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Author and journalist, Michael Pollan, famously wrote in his book, In Defense Of Food, "Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants". Inherent in this statement is that a lot of what we're eating in modern society is not "food". In fact, it is often far from its original...
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Chief Bean Chaser, Professional Chef and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Why Chasing Beans, you ask?
I created Chasing Beans for YOU. Thanks for checking in. I believe it’s no accident that you’re here. My greatest wish is to provide you with recipes, guidance and inspiration for a healthy (and always delicious) plant based lifestyle. Click on the link below to learn more about me and how Chasing Beans got its name.
We’ve all Bean There…
Are you sick and tired of wondering what to make for dinner?
Do you find yourself eating out more than you’d like?
Are you confused about all the information out there on how to eat healthfully?
Have you had it up to here with diets?
Are you suffering from fatigue and/or other physical symptoms that are dragging you down?
Are you addicted to food? Sugar, Salt, Fat, White Flour?
Are you afraid that you can’t give up or limit certain foods that you know are not promoting your best health?
Are you ready to finally give up your unhealthy habits and find a new relationship with nourishing, delicious and life sustaining food?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you’re in the right place! I’m so glad you’re here. Taking care of “the one and only you”, not to mention the whole family, is hard in today’s world. Here at Chasing Beans, you’ll discover the life changing magic that eating well brings to your body, mind and spirit. You’ll find delicious plant based recipes made with little or no processed ingredients, health and wellness tips and inspiration.
Eating mostly plants was not something that I ever envisioned myself doing, however it did come to pass over a number of years. The one thing that made it so much more fun and absolutely delicious was SAUCES, especially this Oil-Free Romesco Sauce. I try to prepare a...
Putting together a Thai curry dish for dinner is a snap. and this recipe for Thai Red Curry With Cauliflower And Snap Peas is a perfect example of that. No cauliflower or snap peas on hand.......no problem! Just use whatever veggies you have to make this beautifully...
West African Peanut Stew is the kind of dish that makes moving to a plant based diet a breeze. This flavorful stew comes with a savory sauce of tomatoes, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, cumin, curry powder, red pepper and cinnamon. You'll find many versions of the...
This Quinoa and Pasta Confetti Salad started strictly as a Quinoa "No Pasta" Confetti Salad with vibrant summer vegetable colors and protein rich quinoa perfect for an outdoor picnic. Then my Taste Tester came along and suggested that I add pasta. I was initially...
Most of us need sweet treats from time to time, maybe even every day. These Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bites are one of those desserts that you can enjoy in moderation as a healthy alternative to other sweet treats. You'll need Dark Chocolate for this recipe to...
"Chickpea of the Sea" is how Karoline Boehm Goodnick titled her recipe which appeared in the Boston Globe Wednesday food section. There are lots of recipes with this title around the internet food world. My preference is not to title vegan/vegetarian recipes with...
Inspired by the Greek Avgolemono Soup, this velvety lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup is a vegan alternative made with chickpeas and thickened with tahini. This recipe was adapted from the Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup at The Simple Veganista. It's perfect for summer with its...
The calendar has turned to spring, but here in New England, we're destined for many more cool days before we can safely leave the house without a coat. This bountiful, wholesome Sweet Potato, Carrot and White Bean Korma is everything you could ask for on one of these...
Chasing something special?
There is an abundance of information available in the world today (more than ever before in history) about how to nourish yourself. It is very exciting to be able to access so much knowledge, but at times it can become overwhelming.
What’s Right for Me?
Questions arise as to which scientific study should I believe (as they are often contradictory), which expert should I follow (as experts often disagree), what’s right for me (which may or may not be what anyone else in the universe needs) and how can I find the time in my busy life to attend to these things.
Generally speaking, a range of experts in the fields of nutrition and medicine suggest the following for optimal health:
- Decrease saturated fats and trans fats
- Increase intake of fruits and vegetables
- Eat more fiber
- Substitute animal protein with plant protein
- Increase whole grains
- Limit sweets, desserts and sugary sodas
- Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all
- Reduce intake of salt
- Control portion size
- Exercise regularly
Engage with Chasing Beans
Whether you are doing some or all of these things, you will find delicious plant based recipes, inspiration and education right here on these pages, so dive right in, and in the spirit of lifting up the universe, please provide comments when they are kind, respectful and may be helpful to others especially including me.
Progress, Not Perfection
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will be you and me. We can take pride in the changes we make each day that lead us to a healthier self. I continue on my journey of self discovery into healthfulness, and I’m pretty sure I will always be on this journey. As is said, “it’s about progress, not perfection.” Moving towards your goal of a healthier you will bring you abundance that you never dreamed possible, and you can enjoy the journey.
Join me here to discover healthy and delicious recipes, learn more about how to feed yourself
for optimal health. and find inspiration for being the best that you can be everyday!
Here’s to YOU! You are AMAZING just the way you are!
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