Archive for February, 2007

eric

Grow your own food

happy cowWe started watching a documentary film called "Animals" last night.  It is about a Canadian urban dweller that decides to become a rural farmer.   One of the reasons he wanted to become a farmer was a decision that if he is going to continue to eat meat; he’s going to raise and slaughter the animals himself.  This practice is easier said than done…and this is the focus of the documentary.  The farmer ends up enlisting the help of some of his neighbors to show him how to slaughter and "dress" his animals.  Although I’m not a huge fan of seeing animals get killed, this is the humane and correct way to do it.  These animals all lived happy long lives on a farm and were killed with respect (they all had names).  And while it is not feasible for all of us to move out of the city to start a farm, it is our responsibility as compassionate (and healthy) people to buy meat from farmers who support this way of farming.  Even for larger scale farms, this is still a viable way to raise animals. 

The documentary is worth a watch and gives us city slickers a view on what it is like to live on a farm.  We will finish watching it tonight and I will let you know if anything else of interest comes out of it.

Now I know that you can twist statistics to reflect whatever your viewpoint is.  This study aims to show that smart kids have a higher propensity of becoming vegetarian than the not so smart ones.  Well of course this also could be a lifestyle preference as the article states toward the end.  At any rate, I think it is good to see studies like this happening now.

This study was performed by the British Medical Journal.

Intelligent children may be more likely to be vegetarian as adults, suggests a study published online by the British Medical Journal.

Recent evidence suggests that vegetarianism may be linked to lower cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of obesity and heart disease. This might help to explain why children who score higher on intelligence tests tend to have a lower risk of coronary heart disease in later life.

The study involved 8179 men and women aged 30 years whose IQ was tested at age 10 years.

Twenty years later, 366 (4.5%) of participants said they were vegetarian. Of these, 9 (2.5%) were vegan and 123 (33.6%) stated they were vegetarian but reported eating fish or chicken.

continue reading at BMJ.

Like the title says, this article is a good read on eating healthy and organic for $7 a day, $200 a month.  Some interesting price comparisons are listed toward the bottom.  Also, there is a great weekly meal planner based on eating healthy for $7 a day.  The really cool thing this article is demonstrating is that you can eat whole, healthy, organic foods for cheap!

This comes to us from MSN.com Health and Fitness and is written by Jean Weiss

Chopsticks

We’ve all heard the joke: Whole Foods, whole paycheck. The humor seems exaggerated, until you shop there or at some other natural foods market. Before you know it you’ve spent $70 or more when all you were after was Fair Trade coffee, a fresh baguette and a few excellent cheeses.

Sound familiar? One man recently admitted it costs him $800 a month to purchase his groceries from Whole Foods, and he’s only buying for himself, his girlfriend and an average-sized dog that he feeds like a human. That’s $200 a week—between $28 and $29 a day for a man, a woman and one satisfied pet. Who can afford that?

Well, plenty of people are trying to. According to recent statistics from The Hartman Group, a Bellevue, Wash.-based market research firm,  73 percent of the U.S. population consumes organic food and beverages at least some of the time. What’s more, the Hartman research shows that it’s not just the stereotypical highly-educated, high-income, Caucasian female who buys organic. African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans are a fast-growing segment of organic consumers, according to Blaine Becker, the firm’s director of marketing and communications.

In fact, almost as many households with an annual income of less than $50,000 are buying organic foods, as are households with incomes higher than $50,000. This means that people who earn less are still choosing more expensive organic products.

continue reading at MSN.

eric

no pot for cows?

I do not think this fits into going veg one day a week or anything like that.  But it is pretty funny.

From Ananova

Switzerland’s Agriculture Ministry has called on the country’s farmers to stop feeding their cows cannabis.

Several recent adverts have promoted feeding hemp to farm animals even after a March 2005 law banning its use.

The Agriculture Ministry has now warned that farmers doping their cows will be prosecuted.

Farmers consider the cheap and easy to grow plant is good for their cows.

They believe the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, makes cows happy and produce more milk, but the Agriculture Ministry say THC can get into the milk and create a health risk.

They also said that there was a risk that Swiss cheese products could be contaminated.

eric

Whole Foods, Wild Oats merger

This came as a surprise to me.  I enjoy going to Henry’s Marketplace here in southern California.  Henry’s is owned by Wild Oats who is being purchased by Whole Foods for $565 million.  I hope that Henry’s is able to continue with what it does best…offer local, organic food at reasonable prices.  Although Whole Foods also offers high quality foods, it is often priced at a premium.  It remains to be seen what Whole Foods will do with its smaller competitor, but I hope they will embrace a business model that will allow both companies to continue to operate alongside each other.

eric

lent

There are few times when I put topics concerning religion on this site, unless (of course) the topics speak in favor of going veg!  This is one such example.  With Fat Tuesday over and Lent is beginning, many Christians will be giving up meat on Fridays over the next 40 days….some may give it up altogether for this period.  This is a wonderful time to go-veg one day a week!  Pick a day (probably Friday in this case), and abstain from eating any meat, fish and chicken.   Pretty painless and it makes a big difference, even for this short period of time.

This should help to get you started.  Here are a couple of veg-food options for quick satisfying take-out meals.

Vegetarian Sushi- like California rolls or veg tempura
Palak Paneer-  and tons of other Indian food
Falafel- with a side of hummus
Black Bean Burritos-  everyone loves burritos!
Sub Sandwich- with all the toppings (minus the meat)…’Subway’ has a veggie-pattie (sometimes call the vegimax) that is delicious.

Now that we have a bunch of new recipes on the site and the new forums are up for starting conversations, we think the site will be an excellent resource to aid in your veg-one day a week ‘change-up’.  (end *shameless plug*)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C red lentils
1/2 T Olive Oil
2 Portobello Mushrooms Chopped
4 Cloves Garlic Crushed
1 Large Red Onion Chopped
2 Green Peppers Chopped
4 oz Canned Jalapenos (with juice)
6oz Tomato Paste
1 T Chili Paste
2t salt
2t pepper
1T cumin
1T corriander
1 T oregano
1 Sprig of Fresh basil
6 C Vegetable Stock
10 Oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 lb super firm tofu drained and pressed

Saute mushrooms, onion, green pepper, garlic in pan until tender (10-12 minutes)
Place all ingredients (plus the above mixture) into crock pot and set on low for 5 hours
Meanwhile, cut tofu into chunks and then saute in oil/cooking spray over medium heat 15-20 minutes rotating sides until firm/crispy
Once cooked, stir tofu into soup mixture and continue cooking

NOTE: If you do not have a slow cooker, this soup can be cooked on the stovetop.  Once you saute the vegetables, cook all ingredients except the tofu, tomato paste, chili paste and coconut milk in a large saucepan over medium heat, simmering for 20 minutes.  While cooking, saute tofu and then add to soup mixture.  Then, add the pastes and coconut milk and simmer 20 more minutes (stirring occasionally) or until lentils are tender and soup thickens. 

Recipe Created by Meg 2/19/07

eric

new forums!

Did you notice anything new about wannaveg?  I decided to add a Bulletin Board (forum) to the site.  This is an area were we can have general conversations about anything veg, organic, local, etc.  I tried to think of a bunch of topics to list, but if you can think of any that would be relevant, let me know and I’ll add it.  The only thing you have to do is register with the site….but it’s no big deal, just give a username and an email address and you’ll receive a password to login.  To get to the forum, click on the link in the main menu or on the sidebar.   Thanks, and let me know what you think.   Talk soon!

eric

bulk bins

I have to tell you about a secret treasure found at most natural supermarkets.  These make vegetarian (and non-veg) snacking so easy.   Of course I’m talking about the "bulk bins".  What a great idea!  Take a bunch of good snacks and bulk foods, throw them into a container and you can scoop your own.  Some advantages are that very little packaging is used for these products, you get exactly the amount you need and it’s cheaper than pre-packaged stuff.  Also, there are all kinds of great things there…like steel-cut oats, peanut butter filled pretzels, trailmix (a million varieties), nuts, yogurt covered pretzels, etc..   And…it’s actually pretty fun to scoop your own stuff.  There’s only one rule; keep your hands out of the buckets! :) (although it is tempting to jump in and pretend like you’re in the chocolate river of Willy Wonka’s factory)  So, the next time your at your local neighborhood natural grocery store, make sure to check it out.

Ingredients
3 C cooked brown rice
3 Veggie Patties (best to use the type with actual chopped vegetables)
Chili Flakes

Spray sauce pan with cooking spray
Add in veggie patties until they are soft and start to break apart
Add in rice, chili flakes and saute until rice and burgers combine and are heated througly
Serve topped with cheese or alone

Recipe Created by Meg 2/15/07

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