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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 5.19.19

Happy Sunday, friends. It’s been…a week. Nothing insurmountable, just a pile-up of a lot of things at once. They all had one thing in common, which is that they were largely outside of my control. It started last weekend. A relationship… Continue Reading →

Sheet Pan Tamari Glazed Tempeh & Broccoli

The other day, I took a little Instagram poll to figure out what sort of recipes you’d like to see more of, or which things you’d be curious to see me veganize. I did this partly for your sake and… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 5.12.19

Happy Sunday, all, and Happy Mother’s day to those who are celebrating it. I’m bringing my mom vegan cake, among other treats, and taking her to dinner. She was honored for her career in teaching this week, and I’m glad… Continue Reading →

Curried Potatoes, Lentils & Peas

I had a first yesterday afternoon: I drew a complete blank on batch cooking. I needed to make at least two meals for dinners this week, and I couldn’t settle on anything. Looks like my meal prep stamina is starting… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 5/5/19

My voice is hoarse from singing, and lots of it. I was at a kirtan last night at my yoga studio, basking in that awesome community and the friendships I’ve made within it. The kirtan featured mash ups of Vedic… Continue Reading →

Pesto Farro & Baby Kale Salad

A few weeks ago, a friend and I met for lunch at Maman here in the city. It was cold—in typical April-in-New-York fashion, we’ve been vacillating between damp and chilly and summery warmth—and the restaurant was drafty. We huddled over… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 4.28.19

Those of you who’ve been reading for a while might remember that 2017 was the year of bread baking around here. It all started when my friend Ali published her (wonderful) cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs. I’d wanted to get serious… Continue Reading →

Meal Prep Friendly Tofu Tahini Lunch Salad

My current GI rotation features fast days and a fully packed schedule. It’s not uncommon for my preceptor and I to have new patients on the hour, every hour, for the entirety of our work day. Lunches usually get eaten… Continue Reading →

Jeanine Donofrio’s Baked Red Lentil Falafel

I’ve always espoused an “everyday” approach to cooking. I’m a home cook, not a chef, and I doubt I could pull off gourmet cuisine if I wanted to. Even when I eat out, I gravitate toward food that’s simple and… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 4.21.19

I met on Thursday with a local therapist who specializes in eating disorder treatment. She has a number of vegan patients and wanted to chat with me about some of the nutritional and cultural considerations; I was eager to hear… Continue Reading →

Grain Free Vegan Pistachio Coconut Lemon Cake

Happy Monday, friends, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed my thoughts on the mini-trip home. On Friday, I’ll be celebrating Passover with some chosen family: my closest friend from college, Jordan, his parents and his siblings. I felt close… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 4.14.19

When I was in college, I had a different relationship with “going home” than most of my peers. For them, winter and spring holidays meant booking flights and spending a week someplace else. For me, it meant a subway ride… Continue Reading →

Creamy Roasted Garlic & Chickpea Soup

My first boss used to joke that I’d probably be happy on a diet of mostly baby food. He said this because of my obvious love of mushy-textured foods, which I snacked on constantly at work: refried black bean dip,… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 4.7.19

I used to write about digestion all the time on this blog, but it’s been a while since the topic came up. It’s not that my interest in GI health has waned—it hasn’t—but it’s become more of a professional focus… Continue Reading →

Lightly Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake

All things considered, I’d say I have a pretty moderate relationship with sugar. I love homemade dessert, and I bake with sugar, be it refined or natural. As a longtime nutrition student and RD-to-be, I’m mindful of how much I… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 3.24.19

Last Monday was the first day of my oncology rotation. The rotation is only two weeks long, and I requested specially (in spite of a very long commute) because I knew it would be my only opportunity to learn about… Continue Reading →

Simple Baked Bulgur & Chickpeas

I’m debating whether I should keep including “simple” in my recipe titles, since simple food is the name of the game lately, and really since my internship year started. But I guess it never hurts to call it out. Anyway:… Continue Reading →

Weeknight Vegan Cashew Chickpea Korma

My latest dietetic internship rotation is at a community institution that has a teaching kitchen. Like many organizations with a farm-to-table emphasis, the teaching kitchen tries to encourage meatless meals, at least on a part-time basis (à la Meatless Monday)…. Continue Reading →

NEDA Week 2019: Sharing Food While Tuning In

As this week approached, I asked folks on Instagram what recovery topics they’d like to hear about. One of the questions I got was how to eat around others. The question didn’t specify a stage of recovery, but I think… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 2.24.19

I’m keeping this weekend reading post short and sweet, mostly because my writing energies have been wrapped up in posts for NEDA week 2019, which begins tomorrow! It won’t be a regular week of recipe-sharing here on the blog, but… Continue Reading →

Tofu Scallion Black Bean Scramble

As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, baked oatmeal was my breakfast mainstay for the first four weeks of my current rotation. I have a few weekdays with long commutes, which means that a pre-cooked, ready-to-eat breakfast was a lifesaver. Plus,… Continue Reading →

Hearty Vegan Mushroom, Bulgur, & Bean Chili

Happy Tuesday, all! I’m well behind Superbowl Sunday in posting this chili recipe, but no matter: giant pots of vegan chili are one of my favorite staples to batch cook and keep around, especially during the winter months. I scoop… Continue Reading →

Cumin Spiced Lentils and Rice with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing

Years ago, a reader mentioned (while I was doing the SNAP challenge for my masters program) that one of her favorite inexpensive meals was a stir fry of rice and lentils with a peanut butter sauce. It sounded simple and… Continue Reading →

Easy Vegan Sausage Mushroom Marinara Pasta

Hi friends! Sending you into the weekend with one of those meal starter ideas that I keep mentioning this month. This easy vegan sausage mushroom marinara pasta isn’t a recipe (and I’m not sure that this share even constitutes a… Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Chipotle Lentils

As I mentioned not too long ago, this month of blog posts is dedicated to simple recipes, meal planning, and recipes that aren’t really recipes at all: in other words, ways of throwing together ingredients for the sake of quick,… Continue Reading →

Caribbean Black Eyed Pea & Collard Green Curry

Happy new year, everyone! Hoping that 2019 has gotten off to a gentle start for you all. As the Eve approached–right after sharing these thoughts about resilience–I found myself feeling a little tender. No amount of resistance to NYE hype… Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading, 12.30.18

I’ve been reading a lot of Pema Chodron’s writings about tonglen practice lately. One quotation of hers keeps sticking with me: Tonglen practice (and all meditation practice) is not about later, when you get it all together and you’re this… Continue Reading →

Simple Vegan Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is one of those dishes that sounded a little old-fashioned to me even when I was a kid. We didn’t eat it at home, but my mom had a soft spot for it—as she did, and still does,… Continue Reading →

Vegan Cashew Espresso Truffles

Tis the season for all things sweet. Last year at this time, I was savoring dark chocolate pear cake and whipping up loaf after loaf of braided challah. That’s what I’d like to be doing right now, too, but I’ve… Continue Reading →

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