Tis the Season to Eat!

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Eating a Georgia peach

Eating a Georgia peach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watching your weight? Worried about what you are eating? Want to protect your family from diseases? This is a season when we Americans tend to eat too much and the wrong things. The holidays don’t have to be about overeating or eating bad stuff. It’s family and friends that are important. Enjoy your cooking but try new recipes to find more vegetables that your family enjoy. Stay away from frying foods. Most people think you have to fry fish to enjoy it. It’s not true! Broiled fish is so much tastier than fried fish. Crispy vegetables are so much more enjoyable than soft limp ones. Remember fruit for dessert!

Make this season the one you start cooking healthier and less. We can all use being healthier. Wouldn’t be nice if we had more hospitals than we need?

Increased Lifespan from Beans?

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English: Polish bretonne beans with tomatoes

English: Polish bretonne beans with tomatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Dr. Greger, the intake of legumes may be the single most important dietary predictor of a long lifespan, but what about the gas? Many people don’t like beans, some from the taste, others the gas. Beans can taste all different ways depending on how you make them. All cultures use them in their dishes. Find a recipe you like and make your beans. Gas mostly comes from the skins. Wash your beans thoroughly before use. This will minimize the gas effect.  1/2 cup of beans added to people’s diet had not added symptoms.

Beans may be the real fountain of youth.  The gas negativity seems to be a myth that has gone viral! Don’t let it cause you to stay away from the fountain of youth. Try making beans in many different diets to see what you like. Substituting beans for meat several times a week could help your family live longer and be healthier.

Beans give a lot of protein (plant-based protein instead of animal protein) but remember we Americans eat way too much protein and it’s mostly animal protein. Animal protein can cause serious chronic illness.

Chocolate Torte with Pecan Crust (vegan)

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We tried a new torte recipe on our neighbors this weekend from Tree Hugger. It is actually healthy! No added sugar, no wheat, no diary or eggs. It is a raw vegan delight. You don’t even have to cook it. Just make it in a food processor and freeze it. I hope you enjoy this as much as we all did. The link at the bottom of this BLOG will take you to this recipe on Tree Hugger’s site. We enjoyed this with fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Vegan Torte

Chocolate torte with pecan crust [Vegan, Raw] : TreeHugger

Thick, smooth, and with a bit of crunch from the nutty crust, this double chocolate torte is something to swoon over. The raw, vegan dessert is filled with the most decadent, rich chocolate flavor — it features an avocado-chocolate mousse, and a pecan-chocolate crust. As if the amazing flavor and texture weren’t enough, you can make it in just a few minutes! There is no hint of “vegan alternative” in this — it tastes exactly like something you would select from the counter at a gourmet bakery. So even if you aren’t a vegan, this much healthier version of a chocolate torte is a must-try.

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Yield:Serving size: 10
Calories per serving: 277


2 cups raw, unsalted pecans
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/4 cup agave nectar, maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups ripe avocados 2-3 small avacados
1/3 cup almond milk
2/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter or other nut butter
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips melted



1. To make the crust, line a 7-inch springform pan with a circle of parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse the pecans until just chopped up but still chunky. Add the rest of the crust ingredients to the food processor and pulse until combined. Pour mixture into the springform pan and spread it evenly. Press down with your fingers or a spatula to create a firm, solid crust. Place in freezer.

2. In a food processor, combine all the mousse ingredients except the chocolate chips. Pulse until completely smooth. In a small sauce pan on very low heat, warm the chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted. Add the chocolate to the food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.

3. Pull the crust from the freezer. Top the crust with the mousse and smooth it with a spatula. Place the torte in the freezer for at least two hours, or until firm.

4. When ready to serve, pull the torte from the freezer and let it sit for a couple minutes, until you can slice it with a knife. Serve chilled, as it softens at room temperature. Leftovers can be stored in the freezer.

Suggested variations:

After making this, all kinds of ideas started popping into my head about how to serve this or what to try next time. Here are a few ideas.

1) Serve with sliced berries like strawberries, raspberries or cherries — the fresh, light sweetness of the berries will be a perfect counter to the chocolate richness. A few mint leaves would be a great addition with the berries.

2) Try using different nuts for the crust, like almonds, walnuts or pistachios.

3) Make mini versions in pop-out tart tins for individual servings

4) Add a layer of vegan ice cream in between the crust and the mousse, so it becomes an ice cream torte

5) Add a layer of candied lemon or orange rinds in between the crust and mousse, so you have a hint of citrus flavor to balance out the chocolate.

6) Add a layer of brandied cherries or similar liqueured treat between the crust and mousse

If you try your own variations, let us know what they are in the comments!

Source: treehugger.com

Recipe formatted with the Cook’n Recipe Software from DVO Enterprises.

Beware of the Uninformed!

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English: Veggie Burger and Sweet Potato fries ...

English: Veggie Burger and Sweet Potato fries at Kays (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WE went antique shopping in Pennsylvania yesterday and stopped at an italian restaurant for lunch. It looked like a nice place, outdoor seating a cool bar area and indoor area. The menu was a give away. Under cold sandwiches there was only one out of 10 without meat, mozzarella and tomato. Under hot there again was one out of 8, eggplant parmesan. I ordered the eggplant. What a mistake! It was heavily fried and dark in color. Oily in texture (so it wasn’t fried at correct temperatures). I can go into restaurants and bars in the middle of no where and find a Portobello mushroom sandwich in place of a hamburger or a veggie burger.

Some places just don’t get it. They cook the like short order chefs and not real chefs. There menus are uninspiring and mostly meat and fried foods. You couldn’t find a vegetable if you paid them (romaine lettuce doesn’t count). Why in Europe can I find great food even on the autostradas but here it is very hard? Let’s cut back on portion size, fried foods, meats and serve interesting well prepared foods. I would pay for that!

Kids eating Health Continued …

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English: Healthy Food For Life logo

English: Healthy Food For Life logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the Yuma Sun, “Thanks to a successful pilot year of the POWer PLAY’te program, children at 19  Yuma elementary schools are increasing their healthy food intake.”

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/healthy-89476-play-food.html#ixzz2e7OvknaJ

What we feed our kids will make them what they are as adults. We can make them healthy or sick, thin or fat, smart or not so. Food is a powerful fuel. It affects every cell in our body and their are more than 10 trillion of them. Our addictions for fast food, sweets, salt, etc. usually start in childhood. Wouldn’t it be great for them to have an addiction for fruits and vegetables?

Away from home … What to eat?

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Food for Life distributes food on an internati...

Food for Life distributes food on an international basis produced solely from vegan and lacto-vegetarian ingredients. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am away from home visiting a city that knows nothing about healthy foods. OK right around the universities we found vegetarian and even vegan choices. Most places are chains that pre cook their food and warm it up to serve it. This is NOT cooking! It requires NO chef! The food is mostly fried with meat and cheese on everything. This is a city that is dead and they don’t yet know it. There are tons of medical centers and hospitals to cater to the sick population. Health is rocket science but it takes some control and will power to get started. The alternative is illness and death.

Whats on your Barbeque?

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veggie burgers, braised shiitakes | hamburguesas vegetarianas, setas shiitake braseadas (Photo credit: juanelos)

It’s summer time and everyone loves to barbeque. If you are vegetarian or vegan or just cutting back on your meat intake, what do you barbeque? It turns out you can barbeque a lot of things including veggie burgers, portabella mushrooms, pizza, vegetables and seitan products. Let your imagination go and try different things and in different ways. You don’t need meat to barbeque. You will soon find out you don’t really miss it. The important thing is to try different types of vegetables to find those you like and try doing them in different ways to get the flavors you like.

Controlling Old Urges

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English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robi...

English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robin for Glenn’s birthday: veggie burger, steak sauce, onion straws, tomato, lettuce, bleu cheese crumbles, chipotle mayo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you control an old urge while trying to maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet? We all get urges for a sandwich, hamburger, hot dog, egg salad, etc. The good news is there are great vegetarian or vegan products on the market today that can satisfy our strongest urges. Veggie burgers have come a long way. There are so many types on the market that are made with different base products. Try a variety to find which you like best. You can also use a Portobello mushroom cap as your burger (see recipe below). Load it up with your favorite sides, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, etc. There are also hot dog products that are great tasting and would fool the best taste buds. Sandwiches can be made with a variety of non meat cold cuts and non diary cheeses. Load them up with onion, tomato, lettuce and you have a great sandwich. I use extra firm tofu to make an egg salad (without eggs) that is yummy. You make this egg salad with turmeric (see recipe below)I love crunchy so I mix in carrots, celery, onion, etc.

Do not eat these foods everyday! They are processed foods, Use them when your urge is strong. Then go back to a diet mainly made up of nature produced foods. Enjoy food and enjoy your health.

Another Doctor speaks up on Eating Animal Proteins

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English: Dr. Joel Fuhrman, May 2011

English: Dr. Joel Fuhrman, May 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Fuhrman says there is a relationship between eating animal protein and diseases. He says red meat is not the only problem. Chicken, pork, fish can also cause disease. We believe that chicken is so much more healthy than beef but it contains about the same amount of cholesterol as beef. Chicken has more cancer causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs) than beef does. So why do ewe feel it is so healthy? Advertisements! Processed meats such as cold cuts have an even higher risk.


Vegie Burgers are Great!

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Veggie Burger @ Dog Haus

Veggie Burger @ Dog Haus (Photo credit: latca)

When I used to eat hamburgers, it really wasn’t the meat that made a great burger! It was what you put on it. Pickles, onions (or fried onions), tomato, lettuce, avocado, etc. The combination of flavors created a great sensation. With veggie burgers it’s the same. Build your burger your way and let those great flavors mesh. Many restaurants now offer a veggie burger replacement to meat on any of their burgers. You can get one loaded with what you love. Making your own veggie burger let’s you know exactly what’s in it. Made fresh with fresh ingredients tastes the best. Angie’s Grapevine is a BLOG that has a recipe for a veggie burger, try it!

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