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Iron for vegans: my views as a meal planner, woman, and mother

Iron for vegans: my views as a meal planner, woman, and mother

Iron for vegans and plant-based eaters: should we be worried? Iron is a common concern of well-meaning friends and relatives, upon learning that a loved one is going vegan or committing to eating more plants (and fewer animals). Since most people still think of meat...

Dinner ideas for picky eaters: what’s wrong with plain pasta?

Dinner ideas for picky eaters: what’s wrong with plain pasta?

I often get asked for dinner ideas for picky eaters or "good vegan food for kids." I disagree that there is any kind of specifically kid-friendly plant-based food, because every family has its own food history and different styles of cooking and foods will work best...

Wean yourself off meal kits with meal plans

Wean yourself off meal kits with meal plans

Meal kits take the entire mental load and most of the physical load off cooking a meal: you choose your meal from a restricted menu of options, and all the ingredients and directions come to you in a neatly packaged boxed, pre-portioned and ready to be turned into...

Are CSA boxes worth it? Read this before you subscribe.

Are CSA boxes worth it? Read this before you subscribe.

For the past 10 years, I have been an on and off subscriber of veggie boxes via a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme or another. Yet again this winter, I ask myself: should I sign up for a CSA box this year? Are CSA boxes worth it? The answer isn't...

Can dogs be plant-based? A interview with Laura Simonson of Virchew

Can dogs be plant-based? A interview with Laura Simonson of Virchew

About a third of American and Canadian households have a dog, and the numbers have grown since the beginning of the pandemic. My own household does not include tail-wagging friends, but I know dogs are part of the family for many. So what do they all eat? Can dogs be...

Why you hate cooking (and what you can do about it)

Why you hate cooking (and what you can do about it)

When I ask people what stops them from cooking more healthy meals from scratch at home, I often hear some version of the following: "I hate cooking!" "Cooking feels like a waste of my time." "I'm sick of making dinner." "Why is it always me who's expected to know...

6 big reasons to be grateful (not resentful) when cooking

6 big reasons to be grateful (not resentful) when cooking

Many of us, myself included, can occasionally feel resentful when it comes time to prepare dinner. "Why me (again)?" "Didn't I just feed you?" "Cooking takes too long!" "I'm sick of cleaning up after meals." "Oh! Ungrateful hordes of hungry picky little monsters." I'm...

How to start batch cooking (with 20 vegan batch cooking recipes!)

How to start batch cooking (with 20 vegan batch cooking recipes!)

Batch cooking changes lives... it really does! In fact, vegan batch cooking probably also SAVES lives. Why? Because when you've got a meal all ready to eat in the fridge or freezer, you're much less likely to eat unhealthy processed or delivery food (saves human...

Dreena Burton’s 20 years as a vegan cookbook author and parent

Dreena Burton’s 20 years as a vegan cookbook author and parent

Dreena Burton has published six vegan cookbooks and raised three children in 20 years. That elevates her to superhero status to me. Her recipes take nutrition, appeal, and ease into consideration all at the same time, and she keeps on showing up to inspire us with...

“My wife is going vegan!” Now what? An interview with my husband

“My wife is going vegan!” Now what? An interview with my husband

When one spouse - often the wife - is going vegan but the other one isn't there yet, what happens? I have told my own transition story from meat lover to ethical vegan and plant-based eating advocate a few times, including along with some tips for late-blooming vegans...

Why quit coffee? 10 years into a personal experiment

Why quit coffee? 10 years into a personal experiment

In April 2011, I quit drinking coffee. This was an unexpected move for me because I loved coffee. Back in the mid-1990s, I had a blog and many posts were about the art and pleasure of coffee making and drinking. My espresso machine was my most beloved appliance. I...

5 urgent (and easy!) eco-friendly eating habits to adopt today

5 urgent (and easy!) eco-friendly eating habits to adopt today

What happens roughly 24 billion times per day on Earth? Humans having a meal. About a third of all of the resources we extract or use from the planet are funneled toward our insatiable appetites. If we are to continue living together on this planet for a little...

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....