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  • Yes, You Can Make Tofu at Home...Here's How!

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    While it is known as a staple in Japan, tofu is mostly considered a health food in the West. Boasting high protein, but few calories and little fat content, tofu makes for a versatile and nutritious addition to practically any dish. A component of many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, tofu (also referred to as bean curd) is made from coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into soft white bricks. Read on to find out how to make tofu from the comfort of your home!

    Ingredients


    1 1/3 cups dried soybeans (preferably organic/non-GMO)

    Coagulant (several options here):

    1. 2 tsp nigari
    2. 2 1/4 tsp. granular or powdered nigari
    3. 2 tsp. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)
    4. 4 tbsp. lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
    5. 3 tbsp. apple cidar vinegar
    Traditional tofu is made with nigari (which is a concentrated solution of various salts remaining after the crystallization of salt from seawater), but it can be made with any of the aforementioned Read More »from Yes, You Can Make Tofu at Home...Here's How!
  • 5 Ridiculously Awesome Dairy-free (Vegan) Pies


    Image source: Raw Coffee Creme Pie with a Chocolate Crust

    This collection of plant-based, dairy-free pies is mouthwatering, decadent, and more diverse than you might expect. With a nice mixture of raw and baked pies; chocolate, fruity, coconut, and even pumpkin varieties; your new favorite is most definitely in this mix! These pies are just as creamy, flavorful, and delicious as their traditional counterparts, but without all the cholesterol and saturated fat.

    They make use of wholesome ingredients like nuts, coconut, and dried fruit for their amazing crusts, fillings, and toppings. So pick one to make, and let us know how it turns out!

    1. Raw Chocolate Banana Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

    Oh, baby! This pie rocks. or should we say… it RAWKS. It's pretty much all raw but we can't lie - the coconut milk is not but this pie is too delicious to care.



    Crust Ingredients:

    • 1 cup pecans
    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1 1/2 cups dates or raisins
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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  • 5 Healthy Ways to Use Mangoes This Summer!

    Image Source: Layered Mango and Banana Ice-Cream

    Summer is the time to enjoy mangoes! Not only are they delicious and low in fat and calories, but they are also an excellent source of a variety of nutrients, ranging from Vitamin A and C to dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds.

    In terms of health benefits, mangoes offer the following:

    1. Great for your skin: Mangoes are a rich source of beta-carotene, which is converted by our bodies to Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to rejuvenate the skin and can clear clogged pores, improve the skin's elasticity and repair the cells, to leave your skin looking smooth and feeling soft.
    2. Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mangoes help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically LDL or Bad Cholesterol
    3. Helps Prevent Cancer: Several studies have found that mangoes contain various antioxidant compounds like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat that can help protect the
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  • 5 Drool Worthy Dairy-free (Vegan) Cake Recipes


    Image source: Raw Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

    To some, dairy-free baking may seem like an enigma - especially when it comes to cake. How can you possibly bake a soft, moist, perfectly textured cake with no eggs? How can you make a rich, creamy buttercream frosting with no butter...and no cream? Well, it's actually simpler than you might think!

    If you're interested in learning all about vegan or dairy-free baking, including the role of eggs, oils, milk, and other common ingredients - and some great substitutions - check out A Beginner's Guide to Vegan Baking. But if you're just interested in trying your hand at making a delicious vegan cake...we've got you covered right here!

    1. Chocolate Stout Cake
    Even if you're not a fan of beer or stout, you will love this cake. The richness of the stout brings out the deep chocolate flavor. Don't tell anyone this cake is vegan and we promise you they'll never guess it is!

    Serves 10
    | Prep time: 20 minutes | Baking

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  • Cooking with Tofu + 5 Delicious Recipes



    What?


    Tofu, also called bean curd, is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into a soft, white block. Tofu originated in China over 2000 years ago, and first appeared in the United States in the early 1800's. Tofu and other soy foods have long been used in traditional Asian diets. The two main types of tofu are silken and firm. Silken tofu has a high moisture content and a custard-like texture, while firm (or extra firm) tofu has been drained and pressed to remove some of its moisture. Firm and extra firm tofu have a "meatier" consistency, making it a good option for stir fries and other entrees. Learn how to make tofu at home by reading this article.

    Why?


    Tofu is a nutritious, versatile, convenient, and flavorful addition to any diet! Although some questions remain about the potential health benefits and risks of soy products, the latest research suggests that moderate consumption is healthful. Here are some great reasons to eat more tofu (be

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  • How to Detox Using Herbs (with Amazing Recipes!)

    Image Source: Creamy Lemon Herb Dressing

    Why detox with herbs?


    Herbs are nature's beautiful and beneficial gift to us. They're great additions to gardens for colorful accents and scents, but they also provide a stellar performance in the kitchen -- they add tons of flavor when incorporated into recipes (check out this one for Creamy Lemon Herb Dressing!), and they also make for great natural remedies to help alleviate physical discomforts like headaches. But when used for detoxing, however, different herbs have different cleansing benefits, so it's important to learn about what the ones you are using will do for your body.

    • Herbs such as turmeric and ginger, when paired together, are powerhouses when it comes to improving your digestive system. Ginger calms queazy stomachs while soothing digestion, and throwing turmeric into the mix will help cleanse your liver at the same time, as that organ is an integral part of digestion because it produces the bile that helps break down
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  • 5 Spicy Vegan Recipes to Ignite Your Tastebuds



    Health Benefits


    In addition to being a fun way to jazz up all types of dishes, did you know that adding some heat to your meal actually has some pretty impressive health benefits?

    Cayenne pepper has been shown to help speed up your metabolism, rid the body of LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, and normalize blood pressure. Read all about the health benefits of cayenne pepper here. A 2006 study even found that capsaicin, the main ingredient in cayenne pepper, can destroy prostate cancer cells, at least in lab tests.

    Fresh chiles and other peppers are also a great source of antioxidant vitamins A and C, several important B vitamins, and minerals like potassium, iron, and copper.

    Not a huge fan of BYFO (burn your face off) heat? Don't worry! Even small doses of fresh and dried peppers can impart some impressive health benefits, while adding amazing flavor to your favorite dishes.

    Recipes


    You know what they say...some like it hot! And if you're one of them, these 5 recipes are sure to

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  • 5 Decadent Bite-Sized Mini-Desserts



    Image Source: Raw Carrot-Onion Cupcakes

    The best things do come in small packages, especially when the thing you're talking about is a sweet treat. If you're going to indulge in something decadent, the last thing you want is to be tempted to devour a humongous slice of cheesecake or a pie.

    Enter miniature desserts that come in cute little packages and pack just about enough creamy, decadent, deliciousness to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    From sinful chocolate cupcakes to summery mango cheesecakes, these 5 mini-desserts are sure to please! They're all-vegan (no dairy, no eggs!) and many are raw and healthy. YAY!

    1. Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

    Ingredients:


    For the cupcake:

    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon raisins
    • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
    • 1 tablespoon cacao butter, melted (or use coconut oil)
    • 2½ tablespoon cacao powder
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • pinch sea salt
    For the frosting:
    • ½ cup mashed avocado
    • 3 tablespoons Navitas Naturals Cacao Paste,
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  • 5 Delicious and Surprisingly Meatless Recipes for Taco Tuesday

    Recipe: Lentil Tacos

    Image Source: Lentil Tacos

    Who has time to cook an elaborate meal in the middle of the week, especially on a hot summer evening, when you're really craving something refreshing, and more importantly, quick! That's why tacos are an easy, and satisfying meal you can put together in just a few minutes, for yourself as well as your family and friends! One of the many reasons tacos are amazing is because of the endless possibilities of fresh veggies and toppings that can be added, making it super easy to eat the rainbow in one sitting.

    Simply prepare and set out the ingredients, and let everyone make their own tacos! Customize to your liking, but recommended ingredients include mixed greens (or lettuce), chopped tomatoes, black beans, mashed avocado (or guacamole), shredded cheese, salsa, greens, and peppers. Yum!

    Here are 5 of our favorite meatless taco recipes:

    1. Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos Recipe: Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos
    Serves 4

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
    • 2 cloves
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  • A Miracle Super Spice? the Health Benefits of Turmeric, with 5 Amazing Recipes



    Image Source: Lentil Crusted Tofu with Awesome Dipping Sauce

    If you want to protect yourself from a multitude of diseases, then please let us introduce you to turmeric. This spice is best known as the substance that gives many Indian dishes and ballpark mustard their yellow color. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and if you happen to see it in its fresh in the supermarket, it resembles ginger but with a darker brown tough outer skin and a deep orange inner flesh. However, it is most commonly sold in the spice aisle as a bright yellow powder. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine and is recently being recognized by conventional medicine for its healing powers.

    Health Benefits


    While studies concerning the health benefits of turmeric are still premature, early evidence has linked turmeric to a slew of health benefits, most of which are based on its most active component, curcumin, the compound that also gives turmeric its yellow-orange color.

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