So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…

If your child wants to be vegan, rejoice!

The protein myth is a public relations gimmick perpetrated by the Dairy Council and various other beef, pork and poultry  councils. Despite their official sounding names, they are actually public relations machines for the animal agriculture industry and not government agencies.

These organizations are also the source of the incorrect assumption that a vegan diet is somehow lacking and that if you don’t drink milk you will weaken your bones.

Consequently, when a child or teen declares that they will not eat animal products or drink cow milk, many parents are unduly concerned.  Continue reading “So Your Child Wants to Go 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”

Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish

 

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes is a delightful dish that contains a high level of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and a veritable riot of health-supporting phytonutrients.

The combination of hearty legumes, leafy greens, tomatoes and pungent spices make this a tasty and super healthy meal.

Naturally low in fat and essentially free of saturated fat, legumes are a great source of nutrition. Legumes contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins and many important minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous. Continue reading “Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish”

Do Flaxseeds Offer Sufficient Omega-3’s for Our Heart?

According to two of perhaps the most credible nutrition authorities, the World Health Organization and the European Food Safety Authority, we should get at least half of a percent of our calories from the essential omega-3 fat ALA. That’s easy: Just have about one tablespoon a day of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds and you’re all set.

Our body can then take the short-chain ALA from our diet and elongate it into the long-chain omega-3s, EPA and DHA. The question, however, has long been whether our bodies can make enough EPA and DHA for optimal health. How would one determine that? Continue reading “Do Flaxseeds Offer Sufficient Omega-3’s for Our Heart?”

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”

Raising Kids Vegan

 

My husband and I were not vegan or vegetarian when we met.  We have slowly evolved into vegans and continue to learn as we strive to be kinder and healthier for the planet and ourselves.

I was first inspired to become Vegan seven years ago when I read the book “Skinny Bitch,” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and learned about myths, such as. ‘Milk … It Does a Body Good.’  

I have Crohn’s Disease, which is likely caused by a bacteria found in cow’s milk that is known to cause illness in cattle.1, 2 Having been systematically indoctrinated to believe that I had to drink milk in order to get enough calcium and protein, it was news to me that I was never meant to drink the milk of another species. Continue reading “Raising Kids Vegan”

Grilled Marinated Tofu on the Barbie

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Grilled Marinated Tofu is delicious with a great ‘meaty’ texture.  The key is  to use super firm tofu, or a pressing technique and our richly flavorful  marinade.

As you shop for this recipe look for fruit-sweetened organic BBQ sauce. Always read the label to avoid any animals products, such as honey or casein and chemical additives.

For really firm tofu that won’t fall apart on the grill, I always use super firm tofu, available at natural food grocers and Trader Joes in shrink wrapped packaging. It is really sturdy and has the best texture!

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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”