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articles by: Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Easy Vegan 101: Lentils & Rice

Did you know that green, brown and French lentils require the same amount of cooking time as long grain brown rice?* Why does this matter? Because you can use this information to make a number of eas…

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3 Easy Kale Salads

Marinated kale salads are not only a delicious way to enjoy these dark greens, but they are also easy to make. There are 2 keys to a tasty kale salad: 1. A good acid (lemon, apple cider vinegar…

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Stop Heating Oil. Try the Water Saute Method, Instead!

You've probably heard that heating oils can result in the "production of oxidized compounds and free radicals detrimental to your health." But there’s a simple healthy way to cut out oil whenever you…

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3 Keys to Creating Healthy Vegan Meals

Many new vegans are curious about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and how to go about planning meals that will not only fulfill their nutritional needs, but may also improve their current le…

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3 Reasons to Stop Eating Honey

  "Unique among all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species." ~ Royden Brown From the basil plant a strong hum sounds, soft wings …

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Let This Year be Cruelty-Free

Even without our Gregorian calendars urging us to shift into 2014, I think we would all on some primal level still feel a call to transform with the seasons. Whether you are embracing the introspectiv…

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The Environmental Impact of Eating Seafood

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Teresa   What did the seas look like 100 years ago?…

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Eggs Without Chickens?

Would you enjoy a baked treat that was: -       Free from eggs (Battery cage, "free-range" or backyard) -       As good or better tasting than its competitors -       Cholesterol free -       Bet…

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How We Can (Really) Fix Our Crappy Economy

Last year I posted a video titled "The Story of Stuff," featuring the inspiring and engaging Annie Leonard. This video explained, in plain terms and with enjoyable animation, why our current cons…

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Turmeric: Anti-Depressant, Anti-Cancer and More

Turmeric is one of my favorite spices. I honestly think it makes pretty much any savory dish better, from carrot salad to egg-less omelets; a nice sprinkle of turmeric goes a long way. Turmeric powder…

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about Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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