Watermelon acts as nature’s Viagra: Chef Luks drops some sexy knowledge on you fruit doubters

A lesson in watermelons on Great Day Houston

Joel Luks, CultureMap’s resident health food nut and vegan chef, joined Deborah Duncan of Great Day Houston on Tuesday morning to talk about his favorite fruit: The watermelon.

Watch the video segment below to discover fool-proof methods for selecting the best possible ‘melon from the grocery store and uncover the health benefits of hiding leafy greens (like kale) in a refreshing and unconventional summer beverage.

Plus, learn how a watermelon can stimulate the Texas economy . . . Among other things.

Editor’s note: Originally written [...]

Eat the rainbow (without unicorns): Color Me Vegan is an indispensable guide to a healthy diet

Inspired by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Color Me Vegan, this recipe is brought to us by the color purple. A variation on her recipe, these blueberry bars pack on tons of antioxidants, fiber and omega 3s with the addition of the ground flaxseeds. Perfect by themselves, or with ice cream.

Who hasn’t heard the hackneyed phrase, “eat the rainbow”?

It’s nutritionists’ attempt at encouraging people to go beyond the cremes, beiges and browns of unremarkable animal flesh and encourage the consumption of foods that visually [...]

A lesson from a Houston Food Celeb: Pumpkin Spice Vegan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

A vegan baking lesson from Houston foodie celeb Jody Stevens of Jodycakes shows us that there is really no hidden secret for baking without animal products. The substitutions are simple and the product is delicious. Here is her recipe for pumpkin spice vegan cupcakes with a simple cream cheese frosting, perfect for breakfast with a simple glaze, apple or cashew butter, or dressed up with frosting.

Once upon a time, there was a carb obsessed boy.

He would grew up to be [...]

The Morning After Pancakes: Red Velvet with Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

Red, white and blue: red velvet pancakes with blueberries and coconut whipped cream

The morning after the Fourth of July can certain seem like somewhat difficult. Whether you are in the midst of the walk of shame, wondering how the goat slept next to you peacefully or whose underwear you are wearing, we all need a little sustenance to soak up all those illicit alcohol calories that inadvertently made their way into our livers.

I didn’t have THAT much to drink.

Vegan Har Gow: Traditional Chinese Dumplings with Shiitake and Red Spinach

Serve simply with Ponzy soy sauce

Don’t you love learning new words in a different language you do not speak? I am silly as I love to practice my pseudo make-believe accent and attempt to sound authentic. Then I laugh at myself and cook. Then eat.

Dumplings are so flexible. Once you know the technique, you can fill them with whatever you like. Although these are traditionally made with shrimp, I am known for ignoring tradition. After all, I am a cultural mutt and think things get [...]

Asian Breakfast: Mu shu Tofu Scramble with Oyster Mushrooms & Bok Choy


I just bought a new wok. Although sometimes I am tempted to find the toy with most gadgets, this time, I was allured by the simplicity of a timeless cooking vessel. None of the non-stick coating bull crap but rather the traditional iron thing that needs to be seasoned and treated like a prized possession that gets passed down from generation to generation.

Big boy breakfast: Cashew Butter Apple Waffles


Fluffy, subtle and mysterious sprinkled with powdered sugar and waiting to de moistened by the juices of the maple tree

Perhaps this breakfast isn’t as testosterone filled manly Ahnold Schwarzenegger-esque as yesterday’s Porcini Spinach Omelet with stuff, but I was in the mood for something just as hearty that would appeal to my sweet tooth. After all, those of you that know me, I go from animaniac type insanity to quiet but troublesome introspection like an unsuspecting cream filled something [...]

A big boy breakfast: Porcini Spinach Vegan Omelet with stuff


Supersized vegan breakfast is possible and does not consist of rabbit food

It is my goal to disperse a myriad of myths about vegan food:

It is NOT rabbit food (and we do not eat rabbit)
It is NOT dainty, refined, or even arrogant
It is NOT boring, flavorless or bland
It is NOT veggie protein attempting to pose as meat like a bad drag queen
It is NOT the kind – like some MSG laden chinese food – that 30 minutes later you will [...]

Quinoa 106: Apple Quinoa Spelt Muffins


My precious. Fabulous little muffins that are actually good carbs. Yes there is such a thing.

Carbs have become evil in our society. They are the main cause of obesity, problems with the economy, the downfall of Enron, and of course, they are at the center of the ongoing healthcare debate. There are recent allegations that carbs were indeed responsible for causing Tiger Woods to have repeated faithfulness slips, caused Israel to ban the iPad as well as being directly [...]

Quinoa 105: Strawberry Red Quinoa Pancakes with Cashew Butter Syrup


Foreplay is to sex what preparing these pancakes are to eating them. After eating these, I think I need a smoke.

The enticing lucuma and the ice cream obsession of my childhood

Growing up, strawberries were seen as somewhat stick out you pinky and giggle feminine. After all, berries sparkle. In choosing ice-cream flavors, the guys chose chocolate, and the girls nibbled gently on their pink color berry treat on a stick. I was a rebel. I refused either. Choosing chocolate would [...]

About this site

VeganGoodEats.com is a compilation of my favorite recipes and experiences. Erasing the stereotype that we eat rabbit food, I hope that the site inspires you to live a cruelty-free life. There is enough to live peacefully and indulgently.

About Joel Luks

Intellectually curious arts advocate. Design junkie & blogger. Creative nutty vegan chef loving all ethnic foods in a quest to ensure vegan food is seen as delicious, varied, and yes, sometimes, indulgent. Classical flutist & sucker for rhythmic music.

I work for CultureMap.com, a Houston-based lifestyle digital magazine, where I report on food, arts, society and city life, produce videos and curate an events guide.

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