Vegan and Vegetarian- Food Substitutes for Recipes

Vegans and vegetarians often start as meat eaters and for a number of reasons choose a lifestyle change. That change leaves them with old recipes, often from families and friends, and new recipes from a varsity of sources. Whether a choice to eat different or a moment of “what will I do now!!??”. There is help! The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is my fall back site – lots of research based facts and studies, as well as really amazing recipes and facts. Today I found this handy Ingredient Substitution Chart by PCRM.

Substitute 1/2 banana for an egg

Check out the chart and experiment with old and new recipes.

Hint: I keep a box of Ener-G Food egg replacer in my pantry for when I’m substituting a recipe for guest or I don’t have time to experiment.

Another Blog: Vegetarians of Washington blogging about a very special octopus

Here’s a link to an interesting blog post by Vegetarians of Washington regarding an Octopus post: Octopus – Don’t beat it, don’t eat it!
http://vegetariandispatch.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/octopus-dont-beat-it-dont-eat-it/

21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site

The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart is about to begin – now they start the 1st of every month. Just goes to show that I haven’t done one for quite sometime. But it’s time to get back to basics and cleanse the palate and gut with new foods and spices.
Here’s the grocery list for the Kickstart – if you’re allergic to certain foods, don’t buy then just substitute a similar food plant based food from that food group. Organic is best cause we don’t want any extra chemicals or altered food in our body. Food is our medicine to help us live at optimal health.
Join me in 21 days of changing up our food choices and eating a plant based diet (I already do that). If the list looks too tough, then just start shopping (except for the fresh food) a bit at a time and start next month.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site.

Arabian Lentil Sauce

I have found myself lingering and cooking again in the kitchen. I have been so busy with life these past few months, that fast vegan food has been my diet. Although a diet of fast vegan food is better than some diets, isn’t as nutritious for the body long-term as cooking whole organic vegan meals. Finding the time to cook isn’t easy, but am trying.

I found a wonderful recipes, Arabian Lentil and Rice Soup,  in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book Appetite for Reduction. Personally it didn’t have the variety of vegetables to qualify for a soup – just my taste!! So, adapted it as a dish to pour over rice

Arabian Lentil Sauce

2-3 T. water or vegetable broth for sauteing

1 medium diced onion

6-8 cloves of garlic (depending on size)

pinch or two of freshly group black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt (add more if you like salt)

1 T. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 c. dices or slivered carrots

1 c. dried red lentils

6-8 cups of vegetable broth (depending on prefered thickness)

about 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice

4-quart pot for stove use

Saute the onions and garlic in water/vegatable broth then add the spices and cook another minute. Add the rest of the ingredients expect the lemon juice.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer – cook about 40 minutes. When the lentils are fully cooked add the lemon juice and spices as needed to taste. Let sit 10 minutes and serve over rice.

adapted from Isa Chandra’s Moskowitz’s recipe: Arabian Lentil and Rice Soup

Check out Isa’s blog, Post Punk Kitchen.

Silk PureAlmond Dark Chocolate

I’ve searched the container and the website to see if their Dark Chocolate drink is Vegan. I love the produce that add the V (Vegan).  Humm It is the only PureAlmond product with caffeine. Here’s partially what I found on their Q&A page.

Q. Does Silk Pure Almond almondmilk contain caffeine?

A. Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate almondmilk is the only flavor with caffeine. It contains about 3.5 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce serving. All other flavors are caffeine-free. As a comparison, one cup of regular coffee contains 115 to 175 mg of caffeine and one cup of decaf coffee contains 3 to 4 mg.

Q. Does Silk Pure Almond almondmilk contain any animal products or by-products?

A. There are no animal products, by-products or derivatives in our products, making them completely vegan. All vitamins used to fortify Silk products are vegetable-derived. The source for the calcium in Silk Pure Almond almondmilk is natural limestone.

I bought the individual 8 oz. size and found them on sale for 10 for $10.00, and got a combo of regular and Dark Chocolate, but then worried that they were not vegan. Have one chilling and really want to try it so, did some research. I will consume after I post!!!!

Vegan Barbeque

I discovered this site today from a fellow blogger, Mo.

 Ori Ann Li, Vegan Chef, shares videos of her cooking on the beach (love this)  and in her home (I assume). Here is the link to her post and video Vegan Barbeque~Celebrating Indepedence Day. I’m allergic to soy, so use in very limited amounts, but this site is worth sharing – I will be checking out her barbeque sauce recipe as well.

Enjoy!

21 Vegan Kickstart India begins soon – are you ready

This may be  your first of one of many kickstart – I’ve done a few (3 or more). I suggest you print out or download the PDF from the menu page. I tried to download the grocery list, but it must not be active yet. I suggest you look through the recipes for the first week and consider buying spices before next week hits. Don’t want to have grocery bill shock as you start out – it really isn’t bad, but being prepared works.

I love the Kitchen Replacement List and the Meal Plan Glossary. Spend a bit of time looking them over or printing (mine are in a notebook). Get ready to transform your diet and kitchen – the smells and flavors are divine.

21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Kickstart India – 7 days and Counting

21 Day Vegan Kickstart India

Have you signed up? I thought I had, but havent’ been getting the e-mail notices, so just signed up this morning. I try to consistently blog about the 21 day kickstart, but get busy with life. I love the kickstarts and they always bring me back to eating whole foods and present me with easy fun options to my typically mundane menu and diet.

My definition of diet is what I eat.

Eating habits need to change? What new Vegan recipes? Want to stick you toe in the water and try a few vegan recipes? Want to blog with others on the kickstart program?  Need a diet change? Want a positive diet change?

Hop/click/jump over and sign up – what do you have to lose?

21 Vegan Kickstart India – Coming Soon

Another treat coming our way from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India begins June 4th, so check out the site, join, and get ready for some amazing meal plans and food.

I will be traveling to a family wedding, although have signed up and plan to be as active as possible.

This is no April Fools Joke: Kick on over to PCRM

Happy April Fools – I loved this day as a kid and still do as an adult. Haven’t pranked anyone today, darn!

Today is prep day for the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart. If you haven’t signed up, give it a try and if you have then you have made a choice to join many in their new or continued venture into a plant-based diet. I’ve joined several times and have learned new things each time about myself, my diet and the choices I make on a daily basis.

The member’s blog is worth joining as well. No only do the organizers post a wealth of information, other members share their experiences and information to the forum. I learned  that coffee raises cholesterol levels (that was from anther member on the member’s blog). I have eaten a plant-based diet for over 20 years and my cholesterol rises and falls, so now know another factor. Have to get it checked again this month.Enough about me.

Do yourself a favor and give it a try – even if you just take a baby step in to see what it’s all about. Hope you check back here as I blog about another kickstart.

Bon Appetite!