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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 7, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 1, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins with festivities on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany continues through midnight on Fat Tuesday, which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a weeks long celebration of parties, music, picnics, parades and excitement that gives revelers the opportunity to satisfy indulgences before Lent.

When we think of Mardi Gras, loads of plastic beads come to mind. The tradition of parade float riders toss (throwing) trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870s. Throws often include doubloons, beads, cups, stuffed animals, homemade trinkets, toys and more! …read more of Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras here

 
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The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 16, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan

 

Pasta has been unjustly criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. It has been attacked as a (gasp!) carbohydrate, a food group to be avoided by ill-advised proponents of the Atkins style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. In Italy, where pasta is eaten at least once a day, people enjoy one of the lowest rates of obesity in the world, 8.5 percent as compared to 30.6 percent in the US.

The fact is pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely considered to be one of the best lifestyles for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species with different a type of gluten.  Like kamut, durum is much older than modern bread wheat, which has been domesticated to a far greater degree. …read more of The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down here

 
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Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 7, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no occasion is more appropriate for making delectable homemade candy for loved ones. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line the shelves this time of year, homemade candy is a heartfelt expression of love and friendship.

And have I got a quick and easy drop dead delicious recipe that sets aside all of the tedious “bonbon dipping, temperature checking, double boiler” cooking action so prevalent in traditional candy cookery.

This delightful recipe defies the typical turtle candy making method. Traditional ingredients include heavy cream or evaporated milk, butter, corn syrup and white refined sugar. Oftentimes caramel and pecan halves are covered with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening. Hardens the arteries just thinking about it.

Tasty Tosteds Turtles are a one-bowl wonder that is sure to become a family favorite long after those Valentine Roses have been pressed. …read more of Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine here

 
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Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 28, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo:  Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa and chips are typical Football Munchies, but there’s something special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

And this year, enjoying a bowl of our tasty and healthful chili would seem all the more appropriate when watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Halftime.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. …read more of Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili here

 
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