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Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 28, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo:  Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa and chips are typical Football Munchies, but there’s something special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

And this year, enjoying a bowl of our tasty and healthful chili would seem all the more appropriate when watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Halftime.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. …read more of Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili here

 
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Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 30, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Recipes, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

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

Black-eyed peas are cream-colored beans that have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinct black dot. Food historians agree 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 U.S. and by the 1700’s they were growing extensively in the south. …read more of Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma here

 
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Festive Vegan Holiday Roast

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 7, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Wiley T Day Meatless Thanksgiving

Photo: Wiley T. Day

Lighten up with this healthy, delicious and satisfying Holiday Roast!

Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer with lots of socializing planned around food.  It is during this season that we can reflect about what is truly important. Certainly we can all agree that paying attention to our health and the health of the planet should be at the top of the list.

Festive Holiday Roast is really delicious, easy and fun!  You will be amazed to learn how easy it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings. Tofu?  Yes…and you wouldn’t know it.  Half the preparation is done in advance. …read more of Festive Vegan Holiday Roast here

 
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Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 25, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Hanukkah is the winter festival of lights celebrated by Jews around the world and begins in accordance with the Jewish calender, which is primarily based on the lunar cycle causing the dates to fluctuate each year, which can fall anywhere from late November to late December.   This year the first candle  will be lit at sunset on Wednesday, November 27th.

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

1.    Hanukkah decorations can deplete the budget and degrade the environment. Avoid plastics and other synthetics labeled as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and polyester. Purchase products made with renewable materials and look for alternative fibers such as cotton, hemp, bamboo and jute. …read more of Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah here

 
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‘Tis the (Social) Season!

By Lissa Coffey ecomii.com
December 12, 2012
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday

This certainly is the season of light! Whether it is brightly colored lights strung outside the house, or soft candlelight glowing in the family room, light is warm, inviting and festive.

Holiday décor doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Nature is the best artist and there are many easy and inexpensive ways to create Holiday cheer.

Fill a breadbasket with bright green apples and arrange some cinnamon sticks throughout for a fragrant centerpiece that comes together in a snap!

Wrap cinnamon sticks or peppermint sticks around a tall pillar candle and tie with a ribbon. …read more of ‘Tis the (Social) Season! here

 
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