Hi! I'm Gena.

I'm a registered dietitian (RD), food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. In this space you'll find nourishing vegan recipes, reflections on mindfulness and self care, and resources to help you explore an informed and compassionate relationship with food.

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It’s time for me to tell you about The Vegan Week. That’s the name of my next cookbook, which will be out this coming winter. I’ve mentioned the book and all of the ups and downs I had in writing it a few times already. Yet it’s surreal to be talking about it in concrete terms. There have been so many moments along the road to its creation when I was sure that I wouldn’t, or couldn’t, finish. I started writing this thing…

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    When life gets busy, meal prep is the fix that enables you to have flavorful, nourishing meals all week long. Embrace the joy of eating homemade food every day with the hearty and wholesome recipes in The Vegan Week. The book makes it simple for you to put a weekday meal together in minutes. With its well-rounded make-ahead dishes and pantry staples, it provides delicious food and nutritional balance for busy folks who love to eat well. No matter how hectic life becomes, this roadmap to preparing and savoring vegan food regularly will set you up for a fulfilling week ahead.

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    Power Plates

    Focused on the art of crafting complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, this book features 100 compelling and delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins, which together make for a sustaining meal–things like Smoky Red Lentil Stew with Chard, and Falafel Bowls with Freekah and Cauliflower. Additional tips and tricks for taking food on the go, and for cooking ahead on the weekend for quick weekday lunches and dinners, round out the collection.

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    Food52 Vegan

    Omnivore or vegan (or anywhere in between), we’re all looking for memorable, flavorful dishes to cook for ourselves and the people we care about. This is an essential collection of hassle-free, vibrant vegan recipes, based my popular The New Veganism column on Food52. The recipes and tips can help anyone to cook with fresh produce and whole foods.

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    Choosing Raw

    Choosing Raw is an ode to the simple, imaginative, and appealing, raw and cooked recipes that helped me to fall in love with a plant-based diet over a decade ago. In the book, you’ll find 125 recipes and 21 days of wholesome, innovative plant-based meal plans. If you’re new to plant-based eating, the book will offer you a well-researched perspective on healthy living (including tons of frequently asked questions), and it will make vegan and raw food feel accessible.

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I’m glad that the resources I shared last week were helpful to some of you. I’ll keep sharing as I do my own work—today, that means recommending Ava Duvernay’s 13th. If you’ve had questions about mass incarceration and its place among other systems of oppression, the documentary will probably answer some of them, and it left me ready to learn and do more. Netflix recently made the it free on YouTube. Speaking of work, I’ve spent the last week learning, listening and self-examining....
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