Compassionate Eating   

We invite you to learn how to choose and prepare food that supports your commitment to a compassionate world. This way of eating cares well for the planet, for our animal brothers and sisters, and for our health.

Plant-Powered Earth Holders are members of the Earth Holder Sangha who offer support to those who wish to explore, and perhaps move toward, a compassionate, more plant-centered diet. We hope these recipes, nutrition guides, and other resources help you in this important journey.

Compassionate Eating MT now in Spanish and French

Thanks to our wonderful, growing Plant-Powered Earth Holder sangha, we now have the Compassionate Eating Mindfulness Training offered by our Brother Phap Ho in Spanish and French!  Now, we need a wonderful Vietnamese speaking friend to help us with translation of it!

Welcome to 2019 the Year of the VEGAN! 🙂

The Economist and Forbes both called 2019 the year plant-based eating goes mainstream!. This is good news for people, animals, plants, and minerals–and the planet!  And, turns out, good for business too!!  You can join in and join us at our next Plant-powered Earth Holder Sangha gathering on Jan. 21st.

NEXT PPEH Monthly on-line sangha gathering, Monday, February 18, 

Please join us for our regular on-line gathering Monday, February 18 4PM PST, 7PM EST

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December Ideas for a Peaceful, Compassionate Holiday 

December Holiday Edition  and  Plant-Powered Holiday-recipes are ready for your plant-powered enjoyment! 

Enjoy our new WHY EAT PLANTS Poster. 

The hard-working-but-joyful Plant-Powered Earth Holder team has created this new educational poster. Why Eat Plants just touches on a few benefits of mindful, compassionate eating.  You can download the poster and print out on 11 x 17 paper!  Please help us share this poster and let us know what you think. Download here  Why Eat Plants Poster-FINAL

Great News! California Governor Brown Signs Bill to offer Plant-based meals

SB1138 was signed on September 21, 2018!  Please thank Governor Brown and Nancy Skinner if you can.  Laguna News and  Kate-Farms-Applauds-Jerry-Brown-Signing-SB1138 

Take the Compassionate Consumption Pledge

Dear Friends,

The Plant-Powered Earth Holder Team invites you to take the vows of compassionate eating below.  This is a concrete way of supporting your health and the earth.  You can see our new brochure Why Eat Plants  PPEH Brochure to learn more.

Yes, I will grow my compassion, support my community, care for my health, and protect the earth by taking the Plant-Based Earth Holder Pledge

I pledge:

  • To reflect on the new Mindfulness Training about edible foods regularly.
  • To look deeply into the source of my food and learn new ways to prepare plant-based food and practice compassion in my diet.
  • To shift to a plant-based diet, with the intention to work up to 15 days a month as Thay has encouraged us.

Take Pledge Here

VIDEO-Meet the Plant Powered Earth Holder Team!

We’d like to introduce ourselves so you can know more about us and why we are Plant-Based.  We’d love to hear from you!!

Meet the Plant-Powered Earth Holder Team.  We know you are there and we are very happy.

FREE WEBINAR:  The Food-Climate Connection – What We Eat Matters!  Can be seen online at PlantPure

Join PlantPure Communities for our first Interactive Webinar on the Food-Climate Connection! This dialogue, led by Nelson Campbell, founder of PPC, and Peter Lehner of Earthjustice, will focus on the climate impacts of our food choices. We have great expectations that these two leaders will find tremendous common ground and that this will mark the beginning of a historic collaboration between nutrition and climate advocates. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

NEW REPORT: How to Encourage Local Governments to address Plant-Based Diets in Climate Planning.

MEAT OF THE MATTER: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing, by Friends of the Earth and the Responsible Purchasing Network.  The report outlines the issues and a process for addressing climate impacts in the climate planning process. It notes that, although significant actions are being taken to address climate change, one critically important sector that accounts for about one fourth of global greenhouse gas emissions is not being addressed: food.   A wealth of scientific research underscores the urgency of substantially reducing meat and dairy consumption, which accounts for more than half of all food-related GHG emissions. It is clear that the world cannot meet global greenhouse gas reduction targets without curbing consumption of animal products.

New Video: Enjoy Making (and Eating) Prune Truffles.  

Recipe from our own Plant-powered Earthholder Eve Heidtmann is here!   Video is here.

Recipe and Video Kale and Tortilla Chip Salad

Here is a simple, delicious, and nutritious salad from our own Plant-Powered Earth Holder Super Marathoner Aurora Leon

Click here to Enjoy this fantastic Kale Salad!  and here is the recipe.

Video: Easy Breakfast Steel Cut Oats

We are so happy to offer this recipe from our own Aurora Leon- physician, plant-powered Earth Holder, distance runner, and all-around amazing athlete! This recipe is simple and will make sure you get your day, and year, off to a good start!  Steel Cut Oats to Start your day and New Year!

If you want to, you can put your pot of oats in the fridge after you cook and they will be ready by morning! Here’s the recipe 


Article: Now Your Dog can be Safely Plant-Based too!

One question that came up on a PPEH Webinar was a question about diets for our pets.  It turns out that cats are carnivores but dogs can safely eat a plant-based diet.  A dog has nutritional requirements, but not ingredient requirements for a healthy diet.

Fact-Sheet: Check out our newest Plant-based Fact Sheet  Cashews-the Key to Creaminess!  

All you need to know about the worlds favorite food!

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes!


    • Nutrition video: The Myths of Protein – Learn why our bodies need protein and other nutrients, how much protein is enough, and the best sources in this video from Plant-Powered Earth Holder member Dr. Joaquin Carral.
  • Ask a Plant-Powered Doc – Have questions about plant-based diets and health? Ask Aurora and Joaquin, who are both plant-based physicians. They work in primary care and have helped many of their patients switch to a plant-based diet. With this change they have witnessed great improvements in their patients with diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and pain, among many other health issues. Earth Holder members may e-mail them at

Compassion and Environment

What we eat has a big impact on our planet. Learn more and take action:

    • Diet impact calculator – How many animals and Earth resources can you save by eating plants for a day, a week, or more?

Invite your sangha to take action too:

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Call for Compassionate Eating

In his famous 2007 Blue Cliff Letter, Thay wrote:
Lay communities should be courageous and give rise to the commitment to be vegetarian, at least 15 days each month. If we can do that, we will feel a sense of well-being. We will have peace, joy, and happiness right from the moment we make this vow and commitment.
 We only need to be vegetarian, and we can already save the earth. Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.
As a spiritual family and a human family, we can all help avert climate change with the practice of mindful eating. Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to stop climate change.
Being vegetarian is already enough to save the world.