Cooking with vegetables

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Sneaky animal parts in foods

English: vegetables

Just as I try to encourage you to sneak vegetables into every meal, there are others out there that are doing the exact opposite and ruining all our hard work. There are animal parts in the most unsuspecting foods. “Natural flavor” can be just about anything.  Sometimes it comes from the anal gland of a beaver. Starbucks used to make a “natural” strawberry shake that was dyed red with crushed up beetles. Gelatin is made of animal products. There are plenty of vitamins available that are vegetarian though. Some brands of maple syrup contain beef derivatives. From what I understand these are mainly the cheaper brands. Even sugar and Vitamin D supplements can also contain bone chard. I purchase ‘Vegan Sugar’ from whole foods (365 brand).

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Famous Vegetarians


Sometimes when you need some support or motivation to become vegetarian, a good role model is all you need. I have struggled with the transition before and this was during a time when there was a lot of scrutiny around it. I was in the army at the time and I literally ate mashed potatoes every single day because there was no other option. I am very stubborn so I decided to become a vegetarian no matter what it takes. When you’re in the army and you are a vegetarian there are only two responses:the first one is of delight because soldiers are delighted when you give them youralloted portion of bacon,sausage, and well various army issued meats. The other reaction is one of total shock and disbelief. Of course, I had a great role model so nobody argued with me. The only thing that saved me from endless debate was this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthy meal in 5 minutes or less


When I find something that’s healthy, easy, and delicious- I can’t wait to write about it. I hope this vegetable trick will help people who don’t have the time to eat fresh vegetables. This is a concotion that I made two weeks ago and I’ve been eating it for lunch and dinner every day since. So far, this is the best trick up my sleeve to eat lots of vegetables with hardly any effort at all.  I was a picky eater growing up so this particular recipe is fast and easy but it’s also very bland, but that’s a good thing because it is a great “base.”  The secret to this trick is to buy shredded carrots and shredded purple cabbage. You can also use shredded brocolli but that is quite bitter. Voila! The hard part is done… Read the rest of this entry »

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Soy Protein

Textured Soy Protein Soup

Textured Soy Protein Soup (Photo credit: pykmi)

There is no consensus on this, but research shows that too much soy protein is linked to breast cancer. There is still a lot of debate and controversy over this, but I think that anything that mimics estrogen in access is bad for you. The only thing we do know is that estrogen DOES cause breast cancer. So far, the assumption is that the soy estrogen link is a myth. So what is a vegetarian to do? I am extremely health conscious, so I stopped eating all soy altogether. I realized that the soy is mostly in very processed foods such as veggie meat and veggie burgers and patties. So I did more research… Read the rest of this entry »

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Not all healthy food is good

yuckEver since Whole Foods opened it’s doors, the demand for healthy food has increased. The health food market is huge and it seems like there’s a new product on the shelves every week. I have tried every healthy packaged consumer good out there: healthy cheddar kale chips, vegan walnut parmesan cheese, mint chocolate tofu bars, etc. Most of these are tasty and they are all very expensive. Every once in a while, an imposter such as Linwoods super power nut topping wants in on the billion dollar health food market. But this product is disgusting and a gimmick. I hate to write a negative review, but there is nothing good I can say about this product. Read the rest of this entry »

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Special Occasion Dinner Recipe

English: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

English: Spaghetti alla Carbonara. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fa-la-la-la falafels

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Photo de falafels Photo prise par Jerem ja:画像:Photo de falafels.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Falafels are everywhere these days. They are very delicious but what is a falafel and should you eat it? In this post, I will address these questions as well as give you some tips on how to maximize your nutritional benefit of falafel. The falafel are middle-eastern (not Greek!) and are made of garbanzo beans which are high in fiber. I think everyone knows they need more fiber in their diet, and it’s easy with the falafel. If you buy them frozen and make them yourself either baked or deep fried in a unsaturated oil such as peanut oil or canola or vegetable oil combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, tahini (yogurt) sauce, cabbage/carrot coleslaw filling on whole wheat pita bread they are good for you. especially if you are trying to lose weight.  Foods rich in fiber such as cabbage, carrots, beans, grapefruit produce the melanin to burn fat cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Food News


I went to Safeway tonight and -on a whim- decided to bypass my usual route through the fresh vegetable and fruits side to the packaged goods side. I don’t normally do this but it was a special occasion: Hostess, the maker of ho ho’s, ding dongs, and zingers was going out of business. For a second I was panged with what this meant. The shutting down of Hostess is quite sad, if you think about it. Outwardly, there is something happy and innocent about the processed fat disguised as a baked good.These things never go bad so I picked up two boxes which I will probably never eat. Why did I buy them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Eggs in a basket recipe

eggsOne of my favorite breakfast recipes is “Eggs in a Basket.” This takes one minute to prepare and just a few minutes to make so it is very quick and very easy. It’s also very delicious! This recipe is for beginners.  I took this picture this morning, but the above picture doesn’t do this recipe any justice. This recipe is fantastic and it tastes like french toast. If I am cooking for my roommate or for a friend I usually try to impress them by cutting shapes in the bread. The “basket” is a slice of bread, and you can get as creative as you want with the shape. I usually cut out a hole about the size of am egg or a 50 cent piece. You can also cut out a heart shape, or a star, triangle, etc. I use scissors but you can also use a cookie cutter. Follow the recipe below for a delicious and easy breakfast. Read the rest of this entry »

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Local Restaurant Recommendation 2

Gluten-Free, Vegan Ukrainian Christmas Eve Mai...

Vegan food- try it and you’ll be hooked

Downtown San Jose has some great restaurants and to celebrate this wonderful city (the home of this blog) I am going to feature the best restaurants I have found downtown. Since I am curious about food, I’ve tried every type of restaurant in this entire city. The best part of this little downtown is that you can find vegetarian options at almost every restaurant and most places are very accommodating if you ask for non-meat dishes.

Good Karma Vegan Café is located at 2nd street and San Fernando and it is my normal lunch spot if I am not cooking at home. It’s a small local place wedged between a parking lot and a Ross store. It’s easy to find because it draws a large crowd in the afternoons; easily recognizable from their laidback California attitudes. So speaking of local eatiers, this one is as local as you get. Read the rest of this entry »

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