“Finish your dinner – there are starving kids all over the world.” We’ve all heard some variation of this saying from our parents when we were younger. In all honesty, food waste is atrocious and embarrassing in our country. It’s been estimated that about 1/3 of the food produced in the United States ends up in landfills or incinerated (FAO estimates according to the EPA). It’s that raw chicken you threw away because you left it in the fridge a… Read more »

Nước chấm is a popular condiment and staple of Vietnamese food. It’s a multipurpose sauce, used as a dip for egg rolls, summer rolls, bún (rice noodle dishes), and lots more. It’s made with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and Thai bird chili peppers, but I haven’t had fish sauce in my pantry in a couple years. I’ve found that I can achieve similar flavors with plant-based umami sources – mushrooms, soy sauce, mushroom seasoning, vegan chicken boullion cubes,… Read more »

Holy cow. The past few days, my 11-month-old has been waking up every morning at around 5:27am instead of 7:30am. This means that I can’t get up in time to wake up for the day, and I usually stumble into her room without even putting my glasses on (I’m blind as a bat, by the way) because I have to address the “MAMA!!!!!” cries. I’ve tripped over a book and stubbed my toe getting to her. Oh, and she’s teething… Read more »

Hi friends! I’m excited to announce that I have partnered with Thrive market as an affiliate member. So watch out for future posts (this one has a great deal here!), because I’ll be bringing you some good deals that are on top of what Thrive has to offer! For those who are unfamiliar with Thrive market, it’s a membership-based online grocer that offers way much more than groceries. You get all these great products that are up to 50% off from… Read more »

I’ve been meaning to make a blueberry coffee cake for a couple weeks now, but haven’t had the time. We’ve been out of town the past week, so the last few days were for getting recharged and back to the norm. I woke up early this morning, and made this blueberry coffee cake. I admit, it was pretty awesome being able to get this done before both of my baby girls were up! Let’s talk about this coffee cake! Not… Read more »

This dish was a hit in my house. For weekly grocery shopping, I usually fill up on staples that are running low (beans, lentils, tofu, coconut milk, spices, nondairy milks), get ingredients for a specific dish I want to make, and then a few fruits and veggies for the week. I usually don’t have a recipe in mind, and can usually think of something to make when given a few ingredients. This was one of those dishes, because I wanted… Read more »

I found the perfect nondairy yogurt the other day, made from cashew milk. I bought a tub of this Forager plain yogurt, made from cashew nuts, and easily blended up things like yogurt sauces, salad dressings, and this mango lassi. It is so versatile and easy to sub in anything that calls for plain yogurt. This mango lassi is refreshing on a warm day, with spicy Indian food, or as a snack. Don’t forget the cardamom – it adds character… Read more »

I used to live in Hawaii. My husband was stationed there in the military, and that’s where I moved to after we got married. Yeah, I wasn’t complaining about that! It was a wonderful two years. I learned how to surf and got a pink surfboard (let’s not get ahead of ourselves – I wasn’t that good and just liked the rolling baby waves), went foraging for banana lilikoi and strawberry guava fruits on our hikes, and hubby and I… Read more »

The other week, I was at the San Mateo farmer’s market, and there was a vendor selling all sorts of sprouted beans and lentils. I’ve never sprouted lentils before, but I do love me some red lentils – in chili, soups, and stews, and I wanted to make a salad out of some. You can’t eat lentils raw, but you can eat them raw if they have been sprouted. They become more readily digestible, phytic acid content is reduced (phytic… Read more »

I woke up at 4:47am this morning. My sleep has been really erratic with a 9-month-old, so it was no big surprise that I couldn’t go back to sleep. Then my stomach started growling, and as any mom knows, when you have a chance to eat, you eat, because you don’t know when else you’ll have a free minute! I started thinking that it would be a great treat for my 6-year-old to wake up to some baked vegan doughnuts…. Read more »