My Experience: Organization Luncheons and Dinners

I go to luncheons and dinners for the organizations that I am with. I notice that when the menus are planned ahead no one ever considers that people may be vegan or vegetarian. If you are lucky, you will get to go to a restaurant that has a selection of grains, legumes, or vegetables. If you are unlucky, you will  get the small garden salad while everyone is enjoying the meal of their choice. If you live in an area where people traditionally don’t care about providing options to people who don’t eat meat, asking for a separate menu can make you feel like you are going to become ridiculed. So, rather than calling too much attention to yourself, you just eat your side-salad and wait until you get home to eat a satisfying meal.

Last night, I went to a barbeque restaurant and enjoyed chips and salsa with artichoke dip, fresh vegetables, but the rice wasn’t pleasing. I was expecting this spicy pilaf filled rice, but got a buttery rice with cut up bell-pepper. I sat and watched people eat pounds of ribs, steak, and fried chicken. I am thankful that no one stopped and had a discussion with me about why I’m not eating meat. I felt relieved.

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Beyonce Has Caught On to Vegan Delivery Service

As a few may know, Beyonce and Jay-Z are trying out their hand in the vegan delivery service, with the 22 Days Nutrition. This program allows you to choose up to three meals a day, with costs ranging between $9.34 to $16.50 per meal. If you didn’t know, this is a growing service. Just like a few other vegan delivery services I’ve seen, meals must be ordered a week in advance. The site mentions that all of the meals are 100 percent plant-based and GMO, gluten, dairy, and soy free.

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Montreal Has a Cafe for Dogs

Dogs are a part of the family, so why not treat them to lunch at their favorite cafe? Le Doggy Cafe is Montreal’s first cafe for dogs. Aside from providing healthy dog treats and canine classes, they have a wholesome vegan and vegetarian menu. Le Doggy Cafe serves specialty salads, grilled cheese, vegetarian burgers, smoothies, coffee beverages, and vegan desserts. I absolutely adore the idea of having doggy cafes.

 

Vegan Food Delivery Service in Montreal

Café Nutrimania, located in Montreal, QC,  offers a delivery service through Nutrimania-Direct, an online ordering service that ships vegan, gluten-free meals to wherever you are located in the local area.They offer vitality bowls with quinoa, wraps, soups, salads, pastries and desserts, breakfast, sushi, and an assortment of fresh juices and smoothies. Meals must be ordered by noon at Saturday, and the week’s worth of meals covers Tuesday through Monday.

It’s good to see a vegan delivery service available to busy individuals who may not always have time to cook. Hopefully, other restaurants will start offering this type of service.

Since Going Vegetarian, I Urinate More Often

Since going vegetarian, I urinate more often. I don’t feel as though I am drinking more water or tea, but I find myself having a tummy until I go… The is the only odd experience I’ve had. But, I need to take into account, I am eating fruits and vegetables which contain water. My body is getting more nutrients and water. Has anyone had this happen?

The Pot Luck: How to Expose Your Co-Workers to Vegetarian or Vegan Food

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, it may be hard to decide what you will bring to a workplace potluck. Many co-workers can be critical and you don’t want to be the one left starving or eating potato chips because everything else may contain meat or dairy(if you are vegan). Not wanting people to look at your dish like it is from out of space, may discourage you to bring anything at all. But, I am here to say that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some quick and easy dishes to take to a work potluck:

Pasta

There is something really eye-catching about the colorful blend of vegan and vegetarian pasta. I’ve rarely seen people pass it up, unless it wasn’t overdone or looked like it got ran over.  But, your pasta will not look like it got ran over, it will look lovely and delicious. I believe in you.

If You’re Vegan:

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Triple Garlic Pasta With Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Bread Crumbs retrieved from Serious Eats

If You’re Vegetarian:

Garden Vegetable Pasta Bake retrieved from Deb’s Perfect Bite. Substitute with vegan sausage. 

Tips and Tricks:

Taquitos

Taquitos are an easy finger-food for co-workers and they are really tasty. These are not your average gas-station taquitos and they are much healthier.

If You’re Vegetarian:

Black Bean Taquitos retrieved from Hannaford

If You’re Vegan:

Spicy Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos retrieved from Talia’s Tomatoes

Gluten-Free Vegan and Vegetarian

Tamales

Tamales are made with masa or maize, a dough made from hominy(ground corn). Many gluten-free products use corn as a substitute for wheat flour, which contains gluten. Tamales are delicious and hearty.

If You’re Vegan:

Vegan Tamales with Mushroom and Green Chile retrieved from MJ’s Kitchen

If You’re Vegetarian:

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Garden Vegetable Tamales retrieved from About Food

Vegan Bacon Grease?

Recently, the Huffington Post produced an article on Magic Vegan Bacon Grease, a vegan product that supposedly resembles and tastes like bacon grease. As if vegans and vegetarians miss the taste of bacon… Despite the name being a personal turnoff, the ingredients are true vegan ingredients with flavors coming from natural sources. The spread contains coconut oil, soy protein(without GMOs), sea salt, pure maple syrup, black pepper, onion, garlic, Torula yeast, and natural smoke flavor.

Why does it have to be named after bacon grease? It looks like a truly genuine vegan product.

The Three Types of Quinoa

Why Quinoa?

Quinoa is rich in nutrients like b vitamins, protein, calcium, fiber, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, folate, manganese, and amino acids among other nutrients.

There are three types of quinoa:

Black, red, and white. Each type has its own distinct flavor and texture.

Black Quinoa

Higher in fiber content, black quinoa has a sweeter flavor and crunchier in texture than red and white quinoa. It’s ideal for desserts and salads which require a sweeter flavor.

Black Quinoa Blueberry Pudding retrieved from Daily Garnish

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa retrieved from 101 Cookbooks

Red Quinoa

Crunchier than white quinoa and less crunchy than black quinoa, red quinoa is the middle grain used for almost anything. It holds it’s shape better than white quinoa, providing a slightly earthy balance for salads and savory cakes.

Quinoa Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pistachios retrieved from Gimmie Some Oven

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Quinoa Potato Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce retrieved from Vogue Vegetarian

White Quinoa

Having the softest texture of the bunch, white quinoa is often used in soups, cakes, and summer salads. The flavor is not as strong, causing added ingredients to stand out. It is important to not overpower white quinoa with too much lemon or tart flavoring.

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Kale, Quinoa and White Bean Summer Salad with Tahini Miso Sauce retrieved from Balance and Yoga Wellness

White Bean, Quinoa And Kale Stew with Fennel

White Bean, Quinoa And Kale Stew with Fennel retrieved from Taste Space

Include Quinoa in Your Diet!

My Mother Has Type 2 Diabetes and Her Doctor Claims a Vegetarian Diet is Dangerous

I am pretty frustrated because my mother has type 2 diabetes and her physician has told her that a vegetarian diet is not recommended because it may be dangerous to her health. Personally, I feel that she needs to seek another physician because I’m not seeing a major positive impact in her health with her current physician. She has gone back to eating pork and beef because she claims her physician has told her these things would not impact her health at all and any health problems she has are not related to the two.

Currently, I am gathering all of the “vegetarian” articles that I can find from medical websites with credible physicians as well as sources. Despite attempting to encourage a healthier lifestyle, I feel discouraged by the amount of excuses, and recommendations from a doctor who hasn’t produced many results for my mother.

By the way, most of the sources I found state that a vegetarian diet is a good way to manage diabetes.

Soul Food for Healthier Living

Growing up in a southern black household, I’ve had my share of soul food. Unfortunately, the soul food I grew to know and love was not always the healthiest. A lot of it was filled with pork and animal fat. This type of eating often leads to many health issues and conditions, shortening the quality and quantity of life. Luckily, by the time I was a teenager, I had convinced my parents to seek healthier alternatives to traditional ingredients that are used in soul food. Since becoming vegetarian, I have filled my palate with a wide assortment of vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs, and spices.

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are symbols of prosperity. My family eats them for every holiday, and even when it isn’t a holiday. Traditionally, they are cooked with ham, but it’s time to stir away from pork and meat flavoring.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad retrieved from “Down Home with the Neely’s” on the Food Network

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collard Greens and Red Bell Pepper retrieved from Food on the Table

Collard Greens

Collard greens can be used in a wide-range of recipes and are a staple of the African American and southern community. We love collard greens, especially with a lot of spice.

Spicy Collard Greens with Rice retrieved from Vegenista

Collards Stuffed with Red Beans and Rice retrieved from Fat Free Vegan

Collard Greens with Onion and Tomato retrieved from About Food

Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice are a flavorful staple of Creole cooking, enjoyed in both the United States and in Haiti.

Vegan Red Beans and Rice retrieved from Healthy Eating Rocks

Candied Yams

Candied yams are simply delicious and are often baked with marshmallows. There are other ways to make candied yams with simply and natural ingredients.

Candied Yams retrieved from Yummy Plants

Cornbread

Cornbread can be done so many different ways. Some people love sweet cornbread and some people love savory cornbread.

Jalapeno and Honey Cornbread retrieved from That Was Vegan