Strategies for vegan cooking, meal planning, batch cooking, and kitchen organization

How to save money on healthy vegan food

How to save money on healthy vegan food

Rising food costs are a concern for most households these days. How to save money on healthy vegan food? I propose a strategy that goes deeper than perusing flyers. Warning: mindset shifts ahead. Ask where your (food) money going How much of your money are you...

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...

Why you need to join the Plant-based Batch Cooking Club

Why you need to join the Plant-based Batch Cooking Club

What is a batch cooking club? A batch cooking club is a group of people who get together for the purpose of cooking up a bunch of dishes. If they are lucky enough to get together in person, they can each take home a container filled with a bit of every dish. If they...

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...

From stovetop to Instant Pot and back (workshop)

From stovetop to Instant Pot and back (workshop)

How to convert a recipe from stovetop to Instant Pot... from Instant Pot to stovetop? It will become easy for you once you understand how your electric pressure cooker works. In this 60-minute workshop, I: Quickly explain how electric pressure cookers such as the...

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...

20+ things you can do to find joy in cooking

20+ things you can do to find joy in cooking

How is it possible to find joy in cooking? So many people hate preparing meals! If you find yourself in charge of cooking, you may dread it as a chore or even resent it because you feel taken for granted as the default cook. Maybe you think that you have more...

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...

Should I supplement B12? (No affiliate links.)

Should I supplement B12? (No affiliate links.)

Should I supplement B12? My answer is straightforward: yes. This is probably true regardless of one's dietary choices, but even more so if vegan or even just a part-time plant-based eater (flexitarian). This article is required reading for all Vegan Meal Plans...

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...

15 reasons why you NEED to do a vegan meal prep challenge

15 reasons why you NEED to do a vegan meal prep challenge

The challenge is running LIVE from January 28th to February 7th. Sign up now! You know it: vegan meal prep is what you have to do to enjoy delicious and nutritious plant-based meals made mostly with whole foods on a day-to-day basis. In...

Vegan camping food for a family car camping adventure

Vegan camping food for a family car camping adventure

Our children are now 8 and 5. It took my husband and I this long to build up the courage to attempt sleeping in a tent in their company. For our first long-weekend adventure, we picked a nearby destination - Golden Ears Provincial Park - and Labor Day weekend, hoping...

Your next 10 dinners covered: free vegan meal plan for 2 weeks!

Your next 10 dinners covered: free vegan meal plan for 2 weeks!

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. This sample, free vegan meal plan taken from the...

Vegan pantry cooking recipes with tips from the pros

Vegan pantry cooking recipes with tips from the pros

Need inspiration to keep on cooking from what you have in the pantry? Eight vegan bloggers shared their best vegan pantry cooking tips to make use of plant-based ingredients, along with their favorite pantry cooking recipes. Just pick one, follow substitution suggestions as needed, and make it happen!

My vegan meal planning routine

My vegan meal planning routine

If something matters to me, I know the only way to make sure it happens is to make it part of a routine. And there are few things in my life more important right now than feeding my loved ones home-cooked whole foods, plant-based meals. So I need to have a solid vegan...

How to start a batch cooking club (because you really need one!)

How to start a batch cooking club (because you really need one!)

Some of my most beloved memories involve batch cooking with friends. There is something magical about getting together with other humans and preparing food to nourish each others' bodies and souls. As we labor jointly to chop, cook, and pack meals, kitchens turn into...

How to eat less meat and more plants: Try “Vegan After 6”

How to eat less meat and more plants: Try “Vegan After 6”

Are one of the many home cooks trying to figure out how to eat less meat and more plants? I have a new idea for you: try going Vegan After 6. "Oh, yes, we are trying to cut back on meat," or "I hardly eat meat anymore, except at my mother-in-law's house." I hear such...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vegan cooking without recipes: 8 easy meals you can improvise tonight

Vegan cooking without recipes: 8 easy meals you can improvise tonight

Even with the best laid plans, you will occasionally find yourself having to prepare a meal that you haven’t planned for. Maybe you didn’t make it to the grocery store. Or your significant other has been… but brought back the wrong ingredients. Or you are trying to...

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...

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....

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...

11 tips for vegan families to eat  better on vacation (video)

11 tips for vegan families to eat better on vacation (video)

Just like many other vegans with families, I prefer renting a cabin or condo when going on vacation. That way, I have a full kitchen to prepare our meals instead of depending on dubious (and expensive!) restaurant fare. In this video filmed on premises in Hawaii, I...

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...

Vegan meal planning 101 (and a basic template)

Vegan meal planning 101 (and a basic template)

This post has been updated - click this line to read the new version. 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...