Monthly Archives: June 2011

Asparagus: Buying, Cooking, and Enjoying

After long winter months of root vegetables and tubers, the farmers market re-awakens in spring – pulsating with energy and brimming with cheerful colors, enticing smells and delicious flavors that make for a full sensory experience. Strolling by the vibrant stands of produce, you’ll find everything to fulfill the stirring desires of re-awakened palates: fresh […]

Natural Sweeteners: A Brief Guide

While the detrimental effects of white sugar are still being debated, there’s little doubt that Americans consume far too much of it. But most of us would be loath to giving up sweets altogether, no matter how bad the news. While most natural sweeteners aren’t nutritional bell ringers, they are generally thought to produce less […]

Pasta Salad with Parsley Pesto and Two Squashes

This flavorful summer pasta salad, featuring zucchini and yellow summer squashes, is a good choice for a vegan/vegetarian potluck, yet easy enough to make as part of an everyday meal. It’s delicious with grilled vegetables and vegan burgers.

Vegan Breakfast Recipes and Ideas

We’ve all heard how important it is to start the day with a good, nutritious breakfast. But the truth is that many of us are tired and rushed in the morning. And since some people are just not that hungry first thing, the sleepy appetite is none too ambitious. It’s unfortunate that the first hour […]

Golden-Spiced Cauliflower

The cauliflower in this recipe comes out a pretty shade of gold because of the turmeric, and it’s lightly and delicately spiced. From The New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot (Sterling Publishing, 2010).

Getting to Know Pepper

Like grapes, black pepper grows on perennial vines. But pepper vines soar to a height of 30 feet or more—you can see them trellising swaying palm trees in the state of Kerala on India’s Malabar coast, where black pepper is big business and pepper vines are everywhere. Excerpted from Healing Spices* by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Sterling Publishing, […]

Dine like a Yogi

Simple, natural foods produce the glow of good health as evidenced by radiant skin, a strong, flexible body, and a well-functioning immune system.

Coconut Oil as Part of Healthy Plant-Based Diets

Much of the research on the relationship of saturated fats and heart disease points to the possibility that saturated fats and cholesterol in animal products may play more of a role in causing health problems than saturated fats in plant foods. However, as researchers uncover more information on the role of nutrition in health, it […]