’tis the season to celebrate seasonal apples


Tweet With autumn festivities in full swing, there is nothing more rewarding than the simplicity of celebrating nature’s generous gift du jour: seasonal, locally-picked apples. And a sumptuous gift indeed. This year, we discovered arguably the best apples ever to be eaten– called Zestar! (yes, spelled with an explanation point–well deserved emphatic punctuation but not added by […]

vegan summer Pad Thai


Tweet This Pad Thai dish using locally-grown summer vegetables gets the selective omnivore’s seal of approval since it’s good enough for hubby to eat. The recipe hits all the right spots: both hearty and light, packed with flavor, protein and nutritious vegetables. The cabbage–early summer veggie–can be substituted for green and yellow squash, which grow prolifically […]

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

Tweet It’s summer CSA veggie time again, and, in keeping with the inspiring summer ritual, I schemed up this light, creamy recipe for pesto bursting with flavor that uses numerous ingredients from my weekly delivery in early June. This vegan recipe with a heavy load of leafy greens is more of a sauce than a traditional […]

home made organic watermelon juice


Tweet With spring in full bloom and seasonal fruit in abundance, there is no better time that the present to make a refreshing, simple, healthy drink from scratch for the entire family: home made watermelon juice. Sweet Bean used an organic watermelon; however, watermelon is one of several fruits considered to have relatively low levels of pesticides, […]

spring delights @ MOMA’s The Modern


Tweet On rare occasions, beauty and grace can be found in good food. My spontaneous lunch plans with friends at The Modern–MOMA’s uppidy big sister to its café–brought unexpected excitement and delight to my palate on such a flawlessly warm and sunny spring day. The lunch menu at The Modern is prix fix, which means that you’re committed to ordering at […]

Andalou Naturals: plant-based luxury in a bottle

Andalou Natural's 1000 Roses Collection

Tweet Sweet Bean recently won a contest on my beloved cruelty-free fashionista online mag Girly Girl Army for a cosmetics collection from the Novato, California-based skincare company Andalou Naturals.  A hapless loser who never wins contests or prizes, I was pleased at the news. What I didn’t expect from my winnings:  a box packed abundantly with the […]

the Nest saves power and money, oh my!

The Nest saves energy by controlling your thermostat remotely.

Tweet Sweet Bean growled at my husband when he recently installed in our house what I wrote off as a silly man toy: The Nest, a fancy gadget that allows you to control your thermostat (i.e. both heat and air conditioning) remotely. I failed to think through the logic of it, to say the least. Win for […]

savory vegan daikon cakes

Jin Hirata

Tweet   Healer and fellow healthy lifestyle aficionado Jin Hirata has generously shared his authentic Japanese recipe for daikon (Japanese radish) cakes with Sweet Bean. Jin, a chef and wellness coach who hosts vegan, macrobiotic cooking classes in NYC, includes this recipe in his currently running daikon cooking class. Check out Jin’s web site Whole Life […]

chunky root veg soup

root veg soup

Tweet When in need of comfort food with a healthy twist, look no further than this shockingly simple 3-step recipe for chunky root veggie soup using nothing more than seasonal produce and a few kitchen staples for added flavor. When I say 3-step, I live up to my promise: Step 1: Wash, peel and cut your favorite root […]

when organic isn’t enough

the third plate

Tweet Right when we thought we’ve come so far in our efforts to embrace the organic movement and subsequently protect the planet, someone has come along and popped our proverbial, righteous bubble. Dan Barber, chef of the sophisticated, suburban New York farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, knocks tree-hugging environmentalists on their behinds while issuing a sharp critique of […]