Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Padmanadi- yummies in Edmonton, Alberta

I have so many pictures and adventures to blog over the past two years! Let's hope this post is the start of some wonderful back-tracking.

On Father's Day, my crazy wonderful hubby, was driving around and we were deciding where to go to eat. Remember this is Father's Day, so it should be somewhere special for him, right? You know the nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat? Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean? If I just tweaked that slightly, I could make it describe my hubby and I.

How 'bout this?

The man-man could eat no plants,
his wife could eat no animals.

What? Not very catchy? I'll do better next time.

Anyway...I catch on a little before he gets there where he is going. There is a great little vegan/vegetarian restaurant called Padmanadi in our home-base that I had never been to. He chooses Father's Day to go there for brunch! Awww, yup that was pretty selfless and sweet of him.

I don't think he enjoyed the food very much, but I hope we were good company.

He ordered a side of fake meat to ease the pain. smile.

This was the meal of one of my girls.

The man and I both had a version of eggs benedict. The man had a kind of thai version and I had something that was close to original. I was very excited about this as eggs benedict was one of my favourite things before going vegan. Padmanadi's vegan version was yummy. The sauce was more tangy than creamy, but this substitution will do just fine in keeping my mind off of any cravings for non-plant based eggs benedict.
I don't get out much when at home, but I hope I won't wait too long before returning here. I would love to try their regular menu. I spied some pretty tempting stuff on there I would love to try.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

On CNN Tonight

I have just heard word that Dr. Esselstyn is scheduled to be on CNN tonight in a segment entitled "The Last Heart Attack". The show is supposed to air at 9pm and 12pm ET, 6 and 9pm PT. I won't be able to watch as I have tickets to a concert with friends, but I hope some out there will be able to see it.

For those that have to miss it, here is a CNN Dr. Esselstyn preview. In the preview, Dr. Esselstyn actually goes as far as saying eating a plant-based diet (no eggs, dairy, or meat, as well as no added oils) will make you "heart attack proof"!

A great quote from the article accompanying the preview video: "We've eaten ourselves into a problem, and we can eat ourselves out of it." -Dr. Terry Mason.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Egg Replacers

I am about to head out to my in-laws' cabin for the next week. I have been terrible about doing much vegan cooking or baking as of late because of life just being on some wild ride that I am hoping will slow down eventually. I wanted something to be able to bake there to snack on, since there obviously will not be a Planet Organic anywhere nearby, and in fact the drive to the nearest any-kind-of grocery store is about an hour long.

I tried to google a vegan banana bread recipe and came up with lots of hits. However, I KNOW that banana bread can be made without an egg replacer, and it was a little harder to find that. In my search, I did come across a page on Isa Chandra Moskowitz's website ( Post Punk Kitchen) that gives quite a few options for replacing eggs in recipes without having to resort to an egg replacer (although that is listed too).

Now to finish looking for that perfect recipe...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Agave...not so Angelic?

Alicia Silverstone just posted a great guest blog all about agave nectar by Christina Pirello on her blog. A great piece including all the science information behind what she is talking about. I am trying to cut down on sugars and agave has been my sweetener of choice when I actually use a sweetener for something, but my bigger problem is still avoiding the regular old white sugar sweetened candies! I think maybe I will switch to brown rice syrup when my agave runs out, and send some good wishes my way to help me stay away from all the refined baddies that are a thousand times worse.

Check out the guest blog at The Kind Life here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

NYTimes Article- The High Cost of Cheap Meat

Before I started eating a plant-based diet, and even before I stopped considering chips and ice cream to be a good meal (in my teens), it always bothered me to take medication. I always wanted to try riding out a headache, or drinking a glass of water and taking a nap before taking a Tylenol. I always wonder whether I really need it before accepting a prescription from my doctor.

You know what else bothers me? Things out of my control bother me. What if you had a meddlesome mother, who thought it necessary to mix some kind of protein powder into your meals because she thought you needed more protein, or one that was slipping you the newest diet pill and telling you it was a vitamin because she thought you needed to lose weight. For a vegetarian or a vegan parent, the person, whether family or friend, that gives your kid a bite of meat when you aren't looking because they think your child is missing something. People "slipping something past me" bothers me, even if they think it is insignificant.

Below is this article from the NYTimes this month. When reading this kind of thing, I can't believe how little I knew about the food that I was putting in my mouth, and how deceived I feel about all of the "extras" that I was getting that someone thought didn't make a difference. I can't believe that anyone who reads an article like this and sits a while to think about how sickly and diseased it makes the animals seem and takes some time to pull up some images in your head of what is being described, could ever eat meat again. Why would we put something like that in our mouths, let alone be nourished and expect to be healthy when that is what we are betting on?

The High Cost of Cheap Meat

The point of factory farming is cheap meat, made possible by confining large numbers of animals in small spaces. Perhaps the greatest hidden cost is its potential effect on human health.

Small doses of antibiotics — too small to kill bacteria — are fed to factory farm animals as part of their regular diet to promote growth and offset the risks of overcrowding. What factory farms are really raising is antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which means that several classes of antibiotics no longer work the way they should in humans. We pay for cheap meat by sacrificing some of the most important drugs ever developed.

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council, joined by other advocacy groups, sued the Food and Drug Administration to compel it to end the nontherapeutic use of penicillin and tetracycline in farm animals. Veterinarians would still be able to treat sick animals with these drugs but could not routinely add the drugs to their diets.

For years, the F.D.A. has had the scientific studies and the authority to ban these drugs. But it has always bowed to pressure from the pharmaceutical and farm lobbies, despite the well-founded objections of groups like the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization, which support an antibiotic ban.

It is time for the F.D.A. to stop corporate factory farms from squandering valuable drugs just to promote growth among animals confined in conditions that inherently create the risk of disease. According to recent estimates, 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in this country end up in farm animals. The F.D.A. can change that by honoring its own scientific conclusions and its statutory obligation to end its approval of unsafe drug uses.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You Can Stuff Your Face on Oreos

...but I don't recommend it! (smile)

I am just excited because I found out that Oreos are vegan!

Maybe you already knew it, but I was oblivious.

I have never really been an Oreo eater (as an adult anyway), but it is certainly nice to know that if I am at my kid's piano recital and someone brings Oreos, I can actually have one!

...and maybe every once in a while, I might crush up some Oreos and put them in my So Delicious ice cream.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vegan Nutritionista Website

Yesterday, I was doing a few google searches to try and find an interesting vegan blog to spend my time with for a few minutes to wind down at the end of the day. After about ten minutes, I was a little disappointed that I just kept coming across blogs that looked promising at first glance, but then had the reoccurring theme of "being a vegan means making my plate look just like a meat-eater's, by using fake meat substitutes and lots of processed food". I saw lots of pictures of "beef" stroganoff, and "bacon" sandwiches, and basically a lot of dishes with a lot of quotation marks. Sigh. Besides not being a healthy way to live, I don't understand how people who get sick at the thought of eating an animal can look at food that *looks* like it came from an animal and not get the same feeling.

I had a brainwave (very difficult after a long day, I tell you) and realized that I should search something like "healthy vegan" instead (not all vegans are created equal), and came up with more of what I was looking for. The first site I went to was called Vegan Nutritionista. I had already wasted my time elsewhere, so I didn't spend a lot of time looking at it last night, but signed up for their monthly newsletter and went to bed. This morning I sat down at my computer to find a nice email asking me to confirm my membership and giving me the chance to download a free e-book. It was a very nice start to my day. Of course, that led me to stray off the path of things I should be doing, and explore the sometimes rather mucky path of things that I might regret later when my work is not done. No worries this time. I found a very thorough and well thought out FAQ page, maybe the best I have ever seen.