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Grilled Veggies 101

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 28, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

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Vegetables are a great choice for a barbecue and once you start grilling veggies over an open fire, the possibilities are endless.

While most vegetables do very well on the grill, corn on the cob, asparagus, eggplant, red, green and gold bell peppers, onions and mushrooms are perennial favorites.

Not so great grilling options would be those with high moisture content, such as leafy greens, celery and cucumbers.

Choose fresh vegetables that are still firm to the touch with bright skin without bruises or blemishes. …read more of Grilled Veggies 101 here

 
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Home Dried Foods: Energy Efficient, Economical and Fun

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 23, 2011
File under: Food Preservation, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Saving Money

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Drying is perhaps the oldest method in the world for preserving food. An easy and economical way to extend the life of your produce, dehydrated fruits and veggies make tasty treats with concentrated flavor and nutrients.

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables have a delicious, fresh taste and are naturally sweet because when moisture is removed from fresh fruit, the natural sugar is more concentrated.

Naturally dried food is fresher and more wholesome than commercial brands, which more often than not contain sulfates and other additives.

Equally important, dried fruits and veggies purchased at the store are very expensive and dehydrating at home is extremely cost-effective. …read more of Home Dried Foods: Energy Efficient, Economical and Fun here

 
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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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