Topic: Advice

We all know that brown rice is a healthier choice than white rice — but why must it take 40 minutes to cook?



This became my ongoing problem. I love brown rice, but when I came home after a long day, I just wanted to whip up one of my recipes in 15-20 minutes... not wait 40 for my rice (my rice!) to cook!!

So, I bought a fancy rice cooker — one that has a special "brown rice" setting as ...

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This post is also a podcast episode!

One year ago I blogged about how the plant-based diet made me an overeater.

A lot has happened since.

After the post, hundreds (I’m not exaggerating for impact) of people sent me an email saying that my experience was THEIR experience.

“I feel like I am so similar” was a common phrase.

Here’s one of those emails:

When I first went plant-based, my weight dropped beautifully for the first 40 pounds ...

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I love the Internet, and yet I hate it, too, because I find you're setting yourself up for a lot of scrutiny... even when you're trying to do something positive.



The whole point of "minimalism" is not about deprivation, but living more purposefully and intentionally. It's about simplifying your life and doing more with less. 

My own take on minimalism goes a step further: Doing the best you can within your means — and that's what ...

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I will never understand why people forsake the potato. No, a potato isn't "fattening" — it's a vegetable! The "problem" is the company Mr. Potato sometimes hangs around with. It's not the potato in the french fry that's fattening, it's the oil the potato was fried in and is dripping with. It's not the baked potato that's unhealthy, it's the bacon, cheese and sour cream plopped on top of it.



Potatoes are wonderfully ...

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Cooking (and baking!) without oil is easy.

Here's a quick video (below) of how to cook and saute without oil. My secret? vegetable broth! However, you can also use water (but broth is better!)



You can find my DIY recipe for vegetable broth in any of my cookbooks.

If you're using store-bought vegetable, look for low sodium varieties and make sure there are no oils in the ingredients. Even some of the advertised "fat-free" broths contain oil. A ...

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