Sources for delicious plant-based recipes
- Brand New Vegan – This guy’s recipes are touted by many as being their savior to remaining dedicated to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. The idea is to not rock your taste buds with all types of brand new foods and flavors, but to have healthy alternatives to foods you already know and love. Examples- chili, reubens, macaroni and cheese… just all cooked with healthy ingredients. If you can cut down on the salt/oil, it’s perfect, as the recipes can be a little higher in those than I would like, but otherwise it’s a good start to the learning curve of cooking healthy and delicious. And it’s a thousand times better than the typical ways these recipes are prepared.
- The Big List of No Oil Salad Dressings – these dressings can be used for salads, roasting or sauteeing veggies… whenever you want to get all the nutrients and not sabotage it with a high sugar/high oil dressing but still have it taste good.
- The Watering Mouth– This is a YouTube channel that has short videos about example meal plans during the day with PDF’s of the recipes you see to make it easier to put the videos into action in your diet. Sometimes I just watch for ideas and use what I have- great resource if you’ve only got 5 min to get some ideas, OR she has longer videos with more information as well.
- Fat Free Vegan Kitchen– these recipes are SO GOOD, and SO HEALTHY. Just try one of them and you will be convinced. Love all her “holiday replacement” foods, where you can cook healthy foods for the holidays, not gain those yearly pounds and no one will miss the excess calories.
- Kid Tested, Firefighter Approved– Plant-based food blog by a California stay at home mother cooking for a normally meat-and-potatoes husand and toddlers. “Bottom line… if my hubby and two picky kids will eat this food, then yours might, too!”
- OhSheGlows.com – Vegan cooking everyone will love. We have had her recipes at my family events, and even the staunchest meat eaters have enjoyed every recipe from this source. She has an amazing cookbook as well.
- The Glowing Fridge– woman who had hormonal problems she was able to fix through healthy diet now runs a food blog/writes books based on her research and personal experience. Lots of healthy, vegan recipes.
- John McDougall, MD– Dr. McDougall is well known for achieving excellent health outcomes in his patients with healthy, plant based diet recommendations based on research and clinical experience. He has great recipes on this site, and also has great free webinars on how good food choices positively affect health.
- This Rawsome Vegan Life – This rawsome vegan life is a mostly raw food blogger who has gorgeous pictures of exceptionally fresh, delicious food. There is a wide variety of food types for all taste buds.
- Raw on $10/day – “Easy affordable raw food recipes, meal plans, menus, vegan recipes, and lifestyle tips.” Fresh, produce-rich recipes for less than $10 for all meals of the day.
- Forks Over Knives – A group dedicated to helping people live healthier lives, using food as medicine rather than needing pills or surgery. There is a smartphone app that costs about $5 with 230 recipes updated weekly including shopping lists. There is information and recipes directly on the site. They offer fresh, cold, twice weekly meal delivery for those too busy to cook and ship nationwide. There is an associated informational movie.
- www.straightupfood.com/blog– “I’m Cathy Fisher, a chef and teacher whose passion is creating recipes without animal foods, salt, oil or sugar, and very few processed foods.”
- www.happyhealthylonglife.com – “A medical librarian’s adventures in evidence-based living.” The home website has recent articles on nutrition. There is a link in the upper left corner (“check out my RECIpage”) linking to a plethora of yummy plant-based recipes.
- www.vegweb.com – recipe contributions from members. Search any recipe you like, and it will probably be there with reviews from other users.
- https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart –– website by the American Heart Association that has information on the best diet to prevent heart disease and associated recipes.
- The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals: Missy, the chef in charge of this food blog, wrote a New York Times bestselling book about how to hide fruits and veggies in food even children will love. The website has a plethora of free, healthy recipes to help even the most fruit and veggie averse find a yummy, healthy way of eating and living
- lovelifeandveggies.wordpress.com – This is a blog created by a friend of mine, and all her recipes are super yummy! Her life and blog are dedicated to helping the world and the people in it through plant-based nutrition, and she has a lot of great ideas.
Educational resources to learn more about how nutrition affects your health
- NutritionFacts.org – This website doesn’t have recipes, but it makes important and current nutrition research available to everyone. Michael Greger, MD, scours nutritional journals every year and makes new information available to the public in an easy to digest format (pun intended). There is also an index where you can search any type of food or disease you would like information about, and there will likely be that topic available with links to primary resources.
- http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome – The Physician’s Comittee for Responsible Medicine has a free, 21-day vegan kickstart program with cooking demos and community support to help with the change to a healthy, plant-based lifestyle.
- Jeffnovick.com/rd/dvds– Jeff Novick’s Fast Food DVD series- Feed family in no time for $4 daily/person. Does grocery-store walk-though and nutrition facts label education.
Educational movies you can find on Netflix
- Forks Over Knives– “Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”
- Fed Up– “Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.”
- Food Inc.– “Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by filmmaker Robert Kenner. The Academy Award-nominated film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.”
- Plant Pure Nation– “The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author T. Colin Campbell gives a stirring speech on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son, Nelson, and Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner work together to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Once the legislation goes into Committee, agribusiness lobbyists kill the plan. Undeterred, Nelson decides to try his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.”
- Eating You Alive– to be released in 2016- “Despite countless dollars spent on new research, new drugs, and innovative technology to improve our health more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before.Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.”
- The Weight of the Nation– Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.