Aquafaba MAYONNAISE

This one contains oil, and I don’t know of a suitable substitute, so if you’re oil-free, ignore this one! Suggested sweeteners are brown rice syrup, stevia, cane sugar or maple syrup. Suggested neutral oils are sunflower or avocado. Olive oil has a distinct taste, but if you like the taste of olive oil mayonnaise, it will work.

PREP TIME 5 min / COOK TIME none / NEED blender / MAKES 2 cups

INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup aquafaba / 1/4 tsp ground mustard / 1/4 tsp salt / 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar / 1 Tbsp sweetener / 3/4-1 cup neutral oil

aquafaba mayonnaise
  1. Blend 1/4 c AQUAFABA, 1/4 tsp GROUND MUSTARD, 1/4 tsp SALT, 1 1/2 tsp APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, and 1 Tbsp SWEETENER until frothy.
  2. With blender on lowest speed, drizzle 3/4 – 1 c OIL into the mix until desired thickness is achieved.
  3. You can serve immediately, but it will thicken more if you refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. Store up to 2 weeks refrigerated in sealed container

Hibiscus Facts

When I first came to live in Mexico, I learned to love agua de jamaica, a delicious beverage that was a little bit tart, usually sweetened and served cold. Many years later, I learned that agua de jamaica was made from dried hibiscus flowers. Recently, I have learned that this delicious drink has many health benefits, even medicinal uses, and that after they are boiled and strained, the flowers can be used as a kind of meat substitute in tacos and other dishes!

Hibiscus tacos / Tacos de flor de jamaica (Recipe)

Whole Foods for Whole Bodies

Coffee Talk

When a typical westerner goes to the doctor with a headache, we expect a prescription for a pill or shot or liquid that will “attack” the headache. We probably would not go back if the doctor massaged our feet or stuck needles in random body parts or told us to give up meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and processed foods to make the headache go away. The truth, however, is that any of these treatments could be more effective than pills, shots, or liquids because the head is connected to the rest of the body.

A body is a whole thing with many inter-related parts. Isolating a brain or a pancreas or a heart or a blood vessel may be helpful for scientists trying to understand how they work, but all the parts work together in awesome ways to keep the body going, slow it down, or kill it. Even when…

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I Just Feel Good!

Coffee Talk

There are physiological arguments for a whole food plant-based lifestyle, as well as credible ecological and deeply spiritual considerations, but I’m going to limit this discussion to just one self-interested reason: it feels good.

I want to preach and shout and cry out, “Why didn’t I do this years ago? How is it possible that EVERYONE isn’t doing this?” This is a common reaction of people who finally cross over from animal-based to plant-based. However, if you’re not ready for it, you would probably think I’m nuts if I did that. I would have thought so too. A few weeks ago, I thought vegans were mostly teenage girls looking for attention or fanatics in weird religions. There may be a few of those, but there is a growing number of diverse, energetic, healthy people that reflect a different reality.

I read a little book more than forty years ago that…

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