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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Bay Area with kids: creative play & veg eats galore

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Tweet Sweet Bean took a bi-annual trip to the Bay Area–chez mutta and sista–that happens to be a wonderful place to travel with kids. We had our agenda set from the get go: hit the several fantastic outdoor play spaces for the boys, including  The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and the Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, and munch on […]

cool conscious eating apps

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Tweet All aspects of modern culture, including making healthy eating choices,  have been finding their way onto social media in the form of blogs, twitter posts and uTube videos. The latest medium for this trend is the arrival of apps, available for download onto your iphones and ipads from the Apple store, featuring search tools for finding […]

magnificent eats at macéo

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Tweet Paris renders visions of architectural grandeur, cheap wine and meat-heavy menus at cafes en d’hors. Ways of the modern world, however, are catching up with everyone, even the French, especially when it comes to healthy dining, including vegetarian, vegan, whole grain and gluten-free options. It has been 20 years since I visited France–previously as a study abroad […]