Nutribullet review, and our daily smoothies

There are very few kitchen gadgets I use on a daily basis, but there’s one item I use every single day. It’s the NutriBullet.

Actually, more often than not I use it twice a day, and so does my partner. In fact he even bought another just to keep at his work. After having used it steadily for over two years, I figured it’s finally time for a NutriBullet review!

We use it primarily for smoothies. Ever since we learned how important it is to eat lots of leafy greens, we found the Nutribullet to be the best way to make that happen. That’s because it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s reliable. I like Continue reading

Mom’s Magical Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

UPDATE: This recipe was originally posted at HathaYoga.com. Nutritional information is included at the bottom of this post. Recipe by Ellen Naor, photos by Jacob Naor.

My mom has been cooking low fat vegan for years, and she’s an amazing cook. This is one of her signature creations. She wanted to call these “Dad’s Favorite Pancakes”, which they are. But while he does help her cook, the recipe is all hers. So I convinced her to let me call them “Mom’s Magical Vegan Blueberry Pancakes”!

Vegan blueberry pancakes

So you might ask what makes my mom’s pancakes magical? Because they magically disappear! Not only are these delicious, but they’re low fat and super healthy too. You can eat a big stack of them, guilt free! Check out the complete nutritional Continue reading

Vegan tofu scramble with black beans & wilted spinach

UPDATE: This recipe was originally posted at HathaYoga.com. Nutritional information is included at the bottom of this post. 

I’ve made a lot of variations of vegan tofu scrambles in my time, but this one is hands down my favorite. It’s incredibly tasty with fantastic texture, and is super healthy for you to boot. It’s also easy and quick to make. Can’t argue with that!

Vegan tofu scramble

This scramble is super low fat since it’s cooked using no oil at all, not even when frying. All of the ingredients are extremely low fat. In fact, what little fat is in the dish comes from the low fat tofu! Continue reading

Dr. McDougall on the safety of nonstick cookware

Came across an amazing article on the safety of nonstick cookware by Dr. McDougall, one of our heroes. Click here for the full article, and here’s a great excerpt:

“During my 35 years of medical practice I have never seen, or even heard of, anyone be- coming sick or dying from exposure to the components of the non-stick surfaces of pots and pans.  However, I have seen thousands, and heard of hundreds of millions, of people made sick by eating grease.  The purpose of non-stick pans is to cut out the vegetable oils and animal fats used in cooking and help prevent “lipotoxemia”—that is, poisoning from lipids (fats).  The most common diseases occurring from chronic fat poisoning are obesity, heart disease, cancer of the breast, colon, and prostate, and type-2 diabetes.  Use of non-stick pans also eliminates the risk of common stovetop grease fires.”

-Dr. John A. McDougall

Wearever ceramic cookware review

For everyday cooking a 10″ skillet is my “go to” pan. It’s small enough to handle easily, but large enough to cook a hardy meal for one or two with plenty of leftovers. I recently picked up the Wearever Ceramic Cookware Pure Living 10.5″ pan. It performs about as well as any nonstick pan I’ve owned. It has a couple of minor aesthetic issues (mentioned below), but it boasts a price tag that can’t be beat.

Wearever ceramic cookware 10.5 inch pan

On the surface

The Wearever pan is roughly comparable to the Bialetti Aeternum, both of which feature a bright white cooking surface. I do a lot of cooking by eye, so I’m partial to a white cooking surface. Cooking on white makes it really easy to see Continue reading

Bialetti Ceramic Cookware

In our quest to find the perfect nonstick pan, we decided to try out Bialetti ceramic cookware. Ceramic coating is a great alternative to PTFE. Bialetti ceramic cookware is also free of PFOA and cadmium.

Bialetti ceramic cookware package back

Bialetti has many options to choose from. We finally settled on the Aeternum sauté pan. We purchased the 10” size, but it comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, including a square griddle, a covered sauce pans, and a five quart Dutch oven.

The pan

It’s a very nice looking pan and seems quite solid. The outer surface of the pan, which in this is case red, continues to the smooth bottom surface of the pan. The handle is matching red silicone. The cooking surface is white “nano” ceramic. For some reason Continue reading

Ozeri Cookware’s Ceramic Nonstick Pan

Even though I have a number of PTFE coated non-stick pans that have worked well for me, I really wanted to explore chemical free coatings. I think it’s better not only for me and my family, but for the environment as well. Ozeri Cookware’s Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is the most recent one I’ve tried. It’s 100 percent free of PTFE and PFOA.

Ozeri Cookware Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

Instead of a chemical based coating, the nonstick surface on Ozeri cookware is made of “Greblon”, a ceramic coating manufactured in Germany. The pan itself is not made in Germany, only the nonstick coating is. What attracts me to ceramic nonstick coating is that it does not release harmful fumes or toxins when cooking, even at high temperatures. Chemical based PFOA and PTFE coatings such as Teflon do.

Ozeri Greblon coating

Ozeri cookware is moderately priced. It’s not the cheapest, yet not the most expensive either. The pan arrived well packed Continue reading

T-fal cookware review

In this T-fal cookware review we’re focusing on the T-fal Signature 12-Piece Cookware Set C111SC74, the flagship of T-fal’s “Signature” line. The set includes 6 pieces of cookware, 3 lids, and 3 utensils. The nonstick coating is made from PTFE.

T-fal cookware review - pan and oven on stove

What’s included?

The Signature 12-Piece C111SC74 set includes the following pieces:

  • 8-inch saute pan
  • 11-inch saute pan
  • 10.25-inch square griddle
  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 5-quart Dutch Oven with lid
  • nylon spoon, spatula, and ladle

The Dutch Oven is ideal for making Continue reading

Swiss Diamond frying pan review

I like cooking with nonstick cookware because I can cook without any added oil.  Not only does oil-free cooking have numerous health benefits, but there is the additional bonus of not having to clean splattered grease from stoves and countertops.

Swiss Diamond Frying Pan CU

When I used to cook with oil, in addition to the everyday cleaning, I remember having to occasionally scour the tops of our kitchen cabinets. I would find them covered in a layer of sticky residue which had built up from all the frying, sautéing and grilling. It had that slight rancid oil smell and was a dust magnet. The particles had floated up and collected into a sticky mess. It took a lot of elbow grease to remove a single layer of cooking grease (sort of like what it takes to remove it from our veins!). Have you looked on top of your kitchen cabinets?

I have been cooking oil-free with nonstick cookware for about two years and I have found that I don’t have to clean like that anymore, EVER! Not only that, my partner has lost a considerable about of weight from Continue reading