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. 

St. Patrick's Day Irish Menu: 6 Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes to Celebrate

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.  

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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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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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Ark of Taste: Part of the Slow Food USA Movement to Preserve Unique Ingredients from Extinction

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.

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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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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 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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Beans, Greens, and Black-Eyed Peas: 7 New Year’s Food Traditions from Around the World that you Can Celebrate with a Healthy, Vegan Diet

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.

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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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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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