Healthy Eating Tips

Set Up Your Kitchen to Eat More Meals at Home

Pantry staples -grains, beans, pasta

We all know that a home-cooked meal is worth its weight in nutritional value. Compared with takeout, your home creations probably use less fat and cooking oil and have better portion sizes—two things that can help with healthier eating and weight management.

But it’s hard to convert to home cooking when you’re not used to it—especially when, after a long day, ready-made food seems like such an easier and quicker option. Still, there’s a lot you can do to save time and take advantage of your energy when you have it, so that cooking will be easier and simpler. Here are a few changes to make in your kitchen today to get healthy, fresh food on your plate faster. more→


4 Great Tips for Using Dates

Dates on a spoon

Are you ready for your hot date tonight? Don’t worry, I haven’t hacked into your social calendar—I am referring to the naturally sweet and energy-dense fruit. Dates are packed with fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Here’s your guide to dating with ease. Excerpt from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season  © 2015 by Rebecca Leffler. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.



6 Tips for Using Almond Flour

Almond flour

If you’re looking for a great new addition to your gluten-free pantry, consider almond flour. Unlike other gluten-free flours, especially rice flour, which is often characterized as gritty or grainy, almond flour has a smooth mouthfeel and a rich, buttery taste. Start with these tips, excerpted and adapted from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) will get you started. more→


Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget 

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well. more→


Pressure-Cooked Beans Made Simple

Beans, lentils, and nuts in bowls

Simple fact: I bought my first pressure so that I could make beans in minutes. The mighty legume is a tremendous source of protein in a vegan diet and, frankly, I was tired of buying all of those cans of beans. What keeps most people from making beans from scratch is one thing: time. The pressure cooker removes that obstacle. more→


VegKitchen’s Top 12 Asparagus Recipes

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

Asparagus is a vegetable that’s long been linked with the arrival of spring, only recently becoming available year-round. Springtime is still its true season, and it can be said that it’s sweeter, and more tender at this time of year. No matter when you enjoy it, asparagus is welcome in a variety of fresh and tasty dishes. Here are more tips on buying, cooking, and enjoying asparagus. Let’s start with Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts (shown above).This simple pasta dish is filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, and is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. more→


Plant-Powered Singles: Tips for Healthy Vegan Meals for One

basic vegan bean burritos recipe

Recipes in cookbooks and on food sites rarely speak to single people, even though more Americans than ever now live alone. Singles eaters’ main concern might include how to find the motivation to prepare healthy food at home more often, how to tailor quantities, and what staples to keep on hand. It’s even more of a challenge when you’re striving for a vegan or largely plant-based diet for one. There are no better spokespersons for this experience than some of my single friends, who have contributed some fantastic tips and strategies that may never have occurred to me. And so, in their own voices: more→


You’re Vegan, Your Partner Isn’t: Making Peace in the Kitchen

Healthy plant-based foods

Even without the complicating factor of kids, being part of a mixed dietary preference couple isn’t always simple. Since I have no experience in this matter, I’ll let four friends share their tips. The bottom line is that there are no perfectly neat solutions; there’s a lot of compromising and accommodation. Each couple needs to work things out so that each party can eat and enjoy in peace! Here are four different approaches to the dilemma. more→