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Spice Things Up With This Fall Pantry Chili

Previously posted to the You Poor Vegan blog What is there not to love about Fall? Colorful leaves are falling, the weather is beautiful, my hair is on its best behavior and The Walking Dead is back on! This also means that I can start switching up the style of my dishes to accommodate the weather. Being new to the vegan world has taught me how much I enjoy a savory meal, especially when the temperatures drop and I’m looking for some comfort food to keep me warm and toasty.  One of my favorite Fall meals to cook is chili. It hits all my spots — savory, spicy, and a touch of sweet. What I put in my chili depends on what I have on hand (improv is my thing) and what’s seasonal now that I’ve switched to a plant-based diet. Around the time when the refrigerator is looking bare…

3 huge lessons my vegan friends taught me about cooking healthy

My relationship with meat and animal byproduct is simple: I love it. So anytime I find out another one of my friends is making the change to no animal products, I feel like I’ve lost a soul-sister in eating. However there are a few lessons my vegan and vegetarian friends have taught me that are changing the way I think about cooking at home. Essentially, these changes have made some of my favorite dishes healthier and even tastier!\r\nMushrooms aren’t just a topping in your salad\r\nMushrooms hold superfood status. That means they are loaded with some of the most potent nutrients on earth. Mushrooms in your regular diet means better weight management and a healthier immune system. They also act as a “prebiotic” for the growth of probiotic gut organisms. Not only are they great for your body, but they can be a great addition to a meal or stand alone. A…

Going vegan one day a week is good for your health & your wallet

Taking one day out of the week to practice a meatless diet is more about you’ll be can adding to your diet rather than what you take away. Generally households choose meat as the main dish of their meals. Switching to a plant based diet once a week is an opportunity to fill your plate with more vegetables, more grains, and legumes that provide nutritional value that your body may not always receive from meats like fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. You can also find solace in the idea that by going meat free just one day a week could help protect the environment and may contribute to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.\r\nHow it helps your health\r\nSubtracting meat from your diet is less about what you’re taking away, and more about what you can add to your meals. More vegetables, fruit, and grains protects your body against heart disease and stroke. A…

19 easy 15-minute vegan breakfasts

Greatist writes:\r\n\r\nWhen simply getting out the door without mismatched shoes is considered a feat during chaotic weekdays, whipping up a satisfying morning meal seems like a long shot. And while meat eaters—and even vegetarians—can grab a decently healthy breakfast sandwich en route to work, it’s often slim pickings for vegans. Not anymore.\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck out these 19 meat – and dairy-free recipes you can make at home in 15 minutes or less; some are even portable!