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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. 

The Best Podcasts and Movies for Healthy Plant-Based Vegan Lifestyle: 2017 Holiday Travel Edition

With the holidays soon approaching, maybe you have a long ride in the car coming up or a couple of airports to navigate.  Here is some plant-based entertainment.  These are some of my favorite podcasts, movies, and articles with a healthy, vegan theme.  Let them support inspiration, motivation, and support for your vegetarian lifestyle.

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Spice Essentials Guide: Chef's Tips for How to Use Spices for Delicious, Healthy Cooking

This is my Essential Chef's Guide to Spices.  For a healthy way to create delicious flavor, spices are key.  This guide includes tips on basic flavors, how to check for quality, advice for beginners, and the ultimate exotic blends.  Use this for your plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian recipes to cook incredible food.

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All Things Pumpkin: Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes using Whole Pumpkin, Canned Pumpkin, and Seeds

Pumpkin Spiced Everything has started to pop up, sparking the Fall obsession for the fall squash.  Besides just fancy coffee drinks, pumpkin starts popping up in cookies, breads, and even pasta sauces.  Tis the season.

At Plants-Rule, we're happy to jump on the Pumpkin Bandwagon.  We just don't need any of the usual companions of refined sugars, flours, and oils.  Instead, this is your whole foods, plant-based vegan recipe collection.  Enjoy all of these oil-free pumpkin dishes as part of your healthy diet.  This is your guide to All Things Pumpkin

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How to Make the Ultimate Salad: 4 Chef's Tips for Delicious, Healthy Flavor

The ultimate best salad has a delicious balance of color, texture, and flavor.  I've got 4 simple Chef's Tips to help improve your salad game.  Tons of photos guide you in making healthy, plant-based, vegan salads.  Find a huge collection of recipes for oil-free and fat-free dressings.  Plus, tips on gluten-free, nut-free, and low-calories options.  This is your essential guide to Salads

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The Ultimate Portobello Mushroom Burger: Chef's Tips on How to Make this Healthy, Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipe

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. 

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Get Grilling! Healthy Plant-Based, Vegan Recipes and the Gear for Dad

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.

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4 Simple Steps for a Healthy Life: Easy, Practical Advice for Small Change Toward a Plant-Based Diet

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.

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Passover Recipes for a Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Dinner

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:

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Step Four: Ditch the Oil, An Easy Change Towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

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.

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Step Three: Four Fruits a Day, An Easy Change Towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

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.  

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Step Two: Add Some Beans, An Easy Change towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

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.  

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Step One: Get Your Greens, An Easy Change towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

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.

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The Ultimate Baked Latkes: How to Make Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Oil-Free Jewish Potato Pancakes

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.

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Twisted Gluten-Free Holiday Menu: 6 Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipes with Chef's Flavor Twists on the Classics

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.

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Traditional Holiday Menu: 6 Healthy Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipes with Chef's Tips and Prep List

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 More

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7 Best Fall Soups: The Ultimate Healthy Plant-Based Recipes to Use up Summer's Vegetables and Taste Fall's Flavors

Here are the 7 Best Plant-Based Fall Soups Recipes.  Recipes either use up the last of summer's bounty or they embrace the first crop of winter's hearty vegetables.  This list includes some easy, healthy, oil-free vegan twists on some classics.  Plus new flavors explore Asian dashi, Cajun spice, and Nordic simplicity.  Soup is on!  Time to start cooking!

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Marathon Memories: How a Plant-Based Diet Help Me Run Away from Food Addiction

For Chicago runners, October means one thing: Marathon.  The marathon has often been a source of bad memories for me, reminding me of my past life as a food addict.  I would over-exercise to the point of injury to fight off the effects of my sugar and dairy addictions.  A photo from the Lakefront path this summer offered me the opportunity to acknowledge the changes I've made.  Embracing a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet has allowed me to let go of food addiction and enjoy running for fun.

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6 Steps to Let Things Simmer: A Recipe and Life Lesson from a Broken Microwave

On Sunday morning, my microwave broke.  This disruption to my routine taught me a healthy life lesson in the importance of letting things simmer.  Sometimes it's best to put raw ideas and frantic creative energy into a pot, then calm down and walk away.  Here are 6 steps on how to simmer and delicious, plant-based recipes to savor the delicious outcome.

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