Category Archives: Veg Festival

It’s National Nutrition Month!

It’s National Nutrition Month! Now what?

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“Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

I bet a lot of you had no idea that there is a  National Nutrition Month and that it’s in March. I know I didn’t until I started  my dietetics program. Isn’t that a shame. We get an entire month to celebrate beautiful dishes and healthy eating and hardly anyone knows about it.

How am I celebrating NNM? Well I like to think that I celebrate nutrition and healthy living all year round so I will keep doing what I am doing plus a few other things including trying new foods and new recipes. I have a NNM challenge for all of you. Try four new recipes and four new foods. So far I have made vegan tofu cream cheese and vegan chocolate chip cookies, I have also made mung beans which, believe it or not, I have never prepared.

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You may be wondering what to try, I think a trip to an ethnic grocery store could be a lot of fun. We have tons of Asian grocery stores and there’s always something interesting to try. I’ve been hooked on cassava, also known as yuca. I’m used to seeing it frozen in the bag but lately I have been buying the root and preparing it in the steamer. Something as simple as that will count for the challenge.

I saw and tasted a ton of great products at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, I don’t have any photos because I was too busy eating everything! Yay me! I have two more recipes to try and thanks to vegfest two new foods to taste.  Yikes and we only have a few weeks left, I have to think of what else I want to make and try, so do you! I would love to hear what you tried and made for my  NNM challenge. Please feel free to share in the comments section. And yes, the recipe and the new food can be part of the same dish.

PS I’ve launched my cooking show on YouTube here’s the latest episode!

Happy Veganniversary To Me!

Crocuses are popping up and I am getting antsy to get dirt under my fingernails, this could only mean one thing. It’s my Veganniversary!

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It’s also this blog’s third birthday. So what have we been up to for the last three years? Good thing you asked!

In addition to going natural (as in hair), we have left the corporate world and embarked on a new academic world.

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We have been to quite a few health and wellness conferences and a couple of vegetarian ones too.

the seed vegan expWe held our own workshops

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We have planted and picked dozens of veggies.

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We have encountered countless amazing people.

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We have tasted and revised dozens of recipes, not all ours.

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We have lost a few loved ones and brought some into our hearts and lives.

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We have fostered dogs.

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We have cried and laughed, sometimes at the same time.

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We survived a hurricane and power outage

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We entered a chili contest or two

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And we think we might actually be able to start seeds indoors this year.

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Thanks for being there through the thick and thin, here’s to another three or more like thirty years! I love you all!

NYC Veg Fest!

I was lucky enough to attend the Veg Fest at Union Square Park on October 16th. I met up with my girlfriend and we checked out all of the cool booths.

First off we got a goodie bag at the Supreme Master Ching Hai booth, it included a booklet with animal activist literature and recipes – shame they weren’t giving out samples from Loving Hut – YUM I highly recommend their veggie burger with the guac, it’s delightful.

Then we got some hemp seeds from a vegan athlete how cool is that!

We also got to meet THE Pamela Rice, that was the best! She was great and let us know to look out for the 2011 Veggie Pride Parade on May 22nd. I became a fan of Pamela’s listening to the Vegan – Vegetarian Solutions for a Sustainable Environment podcast.

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The next stop was the olsenHaus sample shoe sale – alas my financial future is uncertain so I didn’t buy anything and well let’s face it 50% off of $200 is still $100. But I have to give credit where credit is due, the shoes are gorgeous. So those of you that think you have to sacrifice style to be cruelty free, well it just ain’t so.

The Mercy for Animals table was next. The girls working it were really nice and informative. I look forward to getting their e-newsletters.

AND they were right next to an amazing brownie sample from the Bhakti Cafe. Talk about kismet, discussing saving animals and the environment and eating your cruelty free cake too.

There was also a Sea Shepard and PETA table:

After hitting all of the tables we took a walk through the farmer’s market 

The radishes and the carrots looked so beautiful I couldn’t not stop to take a photo.

Once we were though the farmer’s market we went back to the VegFest to see Latina vegan chef Terry Hope Romero – yippee!! She’s the co-author of Veganomicon, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar  and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. She is also the author of Viva Vegan! a Latin cookbook and one that’s on my Amazon wish list (subtle hint)…

She’s totally cute and tiny and put us all through a veg trivia contest, wow we really sucked. But we did get the pleasure of meeting Rachel from Rachel’s Cakes and her two adorable daughters, they really helped with those tough questions.

Finally, we were able to go to lunch. We ended up going to Purume Organic & Local Kitchen, our dishes were very nice, I had a pea soup and a roasted veggie platter, my girlfriend also had the soup and a stuffed pita that was really good. I will be going back and having drinks and dessert too!