Evelisse is the Executive Director for Spanish Programs and Culinary Content for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Evelisse received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is a diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine and a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program. Evelisse is a certified instructor for PCRM’s Food for Life Program and collaborated in the GEICO Workplace Nutrition Study coordinated by the Washington Center for Clinical Research. She is an active board member and speaker for the Casa Vegana de La Comunidad non-for-profit organization in Puerto Rico. Evelisse practices Culinary Medicine in her business The Food Pharmacy and Farmacia en la Cocina in Florida. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Enjoy a quick, healthy energy boost with these delicious carrot cake energy bites! With wholesome ingredients like oats, dates, and shredded carrots, these bite-sized treats are packed with fiber and natural sweetness. Perfect for a midday snack or a pre-workout boost, these energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are a tasty way to satisfy your cravings and keep you going throughout the day.


Hoppin’ John Salad
Hoppin’ John Salad

Plant-based dishes aren’t just healthy—they can be hearty too. Even salads! With a base of rice and beans, this Southern-inspired favorite is protein-packed, fiber-filled, and delicious. The fresh celery gives it a delightful crunch, and the parsley adds a refreshing burst of herbaceous flavor.


Homemade Sazón
Homemade Sazón

This Puerto Rican seasoning blend is used in many traditional dishes. Its unique balance of spices and herbs creates a bold and complex flavor profile essential to authentic dishes. With its versatile use and long shelf life, Homemade Sazón is an easy way to bring Puerto Rican cuisine into your kitchen.


Sweet Plantain Pastelón (Puerto Rican Plantain Casserole)
Sweet Plantain Pastelón (Puerto Rican Plantain Casserole)

Plantain pastelón is a staple in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine. You can think of it like a Caribbean lasagna or shepherd’s pie, except made with ripe plantains instead of pasta or potatoes. It is traditionally filled with a meat-based picadillo. This plant-based version is packed with fiber and spices. It is a popular dish to feed a crowd!


Vegetable Fried Rice
Vegetable Fried Rice

This vegetable fried rice is a great way to incorporate variety and nutrition into your weekly menu. This healthy dish is a creative spin on traditional fried rice that brims with colorful vegetables abundant in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is a delicious plant-based option for anyone looking for a quick, easy weeknight dinner or a flavorful side dish. With its colorful vegetables and distinctive sauce, it is sure to become a staple in your home.


Vegan Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)
Vegan Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)

Traditional Puerto Rican stewed beans typically contain oil and pork, but in this healthier version, you don’t need any animal products or oil. This twist on the classic Caribbean dish still has all the delicious flavors and textures of the original. Serve with brown rice or quinoa and your favorite plantain side dish.


Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Lemon
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Lemon

These oil-free roasted cauliflower steaks can be served as a healthy, flavorful side dish packed with delicious spices and a tangy splash of lemon. They can also be enjoyed as a main dish. Either way, it’s a great choice for incorporating more vegetables into your diet.


Pasta Puttanesca
Pasta Puttanesca

This whole food, plant-based vegan pasta puttanesca is prepared without oil. It is a flavorful and nutritious dish, perfect for those looking for a healthy, low-fat meal. The recipe is easy to prepare and features a tangy herb-infused sauce that you can adjust to delight your taste buds.


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