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Recipes

Cozy Tea Time

Cozy Tea Time

Mmmmm, there’s nothing like a warm, comforting cup of tea on a winter day. Personally, I love chai. It’s my coffee (since I don’t like coffee). And chai spices have their medicinal benefits. Fennel, cardamom and coriander are great for digestion and black pepper and...

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One Thousand Degrees

One Thousand Degrees

Well, that's what they feel like...those first few hot days after the gentle fluctuations of spring. To combat the afternoon slump, I like to take the dog for a walk around the block after lunch. Today she got so hot that every patch of shaded lawn was the only place...

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Anytime Biscuits

Anytime Biscuits

I love biscuits. My mom used to make biscuits like these, free form and oversized, for breakfast and we'd slather them with butter and honey. There are for sure things that I just have to accept are going to be "different" in vegan form. Ice cream. Angel Food Cake....

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Super Simple “Monster” Cookies

Super Simple “Monster” Cookies

You're simple and sweet Why do they call you monster? You do not scare me! These debuted at class last week and somehow I agreed to write a poem about them. I can never resist a haiku! "Monster Cookies" generally have a bunch of goodies in them with a base of a nut...

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Magic Spring Sauce

Magic Spring Sauce

It's not a pesto, it's not a chimichurri, it's a magic sauce perfectly suited for spring. Make it and put it on everything. Roasted veggies, toast, pasta, burritos or tacos, a veggie burger -- I mean, anything. No need to be super precise in measuring...personalize it...

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Go-to dinner starter

Go-to dinner starter

One of my favorite "basic" meal starters is this base of mushrooms and a green. I almost always have those two things on hand (they are a given on the grocery list) and I can make them into at least a half a dozen delicious dishes. Here's one: Mushroom Chard Pasta...

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vegan baking

vegan baking

Around the holidays I got into the habit of baking for the folks in my Sunday morning class. It was so fun for me (and they seemed to love it) that I've continued to do it, experimenting with recipes and "wowing" people who thought vegan treats all tasted like...

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gingerbread yoga people

gingerbread yoga people

If you love ginger, gingerbread, molasses or if you are vegan, these cookies will be your dream come true. I'd never made gingerbread cookies before, but every year a girlfriend and I have a standing holiday cookie-making date (truth be told, we mostly drink mimosas),...

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stewed apples

stewed apples

Why I don't make this for breakfast all year long makes no sense, given how excited I get when I remember that it's fall, the perfect time for a little sweetness and warmth. In Sacramento, we get fresh Apple Hill apples at the local Co Op, which is usually my cue that...

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eat well or exercise?

eat well or exercise?

There is an Ayurvedic proverb which reminds us of the power of food: When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. Food truly is medicine. And while exercise and eating well should not be mutually exclusive, if scientists...

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sleepy time

sleepy time

Our bodies can't "make up for" or catch up on lost sleep. If you read about the magic pill that neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett prescribes for brain, body and emotional health, you know that sleep is at the top of her list. Like, science has proven that it's the...

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fall enrichment

fall enrichment

It's pretty common this time of year to see people talking about or advertising a "fall cleanse." Seasonal transitions are a popular (and useful) time to mark a shift in nature, prepare our bodies for a change in weather, light and activities, and check in with how...

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Plant-Based or Vegan?

Plant-Based or Vegan?

What’s the difference between being plant-based and vegan? There are a couple of ways to approach this comparison. First, plant-based, or plant-based nutrition, describes a diet consisting of whole plant foods and minimally processed plant foods. A plant-based person...

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pulled bbq mushroom sandwich

pulled bbq mushroom sandwich

"What do you eat?" This is a question I get all the time. All the time. Thankfully, there's a whole world of creative, simple and delicious dishes that don't include animals. And for someone like my boyfriend, who stopped eating meat about a year ago because of the...

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