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Ravishing Rice Salad: Cool, Casual and Elegant

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 15, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Whole Grains

 ravishing rice salad

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Brown rice is a whole, natural grain with a mild nutty flavor and chewy texture that is rich in fiber and also provides important levels of some key essential minerals.

An excellent source of manganese, brown rice is also a good source of selenium and magnesium. One cup of brown rice contains 88 percent of the Daily Value of manganese, a trace mineral that supports strong bones, thyroid function, a healthy nervous system and normal blood sugar levels.

Selenium is protective against free radical damage and also plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone. Magnesium helps build and strengthen bones and also relaxes the nerves and muscles.

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice and what differentiates brown rice from white rice is …read more of Ravishing Rice Salad: Cool, Casual and Elegant here

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Edamame: Planet Friendly Protein, Tasty and Nutritious!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 8, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan


Edamame (eh-dah-mah-may) is a tasty snack food from Asia that has become a popular appetizer at Japanese restaurants here in the west. Often called green vegetable soybeans, they are a special variety harvested when still immature and green.

Served in the pod at restaurants, frozen shelled edamame are now widely available at supermarkets and Trader Joe’s, as well as in health food stores. Possibly be the worlds oldest snack food, going back well over a thousand years, edamame could very well be the healthiest, too.

Edamame has a lot going for it. Great taste, ease of preparation and excellent nutrition make it a delightful snack, not only in restaurants but in kitchens across America. Try adding shelled edamame to your favorite stir-fry, pasta dish, soup or stew in place of any other bean. …read more of Edamame: Planet Friendly Protein, Tasty and Nutritious! here

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Agricultural Subsidies Are Making Us Sick

By Elizabeth Kucinich
April 1, 2011
File under: Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Vegan


The poor state of our country’s health may not be making the headlines at the moment, but the statistics are stark: More than 75 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are from diseases linked to unhealthful diet: heart disease, cancer, stroke, liver disease and high blood pressure.

This reflects poorly on the traditional Western diet, but it’s not all bad news. Food trends show that more people are taking their health into their own hands by changing their diet. When it comes to unhealthy food, the primary culprits are meat and dairy, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and over-sweetened processed food.

On the other hand, plant-based diets, which are naturally nutrient-rich, low in fat and cholesterol-free, are growing in popularity. Several months ago, Business Week profiled some of those discerning eaters who choose a plant-based diet, like Bill Clinton and Russell Simmons. …read more of Agricultural Subsidies Are Making Us Sick here

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Sensational Split Pea Soup with Yams

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 30, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

split pea soup
Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

There is something especially satisfying about a big pot of split pea soup warming on the stove as it fills the kitchen with delicious aromas. Hearty soups are a mainstay of comfort food cookery with their “stick to the ribs” density, warmth and homey goodness.

Spit Pea Soup is typically made from dried peas, which are actually legumes cultivated in ancient Rome and Greece as long ago as 500 BCE. In that era, street vendors were selling hot pea soup on the streets of Athens.1

Pea soup is filling and inexpensive and recipes for this homey dish can be found in cuisines around the world. In the U.S., pea soup is most popular in the Northeast, particularly in New England, where the winters are cold, grey and long. …read more of Sensational Split Pea Soup with Yams here

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Miso Soup: Powerful Antidote to Radiation

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 16, 2011
File under: Detoxification, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies


The disastrous chain of events precipitated by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent Tsunami that struck Japan has raised concern for the possible ramifications of radiation carried across the pacific on wind currents.

In the aftermath of the largest earthquake in to hit Japan in history, four of the six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are still in various stages of meltdown and continue to deteriorate.

According to the New York Times, even the best case scenario could mean that radioactive release of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks, months or even years.1 …read more of Miso Soup: Powerful Antidote to Radiation here

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