A few weeks ago, I was sent the whole line of Better Bean Company products to sample. Lucky me, since I love beans! Not that beans ever really went away, but they do seem to be making a comeback in a bigger way; as the subtitle of Kathy Hester’s Great Vegan Bean Book* puts it, they’re “the kindest protein in town.” Indeed, they’re a superb source of protein, low in fat, high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and blessedly uncontroversial as foods go. more→
I recently had that pleasure of attending a screening of Vegucated at a theatre right near my home town that included a Q & A with the filmmaker, Marisa Miller Wolfson. Though I’m absolutely sure that watching the film on DVD at home or streaming it instantly on your computer would be a great, seeing it with an audience and the director herself enhanced the experience. It was fun to see how the audience reacted to it (quite positively) and the kinds of questions that were asked. more→
The nicest thing you can do for the mom in your life is to make her a tasty and healthy brunch. But if you wish to get her a little something as well, here are a few of our favorite recommendations for books and products that make great gifts. From handcrafted vegan chocolate to cookbooks to kitchen tools, have fun exploring this list of affordable and useful gift ideas.
Weighing yourself regularly can help you to lose or maintain weight, and has been shown to be a great incentive to keep you eating sensibly and striving for an ideal weight. Once a week works better for some, as small weight fluctuations from day to day can be discouraging. Others find it helpful to do a daily weigh-in. It comes down to doing what works best for you as an individual. First thing in the morning is the best time to weigh yourself. A healthy, plant-based diet plus regular exercise plus getting real about my weight has proven a successful formula for me! more→
Commercial salad dressings, even the “natural” brands, are often ridiculously expensive and high in fat. Making salad dressing at home is so easy, but I often get lazy about it because several items need to be messed up and then washed — bowl, whisk, measuring cups, spoons. And then I need to find a clean bottle with a tight lid to pour it into. Now, the Dressing Shaker* that Progressive International sent to VegKitchen to sample throws all my excuses to the wind.
Sometimes the smallest things can make life in the kitchen easier and more fun. Take for example the Nut Chopper by Progressive International. Chopping nuts isn’t a big deal, right? But here’s how I did it before they sent us a sample of their handy dandy Nut Chopper to try out: I took a bunch of nuts, placed them on a paper towel, covered them with more paper towel, and then beat them into submission with a mason jar. more→
Step back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking and baking with authentic, handcrafted housewares for the kitchen, fireplace and campfire, from Jacob Bromwell — made in the USA since 1819. As America’s oldest housewares company, we offer a select group of timeless products that are hand-built to last generations. You’ll find everything from unique frying pans and mini-grills for the campfire to old-fashioned flour sifters and cheese graters for the kitchen, as well as shovels and dust pans for the fireplace. more→
As a huge fan of salads of all kinds, I can’t believe that I lived this long without a salad spinner. So when Progressive International sent me their collapsible salad spinner* to try out, I was interested, but not not exactly excited. After one try, though, I was sold! I might never have put a salad spinner on a list of “must-have” kitchen gadgets, but I think I’ve changed my tune. I’m thinking about all the paper towels I wasted blotting delicate leaves or pressing liquid from kale. more→