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 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 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 Recipes for Sriracha Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62182753 Here's a fun collection of 9 recipes for all sriracha lovers. I'm sure you'll find at least one with your name on it. <link>www.chooseveg.com/9-mouthwatering-ve<BR>gan-recipes-for-sriracha </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:00:42 EST Judge Strikes Down Idaho Ag Gag Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62182504 A judge struck down Idaho's controversial ag gag law as unconstitutional. The legal challenge to Idaho's now unconstitutional law was brought by a coalition of animal protection, food safety, and civil liberties groups. The law was enacted by the Idaho legislature in 2014 as a direct result of a Mercy for Animals undercover investigation that documented animal abuse and cruelty in 2012. Click the link to read NPR's story about this ruling <link>www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08<BR>/04/42... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:20:59 EST Pressure Cooker - Your Best Friend in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62181651 Many people have bad memories of pressure cookers; it seems like every family has a tale involving a pressure cooker explosion. Fortunately, they have been improved dramatically over the years and are now safer and easier to use than ever. The most convenient pressure cookers to use are electric; they require minimal tending, unlike stovetop models. Some are multi-pots and can cook in pressure or slow cooker modes, like the Breville Fast Slow Cooker. Whether you use an electric or a stovetop ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:47:24 EST An Ode to Sweet Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62175152 This is from this month's issue of Minnesota Grown - Pick of the Month. Of course, any sweet corn is better if it's organic since it doesn't contain GMOs. Enjoy summer's bounty while it's fresh. <link>minnesotagrown.com/wp-content/upload<BR>s/Sweet-Corn.pdf </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:48:12 EST Use Summer Bounty to Make Oil-Free Tabbouleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62174310 Tomatoes, parsley, scallions, cucumber, and garlic are plentiful right now. Put them to good use in this delicious oil-free tabbouleh recipe from Wendy Solganik, creator of Healthy Girl's Kitchen <link>www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2013/07/<BR>transcendent-tabbouleh-oil-free.html </link> For an interesting and tasty twist on this recipe, substitute 2 cups of cooked quinoa for the bulgur and water. <BR> <BR> PS - Be sure to make a batch of Wendy's falafel burgers (link is in her post). They'... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:48:57 EST Chef AJ Teleclasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62173528 Chef AJ has produced 53 teleclasses with many of the icons and heroes of the plant-based eating world. She has generously, with the financial assistance of many, posted them here <link>www.healthytasteonline.com/chef-aj-t<BR>eleclasses.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to catch the next one live, here's the info from her website <BR> <BR> Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 <BR> 6:00 pm Pacific <BR> 8:00 pm Central <BR> 9:00 pm Eastern <BR> <BR> Dial in number: 712-432-1212 <BR> Meeting ID: ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:23:17 EST Make Your Own Vegan Chorizo (Tofu-Based) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62166042 Last week Washington Post Food and Dining editor Joe Yonan featured his adaptation of a recipe in “Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking,” by Roberto Martin (De Capo Press, 2015). Roberto calls this Tofu-Rizo in his book. It's a straightforward vegan chorizo. Since it's made with tofu instead of vital wheat gluten, it's fast to make. You can store the uncooked mixture up to a week, which makes this a great dish to have on hand for a Mexican-inspired meal anytime of the week. If you try it, let me know ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:26:31 EST Silken Tofu And What You Can Do With It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62159983 Rhea Parsons has a really useful article about silken tofu accompanied by several recipes on One Green Planet <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/wh<BR>at-is-silken-tofu-how-is-it-different-<BR>and-what-can-you-do-with-it/ </link> This site drives me crazy because it has so many video ads, but there are some really great posts on it. I love Rhea's recipes and posts. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:14:12 EST What Salad Dressings Do You Use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62159385 There are some really great oil-free salad dressing recipes as well as some tasty commercial products. Do you have favorite recipes or commercial salad dressings? Please share. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:35:07 EST Have You Ever Used Wild Fennel Pollen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x62158199 Over the past few months I've seen several mentions of wild fennel pollen in cooking articles and recipes. Have you ever used it? Thoughts, opinions? Here's a blog post <link>chefshop.com/blog/index.php/2015/07/<BR>yellow-fairy-dust-the-magic-of-wild-fe<BR>nnel-pollen/ </link> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:26:22 EST Lulu's Local Eatery in St Louis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62158137 Here's a review of Lulu's Local Eatery in St Louis, MO. Looks like a great casual neighborhood restaurant. <link>www.everydaytastiness.com/2015/08/lu<BR>lus-local-eaterysaint-louis-mo.html </link> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:17:29 EST Faux Gras, Not Foie Gras http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62150950 If you need a delicious, rich spread for a gathering or just to have on hand for noshing, try this lovely vegetarian version of foie gras featuring mushrooms and lentils. The recipe from "Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic" by Rebecca Leffler calls for a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. You could omit that and add a bit of rich vegetable broth instead. The flavor and texture won't be the same as you would get from using oil, but the substitution will still yield a delicious spread. Give thi... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:38:54 EST Favorite Breakfasts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62150681 Some people like sweet starts to the day; others like savory. What is your favorite breakfast? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:50:30 EST Electric Water Bath Canner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62149135 It was inevitable that an electric version of a water bath canner would hit the market. After all, there are electric skillets, pressure cookers, water kettles, rice cookers, yogurt makers, soy milk makers, etc. This looks like a terrific product, and it's so much easier to empty than a large canning pot after use. It doesn't take up any more room than a traditional canning pot. Here's a review of the model I found <link>blog.chefscatalog.com/2015/06/11/pro<BR>duct-review-ball-freshtech-ele... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:47:42 EST Frozen Treats from BenBella Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62148882 Is it hot where you live? It's summer, so most of us in the northern hemisphere have put away the coats and boots in favor of summer duds. BenBella Vegan posted 3 frozen treats today; the Pineapple Pops recipe is from "The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook" by Del Sroufe. Enjoy one of these as a treat on a hot, sultry day soon <link>www.benbellavegan.com/treats-to-keep<BR>-you-cool-pineapple-pops-blueberry-coc<BR>onut-dreamsicles-fudgesicles/ </link> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:08:42 EST 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe Now Open on Long Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62144458 Jay Astafa's 3 Brothers Vegan Café opened today on Long Island. Here's some info <link>vegansaurus.com/post/125536729457 </link> The Italian-based menu looks delicious; there's a link in the Vegansaurus piece. The café looks like a great place for an occasional dietary splurge. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:21:01 EST "by Chloe" Restaurant Now Open in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62144356 Chloe Coscarelli's new restaurant venture, by Chloe, is now open! It's located at 185 Bleecker Street in NYC. Here's a link to the restaurant website <link>www.bychefchloe.com/ </link> Here's a review with non-food photos on Vegansaurus <link>vegansaurus.com/post/125263399052 </link> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:58:44 EST "The Homemade Vegan Pantry" - A Must Have Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62141799 Miyoko Schinner's latest book, "The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples" belongs on the bookshelf of every serious cook and everyone who wants to be a better vegan cook. It contains lots of pointers and tips. Miyoko gives you the building blocks to create your own staples and stop buying mixes, broths, spice blends, etc. that contain ingredients you might not want - plus you have control of the taste of staples you create yourself. There's something very satisfying about... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:01:19 EST Oops! This post has been moved to Kitchen Wizardry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62137538 Sorry team! I posted this info about Miyoko Schinner's new book, "The Homemade Vegan Pantry" in the wrong forum. I moved the post to Kitchen Wizardry <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155<BR>x62141799 </link> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:14:43 EST Pay Attention to the Source of Your Cilantro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62136141 The FDA has banned some cilantro from the state of Puebla in Mexico after unsanitary conditions were found in some fields and packing houses. Evidently this problem has existed for quite a while, but the source was unknown until now. Here's another good reason to buy organic and locally sourced food whenever possible -- and of course to wash produce well, though that's not completely effective especially in the case of delicate herbs. Here's more info <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-yo... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:10:19 EST Make-Ahead Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62134198 I don't know about you, but I don't always have time to prepare tantalizing meals every day. I love to cook large meals and freeze servings for later, as well as having some yummy leftovers in the fridge for the week ahead. Helyn Dunn, creator of the Helyn's Healthy Kitchen blog, posted "Make-Ahead Nutritarian Meals for Busy People" today. Her recipes are wonderful - and all follow Dr Fuhrman's guidelines <link>www.helynskitchen.com/2015/07/make-a<BR>head-nutritarian-meals-for-busy.html </... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:15:02 EST Oh She Glows! 2 Day Reset Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62078054 Angela Liddon, author of the Oh She Glows! blog and cookbook, has been working on her second cookbook. After spending lots of time developing the dessert section for the new book, she needed a dietary reset. I think that happens to many of us, even if we aren't working on a cookbook! Here's her 2-Day Reset <link>ohsheglows.com/2015/07/22/hit-the-re<BR>set-button-with-this-2-day-plant-based<BR>-meal-plan/ </link> All of the recipes are included via the live links in the post. If you're wave... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:14:56 EST Substitutes for Coconut Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62077841 Many recipes call for canned coconut milk, especially curry recipes. It's high in fat and includes saturated fat, which is not healthy at all. Here are some substitutes you can use that are healthier. The resulting dishes will not be as thick and creamy as they are with the canned product, but that's a small thing to give up and still be able to have the lovely flavor coconut milk lends to a dish. <BR> <BR> The post also addresses coconut milk beverage and coconut oil. Since added oils sho... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:50:24 EST Vegan Balti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62077779 Balti is essentially a thick curry. It's quite delicious but certainly not an authentic Indian curry! It was formulated for the British market to use up bits and pieces of veggies and other items in a spicy sauce. Here are some vegan versions: <BR> <BR> from Holy Cow <link>holycowvegan.net/2015/04/vegetable-b<BR>alti.html </link> Omit the oil; substitute veggie broth (or water) for the oil in the paste. <BR> <BR> Rikki Heller adapted this recipe for Balti Tofu and Chickpeas from The New ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:42:43 EST What Do You Like for Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62077475 Some folks like to wake up to something sweet; other prefer savory starts. Conventional wisdom says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and today's post from Reboot with Joe offers some interesting takes on that <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/the-importance<BR>-of-breakfast/ </link> <BR> <BR> What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you make different start the day meals on weekends? Do you cook ahead for the week for quick grab and go breakfasts? <BR> <BR> One of my favorite... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:10:26 EST Arsenic in Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x62062984 Jeff Novick recommends cooking rice with a high ratio of water to rice (6:1) to reduce arsenic levels. Most people just follow the package directions or use a 2:1 ratio, which is the standard. Matt Frazier has a great post on his blog No Meat Athlete that explains how to cook rice (with photos) using Jeff's suggested method. The post has links to some good articles at the end. <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/arsenic-in-ric<BR>e/ </link> <BR> This is a link to Jeff's forum on the McDougall sit... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:40:04 EST Make Your Own Coconut Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62062665 Though higher in fat than some of the other non-dairy yogurts on the market, coconut milk yogurt is hands down my favorite. Part of it is the texture, and part of it is the taste - I love coconut in all forms! The problem is that it's SO expensive. This recipe from The Kitchn looks very simple, so I'm adding it to my "to do" list. If you make a batch, please share your results on this thread <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-dairyf<BR>ree-coconut-yogurt-cooking-lessons-fro<BR>m-the-kitchn-... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:01:14 EST The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62062235 RosalieEsther, leader of the McDougall Team, posted a link to the new cookbook by Del Sroufe, edited by Leanne Campbell, PhD (Dr T Colin Campbell's daughter). It's titled "The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook." There are some sample recipes on the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website <link>nutritionstudies.org/author/tcsqaeco<BR>okbook/ </link> There are photos and an additional recipe on the publisher's website, BenBella Books <link>www.benbellavegan.com/book/the-china<... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:05:41 EST Miyoko Schinner's Unribs Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62058176 Miyoko Schinner's new book is titled "The Homemade Vegan Pantry." I am on the waiting list for it at my local library. In the meantime, the book is on a blog tour; and today Bryanna Clark Grogan posted the recipe for Unribs on her blog, Vegan Feast Kitchen/21st Century Table <link>veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2015/<BR>07/unribs-from-homemade-vegan-pantry-b<BR>y.html </link> She didn't post Miyoko's barbeque sauce recipe, so you'll have to use your favorite homemade or commercial product ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:09:21 EST Backyard Bowls' Coconut Cashew Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62056745 It's exciting to see dairy alternatives popping up in restaurants. This recipe from Backyard Bowls in LA looks delicious, and the bonus is that no straining is required. Here's the recipe <link>www.eater.com/drinks/2015/7/20/90017<BR>69/backyard-bowls-coconut-cashew-milk-<BR>will-make-you-forget-dairy </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:28:58 EST Healthy Living with Chef AJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62056599 Last week's post by Wendy Solganik on Healthy Girl's Kitchen was about Chef AJ's TV program, Healthy Living with Chef AJ on Foody TV. Until recently, the programs were only available on Roku and Apple TV, but the network has now put all six episodes on its website. Dr Esselstyn was a guest on one episode; Dr Campbell was on another; and they appeared together on a third episode. <BR> <BR> This is a link to the episodes on Foody TV <link>foodytv.com/healthy-living-chef-aj/ </link> The reci... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:07:34 EST BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62050560 This recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, The First Mess. Omit the oil when making this dish, and it will be much healthier. Other than that, just enjoy it with a salad on the side. <link>www.thefirstmess.com/2015/03/12/vega<BR>n-bbq-lentils-with-millet-polenta-recipe/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:01:56 EST Oven Fried Okra (no oil, GF) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62050474 I grew up in the South, and my grandparents had a small farm where they grew almost all of their food. My favorite meal since childhood has been fried okra, sweet corn, Kentucky Wonder green beans, and fresh sliced tomatoes (red and yellow). I haven't had fried okra in many years and was delighted when Susan Voisin posted a recipe for oil-free Oven Fried Okra on her blog, Fat Free Vegan. My grandmother always sliced the okra into rounds and breaded it with corn meal before frying. Susan uses ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:52:21 EST Ice Cream Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62048211 Did you know that June 19 is National Ice Cream Day? Today's post from Reboot with Joe features 7 ice cream recipes that don't require an ice cream maker. Several of them use canned coconut milk, a high fat ingredient; so pass on those recipes if you have cut all extra fat from your diet. <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/7-really-good-<BR>non-dairy-ice-creams/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:23:53 EST One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046961 Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Give this dish a try - just be sure not to add olive oil. <link>www.ordinaryvegan.net/onepotpasta/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:53:26 EST Cauliflower Salad with Chickpea Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046937 It's refreshing to find a salad dressing that contains no oil and has lots of flavor. The bonus of this dressing is that it adds a healthy protein to the meal. Try it soon! (The recipe is at the bottom of the post.) <link>www.ordinaryvegan.net/childhood-trau<BR>ma/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:49:54 EST How to Core and Deseed a Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046912 Salad season is in full swing, and zucchini and cucumbers are popular ingredients. Both have lots of seeds and a watery core. Here's an easy way to remedy that <link>www.foodandwine.com/video/how-core-a<BR>nd-deseed-zucchini </link> This method is terrific if you want to grate these veggies; the yield will contain much less moisture. You can also use it for eggplant. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:44:33 EST The Pefect Way to Line a Cake Pan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046866 Cake pans have many uses - sweet and savory; and lining them with parchment paper is the easiest way to be sure your creation doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. If you're cutting your own parchment rounds instead of using a pre-cut product, try this clever method <link>www.foodandwine.com/video/how-line-r<BR>ound-cake-pan-perfectly-every-time </link> It's really a stroke of genius! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:37:37 EST Tips for Transitioning to Vegan Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x62046550 It's great to have access to wonderful recipes and eating plans, but sometimes you just need some basic directions on how to make the transition from whatever diet you were eating before to a vegan diet. There are some easy, simple ideas on the ChooseVeg website <link>www.chooseveg.com/transition </link> As you make your transition, just remember that no one is perfect; and you may find it difficult to stay on track from time to time. That's OK. Just keep moving in the right direction, and... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:51:32 EST Great Recipes from Serious Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x62046387 Serious Eats has been one of my favorite websites for many years. Though not of the recipes on the site are vegan, Kenji recently set up a Vegan Experience section that is full of great recipes and ideas. Many of the recipes use oil, and you can modify those using healthier techniques. There are section tabs, which I found very useful Here's a link <link>www.seriouseats.com/vegan-experience </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:33:23 EST E2 Pie Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x62018318 E2 wants to see photos of your favorite pie using its whole wheat pizza crusts. Here's the 411: <BR> Guidelines and contest details: <BR> Photograph your favorite Plant-Strong pizza on our Engine 2 Plant-Strong Stone Baked 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #showusyourpie for a chance to win! <BR> <BR> For more info, visit <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/show-<BR>us-your-pie-contest/ </link> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:13:40 EST A-Z......FRUITS OR VEGETABLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x61998589 Asparagus <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8415efdb-3555-44f3-a877-522f38a5147f.jpg"> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:32:29 EST Is the Sugar in Fruit Healthy or Unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x61998047 Is the Sugar in Fruit Healthy or Unhealthy? <BR> BY ALONA PULDE, MD AND MATTHEW LEDERMAN, MD <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from The Forks Over Knives Plan. <BR> <BR> We are bombarded by stories in the media about how sugar is bad for our health and sweets of all kind should be avoided. However, the desire for sweet-tasting foods is perfectly normal and natural! Indeed, our tongue contains an abundance of sweet receptors for a good reason. Fresh fruit, the source of natural sweetness... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:33:10 EST Homemade Salsa [Pico de Gallo] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61991254 Use some of your abundance of homegrown tomatoes on this super simple salsa to eat with baked corn chips, beans, or peas: <BR> <BR> 3 large tomatoes diced small <BR> 1 or 2 big jalapenos seeded then diced fine [leave some seeds in to make it hotter] <BR> 1/2 a large sweet onion diced fine <BR> 3 cloves garlic chopped ultra fine <BR> 1/2 c. of fine diced fresh cilantro or a couple heaping tablespoons of dried [omit if you don't like cilantro but your salsa won't have as much flavor] <BR> 2 ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:29:19 EST 22 Healthy Foods..... Plus More Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x61991005 22 Healthy Foods to Always Have in Your Fridge <BR> BY DARSHANA THACKER <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here’s a master list to use when you’re stocking up on healthy ingredients and essentials. Filling your kitchen with healthy foods makes cooking delicious dishes a pleasure, not a chore. Although it looks like a long list, it’s worth it to stock up on condiments and frozen goods, since they will last for a long time. <BR> <BR> 1. Staple Vegetables <BR> For vegetables, stock up on carrots, celery, ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:47:53 EST Say Hi to Your Team Mates.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x61990482 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c3aaea1-f642-438f-a0e1-8d4431c3a272.jpg"> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:35:45 EST Daily...In pirational Quotes, Come Share ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x61990096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0606d5ad-fba5-4d18-b697-21657e4984b8.jpg"> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:01:26 EST DID YOU KNOW THAT....On Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x61990021 DID YOU KNOW THAT..... <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d1cb4a7-81f8-4687-8864-750560b484d5.jpg"> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:52:58 EST DAILY..... ..QUESTION OF THE DAY?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x61989982 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What accomplishment are you most proud of? <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME.....Getting my Human Worker Certificate and working with children with different types of challenges. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:47:23 EST Tofu Frittata with Spinach, Peppers, and Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61985573 This is an easy to make breakfast or brunch dish that is full of flavor. Though the ingredient list includes oil, it isn't necessary and adds nothing to the flavor of the dish except, well, oil. <link>ohmyveggies.com/tofu-frittata-with-s<BR>pinach-and-peppers/ </link> I added mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes and thought they took the dish to a higher flavor profile. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:09:30 EST Burmese Tofu - no soy, easy to make http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61985323 The Shan people of Burma developed a very wonderful version of tofu that is made from water and chickpea and split pea flour. This product doesn't have some of the versatility of tofu, but it is quite delicious all the same. It is similar to polenta. For more info and recipes, visit <link>www.mynewroots.org/site/2014/04/geni<BR>us-chickpea-tofu/ </link> For more ideas, just search for Burmese tofu in your favorite browser. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:29:39 EST Spinach Potato Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61962304 I had a poblano pepper in the crisper drawer that was begging to be used, so I made Del Sroufe's Spinach Potato Tacos. SO delicious! Try one, and you'll be hooked! <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/spin<BR>ach-potato-tacos/ </link> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 19:43:11 EST Rethinking Almond Consumption - Nuts and Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x61950356 Almonds are probably the most popular and healthy nut you can find, though nuts are not part of heart-healthy, plant-strong diet recommendations. Even if you limit consumption of nuts, you might use a nut milk such as almond milk. As always, there are even more aspects to consider when making food choices. <BR> <BR> We all know that dairy products are not necessary for adequate calcium intake. For a refresher, here's a post on FOK <link>www.forksoverknives.com/milk-myth-wh<BR>y-you-dont-n... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:00:06 EST Recipes for July 4th from Vegan Richa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61912885 Richa Higle's blog is Vegan Richa. Her recipes are delicious. Here's a link to her post with ideas for the 4th <link>www.veganricha.com/2015/07/vegan-jul<BR>y-4th-recipes.html </link> Make the Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger with Chipotle Habanero Mayo, Onion Rings, Roasted Peppers recipe. It is nothing short of fabulous! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:35:35 EST Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61910909 Bánh Mì sandwiches are good any time of the year, but they scream "summer" to me. Here's one of the best recipes I've found. The small amount of oil can be eliminated. <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-banh-mi-wit<BR>h-lemongrass-tofu-lunch-recipes-from-t<BR>he-kitchn-97407 </link> Use a commercial fat-free vegan mayo; better yet, make your own <link> http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2013<BR>/07/my-low-fat-vegan-mayo-with-no-extr<BR>acted.html </link> Enjoy! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:16:10 EST Marinated Tofu Franks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61910894 Why buy fake meat when it's so easy to create your own version? Though I haven't tried this recipe, it looks quite good - just eliminate the oil. <link>www.connoisseurusveg.com/2015/07/mar<BR>inated-tofu-franks.html </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:12:46 EST Your Favorite FOK Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x61910172 What is your favorite Forks Over Knives Recipe? Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:27:30 EST Afro-Asian 4th of July Menu from Bryant Terry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61909859 Here are some delicious recipes from Bryant Terry for an Afro-Asian 4th of July menu <link>www.thekitchn.com/an-afro-asian-4th-<BR>of-july-menu-from-bryant-terry-221201 </link> Be sure to try the Napa Cabbage & Kale Coleslaw with Creamy Miso-Ginger Dressing! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:38:59 EST Recipe Ideas from Yoga Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61890619 Yoga Journal often publishes vegan recipes and articles about plant-based living. Not all of their recipes follow the FOK/E2 SOS-free guidelines. That said, there are some excellent recipes here, and most of them can be modified quite easily. One of the things people often forget when they follow a plan is that recipes not fitting the plan's profile don't have to be eliminated from consideration. Take a peek <link>www.yogajournal.com/category/food-di<BR>et/yoga-diets/vegan/ </link> Last ye... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:16:08 EST Useful Veggie Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61856091 Sometimes delicious vegetables end up being overcooked or incorrectly prepared because they're unfamiliar. I thought these tips from The Vegetable Butcher series on The Kitchn were very useful. <link>www.thekitchn.com/collection/vegetab<BR>le-butcher-612 </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:47:33 EST Grill-Worthy Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61832923 Here are some yummy burger recipes for summer grilling or stovetop cooking <link>www.chooseveg.com/seven-vegan-burger<BR>-varieties-to-throw-on </link> Not into burgers? Try some of these recipes <link>www.chooseveg.com/grill-all-the-thin<BR>gs-8-drool-worthy-vegan </link> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:22:33 EST Moosewood Tofu Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61705863 Summer is here, and there's nothing like a bun filled with a great burger and all the fixings for dinner. This recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites is a delicious classic. The recipe does use oil, so you might need to tinker with it a bit. I recommend using the dark sesame oil because it has such great flavor, maybe cut the amount in half. Here's a link to the recipe <link>https://www.yahoo.com/food/moosewood<BR>s-classic-tofu-burgers-86419421887.html </link> This cookbook has become... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:42:00 EST Today Only - Vegan Cookbooks for Kindle for $1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61471748 Several cookbooks are available for your Kindle until midnight tonight for only $0.99. They include Vegan Pressure Cooking by JL Fields, No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier, and The Great Vegan Protein book by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. There are 12 books featured. Here's a link to order and/or sign up for future book deals <link>buckbooks.net/nonfiction/#sale </link> If you don't have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC for free from Amazon. Once you buy a book, it's there for you i... Tue, 12 May 2015 17:25:51 EST Unsure Which Tofu to Choose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61295444 Tofu is a great plant-based protein source. There are several kinds - water packed and the super-firm refrigerated version not to mention the Japanese silken tofu that you find on grocery shelves in aseptic packaging because it doesn't require refrigeration (Nasoya Silken Tofu is the exception). Knowing which to choose can be confusing. Here's a video from Coop Kitchen, "Choosing and Storing Tofu," that demystifies the water packed varieties. <link>strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle<BR>/c... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:49:57 EST Blueberry Tofu Ricotta Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x61292178 The clever sisters at Spork Foods offer the perfect special occasion breakfast treat: Blueberr Tofu Ricotta Pancakes <link>blog.sporkfoods.com/2015/04/16/blueb<BR>erry-tofu-ricotta-pancakes/ </link> Serve with a touch of maple syrup for a decadent and memorable meal. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:05:54 EST News - T Colin Campbell Cntr for Nutrition Studies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x61291879 Just in time for Earth Day the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell has released its latest newsletter. Here's a link <link>nutritionstudies.org/newsletters/hea<BR>lthy-food-for-a-sustainable-planet/ </link> BTW, Mark Sutton's recipes are fabulous! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:25:50 EST Promo for Free pdf Books - Angela Poch/Higher Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60764005 If you would like some good "no frills" vegan recipes, this is a great offer! Some of the recipes use a lot of oil; others do not. The recipes are written for families that might have a range of dietary needs - vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, etc. They don't require hard to find ingredients, and they're basic "down home" cooking, vegan-style. Higher Path Store has a new website, and it has a nice promotion for the next 3 days. Here's the offer from their e-mail sent today: <BR> <BR> **********... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:12:22 EST Recipes from the Oh She Glows Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60725076 Prevention has a nice slideshow of recipes from Angela Liddon’s wonderful book, Oh She Glows: Over 100 Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out <link>www.prevention.com/food/cook/vegan-r<BR>ecipes-oh-she-glows?slide=1 </link> Here's a link to Angela's blog <link>ohsheglows.com/ </link> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:04:22 EST Sub This for Fish Sauce in Thai Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60724961 Many Thai recipes have fish sauce as an ingredient. Obviously fish sauce is not vegan, but this recipe for vegan fish sauce is a very good substitute <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-vegan-fish-<BR>sauce-130535 </link> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:50:29 EST Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x60678460 Hi, <BR> I'm new here. I've been eating a vegan diet for around 8 months. Since I haven't lost much weight, I talked to a dietitian who recommended I track my calories. So, I'm back to SparkPeople after a few years off. <BR> <BR> I had recommendations for other tracking websites, but I find that the SparkPeople phone app works well on my phone and doesn't require all my personal information like so many apps do. A big "thank you" to SparkPeople for that! <BR> <BR> I mainly eat whole p... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:12:35 EST Cinnamon Snail Food Truck's Long Run Ends Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60666409 Sad news for New Yorkers and others who have stood in line for Adam Sobel's award winning vegan food for the past 5 years. The permit expires at the end of this month and cannot be renewed, so the crew is calling it quits for now. Look for them in a bricks and mortar location in the future <link>gothamist.com/2015/02/14/rip_cinnamo<BR>n_snail_truck.php </link> <BR> <BR> Not everyone has had the opportunity to taste Adam's food. His book "Street Vegan" will be released in May. If you can'... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:39:25 EST Gelatin Alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60657783 Regular gelatin is a product of animal collagen. That means Jello and the other common brands are not vegetarian or vegan. Despair not, however. The Japanese have lovely gelatin based desserts known as kanten that use agar as the gelling agent. Several sources refer to kosher gelatins as vegan. That is somewhat incorrect because some kosher gelatins contain fish products; fish are not animals according to kosher tradition. Lieber's Unflavored Gel IS vegan and is usually available from Vegan E... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:51:49 EST Dr Fuhrman Challenge and Free Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60643918 Dr Fuhrman has a new Get Healthy! Challenge that starts today. The person who submits the best transformation story with photo will win $1,000. For information on how to register and get a free silver membership to the Fuhrman website through the month of May, use this link <link>www.drfuhrman.com/events/nj1015/defa<BR>ult.aspx?utm_source=email&utm_medium=B<BR>last&utm_campaign=020915-GetHealthy-Learnmore </link> You need a recent full body photo to register It cannot be part of a group p... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:48:50 EST Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions for Now and Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60580475 Caramelized onions are a terrific but time-consuming addition to many dishes. You can easily make them in a crockpot; that method requires much less tending than cooking them in a skillet. The process takes about 24 hours for 5 pounds of onions. Here's how to do it <link>www.cookistry.com/2011/03/crock-pot-<BR>caramelized-onions.html </link> <BR> <BR> Packages of frozen caramelized onions are wonderful to have on hand to use in salads, pasta dishes, and all sorts of dishes. I love them in... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:58:07 EST Cauliflower Rice or Couscous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60580279 For a grain-free change of pace from rice or couscous, try using cauliflower instead. It's a great way to add another veggie to a meal. Here's how <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-caulif<BR>lower-rice-couscous-cooking-lessons-fr<BR>om-the-kitchn-203344 </link> Eliminating the oil when cooking the cauliflower still yields a delicious product; just substitute water or broth. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:24:37 EST E2 Game Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60479663 Here's the Engine 2 Diet Game Day Challenge for the Super Bowl. There are several recipes from Ann and Jane's book. <link>http://engine2diet.com/wp/wp-content<BR>/uploads/2015/01/E2BigGameGuide.pdf </link> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:11:01 EST Tofu Varieties Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60479532 Here's a great article from Serious Eats that explains the all of the varieties of tofu. There are recipe links in each section though not all are vegan. For those of you who are not sure which tofu to buy, this will be very useful. <link>www.seriouseats.com/2014/06/shopping<BR>-cooking-guide-different-tofu-types.html </link> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:54:58 EST Vegan Egg Replacers for Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60466028 You can still make tasty baked goods even though you don't use eggs. Here's a good list <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/9-vegan-eg<BR>g-replacers-for-baking.html </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:27:03 EST More Reasons to Eat a Plant Based Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60465766 What's in your food? If it comes in a box or is frozen, canned, or processed in any way, there may be more ingredients than you would expect. Always read the labels before you put an item in your shopping cart. Need a nudge? Read this article at Salon: 5 Shocking Reasons Why Americans Are Getting Fatter <link>www.salon.com/2014/03/13/5_shocking_<BR>reasons_why_americans_are_getting_fatt<BR>er_partner/ </link> Now, aren't you glad you ate your fruit and veggies today? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:55:30 EST Chicago Tribune Article about Dr Esselstyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60465704 Debbie Kastner, author of the Happy Healthy Long Life blog, posted a link to this article about Dr Esselstyn on FB today. It's worth the reading time <link>www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/he<BR>alth/sc-hlth-0128-diet-for-heart-20150<BR>123-story.html </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:46:58 EST FOK Super Bowl Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60465685 Here's a link to the FOK menu and recipes to make for your viewing (or not viewing) party this weekend <link>www.forksoverknives.com/super-bowl-m<BR>enu-2015/ </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:43:38 EST Smoky Chipotle No-Queso Dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60463554 If you want to make a party snack for veggies or chips, try this recipe from Miyoko Schinner for Smoky Chipotle No-Queso <link>www.artisanveganlife.com/its-nacho-b<BR>usiness/ </link> It contains butternut squash, nutritional yeast, soy yogurt, and some other ingredients. There are YouTube links to the episode of Miyoko's Kitchen in the article. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:46:11 EST Bean Conversions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60461141 Canned beans are nice to have on hand for quick meals. I prefer to use beans cooked from their dry state whenever possible because I can control the sodium and the flavor. Instead of cooking a small amount of beans, it's just as easy to cook a large batch and freeze them in 1 1/2 cup portions, the same yield as a can of beans. Sometimes, though, it makes more sense to cook the smaller portion. Here's a handy conversion guide that shows how many cups of beans there will be after cooking <link... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:11:52 EST UPDATED: News for Millennium Restaurant Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60408678 I got this very sad email a few minutes ago: <BR> <BR> After more than 20 years in business, and with the end of our lease, we will serve our last meal as Millennium at 580 Geary St on April 30, 2015. We are so grateful to our co-workers, family, farmers & friends who have made the experience of running this restaurant nforgettable. <BR> <BR> The Hotel California was recently sold to Pineapple Hospitality, a Seattle company. They will be doing an extensive renovation and we have been notifi... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:47:09 EST Joe Yonan Article about Tempeh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x60294379 Joe Yonan's Weeknight Vegetarian column for the Washington Post was about tempeh last week. It's an often overlooked product. I fell in love with it when I was in Indonesia, so I use it fairly often. I usually steam it for 15 minutes before using it to remove the bitterness. Joe's article has a few recipes at the end; not all are vegan, though. Here's a link <link>www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/foo<BR>d/weeknight-vegetarian-make-2015-the-y<BR>ear-of-tempeh/2015/01/05/c34d4292-8e05<BR>-11e... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:58:15 EST More Cold Weather Fare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60250794 The weather is so cold that I’ve spent part of today pulling out some of my favorite recipes for this time of year. First is Celebration Pie from Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan. Susan has followed a McDougall-based diet for many years, and her recipes are fabulous. <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/11/celebr<BR>ation-pot-pie-with-pumpkin.html </link> Next is an anytime-of-year favorite from Isa Chandra Moskowitz: Quinoa, White Bean, and Kale Stew <link>www.theppk.com/2010/10/quinoa-white-<... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:07:19 EST Brr! Time for Chili! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60250551 It's a balmy 5 below zero here in Minneapolis. Plus I just received an email from Vegetarians in Paradise celebrating the site's 16th anniversary -- and one of the topics was CHILI! It's the perfect thing to make on a day like this. Here's a link to Zel's chili picks <link>www.vegparadise.com/otherbirds1512.h<BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Please share your favorite chili recipes on this thread. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:41:55 EST Paleo Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60249469 There has been quite a bit of discussion and controversy about Paleo Vegan. Here's a link to a recent Google Hangout with Ellen Jaffe Jones, Mark Reinfeld, and others if you're interested in learning about it <link>goo.gl/w865Yo </link> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:36:53 EST McDougall Newsletters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60249274 All of the McDougall newsletters are available online going back to the first issue in 2002. Each month's issue contains articles by Dr McDougall and recipes by Mary McDougall and others. You can download all of the newsletters as pdf's. Here's a link to the newsletter archive page - no live link here, sorry <BR> <BR> https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/educa<BR>tion/newsletter/archives/ <BR> <BR> There is much more information available on the site, so set aside some time to browse it. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:12:58 EST Engine2Diet 2015 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60226603 Here's a link to the Nationwide 28-Day E2 2015 Challenge. It has recipes, exercises, and more. <link>engine2diet.com/28-day-challenge-201<BR>5/ </link> Several Whole Foods Markets will participate, but you can do the program on your own. There are Cadet and Firefighter versions. It's basically the same 28-Day Challenge E2 has always had, but the new year is always a good time to commit or recommit to this healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> PS - I had trouble downloading the guide, so here's ano... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:55:25 EST BenBella Books - Free Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60226504 BenBella books is in the process of launching a new website, BenBella Vegan. As part of the launch celebration, you can download a free copy of over 50 recipes from their vegan books. BenBella has published books by Del Sroufe, Lindsay Nixon, LauraTheodore aka The Jazzy Vegetarian, and others. Here's a link <link>benbellavegan.com/ </link> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:43:26 EST On a Budget? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60188342 You don't need to spend a lot of money on special ingredients in order to make good, plant-based dishes. I read a lot of cookbooks, and I am often amazed at how complicated and expensive many dishes are to make. But that's part of the fun of cooking. For basic daily meals, however, eating a plant-based diet is incredibly versatile and fairly inexpensive. For a reminder, here's an excellent post by Darshana Thacker on the FOK website: "My $1.50 a Day Challenge: Eating a Plant-Based Diet on an ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:31:04 EST 2015 Team Topics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60188253 What would you like to see in terms of team topics this year? Do you want to see more recipes and cooking techniques, diet tips, exercise motivation, articles about health and diet? Other topics? Jump in with your ideas! It would be nice to see a bit more activity here. Now that the holidays are over, I'll be online more often. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:21:13 EST FOK Meal Delivery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60188042 It was bound to happen sooner or later. FOK now has a meal delivery service. Starting in mid-January, service is limited to parts of the Northeast: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York Metro (incl. Southern CT), DC, Maryland, and most of Virginia. More cities will be added with plans to expand to nationwide delivery. For people who don't have time or inclination to cook but want healthy food, this could be a great service. Here's the webpage for more info <link>www.forksoverknives.c... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:59:37 EST Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x60187974 Hi everyone! Now that the holiday season is winding down, it's time to reassess goals. Did you make resolutions for the new year? It's always fun to add some challenges to the mix of trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. My top resolution for this year is to waste less food. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:52:38 EST The Engine 2 Diet workout-- whaddya think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60159860 My husband and I decided to implement Rip's suggested workout, "The E2 Exercise Program," that he lays out in the Engine 2 Diet book. It only took us about 1/2 hr. to go through the three rounds of four exercises each, and I'm pretty sure we worked every muscle! This is a very invigorating workout that even beginners like us can do, because you start with only several reps, and then you gradually work up to more. You do the whole program 2X/week, and some kind of aerobics 3X/wk, which can ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:47:06 EST Back on the FOK wagon! :-))) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x60157520 Hello, friends! <BR> I am 47 yrs. old and live in SoCal with my husband and four boys, ages 10 through 15. <BR> My husband and I saw the film and went gung-ho FOK a few years ago. We both lost weight and began to feel really great, too... unfortunately, the holidays came along and we fell off the wagon. The weight crept back on, etc... then we returned to FOK for a while but fell back into our old ways AGAIN! <em>198</em> <BR> Fast forward to last week: sudden, intense pain brought my ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:39:02 EST Quick Maple-Pumpkin Mousse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60067359 Here's a super quick and delicious recipe for pumpkin mousse that uses tofu as the base <link>www.kowalskis.com/recipe/dessert-pas<BR>try-cream-custards-mousse/maple-pumpki<BR>n-mousse </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to move in an even less healthy direction to use the leftover tofu, try this chocolate chip cookies recipe <link>www.morinu.com/recipes/recipes_detai<BR>l.aspx?id=254 </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:53:58 EST Free Kim Carr & Chad Sarno Cooking Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x60067269 Kim Carr has opened up her online cooking classes with Chad Sarno through December 22. You can access the 13 videos (about 1.5 hours) here <link>https://kriscarr.leadpages.net/cooki<BR>ng-classes-free-until-12-22-affiliates/ </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:40:36 EST Vegan Gains YouTube http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x60063252 Hey everyone, check out these links. This is a friend of mine who posts vlogs about the benefits of vegan diets and what it has done for him. He is totally buff! <BR> <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuq906SG<BR>uFQ [Embed] <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvEop9e0<BR>yVw&feature=youtu.be [Embed] Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:17:54 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x59931333 Hi Everybody! <BR> My name is Jessica. I've been a spark member for several years coming and going trying to lose weight. I have been a vegetarian since I was 6 years old. Slowly, my eating turned into being more of a "junk" vegetarian. I ate a lot of "bad" foods, ate fast food (mostly Taco Bell since I worked there for a while) a lot. I have changed my eating habits many times through my journey of trying to become healthy and lose weight over the last several years. I joined weight watchers... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 01:37:12 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x59917306 i just realized i posted on a thread without ever having introduced myself… i'm susan, live in eastern washington spring and fall, sweden in summer, molokai in winter - and work wherever we are (telecommute). went vegetarian around 2000, but about 6 years ago my daughter gave us the china study, and we've been plant-based vegan ever since. <BR> <BR> i'm at maintenance weight now, but have resolved to stay active in SP since i have already experienced one 15 lb blip upwards last winter and i... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:29:12 EST Love soy sauce but not the sodium? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59916948 Joe Yonan, Food and Dining Editor at the Washington Post, came up with a terrific way to modify recipes using soy sauce to reduce the sodium while keeping the flavor profile. He used it on one of Robin Robertson's recipes from her new (and fabulous) book "Vegan without Borders." The link to the recipe is at the end of the article <link>www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/foo<BR>d/weeknight-vegetarian-a-new-technique<BR>-for-defusing-those-soy-sauce-sodium-b<BR>ombs/2014/10/06/5698e8cc-4b20-11e... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:42:28 EST What are your favorite cold weather comfort foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59915662 Brr! Winter has arrived early for just about everyone in the US. It's time for stews, soups, chilis, and all sorts of warming comfort foods. What are some of your favorites? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:50:59 EST What did you fix and eat for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x59877180 Today it was just my husband and me. We had plans to go to a relative's house, and we were bringing almost all the food. I was even going to fix (and eat) turkey. However plans changed and we stayed here at home. Here was my plant strong meal. It was yummy. <BR> <BR> Butternut squash stuffed with wild rice embellished with onion, raisins, dried cranberries and California apricots. <BR> Roasted root vegetables <BR> French green beans picked fresh from my garden, boiled tender crisp (we l... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:19:06 EST Do You Have Trouble Swallowing Pills? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x59730549 Pills are something few people enjoy taking. For some folks, the process can be almost painful because they're hard to swallow. If you have to take pills even once in a while and have trouble swallowing them, one of these tips from a recently published study from the University of Heidelberg might work for you <link>www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/11/<BR>363024822/trouble-swallowing-pills-try<BR>-the-pop-bottle-or-the-lean-forward </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:51:07 EST Strawberries - Think Twice Before Buying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x59730044 Do you buy the luscious looking strawberries at your grocer? Fresh berries are often flat in flavor, and the frozen berries require some planning to enjoy properly. There's another downside, however, that is far more insidious: pesticides and fumigants. After you read this, you'll probably opt to buy only organic strawberries in the future. Click on the November 10th article - sorry I can't provide a direct link <link>cironline.org/reports/californias-st<BR>rawberry-industry-is-hooked-on-d... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:06:39 EST Improve Your Knife Skills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59651394 There is a free online knife skills class offered on Craftsy, and there are links to a couple of other resources in this article on The Kitchn <link>www.thekitchn.com/brendan-mcdermotts<BR>-knife-skills-class-will-teach-you-eve<BR>rything-you-need-to-know-tips-from-the<BR>-kitchn-212443 </link> You'll find some delicious recipes on this site, too. Just enter vegan in the search box to find them. Most are not Esselstyn compliant, but you can adjust most of them or just use the recipes for i... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:39:17 EST Time Magazine Article on Dairy Milk and Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x59619641 The milk myth is now being questioned in mainstream media. It's about time! <link>time.com/3545645/milk-bones-fracture<BR>/ </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:15:47 EST Hello, new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x59619129 Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sharon, and I'm working on switching over to a vegan lifestyle. I was a vegetarian for a number of years, but after my daughter was born, it just got too difficult to cook two different meals every day, and there was no way my meat & potatoes husband was going to go veg! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my daughter is 12 now, and I feel like I can commit the time and energy into becoming a vegan--even though I'll still have to cook meat for the others! I feel like I... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:37:02 EST Success and exceptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x59508040 Whole food plant-based dieting is a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. I started 4 and 1/2 months ago (the day I watched Forks Over Knives) and am still losing 1-2 pounds per week. So far I have dropped 35 pounds! I feel so much better, and I know I am healthier. Hooray! <BR> <BR> I don't generally feel restricted, and I don't crave processed food or sweets anymore. At first I was still eating eggs and some types of cheese, but I gave those up too after a couple of months. I definitely don't ev... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:56:42 EST Nurture Your Health Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x59505407 Great interviews with leaders in the area of plant-based nutrition. I found the interviews to be inspiring and insightful. <BR> <link>www.nurtureyourhealthforum.com/nyhf2<BR>014/ </link> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:27:40 EST My top 10 favorite simple and healthy meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59425317 Following are my top 10 favorite simple and healthy homemade meals. They are all plant-based/vegetarian/vegan and full of nutrition! <BR> <BR> <link>plibby.me/2014/10/11/top-10-homemade<BR>-healthy-meals/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:17:05 EST Mega Vegetable Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59353310 My recipe for an amazing vegetable soup: <BR> <link>plibby.me/2014/10/04/mega-vegetable-<BR>soup/ </link> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:41:06 EST Being honest with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x59280393 When I decided to watch Forks Over Knives at the beginning of this summer, <BR> I did not expect it to change my life so significantly. However, it was a major wakening for me. <BR> <BR> This week I blogged about stopping with excuses and educating myself. Having a greater perspective and being honest with myself has made me healthier and my life more meaningful. <BR> <BR> <link>plibby.me/2014/09/27/being-honest-wi<BR>th-myself/ </link> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:21:49 EST Pumpkin Waffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59273277 This was in my inbox this morning. They look delicious! <BR> <link>40aprons.com/vegan-pumpkin-waffles/ </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:32:30 EST Winter Squash Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59228694 Fall is officially here; and it brings a bounty of two of my favorite foods - apples and winter squash. I am looking for new recipes to try this year and just found a wonderful one for Butternut Squash Lasagna from the blog My New Roots. This recipe uses celeriac slices instead of lasagna noodles and a delightful bean béchamel <link>www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/12/butt<BR>ernut-squash-lasagna/ </link> When I make it, I will omit the oil. <BR> <BR> For true comfort food, little beats Jaso... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:08:28 EST October Unprocessed 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59216304 Do you need some motivation to rid your diet of processed foods? You know the ones - those packages of sugar, salt, and oil that hid in your grocery cart and suddenly appeared on your kitchen countertop. Oreos might be vegan, but they're certainly not healthy. The same goes for potato chips and a myriad of other processed items, including vegan cheeses and meats. <BR> <BR> Starting October 1, commit to eating only unprocessed foods for a month. How hard could that be? Not very. For the 5th ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:43:01 EST Aminos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x59159029 Hi all. <BR> So I watched the film (and PlanEAT). Great! <BR> I gave to my parents to watch. My mom fell asleep (blood sugar), and when she woke up my dad was saying, "(crap), (crap, (crap)." meaning......crap! He LOVES dairy, and now that he's watched the film, (and had prostate cancer), he can't unsee or unknow what he saw. <BR> <BR> Glad it's spreading. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I have a question after watching FOK. He (Esseltyn, not Campbell, I think, though I'm mixign the 2 films up in my hea... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:32:39 EST Angelica Kitchen Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59142560 Here are some recipes created by Leslie McEachern, the owner of the iconic Angelica Kitchen in New York, and Amy Chapin. With the exception of the galette, all can be made free of salt, oil, and sugar with minor modifications. <link>deliciousliving.com/food-and-beverag<BR>e/culinary-commitment </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:37:42 EST Missing Cheese? Watch This. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x59134337 One of the things many people find hardest to give up is cheese. Others have difficulty eliminating all animal products in one fell swoop. Watch the video featuring Chef Alex Bury in this post for some great tips to help you overcome your roadblocks and/or get back on track <link>www.vegan.com/tips/how-to-get-over-c<BR>heese/ </link> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:54:05 EST Tatsuru Rai, Soba Master, Demonstration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59085115 This is an amazing video of a master craftsman at work. Enjoy! <link>eater.com/archives/2014/09/08/watch-<BR>a-noodle-master-make-soba-by-hand.php </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:27:20 EST Farm Sanctuary Launches Food-Centric Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59072017 Farm Sanctuary recently launched a website that's a resource for recipes, videos, and tips from a variety of well-known chefs . All recipes,etc. are plant-based, of course. Check out V-lish here <link>v-lish.com/ </link> or on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Expect more great things over time, so be sure to sign up for updates. Of course, many of the recipes are not Esselstyn-friendly; but inspiration is always a good thing. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:35:22 EST Recall: Tullia's Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x59061348 From Food Safety News: <BR> "Tullia’s of Spokane, WA, is recalling Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce code 530140. This recall has been initiated because a records review by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that one batch of sauce produced with the 530140 code had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum. If present, this organism can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness. <BR> <BR> The recalled sauce is packaged in 16 o... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:24:44 EST Archived Teleclasses from Chef AJ + Sept 16 event http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59061049 Wendy Solganik of Healthy Girl's Kitchen just posted the details of an upcoming teleclass on sugar and food addiction. She will be presenting along with Chef AJ. Here's a link to the post <link>www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2014/09/<BR>mark-your-calendar-for-next-free.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wendy also posted the link to 6 past teleclasses <link>www.healthytasteonline.com/chef-aj.h<BR>tml </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:34:36 EST Eating for nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x59060953 I am having great success with my whole-food, plant-based diet. I have blogged about how I am eating for nutrition. <BR> <link>plibby.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/eati<BR>ng-for-nutrition/ </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:19:37 EST Amaranth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59034733 I have some amaranth (grain, not the leaves). Other than porridges, anyone work any yummy magic with it? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:03:24 EST Jason Wyrick's Vegan Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x59009653 Tomorrow is the release date for Jason Wyrick's much anticipated book, Vegan Tacos. Here are some recipes and articles to tempt you. <BR> <BR> Hominy and Seitan Tacos in Roasted Garlic Cascabel Sauce <link>robinrobertson.com/hominy-seitan-tac<BR>os/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enchiladas Verde with Tomatillo-Jalapeno Sauce <link>thevegantaste.com/enchiladasverdes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sneak Peek from Vegan Heritage Press <link>veganheritagepress.com/2014/08/vegan<BR>-tacos-jason-wyrick-sneak... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:46:31 EST Re-Run and Re-New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58984420 Greetings! <BR> I was a Spark member 3 years ago, and then went into a sort of downward spiral into a fog - with limited internet as well. I am happy to be back. <BR> Been a life-long vegetarian (since 12), and have had type 2 Diabetes for 3 years, along with many other health issues. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed with compiling challenges, and the politics of my afforded health system, I am literally "fed" up (to over 300 lbs)! I have known that dairy has gotta go (for me -fo... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:26:42 EST Veg Food Fest in Toronto. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58981031 I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Since transitioning to a WFPB way of eating I have been learning so many new things, mostly online, about what foods are available to me. Now I get a chance to taste a bunch of vegan foods, and this is happening so close to home! An entire 3 day festival dedicated to plant based foods! <BR> <BR> I am so excited I get to go! <BR> <BR> Leti Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:49:00 EST Easy Soup for Work or Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58956904 This is a clever soup to have on hand to take to work or have as a quick lunch at home: Layer the ingredients ahead of time, refrigerate, put in your carry all, and add super hot water to the jar when it's time to eat. Miso Veggie Soup in a Jar <link>themuffinmyth.com/2014/03/27/miso-ve<BR>ggie-soup-in-a-jar-vegan-gluten-free/ </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:00:23 EST Ann Crile Esselstyn Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58947607 The new book by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, won't be released until next week. In the meantime, some of you might enjoy these collections of Ann's recipes and advice from the NE Ohio No-Oil Vegan Meet-Up group <link>www.meetup.com/Dr-Es-Vegan-No-Oil-Di<BR>et-Cleveland-Akron-Ohio/pages/Recipes_<BR>by_Ann_Crile_Esselstyn/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a collection of her salad dressing recipes from the same source <link>www.meetup.com... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:15:16 EST Eggplant Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58947562 Here in MN, it's eggplant season. They're one of my favorite vegetables, so I thought I'd share a few recipes. <BR> <BR> From Susan Voisin, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/tag/eggplant </link> <BR> <BR> Food 52, Gena Hamshaw - Spicy Eggplant Pasta <link>food52.com/recipes/24001-spicy-eggpl<BR>ant-pasta </link> Be sure to use egg-free pasta to keep the dish vegan. <BR> <BR> Del Sroufe's Eggplant Rollatini <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/eggp<BR>lant-rollat... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:08:10 EST How to Trim, Cut, and Wash Leeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58947084 Leeks are a wonderful addition to soups and many other dishes. Unfortunately, they have a lot of grit that many cooks don't know how to remove. Here are some great tips <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8glwRaS8OM </link> You'll find other useful videos on the right sidebar - celery root anyone? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:58:28 EST New Vegenaise and Hampton Creek Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58938194 Friday I bought a jar of Vegenaise Gourmet Pesto Mayo. It was the first time I'd seen that flavor. Oh my! Delicious hardly describes it! It was perfect on my veggie sandwich of spinach and tomatoes. I'm really looking forward to using it later this week after I roast or grill a bunch of veggies (eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onion) to have around for roasted/grilled veggie sandwiches. Give it a try if you see a jar. Like the other Vegenaise mayos, it will be in the refrigerated section. <B... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:34:43 EST Rosemary Chia Croutons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58937066 Chia croutons? Really? It's certainly an inventive use of those powerfully nutritious seeds that I would never have thought of; and, of course, it contains more than the recipe title ingredients. As I read the recipe, my creative juices started to flow. The herb mixture can easily be adapted to accompany different dishes - curry, anyone? The recipe calls for coconut flour, but I wonder if garbanzo flour would be equally effective. The possibilities are endless. Here's the recipe by Leanne Vog... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:57:31 EST "Plant-Stock" 2014 at the Esselstyn Farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x58933347 Last weekend I attended the 3rd Annual Engine 2/FOK weekend event at the upstate NY Esselstyn farm. It was a wonderful event even if a little pricey and I was so happy I was able to attend. It was a 2-day event - all day Saturday and Sunday and included fabulous lectures by Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell and other nutrition rock-stars. I was thrilled beyond belief to be able to meet and speak with these experts as well as to listen to their lectures and it was well worth the effort and the mo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:43:56 EST Just for Fun: Millennium Restaurant Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58921627 Once in a while, we all need an extravagant meal. Not all cities have vegan fine dining restaurants. Those of you in CA are lucky to have several, and this is one of the finest. Enjoy the tempting menu, and come away inspired to create your own gourmet fine dining experience if you live too far away to bother calling for a reservation <link>www.millenniumrestaurant.com/menus/e<BR>ntrees.html </link> There are tabs above this menu for other courses. <BR> <BR> This restaurant has published ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:11:10 EST Almond and Peanut Butter Recalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58920745 Quite a number of almond and peanut butters have been recalled because of possible contamination with Salmonella. These include MaraNatha, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and some other brands. Here is the full list <link>www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410533<BR>.htm </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:32:45 EST Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920486 Looking for something light and cool for the end of summer - or maybe a dish to take to a Labor Day gathering? Zsu Dever's book, "Everyday Vegan Eats" has a lovely recipe for just such times- Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles. You'll find it at the end of this post, which has some mouthwatering photos of other dishes in the book to tempt you before you get to the recipe <link>vedgedout.com/2014/08/22/chilled-ses<BR>ame-soba-noodles-from-zsu-devers-every<BR>-day-vegan-eats-plus-review-and-giveaway... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:04:23 EST Tomatoes: Why Are They Classified As Vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920323 Botanically speaking, tomatoes, avocadoes, and a lot of other foods used in the kitchen as vegetables are fruits because they contain seeds. The story behind the tomato's classification for selling purposes is something that was decided by the Supreme Court in 1893 when it declared the tomato to be a vegetable. <BR> <BR> Walter C. Willett highlights this interesting story in his book "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy." A fruit importer sued New York's collector of custom taxes because he had to p... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:53:49 EST Miso: How Much Sodium Does Yours Contain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920065 When my weight loss stalled and my blood pressure remained high, I started looking at the sodium content of the ingredients I use in my cooking. The Japanese brand of white miso that I have used for years is 900 mg/Tbsp or 300 mgm/tsp. That’s really high, so I started looking at other brands of miso. <BR> <BR> Sodium content varies according to the type of miso, but the lowest I have found so far is the delicious South River Sweet White Miso which contains 115 mg/tsp. Since few recipes call... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:28:47 EST Another doctor says yes to carbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58899391 Here's what Dr. Garth Davis says: (I'm posting this around a few sp teams - he says it so well!) <BR> <BR> "What will it take to make people understand that carbs do not make people fat. Patients come in to see me for weight related issues. When asked what they think the central problem is, the answer is always carbs. Yet, every diet log I look at is loaded with animal protein and fat. Just about everybody is eating eggs and sausage for breakfast. I can't tell you how often Jimmy dean sausag... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:11:03 EST New Esselstyn Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58893690 From VegSource: <BR> <BR> The Recipe Book You Have Been Waiting For! <BR> <BR> I recently received an advanced copy of Ann and Jane Esselstyn's new cookbook and have only two things to say -- WOW! and YUM! {The cookbook is titled “The How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook.”} <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that Ann and Jane put this book together to make living the Esselstyn plant-strong way that much more easy and delicious. <BR> <BR> Whether you follow Dr. Esselstyn's program or... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:15:43 EST Looking for traditional breakfast ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58819606 Hello all, have been away for awhile but am back and posting and tracking etc. again. Only tracking to get myself going, I am noticing that I am only picking up 1 or 2 proteins with my normal breakfast (kashi cereal, blueberries, almond milk) and while I don't think I need a lot more, I do think I need more. I could make a tofu scramble or something along those lines, but I'm looking for something quick during the week. Once the weather gets cooler, I'll switch to steel cut oats for breakf... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:54:13 EST Portobello Fajitas w/Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58800249 This recipe is from one of my new cookbooks, Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu Dever. This book is now one of my favorite "go to" cookbooks. It's full of wonderful recipes and tips. Zsu Dever is a chef, so you can trust the recipes. Here's a link to the yummy recipe for Portobello Fajitas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce <link>www.chicvegan.com/recipe-portobello-<BR>fajitas-with-roasted-poblano-cream-sauce/ </link> Hint: If you don't have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, soak the ca... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:05:54 EST Vegan Baking 101 - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58782376 Though it's still summer and cool treats are on every menu, the baking season never ends for some and is around the seasonal corner for others. Here is Rhea Parsons' advice for avoiding baking's most common pitfalls (or hockey pucks) <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/ho<BR>w-to-avoid-common-baking-mistakes/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:32:15 EST It's National Zucchini Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58782232 Did you know there was a National Zucchini Day? Neither did I before I read this article <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/<BR>zucchini-filled-dishes/ </link> I want to make all of these recipes, especially the savory Flourless Tofu Zucchini Muffins. I had to look up curcuma - it's turmeric. Whew! I have everything I need to make a batch this weekend. It's going to be like a tofu scramble in the form of a muffin, which means the possibilities are endless! <BR> Recipe notes: <BR> *... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:13:47 EST NYT: Advice from a Vegan Cardiologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58781159 Here's a New York Times commentary by Dr Kim A Williams, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology about becoming vegan and the reactions of his colleagues <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/ad<BR>vice-from-a-vegan-cardiologist/ </link> (I think you can read 10 articles/month for free on the NYT site.) Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:49:35 EST Tips on Cooking with Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58780583 Here's another article with some good tips for working with tofu <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/co<BR>mmon-tofu-cooking-mistakes/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:47:28 EST Mourning the loss of my favourite foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58779477 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I love to cook. I am "the" cook for all my extended family events, holidays, parties, whatevers. There are so very many events I am usually cooking some large meal every other week or so. I inherited all the family recipes and mastered them over the years. People look forward to my meals and especially my desserts. <BR> <BR> All this ended when I saw forks over knives. I did a complete 180 on nutrition and started the whole food plant based diet for myself and my hu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:22:24 EST Whole-food, plant-based diet while traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x58712224 I have had wonderful success with my whole-food, plant-based diet, which I began 2 months ago. I was a bit worried that it would be too challenging to maintain this healthy eating lifestyle while traveling, but I have overcome that challenge. Here is how I am doing it: <BR> <link>plibby.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/eati<BR>ng-a-whole-foods-plant-based-diet-whil<BR>e-traveling/ </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:23:24 EST Hi My New Team Mates; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58672543 <BR> <BR> I've just joined this little family team so to speak, I think of my team mates as family & friends along the path on this journey through life. We all have value, we all have knowledge to share, experiences others can learn from, love to share, positive energy to share. I believe All You need is love. If you love yourself first then you can have enough love to give away to others in your life that might need a helping hand up into the light. <BR> <BR> I hope to figure out how to... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:56:16 EST Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58642586 I'm cross posting this to most of the /vegetarian teams. Please send this around the internet - blog about it - you know - let's get the word out! <BR> <BR> I may be naive, but I think the medical profession is actually figuring out that meat is not good for humans to eat! Now if they could also figure out about eliminating oil . . . But I bet that's coming soon. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the newsletter: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>healthletter.mayoclinic.com/editoria<BR>l/editorial.cfm/... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:15:36 EST Maybe TMI but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58578416 I love beans, all kinds of beans!!! <BR> BUT!!!! <BR> Beans give me the worst gas ever <em>2</em> <em>40</em> <em>15</em> <BR> And they make me feel horribly bloated!! <BR> I use canned beans & pressure cook dry beans. <BR> It doesn't matter what kind or how they are cooked. <BR> Does anyone know what will help with this??? <BR> I live in a musical world of my own making <em>36</em> <BR> It's usually the DH that's the gassy one, but not at my house!! <BR> Any advice?? <BR> Tha... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:15:20 EST Interesting Facts About Chia Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58465490 <link>www.dummies.com/how-to/content/10-fa<BR>cts-you-didnt-know-about-chia.html </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:26:20 EST New Recipes from Chef AJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58445119 Chef AJ is featured in the current McDougall newsletter <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2014nl/jun/<BR>140600.pdf </link> I plan to make the pumpkin raisin muffins and the red lentil chili later today. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:06:09 EST Vegan Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58429072 Are you tired of frozen bananas standing in for ice cream or watery tasting vegan ice cream from the frozen foods section of the grocery? You can make your own vegan ice cream using canned coconut milk and coconut cream <link>sweets.seriouseats.com/2014/02/how-t<BR>o-make-vegan-ice-cream-recipe.html </link> There are more recipe links at the end of the article. I'm interested in trying the avocado lime ice cream recipe soon. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:37:55 EST Vegan Meatloaf Cupcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58428983 This is a delightful recipe that uses tempeh, chia seeds, and oats as the base. If you're hungry for comfort food, try this recipe <link>www.forkandbeans.com/2013/12/28/vega<BR>n-meatloaf-cupcakes/ </link> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:19:30 EST Hi! New here and a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58378083 Hi, I'm new to the vegan and Engine2 world. And I'm coming off of a Paleo-type diet. My head is all turned around from all I've been learning. It's so hard to tell what's right and what's wrong in the nutrition arena! So far, I've come to the conclusion that many diet styles can be healthy, but the common things have to be "eat real food" and make vegetables the centerpiece. <BR> <BR> I actually have 2 questions. I'm 54 and post-menopausal. Is there anyone out there with some suggesti... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:47:08 EST A word about my absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58331409 Hi everyone! I haven't been around much for the past couple of months and just wanted to reassure you that I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I took on a temporary job at the end of March. About a week after I started, the person I have supported as a part-time executive assistant fell ill. By the end of May, he was so ill that I quit the temp job early so I could be available to help him with mounting paperwork and admin tasks. Over the 3 years I've worked for him, he has become a ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:58:23 EST What's your favorite hobby (non-workout related)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58277324 I like to read. A lot. (My screen name means "librarian") <BR> I play video games, but not as much as I used to since the toddler and grad school. <BR> I am an amateur photographer and I like to draw. I also like to tie-dye clothing and whatever else I can get my hands on. <BR> I'm actually thinking of taking up macrame because I love the plant hangers and wall hangings. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:52:03 EST What's your favorite workout/fitness routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58266474 I love walking (outside, but the treadmill gets boring for me). My favorite thing to do is strength training. I also love yoga and Tai Chi Chih, though admittedly I'm not doing as much of those as I'd like. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:35:58 EST Hello from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58250258 Hi I am so happy to find this team on SP. I am relatively new to the WFPB diet, but have been vegetarian for a very long time, but allowed myself to eat much that wasn't healthy or whole. I recently read T. Colin Campbell's The China Study and am in the process of reading whole. It is amazing and well thought out and related. <BR> sheryl Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:11:56 EST Tell Congress to oppose weakening school lunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58249600 I just got this from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine): <BR> <BR> "The House Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 4800) proposes to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a process for local school districts to waive all the federal school meal standards if their school food program experienced a net loss for a consecutive six-month period. Representative Sam Farr introduced an amendment to strike the waiver. PCRM supports Rep. Farr’s amendment." <... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:53:00 EST Airline Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58238720 What foods would you suggest to take on a plane to eat for dinner? I can think of several of my favorites but they're a bit sloppy. The only thing that comes to mind (other than bananas and raw veggies) is a hummus sandwich. Anything else? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:54:40 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58216507 From the CDC June 13, 2014: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic SPROUTED CHIA POWDER. If you used the powder--read the info about the recall. The link below is continually updated. <BR> WHAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to heal... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:26:51 EST Back for good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58213820 Good morning all! Just wanted to say Hi and tell you a little of what's been going on. I have tried going vegan before and said I can't do this! Well it has now become a matter of health,T2 diabeties out of control! Dr. has had me on many different meds the past month,non of which worked and many made me pretty ill. I am using a non insulin pen now and working pretty well but after a few days of eating non starchy vegan my #'s have improved dramatically! So I CAN do this for me!! Diane Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:26:44 EST Spiralizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58208860 Hey, veggies! I'm looking for spiralizer recommendations. Specific brands/models, or advantages of one style over another. Thanks! <BR> <BR> ***cross-posted to HH, McD, and VF&N*** Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:37:53 EST Dr Greger: Turning Back the Clock 14 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58095752 Here's a link to Dr Greger's latest video <link>nutritionfacts.org/video/turning-the<BR>-clock-back-14-years/ </link> As always, it's filled with information that reinforces a healthy diet. This is a great video to share with friends and family who would benefit from a lifestyle change. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:47:25 EST Pad Thai Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58051125 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2747916 </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:52:43 EST Eggless Deviled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58002604 Just in time for a warm weather holiday, here's a recipe for deviled potatoes <link>www.veganbreak.com/deviled-potatoes/ </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:10:31 EST Favorite Burger Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57991597 Spring and summer have arrived! Even here in MN where coats seldom seem to be put away, the weather is warm and lovely. Patties featuring plants and grains have grown in popularity over the past few years. I used to get excited about Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Now I know those are full of GMO's and are probably not vegan. Recently I bought "The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book" by Sarah Davies and Kristy Taylor. It's an excellent companion book to "Vegan Sandwiches Save the ... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:09:20 EST Nutella's 50th Birthday - and some vegan options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57950050 The Nutella chocolate and hazelnut treat celebrates its 50th birthday this week. It is not a vegan product, but the concept translates into some lovely vegan versions. <BR> <BR> Here's a basic recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/09<BR>/better-than-nutella/ </link> <BR> <BR> This version features dark chocolate <em>43</em> <BR> <link>arismenu.com/homemade-vegan-nutella/ </link> <BR> <BR> Brown Eyed Baker's version was featured in the May i... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:24:26 EST Overfed and Undernourished http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57911841 I recently saw that Joe the Juicer (of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead fame) is doing a new documentary called Overfed and Undernourished. Anyone else seen the ads? <BR> I looked on the website and there's no release date, but I'm sure this is one I'm going to want to see. My husband thinks I'm nuts how much I love these documentaries, but I do. After all, it was FOK that started our new lifestyle, lol! Sun, 18 May 2014 08:12:10 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57816319 The forks over knives is my new favorite cookbook! I've eliminated meat from my diet, but am still struggling with the dairy (cheese=weakness)--but I'm working on it. I'm looking forward to learning from y'all! <BR> Fri, 9 May 2014 13:49:04 EST Matfer 17360 Exoglass Bouillon Strainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57783865 If you make bouillon a lot, this is the best strainer you can buy at the best price I've ever seen <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00069ZUXW/ref=pe_<BR>385040_30332200_TE_item </link> Today it's $82.26; tomorrow -- who knows?? Tue, 6 May 2014 21:13:54 EST Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57783806 Cauliflower is a popular food item these days. Here are some recipes to try. Not all are vegan, but most are adaptable. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/ca<BR>uliflower-recipes_n_1943903.html </link> Tue, 6 May 2014 21:09:07 EST Taco Muffins (vegan, gluten free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57770094 It's a bit late in the day to make these muffins for Cinco de Mayo, but the recipe is going on my "make very soon" list. I'm ignoring one of my suggestions to make something from a blog before posting a link. This idea is so great that I thought the link was worth sharing even if the recipe might need some tinkering after the first batch. Lentils and taco flavoring -- what's not to love??? <link>myplantbasedfamily.com/2014/04/17/ve<BR>gan-gluten-free-taco-muffins/ </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 19:29:35 EST Cauliflower Lentil Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57758427 Ignore the parts of the recipe that use oil; bake or steam fry instead. Yum! <link>theshiksa.com/2014/04/30/vegan-lenti<BR>l-cauliflower-tacos/ </link> Sun, 4 May 2014 21:51:15 EST Protein Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57676059 So I make a smoothie every morning. <BR> kale or spinach <BR> 1 cup of berries <BR> garden of life raw vegan protein powder <BR> spirulina <BR> ground flax seed <BR> almond milk <BR> water. <BR> Sometimes I change the fruit up a bit <BR> Anyway, I was just wondering what you guys use in your smoothies as far as protein powders go? <BR> <em>550</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:02:48 EST Chemical Free Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57662830 HI guys, Becky here, plant based quirky, crunchy con, hiker kayaker and sustainable living girl. <BR> I eat an organic plant based diet but I also live chemical free. I don't use toothpaste, (baking soda and coconut oil is what I use) I use soap nuts and distilled white vinegar for laundry, aluminum free deodorant. I don't buy paper towels or paper plates. Most of my friends think I am a bit odd. <BR> <BR> My goal is to eat food in it's most natural state and sustainably as possible... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:33:46 EST Plant-Based "Meat" and "Eggs" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57650202 More people are beginning to realize how important it is to move away from animal products. For some, it's for health reasons. For others, there are ethical concerns. For yet others, it is the glaring reality that other quality food sources have to be developed to provide adequate nutrition for the ever-growing world population. Beyond Meat is receiving more and more publicity, and Bill Gates is one of the investors. Another company, Hampton Creek Foods, is working on egg replacers. <BR> <B... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:31:03 EST What would you say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57600662 Someone I love said to me yesterday regarding my weight, "I don't know why you didn't reach your weight loss goals years ago." They were right of course, it hurt of course but, I just couldn't even respond. <BR> Jeannie Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:41:35 EST New to plant based and loving it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57596109 Hi all! I am trying to lose weight for my wedding in July. I just started the plant based diet two weeks ago and I am feeling great. I have been working out and trying to improve my diet for a few months and I am finally seeing results. I am seriously sold on this right now since it doesn't require me to feel hungry all the time. I'm excited to have folks to talk to about this new eating lifestyle. In particular I'm looking for good recipes. I don't really know how to make good vegan food yet... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:03:35 EST Vegan Deviled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57581081 It's highly probable that some of your co-workers will bring deviled eggs to work this week. That's one of many ways to use up the Easter egg bounty. As a vegan, fret not. You can take your own deviled eggs to work and know yours are much healthier than your co-workers' eggs. <BR> <BR> Here are some recipes in case you don't have a favorite: <BR> <BR> <link>www.theppk.com/2013/03/devilish-pota<BR>toes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>http://lagustasluscious.wordpress.co<BR>m/2011/12/26/maresa... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:51:10 EST View 5 Animal Documentaries for Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57580697 You can watch Earthlings, Off the Chain, The Last Lioness, Man's Best Friend, and One Hundred Thousand Hearts without charge from this article on One Green Planet <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnat<BR>ure/5-life-changing-animal-documentari<BR>es-you-can-watch-for-free-right-here/ </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:02:24 EST Walmart Pledges to Drive Down Cost of Organic Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57580642 Walmart is the world's largest retailer, and half of its sales are from groceries. Recognizing consumer demand for organic food, Walmart is promising to drive down the cost with its new partnership with Wild Oats. Whole Foods Market bought the Wild Oats Market stores in 2007 but had to sell in 2009 after a court decision denied the merger. Walmart has now partnered with Wild Oats. <BR> <BR> This move might not be the best possible news for consumers or organic producers. What do you think? ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:56:26 EST Katie Couric Takes on the Sugar Industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57580377 Katie Couric's new documentary, Fed Up, opens May 9. It takes a hard look at the role of sugar in the obesity epidemic, the most preventable public health crisis ever observed. Here's a link to the website and trailer <link>http://fedupmovie.com </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:17:54 EST National Garlic Day (April 19) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57580171 Put "National Garlic Day" on your list of days to celebrate if you're a garlic lover like me. Though I only learned today (April 20) about this food holiday, I am celebrating it as though it were the actual special day. Here are some fun recipes that showcase this allium <link>www.peta.org/living/food/12-vegan-ga<BR>rlic-recipes-try/ </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:46 EST Getting Ready for Asparagus Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57569486 Here in the upper Midwest, we are recovering from our latest round of snow and looking forward to the first signs of spring. I love asparagus and joyously cook it as much as I can during its short season. Local produce always has more flavor than produce that has to be transported hundreds of miles. One of my favorite ways to have asparagus is in a salad with fresh tomatoes. I know the growing seasons don't overlap, but we have a wonderful source of delicious hydroponically grown tomatoes her... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:22:30 EST Mesopotamian Barley, Chickpea, Lentil, Tahini Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57569437 If cool weather still lingers where you live or if you just love soup, try this hearty recipe for Mesopotamian Barley, Chickpea, Lentil, Tahini Soup from Lisa's Kitchen <link>foodandspice.blogspot.com/2011/03/me<BR>sopotamian-barley-chickpea-lentil.html </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:16:07 EST 30 Day Challenge-Chef AJ's Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57485385 Chef AJ is shrinking like a snowman in summer (I want to too!). She has a couple article's/videos on VegSource.com explaining it and how she eats. <BR> <BR> <link>bit.ly/1hJsLGh </link> From VegSource.com - Scroll to bottom of page <BR> (15 min.) Read her articles if you have time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are notes I took: <BR> <BR> No sugar, salt, or oil <BR> No nuts, oils, or avocado <BR> Eat 2 lb cook green/colored veggies daily in addition to raw and fruits <BR> Eats calor... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:45:18 EST Lunch Ideas for Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57448900 I've been doing pretty good staying with all vegan. However, I have invited a couple of meat eating neighbors over for lunch next week and could use some suggestions on what to serve them. <BR> <BR> She refuses to eat potatoes or pasta. Any simple menu Ideas? I don't want this lunch to become a chore - - - Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:01:15 EST How to conquer the dairy addiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57345581 I need some tips, I've been craving cheese and sour cream like CRAZY! I didn't even eat a lot before I gave up dairy but now I'm ravenous for it. Did anyone else have this problem? How did you overcome it? My children and husband still eat it so it is in the house. I've only had one setback with it but it is really consuming me. Ideas? Replacements? Do you think it's just fat craving? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:38:36 EST Definitely 100% plant based organic vegan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57304053 Yep, that about sums it up. If it grows, eat it! <BR> <BR> I was a 100% raw organic vegan following the 80/10/10 program by Dr. Graham. I love the 80/10/10 but being 100% raw didn't agree with me. I regained most of the weight lost and am starting to lose once again. <BR> <BR> I still do quite a bit raw but now I feel the whole world of veggies has opened up to me once again. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:15:43 EST Nuts for Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57284404 Though nuts are high in fat, using just a few can impart incredible flavor to a dish. Here's a great article with recipes <link>www.npr.org/2014/03/26/294339184/the<BR>-secret-to-these-sauces-is-nuts </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:29 EST FMTV (Food Matters TV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57257888 You can watch the documentaries "Food Matters" and "Hungry for Change on the new site <link>www.fmtv.com/ </link> through March 31. There are some short films and interviews as well. If you're interested in subscribing, the price before the end of March 31 is $79/yr or $7.95/mo. After that subscriptions will be $119.40/yr or $9.95/mo. The documentaries are both very good. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:14:38 EST White Bean Dumpling Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57224076 It's still cold here in MN, and this recipe for White Bean Dumpling Stew was perfect for dinner. Like the recipe developer, I grew up eating delicious Southern food like dumplings, fried okra, etc. Here's a link to the recipe <link>forealslife.com/blog/white-bean-dump<BR>ling-stew </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:03 EST Tassajara Marinated Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57224057 This recipe from Karla Oliveira's wonderful book Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics, and Appetizers is a treat. The marinade contains oil. I haven't experimented with substitutions yet. If you want something light and delicious, try this tofu salad <link>smilesarethesoulskisses.blogspot.com<BR>/2009/05/tassajara-tofu-marinated-with<BR>-parsley.html </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:30:41 EST Tech Woes Are Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57223294 Hello everyone! After what seems like weeks of tech woes, I am finally able to use my computer. I returned the laptop I bought. It had all sorts of problems. In the process, I decided that I hate Windows 8.1. Fortunately my original computer worked fine when I took it to a tech yesterday and has worked fine ever since. I uninstalled Google Chrome after I got a high usage alert. That was interesting since it was an app I never used. Anyway, tech woes are over for now. I going to order a backup... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:52:06 EST New here, from MN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57214012 I'm here to be around like-minded people on my way to a healthier diet. I've already been on a 95% feingold diet (no chemicals, colors, additives, etc) but really want to remove animal based products, and jump on the engine 2, forks over knives wagon. My husband is very much not on board and therefore I do not have support for a healthier lifestyle. I also have fibromyalgia and am struggling to get in shape whiles avoiding flares. I look forward to being a part of this team! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:37:26 EST Need Some Encouragement Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57075042 What's wrong with me? Vegan books & cookbooks are lining my shelves. All of them have been read - several times. I believe vegan is a healthy way of eating. Yet, I can only maintain it for a month or so before the smell of my husband's steak overcomes my common sense. Or we're out for the day and the only restaurants we can find serve high fat/animal based foods. I really don't enjoy cooking long winded recipes and prefer to catch something quick and easy. <BR> <BR> I've eaten SAD all... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:25:53 EST So happy to be back to Vegan!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56979387 Hi, my name is Lali and I'm am happily back with SparkPeople and back to my Vegan diet. I changed my eating when I got seriously sick and found out I was gluten sensitive. I ended up putting meat back in my diet and found that to be just as horrible if not worse! I'm ready for some clean living inside and out. I can already feel the difference in how I feel. Loved both Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 and I'm so happy that there are people like them, as well as the people of PCRM teaching us h... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:01:30 EST FOK 10 pound loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56867177 Plant-based SparkFriends, I went hardcore FOK on 1/11/14, and I have now lost TEN POUNDS! My cheeks are rosy, I have much more energy, I feel GREAT, and I'm even starting to look... well... pretty good, hahaha! <em>211</em> <BR> I am just sooo encouraged! This is the best lifestyle-- not a "diet"-- but a real, healthy way to LIVE. Oh, and my darling husband/best friend did end up joining me after all, and {{{drumroll}}}: he is down almost TWENTY POUNDS!!! So we are enjoying making p... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:06:57 EST Absent for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56736238 Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I won't be online much for the next few weeks. My computer had the blue screen of death yesterday, and I am scrambling to find some extra money to replace it and later to have it fixed. I haven't had hardly any hours at work since January, so $ is tight. I'm using a library computer today and will check in from time to time as I can. In the meantime, have plant-strong days and happy hearts! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:05:48 EST Must Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56736060 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I received this link in an e-mail from FOK this morning. <BR> <link> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/t-colin-campb<BR>ell/health-care_b_4719598.html?1391468504 </link> </link> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:40:53 EST "Zester"-- WOW! :-))) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56713473 Hi, FOK friends! <BR> <BR> We also ordered a zester the day we ordered our fine mesh strainer-- where's this handy little tool been all my life?! Hahaha! It's really easy now to get the zest from citrus fruits, and also to do up some fresh ginger for a dish. A friend of ours taught us this little tip, too: she freezes the fresh ginger, and then grates it right into the pot! It lasts much longer and is way less messy this way. <BR> <BR> It's so fun learning how to cook plant-based, and... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:45:02 EST Fun Olympic Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56695957 Dr. Esselstyn is an Olympic Gold Medalist and Dr. Fuhrman was a member of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team. Here he is (video): <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=n42SqiNoRGY </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:24:19 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56673680 Engine 2 has a challenge for February that started on the 3rd. I just found out about it on their Facebook page. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:43:13 EST Preparing Crispy Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56672028 Here's an excellent article on preparing crispy tofu for those hopefully rare occasions when you might want to use fried tofu. Warning: This is NOT an Esselstyn-friendly recipe. <link>www.seriouseats.com/2014/02/vegan-ex<BR>perience-crispy-tofu-worth-eating-reci<BR>pe.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:54:05 EST avocados, seeds, nut butters..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56663345 Hi, FOK pals! <BR> We got our fine mesh strainer from Amazon today, so I'm excited to cook up some quinoa! <BR> Also, I am wondering if I'm consuming too many nuts? I am crazy about peanut butter (all natural, no sugar added, the kind you need to mix up). I also enjoy avocado + tomato sandwiches on whole grain bread... aaand I like to much on pumpkin seeds. <BR> I fear that all of these yummy foods may be slowing my weight loss. It's not like I'm sitting around with a jar of peanut butte... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:20:07 EST Joining Forks over Knives team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56566643 I became a vegetarian when I was a teenager, not liking the idea of eating animals, and knowing the horrors of factory farming. I went back to eating meat from time to time but found it was hard to digest, and gave me body odor (sorry to be gross!). I was lacto-ovo for a long time but now have gone vegan. Having a family history of colon cancer I think this way of eating will be helpful. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:42:10 EST E2's Easier Grocery Shopping Tips and Kids E-book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56564410 The E2 National Challenge starts in a few days. To help newbies - and remind the rest of us - the team is posting some tips to make it easier to live plant-strong. This post is about grocery shopping, which is a painful task for many. If you're in that camp, this will help you see grocery shopping in a new light. <BR> <BR> Towards the bottom of the post is a link to their free kids eBook and kids series to help kids with plant-strong living. There's some fun stuff for kids to do in the 8-w... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:31:23 EST Make Your Own Vegan Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56564085 It's fairly easy to make your own vegan butter. If you like to bake, it's especially satisfying. Here are my favorite recipe resources for vegan butters. All are free of palm oil.: <BR> <BR> VeganBaking.net - Mattie Hagedorn developed several versions of vegan butter based on his 7 years of experimentation to develop a satisfactory formula. The basics include vegan butters made with refined coconut oil, cocoa butter, and virgin coconut oils. I haven't tried the Cultured European version yet.... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:02:58 EST Game Day Noshes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56563292 The Super Bowl is this weekend. It's a good excuse for a gathering whether you follow football or not. Consider it a respite from winter if nothing else. <BR> <BR> Here's a menu from Julieanna Hever: nachos, hummus, BBQ Tofu Wings, Lentil Chili, whole grain corn muffins <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes-for-<BR>super-bowl-xlvi/ </link> <BR> <BR> What's on your game day menu? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:58:47 EST Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56497214 How much weight loss is the norm after starting a vegan diet? I suppose it depends on cals in/cals out. I'm following Sparks recommended calorie allowance although the exercise is still a bit sketchy right now. Has anyone reached their goal weight yet eating vegant? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:05:05 EST Quinoa washing w/o mesh sieve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56477212 Well, tonight we tried a quinoa recipe from the Engine 2 cookbook. Our Trader Joe's quinoa instructions said to wash and rinse carefully before cooking. It's so teeny, it just goes right through our sieve. I looked online, and you need a very pricey mesh sieve for the small grains of quinoa. We aren't in a position to invest in one at this time. Does anybody know of a less expensive alternative for washing quinoa? Thanks! <em>41</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:58:52 EST E2 National Challenge Starts February 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x56458335 Engine 2 Diet is launching a national challenge on February 4; many Whole Foods Markets around the country are hosting their own challenges as well. If you don't live near a Whole Foods Market, fret not; you can do the entire challenge online. If you want to participate in an in-store challenge, contact your local store's webpage or FB page. For more info on the E2 challenge, <link>https://www.facebook.com/events/5242<BR>35741008687/ </link> and/or <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/ <... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:07:26 EST Kitchen Gadgets, Mandolines, and Gloves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56457374 Here's a fun list of kitchen gadgets <link>dailyburn.com/life/health/kitchen-ga<BR>dgets-healthy-cooking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Also, if you have a new mandoline or are thinking about getting one, you should take precautions by using, at the very minimum, a cut-resistant glove <link>us.microplane.com/microplanecutresis<BR>tantglove.aspx </link> I understand the sizing of this glove runs a bit small and is inadequate for large hands. If you have large hands, just search for Kevlar gloves a... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:40:45 EST What's for dinner tonight? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56455787 Well, we re-watched the FOK film (instant streaming on Netflix if you haven't seen it yet!) and hubby is officially back on board-- <em>244</em> <BR> So we have been having fun planning our menus. Last night we tried a vegan Pad Thai recipe we found online-- it was soo good! <BR> Tonight I'm planning to cook the Eggplant Polenta Casserole from the FOK cookbook. It looks super yummy in the photo! <BR> I am down five pounds already, and hubby is down seven-- even though he wasn't /fully/ ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:31:58 EST Calorie Counting Eating Vegan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56376726 So - - - I've tried going Vegan for like a hundred times. Not really but sometimes it feels like it when I've stopped and started so often. I'm giving it another try and my question is: <BR> <BR> If I avoid the high calorie snacks/fat laden foods and only eat healthy, do I still have to count calories? All the books I've read say you don't have to but I find I lose weight the first few weeks and then it levels off. And that's when I start falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> Have any of you... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:59:08 EST Soy: Beyond the Myths and Misinformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56373944 Here's a very interesting article about soy by Holly Wilson, MD - "A Vegan Doctor Addresses Soy Myths and Misinformation" <link>freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/ve<BR>gan-doctor-addresses-soy-myths-and-mis<BR>information/ </link> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:06:07 EST E2 Easy One Dish Baked Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56373851 The E2 folks put together a small collection of simple, easy to make one dish meals. Put everything in a baking dish, no mixing bowls or other equipment required. Bake once. and eat for several days. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/1-dis<BR>h-baking-meals/ </link> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:58:03 EST Recipe Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56360959 Here's a great article about mistakes recipe writers make <link>www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/bl<BR>ogs/editor/2014/01/the-biggest-mistake<BR>s-recipe-writers-make.html </link> If you're new to cooking or working with an unfamiliar ingredient, it's really important to have clear guidance from the recipe writer. Many cookbooks have pages of errata issued post-publication because of missing ingredients, wrong measurements, poor directions, or proofreading errors. <BR> <BR> Do you have ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:32:16 EST Plant-based Redux :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56348930 Last spring, my husband, Ricky, and I watched the film, and were very intrigued. We decided that our entire family (me, hubby and four young sons) would go plant-based for Lent. Ricky and I felt so great, we ended up staying hardcore plant-based/vegan for 4 and 1/2 mos. We lost a little weight, too, though I lost more than he did. <BR> <BR> I wish we had lasted longer, but it just got to the point where we were spending half our lives in the kitchen. And the four lads were not doing as ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:32:41 EST Young Scientist Proves Value of Buying Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56347250 Thanks to Boni from the Vegan Fitness and Nutrition team for posting this video of a young scientist's discoveries while trying to get sweet potatoes to sprout. If you have ever had second thoughts about buying organic, this short video will dispel them for many produce items like potatoes, blueberries, beets, etc. <link>www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/<BR>a-little-girls-experiment-will-change-<BR>the-way-you-think-about-food/ </link> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:58:09 EST The Future of Nutrition Conference Starts 1.27.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56279286 Billed as the world's largest online nutrition event, The Future of Nutrition Conference will be take place January 27 - 31. From the webpage: "Created and sponsored by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the Future of Nutrition Conference is a gathering of some of the most insightful and cutting edge thought leaders. Get ready for some powerful content and daring ideas that are designed to take us into a positive nutritional future. We trust you’ll enjoy these creative interviews and... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:26:07 EST Favorite Pressure Cooker Tips & Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56279028 Pressure cookers continue to gain popularity as new, safe models are introduced. Gone are the days of cringing in horror to the sound of mom's dinner exploding on the ceiling because she forgot the pressure cooker was on the stove. The electric models are basically idiot-proof. Stovetop models still require tending, but who doesn't have 8 minutes to spend in the kitchen while a batch of lentils cooks on the stove or 10 minutes to wait for vegetable stock to cook. <BR> <BR> If you're unfamili... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:08:21 EST Jason Wrobel's Vegan Cooking Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56273887 Jason Wrobel hosts a new Cooking Channel Friday evenings, "How to Live to Be 100." Jason is a raw, vegan chef who has many celebrity clients including Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the show's page <link>www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/how-t<BR>o-live-to-100.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to Jason's website <link>www.jasonwrobel.com/ </link> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:53:38 EST 21 Day Vegan Cleanse Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56264525 Amy Layne is offering her 21 Day Vegan Cleanse Challenge with a free ebook for those who sign up by January 14. After that, she's charging $14 for the ebook which contains an eating plan, recipes (links to her website), guidelines, motivation, etc. To learn more, follow this link <link>www.damyhealth.com/2014/01/21-day-ve<BR>gan-cleanse-challenge/ </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:25:35 EST Cold Weather = Time to Make a Pot of Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56260944 With much of the country affected by the Polar Vortex, it seems like a good time to dust off some favorite chili recipes and start cooking. When I make chili, I rarely follow a recipe but I use them for ideas. Some of my "go to" sources for chili are below. Please share some of your favorite recipes or some that you want to try. <BR> <BR> Chili con Lentils <link>www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/chili<BR>-con-lentils/ </link> <BR> <BR> Isa's Meat Beany Chili & Corn Muffins <link>www.thep... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:28:50 EST Original Cheerios Going GMO-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56198842 General Mills will start stocking shelves with GMO-free Original Cheerios soon. The change does not apply to the other Cheerios varieties - Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon. It's a start, especially after General Mills joined many other manufacturers that poured money into organizations set up to defeat the ballot efforts to require labeling products that contain GMOs in California and Washington. <link>www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/j<BR>an/03/original-cheerios-go-gmo-free/ </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:08:53 EST Easy Ways to Grow Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56185883 A Mason jar, cheesecloth and an O ring or a ring screen are all you need to grow your own sprouts. Be sure to buy organic seeds for sprouting at a natural foods store, a coop, or online. Here's a video that shows you how to grow sprouts <link>strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle<BR>/cooking/grow-your-own-sprouts/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can also make a small investment in a tray sprouter and grow several kinds of sprouts at once <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-vSi<BR>dx3moM </link... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:55:34 EST New Year Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56170053 Lots of folks like to start the new year with a challenge to get back on track or to refine their diets. Here's a short list of offerings you can sign up for or do on your own. If you need to sign up, I've put an S in front of the challenge; if you see a $, there is a fee. <BR> <BR> S - Veganuary <link>www.veganuary.com/ </link> Here's a link to the menus in case you want to do the challenge without signing up <link>http://www.veganuary.com/31-day-menu </link> (I think you'll be able to... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:28:05 EST Isa's New Restaurant Opens Spring 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56126293 If you live in Omaha or near by or if you're taking a trip and can make a stop in Omaha part of your route, you're in for a treat this spring. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is opening her restaurant, Modern Love, The opening date hasn't been set yet. <link>www.omaha.com/article/20131113/GO/13<BR>1119483/1707#.UoYk3ZSFQ24 </link> If you can't make it to Omaha, travel vicariously through her new book "Isa Does It" or any of her other 7 books - but the new one is really, really good! You can also cat... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:52:06 EST A Tip for Sharing Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56125286 When I link on an email message to read it in my browser, the url has a lot of extra coding - like this <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/top-13-recipes<BR>-from-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_<BR>medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+join<BR>thereboot%2FuoBr+%28Reboot+With+Joe%29 </link> <BR> <BR> That's a lot of extra info. To share a clean link, just delete everything starting with the first question mark. It will look like this <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/top-13-recipes<BR>-from-2013/ </lin... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:25:30 EST Presoaking Parboiling Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56125126 Recently I’ve read several cookbooks that have a seemingly forgotten method for presoaking tofu before using it in a dish. This does not apply to the shelf stable tofu in aseptic packaging, like Mori Nu; it is for water-packed tofu found in refrigerated packages. <BR> <BR> One method calls for a soak in salted water. Here are some examples: <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.oneingredientchef.com/how-to-co<BR>ok-tofu/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.thekitchn.com/the-simple-no-fai<BR>l-wa... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:11:53 EST My cardiologist recommended a plant-based life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56095348 Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I'm so stoked by the email I just got from my cardiologist that I plan to share it on all my plant-based-lifestyle groups, and I will probably post it to my SP blog, as well. How awesome is this? Everything after this sentence, including the link, is quoted right from my cardiologist's email: <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> <BR> Hi Serene, <BR> <BR> The calcium score was low at 9 . A concerning score would be over 400. For this low score , we would recommend diet , exercise , life... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:15:02 EST Engine 2 Holiday Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x56080142 Here's a link to download this year's Engine 2 Holiday Book. It's packed with recipes, tips, and gift ideas <link>www.dropbox.com/s/hsbuq0t256jzpku/En<BR>gine2%20Holiday%20Book.pdf </link> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:04:48 EST Should We Avoid Eating Anything with a Face? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55968067 If you haven't tuned into NPR and listened to one of the debates on Intelligence Squared US, you should. It has become one of my favorite programs. Here's Tuesday's debate: Should We Avoid Eating Anything with a Face? Gene Bauer (Farm Sanctuary) and Dr Neal Barnard argued for the motion; Chris Materjohn (researcher) and Joel Salatin (3rd generation alternative farmer) argued against the motion <link>www.npr.org/2013/12/11/248999592/deb<BR>ate-should-we-avoid-eating-anything-wi<BR>th-a-face <... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:05:07 EST Stock Up on Sriracha - Really! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55958719 A Los Angeles court has ordered Huy Fong Foods, the maker of sriracha, to suspend operations partially until the cause(s) of alleged side effects of the odors emited from the facility are brought under control. No, this is not an April Fool's joke (but I sort of wish it were April since the weather here in MN is frightful)! <link>qz.com/151665/california-just-ordere<BR>d-sriracha-to-stop-making-hot-sauce-th<BR>at-inflames-its-neighbors/ </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:44:16 EST Vegan Worcestershire Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55958667 If you don't have a bottle of Annie's Naturals or Edwards & Sons The Wizard's Worcestershire sauce handy, you can easily make your own vegan Worcestershire sauce by using this recipe from Martha Stewart <link>www.marthastewart.com/258132/homemad<BR>e-vegan-worcestershire-sauce </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:37:47 EST Closed Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55908751 I forgot that I had asked about Butler Soy Curls in an earlier post. Sorry for any confusion! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:10:05 EST In the News... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55896686 Food topics appear more and more frequently in news stories and blogs. This reflects the public's increasing awareness of the challenges to our food supply - natural and man made - not to mention the issues of hunger, nutrition, and food safety, to name but a few. If you read an article, find a noteworthy blog, or see or read anything that has to do with these and related topics, please share it with the team on this thread. <BR> <BR> My first share is Marion Nestlé's thoughtful blog, Food ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:53:09 EST Vegan Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55896401 Here are some tips for successful baking using vegan ingredients from Isa Chandra Moskowitz <link>www.theppk.com/vegan-baking-the-post<BR>-punk-kitchen-shows-you-how/ </link> <BR> <BR> Speaking of meringue (as Isa did in her post), try this meringue from Miyoko Schinner <link>http://www.artisanveganlife.com/inte<BR>nsely-baking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please share any tips you might have and maybe a recipe or two (or many). Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:19:19 EST Vegan "Cheese" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55855041 There was a recipe for vegan feta cheese in my inbox today that looked quite intriguing. Feta has a tang that the tofu-based recipes I've read don't have. This recipe has a couple of improbable sounding ingredients, but I'm going to try it - I think it might have just the feta tang I've been looking for <link>melomeals.blogspot.com/2011/01/fruga<BR>n-nutty-goat-cheese-easy-burger.html </link> <BR> <BR> After I read that recipe, I searched for some others. Of course, the undisputed expert... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:41:38 EST New vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55853666 Hi there. I just joined the team and am so glad to find a FOK group on SparkPeople! Who'dathunkit? I really want to do this as I believe it is the best chance of giving myself a long and healthy life. Also, the thought of consuming animals and their by-products is increasingly repugnant to me. I am 58 (!)...how did THAT happen? I am also relatively healthy test-wise (all are normal or even below but I do take a low dose cholesterol pill) but I cannot count on my natural health for much ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:08:36 EST The Vegg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55851178 Have you tried The Vegg? It's a vegan egg yolk. What was your experience? Share a recipe that you like. Is it just a curiosity or something you have added to your menus fairly frequently? <link>thevegg.com/ </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:39:22 EST Butler Soy Curls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55850361 Have any of you used Butler Soy Curls? Did you enjoy them? If so, do you have a favorite recipe? If not, what didn't you like about them? I've never used them and just ordered a package to try. Recently I've seen them mentioned on several blogs. They aren't available locally, so I added a package to my last Amazon order. They're actually cheaper (even including shipping) from Butler. If I like them, I'll order from Butler next time <link>www.butlerfoods.com/wheretobuy/order<BR>online.html <... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:27:54 EST Meatonomics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55815913 David Robinson Simon's book "Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much-and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter" will make you thankful you do not consume meat, fish, fowl, or dairy. Alas, even though most of us eschew such foods, we still pay a hefty price. From the book's website: <BR> <BR> "Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces o... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:53:06 EST Nutrition Basics from Ginny Messina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55796075 There are some basics that just about every expert agrees with when it comes to planning daily vegan menus. This article features Ginny Messina's recommendations. I have found it very useful to plan meals in advance to be sure I am hitting nutritional goals. Am I perfect? Absolutely not; but I learn more every day. Taking a Vitamin B12 supplement is very important for vegans, so don't take chances by avoiding it <link>veganireland.vegaplanet.org/live-veg<BR>an/nutrition/intro.html </link> <... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:30:58 EST Tofu - Pressing and Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55791603 This is the beginning of a new thread about using tofu. Most of the tofu available to us is packaged in water and refrigerated except for the Japanese-style silken tofu that is shelf stable. The type of tofu is specified in recipes: extra firm and firm usually refer to water packed; silken usually refers to tofu in aseptic, shelf stable packaging. Nasoya silken tofu is the exception; it is packaged in water. In most recipes, water packed tofu needs to be drained and pressed. A couple of year... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:56:03 EST Al Gore Goes Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55775172 Adding further commitment to his great concern for the environment, Al Gore has now embraced a vegan diet <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/al<BR>-gore-vegan_n_4340462.html </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:18:49 EST Guide to Going Dairy-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55774959 One of the hardest changes for many people transitioning to a plant-based diet is eliminating dairy products. Here's a useful guide with plant-based alternatives <link>freefromharm.org/food-products/your-<BR>guide-to-going-dairy-free-plant-based-<BR>milks-cheeses-and-more/ </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:02:03 EST Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55774486 Many people have never used nutritional yeast and have no idea what it is. It gives foods a "cheesy" flavor and is often used in ricotta replacements and any dish where you might expect some sort of cheese flavor. Many brands are enriched and are good sources of Vitamin B12 (read the labels). Many vegans refer to it as "nooch." You'll often see it in the ingredient list for vegan mac and cheese like this recipe from Angela Liddon <link>http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/03/but<BR>ternut-squash-ma... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:08:30 EST FAQ about E2 and Plant-Based Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x55762616 The Daily Beet, E2’s blog, featured a week of FAQ this fall. I added a nutrition FAQ by Jeff Novick from August and the FAQ entries from the E2 website. Knowledge is power. You’ll be armed with lots of information to help you succeed on your plant-strong journey after reading these posts. <BR> <BR> How do I cook without oil? <link>http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-bee<BR>t/a-week-of-faq-day-1-how-do-i-cook-wi<BR>thout-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> What about my kids? <link>http://engine2diet.com... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:44:26 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55757088 I've done the McDougall thing on and off in the past, but I have never needed it like I do now. I'll spare you the details, but I have a cardiologist now, and she wants me on new meds that I don't want to take. <BR> <BR> For the past 7 weeks, I've been successfully Sparking, but now I need to kick it into high gear and switch to a completely plant-based, no-added-fat regimen. I hope this team will help me with that. <BR> <BR> I'm sad and scared, but also hopeful. Thanks for being here. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:32:18 EST going back but with added veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55749279 Hello! <BR> Years and years ago on a planet far away....or seems like I was vegetarian and drove my Mom crazy. Basically there was no food to eat. I was 16. <BR> Then in college I did start eating meat again...anyway years later I was vegan and pregnant and that worked out fine. My pediatrician did say to add in meat- could be humanely raised for the kids and so I since I was cooking that for the family-and of course husband was happy with that and I did that for a few years. I followed Nou... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:54:12 EST Instant Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55741496 Electric pressure cookers have become very popular, but the inserts for most of them have non-stick interiors. Instant Pot has a stainless steel insert, and you can buy extras. <link>instantpot.com/ </link> The IP-LUX60 is at the lowest price I've ever seen it on Amazon right now. If you've been thinking about buying one, this is a good time. I think there is another model coming out next year, but I can't imagine there would be many changes. Be sure to buy the larger model (~6 quarts) bec... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:28:56 EST New website & APP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55741152 I found a new vegan website with simple delicious Vegan food: <BR> FettleVegan.com <BR> Amber uses some vegan butter & oil but, you can tweak the recipes & they are still delicious!! <BR> Also, there's an app for veg friendly & vegan restaurants: <BR> HappyCow VegIn <BR> Just type it into your mobile device & restaurants & reviews will pop up!! <BR> COOL!!! <BR> <BR> Jeannie Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:48:19 EST E2X Membership Holiday Pricing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x55728093 If you would like to take advantage of the paid membership side of E2, this is a good time to sign up. I got this e-mail today: <BR> <BR> "Engine 2 Extra Special Holiday Pricing <BR> <BR> Engine 2 Extra is an amazing support community with coaching, interviews with the top educators in plant-strong nutrition, exclusive eBooks, monthly challenges and more. Currently we are doing a Holiday Challenge that will take you through December 31st. The Holiday Challenge has new meal plans, a day-by-d... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:05:55 EST Chia Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55717838 There are many reasons chia seeds have jumped to the top of the super foods list. I did some digging, and here's what I learned. <BR> <BR> Evidence shows chia seeds were used as food as early as 3500 BC and were available to the Aztecs by 2600 BC. They grew it on “hanging garden islands” on suspended mats over marshy lowlands, a technique they learned from the Toltecs, their predecessors. It gows best in latitudes 15 degrees and up to 23 degrees on either side of the equator. Bolivia and Aus... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:08:25 EST