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  All are vegan with no meat, fish or dairy products used, but very tasty and healthy and easy to make and leftovers taste even better the next day.  There is no shortage of good food ideas for those who do not eat meat or dairy products.  Just "google" vegan.

To start off this section two very popular recipes: 

Name:  Tanzanian Stew with wild rice

Recipe:  This vegetarian – vegan recipe Linda brought back from Africa (on her trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro) It is colourful, easy to make, very healthy and tasty.  You can freeze leftovers

1 lb of mixed vegetables, (sweet potatoes, carrots and/or turnips)

2-3 fresh tomatoes

2 onions (chopped)

2 garlic cloves

½ cup tomato or vegetable broth

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

¼ tsp tumeric

½ tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp curry paste (green or red)

2 green chilies or red chili powder

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbls of oil (olive preferred)  

Sea salt to taste (not more than 1 tsp 

Heat the oil and brown the onions.  Add mustard seeds, cumin, curry and chilies and cook for several minutes.  Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes more.  Cook on low heat until vegetables are tender.  Add additional liquid (tomato or vegetable broth or water) if necessary and cook 2 more minutes.  Serve with rice (garnish with coriander or cilantro).

To go with the above either or both of the recipes below:

  Linda’s Chick Pea Wrap/Pita with Mango Salad  

 Chick Pea – Veggie Wrap/Pita  

1 Cup Chick Peas - Canned or Fresh (soaked overnight) with liquid

1 small onion (chopped)

3 mushrooms (chopped)

Half medium zucchini (chopped)

1 tomato – optional (chopped)

(all above should be chopped to approx same size as chick peas) 

½ tsp garlic

1 tsp red chili pepper flakes

1 tsp cumin 

Saute onions and garlic in a sauce pan with several tablespoons of apple cider vinegar until onions become translucent.   Add other veggies and cook stirring occasionally for several more minutes.  Add other spices and chick peas with liquid – bring to boil and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes 

Spoon into wrap or pita (serves about 4)  

Mango Salad:   

1 mango

1 red onion

2 – 3 carrots

1 inch long ginger stick 

Slice mango finely

Slice carrots in ¼ inch wide 2” long strips

Slice onion in half and then into thin slices 

Grate ginger stick and toss all ingredients with 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar 

Serve as side dish.  

Check out pictures of some other tasty dishes below that Linda has prepared:


 

 

 

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We were all brought up to believe that what we were fed was good for us and "normal" when in fact much of what we were eating, especially in many fast food restaurants, and in "convenience" foods was clogging our arteries and creating environments within our bodies where cancer and heart disease could more easily develop. www.drfuhrman.com

Vegetarians (who eat no meat) and Vegans (who eat no meat, fish or dairy products) are regarded by most of the population as just a bit "strange" or eccentric.  How can they not eat meat - it's just natural?  Actually, the amount of animal flesh eaten at any time in the not so recent past by humans was relatively small.  Most lived "off the land" and led very active lives.  By contrast almost all our main meals are meat based including chicken, fish and dairy. We eat large portions and most of us make our living in not very calorie consuming jobs.  Is it any wonder our doctors offices, clinics and hospitals are filled to capacity?  Quite simply we are poisoning ourselves with what we eat.  Most of us wisely stopped smoking when presented with the facts.  Is it not time we begin to consider the health hazards in what we eat?  Stopping smoking was difficult for many, and changing eating habits will likely be more difficult but it can be done. When you consider the benefits, not only for ourselves but the world in which we live, our very environment, the choice is very clear.  It is necessary if we are to survive!  Check out the www.ravediet.com and www.thechinastudy.com

Besides saving ourselves (becoming  more personally healthy) and saving the environment, through the better use of our resources, there are many vegetarians and vegans who eat as they do because of their concern for the animals that we feed upon.  Most of us see these animals only as plastic wrapped pieces of meat.  Take a look at the video below and see if you will ever consider these pieces of meat the same way again.

 


 
Healthy eating is the most important ingredient to well-being.  Second in importance is regular physical activity, weather it be walking the dog or working out at a fitness centre or taking part in organized or casual sporting activities.  Keeping active has proven health benefits.  

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