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Quick Crunchy Oil-Free Granola Clusters

2019-11-29T17:35:13+00:00

I've recently been doing more reading on the effects of higher fat consumption leading to diabetes. This process is complex and involves numerous mechanisms, one of which includes excess fat being deposited in the muscle, liver, and pancreas. When fat is deposited in the muscle, it interferes with insulin signaling and blocks entry of glucose (sugar) from the blood. Fat deposits in the liver and pancreas lead to dysfunction of these organs, resulting in greater unnecessary glucose production by the liver and failure of insulin production from the pancreas. Additionally, I found that my own LDL (bad cholesterol) had been creeping [...]

Quick Crunchy Oil-Free Granola Clusters 2019-11-29T17:35:13+00:00

Creamy Oil-Free Balsamic Dressing

2019-11-10T16:52:19+00:00

Creamy Oil-Free Balsamic Dressing As a whole-food, plant-based purist, I discourage my patients from consuming oil. Not only is oil calorie dense, but many oils added to processed food are high in omega-6 fatty acids which can promote inflammation. Studies have shown that consumption of even olive oil can lead to an immediate decrease in the ability of our blood vessels to dilate (see my post "Is Olive Oil Heart-Healthy?"). These effect can persist for hours. I recommend that my patient get their fats from whole-food sources such as nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados. That being said, it's still best to [...]

Creamy Oil-Free Balsamic Dressing 2019-11-10T16:52:19+00:00

“Cheezy” Vegan Veggie Lasagna

2019-09-28T02:26:26+00:00

"Cheezy" Vegan Veggie Lasagna For my son's recent birthday party, we were having friends and family over for dinner, and I wanted to prepare a dish that I could make ahead of time, in a large quantity, and that would appeal to everyone. What would fit that role better than a homemade lasagna?! I didn't want to make just any lasagna! I wanted to create one that was healthy, veggie-filled, and plant-based, but that still had the rich ricotta filling and gooey cheesy topping that makes everyone feel like they're indulging in a guilty treat. For the ricotta filling, I decided [...]

“Cheezy” Vegan Veggie Lasagna 2019-09-28T02:26:26+00:00

Savory Mushroom Burgers

2019-08-26T00:47:02+00:00

Savory Mushroom Burgers I'm always on the lookout for a great veggie burger. Most often, homemade patties use a combination of veggies, beans, grains, and spices (check out this earlier post featuring a uniquely delicious beet burger). This recipe from Love and Lemons caught my attention because it used a mixture of savory mushrooms rather than beans to provide meatiness. And this wasn't just cooking up a portobello and putting it on a bun. This was chopping up a mixture of your favorite mushrooms and allowing them to slowly cook and absorb the sweet, salty, spicy, tangy flavors of mirin rice [...]

Savory Mushroom Burgers 2019-08-26T00:47:02+00:00

Lentil Coconut Curry

2019-07-22T23:54:57+00:00

Lentil Coconut Curry Once again I found myself recipe-browsing over the weekend, searching for a unique, healthy, plant-based dish that I hadn't previously tried. This lentil coconut curry caught my eye for a few reasons. First of all, I love lentils. They are a true, plant-based super food. Not only do they cook quickly, but only one cup is loaded with protein (18 grams), fiber (16 grams), folic acid (90% RDI), and iron (37% RDI). They also happen to be a good source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B6. Second, I love Indian-inspired curry dishes, but especially creamy coconut curries. [...]

Lentil Coconut Curry 2019-07-22T23:54:57+00:00

Vegan Tostadas with Pickled Cabbage and Jalapeno Sauce

2019-06-30T02:19:56+00:00

Vegan Tostadas with Pickled Cabbage and Jalepeno Sauce Last weekend I was prepping some weekday dinners when my wife was out of town. I was in an adventurous cooking mood and was anxious to experiment with some new recipes. As you've probably noticed while perusing this site, tacos are a favorite in our household. While I was searching online for something new and exciting, I came across a portobello taco recipe that was accompanied by what appeared to be a delicious jalapeno sauce. The combination looked wonderful, with cool cucumber, spicy jalapeno, and tangy lemon and vinegar. And it looked like [...]

Vegan Tostadas with Pickled Cabbage and Jalapeno Sauce 2019-06-30T02:19:56+00:00

Beet Chips

2019-06-15T18:10:13+00:00

Beet Chips Aren't we all constantly on the lookout for a healthy snack? And don't most of us love the crunch of a great potato chip? It's true, there's a rare person out there that "can only eat one". As we all know too well, potato or other snack chips are addictive, but completely devoid of nutritional value. They can pack on calories not only from the potatoes or other ingredients, but also from the oils that they are fried in. On a lazy weekend afternoon, I decided to explore making beet chips. I had purchased too many beets for my [...]

Beet Chips 2019-06-15T18:10:13+00:00

Jicama Mango Slaw

2019-04-25T00:35:44+00:00

Jicama Mango Slaw As the warmer summer months are quickly approaching (at least here, in sunny Florida), many of us start to crave lighter, healthier foods. And with Cinco de Mayo around the corner, there's no better time to introduce one of the lightest, most flavorful salads I love to eat: Jicama Mango Slaw! My first time enjoying a version of this delicious slaw occurred when it arrived as an accompaniment to my favorite vegan enchilada at a high-end Mexican restaurant. I was so enamored with the light crunch of the jicama, balanced with the tartness and acidity of citrus, and [...]

Jicama Mango Slaw 2019-04-25T00:35:44+00:00

Vegan Crab Cakes

2019-04-17T10:15:38+00:00

Vegan Crab Cakes Vegan "crabless" cakes are now available in the frozen section of most supermarkets due to the ingenuity of the Gardein food band. I had an opportunity to try these a few days ago, and have to say they were pretty darn tasty after having been crisped up for a few minutes in my air fryer. I have to admit I was impressed by the crispy texture and authentic "crab-like" flavor. While they are vegan, I still consider these to be a convenience fun food, as they are processed and contain quite a few ingredients that are difficult to [...]

Vegan Crab Cakes 2019-04-17T10:15:38+00:00

Lemon Poppy Seed Almond Flour Bread

2019-03-10T13:16:10+00:00

Lemon Poppy Seed Almond Flour Bread I've been using the same recipe to make Seeded Almond Flour Bread for breakfast for well over 6 months now. And don't get me wrong, I still look forward to eating a slice most mornings of the week. I make a couple of loaves every few weeks, slice them up , and keep them in the the freezer. The slices are easy to grab on a busy morning, pop in the toaster, and top with homemade almond butter or Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Last weekend I was perusing recipes in search of other fun almond flour [...]

Lemon Poppy Seed Almond Flour Bread 2019-03-10T13:16:10+00:00