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Beverly Lynn Bennett

Chocolate Almond Spread

Chocolate Almond Spread

Move over hazelnuts! Almonds are equally delicious when paired with chocolate. By simply blending almond flour, cacao powder, and agave nectar, you can create a rich and luscious spread that rivals the popular stuff in a jar. Use this as a topping for toast, layer it with sliced fruit on sandwiches, add it to your favorite sweet recipes, or smear it on sliced bananas or apples. Of course, you can also just lick it directly off a spoon. This makes about 1 cup.from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy

vegan mashed potatoes with onion gravy

Have a fabulous celebration with these mashed potatoes and gravy, a must-have on the dinner table during the holidays — they’re a welcome addition for both vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner menus. Try some of the variations for both recipes and make it even more fun! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett, from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup

Split peas cook down with pieces of potato and aromatic vegetables to create a thick and hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup that’s excellent served with saltine crackers or slices of bread. Green split peas are rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, several vitamins and minerals, and beneficial dietary fiber, all while being extremely low in fat and sodium. This makes them a great choice if you’re trying to eat more healthy and nutritious meals. Reprinted with permission from The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Vegan Slow-cooking* by Beverly Bennett (Alpha Books, 2012). Continue Reading…

Do You Need to Take Supplements?

supplements

If your diet is generally full of lots of servings of fruits, veggies, and grains on a daily basis, maybe you only need a multivitamin with the basics—vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and so on—with levels that are below or bring you up to 100 percent of your RDAs. With an adequate diet, you also receive many nutrients, and you don’t want to put your levels over the top or at a point where they actually start doing you harm instead of good. Continue Reading…

Slow-Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Slow-cooker Boston baked beans

For many, baked beans are a must-have for any picnic or family get-together. In this sure-to-please recipe, tender navy beans are flavored with bits of onions and covered in a rich and tangy sauce enhanced with molasses. Traditionally, Boston baked beans are made by slowly cooking the sauce-covered beans in a low-temperature oven for several hours. Low temp … long hours — sound familiar? That’s exactly what a slow cooker does! Reprinted with permission from The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Vegan Slow-cooking* by Beverly Bennett (Alpha Books, 2012). Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

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 Singles* by Beverly Lynn Bennett, reprinted by permission of Book Publishing Co. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   Continue Reading…

Plant-Based Calcium Sources and Absorption

How to cook collard greens

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. Continue Reading…

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