The China Study All-Star Collection

This cookbook is perfect for those who enjoy hearty recipes that are not complicated to create. All the recipes are vegan and uses whole food ingredients:) (This book is a collection of different vegan chefs’ recipes.) 

One of the best features of BenBellaBooks is that they put in a photo for every recipe. The images really draw you in and make you want to cook (or bake)! My mouth is watering right now from just looking at the pictures. 

I’m going to share with you one of the delicious recipes from this book:

Quick Burgers (by Lindsay Nixon, author of Happy Herbivore series)

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tsp granulated onion powder
1 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/3 cup instant oats

(You can even add other ingredients to this simple list such as corn, quinoa, green peas, etc. )

Preheat oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, mash black beans with a fork until some beans are pureed. Stir in condiments and spices until well combined, then mix in oats. Divide into 4 portions and shape into patties. Back for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or foil with some oil on it. Then flip the burgers over and back for another 5 minutes. I like to bake them until they are crispy!

This is such a simple recipe yet it tastes better than the veggies burgers that are served at a vegan restaurants. I always find veggie burgers at restaurants very greasy (just dripping in oil!). I love to crumble these burgers on top of salad and add in other veggies like baby tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cilantro, etc. Then I sprinkle lemon juice, cayenne and sliced avocados for a perfect meal! This recipe is so versatile because you can replace black beans with other beans like garbanzo, black eyed peas, white beans, and red kidney beans!

I would suggest this book to people who just started adding in more vegan meals to their diet!

I am back!

It’s been awhile since my last post. I have a lot of updates and reviews for you, my wonderful readers (if you are still reading!)

Here are some of my big life updates:

1. I left my job in SF, CA and moved to Dallas, TX with my husband for a new job opportunity. The moving process was really stressful to be honest but I felt grateful once we arrived at our new apartment. I am in love with my current apartment and the area we live in. Our apartment is surrounded by a beautiful park (man-made, but nevertheless beautiful!), where we can take walks morning and night! Amenities and everything about our place are just perfect that I am really upset that we are moving again (will get into this a bit later in the post). We also took a 5-day road trip from Nor-Cal to Dallas, visiting places like Sedona, Grand Canyon, etc. I think my wish to travel is finally coming true, haha.

2. This is something I’m really proud of: I finished one year holistic health coach program through Institute of Integrative Nutrition about a week ago. Graduation is in two days, so I’m very excited for that! It was a rewarding year, learning about health and myself. This program isn’t just about “how to be healthy through changing your diet”. Health doesn’t just come from eating, but from feeling fulfilled in many different aspects of life: relationships, career, hobbies, spirituality, etc. I learned a lot about myself and how I am still in the process of figuring out what works for me and my body in terms of being healthy and happy. Lastly, (this is something I have to constantly remind myself because I fall off the wagon so much) there is no such thing as perfection. I’m a type of person who goes for all or nothing. So it’s very hard to stop thinking that there is a perfection to everything (which there isn’t).

Anyways, to sum up my experience with IIN is that I am eager to learn more about health and nutrition. IIN got me to think that I want more scientific knowledge to nutrition. I’m not sure what that means in terms of career, but I will definitely be studying more and perhaps getting my masters.

If any of you are interested in IIN program, you can save $1500 off your tuition if you sign up before July 5th, 2014. Please email me at junghwadetlefsen [at] gmail [dot] com if you would like my referral link!

3. My last life update is that my husband and I are moving in the next two-three weeks to Seattle, WA. My husband got an amazing opportunity, so we both decided to leave the jobs we actually moved here for. I will be going back to school and looking into programs at Bastyr University! This move means a lot to me. I am utterly sad because I am in love with our apartment. However, this is an opportunity that I thought I would never have. I’ve been looking into Basyr for the last five years and I always thought it wasn’t possible since our lives were in CA (jobs, friends, family, etc). Now I really believe that dreams DO come true if you think about it and wish for it!:) I still have to take pre-reqs at a community college first, however, because unfortunately I didn’t take enough science classes during my undergrad.


THANK YOU for reading through this long post on life updates!



Treats for hot summer days (Book review!)

Dallas, TX is hot with humidity. After being outside for few min, all you can think about is a cold, refreshing smoothies or cold, sweet ice cream!

I was sent two wonderful vegan books to review: Vegan for Fit and Vegan for Fun by Attila Hildmann. Recipes are simple and not too complicated (another reason to love vegan whole foods recipes).

From Vegan for Fit, I present to you my favorite ice cream recipe: Cashew Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. I love cashew nuts and vanilla, so this is a perfect treat on a hot summer day/night.

Ingredients: for 2-3 scoops
3/4 cup cashew butter
2 cups ice cubes
2 pinches ground vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
3 tbsp agave syrup
1.7 ounces Vegan for Fit Chocolate (you can substitute any chocolate pieces, I used TJ’s dark chocolate bar and broke it into pieces)

How-to: approx. 5 minutes plus approx. 30 min cooling time
Puree all ingredients, except for the chocolate. Coarsely chop the chocolate and fold into the ice cream. Place the ice cream in the freezer approx. 30 minutes.


It is SO EASY to make this ice cream:) Put all the ingredients in a blender, add chocolate if you want, then freeze it! Once frozen, a wonderful treat on a hot day!


Check out Vegan for Fit and Vegan for Life if you need any inspiration to cook/bake/make delicious vegan meals and desserts!

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (+Giveaway)


I believe this is Lindsay’s fourth book. I loved all of her previous books because the recipes are not complicated and do not require all day to create them.

This book is focused on recipes that are low in calorie yet high in nutrition. There is also a workout plan, which is a bonus:)

I was also lucky enough to ask some questions to the chef herself!

Q. Hi Lindsay! Where do you get your recipe inspirations from?
A:  It’s a mixed bag. Sometimes I’ll pick up an ingredient and figure out a way to make something with it. Other times I’ll see something and want to recreate it at home. For example, when I was in Ireland I saw signs all over the place for Guinness stew or Irish stew. Of course it wasn’t vegan, or vegetarian, so I waited until I got home, learned about the traditional recipe, then made a plant-based version… and now it’s in Light & Lean!

Q: Did you grow up being vegan?
A: Nope

Q: What do you do when you are at a restaurant that does not accommodate any vegan meals or your lifestyle? For me, it gets a bit awkward to just watch others eat and not eat anything myself.
A: his has never happened to me — there is always something to eat, even if it’s just a salad and a baked potato. I’ve been all over the globe. Even in really rural areas, there was still something. Might not be terribly exciting, but a bowl of fruit counts:)

Q: What is your favorite recipe?
A: Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child:)

Here is one of the recipes from the book. This one is called Spinach Love Wrap.

(picture is from Happy Herbivore Light & Lean)

Spinach Love Wrap
Makes 2
Soy-free, Gluten-free, Quick, Budget

This is another wrap inspired by the 7-Day Meal Plans. I call this a spinach “love” wrap because of the strawberry “hearts.” Plus it’s so easy to make, it’s only 159 calories per wrap, and its really filling. What’s not to love?

2 c spinach
1 tomato, sliced
1 roasted red bell pepper (in water, not oil), sliced
8 strawberries, sliced
2 wraps

Place spinach, tomato slices, bell pepper slices, and strawberry slices in each wrap and roll up.2

Chef’s Note: For a twist, sometimes I leave off the bell pepper, add in some white beans, and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar or fat-free balsamic vinaigrette over the vegetables.

Per wrap
Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2g
Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.9g
Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.7g
Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.4g
Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.9g
WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

As you can see, one serving is under 200 calories but the fiber and protein contents are high at 6.7g and 4.9g. This can be a great snack or paired with a side dish for a healthy meal. I would even suggest swapping out the wrap for a collard green or seaweed to make this gluten-free.

To participate in the giveaway:

1. Do you own a copy of any of Happy Herbivore series? If so, which recipe is your favorite? If you don’t own a copy, please share with us one of your favorite healthy recipes.

2. Follow me on twitter @AegiKale

3. Follow me on instagram @junghwad

4. Subscribe to my blog:)

This giveaway ends on January 10th, 2014

(Review & Giveaway are hosted by An Apple A Day and BenBellaBooks. Thank you, Lindsay!)

Oscillo – Natural Flu Medicine


I have never been a big fan of taking medicine since I was little. Now, I don’t take medicines because of the ingredients that I can’t recognize. 8 years ago, I became vegan (not knowing what vegan was) because I wanted to get rid of stomach pain and become healthy. Since then, I only ate food that are whole foods. When buying anything packaged, I make sure that I can read and recognize every ingredient. I’m not too strict that I don’t eat any packaged foods, but I definitely avoid anything that are overly processed.

That’s why I was very happy to review Oscillo, which has no drug interaction and works naturally with your body. You can find their products at Whole Foods!

Oscillo temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as feeling run down, headache, body aches, chills and fever. It is best advised that you take Oscillo early, at first signs of flu-like symptoms to see the best results.

“Oscillococcinum works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” at 48 hours.*1 In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.” (from the website)

Winter season is here and I love having Oscillo with me wherever I go (especially to the city, SF is cold!). It’s better to be prepared than be sorry later!

Please share in the comments how you prevent yourself from getting sick or what you do when are sick. Do you have any natural herbal medicines that you love?

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

(Disclaimer: I received Oscillo for a review from Naturally Savvy program)

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