So I have been a vegan since June 1st of this year and a vegetarian for 11 years. I never liked meat and when I was 14 years old, I decided to stop eating it because I just couldn't stand the taste of it...idk what it was but there was this taste in meat that would not be covered with any type/amount of spices. I never really cared for milk, either. A few months ago, I found out that Alicia Silverstone (a vegan) had written a book called The Kind Diet. I was so intrigued because I always wondered how to be a healthy vegan (since I thought it would be so hard to replace important nutrients with a plant-based diet...not true btw).... I read the book and it was incredible! There is so much information that will leave you shocked and wanting to read more. She has taught me so much about food and health, and it all leads to the conclusion that one can achieve their most optimal health by eating REAL FOOD, that is, whole foods that are not processed. This can without a doubt be achieved with a plant-based diet. She has opened my eyes to so many yummy foods that I am truly enjoying. Today, I will be sharing a side dish recipe that I found in Alicia's book....it is called Summertime Succotash. I will also be sharing my red lentil recipe with garbanzos.