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 Im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x65598235 Hi, I was active in sparks years ago but fell off the wagon hard now I have to get back on and need help Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:48:03 EST 3 Week Food Day Challenge from UC Davis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65483497 UC Davis Integrative Medicine's 2016 Food Day Challenge officially starts Monday. This is the second time it's been offered, and the menus are completely new and aren't recipes that have previously appeared in other blogs and books. This year each week's dinners have international themes: Latin America, Mediterranean, and Asia &amp; Middle Eastern. Lunch and breakfast recipes are more standard but still delicious fare.None of the recipes call for oil or salt; there are a couple with limited s... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:00:40 EST Matt Frazier's Sauce System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65373901 Matt Frazier is a vegan marathoner and ultra-runner who is the driving force behind the popular website No Meat Athlete. Matt like things simple, and this set of 5 sauces will help you create a variety of meals with minimal effort and ingredients. In addition to recipes, this post includes a 4-week challenge. Keep meal planning and preparation easy, and spend the rest of your time doing other things that keep you active and healthy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/sauce-system/ </lin... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:41:23 EST DIY Oven Cleaner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65348273 The chemicals in commercial oven cleaners are overpowering to me. I've seen several DIY versions, but this one from Thrive Market has citrus peels, something I haven't seen before. My oven will have to stay dirty for a while because I don't have time to add that chore to my pre-surgery "must do" list. If you try it, let me know how it works <link>https://thrivemarket.com/blog/an-all<BR>-natural-diy-oven-cleaner-that-really-<BR>works-no-fumes-no-chemicals </link> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:06:28 EST Cozy Lentil Soup w/Delicata Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65341876 Rebecca Katz is one of my favorite cookbook authors. Though not all of her recipes are vegan, most are. I especially appreciate the science behind her recipes, most of which are designed to help cancer patients as well as people who just want good, nourishing food. If you don't have a delicata squash, butternut squash is equally good in this soup. I make large batches of her Magic Mineral Broth and always have some on hand in the freezer. Once you make a batch, you'll probably do the same. Yo... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:05:33 EST Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato & Kale WW Pockets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65310382 This recipe is delicious, and it fits one of my current needs - delicious, freezable recipes that are easy to reheat. Really the only time consuming parts of it are baking the sweet potatoes and preparing the dough. Sweet potatoes can be baked a few days before assembly. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen and brought back to room temperature before rolling it out. Here's the recipe for Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato and Kale Whole Wheat Pockets <link>www.thekitchn.com/recip... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:12:54 EST Vegan Recipes for Rosh Hashanah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299117 This group of recipes got overlooked, but Rosh Hashanah lasts until the evening of October 4. Hopefully some of them will find their way to your table, but one doesn't need a high holiday to enjoy these delicious dishes! <link>veganamericanprincess.com/vegan-rosh<BR>-hashanah-recipes-from-soup-to-strudel/ </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:06:43 EST Isa's Stellar Matzoh Ball Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299093 I must be really hungry for matzoh ball soup! Here is Isa Chandra Moskowitz's amazing recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance <link>veganamericanprincess.com/vegan-matz<BR>oh-ball-soup/ </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:03:05 EST Vegan Matzo Ball Soup from Nava Atlas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65299041 Here in Minnesota, there's a distinct hint of fall in the air. That means it's time to choose some soup recipes, and I am starting with this wonderful Vegan Matzo Ball Soup recipe from Nava Atlas. The recipe is technically Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables; but I consider celery, carrots, potato, onion, and optional cauliflower year-round vegetables. Click the link at the end of the ingredient list for the matzo ball recipe. The matzo balls aren't the fluffy ones you might have enj... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:56:15 EST Dairy-Free Vegan Halloween Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65298429 This post is especially for people who want to have vegan treats to share at Halloween. OK, it's also for people who want to have vegan sweets sitting around tempting them at every turn. For myself, I've learned the hard way not to bring things like this into the house because they end up in my mouth and then on my hips. But that's just me. For those of you who are braver than I am, here are 23 items that will tempt your sweet tooth <link>www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-h<BR>eadlines/bes... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:51:45 EST Breakfast Kale Salad and Creamy Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65296639 Make this for a special brunch or have it for lunch or dinner. It's a winner! Here's the recipe for Becky Striepe's Breakfast Kale Salad and Creamy Cashew Carrot Sauce <link>www.glueandglitter.com/2016/09/19/br<BR>eakfast-kale-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> PS This recipe uses cashew butter, but you could use tahini if you're following a nut-free diet. It's always good to read the comments about a recipe; there's often good info in them. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:41:23 EST Tracy McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65291275 Tracy McQuirter, of the website and book By Any Green Necessary, has released a free ebook - African American Vegan Starter Guide. Honestly, it's for all of us; so take a peek <link>africanamericanveganstarterguide.com<BR>/ </link> There's no commitment for the download. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:12:18 EST Baked Red Lentil Falafel Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65284314 I love red lentils, and eating this freezer-friendly recipe will be a welcome treat while I'm recovering from surgery. It's a change from the more traditional chickpea falafel, but it's much creamier on the interior. I love the recipes on The Kitchn! <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baked-red-l<BR>entil-falafel-salad-recipes-from-the-k<BR>itchn-201268 </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:31:08 EST 6 MeatFree HotDogs That Don't Taste Like Cardboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65284291 There are some good hot dog ideas/recipes in this Prevention article, 6 Meat-Free Hot Dogs That Don't Taste Like Cardboard <link>www.prevention.com/eatclean/6-meat-f<BR>ree-hot-dogs-that-dont-taste-like-card<BR>board </link> I want to make the beer brats soon! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:25:33 EST USA National Voter Registration Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65275974 If you are a citizen of the USA and don't know if you're a registered voter or have never before voted in a national election, click on this link <link>nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ </link> If you aren't sure, click here <link>https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote </link> The right for all people who are citizens to vote is now part of our national heritage ... and duty. Don't stay home; vote on November 8. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:00 EST Use Aquafaba to MakeThese Waffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65275789 Aquafaba is bean juice and is used as an egg substitute in many recipes. Here's a recipe from Zsu Dever's latest book "Aquafaba." <link>veganheritagepress.com/2016/09/class<BR>ic-waffles-aquafaba/ </link> I don't have her recipe for aquafaba to share, but you can use the liquid from canned chickpeas. To learn more about aquafaba, click on this link <link>aquafaba.com/faq.html </link> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:16:10 EST Eggplant Paprikash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65275704 In days past, I made a mean chicken paprikash. Now I've found a couple of plant based alternatives. First is Susan Voisin's Eggplant Paprikash <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/08/eggpla<BR>nt-paprikash.html </link> Susan is one of my favorite plant based recipe creators, and I wish she would release a cookbook. In the absence of that, her website is a virtual cornucopia of fat free vegan recipes. <BR> <BR> This is another recipe that I recently stumbled across and haven't tried - Mushroom... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:02:16 EST Homemade Golden Milk & Turmeric Ginger Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65267206 Golden milk is all the rage these days. It contains turmeric, which is an amazing spice. It's an anti-inflammatory among other things because it contains curcumin, a powerful enzyme that is linked to all sorts of positive effects on the body <link>https://authoritynutrition.com/top-1<BR>0-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-tu<BR>rmeric/ </link> You can find fresh turmeric at Whole Foods and many coops. If you can't find it, powdered turmeric is an acceptable substitute. This article explains... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:55:39 EST How Not to Die - Kindle $2.99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65261405 The Kindle edition of Dr Greger's book "How Not to Die" is only $2.99 on Amazon today. I'm not sure how long this low price will be in effect. If you have a Kindle or have the Kindle app for your PC, this is a terrific price! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:48:11 EST Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65260771 Butternut squash tends to be sweet, but this recipe cuts the sweetness by using white beans. Omit the oil, and you'll have a perfectly compliant and delicious bowl of soup in less than an hour. You can change the spices to suit your preference. I like to use sage with butternut squash. There are quite a few good recipes on this site, so be sure to browse while you're there. <link>www.eatplaybe.com/recipes/butternut-<BR>squash-and-white-bean-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are 2 more almost ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:49:08 EST Lentil Croquettes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65259281 Going through old cookbooks is a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon, and that's what I did yesterday. I have always loved Rose Elliot's books. All of her recipes are vegetarian, and many of them are vegan. This one for Lentil Croquettes is a classic. While you're on her website, be sure look at some of her other recipes. Maybe you'll be inspired to borrow some of her books from your public library or buy a couple to add to your personal collection. Here's the link <link>www.roseelliot... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:21:08 EST National Pancake Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65259107 September 26 is National Pancake Day! You'll find links for a "buttermilk" pancake recipe and pear "whipped cream" in this post from UC Davis Integrative Medicine. You won't be groaning because you consumed too many calories after you enjoy a stack of these relatively healthy, oil-free pancakes <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2016/09/c<BR>ulinary-classic-pancake/ </link> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:53:23 EST Lemon Pepper Baked Tempeh Cubes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247313 Use these Lemon Pepper Baked Tempeh Cubes in a salad or as part of a Buddha Bowl or even in pasta. They're delicious! <link>www.thefullhelping.com/favorite-lemo<BR>n-pepper-baked-tempeh-cubes-tempeh-and<BR>-herbed-rice-bowl/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:46:35 EST Quick Asian Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf - IP Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247176 Jill Nussinow created this recipe for her book "Vegan Under Pressure" - Quick Asian Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf. If you don't have one of these wonderful electric pressure cookers, you can make it on a stovetop - it will just take a bit longer. <link>www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6062<BR>361-181/instant-pot-takes-the-pressure </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:23:02 EST 50 Simple, Oil-Free, Sugar-Free Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247160 I stumbled across this delightful post and thought many of you would appreciate it. There are 50 oil-free, sugar-free recipes that call for 5 or fewer ingredients. One can never have too many recipes! <link>plantbaseddietitian.com/it-doesnt-ge<BR>t-easier-than-these-50-whole-food-plan<BR>t-based-recipes-with-5-ingredients-or-less/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:18:28 EST Bryanna's Vegan Burger Mixture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65247007 Bryanna Clark Grogan created a new recipe that can be used for burger patties, meatless balls, and crumbles. I've never tried one of her recipes that I didn't like, so I'm posting it even though I haven't made it yet. This recipe uses TVP, which some people avoid. As is often the case, brands matter. Bryanna is meticulous about her ingredients. This is what she wrote about TVP: <BR> "Now Foods organic textured soy protein: "unflavored... non-GMO ... made entirely from organic soybeans with n... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:42:05 EST Bacun, Really Good Bacun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246895 This is a recipe for all of you who have given up hope of ever having a BLT that tastes like a BLT but doesn't contain a drop of animal protein. This recipe does require oil, not a lot but enough to put it on the "no no" list if you follow a diet completely free of oil. There are 2 doughs in this recipe. One is seitan based; the other is tofu based. This recipe is not suitable for beginning cooks. That said, here's Skye Michael Conroy's recipe for Chef's Premium Bacon as posted on his website... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:22:07 EST Confession: I Love Tahini http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246591 Of all the "not allowed" foods on Dr Esselstyn's list, the one I will not give up is tahini.Maybe in a few years I'll lose my love of it; but today it's on my "don't want to do without" list. I don't eat it all the time or even often, but there are times when it's a must have. Two of my favorite recipes require it: <BR> <BR> Nutty Red Pepper and Basil Dip <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/nutt<BR>y-red-pepper-and-basil-dip </link> This recipe calls for 3 Tbsp of tahini. It's not a lot... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:35:37 EST Sample Recipes from Esselstyn's Prevent & Reverse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65246447 Here are 4 recipes from Dr Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." The recipes are Kale/Lemon Sandwiches, Mango-Lime Bean Salad, Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms, and Lime Mousse. <link>www.dresselstyn.com/site/sample-reci<BR>pes-from-prevent-reverse/ </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:09:19 EST Bistro Broccoli Chowder / Appetite for Reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65245860 Soup is on the menu today. I paged through Isa Chandra Moskowitz's lovely book "Appetite for Reduction" looking for recipes and found this recipe for Bistro Broccoli Chowder. <link>www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-h<BR>eadlines/bistro-broccoli-chowder-for-a<BR>-light-but-hearty-vegan-winter-warmer </link> It's one of those recipes I had every intention of trying right away but never seemed to get around to actually making it. Sound familiar? I didn't have parsnips and added more potatoes... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:28:17 EST How to Test Your Baking Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65231951 Did you open a container of baking powder last winter that is now past its expiration date? It might still be good. Test it before you throw it away. <link>www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/use<BR>-this-simple-trick-to-see-if-your-baki<BR>ng-powder-still-works-article </link> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:15:52 EST Bread Maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65230863 One of my culinary goals for this fall and winter is to start making bread again. When I was younger, I made bread all of the time. There's something very comforting about the act of making bread. I love kneading it, and I love the smell when it is baking. Now that I have developed severe arthritis in my dominant hand, kneading is painful instead of comforting. Today I solved my bread baking dilemma by ordering a Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Machine. Most of the bread machines I've looked... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:46:40 EST Individual Veggie Lentil Loaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65225689 There are many lentil loaf recipes floating around, and many are absolutely delicious. These fall into that category. Use the avocado tahini sauce if you want; or serve them with a lovely mushroom gravy, which is my preference. I like to serve these with a potato dish and a veggie, though sometimes I get fancier. These freeze well, which is a plus for single person or small households. <link>dietdessertndogs.com/2012/12/individ<BR>ual-veggie-lentil-loaves-with-avocado-<BR>tahini-sauce/ </li... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:26:46 EST Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets (Gobi 65) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65225092 This popular restaurant dish is usually fried, but Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa created a delicious baked version. There's an alternate batter if you want to make this dish gluten free. Richa calls for a small amount of oil to sautee the garnish, but you can dry sautee it in a nonstick pan adding a small amount of water if needed to make the dish oil free. <BR> <BR> Curry leaves can be hard to find if you don't live in an area that has Indian grocery stores. You can substitute lime zest; the... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:26:43 EST Prepping for Hand Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65223245 These past few days, I've been going through cookbooks looking for recipes I can freeze in single serving portions. There is a strong possibility that I will have surgery on my hand soon. Needless to say, it's my dominant hand. Memories of a past experience reminded me how difficult the initial period of recovery will be. It's challenging to cook - or do much of anything - with only one hand. Preparing simple meals and freezing them looks like a good option. All I have to do is open a freezer... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:07:56 EST Happy Herbivore Tips for FF Salad Dressings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65216589 At the beginning of the Kitchen Wizardry Forum, you'll find a couple of posts with a gazillion oil free salad dressing recipes. Here are a few more from Lindsay Nixon at Happy Herbivore <link>happyherbivore.com/2013/06/how-to-ma<BR>ke-oil-free-fat-free-vegan-salad-dress<BR>ing/ </link> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:43:15 EST Oh She Glows: Golden French Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65216321 Angela Liddon, the force behind Oh She Glows!, is one of my favorite recipe developers and bloggers. She just released her second book, "Oh She Glows Everyday." I haven't had a chance to read through a copy yet, but recipes are starting to appear online. Here's one for Golden French Lentil Soup that looks fabulous, a perfect meal for the cool days ahead. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of suggestions to make the recipe compliant with FOK guidelines. The oil is completely unnecessary; just use s... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:08:50 EST New American Plate Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65197449 Though not a vegan challenge per se, this is a great incentive to start changing the way you deal with food and other aspects of your life. The challenge is sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and will help you change bad habits. You can modify the food choices to be vegan and still benefit from the challenge, which starts Monday (September 19). Click here for the 411 <link>blog.aicr.org/2016/09/16/changing-ha<BR>bits-is-hard-why-our-challenge-will-help/ </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:34:55 EST Dr Ornish's Hawaiian-Style Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65195993 This recipe from Ornish Kitchen looks very interesting. If you don't have or don't like veggie crumbles, I think an equal amount of sauteed and crumbled tempeh or cooked red lentils might be a good substitute. You might need to use additional spices if you make that substitution. Here's the recipe <link>www.ornish.com/spectrum-recipes/hawa<BR>iian-style-chili/ </link> <BR> <BR> More vegan recipes from Ornish Kitchen here <link>www.ornish.com/kitchen/#cats=rec-veg<BR>an </link> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:23:17 EST PRODUCT RECALL: Field Day Organic Ranch Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65190344 September 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Drew’s, LLC has voluntarily recalled the following Field Day product due to a possible labeling error. Some bottles have an incorrect label with undeclared milk and egg, which are allergens. <BR> <BR> Field Day Organic Ranch Dressing, 8 oz <BR> UPC: 042563600242 <BR> Mislabeled bottles have UPC: 042563600259 <BR> Lot code: W210I <BR> Best by date: Jan. 28, 2018 <BR> <BR> CONTACT <BR> For more information, please contact Drew’s, LLC between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:52:46 EST Plant Strong Kid-Friendly Ideas and Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65190042 It can often be rough seas ahead when trying to get your kids to eat a plant strong diet. Here are a few tips from No Meat Athlete with family friendly recipes kids are sure to love. <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/kids-eat-vegan<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is an article by Dr John McDougall, "Diet, Children, and the Future." <link>www.forksoverknives.com/diet-childre<BR>n-and-the-future/ </link> <BR> <BR> E2's Plant Strong Kids - Week 8 (the rest of the series is accessible from links... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:55:08 EST How to Cook Without Oil (and never miss it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65189031 Cooking without oil is a challenge. Many, myself included, use scant amounts from time to time; but that isn't the best way to get and stay healthy. My story is that I find some dishes are flat without using a small amount of oil. I found this post by Rosane Oliveira to be particularly helpful in my reinvigorated attempts to purge my cupboard of oil completely. <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/03/h<BR>ow-to-cook-without-oil-and-never-ever-<BR>miss-it/#gs.yDmeBLA </link> If you have art... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:54:33 EST Coconut Tartlet with Clementine Sorbet & Lavender http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65188147 Looking for a special dessert, one that has a big wow factor? Try this recipe for Coconut Tartlet with Clementine Sorbet &amp; Lavender Syrup from the Sarno brothers. <link>wickedhealthyfood.com/2016/09/11/coc<BR>onut-tartlet-clementine-sorbet-lavende<BR>r-syrup/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:13:55 EST One Pan Tempeh Butternut Squash Bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65187976 Fall recipes are showing up on blogs and in magazines. It's nice to have them before the fall harvest begins in earnest. This recipe for One Pan Tempeh Butternut Squash looks fabulous, and I've enjoyed all of Brittany Mullins' recipes that I've tried. Here's her description of the dish: "Butternut squash, onions, mushrooms and bite-size pieces of tempeh are tossed in a flavorful ginger garlic brown sauce that I typically use to marinate tempeh. Butternut isn’t typically prepared with Asian f... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:51:48 EST Minestrone - A Formula from Serious Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65183222 As mentioned in this article, there are many variations of minestrone - often based on what's in your refrigerator and your mood. This is a great formula recipe; as noted at the end, this is a fully vegan recipe as long as you leave out the optional pancetta and Parmesan. Make a lot and freeze some in single servings. That way you'll have some on hand in case you get the sniffles later in the season and need a quick bowl of delicious soup - or skip the sniffles and go for the soup anyway. <... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:30:41 EST Butternut and Sweet Leek Hash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65182556 Fall is my favorite season! I love winter squash and all the greens that taste better after growing in cool nights, not to mention apples, etc. This recipe for Butternut and Sweet Leek Hash features butternut squash (one of my favorite veggies), new potatoes, and leeks. It features both omni and vegan methods for prep. You could skip the small amount of oil with little consequence to taste, but I strongly recommend using the cashew cream. Enjoy! <link>splendidtable.org/recipes/butternut-<BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:21:25 EST Air Fryer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65148851 This article with recipes about vegan air frying caught my eye, so I thought others might be interested in trying some of them. Full disclosure: I don't have a air fryer, but I have toyed with the idea of getting one. Now that I've seen these recipes, I'm tempted to buy one. <BR> <BR> Do you use an air fryer? If so, what's your favorite brand? <BR> <BR> Enjoy the recipes! <link>www.glueandglitter.com/2016/09/06/ve<BR>gan-air-fryer-recipes/ </link> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:58:37 EST Farro and White Bean Veggie Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x65119122 I'm from the school of thought that one can never have too many veggie burger recipes. This one for Farro and White Bean Veggie Burgers is quite good. You can skip the oil and bake them at 350 for about 10 minutes on each side. You'll need to add a bit more liquid to compensate the the lost liquid in the oil. Enjoy! <link>www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/farro<BR>-white-bean-veggie-burgers/ </link> These are nice as a side dish with salad, which eliminates the extra calories from the buns. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:03:40 EST Get Ready for October Unprocessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x65080825 September isn't here, but we're talking about October? Are you crazy? Umm, no. It takes a bit of prep, but October Unprocessed is a great way to begin or renew your commitment to YOU! Not all of the tips are vegan, but you're smart and know how to adapt. <link>eatingrules.com/october-unprocessed/ </link> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:31:38 EST Italian Lawmaker Wants Jail Time for Vegan Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64949530 From news of the strange and unbelievable, an Italian lawmaker proposed a law holding parents legally responsible for feeding their children plant based diets. She wants jail sentences of 1 year for raising a child on a vegan diet, up to 4 years if s/he develops a permanent health problem, and up to 7 years if the child dies. This would apply to parents of children up to age 16, with an increase of 1 year on the sentence if the child is under 3. This is truly one of those stories where the tr... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:22:36 EST Broth, Protein Sources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64930589 I like to drink hot broth when I feeling under the weather. In the past my favorite was chicken broth, and it's one of the few things I have missed since going completely plant-based. I found a reduced sodium plant-based product that is even better than what I enjoyed before, Massel Salt Reduced Better Bouillon Chicken Style. The All-Pupose variety is also very good; I haven't tried the Beef Style. <link>http://massel.com/products/vegan-bou<BR>illon-seasoning/ </link> The vegan Better Than... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:03:02 EST Eat Your Beans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64690238 Today is National Eat Your Beans Day! Who knew? To celebrate, Dr. Rosane Oliveira of UC Davis Integrative Medicine shared some tips and recipes <link>ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2016/07/e<BR>at-your-beans/ </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:02:20 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64640481 Hi! <BR> I'm not new to the diet, but fell off when life was super challenging. The time has come to really commit to eating plant based. I'm a diabetic with probable heart disease. I've had diabetes since 2004 and never got the weight off. I am diet controlled and take no medicines, but stress of a major move and my mom dying took its toll and my diabetes is bad. Coming back down though slowly. I am here because I need some place to come to where I don't hear the need protein ever... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:10:38 EST Summer Recipes from BenBella Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64582227 Looking for some recipes to try this summer? Here's a free mini e-book from our friends at BenBella Books. The recipes are: <BR> - Beautiful Basil Lemonade from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics by Laura Theodore <BR> - Watermelon Smoothie and Guacamole from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell <BR> - Black Bean Burgers from Better Than Vegan by Del Sroufe <BR> - Umami Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Burgers from Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton <BR> - Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Yum... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:20:25 EST New 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Begins Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64457394 PCRM has made some changes to the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart with new meal plans and some new coaches. This next session begins tomorrow. If you haven't participated in the past, now is a good time to start. You'll receive weekly meal plans with recipes, inspirational coaching from celebrities and physicians and others who follow a plant-strong diet, lots of tips for staying on track with a sugar/oil/salt-free plant-based diet, and more. Even if you can't actually start tomorrow, go ahead and sig... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:50:42 EST Memorial Day Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x64450748 Sometimes I can't find items I love in my local stores. I live in a fairly large metropolitan area, so that's frustrating. My go to source for nonperishable items is Vitacost. After going to 3 stores looking unsuccessfully for my summer tea, Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger, I ordered some from Vitacost. The bonus? Everything is 12% off through 9 AM EDT, June 1; shipping is free with orders $49 and above. If you need to stock up on some staples and want to save a little, this is a great time t... Mon, 30 May 2016 14:25:08 EST McDougall Newsletter May 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x64450592 Here's a link the the latest McDougall Newsletter <link>us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5e58f59<BR>d97611f910916b6276&amp;id=c221da7452&a<BR>mp;e=f4cd8bfd13 </link> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:54:38 EST Picnics, Cookouts, and Potlucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64445754 Here's a great roundup of summer recipes from several blogs compiled by Dianne Wenz <link>www.diannesvegankitchen.com/2016/05/<BR>23/30-vegan-recipes-summertime-cookout<BR>s-picnics-potlucks/ </link> Most of them use far too much oil for my tastes, but that's easily remedied by leaving it out. Even eggplant doesn't need olive oil to be well cooked and delicious, and eggplant sandwiches are my current faves. <BR> <BR> I'll keep looking for recipes that don't need to be modified. If you're... Sun, 29 May 2016 19:40:44 EST Recipes for Memorial Day or Any Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64390576 Here are a couple of recipes from Ben Bella books that would be perfect for a Memorial Day outing or any time: Pinto Bean Burgers from "Dining at the Ravens" and Artichoke and White Bean Salad from "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook." I am looking forward to making both dishes and hope you're inspired to do the same. <link>www.benbellavegan.com/treats-for-you<BR>r-holiday-weekend/ </link> Sat, 21 May 2016 12:37:42 EST The Basics: Kombu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64383705 Kombu is a dried seaweed that is frequently used when cooking dried beans and is a key ingredient in many broths. I just read this excellent post by Rebecca Katz that contains some great information about this wonderful ingredient. <link>www.rebeccakatz.com/blog/curious-abo<BR>ut-kombu </link> <BR> <BR> PS: Be sure to make a batch of Rebecca's Magic Mineral Broth. I discovered it several years ago and now always have some in the freezer. It's great as a broth and as a soup base. It's deli... Fri, 20 May 2016 11:21:39 EST new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64340151 Hi all, I've been vegetarian for decades but now working on eating a vegan, no oil, plant based whole foods diet. Even though I'm retired, I am still finding it challenging to dedicate the time necessary to make this work for me. I just signed up for the FOK weekly meal planning program and that seems like it will push me to be more organized and always have good food ready to go. Sat, 14 May 2016 08:48:53 EST New to this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x64298054 I was so happy to find this team. I joined SP in 2009 and have lost 60+ pounds and then got stuck. I've been an on-again off-again vegetarian for years. I stumbled upon FOK on Netflix 2 years ago and haven't looked back. However, I'm still at the same weight, for 2 years! I've decided to go back to what worked previously - SP Teams - combined with Chef AJ, McDougall and FOKs approaches. Since FOK does not encourage calorie counting/tracking - are you using the trackers? Sun, 8 May 2016 07:26:15 EST Recipes for Cinco de Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64264694 Veg News has some appetizing recipes for Cinco de Mayo <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>2094&amp;catId=2 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a selection of recipes for the celebration from Lindsay Nixon at Happy Herbivore <link>happyherbivore.com/2015/04/50-plant-<BR>based-vegan-cinco-de-mayo-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> These yummy recipes are from Nava Atlas at VegKitchen <link>www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegan-cin<BR>co-de-mayo-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Kathy Patalsky offer... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:59:20 EST Plant Strong Recipes for Passover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64155868 Passover begins Friday at sunset and ends at nightfall on April 30. Consumption of foods such as leavened foods is forbidden, so matzo is widely used. Other foods such as beans (including tofu), corn, and grains may be forbidden during this period depending on your traditions. Here are a few recipes that are suitable for the celebration. <BR> <BR> This post by Zel Allen includes recipes along with a brief history of Passover and the origins some of the dietary restrictions. <link>www.vegpa... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:21:50 EST The Basics: Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x64034118 Nutritional yeast , also known as nooch, is a frequently used ingredient in plant-strong dishes, but it isn't well known in the world of traditional cooking. Its major use is to impart a cheesy flavor; but it is used in many savory applications like seitan, gravy, scrambles, etc. Some, but not all, brands of nutritional yeast are fortified with Vitamin B12; Bob's Red Mill, Red Star, and Bragg are the best known fortified brands. Kal and Frontier brands are among the unfortified brands. <BR> ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:16:09 EST Lentil Sunflower Seed Spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63987358 Spreads are wonderful to have on hand to make snacks, sandwiches, etc. This spread from Judith Kingsbury of Savvy Vegetarian is particularly good. You can substitute 1 - 2 tsp vegetable broth for the oil, but it won't bind as well. There are some other good recipes in the same email, so here's the full link <link>https://madmimi.com/p/fcc877?fe=1&am<BR>p;pact=266636-130462595-552568898-2f3c<BR>c31d83537aeb809bb1c4c9ea4bee4d8fbb1e </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:32:05 EST The Basics: Couscous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63987292 Here's a cooking method that will elevate your next couscous dishes to new levels <link>www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/comm<BR>on-mistakes/article/couscous-common-mi<BR>stakes </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some recipes to try. Be sure to incorporate the advice from the Bon Appetit article when you prepare the actual couscous. If a recipe calls for oil for sauteing, just use some broth or water. If chicken broth is an ingredient, use a substitute like Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base or... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:19:43 EST Fresh Spring Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63980209 Here are some lovely spring recipes from BenBella Books - Roasted Asparagus with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas; Leek Pie; Asparagus with Vegan Hollandaise Sauce <link>www.benbellavegan.com/fresh-spring-r<BR>ecipes/ </link> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:50:17 EST Foods That Cleanse Your Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63965108 The liver is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Here are some foods that will help it recover and work better <link>foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-foods-to<BR>-naturally-cleanse-your-liver </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:00:57 EST The Basics: Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63878982 I love mushrooms and cook with them often. Here's a link with loads of info about them <link>www.mushroomcouncil.org/consumer-han<BR>douts-and-brochures </link> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:46:58 EST The Basics: Lentils http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63858043 Lentils are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. There are several varieties, and they're not really interchangeable in recipes. Here's a great lentil primer <link>www.foodandwine.com/fwx/food/everyth<BR>ing-you-need-know-about-lentils </link> <BR> <BR> What are your favorite recipes using lentils? I'll post some of mine in a few days. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:53:34 EST McDougall Newsletter February 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x63785739 Here's a link to the February 2016 McDougall Newsletter. You can access a pdf from there <link>us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5e58f59<BR>d97611f910916b6276&amp;id=7b4d37428d&a<BR>mp;e=f4cd8bfd13 </link> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:47:39 EST Several Kindle Vegan Cookbooks Are $1.99 Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63779379 Amazon has several Kindle editions of books on sale for $1.99 right now: <BR> "Better Than Vegan" by Del Sroufe <BR> "The China Study All Star Cookbook" edited by LeAnne Campbell <BR> several of the Happy Herbivore books by Lindsay Nixon <BR> There is one of Dr McDougall's short books on sale, and there are probably others. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long they'll be available for this price. I like to buy Kindle editions if they're priced like this even when I own the print edition. I use th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:20:49 EST The Basics: How to Cook Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63748679 Canned beans are handy, and I always keep some on hand. That said, cooking your own beans results in a much more flavorful product. Also, many varieties of beans are not available in a canned version. <BR> <BR> Here's the easiest way to cook beans on a stove <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-beans-<BR>on-the-stove-182717 </link> If you use a pressure cooker, there are various resources for determining cooking times. Jill Nussinow offers info in her books "The New Fast Food" and "Vegan... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:16:14 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x63740620 I have been working on eating a whole grain plant based diet for a little over a year. It has been difficult to maintain as I am surrounded by die hard carnivores. (Although my husband does support me) <BR> <BR> I wanted to join this team because I am not really losing weight on this plan. I feel better physically, have more energy, but am not seeing the weight come off at all. So I am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. <BR> <BR> The one thing I am most interested in is to learn ho... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:59:59 EST The Basics: Spicy Refried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63740326 Mastery of basic recipes can open worlds of creativity. From time to time, I'll post what I consider The Basics. Here's PCRM's recipe for Spicy Refried Beans. If you've only used the canned version or started with canned beans, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much better the dish is if you start with dried beans. Give it a try <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=117&amp;print=1 </link> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:56:16 EST Cauliflower Shawarma - An Inspired Dish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63687844 There have been some amazing cauliflower recipes featured on blogs and in magazines recently. This recipe for Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini, and Pine Nuts from Berber &amp; Q is truly inspired. I think I will use a thick cashew cream in place of the butter, though Earth Balance would also be a good substitute. Using more tahini would also be a good option. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a way to make this recipe work without ingredients Dr Esselstyn doesn't want us t... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:09:19 EST Revisiting Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63687301 Almost every article/post I've consulted to cook spaghetti squash ends up with a fairly watery product. Chocolate Covered Katie suggests a completely different approach: cut in half and roast at a high temperature. I'm anxious to try her method. Spaghetti squash is going on my grocery list. <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/02/15<BR>/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-oven-mic<BR>rowave/ </link> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:07:27 EST Chocolate Recipes for Valentine's Day (or any day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63643365 Fran Costigan shared some delicious recipes from her books. If you are looking for a special chocolate treat to make for Valentine's Day, you will find some tempting options here <link>francostigan.com/blog/9-vegan-chocol<BR>ate-recipes-for-valentines-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> (OK, it looks like I'm not really taking a Spark break after all -- maybe a slowdown?) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:02:23 EST Hellmann's Will Produce Egg-free Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x63643315 Hellmann's dropped its lawsuit against Hampton Foods (Just Mayo) and will produce its own line of cholesterol-free mayo. <link>http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1f6c3<BR>7074c814fddb5daecbbe2fbcc46/hellmanns-<BR>gives-vegan-go-after-suing-eggless-spr<BR>ead-maker </link> I'm sure the new product will contain oil like all of the vegan mayos; but it's another big step for plant-based foods. <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: I use Vegenaise from time to time. I know it contains oil, but it is really g... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:52:10 EST Recipes for Mardi Gras http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63621778 Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Lent begins on Wednesday, so Mardi Gras is a big food holiday - among other things. Here are some recipes that are sure to tempt you. Laissez les bon temps rouler! <BR> <BR> <link>eatdrinkbetter.com/2013/02/11/10-veg<BR>an-mardi-gras-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>happyherbivore.com/2015/02/plant-bas<BR>ed-vegan-mardi-gras-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>1692&amp;catId=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <li... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:42:15 EST Chinese New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63612767 The Year of the Monkey starts Monday with celebrations lasting 15 days. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinese<BR>-new-year-2016-facts-dates-and-ancient<BR>-traditions_us_56b4e014e4b04f9b57d961d6 </link> <BR> <BR> Celebrations involve food of course. Here are some recipes to help you get started on your own celebrations: <BR> <BR> <link>chowvegan.com/2016/02/05/eight-chine<BR>se-new-year-recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>2904&amp;catId=6... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:34:38 EST RECALL: Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63462455 Some Trader Joe's Cashew Pieces BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4 may be tainted with salmonella. Return unused portions to your TJ's for refund or replacement. DO NOT USE THEM! <BR> <BR> <link>www.traderjoes.com/announcement/reca<BR>ll-potential-salmonella-in-certain-lot<BR>-of-raw-cashew-pieces </link> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:43:20 EST Jackfruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63418657 Here's an interesting article about jackfruit from the Chicago Tribune. One of JL Fields' pressure cooker recipes is featured. <link>www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-jac<BR>kfruit-cooking-vegan-20160113-story.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have you cooked with jackfruit? What are some of your favorite recipes? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:32:03 EST Food & Wine: Surrender to Vegan Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63417077 Here's an article from Food &amp; Wine about the emergence and growing popularity of vegan cheese <link>www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2016/01/01<BR>/surrender-to-vegan-cheese-in-2016 </link> These cheeses are not fat free or low fat, so indulge - or not - keeping that in mind if you're following Engine 2, McDougall, Furhrman, Ornish, Barnard, etc. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:29:14 EST Miyoko's Fish(less) Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63405023 Here's a great post by Miyoko Schinner on Food 52 about vegan fish sauce. Obviously no fish were included in the ingredient list. <link>food52.com/blog/15368-a-fish-sauce-w<BR>ith-all-of-the-flavor-none-of-the-fish </link> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 02:56:29 EST How to Modify Squats and Lunges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63404780 As someone who has 2 very bad knees, I have been frustrated by some of the barriers that brings to exercising. I found this quick tutorial on modifying squats and lunges. It's pretty good. I know I'm not the only person with knee issues, so I'm sharing the link. Hopefully squats and lunges will become part of my exercise routine again once I ease into adding them back. <link>https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/6-ways<BR>-to-modify-squats-and-lunges-for-bad-k<BR>nees/ </link> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:37:01 EST Isa's Appetite for Reduction- Kindle $1.99 Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63350729 Isa Chandra Moskowitz's very excellent book Appetite for Reduction has terrific recipes. The Kindle edition is on sale today for $1.99. <link>www.amazon.com/Appetite-Reduction-Is<BR>a-Chandra-Moskowitz-ebook/dp/B0047T86E<BR>M?_bbid=1566669&amp;tag=bookbubemailc-20 </link> If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free version of Kindle for PC from Amazon. Like many cookbooks, errors made it into print. Here are some of the catches <link>forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&<BR>amp;t=... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:40:28 EST Break the Cheese Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63348748 For many people, the hardest part of transitioning to a plant-based diet is eliminating dairy cheese. These tips from PCRM will help you understand why it's so difficult and help you be successful eliminating it. <link>www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/ch<BR>eese-facts-and-alternatives </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:05:06 EST Useful Chart for Measuring Veggies for Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63340634 Here's a time saving chart that takes the guesswork out of how many cups you may need if a recipe calls for a pound, etc. <link>www.almanac.com/content/measuring-ve<BR>getables-recipes </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:59:24 EST 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 What Did You Have for Lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x63004265 Here's a thread to post what you had for lunch or any other meal that you really enjoyed - or didn't. Please post often. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:15:43 EST Cookbook Picks and Recipes from The Oregonian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x63002340 Grant Butler, food writer and entertainment writer for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, periodically showcases new vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and features at least one recipe from each one. Here are a few of the articles from the past 12 months: <BR> <BR> " 4 new cookbooks emphasize quick, easy, delicious recipes: Going Vegan" publish 3.16.2015 <link>www.oregonlive.com/cooking/2015/03/4<BR>_new_cookbooks_emphasize_quic.html </link> <BR> Featured books: <BR> "Weeknight Vegetarian" by Ivy Man... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:03 EST Tips for Roasting Vegetables without Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62994859 This is a very good post about roasting vegetables without oil from Vegan Coach <link>www.vegancoach.com/how-to-roast-vege<BR>tables.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a guest post on Engine 2 Diet by Cathy Fisher about cooking without oil in general. She touches on roasting but covers other methods. It's helpful, especially if you're new to oil-free cooking, and a good reminder to all as the holiday season approaches. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/guest<BR>-post-cooking-without-oil-... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:18:23 EST Chad Sarno on Overcoming Asthma w/Plant Based Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62988537 This is an interesting interview with Chad Sarno published 11.12.2015 on Miami New Times <link>www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/ch<BR>ef-chad-sarno-on-overcoming-asthma-wit<BR>h-a-plant-based-diet-opened-my-eyes-to<BR>-the-power-of-food-8024661 </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:59:17 EST PCRM's Quick Fiber Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62984166 PCRM has a handy chart and form checking your fiber intake <link>www.pcrm.org/sites/default/files/pdf<BR>s/health/dietary-fiber-checklist.pdf </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:58:57 EST Oil-Free Red Wine Vinaigrette http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62980684 This is a recipe from "Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs" by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Bryanna Clark Grogan. <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=1118 </link> The link for the Fat-Free Oil Substitute is in the recipe or you can view it here <link>www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.htm<BR>l?recipe_id=1117 </link> Use this to replace the oil in any of your favorite salad dressi... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:29:51 EST Tips for Plant-Based Eating on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62978491 Some think eating a plant-based diet is expensive. Not so! If you're on a tight budget, here are some tips that will give you some good ideas for your next grocery store visit. <BR> <BR> From The Vegan Society, "Vegan on a Budget" <link>https://www.vegansociety.com/resourc<BR>es/recipes/budget/vegan-budget </link> <BR> <BR> and "On a Budget Recipes" <link>https://www.vegansociety.com/resourc<BR>es/recipes/budget </link> <BR> <BR> From Forks Over Knives, Darshana Thacker's post "My $1.... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:51:26 EST Spices with Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62972382 Several spices are very beneficial for your health. Cayenne, fennel, turmeric, cloves, paprika, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, and nutmeg all have health benefits. Here's a short article about them from Thrive Market. <link>https://thrivemarket.com/blog/7-spic<BR>es-loaded-serious-flavor-incredible-he<BR>alth-benefits/ </link> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:44:29 EST Chad Sarno's Roasted Garlic & Shallot Buttah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62965984 Use this amazing buttah in mashed potatoes and many other dishes. It's delicious! There are also some really good sauce recipes here. <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/201<BR>2nl/oct/recipes.pdf </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:55:28 EST Vegducken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62965549 Butternut Squash is taken to a whole new level in Vegducken. Below is the original version on Epicurious; it requires some changes to be vegan. Sub 2 chia or flax eggs. Don't use oil or butter - you could baste it with some veggie stock that has been rendered down. Use vegan parmesan or nooch. <BR> <BR> This is the "how to" text and video. <link>www.epicurious.com/holidays-events/v<BR>egducken-best-vegetarian-thanksgiving-<BR>dish-article </link> <BR> <BR> This is the actual recipe. <l... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:52:34 EST Super Easy Potato Peeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62964188 Try this the next time you cook potatoes; the video is only 30 seconds long. <link>damn.com/right-way-to-peel-potatoes/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:36:24 EST Gyro with Seitan (or Portobellos) &Tzatziki Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62964019 Gyros were something I really missed when I eliminated meat from my diet. I never ate a lot of it, but gyros were one of my favorite treats. It's so easy to make an oil-free vegan version. <link>blog.eatplant-based.com/recipe/vegan<BR>-gyro-with-seitan-or-portobello-mushro<BR>oms-tzatziki-sauce/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:08:48 EST Sweet Potato Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62963838 Chili is a wonderful meal for cold days or anytime. There are many good recipes. This simple and easy version from Sharon Palmer was featured in today's FOK email. <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/swee<BR>t-potato-chili-recipe/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:44:42 EST Aquafaba http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958331 Want to learn about aquafaba? There really is a good reason to save the canning liquid from beans, usually chickpeas. Here's a very good article about the basics. <link>www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/nov<BR>/11/aqua-who-20151111/?f=features-style </link> Want to know more? Join the Vegan Meringue- Hits and Misses group on Facebook or click on links from the official website <link>aquafaba.com/ </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:52:25 EST Video and Recipes from Kris Carr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958090 Kris Carr and Marie Forleo have fun in the kitchen cooking from "Crazy Sexy Kitchen" <link>www.marieforleo.com/2012/10/crazy-se<BR>xy-kitchen/ </link> If you don't want to watch the very entertaining video, here's a link to the recipes <link>https://s3.amazonaws.com/marieforleo<BR>.com/MarieTVKrisCarrCrazySexyKitchen.pdf </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:10:39 EST E2 Pronto Oats Florentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62958004 Looking for something to do with the steel cut oats in your pantry other than breakfast? Try Pronto Oats Florentine <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/pront<BR>o-oats-florentine/ </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:49:44 EST Free Kindle Book by Isa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62957314 Breville presents Make It Vegan: Recipes from the Yiddish-speaking, Nebraska-living, post-punk vegan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz is free for Kindle on Amazon. <link>www.amazon.com/Breville-presents-Mak<BR>e-Vegan-Yiddish-speaking-ebook/dp/B00G<BR>CMR3RI/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1447<BR>269767&amp;sr=8-7&amp;keywords=brevill<BR>e+presents&amp;pebp=1447269780760&amp;<BR>perid=0JZ9KCMG52A9A0Y08173 </link> <BR> <BR> If you have a PC but don't have a Kindle, fret not. You can read Kindle books af... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:25:07 EST Coconut Bacon Bits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62949946 There are many recipes for coconut bacon bits. This was in my inbox today, so I thought I would share it. It's from the new book "DIY Vegan" by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman. <BR> <link>www.picklesnhoney.com/2015/11/03/veg<BR>an-coconut-bacon-bits-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is the recipe from Fettle Vegan that started the trend. It's very good! <link>www.fettlevegan.com/recipes/coconut-<BR>bacon </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:53:10 EST John & Mary McDougall on Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62949458 John &amp; Mary McDougall talked about the challenges of eating at restaurants and other people's homes on Dr McDougall's weekly filmed on 11.5.2015. The topic was "The Challenges of Eating Out." <link>https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e<BR>ducation/webinars/webinar-11-05-15/ </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:21:50 EST PlantPure Nation Recipes and Pods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62944462 My current favorite cookbook is "The PlantPure Nation Cookbook" by Kim Campbell. It's a companion cookbook to the film PlantPure Nation that is currently being shown in select theaters. Kim is Dr. Campbell's DIL and studied nutrition in college but she switched to education because she didn't agree with the approach dietitians were supposed take when she was in school. I love this book because the SOS-free recipes are straightforward, easy, and use common ingredients. As I was looking for on... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:57:20 EST One Pot Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62943570 Enjoy this collection of one pot meals. Just ignore the oil if you see it on the list of ingredients. <link>www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-one-p<BR>ot-recipes-to-save-you-from-all-those-<BR>dishes/ </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:21:05 EST 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