungry. That means, if you forget to pack a lunch, youll likely be dining at the next rest stop. This isnt the worst thing in the world. Weve compiled a list of meatless and plant-based options available at the most popular national fast-food and quick-service restaurant chains. Check out our list of 14 chains offering Meatless Monday options. Pack More Snacks Than You Need Sustenance, sustenance, sustenance. When the hunger pangs hit, you need to have something in your bag, purse, coat pocket, or glove compartment. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, veggies, or even healthy crunchies like chips or puffs will allow you to make it to your next meal without being overcome with hanger. Eat Breakfast! Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? When youre traveling a hearty helping of oatmeal, fresh fruit, granola, or cereal can set you up for eating success later in the day. Meatless breakfast options are plentiful, but if you need some inspiration, weve got them here! Explore New Cuisines Dont just stick to the standard roadside fare (although we do love a good diner). When youre traveling, whether to a different country or your cousins house, consider sitting down to an unfamiliar cuisine. Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean and other Southeast Asian countries specialize in a variety of plant-based and vegetarian dishes. Whip out your smart phone and start looking up menus. Find a Supermarket Nearby If youve got an extended stay at a hotel, its wise (and cost effective) to visit a nearby supermarket at least once. You can stock up on plant-based snacks and ready-to-eat meals. Many hotel rooms offer a microwave or a kitchenette where you can heat something up.   Interested in learning more tips and tricks to enhance your Meatless Monday experience? Click here to access our full Meatless Monday recipe collection. The post Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-Go appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lisa O’Connor

December 8 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Lisa O’Connor Lisa O’Connor is a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist, Healing Alchemist, and host of the Glow Deep Podcast. We interviewed Lisa about her daily routines and practices, approach to food, exercise, skincare, healing and much more. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? Both! Im a naturally disciplined soul, so I have no problems at all committing to something. I thrive off of routine, but Ive been learning to be way more in flow these past few years. Especially with creating my own schedule and building my business /­­ practice, and now with the arrival of our puppy. My schedule got shifted around quite a bit, as he needs A LOT of attention and training at this moment! Im learning to find my own rhythm between routine, and free flow. Which I believe is always a dance for us as we transition through different seasons, and times of our lives. -- What do your mornings look like? Now with a puppy things have shifted! -We are morning people – getting up anywhere between 5-6am -A liter of water first thing -A walk in nature with the pup -A little play time with him & then putting him in his crate for a nap, so I can have me time -Kundalini -Meditation -Matcha latte -Reading – I commit to 30-45 min daily reading in the morning -Smoothie or whatever else Im feeling -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? To be honest, I dont have a lot of bedtime rituals, as I dont really have a problem with sleep. Whats important for me is turning my phone on airplane mode a good 45min- 1 hour before sleep, having a shower to shift my energy, magnesium cream, and reading a book in bed with my husband, or sometimes we watch a little something on Netflix to just switch completely off! -- Do you have any kind of mindfulness practice?  -Meditation -Walking in nature and being present -Kundalini -Im not a massive journal writer, but when it calls I listen! Sustenance -- Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of these: Breakfast – Smoothie & homemade matcha latte (I have the matcha first, and probably wait an hour or so and then have the smoothie!) Lunch – Honestly on client days I often keep it light and just snack – green juice here, smoothie there, some veggies, coconut water! And some days I just have liquids (juices, smoothies, water until dinner) on other days it could be a light salad, or a lunch out with a friend at a local healthy restaurant Snack – Im not too much of a snack person! But I would say nuts /­­ seeds, green juice, maybe a piece of fruit in the summer Dinner - Green salad, roasted veggies, curries, soups, brown rice -- Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? I do :) I drink matcha during the week, and on the weekend when I can savour a beautiful organic Americano when Im at a cafe with my husband, its just that much more special. -- What is your grocery shopping routine like? Are there things that always make it in your cart? We do our big haul on Saturdays at a place here called Organic Garage. Everything is organic, and is so reasonable in price. In the summer I also add in local markets, and farmers markets. That being said, I feel like Im always grocery shopping on the daily, as Im always picking up fresh greens, or picking up supplemental things for dinner that we didnt get during our big shop on Saturday morning. Things that we always include: -Variety of leafy greens -Olives -Bananas -Apples -Mushrooms -Celery -Lemons -Frozen berries -Avocados -Brown Rice -Fresh herbs -Variety of proteins -Cucumbers -ACV -Pumpkin seed butter -Zucchinis -White & Sweet potatoes -Garlic -Ginger -Dates -Variety nuts & seeds -Seasonal vegetables -Hemp seeds +++ More but those are always staples!  -- Do you have a sweet tooth? I know people wont like this answer, but I actually dont! I can eat 95-100% chocolate, and feel super satisfied. If Im sweetening anything I use dates, bananas, and/­­or a touch of raw honey. -- Are there any particular foods that you find to be helpful with your energy levels and general wellness? Greens!!! I am a greens monster, and feel so deeply connected to them. I love to consume their liquid sunshine properties. Potatoes are also a huge staple for me, as they are easily digested, high in fiber, and the natural sugars are burned as energy for me. Berries – I love wild blueberries and raspberries Spices /­­ herbs – Ginger, garlic, cayenne, nettle, turmeric Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  I dont have anything particular right now! My favourite form of exercise is walking! Its highly underrated in my opinion. I live in a big city, without a car, so my mode of transport is Me. I find it meditative, calming, and great exercise. I also practice Kundalini yoga, and will sometimes do some resistance work (P.Volve). -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? I find it to be an extension of me, and I dont ever have to force it. I trust my body and flow with what it wants and feels in the season of life that Im in. At the moment Ive been the least active Ive ever been, but its what feels best for me, and my body is welcoming it, and responding beautifully to it. In other seasons of my life Ive done intense and hard workouts at least 4 -5 x per week, and other times Ive done daily exercise. If there is anything Ive learnt along the way, is that nothing good comes from force. When we practice, and learn to tune- in, we will always be guided to what our body needs. In 2020 I want to get back into doing Ballet Beautiful though, as I did it for over two years and felt so graceful, feminine, yet toned. Beauty -- What is your idea of beauty, both internal and external? My idea of beauty will always be that is stems from within. And not just the foods that we eat, or supplements we take, but the thoughts we think, our mood, mental state, stress levels, how kind we are...etc. I struggled with really bad acne for years, and addressing all of the above, with nutrition + curated herbs /­­ supplements, actually brought my skin back better than before! Beauty in my eyes is always a projection, and energetic force with regards to whats going on inside. When things are aligned within, I feel beauty just radiates regardless of how we *think* we look. This beautiful energetic force truly knows no bounds. I do still enjoy to take care of my external skin, and body, but I would say its only about 10% of my regime. Everything else stems from internal work! -- What is your skincare approach – face and body? MINIMAL. People are so surprised how little I do, as I really do practice what I preach. When we focus on the internal, the external will always reflect that. I use all natural products – Face wash, rose spray, and oil (I rotate a few of my favourite brands – including Living Libations, F. Miller & Marie Veronique) In the summer I mask more (May Lindstrom or just the Aztec Clay mask) I find them too harsh for the winter, so I love a good Manuka honey mask during the winter. -- Do you have any beauty tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? Less is more. When I was healing my skin I tried EVERYTHING. I used too many products, stripped my skin, and it all just made it worse. I find my skin is the best the less that I do. Sweating is key, so are hot /­­ cold (contrast showers), kundalini (breathwork) and again coming back to nurturing and feeding (Physical & Mental) your Internal Self, which then shows up Externally. The key is to get things moving & flowing. Digestion, lymph, liver, as this ultimately shows up on the skin. No flow, no glow. Stress, Etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines for managing stress?  -Meditation (nothing fancy, or prescriptive, just sitting with myself) -Dog walks in nature -Kundalini Yoga -Reading -Nutrition -Seeing loved ones -Spending time with my husband, and puppy -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? -REST /­­ SLEEP – seriously the simplest thing one can do, I just believe we feel as a society that we cant just Be, or cant just take a break -Green juicing -Hot /­­ cold showers to stimulate lymph flow and detoxification -Ginger tea -Broths /­­ soups Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? Im quite simple, easy-going, yet Ive always been disciplined, and my husband might say stubborn (my Ukrainian genes :) ). I dont find it that difficult to honour my body, mind, and soul. Ive also been on a deep healing journey since 2006 (got diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2012), so truly these arent even actions or steps I take, they are just Me. I dont force anything, and allow for flow, ease, while still knowing, and honouring when I need to heal something deeper, take a new direction, and take care of my inner child. -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Hmmmm I dont think there is just one thing, as I see things very holistically, and connected. I would say mind work. Focusing on mental strength, vitality, and honouring my subconscious mind, as this is where all of our habits, programs, and deep belief systems live. Our mind is everything, as the body is the unconscious mind.  -- How do you deal with periods characterized by a lack of inspiration or procrastination? Take a break! It could be an afternoon, a day or even a few. I have a tendency to force things, and when I do nothing flows. Ive learned this the hard way many times over, so I create space to go within. On the other hand, I can get inspired easily via images, nature, people, environments, so its always there for me. Its cheesy, but inspiration can hit at any moment, so I stay open. But when Im stuck, I take a step back or I schedule a brainstorming session with my husband. Just so I can talk things through, get a different perspective ( hes very smart, yet practical). In my business its just me, myself, and I, so it can get pretty insular. Although my goal for 2020 is to hire my first employee!  -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. To be honest, nothing outside of myself influenced this or my view. It was losing my health, and healing on a deep level that has brought me to where I am with self-care. Its never been anything to do, if anything its how I practice Being. Ive come to see, and know deeply that our relationship to Self – On a body, mind, and soul level is everything. If we dont show up for ourselves, than we cant for others. But if I were to pick anything in terms of external energy, I would say the book Magdalen Manuscript, its a channeled script of Mary Magdalen. It speaks about Ka energy (life force), and the power of energy that courses through all of Us. The only way to channel this energy, is to nourish ourselves from the inside out. Knowledge -- What was your path to becoming a holistic nutritionist? When I started to become ill in 2006, it set me on my path. At first it started with my own experiments, lifestyle changes, and reading /­­ self-knowledge for close to six years. Then from there, I took it further to get certified, and study formally. While Im a HN, Ive expanded my view of my work, as I go *much* deeper than just food. My story is WILD, so I wont go into all the details, but when you experience something so deep, intense, and beautiful on your own, you want to help others heal via your journey, knowledge, and gifts (which I believe we all have! Its just up to us to cultivate them). I dont believe I chose this profession, as Ive never felt more called to something. Knowing how crazy, and wild it is to lose one’s health, its my mission to help others tap themselves into their own innate healer. -- What is your healing philosophy? How do you approach working with clients? Ive come to see healing as alchemy. As a society weve been taught that we should just focus on one body part, one thing, one pill, and weve become so singular in our view point and scope of healing /­­ practice. I.E. if we are having back pain, focus on the back. Where as I see everything, and I mean everything holistically. I see the alchemy, and connection between it all – Body, Mind, and Spirit. While we might be having physical pain some place (i.e. back), yes we must look and take care of the cellular body (which I do), but we also have to look at our emotions, trauma, history, and deeper work into the soul, and subconscious. While this isnt the easy work, to me its the only way I know! So when taking on a client, this is where we go. I look at each soul as a unique and individual being. No one is alike, so there isnt a pill or protocol that fits just because someone has been diagnosed with X, and so has their friend. Those two people are so different, have been raised uniquely, have most likely experienced trauma in their own way, and are navigating different life pathways, and stressors. We navigate the deeper parts, so we can heal holistically, sustainably, and in connection with our whole Self. We arent just a body, we are so much more. When we focus on just the body, I dont believe we do ourselves any favours. This is whats often missing in chronic care of  humans and why so many people are just living and coping with pain and dis-ease. We are seeking greater depth, purpose, and fulfilment, yet were left confused, hopeless, and overwhelmed. If I can just bring someone to see that they DO have the power to heal, than man oh man, it just means everything to me! Fun and Inspiration -- What is something you are particularly excited about at the moment? Our new puppy Rumi! Hes a Rhodesian Ridgeback, so he will grow to be a big boy, but we are soaking up all the puppy cuddles right now. Also ending off a decade, ushering in a new one , and entering into the year 2020. There is a lot of potent energy coming forth, and Im feeling really charged, clear, and ready for it all. -- What do you do to unwind or treat yourself? Nothing really special, I love just the simple things in life. A hot shower, getting into my robe or a grey sweat suit, eating a nourishing dinner, and cuddling with my husband & puppy! Sometimes I will treat myself to a facial, and when I can infrared sauna sessions.  -- A book/­­song/­­movie/­­piece of art to feed the soul: Book – Anatomy of the Spirit and Course in Miracles Song/­­Album –   Anything by Bon Iver or Ben Howard or White Sun Movie –   Dirty Dancing (forever & always my favourite) Piece of Art –  I adore a lot of art  /­­ creative work, but some of my favourites include: Renaissance art, Matisse, Unconditional Magazine, Picasso, Christiane Spangsberg. This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links Our New Ebook: Golubka Kitchen Sweets! Filled with our favorite, vegan and gluten-free dessert recipes in the world. The post Lisa O’Connor appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan in the Caribbean: Where To Go And What To Eat

November 30 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

With the weather turning chillier here in America, it’s not a bad idea to look toward the Caribbean – and with some newer vegan options on some friendly islands, who wouldn’t want to plan a holiday getaway? Let HappyCow be your guide for vegan food while you decide upon the island of your preference. Aruba With the most HappyCow listings per capita out of the entire Caribbean, Aruba is sure to have plenty of options for vegan food. According to locals: the most fun part of Arubas vegan scene is the culture shift that has happened over the past few years. Youll easily meet locals on your vacation who will tell you theyre vegan or that theyre on their vegan journey. People are super friendly and love to talk about veganism here because its got such a positive reputation! Why it’s got a great reputation: o Youll find indulgent and creative vegan menus at many restaurants within walking distance of the high and low rise hotel areas. o Both major supermarkets on the island have all of the vegan products and brands you know and love, from vegan cheeses to ice cream and deli slices. o Vegan retreats will be […] The post Vegan in the Caribbean: Where To Go And What To Eat appeared first on HappyCow.

7 Restaurants Serving Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner – 2019

November 17 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

It’s that time of year again… The Holidays are here! Whether you’re staying in for a cozy couples meal, showing up to Friends-giving, or traveling to be with family out of town, these restaurants have got you covered without having to lift a finger – well, except to click the “order” button. Here are seven restaurants serving a vegan Thanksgiving menu from which you can order this holiday season. Where: Trumpet Blossom Cafe – Iowa City, IA Fearful that your Midwestern relatives won’t have any vegan options for you at the table? Fear not! Trumpet Blossom Cafe has got the goods. You can be sure that this meal will reflect seasonal creativity while comforting and nourishing you all at once. “Thanks, Vegan” Meal Details: Menu: a la carte. Gluten-free?: Everything is gluten-free, unless labeled. Must order by: Sunday, November 24th at 3pm. Pick-up at restaurant: Tuesday or Wednesday, November 26th or 27th between 11am – 8pm. (There are also a few seats left for a separate seasonal event hosted by Trumpet Blossom Cafe at the Hancher Culinary Arts Experience on Wednesday, November 20th) HappyCow | Website   Where: The Herbivorous Butcher – Minneapolis, MN Ahh, the dreaded holiday interrogations. “Where […] The post 7 Restaurants Serving Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner – 2019 appeared first on HappyCow.

Top 10 New Vegan Restaurants (U.S.)

November 13 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

As vegans, there’s no denying it: we’ve got our favorite spots to which we stick. However, with more omnivorous establishments expanding their menus and some even turning plant-based, entirely, it seems there’s new places to try daily. What’s a humble vegan to do? Don’t worry; We’ve narrowed down the newest hot spots to add to your list – and they’re 100% vegan.                       Somebody People - Denver, CO [opened September 2019] With much anticipation from the Denver community, co-owners of the former catering pop-up Scam Likely (Tricia & Samuel Maher) opened the doors to their brick & mortar this year. Somebody People, a coined name from David Bowie lyrics, boasts Mediterranean-influenced, plant-based wining & dining – and has a zero-waste initiative, to boot. The restaurant offers brunch and dinner services with dishes such as “mushies on toast” (local bread with house made almond ricotta, sage, and hazelnuts) to “funghetto” (house made pasta served with Somebody People’s carrot bolognese.) Be sure to stop in for the chef’s choice, family-style Sunday Supper. (website)   Nic’s on Beverly - Los Angeles, CA [opened June 2019] Namesake Nic Adler is a co-founder of the […] The post Top 10 New Vegan Restaurants (U.S.) appeared first on HappyCow.

New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday Resolution

November 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday ResolutionNew York City has passed a historic resolution supporting the promotion and adoption of Meatless Monday for residents, businesses, and government organizations. The resolution encourages individuals and public and private institutions to try and provide plant-based options for their health and the environment, especially on Mondays. New York City is already a leader in providing its residents with opportunities to enjoy plant-based meals and reduce their meat consumption, with Meatless Monday programs currently available in all public schools and public hospitals. This new resolution builds and strengthens the citys current efforts and is part of a larger push to promote plant-based meals and reduce processed meat consumption in local restaurants, cafeterias and community organizations in all five boroughs. Helen Rosenthal, New York City council member and lead advocate of the resolution, celebrated the victory with a post on her Facebook Page:   Today the City Council passed my resolution which encourages New Yorkers to enjoy Meatless Mondays so that all of us can take part in the long-lasting benefits of a plant-based diet — reduced risk of a wide range of diseases, improved overall health, and longer lives.       The Meatless Monday team joined fellow non-profit partners and city council members in advocating for a citywide resolution in 2015. Recent public environmental concerns and scientific publications have increased momentum around interest and adoption of plant-based eating for health and environmental benefits. Meatless Monday is a global campaign that encourages people to enjoy meat-free meals on Mondays to improve their personal and public health as well as environmental and agricultural sustainability. The resolution brings awareness to the efforts already underway in restaurants, schools, and cafeterias across the city to provide meatless meals on Mondays, and calls on an expansion of those efforts citywide. A coalition of leading health and environmental organizations have endorsed Meatless Monday as one of the easiest actions that mayors and city officials can take to improve their communitys health and achieve their climate goals. Major cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Cleveland, and many others have all committed to some iteration of the program. Do you want to keep the Meatless Monday movement growing? Click here for five simple ways to implement Meatless Monday in YOUR community. The post New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday Resolution appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Rise of Vegan London (In Numbers)

January 18 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

London ranked No. 1 in the world on HappyCow’s Top 10 Vegan Friendly Cities List 2019.  This doesnt come as a surprise, many of us having already heard, or had the chance to experience first-hand, how wonderful the city’s vegan food scene truly is. The Top 10 Cities List was published in December of 2019, and after letting the results sink in, I couldnt help but wonder: (1) When was it that London became so great for vegans? (2) Are the number of vegan restaurants catching up to that of vegetarian ones? Keep reading to find out. I was given access to a slice of HappyCows Database (as of December 2019), containing the essentials for my analysis: restaurant types (vegan /­­ vegetarian), location (London), and opening/­­closing dates. After some sorting-through of the raw data, I was able to generate the results below – which hopefully speak for themselves. Note: HappyCow has been in existence online since 1999 – slightly more than 20 years. However, the current system of data recording has been in effect only since 2007. This means that we do not have additional data from prior to 2014. However, since veganism was in its infancy at this time, […] The post The Rise of Vegan London (In Numbers) appeared first on HappyCow.

Top Tips To Get You Through Veganuary 2020

January 8 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

If you’re new to veganism - or have always been curious, but never made the jump – the international campaign known as Veganuary may be the perfect transition period to attempt it. According to their blog, Veganuary set out to create a movement that would appeal to non-vegans throughout the world. With more people starting the new year with new trends, new objectives, and newfound motivation, you surely won’t be alone diving into a plant-based prerogative. With so many questions surrounding newly-vegan navigation, we’d like to share with you some tips and resources for how you can best prepare for the month (or year) ahead of you. Register on Veganuary.com By doing so, you can take advantage of the free resources provided to help you understand how to tackle this process from the get-go. Don’t be scared of the kitchen There are plenty of resources on the web to get you comfortable whipping up easy meals for you and your family. Try typing in “Vegan Recipes” in Google or in YouTube, or hashtagging it on Instagram. A great website to start with? The feedfeed vegan. Look around your city for participating local restaurants A handful of U.S. Cities are focused […] The post Top Tips To Get You Through Veganuary 2020 appeared first on HappyCow.

Your Fool-Proof Guide to Eating More Plants in 2020…Start with Meatless Monday!

January 6 2020 Meatless Monday 

Your Fool-Proof Guide to Eating More Plants in 2020…Start with Meatless Monday!Theres no better time to commit to healthier habits than the New Year. But making a resolution is easy; keeping it, now thats the hard part. We believe going meatless on Monday should be as simple and delicious as possible. Thats why were offering up our top 20 tips for incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Armed with this toolbelt of tricks, techniques, pantry staples, swaps, gadgets, and apps, youll be able to approach every Meatless Monday with the confidence and culinary gusto of a seasoned gourmand. And remember, you can sign up for our Meatless Monday newsletter to receive weekly recipes, tips, articles, and food-industry updates that will help keep you focused, full, and on track.   1. Always keep an avocado on hand. Add to sandwiches instead of cheese, top your toast or bulk up a smoothie. 2. Learn to love your oven; it has a magical effect on vegetables - roast, bake or crisp! 3. Use condiments (pesto, salsa, hummus, harissa, tapenade) LIBERALLY! 4. Stock your freezer with frozen fruits, vegetables, and plant-based burgers. 5. Try different legumes (black beans, lentils, chickpeas, pigeon peas, butter beans, cannellini beans). Tip: dried legumes are very inexpensive and go a long way. 6. Go with whole grains like brown and wild rice, farro, quinoa, and bulgur. 7. Fortify your cupboard with plant-based snacks like popcorn, nuts, roasted chickpeas, dried fruit, granola, and dark chocolate. 8. Get familiar with tofu. When prepared properly (press it before cooking), its an excellent source of plant-based protein. You can also blend it into smoothies or batters. 9. Experiment with plant-based meats and burgers. Its usually pretty hard to tell the difference vs beef burgers. 10. Find a favorite nut-milk and try using it in your coffee, cereal, and recipes. There are plenty to choose from. 11. Keep coconut oil close by and use it as an alternative to butter. 12. Stock-up your spice rack. Spices from different regions of the world will add flavor and complexity to ordinary recipes and ingredients. 13. Working out? Invest in some plant-based protein powders. 14. Find fast-food and quick-service restaurants that offer up a variety of plant-based options. 15. Expand your culinary scope: Many global cuisines put greater emphasis on plant-based dishes. Look at some Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, Chinese, or Japanese cookbooks for inspiration. 16. Pump up pasta with a mix of vegetables and legumes. 17. Keep a bag of corn meal in the cupboard and use for sweet polenta, polenta fries, cornbread, and griddle cakes. 18. Invest in gadgets: Tofu press, immersion blender, juicer, spiralizer, and mandolin can add some flare to traditional vegetables. 19. Download apps for meatless eating. Happy Cow, Fork Over Knives, Vanilla Bean, and Food Monster are all great ways to find meatless options and get some recipe inspiration. 20. Catch a meatless movie like The Game Changers, What the Health, Cowspiracy, or Food Inc to learn more about the food system and plant-based eating.   Want more of tips, hacks and recipes? Follow us at @MeatlessMonday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Find great plant-based recipes in our recipe gallery!   The post Your Fool-Proof Guide to Eating More Plants in 2020…Start with Meatless Monday! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The 10 Best Vegan Restaurants Worldwide

December 31 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

All these establishments are 100% pure vegan eateries which have at least seven or more five star dining reviews on HappyCow. From a list that’s updated daily based on reviews and ratings by HappyCow users worldwide, here are the top-rated restaurants around the globe! Shift Eatery – in Surry Hills, Australia (NSW) With house-made meats, cheeses, and sauces – all vegan – you’ll find all of your deli needs here. Additionally, you have your pick from coffee, smoothies, toasties, and more; so be sure to swing by Shift. Saido – in Tokyo, Japan Saido’s website states:  “Please enjoy the world of ‘junk’ vegan Japanese food based on the concept of gastronomic origin, which you will meet for the first time in Nanado.” With noodles, bowls, snacks and fried foods that you’re sure to love, it’s worth the trip in to Tokyo. Vegan Beat – in Athens, Greece How do you make a visit to Greece even better? Stop for lunch at a vegan restaurant! Vegan Beat offers wraps, burgers, salads, juices, among other items – so you can fill up but maintain a lightness necessary to continue your days of tourist traipesing. AtayaCaffe – in Berlin, Germany Blending traditional, bold Senegalese cuisine “with the depth and elegance of Italian gastronomy.” Ataya […] The post The 10 Best Vegan Restaurants Worldwide appeared first on HappyCow.

Restaurant Highlight: Fourchette ? Bicyclette – Brussels

December 18 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM Tucked away in a calm little street, ideally located next to Place Saint Boniface, Fourchette ? Bicyclette is a unique place. This very tiny restaurant is owned by Alexandra Roshardt, a French expat who invites us into her kitchen to discover how healthy cuisine can be both exciting and nourishing. Alexandra has a real passion for culinary art. Her restaurant is where she gives free rein to her imagination, to create original dishes that make gourmet mouths water. Her cuisine is familial but sophisticated, she transforms simple ingredients or day to day recipes into elegant and almost gastronomic preparations. Her cuisine isnt exclusively for vegans, it is suited for anyone that enjoys eating healthy without compromising on flavour or quality. Quality is one of her strong values; she works with organic products sourced locally for the most part, and prepares everything herself in her open kitchen. She has dedicated her work to creating great lunch and brunch, and never opens at night. I guess she believes in the adage that says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but Alexandra extends it to lunch and brunch! My advice for you is to go there for […] The post Restaurant Highlight: Fourchette ? Bicyclette – Brussels appeared first on HappyCow.

Vegan Butternut Squash Curry

December 13 2019 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Vegan Butternut Squash Curry This creamy vegan butternut squash curry with chickpeas, broccolini, and rice makes a hearty main dish. In September, I was fortunate enough to go to New York City with my husband, and we did what we always do in cities with lots of vegan options: Eat. And we were very lucky this time because Farmacy Kitchen, a London-based vegan restaurant, had just opened in Soho for a limited 6-months run. And it was within walking distance from our hotel, and we were able to get a reservation. Very fortunate indeed!(...) Read the rest of Vegan Butternut Squash Curry (938 words) (C) svoisin for FatFree Vegan Kitchen, 2019. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Chickpea Recipes, Eat-to-Live, Gluten-free, Indian, Soy-free, Weight Watchers Points The post Vegan Butternut Squash Curry appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Celebrity Chef Meatless Holiday Recipes

December 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

Celebrity Chef Meatless Holiday Recipes   Meatless Monday has created our dream-team celebrity chef meatless holiday menu, featuring a plant-based take on traditional recipes created by Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Giada de Laurentiis, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Carla Hall. From our kitchen to yours, please click the links below to enjoy these delicious, decadent, jaw dropping, and, of course, festive plant-based holiday recipes.   Appetizers Artichoke Arancini Wild Mushroom & Pomegranate Salad Cannellini & Kale Soup Sides Lemon Smashed Potatoes Persimmons & Roasted Chicories  Grilled Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnut Vinaigrette Entrees Epic Veg Lasagne Beet Wellington Stuffed Squash  Desserts  Sumptuous Chocolate Cake Deconstructed Vegan Pecan Pie Vegan Apple Pie   Interested in adding some more plant-based recipes to your repertoire? Click here for more Meatless Monday inspiration. The post Celebrity Chef Meatless Holiday Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

All-You-Can-Eat Vegan Buffets Around the World

November 26 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

– 7 restaurants in 6 countries where you can fill your plate with vegan dishes. As vegans, it’s a celebration to find entirely vegan restaurants. But entirely vegan buffets? That’s a tricky one!  The truth is: it just takes a little searching - and occasionally traveling – to find one. From east to west around the world, here are some of our favourite vegan buffets. The Poya Day Vegan Buffet - Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka If you were to plan your Sri Lanka trip around this buffet, you wouldn’t be the first! Located near the pool and beach,  it features both a salad and dessert bar all its own. Considering it’s open only once a month (on Poya Day, a public holiday correlating with the full moon), you’ll definitely want to add this to your must-visit list. SuTao Cafe - Malvern, PA, U.S.A. The Chinese buffet at SuTao Cafe is available for lunch, dinner, and a buffet-to-go. Cold and hot items, soups, and desserts are offered - including home-made vegan sushi. All of their veggie meat and seafood dishes are made with soy protein, seitan, or konjac. With plenty of these faux meats, you’re sure to keep your omnivorous friends […] The post All-You-Can-Eat Vegan Buffets Around the World appeared first on HappyCow.

Holiday Veggie Roast with Oven Cranberry Sauce

November 17 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Holiday Veggie Roast with Oven Cranberry Sauce This post was created in partnership with OXO. Today weve got a festive veggie roast recipe thats made in one oven with a lush cranberry sauce. The savoriness of the caramelized, mustard-miso roasted vegetables pairs so well with the tart, sweet, and juicy character of the cranberry sauce. Plus, the whole thing comes together in a pretty hands-off manner, with the oven doing the bulk of the work. Although Im generally excited and appreciative of any veggie side at the holiday table, I think that roasted vegetables (or any veg-centric sides in general) are often treated as an afterthought, not something that can be just as special as the main event. We are of course here to gently propose that vegetables can themselves be the main event – but even if thats not your thing, this veggie roast will be an exciting addition to your holiday table. Im particular about one thing when it comes to roasted vegetables and thats that they should be nicely cooked through, to the point of beautiful caramelization and crispy edges. Ive had so many instances of ordering roasted vegetables in restaurants, where they arrive looking beautiful, but turn out to be tough and raw on the inside upon the first bite. This is especially true for root veg of all kinds. A half-raw sweet potato or carrot is never a good thing. So its my strong belief that vegetables should be allowed plenty of time to get really, really happy in the oven. Just this little trick alone makes them taste so much better. For special occasions, I also like to roast vegetables in a mustardy sauce of some kind. Its an extra step, but it helps take the flavor to the next level and achieve that A+ caramelization. Thats what we do in this recipe. And since weve already got the oven heated up for the vegetables, we are making the cranberry sauce in the oven all at the same time. Turns out, it works just as well as the stovetop method, so why not go for the simplicity! The sauce features a luxurious mix of cranberries, green apple, and raisins, with orange juice and a kiss of cinnamon, for a beautiful balance of sweet and tart. Were very excited to partner with OXO on this holiday roasting recipe, since they make every kitchen tool youll ever need to prepare the celebratory meal of your dreams (plus much much more for your kitchen). I was so excited to upgrade to their non-stick half sheet baking pans – they are so roomy and sturdy, and perfect for roasting up big batches of vegetables without crowding them. We roast and bake a lot, so we used to go through tons of parchment paper. OXOs Silicone Baking Mat quickly took care of that problem. Its reusable, so easy to clean, and can be stored neatly rolled up in the drawer. Im so happy to replace a single use item like parchment paper with something that will last me years. They also make plenty of quality glass baking dishes, like the one that we used for the cranberry sauce, which comes with a lid so the leftovers are easy to store. OXOs pepper mill is a true dream, it grinds so smoothly and has adjustable settings for the size of your grind (we like it somewhere in the middle). I used to whisk all my sauces and dressings with a fork back in the day, but a whisk really does make the process so much quicker and more pro, and OXOs balloon whisk is a beauty. Holiday Veggie Roast with Oven Cranberry Sauce   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the mustard roasting sauce 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons white miso 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/­­4 cup plus 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste for the vegetables 1 small kabocha squash - seeded and sliced into wedges 1 small delicata squash - halved, seeded, and sliced into half-moons 1 lb Brussels sprouts - tough ends removed, halved 1 medium cauliflower - sliced into bite-sized florets 7-8 medium carrots or the equivalent of sweet potato (or both) - sliced into bite-sized pieces handful toasted pecans - for garnishing for the cranberry sauce 2 10 oz bags frozen or fresh cranberries - thawed if frozen 1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored, and finely diced 1 shallot - finely chopped 1 cup raisins (preferably golden) 1 1/­­2 cups coconut sugar 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/­­4 cup orange juice (from about 1 medium orange) zest from 1 orange pinch of sea salt Instructions to make the mustard roasting sauce and roast the vegetables Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). In a medium bowl, combine the mustard, miso, maple syrup, oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper, and whisk until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Distribute all the vegetables among two large, lined baking sheets. Pour half of the mustard sauce over one sheet of the vegetables and the rest - over the other sheet. Mix to coat well. Place the baking sheets in the oven, and roast, mixing periodically for 45-50 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender when pierced with a knife, with caramelized edges. Serve the vegetables right away or reheat later, topped with the cranberry sauce and sprinkled with toasted pecans. to make the cranberry sauce In a 2 quart glass baking dish or a dish if a similar size, combine the cranberries, apple, shallot, raisins, coconut sugar, ginger, cinnamon, orange juice and zest, and salt. Mix well to combine. Place the baking dish in a 400° F (200° C) oven at the same time that you are roasting the vegetables (recipe above). Cook the sauce for about 45 minutes, mixing periodically. The sauce should be simmering while cooking in the oven. Let cool a bit before serving. The sauce will set up more once it cools. Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Notes - You can easily make this recipe ahead of time. Just reheat the vegetables in the oven at 350° F (175° C) and serve the cranberry sauce right out of the fridge. - The recipe is very versatile, so you can include any of your favorite roasting vegetables in the mix. You can also include any of your favorite spices in the roasting sauce. The possibilities here are endless. 3.5.3226 The post Holiday Veggie Roast with Oven Cranberry Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice

November 11 2019 VegKitchen 

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice While I wish I could take all the credit for the unique blend of flavors here, the inspiration for these Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussel Sprouts came from a restaurant in NYC called the Vanderbilt. I was going to rework their recipe as a side dish, but after taking my first bite of this new version, I realized that serving the brussel sprouts atop my favorite wild rice dish would create a stunning entrée. Recipe and photo reprinted by permission from The Veggie-Lovers Sriracha Cookbook (C)2013 by Randy Clemens. The post Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice appeared first on VegKitchen.

The One Ingredient You Should Be Adding to All Your Plant-Based Recipes

November 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

The One Ingredient You Should Be Adding to All Your Plant-Based RecipesWere all familiar with the four basic tastes -- sweet, salty, sour, and bitter -- but umami, the mysterious fifth taste, remains an enigma. Umami is responsible for giving foods their deep, savory flavor. When used properly, umami adds a pleasant richness to plant-based meals, balances the natural bitterness of nutrient-dense vegetables, and simplifies cooking by reducing the need for salt and other flavor-enhancing ingredients. Umami can be found in everything from corn, tomatoes, and mushrooms to aged cheeses, nori and soy sauce. While its easy to find foods that contain umami, its not always as simple to coax that savory flavor out of them, which is why umami remains an underutilized culinary tool in many home kitchens across America. Thats why the team at Meatless Monday was so thrilled to work with Yondu Vegetable Umami to develop a free, downloadable e-cookbook complete with umami-rich plant-based recipes. When scrolling through the recipes, youll see the breadth and versatility of this one simple ingredient. But tasting is believing. For starters, try this super simple 3-Minute Veggie Soup , which includes aromatic leeks, sugary snap peas, cool slices of fennel, and a couple of tablespoons of vegetable umami. At only 54 calories per serving, its a nice, light way to open a meal. Catering to a crowd? Pulse together a creamy Minted Pea and Walnut Dip in a matter of minutes. Have some leftover cauliflower? A spattering of chili flakes and lemons zest, along with a drizzle of olive oil and umami will transform this simple vegetable into a Quick Roasted Cauliflower worthy of any restaurant menu. To celebrate the cookbook release, Yondu is giving away 50 free bottles of their vegetable umami. All you have to do is click the link HERE and sign up, but move quick -- its first come first serve. And if you missed the giveaway, Yondu is also offering a coupon code for 50% off your order! Use code: 50umamimeals.   Download your free copy of the e-cookbook HERE and click over to Amazon to purchase a bottle of Yondu, $8.99 (lasts quite a while). Thanks to Yondus vegetable umami, you can effortlessly add a richness to any of your Monday meals. Need more inspiration? Check out Yondu.Us for more recipes. Tag @MeatlessMonday and @Yondu.USA in your umami food posts and share the e-cookbook link with friends and family to inspire easy Meatless Monday meal ideas. The post The One Ingredient You Should Be Adding to All Your Plant-Based Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.


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