Grilled Marinated Tofu on the Barbie

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Grilled Marinated Tofu is delicious with a great ‘meaty’ texture.  The key is  to use super firm tofu, or a pressing technique and our richly flavorful  marinade.

As you shop for this recipe look for fruit-sweetened organic BBQ sauce. Always read the label to avoid any animals products, such as honey or casein and chemical additives.

For really firm tofu that won’t fall apart on the grill, I always use super firm tofu, available at natural food grocers and Trader Joes in shrink wrapped packaging. It is really sturdy and has the best texture!

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Go for the Greens! Recipe: Braised Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts

 

Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts   photo Juan Carlo

Cultivated for more than two thousand years, kale is a nutritional powerhouse! This leafy green vegetable has more dietary value and fewer calories than just about any other vegetable.

One cup of cooked kale contains over 94mg of calcium and more than 1300 percent of the Daily Value of Vitamin K,¹ which has been linked to bone health and a reduced risk of bone fractures.

Kale is rich in vital magnesium, the mineral necessary to fully metabolize calcium, and contains a healthy mix of nutrients that promote strong bones. Kale contains considerable amounts of chlorophyll and is a very good source of Vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron.  Continue reading “Go for the Greens! Recipe: Braised Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts”

Avocados: Heart-Healthy Aphrodisiac!

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Avocados, a staple in Mexico, Central and South America were considered an aphrodisiac by the Aztecs, who called the pear-shaped fruit ‘ahuacate.’  Avocados were first grown in the US early in 20th century.

In the 1920’s farmers changed the name to avocado because ‘ahuacate’ was difficult for Americans to pronounce. Worse yet, it is the Aztec word for testicle. As it turns out, the ancient Aztecs may have been onto something!

Few would argue that good health is essential for good sex. Food affects how we feel and function and one of the best ways to build sexual health is through good nutrition.  Avocados contain many nutrients considered essential to sexual health, such as vitamin E,  sometimes called the ‘sex vitamin,’ because it is believed to promote Continue reading “Avocados: Heart-Healthy Aphrodisiac!”

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”