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Vegan meal plan template: Load up on Spring greens!

Vegan meal plan template: Load up on Spring greens!

The arrival of Spring is celebrated with an explosion of green vegetables at farmers' markets. Maybe you have munched on big leaves of cold-resistant kale and collard greens all winter to accompany your root vegetable stews. Now is the time to switch to the fresh,...

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How to cook everything faster: learn basic knife skills

How to cook everything faster: learn basic knife skills

Many times, even before I started cooking dinner, I have thrown the towel and ordered pizza from across the street. The mere thought of chopping a pile of veggies felt like an overwhelming feat. No more! Learning basic knife skills made a world of difference in my...

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Change how you cook to make dishes faster

Change how you cook to make dishes faster

Has your life gone to the dishes? Try changing how you cook to make cleanup go faster. Eating three home-cooked meals per day consisting of plant-based whole foods will do wonders for your health. It will probably also improve your family's life as you say "yes!" to...

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Vegan meal plan template: Fall edition

Vegan meal plan template: Fall edition

What if you could tick a few boxes, fill a few blanks, and bam! there's your meal plan for the week. That's what this vegan meal plan template is all about. This version features seasonal Fall produce and heart-warming food for when the rainier days roll in. (Not Fall...

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Amazingly healthy vegan ice pops (that your kids will LOVE)

Amazingly healthy vegan ice pops (that your kids will LOVE)

"Mommy, I want a snack!" How many times a day do you hear that in the summer? Those five words can be the gateway to so many perils. Processed food with dubious ingredients and scary color additives. Empty calories that will fill your children's tummies and prevent...

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17 fun food things to do with kids this summer

17 fun food things to do with kids this summer

Summer bring a welcome change of pace after the frenzy of year-end shows, school field trips and, for some of the older kids, exams. Whether your kids are 3, 13, or 23, I bet there are at least a few of the activities below you haven't done yet. Why not put a few on...

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The easiest way to cook quinoa

The easiest way to cook quinoa

Before we dive into the easiest way to cook quinoa, let's talk about the nagging question that any ethical foodie has at the back of their mind: should we eat quinoa or not? Quinoa made its big debut on the foodie scene about 10 years ago, earning kudos from Oprah and...

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Vegan meal plan template: Summer edition

Vegan meal plan template: Summer edition

Eat plants. Decide less. Prep ahead. Those three principles will help you breeze through summer, spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying outdoor play. Maybe you'll even get to relax with your loved ones! You can use this clever vegan meal plan...

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How to prevent a pantry moth infestation

How to prevent a pantry moth infestation

A few years ago, I started seeing tiny little gray moths on the walls of my apartment. It was September and getting cool outside, so I thought maybe they were seeking shelter. No big deal, I am a pacifist, right? After a few weeks, the kitchen was overrun by moths. I...

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Seven ingredients for successful vegan meal prep sessions

Seven ingredients for successful vegan meal prep sessions

Meal planning and weekend meal prep sessions are the top two systems that can save you time in the kitchen. They'll also save your sanity! For anyone who wishes to eat more home-cooked meals and less processed food and take-out, vegan meal prep is a game changer. For...

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Your next 10 dinners covered: free 2-week vegan meal plan

Your next 10 dinners covered: free 2-week vegan meal plan

I know what you want: a ready-made meal plan, and to some help so that you can organize a prep session on the weekend. I can't go and babysit your kids while you cook, but I can at least help you out with a meal plan. Enter your email address below and you'll receive...

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How to make vegan soup taste great? Try these 7 tips!

How to make vegan soup taste great? Try these 7 tips!

Soup is such a beautiful thing. It is warm, filling, comforting, and can be quite inexpensive to make. It can catch all the leftover veggies in your produce drawer before it's too late. Best of all, it can be delicious and nutritious too. But how to make vegan soup...

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What to do when you crave cheese?

What to do when you crave cheese?

One only needs to participate in any online forum for vegan beginners for about an hour to see THE question come up: “What is the best vegan cheese?” (Often followed with: “I tried XYZ brand and hated it.”) Here is my answer. The 30-day Cheese Detox Dairy cheese is...

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Got carrots? Here are some vegan recipe ideas.

Got carrots? Here are some vegan recipe ideas.

Ask anyone to draw a vegetable and chances are they'll draw a carrot. North Americans consume many fewer carrots (under 10 pounds per year) than potatoes (almost 50 pounds per year, most of that as French fries, and including 5 pounds of potato chips). But, aside from...

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Vegan pesto to use all those greens

Vegan pesto to use all those greens

Spring brings an explosion of greens that can make even the most veg-friendly cook get a little dizzy. Here is the content of my CSA box last week. This week's was very similar, although consisting of some different varieties, with the addition of four cute little...

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Meal planning around picky eaters in 7 loving steps

Meal planning around picky eaters in 7 loving steps

"I have never had a single concern about my child's eating" said no parent, ever. There are worries at all stages of life, from infancy ("is she getting enough milk?") to teenage ("too much junk food!"), with many years in-between spent bemoaning picky eating habits....

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Vegan Bolognese Sauce: Every Mom’s Bolo

Vegan Bolognese Sauce: Every Mom’s Bolo

Growing up, my favorite dinner was always spaghetti. Actually, it was my mom's version of spaghetti bolognese, but to me it was just spaghetti. I could not even imagine that spaghetti noodles could be served with any other sauce than my mom's. It was red, it was rich,...

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How to do a vegan pantry challenge

How to do a vegan pantry challenge

The goal of a vegan pantry challenge is not to find out how many days or weeks your family can last on a year-old bottle of ketchup and a bag of pearl barley. It's a learning experience. If you invest a little bit of time upfront, and commit to cooking mindfully, you...

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Vegan meal plan template: Winter produce edition

Vegan meal plan template: Winter produce edition

Do you need a vegan meal plan template that will inspire you to cook with seasonal winter produce? Help yourself! If we only shopped at supermarkets, we'd never know there is such a thing as seasons. But, unless you live in California, a trip to the farmers' market -...

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Vegan parm nuts: it tops it all!

Vegan parm nuts: it tops it all!

It's such a simple thing, but this little topping can take a pasta meal from plain to fabulous. It adds a little crunch thanks to the nuts and depth of taste thanks to the nutritional yeast and, if using, olives. You can also use it on casseroles, salads, or anywhere...

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Vegan meal plan template: do it 2 weeks at a time

Vegan meal plan template: do it 2 weeks at a time

Make a bunch of decisions today and just execute for the next two weeks: that's what this 14-day vegan meal plan template can guide you through. This meal plan template is a little different from the previous versions, and perhaps will work best for cooks with an...

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Vegan meal planning 101 (and a basic template)

Vegan meal planning 101 (and a basic template)

If you are a busy parent, and want to feed your family whole foods based on plants cooked at home most nights of the week, there are not two ways around it: you have to become adept at vegan meal planning. (And also meal prep - but that's a topic for another day!)...

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