SparkPeople Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53155 This team is a place to talk about a plant strong diet and the politics of food brought up in the movie "Forks Over Knives" and susequent articles and films. SparkPeople Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53155 How to Cook Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66878441 If you only use canned beans, you might be consuming more sodium than you think. Whole Foods 365 brand has salt-free varieties as does Eden Foods, but most canned beans are salted. Not only can you control sodium by cooking your own beans, you can add flavor. Plus cooked beans - even with salt and without other seasonings - just taste better than canned and are far more economical. Here's a great primer from Serious Eats. You choose whether to go with the salted method. Whichever cooking meth... Fri, 26 May 2017 14:41:23 EST Dr Fuhrman's Sugar Quitters Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66717467 Like all of the best-known plant based doctors, Dr Fuhrman believes eliminating dietary toxins like sugar makes it virtually impossible for you to have a heart attack. I was looking for recipes from his book "The End of Heart Disease" when I stumbled upon this segment/article from Dr Oz. It is short and interesting; plus it has a few recipes. <link>www.doctoroz.com/article/dr-joel-fuh<BR>rmans-sugar-quitters-plan </link> I'm going to have to break down and buy a copy of the book now that ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:35:02 EST Turmeric for Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66717170 Have you ever taken turmeric capsules to relieve inflammation? If so, I sure would appreciate your comments.My physician suggested I try taking turmeric because he doesn't like the damage long term use of OTC remedies like Motrin and Aleve can cause. I did some research and learned that turmeric is more effective when it is combined with BioPerine. This is what I ended up ordering <link>ethicalhealthsupplements.com/product<BR>s/turmeric-curcumin?variant=33127134797 </link> Thanks in advanc... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:13:53 EST Tuna-Free Salad 2 Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66717048 There are many tuna-free salad recipes out there. Cathy Fisher's Tu-No Salad can't be beat, but this is another one of my favorite versions. Instead of Vegenaise, I used 3 Tbsp of oil and tahini free hummus. Don't skip the kelp; it makes the dish. The flavor is much better if you make it a day ahead. <link>www.theedgyveg.com/2013/04/16/vegan-<BR>tuna-salad-sandwich-recipe/ </link> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:45:44 EST Eggless Salad 2 Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66717023 This is my latest favorite eggless salad. The combination of chickpeas and cannellini beans yields a nice texture. Instead of Vegenaise, I used 1/4 cup of completely creamed cannellini beans; 1/4 cup of oil and tahini free hummus would be good, too. I love the idea of using collard greens for wraps; Swiss chard is another possibility. Since I love curry, I added about 3 times what the recipe calls for. Have fun putting your own spin on this lunchtime treat. <link>www.healthnutnutrition.ca/2... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:40:43 EST Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66716904 There are a bazillion recipes for cauliflower Alfredo sauce out there, but most use cashews. Though delicious, the cashews add a lot of fat. I really like this easy recipe. The addition of nutritional yeast and lemon creates a very flavorful sauce. Leave out the oil, and you'll have a lovely Alfredo sauce that you can use for a variety of dishes. <link>www.cleanplates.com/eat/recipes-eat/<BR>cauliflower-alfredo-sauce-with-zucchin<BR>i-noodles-recipe/ </link> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:19:07 EST Mary McDougall's Fat Replacer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66647551 If you've spent much time looking at McDougall recipes, you've probably noticed that Mary McDougall often uses Better Bake as an ingredient in baked goods. That product is no longer manufactured, and Lighter Bake by Sunset is really difficult to locate. Mary's solution? Prunes! here's how <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2008nl/nov/<BR>recipes.htm </link> <BR> <BR> If you have some free time for recipe browsing, be sure to look at the McDougall Newsletters Recipes. They're a treasure trove... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:22:34 EST Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66647391 Whether you're new to the world of plant based cooking or an old hand looking for new recipes, you'll often encounter nutritional yeast on the list of ingredients in a recipe. Commonly referred to as "nooch," it's used to impart a cheesy flavor to many dishes and creates unexpected goodness in others. I love this post by Susan Voisin. She describes nutritional yeast and offers several of her own recipes <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/10/what-t<BR>he-heck-is-nutritional-yeast.html </link> ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:00:59 EST Cajun Spiced Collard Greens with Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66598749 My dinner concoction was so delicious, I put it in SparkRecipes. Cajun Spiced Collard Greens with Potatoes <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3237160 </link> I served it over rice that was covered with a cup or so of reheated black beans I cooked with onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper a couple of days ago (from 1 pound soaked dried beans). Put the greens and potatoes over rice and beans. Be sure to add lots of the liquid. Delicious! <BR> <BR> I used some of the... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:44:11 EST Vitacost Recipe e-Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66571266 I downloaded this small e-book from Vitacost earlier. There are a lot of tempting recipes and ideas in it. I noticed some use oil, but leave it out when you make the dish. If it's a baked dessert, substitute unsweetened applesauce. Hope you find something that calls out to you! <link>www.vitacost.com/blog/wp-content/upl<BR>oads/2016/09/VitacostVeganRecipeBook.pdf </link> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:55:31 EST Shan (Burmese) Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66565332 Recently I read the amazing book "Burma: Rivers of Flavor" by Naomi Duguid. It's an exquisite book filled with photographs of Burma (known as Myanmar after the junta took over in 1989) and wonderful recipes. I highly recommend it with the caveat that this is not a WFPB cookbook but it does have a lot of great ideas. Only the Shan eat a vegetable heavy diet, and there are not a lot of recipes from that region included in the book. <BR> <BR> One other item I will share before I get to the tofu... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 16:55:42 EST Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home - veganized http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66564544 I have a massive folder in my computer filled with enticing recipes. I was looking at some of the older ones today and came across a few from this lovely blog. The authors cooked their way through Thomas Keller's book, "Ad Hoc at Home," but they veganized the recipes. There aren't many recipes here, but all of them look good. This idea intrigued me since I love Thomas Keller, so I'm going to look through the book to see if I find others that would be good to convert to WFPB. <BR> <link>adho... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:04:21 EST Almost Fat-Free Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66563215 I don't thing a truly fat-free vegan mayo exists, but this one is darn close. It's also really good. <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2014/09/miracl<BR>enaise-soy-free-mayo-plus-roasted-red-<BR>pepper-dressing.html </link> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:52:35 EST FOK Grain Kits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66552506 If you're kitchen-challenged or just want something healthy in your cupboard for backup, you might like the new FOK Grain Kits. Each 1 pound mixture contains everything you need for a meal except the veggies. That's a big time saver both in shopping and prep. They're brand new, and I haven't tried them. Let me know if you do! <link>www.forksoverknives.com/grainkits/ </link> Mon, 3 Apr 2017 18:08:18 EST It's Monday! Eat Red Beans & Rice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66552471 I've always loved beans, and Camellia Beans are The.Best.Beans.Ever, with the exception of Rancho Gordo - but it specialized in heirloom beans. Red beans and rice is the traditional Monday dish in New Orleans, and I've adored it ever since I lived there during high school. <BR> <BR> If you love kidney beans as much as I do, try this recipe (without the oil, of course) served over wholesome brown rice. It's truly wonderful, especially served alongside a heaping pile of sautéed collard greens ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:57:16 EST Colorful Veggie Hash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66544844 I played with my food in the kitchen this morning to create a tasty brunch. It's nothing fancy, but I'm sharing it to remind everyone that meals don't have to be picture perfect or time consuming. This wouldn't have taken much over a half hour if I had pre-prepped everything. Since it was a make-it-up-along-the-way recipe, I wasn't sure exactly what I would use when I started ... and I didn't have anything pre-prepped. Note to self: Wash and break down large leafy greens when I bring them hom... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 14:47:59 EST Supplements - B12 and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66541099 A great article was recently posted on No Meat Athlete, More than B12: The Ultimate Guide to Supplementing Your Plant-Based Diet, written by Matt Tullman. It contains valuable information that everyone following a plant-based diet should pay attention to <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/supplement-veg<BR>an-diet/ </link> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 22:46:28 EST Jeff Novick on Calorie Density (full lecture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66538983 Calorie density is the number of calories in a given weight of food, simply put it is calories in a pound of food. Did you know the average American consumes about 0.9 servings of whole grains daily? That is shocking! You learn about this and many other facts about calorie density and healthy choices during Jeff Novick's presentation "Calorie Density: How To Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longer." It's the full length version and run time is a bit over an hour. It's well worth every minute if ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:24:16 EST Make Your Own Pho http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66533994 I love pho, but it's nigh near impossible to find a decent bowl of vegan pho in a restaurant. When I found this recipe, I was hopeful. I love soba noodles and try to have a couple of packages on hand at all times. Because I hardly ever follow a recipe as written, I added a strip of kombu and fished it out before serving. Delicious! Now I don't care whether I can find it in a restaurant because I can make it at home. I hope you feel the same after you make a pot. <link>food52.com/blog/12363-... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:30:40 EST National Tater Day is March 31 in 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66533855 I bet you think I meant National Potato Day! Nope, that's August 19 this year. Potatoes have 2 days on the national food celebration calendar. That's fine with me; I love them. Plus potatoes are really good for you; it's the stuff people tend to add to them or do to them that has given them a bad rap - think French fries. <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/06/p<BR>otatoes-mans-best-friend-not-worst-enemy/ </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:49:29 EST Asian Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66533490 There are several varieties of Asian noodles. They're distinct in flavor and texture. Here's a great summary of the differences. <link>www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-differen<BR>ce-soba-udon-116505 </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:19:50 EST McDougall Newsletter March 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66532935 Here's a link to the March 2017 edition of the McDougall Newsletter. Did you know there is a McDougall recipe app now? <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2017nl/mar/<BR>170300.pdf </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:57:49 EST Buckwheat Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66531658 For some odd reason, I have had a craving for buckwheat pancakes for weeks. Specifically, I was craving a batch of Larry's Sunday Buckwheat Pancakes. On my shopping adventure earlier this week, I picked up some buckwheat flour. Breakfast this morning was sublime, these pancakes topped with thawed frozen peaches warmed with a tiny pinch of cardamom. Happiness! <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3231679 </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:51:23 EST Positive Benefits of Pressure Cooked Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66527120 Here's an interesting tip about potatoes cooked in a pressure cooker. Potatoes cooked using that method contain retrograded resistant starch which can only be produced by converting common starch with cooking and cooling. Want to know more? <link>www.hippressurecooking.com/pressure-<BR>cooker-potato-nutrition/ </link> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:12:03 EST Vegan Richa's One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66526326 I've been dreaming about this dish ever since I watched the video on Richa Hingle's blog post. When I was at the coop yesterday I picked up all of the ingredients. I never knew Thai Kitchen made brown rice noodles before yesterday. I'll certainly buy them again. Here's the recipe for One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles. It's as fun to make as it looks like in the video. <link>www.veganricha.com/2016/04/1-pot-pea<BR>nut-sauce-noodles.html </link> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:33:50 EST April PCRM Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66519630 The April newsletter from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is out. <BR> <link>www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/newsle<BR>tter/food-for-life-update-april-2017 </link> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:17:02 EST Plant-Strong Easter Ideas from E2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66515282 Easter is April 16 this year, so it's not too early to start thinking about menus and entertainment for your gathering if you have one. Here are a couple of recipes and fun ideas for kids from E2. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/plant<BR>-strong-eater-menu/ </link> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:39:42 EST E2 Tips for Saving Time in the Kitchen/on the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66515022 A lot of people think cooking with plants takes too much time to prep the vegetables and fruits. To be honest, it does take a bit more time to prep than just throwing a piece of meat in a skillet and an oil lathered Idaho potato in the oven. With some practice and planning, though, your healthy plant-based fare won't occupy an hour or so of your time every day. Here are a few tips from Char Nolan, one the E2 super coaches. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/savin<BR>g-time-in-the-kitchen/... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:35 EST Cathy Fisher's Tips for Cooking without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66507575 Cathy Fisher is a cooking instructor, recipe creator, and cookbook author. She frequently works with McDougall groups and seminars, teaches at TrueNorth in Santa Rosa, has a fabulous blog, and authored Straight Up Food which is the same name as her blog. She uses no salt, oil, or sugar in her recipes. Here are some of her tips for cooking without oil. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/guest<BR>-post-cooking-without-oil-by-cathy-fis<BR>her/ </link> To see more of her tips and see her won... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:20:56 EST How to Make a Parchment Paper Sling for Baking Pan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66507552 The easiest way to get a lentil loaf out of its baking pan is to use a parchment paper sling. They're easy to create and keep your loaf in one piece. The slings are useful for many items, especially if you're not using nonstick bakeware. Just follow these directions but skip the oil part <link>blog.kingarthurflour.com/2017/03/27/<BR>parchment-paper-sling/ </link> If you want to line the sides, cut 2 strips of the paper and tuck one long end under the sling about an inch. Trim the top since... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:16:26 EST Plant Strong Recipes for Passover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66504405 This is a nice collection of recipes suitable for Passover from Jamie Geller at Joy of Kosher. To keep them E2 compliant, leave out the oil. Whether you celebrate Passover or not, you'll enjoy these recipes! <link>www.joyofkosher.com/2015/03/vegan-re<BR>cipes-perfect-for-passover/ </link> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:52:52 EST What Makes Us Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66503062 What makes us fat? it's sound like a simple question, but we all know the answer is very complicated (even though few of us know a complete answer). One of the primary answers from just about every credible source: fats.Here's an overview from the folks at UC Davis Integrative Medicine <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2016/09/m<BR>akes-us-fat/#gs.BB550b4 </link> <BR> <BR> Of course fat consumption, whether oil, avocado, nuts, etc., is highly discouraged by most of the plant strong medica... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:57:58 EST Jill Nussinow's "Vegan Under Pressure" Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66502769 If you have a copy of Jill Nussinow's latest cookbook "Vegan Under Pressure"," you will love having this expanded Table of Contents. It really makes it easier to find recipes in the book <link>www.theveggiequeen.com/wp-content/up<BR>loads/2017/02/VUP-Expanded-Recipe-TOC.pdf </link> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:32:47 EST Plant Strong Sloppy Joes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66502385 Sloppy Joes are a favorite with almost everyone, especially kids. This is my latest version of the classic recipe. It has a twist if you're willing to stray a bit further from tradition. Young kids will probably want the regular version of it, however. Let me know if you try it! <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3228956 </link> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:34 EST Fresh Recipes for Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66491523 Here in MN, spring is taunting us. It's warm for a few days; then it cools off. It looks like we are out of snow season, though. It may already be spring where you live, so enjoy the buds and emerging leaves. Here are some fresh spring recipes from the folks at UC Davis Integrative Medicine to bring some of the season into your kitchen. <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2017/03/r<BR>eady-spring-clean/ </link> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:05:24 EST Queens, NY Dairy Ditches Cows Milk for Plant Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66459473 Elmhurst Dairy in Queens, NY ceased its dairy operations after 90 years due to lower customer demand for its products. As the CEO said, "Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style." The business didn't fold, however. They have converted to the manufacture of nut milks branded simply Elmhurst. Read more here <BR> <link>www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/dairy-co<BR>mpany-ditches-cow-milk-and-switches-to<BR>-plant-milk </link> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:46:30 EST Food is Stronger Than Genes for Colorectal Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66446163 Your diet really matters, especially when it comes to colorectal cancer risk. That's another good reason to follow the eating guidelines of E2Diet, Forks Over Knives, PCRM, and others that advocate plant-based diets that limit salt, oil, and sugar. Certainly there is not guarantee you won't develop cancer, but why take the risk. <link>www.pcrm.org/health/medNews/food-is-<BR>stronger-than-genes-in-cancer-risk </link> <BR> <BR> To compound the risk, it turns out many people have given up los... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:41:45 EST Does Eating One High Fat Meal Matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66445472 All of us live with the daily temptation of falling into old habits or wanting to "go back" to our old ways for a splurge now and then. It turns out that even one high fat meal can wreak havoc on your body. <link>https://www.ornish.com/zine/how-your<BR>-body-responds-to-just-one-fatty-meal/ </link> You only have one life. Choose healthy options for your diet, and live it well. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:51:57 EST Mojo Carrot and Kale Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66445378 I found a refreshing kale salad recipe last night and thought some of you might enjoy it. To make it E2 compliant, make a couple of changes in this Mojo Carrot and Kale Salad: <BR> 1. Substitute up to 1/2 C walnuts for the pistachios. That's for the entire recipe, and less is better. I would probably just sprinkle a few chopped walnuts on top of each serving. <BR> 2. Substitute maple syrup for agave. Agave is highly processed. <BR> 3. Cut back or, ideally, omit the calorie-dense dried fruit.... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:27:24 EST Recipes for St Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66427003 It seems like almost everyone in the US claims to be Irish on March 17. Lots of corned beef and cabbage is served every year on that day along with large quantities of Irish beer and spirits. Plant based eaters need not feel left out because traditional Irish fare has lots of cabbage, potatoes, and root vegetables. Enjoy this recipe from Susan Voisin, Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/03/irish-<BR>white-bean-and-cabbage-stew.html </link> There are links to... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:06:46 EST 10 Useful Posts to Help You Get and Stay on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66422892 March is National Nutrition Month, and the folks at UC Davis Integrative Medicine created a list of 10 posts that go back to the basics of plant based SOS-free nutrition. Reading them only takes a few minutes. Consider it time well spent on your most important asset: your health. <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2017/03/1<BR>0-must-read-nutrition-articles-a-back-<BR>to-basics-review/ </link> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:48:10 EST The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66421410 Here are some sample recipes from The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn. The book is a companion book to Dr Esselstyn's groundbreaking book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Be sure to try the kale/lemon sandwiches! <link>www.dresselstyn.com/site/sample-reci<BR>pes-from-prevent-reverse/ </link> <BR> <BR> In one of his speeches a few years ago, Dr Esselstyn said "Asking patients to view their disease as a brush fire, it can only continue... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:45:17 EST Treasure Trove of Esselstyn Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66421379 These are recipes by Ann Crile Esselstyn posted by No Oil Vegan, Dr. Esselstyn's &amp; Rip's E2 Diet NE Ohio in Cleveland, OH. They're from the article Beginners Help by Ann Crile Esselstyn: Recipes, Suggestions On How To Switch Diet to Plant-Based <BR> by RunTex Staff, 5/3/2005. <BR> <BR> Recipes included are Artichoke/Bean Dip, Fabulous Roasted Red Peppers, Pea Guacamole, Black Bean Salad, Lime Mango Salad, Fabulous Corn Salad, Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vidalia Onions and Diced Tomat... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:39:34 EST Beans for Bean Lovers - Camellia Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66420757 I have loved beans ever since I was a child. Granted my grandmother and mother added pork to every pot, but they imparted a love of the small beauties in me that lives forever. I had the good fortune to live in New Orleans during high school. It is a city of great history, a vibrant culture, and fabulous food - including the traditional Monday dish of red beans and rice that was even served in the public schools when I was there. I was sad when my family moved away. It's been many years since... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:05:40 EST March is National Pasta and Sauce Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66420642 As I noted in an earlier post, almost every food has its special day of the year. Dishes have their own month! March is National Pasta Month and National Sauce Month. Does that make March a "super month" if you put the two together in a single dish? UC Davis Integrative Medicine posted a drool-worthy display of pasta dishes that includesTal Ronnen's swoon inducing Grilled Garden Vegetable Lasagna With Puttanesca Sauce. Try a few of these recipes in March or any time. <link>ucdintegrativeme... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:47:31 EST Overview of E2 Seven Day Rescue Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66415006 I have been following the plan in Rip Esselstyn's book "The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue Diet with Recipes by Jane Esselstyn" for a couple of weeks now. As the title indicates, Jane Esselstyn wrote the recipe section, and there are no repeats from previous books, with a couple of minor exceptions. <BR> <BR> I haven't been as diligent about my dietary intake as usual because my life hasn't been normal during my recovery from both a surgery and a herniated disc. I felt the need to do something r... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:38:58 EST March 16 is National Artichoke Hearts Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66414203 It seems like almost every fruit and vegetable has its own day. After you survive the Ides of March on the 15th, break out your favorite artichoke recipe or find a new one. There's more info in this blog from UC Davis Integrative Medicine <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2017/03/w<BR>hy-artichokes-should-be-in-your-life/#<BR>gs.eJdJ4qk </link> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:51:11 EST Info on the New Community Goal Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66414105 Here's info about the new feed you'll find on your Start page. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_communit<BR>y_goal_feed </link> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:36:59 EST Leftover Carbs Are Good For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66407971 There is a benefit to eating leftover carbs. It turns out that when rice, pasta, and potatoes "are cooked and then refrigerated, some of the ordinary starch they contain transforms into resistant starch, a type of fiber that benefits your blood sugar, helps “good” bacteria in your gut flourish, and may even help with weight management." I found a reference this article in one of Happy Healthy Long Life -The Healthy Librarian's Facebook posts. Read the full article; it's one of the Daily Welln... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:59:12 EST The PlantPure Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66404997 I was so excited to share a few of Kim Campbell's recipes from her new book The PlantPure Kitchen that I posted them in the wrong forum. I try to keep recipes posts here so they're easier to find later. I can't move the post, so here is a link to it <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x664<BR>01790 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 03:31:54 EST Instant Pot Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66404936 This is a copy of the recipe booklet that is shipped with Instant Pot DUO model. It includes recipes by Jill Nussinow, Chef AJ, and others. Not all of the recipes are vegan, and some unnecessarily use oil. That said, it's a useful item for Instant Pot users. <link>instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/IP<BR>-DUO/InstantPot-Cookbook-English-v2.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Even more useful are Cooking Charts for Whole Grains, Rice, Beans and Vegetables <BR> by Jill Nussinow from her book The New Fast... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:30:24 EST Jill Nussinow's "Vegan Under Pressure" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66404926 I was so excited to share recipes from Jill Nussinow's latest book with you that I posted it in the wrong forum. I try to keep all of the recipes in one forum so they're easier to find later. Since I can't move the post, here's a link to it <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x664<BR>02204 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:23:20 EST Vitacost Site Offers More Than Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66402613 For years I've ordered grocery staples from Vitacost, everything from plant milk to spices. Its prices are hard to beat, and the shipping packaging is the best in the business. Only recently have I noticed the site's blogs, which feature many plant based recipes. Take a peek <link>www.vitacost.com/blog/tags/vegan </link> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:11:56 EST Jill Nussinow's "Vegan Under Pressure" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66402204 Jill Nussinow MS, RD, aka The Veggie Queen, has been a culinary instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1985 and has taught culinary classes at The McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California for more than 10 years. Her previous books are "Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen's Guide to Eating &amp; Cooking for Optimum Health"; "The New Fast Food:The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes"; "The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment"; and "Everyday... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:45:39 EST The PlantPure Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66401790 You have to get a copy of "The PlantPure Kitchen: 130 Mouthwatering Whole Food Recipes and Tips for a Plant-Based Diet. Kim Campbell's second cookbook reflects her love of food and a long history of making it delicious without salt, sugar, and oil. If you crave recipes that are easy to make, unpretentious, and oh so satisfying, you will find yourself bookmarking almost every page. Then you will probably do what I did - buy a copy. I borrow cookbooks from my library to decide if I want to buy ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:16:50 EST McDougall Newsletter February 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66337697 Here's a link to the latest McDougall Newsletter. The topic is Diet Therapy. The recipe section contains recipes by Vicki Brett-Gach. <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2017nl/feb/<BR>170200.pdf </link> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:52:38 EST Breakfast Burrito Bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66310215 Make Cathy's Fisher's Breakfast Burrito Bake on the weekend, and enjoy leftovers during the week (if there are any).This filling dish contains mushrooms, beans, and greens topped with potatoes, nutritional yeast, and spices. It's easy to customize with the veggies and beans of your choice. If it's more than you want for breakfast, it is also a delicious dinner especially when served with a green salad. What's not to love? <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/brea<BR>kfast-burrito-bake/ </l... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:11:07 EST Roasted Garlic and Onion Buttah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66303747 This has become one of my kitchen staples. I make it at least once a month because it is good in and on so many things. This recipe by Chad Sarno is SOS-free. Try it when you make mashed potatoes, or slather some on crackers or bread. So yummy! <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/recipes/r<BR>oasted-garlic-onion-buttah/#gs.ic6FnHA </link> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:20:16 EST A Perfect Hummus Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66303470 The next time you're thinking about making hummus, plan ahead so you have time to soak the chickpeas for 24 hours. If you've only made hummus using canned chickpeas, you won't after you try this recipe from Claudia Roden. If you don't use tahini, you can substitute vegetable broth and still have delicious results. Let me know what you think after you make a batch. <link>www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wor<BR>dofmouth/2011/aug/11/how-to-make-perfe<BR>ct-hummus </link> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:25:07 EST Cancer Survivor's Guide: Foods That Help You Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66303031 Dr Neal Barnard and PCRM have generously made his 2008 book, "The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods That Help You Fight Back" available for everyone in the form of a free pdf. In addition to survival tools such as lifestyle, exercise, and support, the book contains a robust collection of delicious, uncomplicated plant-based, SOS-free recipes by Jennifer Reilly, RD. Even if you have not experienced cancer either personally or through family or friends, you will find this book an invaluable resour... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:51:01 EST 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge begins March 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66302901 Whether you're new to plant-based eating or someone who is good with the "plants" part but struggling with eliminating salt, oil, and sugar, PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is a great resource to help you pick up new tips and recipes and to learn new habits. Unlike many other challenges, this one is free and can be accessed any time. It doesn't matter if you can't start until later in the month; do the challenge at your own pace and according to your own schedule. <BR> <BR> Sign up before Mar... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:28:30 EST FOK Winter Recipe Collection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66288393 Here's a link to the FOK Winter Recipe Collection. It's a very worthwhile PDF download. It contains are recipes by Cathy Fisher, Ramses Bravo, and other notable chefs; all are free of salt, oil, and sugar. <link>8zxa3etwpf-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/w<BR>p-content/uploads/Winter_Recipe_Collec<BR>tion_v2.pdf </link> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:52:20 EST Finally making the commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x66276707 Hi, <BR> My journey to the FOK community started last summer. I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. If you have Netflix you know they give you recommendations based on things you watch. "If you liked that you might like this..." Thus I accidentally watched Vegucated. I have been eating mostly vegan since then. But it has been a haphazard kind of transition and I want to do better. I recently bought the FOK Plan book and have started working that plan. I look forward to participating ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:04:33 EST Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66276109 Here are recipes for the Engine 2 Diet Seven Day Rescue on the Whole Foods website. These aren't the copyrighted recipes in the book, but they're compliant for the challenge. <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eat<BR>ing/engine-2 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a recipe from the book: Southwestern Potato Bowl <link>https://www.forksoverknives.com/reci<BR>pes/southwestern-potatoes/ </link> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:57:00 EST Compliant Salad Dressing Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66275569 Cathy Fisher offered some helpful tips for making your own salad dressings that contain no salt, oil, or sugar in one of her posts. You might want to bookmark the page for future reference. <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/2014/11/<BR>17/homemade-salad-dressings/ </link> <BR> <BR> She posted some vinaigrette recipes here <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/2013/07/<BR>03/vinaigrette-salad-dressings/ </link> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:11:10 EST Cooking Techniques from Mary McDougall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66275411 This is a very useful article by Mary McDougall on cooking techniques from the June 2005 McDougall Newsletter. <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/june<BR>/050600mary.htm </link> You'll find a vast collection of free plant-based recipes that use no salt, oil, or sugar on the McDougall site <link>www.drmcdougall.com/health/education<BR>/recipes/mcdougall-newsletter-recipes/ </link> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:41:25 EST Cathy Fisher, Straight Up Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66274359 Cathy Fisher has been associated with the McDougalls for years. Her recipes have frequently been featured in their newsletter, and she is a frequent cooking instructor at their retreats and conferences. She also teaches plant-based cooking classes at TrueNorth Health Center. Her blog, Straight Up Food, contains only plant-based dishes with no added salt, oil, or sugar and doesn't require a special trip to the store for unusual ingredients . <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/ </link> <BR> ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:53:39 EST Butternut Squash Soup w/White Beans & Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66273847 Winter is about to make its return after a run of 50 - 60 degree days where I live. This Butternut Squash Soup with White Beans and Kale recipe from Williams Sonoma features some of my favorite ingredients. To make it FOK compliant, just omit the olive oil and steam fry the ingredients instead; you'll need to use some vegetable broth or water to keep the squash from sticking. Instead of Parmesan cheese, use nutritional yeast; or do as I do and omit it completely. Serve the soup with some crus... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:34:42 EST Dr Barnard's New Book, The Cheese Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66273785 I don't know about you, but one of the hardest things for me to give up on when adjusting to a plant based diet was cheese. Dr Neal Barnard's newest book, The Cheese Trap, specifically addresses cheese addiction. It goes on sale February 28. Here's a blurb about the book from a PCRM email: <BR> <BR> "You may be caught in a bad romance and not even know it. America has a love affair with cheese that is fraught with danger. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can contribute to w... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:22:46 EST Tips for Cooking without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66262724 Some folks find it difficult to adjust to cooking without oil. Here are links to tips to help you adjust or to remind you in case you've fallen into old habits. You'll be an expert at this before you know it! <BR> <BR> Oil Free Cooking by Kim Campbell <link>www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/oil-fr<BR>ee-cooking-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Baby Food as a Fat Replacer <link>www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/baby-f<BR>ood-as-a-fat-replacer/ </link> <BR> <BR> A Top Chef’s Healthy Cooking Tips That Ev... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:25:03 EST Pizza Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66262599 There's no reason not to enjoy pizza on a plant based diet. Kim Campbell of PlantPure Nation posted a great dough recipe with a couple of different sauces and topping suggestions. Break out your pizza stone, gather friends and family, and have some fun in the kitchen! <link>www.plantpurenation.com/2017/02/09/p<BR>izza-party/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some other toppings from Del Sroufe that are FOK compliant: <BR> Pizza with Creamed Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Olives <l... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:02:47 EST Del Sroufe's Cheese Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66260513 Del Sroufe's latest cookbook,"The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes and Resources to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table", will be released this spring. Info from the publisher: <BR> "In addition to these better-for-you, even-tastier-than-the-original recipes, The China Study Family Cookbook offers: <BR> *Stories from plant-based advocates (including The China Study coauthor T. Colin Campbell) whose whole families have adopted a plant-based lifestyle—and how they got their spous... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:31:25 EST Cauliflower Risotto with Green Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66194354 This is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's recipe for Cauliflower Risotto with Green Veggies. Though I haven't tried it (just got it in an email), it looks outstanding. There is oil, but it is stirred in after the dish has been cooked which I take to mean it isn't necessary. Let me know if you make it. My list of "to try" dishes is pretty long, so it will take me a while to get around to making this one. <link>www.colleenpatrickgoudreau.com/recip<BR>e-cauliflower-risotto-with-green-veggies/ </link>... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:21:19 EST Jazzy Vegetarian's Pots de Creme http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66192179 For a decadent treat, I love pots de crème; and this version from Laura Theodore, aka Jazzy Vegetarian, is delicious. There are other lovely desserts on the page that contain oil, so beware of the lurking tempation. <link>www.jazzyvegetarian.com/dazzling_cho<BR>colate_dessert_show_108/ </link> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:12:49 EST Fideos with Chickpeas, Fennel, and Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66192114 Fideos is paella's lesser known cousin. Chock full of veggies and table-ready in about 45 minutes, this recipe can easily serve 4 people. The only modifications you need to make to this recipe healthier are: whole wheat pasta browned in a dry skillet instead of using oil; dry sauteeing the veggies; and use a vegan fat-free garlic aioli like this one from Yum Universe <link>yumuniverse.com/dairy-free-oil-free-<BR>roasted-garlic-fresh-lemon-aioli/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe for F... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:58:49 EST Heart-Healthy Valentine's Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66191871 It's easy to find recipes for Valentine's Day. The blogs abound with them. This article from VegNews features beets, one of my favorite vegetables that just happens to be heart-friendly <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>8957&amp;catId=2 </link> Many of these recipes are self-defeating in the heart-friendly department by their use of oil and salt. Depending on the recipe, you can remedy that by leaving it out. I often substitute vegetable broth for oil which gives the dish more ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:23:37 EST Never Too Late to Go Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66191706 "Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet" is a must have book for anyone who is thinking about adopting a plant based diet regardless of age. It's not just for newbies either. It's one of my favorite books, and I apologize for being so slow about sharing it with all of you. Written by Carol J Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina, it is an invaluable resource. It contains 75 straightforward recipes that don't require hard to find or e... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:56:59 EST Air-Fried Tofu - Olives for Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66191491 This recipe for Buttermilk Battered Air-Fried Tofu comes from one of my favorite blogs, Olives for Dinner <link>olivesfordinner.com/2017/02/buttermi<BR>lk-battered-air-fried-tofu.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is another recipe for air fryer owners. If you don't own one, think about adding one to your kitchen toolkit. These appliances are becoming very affordable; my GoWise was only $88. If you don't like tofu, you might change your mind after trying this dish. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:18:05 EST McDougall Newsletter December 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x66133777 Here's a link to last month's McDougall newsletter which features an article about Dr Heimlich as well as a few recipes <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2016nl/dec/<BR>161200.htm </link> I'll post a link to the January issue once it's released on the website. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:35:36 EST Chef'n Kale and Greens Stripper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66112999 If you're a gadget lover and/or need easy tools to use, this greens stripper from Chef'n might be right up your alley. It won't take up a lot of room in your gadget drawer and it doesn't cost much. It makes short work of the task of stripping the stems from greens. I haven't had mine very long, so I can't vouch for any greens but leafy kale and Swiss chard. It worked quite well with both of them. It will be useful for parsley when I only want leaves and no portion of the stem. I haven't tried... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:14:36 EST PCRM's Food for Life Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66112661 This is the latest Food for Life newsletter from PCRM. You'll find lots of into about plant-based eating. If you're interested in teaching others how to cook healthy, plant-based meals, you'll find info about PCRM's training program. There's also a recipe for Hearty Root Soup that was developed by one of the program's graduates. <BR> <BR> <link>support.pcrm.org/site/MessageViewer?<BR>em_id=112367.0&amp;dlv </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:02:29 EST Mushroom Corn Chowder from PlantPure Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66106058 Here's a perfect winter recipe for Mushroom Corn Chowder that will warm you up on a cold day. It's from "The PlantPure Kitchen" by Kim Campbell. <link>action.humanesociety.org/site/Messag<BR>eViewer?em_id=113493.0&amp;dlv_id=122249 </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:37:47 EST Dairy Pride Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66106031 Tammy Baldwin (D, WI) has introduced the Dairy Pride Act: Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act. I think the title of the act speaks for itself. It's too bad Senator Baldwin doesn't place more emphasis on the other agricultural products coming from the great state of Wisconsin or recognize that many Americans choose not to consume dairy products. Here's a link to the act <link>www.nmpf.org/files/DAIRY%20PRIDE... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:28:32 EST Plant "Milk" Lawsuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x66105882 The latest salvo of lawsuits against plant milk manufacturers focuses on perception. The plaintiff, obviously some part of the dairy industry, claims consumers are being duped by nutritional claims. Previous lawsuits alleging the "milk" label cannot be used for plant-based beverages failed. This probably will go nowhere as well. Sales of milk have declined over the past few years, though I doubt plant milks are the sole reason. Here's the full article in case you want to learn more <link>ww... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:02:52 EST the simple life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x66090911 I'm starting a Mary's mini today and will use potatoes as my starch. As I think about what I need in order to make this work, I realize that I already have everything I need and will just need to not eat the higher calorie/fat foods that I have on hand. How much simpler could this be? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:57:33 EST Instant Pot Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x66017025 Instant Pots (electric pressure cookers) are a popular appliance these days. This article from the Washington Post has some great info that includes tips on how to adapt recipes that were not written for an Instant Pot ... and a really good recipe for White Bean, Chickpea and Tomato Stew (skip the oil) that is thickened with bulgur and red lentils (Yum!) <link>www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/foo<BR>d/the-instant-pot-is-a-hit-but-what-if<BR>-you-have-a-recipe-that-wasnt-designed<BR>-for-it/... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:52:36 EST Winter Special Occasion Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65964439 Technically this is a Christmas collection, but that holiday is in the past or the distant future. These recipes are from The Vegetarian Society in England and Wales, and they all look delicious! Some recipes actually need the oil called for in the ingredient list, but most do not. I am going to make the Nut Roast and Gravy recipes for unsuspecting dinner guests next weekend. <link>www.vegsoc.org/document.doc?id=914 </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:29:49 EST 22-Day Revolution Challenge with Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65964214 Marco Borges' best selling books "The 22-Day Revolution" and "The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook" have inspired many people to try a plant-based diet, including Beyoncé. All of the recipes in this challenge were created by Gena Hamshaw, one of my favorite recipe developers. Not all of them are in the book, so this pdf is a real treat! <link>www.22daysnutrition.com/blog/wp-cont<BR>ent/uploads/2014/06/22-Days-Vegan-Chal<BR>lenge-Recipe-Book1.pdf </link> You'll find lots more recipes in the progr... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:49:15 EST Recipes from PlantPure Nation Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65962215 The next time you're drawing a blank on what to make for dinner, take a look at these recipes. Most of them are by Kim Campbell, author of "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook" and the forthcoming "The PlantPure Kitchen." I'm going to use her recipe as a starting point to make a batch of Loaded Potato Enchiladas next week. Yum! <link>www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/browse<BR>-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> PS If you don't like to cook or just want some ready to eat meals on hand, you can order healthy... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:37:52 EST Not Every Program Works for Every Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65954848 Wendy Solganik of Healthy Girl's Kitchen posted a blog a few days ago that everyone should read. While some of you may have successfully followed one school of thought for plant-based eating for years, most people seem to follow one plan for a while and move to another. The beauty is that all plant-based plans are good for your health. The sad truth is that there is no one size fits all plan that makes everyone happy and healthy. And that's OK! That's why I love this post so much and highly r... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:38:44 EST 5-Day Mindful Meal Challenge Starts 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65954593 Do you watch TV, look at your phone, read the paper, or do other things while you're eating a meal? If so, you're not alone. Multi-tasking extends to the dining table for many people. Often, no table is near the food you are eating. Before I retired, I was notorious for eating lunch at my desk and working at the same time. Eating and doing something else at the same time often involves bad food choices. Think about mindlessly eating potato chips! If you become mindful about eating, you will e... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:53:30 EST Re-thinking Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x65952673 I've been on Sparkpeople for years. I lost 60 pounds, suddenly something happened and I started to feel like I was starving. Instead of going to see a nutritionist or dietician I started messing with my diet and adding meat and dairy back in. In the process of gaining weight, I ruptured 2 disks in my back and made my rheumatoid arthritis start flaring. I've had RA since the age of 27. I'm now 53. I also take drugs for high blood pressure that I've had since my early 30's. I've been trying to... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:43:44 EST Air Fryer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65932155 There were many air fryer posts on various blogs last year. I've been really tempted to buy one several times but managed to dissuade myself ... until last weekend. I found one for $88 that had good reviews and was mentioned in a few blog posts, so I ordered it. In anticipation of its arrival Friday, I looked at the recipes in Becky Striepe's September post (where she used the same model I ordered) and want to make the "fried" tofu right away. Baked tofu is one of my go to items for salads an... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:11:31 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x65916576 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and this group. I am not new to this eating style, just fell off and need to get back on track. <BR> <BR> i am looking forward to getting know people and having the support of the team! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:32:44 EST Slow Cooker Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65893539 If you haven't used your slow cooker for a while, rediscover it by making a few of these easy recipes. If you don't have one, you can easily find a variety of sizes at your local thrift shop. Many of them are brand new or gently used. There aren't any high tech features in the classic slow cookers. The worst problem you would encounter is finding one that no longer heats up. For $5 - $10, it's worth the gamble. If it doesn't work, you should be able to return it. <BR> <BR> Here are links to ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:13:33 EST Dr Fuhrman on Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x65875343 People new to healthy eating often make the mistake of thinking olive oil is a healthy choice. While Dr Fuhrman isn't as strict as Dr McDougall or Dr Esselstyn when it comes to dietary choices, all of them agree that oil of any kind is not healthy. Here's a link to Dr Fuhrman's latest post "Olive Oil is NOT a Health Food." <link>www.drfuhrman.com/learn/library/arti<BR>cles/51/olive-oil-is-not-a-health-food </link> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:54:34 EST No-Meat Loaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65874738 Most vegan loaf recipes contain beans or tofu. This loaf uses bulgur, mushrooms, and spices; and it is a lovely change from the heavier bean-based recipes. It is not for the nut averse, however; the recipe uses 1/2 cup of walnuts. Give the recipe a try the next time you want a loaf for dinner and leftovers. Hint: The walnuts are much better after a light toasting in the oven or in a dry skillet. If you have a favorite glaze, substitute it for the glazes in the recipe if it will complement the... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:58:00 EST Lentil and Sweet Potato Loaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65869643 Gena Hamshaw's recipes are always delicious, and this one for Lentil and Sweet Potato Loaf doesn't disappoint. Use a tablespoon of broth or water instead of the oil. This loaf is great to have for leftovers. It's perfect for sandwiches. <link>www.thefullhelping.com/lentil-and-sw<BR>eet-potato-loaf/ </link> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:59:29 EST Jazzy Vegetarian Holiday Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65869611 It's still winter, and holiday menus like this are perfect for weekend meals: <BR> Cashew and Quinoa Loaf <BR> Asparagus with Vegan Hollandaise Sauce <BR> Paprika and Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes <BR> Creamy Broccoli Soup <BR> Fig, Kale, and Tomato Salad <BR> Holiday Sandies Cookies <BR> <BR> All of The Jazzy Vegetarian's recipes are easy to make. Enjoy! <BR> <link>www.pbs.org/food/features/holiday-re<BR>cipes-vegan-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> You'll find lots m... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:50:13 EST Italian Wedding Soup with Cannellini Meatballs + http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65868611 I haven't made Nancy Montuori's recipe for Italian Wedding Soup with Cannellini Meatballs, Farro &amp; Kale since last year, so it's time to make a new batch. It's a delicious and filling soup. Once I used barley in place of farro because it's what I had; it was delicious. I also use no chicken broth instead of plain vegetable broth because I think it adds depth to the soup. As with all soups, use what you like and what you have on hand. Enjoy it with some crusty bread rubbed with roasted gar... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:33:28 EST Green Lentil and Baby Kale Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65868177 It's soup weather here in the frozen north, and this recipe from Cooks without Borders will be in a soup bowl on my dinner table soon. It looks like a forgiving recipe - regular kale instead of baby kale ... or spinach instead of kale. Using brown lentils instead of green or black will still be delicious; the texture will be different because brown lentils don't hold their shape when cooked. Replace the thyme with my favorite Madras curry powder <link>chefshop.com/Madras-Curry-Powder-Sun<BR... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:49:30 EST DIY Muffin Cup Liners (and retail sources) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65868019 You can make your own liners for the cups of your muffin tin by cutting 5" squares of parchment paper. Here are the simple instructions from Martha Stewart <link>http://www.marthastewart.com/272979/<BR>crisp-muffin-wrappers </link> Some people use cupcake papers which are easy to find and are available in a variety of colors and designs. <BR> <BR> If you want the "bakery look" and something other than plain parchment paper, you can order muffin papers from King Arthur Flour. Here's an in... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:15:51 EST Engine 2 Diet Seven Day Rescue Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65850578 There is a challenge with a lot of guest speakers scheduled that begins Jan 4, 2017 for the Engine 2 Diet new book. It is on Facebook and FREE! ... thought I would share in case anyone here is interested. <link>engine2diet.com/ </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:43:55 EST PRODUCT RECALL: SunSpire Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65842737 PCC Natural Markets sent this email today. Since this is a nationally distributed brand, I suggest you check your stock if you buy SunSpire chocolate. Contact the company if you have one of the recalled items <link>www.sunspire.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> PRODUCT RECALL <BR> SunSpire chocolate <BR> <BR> December 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> SunSpire brand has voluntarily recalled certain lots of its chocolate products because they may contain undeclared milk, which is an allergen. <BR> <BR> SunSpire ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:59:08 EST Happy Herbivore Holiday Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65841941 I came across this link to some recipes from Lindsay Nixon's "Happy Herbivore Holidays and Gatherings" book. There are very good, simple recipes here that will appeal to eaters of all ages any time of year. <BR> <BR> I can't get the link I copied from the post to work, so here's a link to the original messageboard post <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=26948x61129<BR>x62659553 </link> Scroll down to the original post on the thread for the link. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:13:08 EST 13 Yummy Potato Soups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65841825 As a lover of both soup and potatoes, these recipes appeal to all of my senses. If the recipe calls for oil, just omit it. Soup is the easiest thing in the world to make oil-free. Both white and sweet potatoes are used in these recipes, so there's pretty much a recipe for everyone here. Enjoy! <link>thevegan8.com/2016/12/21/13-vegan-po<BR>tato-soup-recipes/ </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:44:51 EST Festive Finger Foods from FOK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65841799 Celebrate the season with these fingers foods from FOK. Yamadillas, Smokey Little Devils, and a couple of other recipes will satisfy the snackers in your house while dinner is cooking. They're also delicious just as nibbles any time. As a bonus, there's a free download option for 3 recipes from "Forks Over Knives Family." Enjoy! <link>/www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/fab<BR>ulous-finger-food-recipes-holidays-par<BR>ties-celebrations/ </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:34:42 EST Seasonings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65834022 I've been re-reading the Forks Over Knives Plan and in particular the seasonings/spices listings. It seems that I have all the listed spices and more as well as 6 different kinds of vinegars to play with. Sometimes I feel that the recipes in the plan are too spicy so I change it up to meet my desired flavor. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:05:11 EST Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti “Bolognese” http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65828924 This is a refreshing twist on lentil pasta sauce. All you have to do to make it Esselstyn compliant is omit the oil. There is a small quantity of walnuts and pine nuts in the recipe. I chose to use them because they add so much flavor. The sauce will still be delicious without them, so omit them if you cannot eat nuts due to allergies or dietary restrictions. If you really want some cheese, use a vegan parm or some nutritional yeast. It's quite delicious without, however. Enjoy! <link>www.l... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:16:30 EST Holiday Feast Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65828897 This is actually a list of recipes Tory Avey assembled for Thanksgiving, but I missed that holiday this year. They're delicious on any winter holiday table, so it's certainly not too late to enjoy them. Both vegan and vegetarian recipes are on the list, so skip over those that don't meet your dietary requirements. Here's to good smells wafting from your kitchen tempting family and friends patiently waiting to consume all of the goodness! <link>toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/5<BR>0-vegan... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:08:44 EST Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65828876 This is a wonderful winter soup that's warming and nutritious on a cold day. You could sub kale for the spinach and use a vegan no-chicken broth like Massel or Better Than Bouillon for a richer stock. Don't be tempted to leave out the lemon; it really brightens the soup and adds a delicious extra dimension of flavor. Yum! <link>toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/l<BR>entil-spinach-soup-with-lemon/ </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:03:31 EST Delicious Oil-Free Baked Latkes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65828792 Suffer no guilt when you enjoy this delicious latke (potato pancake) recipe from Chef Katie Simmons! Instead of using the traditional method of frying them in lots of oil, Chef Katie's step-by-step directions show you how to create crisp, delicious latkes that bypass the frying pan and bake on high heat in the oven without oil. Get your applesauce ready (recipe included), and dig into a batch of some of the best latkes you'll ever eat! <link>www.plants-rule.com/blog//the-ultima<BR>te-baked-... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:48:57 EST The Very Best Orange Cranberry Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65823163 Since today's high won't break zero degrees, it's a good day for baking here in MN. This is a one of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipes that I've made many, many times. It's forgiving and always delicious. I make my version oil-free by using applesauce instead of oil. They're also good using half oil and half applesauce. No fresh oranges to zest? No worries! Not having oranges to zest doesn't mean you have to make a special trip to the store. Leave it out, and the muffins will still be delicious... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:00:53 EST I'm making my way back to health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65783256 Hello team! <BR> Sorry it's been so long since you have heard from me! In the 3rd week of my hand surgery recovery I was stricken with indescribable, unrelenting pain in my leg that eventually left me unable to sit and barely able to stand or walk. After tests and referrals, the problem was finally diagnosed as a herniated disc. It's now almost 2 weeks after a steroid injection, and I am able to resume much of my life. I lost 25 pounds in the process because I was in so much pain I could bare... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 03:52:43 EST Im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x65598235 Hi, I was active in sparks years ago but fell off the wagon hard now I have to get back on and need help Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:48:03 EST 3 Week Food Day Challenge from UC Davis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65483497 UC Davis Integrative Medicine's 2016 Food Day Challenge officially starts Monday. This is the second time it's been offered, and the menus are completely new and aren't recipes that have previously appeared in other blogs and books. This year each week's dinners have international themes: Latin America, Mediterranean, and Asia &amp; Middle Eastern. Lunch and breakfast recipes are more standard but still delicious fare.None of the recipes call for oil or salt; there are a couple with limited s... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:00:40 EST Matt Frazier's Sauce System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65373901 Matt Frazier is a vegan marathoner and ultra-runner who is the driving force behind the popular website No Meat Athlete. Matt like things simple, and this set of 5 sauces will help you create a variety of meals with minimal effort and ingredients. In addition to recipes, this post includes a 4-week challenge. Keep meal planning and preparation easy, and spend the rest of your time doing other things that keep you active and healthy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/sauce-system/ </lin... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:41:23 EST DIY Oven Cleaner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65348273 The chemicals in commercial oven cleaners are overpowering to me. I've seen several DIY versions, but this one from Thrive Market has citrus peels, something I haven't seen before. My oven will have to stay dirty for a while because I don't have time to add that chore to my pre-surgery "must do" list. If you try it, let me know how it works <link>https://thrivemarket.com/blog/an-all<BR>-natural-diy-oven-cleaner-that-really-<BR>works-no-fumes-no-chemicals </link> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:06:28 EST Cozy Lentil Soup w/Delicata Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65341876 Rebecca Katz is one of my favorite cookbook authors. Though not all of her recipes are vegan, most are. I especially appreciate the science behind her recipes, most of which are designed to help cancer patients as well as people who just want good, nourishing food. If you don't have a delicata squash, butternut squash is equally good in this soup. I make large batches of her Magic Mineral Broth and always have some on hand in the freezer. Once you make a batch, you'll probably do the same. Yo... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:05:33 EST Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato & Kale WW Pockets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65310382 This recipe is delicious, and it fits one of my current needs - delicious, freezable recipes that are easy to reheat. Really the only time consuming parts of it are baking the sweet potatoes and preparing the dough. Sweet potatoes can be baked a few days before assembly. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen and brought back to room temperature before rolling it out. Here's the recipe for Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato and Kale Whole Wheat Pockets <link>www.thekitchn.com/recip... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:12:54 EST Vegan Recipes for Rosh Hashanah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299117 This group of recipes got overlooked, but Rosh Hashanah lasts until the evening of October 4. Hopefully some of them will find their way to your table, but one doesn't need a high holiday to enjoy these delicious dishes! <link>veganamericanprincess.com/vegan-rosh<BR>-hashanah-recipes-from-soup-to-strudel/ </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:06:43 EST Isa's Stellar Matzoh Ball Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299093 I must be really hungry for matzoh ball soup! Here is Isa Chandra Moskowitz's amazing recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance <link>veganamericanprincess.com/vegan-matz<BR>oh-ball-soup/ </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:03:05 EST Vegan Matzo Ball Soup from Nava Atlas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299041 Here in Minnesota, there's a distinct hint of fall in the air. That means it's time to choose some soup recipes, and I am starting with this wonderful Vegan Matzo Ball Soup recipe from Nava Atlas. The recipe is technically Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables; but I consider celery, carrots, potato, onion, and optional cauliflower year-round vegetables. Click the link at the end of the ingredient list for the matzo ball recipe. The matzo balls aren't the fluffy ones you might have enj... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:56:15 EST Dairy-Free Vegan Halloween Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65298429 This post is especially for people who want to have vegan treats to share at Halloween. OK, it's also for people who want to have vegan sweets sitting around tempting them at every turn. For myself, I've learned the hard way not to bring things like this into the house because they end up in my mouth and then on my hips. But that's just me. For those of you who are braver than I am, here are 23 items that will tempt your sweet tooth <link>www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-h<BR>eadlines/bes... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:51:45 EST Breakfast Kale Salad and Creamy Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65296639 Make this for a special brunch or have it for lunch or dinner. It's a winner! Here's the recipe for Becky Striepe's Breakfast Kale Salad and Creamy Cashew Carrot Sauce <link>www.glueandglitter.com/2016/09/19/br<BR>eakfast-kale-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> PS This recipe uses cashew butter, but you could use tahini if you're following a nut-free diet. It's always good to read the comments about a recipe; there's often good info in them. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:41:23 EST Tracy McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65291275 Tracy McQuirter, of the website and book By Any Green Necessary, has released a free ebook - African American Vegan Starter Guide. Honestly, it's for all of us; so take a peek <link>africanamericanveganstarterguide.com<BR>/ </link> There's no commitment for the download. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:12:18 EST Baked Red Lentil Falafel Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65284314 I love red lentils, and eating this freezer-friendly recipe will be a welcome treat while I'm recovering from surgery. It's a change from the more traditional chickpea falafel, but it's much creamier on the interior. I love the recipes on The Kitchn! <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baked-red-l<BR>entil-falafel-salad-recipes-from-the-k<BR>itchn-201268 </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:31:08 EST 6 MeatFree HotDogs That Don't Taste Like Cardboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65284291 There are some good hot dog ideas/recipes in this Prevention article, 6 Meat-Free Hot Dogs That Don't Taste Like Cardboard <link>www.prevention.com/eatclean/6-meat-f<BR>ree-hot-dogs-that-dont-taste-like-card<BR>board </link> I want to make the beer brats soon! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:25:33 EST USA National Voter Registration Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65275974 If you are a citizen of the USA and don't know if you're a registered voter or have never before voted in a national election, click on this link <link>nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ </link> If you aren't sure, click here <link>https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote </link> The right for all people who are citizens to vote is now part of our national heritage ... and duty. Don't stay home; vote on November 8. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:00 EST Use Aquafaba to MakeThese Waffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65275789 Aquafaba is bean juice and is used as an egg substitute in many recipes. Here's a recipe from Zsu Dever's latest book "Aquafaba." <link>veganheritagepress.com/2016/09/class<BR>ic-waffles-aquafaba/ </link> I don't have her recipe for aquafaba to share, but you can use the liquid from canned chickpeas. To learn more about aquafaba, click on this link <link>aquafaba.com/faq.html </link> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:16:10 EST Eggplant Paprikash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65275704 In days past, I made a mean chicken paprikash. Now I've found a couple of plant based alternatives. First is Susan Voisin's Eggplant Paprikash <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/08/eggpla<BR>nt-paprikash.html </link> Susan is one of my favorite plant based recipe creators, and I wish she would release a cookbook. In the absence of that, her website is a virtual cornucopia of fat free vegan recipes. <BR> <BR> This is another recipe that I recently stumbled across and haven't tried - Mushroom... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:02:16 EST Homemade Golden Milk & Turmeric Ginger Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65267206 Golden milk is all the rage these days. It contains turmeric, which is an amazing spice. It's an anti-inflammatory among other things because it contains curcumin, a powerful enzyme that is linked to all sorts of positive effects on the body <link>https://authoritynutrition.com/top-1<BR>0-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-tu<BR>rmeric/ </link> You can find fresh turmeric at Whole Foods and many coops. If you can't find it, powdered turmeric is an acceptable substitute. This article explains... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:55:39 EST How Not to Die - Kindle $2.99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65261405 The Kindle edition of Dr Greger's book "How Not to Die" is only $2.99 on Amazon today. I'm not sure how long this low price will be in effect. If you have a Kindle or have the Kindle app for your PC, this is a terrific price! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:48:11 EST Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65260771 Butternut squash tends to be sweet, but this recipe cuts the sweetness by using white beans. Omit the oil, and you'll have a perfectly compliant and delicious bowl of soup in less than an hour. You can change the spices to suit your preference. I like to use sage with butternut squash. There are quite a few good recipes on this site, so be sure to browse while you're there. <link>www.eatplaybe.com/recipes/butternut-<BR>squash-and-white-bean-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are 2 more almost ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:49:08 EST Lentil Croquettes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65259281 Going through old cookbooks is a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon, and that's what I did yesterday. I have always loved Rose Elliot's books. All of her recipes are vegetarian, and many of them are vegan. This one for Lentil Croquettes is a classic. While you're on her website, be sure look at some of her other recipes. Maybe you'll be inspired to borrow some of her books from your public library or buy a couple to add to your personal collection. Here's the link <link>www.roseelliot... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:21:08 EST National Pancake Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65259107 September 26 is National Pancake Day! You'll find links for a "buttermilk" pancake recipe and pear "whipped cream" in this post from UC Davis Integrative Medicine. You won't be groaning because you consumed too many calories after you enjoy a stack of these relatively healthy, oil-free pancakes <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2016/09/c<BR>ulinary-classic-pancake/ </link> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:53:23 EST Lemon Pepper Baked Tempeh Cubes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247313 Use these Lemon Pepper Baked Tempeh Cubes in a salad or as part of a Buddha Bowl or even in pasta. They're delicious! <link>www.thefullhelping.com/favorite-lemo<BR>n-pepper-baked-tempeh-cubes-tempeh-and<BR>-herbed-rice-bowl/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:46:35 EST Quick Asian Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf - IP Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247176 Jill Nussinow created this recipe for her book "Vegan Under Pressure" - Quick Asian Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf. If you don't have one of these wonderful electric pressure cookers, you can make it on a stovetop - it will just take a bit longer. <link>www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6062<BR>361-181/instant-pot-takes-the-pressure </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:23:02 EST 50 Simple, Oil-Free, Sugar-Free Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247160 I stumbled across this delightful post and thought many of you would appreciate it. There are 50 oil-free, sugar-free recipes that call for 5 or fewer ingredients. One can never have too many recipes! <link>plantbaseddietitian.com/it-doesnt-ge<BR>t-easier-than-these-50-whole-food-plan<BR>t-based-recipes-with-5-ingredients-or-less/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:18:28 EST Bryanna's Vegan Burger Mixture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247007 Bryanna Clark Grogan created a new recipe that can be used for burger patties, meatless balls, and crumbles. I've never tried one of her recipes that I didn't like, so I'm posting it even though I haven't made it yet. This recipe uses TVP, which some people avoid. As is often the case, brands matter. Bryanna is meticulous about her ingredients. This is what she wrote about TVP: <BR> "Now Foods organic textured soy protein: "unflavored... non-GMO ... made entirely from organic soybeans with n... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:42:05 EST Bacun, Really Good Bacun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246895 This is a recipe for all of you who have given up hope of ever having a BLT that tastes like a BLT but doesn't contain a drop of animal protein. This recipe does require oil, not a lot but enough to put it on the "no no" list if you follow a diet completely free of oil. There are 2 doughs in this recipe. One is seitan based; the other is tofu based. This recipe is not suitable for beginning cooks. That said, here's Skye Michael Conroy's recipe for Chef's Premium Bacon as posted on his website... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:22:07 EST Inspiration from the Healthy Librarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65246631 Debbie Kastner, aka the Healthy Librarian, has long been one of my greatest sources of inspiration for following a plant based diet. I am far from perfect, but I am trying to be more diligent in following a healthy eating plan (with the exception of my love of tahini which I wrote about in another post). About a year ago I wrote a post about Debbie and revisited it today. If you want a nudge or just a great series of blog posts to read, follow this link to my original post and prepare to be i... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:45:53 EST Confession: I Love Tahini http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246591 Of all the "not allowed" foods on Dr Esselstyn's list, the one I will not give up is tahini.Maybe in a few years I'll lose my love of it; but today it's on my "don't want to do without" list. I don't eat it all the time or even often, but there are times when it's a must have. Two of my favorite recipes require it: <BR> <BR> Nutty Red Pepper and Basil Dip <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/nutt<BR>y-red-pepper-and-basil-dip </link> This recipe calls for 3 Tbsp of tahini. It's not a lot... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:35:37 EST Sample Recipes from Esselstyn's Prevent & Reverse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246447 Here are 4 recipes from Dr Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." The recipes are Kale/Lemon Sandwiches, Mango-Lime Bean Salad, Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms, and Lime Mousse. <link>www.dresselstyn.com/site/sample-reci<BR>pes-from-prevent-reverse/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:09:19 EST Bistro Broccoli Chowder / Appetite for Reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65245860 Soup is on the menu today. I paged through Isa Chandra Moskowitz's lovely book "Appetite for Reduction" looking for recipes and found this recipe for Bistro Broccoli Chowder. <link>www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-h<BR>eadlines/bistro-broccoli-chowder-for-a<BR>-light-but-hearty-vegan-winter-warmer </link> It's one of those recipes I had every intention of trying right away but never seemed to get around to actually making it. Sound familiar? I didn't have parsnips and added more potatoes... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:28:17 EST How to Test Your Baking Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65231951 Did you open a container of baking powder last winter that is now past its expiration date? It might still be good. Test it before you throw it away. <link>www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/use<BR>-this-simple-trick-to-see-if-your-baki<BR>ng-powder-still-works-article </link> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:15:52 EST Bread Maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65230863 One of my culinary goals for this fall and winter is to start making bread again. When I was younger, I made bread all of the time. There's something very comforting about the act of making bread. I love kneading it, and I love the smell when it is baking. Now that I have developed severe arthritis in my dominant hand, kneading is painful instead of comforting. Today I solved my bread baking dilemma by ordering a Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Machine. Most of the bread machines I've looked... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:46:40 EST Individual Veggie Lentil Loaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65225689 There are many lentil loaf recipes floating around, and many are absolutely delicious. These fall into that category. Use the avocado tahini sauce if you want; or serve them with a lovely mushroom gravy, which is my preference. I like to serve these with a potato dish and a veggie, though sometimes I get fancier. These freeze well, which is a plus for single person or small households. <link>dietdessertndogs.com/2012/12/individ<BR>ual-veggie-lentil-loaves-with-avocado-<BR>tahini-sauce/ </li... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:26:46 EST Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets (Gobi 65) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65225092 This popular restaurant dish is usually fried, but Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa created a delicious baked version. There's an alternate batter if you want to make this dish gluten free. Richa calls for a small amount of oil to sautee the garnish, but you can dry sautee it in a nonstick pan adding a small amount of water if needed to make the dish oil free. <BR> <BR> Curry leaves can be hard to find if you don't live in an area that has Indian grocery stores. You can substitute lime zest; the... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:26:43 EST Prepping for Hand Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65223245 These past few days, I've been going through cookbooks looking for recipes I can freeze in single serving portions. There is a strong possibility that I will have surgery on my hand soon. Needless to say, it's my dominant hand. Memories of a past experience reminded me how difficult the initial period of recovery will be. It's challenging to cook - or do much of anything - with only one hand. Preparing simple meals and freezing them looks like a good option. All I have to do is open a freezer... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:07:56 EST Happy Herbivore Tips for FF Salad Dressings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65216589 At the beginning of the Kitchen Wizardry Forum, you'll find a couple of posts with a gazillion oil free salad dressing recipes. Here are a few more from Lindsay Nixon at Happy Herbivore <link>happyherbivore.com/2013/06/how-to-ma<BR>ke-oil-free-fat-free-vegan-salad-dress<BR>ing/ </link> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:43:15 EST Oh She Glows: Golden French Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65216321 Angela Liddon, the force behind Oh She Glows!, is one of my favorite recipe developers and bloggers. She just released her second book, "Oh She Glows Everyday." I haven't had a chance to read through a copy yet, but recipes are starting to appear online. Here's one for Golden French Lentil Soup that looks fabulous, a perfect meal for the cool days ahead. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of suggestions to make the recipe compliant with FOK guidelines. The oil is completely unnecessary; just use s... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:08:50 EST New American Plate Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65197449 Though not a vegan challenge per se, this is a great incentive to start changing the way you deal with food and other aspects of your life. The challenge is sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and will help you change bad habits. You can modify the food choices to be vegan and still benefit from the challenge, which starts Monday (September 19). Click here for the 411 <link>blog.aicr.org/2016/09/16/changing-ha<BR>bits-is-hard-why-our-challenge-will-help/ </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:34:55 EST Dr Ornish's Hawaiian-Style Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65195993 This recipe from Ornish Kitchen looks very interesting. If you don't have or don't like veggie crumbles, I think an equal amount of sauteed and crumbled tempeh or cooked red lentils might be a good substitute. You might need to use additional spices if you make that substitution. Here's the recipe <link>www.ornish.com/spectrum-recipes/hawa<BR>iian-style-chili/ </link> <BR> <BR> More vegan recipes from Ornish Kitchen here <link>www.ornish.com/kitchen/#cats=rec-veg<BR>an </link> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:23:17 EST PRODUCT RECALL: Field Day Organic Ranch Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65190344 September 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Drew’s, LLC has voluntarily recalled the following Field Day product due to a possible labeling error. Some bottles have an incorrect label with undeclared milk and egg, which are allergens. <BR> <BR> Field Day Organic Ranch Dressing, 8 oz <BR> UPC: 042563600242 <BR> Mislabeled bottles have UPC: 042563600259 <BR> Lot code: W210I <BR> Best by date: Jan. 28, 2018 <BR> <BR> CONTACT <BR> For more information, please contact Drew’s, LLC between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:52:46 EST Plant Strong Kid-Friendly Ideas and Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65190042 It can often be rough seas ahead when trying to get your kids to eat a plant strong diet. Here are a few tips from No Meat Athlete with family friendly recipes kids are sure to love. <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/kids-eat-vegan<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is an article by Dr John McDougall, "Diet, Children, and the Future." <link>www.forksoverknives.com/diet-childre<BR>n-and-the-future/ </link> <BR> <BR> E2's Plant Strong Kids - Week 8 (the rest of the series is accessible from links... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:55:08 EST How to Cook Without Oil (and never miss it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65189031 Cooking without oil is a challenge. Many, myself included, use scant amounts from time to time; but that isn't the best way to get and stay healthy. My story is that I find some dishes are flat without using a small amount of oil. I found this post by Rosane Oliveira to be particularly helpful in my reinvigorated attempts to purge my cupboard of oil completely. <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/03/h<BR>ow-to-cook-without-oil-and-never-ever-<BR>miss-it/#gs.yDmeBLA </link> If you have art... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:54:33 EST Coconut Tartlet with Clementine Sorbet & Lavender http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65188147 Looking for a special dessert, one that has a big wow factor? Try this recipe for Coconut Tartlet with Clementine Sorbet &amp; Lavender Syrup from the Sarno brothers. <link>wickedhealthyfood.com/2016/09/11/coc<BR>onut-tartlet-clementine-sorbet-lavende<BR>r-syrup/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:13:55 EST One Pan Tempeh Butternut Squash Bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65187976 Fall recipes are showing up on blogs and in magazines. It's nice to have them before the fall harvest begins in earnest. This recipe for One Pan Tempeh Butternut Squash looks fabulous, and I've enjoyed all of Brittany Mullins' recipes that I've tried. Here's her description of the dish: "Butternut squash, onions, mushrooms and bite-size pieces of tempeh are tossed in a flavorful ginger garlic brown sauce that I typically use to marinate tempeh. Butternut isn’t typically prepared with Asian f... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:51:48 EST Minestrone - A Formula from Serious Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65183222 As mentioned in this article, there are many variations of minestrone - often based on what's in your refrigerator and your mood. This is a great formula recipe; as noted at the end, this is a fully vegan recipe as long as you leave out the optional pancetta and Parmesan. Make a lot and freeze some in single servings. That way you'll have some on hand in case you get the sniffles later in the season and need a quick bowl of delicious soup - or skip the sniffles and go for the soup anyway. <... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:30:41 EST Butternut and Sweet Leek Hash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65182556 Fall is my favorite season! I love winter squash and all the greens that taste better after growing in cool nights, not to mention apples, etc. This recipe for Butternut and Sweet Leek Hash features butternut squash (one of my favorite veggies), new potatoes, and leeks. It features both omni and vegan methods for prep. You could skip the small amount of oil with little consequence to taste, but I strongly recommend using the cashew cream. Enjoy! <link>splendidtable.org/recipes/butternut-<BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:21:25 EST Air Fryer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65148851 This article with recipes about vegan air frying caught my eye, so I thought others might be interested in trying some of them. Full disclosure: I don't have a air fryer, but I have toyed with the idea of getting one. Now that I've seen these recipes, I'm tempted to buy one. <BR> <BR> Do you use an air fryer? If so, what's your favorite brand? <BR> <BR> Enjoy the recipes! <link>www.glueandglitter.com/2016/09/06/ve<BR>gan-air-fryer-recipes/ </link> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:58:37 EST Farro and White Bean Veggie Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65119122 I'm from the school of thought that one can never have too many veggie burger recipes. This one for Farro and White Bean Veggie Burgers is quite good. You can skip the oil and bake them at 350 for about 10 minutes on each side. You'll need to add a bit more liquid to compensate the the lost liquid in the oil. Enjoy! <link>www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/farro<BR>-white-bean-veggie-burgers/ </link> These are nice as a side dish with salad, which eliminates the extra calories from the buns. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:03:40 EST Get Ready for October Unprocessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65080825 September isn't here, but we're talking about October? Are you crazy? Umm, no. It takes a bit of prep, but October Unprocessed is a great way to begin or renew your commitment to YOU! Not all of the tips are vegan, but you're smart and know how to adapt. <link>eatingrules.com/october-unprocessed/ </link> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:31:38 EST Italian Lawmaker Wants Jail Time for Vegan Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64949530 From news of the strange and unbelievable, an Italian lawmaker proposed a law holding parents legally responsible for feeding their children plant based diets. She wants jail sentences of 1 year for raising a child on a vegan diet, up to 4 years if s/he develops a permanent health problem, and up to 7 years if the child dies. This would apply to parents of children up to age 16, with an increase of 1 year on the sentence if the child is under 3. This is truly one of those stories where the tr... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:22:36 EST Broth, Protein Sources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64930589 I like to drink hot broth when I feeling under the weather. In the past my favorite was chicken broth, and it's one of the few things I have missed since going completely plant-based. I found a reduced sodium plant-based product that is even better than what I enjoyed before, Massel Salt Reduced Better Bouillon Chicken Style. The All-Pupose variety is also very good; I haven't tried the Beef Style. <link>http://massel.com/products/vegan-bou<BR>illon-seasoning/ </link> The vegan Better Than... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:03:02 EST Eat Your Beans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64690238 Today is National Eat Your Beans Day! Who knew? To celebrate, Dr. Rosane Oliveira of UC Davis Integrative Medicine shared some tips and recipes <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2016/07/e<BR>at-your-beans/ </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:02:20 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64640481 Hi! <BR> I'm not new to the diet, but fell off when life was super challenging. The time has come to really commit to eating plant based. I'm a diabetic with probable heart disease. I've had diabetes since 2004 and never got the weight off. I am diet controlled and take no medicines, but stress of a major move and my mom dying took its toll and my diabetes is bad. Coming back down though slowly. I am here because I need some place to come to where I don't hear the need protein ever... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:10:38 EST Summer Recipes from BenBella Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64582227 Looking for some recipes to try this summer? Here's a free mini e-book from our friends at BenBella Books. The recipes are: <BR> - Beautiful Basil Lemonade from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics by Laura Theodore <BR> - Watermelon Smoothie and Guacamole from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell <BR> - Black Bean Burgers from Better Than Vegan by Del Sroufe <BR> - Umami Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Burgers from Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton <BR> - Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Yum... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:20:25 EST New 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Begins Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64457394 PCRM has made some changes to the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart with new meal plans and some new coaches. This next session begins tomorrow. If you haven't participated in the past, now is a good time to start. You'll receive weekly meal plans with recipes, inspirational coaching from celebrities and physicians and others who follow a plant-strong diet, lots of tips for staying on track with a sugar/oil/salt-free plant-based diet, and more. Even if you can't actually start tomorrow, go ahead and sig... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:50:42 EST Memorial Day Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64450748 Sometimes I can't find items I love in my local stores. I live in a fairly large metropolitan area, so that's frustrating. My go to source for nonperishable items is Vitacost. After going to 3 stores looking unsuccessfully for my summer tea, Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger, I ordered some from Vitacost. The bonus? Everything is 12% off through 9 AM EDT, June 1; shipping is free with orders $49 and above. If you need to stock up on some staples and want to save a little, this is a great time t... Mon, 30 May 2016 14:25:08 EST McDougall Newsletter May 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x64450592 Here's a link the the latest McDougall Newsletter <link>us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5e58f59<BR>d97611f910916b6276&amp;id=c221da7452&a<BR>mp;e=f4cd8bfd13 </link> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:54:38 EST Picnics, Cookouts, and Potlucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64445754 Here's a great roundup of summer recipes from several blogs compiled by Dianne Wenz <link>www.diannesvegankitchen.com/2016/05/<BR>23/30-vegan-recipes-summertime-cookout<BR>s-picnics-potlucks/ </link> Most of them use far too much oil for my tastes, but that's easily remedied by leaving it out. Even eggplant doesn't need olive oil to be well cooked and delicious, and eggplant sandwiches are my current faves. <BR> <BR> I'll keep looking for recipes that don't need to be modified. If you're... Sun, 29 May 2016 19:40:44 EST Recipes for Memorial Day or Any Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64390576 Here are a couple of recipes from Ben Bella books that would be perfect for a Memorial Day outing or any time: Pinto Bean Burgers from "Dining at the Ravens" and Artichoke and White Bean Salad from "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook." I am looking forward to making both dishes and hope you're inspired to do the same. <link>www.benbellavegan.com/treats-for-you<BR>r-holiday-weekend/ </link> Sat, 21 May 2016 12:37:42 EST The Basics: Kombu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64383705 Kombu is a dried seaweed that is frequently used when cooking dried beans and is a key ingredient in many broths. I just read this excellent post by Rebecca Katz that contains some great information about this wonderful ingredient. <link>www.rebeccakatz.com/blog/curious-abo<BR>ut-kombu </link> <BR> <BR> PS: Be sure to make a batch of Rebecca's Magic Mineral Broth. I discovered it several years ago and now always have some in the freezer. It's great as a broth and as a soup base. It's deli... Fri, 20 May 2016 11:21:39 EST new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64340151 Hi all, I've been vegetarian for decades but now working on eating a vegan, no oil, plant based whole foods diet. Even though I'm retired, I am still finding it challenging to dedicate the time necessary to make this work for me. I just signed up for the FOK weekly meal planning program and that seems like it will push me to be more organized and always have good food ready to go. Sat, 14 May 2016 08:48:53 EST New to this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64298054 I was so happy to find this team. I joined SP in 2009 and have lost 60+ pounds and then got stuck. I've been an on-again off-again vegetarian for years. I stumbled upon FOK on Netflix 2 years ago and haven't looked back. However, I'm still at the same weight, for 2 years! I've decided to go back to what worked previously - SP Teams - combined with Chef AJ, McDougall and FOKs approaches. Since FOK does not encourage calorie counting/tracking - are you using the trackers? Sun, 8 May 2016 07:26:15 EST Recipes for Cinco de Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64264694 Veg News has some appetizing recipes for Cinco de Mayo <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>2094&amp;catId=2 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a selection of recipes for the celebration from Lindsay Nixon at Happy Herbivore <link>happyherbivore.com/2015/04/50-plant-<BR>based-vegan-cinco-de-mayo-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> These yummy recipes are from Nava Atlas at VegKitchen <link>www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegan-cin<BR>co-de-mayo-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Kathy Patalsky offer... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:59:20 EST Plant Strong Recipes for Passover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64155868 Passover begins Friday at sunset and ends at nightfall on April 30. Consumption of foods such as leavened foods is forbidden, so matzo is widely used. Other foods such as beans (including tofu), corn, and grains may be forbidden during this period depending on your traditions. Here are a few recipes that are suitable for the celebration. <BR> <BR> This post by Zel Allen includes recipes along with a brief history of Passover and the origins some of the dietary restrictions. <link>www.vegpa... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:21:50 EST The Basics: Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64034118 Nutritional yeast , also known as nooch, is a frequently used ingredient in plant-strong dishes, but it isn't well known in the world of traditional cooking. Its major use is to impart a cheesy flavor; but it is used in many savory applications like seitan, gravy, scrambles, etc. Some, but not all, brands of nutritional yeast are fortified with Vitamin B12; Bob's Red Mill, Red Star, and Bragg are the best known fortified brands. Kal and Frontier brands are among the unfortified brands. <BR> ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:16:09 EST Lentil Sunflower Seed Spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63987358 Spreads are wonderful to have on hand to make snacks, sandwiches, etc. This spread from Judith Kingsbury of Savvy Vegetarian is particularly good. You can substitute 1 - 2 tsp vegetable broth for the oil, but it won't bind as well. There are some other good recipes in the same email, so here's the full link <link>https://madmimi.com/p/fcc877?fe=1&am<BR>p;pact=266636-130462595-552568898-2f3c<BR>c31d83537aeb809bb1c4c9ea4bee4d8fbb1e </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:32:05 EST The Basics: Couscous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63987292 Here's a cooking method that will elevate your next couscous dishes to new levels <link>www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/comm<BR>on-mistakes/article/couscous-common-mi<BR>stakes </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some recipes to try. Be sure to incorporate the advice from the Bon Appetit article when you prepare the actual couscous. If a recipe calls for oil for sauteing, just use some broth or water. If chicken broth is an ingredient, use a substitute like Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base or... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:19:43 EST Fresh Spring Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63980209 Here are some lovely spring recipes from BenBella Books - Roasted Asparagus with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas; Leek Pie; Asparagus with Vegan Hollandaise Sauce <link>www.benbellavegan.com/fresh-spring-r<BR>ecipes/ </link> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:50:17 EST Foods That Cleanse Your Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63965108 The liver is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Here are some foods that will help it recover and work better <link>foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-foods-to<BR>-naturally-cleanse-your-liver </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:00:57 EST The Basics: Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63878982 I love mushrooms and cook with them often. Here's a link with loads of info about them <link>www.mushroomcouncil.org/consumer-han<BR>douts-and-brochures </link> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:46:58 EST The Basics: Lentils http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63858043 Lentils are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. There are several varieties, and they're not really interchangeable in recipes. Here's a great lentil primer <link>www.foodandwine.com/fwx/food/everyth<BR>ing-you-need-know-about-lentils </link> <BR> <BR> What are your favorite recipes using lentils? I'll post some of mine in a few days. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:53:34 EST McDougall Newsletter February 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63785739 Here's a link to the February 2016 McDougall Newsletter. You can access a pdf from there <link>us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5e58f59<BR>d97611f910916b6276&amp;id=7b4d37428d&a<BR>mp;e=f4cd8bfd13 </link> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:47:39 EST Several Kindle Vegan Cookbooks Are $1.99 Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63779379 Amazon has several Kindle editions of books on sale for $1.99 right now: <BR> "Better Than Vegan" by Del Sroufe <BR> "The China Study All Star Cookbook" edited by LeAnne Campbell <BR> several of the Happy Herbivore books by Lindsay Nixon <BR> There is one of Dr McDougall's short books on sale, and there are probably others. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long they'll be available for this price. I like to buy Kindle editions if they're priced like this even when I own the print edition. I use th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:20:49 EST The Basics: How to Cook Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63748679 Canned beans are handy, and I always keep some on hand. That said, cooking your own beans results in a much more flavorful product. Also, many varieties of beans are not available in a canned version. <BR> <BR> Here's the easiest way to cook beans on a stove <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-beans-<BR>on-the-stove-182717 </link> If you use a pressure cooker, there are various resources for determining cooking times. Jill Nussinow offers info in her books "The New Fast Food" and "Vegan... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:16:14 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x63740620 I have been working on eating a whole grain plant based diet for a little over a year. It has been difficult to maintain as I am surrounded by die hard carnivores. (Although my husband does support me) <BR> <BR> I wanted to join this team because I am not really losing weight on this plan. I feel better physically, have more energy, but am not seeing the weight come off at all. So I am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. <BR> <BR> The one thing I am most interested in is to learn ho... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:59:59 EST The Basics: Spicy Refried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63740326 Mastery of basic recipes can open worlds of creativity. From time to time, I'll post what I consider The Basics. Here's PCRM's recipe for Spicy Refried Beans. If you've only used the canned version or started with canned beans, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much better the dish is if you start with dried beans. Give it a try <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=117&amp;print=1 </link> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:56:16 EST Cauliflower Shawarma - An Inspired Dish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63687844 There have been some amazing cauliflower recipes featured on blogs and in magazines recently. This recipe for Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini, and Pine Nuts from Berber &amp; Q is truly inspired. I think I will use a thick cashew cream in place of the butter, though Earth Balance would also be a good substitute. Using more tahini would also be a good option. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a way to make this recipe work without ingredients Dr Esselstyn doesn't want us t... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:09:19 EST Revisiting Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63687301 Almost every article/post I've consulted to cook spaghetti squash ends up with a fairly watery product. Chocolate Covered Katie suggests a completely different approach: cut in half and roast at a high temperature. I'm anxious to try her method. Spaghetti squash is going on my grocery list. <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/02/15<BR>/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-oven-mic<BR>rowave/ </link> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:07:27 EST Chocolate Recipes for Valentine's Day (or any day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63643365 Fran Costigan shared some delicious recipes from her books. If you are looking for a special chocolate treat to make for Valentine's Day, you will find some tempting options here <link>francostigan.com/blog/9-vegan-chocol<BR>ate-recipes-for-valentines-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> (OK, it looks like I'm not really taking a Spark break after all -- maybe a slowdown?) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:02:23 EST Hellmann's Will Produce Egg-free Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63643315 Hellmann's dropped its lawsuit against Hampton Foods (Just Mayo) and will produce its own line of cholesterol-free mayo. <link>http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1f6c3<BR>7074c814fddb5daecbbe2fbcc46/hellmanns-<BR>gives-vegan-go-after-suing-eggless-spr<BR>ead-maker </link> I'm sure the new product will contain oil like all of the vegan mayos; but it's another big step for plant-based foods. <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: I use Vegenaise from time to time. I know it contains oil, but it is really g... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:52:10 EST Recipes for Mardi Gras http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63621778 Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Lent begins on Wednesday, so Mardi Gras is a big food holiday - among other things. Here are some recipes that are sure to tempt you. Laissez les bon temps rouler! <BR> <BR> <link>eatdrinkbetter.com/2013/02/11/10-veg<BR>an-mardi-gras-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>happyherbivore.com/2015/02/plant-bas<BR>ed-vegan-mardi-gras-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>1692&amp;catId=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <li... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:42:15 EST Chinese New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63612767 The Year of the Monkey starts Monday with celebrations lasting 15 days. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinese<BR>-new-year-2016-facts-dates-and-ancient<BR>-traditions_us_56b4e014e4b04f9b57d961d6 </link> <BR> <BR> Celebrations involve food of course. Here are some recipes to help you get started on your own celebrations: <BR> <BR> <link>chowvegan.com/2016/02/05/eight-chine<BR>se-new-year-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>2904&amp;catId=6... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:34:38 EST RECALL: Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63462455 Some Trader Joe's Cashew Pieces BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4 may be tainted with salmonella. Return unused portions to your TJ's for refund or replacement. DO NOT USE THEM! <BR> <BR> <link>www.traderjoes.com/announcement/reca<BR>ll-potential-salmonella-in-certain-lot<BR>-of-raw-cashew-pieces </link> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:43:20 EST Jackfruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63418657 Here's an interesting article about jackfruit from the Chicago Tribune. One of JL Fields' pressure cooker recipes is featured. <link>www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-jac<BR>kfruit-cooking-vegan-20160113-story.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have you cooked with jackfruit? What are some of your favorite recipes? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:32:03 EST Food & Wine: Surrender to Vegan Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63417077 Here's an article from Food &amp; Wine about the emergence and growing popularity of vegan cheese <link>www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2016/01/01<BR>/surrender-to-vegan-cheese-in-2016 </link> These cheeses are not fat free or low fat, so indulge - or not - keeping that in mind if you're following Engine 2, McDougall, Furhrman, Ornish, Barnard, etc. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:29:14 EST Miyoko's Fish(less) Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63405023 Here's a great post by Miyoko Schinner on Food 52 about vegan fish sauce. Obviously no fish were included in the ingredient list. <link>food52.com/blog/15368-a-fish-sauce-w<BR>ith-all-of-the-flavor-none-of-the-fish </link> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 02:56:29 EST How to Modify Squats and Lunges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63404780 As someone who has 2 very bad knees, I have been frustrated by some of the barriers that brings to exercising. I found this quick tutorial on modifying squats and lunges. It's pretty good. I know I'm not the only person with knee issues, so I'm sharing the link. Hopefully squats and lunges will become part of my exercise routine again once I ease into adding them back. <link>https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/6-ways<BR>-to-modify-squats-and-lunges-for-bad-k<BR>nees/ </link> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:37:01 EST Isa's Appetite for Reduction- Kindle $1.99 Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63350729 Isa Chandra Moskowitz's very excellent book Appetite for Reduction has terrific recipes. The Kindle edition is on sale today for $1.99. <link>www.amazon.com/Appetite-Reduction-Is<BR>a-Chandra-Moskowitz-ebook/dp/B0047T86E<BR>M?_bbid=1566669&amp;tag=bookbubemailc-20 </link> If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free version of Kindle for PC from Amazon. Like many cookbooks, errors made it into print. Here are some of the catches <link>forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&<BR>amp;t=... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:40:28 EST Break the Cheese Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63348748 For many people, the hardest part of transitioning to a plant-based diet is eliminating dairy cheese. These tips from PCRM will help you understand why it's so difficult and help you be successful eliminating it. <link>www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/ch<BR>eese-facts-and-alternatives </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:05:06 EST Useful Chart for Measuring Veggies for Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63340634 Here's a time saving chart that takes the guesswork out of how many cups you may need if a recipe calls for a pound, etc. <link>www.almanac.com/content/measuring-ve<BR>getables-recipes </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:59:24 EST 2016 is the International Year of Pulses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63339333 No, we aren't talking heart rates and pulses here except as a benefit of a healthy diet that includes pulses, which are annual grain legume crops. It's time for lentils, split peas, peas, chickpeas, dry beans, and other pulses to take their places on the main stage of food and shine. The UN has designated 2016 the International Year of Pulses <link>www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/ </link> This is a link to some of the recipes in the UN Food and Agriculture Committee's database <link>http://www... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:54:24 EST A Primer on Tempering Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63338621 Special occasions are often a reason for making a dish with chocolate. Have you ever had your chocolate turn grainy instead of becoming glossy when melted? This article will explain how the former happens and how to fix it if it does. <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/ho<BR>w-to-temper-chocolate-and-fix-it/ </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:32:48 EST Slow Cooker Meals Perfect for Cold Winter Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63338563 A slow cooker is so easy to use, and it's a wonderful way to have a hot meal ready with minimal effort. Here's a collection from One Green Planet. I didn't go through all of the recipes, but I'm sure some need to be modified to remove oil and reduce salt and sugar. That's easy enough! Stay warm! <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/ta<BR>ke-it-easy-all-month-with-slow-cooker-<BR>recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> You'll also find many delicious slow cooker recipes for every meal of the day on ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:27:34 EST KISSS - Keep It Simple, Soups and Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63337298 Do you want to change to a healthier diet to be healthier in general? Do you just want to try a different approach to eating to get out of a rut? Did you indulge in too much rich food during the holidays? Whatever your reason for wanting to change the way you eat, the simplest approach will make your journey much easier. This post by Susan Voisin will give you some ideas and help you get started <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/12/my-get<BR>-healthy-plan-to-kisss-in-the-new-year<BR>.html </... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:47:06 EST E2 Diet 28 Day Challenge - January 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63336773 Here are some tips to help you get started on the challenge. Check back for more tips during the 28 days. <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/start-<BR>strong-28-day-challenge-engine-2 </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:58:19 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x63334038 I'm on day three of my plant based diet and I've made it a point to not worry about quantity at this time, I don't want to get hungry because I know that's when cravings set in. For 28 days I really want to stick with unlimited fruits and veggies and minimal nuts/seeds, etc. (I'm following Medical Mediums recommendations for adrenal fatigue) after that I want to venture out to full circle vegan. I'm going to revisit eating eggs (only from farmers market) I feel excited but a little "anxious" ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:55:06 EST Plant-based on a budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63319271 I haven't seen this posted here yet, though it probably has been. Still, I'm loving the recipes and the ideas it's generating: <link>www.forksoverknives.com/healthy-food<BR>-on-tight-budget/ </link> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 12:09:03 EST Forks Over Knives Cookbook for Kindle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63311020 Amazon has a special today for The Forks Over Knives Cookbook. The Kindle version is only $2.51. <link>www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13<BR>?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keyw<BR>ords=forks+over+knives+cookbook&amp;sp<BR>refix=forks+over+kn%2Caps%2C211 </link> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:20:36 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x63307185 Hello, I've put back on the weight I lost a few years ago cutting out processed foods and adding in extra plant based. Well, I'm back and going to stick to 100% plant based for 28 days and than possibly add back in the occasional egg and chicken. I know how life giving plant foods are and I'm sick of not feeling good. Yes, I want to lose weight. But more than that I want to feel good. My eight year old son was diagnosed with a dairy allergy so I e been learning how to cook without dairy. I'm ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 02:01:36 EST Rip Esselstyn's New Book Plant-Strong Isn't New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63296153 Rip Esselstyn's book titled "Plant-Strong: Discover the World's Healthiest Diet--with 150 Engine 2 Recipes" was released today. It is Rip's hardback book "My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet--Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes" reissued as a paperback. Evidently the publisher added a few recipes; otherwise, it is the same book. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:06:23 EST Hello Everyone.. ..Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x63291883 After losing a 100 lbs and gaining almost all of it back, I have decided to start paying attention to what I am eating again. <BR> My plan was to start the - The 100 plan in Jan; but after watching the movie FOK today I think I will be changing my plan : ) Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:31:33 EST Lentil Crumbles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63289839 Instead of using beans when you make nachos or when you want something you can crumble in wraps or on salads, try Lentil Crumbles. They're made with bulgur wheat or steel cut oats and 2 kinds of lentils. The recipe includes several spice choices. It makes a lot, so you can freeze some to use later. It's always handy to have something you can grab from the freezer to make a quick dinner. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/adven<BR>tures-with-ami-lentil-crumbles/ </link> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:57:14 EST New Year Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63289160 When one year ends and another starts, it's common to look at our diet and exercise programs. Here are a few challenges you can register for that start in January: <BR> <BR> Veganuary - Over 10,000 people worldwide have already signed up to go vegan for the month of January. This organization aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people to switch to plant-based diets, at least for the month. The site has many good recipes. To register, scroll to the bottom of th... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:50:04 EST Cooking Technique Videos from Whole Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63261497 Here's a series of very useful, short cooking technique videos from Whole Foods. Enjoy! <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-10Hzz2buc&<BR>amp;list=PLDFmQ1Ea1sUV-cBA7k-ESt4jYG1X<BR>q9naN </link> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 11:36:27 EST Rouxbe Student Membership $4.99/mo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63253456 If you have been tempted to take the Rouxbe classes but can't afford the tuition, you can sign up for a student membership and have the $295 initial fee waived by using the promo code GARDEIN. Your credit card will be charged $4.99/month thereafter unless you notify Rouxbe to stop. This is not the certification course, which costs $1300 - $1,500 depending on when you register; but you will have access to all of the recipes and videos in the plant-based section. This is a fabulous deal. <lin... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 23:10:02 EST Free E2 Eat Strong Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63253145 Engine 2 Diet has had a online community for a while, but you had to pay to belong. Now they're offering a free membership site called Eat Strong Community. Here's a link to sign up <link>engine2.onsocialengine.com/ </link> It's brand new, so it will be interesting to see if they bring some of the better parts of the paid site over to this one. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:08:18 EST Healing and Therapeutic Ginger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63243904 Ginger is much more than a spice for cookies and curries. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It's used to reduce GI distress, joint pain, nausea and air sickness, and more. If you want a quick and easy way to have ginger available, keep a jar of Sushi Ginger by Ginger People in your fridge or a box of Stash Lemon Ginger Tea in your pantry. Get started on learning more about ginger and some delicious ways to include it in your life: <BR> <BR> 1) <link>www.vegetariantime... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:34:25 EST Tabbouleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63243828 Tabbouleh, sometimes spelled tabouli, has been one of my favorite foods since I was in college - and that was many years ago. The original recipe I used had a lot of olive oil. I have finally found a recipe I love that doesn't use oil and has a good balance of parsley and bulgur; traditional tabbouleh is very parsley-heavy. Here is that version from Wendy Solganik's blog, Healthy Girl's Kitchen <link>www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2013/07/<BR>transcendent-tabbouleh-oil-free.html </link> <BR>... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:17:06 EST Whole Foods/Engine 2 28 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63237743 To sign up: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/E2Challeng<BR>e?utm_source=MW&amp;utm_medium=email&a<BR>mp;utm_term=SCH&amp;utm_content=&amp;u<BR>tm_campaign=E2_28_Day_Challenge_Invita<BR>tion&amp;os_ehash=4a0badae2582cf8adf28a2f6352c760f Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:26:14 EST Egg Replacers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63224807 A quick search for "vegan egg replacers" will bring up several articles and infographics. None of them are complete, but this one from UC Davis Integrative Medicine is the best I've found. Some direction for the baking soda/vinegar substitute would be useful, however. Chef Chloe Coscarelli adds 1 tsp baking soda to the dry mixture and 1 Tbsp vinegar to the wet mixture. That makes more sense than adding them at once. Happy baking! <link>www.ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/<BR>11/what-do-we-d... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:40:04 EST VegNews Top 15 Recipes of 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63224730 Not all of these recipes were published in 2015 (in part because the magazine didn't publish anything for the first few months of the year) and not all are compliant. That said, modify or just use for inspiration <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>7292&amp;catId=2 </link> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:30:21 EST McDougall Printable Recipe Cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63224176 This is a good selection of McDougall recipes in single card format. <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e<BR>ducation/recipes/printable-recipe-cards/ </link> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 13:44:01 EST Naomi's Inspiring Plant-Based Journey/Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63219147 Naomi Imatome-Yun shared her story of losing 100 pounds on a plant-based, no oil, no sugar diet that helped her and her family get healthier <link>www.forksoverknives.com/how-i-got-ri<BR>d-of-100-pounds-my-chronic-pain-and-he<BR>lped-my-whole-family-get-healthier/ </link> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:49:58 EST Easiest Mac & Cheese (not) Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63218161 Follow these instructions for the easiest not-cheese sauce in the world. You could get fancy and add some nutritional yeast if you want. <link>www.buzzfeed.com/carolineemiller/qui<BR>ck-and-easy-vegan-mac-cheese#.ngZkq3lY7 </link> <BR> <BR> This is my attempt at capturing the directions, with a bit of editorial license: <BR> <BR> Buzzfeed Quick and Easy Mac &amp; Cheese <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 10 ounces dried macaroni <BR> 2 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces <BR... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:59:31 EST The Five to One Fiber Rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63217761 This is now one of my favorite Dr Greger videos <link>nutritionfacts.org/video/the-five-to<BR>-one-fiber-rule/?utm_source=NutritionF<BR>acts.org </link> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:37:14 EST FDA Decides Just Mayo Really Is Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63217710 In a set-back to the egg industry, the FDA has decided that Just Mayo, made by Hampton Foods, is mayo. Earlier the FDA issued a warning letter indicating consumers were being misled by the mayo moniker on an eggless product. The label for Just Mayo was revamped to accomodate the FDA's request. Here's the full story <link>www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation<BR>/Hampton-Creek-can-keep-its-Just-Mayo-<BR>name-says-FDA/ </link> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:27:57 EST Dole Reinvents Celery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63211590 Dole is ramping up its "Get Up and Grow" campaign with a new focus on celery. Its celery hearts are now greener and less stringy but still non-GMO. Curious? <link>www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Dole-r<BR>einvents-celery-to-boost-fruit-veggie-<BR>consumption/ </link> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:39:33 EST How to Toast Grains and Spices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63199575 Many recipes call for toasting grains and/or spices as the first step. Toasting grains brings out their natural nuttiness and really enhances the flavor of a dish. Toasting spices activates their oils and makes them more bright and flavorful. It's like waking them up. But how do you do that? Do you need oil? Here are all the answers you need for perfectly toasted grains and spices every time. <link>www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-<BR>to/article/effed-it-up-toasting-grains<BR>-spices </l... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:33:48 EST How to Cook Perfect Farro Every Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63199437 In his fabulous new book, Crossroads, Tal Ronnen said to cook farro like pasta. I've been meaning to post that, and today I got an e-newsletter from Bon Appetit with the same instructions. Since there are many types of farro, it only makes sense to cook it like pasta to get the proper results regardless of the variety. Use these instructions the next time you cook it, and you won't end up with overcooked or undercooked grains. You won't be sorry! <link>www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cook<B... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:15:13 EST Dr Fuhrman's Perfect Salad Infographic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63191432 If you're stuck for ideas for lunch or dinner, this infographic makes it easy to build a healthy salad. The Orange Peanut Sauce recipe is a definite keeper! <link>cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/1612736/Fuhrm<BR>anFormulaINFOGRAPHIC.pdf?t=1450127937129 </link> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:28:21 EST DIY Falafel Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63184898 Do you have a box of falafel mix on hand for those times when you want falafel immediately? My hand is raised. Here's a version you can make yourself, and it's much cheaper than the boxed versions. As written, the recipe calls for what I consider a large amount of salt. If you don't use salt or use it in small quantities, adjust the recipe. I used 2 tsp and thought that was just enough to brighten the chickpea flour. <link>www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/homemade<BR>-dried-falafel-mix/ </link> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:28:58 EST Jeff Novick's Shopping Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63177512 There are many healthy ready to eat foods in the grocery stores. Jeff Novick shows you how to find them in this video <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXi998JX8YM </link> Be sure to read the labels before you throw items in your cart. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:22:51 EST Why Is No Oil Allowed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63177454 If you look at the ingredients in many packaged foods, a major ingredient is oil. When you make a beautiful salad and top it with most typical dressings, you've just added more calories than there are in all the veggies combined. There are no health benefits to adding oil to your foods either. Why no oil? Here's what some of the experts have to say <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/no-oi<BR>l/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are many oil free salad dressing recipes <link>www.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:11:43 EST Recipes from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63170354 Kim Campbell's "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion to the Breakthrough Film" has become one of my favorite cookbooks. Here are some recipes that have been posted on blogs with the permission of the publisher, BenBella Books. First, you might want to read about the book <link>http://www.benbellavegan.com/book/th<BR>e-plantpure-nation-cookbook/ </link> All of the recipes from the Jumpstart program in Mebane, NC are in the book. If you're new to plant-based eating and want s... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:59:27 EST How to Make Oil-Free Popcorn in Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63162564 This method of popping corn is so simple! Use a brown paper lunch bag, add pop corn and seasonings, and put it in your microwave. Here's how to do it <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-microw<BR>ave-popcorn-without-buying-microwave-p<BR>opcorn-video-cooking-lessons-from-the-<BR>kitchn-201660 </link> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:44:40 EST Jill Nussinow's December 2015 Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63162550 Here's a link to the Veggie Queen's December newsletter. There are a couple of recipes from her new book "Vegan Under Pressure." It will be released next month. There's also a code for $50 off an Instant Pot with free shipping in case you want to buy one of these amazing electric pressure cookers that have many other capabilities. <link>campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/ren<BR>der?ca=fb8be3ba-a45c-47ba-9fbe-24ffa32<BR>f335f&amp;c=3d0687a0-32be-11e3-846b-d4<BR>ae5275b546&amp;ch=3dfa8490-32be-... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:42:16 EST Fala Bar's Vegan Kale Burger w/1,000 Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63138571 This burger has its roots in an old family recipe for falafel, but it's been tweaked and jazzed up as a knock your socks off burger. The recipe calls for the burger to be fried in lots of oil, but you could either dry fry it or oven bake it to be McDougall and Esselstyn compliant. The Thousand Island Dressing uses a hefty amount of Vegenaise, so this is definitely a once in a while topping. That said, this burger looks amazing! If you're in LA, you can get the real deal at Fala Bar, 7751 1/2 ... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:58:46 EST Make Your Own Vegetable Stock Paste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63136596 This is a recipe for vegetable stock paste. It yields a huge quantity, so you can freeze it to use later. Since it's very concentrated, a little will go a long way. After you make it a couple of times, you will be able to customize it to suit your specific tastes. <link>www.ramsonsandbramble.com/2014/05/ve<BR>getable-stock.html </link> The closest American equivalent to a Thermomix is a Vitamix. A Thermomix also cooks, so you'll need to use a stove to make this recipe. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:22:41 EST Kudos to Aldi for Making Choices Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63135974 Aldi has eliminated all hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, and MSG from its stores. The announcement was not made until the ingredients had already been removed. <link>naturallycures.com/2015/11/24/aldi-h<BR>as-removed-hydrogenated-oils-artificia<BR>l-colors-and-msg-from-its-stores/ </link> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 16:23:53 EST Dr Fuhrman's G-BOMBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63135339 Dr Joel Fuhrman encourages us to eat G-BOMBS as a significant portion of our diets. They are Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. Here's more <link>www.drfuhrman.com/library/gbombs.asp<BR>x </link> <BR> <BR> Dr Fuhrman is the author of "Eat to Live", "Super Immunity", "The End of Dieting", "The Eat to Live Cookbook", and several other books. To learn more about his approach, visit his website <link>www.drfuhrman.com/ </link> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:40:50 EST 9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63135017 Cabbage is remarkably good for your health! Now I feel even better about making a huge pot of potato cabbage soup this week. <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/9-suprisin<BR>g-health-benefits-of-cabbage.html </link> <BR> <BR> Another member of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts are also packed with health benefits <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/brussels-s<BR>prouts-not-just-for-the-holidays.html </link> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 13:40:54 EST Salt-Free Seasonings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63130316 There are many seasoning blends on the market that are healthfully salt-free. Giving up salt was one of the hardest things for me. Even though I have never used a lot of it, I find that salt really perks up a dish. While I am not 100% salt-free with my diet, the conscious use of salt-free seasoning blends has resulted in a dramatic decline in my salt usage. I used to grab a blend from the spice section at the store and not pay attention to the sodium content. No longer! Recently I posted a co... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:26:20 EST Bean Cooking 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63121991 Using your own cooked beans instead of canned results in a much more flavorful dish. Here are some basics for cooking dried beans from Whole Foods <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/foo<BR>d-guides/beans </link> <BR> <BR> Jill Nussinow tells you how to cook dried black beans using a pressure cooker in this post <link>www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressur<BR>e-cooked-beans-most-beans-cook-in-less<BR>-than-10-minutes/ </link> <BR> <BR> In this post on Instant Pot, Jill Nussinow dem... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 14:33:45 EST Foods That Lower Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63121608 With one exception, all of these stress lowering foods are plants <link>www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/i<BR>nfo-2015/foods-that-reduce-stress-phot<BR>o.html </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:38:49 EST Millet May Be the Next Supergrain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63121542 I love millet and have often thought it was overlooked. It turns out, it's now trending! <BR> <link>www.specialtyfood.com/news/article/m<BR>illet-may-be-next-super-grain/ </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:27:00 EST Judge Rules Term "Soymilk" Doesn't Mislead Buyers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63121519 Term ‘soymilk’ is not misleading, says judge in Trader’s Joe’s lawsuit <BR> By Elaine Watson, 04-Dec-2015 <BR> <BR> Is it lawful to use terms such as ‘almondmilk’ and ‘soymilk’ to describe plant-based beverages? Yes, according to a ruling from a California court this week, which has dismissed claims in a long-running class action lawsuit* v retailer Trader Joe's alleging that the term ‘soymilk’ misleads shoppers and violates food labeling laws. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.foodnavigator-usa.... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:22:48 EST Vegan DIY Food Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63121485 This collection of DIY gifts has something for everyone for birthdays, hostess gifts, holidays, or other occasions. <link>www.glueandglitter.com/main/2015/12/<BR>04/vegan-diy-food-gifts/ </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:17:09 EST JL Fields "Vegan Pressure Cooking" Kindle $2.99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63107291 JL Fields' book "Vegan Pressure Cooking" Kindle edition is $2.99 for the entire month of December. If you are thinking about adding a pressure cooker to your tool kit or already have one, this is a very good book. <link>jlgoesvegan.com/vegan-pressure-cooki<BR>ng-for-kindle-is-2-99-in-december/ </link> <BR> <BR> Jill Nussinow's book "The New Fast Food" is my favorite. It contains a wealth of information. No Kindle edition, though. Her new book "Vegan Under Pressure" will be released in Ja... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:30:52 EST VEGAN 2015 - The Film http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63107022 This is a very interesting film documenting the increasing influence of plant-based diet supporters. Run time is just under 24 well-spent minutes. Note that this film includes the full range of plant-based support including vegans that are raising awareness about animal cruelty - no scenes actual cruelty, though. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYzlfPdpAeY </link> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 12:46:21 EST Hanukkah Recipes from PCRM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63099441 Here are some healthy Hanukkah recipes from PCRM that offer healthy alternative to the high fat dishes that are commonly served. <link>www.pcrm.org/health/diets/recipes/he<BR>althy-hanukkah-the-triumph-of-quality-<BR>over </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:06:14 EST Cream of Broccoli Soup (nut-free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63099390 So many recipes these days call for cashew cream for creaminess in soups and sauces. Though delicious, all nut creams are very high in fat and calories. This recipe from PCRM for Cream of Broccoli Soup sticks to the basics and uses beans for creaminess. When I make this recipe, I use cannellini beans because they're so smooth and buttery. Make the recipe as written or sub your favorite light colored beans; avoid darker beans like pinto and black. <link>support.pcrm.org/site/MessageViewer?<B... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:59:59 EST Doug Lisle TEDxFremont talk The Pleasure Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63091528 This is another version of Doug Lisle's always entertaining and very informative talk The Pleasure Trap, based on his book of the same title. This was a TEDxFremont event filmed on 12.4.2012; run time is about 17 minutes. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2btaDOBK8 </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:34:13 EST Lani Muelrath's New Book for Kindle $1.99 TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63090859 The Kindle version of Lani Muelrath's book "The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight" is on sale for just $1.99 today. The book was just released in September. Of all the books out there for transitioning to a plant-strong life, this is the very best. Lani holds your hand while you're on each stage of your own journey because she's been there. She writes of her own experiences and her decades-long struggle to lose w... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:39:58 EST Recipe Template to Make Cream of X Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63090742 This post from the Plants-Rule blog is titled "Healthy Chef’s Tricks to Making “Cream of X” Soup, Without Cream." The post explains what works and what doesn't work well when making cream of whatever veggie you choose soups. Thickening agents are also covered. When I read it, I realized a couple of tweaks I need to make when I cook my own cream soups. You probably will, too. It's a great template. There are recipes at the end of the post that will give you some ideas for using your cream soup... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:21:37 EST McDougall Newsletter, November 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63085420 The feature article in the November 2015 McDougall Newsletter is "Food, Sex, and Attractiveness Part 1: The Role of Body Weight." In the article you'll see a height and weight chart. "This chart records what Dr. Walter Kempner (founder of the Rice Diet) would have considered a reasonable adult weight in proportion to height. He also recommended that people with diabetes, heart, kidney, or blood vessel diseases should weigh l0 to l5% less than the optimum figures presented in this chart. These... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:14:24 EST Missing meringue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63083870 Just found this - I'm not a meringue lover (can't stand the stuff), but there are other uses for a substance that acts like egg-whites. <BR> <BR> http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015<BR>/06/10/aquafaba_baking_with_chickpea_l<BR>iquid_for_vegan_meringues.html?wpsrc=k<BR>wfacebookdt&amp;kwp_0=35555&amp;kwp_4=<BR>277077&amp;kwp_1=195876 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:15:54 EST Umami http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63077983 Judith Kingsbury, the force behind the Savvy Vegetarian, published a post featuring umami, the fifth taste. Featured are three recipes she thinks represent the taste, and they can all be made oil-free without compromising the umami. <link>https://madmimi.com/p/814af6?fe=1&am<BR>p;pact=34968944257 </link> Here's more about umami in plant-based ingredients from Robin Robertson <link>robinrobertson.com/vegetarian-flavor<BR>-bible-get-umami-flavor-plant-based-in<BR>gredients/ </link> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:01:01 EST Serious Eats Goes Vegan for a Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63072777 J Kenji-Alt embarked on an all-vegan diet for 1 month this past February for the 4th year. Even though he uses oil in his recipes, I thought his starting post was worth sharing. There's lots of info ... and any recipe on Serious Eats is really, really good. Remember that recipes containing oil can be modified to be oil-free in most cases. Hopefully he'll go vegan for a month in February 2016. I'll keep you posted. <link>www.seriouseats.com/2015/02/the-vega<BR>n-experience-year-four.html </li... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:35:16 EST Healthy Librarian after 15 Months on Dr E's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63072515 This is an inspiring post by Debbie Kastner, aka The Healthy Librarian, after being on the Esselstyn program for 15 months. She documents the changes being on it made on her body and mind. <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_h<BR>ealthy_long_life/2011/08/15-months.html </link> <BR> <BR> You might also find these posts interesting: <BR> June 29, 2008 <BR> Yes, You Can Prevent &amp; Reverse Heart Disease - But Are You Up For The Challenge? Let Dr. Esselstyn Convince You - Part I <BR> ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:46:34 EST A Healther Alternative for Canned Coconut Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63072294 Many Asian recipes call for canned coconut milk, which is very high in saturated fat. Dr McDougall and Dr Esselstyn says to avoid it <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_h<BR>ealthy_long_life/2013/02/ann-esselstyn<BR>.html </link> Dr McDougall says to avoid coconut completely <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e<BR>ducation/free-mcdougall-program/steps-<BR>to-recovery/foods-not-allowed/ </link> Dr Fuhrman says to limit light coconut milk and coconut <link>www.chewfo.com/diet... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:43:04 EST The Big Oil Post! by Rip Esselstyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63071324 In this post, Rip Esselstyn tells us why oil is so bad for you and features comments by experts such as Dr Esselstyn, Dr Campbell, Dr McDougall, and Jeff Novick. It's a post you <BR> want to bookmark. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/the-b<BR>ig-oil-post-plus-a-giveaway/ </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:01:58 EST E2 and Cathy Fisher on Cooking without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63071316 Here's a guest post by Cathy Fisher about cooking without oil on E2's Daily Beet <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/guest<BR>-post-cooking-without-oil-by-cathy-fis<BR>her/ </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:58:51 EST Mary McDougall's Tips for Oil-Free Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63071262 This is a helpful article from the August 2007 McDougall article on cooking without oil. There's a lot about oil in this newsletter. To access the full issue including the recipes, just click on "Return to the Newsletter Home Page" at the end of Mary's article. <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/200<BR>7nl/aug/cookingwithoutoils.htm </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:41:30 EST E2's Five Plant-Strong Squash Recipe Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63066403 Engine 2 Diet just published a post in The Daily Beet for 5 super easy ways to prepare winter squash <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/five-<BR>plant-strong-squash-recipe-ideas/ </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:14:26 EST Whole Wheat Pita Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63052224 This is a good pita bread recipe. It uses both whole wheat and all purpose flour and can be oil and salt free. <link>avirtualvegan.com/pita-bread/ </link> Now that I've used the tip about replacing oil with water, I want to try to make the King Arthur Flour version without oil <link>www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/whol<BR>e-wheat-pita-with-middle-eastern-salad<BR>-recipe </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have a good whole wheat pita bread recipe? Please share! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:33:43 EST Looking for Thanksgiving Menu Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63029973 Be sure to check out the Thanksgiving 2015 thread for enticing, drool-worthy recipes for your holiday table - or for any meal. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155<BR>x62659646 </link> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:19:23 EST Grow Your Own Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63029615 It's really easy to grow your own sprouts. Here's info on how to sprout just about everything. <link>sproutpeople.org/growing-sprouts/spr<BR>outing-instructions/ </link> <BR> <BR> The instructions from Sprout People can be used even if you don't have a sprouter. You can use a clean wide mouth 1-quart canning jar and cover it with cheesecloth secured by a rubber band. (This is a great way to re-use large rubber bands from some of your produce.) You can also purchase sprouting lids for wide... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:16:13 EST Does 'Everything in Moderation' Really Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63016478 This is a thought provoking post on Reboot with Joe - "Does 'Everything in Moderation' Really Work?" <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/moderation-wei<BR>ght-loss/ </link> <BR> <BR> For me, it's complicated just like it is in the post. I have to be ever vigilant - and I'm not always successful. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:46:01 EST How to Line a Pan with Parchment Paper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63009584 Many recipes, especially loaf recipes, call for lining the pan with parchment paper. But what's the best way to do that? Cathy Fisher gives excellent instructions at the end of this post <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/2013/01/<BR>07/zucchini-bread/ </link> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:45:47 EST What Did You Have for Lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63004265 Here's a thread to post what you had for lunch or any other meal that you really enjoyed - or didn't. Please post often. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:15:43 EST Cookbook Picks and Recipes from The Oregonian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63002340 Grant Butler, food writer and entertainment writer for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, periodically showcases new vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and features at least one recipe from each one. Here are a few of the articles from the past 12 months: <BR> <BR> " 4 new cookbooks emphasize quick, easy, delicious recipes: Going Vegan" publish 3.16.2015 <link>www.oregonlive.com/cooking/2015/03/4<BR>_new_cookbooks_emphasize_quic.html </link> <BR> Featured books: <BR> "Weeknight Vegetarian" by Ivy Man... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:03 EST Tips for Roasting Vegetables without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62994859 This is a very good post about roasting vegetables without oil from Vegan Coach <link>www.vegancoach.com/how-to-roast-vege<BR>tables.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a guest post on Engine 2 Diet by Cathy Fisher about cooking without oil in general. She touches on roasting but covers other methods. It's helpful, especially if you're new to oil-free cooking, and a good reminder to all as the holiday season approaches. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/guest<BR>-post-cooking-without-oil-... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:18:23 EST Chad Sarno on Overcoming Asthma w/Plant Based Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62988537 This is an interesting interview with Chad Sarno published 11.12.2015 on Miami New Times <link>www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/ch<BR>ef-chad-sarno-on-overcoming-asthma-wit<BR>h-a-plant-based-diet-opened-my-eyes-to<BR>-the-power-of-food-8024661 </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:59:17 EST PCRM's Quick Fiber Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62984166 PCRM has a handy chart and form checking your fiber intake <link>www.pcrm.org/sites/default/files/pdf<BR>s/health/dietary-fiber-checklist.pdf </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:58:57 EST Oil-Free Red Wine Vinaigrette http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62980684 This is a recipe from "Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs" by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Bryanna Clark Grogan. <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=1118 </link> The link for the Fat-Free Oil Substitute is in the recipe or you can view it here <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=1117 </link> Use this to replace the oil in any of your favorite salad dressi... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:29:51 EST Tips for Plant-Based Eating on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62978491 Some think eating a plant-based diet is expensive. Not so! If you're on a tight budget, here are some tips that will give you some good ideas for your next grocery store visit. <BR> <BR> From The Vegan Society, "Vegan on a Budget" <link>https://www.vegansociety.com/resourc<BR>es/recipes/budget/vegan-budget </link> <BR> <BR> and "On a Budget Recipes" <link>https://www.vegansociety.com/resourc<BR>es/recipes/budget </link> <BR> <BR> From Forks Over Knives, Darshana Thacker's post "My $1.... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:51:26 EST Spices with Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62972382 Several spices are very beneficial for your health. Cayenne, fennel, turmeric, cloves, paprika, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, and nutmeg all have health benefits. Here's a short article about them from Thrive Market. <link>https://thrivemarket.com/blog/7-spic<BR>es-loaded-serious-flavor-incredible-he<BR>alth-benefits/ </link> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:44:29 EST Chad Sarno's Roasted Garlic & Shallot Buttah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62965984 Use this amazing buttah in mashed potatoes and many other dishes. It's delicious! There are also some really good sauce recipes here. <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/201<BR>2nl/oct/recipes.pdf </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:55:28 EST Vegducken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62965549 Butternut Squash is taken to a whole new level in Vegducken. Below is the original version on Epicurious; it requires some changes to be vegan. Sub 2 chia or flax eggs. Don't use oil or butter - you could baste it with some veggie stock that has been rendered down. Use vegan parmesan or nooch. <BR> <BR> This is the "how to" text and video. <link>www.epicurious.com/holidays-events/v<BR>egducken-best-vegetarian-thanksgiving-<BR>dish-article </link> <BR> <BR> This is the actual recipe. <l... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:52:34 EST Super Easy Potato Peeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62964188 Try this the next time you cook potatoes; the video is only 30 seconds long. <link>damn.com/right-way-to-peel-potatoes/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:36:24 EST Gyro with Seitan (or Portobellos) &Tzatziki Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62964019 Gyros were something I really missed when I eliminated meat from my diet. I never ate a lot of it, but gyros were one of my favorite treats. It's so easy to make an oil-free vegan version. <link>blog.eatplant-based.com/recipe/vegan<BR>-gyro-with-seitan-or-portobello-mushro<BR>oms-tzatziki-sauce/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:08:48 EST Sweet Potato Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62963838 Chili is a wonderful meal for cold days or anytime. There are many good recipes. This simple and easy version from Sharon Palmer was featured in today's FOK email. <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/swee<BR>t-potato-chili-recipe/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:44:42 EST Aquafaba http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958331 Want to learn about aquafaba? There really is a good reason to save the canning liquid from beans, usually chickpeas. Here's a very good article about the basics. <link>www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/nov<BR>/11/aqua-who-20151111/?f=features-style </link> Want to know more? Join the Vegan Meringue- Hits and Misses group on Facebook or click on links from the official website <link>aquafaba.com/ </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:52:25 EST Video and Recipes from Kris Carr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958090 Kris Carr and Marie Forleo have fun in the kitchen cooking from "Crazy Sexy Kitchen" <link>www.marieforleo.com/2012/10/crazy-se<BR>xy-kitchen/ </link> If you don't want to watch the very entertaining video, here's a link to the recipes <link>https://s3.amazonaws.com/marieforleo<BR>.com/MarieTVKrisCarrCrazySexyKitchen.pdf </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:10:39 EST E2 Pronto Oats Florentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958004 Looking for something to do with the steel cut oats in your pantry other than breakfast? Try Pronto Oats Florentine <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/pront<BR>o-oats-florentine/ </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:49:44 EST Free Kindle Book by Isa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62957314 Breville presents Make It Vegan: Recipes from the Yiddish-speaking, Nebraska-living, post-punk vegan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz is free for Kindle on Amazon. <link>www.amazon.com/Breville-presents-Mak<BR>e-Vegan-Yiddish-speaking-ebook/dp/B00G<BR>CMR3RI/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1447<BR>269767&amp;sr=8-7&amp;keywords=brevill<BR>e+presents&amp;pebp=1447269780760&amp;<BR>perid=0JZ9KCMG52A9A0Y08173 </link> <BR> <BR> If you have a PC but don't have a Kindle, fret not. You can read Kindle books af... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:25:07 EST Coconut Bacon Bits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62949946 There are many recipes for coconut bacon bits. This was in my inbox today, so I thought I would share it. It's from the new book "DIY Vegan" by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman. <BR> <link>www.picklesnhoney.com/2015/11/03/veg<BR>an-coconut-bacon-bits-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is the recipe from Fettle Vegan that started the trend. It's very good! <link>www.fettlevegan.com/recipes/coconut-<BR>bacon </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:53:10 EST John & Mary McDougall on Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62949458 John &amp; Mary McDougall talked about the challenges of eating at restaurants and other people's homes on Dr McDougall's weekly filmed on 11.5.2015. The topic was "The Challenges of Eating Out." <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e<BR>ducation/webinars/webinar-11-05-15/ </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:21:50 EST PlantPure Nation Recipes and Pods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62944462 My current favorite cookbook is "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook" by Kim Campbell. It's a companion cookbook to the film PlantPure Nation that is currently being shown in select theaters. Kim is Dr. Campbell's DIL and studied nutrition in college but she switched to education because she didn't agree with the approach dietitians were supposed take when she was in school. I love this book because the SOS-free recipes are straightforward, easy, and use common ingredients. As I was looking for on... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:57:20 EST One Pot Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62943570 Enjoy this collection of one pot meals. Just ignore the oil if you see it on the list of ingredients. <link>www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-one-p<BR>ot-recipes-to-save-you-from-all-those-<BR>dishes/ </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:21:05 EST