Archive for September, 2013

Meatless Monday

This is long but a great reference. Its the 100 Best from the Vegetarian Times 2013 Foodie Awards. Do you see any of your favorites?

Not enough time to go grocery shopping and scour the aisles for above-and-beyond buys? We hear you. That’s why all us VT editors have been stuffing ourselves silly to find the tastiest veg items for you—whether you just ditched meat, have a house full of kids, or can’t wait to bake your next batch of cookies (or, hey, all of the above). For this year’s Foodie Awards, we nominated 100 products in 25 categories, matched them up with different personality types, and asked readers like you to vote for your favorites.

Grab this handy list the next time you restock your kitchen, and you’ll soon be navigating the supermarket like a pro.

THE NEWBIE VEGETARIAN
You just kicked the meat habit—now it’s time to veg out

QUICK COMFORT FOOD

Reader’s Pick: Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza
An extra-crispy crust and just the right amount of melty Daiya make this dairy- and gluten-free pie a must for pizza lovers.

Runner’s Up
Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl
Evol Veggie Fajita Burrito + Guacamole
Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli

MIGHTY GRAINS 

Reader’s Pick: Bob’s Red Mill Grains-of-Discovery Organic Farro
Great in soups and stews, this ancient Italian grain offers a nice change of pace from brown rice and quinoa. Think nutty, chewy, and perfectly hearty.

Runner’s Up
Lotus Foods Organic Volcano Rice
Lundberg Countrywild Rice
TruRoots Accents Organic Sprouted Quinoa Trio

LATEST & GREATEST MEATLESS BURGERS 

Reader’s Pick: Amy’s Black Bean Veggie Burger
Meet your new emergency lunch: a smoky, spicy patty packed with black beans, veggies, and earthy grains. Just add a bun, or eat it on a bed of steamed kale.

Runner’s Up
Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Sliders
Hilary’s Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger
MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burger

GOOF-PROOF TOFU & TEMPEH 

Reader’s Pick: Nasoya Organic Cubed Super Firm Tofu
Tofu-shy? No need to press the water from these firm-but-tender cubes, ready to toss into stir-fries and salads.

Runner’s Up
Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips
Turtle Island Foods Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh
Wildwood Organic SprouTofu Super Firm Cubed Tofu

CURRY SAUCES 

Reader’s Pick: Seeds of Change Certified Organic Madras Curry Sauce
Add fresh veggies to this lightly spicy sauce, and you’ve got a no-stress curry that totally beats takeout.

Runner’s Up
Curry Love Organic Caribbean Curry
Maya Kaimal Indian Coconut Curry Fresh Simmer Sauce
Tasty Bite Good Korma Cooking Sauce

THE BUSY PARENT
You’ve got mouths to feed and no time to cook

GRILLED-CHEESE ESSENTIALS 

Reader’s Pick: Kerrygold Dubliner 100% Natural Cheese
This Irish classic melts evenly and has a taste all its own—slightly sharp like Cheddar, with a hint of Swiss-like nuttiness.

Runner’s Up
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Alternative Shreds
Go Veggie! American Flavor Rice Vegan Slices
Organic Valley Organic Unprocessed American Singles

VEG MEATBALLS 

Reader’s Pick: Amy’s Meatless Veggie Meatballs
For weeknight dinner in a jiffy, combine spaghetti, tomato sauce, and these plump, stick-to-your-ribs meatballs made with rice, tofu, quinoa, and lentils.

Runner’s Up
Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs
Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs
Quorn Meatless & Soy-Free Meatballs

NUT BUTTERS 

Reader’s Pick: Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Swap out sugary Nutella for this subtly sweet blend of hazelnuts and almonds, ideal for spreading on toast with sliced banana.

Runner’s Up
Artisana Raw Organic Cashew Butter
MaraNatha Organic No Salt Added Crunchy & Roasted Peanut Butter
Once Again American Classic Creamy Almond Butter

APPLESAUCES 

Reader’s Pick: Santa Cruz Organic Apple Apricot Sauce
A touch of apricot perks up this sweet treat, which comes in both large jars and small cups for easier snacking on the fly.

Runner’s Up
Earth’s Best Kidz Organic Apple Sauce
GoGo Squeez Organic Apple Cinnamon Applesauce on the Go
Vermont Village Organic Mixed Berry Applesauce

THE WEEKEND BAKER
You break out the measuring cups and mixing bowls any chance you get

VANILLA EXTRACT 

Reader’s Pick: Simply Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
Just a few drops of this top-notch vanilla add aromatic oomph to everything from oatmeal to pancakes.

Runner’s Up
Frontier Fair Trade Organic Vanilla Extract
Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
Penzeys Spices Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract

BUTTER & BUTTER ALTERNATIVES 

Reader’s Pick: Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
These buttery-tasting sticks are straight up foolproof for veganizing a favorite cookie recipe (or, really, anything that calls for butter).

Runner’s Up
Kerrygold Naturally Softer Pure Irish Butter
Organic Valley Unsalted Cultured Butter
Plugrá European Style Unsalted Butter

BAKING CHOCOLATE 

Reader’s Pick: Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
When you need quality chocolate chips pronto, look for these affordable, smooth-as-can-be morsels at any mainstream supermarket.

Runner’s Up
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks
Green & Black’s Organic 72% Baking Chocolate
Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Baking Bar

ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 

Reader’s Pick: King Arthur Flour Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
This organic winner consistently delivers light and fluffy baked goodies. Just as sweet: King Arthur Flour is a 100 percent employee-owned company.

Runner’s Up
Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour
Gold Medal Unbleached, Enriched & Presifted Organic All-Purpose Flour
Hodgson Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose Naturally White Flour

SHORTCUT PASTRY 

Reader’s Pick: The Fillo Factory Organic Fillo Dough
Stash these flaky pastry sheets in the freezer, and you’ll be ready to make luscious strudels and baklavas whenever the mood strikes.

Runner’s Up
Dufour Pastry Kitchens Classic Puff Pastry
Immaculate Baking Co. Ready-to-Bake Pie Crusts
Wholly Wholesome Bake at Home Organic Pie Dough

THE SUPER FOODIE
You sample all the hottest sips and nibbles

CULTURED VEGGIES 

Reader’s Pick: Bubbies Pure Kosher Dills
Naturally fermented without vinegar or preservatives, these refrigerated pickles provide a healthful dose of probiotics with each cool, crisp snap.

Runner’s Up
Farmhouse Culture Naturally Probiotic Ginger Beet Kraut
Mother in Law’s Kimchi, Vegan Napa Cabbage
Wildbrine Madras Curry & Cauliflower Sauerkraut Salad

BEVERAGES WITH BENEFITS 

Reader’s Pick: Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural
Forget sports drinks—this not-too-sweet alternative tastes light and refreshing. Try freezing in ice cube trays and adding to green smoothies instead of ice.

Runner’s Up
GT’s Enlightened Organic Raw Kombucha, Multi-Green
KeVita Lemon Ginger Sparkling Probiotic Drink
Mamma Chia Organic Blackberry Hibiscus Vitality Beverage

POWER SNACKS 

Reader’s Pick: Eden Organic Wild Berry Mix Nuts, Seeds & Berries
This energy-packed snack contains none of the added salt, sugar, or sulfites often found in trail mix, but has plenty of chewy blueberries and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

Runner’s Up
Cruncha Ma-Me Edamame Veggie Snack, Lightly Seasoned
Now Real Food Crunchy Clusters Nut & Berry
Taste of Nature Exotics Himalayan Goji Summit Organic Food Bar

COCONUT OIL 

Reader’s Pick: Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Add subtle coconut flavor to sautéed veggies and more with this unrefined coconut oil. Rich in lauric acid, it may also help increase “good” HDL cholesterol.

Runner’s Up
Artisana 100% Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Ojio 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Ziggy Marley Coco’Mon Original Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

RAW GOODIES 

Reader’s Pick: Two Moms in the Raw Almond Butter Cacao Truffles
We love the delicate dusting of antioxidant-rich cacao on these chocolaty bites. Pop one for dessert or an energizing snack.

Runner’s Up
Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale, Naked
Go Raw Pumpkin Super Chips
Navitas Naturals Goji-Mulberry-Goldenberry Trail Mix

THE DISCERNING HOSTESS
You know how to throw a party—even at a moment’s notice

FANCY CRACKERS 

Reader’s Pick: Sesmark Gluten Free Brown Rice Rice Thins
Crispy and slender, these brown rice rounds make first-rate vehicles for even the boldest of toppings. (They’re also great gobbled down plain.)

Runner’s Up
34° Whole Grain Savory Crisps
La Panzanella Mini Rosemary Croccantini
Lesley Stowe’s Fig and Olive Raincoast Crisps

HUMMUS SPREADS 

Reader’s Pick: Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
A roasty pine nut topping lends welcome crunch to this velvety hummus. Pair with baby carrots or pita chips for an instant appetizer.

Runner’s Up
Eat Well Enjoy Life Classic Hummus with Greek Yogurt
Lilly’s Roasted Garlic Hummus
Tribe Organic Hummus, Sweet Roasted Red Pepper

CHEESE PLATE STAPLES 

Reader’s Pick
BelGioioso Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan? Vegetarian? Yup, unlike typical Parmesan, this VT fridge fave contains no animal rennet, but tastes just as delicious.

Runner’s Up
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam
Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Original Blue 

VEGAN-FRIENDLY WINE 

Reader’s Pick: The Vegan Vine Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Avoiding wine filtered with animal products? California-based Vegan Vine makes four tasty varieties, but this bright, fruity Cab won out.

Runner’s Up
Cline California Zinfandel
Frey Vineyards Organic Chardonnay
Girasole Vineyards Pinot Blanc

FROZEN TREATS 

Reader’s Pick: So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk Butter Pecan Frozen Dessert
Nobody will guess this creamy, buttery-rich frozen dessert uses almond milk as its base. Pick up two pints—they’ll go fast.

Runner’s Up
Ciao Bella Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Mocha Maca Crunch Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
Three Twins Organic Ice Cream, Sea Salted Caramel

October 2013

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Wordless Wednesday

Cause and Effect /   Visualizing Sustainability  Not sure if it's an ad or not, but I like the clear, simple message and the way they tied the two different images together.

 

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Meatless Monday

Here is a different take on Meatless Monday’s but still applicable. I saw this picture and was instantly impressed with its beauty. Edible landscapes are gaining popularity. Take a look around campus to see if you can identify edible plants.

 swiss chard

 

Mother Earth Living offers these edible landscape benefits:

Energy Savings: Food from your yard requires no shipping and little refrigeration. Plus, conventional farms use a large amount of energy to plow, plant, spray and harvest produce—planting and picking tomatoes in your front yard requires a miniscule amount by comparison.

Food Safety: You know which chemicals (if any) you use.

Water Savings: Tests show that most home gardeners use less than half the water to produce the same crop compared with large-scale agricultural production. Drip irrigation saves even more.

Money Savings: You can grow an unbelievable amount of food in a small, beautiful space.

Better Nutrition: Fully ripe, just-picked, homegrown fruits and vegetables provide more vitamins and nutrients than supermarket produce, which is usually picked under-ripe and is days or weeks old when you eat it.

 

GMO Free Atlanta

Thanks to Chris Nadine for this info….you can find additional details at Eventbrite.

GMO ATLANTA EDUCATION EVENT

Come hear GMO leading spokesperson Jeffrey Smith and local community leaders Rshi Nuri and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy III speak regarding the dangers of GMOs in your food and what you need to know to make informed decisions when you are purchasing food. The event is free. The Morehouse Medical School garage charges $5.00 for parking.

Jeffrey Smith is the producer of the award-winning documentary film “Genetic Roulette–The Gamble of Our Lives” and author of the book “Seeds of Deception.” He has spoken about the dangers of GMOs in 37 countries, has been featured in many network television news show, appeared twice on Dr. Oz, and is a sought-after speaker at health conferences. The GMO Education event will be at the Morehouse Medical School auditorium on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM.

Joining Jeffrey on stage will be Rashid Nuri, President of Georgia Organics and CEO/Founder of Truly Living Well Urban Agriculture Center and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy III, Human Rights leader, minister and son of the Civil Rights movement. Rashid is a leader in creating solutions to sustainability challenges in Georgia and is a leader in getting healthier food into local schools. His Organization “Truly Living Well” operates in-town organic farms and farmers markets and provides gardening educational classes and summer youth camps.

Dr. Abernathy has participated in Civil Rights movements since he was a child. His focus is now on championing the right of all Americans to know what is in their food and to have a choice on whether they agree to eating genetically engineered foods.
It is essential that Atlantans understand that 64 countries ban or regulate GMOs due to their health and environmental hazards, but the U.S. allows GMOs in our food and covers it up. Some states are starting to enact laws regulating GMOs, but the state of Georgia has turned a blind eye to the environmental and health problems that GMOs cause in our communities. Come learn why our government is not protecting us. Come find out which foods contain GMOS and what you can do about it. There will be a Question & Answer” session at the end of the event.

 Vendor and sponsor tables will be in the atrium outside of the Morehouse Medical School auditorium. 

This will be a great event for Atlanta. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wordless Wednesday

Source: JP Magazine

Meatless Monday

 

I thought this was an interesting take on brussels sprouts from SavetheKales Needless to say, as with lots of other vegetables, I have never had brussels sprouts. Even more surprisingly I didn’t even know the brussels was plural. You learn something new everyday……….

 

Today’s post is about a great little wintertime nutritional powerhouse – the humble, often criticized brussels sprout. Before we delve any further, let’s get one thing straight:

They are Brussels sprouts. BRUSSELS. Sprouts. Brussels, with an “s” on the end.

They are named after, surprise surprise!, the capitol of Belgium (which is “Brussels”, if you haven’t had coffee yet) as it’s believed their origin comes from around there. What a fun piece of trivia for your next social gathering! You’re welcome!

They grow on long stalks that sort of look like a pineapple and a cabbage had a baby.

Unfortunately, these guys evoke bad childhood memories, perhaps a parent swirling a forkful through the air chanting “Open the hangar, here comes the airplane” while you grimaced in disgust.  Like a lot of green veggies, these poor little guys have been overcooked and boiled to death for years. Trust me when I tell you, there is still hope. I bet you can make peace with them after all.

And you should, because they are part of the “cruciferous” family of veggies, which also includes the beloved kale, broccoli, bok choy and cabbage, among others. Crucifers (sounds so… dark) are packed full of great things, like vitamins C and K, tons of fiber and calcium, and studies have shown that eating 1-2 servings a day can reduce your risk of cancer thanks to their large doses of phytonutrients. (“Fy-toe-nutrients” – phyto meaning plant-based.)

You can do all kinds of tasty things with brussels sprouts, but my favorite way to eat them is after they’re roasted. They have a much different taste than any of the bland, soggy boiled things that may have been passed off to you before.

Here’s a recipe that takes under 5 minutes of prep time and only 4 ingredients – but here’s the best part: cooking brussels sprouts this way makes them so tasty, you will want to pop them in your mouth instead of potato chips and candy. I’m serious! What’s wrong with eating green leafies instead of fried fatty foods? NOTHIN’.

 

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