Author: Jasmine

The Puerto Rican Vegan – Dinner @ Mom’s

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of my mom preparing some amazing feast while I was also in the kitchen doing my homework or getting into mischief or when — oh joy! — I was old enough to help her conjure up that gustatory magic. She was the first one who showed me the beauty of delicious cooking, how different foods work together, and especially how we all come together during...

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Inspiration Through Learning – Chocolate-Making Class

I previously tried making chocolately stuff from cacao nibs and powder. Utter, utter failures ? figuring the magic of conjuring chocolate out of beans was out of reach for the home enthusiast. But then Facebook (oh, Facebook!) recommended a Chocolate-Making class and I immediately bought a ticket to demystify the metamorphosis of the humble cacao bean into glorious chocolate. Check out what I learned!

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Salsinara! Versatile Marinara Salsa with Chickpeas

Salsinara! Versatile Marinara Salsa with Chickpeas 2 medium onions (chopped) 3 tsp garlic (minced) 1 cup red wine 4 28-oz cans petite diced tomatoes (Tip: reduce sodium by getting “No Salt Added”) 1 28-oz can chickpeas (Tip: reduce sodium by getting “No Salt Added”) 3 tbsp fresh basil (chopped) 1 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed) 2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper (freshly ground) Chop onions. If using a chopper, remove...

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Quinoa Bread, Cornbread Style

Print Recipe Quinoa (no)corn Bread I’ve been meaning to play with making plant-based whole-food breads for a while, and when Joe said that he’d like cornbread and beans for dinner some time soon, I thought I’d try making a cornbread-style quinoa bread … and upped the challenge by making it sugar-free, too!The sweetener? Roasted sweet potato puree.  Yep, just a roasted sweet potato that’s been whipped around in the food processor for...

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Time, Quality, Cost – Pick any Two

What an odd title for a post about food prep, but it applies perfectly.  Everything that we do which involves a combination of time, quality, and cost will have a trade-off.  This means that you can only pick two of the three at any given time.

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Food Prep: The Mandatory Pep Talk

Many people say that preparing healthy whole-foods plant-based meals takes too much time and money. Yes, it takes a bit of both, but the results are worth it - and both time and cost diminish as you gain experience in the kitchen. Here's a short pep talk on why you should take the time to prepare your own food at home.

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