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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. 

Honoring Anthony Bourdain: The Chef's Mission to Tell a Story with Food

Anthony Bourdain was a chef with a simple mission: Tell a story through food.  His death on June 8, 2018 was a shocking tragedy to many in the restaurant world. As a fellow chef and traveler, I felt deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Bourdain shed light on parts of the world that are often left in the dark: the food industry, exotic countries, and war-torn nations. Below the chivalry he showed a warmth and compassion for those who struggled. Let's take a moment to honor him and the power of his message.

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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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Essential Kitchen Tools: Chef's Small Gear for Healthy, Budget-Friendly, Plant-Based Cooking

What are the best tools to get you started with healthy, plant-based eating?  These are the 10 essential kitchen gadgets chef's use to make cooking faster, easier, and more fun.  All affordable, at under $50, 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!

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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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Indian and Italian Cuisines: 6 Things you Already Know about Italian Food Can Help you Understand Indian Cuisine

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. 

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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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Cashews, Tofu, and Pumpkin Puree: When and How to Use Healthy Plant-Based Substitutes for Cheese and Dairy in Your Favorite Recipes

Cheese is an unhealthy food, high in saturated fat, salt, and cholesterol.  Americans are eating more every year, and it's challenging to find dairy-free alternatives.  With cashews, tofu, and pumpkin purees, you can replicate the same rich, creamy flavor of your favorite cheese.  Here are my Chef's Tips on how and when to use these plant-based vegan options.  Plus, answers to your common questions about soy, nut allergies, and GMO's.

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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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The Salad That Traveled the World: A 10-Minute Healthy Solution for a Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo Diet while Traveling

This Salad has traveled the world.  It is my go-to healthy meal, that I can whip up anywhere in under 10 minutes.  It is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, Paleo, with ingredients I can find in markets from Chile to Germany.  My quick cooking video shows you how to make this plant-based recipe in no time.

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How to Build the Ultimate Veggie Burger: Helpful Guide and New Healthy Recipes

When trying to adopt a plant-based diet, though, the veggie burger category can be disappointing.  How do you make delicious, flavorful vegetarian burgers that won't fall apart on the grill?  How do you keep them healthy without the extra fat and salt in traditional beef burgers?  I'm here to address your veggie burger struggles as well as some new, inspired recipes to get you started. 

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