Tag Archives: healthy

chile-garlic potatoes and cauliflower with turmeric

26 Oct

cauliflower potato curryI recently rediscovered my love of cauliflower. My only memory of it as a child is a microwaved head, smothered in Velveeta cheese product — certainly not something I would eat now as a food-conscious adult. So I’ll admit I overlooked this vegetable for many years.

Mild, delicately crunchy, and a little bit sweet and nutty, cauliflower makes a delicious addition to many dishes. Not only is it delicious, but like most vegetables, it is full of amazing nutrients and health benefits. A cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower has been linked to a decrease in the risk of: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. The link to various cancers is because of cauliflower’s effect on three major body systems. Continue reading

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pizza is delicious even without cheese

19 May
delicious cheese-free pizza

It even makes great leftovers!

I’ll admit that there are a few food items I really miss since going dairy-free. Namely: nachos, cheesy fries, and pizza. And let’s face it – vegan cheese substitutes are disgusting. So what’s a girl to do when she wants a date night with her man, some pizza, and Netflix? Enter vegan pizza.

I was not optimistic. The man was downright skeptical (mostly of the beans). Pizza without cheese just seemed impossible. And yet, what we pulled out of the oven was not only dairy-free, but delicious! I am sold, and the man liked it too. Pizza and movie night is restored!

Here is the recipe. Please note that although the pizza only needs to cook for 15 minutes, the dough requires almost an hour and a half of rising time. Continue reading

butternut squash soup – with curry!

3 Jan

butternut squashYes, that’s right – my obsession with curry continues.

In this part of the country, local butternut squash is readily available most of the winter. I bought a couple at the farmer’s market a month ago, and they have been merely decorating my kitchen counter since then. But when I ran across a recipe in one of my curry cookbooks (yes, I have several) for curried pumpkin, I thought, why not curried butternut squash? I’ve always loved butternut squash soup, so I figured it would be even better with curry. Turns out I was right! Continue reading

a pill for everything?

20 Dec

pill supplementationI am proud to report that I have been effectively dairy-free for 5 months. Not just lactose-free, but dairy-free. That means no lactose-free milk, no bread with whey in it… NO dairy at all. (I have indulged two or three times in a cheesy snack, and I paid for it immediately.)

The reactions I get from others about this topic are frustrating. Most people ask, “Are you lactose intolerant?” And I reply that I suspect I am, since ceasing dairy consumption has alleviated my digestive problems. They invariably reply with, “Oh jeez, I’m sorry. You know, they make pills now that you can take before you eat dairy so you don’t have such a bad reaction.” Continue reading

Masoor Dāl

15 Nov

curry lentils from IndiaOne of the main obstacles for beginning a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is obtaining sufficient protein without relying on animal sources. Vegetarians in India (as well as throughout much of the world) have long relied on lentils (or, in Hindi, Dāl) to provide essential protein.

Lentils are not only a low-fat, low-calorie source protein (about 26% protein and 1% fat, and only 230 calories in a cup of cooked lentils), but also contain high levels of dietary fiber, folate, and iron. Continue reading

lebanese lentils and wild rice

20 Jul
onions, tomatoes, lentils, rice

My lunch today - yum!

Here is another high-protein, high-fiber, 100% vegan dish that is delicious. I made it this week and have been munching on it for lunches/dinners. It is good both cold and hot, and keeps for a week or more in the refrigerator. It’s a great main dish or side dish, and is really flavorful! Enjoy! Continue reading

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