These Stuffed Squash Recipes Will Stuff Your Parties With Cheer

These Stuffed Squash Recipes Will Stuff Your Parties With Cheer

At a party last week, I saw a big platter of stuffed squash at the buffet table. Many other vegan choices filled the space. Yet those fat little acorn squash halves attracted me like a moth to a flame. In previous years, I gravitated to the vegetarian dishes, filled with cheese and eggs. But the more steps I take on the vegan journey, the more excited my body gets about trying new combinations of vegan ingredients, bursting with flavor.

Tasty Stuffed Squash To Drool Over

Here are a few tasty recipes that I can’t wait to try:

stuffed squash

Monster Boston Marrow squash!

Three Sisters Squash Recipe from NYT Cooking. I love how the three native American staples – beans, corn and squash – are called the three sisters.

Roasted Acorn Squash With Wild Rice Stuffing. After all my years in Asia, I got into the habit of eating only white rice. Exploring with all the wonderful wild rice variations available now is adding delicious dimensions to my meals. This recipe is a meal in itself.

Quinoa-Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash. New England has the best cranberries anywhere, ever. Ya, I’m a little biased. The first time I tried them with quinoa, the flavor burst in my mouth. I’m bringing this one to the Thanksgiving table, for sure.

Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Squash. Avocado in stuffing, yummy. What more can I say?

Stuffed Squash With Jasmine Rice, Cranberries & Raisins. If a recipe calls for vegan butter, you can always make a quick substitute with your favorite oil, or coconut oil.

Do you have a favorite stuffed squash recipe? Please share!

Boston Marrow squash image by Janelle Orsi

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Are You Throwing Away The Big Healthy Banana Peel Benefit?

Are You Throwing Away The Big Healthy Banana Peel Benefit?

Healthy banana peels are a shock to find out about for us Westerners. I can’t believe I’ve been throwing away this great source of nutrients all these years. But it makes sense. If fruits and vegetables are so good for us, why bother cutting off ends and skins that contain the same rich elements? So much of the food preparation I grew up with – cutting the tops off strawberries, tossing beet greens in the trash bin – seems a bit crazy now.

The Healthy Banana Peel Secret

Organic bananas, like any organic choices, will probably be better to eat than the common store variety. Yet even this claim I challenge. We’ve read so much over the years about things that are good or bad for us, only to find out, years and much research later, the opposite holds true. So regardless of whether the peels come from organic fruits or not, I’m going to give them a try.

Dr. Paul Haider from Om Times writes that banana peels help lower cholesterol and are a great source of probiotics. And given that heart disease and cancer are the two top killers in America, I love what else he has to say:

Cardiovascular Health – And Banana Peels can help eliminate atherosclerosis from your body by preventing cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries.

Anticancer Agents – Banana Peels contain powerful anticarcinogenic compounds that help to prevent cancer. And they also contain cytoprotective agents and antimutagenic agents that reduce your chances of coming down with cancer. At the same time have lots of carotenoids and polyphenols like that found in green tea that help to keep your immune system healthy. Read the whole report at OmTimes.

Add a healthy banana peel to your smoothie

I have been quite good about cutting back on my chocolate addiction, especially the more committed I become to eliminating dairy from my diet. Cravings are taken care of with vegan protein shakes, and I use vegan chocolate protein powder for mine, with a banana. Now, I don’t bother peeling it any more. I just throw the whole banana in.

vegan protein shake

Click to the next page (the round 2 below) to see a video how to make fried banana peels, and other healthy banana peel recipe resources.

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Happy World Vegan Day 1st of November

Happy World Vegan Day 1st of November

World Vegan Day came to life on November 1, 1994 as a way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and the term “Vegan”. Then Vegan Society president Louise Wallis said the group chose November 1, because it is an auspicious day. This is now recognised as the date of establishment of the Vegan Society as well. Wallis said:

“We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain, Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration. Both apt and auspicious.” Read more about World Vegan Day at Wikipedia.

Along with celebrating the Vegan Society’s birthday, Vegan Day is also an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was formed by Donald Watson.

Each year, vegan societies hold festivals and exhibitions around the world. It’s a great time of year to find vegan supporters and vegan curious individuals celebrating with local events, talks and cooking demonstrations.

Check out these cool vegan events resources:

At VeganSociety.com you can find a list of vegan events in November and December 2015 word wide.

At Vegan.com you can find even more vegan events world wide.

We have decided to spend the day spreading the word about vegan compassion, together with a few good recipes on Facebook and Twitter – like the perfect chocolate mousse and Delicious Apple Crisp.

If you are on Twitter you may want to follow along with World Vegan Day tweets.

Enjoy this World Vegan Day however you choose to celebrate it. 🙂

Click below to the next page to check out one of the world’s sexiest vegans.

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Going Bananas Over Vegan: We Don’t Need This

Going Bananas Over Vegan: We Don’t Need This

The video below from Bananiac on YouTube is not the latest top news. But it does point out a growing epidemic in the meat industry in recent years. Animal viruses are becoming more frequent, driving up meat prices. Does eating less meat mean less heart disease and strokes? What a travesty! (Yes, my tongue is in my cheek.) No, we don’t need this kind of craziness. I don’t mind skinning a few bananas, for the sake of a healthy, vegan lifestyle. Live on, dear piggies.

Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracy, are animal lovers. Jon started poking holes in the animal industry a few years ago on his Comedy Central Show. Here’s a clip:

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We don’t really need to point out the miserable circumstances that animals suffer, ending up on the average dinner plate. It doesn’t seem to make much difference for those who continue to proudly consume animals. Yet many of these same people are fanatics about washing their vegetables. They make sure there is not a speck of B-12 rich soil left on them, before finally cooking all the nutrients out. This is sheer insanity. Is going bananas really such a crazy thing after all?

Speaking of bananas, I share some recipes that use banana skins in this post. Here in the West, we throw these away. Many places throughout the world know the health benefits and cook with bananas skins. I’ll never let a healthy banana peel slip away again. 🙂

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Take Care Of These Two Deficiencies And Get Your Vegan Sexy On

Take Care Of These Two Deficiencies And Get Your Vegan Sexy On

Deficiencies in our diet is not something many of us think about until we get sick. The more committed I become to a vegan lifestyle, the more people I meet say they are ex-vegan because it was not a healthy way to live. What? Check out the sexy young woman here below who is committed not only to compassionate living, but to keeping herself healthy, too. Yes, it does matter what we eat. Take care of your vitamin and mineral deficiencies (if you have any). It’s the best way to feel great, stay healthy, and preserve your vegan sexy self.

Here’s the video, where RawYogaNurse talks about what she discovered from her blood test. The two main deficiencies she found, B-12 and Vitamin D, are not only problems with vegans but meat eaters, too. Check out what she has to say:

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If you put flaxseed in your recipes, you may find yourself feeling healthier – and yes, more sexy. Do you know why some chicken egg cartons tout high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids? It’s because they are feeding all those chickens flaxseed! I think I’ll choose the flaxseed over the dead chicken.

According to WebMD, studies show that it may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer:

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.  [Read more at WebMD]

When we know our health deficiencies long before getting sick, we can ward off a number of preventable illnesses that plague our society today. It may make all the difference in enjoying life and keeping your vegan sexy.

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Transforming Into A Healthy Lifestyle The Vegan Way

Transforming Into A Healthy Lifestyle The Vegan Way

The road to a healthy lifestyle has not been an easy one for me. Sure, I love being active, but I can’t honestly say I’ve cared that much about my eating habits over the years. Then I started volunteering in an animal sanctuary and making friends with the exotics that, through whatever unfortunate circumstances, found themselves living there. These animals should be free. But because of human folly, they lost their rights to live in freedom.

The only things we volunteers been able to give these unfortunate beings is a safe place to live and a healthy diet. I saw transformations before my very eyes from animals who had come from homes whee all they were fed was junk. I found a great reason to care about healthy foods.

Changing focus to a healthy lifestyle

No, it’s not easy. Many of us see the horrific news shows and declare, “I’m a vegan now!” But then someone offers us ice cream, or we get sick and blame the illness on a lack of meat. Rubbish. Rationalization about why we should eat meat, or addictions to habits we are too lazy to break is just not good enough. I’m not preaching here. I’m the first to admit that I forget and enjoy a piece of cake that has eggs in it. There was a time when I kept my mouth shut and ate what was put in front of me, because I couldn’t stand the ridicule for not eating meat. Trust me, I’ve got plenty of weaknesses, and they don’t spell healthy lifestyle.

Yet, it’s a wonderful thing to start questioning our choices and trying new things. Habits do not change overnight (and I do wonder why so many vegans use the saying “cold turkey” — isn’t there a vegan alternative for the phrase?). We don’t need to beat ourselves up for making bad choices, nor beat others up for their choices. We can, nevertheless, help ourselves and help others to make baby steps towards a more healthy lifestyle.

On the next page (click that round 2 below) you’ll se what I’m talking about.

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Vegan Doctors and Healthcare: Are They Better?

Vegan Doctors and Healthcare: Are They Better?

We are living in a pretty cool world now. We don’t have to take anybody’s word for anything. Take, for example, the argument that a vegan lifestyle is deficient and you will get sick if you don’t eat meat. If you’re doctors aren’t vegan, they may give you that same argument. I bet plenty of ex-vegans in the past believed this one, because there just was not enough research done to find out exactly what the deficiencies were.

Vegan doctors understand about B-12 vitamin deficiencies, among other things

Here’s a brief explanation about B-12 deficiencies in the video below, and why it’s so important:

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FullyRawKristina says that B-12 is only found in organic, nutrient-rich soil grown vegetables. She also points out that, before taking supplements, get checked first to see if you have the deficiency. You may be fine! Of course, it never hurts to get a blood test to make sure you are getting all the nutrition you need. For busy lifestyles that don’t have time to prepare foods everyday, nutritional supplements can give the extra support you need.

Vegan doctors may know better

I don’t know if it’s true, and I don’t want to diss any doctor who has taken the Hippocratic oath. Yet if you want to stay true to yourself and your vegan lifestyle choices, you may want to check out vegan doctors and healthcare, if these services are in your area. Here are a couple of resources that may help:

Vegan Diet Support

Plant-based Doctors List

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Vegan Make Up Is Saving My Skin

Vegan Make Up Is Saving My Skin

Vegan make up came as a surprise to me when I heard about it. When first studying about vegan diets, I didn’t give much thought to anything but food. It wasn’t long before I stopped wearing my leather jacket, and replaced my shoes with non-leather pairs (well, after my favorites wore out anyway – every day I thanked the generous animal where the shoes came from). But what? My make up relied on dead animal ingredients? Shudders. I switched immediately to brands that I know are vegan make up.

Is your makeup vegan? Know the ingredients.

Don’t be fooled by the ingredient names. According to PETA.org, companies are careful about the words they use, so as not to turn off consumers. Just like the word “leather” is used for “dead animal skin”, knowing the trick to words and hidden meanings helps us see clearly. In a path towards a vegan lifestyle, our best defense is to educate ourselves on what exactly is meant by some of these words, like “collagen” for example.

Here’s what PETA has to say about cosmetics and vegan (not):

Cosmetics companies use animal ingredients such as tissue and tallow (fat) because they’re cheap, not because they’re better than plant-based or synthetic ingredients. Slaughterhouses kill billions of animals every year and have to dispose of the “byproducts” somehow; selling them to cosmetics manufacturers is one easy solution.

Unfortunately, even avid label-readers can’t always determine what they’re putting on—and in—their bodies. There are thousands of technical and patented names for ingredient variations, and many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. And if that’s not confusing enough, some companies have slyly removed the word “animal” from their labels in order to avoid turning off consumers. For example, instead of saying “hydrolyzed animal protein,” companies may use a term like “hydrolyzed collagen.”Want to know more? Read PETA’s factsheet about hidden animal ingredients.

[NOTE: We know some of you think PETA is hypocritical. But any information that reveals how we mistreat animals is better than saying nothing at all, we believe. Thank you for your tolerance.]

Even though there are more and more companies that are not using animal products, many still use a lot of harsh ingredients. On the next page is my favorite of all time that uses mostly natural botanical ingredients. Click on the round “2” or arrow below to see the video.

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5 Crazy Hacks to Cook with Vegan Cake Mix

5 Crazy Hacks to Cook with Vegan Cake Mix

A cake mix by itself is vegan, but often not the ingredients given in the directions. You can still use a cake mix and substitute your own vegan choices, like flaxseed for eggs and almond milk for milk, or just water. I couldn’t believe it when I read how to make a vegan cake using cake mix and Coca-Cola! I don’t drink Coke, but my thought was to try with orange juice and canned fruits. Coca-Cola is not strictly vegan, for it contains fish gelatine that stabilizes the color.

I’ve made an infographic. Check out my vegan cake mix substitutes below:

5 crazy vegan cake mix hacks

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Top 7 Foods That Make You Feel Fuller for Longer

Top 7 Foods That Make You Feel Fuller for Longer

Introduction

When you eat healthy foods, you feel fuller longer. Some foods naturally deliver a smaller calorie investment while giving your stomach a full feeling. You feel full, so you eat less, your calorie count goes down, and you feel great.

When you eat foods that provide little nutritional value with their calories, your mind tells you to eat more. It says, “Hey, we need nutrients, minerals, and vitamins!” So you reach for more of the unhealthy food that is sitting in front of you. You eventually become full but take in way more calories, fat and processed nasties than your body needs.

The result? You pack on the weight and fat, your heart, circulatory system and entire body suffers, and you find yourself hungry again relatively quickly. Eat the following.

2 pepper fruits feel fuller

1 – Beans and Legumes

“Beans, beans, the magical fruit; the more you eat, the more you toot!” That children’s rhyme refers to the flatulence-causing property of most beans. Yes, they can give you gas, no doubt about it. But on the positive side, they are high in protein and dietary fiber.

They can also fit into just about any budget and meal plan since they are inexpensive and versatile. Beans are also a heart healthy food.

2 – Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits deliver fewer calories per gram, much fewer on a comparative basis. So you can eat several servings of superfood fruits blueberries

  • apples
  • bananas
  • blackberries
  • cantaloupes
  • citrus fruits, grapes
  • pomegranates
  • plums

all without paying much of a calorie penalty.

You double your fat-burning when you replace foods like potato chips, chocolate bars and candy snacks with healthy fresh fruits.

fruits how to feel fuller vegan

3 – Soups

Make sure you avoid store-bought soups unless you are going to do some intelligent nutritional label research. A single can of soup that you buy at your favorite grocery store often delivers several times your daily-recommended of salt.

Homemade soups give you total control over their contents. It is fairly easy to make a large batch of soup, and then portion off individual serving sizes that you can keep in your refrigerator and freezer for easy access. Soup is also easy on the budget, and because of its liquid base, it makes you feel full. At the same time delivering a limited number of calories and loads of vitamins and minerals.

4 – Fermented Foods

Do you like crunching down on a crisp, tart pickle? That’s great because fermented foods send a signal to your brain that starts a production of hormones that makes you feel full. This is true because of the short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in foods that have been fermented, like kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles.

A side benefit is the healthy probiotics found in most fermented foods. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that promote proper digestion. They actually live in your gut! Some health experts and physicians also believe that probiotics reduce your appetite. So enjoy some sauerkraut or pickles. You will not only find yourself eating less, but your digestive system receives benefits as well.

5 – Nuts and Nut Butters

Nuts are packed full of healthy unsaturated fats. A healthy body needs fat, and the fats in nuts are just what you are looking for. On a per calorie basis, nuts and nut butter are rich in fiber and protein. What are the 2 leading natural components that make you feel fuller longer? You guessed it, fiber and protein.

Just don’t eat too many nuts or too much nut butters at one sitting. Those healthy fats are high quantity in nuts, and should not be over-consumed. So reach for a handful of almonds or walnuts the next time you are stuck between meals and craving something to eat. The heart healthy nature of nuts is just a wonderful side benefit of this versatile and tasty raw food.

nuts feel fuller vegan

6 – Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

Repeat after me, “cruciferous vegetables”. Vegetables like brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower belong to the cruciferous family. Cabbage, bok choy, kale, collard greens and horseradish are also a part of this healthy vegetable subdivision. They deliver high levels of healthy dietary fiber.

As with other filling foods on this list, they are inexpensive and versatile. The antioxidants and cancer-fighting ingredients in cruciferous foods are also worthy of note. Another reason you need to be getting more of these healthy whole foods into your diet.

raspberry feel fuller faster

7 – Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Other Berries

Most berries are high in wonderful antioxidants that fight dangerous free radicals in your body. They are also heart healthy and deliver high levels of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins that promote body health, inside and out. Your immunity system receives a huge boost when you eat berries regularly. This means that your natural defense system is much better prepared to ward off infections, disease, and sickness.

It also means that you recover from injuries and sickness fast. Berries contribute a few calories considering the amount of filling fiber they deliver. Just 1 cup of raspberries offers a full 8 g of fiber. (The average adult needs between 25 and 30 g of dietary fiber each  day from food items, not supplements.)

Protein is the most satisfying type of food. More than carbohydrates and fats, protein satisfies your hunger more effectively than any other type of food. And guess what? Researchers are not even quite sure why protein acts like a stop sign, signaling your mind to stop eating. But it does. So make sure that you are getting the recommended 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight (about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram) every day.

And don’t forget filling, healthy, digestive track regulating fiber. The “modern-day” diet is lacking in dietary fiber. Foods like the brans, grains and oats listed above do a great job of delivering protein and dietary fiber. And limiting the number of carbohydrates and calories you consume.

To summarize, for a solution to feeling full eat foods high in fiber and/or protein. They have high satiety index scores, which is a fancy way of saying they are healthy foods that make you feel fuller longer.

 

 

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Vegan Köfte Kebab Recipe – Video

Vegan Köfte Kebab Recipe – Video

Köfte kebab is a Turkish version of kebab. The vegan version of köfte kebab is delicious. Köfte is minced meat with herbs, often including parsley and mint, formed into big fingers put on a skewer and grilled. Tim Shieff is leaping across tall buildings, doing one-handed handstands or performing other daredevil antics and free runner can often be found whipping up delicious vegan meals and speaking out for animals on his YouTube channel.

Here is one of his most delicious vegan recipes “Kofte Kebab in a naughty sauce” and posted in on youtube. The ingredient list is below the video.

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Ingredients: (in order as appear in the video):

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Ginger, fresh
  • 2 courgettes / zucchini
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 tin / can of chickpeas, drained
  • 40 g / 2 oz breadcrumbs

Dip:

  • 4 tablespoons of soy yoghurt
  • 3 sprig of mint
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed

Naughty Sauce:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 100 g cashew nuts
  • 140 ml / 1/2 cup (a tiny bit more) of coconut milk, light
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1 pita bread.

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Do You Really Know How To Cook Cauliflower?

Do You Really Know How To Cook Cauliflower?

Cauliflower has a bad reputation because either it is considered to taste too cabbage-ish or being with no taste. Yes, it’s hard to be a cauliflower, from my childhood we only had it served (overly)boiled with a peculiar taste. As an adult, I learned that cauliflower is a versatile veggie, when it comes to cooking it. In the Indian kitchen, it is used as a potato & cauliflower dish called Aloo Gobi and in curries as well. In the vegan raw kitchen, you can make a lovely pizza.

Below are 5 suggestion for cooking with cauliflower

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