Vegans: where’s the protein?

I’m a big fan of plant-centric diets, whether flexitarian, Mediterranean, Asian, vegetarian or vegan.  All of these can be nutritionally balanced and extremely healthy.  But when it comes to vegans, protein can be very tricky.  After all, a vegan diet means avoiding all of the high (and high quality) protein foods humans have relied on for […]

Fun with Tempeh

What’s a Rice Krispie Treat doing on the cover? me That was my reaction to the cover photo on a recent issue of Food and Nutrition Magazine. Looking closer, I realized it was a block of tempeh, photo-shopped to saturate the color, creating the illusion of a Rice Krispie Treat. It’s a funny thought, considering […]

Polenta on the radar screen

I should cook polenta more often me I’ve said that to myself recently. Polenta is extremely easy to prepare and goes great with sauces or just grated cheese. It shows up on restaurant menus as a side dish to a meat entrée, but I think it works really well as the basis for a vegetarian […]

Stuffed pumpkin for your meatless holiday meal

Holiday meals are traditionally built around one signature entrée, typically a grand piece of meat: turkey at Thanksgiving, perhaps roast beef or a goose at Christmas.  Lamb goes with Easter and is also an important part of other celebrations around the Mediterranean.  A luau features roast pig.  The point is: meat is the centerpiece.  But […]

Oat milk reality check

Oat milk is a new “thing” among vegans and anti-dairy foodies.  So I thought I should investigate oat milk.  That was yesterday.  Searching on the term “oat milk” brought up dozens of gushy websites about how oat milk is going to save the world and is so much better/healthier than whatever you’re using now.  For […]

Vegetarian-friendly summer

When it comes to food, if someone says “summer”, what word pops into your mind? Ice Cream? BBQ? Tomatoes? How about … Vegetarian? Maybe not, but truthfully there’s no better season to be a vegetarian (or vegan) than summer.  Fresh vegetables abound.  Appetites are turned more towards foods that are lighter and more refreshing.  What […]

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