Archive for December, 2011
As they say in Swahili, Habari gani? This translates into a combination of “How are you?” and “What’s shakin’?” It’s about the limits of my Swahili, but it’s useful now, being the traditional greeting at Kwanzaa. Read More→Print This Post
This stew contains peanuts, sweet potato and black-eyed peas, a triumvirate of nutrient-dense, delicious crops. Time does the work with this stew, the taste is lovely and complex. Pairs beautifully with rice or flatbread. Read More→Print This Post
Recently, I was talking to a few gamers regarding healthy living choices. I inquired about their eating habits and their habits varied great depending on whether they were single, married, living at home, and traveling on the road.
I received some surprising answers from those who still lived at home and found out that many parents actually seem to support bad eating habits of their kids. They are looking to “keep them happy” and will pretty much feed them anything they ask for, even if it isn’t good for them.
Those that were married or had a girlfriend living with them tended to eat a bit more healthy as long as their significant other was the one doing the meal choices. Those that traveled on the road playing games semi-professionally or professionally admitted to some dreadful eating choices.
After gathering feedback from the gamers, I then started to share some of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. One of the essential health tips for online gamers is sticking to a well balanced diet and going vegan would definitely support that. Granted, not all gamers are going to want to go hardcore vegan but there are still some healthier choices they can make to improve their overall eating habits.
For starters, gamers love to snack on and even make a meal of various junk foods. For example, one could substitute popcorn and potato chips for oven roasted cauliflower and kale chips. Instead of candy or chocolates, consider some walnuts and dried berries instead to snack on.
Gamers and sports fans alike love buffalo wings. A Super Bowl recipe I once came across combined tofu with buffalo sauce (basically a hot sauce mixed with melted vegan margarine) to make buffalo-style tofu. Make up some Vegan Ranch Dressing if you desire, and it should be close enough to the real thing to satisfy most tastes.
A great recipe for a quick meal is sloppy joes made with tempeh. This is excellent for those that love “meaty” textures; tempeh hold sauces very well. The taste is said to be very nutty and extremely satisfying.
As many of the gamers found out from our talk, you don’t have to go hardcore vegan in order to incorporate more plant-based meals habit into your lifestyle. Just simple little changes can help you to lose weight, boost your energy, and improve your overall health. Gamers that make these choices will probably also find that their overall game performance will also improve.Print This Post
Every family should have its own designated party giver. When VegKitchen diva Nava Atlas was growing up, that meant her Aunt Blanche. “She was the family hostess, she set the style,” recalls the author of many meatless cookbooks including the new Vegan Holiday Kitchen. “It was never anything fancy, but comfortable, generous and gracious. She was someone to aspire to. She helped everybody. And everyone loved her.” Read More→Print This Post
Few dishes are more basic to southwestern cuisine than the beloved Frijoles. A good helping of them is a standard sight at lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast. Here’s a simple vegan preparation (though they’re no longer prepared with lard as often as they once were, still, take care to ask if you have them in a restaurant). Serve alongside the southwestern egg dishes in tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans, such as Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas. Read More→Print This Post
Aside from all the new posts, below, please note that VegKitchen has a special section on vegan Christmas recipes and menus. Hanukkah is coming up as well—VegKitchen’s recipe for Vegan Latkes has a gluten-free variation as well!
VegKitchen has a new star-rating system for its recipes and articles. If you make something, please come back and rate it; better yet, rate it and comment on the results. I especially enjoy comments on how readers tweak the recipes to give them their own personal touches.
- Samosas with Fresh Mango Chutney
- Alicia’s Famous Sweet Potato Pie
- French Onion Soup
- Broccoli Frittata
- Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns
- Fantastic French Toast
- Tamale Pie with Winter Greens
- Easy Raw Cranberry Relish
- Sweet Potato Dal
- Spicy Orange Greens
- Sage Gravy
- Classic Marinara Sauce
- Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms and Dried Tomatoes
- Curried Pasta with Spinach and Lentils
- Vegan Pasta Bolognese
- Fettuccine “Carbonara” with Broccoli
- Asian Noodles with Spicy Stir-Fried Corn and Cabbage