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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love Garlic?

I found a new product that I've fallen in love with ...

If you're a garlic person, this is a product you should definitely have in your cupboard!  I found it in the produce section at my local Whole Foods.  It's 100 times better than any garlic salt out there.  I've been adding it to my salads - it adds a little crunch and a LOT of flavor.  It makes a great topping for a salad with my already garlicky Red Wine Vinaigrette.  You could add it to steamed veggies, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc.  I love that all of the ingredients are Organic and they use extra-virgin olive oil and not some GMO vegetable oil!

White Bean Chipotle Casserole

I got this recipe from my Sister-in-Law (for all intents and purposes), Heather and it is fabulous! Heather was awesome enough to make this for our Christmas dinner, making us vegetarians very happy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Plant-Based on a Budget!

Thinking about a implementing a plant-based diet?  Concerned about the cost of adding all of those delicious organic veggies to your shopping cart?  Don't be!  We actually decreased our grocery bill by eliminating meat, seafood, cheese and other dairy products.  Good quality meat is much more expensive per pound than beans or vegetables.

Here are some ways to shop smart on a plant-based diet:
  1. Shop the Whole Foods Bulk Section - this way you can buy as much or as little as you need of most any rice, beans, nuts, grains, legumes, dried fruit, etc.  This saves money because if you only buy what you are going to use, you won't have any waste.  In addition, I've compared pricing on many of the bulk food items to the packaged items elsewhere in the store and you really get a lot more for your money when you buy it from the bulk section.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What do you mean you don't eat meat?

I get asked this question or some variation of it pretty often... 

So, you don't you eat milk or cheese either?  Then, what do you eat?  Oh, I could never do that.

Today was no exception.  So, I thought I'd post about it tonight.

Friday, January 11, 2013

EWG's 2012 Clean Fifteen

Here's the list of the top 12 safest fruits and veggies. These are the fruits and vegetables that you don't have to worry about buying Organic, i.e. the lowest in pesticide residue.

EWG's 2012 Dirty Dozen

Here's the list of the top 12 fruits and veggies to buy Organic.  It is recommended that you purchase these items organic because they are the 12 most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Interested In Going Plant-Based?

Join the Whole Foods Engine 2 Diet Challenge...

Sign up now through January 20th! Check your local Whole Foods for details! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My New Meal Planning Tool

I finally tackled this project over my Christmas vacation that I've been trying to work on for the past several months. My MENU BOARD!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

10 Products I Couldn’t Live Without

Feeling inspired by Alicia Silverstone's recent blog post "10 Ingredients I Can't Live Without", I came up with my very own list of favorite products.  Here goes:

  1. Earth Balance Soy Free Spread
  2. 365 Brand Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
  3. Crawdad's Classics Habanero Hot Sauce

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mini Plant-Based Quesadillas

We typically serve a spread of wonderful appetizers on New Year's Eve. This year, I contributed plant-based quesadillas with homemade salsa and guacamole, courtesy of my new Cuisinart Food Processor (thank you for my Christmas gift Matthew & Heather) ...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

We kicked off our New Year's Day with some delicious Blackeyed Peas and Collards with Shallots accompanied by the most amazing hot sauce on the planet - Crawdad's Habanero Hot Sauce!

Wishing you and yours a healthy, prosperous and veggie-filled 2013!!!  

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