In the midst of the pandemic, two orphaned fawns in need provided a way to feel useful and connected to the natural world

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Photos courtesy of Angela Pham

Rescuing an animal can bring us far more than the satisfaction of helping another living creature. The experience offers an opportunity to connect with ourselves in meaningful ways. As this story illustrates, consulting with qualified wildlife experts is always crucial and makes “happily ever after” much more likely for our furry friends.


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Photos: Sarah Ridgeway

A recipe for vegan dirt cups, vegan gummy mushroom candies, and a case for getting into nature

A little dirt won’t hurt.

In fact, there is conclusive evidence that spending about two hours a week in some kind of natural green space can dramatically improve both our physical and mental wellbeing.

If going out into nature feels hard or inaccessible right now due to the pandemic, studies have shown that you can get some of the mental health benefits from simply viewing images of nature for as little as five minutes.

If you want a break from looking at screens, make these vegan dirt cups to remind you of mother nature's wonders!


David Zilber, the director of fermentation at Noma in Copenhagen, shares his creative process developing the restaurant’s newest burger

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David Zilber. Photo: Asmund Sollihøgda

If there weren’t a pandemic and I could be transported anywhere right now, I would go to Copenhagen. More specifically to Noma’s temporary outdoor wine bar to taste their new vegan veggie burger. However, if there weren’t a pandemic, then this extraordinary vegan burger might not exist!

The new burger was created by David Zilber, Noma’s Director of Fermentation and the co-author of The New York Times best-selling book The Noma Guide to Fermentation. Fueling a Nordic cooking revolution since its inception in the early 2000s, Noma is known to be among the best restaurants in the world.

I spoke with David about Noma’s recent reopening, and his hand in the creation of what many are describing as the best veggie burger they’ve ever eaten. David’s curiosity is truly infectious and inspiring. In addition to the burger, we discussed his ideas and philosophy around vegetables, climate change, and eating for a better world. …


Eat a piece of this delicious vegan pie, and give peace a chance

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Photos: Sarah Ridgeway

Pie is a symbol of our shared culture here in the United States. There are as many varieties of pie as there are people in this country. Familiar and joyful, pie requires absolutely no occasion but feels appropriate when there is one.

Our star-spangled hearts are rather heavy right now, joy is in short supply, and our familiar routines have been disrupted. There are countless reports of utter tactlessness and violence across the nation towards those who are just trying to keep us all safe from the virus. Yet another case of racism and murder by a police officer surfaced. Protestors are rightly infuriated as they fight for justice. …


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Photos: Sarah Ridgeway

With classic baking staples flying off grocery store shelves, now is a great time to try alternative ingredients. Start with banana bread.

There are few baked goods I find as comforting and cozy as banana bread. It is the treat I bake most often throughout the year. Nutty, toasty and just the right amount of sweet, it makes for a super satisfying snack.

Discovering that your grocery store is out of some ingredients used in a classic banana bread recipe is a major bummer — especially when you have some extremely ripe bananas all ready to go. Never fear! This alternative recipe is here to swoop in and save the day. …


You can cook flavorful, nourishing food on a budget with this meal plan. Yes, it includes tacos.

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Illustrations: Sarah Ridgeway

If you’re looking for some ways to cut back your spending then you came to the right place. Recent findings in a study on climate change and diet in the United States conducted by Yale and Earth Day network found that over half of people polled thought a plant-based diet was cost-prohibitive.

This study was released in February before the COVID-19 crisis fully descended, and started wreaking havoc on our collective health and finances. …


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Photos: Sarah Ridgeway

This isn’t just a cake with carrots in it. It is truly a carrot cake.

Before we get started, there are a few things you should know about this carrot cake. The first and most important is that it is absolutely, undeniably scrumptious. This is the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. It also happens to be vegan! Carrots are the star of this show-stopping cake, but pineapple also plays an essential role. Yes, there is a lot of coconut oil required. Question me now and thank me later!

My favorite kind of raisins to use in this cake are green raisins. I’ve gushed about them before, and I’ll do it again! Finally, this cake requires a longer baking time than most cakes, roughly an hour so plan accordingly. …


Here’s how to get the most out of this versatile, sustainable, protein-rich ingredient

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Photo: Sarah Ridgeway

Sunflowers growing along a country road is one of my favorite sights to see on a drive through my home state of Minnesota. The flowers’ regal heads are like a pack of lions, with enchanting, hypnotic black holes for faces.

These stunning flowers even have their own emoji! 🌻 Their seeds, however, are much more modest in appearance. Popular culture has led us to believe that there’s nothing too special about these grey little niblets. In recent years, sunflower seeds have been overshadowed by sexier players in the nut and seed category. …


A list of sweet and savory ingredients you need to create explosively delicious vegan meals at home

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Illustrations: Sarah Ridgeway

You can bust the myth that vegan food is bland with easy-to-use condiments and add-ins. These collections of savory and sweet flavor bombs are here to inspire seasoned home cooks and beginners alike. Each item featured is a staple meant to last and lends itself to experimentation.

Let’s dig in!

The Savory


Your taste buds deserve a vacation.

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Photos by Sarah Ridgeway

As a largely plant-based eater, I don’t do a lot of grilling. But sometimes vegetarians just wanna have fun. So get out your blender, grab your grill pan and start transforming regular ‘ole fruit chunks into succulent morsels. I think Cyndi Lauper would approve.

About

Sarah Ridgeway

Kitchen maven and certified health coach in Minneapolis, MN. More photography and food here: https://www.instagram.com/golden_reishio/

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