Making Vegan Sushi on the Mental Health Channel

A few months ago the film crew at the Mental Health Channel interviewed me and my culinary student Vasavi Kumar to give insight into the question, “How does healthy eating affect your emotions and overall mental state?” They filmed our macrobiotic vegan sushi cooking class at the Natural Epicurean with the January 2014 track students. Thanks to everyone for your participation!

View the episode here.

The Mental Health Channel (MHC) is a new online network featuring original series, inspiring characters and powerful stories to raise awareness and help every viewer realize the benefits of improved mental health.


Come to my Healthy Lunches class at Natural Epicurean August 9th!

Wakame Crunch Bars

Wakame Crunch Bars

Hope you can make it out to my hands-on cooking class! You’ll learn how to make nutritious items for your loved one’s lunchbox.

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, August 9th
Cost: $69 includes hands-on cooking class, recipes, and tasting (lunch)

Recipes will include: Roasted carrot and white bean hummus, Confetti rice balls, Spring rolls w/ almond butter dipping sauce, Mixed Berry Kanten, Wakame crunch bars, Kale chips w dulse flakes, Baked sweet potato fries, and Roasted chickpeas. To sign up, call The Natural Epicurean at 512-476-2276 or register online.  

Roasted Carrot and White Bean Hummus

Roasted Carrot and White Bean Hummus

Fresh summertime recipes from KEYE-Austin morning news

Early this morning, I demonstrated some fresh summertime recipes at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts on KEYE morning news with TV reporter Ashley Roberts. Caprese Salad Appetizer Ingredients: 12 fresh basil leaves, left whole 3 small fresh … Continue reading

Ayurveda Chutneys class

We made 4 delicious chutneys today in my class at The Natural Epicurean. Chutneys add a colorful, flavorful accent to meals and can be sweet, savory, sour, or hot and spicy.

Today we made:
Cilantro mint chutney
Sweet potato chutney
Ginger date chutney
Green apple chutney
We tasted them with chickpea pancakes. Yum!

Introduction to Macrobiotic Cooking Class – July 19, 2014

Introduction to Macrobiotic Cooking Class – July 19, 2014

Celebrate summer cooking! Come join me for a hands-on macrobiotic cooking class on Saturday, July 19th from 10 am-12:30 pm at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. The menu is vegan, gluten-free, and delicious! *Arepas with Guacamole … Continue reading

Fabulous Foodie Week

This week I had the opportunity to be a “special guest” one day at my daughter’s summer camp. The theme for the week was “fabulous foodies.” The children, ages 6-11, did an amazing job learning how to prepare Thai spring … Continue reading