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A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 12, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

Whether you are a longtime vegan, part-time vegetarian or health conscious cook accommodating guests, these plant-based dishes will fetch rave reviews. These dishes are low in fat, rich in antioxidants, entirely dairy and cholesterol free and can be made in advance.

Appetizers: Asparagus appetizer

Great Pumpkin Soup

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

Chilled Asparagus Creamy Dill Dressing

Cold Sesame Noodles Schzewan …read more of A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes here

 
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The How and Why of Going Vegan

By Marilyn Peterson
July 25, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Vegan

Changing your diet may seem daunting at first. There are so many questions regarding how to go about it.

It is important to do your own research. These days the cyber-world can provide a wealth of information.

With so much scientific documentation about the benefits of the vegan diet available on the Internet, any novice can click on Google and search terms such as, “health risks of consuming animal products” or “dangers of dairy products.”

Reading up on the risks inherent in the Standard American Diet (SAD) can be a powerful motivation and help you to clearly understand the benefits!

Whether your doctor recommends a vegan diet for your health, or you have an interest in preventing degenerative conditions and extending the quality of your life, transitioning to a vegan diet can improve your health and increase your energy. …read more of The How and Why of Going Vegan here

 
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Finding The Hidden Fat on Food Labels

By Lindsay Nixon
May 10, 2012
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Meal Planning

I am often asked about the fat content of various foods and about the difference between the fat derived from calories and the total fat. It is really so valuable to be able to understand the information in the nutrition facts panel on food labels and how to avoid being fooled by them.

Determining the significance of the fat grams versus the calories from fat is not terribly complicated, if you know where to look. It’s important to pay attention to the serving size usually listed at the top of the nutrition facts and to keep that in mind when looking at the numbers.

You cannot compare foods without understanding the label and knowing the difference between calories from fat and total fat.  This key information will help you to determine whether a food is low fat or not. …read more of Finding The Hidden Fat on Food Labels here

 
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Frugal Pantry 101: Getting Started with Coupons

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
April 12, 2012
File under: Meal Planning, Saving Money, Shopping

It’s fun to watch ‘Extreme Couponing’ on The Learning Channel, but how many of us have the time, space or desire to create stockpiles of discounted groceries and thousands of coupons.

Maybe you would like to have some extra cash to do something fun. Certainly spending less would free up funds to pay some bills and you don’t have to look far for reasons to save money.

The key? Get organized and it will only take a little extra time to master saving at least half the amount you spend on groceries.

If you spend $600 a month on food, you could be a saving $3,600 a year!  And that is after-tax money.  That means you would have had to make about $5,000 before taxes to pay the $3,600 extra that you are unwittingly spending now. …read more of Frugal Pantry 101: Getting Started with Coupons here

 
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Quick and Creamy Chowder, Plant-Based Comfort on a Cold Night

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
February 6, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

It’s been a long day at work and the kids need so much help and love and you just want . . . some comfort food for dinner … something quick, but really satisfying.

There is a way to cook comforting, inexpensive, plant-based chowder – from scratch faster than it would take to have a pizza or Chinese food delivered.

Keep frozen veggies, shelf stable boxes of almond, soy, hemp or flax milk, onions, garlic and olive oil, you will always have the ingredients on hand.

Did you know that frozen vegetables are fully cooked?  Precooked and flash frozen, there is no need to steam or cook them to death.

To preserve optimal nutrition, take a bag of dinner veggies from the freezer in the morning and place it in the refrigerator to preserve nutritive value, while saving time and energy. …read more of Quick and Creamy Chowder, Plant-Based Comfort on a Cold Night here

 
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