Monday, March 31, 2008

Red Lentil Soup

7 Cups water
2 1/2 Cups dried red lentils
1 large organic onion, minced
1 tsp. tumeric
Pinch of cayenne powder
2-4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. cumin
Sea salt to taste

Combine all but last three ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer unitl lentils have disintegrated. About 45 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, cumin & salt.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Morning Waffles

Our oldest daughter Jenn came home from college this weekend for a visit. Here she is having vegan waffles.

2 1/2 Cups Organic Oats
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Cup Organic Cornmeal
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 Cup Soymilk Powder
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 1/2 Cups Warm Water

Mix all ingredients & beat briefly by hand. Batter will be very thin; don't let it fool you. It is fine.
Ladle into hot waffle iron on dark setting for 8-10 minutes or until golden crisp. Do not check or peek for at least 8 minutes.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Why Babies Should NOT Eat Cereal

We have always believed that as soon as you start a baby on cereal they sleep better, grow better, etc. Sometimes it is important to question advice given to us by our family, well meaning friends, pediatricians, etc.

Babies have no ptyalin, the enzyme necessary to break down starches, until around the age of eighteen months. They cannot metabolize starches before this age. This also includes bread, cereal, potatoes, cookies and chips. All of these foods "clog up" our babies. These foods make excess mucous in children which is why you see so many little ones running around with runny noses!!! Babies over 6 months of age should be eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and of course mother's milk.

Great Vegan Site

A vegan is an individual whose diet omits any direct
animal products, such as meat, and also omits any
animal by products such as milk and eggs. Although it
seems impossible to form a healthy diet around these
limitations, Web sites such as show
individuals how simple it is to maintain a vegan

Excerpt from...
Saving the earth one bite at a time
By Carole Ann Kinnaw

Sunday, March 2, 2008

American's Sweet Tooth

Americans consume 53 teaspoons of caloric sweeteners per day, the equivalent of a 5 pound bag of sugar every week and a half - 75% more than in 1909. In Europe and North American, fat and sugar count for more than half of all caloric intake.

-World Watch Institute

The average American consumes 53 gallons of soda per year.
Americans drink more soda than any other beverage, including water.
Regular and diet cola are what Americans choose 69% of the time.

-CBS News