Hot And Spicy Chick Peas (Vegetarian Recipe)

Makes 2 servings in 45 minutes VEGETABLES / Asian (India) / Side Dish / Stove / No marinating Much of the Indian population is vegetarian, and they enjoy the most extensive vegetable dishes in the world. This is not only because of the predominant Hindu religion with its respect for all living creatures. Also feeding…

Makes 2 servings in 45 minutes

VEGETABLES / Asian (India) / Side Dish / Stove / No marinating

Much of the Indian population is vegetarian, and they enjoy the most extensive vegetable dishes in the world.
This is not only because of the predominant Hindu religion with its respect for all living creatures.
Also feeding 1 billion Indian people nowdays can be done much more efficiently by growing vegetables in stead of animals.
Last but not least: when a refrigerator is not available, it is much easier to use up small portions of vegetables, in stead of having to slaughter and store 1 big animal.

For vegetarian dishes, you will notice that each Indian region has distinct cooking techniques and flavoring principles to prepare them.

You have probably also noticed that there are many, many “curry” -recipes. Actually “Kari” is the Tamil (one of the many languages ​​spoken in India) translation for the English word “sauce”. And “curry” is the western way of pronouncing this word.

Before coming to Malaysia, my simple western recipe for using chick peas was to add them in thick soups … Since Malaysia is the melting pot of all Asian cuisines, I notice that there are as much chick pea curry recipes as that there are people here.

Here is one of them: a home-cooked chick pea curry recipe from my Indian friend Ssussi. She uses a lot of fresh ingredients and her recipe takes a bit more of your time than expected for such a simple yet delicious dish.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 can of chick peas (15 1/2 Oz; 439 gr)

* 1 medium onion, finely chopped

* 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped

* 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

* 1 green chilly, finely chopped

* 2 medium well ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped

* 1 tablespoon fresh coriander chopped

* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

* 10 g vegetable oil

* Spices:

– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

– 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander

– 1 tea spoon “garam masala”

– salt to taste

PREPARATION

1. Drain chick peas, reserving the liquid.

2. Cook the onions, ginger garlic, chilies and turmeric in the vegetable oil until golden and softened.

3. Add the tomatoes and cook to soften, then add the ground coriander and chick peas.

4. Cook for 10 minutes, add the reserved liquid and cook a further 10 minutes.

5. Add “garam masala”, lemon juice and stir in the fresh coriander. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes, adding more liquid, if needed, to make a sauce.

Serve with “naan bread”, “chapati” or as a side dish.

Easy Vegetarian Recipes – Fast, Delicious & Easy!

Easy vegetarian recipes. Millions of vegetarians are eager to find delicious and easy vegetarian recipes. Vegetarians, like other Americans are busy. With work, kids and extracurricular activities, having adequate time to prepare meals is difficult That's why finding easy vegetarian recipes is of paramount importance. This article will provide you with a few delicious options.…

Easy vegetarian recipes. Millions of vegetarians are eager to find delicious and easy vegetarian recipes. Vegetarians, like other Americans are busy. With work, kids and extracurricular activities, having adequate time to prepare meals is difficult That's why finding easy vegetarian recipes is of paramount importance. This article will provide you with a few delicious options. Note, these recipes assume that you eat dairy products.

Easy Vegetarian Recipes

Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Crisps

5 Tortillas

2 Tbs butter

Sugar and Cinnamon to taste

2TBS oil

Butter both sides of each tortilla. Sprinkle both sides of the buttered tortilla with sugar and cinnamon. In the meantime, heat pan to medium. Fry tortillas for about 1 minute on each side. Make sure not too overcook. Your tortillas should puff up when they are ready to be turned over.

Bean Burritos

Package of tortillas

2 C of cheese

1 Can of rotel

1 Can kidney beans

1 Can navy beans

1 Package of enchilada seasoning

C C of water

Mix navy and kidney beans, rotel and enchilada seasoning. C cup of cheese and water. Bring to a simmer. Fill and roll tortillas with mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Cover for 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Easy Blueberry Pie

1 Package of ready made graham cracker crust

1 Can blueberry pie filling

2 Tbs cream cheese

1 tub whipped cream

Let whipped cream and cream cheese soften. Spread cream cheese along the bottom of the graham cracker crust. This should only be a thin layer. Add blueberry pie filling. Top the pie with softened, whipped cream. Loosely cover and let sit in fridge for 1-3 hours.

There you have it, three delicious and easy vegetarian recipes! These should help you create a tasty vegetarian meal or snack. To find more delicious and easy vegetarian recipes and articles, please visit http://easy-vegetarian-recipes.com

Low Calorie and Vegetarian Recipes For Dessert

Whether you're having a party or you just want something sweet read after dinner there are good vegetarian recipes for low calorie desserts available. How you create your low calorie desserts is completely up to your preferences. Many dessert recipes can be made low calorie by reducing the amount of sugar. This can be done…

Whether you're having a party or you just want something sweet read after dinner there are good vegetarian recipes for low calorie desserts available.

How you create your low calorie desserts is completely up to your preferences. Many dessert recipes can be made low calorie by reducing the amount of sugar.

This can be done a couple of different ways; you can either, reduce the amount of sugar lightly and include a sweet fruit or juice in its place, or you can also substitute Splenda in place of sugar. Another way is to just reduce sugar and not put anything in its place.

Mixed Berry Sorbet

  • C cup sugar
  • C cup Splenda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • C cup pureed blackberries
  • C cup pureed raspberries

In a large saucepan, dissolve sugar and cornstarch in water over low heat. Boil mixture until it becomes thick, like syrup (about 10 minutes).
Remove from the heat and cool.

When the sugar syrup is completely cooled mix together with the pureed fruit.

Place in a plastic container (without a lid) and freeze until it is solid.

Cut the sorbet into chunks and process in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Put the sorbet back into the freezer and freeze for another 4 hours.

Serve frozen.

Variations:

Strawberry sorbet = use 2 cups pureed strawberries and omit the other berries.

Blackberry sorbet = use 2 cups pureed blackberries and omit other berries.

Raspberry sorbet = use 2 cups pureed raspberries and omit other berries.

Mixed fruit sorbet (or any other fruit sorbet) you can change the flavor of sorbet by using a different fruit, or combination of fruits, as long as you keep the portion of fruit puree the same.

Sugar-free Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • T tsp ground ginger
  • T tsp ground cloves
  • T tsp ground nutmeg
  • C cup carrot, grated
  • C cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

Lightly grease cake pan and set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 350.

In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this mixture aside.

Combine the water, dates, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and gently simmer for 5 minutes.

Add shredded carrots to the hot water mixture and cool.

Once cooled add walnuts and orange juice to the carrot mixture and mix well.

Add dry ingredients and combine.

Pour the batter into prepared cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes.

Low Calorie And Vegetarian Recipes – 3 Fun Brownie Recipes

Vegetarians, even those who follow the stricter “vegan” regimen often find ways to adapt meatless diets. What follows are three brownie recipes suitable for those following the vegetarian regimen (those allowing the use of eggs and dairy products, unlike the stricter “vegan” diets which do not). Wherever possible, it is recommended that organic products (those…

Vegetarians, even those who follow the stricter “vegan” regimen often find ways to adapt meatless diets. What follows are three brownie recipes suitable for those following the vegetarian regimen (those allowing the use of eggs and dairy products, unlike the stricter “vegan” diets which do not).

Wherever possible, it is recommended that organic products (those containing no additives) be used where ever possible.

Saucepan Brownies

These are called saucepan brownies because the original recipe called for a stick of butter which was melted in a saucepan. The texture of these brownies is more cake-like than fudge-like.

Mix in one bowl:

  • 1/2 cup organic flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In separate bowl mix:

  • 1/2 cup pureed prunes (a 4 oz. Jar of baby food prunes is perfect)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 organic or free range eggs (or equivalent amount of egg substitute like Egg Beaters)

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Put in 8 x 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until doors look dry and start to pull away from the pan.

Fat-Free Fudge Brownies

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 egg whites or equivalent egg substitutes * like Egg Beaters
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly moistened.

Pour batter into an 8×8 inch pan which has been sprayed lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 325 F. for 23-25 ​​minutes, or just until the bridges are firm and the center is set.

COOL TO ROOM TEMPERATURE and cut into squares.

The following recipe was originally taken from the LA Daily News.

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BROWNIES

By Charlotte Balcomb Lane

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup fat-free egg substitutes
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) Sugar-free raspberry preserves (or apricot, or cherry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup flour

Thoroughly coat a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. (cook's note: seems to me that a thorough dusting with flour will work instead.)

Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine sugar and cocoa. Gradually pour in egg substitutes and raspberry jam, beating on low-speed until sugar is no longer grainy.

Add vanilla, salt, and almond extract and beat briefly to mix. Combine flour and baking soda and stir in with a flexible rubber spatula. Do not over mix. Turn into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for a 30-35 minutes. Brownies should be slightly underbaked but not runny in the center. Allow to cool and cut into 2×2 “squares.

TEST KITCHEN NOTES:

Because of jam, these brownies are sticky to cut.

To reduce sticking, wet the knife between each cut or partially freeze the brownies before cutting. (Side note: this is assuming you've been able to wait till they were cool to cut them, rather than scooping some out with a spatula!)

Don’t Talk Tofu To Me

Today we're going to discuss Tofu and it's heart healthy benefits in a diet low in salt (taste) and sugar (fun). We'll discuss that right after we discuss the conspiracy to make me believe that my memory is failing. Which it is not. Today someone came up to me in public and spoke to me.…

Today we're going to discuss Tofu and it's heart healthy benefits in a diet low in salt (taste) and sugar (fun). We'll discuss that right after we discuss the conspiracy to make me believe that my memory is failing. Which it is not. Today someone came up to me in public and spoke to me. Now normally I do not go out in public to talk to anyone. You're all strangers out there and I prefer to be left alone in my own little world as I go to the bank or surreptitiously hide chocolate bars under tubs of tofu in my grocery cart. If you can not see it then there are no calories in it, got it? Good. I do not go out to have people talk to me. I can talk to myself just fine, thank you very much. And I often do. I'm a wonderful conversationalist. Just ask me.

This person who spoke to me had the audacity to call me by name and inquire after my health. “Pam! Hi! (Big smile) How are you? Are you feeling better?”

Better than what, I nearly asked. Better than someone who pretends Tofu is real food? She had a look of concern pasted on her face and try as I might I had no earthly idea who she was or how she knew I was under the weather. My health is a closely guarded secret, accessible to only the chosen few who have passed rigid background checks. I was unsure how she'd passed that test without my knowledge.

“Oh hi! I'm uh, better. Yes, feeling much better. Thanks so much for asking!” I said this as I secretly nudged the chocolate bars further under the tofu in what I hoped was a sneaky maneuver. The woman said she was so glad I was feeling better and she'd see me later.

See me later where exactly, I wanted to ask. But I refrained. It would only have led to more conversation with someone I considered a stranger and I'm big on obeying my mother's admonitions not to speak to those kinds of people. It's never too late to obey your Mother.

Lest you think this was a one-time occurrence, let me assure you that this has been going on for years. People come to me in public places and call me by name and talk to me! So much talking! And what's worse is they fully expect me to know them and to talk back! This is the stuff of nightmares.

A few years ago I was sitting in the hospital lobby awaiting my third poke of the day. I was heavy with child and apparently that was not enough suffering in and of itself, no, they needed to make sure I did not have gestational diabetes. This required four separate blood draws. A woman walked up to me in my beached whale state, called me by name and asked me why I did not come to our high school reunion party the night before. I so wishedly wanted to point to the obvious growth in my abdomen region and tell her that I had a tumor of unknown origin and until they figured out what it was I was bound to the hospital. I did not. I smoked as she went on and on about people that I was supposed to know, but did not have any recollection of and events that I'd supposedly had to but again had no memory of. I was sure I'd never attended her high school.

I was trapped. My knowledge of encountering wild animals in the forest was useful in this situation. I sat very still, made no sudden moves and never said a word in hopes that the woman (wild beast) would soon tire of me and go off to torture some other person who did not know her. It worked. She said she'd see me later and I resistent the impulse to ask her where that would be exactly, so I could avoid that place like the plague. Then she left.

I still have no idea who she was and quite frankly I do not care. This is a conspiracy to make me feel old and feeble. Well I'm not buying into all that hype about memory loss and aging. Beside, I eat tofu. At least I think I do.

Low Calorie And Vegetarian Recipes and Lifestyle

It has also been proved that sometimes, eating a vegetarian diet can help to cure these diseases. A vegetarian is also less likely to be overweight than a non-vegetarian. There are three main reason why many people become vegetarians, these are because they do not agree with the way that animals are treated, they simply…

It has also been proved that sometimes, eating a vegetarian diet can help to cure these diseases. A vegetarian is also less likely to be overweight than a non-vegetarian.

There are three main reason why many people become vegetarians, these are because they do not agree with the way that animals are treated, they simply do not like the texture or taste of meat or because it contains a high amount of cholesterol. But many people become vegetarians for a whole array of different reasons.

Vegetarians eat much more antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotenes and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are components that are found in plants that help to prevent diseases. Antioxidants lower the chances of getting heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Eating red meat can increase the risk of cancer of the breast and colon, or heart disease and strokes. It is proven that meat eaters have much higher rates of cancer than vegetarians.

It is recommended that a healthy diet should consist of getting 30% of total calories from fat and no more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat. 55% of total calories should come from complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruit, grains and cereals.

Studies show that some Americans eat five times as much protein as is recommended because they eat large amounts of meat. Excessive intake of protein can take calcium from the bones, which in effect can cause bone disorder.

It is important to get enough leafy vegetables that are high in antioxidants, which are good for overall health.

Listed below are some good reasons why a person should revert to being a vegetarian.

  • Vegetarians live longer
  • Eating more plant foods leaves less room for meat, which clogs up arteries
  • Plant foods are much higher in iron
  • Vegetarians have a lower risk of being diabetic
  • Food poisoning commonly starts from meat or poultry
  • There is a wider range of fruits and vegetables than there are animals
  • Eating a plant based diet guards the body against diseases
  • Vegetarians eat more fiber
  • Studies show that vegetarians are much calmer and spiritual than meat eaters
  • Vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts offer our bodies the nourishment that it needs
  • Vegetarians are more compassionate
  • Constipation is less likely in vegetarians

It is important to remember to:

1. Eat foods that are mainly from plant sources.

2. Do not eat too much salt or sugar.

3. Eat a minimum of six servings of grains, bread and pastas.

4. Eat a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruits.

There are a wide variety of low calorie, vegetarian dishes available, which will benefit your body and make you a much healthier and happier person.

Low Calorie and Vegetarian Recipes For You To Try

Vegetable Fried Rice Serves 3 to 4 persons Ingredients 3 cups of water 1 c cups of brown rice, quick-cooking is better 2 tbsp peanut oil (be sure that you are not cooking for people with peanut allergy) 1 small chopped onion 1 green chopped bell pepper 3 finely sliced ​​spring episodes 1 small can…

Vegetable Fried Rice

Serves 3 to 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 c cups of brown rice, quick-cooking is better
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (be sure that you are not cooking for people with peanut allergy)
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 green chopped bell pepper
  • 3 finely sliced ​​spring episodes
  • 1 small can of baby peas, drained
  • C cup of roasted peanuts
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp crushed gel
  • T tsp chilli flakes

Method

Bring the water to the boil in a medium sized saucepan. Add the rice and stir. Reduce the heat a little and simmer with a lid for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a wok over a medium heat, heat the peanut oil. Add the onions, chopped pepper, crushed garlic and chili flakes. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring continuously.

By this time the rice should be cooked. Drain the rice and add to the wok along with the spring onions and soy sauce. Stir for approximately 1 minute. Mix in the sesame oil and garnish with the peanuts.

It is a very light dish, but filling at the same time.

The next recipe is a traditional Eighth Day wholefood style of cookery, and although it is a very simple dish to make, it is simply delicious. The recipe can be made vegan or dairy based, just omit the milk and cheese.

Cauliflower and Lentil Bake

Serves 4 to 6 persons

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Red Lentils
  • 1 Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Cauliflower
  • Llb White Bread crumbs
  • 1oz Wholemeal Flour
  • 1oz Butter
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain Mustard
  • 1 Pint Milk (cows milk or soya milk)
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Splash of Shoyu
  • Llb grated Cheese or 1 Block Smoked Tofu (chopped small)

Method

Place the lentils in a large pan, cover with cold water and add the splash of shoyu. Bring to the boil on a medium heat, stirring occasionally to stop the lentils from sticking. Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat and cover with a lid. Leave to simmer until the lentils are cooked.

In a separate pan, fry the onions until soft in a little sunflower oil, and keep at one side.

Cut the cauliflower into florets and slice the good leaves of the cauliflower. Bring to the boil in a separate pan. Allow the cauliflower to cook for 5 minutes before draining.

Keep at one side.

Make the white sauce in a heavy based pan. Melt the butter and add the flour, cook for a few minutes. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously with a whisk to prevent lumps from forming. The sauce will thicken quickly. Add the wholegrain mustard along with the nutmeg.

Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese and add a little sunflower oil.

In an ovenproof dish place the comments with the cooked lentils. Place the cauliflower on top of the lentil mix, pour over the sauce and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and cheese mix.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on gas mark 5, 190 ° C, 375 ° F.

Healthy Dinner Recipes For Vegetarian Lasagna

Are you sick and tired of trying to find healthy dinner recipes that your family will eat? Do your kids refer to the healthy food you cook them as 'seaweed?' Well, you should know that there are tons of great recipes that are healthy and delicious. Here's one for vegetarian lasagna that the whole family…

Are you sick and tired of trying to find healthy dinner recipes that your family will eat? Do your kids refer to the healthy food you cook them as 'seaweed?'

Well, you should know that there are tons of great recipes that are healthy and delicious. Here's one for vegetarian lasagna that the whole family will love. What you'll need –

* 2 26 ounce jars of organic pasta sauce

* 1 8oz package of whole wheat lasagna noodles

* 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

* 2 cloves garlic, crushed

* 1 large eggplant, chopped up

* 2 zucchini, sliced ​​thinly

* 1 cup chopped mushrooms

* 3 Tbsp chopped oregano

* 1 12oz tub of low fat cottage cheese

* 1 8oz package of shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

You want to try and use organic foods as much as possible in your healthy dinner recipes. Organic foods are free of pesticides, hormones and harmful toxins. Here's how you make this delicious lasagna.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large saucepan, drizzle your olive oil, and allow it to heat up. Then place your garlic in to saute a bit. After it's sizzling pretty well, you want to add your eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and place your lasagna noodles in it. Allow it to boil until your noodles are almost done. This will take around 30 minutes.

Continue to saute your vegetables until they are almost completely done. Then, you will layer your lasagna noodles, veggie mixture, pasta sauce, and cheeses in a large baking dish.

When you have used all of the ingredients, finish off with the last layer of cheese and sprinkle on the oregano. Instead of using salt for your healthy dinner recipes, find a great seasoning that will add flavor without the consequences. Enjoy!

Is Vegan Eating Right for Me?

It looks like there is more and more news every day of e-coli poisoning in meat or another study linking hormones given to cattle with cancer or even autism. It is enough to make people swear off meat forever, but most people do not realize that sweating off meat is not enough. The same hormones…

It looks like there is more and more news every day of e-coli poisoning in meat or another study linking hormones given to cattle with cancer or even autism. It is enough to make people swear off meat forever, but most people do not realize that sweating off meat is not enough.

The same hormones given to cattle that make the meat dangerous to eat is also present in the milk, sour cream and half & half you have in your coffee every morning. It is no wonder then that more and more people are checking out the vegan lifestyle to see if it is for them? Does being a vegan sound interesting to you? Let us take a closer look at veganism and how it works exactly.

Being a vegan means that you not only do not eat meat, but you do not consume any animal products at all. That includes things like dairy and eggs. This, of course, can lead to some serious problems, especially when it comes to eating out at restaurants, although more and more restaurants, especially in big cities, are including vegan items on their menu or are already that already exist items meet the vegan lifestyle.

Vegans also make a commitment to not wear any clothing or buy any products that contain animal parts. Things like a leather coat, a sofa or even a belt would be considered a violation of the vegan code.

One of the coolest things about being a vegan is that you do not have to adhere to every aspect of the code to still lead a mostly vegan lifestyle. And even within vegan circles there are discussions about what can be eaten or bought and still be within the general vegan guidelines.

Honey, for instance, has been a major topic for debt for many years among vegans. Some feel that since the product comes from bees, an animal, that it is forbidden, while others believe that since bees are insects that consuming honey is fine. The definition of vegan and what can and can not be consumed is always changing and it is one of the exciting aspects of living a vegan lifestyle.

The term vegan dates back to 1944 when a couple in the UK decided that real vegetarianism should not include things like dairy products, eggs and even the purchase of leather or animal products for the home. This saw a deep division appear between people who simply did not want to eat meat and those that felt that the vegetarianism movement should have taken a step further.

So how many vegans are there out there? While exact numbers can not ever really be known, a recent poll showed that about four percent of the American population, consider themselves to be vegetarians, meaning that they do not eat meat products. Further questioning of those responses shown that five percent of those people identified themselves as vegans. The poll did not ask specifically what kind of vegans the respondents were or how strict they followed the vegan code.

Another recent poll showed that just over one percent of the American population does not eat any of the foods that are considered off limits to vegans, meaning, meat, dairy and eggs. There was still a question mark on the honey issue, which, in the minds of many vegans, renders the poll useless.

Further complications and divisions within the vegan community are obvious when you begin to analyze what exactly is an animal product and if people use them or not. Food products like whey, gelatin and even beeswax would ideally be labeled products under the vegan lifestyle, but some less strict vegans will partake in these products once in a while. Other than leather, you would have to watch for silk and wool and, of course, real fur.

As you can see the world of veganism is a little complicated and no massive change in diet should be attempted without consulting a doctor first.

Taking A Closer Look At Veganism

One of the largest reasons why the vegan movement is gaining such steam in the past 10 years is the ethical concern on how animals are valued by major corporations that tend to make more money by treating animals in a less than humane way to make a bigger profit . Combined with the desire…

One of the largest reasons why the vegan movement is gaining such steam in the past 10 years is the ethical concern on how animals are valued by major corporations that tend to make more money by treating animals in a less than humane way to make a bigger profit . Combined with the desire to simply eat better and feel better too, it is no wonder that veganism is a growing movement around the world.

Most vegans choose to switch to the vegan lifestyle because they want to avoid the large amount of hormones that are pumped into chicken, beef and pork products every day by both small and large farms across the world. Many vegans are also very socially active and take part in many animal rights activities.

If you have ever wondered what exactly a vegan eats every day, the answer might surprise you. A large portion of the average vegan diet is made up of vegetables, but a careful balance must be used to make sure that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day.

There has been some controversy among children and activists and vegans because it is thought that many children can not get the proper amount of protein and carbohydrates unless they eat at least a small amount of meat on a regular basis. Many common drama shows such as House have influenced children suffering from malnutrition because of their parents' strict vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

Those that do choose to live a vegan lifestyle must be extremely careful of what they eat and many seek the advice from a professional dietician to draw up mean plans so that all appropriate vitamins are taken.

A new sort of food pyramid has come into use in recent years by many vegans to help those looking to try out the vegan lifestyle. This guide includes basic diet guidelines that include eating at least three servings a day of dark green and leafy vegetables like lettuce, broccoli or cucumbers, three servings a day of things like carrots or squash or pumpkin, five servings of grains including things like pasta, bread and rice and finally three fruit courses per day and two servings per day of beans, lentils and peas.

It may seem like a lot, but the human body needs many different nutrients per day, many of which are present in meat, that have to be consumed one way or another.

To pinpoint the exact health benefits that are gained by eating and living a vegan lifestyle is difficult. Both sides can point to studies that show that eating meat is good for you and other studies that show that it is not. But the main motivation vegans have for switching to the vegan lifestyle is simply the peace of mind that no animals had to die or suffer for them to feed and clothe themselves.

There are, of course, major vegan advocates who claim that switching to the vegan lifestyle will not only make you feel better but it will also make you more healthy and you will live longer, as well, but there is not a body of scientific evidence to back up that claim at this point in time.

Overall, it is safe to say that veganism is a popular enough diet and lifestyle choice that it will be here for a long time. The ranks of animal activism groups like PETA are growing every year and the overwhelming majority of these members are vegan.

The most important thing for people who are thinking about switching to a vegan lifestyle to remember is that no one should try out a major shift in diet without first consulting a doctor who can advise you on any potential health risks. Experts also recommend consulting a professional dietitian for the first few weeks that you are on a vegan lifestyle to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition.

Vegans: Rising

Maybe you've seen their products in supermarkets. Boca Burgers paving the way for Smart Links, rice bread showing up an aisle away from Soy Dream. And suddenly more and more you're meeting people who refuse eggs and cheese along with meat. You may have seen one carefully scrutinizing food labels. They are legion, and they…

Maybe you've seen their products in supermarkets. Boca Burgers paving the way for Smart Links, rice bread showing up an aisle away from Soy Dream. And suddenly more and more you're meeting people who refuse eggs and cheese along with meat. You may have seen one carefully scrutinizing food labels. They are legion, and they have a name: The Vegans. And although you've probably only noticed them reliably recently, they've been around for over half a century.

VEE-gan?

Veganism is vegetarianism “turned up to eleven.” It avoids any product obtained through the use – read, exploitation – of animals. That means meat is out, obviously. So are eggs and dairy. But less obvious are things like honey or silk. These are also verboten; after all, those bees made the honey for themselves, not for some clumsy farmer who crushes ten worker bees whenever he checks on the hive. And imagine yourself in a silkworm's position: all that effort to create a cocoon, and for your trouble you're boiled in it and tossed aside.

According to the website of Britain's Vegan Society (the world's oldest), the movement started in 1944, when a group of concerned “non-dairy” vegetarians (as they were called) grew tired of seeing fellow herbivores consume animal products. Led by Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson, they chose a new name for themselves: “Vegans,” from “vegetarian's” first and last syllables. Although the movement met with initial resistance from vegetarians unwilling to completely forego animal products, it has since grown dramatically. Britain is home to at least 250,000 vegans; in the US, up to 1.4% of people refuse to eat or use any animal products. And with the rise of those vegan-friendly products, the convenience-factor is drawing more people in.

Why?

Vegans make the choice for a variety of reasons. First of all, it's better for you. Vegan diets are high in fiber and protein and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. In a time when heart attacks are the most likely cause of death in America and obesity is on the rise all over the western world, this is no small benefit. Cancer risk is lessened, as well; a regular consumer of red meat is twice more likely to get colon cancer than a vegan.

Then there are the ethical considerations. In the vegan view, snuffing out the life of an animal – or even making it uncomfortable – for sustenance or comfort is a moral impossibility, even more so than with vegetarians. Many even oppose the use of yeast in cooking, and why should not they? The process kills millions to of yeast monsters. And if killing a one-celled organism is immoral, then the factory farming of everything from cows to honey bees is downright intolerable.

Under Fire

Veganism has never sat well in the public eye, even with some vegetarians, who view vegans as too extreme, and most meat-eaters, who consider them downright loopy. But recently public opinion shifted from puzzled disapproval to outright animosity, brought on by a controversial study in 2005 and several deaths. Lindsay Allen, a professor working for the US Agricultural Research Service, studied the effects of vegan eating habits on African children versus those of children given small, daily doses of meat. The meat-eaters experienced healthier development and performed better in school, while the “vegan” group – fed daily servings of just corn and beans – fell behind.

Based on the study, Allen concluded that animal products contain nutrients not found anywhere else and that forcing children into a vegan diet is unethical and irresponsible. But vegans blasted the study as unscientific and heavily biased; not only were all the children starving, but the beef industry funded Allen's study.

The deaths of several children by malnutrition did far more damage. Over and over, the same story areose: vegan parents fed their infections nothing but soy, juice, and crushed nuts. The infants took ill and died; the parents were punished heavily for criminal negligence (and in some cases, murder). Again, critics claimed this proved the flaws inherent in the vegan diet, saying children needed animal products to survive. Vegans countered that the parents were simply irresponsible, and that nothing was wrong with a proper Vegan diet.

While it's true that many vegans load up on daily supplements (because things like omega-3 or vitamin b-12 are hard to find in simple veggies), there are many who do not, and most of them are living healthy lives. It may seem odd to a carnivore, but to a growing number of people, it makes perfect sense.

If you're hungry for some vegan-friendly food, you should try the following recipes:

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Bold Vegan Chili

Tofu Burgers

Shieldzini

Black Bean Chipotle Burgers

Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Bruchetta

Broiled Vegetable Quesedillas

Brandia's Tex Mex Soy Lasagna

Black Bean Asian Tostadas

Zucchini “Crab” Cakes

Wolfgang Puck's “My Mother's Garden Vegetable Soup”

Steamed Yuca with Mojo

And there are plenty more in our Vegan / Vegetarian Section!

How To Make Nutritious Tofu Tastier And Less Bland

Tofu is an important part of many vegetarian and vegan diets, used mainly as a meat replacement. It is rich in essential amino acids making it a good protein source for those who do not eat any animal proteins. However, as it is also low in saturated fat, (about 5%), has no cholesterol and only…

Tofu is an important part of many vegetarian and vegan diets, used mainly as a meat replacement. It is rich in essential amino acids making it a good protein source for those who do not eat any animal proteins. However, as it is also low in saturated fat, (about 5%), has no cholesterol and only very low amounts of sodium, it is also ideal for people with high blood pressure and others on low salt diets. So why is tofu not more popular?

The main disadvantage of tofu is its boring, bland taste and rubbery texture. This can be enhanced by utilizing tofu's ability to act as a sponge, soaking up the flavors around it. The way to tastier tofu dishes lies with the creative addition of flavors, such as garlic, ginger, chilli, lemon-grass and fresh herbs or with the use of marinades.

Marinading Tofu

Marinades for tofu are quick to make but are best planned with some fore-thought. Although if you are in a rush, tofu can be marinaded for 20 minutes, ideally it should be left soaking overnight to achieve the most flavor.

Marinades can be made from the ingredients in your cupboard. Experiment with different combinations from oyster sauce, garlic, soy sauce, coconut cream, sweet chili sauce, huisin sauce, ginger, lemon grass, herbs and spices.

If you prefer to follow a recipe, try this for a mixture, light taste;

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 cloves crushed garlic

mix with 1 teaspoon sugar

Here is another interesting marinade to try;

1 tablespoon basalmic vinegar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons shoyu

half a teaspoon chopped rosemary

mix together with oil and pepper to taste

The marinaded tofu can then be cooked by grilling, baking or stir frying. Serve with vegetables, salad, noodles or rice for a tasty, meat-free nutritious meal.

Easy Vegetarian Recipe

Some great easy vegetarian recipes that you can make and try for yourself. POTATO SALAD Boil potatoes that are firm and waxy when cooked, and cut them in slices; let them soak in g gill of water, grate a small onion and mix it with these; add pepper, salt, vinegar, and oil to taste. The…

Some great easy vegetarian recipes that you can make and try for yourself.

POTATO SALAD

Boil potatoes that are firm and waxy when cooked, and cut them in slices; let them soak in g gill of water, grate a small onion and mix it with these; add pepper, salt, vinegar, and oil to taste. The quantity of oil should be about three times the amount of the vinegar used. Eat with Allinson wholemeal bread.

APPLE FRITTERS.

3 good juicy cooking apples, 3 eggs, 6 oz. of Allinson fine wheatmeal, p pint of milk, and sugar to taste. Pare and core the apples, and cut them into rounds inch inch thick; make a batter with the milk, meal, and the eggs well beaten, adding sugar to taste. Have a frying-pan ready on the fire with boiling oil, vege-butter, or butter, dip the apple slices into the batter and fry the fritters until golden brown; drain them on blotting paper, and keep them hot in the oven until all are done.

CELERY CROQUETTES.

1 or 2 heads of celery, a teacupful of dried and sifted Allinson breadcrumbs, 2 eggs, pepper and salt to taste.

Well wash the celery, remove the coarse outer stalks, and steam the parts used until they are a little tender. Then cut them into pieces about 2 inches long, dip them first into the egg whipped up, then into the readcrumbs, and fry them in boiling butter, vege-butter, or olive oil until a nice brown; dust with pepper and salt, and serve up very hot; eat with white or tomato sauce.

Tofu Is A Wonder Food

People become more and more health conscious with each passing year. Fad diets, home gyms, and quick weight loss pills constantly flood the market. However, there has always been one tried and true road to good healthy; healthy eating. Finding ways to eat healthy can be difficult, especially with the high fat and cholesterol content…

People become more and more health conscious with each passing year. Fad diets, home gyms, and quick weight loss pills constantly flood the market. However, there has always been one tried and true road to good healthy; healthy eating. Finding ways to eat healthy can be difficult, especially with the high fat and cholesterol content that is found in red and white meats. But there is an alternative that has been long embroidered by both eastern culture and vegetarians alike, and that alternative is tofu.

Tofu is made from soybean curd that is press into blocks that can be used in various recipes and methods of cooking. Different varieties of tofu are suited for different kinds of recipes. Soft tofu is a form of fresh tofu – produced directly from soy milk- and contains the highest moisture content of all varieties. Its custard-like texture makes it conducive to use as a dessert.

Firm tofu is a form of fresh tofu that has slightly less moisture content than soft tofu. While it is still soft in texture, it is able to hold its shape unlike soft tofu. The firmest form of fresh tofu is served tofu. Dried tofu has the lowest moisture content and has the firmness of cooked meat. Dried tofu can be sliced, crumbled, or pressed into forms like noodles.

Tofu's appeal to chefs and diners is two fold. First and foremost, it has very little natural flavor so it can be used in a wide variety of dishes and sauces. Tofu's lack of flavor allows it to absorb the flavors of the recipe without overpowering the dish. Its versatility is also evident in the preparation methods as well. Tofu can be served raw, fried, grilled, stewed, stir fried, in soups, or even as a filling or stuffing. But extremely, tofu's wide appeal extends beyond its versatility. Its nutritional benefits make it a food of choice for so many health conscious people. Tofu is low in calories, high in protein, and has no cholesterol. The FDA states that a daily intake of twenty-five grams of soy protein, which is found in tofu, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Tofu is literally a “wonder food” that acts as a canvas for flavors while providing tremendous health benefits. It is no wonder that tofu has become increasingly popular for food lovers and health conscious diners alike.

Tasty Vegetarian Recipes

Vegetables are important protective food and highly beneficial for the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. They contain valuable food ingredients like vitamins, minerals and fiber which can be help build up and repair the body. Here are two great vegetarian recipes for all of you moms who can not get their children to…

Vegetables are important protective food and highly beneficial for the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. They contain valuable food ingredients like vitamins, minerals and fiber which can be help build up and repair the body. Here are two great vegetarian recipes for all of you moms who can not get their children to eat vegetables and all those vegetarians who are tired of salad.

To make VEGETABLE CASHEW KEBAB you'll need following ingredients:

2 medium potatoes – chopped

2 small onions – chopped

C cup peas

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 “piece ginger – crushed

5-6 garlic flakes – crushed

1 green chili – finely chopped

2 tsp tomato sauce

1 t tsp salt

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

10 – 12 cashew nuts – finely chopped

4 tbsp croutons

Cook potatoes, peas, onions and cauliflower with 1 cup water. Drain the excess water and mash the vegetables.

Add ginger, garlic, green chilies, and salt and tomato sauce to the mashed vegetables. Add croutons, cashew nuts and cilantro.
Break off small balls of the vegetable mixture and pat them into flat circular shapes about “” thick, with the palms of your hands.

Heat 4 – 5 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry gently over medium heat, turning once.
Remove on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil and serve.

To make TAPIOCA AND POTATO FRIES you'll need the following ingredients:

2 medium potatoes – chopped

1 cup tapioca pearls

2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

C cup powdered peanuts

1 green chili – finely chopped

1 tsp salt

Soak the tapioca pearls in warm water for 3 hours.

Cook and mash the potatoes. Add tapioca, cilantro, peanuts, cilantro, green chili and salt.
Break off small balls of the vegetable mixture and pat them into flat circular shapes about “” thick, with the palms of your hands.

Heat 4 – 5 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry gently over medium heat, turning once.
Remove on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil and serve.