Lose Weight with Chef Frank

I am so excited to announce my brand new weight loss club called "Lose Weight with Chef Frank". This new category is part of my Eat Like a Vegan Chef membership and was created for anyone who is interested in taking challenges to losing weight. 

Since the beginning of Eat Like a Vegan Chef, I have realized that not everyone is interested in transitioning to a whole food plant-based lifestyle, but a lot of people are interested in taking the challenges that conveniently comes with a whole food plant-based meal plan, complete shopping list, and corresponding recipes.

So instead of being a lifestyle member (having access to all recipes, meal plans, challenges, and weekly group cooking demos) one can now opt-in for the weight loss club: Lose Weight with Chef Frank, which is a low-cost membership based on the super successful S.O.A.P.A. Free Lifestyle concept of Eat Like a Vegan Chef.

Now everyone can afford to take a challenge all year round for the price of two cups of coffee per...

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Nut Crusted Lentil Loaf

I thought this nut-crusted lentil loaf is appropriate for the holidays. Since I celebrate Easter I thought what could be better than a hearty loaf.

This lentil loaf was inspired in part by an African lentil soup recipe. So I thought why not incorporate those flavors. Of course, the health benefits of lentils are incredible and an important staple in a whole food plant-based lifestyle.

However, using just lentils wasn't exciting enough, so I added some black beans, mushrooms, and spinach. Those ingredients not only improve the nutritional balance of this dish but give it a little bit more flavor.

To add a "bite" and texture to the lentil loaf, I thought I would crust the loaf in nuts. I used assorted nuts in this case, but feel free to use your favorite ones.

For the sauce, I would recommend a red bell pepper sauce or a tomato olive sauce with a hint of heat. The sky is the limit as to what kind of sauce you chose. 

In the end, I made a simple Marinara sauce using only garlic,...

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Hearty Vanilla Rice Pudding

In today's live stream, I have cooked a hearty vanilla rice pudding with raisins, nuts, and blueberries. It is the kind of comfort food I crave on snowy days like today. Feel free to watch the live stream again.

As usual, all dishes I feature on my live stream are whole food plant-based and oil-free.

This dish is usually cooked with round grain rice, but I borrowed inspiration from India. They cook rice pudding with whole grain rice, cardamom, and saffron.

However, I wanted to preserve e some features of this rice pudding from the memories I had when my mom cooked us rice pudding. 

She would cook it with round grain rice, milk, and cinnamon and would later top it with mandarin oranges from a can. Soooo delicious, but loaded with sugars.   

Recipe:

1 cup whole grain rice, Basmati

2 cups of water

2 cup almond milk, more if needed

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup assorted raisins, cranberries, and nuts

1 cup frozen blueberries

Juice from one lemon

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Give yourself the gift for the holidays.

This is your time to start getting into the new year with a resolution that works!

Now that the last 14 Day Weight Loss Challenge is behind us, we focus on the next challenge right after Thanksgiving.

With the holiday season approaching us, the New Year is just around the corner.  And if you’re not currently satisfied with your physique and your dietary lifestyle, maybe it’s time for a NEW YOU in 2021.

If you promised yourself, you would improve your diet and get in shape last New Year but didn’t see it through. It’s time to put that behind you and focus on the present with the next Eat Like a Vegan Chef Challenge

A Membership, unlike any other!

A comprehensive program located in our membership community filled with recipes, cooking classes, a 4 season weight loss planner stuffed with weekly meal plans, and shopping lists that will help you improve your health and lets you lose weight for good.

But that's not all. Every week I am holding cooking...

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Thanksgiving Casserole

Here is the Thanksgiving casserole recipe that so many people had asked for. It is really a very simple casserole recipe. The beans can be substituted with lentils, mushrooms, or eggplant just to mention a few.  

As usual, it is cooked without oil as this is part of our whole food plant-based lifestyle. Although I added the optional maple syrup, for the ones who like it a little sweeter, you can definitely eat it without the syrup.


 

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Thanksgiving Casserole

Yield: 4
Author: Eat Like A Vegan Chef
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 30 M

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes
  • 2 lb Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Black beans
  • 5 oz. black beans
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1 cup of water or low sodium veg. broth
Baby spinach
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • dash of salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water or broth
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17 Superfoods You Should Include in Your Diet

super foods Aug 17, 2020


While many foods may be described by marketers as superfoods, it's a must to know that
superfoods are only the foods that can provide your body with the best ingredients that can
improve your health and maximize your physical and mental performance. Here is a list of 17
superfoods were chosen by experts, according to clinical studies.

1- Berries May Prevent Cancer


Strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries are amongst the
best types of berries that prevent and fight cancer. 

Berries can provide your body with four groups of powerful nutritional ingredients:

  •  Fibers
  •  Vitamins
  •  Antioxidants
  •  Minerals

Not only cancer; but also there is a list of other supportive effects and health-problems
berries may improve.

  • Boosting your immunity
  • Improving your digestive system
  • Berries may also be used with medications to treat a variety of digestive ailments
    and immunity disorders.
  • Lessening inflammation

2- Watermelon seeds: Your Source of...

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Yeast Free Spinach Spelt Pizza

pizza Aug 09, 2020

This Yeast-free spinach Spelt Pizza recipe is an alternative to your yeast pizza. Use that when you need a quick dinner option. It is made from whole food plant-based ingredients, it needs no prooving and goes right into the oven. 

A whole food plant-based lifestyle doesn't have to be boring as you can see from this recipe. There are plenty of ways you can spruce up a healthy vegan lifestyle. 

You are right when you say this spelt pizza pie doesn't have that yeasty smell and aroma. That is easily corrected by adding nutritional yeast.  That said, this pizza has been topped with a nut and oil-free pesto, which includes nutritional yeast.

I baked this pizza during my weekly Live Stream, which you can watch by the way on Facebook or YouTube. I usually give all my meals cooked during the live stream to my son, who works currently from home.

He actually said that he would order this pizza in a  restaurant, that's how much he liked it. I was...

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Nut free Oil free Vegan Pesto

condiments Aug 09, 2020

Vegan Pesto is such a great condiment that can be used in a variety of meal applications, such as over pizza, pasta,  potatoes, bread, and quinoa just to mention a few.

Since this vegan pesto is made without oil, it is considered a whole food plant-based recipe. It's a low-calorie condiment with great flavor, ideal for weight loss; which also fits in a healthy WFPB lifestyle. 

I made this dish during my weekly Live stream, where I topped a yeast and oil-free spelt pizza. The pizza dough was made with spinach juice, which turned the dough slightly green. Then topped with the vegan pesto, freshly sliced tomatoes, and peppers. 

 

Nut-free Oil-free Vegan Pesto

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Vegan Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Basil Sour-Cream | Oil-Free

 

When it comes to breakfast options, these vegan zucchini pancakes are a refreshing alternative to oatmeals or avocado toasts.

They are easy to cook and very satisfying. Zucchini pancakes also work great as a snack or small lunch option. As usual, this recipe is made with whole food plant-based ingredients and is oil-free.

However, if you want to lose weight I recommend not using the "sour cream" and rather use a vegetable stew instead.  Since the "sour-cream " is made with cashews, which have a lot of fat. By the way, talking about a tomato basil sour cream, this dish fits perfectly as a condiment to the spelt pizza I cooked the other day.

If the oil-free option freaks you out, I don't blame you. It takes some practice to cook without oil. That said, if you have the right tools, it becomes much easier. 

I prepared these vegan zucchini pancakes in my weekly Live Stream which you can watch on Facebook  as well as on YouTube



 


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Health Benefits of Eating Beans

Beans are a great source of protein. They are affordable and offer some incredible health benefits that are unmatched by meat. I will go over the nutritional benefits of beans as well as some great substitutes for beans.

Basics about Beans

Beans are seeds that come from a flowering plant in the leguminous plant's family. The bean seeds grow in the pods of these plants, which usually pop open when the seeds are mature.

Beans contain a lot of amino acids, which are the chemicals responsible for the formation of proteins, which are very important to the human body. It is also a rich source of fiber as well as vitamins, which makes it a very important food in our diet.


Here is a simple wrap made with garbanzo beans and spinach. A delicious way to make a quick meal that is satisfying and nutritious.

 

 

 

There are different varieties of beans that are grown all over the world. Most beans have to be cooked before they are consumed, as they can be very dangerous if consumed...

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