Beefy and steak-like, hearty Portobello mushrooms make an easy go-to meat substitute for healthy, plant-based burgers. In this recipe, they soak up a quick, oil-free Dijon marinade. A toasted wheat bun, grilled onions and mushrooms, and spicy baby arugula make this the ultimate recipe. Chef's tips, photos, and video show you how satisfying and delicious fat-free, vegan grilling can be.Read More
Nutrition, Education, and Motivation that remind us why Plants-Rule. Supporting a plant-based, whole-foods diet with scientific evidence. A chef's passion for ingredients with the realistic practicality of a home cook. These articles offer insight into the benefits of a vegan diet with the humor to support a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes the idea of a 100% vegan diet can seem so overwhelming that it detracts us from the big picture. The all-or-nothing approach might appeal to some, especially those of us who thrive off of extremes and set boundaries. However, the totally plant-based lifestyle is foreign to our traditional Standard American Diet, and it may repel someone curious about a vegetarian lifestyle. New science and recent discussions beg the questions:
Do I really need to go 100% vegan?
Is 90% good enough?Read More
Grilling is a basic way to add healthy, low-fat flavor to your plant-based, vegetarian cooking. I've got the essential Grilling Tools, perfect for Father's Day. Plus delicious, oil-free, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes to put those new toys to work.Read More
The Ark of Taste is part of the Slow Food USA movement specifically focused on preserving those foods that are in danger of extinction. Over 3500 items in their catalogue feature unique vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and animals that tell story about the history of a food and the region. These foods add diversity, delicious flavor, and beautiful color. Healthy, plant-based, oil-free recipes show you how to cook some of these heirloom ingredients.Read More
Here are 4 simple things you can do to instantly make your life healthier. These easy, practical changes will help motivate you towards a plant-based lifestyle. This sets the foundation for a healthy, vegan diet so that you can continue to change into the person you want to be.Read More
Passover is a traditional Jewish holiday, honoring the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. It is a multi-day celebration that usually falls at the beginning of April, on the 15 day of Nisan in the Jewish calendar. Passover is meant to celebrate the Jewish freedom from enslavement, and much of the food around this holiday is also served as a reminder to be free of that enslavement. Here are some healthy, plant-based vegan recipes to honor the Jewish Passover celebration:Read More
When it comes to Indian cuisine, it can be quite confusing. Many of us simply aren’t used to 5 different types of Masala, and a typical Indian menu can be quite overwhelming. However, many of us can understand the basics of Italian cuisine. We’ve heard that Italian food is marked by regional specialties, pasta is a big deal, dishes focus on a few key ingredients, and an Italian grandma guarantees you will be well-fed. Here are 6 similarities between Italian and Indian food traditions. You can use what you know about Italian food to understand some of the basics on Indian cuisine.Read More
Tim Kaufman calls himself "a former fat guy". After hitting rock-bottom getting rejected for a gastric sleeve by his doctor, he decided to change. Motivated by his wife, read how Tim's simple "One small change a day" mantra has led him down a healthy, plant-based path. Six years later, this athletic vegan motivator is full of energy. Learn how his transformation can help inspire your own change.Read More
My Fourth, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Ditch the Oil
Oil is pure fat, full of empty calories that our bodies naturally crave. Cutting oil from your diet can mean easy weight loss, without calorie counting or deprivation. Here are my Chef's tips on how to use oil-free cooking techniques like roasting, grilling, and steam-saute to create delicious, fat-free recipes that are packed with flavor and nutrition. Plus nutrition tips look at some of the common myths about oil's benefits.Read More
My third, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: 4 Fruits a Day.
Fruit is a healthy source of vitamins, fiber, and natural sweetness. It can be a delicious treat any time of day, convenient for on-the-go snacking or an impressive healthy dessert. With a rainbow of colors and flavors to choose from, fruit provides endless recipe possibilities. My Chef's Guide will help give you new ideas on cooking fat-free, no-sugar-added recipes. Plus, tons of vegan recipes and videos to get you inspired.Read More
What are the best tools to get you started with healthy, plant-based eating? These are the essential kitchen gadgets chef's use to make cooking faster, easier, and more fun. All affordable, at under $40, they will help save you time and money. Whether you're an experienced vegan or a beginner trying gluten-free vegetarian recipes, get you kitchen stocked with this equipment and you're ready to get cooking!Read More
My second, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Add Some Beans. Beans are a healthy source of plant-based protein, loaded with heart-healthy fiber, and provide other key nutrients like iron and calcium. Canned beans are still one of the cheapest proteins on the market, making healthy eating both affordable and convenient. My Chef's Guide shows you how to cook the ultimate beans, by adding fat-free, oil-free flavor. Plus, tons of vegan recipes to get you inspired.Read More
My first, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Get Your Greens
Green vegetables are fundamental to healthy eating. They are low in calories but high in nutrition. They are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, satisfying fiber, healthy Omega-3 fats, calcium, and plant-based protein. They also offer a wider variety of flavor, texture, and tons of cooking options. Eat them raw in a salad, wilt some spinach in your soup, steam some broccoli for your stir-fry, drink a green smoothie as an on-the-go breakfast. Stew some collards, roast some Brussels, braise some chard…you get the idea. Bottom line: Keep it simple.
Here’s my Ultimate Chef’s guide to Greens – how they taste, what to do with them, and why you need more.Read More
A collection of media and press featuring Personal Chef Katie Simmons and her Plants-Rule message promoting a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Her recipes, photos, and articles have been featured on other vegan websites, podcasts, and in cooking videos. Contact her to for speaking events, food demonstrations, and educational cooking collaborations.Read More
All over the world, people have celebrated New Year’s with foods meant to symbolize their hopes for good fortune and good health. From leafy greens to hearty lentils, many of these foods also fit a plant-based, vegan diet. Here’s a guide to the history of 7 traditions and some delicious, healthy recipes to celebrate.Read More
The latke is a traditional potato pancake meant to symbolize good luck when eaten during the Jewish Hanukkah celebrations. Traditional recipes are made with eggs, a little flour, and deep-fried in oil, but my version uses gluten-free, vegan alternatives. I’ll show you how to ditch the oil for healthy, low-fat latkes that are still crispy. I’ve got a delicious dairy-free alternative to the sour cream that usually accompanies. Plus some fun ideas on how to add your own flavor twists and incorporate new vegetables.Read More
Chili should be on your list of Top 10 Recipes to Master. It’s base of spices, beans, and tomatoes makes it a classic recipe for warm comfort food during the cold winter nights. Chili is also one of the ultimate party foods. It carries a mystique of secret spice blends and cherished chili pepper combinations, making it one of those prized dishes where everyone claims their recipe is the best. Traditional chili recipes are centered around ground beef, often use extra oil and fat for cooking, and then get topped with fatty, unhealthy dairy cheeses or sour cream. However, sticking the fundamentals of building flavor mean even your healthy, oil-free, vegan chili recipe is a winner. This is a satisfying comfort food, loaded with gluten-free fiber and vegetairan protein.Read More
Stuffed Squash makes a delicious go-to dinner for ultimate satisfaction. While traditional stuffing might call for butter or even sausage, my plant-based Chef's tips show you how to pack the flavor, without the extra calories and fat. Find answers to your most questions on gluten-free options, egg-free binders, and cooking for one. Make this healthy recipe part of your weeknight routine, or use it as a show-stopper for a vegetarian dinner. This is oil-free, vegan satisfaction.Read More
Are you looking for some new, easy flavor twists on the classic holiday recipes? Wanting creative ideas to have a healthy, delicious celebration? Need some inspiration for a plant-based, vegan menu? Here are 6 incredible oil-free recipes for a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. From Stuffed Acorn Squash to Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole to Five Spice Pears and Figs, I've got you Covered. Plus, irresistible Cocoa Thumbprint Cookies for dessert. All gluten-free. All packed with incredible flavor.Read More
Are you looking for healthy way to celebrate the holidays with a delicious plant-based, vegan menu? Here are 6 incredible oil-free recipes for a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. From Stuffed Pumpkin to the Ultimate Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy to Cranberry Apple Sauce, you're covered. Plus, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie for Dessert. Get the Essential Cookbook for a Free Bonus Recipe, Chef's Tips, Shopping Lists, and MoreRead More