“Chicken of the Woods” Recipe

My family went camping with a group this weekend, and we were very lucky to find a HUGE laetiporus mushroom fruiting from a stump at one of the camp sites!  This is a fairly common edible mushroom.  Most people know it casually as “chicken of the woods,” or “the chicken mushroom.”  It is different than…

Plant Based Pantry Staples

There are a few items in my pantry that I use so frequently that when I see them at the grocery store I usually clear out the whole shelf.  If they’re not available at the store, I buy them by the case online.  Here are some of those basic pantry staples (and how to use…

A Conversation with Mother Nature

The FDA recently approved the use of lycopene from tomatoes as a more “natural” replacement for red dye in processed meat. Pepperoni on pizza, that quick weeknight dinner of hotdogs, and our daily turkey or ham sandwich all contain a  cocktail of substances like meat glue, nitrites, and dyes. They’ve got to be dyed, or else…

How to Toast Nuts

Toasting nuts is easy!  Spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake at 350F for 10 or 11 minutes.  Don’t be late on the timer–nuts will burn very quickly if not pulled out in time. Why toast your own nuts?  Sometimes raw, unroasted almonds are a little cheaper than their roasted…

Whole Foods Plant Based Salad Dressing

My mother in law is really cool about my family’s switch to a whole foods plant based diet.  We went to her house for dinner this week and she graciously cooked a vegetarian meal for us.  She asked me to provide salad dressing for a mixed greens salad.  I made these two salad dressing recipes…

Go Veggie! “Mozzarella” Shreds

Go Veggie!  “Mozzarella” shreds are found in the produce section near vegetarian meat substitutes and tofu.  This product might look healthy, but a closer look at the ingredients list reveals just how unhealthy it is! This faux-cheese actually contains casein, an animal protein derived from milk.  If you have seen the “Forks Over Knives” documentary…

How Do You Make A Lab Rat Fat?

We have all heard about nutrition and behavioral studies performed on lab rats or mice that require the animals to be fat.  Studies on obesity are conducted on these fattened animals.  But how do scientists make the test subjects fat?  After all, when was the last time you saw an animal that was fat of…