October 2, 2009
Dr. Oz recently got a real deal cowboy to commit to a vegan diet to save his life. In addition to clearing up his plaque-ridden heart, Dr. Oz bet him that his diabetes would go away too! Check out the video and follow the story here.
Oh, and check out these vegan cowboy boots:
September 26, 2009
I recently got to try some of Gardein’s new frozen line, and I experimented with some recipes using their meatless “meats”. They are low-fat and high protein, and taste incredibly authentic. If you are into the taste and texture of meat but want to avoid the ethical, ecological, and social implications of eating animals, this is a pretty great product made from a combination of soy, wheat gluten, quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut!
I think this recipe for Beefless-Tips Stuffed Collards with Eggplant and Shiitake is easy, delicious and full of nutrients. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 2):
- 1 small red onion
- 6 medium shiitake mushroom heads
- 1 cup chopped eggplant (about 1/4 of large Eggplant)
- 1/4 cup mixed olives including juice
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 tbs olive oil, for sauteing
- 2 large collard green leaves
- 1/2 bag (about 2/3 cup) Gardein Beefless Tips
- salt & pepper to taste
- Wash 2 large collard green leaves, and set aside on 2 plates.
- Bring a large, oiled skillet ( I prefer cast iron) to medium head.
- Chop the onion, mushrooms, and eggplant and place in the hot skillet. Add the olives and Gardein Beefless Tips.
- Saute on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes, until the eggplant turn golden and begins to fall apart.
- Add the red wine vinegar, and white wine and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the liquid cooks off.
- Divide the contents of the skillet in half, and scoop each half onto a raw collard leaf.
- Fold the leaf over, then flip so the midrib is on the outside and top:
- Serve and enjoy!
This would go great with some soup. Try my Savory Parsnip or Souper Easy Squash Soup
September 24, 2009
The Green Shows were an extravaganza of sustainable designers showcased over two days during NYC’s Fashion Week just days ago! Check out part 1 of our series from The Green Shows, featuring yours truly, Chloe Jo Berman from Girlie Girl Army, and designers Bahar Shahpar and Lara Miller. Stay tuned for more!
September 18, 2009
The last recipe I did was a cooked, more traditional version of sweet pesto pasta – but for those of you who like it raw, I offer you my uncooked interpretation. Zucchini, squash (and even eggplant and carrots!) can be shredded into thin, linguine-like strips. If you suffer from gluten allergies, want to shrink your carb-footprint, or just want a lighter, healthier dish – check this cheap and easy (just like me!) recipe:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 2):
- 1 med-large zucchini
- 1.5 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 clove raw garlic
- 2 dried black mission figs
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs nutritional yeast*
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Using a vegetable peeler, shred the zucchini very thinly (using almost no pressure).
- In a blender, combine the basil, cashews, avocado, water, garlic, figs, vinegar, nutritional yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning. Save the black pepper for putting on top!
- Pour the pesto over the shredded “pasta”, mix, top with the pepper, and serve!
*Sometimes when I include Nutritional Yeast in a raw recipe, readers ask, “Is Nutritional Yeast actually raw?”.
The answer is no, it’s not raw. However, you NEVER want to eat raw yeast! Nutritional Yeast it is a really valuable supplement with a rock-star nutritional profile. So if you’re religiously raw – skip it. If not, it’s crucial – and tastes like yummy, nutty, cheesy goodness! According to Sundance Natural Foods:
Raised On Molasses
Nutritional yeast is grown on mineral enriched molasses and used as a food supplement. At the end of the growth period, the culture is pasteurized to kill the yeast. You never want to use a live yeast (i.e. baking yeast) as a food supplement because the live yeast continues to grow in the intestine and actually uses up the vitamin B in the body instead of replenishing the supply. (Brewer’s yeast is nutritionally the same but as a by-product of the beer-brewing industry it has a characteristic bitter hops flavor.)
It’s Good For Ya’
Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids (forming the complete protein) and 15 minerals. Being rich in the B-complex vitamins, it is vital in many ways and particularly good for stress reduction. The B-complex vitamins help make nutritional yeast such a valuable supplement, especially to the vegetarian. It is one of the rare vegetarian sources of B12.
One element of yeast is the trace mineral chromium, also known as the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF). This is necessary to regulate blood sugar and is important for diabetics and people with a tendency toward low blood sugar.
September 16, 2009
After watching the documentary, Earthlings narrated by Joaquin Phoenix – Montreal Canadiens Forward, Georges Laraque, committed himself to a vegan lifestlye. That’s right – no dairy, no poultry, no fish, no more leather shoes or animal byproducts for this hockey tough-guy. And it’s not for his health (although he is benefiting) – it’s for the animals.
“It’s unconscionable what’s happening to animals in this country and the way we treat animals we eat. … I realized I had to make some big changes…I’ve lost some weight, but I’ve been working with a really great nutritionist and I’ve never had this much energy,” - Georges Laraque
Read the FULL ARTICLE, and if you haven’t seen Earthlings yet, watch it now. Lives are depending on it.