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Holy Costco!

Holy Costco! by Beth M.

One of the major complaints I hear about veganism is how expensive it is, for any number of reasons, ranging from "I need to restock my pantry" to "vegan food just costs more." Personally, I have found that going vegan is actually a money saver. Meat is expensive! While vegan processed food can often times cost more (although I push…

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Planning Ahead for the Work Week

Planning Ahead for the Work Week by Beth M.

I have confessed in the past that I understand the virtues of planning meals ahead of time but that my execution is lackluster at best. Now that I'm back to work, I will admit that I am still uneven in this area, but I have found that the weeks where I plan ahead make all the difference in the world - especially for lunch.What is it…

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Easter/Spring Extravaganza Week! (or A Great Excuse to Make Crustless Vegan Quiche)

Easter/Spring Extravaganza Week! (or A Great Excuse to Make Crustless Vegan Quiche) by Beth M.

Hooray for Spring! Seriously, if you are in Chicago, then you know we got run through the ringer with weather. So bring on the sunshine, walks outside with Baby M and the puppies, and general glad tidings!For some of us, this time of year means Easter…

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Feeding the New Family

Feeding the New Family by Beth M.

Hello readers! I am back on the blog after having crossed the great divide from pregnancy into parenthood. Baby M arrived and she is wonderful and perfect in ways that Greg and I could have never imagined.When Baby M was born, I learned a lesson that I intellectually understood pre-baby but felt viscerally as a new mom - BRING NEW…

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Hooray for Puree! The Shortcut to an Easy Creamy Vegan Soup

Hooray for Puree! The Shortcut to an Easy Creamy Vegan Soup by Beth M.

Although chunky veggie or bean soups are usually the standard in our house, sometimes I crave a good creamy soup. Usually when people go vegan, they believe they will say sayonara to the velvety goodness of a broccoli or potato soup. I am pleased to say - they are wrong! First, you can always veganize your old recipe by using…

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Meal Ideas: The World's Easiest Taco Salad

Meal Ideas: The World's Easiest Taco Salad by Beth M.

One of the biggest daily challenges anyone faces, vegan or otherwise, is meal planning. It can be hard to think about what to have for dinner tonight, much less for the next week. I think meal planning can be especially daunting for a new vegan - in addition to figuring out what to eat, you likely have a pattern of foods that you…

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Dressing the Vegan Bump Without Going Broke

Dressing the Vegan Bump Without Going Broke by Beth M.

For anyone who is vegan or contemplating the vegan transition, one of the things you realize is that your ethical choices go beyond what you eat to what you wear. Although this can seem daunting, I have personally found that there are obviously vegan and "accidentally" vegan items everywhere; you just need to know where to look and…

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The World's Easiest Vegan Fudge Recipe (Or How to Make Friends and Influence People)

The World's Easiest Vegan Fudge Recipe (Or How to Make Friends and Influence People) by Beth M.

I confess; this post might end up being my undoing. I am so excited about this can't lose fudge recipe: I know how daunting vegan baking and cooking can seem (though I promise, it doesn't have to be!) and just how difficult it can be to find an easy…

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Easy Peasy Dried Beans

Easy Peasy Dried Beans by Beth M.

Two of the biggest questions I often hear about going vegan involves expense and meal planning - specifically, how do you figure out what to cook and keep the cost reasonable?Like any diet you pursue, vegan or otherwise, planning ahead is one of the best things that you can do to tackle both of these problems. If you live in the real…

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The Farmers' Market Love Affair Continues

The Farmers' Market Love Affair Continues by Beth M.

The Farmers' Market Love Affair ContinuesI've talked about how farmers' markets are to me what shoes are to Carrie Bradshaw: it's fundamentally an intense love affair and a scary proposition all at the same time.I've taken the love a step further; my friend Katie introduced Greg and me to Newleaf Grocery in Rogers Park, and it is now…

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