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    The Health Benefits of Beans (and a vegan chili recipe!)

    Beans are the picture of convenience, readily available in canned or dried varieties, but I tend to lean to toward the dried variety, so that I can control the salt in my food and avoid the dreaded BPA in canned food. The flavor of cooked dried beans always seems fresher than their canned counterparts, and their texture tends to be more pleasing to the palate. In a few easy steps, you can prepare dried beans easily, and they tend to be cheaper than the canned variety. More

  • Black Bean Quesadillas: My Favorite Summer Meal, Ever.

    Imagine crisp sweet corn, tender black beans and smooth cheddar cheese melted together between whole grain flour tortillas. My mouth is watering already. I am not exaggerating when I saw this is my favorite summer meal. I could eat these quesadillas every day for a week straight and not get sick of them. In fact, […] More

  • Super-charged Bean may Help Solve the Food Crisis

    As many as 2 billion people worldwide are iron deficient.  This is particularly a problem in developing countries, but it is by no means limited to them.  Iron deficiency is the number one nutrient deficiency in the US. Researchers are searching for a bean that would boost iron consumption as a possible solution to the […] More

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    Eating Vegan: Top Ten Kitchen Staples

    One of the misconceptions about vegan eats is that you’re either living on salads or making some kind of elaborate, fake-meat based meal. That can’t be farther from the truth! Sure, I dig a good salad from time to time, but most of the meals we eat around here are much heartier and take less […] More

  • 3 Essential Vegan Condiments

    Here are 3 condiments I couldn’t imagine life without. [social_buttons] I was going to include the condiments below in my list of favorite foods the other day, but then more and more foods came to my mind and I decided that these might fit better in a list of their own. To combine with many […] More

  • Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit

    We were all in elementary school once, so I’m sure we’ve all heard that ubiquitous rhyme about these mighty legumes. The thing is, beans are a pretty amazing food, whether you’re vegan or not! They’re full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. So is it possible to incorporate more beans into your diet without falling […] More

  • Sprouting Seeds for Health

    In the UK, this is a period in the garden and yard that’s called ‘The Hungry Gap’. The last of the overwintered veggies are coming to an end and the spring sowings are not yet ready to be harvested. If you want healthy food that doesn’t cost the earth either in money or in food […] More

  • Eating for Energy – 5 Helpful Foods

    The foods we eat have a direct impact on our overall energy. Think about how you feel after having certain foods. A greasy fast food meal more than likely leaves you tired, sluggish, and possibly feeling guilty, while a meal full of complex carbohydrates, healthy protein and fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables leaves a […] More

  • Vegging Out: Easy Meat Substitutes for Optimal Health

    Chicago’s health commissioner recently urged Windy City denizens to give up meat for the entire month of January, in a bid to improve locals’ health. Getting residents of Chicago—a city famed for its sausages—to go vegetarian for a month, or even a week, may seem like a tall order. Heck, I’m a vegetarian-leaning omnivore and […] More

  • Lovin’ Fresh: Three Bean Salad

    Lovin’ Fresh is a series of recipes designed to showcase produce gathered from local farms or grown in my own garden. Today’s recipe is a fresh, healthy, and quite seasonal.  Truth be told, it’s not terribly creative as I’m sure you’ve all had some form of Three Bean Salad at a family reunion or other summer potluck […] More