Sunday, April 25, 2010

Straw Bale Garden

What an interesting idea. This replaces your soil and elevates the garden. No weeding needed, no back breaking bending or hard on the knees kneeling. The elevation would keep my dogs from running through it and less likely to have bunny rabbits climbing the bales.

I like this idea.

Banana Nut French Toast

This was sinful tasting, too good for breakfast. Almost dessert, bananas caramelizing on the griddle make this breakfast absolutely scrumptious.

Banana Nut French Toast

1 ripe banana (medium sized)
1/2 cup rice milk (I use unflavored Rice Dream),
                          use a little more if large banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener)

3 slices whole grain, multi-grain bread
nuts of your choice to sprinkle

In blender mix: banana, rice milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and syrup
Pour into small flat container to dredge bread.
Coat bread on both sides and cook on griddle that has been oiled lightly.

Served warm with your favorite nut toppings and a little more maple syrup.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Viki's Hummus Burger Recipe

This was a real lemony and minty treat!

1/2 c of quinoa
1 c vegetable broth
Bring to boil and cook quinoa til all broth is absorbed, let cool to warm and place in food processor.

1 can of chickpeas (garbonzo beans) that have been drained and rinsed.
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
1 Tablespoon of prepared tahinni (sesame seed paste)
1 clove garlic
1 sm bunch fresh mint leaves
1 sm bunch of fresh parsley leaves
salt and pepper to season

Process until mixture is smooth mixture. Add 1Tablespoon vegetable broth if desired or needed.

Optional: add 1 green onion and process til onion is incorporated.

Make balls of mixture and then shape into patties.
Cook on griddle or heavy pan (preheated with 2 T olive oil or sprayed with PAM)
Serve on toasted sesame seed bun or bagel.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tofu Scramble

Okay, so I haven't posted in a while. This blog is quickly becoming a vegan food porn site LOL. But I cannot help sharing great tasting, healthy recipes with you.

I love eggs, that is a fact. But I cannot have eggs without sending my cholesterol to the moon. But I gotta tell ya, tofu scrambles have made my longing for eggs a thing of the past. They are delish! Tofu has the same consistency as egg white and takes on the flavors and spices you cook with it. There are spice packets you can buy to add to your tofu, but it is pretty simple to use your own mix of spices as well.

This one is about 3 oz of silken firm tofu with pea pods, mushrooms, roasted bell pepper, sliced sun dried tomato and Morningstar Farm's breakfast sausage.

I used a spice mix of steak salt, onion powder and turmeric. I used my mortar and pestle to grind them together to a fine powder to add to the tofu which I added to the stir fry last. Gave it a quick toss to warm it to eating temp and served it.

Note: you can also add nutritional yeast flakes (get them at Whole Foods or your favorite health foods store). They add a really tasty cheesy flavor that is fabulous! Don't confuse with regular baking yeast.

This was sooooo yummy!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Lunch today was simple and delish! Roasted corn and black bean salad.

This was really yummy.
1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
1 cup of oven roasted corn
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/4 cup each of diced celery and red onion
2 roasted red bell peppers diced
a dash of salt
1/4 tsp smokey paprika
I had ordered some books when I started this and they arrived the other day. I have been pouring over them without being able to put them down. The first one is "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes". I also got Dr. Barnard's "Breaking the Food Seduction". It is pretty clear that my food cravings were never for chocolate, sweets or meat so much. But cheese, now that is the thing that I could not seem to have a meal or a snack without. It never occurred to me that every morsel of cheese I was eating was so full of fat. This is the culprit, my daily drug if you will. Everyday it lured me back for more and more. Now that I have identified my main enemy, I can put it aside and I have. My blood sugars are coming down already and it has only been a couple weeks. I don't ever feel hungry because I can eat whenever I want. I don't have to stress over calories or carb counting (a huge relief) and I can have pasta without feeling like I robbed the carb store.

A third book that I bought is Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet". Her approach is so subtle and understanding of those of us who have so recently changed to this lifestyle. Her recipes are amazing and varied. I am beginning to think that I can actually pull this off. I am not pacing around wondering if I will backslide into eating a steak. Her website "The Kind Life" has been a great support and I love the forum which is quite active.

I think it is so ironic that a few short years ago, I had gone the exact opposite direction with "The South Beach Diet" to help me with my diabetes. Long term though, I found it impossible to stay on that diet. I craved bread and cereals constantly. After initial positive results, I could not maintain the diet. My diabetes and high cholesterol conditions were worse than before and my weight loss was null and void as if I had not done it at all. In actuality, I had done more harm than good. Well I am rectifying that now. I believe I am finally on the right path to reversing my diabetes and living healthy.