Book of Interest: Raw and Beyond

Out roaming some favorite sites this morning and came across a featurette on VegNews: The New Raw Food Diet.

Their feature is for the book Raw & Beyond by Victoria Boutenko, Elaina Love, and Chad Sarno.

I have been reading up on a raw diet even though I have a ton of allergies and am allergic to most fruits and vegetables in their raw state. I know – that whole raw idea doesn’t sound too safe for me, right?! I was told that I am allergic to an enzyme present in their raw state and once cooked the enzyme is gone. So, wondering if cooking at a low temperature will take away the enzyme and my food will be healthier. Looks like this book may answer many of my questions. I see that it is available in iTunes and Amazon. I prefer the e-book form, so will purchase and begin reading. Stay tuned!

OK – I just have to say this. I had a food dehydrator back in the 70’s and loved it, but not looking forward to a labor intense, bulky noisy dehydrator on my cupboard again. There it’s out!


A Hidden Gem: Another Neal Barnard, M.D. book

The cookbook purge unearthed a small purple book: Foods That Cause You To Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect by Neal Barnard, M.D.. I think this book may be out of print as I only found it on Amazon as a used book.

I love carbs and have eaten bad carbs (empty calorie)  a better part of my adult life, but as a Vegetarian and now Vegan am still drawn to them. They sooth and also have an addictive effect on me. Eat bad carbs=crave more bad carbs. I love the alternative: brown rice, Quiuoa, whole wheat pasta…. OK, so that is your teaser of what I found in this book.

I am going to spend a couple of posts quoting The Negative Calorie Effect, so stay tuned.

Cookbook Purge

This weekend I cleaned out my cookbooks. I don’t need 10 Vegetarian cookbooks that I haven’t touched in 2 years, but did keep all of my Moosewood cookbooks. I also keep my Fannie Farmer and Better Crocker cookbooks – they have been with me for over 30 years. Also kept some that were my moms – rest in peace sweet mama. Thanks for teaching me how to cook and love food.

I have been a Vegan for 8 months now and feel very committed – helps to feel better, too. The weight is coming off and that’s amazing, since I will be 60 in 2012. I have more weight to lose, but love that I’m not on a fad diet and am able to eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. A new lifestyle is better than a diet any day! Really, when you think about it, our diet is what we eat each day. I like thinking of it as a lifestyle instead of a diet.

Oh yes, back to the purge. My bookcase looks very nice with room to grow, decorative bowls on the top shelf, a ceramic pot and pitcher on the second shelf half filled with vegan and old books, and infused oil on the bottom shelf 3/4 filled with baking and vegetable cookbooks. I have two sacks full of books for a trip to half-priced books.

Cooking in the Moment: Quinoa

I have been thinking a lot about how I currently cook as opposed to the past – recipe driven diva.  The artistic and more earthy side of me says that following recipes is now just a guide and not a mandate: you can’t cook it if all the ingredients aren’t on hand. Blah!!!!

Here’s what I prepared last night for dinner and lunch today. I adapted Quinoa with Navy Beans and Almonds from the get healthy, go vegan cookbook by Neal Barnard, MD & Robyn Webb. Get ready for a very vague way of looking at preparing food – not sure you can even call my rendition a recipe.

Quinoa with White Beans and Almonds

1 cup Quinoa

1 red pepper

1 onion

1 can of white beans

vegetable broth

shivered almonds

fresh lemon

herbs to taste

Rinse the Quinoa and cook in a pot of about 2 cups of water: bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes. I tend to cook about 10 minutes – drain and set aside.

While Quinoa is cooking decide how much of this dish you want – I wanted a couple of light meals. So here goes!

In a sauce pan pour about 1/2 cup vegetable broth

Chop 1/4 of the pepper and 1/4 onion and saute in broth until cooked but still firm.

Add a couple of tablespoons of White Beans into the sauce pan and warm. Next add cooked Quinoa until the sauce pan is full.

Herbs (I added Black Salt) and the juice of 1/2 squeezed  lemon .

Divide into two servings and garnish with Almonds.

Cover perishable leftover ingredients and store in refrigerator.

I ate it warm last night for dinner and cold today at work – added a green salad each time.

 Enjoy experimenting with your food!!

A Vegan Week of New Recipes

I left my e-reader in another city Sunday.  So, not going to worry about it; I will get it back.

Instead of using the e-books, will concentrate on the get healthy, go vegan cookbook by Neal Barnard, M.D. and Robyn Webb and The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn.

I am getting weary of eating the same foods and need new recipes. If you read my last post you also know my refrigerator has been taken over by bland foods – yuck! Figure these two cookbooks can kickstart my blandness and get me cooking differant foods. Summer is right around the corner and need some ideas.

Get ready to try some new recipes….

Ratios: Newest Download on my e-reader

I love books – the feel of a book, flipping random pages and reading. It isn’t the same on an e-reader, but with my Sony reader (sure the others work the same way) I am able to download the books on my computer. Then they show up in color and I can run through pages quickly – change chapters quickly…. It’s an acquired taste, but worth sampling.

So, today I was on Amazon looking for two books to purchase, but really wanted them now and they are most often cheaper on the e-reader. So surfed over to the Sony Reader Store and purchased: The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity by Karen Page and Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman.

I do purchase books online through Amazon – purchased two last week for a family member, who hasn’t  switched over to the e-reader cult. I love Amazon, too!

Cupcake Wonder

I told you that I baked cupcakes for the Royal Wedding. Well, I am a wee bit English, but also have a few Scots & Irish in the brood. So, instead of the fruit or biscuit cake the bride and groom chose, I went straight to Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero for help and wasn’t disappointed (I knew I wouldn’t be).

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes on page 91 – amazing. I figured I helped round out the whole country side for them!! I also liked that once I baked them I was finished – no added frosting as they have a baked on topping. This recipe alone is worth purchasing their cookbook. I used Almond Milk instead of Soy and am already thinking of some alternatives to the oil in the topping.

I do think the Royals may have a hearty stout cake amongst their collection, but may not be a healthy as Isa & Terry’s.

Healthy Pizza – Really! Yup!

Doesn’t sound possible does it. We think of pizza as a grease and cheese laden messy delight, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

I found a hearty whole wheat (don’t cringe) dough in the get healthy, go vegan cookbook by Neal Barnard, MD and Robyn Webb. Don’t be afraid of whole wheat – the flours today are lighter for baking that years ago.

I am a pizza freak and don’t settle for anything but fantastic. A vegan pizza does take a little bit of getting use to, but once one realizes that it doesn’t have to have a white haze of cheese, one can begin to work on real wholesome flavors to enhance the pizza experience. This pizza I piled with artichoke hearts (I know it looks like noodles) and olives. I love garlic so it’s in the sauce and a bit on top of the pizza.

What Do the Titles on my e-Reader Reflect

When I bought my e-Reader it came with a few free books and then some teasers – a few chapters of books. They didn’t hold my interest, but they are still sitting there ready for a read.

If you picked up my e-Reader when I left the room to see what juicy titles I’m reading, you would learn I love a good mystery, Vegan and health books, and a few odd assortments.  I currently have 33 books on my reader.  Probably 34 by tomorrow.

I love love love James Patterson’s  mysteries and have 5 of his e-books. Just finished Toys last night. I love his murder mysteries; sick way to go to sleep, but it helps erase my day and take me to a sleepy state.

The brain intrigued me. I love to read anything by Dr. Daniel Amen & Brain Rules by John Medina. Check out John’s website Brain Rules. That one I have in print – several of them as I give them away like candy. On my e-reader I have Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Dr. Amen.

I have the Veganist by Kathy Freston. Good reviews – she uses more processed food that I eat, but it is chocked full of information and a reflective read.

There is the one really random book that was on sale around St Patrick’s Day, The Search for God and Guinness: a Biography of the Beer that Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield. Actually haven’t started reading yet, but read the review and it sounded like an interesting read. I love Guinness on tap or in Europe. I’m a brand spanking new Vegan, so now will learn that Guinness isn’t Vegan. Sad Day!