Whole Green Juice Magic

Roll out of bed to breakfast magic within 30 seconds!

Quicker and healthier than Cheerios and it will wake you up and sustain you until lunch.

What I do is buy green bags (the ones for veggies)and I buy all my leafy greens and put a handful of each per bag. This makes it so me or my groggy husband can crawl to the blender to wake up my giant 11 year old and us with deliciousness.

One large box of pre-washed organic spinach
One large box of pre-washed organic cut kale
One bunch of organic parsley
One bunch of organic mint (or two small boxes)
One box of organic alfalfa or clover sprouts
pineapple juice and/or water
ice or frozen apples

So first I get out 7 or 8 bags and divide the boxes of kale and spinach equally in all the bags. Usually a handful or two of each. Next, I fill the clean, plugged, sink with water and put my parsley and mint in it and swish it around. I spin one at a time in my salad spinner. I equally divide the mint into the bags, and equally divide the parsley into the bags. If you don’t have a vita-mix or blend-tec, remove the stems of the mint and parsley first. Next I rinse the sprouts in a strainer, and then put them in a salad spinner (but first put down a paper towel so they don’t shoot through the spinner.) Then I divide the sprouts into equal parts into the bags.

In the morning (or whenever I want one) I fill the blender with about a cup of water per person. I recommend if you’re a beginner to use pineapple juice instead of water. You can use half pineapple and half water when you get more used to the greens. After you add the one cup of pineapple juice per person, drop the contents of the pre-made green juice bag and blend.

If you have a conventional blender, wait until all the greens are tiny specs and not little leaf bits. Once it is smooth (maybe 3 or 4 minutes)add a cup of ice and a spoon full of honey or other sweetener if you wish. Then blend the ice and honey with the greens and pineapple.

If you have a high power blender, just put the juice, greens from pre-made bag, ice, and honey and blend for 30 seconds (or until smooth.)Even the whole stems will be obliterated and smooth as a juice rather than a creamy smoothie.

My family uses water with 9 drops of stevia and quartered, cored, granny smith apples that we have pre-frozen in a zip lock bag. It’s important to add the frozen apples or ice to the top of the greens in a vita-mix, and not add them first near the blade. It won’t blend on the bottom.

I also add a scoop of Bob’s Redmill hemp protein to my husband’s or he gets hungry before lunch. I’m full with the juice alone.

Anyway, new friends: email me and tell me what you think of this recipe.

I will make a video soon.



Vegan Dinosaur Meatloaf

Get kids excited about food with fun dino shapes

• Half of a 14oz. package GimmeLean fake meat (the kind in a cylinder at Wholefoods)
• 3/4 cup finely chopped onions
• 5 pieces of bread crumbed (we save the ends of bread)
• 3 celery stalks finely chopped
• 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
• 1/2 tsp. thyme
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper
• 3 tbsp applesauce
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 tbsp all-purpose white flour (we use bob’s red mill gluten-free allpurpose)
• 1/3 cup ketchup (optional)

Mix all ingredients (except ketchup) together in a big bowl with your hands until they just come together.

Put in a lightly oiled loaf pan. Put the ketchup on top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

We like to put it into a dino loaf pan we found at bed bath and beyond (target also carries it at a slightly higher price.) Dinos are satisfying because you can growl before biting their heads off.

Another variation is to make into individual meatballs (omit the ketchup.) I like to put the meatballs in a muffin tray so they don’t roll off and bake easily, but my husband thinks a bake sheet is just fine.

And yet another variation is subbing veggie chorizo to make super spicy dinos that make you cry.


It really pays to slice up the onions very finely; big onion chunks change the texture in a strange way.

Give it a try and let me know what you, your child, and your inner child thought!


Chicago Diner Cookbook: A Review and Loveletter

Ever tried a recipe and it tastes so good that you can’t believe you made it yourself?

Dear Jo,

I received your cookbook with no pictures on loan from a girlfriend from Chicago. The only vegan cookbook I had used up until that point was Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. I had no culinary training whatsoever….well….one day free cooking class at Mother’s in Newport Beach ten years earlier, but that hardly counts.

As a completely inexperienced chef, every single recipe I made turned out so well, I felt like someone had broken into my kitchen and planted new food in my oven: impossibly good food. I was outraged at how amazingly easy it was. Why didn’t I start sooner?

I made heart shaped pot pies. I made polenta which I’d never seen even in a picture, which somehow turned out magically good as well. Your diner gravy is so good, I could drink it, but self restraint dictates it must go on mashed potatoes or my little pot pies.

Your vegan quiche is so convincing, I tricked many of my non-vegan neighbors into trying it. One neighbor didn’t even realize I was vegan until she bumped into me at Whole Foods. I mentioned to an aproned, fundraising, mousy-brown haired girl selling “Save the Earth” cookies that if she really wants to save the earth, she should be vegan. My neighbor overheard my lecture to the non-vegan cookie salesperson and said, “But you’re not vegan! You made me that quiche the other day!” Sorry Tauna; I tricked you good.

Ratatouille Provençal, a real crowd pleaser, knocks out guests with delight with a little over 15 minutes prep time. Strogonaff made from tempeh fills me with ecstasy, I ate Ex-Benedict every day for almost two weeks, and I made both Leslie’s Mushroom Spread and the Artichoke Dip for vegetable dip for my recent wedding.

Not only did your cookbook open my eyes to the possibilities of expanding my world from baking to cooking, but I have since bought twelve more vegan cookbooks, all of which I use everyday. Well, I don’t use ALL of them everyday, but I use at least one or two a day.

My only beef is that the recipes are too huge! I’d been a single mom for eight years, and recipes yielded enough for me to open my own Chicago Diner in my tiny studio apartment in Los Angeles. Now I’m married and I feed three people, including myself, but it’s still a little bit of an awkward amount of food.

Thanks for inspiring me to love cooking and facilitating the feeling of being an artist at least three times a day.



The Art of Raw Living Food by Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross

It would take the genius Jenny Ross, the owner and executive chef of the living-foods restaurant 118 Degrees and her psychic friend and author Doreen Virtue to come up with such a complete and easy to use un-cookbook.

Filled with full color photos and all the info you need to get started, if you only had one raw book, this would be the one to get. I happen to have a shelf full, but this is one of my favorites.

Her raw ice cream recipe doesn’t need an ice cream maker. It is so good, any word to attempt to describe the euphoria defiles the holiness that is her raw “Vanilla Gelato.”

Here is an excerpt:

This naturally alkaline-forming cheese is flavorful and saves for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

1 1/2 cups water
4 Tbsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp. Himalayan salt
2 tsp. chili powder
2 cups almonds (soaked 8 hours)

Rinse and drain almonds. In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients and blend well. Makes 2 cups.

Tell me what you think when you try it.

If you don’t have a high powered blender, I’d add the pulp from your almond milk at the end instead of whole almonds. It won’t be as smooth, but it will be yummy still:)


Vegan Barbecue “Ribs”

My daughter and I are both vegan chefs in café Orchid Coco, AKA our small apartment in Westwood.

Vegan Barbecue “Ribs”
1 1/2 cup Vital Wheat Gluten (we like Bob’s Red Mill brand from Wholefoods)
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (supplement section at Wholefoods or other health store)
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
Generous amount of fresh cracked Black Pepper (I’d use about a half teaspoon)
1 cup of water (approximately)
3 1/2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 cup Favorite Barbecue Sauce (we like Trader Joe’s brand “All Natural Barbecue Sauce”)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Add about a cup of water and stir. The dough should be firm but completely mixed. Add more water if necessary, but really try to knead it in first. Knead it for about a minute and a half (I’m a very impatient person.) Stretch it out on a cutting board (it will resist you) as much as you can, to about a 7 inch in diameter, inch thick slab. Spread the peanut butter on top, and use about as much to make a thin coat (no need to measure.)Slice it into inch wide slices (makes about nine.) It’s okay that the slices are different lengths. Place each slice peanut butter side up on a oiled parchment paper lined bake sheet. Bake at 400 for ten minutes. Take the sheet out and carefully pour a stripe of barbecue sauce on each “rib.” Spread the barbecue sauce carefully with a silicone brush and attempt not to move the peanut butter. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake again for ten minutes. Remove the “ribs” with a spatula after they have cooled slightly as to not burn little fingers. Eat with your fingers to enable maximum enjoyment. Don’t tell your British husband you ate with your fingers.

Golden Mean Vegan Cafe


This vegan cafe in Santa Monica was a great find. When we walked in the desserts were on display which looked great.

The ‘works’ burger is a fine choice. It’s a bean burger with all sorts of extras from tempah bacon to avacodo. Nothing that inspired but very tasty.

Decorated with pagan and spiritual symbols. The little cushioned seats are cute and fun to sit in.

I definitely want to head back and try the carrot cake sometime.

It’s mix of burgers and recognizable menu items for non vegans make it an easy choice to bring your meat-eatting buddies.

Dane’s Onion Pie

This recipe is originally from the Body Ecology Diet and called “Heidi’s Onion Pie.” This is my twist on it especially for Dane.

In Small Pot with Lid
½ cup Amaranth
1 cup Water

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for approximately 15-20 minutes (until the liquid is absorbed.)

In Your Cast Iron Skillet
1 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil
4-6 large onions, thinly sliced into ½ inch rounds (food processor)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian blend or oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, and celery seed
½ tsp. basil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
½ red bell pepper, minced or sliced
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced in rounds

Sauté onion, garlic, herbs, and pepper flakes in coconut oil. Reduce heat and cook until onions are tender, approximately 15 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees at this point.

In Your Food Processor
2 cups amaranth flour
1 tsp. sea salt
4 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil
Approximately ½ cup water

Using dough blade, place in flour, sea salt, and coconut oil. Pulse until crumbly, gradually adding water until dough begins to form a ball. Remove from bowl and press into a round pizza pan. Crimp up edges.

For Your Oven
Bake crust for ten minutes (optional.) Mix the amaranth and the seasoned onions and place on the crust. Sprinkle with Herbamare, garlic powder, and/or pepper flakes if desired. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

This recipe was redesigned for you to start the amaranth, then the onions while the amaranth is cooking, then the crust. The original recipe asks you to do these three steps in a strange order separately that doesn’t make sense, but I know you’re into time efficiency (and so should everyone.) I also use a handful of fresh herbs from my garden instead of dried. You’re going to rock out this recipe, and soon you’ll want to replace every crust: whether sweet potato pie, empanada, or pizza crust with this high protein and gluten free alternative. It’s also unbelievably quick. Bon appétit!

The Sexy Vegan: A Review

Sick of not being able to pig out on fastfood without killing animals and the environment? The Sexy Vegan has the answer for you: http://www.thesexyvegan.moonfruit.com/

Fried in peanut oil, I made this very fishy sandwich very fantastic without hurting any fishies.