year : 2014 21 results

Pumpkin Seed “Cheeze” (Non-Dairy) with Garlic and Herbs

Here's another vegan fermented “cheeze,” this one nut-free for those who do not want or cannot eat tree nuts like cashews or almonds.  Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium.  They are also reported to help lower cholesterol and address cardiac issues.Tasty as a dip, filling for pasta (think stuffed shells or cannelloni), or in grilled sandwiches, this cheeze packs a punch with lots of fresh garlic, spicy ...

More Fish-Friendly Vegan ‘Tuna’ Salad… This Time with Tofu

Oddly, though I ate my share of tuna fish salad before going vegan, usually on toast, it was not close to my top sandwich choice.  These days, I find myself enjoying the vegan versions far more than I ever did actual fish-based recipes.Real tuna are being rapidly depleted by overfishing, with some Bluefin varieties pushing extinction.  Plus, tuna often contains mercury and other metals that come from our contaminated seas.  And many state tuna feel pain as they are slaughtered. Just a ...

Vegan Holiday Spice Cake: Easy and Joyous Winter Treat

This cake comes together very quickly and is perfect for holiday gifting, even to non-vegans (they’ll never know it is without dairy or eggs).  Don't be deterred by the long ingredient list since the recipe really is a minimum of fuss.With ground flax, molasses, walnuts, and ginger, cloves, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg filled with powerful phytochemicals, you can practically call this health cake (is there such a thing?).  It's easy to make variations - substitute some candied dried ginger ...

The Tooth Whisperer: What’s New in Natural Teeth Care (Baltimore Expo 2014)

In this modern world, there comes a time in every adult’s life when we have to focus on our teeth to be sure we can eat problem-free.  With luck, that means just routine cleaning.  But, with our societal diet being what it is, chances are there’s more.Cavities, crowns, root canals, extractions, implants plus all the gum health (meaning, not-so-healthy) concerns.  Not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, these issues cost big bucks.No worries.  There are natural products galore ...

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Bake

Eggplant is one of those nightshade plants that people either love or hate.  True, it’s rich in healthy bioflavonoids and the skin contains anthocyanins that may well help with cognitive and neuro function, heart disease and high cholesterol.  Plus, it’s low calorie and fiber-rich.For many people, the turning point in their eggplant relationship is the classic Eggplant Parmesan, battered slices of eggplant fried in oil, arranged between sauce and cheese and baked until bubbly.  This ...

Wake Up: What is Citrus Greening and What to Do?

In case you didn't hear, virtually all of Florida’s citrus trees are suffering from “greening,” a bacterial tree disease that is threatening the $9+ billion Florida citrus biz (think oranges, grapefruits, tangerines…) and has attacked Brazil as well, covering 90% of the world's orange juice.  Imagine the shortages.  Also called Huanglongbing (HLB) or Yellow Dragon Disease, greening first surfaced in 2005 in Florida (yes, it's from Asia).  Infected trees produce green, ...

Too Much Zucchini Loaf Cake

The standard too-much-zucchini recipe is called "zucchini bread."  Really?  Who are we kidding?  Maybe it sounds healthier if we call it bread?  Better to eat for breakfast? Well, we're not fooled. This is cake, yummy, and certainly not something you'd use for sandwiches.Ours, vegan (natch), is a not-too-sweet version but if you like yours sugary, you can add up to 1/2 cup more sugar and/or top with a sweet confectioners sugar-type glaze.  Either way, you'll use some of that summer ...

Revenge of the Giant Veggies: Sas-Squash Zucchini Soup

This time of year, the zucchini is out of control.  Enormous fruits that seem to grow  6 inches or more each day, even of the delicious Costata Romanesco heirloom variety, that reputedly produces lower yields than hybrids.  What to do? Soup, cake, pancakes, gratins, and raw "pasta" all beckon.This soup was inspired by The Veggie Queen, one of today's leading pressure cooking experts and is helping us cope with the Sas-Squashes that threaten to take over the garden!  Simple to prepare, ...

Spicy Radish Kimchi aka Kkakdugi

Wikipedia explains that Kkakdugi  is a Korean kimchi side dish reportedly developed by a princess wife in the 18th Century.   Of course.Having recently been gifted two giant daikon radishes (which are not the traditional Korean radish but close enough for us), we remembered the delicious radish kimchi sample we had from Mother-in-Laws and figured, “How hard could this be?”Crunchy, tangy and spicy, this is one of those recipes that is ridiculously easy and is a great condiment that ...

It’s Time! Easy Roasted Tomatoes

We've reached the height of summer , the time when the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them fresh, the garlic has been mostly harvested and the basil is abundant.  That means it's the beginning of Tomato Roasting Season.A cross between fresh and sun-dried, roasted tomatoes have an intense flavor and residual juiciness, making them perfect on their own, in salads or as ingredients in other dishes (say zucchini stuffed with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts).  Another bonus - even ...