It’s not like I was searching for a vegan queso - I’m not even that into nachos - but when nearly everyone around me started incorporating fewer and fewer dairy items, I decided to get an education in nutritional yeast. As in that stuff that flavors food to taste like cheese. Now I sprinkle it on popcorn and go through it by the cupfuls. I just wish it had a more inviting name. Do you remember when tofu was called bean curd? I do. The soybean industry was brilliant to make that switch, and if the makers of nutritional yeast could come up with something like that, you might see nutritional yeast make an appearance practically everywhere. I’ve seen it called “nooch” online, but sorry, we need to do better than that.Read More
For the past several weeks I’ve been trying to meet up for lunch with Kevin Kuchar, one of Mia and Adin’s former theater teachers. At first we were catching up to talk about Kevin’s marathon training as he is registered to run his first marathon on November 4 at the New York City Marathon but then I told him about the upcoming flash mob at Mia’s wedding and, well, he’s helping me with that. Most importantly, we’ve been enjoying leisurely vegan lunches as Kevin has now embraced a 100 percent vegan lifestyle. Here is a kale salad that’s a mash-up of a few salads I’ve come across and have adapted for vegan diets. I tested it on Adin last weekend, and he confirmed it is stupendous. He did recommend adding mango to the salad, so I’ve included this as an optional ingredient.Read More
When I eat pasta I want the dish to be bursting with flavor instead of me bursting at the seams. I came across this fantastic pumpkin recipe last year and adapted it for my family and out-of-town-guests to serve for dinner the night before the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Chase 10K and 2-mile fun run/walk near my house.
Pumpkin is such a nutrient rich and fairly low-carb fruit that it seems a shame to showcase all of our pumpkin recipes during the October and November holidays. But then again maybe that's why these dishes always seem so special and festive.Read More