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Enlightened Eco-Cookery: Plant Based Pineapple Chicken

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 21, 2011
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Want to go vegetarian, but afraid you might miss familiar tastes and textures? Enlightened Pineapple Chicken is positively delicious and you can confidently slip this one by avid meat eaters without detection.

Sometimes called wheat gluten, seitan, is a cholesterol-free alternative to heart heavy animal products that adds traditional taste and texture to many dishes.

Seitan is a soy-free vegan alternative that is surprisingly authentic, often fooling even the staunchest meat-eaters. If you have had a “mock meat” type dish at a Chinese restaurant, chances are you have already eaten seitan.

Long a staple in Asia, seitan has been an essential dietary ingredient for Chinese Monks, Southeast Asian peasants, Russian farmers and Mormons. …read more of Enlightened Eco-Cookery: Plant Based Pineapple Chicken here

 
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Grilled Polenta with Tomato Basil Cream: Economical and Eco-Friendly

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 27, 2011
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

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Creating gourmet meals that are low in fat, high in fiber, rich in phytochemicals, and entirely dairy and cholesterol free is easy with convenient plant-based ingredients that are widely available these days.

Grilled Polenta with Tomato Basil Cream is an elegant dish that is not only delicious and nutritious; this vegan entrée is light on the planet, too. Polenta is made from specially ground cornmeal that is often cooked loaded with butter, cheese, cream or eggs.

Cooking polenta from scratch can take anywhere from fifteen to twenty minutes of careful stirring. Something most cooks would find bothersome, especially when it is only a prelude to the next step. …read more of Grilled Polenta with Tomato Basil Cream: Economical and Eco-Friendly here

 
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Edible Flowers: Freshness, Flavor and Fragrance of Spring

By Mindy Green ecomii.com
May 11, 2011
File under: Edible Flowers, Healthy Eating

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Nothing holds the promise of life more than the colorful young blooms bursting with a vigor that only spring can deliver.

We enjoy flowers as cuttings and sometimes for their fragrance, but few of us realize that there are a number of edible blossoms that can do more than grace our centerpiece.

Many flowers are suitable for garnishing salads and soups and can be added to a rice dish or casserole or stuffed for a colorful and unique appetizer. …read more of Edible Flowers: Freshness, Flavor and Fragrance of Spring here

 
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Sassy Salsas!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 5, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

There is nothing that says ‘Southwest’ like chips and salsa.

Salsa originated in Mexico and simply means “sauce.” In Mexico salsa is a spicy condiment of tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro and plenty of fresh chilies.

Grocery shelves here in the U.S are lined with all kinds of fruit and vegetable salsas, such as peach, mango, pineapple, corn and black beans.

A dollop of salsa can brighten any dish, adding distinctive zip without adding fat. Although there are many varieties of salsa widely available, nothing can compare to the fresh goodness of salsa made in your own kitchen. …read more of Sassy Salsas! here

 
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The Dramatic Health Benefits of a Gluten-free Diet

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
April 27, 2011
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating

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Food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food substance that does not follow the general allergy pattern.

A typical food allergy would be the type of reaction that some people experience when eating certain foods, commonly peanuts, pine nuts or some fruits. This could include swelling of the lips, hives and the inability to breathe due to swelling of the windpipe.

On the other hand, the symptoms of food sensitivities, which can include bloating, excessive gas, fatigue, hives, skin rashes, psoriasis and even migraine headaches are more vague and oftentimes slow to develop. Western physicians for this reason often miss food sensitivity. …read more of The Dramatic Health Benefits of a Gluten-free Diet here

 
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