Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cholesterol DOWN 85 POINTS!!!

Here is why I switched to a vegan diet...I just dropped my cholesterol from 221 to 136 since March 22nd! That is down 85 points in 63 days!!!

If that is not enough to make you consider a vegan diet, I do not know what to say.

My Dr. nearly fell over when he saw my lipid results from my blood tests last Monday. Not to mention my A1c (diabetes test) came back dropping from 7.3 to 6.0.

Oh and did I mention that I am now down 19 pounds?

It is pretty clear that a vegan diet is a very healthy diet for me. I am so freaking happy!!!

Phenomenal Organic Asian Dressing!

Green salad blues? Getting tired of your normal vinaigrette, or Italian dressing?

This super simple Asian dressing is so yummy on your greens. Add some sliced mushrooms, red onion, snap peas, sunflower seeds and even orange slices or what every you want...but this dressing makes the salad. It makes my mouth water to even think about eating a salad with this on it.

My ingredients:
  • Organicville Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  • Your favorite Oil (Olive or Canola)
  • Organic Blue Agave Syrup
  • Salt
  • Pepper
I proportion my oil to sauce 2:1
So depending on if you want to make a little or a lot, 2 T oil to 1 T Sauce and so on.
I whisk the first two ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
Add Agave to your taste. Mix well. Being diabetic, I put in very little but enough to sweeten.
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Evolving...

This blog seems to be evolving with my current interest, namely cooking vegan. So I feel like I should apologize to those of you who follow for other interests.

Most of the posts from here on out will be recipes, food porn, and related health finds that I MUST share or the occasional squawk when I am feeling politically motivated. I would blog more about my day if it weren't so damned boring most of the time. Well ok, I am not really that bored, but I don't want to bore you.

So I guess I will go to visit Minnesota this week at some point. We have a date with a fish. Although I am eating vegan these days, I do occasionally still eat fish as I stated in earlier posts on pescetarianism.

I visited my Doc yesterday and he seemed very happy with my choice to eat vegan. As a diabetic, I am 4x likely to have heart and stroke issues. Vegan diets are heart happy and cholesterol free. At any rate, I had lost weight and my blood tests will be back tomorrow (I hope) to show if my new diet has made a significant change for the better yet. On the downside (literally) he scheduled me for a colonoscopy! Crap!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The US Govt's Food Pyramid is...unhealthy!

The US Govt's Food Pyramid is not as healthy as they would lead you to believe. Dr. Mark Hyman makes a good case why you should ignore it.

The more I learn about our food industry, monopolization by large corporations of our food sources, and how they influence our government in setting food standards that help them to profit, the more I want to turn to organic food sources.



The dairy industry's "Got Milk?" campaign boasting the benefits of cows milk should be answered with "Got Proof?"

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spinach, Soy Nut, Almond, Pumpkin Seed, Cranberry & Orange Pesto

The other day I was at Costco and picked up a jar of Ann's House Soy Energy Blend to snack on. It is a trail mix blend of toasted soy nuts, almonds, pumpkin seed kernals and sweet dried cranberries. Nice mix.

Then yesterday I was at the Farmer's Market in downtown Omaha and bought a big bunch of fresh spinach and other greens. I have a ton of greens to make salads with, so I decided to make a pesto out of the spinach. But I didn't have any pine nuts. I was about to run to the grocery when it dawned on me to try the toasted soy nut mix in the pesto.




In the food processor:
    Spinach leaves (cleaned and spun dry)
    1 1/2 cups soy nut mix
Mix until leaves are mostly processed

add:
    olive oil (I drizzled in enough to make a paste)
    fresh squeezed orange juice (I used the juice of 2 clementines)
    sea salt (to bring out the sweetness of the cranberries and orange juice)
    cracked black pepper

WOW was that yummy. Serve it on whole wheat pasta or crusty toasted bread or pita chips.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fried Mushrooms (or veggies)

Okay once in a while I splurge with a little something fried. Coming up with a dredging batter that is dairy-free and egg-free was my goal here.

1/2 cup whole grain rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup rice milk (I used Rice Dream)
Panko Bread Crumbs
9-12 large button mushrooms (or what ever mushroom/veggie you prefer)

Mix the rice flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add rice milk until desired thickness, add more if needed. Coat mushrooms in batter and finish in Panko Bread Crumbs.

Fry in canola oil until golden brown.

Serve with Sesame Ginger Sauce. (I used Organicville Sesame Teryaki sauce)

These were mouth watering delish!

Sweet potato slices were wonderful this way too!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Losing Weight, it's a good thing.

Well since switching to a low-fat vegan (no meat, no dairy, no eggs) diet, I have now lost 16 pounds. BUT... I am never hungry, in fact is seems I eat all the time LOL. I am finding that you have to eat a truckload of the green stuff to actually overeat. I don't watch calories, I don't count carbs. And eating bread (whole grain only) is tremendous when you don't have feel guilty. I have brown rice, polenta, oatmeal, barley, quinoa, really all sorts of whole grains that are good for you, fill you up and are naturally low-glycemic. I am not really exercising any more than I did before (walking about 3 miles, 1-3 times a week).

You would think that this would be a boring diet. Think again! The choices for vegans are huge. I rarely eat the same things and am actually making an effort to try a different veggie and fruit each day. The variety is amazing. If I don't know how to use a new veggie or fruit, I look it up on the net to get new ideas. I also have tried some meat replacements like Morningstar Farms Veggie Burgers and veggie based seitan which tastes like chicken chunks in stir-fries. Tonight is going to be fresh Shitake mushroom stir-fry with baby bok choy and a sesame ginger sauce served with jasmine brown rice. I feel like every day is gourmet food.

Restaurants have been a pleasant surprise. I didn't know if they would have anything besides salads to order. I was very wrong. I recently went downtown to Dixie Quicks and to a North Omaha gem...Finicky Franks, 9520 Calhoun Road, 402-451-5555.

Chef René at Dixie Quicks made an amazing Vegan Chorizo & Tofu Scramble, served with a side of some deliciously seasoned black beans and a side of assorted fresh cut fruit, which had me wanting more even after I was stuffed! It tasted soooooo good!

Finicky Franks made me a gourmet veggie burger topped with grilled onions & peppers that was so delicious. I also had their mushrooms and a salad with lemon poppyseed dressing. Yummy!


Eating like this and still losing weight...all I can say is WOW!