I found this recipe online some time ago, but it included meat. After I went plant based I decided I liked it enough to modify it. I am so glad I did because it is an easy meal to make. It also makes a lot so I am set for the week. I put everything in my rice cooker and it’s done in about an hour. Plus the list of whole food ingredients is small, so it’s simple and fairly inexpensive to make. Enjoy! Coconut Rice 3/4 of a large onion, diced 1 inch ginger, finely grated veggie broth 1 can coconut milk 16 oz. orange juice 2 cups rice (I used the amount my rice cooker called for which is slightly less than 2 cups) 2-3 carrots, sliced 1 can kidney beans Salt to taste — I recommend black salt, but any salt will do Saute onion and ginger until soft. Cut up carrots.… Read More
I’m sure everyone is still transitioning to the colder weather as we get deeper and deeper into the fall season. What better time to make a hearty stew! This is a Moroccan stew that I got from the following website: The Jazzy Vegetarian. This link will take you to the recipe for the Moroccan stew along with some other recipes you might like to try. This is a wonderful resource for plant based eaters. If you haven’t checked out this website, or her TV show on Create TV, you should! Literally everything I have made from her site has been delicious.
I have read so many great books on plant based eating since I made my transition for better health. I’ve learned a lot but there is always something new to learn. I learned so much from the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael McGreger. In this book he dedicates many chapters to very familiar chronic diseases many people face in this country. For example, there are chapters on: heart disease, lung disease, brain disease, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, blood cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Iatrogenic causes. That is a LONG list of problems and they can all be helped (or even eliminated) by eating a plant based diet. Dr. Greger’s story started with his grandmother who was diagnosed with heart disease at the age of 65. She was sent home to die after several failed surgeries. However, she went on a plant based diet and… Read More
Kale — it’s a four letter word for many people. In my opinion, kale has gotten a bad rap. It is one of the healthiest things you can eat. It’s full of nutrition and fiber. What could be better for your health? I read recently that the average person eats about 1 cup of kale every 10 years — or some outrageous fact like that. That is crazy! Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables (others include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, arugula, cabbage, and bok choy ) which are about the healthiest things you can eat. They lower your risk of getting cancer and heart disease. I encourage even the people leery of anything kale to try this salad. It is very flavorful and it has great tastes and textures. It really is a power salad. The recipe I used can be found by CLICKING HERE. I only modified it in that I did… Read More
I am a granola — guilty as charged. I have also been guilty of harming the environment — little did I know at the time. Granolas are supposed to be protectors of the environment. According the the Urban Dictionary, a granola is a person who is environmentally aware and is concerned about wasting resources. I don’t remember when I started thinking this way, but it was probably sometime in high school. I remember going to my local park and working with a friend to pick up all the litter I saw there. I felt better after having removed all the ugliness put there by uncaring people. I felt it was my duty as a citizen of the world to make it a better place. As a matter of fact, that act got me a job at that park one summer. I had mentioned picking up litter at the park in my interview and was later… Read More
I have fond memories of my mom freezing corn each summer and then eating it throughout the winter months. Even though it wasn’t fresh, the taste was perfection! Corn season is in full swing and now is the time to get it into the freezer. DIRECTIONS: Shuck and clean the corn. Drain. Get a large pot and put in the corn. Bring to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes. While the corn is boiling, get an ice bath ready. Use a sink or large container. Add lots of ice and water. Once the corn is done, immediately place in the ice bath. Let cool several minutes. Transfer the corn to a water only bath until fully cooled. Drain. Using a corn kernel removal device (I really don’t know what it’s called) remove all the corn kernels. You can also stand the corn upright in a shallow pan and use a knife to remove… Read More
The garden is plentiful with tomatoes this year. We bought 9 plants and they are all producing quite well. I have already canned enough soup for the year and I have frozen some sauce. Now its time to turn those red beauties into delicious juice that will be a healthy snack for the winter. Thank you, Mom, for the lesson! It’s hard to write out a recipe. It’s so simple but here goes. Wash and cut up as many tomatoes as you want. Add them to a large pan to cook. Cut up celery stalks, green pepper and onion and add them to the tomatoes. Cook until they are cooked through and boiling. You want to cook them enough to make the tomatoes very soft, but also for the flavors of the other veggies to come out into the juice. Put the veggies through a food mill and crank until all the juice comes out. … Read More
Drumming, becoming more spiritual, and Reiki all helped me heal from the grief of losing my husband. The last thing I will share that helped me is journaling. It’s a very simple, yet powerful way to get the pent up anger, frustrations, and sadness onto paper and out of your system. Way back in my childhood I learned about the power of journaling. When I started (probably around the age of 11 or 12) I was going through a loss too — this time of a good friend. I felt very betrayed at this time. We were best friends and then we weren’t. I had no idea what I did or didn’t do to cause this friendship to end. I began writing about it and it really helped. I went through many pages and lots of tissues, but it helped me get out all the gunk floating around in my head. I still have those… Read More
Time to share another way that helped me heal from grief. I have already discussed drumming and becoming more spiritual. If you missed those posts, here are the links: DRUMMING and SPIRITUAL. As I mentioned in my two previous posts, these two activities really helped me heal. Funny, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I do now. They both clearly helped me move forward. This was because they got me out of my head and heart, helped me meet new people, and provided me with something new to learn (which I love, because I am a life-long learner). Finding distractions from thinking about my loss was instrumental in helping me move through my grief. The third thing that helped me heal from grief was discovering and embracing Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese energy technique where the practitioners hands are placed lightly on a person so that universal life force energy can flow into… Read More
Throughout most of my life — until about 40 or so — I was not religious or spiritual in any way shape or form. When I was somewhere between 10-12 years old, my mom and dad would take me to church and I would pout and refuse to go in. Eventually they gave up and let me stay home. As a high schooler, I was told about being born again and was basically frightened into joining my parent’s Lutheran church. I went to a presentation that told me rock lyrics were evil. I loved music and was now afraid to listen to it. I attended a movie whose premise is that if you don’t become born again, you will have your head cut off. I am not kidding! All these many years later, those images are still fresh in my mind. As a teen, I caved under the pressure and I attended classes at my… Read More
Pretty much everyone has had a loss in their life. It could be a family member, a friend who enriched our lives, or a beloved pet. With the loss comes grief, loneliness, and isolation. As I’m sure you have heard, everyone grieves in their own way. You really can’t criticize someone for grieving a certain way. It’s hard to maneuver through some losses and our path to recovery can be a twisted and winding road — the road that eventually leads to healing and moving forward. Back in 2004 I lost my husband of 13 years to cancer. We had been dealing with his illness for 4 years. It was difficult, to say the least. With his passing I was lost and alone. You definitely get to know your true friends when you lose a husband. There are those who stick with you and those who quietly disappear from your life. For those who disappear,… Read More
There are some things that just move you — that stick in your brain and you cannot let them go. This happened to me recently. I had finished my morning chores and decided to chill out and see what was on TV. I stumbled upon a movie called “Into the Wild.” I had missed the first 20 minutes, but I decided to keep watching as it looked interesting. I realized later that I had actually seen this movie way back around the time it came out in 2007, but, for whatever reason, it did not resonate with me. This time it did in a big way. I watched and re-watched the movie, read two books, and watched numerous You Tube videos about it. I was (and still am) a bit obsessed with this story. It’s about a man named Chris McCandless who left his cushy life to set out on the road to find adventure,… Read More
For some reason I had a craving for a deep dish pizza so I was inspired to make my own cheese to go with it. Both are relatively easy to make. In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to get to my blog about making the cheese. Here is how I made the pizza: Sauce 1 15 oz. can organic crushed peeled tomatoes 3 garlic cloves 1 1/2 tsp. oregano 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar (optional) Cook for about an hour or so until the sauce becomes thick. Dough 1 1/2 cup organic flour (use about 2 cups if you are not using teff flour) 1/2 cup teff flour 1 1/2 tsp. yeast 3/4 tsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt Mix everything together into a bowl. Add 1 cup warm water. Mix well and knead for about 10-15 minutes. Let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Veggies Cut up and saute whatever veggies you like… Read More
I grew some great looking and tasting lettuce this spring in my garden and it inspired me to make plant based lettuce wraps. I followed no real recipe, but things I knew would taste good together. Boy, what a treat! They can be eaten as a wrap (a little messy) or you can make a salad out of the mixture. Either way, it’s a nutritious and delicious lunch or dinner for summer. Lettuce wraps: Cook about 1 cup of brown and/or green lentils. I happened to have both. Cook until soft. Then set aside to cool. Saute celery and carrots in veggie broth (I used an ice cube I keep my freezer). Add cut up mushrooms and saute until they are soft. To add some flavor, I dolloped in some nutritional yeast, coconut amino acids, regular amino acids, and tamari (soy sauce) while the veggies and mushrooms were cooking. Cook the veggies until they are… Read More
Several years ago I learned about the dangers of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our foods. Basically, scientists have been playing around with the DNA of various crops for a variety of reasons. They have been inserting the DNA of one organism into the DNA of a food crop in order to “help” consumers or farmers. This “franken-food” should be avoided in my opinion because there is not enough evidence or research to show that it is safe to eat. GMOs have only been around since the 90s and it seems the only research being done claiming they are safe are done by the very companies that are profiting from GMOs. I could go on and on about GMOs and the reasons they are to be avoided, but there is another danger lurking out there and that is the increased use of glyphosate — the main ingredient in Roundup — since GMOs were introduced. Let… Read More
I was never brave enough to try “real” sushi with raw fish. YUCK! However, I did start really liking sushi when I tried a plant based version of it. This is a simple dish that you can fix and take to your next gathering. It’s a great finger food at picnics. While making sushi might seem a little intimidating at first, it is really not too hard once you get the hang of it. I hope you enjoy! I took this to a plant based potluck and it went over very well. This potluck was sponsored by the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. They are nationwide and they help people become better informed about plant based eating. There might be a group near you. CLICK HERE for a link to their website. To make the sushi: Boil cup of sushi/sticky rice with 2 cups of water. Boil until the rice is tender and the water… Read More
Rice and lentils are staples for plant based eaters. That is the basis for this casserole, but there are plenty of veggies too. How can you go wrong with that? Well, you can’t. This is a hearty dish that makes A LOT. Since I am the primary one eating the meals I cook, I will probably only make 1/2 of this recipe next time because it was hard to eat it all in a timely way. For a big family this dish is perfect for dinner plus some leftovers too. I got the recipe from Forks Over Knives. If you are a plant based eater AND you want to cut down on oils this website is a must see. Click HERE for the recipe. I would love to know if you made and enjoyed this casserole as much as I did!
Asparagus season is upon us and now is the time to enjoy fresh and local asparagus — the green spears of deliciousness! I usually grill or roast my asparagus but I decided I wanted to try a salad. I wasn’t sure if I would like cold asparagus, but it is very tasty. This salad is sooooo easy with only 4 ingredients. This whole food, plant based, oil free salad is not to be missed. Here’s the easy recipe: 1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and trimmed 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tbsp. tamari 1 clove garlic Steam the asparagus until crisp tender. Put the hot asparagus in a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss gently to coat the asparagus with the dressing. Cover and chill 3-24 hours. Serve chilled. To make the dressing, put the lemon juice, tamari, and garlic into a small bowl. Whisk until smooth and emulsified.