Vegan vs. Keto vs. Paleo – we hear these terms a lot lately. It’s no wonder, since there are so many diets to choose from these days (some of which are based on science and common sense). As our generation becomes more ‘woke’ and better understands that healthy eating should be a lifestyle change, many different tribes have emerged and people have chosen sides. …
Looking for Vegan Sugar? News flash – common white table sugar is NOT vegan.
What does that mean? Have we been living our whole lives as a lie? Have we negated our X years of veganism because we’ve been consuming white sugar like heathens? Does this make me a ‘bad vegan?’
The fact is, the terms ‘good vegan’ and ‘bad vegan’ are subjective, and we have to just try to be the ‘best vegans’ we can be given our resources and knowledge available.
One thing we can do, is to educate ourselves on seemingly vegan items are actually tainted by hidden non-vegan ingredients/processes.
Unfortunately, sugar is one of them.…
This vegan ranch recipe is STUPID EASY, and can be made with ingredients you have in your pantry right now (no fresh herbs, chopping, or peeling required), and comes together in mere minutes!
Looking for your go-to condiment? Look no further, I present to you….
STUPID EASY VEGAN RANCH DRESSING!!! …
All you need are 5 ingredients for this Vegan Clear Pumpkin Pie recipe.
Agar Agar powder is used instead of gelatin, and Pumpkin Spice extract makes this a fun and easy project for any home cook.
DISCLAIMER: The original ‘Clear Pumpkin Pie recipe’ is in fact crystal clear due to the fact that gelatin is used as the gelling agent; it must be noted that molecular gastronomy chefs admit that Agar Agar will never set as clear as gelatin, but is the next suitable option for vegans and vegetarians alike. Because of the way that Agar Agar traps air, light may have a harder time passing through it, therefore serve the pie in thinner than usual slices to achieve the best effect.
If you’ve been online these past few weeks, you may have noticed the fever pitch that is the Clear Pumpkin Pie. Now I consider myself a traditionalist, but there is something so captivating and oddly satisfying about looking at a clear dessert that tastes like it doesn’t look and looks like it doesn’t taste.
A good rich stew is like cuddling next to the fire on a winter night – tongue cuddles, of flavor that is. And no other soup is more iconic than Beef Stew, so I knew I had to create a Vegan Beef Stew to stave off the cold winter months ahead.
Vegan Beef Stew – all of the tongue cuddles, none of the cruelty .…
The last time I was in a high school cafeteria, Pluto was still a planet, Rihanna had not gone bad yet, and the president we thought was crazy was actually very sane in retrospect. We were also eating lots of unhealthy crap in the school cafeteria, and my daily lunch (as one of two vegans in my high school) was either a bucket of french fries or a packet of Oreos and a Diet Coke #nutrition.
Luckily, times have changed and thanks to a group of very vocal student activists, the Los Angeles Unified School district has entered into a pilot program testing a new vegan menu that is both nutritious and tasty.…
There’s no argument that Los Angeles has some of the country’s best vegan food. Lucky for Angelenos, some of those vegan goodies can be found in Downtown LA’s hottest new food playground, Smorgasburg LA. To help you eat your way through all of the hangry-quelling, drool-tastic, Instagram-worthy noms, here is a handy guide on how to ‘Eat All of the Vegan Food at Smorgasburg LA.”
Location: Alameda Produce Market, Downtown LA (map)
Hours: Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM
Parking: Row DTLA Structure: 785 Bay St., Los Angeles, CA 90021 (2 hours free parking)
Pets: No Pets Allowed
“Grab Life by the Bowls”
Vegability: (All Vegan, All the Time)
Avg. Price: ($8 – $10)
What to get: Amazebowl (Acai base), Fresh Prince of Bowl Air (Mint Base), Dragon Bowl Z (Pitaya Based) Fruity Pebbowl (fruit bowl), Coconut Amazebowl (served in a half coconut), or BYO/Build Your Own (I recommend the vegan caramel!)
What’s their deal: Acai bowls have reached peak Instagramability in Los Angeles, but no bowl can top Amazebowls delicious hemp-milk based bowls which are almost too pretty to eat. With two store fronts under it’s belt (Venice Beach & DTLA Arts District), Amazebowls sets up shop every Sunday at Smorgasburg to offer their delicious Vegan bowls, including the infamous Coconut Amazebowl served in an actual coconut topped with a Pineapple Crisp and fresh flowers. No filters necessary, hands down food porn right here.
Last May, The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a pilot program to introduce vegan meals to schools at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The district, who was already participating in a ‘Meatless Monday’ program and also recently switched to healthier antibiotic/hormone free meats, took another step forward in offering healthier meals thanks to the help of student activists from Earth Peace Foundation and a little star power from former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson.
After much research (and taste testing) the program launched in seven Los Angeles High Schools on September 5th, featuring a week-long menu of Vegan Chili, a Teriyaki Veggie Patty Sandwich, a Bean Tamale, and a ‘Range-Free’ Veggie Burger and Italian Sausage Sub made by Missouri based Hungry Planet.
Of course rolling out any new program in the 2nd largest school district in the country comes with its own unique set of challenges and hurdles; but in my recent conversation with LAUSD’s Food Services Director Mr. Joseph Vaughn I learned that both students and administration are excited about the healthier options and the program has already gotten off to a good start.
Here’s an interview I gave to Mr. Vaughn during the 2nd week of the program roll out. Feel free to leave additional questions and comments below:…
It’s no secret that I love garlic; on crackers, bread, or even when I sneak a bite from my jar of DIY Minced Garlic #sorry #notsorry. And that’s exactly why I am obsessed with this easy 4 ingredient Lebanese Garlic Sauce!…