10 Healthy Plant-Based Food Combinations to Maximize the Benefits of Your Plant-Based Vegan Diet

A few months into my near-constant research of the plant-based vegan diet I figured out a way to make my diet even better with a few easy and healthy plant-based food combinations. Since I was constantly on the lookout for ways to eat healthier, I was glad to find out that we can bring out the health potential of some foods by combining them with certain other foods (I’m going beyond the protein-combining … Read the rest of the post

Natural Liquid Sweeteners: Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup and Molasses.

Natural liquid sweeteners and their health benefits

Today we are talking about such natural liquid sweeteners as agave nectar, maple syrup, and molasses. Why these liquid sweeteners? If you’ve ever expressed interest in eating healthier, you’ve probably wondered about the alternatives to the common white sugar and corn syrup that are widely used in mass-produced foods and in the conventional home cooking. (I’m not going to talk about artificial sweeteners today – the bottom line with those is … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified: How to Bake Tofu with Little to No Oil

How to bake tofu with no oil

Welcome to the first post in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! I talked about this series in more detail yesterday, and I’m excited that today’s the day to start! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about baking tofu. Why tofu? Tofu is one of the ingredients common to vegan/plant-based cooking that often gets a lot of bad rap. While some people declare it terrible for our health to the extent … Read the rest of the post

Smoky Southern-style Slow Cooker Vegan Collard Greens Recipe

Classic vegan Southern collard greens recipe

This time of the year in the United States, we are reminded from every direction about the Southern tradition of eating collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring in good luck and financial stability with us into the rest of the year. Today I’m sharing my slow cooker vegan collard greens recipe with you to help your new year start off right! Since I’m a Russian who’s only … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Thanksgiving: Mission Possible! Great Vegan Thanksgiving Tips for Successful Holidays

Vegan Thanksgiving survival tips and recipes

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone! If you are newly vegan/plant-based like I am, you’re probably getting quite nervous about the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. What to make? How to please everybody? What to do if I’ll be traveling? Today I’m sharing my ultimate vegan Thanksgiving tips to make the upcoming holiday a success. Here are a few questions that the newly vegan folk ask the most right before Thanksgiving: Where can I … Read the rest of the post

How to Cook Dried Beans 101: the Healthy, Tasty and Cheap Way to Prepare Beans from Scratch

Today I’d like to share a few tips on how to cook dried beans from scratch. Let me say this loud and clear: I LOOOVE BEANS! I love them so much that the majority of the recipes I make at home feature some kind of beans. My tender feelings towards these protein-loaded gems have led me to devote today’s post to the secrets of their optimal preparation. First off: why … Read the rest of the post