Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!

In America, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season as across the country family and friends gather to enjoy an extravagant feast. For vegetarians and vegans, attending this annual event can be challenging and often opt to host their own gathering.

Vegans live eco-responsibly because they avoid animal products of any kind.  We can all show respect for the planet by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and actually save money in the process. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

This Thanksgiving, be kind to your health, the animals and the earth by making my Festive Holiday Roast. It is so delicious, really easy and super fun! You will be amazed to see how cool it is to turn five pounds of firm tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings.  Continue reading “Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!”

Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!

Pumpkin Walnut Brownies

It’s that time of year when all things pumpkin are popping up everywhere and my Pumpkin Walnut Brownies are a great choice to usher in the baking season. Moist, delicious and rich in healthful antioxidants these delicious  brownies are a heathy tribute to American’s favorite treat!

It is thought that brownies were probably introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England. Brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat… often a half cup of butter, four ounces of  baking chocolate and four large eggs, all of which contain high levels of saturated fat and of course  eggs and butter are also high in cholesterol.

As a health conscious vegan, excess dietary fat is an issue of some concern, as most vegan desserts seem to contain high levels of fat.  In my kitchen, this is just not necessary.  Continue reading “Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!”

Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie

Enlightened Sweet Potato Pie

Holidays are the time when we showcase our best dishes to share with family and friends. Thanksgiving’s bountiful theme usually means preparing a number of dishes and guests who make dessert are always appreciated.

Generally, desserts are the source of excess calories and fat even more unnecessary for a feast with filling dishes, such as stuffing and potatoes.

There is a better way to make luscious desserts with the rich flavor and texture of traditional favorites, like this scrumptious sweet potato pie. Continue reading “Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie”

Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!

Spiced Tempeh with Confetti Vegetables

Superfoods, by definition are nutrient-dense and considered especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. A food that is rich in compounds, such as antioxidants, fiber or phytonutrients that can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and may help prevent cancer and other diseases is regarded as a superfood.

Soyfoods are nutrient dense and deliver on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Soybeans are loaded with complete protein, antioxidants and phytochemicals and contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!”

Enlightened Tofu, Snow Peas and Brown Rice

 

Tofu and Snow Peas Photo Juan Carlo

Stir-frying involves quick cooking over high heat in a small amount of oil. Quick cooking in this manner preserves the flavor, color and texture of the food and the vegetables come out slightly crisp with all of their vitamins intact.

When stir-frying you may use a traditional Chinese wok or a heavy gauge 14 inch stir fry pan that has sloping sides of a typical wok.  A pan like this is similar in that the heat concentrates at the bottom of the pan and the curved sides allow you to push the ingredients to the side. A stir-fry pan will also feature a long handle for easy maneuvering.

Stir-fry calls for oil with a high smoking point, such as corn or safflower and heating oil to the smoking point. Choosing a heavy gauge wok pan and there isn’t any need for such oils.  Continue reading “Enlightened Tofu, Snow Peas and Brown Rice”

Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine

 

Braised Tofu Sriracha

Sriracha sauce is a type of hot sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, garlic and seasonings that imparts a special zip to almost any dish.  This iconic condiment purportedly originated in the town of Sri Racha, on the eastern coast of Thailand and has gained steadily in popularity with cooks, chefs and gourmet aficionados over the last two decades.

Sambal Olek is a flavorful Indonesian chili paste that adds depth of flavor to the Sesame Linguine… just a tablespoon or two to taste. Alternately you may sprinkle with crushed red chili flakes.

Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine is a tasty dish with great texture and eye appeal and a perfect pairing for an intimate dinner or scaled up for a dinner party.  Continue reading “Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine”

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”

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

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Healthy and Delicious Vegan Barbecue! Recipe: Grilled Tempeh Kebobs

 

Grilled Tempeh Kabobs

Kebabs are a great choice when entertaining. Easy to make and visually appealing, this skewered tempeh dish is set up in advance. Kebabs may be grilled on a barbecue or cooked just as easily under a broiler or in the oven.

Our enlightened approach to kebab making offers a delicious, cruelty-free alternative to traditional, heart-heavy animal products. Tempeh is a whole soyfood that has been cultured from soybeans into a cake with a slightly nutty, smoky flavor and a tender, chewy texture that even meat eaters can appreciate. Continue reading “Healthy and Delicious Vegan Barbecue! Recipe: Grilled Tempeh Kebobs”