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How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood

December 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

When most people hear the phrase, You are what you eat, they think about it in terms of body size or physical medical issues -- such as being overweight or underweight or having Type 2 diabetes. But research shows your food choices also affect your mental health, mood, and temperament. Eating a healthy diet containing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds --with the addition of fortified foods and supplements when indicated -- can support mental well-being, says Reshma Shah, M.D., a plant-based pediatrician and coauthor of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Phytonutrients, which have a protective effect, and fiber, which is responsible for the health of our gut microbiome, are exclusive to plants and have been associated with improved mental health outcomes. Mental Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet Theres no shortage of research being done on the mood-boosting and mental health effects associated with the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based fuel. These include: - Anxiety and stress. The arachidonic acid, found only in animal products like eggs and chicken, sets off multiple chemical reactions in the body that eventually lead to an increase in inflammation, says Dr. Kasey Nichols, NMD, licensed physician and member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA). When this inflammation reaches the brain, it subsequently can cause feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as depression. People who avoid foods with arachidonic acid typically report a more positive mood and improved mental health. One survey-based study found decreased rates of stress and anxiety in those eating a vegan vs. omnivorous diet, and that vegetarians had reported better mood than non-vegetarians. - Depression. Research suggests eating more plant-based foods can improve quality of life, mood and reduce symptoms of depression. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry analyzed the dietary patterns and risk of depression in 3,486 participants over a five-year period. Individuals eating whole foods reported fewer symptoms of depression compared to those who ate mostly processed foods. - ADHD. Although diet isn’t the driving cause or cure for ADHD, Dr. Nichols says some research has shown that switching to a plant-based diet could help with its symptoms. One study showed that preschoolers who chose processed dietary patterns were significantly and positively correlated with ADHD symptoms, while those who chose vegetarian dietary patterns were negatively correlated with ADHD symptoms. Cognition. Some research has shown that eating more plant foods can prevent a cognitive decline later in life, says Dr. Nichols. One study found that those who consistently ate more plant-based foods were 18-33% less likely to develop cognitive impairment than those who didn’t. - Focus. Looking to improve productivity in the workplace? One study showed that employees who ate plant-based foods reported improved job performance and missed fewer workdays. Related: 8 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 2 Things to Watch on a Plant-Based Diet While eschewing animal products is a healthy lifestyle choice, it requires a thorough understanding of how to create balanced and complete meals. There are a couple areas youll need to pay special attention to, to ensure youre reaping all of the healthy benefits: - Nutrient deficiency. If done improperly, a plant-based diet could lack important nutritional needs that can negatively affect mental health. A deficiency in nutrients found in animal products -- like choline, vitamin B-12, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids -- have been linked to depression, poor mood regulation, poor metabolism, low energy, as well as memory and attention span difficulties. Plant-based eaters in developed countries need to be the most concerned about lacking brain-healthy nutrients like DHA, vitamin B12, vitamin K2, zinc, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin D3, says Dr. Nichols. It is usually common knowledge that vegan diets need to be supplemented with B12, but many people are under the impression that colorful fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of most other vital nutrients. Dietary supplements are a great way counter any deficiency. - Caloric deficiency. Switching to a plant-based diet may end up resulting in a significant reduction in calories. Many find that they lose a few pounds, but if the reduction becomes too extreme and lacks key nutrients and carbohydrates, you may become more irritable, or hangry, and easily distracted, says Dr. Nichols. If youre losing too much weight, add some more healthy fats (such as coconut oil and avocados) into your diet. Related: Plant-Powered Brain Health Boost Your Mood with These Plant-Based Must-Haves Its easy to fall into a rut during meal prep and planning -- many people are creatures of habit who gravitate toward the same menu week after week. But if your go-to meals arent well-rounded, this could leave you lacking in essential nutrients. In order to ensure youre getting the full spectrum of nutrition your body and mind need to thrive, make sure youre including the following: - Omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids have been implicated in improved mental health outcomes, says Dr. Shah. Plant-based diets generally limit or exclude fish, which is a major source of omega 3 fatty acids, so they may be low in this key nutrient. Instead, youll find your omega 3s in foods such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed, and walnuts. - Tryptophan. The brain uses the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Its found in chicken, eggs, cheese and fish, but plant-based sources of tryptophan include leafy greens, sunflower seeds, watercress, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, broccoli and peas. - B vitamins. Known to boost mood by increasing such neurotransmitters as serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), B vitamins may be the key to boosting your spirits, too. Choose from beans, legumes and lentils, fortified cereals and sunflower seeds. The effects of going plant-based vary from person to person, so it’s best to consult your doctor first to make sure it’s the right move for you, says Dr. Nichols.   The post How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Getting Ready for Diwali!

November 7 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Getting Ready for Diwali! Diwali is just around the corner. I feel like this year has gone by very fast.   This time of year, is my favorite and I have already begun my preparations!  Sadly, this year will be different because we cannot attend our usual round Diwali parties thrown by friends and family.  This year we will also miss out on our annual Diwali traditions – our local Diwali mela and the “Festival of Lights” celebration.  I have been actively involved in these events for so many years and missing out on these events is so strange.  But all is not lost.  We can still celebrate Diwali by wishing friends and family a happy Diwali and visiting them outdoors in small socially distanced settings. I like to gift people with homemade goodies during the Diwali season.  Homemade gifts are truly special in that they show you really put some thought and care into it. Some ideas for simple homemade gifts are Achari Mathries, Crispy Shakarpara, Nariyal Ka Ladoo, Atta Ka Ladoo, Almond brittle, and Spicy cashews.  You can place these delicious snacks in decorative boxes and add in some colorful diyas for the perfect homemade Diwali gift.  This small token can really convey our good wishes for the Diwali season. Here’s to wishing everyone love and light this Diwali season! The post Getting Ready for Diwali! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Grilled Veggie Healthy Bowl (Air Fryer Recipe)

September 24 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Grilled Veggie Healthy Bowl (Air Fryer Recipe) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Grilled Veggie Healthy Bowl "Grilled Veggie Healthy Bowl" is inspired by my daughter-in-law, who enjoys light, fresh, and healthy meals. She suggested I do this video after trying my recipe out. It's hard to believe something this healthy makes such a delicious and filling meal! In this recipe, I grilled asparagus, broccoli, bell pepper, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. I then toss the grilled veggies with spiced chickpeas and a homemade ginger dressing. The ginger dressing definitely adds a kick to the flavor. This bowl is also pleasing to the eyes as it's filled with colorful vegetables and the chickpeas add some texture, in addition to protein! This dish vegan and gluten-free. This makes for a great lunch. Or you can serve this as a side dish or make a wrap using tortillas or flatbread. Recipe will serve 2 people. Course Salad Cuisine Indian Keyword Air Fryer Recipe, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Grilled Vegetables, Healthy, Healthy Bowl, Healthy Lunch, Home Made, Low Cholesterol, Lunch Box Meal, Masala Chola, Refreshing, Salad, Spicy Chickpea, Vegan Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings 2 people IngredientsFor Chickpeas15 ounce can of chickpeas 2 tsp oil 1/­­2 tsp salt 1/­­2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder 1/­­8 tsp black pepper 1 tsp finely chopped green chili 1 Tbsp shredded ginger 1 tsp lemon juice Vegetables8 cherry tomatoes 1/­­2 zucchini cut in four length wise 1/­­2 red bell pepper quartered seeds and ribs removed 1/­­2 yellow bell pepper quartered seeds and ribs removed 6 florets of broccoli 10 asparagus trimmed Use the vegetables to your choice Dressing1 Tbsp vinegar I am using rice vinegar 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp sugar 1/­­2 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp ginger juice InstructionsPrepare the dressing mix all the ingredients together, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, salt, black pepper, and ginger juice set aside. You can prepare the dressing even a few days earlier. This is my go-to dressing and I make this extra, so it is always ready. Grilling the Vegetables: preheat the air fryer at 350-degree F. Spread the vegetables evenly on a tray, spray lightly with oil. Air fry for about 6 minutes. If you dont have air fryer grill the veggies in the oven or on the stove. Prepare the chickpeas, while vegetables are roasting, rinse the chickpeas few times changing the water. In a frying pan heat, the oil moderately, add chickpeas, stir fry for about 3 minutes. Chickpeas will catch some color. Add roasted cumin seed, black pepper, green chilies, ginger, and lemon juice cook and stir fry for about 2 minutes stirring occasionally, set aside. Chickpeas also can be prepared in advance. Toss the vegetables and chickpeas together and drizzle the dressing. NotesDo not overcook the vegetables, otherwise the vegetables will become too soft or mushy and will lose the colors. The post Grilled Veggie Healthy Bowl (Air Fryer Recipe) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad – Balela Salad

September 22 2020 Vegan Richa 

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad – Balela SaladThis colorful Mediterranean Chickpea Salad known as Balela salad is hearty, refreshing, and bursting with fresh herbs and zesty flavor from the fresh lemon garlic dressing. So easy, so delicious, and so satisfying! Turn it into an easy weeknight meal by serving it with pita bread! Jump to Recipe Coming at you with a protein-packed power salad that is as satisfying as delicious: Balela Salad! A very popular salad in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t you love how fresh and festive it looks? In Arabic, the word balela means cooked chickpeas and they are indeed the main ingredient in this salad. However, we also add some extra crunch from cucumbers, peppers and a zesty sumac lemon garlic dressing takes this salad to the next level.  It is simple, wholesome, bright, and flavor-packed and you will LOVE every bite of it.Continue reading: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad – Balela SaladThe post Mediterranean Chickpea Salad – Balela Salad appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Japanese Sea Vegetable Salad with Noodles

July 13 2020 VegKitchen 

This Japanese Sea Vegetable Salad with Noodles recipe contrasts colorful carrots and parsley against black arame and white noodles. Rich in calcium and quick to make, this salad is also remarkably beautiful. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, adapted from Going Wild in the Kitchen. The post Japanese Sea Vegetable Salad with Noodles appeared first on VegKitchen.

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry Staples

May 25 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry StaplesYour pantry is full of forgotten treasures: the can of kidney beans hiding behind the rigatoni; the unopened pouch of quinoa tucked off in the corner; the lonely tin of canned corn... But these ingredients, along with other overlooked pantry staples, can be used to make some pretty marvelous meals -- if you know how to prepare them. As more people are cooking at home, the Meatless Monday team set out to ask our followers which of their pantry items theyve found to be the trickiest to cook. Our surveys have revealed that people arent quite sure what to do with canned corn, quinoa and canned kidney beans. We sought the assistance from some of our favorite chefs, bloggers, and Instagram influencers to help us compile a list of superb plant-based recipes featuring popular, yet underutilized, pantry staples. Check out the list below and get cooking! Corn Recipes   TexMex Chickpea Corn Fritters from Kevin Curry - Fit Men Cook When it comes to plant-based patties, fritters always have more fun. These Tex-Mex chickpea corn fritters from Fit Men Cook become nice and crisp after a quick spin in the air fryer (or oven). Canned or frozen corn work for this one, but the big spice blend -- smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano -- is definitely a must. Source: Fit Men Cook Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad from Rachel Paul - The College Nutritionist Want something a little lighter for the summer season? Try this corn, avocado and tomato salad from the College Nutritionist . Source: College Nutritionist Garlicky Corn and Tuna Pasta from Lenny Wu - Vegamelon This isnt you moms tuna casserole. Pairing a vegan protein with sweet corn and spices makes this garlicky corn & tuna pasta from Vegamelon a must try. Source: Vegamelon Easy Vegan Jalape?o Cornbread from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired This recipe for vegan jalape?o cornbread from Veggie Inspired uses canned corn and jalape?o for a sweet punch of heat. Source: Veggie Inspired Crockpot Chili from Makenna Hale Corn and chili were meant for each other. This crockpot chili from Makenna Hale is vegan and free of both soy and gluten. Source: Makenna Hale   Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie from Naturally Zuzu Hearty and delicious, this vegan lentil shepherds pie from Naturally Zuzu will keep your taste buds craving more. Source: Naturally Zuzu Pro tip from Karla Dumas and the Humane Society Culinary Team: Roast canned corn to naturally caramelize it and bring out the sweetness. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice; add beans and cilantro for a quick side dish. Quinoa Recipes   Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Quinoa from Nisha Vora - Rainbow Plant Life You can never have enough chili recipes. This recipe for instant pot vegan white bean quinoa chili from Rainbow Plant Life uses coconut milk and cannellini beans, making it extra creamy and delicious. Source: Rainbow Plant Life Sweet Potato Quinoa Latkes from Joy Bauer Holidays, brunch, late-night snack, doesnt matter; these savory sweet potato latkes from Joy Bauer are the perfect place to put that quinoa. The original recipe calls for egg whites, but to make these latkes completely plant-based, use one of these vegan egg replacements . Source: Joy Bauer Fig and Raisin Quinoa Couscous from My Organic Diary Completely gluten free, this recipe from My Organic Diary marries the flavors of North Africa with protein-packed quinoa. Golden raisins, cinnamon, and figs makes this flavorful side dish perfect for pool-side dining. Source: My Organic Diary Cherry Mint Quinoa Salad from Lisa Drayer In addition to her cherry mint quinoa salad , Lisa Drayer covered the Meatless Monday pantry challenge in her recent CNN article, How to eat less meat and more plants , that also featured Chef Adam Kenworthy s quinoa recipe suggestion and physician and chef Dr. Robert Grahams advice on the health benefits of plant-based eating. Source: Lisa Drayer Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies from DJ Blatner These peanut butter quinoa cookies from DJ Blatner are seriously inventive and delicious. By using a combination of quinoa, oats, and flax seeds, youre getting a solid helping of fiber packaged in a sweet, nutty cookie. Source: Dawn Jackson Blatner Teriyaki Fried Quinoa from The Foodie Takes Flights Skip the takeout and sauté your own version of fried rice, or, in this case, teriyaki fried quinoa . Throw in a colorful collection of vegetables: corn, carrots, peas, purple cabbage, and youve got yourself a rainbow of a meal courtesy of The Foodie Takes Flight . Source: The Foodie Takes Flight Kidney Bean Recipes   Easy Pantry Pasta Bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya Clean out the pantry while making a filling family dinner. Use kidney beans (but any can of beans will do), spinach, tomato sauce, and a spice racks-worth of seasonings for this better-for-you easy pantry pasta bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya . Source: Delicious and Healthy by Maya Comforting Black and Kidney Bean Chili from James - Healthy Living with James Cocoa powder? Cinnamon? Coriander? The unique blend of spices makes this comforting black and kidney bean chili  from Healthy Living with James a unique spin on the classic. Source: Healthy Living with James Zucchini Oat Veggie Patties from Sharon Palmer With a base of kidney beans, shredded zucchini, oats, and seeds, no two bites of these spicy zucchini oat veggie patties from Sharon Palmer will be the same. Source: Sharon Palmer Best Vegan Chili from Hannah - Two Spoons CA Is it really the best vegan chili ? Try this recipe from Two Spoons CA and decide for yourself! Source: Two Spoons CA BBQ Kidney Bean Kale Burgers from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired These kidney bean kale burgers from our friend Jenn Sebestyen at Veggie Inspired develop a nice crunchy crust after 40 minutes in the oven. A mixture of tahini, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke give these patties that beloved barbecue flavor without the grill. Source: Veggie Inspired Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. 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Our Top 10 Favorite Bean Recipes

April 6 2020 Meatless Monday 

Our Top 10 Favorite Bean Recipes Beans are the pillars of the pantry; theyre easy to prepare, packed with plant-based protein and a host of other vitamins and minerals, versatile, flavorful, and adaptable. We love adding them to stews, transforming them into burgers, or serving them cold and dressed for a bright and hearty salad. With so many varieties available, from pinto beans and black-eye peas to navy beans and chickpeas, your recipe options are truly endless. Depending on how you cook them, beans can be creamy and elegant or toothsome and refreshing, which is why its important to have a stock of both canned beans and dried beans in your pantry. This Monday, grab a can of beans and experiment with one of our top 10 favorite bean recipes. Hearty White Bean and Millet Soup All the flavors of your favorite Italian restaurant -- roasted garlic, crushed tomatoes, dry white wine -- packed into one hearty, comforting bowl of soup. For the Hearty White Bean and Millet Soup recipe, click here .     Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad Tahini is made from pulverized sesame seeds; its creamy nuttiness is magic when used as a dressing for this colorful quinoa bean salad. For the Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad recipe, click here .     Navy Bean Bruschetta  Sure, traditional bruschetta is made with diced fresh tomatoes, but this version boasts a bit more protein thanks to a base of navy beans. For the Navy Bean Bruschetta recipe, click here .     New Orleans Red Beans and Rice For authentic red beans and rice, youve got to start with dry beans. Soak overnight and boil with some aromatics for a bean dish that is unlike anything youve ever tasted before. For the New Orleans Red Beans and Rice recipe, click here .     Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger Although the recipe calls for a handful of ingredients, you can make the base of these burgers using just farro (a yummy, toothsome grain) and white beans. Add any other additional vegetables, seasonings, or bread crumbs to round out the flavor and texture. For the Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger recipe, click here .       Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili This chili is rich and smoky thanks to the liberal use of chipotle and ancho chili powder, cumin, and, of course, lots and lots of black beans. For the Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili recipe, click here .       Quick and Easy Hummus To make hummus requires four ingredients -- chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt -- and a food processor. Yep, thats it. Enjoy. For the Quick and Easy Hummus recipe, click here .       Vegetarian Hoppin John Though traditionally made with ham or bacon, this vegetarian version of Hoppin John doesnt lack for flavor thanks to hot sauce, liquid smoke, and yummy black-eyed peas. For the Vegetarian Hoppin John recipe, click here .     Roasted Red Pepper and Red Bean Meatballs Meatless meatballs made with roasted red peppers and kidney beans mimic beautifully the meat versions. The flavor is all there, too, with onion and garlic, herbs, and non-dairy Parmesan cheese. For the Roasted Red Pepper and Red Bean Meatballs recipe, click here .   Pinto Bean Falafel Most falafel recipes call for chickpeas, but this version using pinto beans is creamier than traditional versions, but with all the same flavor. For the Pinto Bean Falafel recipe, click here .     Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation.   The post Our Top 10 Favorite Bean Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Holi, Holi, Holi!

March 3 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Holi, Holi, Holi!The flowers are blooming, and spring is upon us! That means that one of my favorite holidays is fast approaching…yes Holi!  I love the spirit of Holi with its fun, festive and colorful spirit. I especially enjoy playing with my grandchildren during this time.  It keeps me young even though time is passing by quickly. Spending time with my grandchildren during this festive time really brings back a lot of fun memories from my childhood.  My parents loved celebrating holidays and making it very special for us.  It always makes me feel happy thinking of those times.  Of course, these wonderful holidays allow me to spend more time in my favorite place at home – the kitchen!  These holidays and celebrations are not complete without delicious food. As a young child, I can vividly remember the whole neighborhood filled with delicious aromas in preparation for Holi.  My mother would make a variety of finger foods because it was easy to share with friends and neighbors. This year Holi falls on March 9th and 10th.   In India, Holi is a time where people of all different backgrounds come together and celebrate.  A bonfire is typically prepared the night before Holi. The next day family, friends, and neighbors play together with specially prepared colored powders. These powders are called “gulal” and colored water is playfully splashed on each other as well.   Of course, this is my grandchildrens’ favorite holiday to celebrate! In preparation for Holi, here are some of my favorite snacks to prepare:  Gujhias Crispy Shakarpara Nariyal Ka Ladoo Nimki Nimki (Salted Fried Crackers) Khasta Kachori Khasta Kachori Kesar Peda Kesar Peda Here’s to wishing everyone a wonderful Holi this year! The post Holi, Holi, Holi! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

10 Chocolate Desserts You Must Try from Vegan Shops Worldwide

February 8 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or any day of the year, here are 10 must-try vegan chocolate treats. From nougat to tart, all around the world, you mustn’t miss out on these! Laduree – Los Angeles, California Get the Plaisir Sucré: which literally translates to Sweet Pleasure. Made with hazelnut biscuit, chocolate hazelnut ganache, and chocolate chantilly (a sweetened whipped cream), you’re sure to get your chocolate fix here. Ara Chocolat – Paris, France An award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Paris? Sign us up! Besides artisinal chocolates, find chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and hot chocolate. VeganWaf – Brussels, Belgium Have you been missing out on waffles since going vegan? Not anymore. Try this vegan and gluten-free waffle smothered in chocolate. La Gelateria del Barri – Santiago, Chile Vegan gelato, yes… you’ll find some chocolate gelato here - but did you know you’ll also find decadent vegan brownies? This shop is 100% vegan and, bonus, they don’t use gluten, soy, or added sugar. Vegan Heaven – Taipei, Taiwan Aiming to use organic and local ingredients, this charmingly colorful bakery will have something for everyone. For you chocolate lovers: there’s a dark chocolate tart that’s not to be missed. Fukafe – […] The post 10 Chocolate Desserts You Must Try from Vegan Shops Worldwide appeared first on HappyCow.

Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives

January 13 2020 VegKitchen 

Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. The post Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives appeared first on VegKitchen.

Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto

November 22 2019 Oh My Veggies 

Thanksgiving is next week. Did I just blow your mind? Fine, maybe not. Maybe you are a person who has things together, who plans everything in advance, and for that, I commend you. I used to be that person too. But then I turned into a person says “Have a good weekend!” on Tuesdays and who does all her Christmas shopping the day before Christmas. I have no sense of time and no have-it-togetherness. Evidenced by my use of the word “have-it-togetherness.” The thought of hosting a Thanksgiving gathering makes me a little bit woozy, in fact. There is so much planning involved! It’s kind of like Tetris, except instead of fitting together colorful shapes, you’re figuring out when to put the gratin in the oven when the breadsticks need to be cooked at the same time, but at a different temperature or how you’re going to cook 5 different things on the stovetop when you only have 4 burners. Also, there’s no Russian-y Tetris music playing while you figure this stuff out, which makes it much less fun. Well, this is the kind of main dish that makes things a little bit easier. Here’s the game plan: you make […]

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Caramel Bars

October 13 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Caramel Bars You’d think we were trying to check off as many October-inspired ingredients as possible with today’s recipe: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, etc. etc. And we kind of were! But we’ve been wanting to elaborate on the nut butter-based caramel trick that we’ve had up our sleeves ever since these colorful Twix bars. This was the perfect opportunity. The layers in these bars go as follows: a gluten-free and no-bake, chocolate ‘shortbread’ crust, the aforementioned pumpkin peanut butter caramel that’s studded with peanuts, and a neat blanket of chocolate to bring the whole thing together. We are in love. The combination of flavors is both familiar and surprising in these bars. They taste a little bit like Snickers, both the bar and the ice cream, and are of course similar to Reese’s (or Justin’s!). The pumpkin puree brings that little element of surprise to the table. It contributes both its creamy texture and undeniably autumnal flavor, and really makes this treat stand on its own. We hope you’ll give it a try. Wishing you a great Sunday! Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Caramel Bars   Print Serves: 16 square bars Ingredients for the crust 1/­­2 cup coconut butter/­­manna (not oil) 3/­­4 cup pumpkin puree (about half a can) 1/­­4 cup maple syrup pinch of sea salt 1/­­2 cup coconut flour 1/­­4 cup cacao powder for the pumpkin peanut butter caramel 3/­­4 cup smooth peanut butter 3/­­4 cup pumpkin puree (about half a can) 1/­­4 cup melted coconut oil 1/­­4 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg generous pinch of sea salt 1 1/­­2 tablespoons miso paste (optional) 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional) 1/­­4 cup toasted peanuts for the chocolate layer 3/­­4 cup dark dairy-free chocolate chips 3 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil pinch of sea salt Instructions to make the crust Line a rimmed 8 x 8 dish (or a dish of a similar size) with parchment paper, extending the edges out of the dish for easier removal later. In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut butter, whisking it until smooth. Turn off the heat, add the pumpkin puree and maple syrup, mix to combine. Add the salt, coconut flour, and cacao, mix until smooth. Press the mixture into the parchment-lined dish, using the flat bottom of a measuring cup and/­­or your fingers, to form an even crust layer. to make the pumpkin peanut butter caramel In a food processor, combine the peanut butter, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, miso and sesame oil, if using. Process until smooth. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Transfer the caramel to the dish with the crust and spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle the peanuts over the caramel and lightly press them in with the back of a spoon. Place the dish in the freezer for 30-40 minutes, letting the caramel set. to make the chocolate layer and assemble Melt the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl/­­saucepan on a double boiler or over very low heat, mixing constantly. Add the peanut butter, coconut oil and salt, mix until smooth. Spread the chocolate over the caramel layer. The chocolate might harden right away when you pour it over the chilled caramel, so work quickly, spreading it in an even layer. Place the dish in the freezer for at least an hour, letting all the layers set completely. Lift the bar out of the baking dish onto a cutting board, using the extended edges of the parchment. Cut it in half lengthwise and widthwise, then in half again, until you end up with 16 square bars. Keep the bars refrigerated and enjoy straight out of the refrigerator (they will melt at room temperature). The bars also freeze well in an air-tight container. 3.5.3226 The post Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Caramel Bars appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Onion Skillet

August 16 2019 VegKitchen 

Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Onion Skillet I love what barbecue sauce does for tofu. This easy tofu recipe, with the flavorful sauce and plenty of onions, is excellent over brown rice or quinoa. Serve with a colorful salad or slaw and you’ve got an easy meal. The post Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Onion Skillet appeared first on VegKitchen.

Open-Faced Peppers

July 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

A play on traditional stuffed peppers, these Open-Faced Peppers get a protein boost from beans and quinoa (instead of ground beef). Plus, theyre colorful on a plate and easy to complement with just about any side dish. Try them with a side of jicama salad! This recipe comes to us from OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet , by Suzy Amis Cameron. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 4 large bell peppers, your choice of color  - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1/­­2 red onion, chopped   - 2 celery ribs, chopped - 1 teaspoon ground cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 cup cooked pinto beans, rinsed and drained - 1 cup frozen corn kernels, drained - 1 cup cooked quinoa - 1/­­2 cup chopped fresh cilantro - 1 cup shredded vegan cheese 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Arrange the bell peppers on the baking sheet and bake until they begin to so en, 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Cook until the onion begins to so en, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beans, corn, quinoa, and cilantro. Turn on the heat and stir the bean mixture until thoroughly combined. Set aside. 4. Remove the peppers from the oven and let sit until just cool enough to handle; keep the oven on. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and carefully remove the stem and seeds. Return the pepper halves to the baking sheet, cut side up. Divide the quinoa filling evenly among them. Top evenly with the cheese, return the peppers to the oven, and bake until the cheese begins to brown, 15 minutes. The post Open-Faced Peppers appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Summer Salads

July 24 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Summer Salads It is officially summertime!  It’s gorgeous outside with bright blue sunny skies.  This year of course, is a little different.  I am really missing my weekly trips to the Farmer’s Market.  I miss people-watching with the bustling crowds, sampling tasty treats, and all the colorful fruits, vegetables, and flowers! During the summer, a lot of us feel like eating simple, light and refreshing food. Salads are perfect and make for great lunches! Why not try a bowl of salad to satisfy those fresh and healthy cravings? Salads are super simple to assemble. You can use whatever you have on hand paired with your favorite dressing. I prefer a salad with a light homemade dressing. Try some of my favorite salads listed here and let me know what you think:  Cucumber salad Arugula and Melon salad Spinach Couscous Salad Mango Salsa Quinoa Salad Carrot and Moong Dal Salad The post Summer Salads appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegan Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice

June 1 2020 VegKitchen 

Vegan Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots. When fresh pineapple is in season and reasonably priced, try this stir-fried rice recipe with the fresh fruit! Adapted from Vegan Express. The post Vegan Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice appeared first on VegKitchen.

My Journey with Alex

May 3 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

My Journey with Alex Many of you have asked me about the man behind-the-scenes of Manjula’s Kitchen…Well as many of you know, that person is my husband Sikander aka Alex. Alex is responsible for me being in the spotlight of Manjula’s Kitchen, while he prefers to stay in the background. The simple truth is my YouTube channel exists only because of his hard work and dedication. He introduced me to this new concept for me at the time, YouTube. Alex takes the lead on all of the hard work these videos take, from the editing to ensuring the recipes meet his quality control (i.e. taste testing!) Every recipe has to meet Alex’s high standards for being posted. Alex feels so proud when reading the comments on my posts and always tells me that he is my biggest fan. With a huge smile on his face, he will tell me your fans don’t know that the biggest fan of yours is standing right next to you! Alex and I have spent over 50 memorable years together and of course with that comes ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like Alex and I still don’t know everything about each other, and I think that is a good thing! We still love to learn new things about each other. Every day is unique with different challenges. During another lifetime, we ran a business together. For 20 years, we worked in an office together, sitting side by side. It was nice that we got to spend so much quality time together. Now as we enter our golden years, we still enjoy working together, even though we are partially retired. We both work from home and can still enjoy sitting side by side! I cherish the fact that we are never alone. Our marriage was an arranged marriage. In todays times, I recognize that it sounds really outdated. However, ours was an arranged marriage with a happy ending. Alex was my fathers choice. At their first meeting, my father was extremely impressed with him. They first met Alex for about an hour, but it felt like they knew him for a lifetime. My father described him to me with great detail. I was amazed my father could pick up so much on someone he just met! What stuck with me is my father finished by emphasizing that Alex would love and respect me and that because we shared the same values I would be proud of the person I was when with him. My father invited Alex and his family for afternoon tea so that I could meet him myself. I was so curious to see what my father had seen in Alex. I knew that Alex had already decided to marry me and told his father that he was already in love with me. Alex had been working abroad in the U.S. and at this time and was in India visiting his family and to get married. We had just one month before he had to go back to the U.S. for his work. It happened so quickly. We got married within the week. It was at that point it hit me. I would have to move to the U.S. too. My mother was not happy with this situation and was upset at my father. Of course, she didn’t want her daughter to move so far away. I was very confused, but I knew my father he will not take such a big step unless he was sure it was absolutely the right decision. We got married and moved to the U.S. and settled into a brand new way of life. It took some time to get used to a new country, a new language, and most importantly new food. But it was a life we enjoyed discovering together. When my parents visited us in the U.S. the first time, my mother and Alex spent a lot of time together. The immediately formed a great bond, becoming best friends. My parents noticed just how much Alex cared for me and how happy we were together. They would say Alex would light up when I was near him. Alex really enjoys pampering me. The gestures were small, but with great care. Alex happily makes me the best cups of hot tea and always with a smile. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I made tea for myself. He always makes sure I take care of myself, leaving my daily vitamins/­­medicines and water on the kitchen table to make sure I don’t forget. Then there are those times he can sense I need a break and I will see a fresh hot grilled cheese sandwich waiting for me. Everyone (especially our grandkids!) in our family has decided that Alex makes the “world’s best” tea and grilled cheese sandwiches. Of course, we have our share of disagreements and arguments, as every couple does. Alex is not one to say sorry very easily so most of the time I’ll give in and say sorry. The next day I will see a beautiful bouquet of colorful flowers waiting for me and all is well again. I suppose that is how a good marriage works – you know when to give in. I can say with confidence that my father chose correctly for me and I married a man who truly takes care of me. We’ve made a good life for ourselves, with our two sons and their lovely families. More on them later… Stay safe & healthy everyone! The post My Journey with Alex appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles

March 15 2020 VegKitchen 

Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. Serves: The post Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles appeared first on VegKitchen.

Festive Kale with Fennel, Cranberries, and Walnuts

February 24 2020 VegKitchen 

Festive Kale with Fennel, Cranberries, and Walnuts This colorful kale dish featuring fennel and walnuts makes a lovely Thanksgiving side dish, but you need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Recipe contributed by Ellen Kanner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. The post Festive Kale with Fennel, Cranberries, and Walnuts appeared first on VegKitchen.

10 Vegan Chocolate Desserts You Must Try

February 8 2020 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or any day of the year, here are 10 must-try vegan chocolate treats. From nougat to tart, all around the world, you mustn’t miss out on these! Laduree – Los Angeles, California Get the Plaisir Sucré: which literally translates to Sweet Pleasure. Made with hazelnut biscuit, chocolate hazelnut ganache, and chocolate chantilly (a sweetened whipped cream), you’re sure to get your chocolate fix here. Ara Chocolat – Paris, France An award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Paris? Sign us up! Besides artisinal chocolates, find chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and hot chocolate. VeganWaf – Brussels, Belgium Have you been missing out on waffles since going vegan? Not anymore. Try this vegan and gluten-free waffle smothered in chocolate. La Gelateria del Barri – Santiago, Chile Vegan gelato, yes… you’ll find some chocolate gelato here - but did you know you’ll also find decadent vegan brownies? This shop is 100% vegan and, bonus, they don’t use gluten, soy, or added sugar. Vegan Heaven – Taipei, Taiwan Aiming to use organic and local ingredients, this charmingly colorful bakery will have something for everyone. For you chocolate lovers: there’s a dark chocolate tart that’s not to be missed. Fukafe – […] The post 10 Vegan Chocolate Desserts You Must Try appeared first on HappyCow.

Brussel Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto

November 22 2019 Oh My Veggies 

Thanksgiving is next week. Did I just blow your mind? Fine, maybe not. Maybe you are a person who has things together, who plans everything in advance, and for that, I commend you. I used to be that person too. But then I turned into a person says “Have a good weekend!” on Tuesdays and who does all her Christmas shopping the day before Christmas. I have no sense of time and no have-it-togetherness. Evidenced by my use of the word “have-it-togetherness.” The thought of hosting a Thanksgiving gathering makes me a little bit woozy, in fact. There is so much planning involved! It’s kind of like Tetris, except instead of fitting together colorful shapes, you’re figuring out when to put the gratin in the oven when the breadsticks need to be cooked at the same time, but at a different temperature or how you’re going to cook 5 different things on the stovetop when you only have 4 burners. Also, there’s no Russian-y Tetris music playing while you figure this stuff out, which makes it much less fun. Well, this is the kind of main dish that makes things a little bit easier. Here’s the game plan: you make […]

Mixed Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets

October 18 2019 VegKitchen 

Mixed Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets Here’s a simple, colorful salad of mixed greens with crunchy carrots, tart apples, and pickled beets that harmonizes well with everyday or holiday meals and adds little hands-on prep time. Photos by Evan Atlas. Save Print Mixed Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets Author: The post Mixed Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets appeared first on VegKitchen.

Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day

October 4 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day Happy October! Today we’ve got the coziest recipe for ushering in the first full month of fall – a cauliflower bake from Amy Chaplin’s beautiful new cookbook, Whole Food Cooking Every Day. This recipe has everything we ever want in a comforting, fall dish: mushrooms, caramelized onions, chickpeas, and hearty greens, all covered by a fluffy, almost cheesy blanket of vegan cauliflower souffle. We’ve been so excited for the release of this cookbook, being huge fans of Amy’s work. Her first book is a true bible of whole food cooking, filled with kitchen wisdom and an incredible variety of plant-forward recipes. We learned so much from that volume, like the fact that it’s best to cook beans with a sheet of kombu for better digestion and that making a curry spice blend at home is very much worth it for the unbelievable flavor. Much like Amy’s first cookbook, Whole Food Cooking Every Day is monumental and thorough, with beautiful photography woven throughout. The book is organized in a brilliant way – each chapter presents a base recipe, which is then elaborated on with different ingredient variations. The Cauliflower Bake chapter that we worked from features a recipe for a fluffy cauliflower topping, which can go over a number of different fillings. Here are some examples of other base recipe chapters: Genius Whole-Grain Porridges, Gluten-Free Breads, Simple and Healing Soups, Baked Marinated Tempeh, Seeded Crackers, Easy Cakes. Don’t all of those sound amazing? If you’re ever in the market for a trusted resource on colorful, everyday whole food cooking, look no further. We hope you’ll enjoy the cozy bake Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day   Print recipe from Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the cauliflower topping 1 large head (2½ lbs) cauliflower - cut into 1½ florets ½ cup raw pine nuts, cashews, or macadamia nuts 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more to taste ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste for the mushroom and onion filling 3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil 1½ lbs shiitake mushrooms - stems removed and caps thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 3 medium onions - quartered and thinly sliced lengthwise ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste 6 cups (6 oz) sliced Swiss chard - tough stems removed 1½ cups cooked chickpeas (1/­­4 cup cooking liquid reserved) or 1 15 oz can (drained) 1 tablespoon tamari 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar ¼ cups filtered water if using canned chickpeas 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder 1 tablespoon filtered water freshly ground black pepper Instructions to make the cauliflower topping Set up a steamer pot with about 2 inches of filtered water in the bottom (the water shouldnt touch the bottom of the basket) and bring to a boil over high heat. Arrange the cauliflower florets in the steamer basket, cover, and steam for 10-12 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked through but not falling apart. Remove from the heat and set aside. Put the nuts, olive oil, yeast, and salt in a high-powered blender and add the steamed cauliflower. Starting on low speed and using the tamper stick to help press the cauliflower down, blend, gradually increasing the speed to high, until completely smooth and thick; use the tamper stick to keep the mixture moving and to scrape down the sides as you go. This will take a couple of minutes. Season with more nutritional yeast and salt to taste and blend to combine. to make the mushroom and onion filling, and assemble Preheat the oven to 375°F (190° C). Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat and pour in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half the shiitakes and the thyme, stir to coat with oil, and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring only every minute or two (to allow the mushrooms to brown), until the shiitakes are golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Repeat with another tablespoon of oil and the remaining mushrooms. Wash and dry the skillet if there are blackened bits on the bottom. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pan, then add the onions and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft and lightly browned. Remove the lid, add the salt, and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized. Add the chard, cover, and allow to steam for 3 minutes, or until tender. Add the chickpeas, cooked mushrooms, tamari, balsamic vinegar, and chickpea cooking liquid or ¼ cup water, raise the heat, and bring to a simmer. Dissolve the arrowroot in 1 tablespoon water, stir, and drizzle into the simmering mixture, stirring constantly. When the mixture has returned to a simmer, remove from the heat and season to taste with pepper and more salt. Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch square or equivalent baking dish and smooth the surface. Spread the cauliflower topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the topping has begun to set. Turn on the broiler and broil the bake for 3 to 6 minutes, until the topping is golden and browning in parts. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Once cooled, leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, put the bake in a baking dish, cover, and warm in a 400° F (200° C) oven until heated through. Notes Here are some modifications we made while making the recipe based on what we had on hand. It turned out delicious this way as well. - We used half shiitakes and half crimini mushrooms. Crimini take a little longer to brown but otherwise work well here. - We used sage instead of thyme and also topped the bake with some crispy fried sage. - We used coconut aminos instead of tamari - those two are pretty interchangeable. - When baking, the filling tends to bubble up and drip out of the dish, so its helpful to set the baking dish over a baking sheet, to catch the drippings and avoid a smoking oven. 3.5.3226 The post Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Tofu and Mango Tacos

July 27 2019 VegKitchen 

Tofu and Mango Tacos These tacos are colorful, delicious, and perfect for summer!   Save Print Tofu and Mango Tofu Serves: 2   Ingredients 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin ¼ tsp chili powder 1 block firm tofu, cut in small cubes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small mango, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 tomato 8 corn tortillas ½ cup red cabbage, grated 2 tbsp coriander leaves 2 limes Instructions Mix the spices together in a bowl. The post Tofu and Mango Tacos appeared first on VegKitchen.

Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies

July 1 2019 VegKitchen 

Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies Here’s a casserole of potatoes and tofu, laced with green chilies --hot or mild, as you prefer. Both comforting and invigorating, this is good served with refried beans or other simple bean dish, and a colorful salad. Serves: The post Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies appeared first on VegKitchen.


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