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Cannellini Bean Dip

For all of my gluten-free readers here is a dip made with canned Cannelloni beans that is simple and delicious.  Eat it with corn chips or rice crackers or even better fresh veggie sticks like celery, carrots and cucumbers.

Cannelloni Bean Dip

1 15 oz can of Cannelloni Beans, drained

1 cup of cottage cheese

1 handful of fresh basil, we used Tai Basil

Juice from one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Makes about 2 cups

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The Taste Is In The Sauce

The month of June has been about basic sauces for salads and entrees.  They add healthy taste to recurring favorites like Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad and Bean Enchiladas.  These are standbys at our house during the summer.  The salads are great vegetarian main dishes when it’s hot and Enchiladas with just a touch of heat make the day seem cooler.

To tell the truth, I’ve been looking for a good macaroni salad dressing for years.  Finally developed one that takes a lot of ingredients but it’s worth it.  The potato salad dressing could be used for spinach and tomatoes or other green salad combinations and uses feta cheese.

The Enchilada sauce is homemade.  No more buying expensive yellow cans at the store.   So, which recipe do you want?  I will let the readers decide.  Reply to this message and vote for Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, or Enchilada Sauce.


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The 90 Day Vegan Adventure Comes to a Close.

It was an adventure and an educational journey that revealed much about myself and how I relate to food.  The most surprising revelation is that I am not a true Vegan.  Rather, I’m a vegetarian who limits fat to 10 gms per day and I eat nonfat dairy products which eliminates eggs.  Adding dairy takes me out of the strict Vegan diet.

There are two main reasons why I don’t eat meat.   I truly dislike the way animals are raised and slaughtered by the large producers and after eating nothing but vegetables, grains and fruit, even the smell of meat bothers me.  I’ve never noticed before that each animal tastes like it smells.  Beef has a bloody, manure taste, chicken tastes like the henhouse and goat, well I’ve not had goat meat, but I can’t get some of the cheese past my nose nor the milk.

The physical results of the Vegan adventure have been encouraging.  I’ve lost 15 pounds and one dress size; my total cholesterol is lower ( I’m also taking a statin) and I have more energy.  My knee pain is gone but I have to credit that to a Kenalog shot and also I know exactly what foods cause me to develop a migraine.  When I began the adventure I didn’t have a clue as to what triggered the headaches.

So the adventure was well worth the time and effort.  I will continue with the low-fat vegetarian diet.  Low fat because the Inherent Health Genetic Testing*  recommended it and it works for me.  I’ve also learned not to worry about what other people think or say and I’m not offended by carnivores.  My family is accepting and they are enjoying the new recipes, one of which will end this article.  The excitement of doing something new is over but I have confidence that this is a diet that I will be able to maintain over the rest of my life.  To all of you who have followed my blog you have my heart-felt thanks.  Reader response made a huge difference for me.  I will close this chapter with a new recipe, and keep checking the blog, I’m on to bigger and better things!

* Inherent Genetic Tests are available to order on www.like.mychoices.biz

Stir Fried Green Beans

Five handfuls of whole Green Beans, frozen are fine

1 tblsp of Olive Oil

1 tblsp of Tamari

1/2 tsp of Garlic powder

Wok for frying

Heat the Wok and add the oil.  When the oil is fragrant but not smoking add the green beans and sprinkle the garlic powder over them.  Stir fry the beans for 5 to 7 minutes then add the Tamari  and continue to stir until the liquid is absorbed.  Serve immediately, beans should be slightly crunchy.  Serves 4


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Nothing New Under The Sun

When I lived in Boulder, CO I was surrounded by vegetarian hippie friends who meditated, loved living in back to nature communities and were in my opinion aggressively mellow.  They preached tolerance, vegetarianism, and love until you disagreed with them.  Then they turned on you, sort of like a pit bull.

Reading blogs written by Vegans, who are the new vegetarians, remind me of the friends in Colorado.  They proselytize their way of eating, turning it into a religion that condemns meat eaters as evil, and themselves as the righteous ones.  Aggressive mellowness all over again.

Human beings never change.  When they decide on a way of life that works for them, they seek to evangelize everyone who doesn’t agree with them.  Instead of condemning the meat eaters to hell, why not enjoy Vegan eating and share your recipes and wellness with those that are seeking a healthier way of life.  Share your eating style with joy, love and peace.  Give the pit bull away to someone who needs him, maybe a politician.  What was it Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, ” there’s nothing new under the sun”?


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 82 The Vegan Traveller

The recent road trip to Denver proved to be a challenge for Vegan eating.  A few discoveries are noteworthy. For breakfast we carried Nutrilite Meal Replacement Shakes and Bars.  They make your tummy feel good when you have to eat early in the morning and they keep you from veering off the road into hash browns and sausage sandwiches.

For lunch we found at Sonic, of all places cranberry juice, sugar was added but it was a wonderful break from bottled water and orange juice.  Quiznos grilled mushrooms and onions on my veggie sub and made it to my specifications.  It was delicious.  Of course the Morningstar brand of veggie burger is available at Burger King and if I’m feeling deprived I also order the onion rings.   Finally, the old standby, Cracker Barrell has a four vegetable side dish platter with corn muffins that is very satisfying and they serve pinto beans with a really nice pickle relish.  Their Apple Iced Tea and Sweet Potato Casserole are a highlight of the menu.

Once in Denver we ate at two different restaurants.  Las Fuentes near Speer Blvd in downtown has homemade mexican food with bean and rice fillings.  The sauces make the food extraordinary.  The Old Spaghetti Factory is a great place to eat if you are hungry and like homemade Italian food.  We ate Mizithra cheese from Greece with  browned butter on pasta, which was the best entree of the week.

Finally, we never go into the higher altitudes without our Perfect Water.  It is purified, re-mineralized, ionized, micro-structured, and oxygen rich which is very helpful when trying to walk or climb stairs in the Mile-High City.  For those of you readers who train at altitude I highly recommend it.  You can find it on our website, www.like.mychoices.biz

If you have tried to eat a healthy, vegetarian diet on the road send me your finds.  I would love to hear from you.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 25 The Reasons

In reading and commenting on other Vegan blogs I’ve noticed that a lot of vegetarians are what I would call aggressively mellow.  They have chosen to eat a certain way and love the results but seem to always have their armor on, defending their choices.  If  my reasons are strong enough for me and I’m not offending God, who cares what others think or eat?   I don’t view veganism as a crusade, rather it is a personal conviction based on past experience and study.

The past experiences have to do with always planting a vegetable garden in the spring and eating from it the rest of the year.  Fresh food from the garden to table has a flavor that cannot be duplicated in the 2 to 3 weeks that it takes to ship the food from somewhere else.  Plus, after 2 weeks at least half of the vitamin C is gone.

The study has to do with the book of Genesis in the Bible.  I’ve always been fascinated with our Creator and His methods.  The original design places us in a garden, tending it , living in it and eating the produce from it.  Nutritionists are finding that our bodies are designed to heal themselves when the right nutrients are in place.

So, your reasons for veganism are yours alone.  Relax, and take off your armor.  Enjoy your gardens and farmer’s markets.  In my view vegetables and fruits are a major miracle.  You don’t have to defend yourself or insist that others agree with you.  And you certainly don’t have to worry about what other people think of them.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 10 Retro-Eating

When planning the evening meal I think about what my grandparents ate during the summer.  They raised families during the depression and lived on small farms with chickens, pigs, vegetable gardens, and a variety of fruit trees.  New potatoes cooked in their jackets, freshly picked corn on the cob and ripe tomatoes were standard fare this time of year.  This evening we had black-eyed peas, corn and collard greens from the garden.  The flavors are complementary and I feel deeply satisfied when I’m finished.  This is retro-eating at it’s finest.