Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat

Glazed Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes get their distinctive shape from the fluted, grooved tube, baking pan similar to the traditional brioche-like gugelhupfk, which is called bundkuchen in northern Germany.

In 1950, bundt cakes became so popular that Nordic Ware trademarked the name, ‘bundt pan.’ In 1966 Pillsbury sponsored a baking contest where a bundt cake won second place and sales really took off after that.

Rich desserts are traditionally made with butter, eggs and milk. These decadent desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories and cholesterol.

There is a better way to produce scrumptious, rich tasting treats. The key is in choosing wholesome, easy to use alternatives to replace eggs, refined sugar, butter and dairy products. Continue reading “Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat”

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

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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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Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  

Cody Elkins, vegan advocate and Veggie Grill aficionado

Cody Elkins, a 13 year old student at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles was not the usual Bar Mitzvah candidate. Cody was the second in his in is family to cerebrate this important milestone at Veggie Grill, a growing fast, casual vegan restaurant chain.

Scott Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations helped Cody plan the party for 100 guests in late October and it was an enormous success.  Scott enlisted his staff to work the event, preparing Cody’s special customized menu, highlighting many of Veggie Grill’s greatest hits.  As a special treat, Scott brought back Cody’s favorite dessert, a luscious chocolate pudding parfait for his special occasion. Continue reading “Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  “

Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah

Cody Elkins is a 12 year old racquetball champion living in Southern California.  He the second child in his family to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill in Westwood. Veggie Grill is a fast-growing quick casual vegan restaurant chain operating in California, Oregon and Washington, set to open its 29th location in Chicago.

Cody is part of a vegan family of six that was vegetarian when he was born and went vegan when he was two. He has two older brothers Dane, 18 and Jaden 16 and a sister, Madison who is ten. Jaden had his vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill three years ago; the guests were delighted and the Elkins’ family was thrilled with the response. Continue reading “Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah”

Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!

These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.

It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.

Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation. Continue reading “Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!”

10 Delightful Vegan Dishes for a Hearty and Delicious Holiday Buffet

The average American gains at least a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which generally accrues over time.  A minute on the lips …and who knows how long on the hips! Vegans know that there is a far better way to celebrate that is as delectable for the palate as it is good for our health, the planet and the animals

I present here ten enticing dishes that will wow family and fiends!

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Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful

Gourmet ‘Chili Non Carne’ for the Texas Red Aficionado

Chili is a universal favorite and an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd. ‘Chili Con Carne’ means peppers with meat and originated around 1850 with Texas cowboys, who slow cooked the spicy dish over the campfire.

The first known chili cook off took place at the Texas State Fair in 1952 and continues to this day in communities across the U.S.

In the Southwest, the concept and preparation of Chili varies region to region considerably. In New Mexico, chili is more of a stew, made with chili peppers and vegetables, with or without meat. Continue reading “Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful”

Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

Photo: Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa, dips  and chips are typical game day munchies, but there’s something really special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. Continue reading “Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili”