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5 Reasons to Go Dairy-Free

February 18 2021 Vegetarian Times 

5 Reasons to Go Dairy-Free Most of us grew up with the idea that milk and other dairy products were key to strong bones, sturdy muscles, and robust health. But as we learn about the health risks associated with dairy, more people are ditching it. If youre one of them, heres what you need to know about a dairy-free diet. The post 5 Reasons to Go Dairy-Free appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms

February 10 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms This cozy vegan shepherd’s pie has some serious borscht vibes, thanks to the combination of beets, potatoes, and other deep, wintery flavors. A shepherd’s pie is a great thing to make on the weekend, since it’s a bit of a project, which will set you up for several hearty meals throughout the week. This version is packed with vegetables, lentils, mushrooms, and has a nice kick from the addition of balsamic vinegar. Hope you’ll give it a try sometime during this final stretch of winter! Beet Shepherds Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan/­­baking dish 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium carrot, sliced 1 celery rib, sliced sea salt 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon tomato paste 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced freshly ground black pepper 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed 1 lb beets, peeled and finely cubed 2 bay leaves (optional) 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces ⅓ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk green onions or other fresh herbs, for garnishing (optional) Instructions Heat a large pot over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot, along with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary, and tomato paste, stir to incorporate. Add the mushrooms, along with another pinch of salt and pepper to taste, saute for 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are browned. Add the lentils, beets, bay leaves if using, 4 cups of water, and more salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the beets and lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. If the mixture appears too soupy, leave the lid askew and simmer for a few more minutes, to help the liquid evaporate. Discard the bay leaves, taste for salt and adjust if needed. Turn off the heat and mix in the balsamic vinegar. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in well salted water until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, milk, and more salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until smooth. Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Prepare a 2 quart baking dish by oiling it with the olive oil. Add the beet and lentil mixture to the baking dish. Top with dollops of the mashed potatoes and gently spread the potatoes over the beet mixture with the back of a spoon. Make a few swooshes in the potatoes with the spoon and drizzle with more olive oil. Put the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until everything is warmed through, and the potatoes are slightly golden on top. Let the shepherds pie sit for about 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs, if using, and serve warm. 3.5.3226 The post Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Almond Butter Protein Balls

February 7 2021 VegKitchen 

Almond Butter Protein Balls Six ingredients are all you need to make these Almond Butter Protein Balls. These are great pick-me-up snack to fuel your body and curb your sweet tooth cravings. Cocoa, shredded coconut, almond butter, and more make the most incredible bite-size vegan protein balls.  Prep these on Sunday and have these protein balls all week to pack for your lunch, to combat the 2 pm slump, or as an after school treat for the kids. These protein almond balls are even freezer friendly! These Almond Butter Protein Balls Are… Vegan  Vegetarian  Gluten-Free  Dairy-Free  Great for meal prepping snacks  Freezer Friendly  How to Make Almond Butter Protein Balls  Add your activated chia seeds, cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup, almond meal, and coconut in a bowl.   Mix until well combined. Roll into balls.  Coat each protein ball with the leftover coconut flakes. Tips and Tricks Activate chia seeds To activate chia seeds, they need to be soaked in almond milk. Once they swell up they will resemble tapioca pudding. Combining 2-3 tablespoons of milk with the chia seeds will work. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes. If you find they run out of liquid, add a splash more in.  Texture  You will […] The post Almond Butter Protein Balls appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Nutella

February 7 2021 VegKitchen 

Vegan Nutella Learn how to make Vegan Nutella at home in no time. This silky-smooth homemade Nutella is so rich and decadent, and it’s made with just 7 simple ingredients! Use it to dip fresh fruit, use as a frosting for desserts, and more.  This chocolate hazelnut spread uses raw hazelnuts, 60% dark chocolate, and a few other ingredients. Make yourself some homemade Nutella in no time and enjoy your creamy and delicious chocolate spread.  This Vegan Nutella Is… vegan  vegetarian  gluten-free  dairy-free  spreadable and creamy  a great frosting for desserts  storable for 1 month  How to Make Vegan Nutella  Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.  You want to spread out all your hazelnuts onto a pan and roast as directed on a baking sheet.  Toss roasted hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until you have a thick nut butter.  Once the nut butter is ready, pour in the coconut oil and melted chocolate. Then add in the vegetable milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Process a bit longer until well mixed.  Transfer to an airtight container and store. Scroll down for the full recipe and measurements to the Nutella recipe.  Tips and Tricks Thickness When making homemade chocolate […] The post Vegan Nutella appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam)

January 14 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Vegan Rice Kheer, Payasam .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } Kheer is a very traditional Indian dessert and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Kheer is made in many different ways using rice, different nuts, and vegetables but milk is the main ingredient to make kheer. I have been wanting to make rice kheer for my son who happens to be vegan and loves kheer. This is my version of vegan kheer: instead of milk, I used almond and coconut milk. After trying many different dairy free milk, this was the best combination I enjoyed. This recipe is also quick and easy to make and is delicious. You dont have to be vegan to enjoy this kheer. This recipe will serve 4. Course Dessert Cuisine Indian Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Servings 4 people Ingredients1 1/­­2 cup cooked rice 3 cup almond milk unflavored 2 cup coconut milk or 14 oz can 1/­­3 cup sugar 2 Tbsp almonds sliced 2 Tbsp pistachios crushed 1 Tbsp raisins 1/­­4 tsp cardamom powder Few strands of saffron InstructionsLightly mash the cooked rice. Use heavy bottom pan to make kheer. Put all the ingredients except saffron, in the pan, rice, coconut milk, almond milk, sugar, almonds, pistachios, raisins, and cardamom powder. Mix it well and bring it to boil on medium high heat. After the kheer is boiling, lower the heat to low-medium and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Do stir the kheer a few times in between to scrapes the sides of the pan. I prefer the thicker consistency of kheer just like porridge consistency, but you can adjust the consistency of the kheer to your taste. Turn off the heat. The kheer is now ready, Add a few strands of saffron on the top. You can serve this vegan rice kheer warm or chilled. NotesPlease check out my other vegan dessert recipes namely: - Apple Coconut Barfi - Apple vegan cake - Crispy Jalebi - Sweet Boondi - Mango panna cotta The post Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spaghetti Squash Bake with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

December 22 2020 Vegan Richa 

Spaghetti Squash Bake with Sun-dried Tomato Cream SauceThis easy vegan Spaghetti Squash Bake is a tasty Italian-inspired healthy, low carb, pasta-like casserole dish that everyone will absolutely love. Cooked spaghetti squash is combined with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce, all baked until golden and bubbly. Spaghetti Squash is a winter veggie favorite! These miracle squashes naturally grow in such a way that, once cooked, their insides will pull apart in long, spaghetti-like strands. Thanks, Mother Nature! The long squash strands are tender enough that you can twirl them around your fork and they have a mild, slightly sweet flavor that makes them great for serving with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce like in this spaghetti squash bake recipe. An Italian-inspired “pasta” bake that features cooked spaghetti squash, garlic, and spinach all smothered in a perfectly creamy and cheesy dairy-free sun dried tomato sauce and baked until bubbly and golden. SO good! I like to prepare my spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot but in a second I will also explain how to cook it in the microwave. Serve this easy casserole alongside a simple green salad or vegan caesar salad and some crusty bread for the perfect weeknight meal! More pasta meals from the blog - Garlic Pasta with Cajun Cauliflower - Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake  - Pumpkin Sage Pasta with pumpkin cream sauce and crisp Sage  - Black pepper Mac and Cheese  - Creamy Cajun Pasta with crispy tofu - Lemon asparagus  fettuccine - Creamy mushroom Spinach Pasta  - Easy Vegan Alfredo Continue reading: Spaghetti Squash Bake with Sun-dried Tomato Cream SauceThe post Spaghetti Squash Bake with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte

December 7 2020 My New Roots 

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte   Hi friends. It feels good to be back in this blog space. Since the beginning of this year, Ive been focusing my attention on my latest project, My New Roots Grow – an online universe of wellness education – which will launch soon. Grow is the most energy-intensive and large-scale project since my cookbooks, and once again it feels like birthing something major. The blog has been on the back burner giving more space for Grow to, well, grow, but I thought Id pop in with this stellar holiday dessert because tis the season! I actually developed this recipe last winter, but wasnt sure what to do with it. I thought about keeping it exclusively on Grow (since that is where a lot of my recipe content will live from now on!), but because it is so special and delicious, I felt that it should just be out in the world. Inspired by the Spiced Chocolate Torte that I make on the retreats in Mexico (remember places?!), I wanted to make a festive holiday version with white chocolate and peppermint. The crust is dark chocolate and pecan, so rich and delicious with just the right amount of salt. The interior is velvety smooth and beguilingly creamy, made with cashews, coconut oil, and white chocolate. I love the kiss of peppermint in the filling, which is definitely present but not overwhelming. I didnt want anyone to feel like they were eating dessert and brushing your teeth at the same time!   Some notes on the recipe… If youre using peppermint essential oil to flavour the filling, I find it helpful to measure it out on a spoon first, just in case the bottle is in a giving mood – one too many drops of this stuff will ruin a good torte with too much minty-ness! I like to use about 6 or 7 drops total, but if it comes out too fast, I have no way of controlling the amount. If youre using peppermint extract, start at a quarter of a teaspoon and work your way up to the flavour that suits you. If you eat a vegan diet, you can use maple syrup instead of honey in the filling, but the colour is going to be more brown /­­ beige than creamy. Also, make sure to find dairy-free white chocolate, since the vast majority of commercially-made white chocolate contains milk solids. And then, if you do find vegan white chocolate, read the ingredient list to make sure that is doesnt contain any hydrogenated oils or weird emulsifiers (or just pick your battles!).   The torte decorating is entirely up to you, although pomegranate seeds create a striking display of holiday cheer! Other options include fresh mint leaves, cacao nibs, or shaved dark chocolate. You could even include them all, if youre feeling extra festive. Store the torte in the freezer until youre ready to enjoy it, then bring it out about 15-20 minutes before serving so that its not rock hard. Its easier to slice and eat when its warmed up a tad. Use a smooth, very sharp chefs knife, and run it under hot water before cutting into the torte to make it glide. If you’re not in the mood to make a crust, you can turn this dessert into freezer fudge by preparing only the filling. Pour the filling into an 8-inch /­­ 20 cm square pan lined with plastic wrap; top with 1/­­2 cup /­­ 65g toasted pecans, cacao nibs, or chocolate shards, and freeze until solid (about 2 hours). Slice into squares and enjoy straight from the freezer!     Print recipe     White Chocolate Peppermint Torte Serves 10-14 For the crust: 1 cup /­­ 100g pecans 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml coconut oil, preferably flavour-neutral 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1/­­4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 150g rolled oats, divided, gluten-free if necessary 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder For the filling: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 200g cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours 3/­­4 cup /­­ 175 ml creamed honey (sub with maple syrup, but be warned the colour of the filling will be brown) 1/­­2  cup /­­ 125 ml coconut oil 75g /­­ 2.6 oz. white chocolate, melted (dairy-free /­­ vegan if desired) 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 tsp. fine-grain sea salt a few drops peppermint essential oil or extract, to taste pomegranate, mint, cacao nibs, shaved dark chocolate, for garnish, optional Directions: 1. Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan or pie dish with coconut oil. 2. In a food processor, blend 1/­­2 cup (50g) of the rolled oats on high until you have a rough flour, place a small bowl and set aside. Without cleaning the machine, process the pecans into a fine crumb with the texture of sand. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, oat flour and cacao powder, and process again until the dough comes together. Finally, add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and pulse until the oats are chopped, but still have some texture to them. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers. If it doesnt, try adding a bit more maple syrup or processing a bit longer. 3. Crumble roughly half of the dough evenly over the base of the pan. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Taking a small section at a time, use the remaining crust to go up the sides, all around the form until complete. Poke a few fork holes into the bottom of the crust to let the steam escape. 4. Bake the crust, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 5. Make the filling: Drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, honey, oil, melted chocolate, vanilla, salt, and peppermint, then blend on high until the filling is completely smooth. It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a tablespoon (15 mL) of plant-based milk (or a bit more) to help it along. 6. Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smoothing out the top evenly. Place the torte on an even surface in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for a couple of hours, and then cover the dish with foil and freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours, until the torte sets. 7. Remove the torte from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing. It is meant to be served cold. Garnish with mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, melted or shaved chocolate, if desired.   I hope that wherever you are and whatever youre celebrating this month, you are safe, healthy, and grateful. This year has thrown us all for the biggest loop of our lives, and finding the small joys and tiny triumphs (like getting out for some fresh air, putting dinner on the table) is enough to make me feel proud, anyway. The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, but I know that I am just thankful to have a roof over my head and a torte to share with the ones I love. I hope the same for you, dear friend. In light and love, best wishes for the season ahead. Sarah B The post White Chocolate Peppermint Torte appeared first on My New Roots.

5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats

November 23 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Choose Whole Grains Theres a reason the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend to make at least 50% of your grains whole: theyre packed with essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body running at its peak! When gearing up to bake that family favorite sugar cookie or bread loaf, consider swapping half of the all-purpose flour for a whole-wheat flour until you can make the full switch (this Healthy Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Loaf is a great recipe to start with!) Traditionally, when you start small like this its an easy way to slowly get your pallet to adjust to the change while boosting the fiber of the entire slice (or cookie) too! If youre gluten-free, consider using a recipe that calls for gluten-free oat flour or almond flour (like these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins) so you also reap the benefits of the fiber. Amp Up Those Omegas with Walnuts Pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie calling your name this season? Consider swapping out that white flour and butter crust for a delicious (and nutritious) walnut-based crust. Walnuts pack 2.5 grams of the plant-based version of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), in addition to 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in a one-ounce portion. While many name brands have begun selling their own walnut crusts in the baking section at your local market, they often contain flour and butter in small amounts to help hold the crust together. Not a deal-breaker if youre tight on time, but defeats the purpose of the swap if youre trying to keep this treat gluten-free and vegan. Consider making your own (check out a simple recipe idea here) by pulsing walnuts with a date paste or syrup in your food processor, then shaping into a pie crust and freezing until ready to bake. Related: 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar Think natural When It Comes to Sugar Its no secret most people eat WAY more added sugar than recommended (for reference, on average Americans eat about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day when the recommendation is closer to 12 teaspoons or below for a 2000 calorie diet!) And friends, beware, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, and good ole cane sugar are ALL just different types of added sugars (one isnt better than the other.) To help satisfy that sweet tooth, consider using the natural sugars found in sweet fruits and vegetables, like apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, in your baked goods. Depending on the type of recipe youre making, you should be able to reduce the added sugar by at least a third when you sub in unsweetened applesauce (like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars do!) Note you will also need to modify the fat amount (like the oil or butter used) so the texture continues to be the same. Boost Fiber with Beans Chocolate is abundant this season and for good reason: its delicious and its packed with flavonoids. But what if you took that decadent chocolate and brought it up a notch to boost the fiber and create a decadent dark chocolate dip to serve alongside graham crackers, gingerbread, or fresh fruit? Youd be the hostess with the most-ess for sure! Begin by pureeing a cup of beans alongside melted dark chocolate or dark cocoa powder, dates for natural sweetness, and your favorite nut or seed butter of choice. Blend until its a smooth, hummus-like consistency and enjoy! (Use this Sweet Hummus Recipe as your guide.) Power Up with Protein Cream pies and bundt cakes are certainly popular around the holiday season, but that doesnt mean you cant do over the dairy! Swapping in a portion of reduced-fat Greek or skyr yogurt for sour cream helps to boost the protein while minimizing the saturated fat of your treat. If youre still not a big fan of Greek yogurt, then ease into it by starting small with the swap, with roughly a third used in place of the sour cream. In no time youll be adjusted and making the full swap, pinky promise! (Try this Butterscotch Cheesecake Pie for a nice addition to your menu this year!) The post 5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix

November 10 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixLearn how to make Vegan Gulab Jamun using my simple gulab jamun dry-mix as a starting point to make this festive Indian sweet consisting of soft cardamom-scented donut balls soaked in saffron/­­rose water syrup. Dairy-free and with a gluten-free option! Jump to Recipe DIY Gulab Jamun Dry Mix for gifting to yourself and others Get ready for one of my favorite Indian treats ever – Gulab Jamuns! The ultimate indulgence for special occasions. Small, bite-sized syrupy donut balls of bliss! And with this Gulab Jamun Dry Mix, you will be able to make them all.the.time. If you are new to Indian food or Indian Diwali sweets, you might be wondering what I am talking about. Let me explain: What are Gulab Jamuns? Gulab jamuns are like a rich donut, flavored with cardamom and saffron and soaked in sugar syrup to make a soft and melt-in-your sweet syrupy Indian dessert. A favorite around the festival season, The traditional version uses milk powder or mawa (milk solids) or other forms of dairy. Every few years I try to improve my vegan gulab jamuns. This version (also a slight variation in my indian kitchen book) makes amazing jamuns. But just getting all the ingredients together can add up to the cooking time. I made them simpler and tastier! Just blend up the ingredients and store as a diy donut mix so that you can make quick vegan jamuns as needed. You can also gift this mix to people as it is shelf-stable for a couple of months! This recipe uses some flour, cardamom, baking soda, sugar, and nuts such as almond and pistachios to add a mawa (milk solids or milk powder) effect. A little bit of breadcrumbs ensures that the mix has a bit of air. Just blend everything up. Add some nondairy milk, make dough and pan fry or deep fry, soak in warm sugar syrup and ready! Lets make this right now!Continue reading: Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixThe post Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Label Lingo: Plant-Based Diet vs. Vegan Diet

November 6 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Plant-based products have never been hotter. From grocery store aisles to restaurant menus, the term plant-based is everywhere these days. Meanwhile, vegan has become so mainstream that it seems like every day, you hear about another celebrity or athlete going vegan. So does plant-based mean vegan and vice versa? Its hard enough reading labels on food products let alone figuring out the difference between these terms, especially when you throw whole food in front of plant-based. While they do have things in common, there are differences between these labels. Experts untangle them below. Related: 5 Plant-Based Subscription Meal Kits Guaranteed to Make Your Taste Buds Happy Plant-Based Versus Vegan As the name implies, plant-based dieters are focused on increasing the amount of plant-based food sources in their meals. This means more fruits, vegetables, legumes, tubers, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains. Although a person on a plant-based diet may still consume foods with animal products and/­­or byproducts, the ratio of plant-based sources increases while foods from animal and seafood sources are minimized, says Dan Nguyen, R.D.N., registered dietitian and nutritionist at HelloFresh. Of course, the based part of plant-based can be confusing, namely because it has wide-ranging meanings. For some, it could indicate that theyre eating 51 percent of their diet from plants while others might be closer to 90 or 95 percent. They can both be called plant-based eaters, but only if youre eating 100 percent plants can you say that youre a whole-food, plant-based eater, says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Vegan, on the other hand, means that this person eats zero animal products. That translates into no meat, poultry, dairy, seafood, or any animal byproducts. Yet vegan extends beyond the diet, as it also affects what people wear and what purchases they make. According to the Vegan Society, vegan is defined as a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practicable--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals. Related: Tofu: The Unsung Hero of Coronavirus-Related Meat Shortages Why Plant-Based and Vegan Labels Arent a Health Halo Eating more plants is the key to better health and even longer life, according to numerous studies. Plants are a powerhouse of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, Nguyen says. By eating more plants and fewer animals, youll get more of these valuable nutrients. As a result, you might experience lower blood sugar, LDL (or bad) cholesterol, and blood pressure, to name a few beneficial side effects. Plus, eating fewer animal foods and seafood will help decrease your carbon footprint, which is a win for the planet. Yet dont get duped into thinking that foods labeled plant-based or vegan are automatically healthy. The surprise? Many of these foods are still highly processed. Foods marketed as plant-based may not necessarily be healthy or contain many whole plant foods, Nguyen says. These foods can be high in fat, sugar and/­­or sodium and could still make you sick, putting you at greater risk for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Thats true even if youre a junk food vegan who primarily eats processed vegan food. Just taking animal products out of your diet doesnt guarantee that youll be healthier, as you may not be getting the fiber and nutrients you need, Levin says. Related: Less Meat, Less Problems How to eat healthy, no matter whether youre plant-based or vegan While going plant-based, more so vegan because youre eliminating all animal products, is an admirable first step, it shouldnt be your end step if youre prioritizing health, Levin says. Instead, think about moving as close as you can to a 100 percent whole-food diet. To get there, Levin suggests reading food labels and keying in on fiber. Fiber is often a good indicator of how processed the product is, she says. If you dont see much fiber in a food, chances are its on the low end of the healthy food scale. Then check the added sugar and the ingredient list in general. If you see ingredients you dont know how to pronounce, you should probably avoid putting that food in your cart, Levin says. The post Label Lingo: Plant-Based Diet vs. Vegan Diet appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

The Sticky Debate About Honey

November 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

If theres one hot-button issue among vegans, its honey. While some vegans will eat it and use it, others wont, which can cause some heated debates among this group. So why not just get right to the point: Is honey vegan? The basic buzz on honey Honey bees collect nectar from flowering plants, which they regurgitate into honeycomb cells. With a little fanning from their wings to remove excess moisture, the end result is honey. The amazing fact? Making one pound of honey requires 556 worker bees, and the average worker bee will only make one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, according to the Ontario Beekeepers Association. Because honey is so high in sugar, it then becomes an energy source for the bees, helping fuel the roughly 12,000 beats their wings take every minute. Of course, bees have been making honey ever since their existence, and its said theyve been around for about 30 million years. How long humans have been eating honey isnt entirely clear, but honey has certainly found its way into the human food system, showing up on breakfast tables, getting baked into breads and muffins, and being mixed into granolas. Honeys also a popular medicinal cure. The case against honey being vegan The first argument against honey not being vegan (though it certainly is vegetarian) is the obvious one: Honey comes from an animal, and vegans eschew any animal-based products. Animals arent ours to use, steal from or manipulate as we see fit, says Amber Canavan, senior campaigner and spokesperson for PETA in Portland, Ore. And while you might not equate bees with farmed animals like chickens, pigs and cows, there is cruelty in the raising of bees. Theyre killed and harmed in the process, Canavan says. She points to commercially bred honey bees who are kept crammed in file-cabinet type hives. When hives are ready for harvesting, its nearly impossible to open the hive and get honey out without crushing numerous bees who are trying to protect the hive, she adds. Now move to queen bees, who are often treated like female cows in the dairy industry, being artificially inseminated by force, Canavan says. Beekeepers might even clip the wings of queen bees so they cant escape and move the hive. And speaking of moving, bees are often trucked around the country, especially in the commercial industry, to pollinate plants in a given destination. Because honey bees arent native to this country, moving them around like this could introduce issues for local pollinators, she adds. Related: How to Choose Sugar Substitutes Finally, taking honey from the bees may threaten the bees health, according to The Vegan Society. Not only is their honey supply then decreased, many commercial beekeepers will take the honey off and feed them high-fructose corn syrup, which isnt good for their health, says Paul Cronshaw, co-founder and director of operations for the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association in California, vegan and hive keeper whose hives are cruelty- and chemical-free. Putting honey on the table In spite of the above arguments, there are vegans who do consume and use honey, Cronshaw being one of them. My philosophy is that the bees are using honey as a survival food in a house that Im providing, and I take only a minimal amount for rent, he says, adding that this was the first year hes taken from them in years because of the now-ended drought in California. As a result, the bees produced more honey this year and were able to pay more rent. Whats his rationale for using honey? I use honey for medicine and other reasons, he says. Those reasons include helping with sore throat, improving oral health, and aiding with wound healing. Case in point: He was bitten on the hand by a dog recently and used Manuka honey to heal while honey helped him survive a foot injury on a nine-day backpacking trip in the Sierras a few years ago. And while nobodys advocating supporting commercial beekeepers, supporting local ones can help the bee population survive. Numerous studies, after all, point to the collapse of bees who help pollinate numerous food crops. Although honey bees arent in danger of extinction, they are in decline, albeit a big slower because humans are their shepherds or keepers, he adds. If you do decide to use honey, Cronshaw recommends connecting with local beekeepers to find out how they practice beekeeping. Most local beekeepers arent trucking their hives around the country, arent using harmful fillers after taking the bees honey and are working hard not to kill bees. You can raise bees without killing them, he says. The good news is that you dont have to eat or use honey if you dont want to. There are so many alternatives on the market now, Canavan says. Not only can you choose from things like maple syrup, stevia, blackstrap molasses and agave syrup, theres even vegan honey. You can also help local pollinators by planting plants they like and creating a pollinator-friendly yard.   The post The Sticky Debate About Honey appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bars

October 30 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie BarsEasy to throw together, these vegan pumpkin pie bars are perfect for when you don’t want to make an actual pumpkin pie but still want to have the same flavor. The homemade almond flour crust holds together well and is the perfect base for the dairy-free pumpkin pie filling. Serve as is or topped with coconut cream! Jump to Recipe If you’re looking for a convenient fall dessert recipe, I’ve got you covered. These pumpkin pie bars are like pumpkin pie but so much easier to make! The homemade pumpkin pie filling is smooth, creamy, and seasoned with plenty of pumpkin spice and rests on a simple almond flour crust. They had topped with cinnamon sugar for some extra. Utterly irresistible!Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Pie BarsThe post Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bars appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Carrot Bread

October 3 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Carrot BreadMade in just one bowl with simple ingredients, this vegan pumpkin carrot bread is perfectly moist and full of delicious fall flavor thanks to pumpkin spices and pumpkin puree. Jump to Recipe If you’re a fan of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Bread, this vegan carrot pumpkin bread is for you. It is just as moist but made with wholesome ingredients and two kinds of veggies.  I mean carrot bread and pumpkin bread in one? What’s not to love about that? But the best part about this vegan pumpkin bread? While baking, the pumpkin spices will fill your house with the most comforting cozy scent and will instantly give you all the fall feels. Even if its still warm outside.Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Carrot BreadThe post Vegan Pumpkin Carrot Bread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

ALOHA’s creamy organic plant-based protein drinks provide 18g of protein and 160 calories. These are sweetened with monk fruit extract, and the protein blend comes from pea and brown rice proteins. They also skip over common allergens--ALOHA’s protein drinks are soy-free, vegan, nothing artificial, no stevia, gluten-free, dairy-free, and no sugar alcohols, Coconut: Very creamy, monk fruit flavor was mild. Chocolate Sea Salt: This drink is chocolate-forward, almost like a thick chocolate milk that was very welcome on a rather warm day. Vanilla: I’m a big fan of anything vanilla-flavored, and this drink is no exception. I meant to just take a sip or two to take notes, but found myself drinking it throughout a meeting.  The post VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce

January 22 2021 VegKitchen 

Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce Whip up a batch of these flavorful Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce. Mushrooms, garlic, lentils, quinoa, walnuts, and more come together in this lentil cake recipe.  These lentil patties are great for a tasty vegan lunch or dinner. They’re also great for meal prepping! Here is a plant-based recipe that kids and adults can enjoy.  This lentil fritters recipe is… Vegan  Vegetarian Gluten-free Dairy-free Flavorful  Great for meal prepping How to Make Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce Start by cooking your lentils as directed on the package.  In a saucepan, add oil, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook occasionally.  You will add in your nuts and pulse in a food processor until the walnuts form a powder.  Add mushroom mixture and half the lentils to a bowl. Add in walnut powder and mix. Once thickened into dough, add in your remaining lentils. Mix well.  Create 12-15 patties to pan sear.  Full measurements and directions can be found in the printable card below.  Lentil Fritters Variations Change Up The Vegetables  In terms of vegetables, add in extra or leave the recipe the same. Any finely chopped veggie could work well in this dish--carrots, bell peppers, etc.  Air Fryer Instead of the Oven […] The post Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce appeared first on VegKitchen.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

January 8 2021 VegKitchen 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies These vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, chocolatey, and delicious! Dusted with powdered sugar, these vegan chocolate cookies will remind you of snow, but be warm as holiday spirit! These vegan crinkle cookies may be dairy-free and egg-free, but theyre just as scrumptious as any other chocolate crinkle cookies youve ever had! And theyre super easy to make too! All you do is mix together the ingredients, form the dough into balls, roll them in powdered sugar, and bake! Theyll crinkle as they cool and leave you will a soft, gooey cookie everyone will love! This vegan chocolate crinkle cookies recipe is…  vegan vegetarian nut-free dairy-free egg-free ready in 30 minutes a quick chocolate treat How to Make Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies  Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, add the sugar and canola oil.  Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they are combined and smooth.  Add the ground flax seeds, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and combine well.  Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. You can use a sifter or a fine mesh strainer. Stir the ingredients until they are combined with the wet ingredients […] The post Chocolate Crinkle Cookies appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Alfredo & Tofu Ricotta

December 10 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Alfredo & Tofu RicottaVegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Alfredo is the best comfort food casserole to feed a big crowd! Filled with spinach and creamy tofu “ricotta,” this stuffed shells recipe is an all-time family favorite. Use Pumpkin or other winter squash. Coming at you with a classic Italian comfort food classic with a seasonal twist! Vegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash! These vegan butternut squash stuffed shells are bursting with creamy dairy-free tofu ricotta and spinach and baked in a velvety smooth and cheesy butternut squash alfredo sauce. Perfect for holiday gatherings, family dinners, date night…really any occasion that begs for some serious vegan comfort food! Let’s talk about the tofu ricotta. I’m constantly blown away by the wonders of tofu. If you are skeptical whether this is not gonna end up being all weird and tasteless – never fear! The tofu combined with nutritional yeast, almond flour, Italian seasonings, lemon and tofu makes for the perfect ricotta substitute. A bit tangy, a bit cheesy but very mild in taste. Some spinach in it makes the filling incredibly delicious. And less or more spinach to preference. The butternut alfredo is adapted from my creamy butternut carbonara. That sauce is so delicious and works amazingly here. Use pumpkin or other winter squash if you like! Stuffed Shells usually end up taking long prep times because you pre-cook the pasta and the sauce. In this recipe I am using uncooked pasta! that gets cooked with the sauce while baking just like my baked rigatoni recipe. No dealing with large pots of hot water! By the way, this stuffed shells recipe would also work for making cannelloni – simply stuff the cannelloni pasta with the ricotta filling as you would for the shells and bake in the alfredo sauce. Baking time might vary slightly. MORE VEGAN PASTA RECIPES FROM THE BLOG: - Vegan Mushroom Fettucine Alfredo - Cajun Cauliflower Pasta  - Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta - Roasted Red Bell Pepper Chickpea Pasta  - Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake  - Vegan Sundried Tomato Pasta You can also make these the traditional way by cooking the pasta first. See recipe notes for instructions. Continue reading: Vegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Alfredo & Tofu RicottaThe post Vegan Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Alfredo & Tofu Ricotta appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts

December 2 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts This recipe is for those of us, who bought one too many cans of pumpkin puree as the excitement of fall was just starting. We take that canned pumpkin and turn it into an earthy, savory, and creamy pasta sauce with the addition of alliums (shallot, garlic), spices, lemon, and some plant-based cream. To make it extra special, we finish the pasta with a topping of fragrant, toasty sage walnuts. This is definitely a weeknight-friendly meal, perfect for those times when you’re craving warm, comforting carbs this coming winter. Hope you’ll give it a try! Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients olive oil ½ cup chopped raw walnuts 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage sea salt 1 large shallot - diced 4 garlic cloves - minced ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika pinch chili flakes, or to taste 15 oz (425 g) can unsweetened pumpkin puree freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon tamari or coconut aminos ½ cup unsweetened dairy-free creamer or cashew cream (see note) juice from 1 lemon 12 oz rigatoni or other pasta of choice Instructions Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat, add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the walnuts, sage, and a generous pinch of salt. Toast, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, until the walnuts are golden and the sage is crispy. Transfer the walnuts, sage, and their oil to a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the pot/­­pan if needed. Add more oil to coat the bottom of the same pot/­­pan. Add the shallot and a pinch of salt, saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, and chili flakes, and stir around for 30 more seconds, until fragrant. Add the pumpkin puree, plenty of black pepper, another generous pinch of salt, tamari, and creamer/­­cashew cream. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Stir to combine and let the sauce warm through. Turn off the heat and mix in the lemon juice. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water, according to the instructions on the package. Reserve about ½ cup of the starchy pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the pot/­­pan with the pumpkin sauce. Stir to coat the pasta in the sauce, adding small splashes of the reserved starchy water, if the sauce needs help sticking to the pasta or if it needs thinning. Serve the pasta right away, topped with the sage walnuts and their oil. Notes To make cashew cream at home, combine ½ cup of water and ¼ cup raw cashews in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. 3.5.3226 The post Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sage Walnuts appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Potato Soup

November 23 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Potato SoupThis thick, hearty Vegan Potato Soup is quick and easy to make using simple ingredients and very budget-friendly too. Enjoy it chunky as is, puree it until smooth and/­­ or get all fancy with toppings. Who’s up for a bowl of comforting vegan potato soup packed with veggie goodness? Warming, satisfying and soothing – that is what all fall-centric and especially potato-centric comfort food should be like. Whether it’s cold where you live or life has brought some downs that make you crave all the comfort food. This vegan potato soup is medicine for the soul. Super easy, hugely delicious and so filling you can have it as a main course. It’s amazing fresh but its even better the next day. So when you make this make lots and know you have some good eating ahead. It’s a great feeling. I like to finish mine off with some crumbled vegan coconut, tofu, or tempeh bacon and a sprinkle of chives for a pop of colour! MORE VEGAN SOUP RECIPES FOR THE SOUL - Lentil Chili. GF - Mushroom Chickpea Veggie Soup. GF - IP Mushroom Wild Rice Soup. GF - Japanese Veggie Curry. GF - Instant Pot Lasagna Soup with Red lentils.  - So Easy - IP Potato Chickpea Soup. GF - Tomato Soup with Tofu Croutons. - Tortilla soup with red lentils. GF Continue reading: Vegan Potato SoupThe post Vegan Potato Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara

November 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Butternut Squash CarbonaraThis Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara is a dairy-free spin on the traditional Italian Carbonara recipe with a creamy cashew cheese butternut squash carbonara sauce! Serve with crispy roasted smoky bacon-ish tofu.Jump to Recipe This easy vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara is the perfect fall and winter dinner. It’s a creamy spin on my popular Pumpkin Sage pasta and trust me, it will likely become a staple you will make again and again. Traditional Italian Carbonara Sauce is made from parmesan cheese and egg yolks.  This vegan version is just as deliciously rich and creamy (even without egg or dairy), thanks to cashew cream, and even quite cheesy thanks to nutritional yeast, and a hearty thanks to miso paste and fresh sage! While traditional Carbonara is often topped with bacon or pancetta, I wanted that smoky “chew” on top and went with oven-roasted tofu. Before roasting the tofu, we coat it in a whole bunch of spices to bring on the smoky-sweet notes. Let me tell you this dish has a perfect balance and blend of cozy fall flavors (butternut squash + sage = fall central)! A simple plant-based pasta dinner or plant-based lunch your whole family will love. Even your kids will give this a big thumbs up! Let’s make this gorgeous fall meal.Continue reading: Vegan Butternut Squash CarbonaraThe post Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Rasmalai Cake

November 3 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Rasmalai CakeVegan Rasmalai Cake is a dairy-free spin on the popular Bengali Dessert rasmalai that is typically served for Diwali! Moist almond and cashew flour cake squares immersed in a rich and creamy cashew pistachio “milk” scented with saffron and cardamom. It basically is Vegan Malai burfi soaked in Ras malai milk! Soyfree Glutenfree Jump to Recipe Diwali is coming up and that means Boxes of sweets and desserts being whipped up to share and celebrate. A festival that celebrates a win of goodness, knowledge, kindness over negativity. This Diwali we need that magic.  This vegan Ras Malai Cake is a simple dairy-free spin on one of the most delicious Indian sweets out there – the traditional Bengali Dessert Ras Malai /­­ Rasmalai. What is Rasmalai? Bengali Rasmalai consists of small soft cheese curd/­­paneer balls or cakes immersed in saffron and cardamom-scented sweetened thickened milk. This Indian dessert is usually served with plenty of chopped pistachios and as you can imagine, it’s a pretty popular dessert for the holidays! Vegan Rasmalai Cake – the perfect Diwali treat Vegan version of rasmalai is tricky. The chewy cheese balls are hard to mimic with non dairy cheeses. I have a soy based version in my cookbook. That is chewy and cheesy and almost perfect, but has a slight soy after taste. Today I bring you this variation. This Vegan Ras Malai Cake consists of a moist vegan nut cake which is like malai burfi/­­milk cake immersed into a rich sweetened cashew pistachio cream. We make the burfi cake, we pour cream on top, we let the cake soak up some of that goodness and it’s ready to serve. No fuss, no stress! The flavors of rasmalai all come from the amazing malai cream sauce and  satisfy that ras malai craving. More Vegan Diwali Recipes From The Blog: - Almond Halwa, 2ways and Almond Ladoo GF - Malai Burfi  GF - Basundi - 7 Cup Burfi - GF, Nutfree - Malai Ladoo - Brown Rice Kheer - Gajar Halwa, skillet, Instant pot - Gulab Jamuns - Easy Kaju Katli  Some Savories - Maida Papdi - Moong Dal samosa Rasmalai is a decadent Indian treat served for special occasions like weddings or for Diwali. Due to its richness, it’s not an everyday kind of dessert – which doesn’t mean it’s overly difficult to make – and this vegan version is even easier. You can whip this Vegan Rasmalai Cake up pretty effortlessly and you’ll even find it quite relaxing during the stressful holiday season.Continue reading: Vegan Rasmalai CakeThe post Vegan Rasmalai Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Alternative Meats: A Convenience or a Curse?

November 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Have you started swinging through the drive-thru more frequently since fast-food chains decided to hop on board with plant-based burger options? Sure, Burger Kings Impossible Whopper and Carls Jr.s meatless Beyond Meat burger may seem like enticing options after a long day -- heck, even Ikea is rumored to be working on a meatless version of its famous Swedish meatballs. And of course, its an encouraging sign that a plant-based lifestyle is becoming more mainstream, especially when its accepted in restaurants known for their beefy offerings. But could racking up too many fast-food visits mean youre sacrificing some of the positive health benefits associated with a plant-based diet for the sake of convenience? Meat alternatives are taking center stage because more and more people are recognizing that taking meat off our menus is an imperative if we are to preserve the planets life support systems for future generations, says Brenda Davis, R.D., a world-renowned expert in plant-based nutrition and coauthor of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Aside from being better for the planet, her coauthor, Reshma Shah, M.D., a plant-based pediatrician, notes the many health attributes with this lifestyle. Plant-based diets have been associated with longevity, a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and a healthy gut, she explains. Studies suggest the people eating a plant-based diet have a lower risk of being overweight or obese. Additionally, plant-based diets have been shown to be an effective strategy for treating many of the chronic diseases that make up the leading causes of death in the United States and throughout the world. 5 Pros of Alternative Meats First, lets explore the benefits of adding alternative meats to your diet: - Easy protein source. Some people may benefit from these concentrated, and very bioavailable protein sources. For athletes who struggle meeting protein needs, these foods can rapidly boost protein intake, says Davis. Also, for seniors who have higher protein needs, and lower calorie intakes, it can be tough to meet recommended intakes. Meat alternatives can help boost protein intakes in a way that is simple and palatable for seniors. - A non-threatening way to transition to eating less meat. New to the world of plant-based eating? Or simply trying to replace a few meat-based dishes each week? Plant-based meat alternatives can offer convenience for busy families, provide an alternative in social situations, and make the transition to a plant-based diet more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run, says Dr. Shah. You may find that you rely on these foods more at the beginning of your plant-based journey. As many people become more comfortable cooking and enjoying a variety of whole, plant foods, they may end up eating these foods less often. - Cleaner fuel. Plant-based meats are lower in persistent organic pollutants that are most concentrated in products at the top of the food chain, such as meat, fish and dairy products, says Davis. Also, plant-based meats cannot form heterocyclic amines, which are carcinogenic compounds formed when meat, poultry or fish are cooked at high temperatures. - Lesser inflammatory response. Plant-based meats are much lower in endotoxins (also known as lipopolysaccharides) than ground meats, which Davis says are associated with chronic inflammation and several disease states. - Reduced risk of food poisoning. Plant-based meat alternatives don’t carry the risk of foodborne disease from bacterial contamination in the same way that animal-based foods do, says Dr. Shah. Related: Tofu: The Unsung Hero of Coronavirus-Related Meat Shortages 5 Cons of Alternative Meats There are some downsides to alternative meat consumption, too: - Processed food is still processed food. While it might be tempting to skip purchasing whole ingredients and making your meals from scratch, the tradeoffs may not be worth it. Most plant-based meat alternatives tend to be higher in calories, fat, sodium, and additives compared to whole plant foods -- like beans and rice, says Dr. Shah. While plant-based meat alternatives are higher in fiber -- animal foods contain no fiber-- and are devoid of cholesterol, they certainly would not be considered a health food when compared to a homemade burger made of black beans, quinoa, and veggies. - Budget-buster. Currently, meat alternatives are rather expensive, sometimes even more expensive than meat. As the demand increases, this may change. - Quality depends on the brand. Meat alternatives vary in their quality, but are generally fairly highly processed foods, says Davis. Some are made from extracted plant proteins, fats, seasonings and preservatives, while others are made from black beans and quinoa. Consumers who want minimally processed foods need to read the label. - Allergens abound. Are you sensitive to gluten, soy or nuts? Meat alternatives are often based on ingredients that are associated with common allergens, so be sure to read labels carefully to avoid a reaction. - Nutrient deficient options. Davis says that meat alternatives are not always fortified with vitamin B12 or zinc, both of which are relatively high in meat. Make sure youre getting enough of these nutrients via the rest of your diet or through supplements. Related: 8 Must-Try Alternative Milks How to Shop for Alternative Meats A simple ingredient list with recognizable foods is always a good place to start. Next, Dr. Shah says to consider the amount of fat (especially saturated fat), sodium, and other additives. One particular additive that has gained scrutiny is the addition of heme iron in certain plant-based meat alternatives, she says. Heme-iron is added to enhance the meaty flavor and appearance of these foods -- but its thought to be pro-inflammatory, cause increased body iron stores, and provide an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. How Often Should You Consumer Alternative Meats? As with most things in life, moderation is key. Eating plant-based meat alternatives from time to time can certainly be a part of a healthy diet, but relying on them on a regular basis -- especially if they are taking the place of whole, plant foods -- would not be considered health-promoting, concludes Dr. Shah. Its also important to note that the consumption frequency may depend on your overall state of health. What is safe and appropriate for one individual may be quite different for another, explains Davis. If you struggle with hypertension or cardiovascular disease, you will want to minimize intake of the high sodium, high-fat meat alternatives. The post Alternative Meats: A Convenience or a Curse? appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Apple Galette

October 14 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Apple Galette I love making galettes because they are pretty much impossible to mess up. As long as you have a dependable dough recipe, you can fill it with most fruit, make a few rustic folds, and you’re on your way to a really tasty treat. You can also get really intricate with arranging the filling like I tend to do. But though fun and meditative, it’s really not required, and almost takes away from the ease of the preparation synonymous with galette. Apple season is here, and our fruit bowl is constantly overflowing with beautiful varieties of apples, Empire being a recent favorite. Apples bake up beautifully in a galette, maintaining their integrity all the while turning jammy and soft. In this recipe, we pair the apples with pine nuts, which bring a buttery richness to the filling. You can technically omit them altogether and just have a filling of apples, sugar, and spices, but we love what the nuts do for the overall flavor. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try if you find yourself with a surplus of apples! Apple Galette   Print Serves: two 7-8 galettes Ingredients for the dough 1½ cups spelt, whole wheat, or all purpose flour 2 teaspoons coconut sugar pinch sea salt 3 tablespoons soft coconut oil or olive oil ½ cup + 2 tablespoons hot water for the filling 6 tablespoons coconut sugar, divided ¼ cup pine nuts, ground in a mortar and pestle or chopped finely 1 teaspoon cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg 4-5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly 1 tablespoon dairy-free milk 1½ teaspoons maple syrup Instructions to make the dough Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, mix to combine. Add the oil and start mixing it in with a fork. Slowly stream in the hot water while continuing to mix. Once the dough comes together, knead it with you hands, until you have a smooth, soft dough. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough appears too dry. Take care not to add too much water, giving the flour a chance to absorb the initial amount of water first. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each piece into a round disc, wrap them in plastic wrap or place into a floured bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. to assemble and bake the galettes Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Line a large baking sheet or two medium baking sheets by covering them with parchment paper. Prepare two small bowls. In one bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of the coconut sugar and the pine nuts. In the other bowl, mix together 3 more tablespoons of coconut sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, one portion at a time, into 1/­­8 -thick circular sheets, about 9 in diameter. Place one sheet of dough on the prepared baking sheet, keeping it to one side to make room for the second galette (if you are using two baking sheets, you dont have to worry about this). Leaving a 1-2 inch border, sprinkle the sheet of dough with half of the pine nut and sugar mixture. Arrange half of the sliced apples on top in any pattern you like. Sprinkle the apples with half of the sugar and spice mixture. Fold over the edges of the galette, working circularly, until the galette has a folded border. Repeat this process with the second portion of the dough. In a small bowl, mix together the dairy-free milk and maple syrup. Brush this mixture over the folded borders of the galettes. Bake the galettes for 45 minutes, until the dough is golden and the apples are soft and cooked through. Enjoy the apple galettes warm or at room temperature. 3.5.3226 The post Apple Galette appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

VT Tried It: Nomad Nutrition meals

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Nomad Nutrition is the culmination of the pursuit of wild places and good food. Founder Denis Mikhailov, an avid climber, spent years looking for the best food to fuel his body and his adventures. Nomad Nutrition promotes a healthy, organic lifestyle with adventure meals geared towards backpackers, hikers, climbers, paddlers, hunters, and anyone on the go or venturing on overnight excursions. Nomad Nutrition has tweaked their recipes to contain the right ratios of healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbs. And theyre packed with nutrient-dense calories to keep the stoke high. They do their best to use organic, non-GMO, whole food ingredients, and all meals are gluten-free, with vegan and paleo options. These small batch meals are made in the Pacific Northwest, not in a lab or some factory overseas, and the company is working on becoming more and more sustainable. But how do they taste? Hungarian Goulash To be honest, Ive never had goulash, but its been the punchline for plenty of jokes, so I was quite surprised at how much I liked this! First of all, Nomad Nutritions meals are super low-effort: boil a cup of water, add to pouch, seal, and let cook. I suspect the potatoes and smoked paprika were my taste allies here, but there are beans to slip in some protein and nutritional value for even a carb-loving hiker like me. GF/­­dairy free, soy free, palm oil free, non GMO. Kathamandu Curry Ive been craving rice, and this is made with tiny rice noodles to stand in for the rice. Well spiced, and chickpeas for protein (20g per pouch). I love the coconut milk, but would have skipped the sundried tomatoes. Id still pick up a pouch of this over Mountain House in a heartbeat. GF/­­dairy free, soy free, palm oil free, non GMO. Try them out > The post VT Tried It: Nomad Nutrition meals appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Bars

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

ALOHA’s organic plant-based protein bars are a tasty (and largely chocolate-based!) addition to your backpack or office snack drawer. They are soy-, stevia-, gluten-, dairy-, and sugar alcohols-free! The texture is pleasantly soft--no need to gnaw on cardboard here!, and offer 14g of protein, made of a mix of brown rice and pumpkin seed proteins.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: The soft texture of the bar is a pleasant contrast with the chocolate chips. I just ate lunch, yet I kept nibbling on this bar! Caramel Sea Salt: As a huge fan of caramel sea salt ice cream, I was wary when biting into this flavor. Rest assured, somehow ALOHA has magically found the right balance of flavors, with just a little sweet. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Again, a masterful balance of replicating the flavors, but without trying to make a protein bar into a dessert. Chocolate Fudge Brownie: This flavor even comes with a chocolate coating (so maybe save it for your cooler-weather hikes). Chocolate Mint: One of my favorite sweets growing up were these mint chocolate meltaways, and this protein bar took me back! You can pick up your favorite flavors at Trader Joe’s, Amazon, or Sprouts. The post VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Bars appeared first on Vegetarian Times.


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