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Black Bean Tacos

This recipe is a healthier alternative to tacos with ground beef or chicken.

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Vegan While Out: Ben’s Next Door (Washington, DC)

Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC landmark; a black owned business established in 1958. Located on the fabulous U St. corridor, there is a little something for herbivores and omnivores alike.

In 2009, Ben’s Next Door was established as a sit down restaurant and bar, which is literally next door.

I started off with the vegan chili-Fab!

Most restaurants post their menus online, so don’t forget to check it out before leaving your home.

Be pleasant with the wait staff – I’ve been around vegetarians/vegans who are downright nasty when their order doesn’t come out as expected.  Make sure to be specific with your server about your needs. Also, be sure to tip well, especially if the server went above and beyond to accommodate your request.

Happy vegan dining!

Peanut Butter Cups: Vegan Style

Chocolate feen checking in!

A vegan lifestyle isn’t a way to deprive you, but to show there’s a healthier way to eat everything you want.

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Tofu: The Love and Hate

What is tofu?

Tofu is made in much the same way as cheese, except that it is made from soya beans rather than milk. It is entirely plant-based, which means that it is an ideal food for vegans and for people who are intolerant of dairy products. Because it is prepared by separating the curds of the soya ‘milk’ from the whey, it is sometimes referred to as bean curds.


Before eliminating chicken from my diet, my favorite way to eat it was in stir-fry with lots of rice and green peppers.  Like chicken, tofu takes on the flavor of whatever you marinate or season it in.

I remember the 1st time I tried to make a tofu stir-fry at home.  I failed to research, took the tofu from the container and began to cook with it without extracting the water. Oops.  The consistency was horrible and my overconfidence led me to feeding it to my boys that night for dinner. I wish I took more time perfecting this process before serving it to them. As expected, they haven’t been too enthused about eating it since that failed attempt.  I remember reading somewhere that most people don’t like tofu because they had it prepared incorrectly (like my boys) and didn’t grow up eating it like turkey and hamburgers.

I never gave up in my quest to enjoy tofu because of the nutritional benefits. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, aids in heart health and helps to subside menopausal symptoms. Also, it’s very inexpensive-a 14 oz tub will run about $3.50. Continue reading