Tag: vegan

From Excuse-itarian to Vegan

In this episode, I address a few of the typical excuses people have when it comes to becoming vegan — from “I don’t really eat a lot of meat, dairy, and eggs” to “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” See if any of it resonates with you. 


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Why 30 Days Vegan?

In this episode, I share my thoughts about why going vegan for 30 days can change everything.


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Plant-Based Food Rituals for the New Year

In this New Year’s episode, we celebrate the 15th year of Food for Thought podcast with some plant-based food rituals from around the world to bring in the new year.  

As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. 

For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening. 

Apricot Red Lentil Soup

Easy, Nutritious, Delicious, and Fast!

This is one of my go-to recipes whenever I want something quick and delicious. It’s also a perfect New Year’s dish, as the lentils represent prosperity and luck in the coming year.  If the apricots seem weird to you in a soup, trust me! They add a touch of sweetness and cook down into melt-in-your-mouth goodness. 


2 tablespoons oil or water, for sautéing
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup halved dried apricots
1-1/2 cups red lentils, picked through and rinsed
5 cups vegetable stock
3 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 -15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained 


Heat up the oil or water in a large soup pot. Add the onion, garlic, and apricots, and cook for about 7 minutes over medium heat, until the onions begin to turn translucent. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. 

Add the lentils and stock. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, cumin, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Puree 1/2 of the stew in a blender or food processor (or using a stick/immersion blender), then return to the pot. Add the chickpeas, cooking until they’re heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve hot. 

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Did you make this soup? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

Want To Learn More Easy and Delicious Recipes?

Join me in my online cooking classes!

I have an on-demand soups and stews class and a pressure cooker class where I discuss the whys and hows, and the whats and wherefores of cooking with a pressure cooker and include a recipe for a brown lentil soup!

We Mastered Distanced Dinners in 2020

As someone who entertains a lot, it was no surprise that one of the things I missed the most when the Covid-19 pandemic hit was hosting friends and neighbors. I compensated by enjoying social engagements online, but of course they’re no replacement for in-person parties. And while we never went “back to normal,” I was relieved when the science was clear enough to indicate that we could safely see people in person — masked, physically distanced, and a few at a time. Cue the distanced dinner party!

Check out photos from our (many) distanced social gatherings

This good news coincided with the onset of warmer weather, and so we quickly adapted to hosting one or two people at a time in our backyard. Having sitting areas with plenty of options for 6-foot distancing, we arranged cafe tables and chairs several feet apart and set one table for us and one table for our guests. (I actually love this and may continue this set up after this is all over — just moving the tables closer together!)

Friends at dinner

Friends at dinner

Colleen and David at dinner

Sometimes we’d host physically distanced drinks in one sitting area and dinner in another.


Ana and Colleen

Physically distance dinner

Physically distance dinner


Living in northern California where October and November are even sunnier than the summer months, we were able to extend our outdoor gatherings all the way through late fall — albeit with some blankets to keep warm when the sun went down. 


Physically distance dinner with blankets

Friends in blankets

We even celebrated a couple of birthdays — with cake and candles…

Birthday with friends

Chocolate birthday cake


Thwarted temporarily by fires, smoke, ash, and virus surges, we’d take a break from hosting when it wasn’t healthy or safe, but once it was, we were back at it — even able to host a couple friends for Thanksgiving.

Two people at table

Until we can host friends inside again  — and more than two at a time — without the risk of catching or spreading Covid, we are grateful to have outdoor spaces to accommodate our needs and our friends. 

To all the healthcare workers: I’m amazed by what you do in normal times. I’m in awe of what you’re doing now. We promise we’ll keep making choices that keep us healthy, keep our friends safe, and keep you from being overtaxed. We don’t take this lightly. Thank you for all you do!

Did you find ways to throw your own distanced dinner party or another kind of gathering?



14-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Humble Love Fest

Every single person who has ever written me an email or a kind comment has shaped who I am, has provided me with hope, and has guided the work I do to help create a compassionate world. May the stories you hear in this FOURTEEN-YEAR PODCAST ANNIVERSARY do the same for you.

So put your feet up (or get them moving), and take in the beautiful responses I’ve received from listeners, followers, and students this past year. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them.


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This Cruelty-Free Coat is a DREAM!

One of the most endearing things about vegans is that we tend to be happy with what we can get as long as we aren’t hurting anyone! That goes for food, clothing, shoes, accessories — and coats! Goodness knows the options for all things are better than ever before, but one thing I really wished someone would make was a pretty full-length wool-like fall/winter coat WITHOUT THE WOOL

Well, like a fairy godmother who waived her magic wand, I have procured a vegan wool coat. (No, I didn’t make it myself!) Thanks to NOIZE, a cruelty-free clothing company, vegans can sport beautiful coats for men and women that are CRUELTY-FREE, CONSCIOUS, AND AFFORDABLE!

While they also make footwear, loungewear, and accessories, I think their superpower is their line of fashionable faux wool coats. I was really torn between the Isabel, Sloane, and Aiko coats and settled on the Isabel coat in grey. HOW. PRETTY. IS. IT? (The faux fur collar can be removed.) 

Santa has already been notified that I would like to support this vegan company and buy a second coat from them. 

This PETA-approved company uses high-tech synthetic fabrics that are nearly identical to animal-derived materials when it comes to warmth, comfort and style, but NOT when it comes to the cruelty, waste, and expense.

Just get yourself over to their website to browse their PUFFY coats (fills are made with 100% recycled plastic bottles), raincoats, vegan leather jackets, and more vegan wool coats. 

Use my coupon code for a discount on your vegan wool coat…or whatever else you would like!

Use this link and JOYFULVEGANFW15 as your coupon code during checkout to receive 15% off of an already beautifully priced catalog! Coats are selling out fast, so get thee thither! 

And share photos! I wanna see what you picked!

Recipe to Make Your Own Hanukkah Latkes

With the winter holidays coming up, I couldn’t resist sharing this traditional Hanukkah latke (potato pancake) recipe — vegan-style. Frying foods during Hanukkah is an ancient tradition, connected with the oil that was used to light the menorah during this “festival of lights.” 

Here is my go-to recipe for making delicious latkes:


2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
4 tablespoons water
4 cups peeled and shredded potatoes (about 5 medium potatoes)
6 scallions, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Canola oil for frying
Nondairy sour cream and applesauce, as accompaniments


  1. In a food processor or blender, whip the flax seeds and water together, until it reaches a thick and creamy – almost gelatinous – consistency, about 1 or 2 minutes. This is going to be our “eggs,” which will help provide some binding for our potato pancakes. Set aside. 
  2. Spread the grated/shredded potatoes on a kitchen towel or cheesecloth, and roll it up jelly-roll style. Twist the towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. You may need to do this again with a second towel to extract all the water. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the “flax egg” to the potatoes, along with the green onions, flour, and salt. Use your hands to combine the ingredients and to get a feel for the mixture. You want it moist but not too wet. 
  4. Heat some oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Using a tablespoon, scoop a large spoonful of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. To make a good medium-size patty, I use two tablespoons, but you can use one. Note: You are not trying to create dense patties, but the batter should stick together enough to form a patty and be flipped without falling apart. Slide a spatula underneath each latke while they’re cooking to make sure they don’t stick to the pan too much.  
  5. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. You may need to add more oil as you add more latkes to the pan. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil. Season with additional salt. 

Tips from Colleen

  • Shredded/grated potatoes will oxidize (turn a grayish/brownish color) pretty quickly, so I recommend having your green onions chopped and your “flax eggs” prepared before shredding the potatoes.
  • Grate/shred the potatoes by hand, or use the special grating blade in your food processor, which is a lot easier and faster.
  • Add additional shredded veggies such as carrots (or zucchini — but be sure to squeeze out the water) + herbs for my flavor, color, and nutrients.

Serve hot with nondairy sour cream and/or applesauce. 

Yield: 15 to 20 latkes

For more recipes like these, join me in my live-in-real-time online vegan cooking classes. You can also check out my holiday recipe bundles!


If you’d like more information on living and cooking vegan (i.e. compassionately and healthfully), my books are here to help you:

The Joy of Vegan Baking 

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

The Joyful Vegan

Creating an Extra Special Thanksgiving / Holiday During the Pandemic

People. Atmosphere. Beverages. Food. That’s all we need to create a special event, holiday, or meal — but this year, we deserve to go just a little above and beyond to make it EXTRA special. By the end of this episode, you’ll have some ideas for doing just that — whether you’ll be sharing a Zoom meal with out-of-town family or having a small gathering outside and safely distanced.

(NOTE: All of the suggestions apply even if you don’t celebrate a traditional American Thanksgiving.)


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Thanksgiving Without the Turkey

Gratitude, community, abundance — these are the values I celebrate when I prepare for Thanksgiving each year. Not turkey.

Please listen to this NPR / KQED Radio editorial about how to enjoy the true meaning of this holiday without hurting anyone. Listen here or below.


Includes delicious plant-based recipes and a meal plan!

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