Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recipe: Blueberry Almond Cobbler

When I'm stuck inside on a snowy afternoon, one of the things I like to do is bake. If you have some frozen berries on hand, consider making this delicious recipe. Think of a cobbler like a giant deconstructed muffin.  The batter goes in first, then as if you forgot to add the berries, you just dump them over the top.  They cook and spread and melt together into a nice yummy mess with the moist cake batter underneath. Top with a generous dollop of coconut whip.


Recipe

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (or substitute 1 cup gluten-free flour, 1/4 cup rice flour, plus 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
12 cup vegan sugar
14 tsp sea salt 
1 12 tsp baking powder 
34 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
13 cup vegan margarine, melted
2 cups blueberries
1/3 cup slivered almonds 
13 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 350 °F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir in milk, almond extract, and melted margarine till combined. Pour batter into an oiled 8-inch square baking pan. In a separate mixing bowl, toss blueberries, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together, then sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until firm to the touch and top is lightly browned.


Eat Vegan with Me book launch



The year ended with the launch of my new cookbook, Eat Vegan with Me, and I officially kicked off New Year's Eve with a book signing at ION Restaurant in Middletown, CT. Thank you to Renana Magee for hosting the event and to everyone who showed up with book in hand or stood in line to purchase one!



In case you missed my talk, I shared my Top Ten Lessons Learned from 20 years as a vegan and read excerpts from my book. Details can be found in Part 1 - Conversations, along with nearly 100 familiar yet fabulous recipes you'll want to share with family and friends.



"Ten Lessons from 20 Years as a Vegan"

  1. Be the vegan you wish you had met before you were vegan (do you remember your first vegan?)
  2. Consider every interaction a teaching moment and a learning opportunity
  3. Ask open-ended questions and seek to understand and connect, not “win” an argument 
  4. Don’t get attached to reaping results; scatter seeds instead 
  5.  Keep a "being vegan" journal, write, reflect, then let go
  6.  Guilt is debilitating; accountability is empowering
  7.  Even vegans are human; be there to help each other
  8.  Be kind to yourself first
  9.  Our movement doesn’t need heroes; our movement needs regular, ordinary people like you & me to take action and speak up
  10.  Change requires discomfort, but it's worth it 

And one more - bonus material - when you speak the truth, you discover you're not alone. Never be afraid to say the word "vegan" or identify as vegan. You may just be that person somebody was desperately looking for. 
I'm here for you. Happy New Year!   

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What is your greatest health challenge?

Whether it's digestive issues, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, or autoimmune disfunction, I'm here to help! In the first video of my new health & wellness series, I discuss four steps you can take to get started healing your body right now. 


What is your greatest health challenge that holds you back? Post your question or comment below.


I look forward to connecting with you!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A little help from your (vegan) friends

Thinking about making the transition to a vegan lifestyle? I'm here to help! 


Whether it's through a cooking lesson, wellness jumpstart, hands-on cooking party, group workshop, or corporate wellness retreat, I'd love to show you how easy it is to be vegan. Contact me for a free consultation.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

New Cookbook: Eat Vegan with Me


Get ready to launch! I'm pleased to announce that my new cookbook, Eat Vegan with Me, will be published by Vegan Publishers on December 12.  NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS!! Not simply a cookbook, it is a recipe for vegans who want to transform the dinner table and effect positive social change. If you're frustrated by failed attempts to win over family and friends, look no further than this essential resource for overcoming any obstacle. 

With nearly 100 quick and easy recipes and cooking tips that demonstrate how to go from familiar to fabulous, you're sure to inspire everyone to eat vegan with you. Order your copy here:
Eat Vegan with Me

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5 Simple Steps


There is no "miracle cure," but if you follow these five simple steps, most chronic health issues (eg., gas, bloating, constipation, headaches, achy joints, fatigue, skin rashes, acne, etc.) can be resolved without medication. I've overcome many illnesses this way and helped numerous clients do so as well. It's empowering and life changing when you realize you have the ability to take charge of your own health. I'd be happy to provide further guidance or refer you to helpful resources if you have any questions.

1) Assess diet for food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities and eliminate all foods that cause inflammation. Add foods and supplements that are anti-inflammatory (eg., dark leafy greens, berries, turmeric, etc.). Choosing the right foods that prevent free radical damage and promote healing are key to maintaining optimal health. 

2) Drink at least 64 oz. (4 pint glasses) of filtered water daily. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to aid the detoxification process. Our bodies need sufficient hydration to carry out necessary physiological functions. 

3) Take digestive enzymes before each meal to aid in the metabolization of food. If digestion is still sluggish, consider doing a fast and cleanse by consuming restorative herbs that support excretion of metabolic wastes, and improve digestion, nutrient absorption, circulation, cellular regeneration, and immune function. The ability to digest and absorb nutrients is how we obtain fuel from food. Good digestion makes a tremendous difference in energy level and endurance. 

4) Get active! Exercise daily, outside in the fresh air if possible, enough to increase heart rate and respiration and produce sweat. Physical movement strengthens muscles and keeps internal organs functioning optimally. 

5) Incorporate daily stress management techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, Reiki, laughter, etc. to relax the body and mind and enhance restful sleep. A calm and uncluttered mind improves concentration and allows us to focus on positive transformation. 

That's it. The process is simple, but as I said, it's not a miracle cure. It takes time for your body to heal. If you've experienced chronic health issues for many, many years, expect that it may take months to resolve them. Know that your body will always return to homeostasis and an optimal state of wellness when given the right fuel. Have compassion for yourself, nurture your health, and take care of your body as if it's the most precious gift you have, because it is.

Mary Lawrence, vegan wellness educator
Well on Wheels