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”

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”

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”

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”

The Truth about Carbs and Weight Gain!

The average American diet, heavy in animal products, requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a plant based diet.1 A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and legumes is environmentally responsible and can help maintain a healthy weight.

In recent years, however many diet books have blamed plant foods, which are high in carbohydrates for the obesity crisis. While the theory persists, health care professionals have advised against low-carbohydrate diets for years.

A  study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that consuming a low-carbohydrate diet (less than 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates) is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese.2 The July 2009 study found that the lowest risk may be in consuming a diet with 47 to 64 percent of calories from carbohydrates. This was not the first study with these findings.

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Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet; they provide energy and are necessary for proper organ function. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are created when commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in whole grains that result in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc.

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed and digested very quickly and spike blood sugar causing a rush of energy followed soon after by a crash. This is an unhealthy outcome.

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.   

Pasta has been criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. The fact is that pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely recommended as an effective regimen for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species. Like Kamut, durum is much older than modern wheat and has not been as domesticated. Continue reading “Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing”

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!

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!”