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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 […]

savory vegan daikon cakes

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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

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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 […]

last days of summer cabbage stew

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Tweet   When I received a massive head of Napa cabbage from my last CSA vegetable delivery, I thought it best to chop the entire thing up and transform it into a low-fat, crunchy stew that would warm the heartstrings as the chill of Autumn begrudgingly arrives. The simple stew included most of the items in […]

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 […]

vegan thai (spicy ‘n sweet) muffins

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Tweet This recipe for Thai spice muffins is whole grain and vegan with an outside-the-box flavor profile:  moistened with coconut milk, sweetened with fresh basil and honey or agave, with ground coriander and cinnamon added for that extra kick. It’s presented here with a Thai-inspired butter made of margarine mixed with agave, basil and coriander, which is particularly indulgent if melted […]

making a vegan seder plate

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Tweet This year, we celebrated the first night of Passover as any semi-prepared, health-minded, compassionate, eco-conscious family who holds itself beholden to no given tradition should:  vegan and gluten-free. The seder plate was unexpectedly easy to assemble as long as you are willing to subscribe to symbolism with liberties. For the maror, or the bitter herb, […]