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”

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!”

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”

Green BBQ Tips and 10 Delicious Cruelty-Free and Planet Friendly Recipes

All over America, grills are being readied as backyard chefs are gearing up for another weekend cookout. The summer barbecue season is upon us and  preparing healthful and delicious meals has never been easier!

Choosing a meatless menu can be one of the most important choices you can make for yourself, your family and for the planet. 

Check out our green grilling tips and choose from these delicious dishes made with wholesome and heart-healthy foods that please the palate and satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Continue reading “Green BBQ Tips and 10 Delicious Cruelty-Free and Planet Friendly Recipes”

Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically!

A plant-based or vegan diet is one that avoids all animal products.  Optimally healthful and really delicious, a balanced diet of vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit has been shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and related conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The vegetable kingdom is a rich source of antioxidants that have tremendous health benefits and cruciferous vegetables are highly prized for powerful anti-carcinogens, such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane.

A number of substances found in cruciferous vegetables have been linked to reduce the risk of various types of cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research some components in these super-veggies have been shown to halt the growth of cancer cells in tumors of the breast, uterine lining (endometrium), lung, colon, liver and cervix.[1] [2] Continue reading “Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically!”

Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma

Hoppin’ John, AKA Carolina Peas and Rice is dish commonly served on New Year’s Day in the Southern United States. Made with black-eyed peas, this hearty dish is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with good luck.

According to the legend, if you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day you’ll have plenty of pocket change in the New Year and if you serve “Hoppin’ John” with cooked greens you’ll also have plenty of folding money. Try this tasty dish, Southern Greens and Vegan Sausage.

Back-eyed peas are a dietary staple in the American South and southern families will often toast with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. These cream-colored legumes have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinctive black dot. Continue reading “Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma”

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer More Than 50 Percent with Cruciferous Superfoods

A plant-based or vegan diet is one that avoids all animal products.  Optimally healthful and really delicious, a balanced diet of vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit has been shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and related conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The vegetable kingdom is a rich source of antioxidants that have tremendous health benefits and cruciferous vegetables are highly prized for powerful anti-carcinogens, such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane Continue reading “Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer More Than 50 Percent with Cruciferous Superfoods”

Patriotic Pancakes

Delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes made healthy and delicious without eggs or dairy and contain zero cholesterol or saturated fat!

Celebrate your independence from high fat, cholesterol and saturated fat loaded foods with these delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes this 4th of July!

Whether sweet or savory, pancakes are not just for breakfast or brunch anymore. Diners and some restaurant chains are known for serving breakfast any time of day and you can enjoy these tasty and nutritious pancakes any time of the day … or year, too!

Plump, sweet and juicy, fresh blueberries and strawberries bring great nutrition and powerful antioxidants to the table. Continue reading “Patriotic Pancakes”