`The Chef: Anna
The Menu: Lentil stew with carrots, tomatoes, and potatoes, a few olive chips from Food Should Taste Good, and a nectarine for dessert.
The Dish: After a birthday week filled with cake, burritos, deep-dish pizza, and more cake, I was ready for a simple, healthy meal. The recipe for this tasty, hearty stew comes from vegan actress, mom, and superhero Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet, which is one of my favorite vegan-friendly books. Come to think of it, Clueless was one my favorite movies when I was a teenager (hello, freeway scene). Coincidence? I think not. Speaking of the teenage years, check out some veg organizations around the country that are just for kids—like Trix, but with real rabbits instead of a cartoon one who tries to steal your breakfast.