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Top Ten (Nonfiction) Book Recommendations

I'm often asked by clients for book recommendations, so I compiled a new list today. Looking over these books, it's so clear to me just how much they've contributed to who I am today. Some were written decades ago, but they hold up over time. In fact, many of today's contemporary spiritual books, like those of Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, and Ekhart Tolle stand on the shoulders of these giants. I hope this list inspires you to pick one up today. May we all read just a page a day!

They're listed in the order in which I read them through my life, and all linked to Amazon. Happy Reading!

1a. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

The Seth books present an alternate map of reality with a new diagram of the psyche….useful to all explorers of consciousness.
— Deepak Chopra

My first spiritual teacher, read as a teenager. Seth was the first one to say, "You create your own reality." Self-help before self-help existed. Perennial bestsellers. Profound and illuminating. These are the first two books in a series known as "The Seth Books."

2.     Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman        

It is simplicity combined with unerring guidance to the highest good that makes (this) a powerful light along whichever path of growth you choose.
— Body Mind Spirit magazine

Should be required reading. I can't count how many times since the 80s I've reread this book. Probably my top recommendation for clients. I had the great pleasure of learning from Sanaya in her home in the 80s when I lived in San Francisco. She walks the talk. This is the first book in a series called "The Earth Life Mastery Series." 

3.     A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace

My life. I wouldn't be a hypnotherapist, an author, a podcast host, or be married to the man I'm married to without this book. It is to me what the Bible is to Christians. Absolutely life-altering.

4.     Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

One book in particular stayed with Steve Jobs his entire life, “Autobiography of a Yogi” - the guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager, then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since.
— Huffington Post, review of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs

This book is mystical. Not just in its message but I think it has special powers that transform you and transport you as you read it.  

5.     My Experiments with Truth by Gandhi

Gandhi is a far-reaching influential and inspiring figure in my life. This book resonates with my soul and stirs my spirit to do and be better. A true classic, bursting with wisdom. One of my favorite books of all time. 

6.     There is a River by Thomas Sugrue

An amazing story…the facts as he records them are incontrovertible.
— Boston Herald

Super fascinating life! I couldn't put it down. A huge influence on Jon Cusack, who I'm told, optioned the rights to this book and has been trying for years to turn it into a movie. Fingers crossed! Edgar Cayce kinda single-handedly started the New Age movement.  

7. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

An enduring work of survival literature.
— New York Times

I still quote this book... "A human being is a deciding being" all the time. Quick read that will leave you in awe and change the way you think. It's a classic. Written by an Austrian holocaust survivor, who was also a psychiatrist and neurologist. Incredible.

8.     Travels by Michael Crichton

Entertaining, and in the best sense of the word, unsettling.”
— The Washington Post Book World

A client recommended this to me and I gobbled it up. Its author, Michael Crichton, who also wrote Westworld and Jurassic Park, said it was his favorite book he wrote. I whole-heartedly agree! Reads like a piece of fiction--about his travels around the world and his inner world exploration. Fascinating.

9.     Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals isn’t just an anti-meat screed, or an impassioned case for vegetarianism. Instead, Foer tells a story that is part memoir and part investigative report....It’s a book that takes America’s meat-dominated diet to task.
— NPR, All Things Considered

Johnathan's first nonfiction book after several best-selling fiction books. I pick it up sometimes just to be inspired by his writing style. A heavily researched book that will change the way you look at eating animals. Everyone except breatharians need to read this book.   

10. How Not to Die by Michael Greger

“How Not To Die” is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that.
— John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Markets

I'm a long time fan of Michael Gregers website Nutrition Facts. No one is doing what he's doing. He compiles, compares, and contrasts all of the exhaustive research on a particular food-health-body subject and then breaks it down for us. I'm currently reading this much-needed book today. Knowledge is power, friends.


Happy Reading!

On-Again Off-Again Love Affair With Baseball

I stood in the parking lot of Kaufman Stadium, circa 1978. The game had ended. I can’t remember if the Royals won or lost, but it didn’t matter. My sights were set on a bigger victory—I was determined to get a glimpse, better yet, an up close photo of a special third baser: George Brett. Other preteen girls had crushes on David Cassidy and Andy Gibb, but my young heart was set on a baseball player.


I don’t know why I was taken with baseball at that early age. My dad wasn’t a huge fan, but my older brother was a high school baseball player. I went to a few of his games growing up. My dad would pitch to him in the backyard for practice and make me field the balls, which I loathed. I didn’t want to play baseball; I wanted to watch baseball. (Many years later), I even lost my virginity to a baseball player. Sometime during my freshman year at college, his team was in town to play our local team. Details are fuzzy, but let's just say he hit more than a triple.

As I got older, baseball became less important—until a fateful day in 2006. I was living in Los Angeles and wanted to repay my friend David for looking after my dog. He wouldn’t let me pay him, so I decided to do something out of the ordinary for both of us—I bought Dodgers tickets. That Dodger game, with the smell of the stadium, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat, the camaraderie of singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and the zen of the game, sparked my latent passion for baseball once again. I had not owned a television in 20 years, but I immediately bought a 42-inch tv and signed up for cable, for the sole purpose of watching the Dodgers that summer. I watched every. single. game. And I’ve continued to watch almost every game since. 

Baseball became a comfort for me when I was single, when I was lonely, when I needed to decompress, when I needed to escape, when I needed to feel a part of something bigger, and when I wanted to connect to this great but often disconnected city of Los Angeles. Vin Scully became the voice of my summers. He was a much-welcomed friend that I would miss each winter and eagerly look forward to reuniting with each spring.

Eventually I married, not to a baseball fan but to a NBA fan, specifically a Spurs fan. And he hated baseball. He would say, “I don't get why anyone would watch baseball.” But he soon found out that if he wanted to spend time with me each summer, he would have to learn the Dodgers’ roster. And bless his heart, it didn’t take long. My solo baseball fandom found an adoring partner, and it’s been pure joy for both of us.

….The Royals players made their way out of the locker room and into the parking lot, and, oh my, there is UL Washington and Frank White, there’s Willie Wilson, Amos Otis and Hal McRae, and finally like a screen idol come to life, there he was, freshly showered with perfectly semi-wet hair, all dapper in his light blue, polyester, wide lapel suit, and there he went—I had been so mesmerized that when he zipped by me I fumbled for my camera too late and snapped what would turn out to be a blurry (but treasured) photo of my idol whizzing past me on his way to the next game in the next town. But that was enough. My erratic love affair with baseball was solidified. I had brushed greatness. Sort of.

I now realize that my young crush was never really about George Brett—though he was super cute!—it was more about how the great game of baseball made me feel. And that would take an entire post just to try to describe, and just for me to try to understand.  

Thank you Vin Scully for keeping me company these last ten years.


Attention Everyone on Planet Earth: Jupiter is in Libra! (September 9th.)


Happy day for everyone on planet Earth! And especially for us Libras, but all signs will benefit from this planetary movement. Jupiter, the planet of good luck, abundance, and opportunities enters Libra, the sign of peace, equality, compassion, justice, connection, and beauty in the wee morning hours of September 9th. Jupiter has been in Virgo, a sign that it jives with the least, for the last year. That's why, in part, things have felt universally and individually a bit sluggish.

Jupiter visits each sign for a year, so it takes 12 years for Jupiter to come around to your sign. And when he does, he brings gifts galore! All of us will start to feel lighter when he moves into Libra, a very simpatico sign for Jupiter, which will carry into the next year. (Libras though will feel Jupiter the most, as they take center stage.) Also, side note, 2016 is a 9 year in numerology, which, simply put, means the end of a chapter or culmination, and next year is a 1 year, the beginning of a new 10-year cycle. New beginnings and fresh starts coming soon! And we have lucky Jupiter in Libra to kick things off early. 

Think back to 2004-2005, 12 years ago (or you can go back further to 24 years ago), and you'll get a glimpse of how growth-producing, expansive Jupiter in Libra will affect you this year. What was happening in your life 12 years ago? The same area of your life will be affected this year. For me, I moved back to Los Angeles from Lawrence, Kansas. I had been flying between the two cities for years with a hypnotherapy practice in both places, but I made the leap (after a difficult decision) to be in LA full time. 

Because Libra rules relationships and peace (it is the sign of the justice scales) we can look back to other times Jupiter was in Libra and what transpired in the United States: The Peace Moratorium of 1969 occurred, that same year John Lennon (a Libra) staged his famous two-week Bed-In For Peace, and in 2004 Facebook launched--talk about relationships and connection!

It's exciting to think about what might happen this time around not only for each of us but for the world. It's a time of finding balance and releasing whatever--people, places, things, ideas, behaviors--no longer serve us. 

After reading through blogs and sites, here is my super short synopsis on which area Jupiter will shine his light onto in each sign this year. And don't forget to read your rising sign too. (Google how Jupiter in Libra affects your sign for a more in-depth analysis.)

Aries: health and image

Taurus: creative-expression and pleasure

Gemini: family and security

Cancer: community and learning

Leo: work-ideas and money

Virgo: self-growth and adventure

Libra: freedom and spirituality

Scorpio: teamwork and charity 

Sagittarius: career and recognition

Capricorn: travel and achieving

Aquarius: inheritance/investments and sex

Pisces: relationships and travel

It should be noted that I am only a fan of astrology, like as a spare-time activity. I'm not an astrologer. There is a saying that each flower has an angel above it whispering, "grow, grow." I simply find astrology beneficial to my personal growth and understanding. It reminds me that I am one with the universe.  

Here is my favorite astrology book, which combines the Sun signs with the Chinese signs. It's amazingly accurate and fun to read. Check it out on Amazon.

I also faithfully read Susan Miller's monthly horoscopes on AstrologyZone, and if you're on YouTube, check out Annabel Gat's videos called Astrology for Days. Both Susan and Annabel are spot-on and insightful.

Happy Jupiter in Libra, friends!


Super Easy Raw Chocolate Vegan Birthday Cake

It's my husband Brad's birthday today! And he loves healthy superfoods, so I concocted this raw chocolate cake this morning after perusing a few recipes (plant-based pixie, this rawsome vegan life, eating vibrantly). I took what I liked from one, and something else from another, and substituted what I had on hand, and, tada!, it surprisingly turned out great! 

If you haven't tried raw cacao (not cocoa) powder, I highly recommend it for baking and putting in smoothies for a rich, chocolatey, raw superfoods boost! I use Navitas Naturals Organic, available on Amazon



1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup walnuts
(pinch of sea salt and a dribble of coconut oil, if you like, but not necessary)

Using a food processor, blend the walnuts into a powder, then add dates and continue to blend until sticky. Firmly pat down into a 7-9" springform pan. (A round cake pan will do, but it'll be harder to cut it out.) Place in freezer.


3 ripe avocados
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup raw cacao powder
pinch of sea salt
3 - 4 tsps. agave
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Using a food processor, blend the avocados, vanilla, and coconut oil until smooth, then add remaining ingredients. If you don't have agave, just skip it. Add more or less sweetener, depending on your preference. (And really you can add any liquid sweetener.) I added the sweetener slowly and kept tasting to my preference. 

Spatula ingredients onto crust, then freeze for a couple of hours (even overnight). Let thaw like 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

I decorated mine with walnuts, dark chocolate pieces, and blueberries, but you can add whatever you like--coconut flakes, strawberries, bananas--that's the fun part! 

PS. For all those purists out there, it should be noted that with maple syrup and agave, and possibly the vanilla extract, this cake isn't technically totally raw, but it's like 95% raw.




Vegan 4th of July Products Worth Trying. Oh, and Zero Cholesterol.


Indistinguishable from a regular hot dog. No, scratch that, way better. 

Hard to beat Beyond Meat's Beast Burger, but harder to find than most. They're always sold-out in LA. Crazy delicious.


Our go-to veggie burger. Has a nice smokey flavor and great on the grill, too. 

3. Daiya: Cheddar Slices (Swiss and Provolone, too)


People seem to either love or hate Daiya. I love it. And I say, save the hate for the dairy industry. Melt these on your veggie burgers for extra flavor.


Quick and easy, great for kids. You'll love them, too. 

Crunchy, tasty, and so many flavors. Awesome company, super eco friendly. And it's hard to find natural, nonGMO chips. 


I'm so in love with the taste of this "ice cream." The cashew milk makes it wonderfully creamy and dreamy. 

Happy 4th, friends! If we love this country, doesn't it makes sense that we take care of it? Enjoy celebrating! 

Current Vegan Product Obsession: Little Secrets (Classic Dark)


I've done away with my monthly Favorite Vegan Things posts, but I haven't left you high and dry. I'll continue to occasionally post a vegan product I'm currently obsessed with. And right now, it's Little Secrets Candies (Classic Dark), out of Boulder, CO. Basically, it's a vegan M&M! For weeks I've been trying to curtail, for my husband's sake, the extent to which I'm capable of consuming these. I don't want to scare him. 

Now you can have the same M&M experience, but without the cruelty (dairy), cholesterol, and artificial ingredients. These are all natural, even the colors are made with fruit and vegetable extracts. 

I've linked them to Amazon, where you can buy a 4 pack. Trust me, that won't even be enough. 

(Classic Dark, Raspberry and Sea Salted Peanut are the vegan flavors.)

Click here to purchase.


Viva la vegan!

Natural Products Expo 2016: Vegan Report

Brad and me at Natural Products Expo '16.

(Lots of interest in Brad's Veganized Seinfeld Logo T-shirt that he designed. Purchase here.)

I'm still in recovery mode from a whirlwind Natural Products Expo weekend. My husband Brad and I ate and drank ourselves high and low, walking about 15 miles, carrying the latest coconut waters on our backs, to scope out the hot new vegan products. And I still didn't make it to the household or cosmetics areas. 

This Expo was particularly fun this year because we ran into lots of vegan-food movers and shakers who didn't have booths there, but were just checking things out like us. Heidi of Heidi Ho (you might have seen her on this Shark Tank episode) was sampling cheese at Miyoko's booth, and we had a chat about how well her company is doing--500% growth last year! (She's a warm person, btw. Always nice to know when you're a super customer, like us.) We also ran into the amiable Stanley Chase of our favorite (really, the best out there, vegan jerky) Louisville Vegan Jerky Co checking out the scene. He was kind enough to give us three bags of jerky, and we ended up giving one to Doomie (of Doomie's Vegan Restaurant in LA) who we ran into at some booth selling vegan pate. (Vegan pate, no thanks! Kinda like vegan veal--disgusting premise, IMHO.)

And guess who was behind the cooking of the new VeganEgg at the Follow Your Heart booth? None other than the super talented and super cute Spork girls of Spork Foods, Heather and Jenny. We reminisced about how I used to go to their first incarnation of vegan cooking classes in their apartment in Silverlake like 10 years ago! Now they're super stars, on TV, with a new beautiful space, and a wonderful cookbook Spork Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods. And as a long time listener to the Rich Roll Podcast and huge fan of his page-turning book Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, Brad and I finally got to meet Rich at the Expo and chatted with this true pioneer in vegan health and fitness about what else? Veganism. Want to be inspired? Get his book here. 


Cynthia's Favorite Vegan Products from ExpoWest '16

Last year someone left a snarky all CAP comment on my post that went on to say "ALL THESE PRODUCTS ARE PROCESSED"! Yes, these products are from the Natural Products Expo, not the Farmer's Market Expo. Sorry, person, I'm a vegan blogger, not a nutrition blogger. If you're into super healthy, Brad's list is for you. But here are my favorite new vegan food products.

1. Gardein: Scramble Breakfast Pocket / Skillet Meal / Pizza Pocket (none are yet available)

The Scramble Breakfast Pocket was my favorite new vegan food product from the Expo. It tasted like an Egg McMuffin, only better!

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets 

Skillet Meal 

I tried the Asian Chick'n Fried Rice and the Italian Rigatoni. Brilliant idea to make Gardien into super easy skillet meals. 

2. Follow Your Heart: VeganEgg (available)

This came out like 5 months ago but I finally got around to trying it, and it was AMAZING! Texture, taste, it's all there. Other companies are coming out with a vegan scrambled egg, but I don't know how they would be any better than this. But bring them on! The more the merrier. (Shelf stable.) Click here to purchase on Amazon.

3. Daiya: Salad Dressings / Pepperoni Pizza (none yet available)

Daiya knocked it out of the park with each of these dressings. I tried all three and each one tasted exactly like the original they were replicating. It's quite impressive. Other vegan blue cheese, ranch, and caesar dressings exist, and they all deserve an A for effort, but these get an A+ for taste, too. 

Pepperoni Pizza

I ate their new pepperoni pizza so fast that I didn't take a photo of it. Duh! No meat-eater would be able to tell it wasn't a "real" pepperoni pizza. Seriously. If you like pepperoni pizza, this is the one for you. 

3. Caroline's: Fishless Tuna (available)

I was surprised at how much this tasted like tuna! I've tried another vegan tuna and to me, it does the trick just fine, but this one more closely resembles and taste like tuna. Click to purchase on Amazon.

4. Golden Brew Tea: Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic (not yet available)

I grew up drinking Apple Cider Vinegar because of its remarkable healing qualities, but I never got used to the taste. Partly because I don't taste the vinegar, though there are approximately two tablespoons in each serving. I'm a sucker for ginger and turmeric. I tried a lot of drink concoctions at the Expo and this was my favorite. Golden Brew Tea out of Portland, OR is a newish, small company, so this tonic is not yet widely available. 

5. Kite Hill: Ravioli / Soft Ripened (available)

Ricotta Raviolis 

Kite Hill has been a leader in artisan cheeses, and they keep branching out into other amazing products. I haven't tried the ravioli yet, but Kite Hill is such a high quality company that I know it's going to be great! Made with almond milk ricotta.

Soft Ripened Almond Product 

This is my favorite of their many delicious cheeses. Soft Ripened is velvety and aged with a white, fluffy rind, and it has a delicious tangy mushroom-y flavor. Kinda like a Brie.

6. Banza Pasta (available)

I love pasta, but every time I eat it, I can't help but think that there has to be another, better way--to get good nutrients out of the noodles, rather than empty calories--and have the noodles not fall apart into mush. Apparently, I'm not alone. I was stoked to happen upon this company, started by a 23 year-old guy in his Detroit apartment who thought the same thing, but did something about it. Packed with protein and fiber, because it's made with chickpeas. Purchase here on Amazon.

7. So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream: Chocolate Cookies N' Cream (available)

I sat at their booth eating ice cream for so long that they gave me a coupon for a free container, just so I would leave, I think. No, they were super nice. And let me eat all the ice cream I wanted. I filled up on this new delicious flavor. So creamy and chocolatey. 

8. Miyoko's: Cultured VeganButter /  Aged English Smoked Farmhouse Cheese (available)

Cultured VeganButter 

I'm a huge fan of Miyoko's. She's been doing artisan vegan cheeses for awhile, and now she blesses us with a wonderful palm oil free vegan butter. Melts, cooks, bakes, spreads and tastes like butter. Made with Organic Coconut Oil & Organic Cashews. It's so good.

Aged English Smoked Farmhouse "Cheese"

It's hard to pick a favorite Miyoko's cheese, but if I had to, I'd say this one. It's a semi-hard wheel with rich, smoky and sharp tones. Reminds you of the tasty fancy cheeses I used to eat. What am I talking about? All her cheeses do. 

9. Skinny Pop: White Cheddar Flavor Popcorn (available)

Brad, who doesn't normally like popcorn all that much, enjoyed this as much as I did. It tastes just like that white cheddar popcorn you used to love. Low calorie and non-GMO. Purchase here on Amazon. 

10. Teatulia: Red Energy Tea (available)

I drink tea to relax, but I love the idea of using it as energy. I had not heard of this Colorado company that gets its tea leaves from Bangledesh. Their secret ingredient is Eleuthero Root, used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to help the body perform optimally and recover faster. It tastes great with a slightly sweet natural flavor. Purchase on Amazon here.  

11. Vegetarian Plus (available) 

I've seen this brand in grocery stores but I shied away from it because I thought it was vegetarian, not vegan. IMHO, their name isn't doing them any favors. Come to find out at the Expo, they're a 100% vegan company. We don't eat a lot of frozen foods, but I would totally stock the freezer with these for a quick meal. If you see these entrees at your local store, pick them up, doesn't matter matter which product, because I sampled nearly all of them, and they're super tasty. I love the idea of having a quick vegan meal of tikka masala when the craving for Indian food strikes! Purchase here on Amazon.

Vegan Tikka Masala

Vegan Black Pepper Steak

Vegan Ham Roll

12. Ginger's Healthy Habits: Raw Veggie Trail Mix / Raw Kale Chips (available)

I'm actually not a trail mix type of girl, nor do I like anyone else's kale chips except my husband's home made ones (recipe here). But I can't really say those things with confidence after tasting Ginger's Raw Pepperoni Pizza Trail Mix and her Raw Cheezy Chia Kale Chips. I gobbled them up! It's the first trail mix made from only veggies! These products aren't widely available yet, except online. 

Yes, this does actually taste like pepperoni pizza! 

Brad's Favorite Vegan Things from Expo West '16

Written by Brad Klopman

1. Mother in Law's: Tangy Vegan Liquid Kimchi (not yet available)

When I first found Farmhouse Culture’s “Gut Shots” I was instantly hooked. Probiotics, hydration, flavor, all from what once was considered a waste byproduct in the process of making sauerkraut. At Expo West this year I saw two more versions. Mother in Law’s Tangy Vegan Liquid Kimchi and Wildbrine’s “Kimchi Shots” up next). Both are great!

2. Wildbrine: Kimchi Shots (not available yet)

Again, probiotics, hydration, flavor, all from what once was considered a waste byproduct in the process of making sauerkraut. So smart.

3. Sir Kensington's: Fabanaise (not yet available)

Another great idea of the food byproduct space was Sir Kensington's Fabanaise. Sir Kensington has its fanbase for their "regular" mayo and condiments but wanted some skin in the Hampton Creek dominated vegan mayo space. They set out to create a mayo that didn't use the powdered soy, pea or modified food starches as a base but instead a naturally occurring byproduct of hummus production: aquafaba, the water you pour down the drain when buying canned chickpeas. They've turned it into an amazing more whole food vegan mayo that's not "made it a lab" as they put it. Really tasty.

4. REBBL: Maca Cold Brew (available in some Whole Foods)

Having accidentally fallen back into the flavor of coffee thanks to complimentary K-cups from staying at Los Vientos Hideaway near Joshua Tree I was trying all sorts of vegan cold brew drinks. This one was my favorite. Not just because it tasted great, but because it puts a little something extra in there, maca. Maca is an adaptogen used to enhance vitality, stamina and energy. Why not add it in there, right? REBBL stands for “Roots, Extracts, Berries, Bark, and Leaves,” Great company that prevents exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon.


5. Detox Water: Bioactive Aloe Water (available)

This is a "healing elixir in the form of a bioactive, aloe infused water". I love aloe water because it feels like I'm really doing my insides a favor. Ever buy aloe water with pulp in it? Turns out that's nothing more than a marketing ploy. The guys at Detox Water educated me on aloe waters, and now my buying habits are forever changed. Their motto is "Not all aloes are created equal." It tastes great, too. Big fan. Even my wife Cynthia, who doesn't like aloe water, has been drinking them up! 


Our entire haul from the show!

Even though this month was my last blog post of my monthly "My Favorite Vegan Things," I will continue to bring you articles on veganism and animal rights, as well as healing your life. Likewise, each year I will report on the newest vegan products from the Natural Products Expo. It's exciting to witness the explosion of veganism!

Thanks to all the vendors for samples and to you my reader-friends for reading.

Viva La Vegan!

Meatless Monday Recipe: Vegan Hummus Lasagna (easy and healthy!)

I know, I was skeptical at first too. Hummus in lasagna? But I'll be darned if it doesn't work beautifully! Mixed with tofu and nutritional yeast, it imitates a flavorful ricotta-like cheese. I've found this to be a good template recipe for a quick, easy lasagna. Sometimes I add kalamata olives, sometimes mushrooms. I might add vegan cheese topping to my side and none on Brad's. Each time I make it, it's a bit different depending on what I have on hand, but it's always delicious.

Vegan Hummus Lasagna


  • 6-9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 5 oz garlic hummus (heaping ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup chopped spinach (thawed from frozen or fresh)
  • ½ - 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp dried basil (I use fresh from my garden)
  • 1 26 oz jar of marinara sauce


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook your lasagna noodles according to package directions until they're a bit underdone (mine took about 6-8 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, crumble drained tofu with your hands until it resembles the texture of ricotta cheese.
  4. Add in hummus, nutritional yeast, spinach (squeeze water out if using thawed from frozen), garlic, salt and basil. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until a creamy, ricotta-like texture is achieved.
  5. In a baking dish (I used a 7" by 11" but 8" by 8" would work too), pour in enough sauce to cover the bottom. Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top, breaking them if necessary to fit the pan. Top the noodles with enough cheese to cover evenly. If you made 9 noodles, you can make three noodle layers with less cheese. If you use use 6 noodles, make 2 layers with more cheese.
  6. Top cheese mixture with more sauce, then noodles again, then more cheese. Top cheese with the rest of the sauce. It's ok if it looks like a lot of sauce!
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.


Happy Meatless Monday, Friends! 

Recipe from Hummuspian, who adapted it from Hungry Hungry Hippie.

My Favorite Vegan (Fashion) Things (On Sale!) for February

I have each of these animal-friendly products and love them dearly, which is why I'm sharing them with you. And they're now on sale!

1. CLOVER CANYON: Burgundy faux fur slip-on

Originally $220.00, on sale for $66.00

I feel lucky to call Rozae Nichols, Creative Director for Clover Canyon, my friend. She is a woman of great intelligence, creativity, beauty (inside and out) and compassion. And her personal style leaves you breathless. 

Rozae's designs reflect her quintessential California spirit and have garnered her not only a world wide following, but big time celebrity support from the likes of Michelle Obama, Oprah, Beyonce--it's hard to keep up with the who's-who who are wearing Rozae's collection. Open any fashion magazine and Clover Canyon is bound to be found. Flip through the latest Elle Decor magazine and there is Rozae and her husband Ian's Laurel Canyon home as the main feature. (Check it out online here.

But what I especially love and respect about Clover Canyon is that it's a highly conscious company (the line is also manufactured locally in Los Angeles) and it is animal friendly--totally on purpose, as Rozae is a lifelong supporter of animal welfare issues. None of the things she is doing are easy to execute in today's fast, cheap, imported fashion world. She is a true fashion pioneer. I have a couple of pairs of Clover Canyon shoes, including these slip-ons. They are so well made, luxurious, and comfortable. Rozae's line not only makes you feel instantly super styley, but you feel like a good person, as well.

Here is a photo of us at Last Chance for Animal's (LCA) Gala last year. We spotted one of her dresses on an attendee. Of course! 


Read an interview with Rozae on Huffington Post. 

Originally $105.00, on sale for $31.50
(And if you sign up for their mailing list you receive 20% off, making it $25.20!) 

Vegan bag lovers, rejoice! A new age is dawning! Fiiiiiiinally! It used to be that vegan bags were cheap--cheaply made, cheap quality, cheaply styled (except Stella McCartney, which is out of most people's budget). But companies like Deux Lux are changing that game. This duo set out to make high quality, glamorous, fun, edgy and ethical bags, and not only succeeded but broke the glass ceiling. Their bags are beautifully made. What's not to love about a company that uses animal-friendly synthetics in their designs in honor of their mascot, Dylan--a lovable chocolate lab? I could spend hours on their website


Originally $298.00, on sale for $69.98

Free People isn't a vegan company, but they should be! People aren't free as long as animals are enslaved. That's the metaphysical, spiritual, hippie truth. Rant aside, I really like Free People, they've definitely made strides in the vegan department--and why wouldn't they? They're a "bohemian" company. I've noticed that they've added more vegan clothes, shoes, and bags to their line, as well as labeling their vegan clothes "vegan." Bravo! 

It's not easy to find a sweater coat so stylish and toasty that doesn't contain wool or some other type of animal hair, but here it is. This product is no longer available on the Free People site, but you can find it at Nordstrom Rack.  

Compassion is in fashion, friends! Get these great animal-friendly products while they last. 

Happy Conscious Consuming!