Make: Tomato, White Bean and Rosemary Soup

Photo credit: Becca Boyd

Photo credit: Becca Boyd

A recent article by Mark Bittman in TIME magazine discussed how millenials’ obsession with food media—competition shows, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on—isn’t translating into our kitchens. Maybe we see the bar set so high that we figure anything we attempt will fail in comparison. On my blog, I try to make the recipes approachable for every skill level; food is a constant in our every day lives and, nine times out of 10, it won’t be glamorous.

This soup exemplifies those beliefs. Using canned tomatoes and beans, this beautifully healthy recipe comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s real, home-cooked food, and it’s simple enough for the most novice beginner. Dairy-free yet still creamy, thanks to the beans, it’s about as healthy, and I daresay tasty, as dinner can be.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Comfort Food Edition

Cheese fries at Blackbird Pizzeria // Photo by Erin Jaskiewicz

Cheese fries at Blackbird Pizzeria // Photo by Erin Jaskiewicz

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

It’s getting to be about that time, you guys: Comfort food season. Now, I don’t know about you, but as the temperature starts to drop, I stop craving ice-cold smoothies and start craving a warm bowl of chili, and just about anything cheesy. It’s a problem. But when you’re vegan, tracking down a spot that serves up drool-worthy comfort food can be a grueling task. I mean, who isn’t scarred by a vegan-cheese-gone-wrong experience?

So, to make sure you get the most out of this glorious thing that is comfort food season, we asked five Philly vegans, who know just about everything there is to know when it comes to the vegan food scene in Philly, to tell us about their all-time favorite vegan comfort foods in the city. From vegan cheese fries to vegan Chinese food, these guys have got you covered. Now, read up, jot these spots down on your bucket list, and get to taste-testing.

And if you have a favorite vegan comfort food dish in Philly, shout it from the rooftops for all to hear (or just share it with us in the comments section, below).

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Founder of Philly Sustainability App MilkCrate Dishes on Her Favorite Sustainable Spot in the City

Morgan Berman // Photo via Facebook

Morgan Berman // Photo via Facebook

Today, I chatted with Morgan Berman while she waited to hear whether or not her company, Philly-based sustainability app MilkCrate, will win the Forbes’ 30 under 30 Pressure-Cooker contest—the company was one in five chosen from all over the country to pitch their idea in a Shark Tank-like setting, with the hopes of winning a $400,000 prize. Sounds stressful, right?

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Run with Your Dog at First-Ever Bark in the Park 5K Race this Weekend

Last year's Bark in the Park walk // Photo courtesy of Amber Adamson

Last year’s Bark in the Park walk // Photo courtesy of Amber Adamson

Grab your four-legged running buddy and get ready to race, you guys: This Saturday, October 25th, the first-ever Bark in the Park 5K race —complete with a pre-race yoga class, post-race massages, food trucks and a puppy kissing booth—will take over Media’s Rose Tree Park, and you and your pup are invited.

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I Tried It: The Vegan and Gluten-Free Soups at Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe's Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe’s Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

You wouldn’t expect a business best known for baking some of the best bread in the city to be home to a host of gluten-free soups, but Metropolitan Cafe—the much-loved Metropolitan Bakery’s only sit-down location, which opened in February 2013—offers just that: A steadily rotating seasonal soup selection, with a great deal of those soups boasting “gluten-free” and “vegan” titles.

And in case you’re wondering if they’re any good, the answer is Oh. My. Gosh. Heck. Yes. Last week, I went into the Cafe—located just a few steps away from Metropolitan’s Bakery’s Rittenhouse location—to get a taste of a few of their soups, and let me tell you, the cafe’s’ super seasonal and creative offerings are not the run of the mill tomato-basil concoctions you find at many cafes this time of year.

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Voting in Round 3 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero round 3 postAnd we are officially on to Round 3! Time sure does fly.

This morning, we opened voting for our next group of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:

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The Checkup: Make Fruit Jam in Five Seconds (Seriously!) With this Smart Kitchen Hack

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• If you’ve ever made fruit jam, you know: It takes hours, and you have to sanitize everything you use, and it’s kind of a pain. But have you ever thought of just smashing your favorite fruit up with some chia seeds, and maybe some honey, smearing it on a piece of toast and calling it a day? So simple, yet So. Freakin’. Smart. [The Skinny Confidential]

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BeWOW: Calorie-Blasting HIIT Sprint Workout

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When you’re short on time, or just looking for a way to boost your workout and burn more calories than you would in a regular cardio session, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do for this week’s workout: some high intensity intervals.

You’re going to start by warming up for five minutes with a walk or light jog. Then you’re going to do a combination of sprinting and resting for the duration of the workout. And the nice part is, you get to choose the length of your workout—you’re going to repeat the circuit of intervals as many times as you can during the time you’ve set aside. So if you only have 15 minutes to spare, that’s totally fine.

No matter what your fitness level, trust me: you can handle this sweat session. Maybe your sprint is just a faster walk, increased resistance on the elliptical, or increased incline on the treadmill—wherever you are on the fitness spectrum, just work as hard as you can during the sprint, and then take advantage of your recovery. Good luck!

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