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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF A BUDDHA BOWL

A Buddha bowl is essentially a simple, one-bowl meal, typically vegetarian or vegan that includes rice, legumes, fresh vegetables, and plant proteins. Often they are served cold, but some versions are served with a warm base.

  1. whole grain or riceUntitled design - 2021-08-30T165426.328
  2. Baked Tofu, Tempeh, or plant-based protein like beans or legumes
  3. Fresh or roasted vegetables
  4. Greens or sprouts
  5. Sauce or Dressing
  6. Nuts or seeds!
  7. Your favorite, wide ceramic bowl!

HOW TO BUILD A BUDDHA BOWL:

The best Buddha bowls start with a base of rice or whole grains which can be served cold or warm. Top with plant-based protein (tofu,  edamame ( green soybeans usually sold frozen),, then greens and fresh veggies. Next, drizzle with dressing or sauce and sprinkle with seeds or nuts. Top with fresh sprouts or microgreens.  This can be made as individual servings to taste or one large bowl for everybody to enjoy!

TEXAS/COWBOY CAVIAR 

15 Minute  serves 6

  • 1 can (15 oz) each) black beans, black-eyed peas, drained and rinsedUntitled design - 2021-07-29T164942.086
  • 1 can (12 oz) (341 ml) corn, , (don’t drain)
  • 1 can (10 oz) (284 ml) mild chopped tomatoes with green chilies, ( I like Rotel Brand)
  • 1/2  each red yellow and orange pepper, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped and loosely packed

Southwestern Vinaigrette Dressing ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oil  
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice ( approximately 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pickled jalapeño juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (not powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. First, whisk together the ingredients for the Southwestern Vinaigrette in a small bowl and set aside
  2. Now add the drained and rinsed beans and black-eyed peas to a large salad bowl along with the corn, tomatoes, and the chopped onions, veggies, and cilantro. Pour the vinaigrette dressing over the top.
  3. Mix well and serve right away or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes and give it a mix before serving.

Easy Peasy! Enjoy!

SUPER QUICK SUMMER MEAL FOR THE FAMILY

One-Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta in less than 25 minutes   Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time15 minutes Serves 4-6

IngredientsUntitled design - 2021-07-29T164542.607

  • 12 oz spaghetti 
  • 1 medium red onion peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 small summer squash halved lengthwise and sliced
  • several stalks asparagus cut in 2-inch pieces
  • a handful of broccoli florets cut in half
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved             
  • 1 colorful bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 handfuls of baby greens 
  •  1 tsp salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional          
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine (optional..replace with water)
  • 3 1/2 cups water/stock
  • 1 Tbsp white wine or sherry vinegar (a must!)
  • 1 cup shredded hard Italian cheese (optional for vegans)

Garnish

  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cups finely shredded basil leaves

Directions

  1. Put everything except the cheese, into a large pot. Add the wine and water (measure exactly since you will not drain the pasta) to the pot and bring up to a boil. If your pasta doesn’t fit completely into the pot, nudge it down into the water as it softens. Cover the pot while it comes to a boil then uncover and boil for about 7-9 minutes, until the pasta is just al dente. Babysit the pan a little bit to ensure that the pasta doesn’t stick. Don’t overcook the pasta, there will still be some water left in the pan.
  2. Toss the pasta with the cheese, and serve with the extra tomatoes and lots of fresh basil.

notes and variations

  • Don’t skip the tomatoes.  The rest of the veggies remain intact, but the tomatoes break down and help to form a sauce with the starchy pasta water and the cheese. You can use lots of different veggies for this dish, whatever looks good. Mushrooms would work well, also summer squash, cauliflower. Tomatoes are a must, though.
  • Don’t skimp on the cheese, for the reason just mentioned. 
  • Pay attention to flavoring the pot.  In addition to salt, I like lots of black pepper, red pepper flakes, and my secret flavor weapon, a dash of sherry vinegar. 
  • Don’t forget the fresh garnishes.  Reserve some little tomatoes and a big handful of fresh basil for topping the cooked pasta.

BASED ON A MARTHA STEWART RECIPE THAT IS A ADAPTATION OF AN ITALIAN FAMILY RECIPE

VEGAN ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

THE ULTIMATE SPRING DISHUntitled design (70)

Serves 4

Ready for some magic? This vegan asparagus risotto is incredibly rich and creamy. So many people believe that the creaminess of risotto comes from tons of butter, cream, and cheese. But all the deliciousness comes from the starch contained in the rice. This risotto is the perfect dinner for springtime. 

  • 1 bunch asparagus (20 to 30 spears)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 1/2 cup Arborio rice (or Cairnaroli rice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted 
  1. Divide the asparagus tips from the stems. Cut the stems into small chunks and chop the onion.
  2. Heat the broth in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Gently cook the asparagus tips for 3-4 minutes, and set them aside.
  4. In the same pot, add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Add the rice to the pot, and let it toast for 1 minute, constantly stirring to prevent the rice from sticking to the pot and burning. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the wine. Keep stirring until the wine has evaporated.
  5. Now it’s time to cook the rice. Set a timer to 20 minutes. Add the chopped asparagus stems, then start adding the vegetable broth one or two ladle-full at a time. Keep stirring and wait for the rice to absorb most of the broth before adding more. Continue doing this until the rice is cooked.
  6. Adjust with a bit of salt and pepper, add some chopped parsley and fresh thyme, and stir well 
  7. Cover with a lid and let the asparagus risotto rest for 3 minutes. Then give it a good final stir.
  8. Serve in individual plates, topped with the asparagus tips, some fresh thyme, spring onions, and toasted pine nuts.  Vegan parmesan is optional!

SOUTHWEST CHICKPEA SALAD

SOUTHWEST CHICKPEA SALAD + CREAMY AVOCADO-LIME DRESSING Untitled design (69)

Serves 2-3

  • 5 – 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup fresh corn off the cob, canned is ok too
  • chile pepper (hatch, Anaheim, or jalapeno pepper), seeds removed and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • tortilla strips, to serve
  • a handful of pepitas, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve

Avocado-Lime Dressing

  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro stems removed/parsley works too!
  • juice of 1 lime                               
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder           
  • salt, to taste
  • ⅛ – ¼ cup water, + more as needed

Dressing: Combine the ingredients for the cilantro-lime dressing in a small blender or food processor (I used the Nutri-bullet). Blend until creamy stopping to scrape down the sides as needed every now and then, add extra water a little at a time as needed to thin. Taste for flavor adding anything extra. Pinch more salt? Pinch more cumin or squeeze of lime? Blend well.

Salad: Assemble your salad by adding the romaine lettuce to your serving dish, top with corn, red onion, chickpeas, tomatoes, cilantro. Lastly, add pepitas (pumpkin seeds), tortilla strips and a good drizzle of the dressing, and a squeeze of lime over top.

DIY tortilla strips: Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees F. Brush 2 corn tortillas lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with a chili powder mix & mineral salt. Cut into thin strips, place on a baking sheet in a single layer, bake in the oven or toaster oven, rotating once, for about 10 – 12 minutes, until crisp and golden.)

GREEK QUINOA SALAD

FROM THE SIMPLE VEGANISTAUntitled design (68)

Serves  4-6

Prep Time: 15 min

 

  • cup dried quinoa, rinsed               
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half (diced red bell pepper would work here too)
  • 1 cup English cucumber, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 jar (7 oz) kalamata olives (about 1 cup), pitted and sliced
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • pepperoncini, to serve
  • lemon slices, to serve (optional)
  • arugula, to serve (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Quinoa: Rinse the quinoa using a fine-mesh strainer. In a medium-size pot, add the water, quinoa, and garlic powder and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let stand for 10 – 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Assemble: Once quinoa is ready, add in the chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, and parsley. Mix well. Season with salt, fresh cracked pepper, and the juice of 1 large lemon.

Serve on a bed of arugula or as is. Tastes great with pepperoncini and a little extra lemon juice over top. Add extra virgin olive oil if you wish. Season to taste with salt + pepper.

This dish can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

MUSHROOM, ONION AND PEPPER TACOS (Rachel Ray)

 Serves 4   

Ingredients

  • 3  tbsp. canola or olive oilUntitled design (35)
  • 3/4 lb. cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
  • 3 poblano chiles—halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced          
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large jalapeño, thinly sliced                              
  • 1 tbsp. (a scant palmful) ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped                   
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tbsp.)                               
  • 12 small (5- to 6-inch) soft corn tortillas

Toppings: chopped or shredded little gem lettuce, crumbled queso asadero or queso fresco, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium-high to high. Add the oil, three turns of the pan. Cook the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the poblanos, onion, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often until the chiles are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Douse with lime juice. 

In a large, dry skillet over high heat or directly over the open flame on a gas stovetop, cook the tortillas, turning occasionally, until charred in spots, about 2 minutes.

Fill the tortillas with the poblano mixture; top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and hot sauce. 

 

CHICKPEA TACOS

Buffalo Chickpea Tacos are a quick, easy and delicious meal ready in 20 minutes!

Vegan, gluten-free, and WFPB recipe. 

Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or 1 can (15oz.), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powderchick peas
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (regular or smoked)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons hot sauce (sriracha, Franks, etc.), or to taste
  • corn tortillas, warmed
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • ¼ head cabbage (red or green), shredded
  • green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro (optional)  Not for me Dr. C
  • sour cream 
  • lime wedges, to serve

Directions

Spiced Chickpeas: In a small pan, combine the chickpeas, garlic + onion powder, cumin, paprika, tamari, and as much hot sauce to suit your taste. Warm chickpea mixture over medium heat until warmed through. Alternatively, warm the chickpeas in the microwave, using a microwave-safe bowl, for 45 – 60 seconds.

Warm the tortillas: I do this carefully on the stovetop over an open flame to give it some charring on the edges. Stack them on top of each other to keep them warm, you can also place them in a tortilla warmer.

Assemble: Layer each tortilla with buffalo chickpeas, avocado, cabbage, green onions, cilantro, and a drizzle of sour cream

Serves 3, two tacos per serving

Store: Leftover chickpea mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days, in a covered container.

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Going Meatless…why? Aren’t we supposed to eat meat?

Because going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like:

  • cancer
  • cardiovascular
  • disease
  • diabetes
  • obesity

And going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.

Jamie Oliver quote

Recipe for Stacked Vegetable Enchiladas

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke

Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease. One study found that each daily serving of fruits or vegetables was associated with a 4% decline in coronary heart disease, and a 5% lower risk of stroke. Another study found that a diet of 2.5 or more servings of whole grain per day was associated with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, fatal cardiovascular disease)

Limit Cancer Risk

There is convincing evidence that red meat and processed meat consumption increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There is also limited but suggestive evidence that red meat increases the risk of esophagus, lung, pancreas, and endometrium cancer and that processed meat consumption increases the risk of esophagus, lung, stomach, and prostate cancer.

In contrast, a diet rich in fruit and vegetables decreases the risk of several types of cancers, including mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and stomach, evidence suggests.

Fight Diabetes

Research suggests that plant-based diets, particularly those low in processed meat, can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating a plant-based diet can decrease total calorie consumption which helps you obtain and maintain a healthy weight, a key component to preventing and treating diabetes.

curb obesityCurb Obesity

Several large studies in Europe and the United States have demonstrated that people on plant-based, vegetarian diets tend to have a significantly lower body weight and body mass index (BMI). This may be in part because plant-based diets are rich in fiber (which is not found in animal products). Fiber contributes to fullness, resulting in lower calorie intake and less overeating.

Recipe for 30-Minute Quinoa Enchilada Skillet

Live Longer

Evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and a limited amount of red meat can increase longevity, whereas red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Improve The Nutritional Quality of Your Diet

Going meatless encourages consumption of plant-based sources of protein, like beans and peas. Consuming beans and peas results in a higher intake of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Also, diets high in beans and peas are associated with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.

FOR YOUR WALLETwallet

Curb Healthcare Spending

Each year in the United States, chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes cause 7 in 10 deaths, and account for 75% of the $2 trillion spent on medical care. In 2008, the estimated health care costs related to obesity were $147 billion. By reducing our risk for these conditions, we can curtail healthcare spending nationwide.

Cut Weekly Budget

Many people save money by adding meatless meals to their weekly menus. Meatless meals are built around vegetables, beans and grains—instead of meat, which tends to be more expensive. This is partly because producing meat requires extra expenses like feed and transportation. Though it can be challenging to serve healthy meals on a budget, going meatless once a week can help conserve money for more fruits and vegetables.

nature trailFOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Minimize Water Usage

The water needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains.

– Approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef.
– Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.

Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. When compared with current food intake in the US, a vegetarian diet could reduce water consumption by up to 58% per person.

Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Studies show that meat production produces significantly more greenhouse gases than vegetables, including carbon dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide – the three main contributing sources of greenhouse gas. Beef was found to produce a total of 30 kg of greenhouse gas (GHG) per kg of food, while carrots, potatoes and rice produce .42, .45 and 1.3 kg GHG per kg of food, respectively.

Reduce Fuel Dependence

About 25 kilocalories of fossil fuel energy is used to produce 1 kilocalorie of all meat based protein, as compared with 2.2 kilocalories of fossil fuel input per 1 kilocalorie of grain based protein produced. The meat industry uses so much energy to produce grain for livestock that if instead we used the grain to feed people following a vegetarian diet, it would be enough to feed about 840 million people.

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What motivates you to cut back on your meat consumption? We want to know.

PASTA PIZZA

Ingredientspasta pizza

  • 8 ozs uncooked angel hair pasta         
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided 
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms              
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion                           
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives                       
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  •  1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain
  2. In a large cast-iron or another ovenproof skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms, green pepper, and onion; saute until tender.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high.
  6. In the same skillet, heat the remaining oil.
  7. Spread pasta evenly in the skillet to form a crust.
  8. Cook until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes.
  9. Turn crust onto a large plate.
  10. Reduce heat to medium; slide crust back into skillet.
  11. Top with pizza sauce, sauteed vegetables, and olives; sprinkle with cheese and Italian seasoning.
  12. Bake until cheese is melted, 10-12 minutes.