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’tis the season to celebrate seasonal apples

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

sweet potato chili latkes

SPlatkes

Tweet Tis the season to honor our traditions while re-inventing them to bring more nutrition and style to your holiday table. With that thought in mind, this recipe brings a hearty edginess to traditional Hanukkah latkes by using sweet potatoes and fresh or dried chilis. I love cooking with sweet potatoes when in season since they are a power […]

new, no-sugar goodness

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Tweet Current knowledge of the harmful effects of cane sugar, corn syrup (proven to cause inflammation and high blood sugar) and processed sugar alternatives (studies are showing that low-calorie artificial sweeteners convert to fat and sugar in the body after they are eaten), is making conscious eaters seek alternatives. Of  course, while baking with brown rice syrup or maple […]

kiddie power corn mini muffins

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Tweet This recipe for corn muffins offers a stealthy way for parents to sneak all sorts of healthy goodness (extra protein, iron and B vitamins) into little bites that the kids will actually eat. Top them with melted honey, organic agave or the real stuff–store bought frosting–to make this healthy snack an irresistible dessert.   […]

spicy eggplant dip using summer CSA veggies

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Tweet When I received my first weekly share of summer CSA veggies, my eyes popped at the sight of the fresh salad greens, half-foot long green beans, a glowing zucchini, lengthy scallions, bright green chilies,  and non-GMO corn. But the bulky eggplant was another matter. How to prepare it other than to grill it? Then I thought of […]