Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes

Perfect Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December twelfth this year.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.  Continue reading “Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes”

Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!

In America, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season and across the country family and friends gather to enjoy an extravigant feast. For vegetarians and vegans, attending this annual event can be really challenging.

Vegans are among the most eco-conscious consumers. We all can show gratitude to Mother Earth by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and save money while saving the planet. 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 fun! You will be amazed to see how cool it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings.  Continue reading “Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!”

Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season

October: falling leaves, cool crisp air and pumpkins.

Winter squash are some of the oldest known vegetables in America. Among these hearty winter vegetables, pumpkins have become symbolic of the season and go hand-in-hand with Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are a delicious fruit to include in the diet and have a characteristic orange rind with orange flesh that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Very nutritious, pumpkin is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes. Continue reading “Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season”

Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs

Curry Spiced Cauliflower Medley

Turmeric is an ancient spice that adds pungent flavor and a lovely golden hue to many dishes, along with an abundance of health benefits.

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color has been shown to be an effective, nontoxic alternative for many pharmaceutical medications and has therapeutic properties for various systems within the body.1

Curcumin, the most active constituent of turmeric is credited with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.Continue reading “Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs”

Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?

Baby Spinach Salad with Light and Lovely Cilantro Macadamia Dressing

Healthy oils have a number of benefits associated with them, including heart and circulatory system support, skin health and mental function

Olive oil is heart heathy, due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats that help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, olive oil is not the only heart healthy culinary oil with extraordinary health benefits. Continue reading “Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?”

Number of Vegans in the U.S. Increased 600 Percent!

According to “Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017,” a report compiled by the research firm Global Data, one of the largest data and insights solution providers in the world, the number of vegans in America has increased 600 percent!

Consumers who identify as vegan has jumped from just one percent in 2014 to six percent of the population in three short years.

The report noted a gradual shift occurring in response to health trends and that consumers perceive an ethical and sustainable lifestyle to be an important part of their wellbeing and wellness. Continue reading “Number of Vegans in the U.S. Increased 600 Percent!”

Eat Your Way to Better Health!

Heart Healthy Sriracha Baked Tofu, Kale and Garbanzo Beans

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator on the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health, soyfoods are some of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls The ‘Big Five,1 heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country and a highly nutritious food that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease is sure to attract attention. Continue reading “Eat Your Way to Better Health!”

The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You!

Spring Asparagus and Pasta in Curry Cream Sauce

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.

The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as  ‘simple carbohydrates’

Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals. Continue reading “The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You!”

Vegan Broccoli Quiche ~Perfect for Easter Brunch!

Delicious Quiche: No Eggs, No Dairy, No Kidding!

Eggs are inextricably associated with Easter… however eggs have been colored, exchanged and eaten as an element of the rites of spring long before the Christian era.

Quiche can be a perfect menu item for Easter Brunch and this vegan quiche contains none of the artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol of the traditional ingredients.

Quiche is thought of as a complex French classic that requires a bit of skill and lots of fatty ingredients. While there are several variations of the basic theme, the rich custard base is a constant.

Traditionally, high-fat ingredients loaded with cholesterol, such as cream, eggs and cheese are baked in a rich pastry shell. Certainly, quiche made in this way would be considered far too heavy in fat, calories and cholesterol for today’s health conscious cook. Continue reading “Vegan Broccoli Quiche ~Perfect for Easter Brunch!”

Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!

Kale, White Bean and Potato Soup

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and part of the cabbage family.

This dark leafy green vegetable is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming kale provides an abundance of nutrients that support healthy bones, skin, hair and healthy digestion and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Continue reading “Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!”