Monthly Blog Archives: May 2014

National Vegetarian Week: Supermarkets are super for veggies

 It’s now easier to be a vegetarian or vegan, as this article points out. Ami provides a fairly comprehensive list of the vegetarian fare you are likely to find at some supermarkets. And some reasons to consider moving away from a meat-based diet. Click on the link below to read it in full.   Lifelong vegan Ami Tadaa is continuing her search around the North East for yummy veggie and vegan food. But today, she turns her attention […]

Martha Rose Shulman offers tips on vegetarian cooking

If you like Martha Rose’s recipes, here’s an article written by Lee Svitak Dean, of the Star Tribune which you may find interesting. Click on the link below for the full article.  With all these vegetarian/vegan recipe books that are being published, it seems that more and more people are recognising the health-benefits of going vegetarian or vegan; and animal welfare is often the driving force behind this movement.   Martha Rose Shulman wants to […]

Vegetarian butcher Suzy Spoon perfects recipe for yummy meatless meals

I suppose the term ‘butcher’ is rather a misnomer here, if you think of the word in the usual sense, but according to Google it actually has two meanings: (1) a person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop and (2) a person selling refreshments, newspapers, etc on a train or in a theatre (North American, informal). Wow, I did not know that. So I suppose Suzy Spoon can call her […]

Learning how to be vegetarian without being a jerk about it

I really enjoyed reading this article; it’s two pages long, but full of insight. I recommend you read it if you are struggling with the ethics of your food intake. Click on the link below for the full article written by Bree Davies.   Many times in my life, others have assumed I was a vegetarian. At a work function or a family dinner, someone would attempt to pass me some kind of animal product, […]

National Vegetarian Week: 7 vegetarian recipes for a spicy Mexican feast

My mouth is watering just posting this article. I totally agree with the opening sentence in this article.  Vegetarian food does not have to be bland and dull. Mexican restaurant chain Las Iguanas has restaurants around the country, including Liverpool, and they pride themselves on their tasty vegetarian food. Lucy Harwood, Head of Brand and resident vegetarian at Las Iguanas, says: “You wouldn’t expect the restaurant industry to be particularly welcoming of a veggie in […]

National Vegetarian Week: Time to stop and think about food choices

Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Mohandas Gandhi put his name to the veggie cause when he said: “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” We’re mentioning this because it’s National Vegetarian Week this week, so […]

Who says vegetarian food can’t be sumptuous?

Earlier this year, there was a strong rumour that chef Joël Robuchon, who has been awarded with the highest number of Michelin stars —  28 to be precise —  is headed to Mumbai. With an unlikely location that he found in Mumbai’s Dadar, Robuchon is looking to set up his signature French fine dining restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Kohinoor Square Tower. However, what surprised culinary experts was his confession: it was vegetarian cooking […]

SCV grill adapts to veggie customer base

As the second generation of Stonefire Grill owners came of age, and became involved in the Harrigan family’s management of its seven restaurants, the youngest members made a daring move. Justin and Kyle, sons of the founders Mary and Maureen Harrigan, began reshaping a menu well known for its tri tips and ribs by adding dishes geared toward vegetarian and vegan diners. The risky move could have resulted in the loss of Stonefire’s core customers, […]

Judaism: Vegetarian and Kosher

Here is an interesting article relating to being both a Vegetarian and Jewish.  However, the issue is a valid one for all vegetarians. This article came from  Israel National News. Q. Is all vegetarian food kosher? A. Unfortunately, supposed vegetarian food is sometimes not even vegetarian. Restaurants, pizza shops and fast food outlets which focus on meat (obviously t’refah i.e. unkosher) often purport to offer vegetarian options but there is no guarantee that the ingredients really […]

Jennifer Lopez goes vegan: I feel great on my plant-based diet

Wow – what can you say! Jennifer looks amazing – no matter her age!   Jennifer Lopez has switched to a vegan diet and has never felt better. Lopez, 44, was vegetarian for a while but recently decided to eliminate eggs, dairy, and other animal-derived foods from her diet, saying the 100% plant-based eating plan gives her energy. “You do feel better,” Lopez told Z100 radio. “I do recommend the vegan diet because you wake up […]

Summer Burgers, Hold the Meat

Check out this site by clicking on the link below and you will be rewarded with some fantastic burger recipes – yum yum – deee-licious! Article written by By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN I come back to burgers in this column every year or two. My quest for good vegetarian burgers has nothing to do with wanting to create something that resembles a hamburger or turkey burger. Why try to mimic meat? Rather, my vegetarian cooking is about […]

Go green for National Vegetarian Week – May 19th to 25th

The following article was written by Kirstie McCrum. With an array of ingredients best described as ‘nature’s bounty’, vegetarian food doesn’t have to be dull. In fact, these veggie recipes are likely to be some of the most exciting you’ve ever tasted When anyone tells you to “eat your greens”, chances are you’re catapulted back to a childhood nightmare when you weren’t allowed to leave the table as long as a solitary soggy Brussels sprout remained […]

How to deal when your child wants to be a vegetarian

For the average meat-eating family, this statement could cause parental panic. How will their child get all the nutrients they need? And will every mealtime involve twice the cooking? Here’s how to cope when your child wants to become a vegetarian Planning meals Dietitian Kate Di Prima, co-author of More Peas Please: Solutions for Feeding Fussy Eaters (Allen & Unwin), agrees that a vegetarian diet can be a nutritious way to go with kids. However, she has […]

When in India, MNCs serve as Indians do

MNCs in this segment innovate swiftly on fare, on learning their business models which work elsewhere won’t do here Multinational companies, by and large, have similar products across markets. However, international fast-food chains have had to change this business model completely, to adapt to Indian preferences.For instance, Pizza Hut, known globally for its pizzas, is counting on rice and vegetarian dishes to grow revenue in India. Items such as vegetable biryani and rice bowls, introduced in recent months, are expected […]

What’s On Your Plate? 6 Ways Your Diet Affects Your Love Life

This is an interesting article. I invite you to read more by clicking the link below.   How your eating habits alter your dating life, from sparking arguments to lowering your libido. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we’re taking a closer look at how our lifestyle choices influence our love lives. Single or taken, our relationship with food is by far the most emotional. When you stop and think about it, food sneaks into our love lives in ways […]

Dal Tadka With Egg Recipe

Dal tadka with eggs is a very special dish from Kolkata. When you go to a dhaba and order for dal tadka, you usually expect to see golden yellow dal seasoned with onion, tomatoes and spices. This dal is usually completely vegetarian. However, the dal tadka with eggs recipe is a special one from Kolkata. If you order the dhaba style dal tadka in Kolkata, you will get a black dal that has been deliciously […]

Nutrition Know-How: The components of a vegetarian diet

The following article was written by RACHEL HEINEN and is handy to have on hand for those occasions when people ask you that inevitable question: “But how do you get your protein?” If you follow the link below you’ll also find a recipe she has provided for Vegetarian Southwest Egg Rolls Are Vegetarians Missing Something? A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat or seafood, or products containing these foods. Vegetarian or vegan diets are […]

A healthy fast-food option? New-to-Alabama Juice Bar launches 1st store in Huntsville

A new-to-Alabama small business that calls itself a healthy fast-food option will hold its grand opening on Whitesburg Drive this Thursday. Juice Bar, which married couple John and Vui Hunt launched last spring in Brentwood, Tenn., is now operating a 1,700-square-foot retail store on 4800 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville. The business opened to the public April 7, but will hold a ribbon cutting from 4-6 p.m. Thursday. Managing partner Christy Graves, a native of Nashville […]

Silk Road Vegetarian: Central Asian Flavors in Your Kitchen

This site has a wonderful recipe for Chickpea Dahl in Coconut Broth. Click below on the link to continue reading the article and for the recipe. The flavors in Dahlia Abraham-Klein’s newest (and first) cookbook Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook are as exotic and storied as her family’s background, which incorporates Iraqi, Persian, Afghani, Indian, and Bukharian traditions. Her family’s journey followed the path of the Silk Road, historic trade […]

GP’s view: Vegetarianism

Is vegetarianism healthier than a carnivorous diet? Dr Cindy Pan gives her view. The most honest answer I can give to this is, “It depends”. If being a vegetarian means you eat a lot of vegetables and fruits as well as plenty of lentils, wholegrain cereals, nuts, tofu, eggs, low-fat dairy products and other nutritious foods, which make up for the lack of meat and fish, then yes, this could result in a very healthy […]

Vegetarian lasagne

I discovered this great recipe, absolutely full of good stuff, at this website. I’ve posted the ingredients, but follow the link for the full recipe. Enjoy.   Packed with veggies, this lasagne makes a hearty weeknight dinner. Ingredients:  800g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm-thick slices 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 medium red capsicum, chopped 2 medium zucchini, halved, sliced 1 medium eggplant, chopped […]

EarthTalk: Meatless substitutes expand as more people go vegetarian

Aside from its brutal treatment of livestock animals, the meat industry is no doubt one of the worst offenders when it comes to the environment. Producing one kilogram of beef requires 150 square meters of land and 15,000 liters of water, most of which is used to grow feed for the animal. That same kilogram generates 27 kilograms of climate-altering carbon dioxide, the equivalent of driving a car more than 100 miles. Indeed, beef has […]

Watch: Manchester United legend Phil Neville gives meat the red card in new PETA video

The Reds star extols the virtues of his new vegetarian diet in a video for animal rights charity PETA. He describes how he now gets all his protein from plant-based foods such as quinoa (although he can’t quite pronounce it – it’s keen-wah, Phil) – after being inspired by his wife to turn vegetarian. He said: “I always used to think as a footballer, as a sportsman, that it was so important for me to […]

5 essential items in a vegetarian diet

Here are five essential food ingredients that a vegetarian must have It can be difficult sometimes for a vegetarian to get the complete dose of essential nutrients which are required for a healthy body. Here is a list of five ingredients that a vegetarian should have daily for a healthy body. Nuts: Nuts such as almonds, raisins, pistachios, walnuts and pecans are full of proteins. Seeds like flaxseeds too are important as they contain unsaturated fats. […]

Try Vegan Nut Butter to Support a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

One of the healthier life choices people can make, at least when it comes to food, is to go vegan. Although a vegan diet may not appeal to everyone, it can be a path to healthier living. Once Again Nut Butter’s selection of delicious and healthy vegan nut butters can add vitamins, minerals, and rich, decadent flavor to a vegan diet. Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat meat, but they also don’t consume other products that […]

Halal row has little to do with animals

A word of warning. The following article written by Catriona Stewart is pretty descriptive so if you are squeamish, perhaps give it a miss. However, if you are concerned about animal welfare, but not yet a vegetarian or vegan, then perhaps you may like to read what all the fuss is about. Read on if you wish to know more.   I’m a vegetarian. I’m the world’s worst vegetarian – I eat fish and I […]

30+ Hearty Vegetarian Dishes

This site has 33 fantastic Vegetarian Recipes I’m sure you will love, complete with photos of the dish. Just click on the text under the image and you’ll find the recipe. Very enticing! Here’s just a small sample of what you will find there: Supper Enchiladas Leek and Chanterelle Tart Toasted Bread, Bean and Vegetable Soup Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach The rest of the recipes are just as exciting. To see them […]

What Did Ancient Egyptians Really Eat?

(ISNS) — Did the ancient Egyptians eat like us? If you’re a vegetarian, tucking in along the Nile thousands of years ago would have felt just like home. In fact, eating lots of meat is a recent phenomenon. In ancient cultures vegetarianism was much more common, except in nomadic populations. Most sedentary populations ate fruit and vegetables. Although previous sources found the ancient Egyptians to be pretty much vegetarians, until this new research it wasn’t […]

Turnip the heat: The perfect vegetarian BBQ

For most, the thought of barbecuing immediately brings to mind sizzling sausages, charring rump steaks, and browning chops. The grill is, quite simply, synonymous with meat. I often feel sorry for non meat-eaters during barbecue season. I want to weep for veggie pals forced to have another sad Portobello mushroom in a bap as the rest of us dig into juicy quarter pounders. Neither does Quorn, and its various mockmeat relatives, overly appeal. Those dry, […]

Vegan Bakery Cinnaholic Vies for Sweet Deal on “Shark Tank”

BERKELEY, Calif., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With cinnamon roll enthusiasts hungry for innovation, Cinnaholic, an all-vegan bakery franchise, announces its upcoming appearance on “Shark Tank”, airing Friday, May 9 at 9:00 – 10:01 p.m. ET on ABC Television.  During the episode, entrepreneurs Florian and Shannon Radke will share the success of their gourmet cinnamon roll bakery to the Sharks, with the goal of obtaining a deal that allows Cinnaholic to reach individuals across the country.  Read more:  

Quick and easy garlic naan pizza with arugula pesto {vegetarian}

Indian bread with an Italian topping: what could be more fun? When you live five miles from the nearest pizza joint, home delivery isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean that pizza can’t be on the menu. In less time than it takes to call in a take-out order, you can have garlic naan pizza on the table. And the best part is that, with a well-stocked pantry and some Indian flatbread in the freezer, […]

The 8 ways eating vegetarian changed my daily life

Eating vegetarian has surprisingly come easy for me. I shared during the week the details of My Vegetarian Experiment and today I want to share how it has changed my daily life or daily routine. Below are some of the changes I have noticed from cutting meat out of my diet:1. I don’t feel tired after eating.Before I started my vegetarian experiment I would eat a meal and immediately feel tired afterwards. I would kind of going into […]

How can I get omega-3s in my diet without eating fish?

The question: I’m a vegetarian. How can I get omega-3s in my diet without eating fish? The answer: As a vegetarian, you’ll want to ensure you meet your daily requirements for alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It’s plentiful in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, soybeans and soy products. The other two omega-3 fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – are found in oily fish and fish […]

Dinner Tonight: Warm Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad

“Here’s something you can do with peanut butter other than spreading it on bread,” write Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby in Leon: Fast Vegetarian. “The vegetables used can vary with the seasons.”  From Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby’s Leon: Fast Vegetarian, published by Conran Octopus Limited. Warm Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad – go to for the recipe.  

Animal Protein vs. Plant-Based Protein

Excerpted from Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free* by Joel Fuhrman, @2011 HarperOne, reprinted by permission.The nutrition-related educational materials used in most schools have been provided “gratis” by the meat, dairy, and egg industries for over seventy years. Those industries have successfully lobbied and influenced the government, resulting in favorable laws and subsidies—and resulting in advertising propaganda being fed to every child. They have […]

Food Trends 2014: What’s New In The Natural Food World

The first four months of 2014 have passed much as expected in terms of food trends. Tacos and hybrid baked goods have shown some staying power, while lifestyle changes like vegetarian diets and less sugar are decidedly on the rise. Last month, the Canadian Health Food Association held its Food Expo in Vancouver, showcasing some of the up-and-coming items grocery shoppers will be seeing in stores over the next year. Katharine Herringer, co-founder of Multibird Branding, […]

Wines in US Not Required to List Animal Byproducts

Winemakers and merchants overseas are increasing transparency on labels in an effort to help vegetarians and those with severe allergies find wines made without animal byproducts. What? Didn’t you know most vintners use albumen (egg whites), casein (milk proteins) and isinglass (fish bladders) to filter their wines? It’s a process known as fining, in which an agent is passed through the wine to help separate free particles from the liquid. For those who are meat- […]

Ricky Martin Credits Vegetarian Diet To Staying Young

Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican pop musician, actor and author, looks just as youthful and vibrant as he did when he was ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’. The father of two switched to a vegetarian diet a few years ago and tweeted about how wonderful he felt as a meat-free person. Martin was recently asked about the secret to his youthful look, and he credited the people in his life, his work and a vegetarian diet as his anti-aging secrets. The singer […]

Thinking outside the box: farmers could make more money switching from cattle to carbon

Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, a new study has found. Researchers from leading universities, including the University of Sheffield, carried out a survey of carbon stocks, biodiversity and economic values from one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the western Andes of Colombia. The main use of land in communities is cattle farming, but the study found farmers could make the same […]

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