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 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 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 Excellent Interview with Jeff Novick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63197409 This is a terrific interview with Jeff Novick on Jewish Food Hero <link>jewishfoodhero.com/an-interview-with<BR>-healthy-eating-expert-jeff-novick/#mo<BR>re-2930 </link> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:50:24 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 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 Great Videos from Dr. McDougall's Early Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62943487 A young Dr. McDougall demonstrates what 500 caloories looks like in the stomach; goes to a steak house for a delicious oil-free plant based meal; has plant based meal at Burger King, Wendy's, Carl's Jr, McDonald's; has some pizza; goes grocery shopping; talks about dealing with stress; and talks about exercise in this compilation of videos from the series Dr. McDougall, MD TV. Full run time is about 20 minutes. It's really great! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sBrA62J43g&<BR>amp;... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:04:44 EST Swanson Health's Ingredient Substitution Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62942403 Found these great blogs at Swanson Health: <BR> <BR> Vegan Baking: Easily Replace Eggs in Your Favorite Recipes - has a terrific graphic <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/kaitlin<BR>s-blog/egg-substitutes </link> <BR> <BR> How to Replace Sugar with Healthier Sugar Alternatives <BR> <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/kaitlin<BR>s-blog/sugar-swap-how-to-substitute-su<BR>gar-with-healthy-sugar-alternatives-video </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:09:53 EST Tip for Maintaining Nonstick Skillets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62942060 I'm looking for a new high quality affordable nonstick skillet, and someone suggested Carlisle Excalibur nonstick skillets. They were created for the restaurant industry and are NSF certified. Like all nonstick pans, they should be washed by hand. When I was on the Webstaurant website, I saw this tip for maintaining nonstick cookware: <BR> "How can I best maintain the non-stick qualities of this item? <BR> To prevent food from sticking to your non-stick surface, we recommend lightly coating i... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:29:52 EST Dr Fuhrman: Looking for the Fountain of Youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62941967 Here's an article by Dr Fuhrman on the benefits of plant-strong living: "Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Here It Is!" <link>longevity.about.com/od/liveto100/fl/<BR>Looking-for-the-Fountain-of-Youth-Here<BR>-It-Is.htm </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:18:53 EST The Veggie Queen's Quick Veggie Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62941791 Save the trimmings from your veggies and make your own broth. Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen, offers some great tips for making stock. She uses a pressure cooker, but you can also make stock on the stovetop and cook for about 45 minutes (no longer than an hour). There are lots of great recipes for broth, but this is a good method for everyday use. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=be2Ip9zeVFI </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:53:34 EST 32 Vegan Lunches You Can Take to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62941607 This is an interesting collection from PopSugar. I haven't looked at all of the recipes, but I assume most contain oil. Just leave it out or sub some veggie broth or water if needed. <link>www.popsugar.com/fitness/Vegan-Lunch<BR>es-You-Can-Take-Work-14859587?stream_v<BR>iew=1#photo-30811614 </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some dinner ideas from the same source. <link>www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Veg<BR>an-Dinner-Recipes-37004158?stream_view<BR>=1#photo-37004218 </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:33:56 EST Easy Ways to Peel Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62937650 Do you have an unused cocktail shaker? It can be repurposed to peel a few cloves of garlic <link>www.thekitchn.com/video-the-best-way<BR>-to-peel-just-enough-garlic-video-tips<BR>-from-the-kitchn-201977 </link> Want to peel a whole head of garlic at once? The post will show you how, too. Happy garlicking! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:31:41 EST How to Rehydrated Dried Chiles and Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62934117 Do you have a package of dried chiles or peppers and wonder how to use them? First you have to rehydrate them. You could just put them in a bowl of warm water for 20 minutes or so. If you do that, you'll end up with more work later because you'll have to get rid of the seeds Plus you'll lose some flavor. Try this method instead <link>www.spicesinc.com/p-1153-how-to-rehy<BR>drate-dried-chiles-and-peppers.aspx </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 13:48:54 EST Butternut, Kale, Tofu Scramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62933567 Helyn Dunn, the force behind Helyn's Healthy Kitchen, created this simple but delicious scramble recipe using fall ingredients. It's really nice to have cubes of roasted butternut squash on hand to throw in recipes like this. Those roasted nuggets are great in wraps, added to your favorite bowl, or mixed into just about anything. If you don't know how to roast cubes of squash, Helyn tells you how in her recipe <link>www.helynskitchen.com/2015/11/butter<BR>nut-kale-tofu-scramble.html </link>... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:05:28 EST Thanksgiving Menu from 6 Celeb Kickstart Coaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62933379 PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is offered free throughout the year to encourage and inspire people to eat a healthy diet free of animal products, and added salt, oil, and sugar. This year the Kickstart has a special menu for Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Menu from 6 Celebrity Kickstart Coaches. One or all of these recipes might be perfect for your holiday dinner <link>support.pcrm.org/site/DocServer/2015<BR>-11_KS_Nov_Thanksgiving.pdf?docID=3121 </link> <BR> <BR> If you're looking for more h... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:28:25 EST Different Types of Tofu Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62924389 There's a great post about tofu on Serious Eats: "A Guide to Tofu Types and What to Do With Them." Understanding how to work with the different types of tofu is important for making successful dishes that include it. Most of the recipes in the article don't fit the SOS WFPB guidelines, but you can modify a lot of them. <link>www.seriouseats.com/2014/06/shopping<BR>-cooking-guide-different-tofu-types.html </link> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:43:16 EST Storing, Cooking, and Freezing Winter Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62921276 This is a great information sheet from U of Michigan about winter squash. I was happy to learn that it isn't necessary to use a fork to create strands in spaghetti squash before freezing it. <link>migarden.msu.edu/uploads/files/winte<BR>rsquashPreservation.pdf </link> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:43:43 EST Potato Strong's Shredded Hash Brown Omelette http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62919334 Will Kriski, creator of the Potato Strong blog, developed a fabulous recipe, Shredded Hash Brown Omelette. This is a link to the video on YouTube, which is very helpful for visualizing how he creates this wonderful dish <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wutcEDq36Zk </link> Here's a link directly to the recipe on his blog <link>potatostrong.com/shredded-hash-brown<BR>-omelette/ </link> I know what I'm having for breakfast one day very soon! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 12:42:24 EST Wonderful Ginger Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62918544 You won't miss oil when you use this wonderful ginger dressing from Beans &amp; Barley restaurant in Milwaukee <link>www.jsonline.com/features/recipes/33<BR>9866211.html </link> If you don't use honey, you could sub agave nectar. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 11:16:50 EST Time Saving Tips and Techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62905489 These are some tips and techniques of making the most of your time in the kitchen from Mark Sutton <link>nutritionstudies.org/plant-based-die<BR>t-in-a-hurry-time-saving-tips-tricks/ </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:23:22 EST FMTV Free Documentary Screenings Nov 20 - 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62904909 Food Matters TV is live streaming 4 documentaries November 20 - 30: <BR> Days 1 &amp; 2: Origins, live call with Pedram Shojai <BR> Days 3 &amp; 4: Hungry For Change, live call with Kris Carr <BR> Days 5 &amp; 6: Moldy, live call with David Asprey <BR> Days 7 &amp; 8: E-Motion, live call With Bradley Nelson <BR> Days 9 – 12: Movie replays <BR> <BR> For more info and a link to sign up, visit <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/fmtv-live-even<BR>t-november-2015/ </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:47:14 EST SOS-Free Canned and Packaged Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62903954 In a hurry? Too busy to make something from scratch? Don't want to bother? No worries! Here are some lists of SOS canned and packaged foods. <BR> <BR> McDougall <link>www.drmcdougall.com/health/education<BR>/free-mcdougall-program/canned-package<BR>d-foods/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Herbivore <link>happyherbivore.com/2013/05/oil-free-<BR>vegan-brands-products-list/ </link> <BR> <BR> Engine 2 <link>engine2diet.com/usrfiles/files/engin<BR>e2-approved-foods.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Acci... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:59:45 EST What Is Nutritional Yeast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62903642 Nutritional yeast is an ingredient in many plant-based dishes. Many people confuse it with brewers yeast. Here's a great post by Susan Voisin that take the mystery out of nutritional yeast <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/10/what-t<BR>he-heck-is-nutritional-yeast.html </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:09:38 EST Black Bean, Spinach, Mushroom Tinga Enchiladas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62894788 This recipe requires a fair amount of work, but the results are worth it! It calls for small amounts of oil here and there, but use veggie broth or water for sautéing and put some sauce in the bottom of the baking pan instead of oil. Easy peasy! Here's the recipe from Veganosity for Black Bean, Spinach, Mushroom Tinga Enchiladas <link>www.veganosity.com/vegan-black-bean-<BR>spinach-mushroom-tinga-enchiladas-dair<BR>y-free/ </link> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:25:11 EST Soup for Winter Sniffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62894556 Feeling under the weather? Stuffed up? Have a bowl of Emily Malone's Winter Blues No-Chicken Veggie Noodle Soup, and feel better in no time. Instead of sautéing the veggies in olive oil, just use some of the broth instead. <link>www.dailygarnish.com/2015/11/winter-<BR>blues-no-chicken-veggie-noodle-soup.html </link> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:54:56 EST Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62889048 This recipe from Oakland Veg for Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chili will be the perfect dinner for a cold night <link>us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fc67391<BR>4e26006f00e11d0c44&amp;id=f2ac9137e0&a<BR>mp;e=b0cb086e11 </link> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 18:11:36 EST Mark Bittman's New Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62889021 As you probably know, Mark Bittman has been the lead food writer for the New York Times. He has written several cookbooks and is a food activist. He has left his (and almost anyone's) dream job to join a vegan start-up in the meal-kit delivery industry, Purple Carrot. Here are 3 articles about his transition <BR> <link>www.theatlantic.com/business/archive<BR>/2015/11/mark-bittman-purple-carrot/41<BR>3668/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/<BR>2015/11/02/mark-bi... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 18:06:28 EST Ann Esselstyn's Top 10 Plant Perfect Pointers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62887038 Debbie Kastner, aka The Healthy Librarian, posted this great summary of a talk and demo Ann Esselstyn presented in January 2013 titled "How to Eat Plant-Perfect: What to Eat, Where to Buy It, How to Cook It." It includes How to Eat Plant Perfect: The Ground Rules and her Top 10 Plant Perfect Pointers. There's a link in the post to a summary of a conference with Dr Esselstyn in 2010. <BR> <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_h<BR>ealthy_long_life/2013/02/ann-esselstyn<BR>.html </link> <... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:25:44 EST Recipes for 21-Day Vegan Kickstart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62879293 Here's a link to all of the recipes for PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart <link>www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan#<BR>F </link> The recipes change from time to time; if you've participated before, you may find some new recipes here. All of the recipes are SOS free. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:56:03 EST Center for Nutrition Studies Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62878644 When you're looking for recipes that are SOS-free, don't forget to check the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition studies website. There are recipes from the various China Study cookbooks and the Plant Pure Nation cookbook plus some recipes from alums. It's a great resource. <link>nutritionstudies.org/recipes/ </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:11:24 EST Jeff Novick's Recipes on FB http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62878144 Jeff Novick posts many of his recipes on the photos section of his Facebook page. He has a ton of photos/albums there; this is the easiest way to find his My Simple Recipes <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.20<BR>4432390124.260255.177550385124&amp;type=3 </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:43:38 EST Avoiding Soy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62878120 Do you avoid soy products but aren't sure what to use as a substitute? Here are a couple of posts from Happy Herbivore that offer some suggestions. <BR> <BR> How to Replace Tofu <link>happyherbivore.com/2012/06/how-repla<BR>ce-tofu-soy-free/ </link> <BR> <BR> Soy-Free Vegan Recipes <link>happyherbivore.com/2011/09/soy-free-<BR>vegan-recipes/ </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:36:20 EST Vegan Demi Glace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62877583 To up the WOW factor and make a meal truly special, try this twist on the classic French brown sauce: vegan demi glace. Though some recipes list it, this rich sauce doesn't require oil. If you have a mandoline, that would be the perfect tool for cutting the veggies; but you don't need one. <BR> <BR> This recipe/method from Chef Steps has almost gone viral. PBS and Food &amp; Wine have it on their websites. It's a video with the recipe printed below. Enjoy and be inspired! <link>www.chefste... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 12:35:29 EST Happy World Vegan Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62877058 Created in 1994 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society in the UK, World Vegan Day has become a popular event for promoting veganism around the world. To learn more about The Vegan Society, visit its website <link>www.vegansociety.com/ </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:03:54 EST Do You Like to Be Told What You Can't Have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62876527 I think one of the main reasons people give up on a WFPB diet is feeling they can't have foods they want to eat. Reading Rebecca Katz's excellent article "What You Can't Have, I Won't Tell You" confirmed something I have long thought - perception is crucial when making diet and lifestyle changes. If you think you can't have something, you might become resentful. If you approach it differently and think about what you CAN have, it's much easier - and less unsettling - to change. Read her artic... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:57:48 EST McDougall Newsletter October 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62871420 The October 2015 issue of The McDougall Newsletter just arrived. The feature article is "Is October Breast Cancer “Awareness” or “Industry” Month?" The recipe section focuses on easy one and two pot meals. There are several I want to make soon including Stovetop Bulgur Pilaf. <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2015nl/oct/<BR>151000.pdf </link> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:59:14 EST Addictive Potato Wedges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62870660 Looking for a great snack or some crispy potato wedges to go with ... well, just about anything? These are fabulous! <link>www.ucdintegrativemedicine.com/recip<BR>es/wholesome-power-wedges/ </link> <BR> <BR> PS I think the author meant red potatoes when she wrote new potatoes. New potatoes are too small. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:38:29 EST Beans, Rice and Everything Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62870247 The amount of information available these days never ceases to amaze me. One of my more recent discoveries is the blog Beans, Rice and Everything Nice. All of the recipes are oil-free and gluten-free, and they're quite good. Have a look <link>beansriceeverythingnice.weebly.com/ </link> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:04:56 EST Jeff Novick on The Myth of Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62870067 Jeff Novick's article, The Myth of Moderation, Part 2: The Impact of Just a Little Oil, is a must read <link>jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2<BR>011/3/6_The_Myth_of_Moderation_Pt_2__T<BR>he_Impact_of_Just_A_Little_Oil%21.html </link> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:30:40 EST How to Keep Guacamole Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62868934 Guacamole is a special treat when you're following a WFPB diet because of its high fat content. If you make a batch and have some left over, it's a shame to see it go to waste because it turns brown when stored. The clever folks at The Kitchn came up with a remedy for that: water. Here's their method (and their recipe is good, too) <link>www.thekitchn.com/the-best-way-to-ke<BR>ep-guacamole-green-tips-from-the-kitch<BR>n-193462 </link> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:56:55 EST Dr McDougall: The Starch Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62856554 Intro from VegSource: <BR> "This truth is simple and is, therefore, easy to explain. You must eat to live. But the choice of what you eat is yours. There is an individual, specific diet that best supports the health, function, and longevity of each and every animal. The proper diet for human beings is based on starches. The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans you eat, the trimmer and healthier you will be -- and with those same food choices you will help save the Planet Earth... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:10:18 EST Dr McDougall: The Ultimate Diet Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62856512 Dr. John McDougall presents The Ultimate Diet Therapy at the February, 2014, Advanced Study Weekend and the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOfF_r2R8QM </link> It's Dr McDougall at his best - debunking low carb diets and explaining why a starch based diet is science-based to be healthiest for humans. Run time is just over an hour. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:03:30 EST Dr Greger on Diabetes & Dangers of Low Carb Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62856489 This is from Dr Michael Greger's presentation at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend, February 2014. He discusses diabetes and the dangers of low carb diets <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=es4PFR5GZTY </link> This is a video of his annual nutrition seminar held on 7.15.2015 at St Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2VXVRzoIvU </link> (It's just over 2 hours long, so set aside some time.) Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:58:07 EST Cooking Without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62856214 Many people are intimidated by the thought of cooking without oil. After all, it's an ingredient in almost every traditional recipe. Food tastes better without it, though; and there are few dishes that actually require oil to taste good. Those are recipes best left off the menu or set aside for some incredibly special occasion. This guest post on The Daily Beet by Cathy Fisher offers some excellent tips for cooking without oil <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/guest<BR>-post-cooking-with... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:04:20 EST Mike's Mediterranean Oat Cakes &Tomato Kale Gravy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62852560 This is an old post from Debbie Kastner, aka the Healthy Librarian, that I've been meaning to share for a long time. This will really change the way you look at oats --- and it's delicious! <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_h<BR>ealthy_long_life/2011/09/oat-cakes.html </link> This is Debbie's recipe, based on one of Angela Liddon's recipes, for Savory "Cheezy" Oatmeal with Shiitake Mushrooms, Sundried Tomatoes &amp; Spinach - another winner <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:19:28 EST Crockpot Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62850680 This method of cooking spaghetti squash skips the sometimes awkward task of cutting it in half. Pick a squash that will fit in your crockpot; most spaghetti squash are fairly large, so plan to use your largest crockpot. Carefully wash the squash so that all of the dirt and debris is removed. I like to use a soft veggie brush to do this. Pierce the squash in several places with a knife. Place in crockpot with a cup of water. Place the cover on the crockpot; cook on high for 5 hours or on low f... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:37:57 EST PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62850559 The upcoming Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart includes a bonus set of holiday recipes "just in time for when the temptation of unhealthy foods is the greatest." This is an easy program to follow and is a great way to ease into a vegan diet or to get back on track. It is not a strict PBWF plan, so you can enjoy a broad range of vegan foods. This is a FREE program. Here's a link to the sign-up page; the Kickstart begins Sunday <link>support.pcrm.org/site/P... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:08:14 EST Plant-Fueled Trucker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62840633 If you think you sit too much, don't get enough exercise, and have a hard time shedding excess weight, think how hard it must be for a long-haul trucker. Bobby Anderson knows that all too well. He was over 300 pounds and had a long list of health issues -- until he committed to a plant-based diet and lost 70 pounds. He now posts on Facebook as Plant-Fueled Trucker and has over 12,000 followers. Here's his story <link>www.forksoverknives.com/plant-fueled<BR>-trucker-got-healthy-and-lost-70-l... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:23:42 EST 6 Myths about Cast Iron Pan Busted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62840226 The managing culinary director of Serious Eats, J Kenji Lopez-Alt is also an author. The MIT grad and former Cook's Illustrated test cook and editor's first book "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science" is generating a lot of buzz. It's 950 pages of true food nerdery that real people can use with real ingredients and typical home kitchen equipment. Today Food published his tips on cast iron pans today, but I found the original post much more informative - The Truth About Cast Iron ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:14:21 EST Mushroom and Chickpea Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62834280 This recipe for Mushroom and Chickpea Stew from Deliciously Ella is rich and deeply satisfying. Serve it over quinoa and maybe have a side of your favorite greens - Swiss chard is my favorite right now. Use chickpeas cooked from dried if you can; the flavor is so much better than canned. <link>deliciouslyella.com/mushroom-chickpe<BR>a-stew/ </link> <BR> <BR> PS - The ground chilli in the recipe is chili powder. And, of course, omit the olive oil; use water instead for sautéing the veggies... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:14:46 EST The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62834230 Early in 2013 Sarah Britton posted a recipe on her blog, My New Roots, titled The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread. The bread doesn't really fit within the WFPB guidelines because it has nuts and some coconut oil. That said, if you can afford an occasional variance from a strict diet, this bread is absolutely amazing. It has no flour - just seeds, nuts, oats, psyllium husks, and a few other ingredients. <link>www.mynewroots.org/site/2013/02/the-<BR>life-changing-loaf-of-bread/ </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:06:38 EST Crockpot (or Instant Pot) Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62833808 This is such a wonderful idea! I love mushrooms but sometimes forget to use them before they're slimy. I'm going to make a couple of batches and freeze some to use when I want mushrooms but don't have any in the fridge. You can play around with the seasonings, too. Imagine having a few servings of mushroom gravy on hand! <link>www.klunkerskitchen.com/2015/05/croc<BR>k-pot-mushrooms.html </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:57:19 EST A Perfect Fall Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62833658 Jenne Claiborne's recipe for Autumn Zuppa di Fagioli is perfect for cool fall days or winter nights. It freezes beautifully. To make it WFPB compliant, omit the bread. If you can't bear the thought of doing that, use a whole grain bread like Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread. Of course, ignore her instruction to sauté veggies in oil; use some of the stock instead. <link>sweetpotatosoul.com/2014/11/autumn-z<BR>uppa-di-fagioli-bean-soup.html </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:36:08 EST What Is a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62833415 This excellent post on Forks Over Knives by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD reinforces the basics of a WFPB diet <link>www.forksoverknives.com/what-to-eat/ </link> It's always good to have a refresher post. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:05:04 EST Dr McDougall on Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62825149 Dr McDougall cautions us to eat nuts, avocadoes, and other fat-rich foods sparingly in McDougall's Moments: Ah, Nuts! It's very short - about 2 minutes. <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e<BR>ducation/videos/mcdougalls-moments/nuts/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a short article he wrote for one of his newsletters <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/nov/<BR>nuts.htm </link> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:07:19 EST Chef AJ Interviews Lani Muelrath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62825045 Chef AJ interviewed Lani Muelrath on her recent Teleclass. They talk about Lani's new book, "The Plant-Based Journey." The interview is excellent. I have read the book and it's excellent. <link>lanimuelrath.com/chef-aj-teleclass-w<BR>ith-lani-muelrath-and-the-plant-based-<BR>journey/ </link> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:54:41 EST Obesity: It's Not About the Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62824948 Dr. Garth Davis's forthcoming book "Proteinaholic:How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It" has garnered a lot of pre-release talk - and for good reason. Here's an excerpt from the book on Forks Over Knives <link>http://www.forksoverknives.com/obesi<BR>ty-its-not-about-the-carbs/ </link> The book has a companion website <link>http://proteinaholic.com/ </link> that will become more active once the book is released with recipes cooking tips, inspiration, coachin... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:38:44 EST Questioning the Ethics /Science of Vegan Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62824868 Dr Campbell posted a very interesting article about purity questions: "Questioning the Ethics &amp; Science of a Pure Vegan Diet." <link>nutritionstudies.org/questioning-the<BR>-ethics-science-of-a-pure-vegan-diet/ </link> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:23:35 EST To Reduce or Eliminate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62824740 Rosane Oliveria wrote an excellent post about decision-making surrounding transitioning to a WFPB diet for the UC David Integrative Medicine Program. It's worth bookmarking because it can help you if you are derailing yourself by allowing small (or large) amounts animal products back into your dietary choices. Here's a link to "To Reduce or Eliminate ... That Is the Question" <link>www.ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/<BR>07/to-reduce-or-eliminate-that-is-the-<BR>question/ </link> This is a... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:59:39 EST Vegan Halloween Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62823566 If you're having a party for Halloween, here are some recipes. They're not SOS-free, but they will certainly appeal to kids of all ages <link>https://www.happycow.net/blog/25-veg<BR>an-halloween-recipes/ </link> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:32:57 EST An Easier Way to Peel Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62823376 Squash is in season now, and many find peeling it a sometimes daunting - and dangerous - task. Put your peeler away, and grab a sharp chef's knife <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-peel-squash<BR>-an-easier-w-72035 </link> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:08:44 EST Cancer Survivor's Guide by Dr Barnard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62816487 Here's a link to a free download of The Cancer Survivor's Guide by Dr Neal Barnard (recipes by Jennifer Reilly, RD). Obviously it contains incredibly useful information for dietary changes to survive cancer. It also has a large recipe collection that is used in PCRM's Food for Life classes. There are 258 pages in the book. <link>pcrm.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/he<BR>alth/cancer/Cancer_Survivors_Guide.pdf </link> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:12:45 EST Ben Bella's Best of Plant-Based Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62816450 Ben Bella Books just released a free pdf of Best of Plant-Based Eating, second edition. The 234 page book contains recipes from the various China Study cookbooks, Lindsay Nixon (Happy Herbivore), Dreena Burton, Laura Theodore (Jazzy Vegetarian), and many others. Here's a link <link>www.benbellavegan.com/BBVmedia/ebook<BR>s/benbellas-best-of-plant-based-eating<BR>-second-edition.pdf </link> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:06:06 EST Vegan Mozzarella and Savory Egg Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62786353 This recipe for Vegan Mozzarella is just in time for an end of season Caprese salad. It's from the book "DIY Vegan" by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman. <BR> <link>plantpoweredkitchen.com/vegan-mozzar<BR>ella-diy-vegan/ </link> Here's another post about the book <link>www.adashofcompassion.com/ebooks/diy<BR>vegan/ </link> and a link to their recipe for Savory Egg Mix <link>jlgoesvegan.com/diy-vegan/ </link> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:11:02 EST Early Veganuary Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62778932 The month of January is Veganuary, a month dedicated to inspiring and supporting people to reduce the suffering of animals by going vegan for a month. For the upcoming campaign, the Veganuary organization has produced a series of 8 meal plans: <BR> 1.Quick and Convenient <BR> 2.Family Friendly <BR> 3.Gluten Free <BR> 4.Sports Nutrition <BR> 5.What Real Vegans Eat <BR> 6.Nut Free <BR> 7.Soya Free <BR> 8.Love to Cook! <BR> <BR> Today the Love to Cook meal plan was released <BR> <li... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:30:58 EST Miso http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62778876 Miso is a fermented soy product that adds wonderful flavor to dishes. South River Miso is my favorite brand. This is the current newsletter <link>campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/ren<BR>der?ca=53733a6e-1f36-48d2-a182-b5d6913<BR>2b9c0&amp;c=b30976c0-5eaa-11e3-a1e5-d4<BR>ae527b79b7&amp;ch=b30f6a30-5eaa-11e3-a<BR>1e5-d4ae527b79b7 </link> The art of making miso is an ancient Japanese tradition. Spend some time on the website learning more about this wonderful ingredient. You'll find some temp... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:20:57 EST Kickstart Your Day with Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62778716 The team has quite a few new members these days. First of all, welcome to all of you! We hope you will enjoy your time here and that you will jump in and write away on one of the many topics or start your own. Inquiring minds want to read your words. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to show you some vegan equivalents to common meals, so I created a list based on some of the dishes I thought I would miss when I transitioned. Amazingly, I never really missed any them; but that’s a story for... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:43:01 EST Another Reason to Keep a Wooden Spoon Handy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62763790 Did you know that laying a wooden spoon flat over the top of a pot of boiling water will keep it from overflowing? Here's the science <link>thrivemarket.com/blog/tip-week-woode<BR>n-spoon-can-save-cooking-disaster/ </link> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:26:58 EST Try One of These Recipes Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62763389 As I was clearing out my inbox, I noticed a link to this interesting article: 23 Vegan Recipes to Try This Autumn. Obviously I haven't tried all of them, but some are familiar. It's certainly an article worth sharing. Bon appetit! <link>fabweb.org/2015/09/28/23-vegan-recip<BR>es-you-need-to-try-this-autumn/# </link> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:54:44 EST Keep Produce Fresher, Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62763373 Storing your produce properly will extend its freshness <link>strongertogether.coop/fresh-from-the<BR>-source/keep-produce-fresher-longer/ </link> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:49:42 EST 10 Common Mistakes Every Cook Makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62763362 This piece from The Kitchn doesn't focus specifically on plant based dishes, but the tips apply to any kind of cooking <link>www.thekitchn.com/10-common-mistakes<BR>-that-every-cook-makes-mistakes-in-the<BR>-kitchen-217949 </link> Following their great tips will help make you a better cook. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:46:58 EST Sloppy Joes for Fall Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62763190 Here in MN, it's leaf raking season. After that, well ... lots of white stuff on the ground and sometimes bone chilling temps. After a session of working hard outside or a day of errands and shopping, it's nice to have something filling and warming ready to eat. Soups and stews are great, but sometimes a Sloppy Joe is a delicious alternative. Here are some recipes that I've modified slightly (by eliminating the oil and using low or no sodium products) and thoroughly enjoyed: <BR> <BR> Kristy... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:11:21 EST October 2015 Newsletter from the Campbell Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62756095 Here's a link to the latest newsletter from the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies <link>nutritionstudies.org/newsletters/oct<BR>ober-2015/ </link> If you're looking for recipes, just click "recipes" at the top of the page. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:57:48 EST 21 Day Challenge starts October 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62755808 The Food Day Challenge was put together by the folks at the UC Davis Integrative Medicine Program, and a few lucky folks will actually win free meals from 22 Days Nutrition for the challenge. There will be a private Facebook group featuring recipes, cheat sheets, and shopping lists along with stories, advice, and inspiration. The challenge begins October 31. Here's a link <link>www.ucdintegrativemedicine.com/optin<BR>/21day2015/ </link> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:01:58 EST Product Recall: Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62678130 Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans, 16 oz <BR> UPC# 21908-50145 <BR> Date: 29JUNE2017 <BR> <BR> If you have this product, return it to the store where you purchased it <BR> <link>www.foodsafetynews.com/2015/10/gener<BR>al-mills-again-recalls-cascadian-farms<BR>-frozen-green-beans-for-listeria-risk/<BR>#.VhQ2qkuzbIU </link> <BR> <BR> There was an earlier recall of this same product with an earlier expiration date <link>www.generalmills.com/en/News/NewsRel<BR>eases/Library/2015/July/cc-r... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:03:42 EST Winter Holiday Meals 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62659646 Here in Minnesota pumpkins are everywhere these days. I even saw a stand set up in my neighborhood yesterday where a church group was selling them as a fund raiser. The November magazines have already started arriving, and all of them are filled with Thanksgiving and holiday recipes. We haven't even had a hard frost yet! The Twin Cities Marathon ended earlier today, and the fall colors are a couple of weeks late. But the clock keeps ticking, and the Thanksgiving countdown has begun. <BR> <BR... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:20:09 EST Soup Recipes from Kathy Patalsky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62644652 Kathy Patalsky is a prolific blogger on her own blog, Happy Healthy Life, and writes recipes and articles for Babble and other websites. She recently released a cookbook, Happy Healthy Kitchen, Kathy's recipes are excellent and easy to make. Here is an article featuring 25 classic soup recipes by Kathy and other bloggers like Zsu Dever <link>www.babble.com/best-recipes/25-class<BR>ic-soups-gone-vegan/ </link> This recipe for Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup is from her book <link>www.blenderbab... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:18:33 EST World Vegetarian Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62644424 It's only the second day of October, and I've already received several emails promoting World Vegetarian Month. I'll post links to the ones that seem most notable on this thread as I get them. <BR> <BR> Today's feature is from Oldways Mediterranean Food Alliance. The recipes can easily be veganized by omitting or substituting ingredients. As always, eliminate the oil and added sugar for healthier dishes. This weekend I am making the Lentil Lasagna recipe substituting the mozzarella with eith... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:34:30 EST Today is World Vegetarian Day & National Kale Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62634991 Did you know that October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, the kickoff to Vegetarian Awareness Month? Of course many vegetarian recipes are not plant-based because they contain dairy or eggs. I'm a sucker for just about anything savory in the form of a pie, and a galette is SO easy. Believe me when I say you cannot fail when making a galette crust. For a filling, just about anything works. I like to use a tofu ricotta as a binder for greens, mushrooms, and onions. Use any veggies that you have on h... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:27:47 EST Guide to Winter Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62634282 Here in Minnesota, fall has arrived. Leaves are turning (a bit late this year); and temps are getting cooler. Local apples and winter squash are beginning to appear at the markets and groceries. I love cooking with most varieties of winter squash and can hardly wait to make my first batch of butternut squash lasagna based on Chef Chloe's recipe <link>chefchloe.com/entrees/white-lasagna-<BR>with-roasted-butternut-squash-and-spin<BR>ach.html </link> (I omit the oil, and it's still very delic... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:21:33 EST Food Waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62619263 Raise your hand if you're one of the many who buy food with the best of intentions only to have it outdate or rot before you used it. My hand is certainly raised. When I went grocery shopping when I was working, I usually bought extra cans of tomatoes or beans to have on hand "just in case." Today I threw away what was probably at least a couple of hundred dollars of expired cans that I had put on shelving in the basement and never used. Fortunately, some of the food was still within its "bes... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:46:46 EST McDougall Newsletter for September 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62619230 Dr McDougall addresses blood pressure in this issue. Recipes include many yummy soups and stews just in time for fall weather. This is a secure link, so copy and paste it into your browser. SP doesn't support live https links <BR> <BR> https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2015nl/<BR>sep/150900.pdf Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:39:43 EST Chipotle Carrot "Queso" and A Less Spicy Version http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62562153 There are several versions of cheeze sauce made with carrots, nutritional yeast, and cashews. Some also use potatoes. This one for Chipotle Carrot "Queso" from Cookie + Kate is quite good <link>cookieandkate.com/2015/vegan-chipotl<BR>e-carrot-queso/ </link> This is a nut-free version that's not very spicy despite its name - Healthy Queso Dip; it would be very good over vegetables or in Mac & Cheeze <link>toneitup.com/2015/05/healthy-quesadi<BR>llas/ </link> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:42:55 EST Vegan with a Vengeance 10th Anniversary Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62553645 It's hard to believe the original "Vegan with a Vengeance" was published 10 years ago. It's become a mainstay for many plant-based cooks. The 10th Anniversary edition was released in May. It includes more Fizzle tips, simplified directions, streamlined ingredients, new photographs, a few new recipes, and a few recipes from Isa and Terry's other books. If you have a copy of the original, you'll certainly notice the difference. In the new edition, Isa doesn't go as far as eliminating or reducin... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:22:37 EST The Best Vegan Bean Chili per Serious Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62532061 Kenji Lopez-Alt and his cohorts at Serious Eats always offer some of the best tips and recipes anywhere. This recipe for bean chili, for example, contains excellent information about dried chilis and why a paste made with them results in a complex, flavor-rich chili that cannot be duplicated by using chili powder and other dried spices. This recipe is somewhat time consuming, so it's not the best choice for making a quick meal to make after a busy day. That said, it freezes beautifully -- and... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:26:11 EST In Search of the Perfect Pot of Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62530876 Beans are a mainstay of plant-based cooking. They are delicious, versatile, and full of nutrients. Cooking beans well, however, is not as straight forward as it might seem. Sometimes they’re mushy (overcooked); other times they’re crunchy or chalky (undercooked). Sometimes they seem to take forever to cook (old beans). Questions arise such as to soak or not to soak, to use salt or not, etc. Most agree, however, that high acid ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar, tomatoes, chili sauce, ca... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:12:00 EST Cowspiracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62528058 Have y'all seen Cowspiracy? <BR> It's streaming on Netflix now!! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:07:31 EST Newbie in the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x62475680 Hey all, I am Jenn and I have been practicing a plant based lifestyle for the better part of 4 months now. I had been going back and forth with the idea for a long while before making the change as I have never been a huge meat eater. I watched FOK and I was plant based that very next day. I have my moments of weakness as I am a sucker for a burger every now and again. I am from So Cal and In-N-Out people....come on! LOL! However, the more I educate myself, come to communities like this and e... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:37:23 EST Refresh Your Kitchen Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62404698 Now that summer is on the wane, the focus (at least in Minnesota) turns to getting ready for fall and the winter that will follow. The folks at TheKitchn have developed a kitchen challenge - The Kitchn Cure: 20 Days to a Happier, Healthier Kitchen. If you haven't had time to go through your cupboards, evaluate your current cookware and gadgets (yes, it may be time to give some things away), or clear the unused appliances from your counter, this could be the motivation you need. The cure start... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:53:49 EST PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Begins Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62392966 The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is a program from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr Neal Barnard's organization. If you're new to a plant-based diet and/or if you're looking for a structured meal plan, this might be perfect for you. If you have done the kickstart before, you'll find that this version features some new recipes. All of the recipes are available at no cost; and all are free or almost free of salt, sugar, and oil. The daily emails are helpful reminders, instructio... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:56:56 EST The Easiest Way to Boil Hulled Barley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62379568 If you follow the package directions for cooking hulled barley, more often than not you'll end up with soggy barley. Try this method for much better results <link>www.vegancoach.com/boiled-barley.htm<BR>l </link> There are directions for steamed barley at the end of the post. Pearl barley is also delicious, but it is much less nutritious. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:51:24 EST Perfect Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62379519 This is the easiest and most fool-proof way to cook brown rice. This method uses a lot of water, so those of you who might shy away from brown rice because of the arsenic content (negligible and naturally occurring but still scary for some) can cook and eat it with no fear. It's very similar to Jeff Novick's method, but it's a printable recipe easily accessible for those of you who like to use them. Here's the method from Saveur magazine <link>www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Perfe<BR>ct-Brow... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:43:19 EST Calcium: A Vegan Nutrition Primer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62330197 Getting enough calcium in our diets to protect our bones requires some planning, and individual needs vary according to age and other factors. Virginia Messina, aka The Vegan RD, posted this excellent resource on her blog today <link>www.theveganrd.com/vegan-nutrition-p<BR>rimers/calcium-a-vegan-nutrition-primer </link> Please read it and incorporate the suggestions into your meal planning routine. <BR> <BR> Ginny references this entry on Calcium and Vitamin D on Jack Norris, RD's Vegan ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:40:32 EST Plant-Strong Recipes and Articles @ The Guardian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62268807 UK's newspaper The Guardian has a Vegan Food and Drink category. If you're interested in finding some recipes to try or articles to read, here's a link <link>www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/veg<BR>an </link> Among other things, you'll find 4 recipes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's book "Isa Does It" in the February 2014 section. Click on the Chandra Malai Kofta recipe to get started; click on the pictures at the end to get to the other recipes like Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff. Though her recipe... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:24:59 EST Recipes from "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62253089 PlantPure Nation is a film produced by the team that brought us Forks Over Knives. Now there's a cookbook, "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film...with over 150 Plant-Based Recipes" by Kim Campbell, with a forward by T Colin Campbell. Kim is a culinary contributor, recipe developer, and cooking instructor at Campbell Wellness, a health and wellness business. She is married to the film's executive producer, Neeson Campbell, and is T Colin Camp... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:29:46 EST UPDATED: The FOK Plan 4-Week Meal Plan w/Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62235134 "The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet" by Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (both were featured in the FOK film) is a guide to changing your diet and lifestyle to become the healthy, happy person you were meant to be. Almost half the book is devoted to explaining plant-based whole foods diet and offers some excellent tips to help you stay on track during your transition and beyond. This 4-Week Meal Planning Guide will help you get... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:03:50 EST Addendum: The FOK Plan 4-Week Meal Plan w/Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62235132 When I originally posted this thread, SP was doing system maintenance; so it posted twice. I renamed it and decided to use it to post recipes I found when looking for the recipes on the 4-week meal plan that would be good substitutes. <BR> <BR> Though not in the book, these recipes meet the guidelines. Use them like you would any recipe from “The FOK Plan.” <BR> <BR> Breakfast Potatoes by Ramses Bravo from his book "Bravo! Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Kitchen" <link>http://www... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:02:50 EST Sneak Peek at Zsu Dever's New Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62230665 "Vegan Bowls" is Zsu Dever's newest book, scheduled for release September 15. Today Vegan Heritage Press, the publisher, released her recipe for Spinach Salad Bowl with Warm Pecan Dressing <link>us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f6b8473<BR>7b1331ecffa3f0f91c&id=ad2b901083&e=d28<BR>31553b6 </link> The dressing contains 3 Tbsp of oil for the 4-serving salad; I would probably play around with it or substitute a fat-free citrusy dressing. If you have a nut allergy or have eliminated nuts from your ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:11:27 EST The FOK Plan 4 Week Meal Planning Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62230605 If you have a copy of "The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet" by Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (both were featured in the FOK film), you'll appreciate this handy companion - a 4-week meal planning guide <link>www.forksoverknives.com/wp-content/u<BR>ploads/4-Week-Meal-Planning-Guide-The-<BR>Forks-Over-Knives-Plan.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> If you've been using recipes from the FOK and E2 websites but feel you aren't making the pr... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:59:52 EST Nondairy Milks Account for 20% of Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62222584 The plant milk section of groceries is expanding frequently with new refrigerated and shelf-stable products. Sales almost doubled between 2009 and 2014 and now account for almost 20% of dairy case sales. No wonder the dairy industry is fighting plant milks in its advertising and behind the scenes in what are possibly more nefarious ways. (What's really driving the frivolous lawsuits against almond milk manufacturers?) Califia Farms is one of the newest entrants in the market with pretty packa... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:59:37 EST Scotland to Ban GM Crops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62222513 The Scottish government will submit a request to the EU o be excluded from any EU consents for GMO cultivation, including already approved Monsanto MON 810 maize and 6 other crops currently pending approval. Read more here <link>www.foodnavigator.com/Policy/Scotlan<BR>d-bans-GM-crops/ </link> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:48:53 EST Savory Recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62214949 Savory dishes that include peanut butter are almost always favorites when I cook or go out to eat. The folks at VegKitchen put together a collection of 8 recipes that are sure to appeal to anyone who likes peanut butter in savory applications. <link>www.vegkitchen.com/tips/8-delicious-<BR>vegan-main-dishes-featuring-peanut-but<BR>ter/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a recipe for Gado Gado, one of my favorite dishes in the world. It isn't exactly like the one I make, but I developed mine a... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:41:33 EST Carbohydrate Consumption Key in Human Brain Evol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62208143 Dr McDougall posted a link to this interesting article on the Daily Mail website about a recent study that argues carbohydrate consumption was key in the human brain's development, "The secret to man's intelligence? POTATOES: Humans evolved large brains because our ancestors ate starchy carbohydrates" <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/arti<BR>cle-3189454/The-secret-man-s-intellige<BR>nce-POTATOES-Humans-evolved-large-brai<BR>ns-ancestors-ate-starchy-carbohydrates.html </link> So eat yo... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:42:28 EST Pistachio News + Industry Study Says Butter Is Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62200046 It sounds amazing, but it's evidently true. the Danish Dairy Research Foundation's recent study established that even moderate consumption could raise cholesterol levels. It's quite unusual for an industry-funded study to result in a less than favorable report on the industry's product(s). <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog<BR>/wp/2015/08/07/the-butter-industry-pro<BR>bably-regrets-paying-for-this-study-th<BR>at-shows-butter-is-bad-for-you/ </link> <BR> <BR> Last year, rese... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:45:12 EST Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen - Delicious Recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62199847 Richa Hingle's long-awaited book "Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen" is now available for purchase. I haven't had to chance to look at a copy yet, so it's fun to see some of the recipes on the book's blog tour. Below are a few that have been featured: <BR> <BR> Mom's Chickpea Flour Pancakes recipe <link>http://vedgedout.com/2015/06/13/so-m<BR>uch-love-for-vegan-richas-indian-kitch<BR>en-plus-review-giveaway-and-recipe-for<BR>-moms-chickpea-flour-pancakes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mango Curry Tofu ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:03:59 EST Oil-Free Vegan Pesto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62199718 Basil is in season now, and pesto is a great way to use it. Here's a recipe for an oil-free version from Wendy from Hungry Girl's Kitchen <link>www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2013/07/<BR>oil-free-vegan-pesto-and-giveaway.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you have lots of basil to use, I highly recommend this recipe, Nutty Red Pepper and Basil Dip from Whole Foods. This stuff is delicious as a dip, sandwich base, pasta sauce, and could probably be a dressing if thinned with a bit of water. It's also... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:44:15 EST Frozen Veggies - Plain is Good; Sautes Not So Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62192501 Many people keep frozen veggies on hand for quick meals. Frozen plain vegetables are great and can be used in soups and casseroles as well as side dishes. The Birds Eye Recipe Ready line is a great convenience. <BR> <BR> The sautés and steamers are not quite as healthy. Read the labels before you purchase these products. GG Teriyaki Steamers have 3.5 gms of fat in an 8-ounce serving and butter is listed as one of the ingredients; the Italian Herb variety contains 6 grams of fat and contains ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:27:10 EST PCRM's Congressional Veggie Burger Smackdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62185580 PCRM teamed up with Washington chef Todd Gray from Equinox Restaurant for a Veggie Burger Smackdown. Chef Gray created different burgers and sauces in honor of 4 members of Congress. The winner was the New Jersey Burger which celebrated the state’s official vegetable with a Slow-Cooked Tomato Chutney in honor of Sen. Cory Booker. Here's the post on PCRM's website <link>www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/photos<BR>-and-recipes-congress-competes-in-vegg<BR>ie-burger-smackdown </link> Links to one... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:21:48 EST Nothing Vegan Here - Just a Great Feel Good Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62185522 A couple in Turkey distributed food to thousands of Syrian refugees instead of having a lavish reception. This story is touching <link>www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/<BR>08/04/the-most-generous-bride-of-earth<BR>-couple-feeds-4-000-syrian-refugees-on<BR>-their-wedding-day.html </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:08:56 EST VegNews Is Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62185115 After a much too long hiatus, VegNews is back with new content online and its first print issue after the break hitting the mail soon, if not already. If you're a print subscriber, your subscription was automatically extended to cover missed publication dates. Check out the news and recipes on the website <link>vegnews.com/ </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:07:23 EST 5 Things Vegan Can Do for Optimal Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62185004 Watch the Happy Cow interview with Dr Fuhrman, "5 Things Vegans Can Do for Optimal Health" (secure link; just copy and paste in your browser) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFwCgV5l<BR>MKk Wed, 5 Aug 2015 18:50:35 EST Post Recipes for 2016 International Year of Pulses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62183817 No, we aren't talking heart rates and pulses here except as a benefit of a healthy diet that includes pulses. It's time for lentils, split peas, peas, chickpeas, dry beans, and other pulses to take their places on the main stage of food. Pulses are also known as grain legumes The UN has designated 2016 the International Year of Pulses <link>www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/ </link> <BR> <BR> From the US Dry Bean Council: <BR> The idea of a year dedicated to recognizing the role of pulse crops ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:08:44 EST Dr McDougall - The Food We Were Born to Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62183190 Dr John McDougall talked about the value of a starch-based diet at TEDxFremont in 2012. After over 40 years of helping patients get well, he shares his knowledge with humor and passion. (secure link; copy and paste into your browser) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5wfMNNr<BR>3ak Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:16:51 EST Dr Esselstyn - Making Heart Attacks History http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62183172 Dr Caldwell Esselstyn makes the case that heart attacks are food borne illnesses in this TEDxCambridge talk from 2011. (secure link; copy and paste into your browser) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqKNfyUP<BR>zoU Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:13:26 EST Dr Fuhrman - I Love Nutritional Science http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62183156 Dr Joel Fuhrman shared some very personal stories during his presentation "I Love Nutritional Science" at a TEDxCharlotteville 2013 (secure link; copy and paste into your browser) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4katnfH<BR>zXA Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:10:38 EST Rip Esselstyn - Plant-Strong & Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62183145 Rip Esselstyn delivered "Plant-Strong and Healthy Living" at TEDxFremont in November 2012. (secure link - copy and paste into your browser) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkEYcmC<BR>CCk Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:07:31 EST Doug Lisle - The Pleasure Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62183117 Doug Lisle presented "The Pleasure Trap" at a TEDxFremont event in November 2012. This is one of the better recorded version of the talk which has been recorded at other venues. (Secure link; copy and paste into your browser.) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2btaDO<BR>BK8 <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:04:54 EST Getting Over the Addiction to Salt, Oil, and Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62182936 Happy Cow interviewed Dr Alan Goldhamer about the work at True North Health Center and getting over the addiction to salt, oil, and sugar in this video. It's another secure link, so just copy the full link (it splits across 2 lines) and paste it in your browser. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_sI4zd<BR>m_M <BR> <BR> Dr Michael Klaper's presentation titled "Salt, Sugar & Oil -- Avoid!" from VegSource. It's another secure link, so copy and paste <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:34:49 EST Recipe Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62182840 Wouldn't it be fun to have one place to find luscious and delicious recipes when it's time to think about dinner? This whole forum is full of good recipes, and I thought it would be fun to try on ongoing thread instead of opening a new one for each recipe. It's an experiment. Post away! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:19:42 EST Recipes for Sriracha Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62182753 Here's a fun collection of 9 recipes for all sriracha lovers. I'm sure you'll find at least one with your name on it. <link>www.chooseveg.com/9-mouthwatering-ve<BR>gan-recipes-for-sriracha </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:00:42 EST Judge Strikes Down Idaho Ag Gag Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62182504 A judge struck down Idaho's controversial ag gag law as unconstitutional. The legal challenge to Idaho's now unconstitutional law was brought by a coalition of animal protection, food safety, and civil liberties groups. The law was enacted by the Idaho legislature in 2014 as a direct result of a Mercy for Animals undercover investigation that documented animal abuse and cruelty in 2012. Click the link to read NPR's story about this ruling <link>www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08<BR>/04/42... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:20:59 EST Pressure Cooker - Your Best Friend in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62181651 Many people have bad memories of pressure cookers; it seems like every family has a tale involving a pressure cooker explosion. Fortunately, they have been improved dramatically over the years and are now safer and easier to use than ever. The most convenient pressure cookers to use are electric; they require minimal tending, unlike stovetop models. Some are multi-pots and can cook in pressure or slow cooker modes, like the Breville Fast Slow Cooker. Whether you use an electric or a stovetop ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:47:24 EST An Ode to Sweet Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62175152 This is from this month's issue of Minnesota Grown - Pick of the Month. Of course, any sweet corn is better if it's organic since it doesn't contain GMOs. Enjoy summer's bounty while it's fresh. <link>minnesotagrown.com/wp-content/upload<BR>s/Sweet-Corn.pdf </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:48:12 EST Use Summer Bounty to Make Oil-Free Tabbouleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62174310 Tomatoes, parsley, scallions, cucumber, and garlic are plentiful right now. Put them to good use in this delicious oil-free tabbouleh recipe from Wendy Solganik, creator of Healthy Girl's Kitchen <link>www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2013/07/<BR>transcendent-tabbouleh-oil-free.html </link> For an interesting and tasty twist on this recipe, substitute 2 cups of cooked quinoa for the bulgur and water. <BR> <BR> PS - Be sure to make a batch of Wendy's falafel burgers (link is in her post). They'... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:48:57 EST Chef AJ Teleclasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62173528 Chef AJ has produced 53 teleclasses with many of the icons and heroes of the plant-based eating world. She has generously, with the financial assistance of many, posted them here <link>www.healthytasteonline.com/chef-aj-t<BR>eleclasses.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to catch the next one live, here's the info from her website <BR> <BR> Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 <BR> 6:00 pm Pacific <BR> 8:00 pm Central <BR> 9:00 pm Eastern <BR> <BR> Dial in number: 712-432-1212 <BR> Meeting ID: ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:23:17 EST Make Your Own Vegan Chorizo (Tofu-Based) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62166042 Last week Washington Post Food and Dining editor Joe Yonan featured his adaptation of a recipe in “Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking,” by Roberto Martin (De Capo Press, 2015). Roberto calls this Tofu-Rizo in his book. It's a straightforward vegan chorizo. Since it's made with tofu instead of vital wheat gluten, it's fast to make. You can store the uncooked mixture up to a week, which makes this a great dish to have on hand for a Mexican-inspired meal anytime of the week. If you try it, let me know ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:26:31 EST Silken Tofu And What You Can Do With It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62159983 Rhea Parsons has a really useful article about silken tofu accompanied by several recipes on One Green Planet <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/wh<BR>at-is-silken-tofu-how-is-it-different-<BR>and-what-can-you-do-with-it/ </link> This site drives me crazy because it has so many video ads, but there are some really great posts on it. I love Rhea's recipes and posts. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:14:12 EST Dr Michelle McMadden on Rich Roll's Podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62159485 Dr Michelle McMadden is a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of Medicine at NYU Medical School; she is a great support of plant-based nutrition. Last week she was a guest on Rich Roll's podcast: "Prevent Disease & Thrive: Michelle McMacken, MD on Holistic Lifestyle Medicine & Promoting Optimal Wellness Through Plant-Based Nutrition <link>http://www.richroll.com/podcast/mich<BR>elle-mcmacken-md/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can also find posts from her on the Fo... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:51:03 EST What Salad Dressings Do You Use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62159385 There are some really great oil-free salad dressing recipes as well as some tasty commercial products. Do you have favorite recipes or commercial salad dressings? Please share. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:35:07 EST Have You Ever Used Wild Fennel Pollen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x62158199 Over the past few months I've seen several mentions of wild fennel pollen in cooking articles and recipes. Have you ever used it? Thoughts, opinions? Here's a blog post <link>chefshop.com/blog/index.php/2015/07/<BR>yellow-fairy-dust-the-magic-of-wild-fe<BR>nnel-pollen/ </link> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:26:22 EST Lulu's Local Eatery in St Louis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62158137 Here's a review of Lulu's Local Eatery in St Louis, MO. Looks like a great casual neighborhood restaurant. <link>www.everydaytastiness.com/2015/08/lu<BR>lus-local-eaterysaint-louis-mo.html </link> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:17:29 EST Faux Gras, Not Foie Gras http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62150950 If you need a delicious, rich spread for a gathering or just to have on hand for noshing, try this lovely vegetarian version of foie gras featuring mushrooms and lentils. The recipe from "Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic" by Rebecca Leffler calls for a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. You could omit that and add a bit of rich vegetable broth instead. The flavor and texture won't be the same as you would get from using oil, but the substitution will still yield a delicious spread. Give thi... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:38:54 EST Favorite Breakfasts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62150681 Some people like sweet starts to the day; others like savory. What is your favorite breakfast? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:50:30 EST Electric Water Bath Canner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62149135 It was inevitable that an electric version of a water bath canner would hit the market. After all, there are electric skillets, pressure cookers, water kettles, rice cookers, yogurt makers, soy milk makers, etc. This looks like a terrific product, and it's so much easier to empty than a large canning pot after use. It doesn't take up any more room than a traditional canning pot. Here's a review of the model I found <link>blog.chefscatalog.com/2015/06/11/pro<BR>duct-review-ball-freshtech-ele... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:47:42 EST Frozen Treats from BenBella Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62148882 Is it hot where you live? It's summer, so most of us in the northern hemisphere have put away the coats and boots in favor of summer duds. BenBella Vegan posted 3 frozen treats today; the Pineapple Pops recipe is from "The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook" by Del Sroufe. Enjoy one of these as a treat on a hot, sultry day soon <link>www.benbellavegan.com/treats-to-keep<BR>-you-cool-pineapple-pops-blueberry-coc<BR>onut-dreamsicles-fudgesicles/ </link> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:08:42 EST 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe Now Open on Long Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62144458 Jay Astafa's 3 Brothers Vegan Café opened today on Long Island. Here's some info <link>vegansaurus.com/post/125536729457 </link> The Italian-based menu looks delicious; there's a link in the Vegansaurus piece. The café looks like a great place for an occasional dietary splurge. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:21:01 EST "by Chloe" Restaurant Now Open in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62144356 Chloe Coscarelli's new restaurant venture, by Chloe, is now open! It's located at 185 Bleecker Street in NYC. Here's a link to the restaurant website <link>www.bychefchloe.com/ </link> Here's a review with non-food photos on Vegansaurus <link>vegansaurus.com/post/125263399052 </link> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:58:44 EST "The Homemade Vegan Pantry" - A Must Have Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62141799 Miyoko Schinner's latest book, "The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples" belongs on the bookshelf of every serious cook and everyone who wants to be a better vegan cook. It contains lots of pointers and tips. Miyoko gives you the building blocks to create your own staples and stop buying mixes, broths, spice blends, etc. that contain ingredients you might not want - plus you have control of the taste of staples you create yourself. There's something very satisfying about... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:01:19 EST Oops! This post has been moved to Kitchen Wizardry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62137538 Sorry team! I posted this info about Miyoko Schinner's new book, "The Homemade Vegan Pantry" in the wrong forum. I moved the post to Kitchen Wizardry <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155<BR>x62141799 </link> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:14:43 EST Pay Attention to the Source of Your Cilantro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62136141 The FDA has banned some cilantro from the state of Puebla in Mexico after unsanitary conditions were found in some fields and packing houses. Evidently this problem has existed for quite a while, but the source was unknown until now. Here's another good reason to buy organic and locally sourced food whenever possible -- and of course to wash produce well, though that's not completely effective especially in the case of delicate herbs. Here's more info <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-yo... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:10:19 EST Make-Ahead Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62134198 I don't know about you, but I don't always have time to prepare tantalizing meals every day. I love to cook large meals and freeze servings for later, as well as having some yummy leftovers in the fridge for the week ahead. Helyn Dunn, creator of the Helyn's Healthy Kitchen blog, posted "Make-Ahead Nutritarian Meals for Busy People" today. Her recipes are wonderful - and all follow Dr Fuhrman's guidelines <link>www.helynskitchen.com/2015/07/make-a<BR>head-nutritarian-meals-for-busy.html </... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:15:02 EST Oh She Glows! 2 Day Reset Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62078054 Angela Liddon, author of the Oh She Glows! blog and cookbook, has been working on her second cookbook. After spending lots of time developing the dessert section for the new book, she needed a dietary reset. I think that happens to many of us, even if we aren't working on a cookbook! Here's her 2-Day Reset <link>ohsheglows.com/2015/07/22/hit-the-re<BR>set-button-with-this-2-day-plant-based<BR>-meal-plan/ </link> All of the recipes are included via the live links in the post. If you're wave... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:14:56 EST Substitutes for Coconut Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62077841 Many recipes call for canned coconut milk, especially curry recipes. It's high in fat and includes saturated fat, which is not healthy at all. Here are some substitutes you can use that are healthier. The resulting dishes will not be as thick and creamy as they are with the canned product, but that's a small thing to give up and still be able to have the lovely flavor coconut milk lends to a dish. <BR> <BR> The post also addresses coconut milk beverage and coconut oil. Since added oils sho... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:50:24 EST Vegan Balti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62077779 Balti is essentially a thick curry. It's quite delicious but certainly not an authentic Indian curry! It was formulated for the British market to use up bits and pieces of veggies and other items in a spicy sauce. Here are some vegan versions: <BR> <BR> from Holy Cow <link>holycowvegan.net/2015/04/vegetable-b<BR>alti.html </link> Omit the oil; substitute veggie broth (or water) for the oil in the paste. <BR> <BR> Rikki Heller adapted this recipe for Balti Tofu and Chickpeas from The New ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:42:43 EST What Do You Like for Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62077475 Some folks like to wake up to something sweet; other prefer savory starts. Conventional wisdom says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and today's post from Reboot with Joe offers some interesting takes on that <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/the-importance<BR>-of-breakfast/ </link> <BR> <BR> What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you make different start the day meals on weekends? Do you cook ahead for the week for quick grab and go breakfasts? <BR> <BR> One of my favorite... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:10:26 EST Arsenic in Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62062984 Jeff Novick recommends cooking rice with a high ratio of water to rice (6:1) to reduce arsenic levels. Most people just follow the package directions or use a 2:1 ratio, which is the standard. Matt Frazier has a great post on his blog No Meat Athlete that explains how to cook rice (with photos) using Jeff's suggested method. The post has links to some good articles at the end. <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/arsenic-in-ric<BR>e/ </link> <BR> This is a link to Jeff's forum on the McDougall sit... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:40:04 EST Make Your Own Coconut Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62062665 Though higher in fat than some of the other non-dairy yogurts on the market, coconut milk yogurt is hands down my favorite. Part of it is the texture, and part of it is the taste - I love coconut in all forms! The problem is that it's SO expensive. This recipe from The Kitchn looks very simple, so I'm adding it to my "to do" list. If you make a batch, please share your results on this thread <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-dairyf<BR>ree-coconut-yogurt-cooking-lessons-fro<BR>m-the-kitchn-... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:01:14 EST The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62062235 RosalieEsther, leader of the McDougall Team, posted a link to the new cookbook by Del Sroufe, edited by Leanne Campbell, PhD (Dr T Colin Campbell's daughter). It's titled "The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook." There are some sample recipes on the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website <link>nutritionstudies.org/author/tcsqaeco<BR>okbook/ </link> There are photos and an additional recipe on the publisher's website, BenBella Books <link>www.benbellavegan.com/book/the-china<... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:05:41 EST Miyoko Schinner's Unribs Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62058176 Miyoko Schinner's new book is titled "The Homemade Vegan Pantry." I am on the waiting list for it at my local library. In the meantime, the book is on a blog tour; and today Bryanna Clark Grogan posted the recipe for Unribs on her blog, Vegan Feast Kitchen/21st Century Table <link>veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2015/<BR>07/unribs-from-homemade-vegan-pantry-b<BR>y.html </link> She didn't post Miyoko's barbeque sauce recipe, so you'll have to use your favorite homemade or commercial product ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:09:21 EST Backyard Bowls' Coconut Cashew Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62056745 It's exciting to see dairy alternatives popping up in restaurants. This recipe from Backyard Bowls in LA looks delicious, and the bonus is that no straining is required. Here's the recipe <link>www.eater.com/drinks/2015/7/20/90017<BR>69/backyard-bowls-coconut-cashew-milk-<BR>will-make-you-forget-dairy </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:28:58 EST Healthy Living with Chef AJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62056599 Last week's post by Wendy Solganik on Healthy Girl's Kitchen was about Chef AJ's TV program, Healthy Living with Chef AJ on Foody TV. Until recently, the programs were only available on Roku and Apple TV, but the network has now put all six episodes on its website. Dr Esselstyn was a guest on one episode; Dr Campbell was on another; and they appeared together on a third episode. <BR> <BR> This is a link to the episodes on Foody TV <link>foodytv.com/healthy-living-chef-aj/ </link> The reci... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:07:34 EST BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62050560 This recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, The First Mess. Omit the oil when making this dish, and it will be much healthier. Other than that, just enjoy it with a salad on the side. <link>www.thefirstmess.com/2015/03/12/vega<BR>n-bbq-lentils-with-millet-polenta-recipe/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:01:56 EST Oven Fried Okra (no oil, GF) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62050474 I grew up in the South, and my grandparents had a small farm where they grew almost all of their food. My favorite meal since childhood has been fried okra, sweet corn, Kentucky Wonder green beans, and fresh sliced tomatoes (red and yellow). I haven't had fried okra in many years and was delighted when Susan Voisin posted a recipe for oil-free Oven Fried Okra on her blog, Fat Free Vegan. My grandmother always sliced the okra into rounds and breaded it with corn meal before frying. Susan uses ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:52:21 EST Ice Cream Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62048211 Did you know that June 19 is National Ice Cream Day? Today's post from Reboot with Joe features 7 ice cream recipes that don't require an ice cream maker. Several of them use canned coconut milk, a high fat ingredient; so pass on those recipes if you have cut all extra fat from your diet. <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/7-really-good-<BR>non-dairy-ice-creams/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:23:53 EST One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046961 Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Give this dish a try - just be sure not to add olive oil. <link>www.ordinaryvegan.net/onepotpasta/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:53:26 EST Cauliflower Salad with Chickpea Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046937 It's refreshing to find a salad dressing that contains no oil and has lots of flavor. The bonus of this dressing is that it adds a healthy protein to the meal. Try it soon! (The recipe is at the bottom of the post.) <link>www.ordinaryvegan.net/childhood-trau<BR>ma/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:49:54 EST How to Core and Deseed a Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046912 Salad season is in full swing, and zucchini and cucumbers are popular ingredients. Both have lots of seeds and a watery core. Here's an easy way to remedy that <link>www.foodandwine.com/video/how-core-a<BR>nd-deseed-zucchini </link> This method is terrific if you want to grate these veggies; the yield will contain much less moisture. You can also use it for eggplant. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:44:33 EST The Pefect Way to Line a Cake Pan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046866 Cake pans have many uses - sweet and savory; and lining them with parchment paper is the easiest way to be sure your creation doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. If you're cutting your own parchment rounds instead of using a pre-cut product, try this clever method <link>www.foodandwine.com/video/how-line-r<BR>ound-cake-pan-perfectly-every-time </link> It's really a stroke of genius! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:37:37 EST Tips for Transitioning to Vegan Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62046550 It's great to have access to wonderful recipes and eating plans, but sometimes you just need some basic directions on how to make the transition from whatever diet you were eating before to a vegan diet. There are some easy, simple ideas on the ChooseVeg website <link>www.chooseveg.com/transition </link> As you make your transition, just remember that no one is perfect; and you may find it difficult to stay on track from time to time. That's OK. Just keep moving in the right direction, and... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:51:32 EST Great Recipes from Serious Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046387 Serious Eats has been one of my favorite websites for many years. Though not of the recipes on the site are vegan, Kenji recently set up a Vegan Experience section that is full of great recipes and ideas. Many of the recipes use oil, and you can modify those using healthier techniques. There are section tabs, which I found very useful Here's a link <link>www.seriouseats.com/vegan-experience </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:33:23 EST E2 Pie Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62018318 E2 wants to see photos of your favorite pie using its whole wheat pizza crusts. Here's the 411: <BR> Guidelines and contest details: <BR> Photograph your favorite Plant-Strong pizza on our Engine 2 Plant-Strong Stone Baked 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #showusyourpie for a chance to win! <BR> <BR> For more info, visit <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/show-<BR>us-your-pie-contest/ </link> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:13:40 EST A-Z......FRUITS OR VEGETABLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x61998589 Asparagus <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8415efdb-3555-44f3-a877-522f38a5147f.jpg"> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:32:29 EST Is the Sugar in Fruit Healthy or Unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x61998047 Is the Sugar in Fruit Healthy or Unhealthy? <BR> BY ALONA PULDE, MD AND MATTHEW LEDERMAN, MD <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from The Forks Over Knives Plan. <BR> <BR> We are bombarded by stories in the media about how sugar is bad for our health and sweets of all kind should be avoided. However, the desire for sweet-tasting foods is perfectly normal and natural! Indeed, our tongue contains an abundance of sweet receptors for a good reason. Fresh fruit, the source of natural sweetness... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:33:10 EST Homemade Salsa [Pico de Gallo] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61991254 Use some of your abundance of homegrown tomatoes on this super simple salsa to eat with baked corn chips, beans, or peas: <BR> <BR> 3 large tomatoes diced small <BR> 1 or 2 big jalapenos seeded then diced fine [leave some seeds in to make it hotter] <BR> 1/2 a large sweet onion diced fine <BR> 3 cloves garlic chopped ultra fine <BR> 1/2 c. of fine diced fresh cilantro or a couple heaping tablespoons of dried [omit if you don't like cilantro but your salsa won't have as much flavor] <BR> 2 ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:29:19 EST 22 Healthy Foods..... Plus More Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x61991005 22 Healthy Foods to Always Have in Your Fridge <BR> BY DARSHANA THACKER <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here’s a master list to use when you’re stocking up on healthy ingredients and essentials. Filling your kitchen with healthy foods makes cooking delicious dishes a pleasure, not a chore. Although it looks like a long list, it’s worth it to stock up on condiments and frozen goods, since they will last for a long time. <BR> <BR> 1. Staple Vegetables <BR> For vegetables, stock up on carrots, celery, ... 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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:47:23 EST Tofu Frittata with Spinach, Peppers, and Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61985573 This is an easy to make breakfast or brunch dish that is full of flavor. Though the ingredient list includes oil, it isn't necessary and adds nothing to the flavor of the dish except, well, oil. <link>ohmyveggies.com/tofu-frittata-with-s<BR>pinach-and-peppers/ </link> I added mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes and thought they took the dish to a higher flavor profile. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:09:30 EST Burmese Tofu - no soy, easy to make http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61985323 The Shan people of Burma developed a very wonderful version of tofu that is made from water and chickpea and split pea flour. This product doesn't have some of the versatility of tofu, but it is quite delicious all the same. It is similar to polenta. For more info and recipes, visit <link>www.mynewroots.org/site/2014/04/geni<BR>us-chickpea-tofu/ </link> For more ideas, just search for Burmese tofu in your favorite browser. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:29:39 EST