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Char Nolan
Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

Saving Time With Char: Polenta Fries… Quick And Easy

Polenta seems to be the new black.  On many modern menus, it seems to be a replacement for the omnipresent potato.  Now, you know that I love the potato, but variety is one of the tools that helps to energize me on my plant-strong journey. I recently saw a traditional recipe for polenta where the [&hellip

Saving Time With Char: Flavored Water…The New Beverage: Plus Win A “Cuppow!”

Saving Time with Char Flavored Water…The New Beverage They say that “time is money.”  On a recent trip to the grocery store, I was intrigued with the vast collection of fruit and herb infused waters.  The beauty of the labels will alone draw you to the shelf, and once you learn that you can drink [&hellip

Saving Time With Char: Potato Taco Time

Before I joined this plant-strong caravan, I never ate potatoes.  They’d gotten such a bad rap, and although I ate horribly, the potato just seemed too “fattening” to eat.  I know now that it wasn’t the potatoes, it was the stuff that covered it that really made it bad for you.  You already know how [&hellip

Saving Time With Char: Mighty Bean Muffins!

  Saving Time with Char On the Road Again It’s early morning, and I am running late.  I still have that engrained “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” thing in my head, and I always eat breakfast.  Minutes later,  I am stuck in slow moving traffic, and I notice the car to [&hellip

Saving Time With Char: Veggies en Papillote

Saving Time with Char Oo-La-La…Veggies en Papillote Oh, I know, it sounds so fancy.  Broccoli en Papillote.  But, really, all you are doing is using unbleached parchment paper to steam vegetables in the oven.  And better than a quick and delicious meal?  Super-fast clean up!!  You will be like a whirling magician when it is [&hellip

Saving Time with Char: The Doctor is in the House

The Doctor is in the House In this modern age of medicine, the house call is something of the past.  That is, of course, if you don’t count Dr. McDougall and his line of “Right Foods.”  I am pretty much a food purist, and never really gave thought to an “instant” soup, but last year [&hellip

Saving Time with Char: Getting the Day off to a Good Start

Getting the Day off to a Good Start I set my alarm for 5:00 AM every day.  I enjoy the peacefulness in my house and the time I get to spend by myself.  Soon after I get out of bed, I am headed for the gym, where of late, I have enjoyed watching the sunrise [&hellip

Saving Time with Char: One Potato-Two Potato-Three Potato-Four

For a long time, potatoes have gotten a bad rap and mainly because they’ve either been fried, or smothered with fattening dairy.  But, the reality is that potatoes pack a punch…loaded with potassium and Vitamin C., you can’t go wrong with a potato. I love potatoes.  They are very versatile and are a great grab [&hellip

Saving Time with Char: Double Duty Recipes

I really like to cook.  I enjoy the challenge when my cupboards are bare and I am able to create a nourishing and delicious meal.  Most of the time, though, I have a meal plan/menu that I follow to keep life easy and simple.  For me, simplicity is the key to staying plant-strong. It’s fun [&hellip