Beverly Lynn Bennett

Raw Vegan Parmesan-Style “Cheese”

Vegan Parmesan style cheese made with raw almonds

You can easily and quickly whip up this cheesy, slightly nutty-tasting dairy-free Parmesan-style seasoning with the help of a food processor. From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano. more→

Fruit and Granola Parfait

Fruit and yogurt parfaits with granola

This fresh fruit treat is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. It’s made with generous layers of fresh fruit and berries, granola, and soy yogurt flavored with bananas. It’s presented in a similar fashion to an ice cream sundae. Breakfast treat or dessert, you choose. Recipe from Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singlesby Beverly Lynn Bennett, reprinted by permission of Book Publishing Co. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→

Plant-Based Calcium Sources and Absorption

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What are some plant-based calcium sources — foods that are rich in this valuable nutrient and how optimal is their absorption by the body? For a vegan diet, you can find plenty of calcium in leafy green vegetables, and 40 to 60 percent is absorbable by our body.

It was once believed that the oxalates in certain plant foods messed with our body’s ability to absorb calcium by binding with it and forcing it through the elimination process, but the latest research proves otherwise. more→

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