Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I had a large number of bananas that were getting overripe, as well as some fresh strawberries, so I came up with this recipe. Buried in each banana and chocolate muffin is a strawberry. I garnished them with a drizzle of dark chocolate and some fresh spearmint leaves from my garden. I use only nondutched cocoa when I bake. Dutched cocoa has been treated with an alkali which destroys the rich flavor as well as the antioxidants.
These muffins were a yummy treat for the holiday. Tomorrow will be back to healthier fare.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
One of my twin daughters has been home sick with a bad cold, so today is another soup recipe. She is the meat eater and unfortunately gets sick much more often than my vegetarian daughter. So to help her get well I've been making lots of soup this last week, all of course vegetarian. Carrots, celery, onions, garlic and green beans all loaded with healthy nutrients, and homemade or good quality store bought organic broth are comforting when you are under the weather. I garnished this with a few sprigs of fresh dill from my backyard. This makes a large pot of soup and it disappears quickly at my house.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Adzuki beans are my favorite, they are creamy, delicious, and highly nutritious. Hungarian food is also delicious, so I came up with this recipe for a vegetarian paprikash using my favorite beans. Be warned, my recipe makes alot, so you may want to cut it in half.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Vegetarians are known for eating granola, but often the granola they eat comes in the form of highly processed commercial granola bars. These homemade granola cookies are very quick to make since they do not require cooking. They are loaded with healthy raw nuts and dried fruit, so they are a nutrient dense, energy packed, quick snack. If you leave out the few chocolate chips I call for, they also contain no sugar,(but I have to satisfy the chocolate craving once in a while). Raw brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium which is a known immune booster and cancer preventative, and raw sunflower seeds and almond butter contain lots of vitamin e, also a known cancer preventative when eaten in food and not as a synthetic supplement. Raw nuts should be stored in the freezer till you are ready to use them.
Came across this article about eating healthy by a vegetarian athlete and it should be read by anyone who eats!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This recipe has been linked on Foodista, the online cooking encyclopedia.
It's been a cold rainy day today and nothing brightens things up like a good pot of vegetarian soup. Once again I am using my fresh chives since they are still blooming. They add a nice flavor to the potatoes and broccoli.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Nearly everyone loves tomato soup, and it tastes so much better when it doesn't come from a can. Also when you make your own you avoid high fructose corn syrup, msg and other nasties.
It is even better late in the summer when the fresh sun-ripened tomatoes are ready. My recipe serves 4; me and 3 of my teens devoured this.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I rarely fry things, but I had a craving for hashbrowns and since my chives are blooming I couldn't resist. The pretty purple flowers are more pungent than the mild green leaves of the chive plant and they pair well with potatoes. Instead of making an omelet to go with the hashbrowns I decided to bake the eggs in a mini-muffin pan to create mini-quiches. The result was a very pretty and tasty vegetarian meal.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I wanted to make a key lime pie because I've never tried one. All of the recipes I could find had lots of fat, using eggs and cream cheese, or else they used heavily processed vegan cream cheese, pudding mix, and soy ingredients. I adapted this pie from a PETA recipe and I unveganized it because I do not use soy milk.
Fermented soy has been safely used for hundreds of years. Proponents of soy point to the Japanese people who consumed it and were healthier, but conveniently overlook the fact that those Japanese were consuming only fermented soy-they didn't eat soy that wasn't fermented, or processed foods containing it such as soy milk, tvp, soyburgers and dogs, or cookies, crackers and other items containing soy protein isolates, soy oil or soy lectithin. They also didn't consume soy that was genetically engineered as most soy is today.
Unfermented soy contains phytic acid which blocks absorption of nutrients like iron, calcium and magnesium and puts you at risk for mineral deficiencies. It contains trypsin inhibitors which block enzymes crucial for digestion, increases the body's need for vitamin b 12, and contains phytoestrogens that may be linked to breast cancer and thyroid problems. The only soy safe to consume is organic soy that has been fermented such as soy sauce, miso and tempeh.
I used Meijer Organics graham crackers to make the crust, because they contain no trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, or other nasty ingredients. I use very few processed foods, but for those I use, I carefully read the ingredients list- it is the only part of the label that matters.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A quick shout out of thanks to http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com/ , I won a contest at her blog and she sent me a box of yummy all natural bagel crisps and foccacia sticks !
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
New vegetarians often look for meat replacements to help with their transition to a meatless diet. Portobello mushrooms are a much healthier option than heavily processed soy burgers. They are great for cookouts since they can be grilled alongside the traditional burgers and the vegetarians don't get left out. Sometimes the meat eaters even eat these instead of their regular burger, a nice bonus. Portobellos are a good source of protein, folate, magnesium, selenium and fiber. Plus they taste great! I cooked mine indoors on a George Foreman grill since it was raining, and I also grilled a few slices of fresh pineapple.Yum!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Throughout most of history people ate a mostly vegetarian, local, organic, seasonal diet. After world war II when chemical fertilizers were created, factory farming became the norm and food began to travel longer distances. Food crops are now grown for their ability to withstand shipping rather than for nutrition. Plants such as dandelions that were once valued for nutrition are no longer eaten. People spend billions of dollars each year on chemicals to poison and destroy them. Then they spend more money on nutrient deficient iceburg lettuce to eat instead. Dandelions are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, loaded with vitamins A, C, K, iron, potassium, calcium and zinc. They are good for digestion-which means you will be able to absorb nutrients better, and they are good for the liver- which helps clear toxins out of your body. Pick them young, before they flower for the least bitterness. Violets are also loaded with vitamins A and C, as well as phytonutrients. One half cup of violet leaves can contain as much vitamin C as three oranges. The late Eull Gibbons called them "nature's vitamin pill". The flowers are also edible, and look pretty in salad and suspended in ice cubes in lemonade. Springtime is a great time to add some of nature's superfoods to your diet.
This has become my new favorite salad, the combination of bitter dandelion, sweet mango and tart lime is perfect.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I love kitchen gadgets and appliances. I've tried out more than my fair share of them over the years. Once the novelty wears off, most of them end up on a shelf in the basement. The ones on this list have earned a permanent place in my kitchen and are used almost daily. These must-haves make preparing healthy food simple and deserve a spot in every healthy kitchen, vegetarian or not.
1. Good Sharp Knife- this is hands down the most important tool of any kitchen. Vegetable choppers and slicing gadgets are more trouble than they are worth and cleaning them is time consuming. Chopping, slicing and dicing are faster and easier with a good sharp knife and cleanup is a breeze.
2. Garlic Press- garlic is antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer. Crushing it releases the active compounds. I use mine everyday.
3. Cast Iron Skillet- very important for vegetarians, cooking in an iron pan imparts iron into the food. Since vegetarians do not get iron from meat, they need alternative sources.
4. Blender/Smoothie Maker- very few of us eat enough raw dark green leafy vegetables-one of the keys to good health. They are loaded with nutrients and help prevent a host of diseases. A daily smoothie containing greens is an easy way for even the pickiest eater to boost intake. Smoothies are better than juicing because the whole fruit and vegetable are being consumed, so you are not wasting the nutritious pulp, which contains nutrients, fiber, and helps regulate blood sugar.
5. Bread Machine- the simplest way to get nutritious whole grain breads and rolls. You have control over the ingredients so you can avoid all the additives in store bought breads.
6. Citrus Juicer- fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice contain vitamin c and flavonoids. Drizzled on veggies it boosts nutrition while tasting great.
7. Citrus Grater- grated organic citrus peel is a nutritious addition to salads, veggies, whole grain cereals and baked goods. Do not grate the peel of non-organic citrus because it may contain dyes, waxes and pesticides.
8. Steamer- raw is best, but if you are going to cook veggies, steaming conserves the most nutrients.
9. Rice Cooker- makes it simple to cook perfect brown rice, and often comes with a steamer basket so you can steam veggies while your rice cooks.
10. Seed Sprouter- sprouts are highly nutritious and can be grown year-round in any kitchen.
11. Tea Ball/Infuser- easily mix and steep loose leaf teas and herbal teas for any need. I steep my homegrown organic chamomile tea and mints.
12. Food Processor- makes grinding nuts, pureeing soups and making hummus quick and simple.
13. Crock Pot- great way to have a healthy meal waiting for you at the end of a busy day and prevents you from making less healthy choices of junk or fast food.