Broccolicious Wraps

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Last night, my friend Alejandra came over for dinner. Since she was coming straight from work, I wanted to feed her – besides just having tea! What’s more fun than that? Alejandra even offered to help me in the kitchen, so I put her in charge of chopping the bell pepper. Earlier, I had come across a few new recipes from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) online - that they had sent out in conjunction with an ad campaign to “Drop the Dog” – meaning give up processed meat and hot dogs because they are linked to colorectal cancer. There are four recipes attached to the link that I’ll post at the end. I had bought ingredients for two of them, but decided to try out the Broccoli Burritos first. It should be noted that I didn’t have tahini on hand, so instead I substituted with Earth Balance’s Mindful Mayo (it’s vegan) and it worked just great! Here are the broccolicious Wraps!

 

Broccoli Burritos

Steam the broccoli. Use a food processor for the roasted red peppers, garbanzo beans and lemon juice. I used Rudi’s Gluten Free Spinach Tortillas. Do heat the tortilla on a pan – you do not need to add oil or anything else! Just heat it up! Then take off the pan and add the goodies and simply roll it up! (*Recipe at the end!)

 

IMG_0885Broccoli Burrito – Ready to Eat! 

 

These were SO delicious! I ate two and Alejandra ate three! We also added salsa on top…and we had some red wine! YUM! Try these out and please let us know what you thought of them! I know that I’ll definitely be making these again soon! Here’s the link to PCRM’s “Drop The Dog” – look to the right and you will see the colorful Recipe Cards in PDF - that’s where the recipe is located! Enjoy!

http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/dropthedog

 

 

Two Quick Plant-based Dinner Ideas

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This evening, I was inspired to make the following dish, after having watched my friend Chef AJ’s latest show, which I’ll post for you at the end. Here’s what’s for dinner at my house. This is such an easy recipe – so there are no excuses for not eating a healthy meal! Plus, I made enough for a family of six people – this way I will have leftovers for lunch & dinner! I may have to invite a few neighbors over to eat! Just sayin’!

 

IMG_0882No name brown rice & veggie dish

 

Ingredients

2 packs of Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice

1 Cup frozen Organic Peas

1 Cup frozen Organic Corn

1 Pack frozen shelled soybeans/edamame from Trader Joes

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Cup Red Cabbage

1 Jar of Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Salsa

 

Instructions

  1. Heat & bring to boil water in a large pot and then add the frozen edamame, peas, & corn. Let it cook for five minutes.

  2. Heat rice in microwave for three minutes. Heat one pack at a time. Once done, put over in a bowl to cool.

  3. Chop up the red bell pepper and and cabbage.

  4. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and then finally add the salsa. ENJOY!

 

As you can see this is so easy peasy that there should be no excuses for why not to cook at home! Last week, I was exhausted from a long day of working on some projects. I didn’t feel like going out and I  was craving something substantial, so I went through my fridge and cupboards and came up with this dish

 

IMG_0868Veggie Pasta al dente

 

Ingredients

Half a pack of Organic pasta

Head of broccoli washed and cut

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

2 Cups of mushrooms

2 Rainbow Carrots – optional

Garlic – as much as you desire

Organic Strained Tomatoes (No Salt Added) from bionaturæ

A couple of dashes of Bragg’s Sprinkle 24 Herbs & Spices Seasoning

 

Instructions

  1. Boil water and cook the pasta in a large pot – follow instructions on the pack.

  2. Steam the broccoli – but not too long as you want it crisp!

  3. Saute the red bell pepper first on the pan. Then use a table spoon of Sesame oil and add the garlic and spices. Then add in the broccoli and the mushrooms.

  4. Add the cooked spaghetti and then the sauce.

 

Voilà, dinner is ready!

 

IMG_0870Veggie Pasta al dente

 

Now what are you going to be making for dinner? Got any other great ideas? Please share!

Here’s the video with Chef AJ that inspired the first dish

 

Speciesism – A Review

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Last night, my friend Jenelle and I went to the Seattle premiere of the documentary Speciesism by director, Mark Devries.

Speciesism,_The_MovieSpeciesism – The Movie

We were excited to go, but also slightly apprehensive. Jenelle has watched “Earthlings”, which I have to admit that I have not. I told Jenelle that I had watched Mark on YouTube speaking about this film and he had said that this definitely wasn’t going to be “Eartlings II”. Well, let me tell you, Mark Devries has found a way to deliver this important message in such a masterful and balanced way that requires a great deal of finesse, sensitivity and skill! Yet, he has managed to do it! He asks powerful, high-mileage questions of the people he meets, from both the experts to regular people on the streets!

Michael Shermer on Speciesism

 

The film also features one of my favorite authors and speakers, Peter Singer. Speciesism is truly a thought provoking and inspiring documentary! And Mark is absolutely right, after you’ve watched it, you’ll walk out with a changed perspective and a new resolve! I did! This is a film that I definitely want to watch again! There were many great quotes and much food thought and further discussion! Here’s Mark & me after the film premiere

 

IMG_0879Mark Devries & UrbanVeganChic

 

Here’s the link to the official site:

http://speciesismthemovie.com/

 

Please do yourself a favor and do watch this! Buy a copy or two – I definitely plan to! ENJOY!

Well done, Mark Devries and Thank you again!

Lunchalicious

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More and more restaurants are realizing that the trend towards vegan cusine  and plant-based meals are on the rise – even in smaller cities, like the one I live in! These chefs and restaurant owners are following the times, serving up healthy and delicious plant-strong vegan food! Here’s a look at what a friend of mine and I had for lunch yesterday! It’s mouthwatering for sure! As Dr. Neal Barnard will sometimes say, “This sure isn’t suffering!” I just love that line!

 

Kale wrapCharred Kale & Potato Taco

The Charred Kale & Potato Taco is one of my favorites. It has spiced & charred kale, fingerling potatoes, charred onions & mole. Very Yummy! Normally, this would come with cheese, but I just asked for it to be kept off! We also had Brussel & Apple Tacos.

 

Brussels sprout Wrap Brussels & Apple Tacos

The Brussels & Apple Tacos have diced apples, seasoned in white wine and chimichurry. The final dish that we tried was the Mushroom Taco. Isn’t it pretty?

Mushroom Wrap IMushroom Taco

The Mushroom Taco is made with seasonal, locally foraged mushrooms, pickled red onions and greens! Very delicious and nutritious as well!  Now could these be made in your own kitchen? Absolutely! But sometimes it’s just fun to go out and have someone else cook up delicious & tasty meals for you! I spoke to the chef and co-owner of this restaurant and learned that he’s a big fan of Gracias Madre in San Francisco. I can see where he got his inspiration, but I would say that these are just as fantastic – if not better! I appreciate that he’s sticking more to the plants and less to the processed!

What have you had that was fabulous and noteworthy?

752 Freed Hens

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Okay, you’ve got to watch this! Five minutes of your time that you will not regret spending! I’ve already written about why I won’t eat chickens or eggs – found in one of my earlier posts. Battery caged chickens and hens is in full operation over here and in many other places. It is beyond horrific what happens to these poor birds! Now when I see someone picking up a carton of eggs at the grocery store I can’t help thinking, “You have no idea the pain and misery that went into those eggs!” Well, I didn’t use to either for that matter until my blinders got fully ripped off. Nor did I had any idea that I was being fooled every time I bought one of those “Cage Free” or “Free Range” packs of eggs. They really aren’t “free” and are usually kept in a filthy room with thousands of other chickens. And while they might have access, for about two weeks, to a little outdoor patch of grass that doesn’t make them “Free Range”! This video shows a brighter side of this – these are 752 hens that were freed thanks to a kind farmer who realized how wrong his operation was.

 

I love Animals Australia for posting this! And while I got you, they have these fun videos to watch. Check out their site and watch, “No Way to Treat a Lady”! I could only agree! Are you listening?

 

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/no-way-to-treat-a-lady

Give Me One Reason…

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…why you shouldn’t go plant-based! Honestly, I can’t think of one! Going plant-based vegan is a win-win all the way around. It’s great for your health, the earth, and for the animals! It’s life saving any which way you look at it! Later today, I plan posting what I had for lunch yesterday, but for now I’ll leave you with this brilliantly choreographed dance segment by Chris Martin & Larkin Poynton. Two minutes of perfection!

 

Do check out the link to the article from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health! My friend, Lani Muelrath alerted me to this. She posted the following: “Conclusions” A robust inverse association exists between fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality, with benefits seen in up to 7+ portions daily. Further investigations into the effects of different types of fruit and vegetables are warranted.” – JUST released by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health! 

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data

 

What’s Really In Meat?

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Happy April 1st! Before you read on, I feel the need to state that what I’m about to write about is not an April Fools joke! I wish I could say that it was, but it isn’t!

 

carnepollo456fWhat’s really in it?

 

Would you eat road kill? How about a hamburger made with a combination of euthanized cats and dogs? A few days ago, I listened to a fantastic speech by Howard Lyman aka The Mad Cowboy. He enlightened me on a few other ingredients that I didn’t know were fed to the animals. I knew that feeding grounded up cows to cows had become outlawed – thanks to “Mad Cow Disease”, but when he informed his audience that the practice of feeding roadkill and euthanized animals to factory farmed animals is still common practice I was thoroughly disgusted! I mean, once upon a time I was eating this …. ! Then I started thinking, well some of these euthanized animals could have cancer – hence they’re being put to sleep – and now their remaining bodies are being fed to livestock!? By the way, this practice isn’t just happening here in the United States, for those of you reading this across the globe thinking you’re in a “safe zone”! This is, according to Howard Lyman, “common practice” in the meat industry!

Mad CowboyMad Cowboy aka Howard F. Lyman – A Truly Remarkable Man!

 

Another educator in the field of nutrition added that one of his students, who had relatives in the meat industry, had told him that you really need to know your butcher. Some meat isn’t fit for human consumption, yet it is being sold in stores.  This morning I came across the following article from the Huffington Post – just click on the title below

 

This Is What Your Meat Eats

 

Most of the things livestock eats is not what is natural to them! And what they eat – ends up in “our” bodies! (No longer mine because I stopped eating them!) This does not even take into account the pain, suffering, and stress that these poor animals also have to endure before they end up on someone’s plate! Is it any wonder we are a stressed out, in pain, and sicker than we’ve ever been Nation and world? A world that is suffering for what reason, I have to ask? We don’t need to eat their bodies to be healthy and strong – that is one giant myth! The animals are given huge amounts of antibiotics to stay alive in their horrible confinements in Factory Farms. Antibiotics also makes the animals grow bigger – hence more profit for the company selling them! Well, it begs to question then, if it makes the animals grow bigger – then what about us? Do people who eat the animals with all those antibiotics and growth hormones/steroids grow bigger too? The answer is “YES!” We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” Food for thought, for sure!

 

What's Really in My Meat?Antibiotics – making the animals bigger…and us!?

 

Again, I’ve said this before, there’s a better way to eat and go about this! Some of the UFC guys have already come to this realization! The world is truly awakening to a better way of eating and thriving!

 

Mac DanzigMac Danzig, UFC Fighter

 

“I realized how absurd the notion of ‘needing’ meat in the diet was. From that point on, I never looked back… View it as a positive cahnge and look foward to all of the new amazing, healthy, and delicious foods you can eat.” ~Mac Danzig

 

And with that statement I will close for today! Below is the link to the speech by Howard Lyman. This is very similar to the speech that I listened to in my nutrition program. Howard is a brilliant speaker! I would love to shake hands with this man one day! Enjoy and Happy Spring!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMWctmCCqU