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Jolinda Hackett

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Chocolate for breakfast

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Chocolate itself is not unhealthy - it's all the sugar and fat added to it! To enjoy a healthy chocolate treat, use pure unprocessed cocoa powder, and add a sugar-free sweetener. Here's a few ideas:

Chocolate breakfast smoothies A chocolate smoothie or shake for breakfast? Sure, why not? Using a healthy base of frozen fruit or even protein-rich tofu makes these chocolate smoothies delicious and nutritious. What a treat!

  • Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
  • Chocolate Protein Shake with Cashews
  • Superfood chocolate Protein Shake with flax oil
  • Raw Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
  • (Healthy!) Chocolate cookies and treats Using sugar substitutes and healthy oatmeal or whole grain cereal will make these breakfast treats more nutritious. They're great for eating on the run.

  • Chocolate quinoa breakfast cookies (pictured)
  • Chocolate peanut butter rice krispies
  • Sugar-free chocolate oatmeal cookies
  • Chocolate breakfast cereals No, I'm not talking about the Chocolate-frosted sugar-bombs of Calvin and Hobbes fame, I'm talking about whole grain breakfast bowls dotted with a bit of cocoa powder (or maybe mini-chocolate chips!) to help all that high-fiber goodness go down just a little smoother:

  • Chocolate peanut butter breakfast quinoa
  • Banana quinoa with chocolate soy milk (pictured, right)
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    Like Chinese food? Try this General Tso's Tofu!

    Monday May 26, 2014
    Every once in a while, I try something out that turns out so good, I even impress myself. This vegan version of General Tso's chicken, General Tso's Tofu, is one of those dishes. Using tofu instead of chicken, the tofu is first pan-fried with a Chinese-spiced breading then coated with a deliciously sticky and tangy sauce then paired with steamed broccoli and white rice. If you thought tofu was boring, try this recipe, and reconsider!

    Recipe link: General Tso's tofu with steamed rice and broccoli

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    Memorial Day grilling ideas

    Saturday May 24, 2014
    Memorial Day is coming soon and, since it's the semi-official kick-off of the summer grilling season, I thought I'd do a quick round-up of what you need to know about meat-free grilling.

    First, you'll need some ideas about vegetarian grill recipes. Mushrooms, tofu and veggies are great, but you can really knock everyone's socks off with some of the creative and gourmet ideas listed here.

    If you're a fan of the easy route, you'll probably just pick up some store-bought veggie burgers and call it good enough. If you're making homemade veggie burgers, however you need to make sure that they stick together well and don't crumble through the grates. Here's how to make the perfect crumble-proof veggie burger.

    A few summer side dish ideas? Pasta salad is expected, baked beans are traditional, and why not be innovative with a quinoa salad?

    More vegetarian cookout help:

  • All about vegetarian barbecues
  • How to grill tofu
  • How to soak bamboo skewers
  • Pictured above, left: Tequila portabello mushrooms
  • Pictured above, right: Coconut and rum-glazed grilled pineapple

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  • Baked pasta with Swiss chard and white wine

    Friday May 23, 2014
    Pasta casseroles aren't just for kids - this one with Swiss chard, ricotta and white wine with a seasoned breadcrumb topping is definitely all grown up! I'm always trying to find new ways to eat my greens, so I think next time I make this recipe, I'm going to double the amount of chard the recipe calls for, and I'm also planning on trying it with lacinato kale, too.

    Quick tip! Don't throw out those Swiss chard stems! besides adding them to the pot whenever you next make a soup or vegetable broth, Swiss chard stems can also be roasted into a cheesy side dish. Here's how: Roasted Swiss chard stem gratin recipe

    Recipe link: Vegetarian baked pasta with Swiss chard
    See also: More vegetarian baked pasta dishes

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    The most popular vegan recipes

    Thursday May 22, 2014

    I've noticed that vegans, for some reason, tend to particularly love carrot cake, but I don't have any theories as to why (or any evidence to back up my theory - it's just an anecdotal observation!). At any rate, I didn't find it too surprising, then, to discover that this vegan carrot cake is one of the most popular vegan recipes on About.com. To find out what the others are, click here

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    The easiest crockpot meals ever

    Wednesday May 21, 2014
    Slow cookers were all the rage in the late 70s, and they're back again in this era of the busy cook. Dump a few ingredients in, switch it on, wait a few hours, and eat. Here's a few of the easiest full vegetarian meals in a crockpot you could possibly imagine:
  • Rice + lentils + spices = Dinner
  • Mash + layer + wait = Vegan crockpot lasagna
  • Chopped garlic and potatoes + canned beans + spices = Dinner
  • Chop 1 onion + grains + beans = Crockpot barley chili
  • Tortellini + beans + tomatoes = Dinner

    See also: More easy crockpot meals for vegetarians and vegans

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  • Vegetable lo mein

    Monday May 19, 2014
    Vegetarian lo mein with vegetables is a quick and easy Chinese noodle recipe popular in Chinese take-out restaurants, but why not make your own at home? This vegetarian and vegan lo mein recipe is made with plenty of vegetables, snow peas, scallions and a teriyaki ginger sauce with a bit of sesame oil. It may not come with a fortune cookie, but there's also no MSG in this homemade version!

    Recipe link: Vegetable lo mein

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    Vegetarian "hamburger" casserole

    Saturday May 17, 2014

    Use veggie burgers to make a vegetarian "hamburger" and macaroni casserole that kids will devour. With pasta, cheese soup, tomatoes and veggie burgers, this isn't the most nourishing of meals, but it is easy, cheap, quick and tasty and if your kids like hamburger casserole, they'll like this meatless version, too.

    Recipe link: Vegetarian "hamburger" macaroni casserole
    See also: More favorite meatless casserole dishes
    See also: Easy vegetarian pasta casseroles

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    Need a vegan dinner idea?

    Thursday May 15, 2014
    If I haven't eaten a homecooked meal in a while, I realize just how much I miss it the minute I sit down to a hot, healthy and fresh meal. Don't get swept up by convenience foods and grab-n-go meals! Cook your family one of these simple and easy vegan dinners. Here's plenty of ideas to get you started.

    Link: Vegan dinner ideas

    Pictured: Portobello mushroom enchiladas, which make a great vegan dinner!

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    Kid-tested vegan chocolate cherry "cream" pie

    Tuesday May 13, 2014
    My friend's 13 year old daughter followed this recipe exactly, drizzled the top with some chocolate syrup and added extra cherries all by herself. Isn't it beautiful? If my friend's teen can make this easy vegan chocolate cherry pie, so can you!

    Recipe link: Vegan chocolate cherry "cream" pie

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