The Importance of Meatless Mondays

By: Toni Okamoto | 1 Comment | Category: Blog

In the latest Plant Based on a Budget and World of Vegan #VegAnswers episode, my dear friend and super hero for animals, Paul Shapiro, explains the importance of Meatless Mondays. For the rest of your Monday, please consider going meatless. more

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Plant-Based on WIC

By: Marji Beach | 2 Comments | Category: Blog

In July, I began fostering (to adopt) a 22-mos-old child. While I navigate the complex foster-to-adopt system, I am grateful for programs that help children in foster care. My daughter receives a stipend for necessities and a subsidy to cover daycare. Medi-Cal covers her medical care until she turns 26.... more

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Toni Gives Money-Saving Tips on Studio40 Live

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Plant Based on a Budget founder, Toni Okamoto, goes live on Studio 40 to show how easy, inexpensive, and delicious plant-based eating can be. Excerpt from Studio40 Live: We generally assume that eating healthy food is always more costly that just stopping at a local fast food restaurant.  However, Toni... more

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Anybody Can Be Vegan

By: Guest | 10 Comments | Category: Blog

By Sarah Simmons My name is Sarah and I have been mostly plant-based for a year. Before, I was vegetarian for four years. It may not be the easiest transition to make where you live, but for sure anyone can do it. You just need to find your reason and... more

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Want to save money on milk? Purchase non-dairy!

By: Toni Okamoto | Comments Off on Want to save money on milk? Purchase non-dairy! | Category: Blog

On a recent visit to my favorite grocery store, I noticed the majority of people with milk in their carts were purchasing almond milk. I went over to the dairy section to investigate why that may be and found that it’s because Almond Breeze was the second cheapest 1/2 gallon option... more

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Hip Hop is Green

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Take a look inside this healthy school initiative that introduces plant-based food to children in urban communities. More info here:

Last week I had the privilege of attending a Hip Hop is Green dinner in Oakland, CA with my friends of Dead Prez and well-known holistic nutrition expert, Afya Ibomu. The dinner was held at an elementary school where children were introduced to healthy plant-based foods, nutrition information, and were able... more

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How To Make an Easy Vegan Meal: Quinoa Salad

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Light, filling, delicious Quinoa Salad!

Next in my series of easy, inexpensive versatile meals is a Quinoa Salad. I used this recipe in the video, but really it’s just a guide. Once you make the quinoa, the possibilities for spicing it up are endless. You can do any kinds of olives, chopped spinach or kale, garlic,... more

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How To Make an Easy Vegan Meal: Chickpea Sandwich

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Easy, delicious, low-cost Chickpea Sandwich!

I recently started a series of videos to help provide inspiration for easy, quick, low-cost meals. This is one of my favorites! It’s Terrence’s Chickpea Salad, using fresh onion and garlic instead of powders. If you don’t have the fresh onion and garlic, the powders are equally delicious in this recipe. What... more

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Say Yes! To Vegan Soulfood: Evolving the Soulfood Tradition for the Plant Based Kitchen

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I’d like to give a special “thank you” to Afya for writing this beautiful article about Vegan Soul Food. If you don’t have it already, please pick up her latest book A Vegan Soulfood Guide To the Galaxy. -Toni   By Afya Ibomu Soul food in general is comfort food prepared... more

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Toni’s Interview on Big Fat Vegan Radio

By: Toni Okamoto | 6 Comments | Category: Blog

  Huge thank you to Laura and Big Fat Vegan Radio for this awesome interview. Check it out: more

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