Grilled Veggies with a Delightful Ponzu Glaze!

Vegetables are a great choice for grilling and whether cooking over an open fire, which imparts a lovely smoky flavor or on a handy indoor electric grill, the possibilities are endless.

While most vegetables do very well on the grill, corn on the cob, summer squash, red, green and gold bell peppers are perennial favorites.

Vegetables with high moisture content, such as leafy greens, celery and cucumbers would not be great grilling options. You should choose fresh vegetables that are still firm to the touch with bright skin without bruises or blemishes. 
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Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish

 

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Tomatoes

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes is a delightful dish that contains a high level of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals with a riot of health-supporting phytonutrients.

The combination of hearty legumes, leafy greens, tomatoes and pungent spices make this a tasty and health-supporting meal.

Naturally low in fat and essentially free of saturated fat, legumes are a great source of nutrition. Legumes contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins and many important minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous. Continue reading “Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish”

Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy!

 

Think it is a chore to make fresh delicious soymilk every week? Not at all! With premium Laura Soybeans® and my SoyaJoy Soymilk Maker delicious, pearly white soymilk is quick, easy and incredibly inexpensive!

Non-GMO Laura Soybeans are the key in making tasty, non-beany soymilk and the SoyaJoy G4 is the automatic soymilk maker that makes almost 2 liters of delicious soymilk in about 20 minutes.

If you don’t make your own soymilk, you should definitely consider this easy and economical way to make the best tasting plant milks.  Check it out! Make Fresh Delicious Soymilk for Pennies in Just 20 Minutes!

Okara is a byproduct of making soymilk and if you make your own soy milk as I do twice a week you have copious amounts of the stuff in your freezer. Continue reading “Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy!”

Yam Good Okara Burgers ~ Easy Tasty and Nutritious!

There has been an upsurge in interest in meat and dairy-free foods among health conscious consumers, who are not necessarily vegetarian. Thirty five percent of Americans are obese, a stunning fact that has fueled interest in the plant-based diet.

It is well documented that people who choose a vegetarian diet enjoy superior health with lower risks for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.[1]

Recently, The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned an online Harris Poll of 2,015 adults 18 and over, about 245 million. They estimate the number of vegetarians at about eight million adults, about half which were also vegan:  3.7 million U.S. adults are vegan; 4.3 million are vegetarian but not vegan.

It is not just eight million vegetarians and vegans who have made veggie burgers a common item in restaurants and supermarkets across North America. Veggie burgers are delicious and convenient, but have you ever thought about making them up in your own kitchen? Continue reading “Yam Good Okara Burgers ~ Easy Tasty and Nutritious!”

Heart Healthy Salsas for Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the Fifth of May is a festive holiday in Mexico and for Chicano communities in the Southwest US marking the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

Nothing says ‘Southwest’ like chips, salsa and Guacamole and no Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without them. Salsa originated in Mexico and simply means “sauce.” In Mexico salsa is a spicy condiment of tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro, and plenty of fresh chilies. Continue reading “Heart Healthy Salsas for Cinco de Mayo!”

Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour

The Chambers Family has been farming on the same fertile land in Iowa near the Minnesota Border for 131 years.

Samuel Chambers, a veteran of the Civil War and his wife, Elenora settled just outside Corwith Iowa in 1883.   The couple had traveled from Ohio and lived in the upper portion of the barn they built on the land until a house could be built. Wild hay was the cash crop at this time.

The family built a granary in which one room was lathed and plastered to serve as a school.  Some students traveled long distances and would stay at the Chambers house, if a storm came in.  Continue reading “Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour”

Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. Continue reading “Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event”

Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no occasion is more appropriate for making delectable homemade candy for loved ones. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line the shelves this time of year, homemade candy is a heartfelt expression of love and friendship.

And have I got a quick and easy drop dead delicious recipe that sets aside all of the tedious “bonbon dipping, temperature checking, double boiler” cooking action so prevalent in traditional candy cookery.

This delightful recipe defies the typical turtle candy making method. Traditional ingredients include heavy cream or evaporated milk, butter, corn syrup and white refined sugar. Oftentimes caramel and pecan halves are covered with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening. Hardens the arteries just thinking about it.

Tasty Tosteds Turtles are a one-bowl wonder that is sure to become a family favorite long after those Valentine Roses have been pressed. Continue reading “Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine”

Pumpkin Power Smoothie

The intense orange color of pumpkin is an indication of how rich this winter squash is in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant and provitamin A compound thought to protect cells[1] against free radical damage and strengthen the immune system.[2] [3]

Beta-carotene is the pigment that imparts vibrant color to fruits and vegetables and converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is vital for normal growth and development, vision and proper functioning of the immune system. Continue reading “Pumpkin Power Smoothie”

Quinoa: The New Cool Carb!


Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Quinoa (keen-wa) is a delicious and easy to digest grain that has been grown in South America for thousands of years. The Incas revered quinoa for its strong nutritional properties and called it the “food of the gods.”Quinoa is not a true cereal grain and takes its culinary classification among grains such as, amaranth and buckwheat.

Quinoa is gluten-free and while generally referred to as a grain, is in fact a seed that looks a lot like a small, flat sesame seed.

Like soy, quinoa is very high in lysine, an amino acid not often found in vegetables and is an abundant source of complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This versatile grain is also high in calcium and iron and a good source of phosphorous, vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. Continue reading “Quinoa: The New Cool Carb!”