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Enlightened Hawaiian Baked Beans

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 31, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Juan Carlo

Most nutritionists would agree that legumes are a treasure trove of healthy nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Too often unhealthy ingredients added in the course of meal preparation can overwhelm the benefits of healthy foods. Adding fatty meats to beans is just one example and it is so unnecessary!

Hearty legumes are delicious, wholesome and flavorful, especially when prepared with ‘enlightened’ alternative ingredients. …read more of Enlightened Hawaiian Baked Beans here

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Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 24, 2010
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Produce


Health conscious consumers once shunned avocados for being too high in fat. These days, avocados have been vindicated. Numerous scientific studies suggest eating avocados as an important part of a healthy diet.

No matter how you slice it avocados are not only delicious, they are exceptionally good for you, too!

Health benefits associated with eating avocados:

A Healthy Heart

  • Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like that in olive oil, which actually lowers blood cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and folate, which can help reduce the risk heart disease dramatically. …read more of Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados here
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Fragrant Burmese Curry

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 10, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma is an exotic land of temples, pagodas and colorful festivals bordered on all sides by Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. The countries of Southeast Asia maintain distinct identities, however the cuisines share many staple ingredients and cooking methods.

What makes the cuisine of Burma so interesting is how it has taken the influence of its neighbors – Thailand, India, and China – and created a distinct character.  Chinese and Indian eateries predominate and the cuisine tends to fall somewhere between Chinese and Thai and is often described as a bit richer than Chinese and somewhat less spicy than Thai food. …read more of Fragrant Burmese Curry here

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Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 3, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Image Credit: Juan Carlo

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos are scrumptious and make a handy appetizer or side dish that can be served with ease and elegance.

In this stylish treatment, baby Portobello mushroom caps are topped with a heavenly velvet-textured filling and baked in a hot oven.

Portobello mushrooms are actually mature Cremini, or Italian brown mushrooms, that have been allowed to ripen up to seven days longer.As a result of their longer growing period, Portabello mushrooms develop much larger caps that average up to six inches in diameter. …read more of Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos here

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Three Easy Steps to Eating Green

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 26, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Produce, Vegan

3 steps to eat green

Eating Green is at the heart of the green revolution and can be the most important contribution you can make toward preserving the planet.

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that vegetarian diets protect the environment, reduce pollution and minimize global warming.¹ Eating a plant-based diet is a healthful triple play with numerous benefits for the planet and its people, our waterways and wildlife.

What could be greener than plants? The average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases when compared to a vegan diet.²  Both the burning of fossil fuels during food production and the non-carbon dioxide emissions associated with livestock and animal waste, contribute to the problem. …read more of Three Easy Steps to Eating Green here

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