Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying

Tempeh (tem-pay) is a delicious whole soyfood that is nothing like tofu. These tender cakes of cultured whole soybeans have a chewy texture and hearty consistency that even meat eaters like.

Rich in fiber and a nutrient dense source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and unique phytonutrients, the mighty soybean delivers on all the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood.

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator of the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health 1, soy foods are some of the healthiest foods you can put on the table. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls the ‘Big Five,’ heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure. Continue reading “Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying”

Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!

 

Tasty, healthful, antioxidant rich and vegan… These Strawberry Banana Pancakes are a great way to start the day!

Pancakes have been with us for a very long time.  There is evidence of pancake cookery from the Stone Age.  Analysis of grinding tools from about 30,000 years ago suggests that pancakes were among the first foods that humans learned to cook.

The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era, pancakes were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.

With origins in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. Traditionally lots of pancakes were eaten as a way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent. Continue reading “Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!”

Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!

Couscous (KOOS-koos) is widely consumed in the Middle East and a staple throughout North Africa, where couscous is the national dish of countries, such as Morocco and Tunisia.

In the 2008 cult classic, “Pineapple Express,” couscous was described as a food so nice, they named it twice and indeed this quick cooking type of pasta is gaining in popularity.

While the granules may look like grains, couscous is actually a form of pasta made by rolling durum wheat flour (semolina) with salted water to form small kernels. Couscous is a light, tasty and very convenient ingredient, as it cooks in just five minutes. Continue reading “Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!”

Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous glazed bundt cake? The sheer volume of most bundt cakes make the choice all the more worthwhile. This luscious cake is filed with apple chunks and cranberries, topped with a sweet lemon glaze and calls for Fuji apples. Fuji is a variety that is large, firm and crisp, which makes them perfect for baking.

Poppy Seeds add More than Crunch and Color to Baked Goods

Poppy seeds are a lovely addition to cakes and quickbreads, but they don’t just add color and crunch!  Even the small amount sprinkled on a roll contains some niacin and folate and just one teaspoon of poppy seeds supplies measurable amounts of iron, calcium and zinc. Continue reading “Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!”

Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!

Roasted Asparagus Salad is a riot of flavors, textures and nutrition

Roasting asparagus spears takes this spring superfood to new heights that impart unique sweet flavor and a moist, tender texture.

Eating asparagus can help flush excess fluid and salt from the body, and that can help prevent urinary tract infections. That is because asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which makes it a natural diuretic.

Asparagus is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals,  An excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, asparagus is a very good source of fiber, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.

This delicious dish also features ripe avocado, sweet red onion and bite sized grape tomatoes that contain numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!”

Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew

Vegan Basque Stew

Coming home to a fully cooked one-dish supper was once only possible if someone else cooked the meal for you. Having a slow cooker means that with a minimum of time and preparation you can have a delicious meal waiting at the end of the day.

Meals made in a crockpot are easy to assemble and especially useful for dishes that improve with long simmering.  Stews are an obvious choice, as flavors deepen and sauces thicken during slow cooking. You need only to adjust the seasonings before serving. Continue reading “Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew”

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.

kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and copper.  A very good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B2, kale is also a good source of iron, magnesium vitamin B1, omega-3 fats, phosphorus, protein, folate, and vitamin B3.  Continue reading “Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!”

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.

The mighty soybean delivers on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Loaded with complete protein, antioxidants  and phytochemicals. Soybeans contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits.

For decades, scientists have produced numerous studies that demonstrate that soybeans are the source of complete protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber and unique phytochemicals credited with the prevention of many chronic diseases. Continue reading “Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!”

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!”