All posts tagged: vegan

Lentils & Rice: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook For Your Instant Pot

My friend Kathy Hester has a thing for pressure cookers and instant pots. If you ask her how many she has, she’ll pause, and say, “let me see…” while considering. I can’t say I loved my pressure cooker until I was introduced to Kathy. Kathy loves and understands the pressure cooker the way my grandmother loves hers so I figured it was worth trying out. I don’t usually take shortcuts in the kitchen. Since I could use more hours with my family, I decided to test out Kathy’s book as if I didn’t know how to cook. I followed several of her recipes without making any changes. My daughter loves lentils, so I decided to share this one with you all today thinking your kids might like it too! Give it a shot and let us know what you think or how you personalized it. Lentils & Rice From The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook For Your Instant Pot Ingredients Sauté 1 tsp oil (can dry sauté) 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced (I added …

I Just Can’t… Be Vegan Anymore for Poppy & Seed

When I had just begun my journey in the natural health world I had my first “I just can’t” moment when urine therapy hit the scene. Yes, that’s right folks, drinking one’s own pee for health! When I used to think about veganism I’d think of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the main actress’ fiancé is asked if he eats meat. Aunt Voula hears him say he’s vegetarian so she offers to make him lamb instead. If you asked me ten years ago if I’d ever become a vegan, I’d have laughed and said, “I’m Italian, I just can’t be vegan.” But then, during an ethical, spiritual exploration, I did. Well, temporarily at least. I was asked to review activist and author, Sonia Faruqi’s, Project Animal Farm. Her provocative story working undercover on factory farms throughout the world literally made my heart hurt. The atrocious treatment to animals reported in her book was beyond inhumane. I considered the ethical meats I consumed humane, but her first-person account was raw and eye-opening. For about six months after my …

Make Pumpkin Seed Milk For Thanksgiving, But First, Here’s How To Soak Your Seeds

… Let’s talk about soaking nuts and seeds so you get the most from them nutritionally. Nuts and seeds store phosphorus as phytic acid. When it binds to a mineral it becomes phytate. This makes it difficult for us to “unlock” the vital nutrients they contain. Another bonus- they taste like roasted seeds and nuts without the use of oils that shouldn’t be subjected to high heat that potentially reduce nut and seed nutrition. While it adds an additional step to milk-making, soaking is worth the time to gain maximum nutritive value. I’ve included the easy soaking steps below. Soaking benefits at a glance: Improves nutrient absorption by enhancing bioavailability Aids in overall digestion Increases enzymatic activity Seed Soaking 1. Measure raw, unsalted, organic nuts/seeds into a medium sized bowl 2. Cover with purified water so that nuts are submerged 3. Add 1-2 tablespoons sea salt 4. Allow to stand covered on counter for at least 7 hours or overnight 5. Rinse nuts to remove salt residue and spread out in a single layer on …

Pistachio Nut Mylk X Vegan Eggless Nog

Styling & photography by Lives Styled in Rochester, New York If you haven’t added pistachio to your list of alternative mylks, the winter months are the perfect time to cue up my aromatic (and sensual!) steamy pistachio mylk essential oil concoctions to relax and warm up. Super rich in B6, pistachios also offer the thymus and lymph glands a little extra help to stave off infection-causing viruses and bacteria we often become vulnerable to throughout the holiday season. The Chalkboard Magazine featured my recipe last week- you can link to it below. Skip the essential oils & go for  V E G A N egg nog instead too… Ingredients Serves 4-6 4 cups pistachio nut mylk {try my recipe at The Chalkboard Mag} 3/4 cups full fat coconut cream Bourbon or dark rum {as little as 4 oz as much as 8 oz} 1-3 Tbsp Royal Rose Anise syrup if you like it sweet 2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp cloves 1 tsp sea salt Note: If using canned coconut cream, chill can, take cream from top, …

Kathy Hester’s Veggie Quinoa Drop Biscuits From The Easy Vegan Cookbook

The Easy Vegan Cookbook. The recipes are easy. You won’t need to search store after store to create any one of them. Some people won’t buy certain cookbooks because they want a challenge, easy isn’t their thing. Some people buy cookbooks and never cook from them at all- those books become coffee table adornments. I’m like Kathy- I hear the word easy and think, nah, that’s not for me, but turns out, when it comes to healthy food, sometimes easy is exactly what we all need. Kathy created The Easy Vegan Cookbook so that you could rely on some things- taste, an ability to save time, ingredient variety and health-conferring meals. You might be new to cooking. Kathy’s latest cookbook can help you build your confidence fast. Sure, the first time you prepare a recipe it will take a bit longer, but when you try her recipes and they taste delicious, it’s because Kathy takes more time than most cookbook authors I know to test her recipes. Kathy relies on testers to carefully critique each …

Sonia Faruqi’s Project Animal Farm: An Uncensored Look At Factory Farm Cruelty

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – The Dalai Lama While we are no strangers to discussing the very real issues plaguing our modern food system at Garden Eats, today’s post is raw and hopefully emotional for most of you. We’re hoping that Sonia’s book is a game changer for people who eat meat everywhere and even for those who don’t. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments after reading. Project Animal Farm Sonia Faruqi takes her readers on a “journey into the secret world of farming to tell the truths about our food” in her debut book, Project Animal Farm. Unlike most food documentaries that concentrate on regional issues, Sonia traveled the world to create what would become an unknowing reveal of the cross-cultural, ethical atrocities taking place in the farming world near and far. I haven’t met Sonia, yet from her narrative, she sounds sweet, modest, thankful and genuinely aghast from what she learned about the …