Vegan Crab Cakes Vegan "crabless" cakes are now available in the frozen section of most supermarkets due to the ingenuity of the Gardein food band. I had an opportunity to try these a few days ago, and have to say they were pretty darn tasty after having been crisped up for a few minutes in my air fryer. I have to admit I was impressed by the crispy texture and authentic "crab-like" flavor. While they are vegan, I still consider these to be a convenience fun food, as they are processed and contain quite a few ingredients that are difficult to [...]
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I've recently been working on educational modules to help me to eventually become a certified member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. One of these modules focused on the concept of mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Definitions vary slightly, but essentially convey the same concept. Mindfulness is simply a mental state of being aware and completely focused on the present moment. Most of us have busy lives, with every minute of the day being occupied by some aspect of work, family, television, or social media. Because of this, we often forget to live in the present. A particular aspect of mindfulness [...]
Whether or not consuming eggs or dietary cholesterol has an association with cardiovascular disease or death has been a debate for years. The 2015 updated dietary guidelines removed a previously-recommended limit of 300 mg of dietary cholesterol due to a lack of strong evidence. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 19 rekindled discussion of this highly controversial topic (abstract below). Dietary cholesterol is only found in foods of animal origin, and is absent in plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The link to this abstract can be [...]
Lemon Poppy Seed Almond Flour Bread I've been using the same recipe to make Seeded Almond Flour Bread for breakfast for well over 6 months now. And don't get me wrong, I still look forward to eating a slice most mornings of the week. I make a couple of loaves every few weeks, slice them up , and keep them in the the freezer. The slices are easy to grab on a busy morning, pop in the toaster, and top with homemade almond butter or Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Last weekend I was perusing recipes in search of other fun almond flour [...]
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) is a guilty pleasure for people around the world. In most European countries, it's not difficult to find a spot that makes fresh crepes filled with banana and Nutella. In the US, there are television commercials which tout Nutella as a healthy option for breakfast!! Personally, I had always enjoyed just eating it right off of the spoon. The problem with store-bought Nutella is that it's really not healthy. The top two ingredients are sugar and oil. For those who have transitioned to a healthier way of eating, Nutella can taste sickeningly [...]
Dr. Michael Greger put together this brief, easy-to-read, evidence-based food guide. It's great to use as a quick nutrition resource and can help you during your transition to a plant-based way of eating. Check out his website for many more evidence-based nutrition facts.
Curried Split Pea Cauliflower Stew This winter in Florida has been unseasonably chilly. No, we didn't experience a true "polar vortex" like many parts of the country, and never really needed to dig ourselves out from a snowstorm. Nonetheless, there were many days of "sweater weather", with temperatures dipping into the 40s and 50s. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to break out a stew recipe that I hadn't made in a couple of years. This one is loaded with flavor and nutrition. There's the cruciferous cauliflower, the leafy-green spinach, the high-fiber legumes, the disease-fighting garlic and onion from the [...]
Eggplant Mushroom Walnut "Meatballs" I love experimenting with different vegetarian meat alternatives. Most of the variations I've made contain some combination of legume, grain, veggies, spices, and often a binder such as a flax egg. While perusing my new Love and Lemons cookbook, I came across the rare "meatball" recipe that has no legumes. Check out her website for more great recipes! The primary ingredients are eggplant, mushroom, walnuts, and millet. Due to the moisture from the vegetables, no binder was needed! The result is a meaty, moist, well textured veggie ball that can be used to top pasta, be enjoyed by itself, [...]
Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip Most holiday parties I have attended this year have served up rich, heavy, unhealthy hors d'ouevres. For a New Year's Eve gathering, I decided to bring a modified version of a classic favorite: spinach artichoke dip. This dish is not only cheesy, creamy, and tangy, but it's also vegan. The creaminess comes from an easy-to-make cashew cream flavored with lemon and garlic. I topped the dip with some panko mixed with nutritional yeast and garlic powder which added an additional element of flavor and texture after being baked to a golden brown. The entire dish can be [...]
Low carbohydrate diets have become very popular for those who are trying to lose weight. After all, we are a society that tends to overindulge on processed carbohydrates laden with sugars and white flour. It's no wonder that removing these items from one's diet would result in losing a few pounds. The problem is, most people tend to gain the weight back as soon as they reintroduce carbohydrates. Additionally, cutting out healthy carbohydrates isn't necessarily good for you long-term. Two recent publications explored this issue in greater depth. An article entitled "Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and [...]