Classic St. Patrick's Day food often involves Corned Beef, cheesy potatoes, fried sausages, and some sort of fake green dyed milkshake. Getting back to the roots of Irish cooking, this healthy, plant-based, vegan menu uses simple staple ingredients: cabbage, turnips, potatoes, kale, mustard, dill. These 6 plant-based, oil-free recipes mean you can still celebrate the holiday without suffering a food hangover.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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 PumpkinRead More
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 SaladsRead More
Learn how to grow your own salad greens and fresh herbs. This helpful article from Dan at Urban Turnip, shares 3 simple steps for container gardening. Go from sowing seeds to harvesting leaves in just 6 to 8 weeks. See pictures of a variety of greens to try. Get links to healthy, fresh, plant-based vegan recipes to use your home grown organic greens.Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Read More
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!Read More
Besides being a healthy source of plant-based protein and gluten-free fiber, oats are affordable and travel-friendly. You can use them in an array of vegan recipes -- from pancakes to berry crisp to cookies. Here are 8 reasons and 8 recipes that show why Oats Rule!Read More