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Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 20, 2015
File under: DIY, Food Production, Gluten-free, GMO, Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Vegan

The Chambers Family has been farming on the same fertile land in Iowa near the Minnesota Border for 131 years.

Samuel Chambers, a veteran of the Civil War and his wife, Elenora settled just outside Corwith Iowa in 1883.   The couple had traveled from Ohio and lived in the upper portion of the barn they built on the land until a house could be built. Wild hay was the cash crop at this time.

The family built a granary in which one room was lathed and plastered to serve as a school.  Some students traveled long distances and would stay at the Chambers house, if a storm came in.  …read more of Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour here

 
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Delicious Gingerbread ~High Protein, Low Fat and Fabulous

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 29, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread. ~William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor’s Lost”

While Ginger originated in Southeast Asia, it has a long history of being cultivated in other countries and has been considered a therapeutic root for more than 5000 years in India and China.

In Sanskrit the root was known as srigavera, which translates to ‘root shaped like a horn’ – a fitting name for ginger’s unusual appearance.

Ginger imparts warming and stimulating properties that stimulate circulation and enhance blood flow in the body. Ayurveda, the ancient healing science of India and modern science concur in recommending ginger for a wide range of ailments from joint pain and motion sickness to enhanced digestibility.

The origins of gingerbread date back to the ancient world and an early form of gingerbread can be traced to the Greeks and Egyptians who used it for ceremonial purposes. The ancient Romans used ginger extensively and the Arabs took over the trade when the Roman Empire fell. …read more of Delicious Gingerbread ~High Protein, Low Fat and Fabulous here

 
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Bring in the New Year with Vegan Hoppin’ John and Southern Greens for Good Luck and Good Karma

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 25, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish with black-eyed peas believed to bring good luck when served on New Year’s Day.

According to the legend, if you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you’ll have plenty of pocket change in the New Year. If you serve “Hoppin’ John” with cooked greens you’ll also have plenty of folding money.
Southern Greens and Vegan Sausage

Back-eyed peas are a dietary staple in the American South and southern families often toast with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

These cream-colored legumes have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinct black dot. Food historians note that “Hoppin’ John” is an American dish with African/French/Caribbean origins. African slaves, who worked the rice plantations, brought black-eyed peas to the US they were growing extensively in the south by the 1700’s. …read more of Bring in the New Year with Vegan Hoppin’ John and Southern Greens for Good Luck and Good Karma here

 
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Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 14, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December Sixteenth.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.

The first candle, called the Shamus is taller than the rest and is used to light the remaining candles. One candle is lit the first night, two the second, three the third, and so on until all are lit on the eighth night.

Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah …read more of Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate here

 
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Cody Elkins throws “Cool” Birthday Party at Veggie Grill in Westwood

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 8, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Cody Elkins is vegan and has been for just about his entire life. According to Cody, being vegan is cool, because you are being kind to the planet, the animals and yourself all at the same time!

Some of his favorite foods are Quesadillas made with Daiya cheese and guacamole and Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Bean and Rice Burritos. His favorite ice cream is So Delicious Coconut Chocolate Mint topped with their soy whipped cream.

Cody celebrated his tenth birthday last month at Veggie Grill, the popular vegan eatery in Westwood, California introducing his favorite plant-based foods to his friends.  Cody said, “I wanted to have my birthday party at Veggie Grill to show my friends that healthy food can taste really good.” …read more of Cody Elkins throws “Cool” Birthday Party at Veggie Grill in Westwood here

 
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