What do Vegetarians eat for Thanksgiving, is a question I get asked when the fall season arrives. My answer is, we eat all the side dishes that are usually served with the dinner. They are the inviting comfort foods that have a delectable charm to them. I put a few of these favorite holiday recipes in my book, How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian. I love Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays. I have a large family and dearly love getting to see them and catch up on what everyone is doing. With everyone coming over, the house will smell fabulous with the aroma of freshly, baked breads and casserole dishes. Since we all want to nibble a little while we are waiting for everyone to arrive, I will have some nut pate stuffed celery sticks as appetizers and some warm spiced, apple cider. When it is finally time for our meal and the blessing, we will be filling our plates with a variety of delicious foods. People traditionally like to have a chewy, meaty type of main dish for Thanksgiving that would be in place of the traditional turkey. So, I make a Seitan Stroganoff, which is an old recipe of my mother’s that I have remade to be vegetarian. It is very hearty with a kind of gravy type of flavor and sauce. I would have a big, mixed green salad and the side dishes would be my squash casserole, Tom Spicer’s brown rice and chestnuts, stuffed tomatoes, green peas and Sweet potatoes with cranberries and apples. Then of course we have to have the traditional cornbread dressing. I make mine with my homemade cornbread recipe that is combined with vegetable broth, celery, sautéed onions and some herbs to create a wonderful cornbread stuffing. Traditionally, for the last 27 years, my mother would divide her dressing when she was making it and make one with chicken broth for everyone else and then one with a vegetarian broth for my family and me. I always appreciated that from my mother. She is so thoughtful about trying to make sure everyone is able to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving Dinner together. Then for the bread, I make my Great Aunt Katherine’s homemade yeast rolls, which are always a favorite and are the traditional bread at our holiday family feasts. Then for the grand finale, there would be pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert. I am so thankful for my family and our meals together. This Thanksgiving I will be eating these comforting foods that are my special veggie Thanksgiving feast. I hope this gives you some idea of what to serve the vegetarians that grace your table. Bless you and your family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Recipes from “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” are on pages:
Nut Pate Page 178
Seitan Stroganoff Page 195
Squash Cassarole page 205
Tom Spicer’s Brown Rice with Chestnuts page 218
Stuffed Tomatoes Page 214
Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Apples Page 216
Aunt Katherine’s Yeast Rolls page 251
Southern Cornbread page 256
Our body needs foods that are in season. It is also fresher and less expensive to eat foods that are in season.
So, next time you are at the grocery store, look for local, seasonal foods! There are farmers markets in most cities on weekends. Support your local organic farmer!
I attended the kick off fundraiser for The Larry Hagman Foundation, which will benefit children’s charities. He callas it J.R. Gives Back to Dallas. Evil does Good. It was a perfect evening for the outdoor event. Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were there to cheer Larry and his new foundation on! Linda looked gorgeous up there with Patrick as they told stories about Larry and their relationship on the show. Asleep at the Wheel played wonderful music. It was a delightful evening. Larry is one of my former clients and I love seeing him!
I attended the kick off fundraiser for The Larry Hagman Foundation, which will benefit children’s charities. He callas it J.R. Gives Back to Dallas. Evil does Good. It was a perfect evening for the outdoor event. Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were there to cheer Larry and his new foundation on! Linda looked gorgeous up there with Patrick as they told stories about Larry and their relationship on the show. Asleep at the Wheel played wonderful music. It was a delightful evening.
One person’s weed is another person’s herb. A weed is simply a plant that is not meant to grow in a certain landscaping. But really, the rainforest is one big group of weeds (plants) that are super foods! We need to change how we look at our garden and our health. It is all a matter of perspective. I probably drive my yardman crazy, because I tell him not to cut down my dandelions and other plants that are growing wild around my yard. I have almost an acre and I let all of my plants go to seed. Which means they grow until they produce seeds. I let nature take its’ course and I have gardens growing all over my yard. An arugula here and a plant there. It is fun and I love seeing where my salad will pop up! I love the wildness of it. Well, I hear about everyone trying desperately to kill their weeds. Dandelions are apparently one of the ones they target. I know Monsanto has had a advertising blitz and round-up weed killer developed just to stamp out the plant. Well, in my garden the dandelion is one of my most treasured plants. I make tea from it, I juice it with my cucumbers and celery. I also put it in my salads. I noticed the other day that it is right next to the spinach at the Whole Foods Market. Well, dandelion is one of the most healthful plant around! Why is everyone killing it, when they should be eating it! With the high cost of food, you have a very easy to grow, inexpensive super food right in your very own yard.
Let me explain why dandelions are so wonderful.
First of all, Europeans have used it for centuries in their salads, teas and food. It has been known for helping with digestion and the liver function. It helps in wonderfully amazing ways, so why are people killing it instead of eating it? People, who have any kind of gall bladder issue or trouble producing enough bile for the digestion of food, would really benefit from drinking dandelion tea or consuming more dandelion greens. So, stop killing your gourmet salad in your yard. Go organic and harvest your weeds! Little did you know that you were actually a gardener! Dandelions, I love them!
For more information go to: www.organichealthylifestyle.com
Now is the time to say adios to summer and the abundant summer crops and welcome the fall harvest. Eating seasonally is both economical and healthy. The seasonal bounty of fall fruits and vegetables has great variety from root and vine grown vegetables to fruits of the tree. Apples are one of these fruits and are delicious when they are fresh off the tree. The apple is the perfect snack: easy, portable, energy boosting, delicious, and fat free!
When the early English colonists arrived in North America, the only apple tree they found was crab apple. However, there are now over 7,000 varieties growing in the US. The colonists brought many seeds and seedlings with them over the years, but the first apple trees the colonists brought didn’t bear much fruit, because there were no honeybees in North America. The colonists started bringing over hives of honeybees as early as 1622 to pollinate the trees. A New York Publication in 1670 stated: “You shall scarce see a house, but the South side is begirt with Hives of Bees. The Native Americans loved the new apples that the colonists brought with them and cultivated them extensively throughout the US.
The apple is one of the most nutritious foods with remedies dating back to the earliest times of history. The apple is a member of the rose family and the blossom looks very much like a wild rose. One medium apple, fresh, raw, and with the skin, has high levels of vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, boron, and folate. All of those nutrients are packed into a small fruit with only 81 calories. Boron is a trace element, which has been shown to strengthen bones. Pectin is a soluble fiber in apples which removes cholesterol, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and the residues of radiation. In addition, the fiber content of one apple is equivalent to a serving of bran cereal. The malic and tartaric acid found in apples inhibits growth of disease-producing bacteria in the intestinal tract. The American Cancer Association says that the apple is a lung strengthening food and can lower the incidence of lung cancer, while studies have also shown that the liver and gallbladder benefit from the cleansing properties of the apple and apple juice. Furthermore, the antioxidant phytonutrients found in apples helps fight the damaging effects of LDL, which we know as bad cholesterol.
The physical benefits of apples have also been noted. A poultice of grated apples placed over the eyes for up to 20 to 30 minutes can help with swelling, sunburn, and “pink eye.”
This simple recipe is much like the Waldorf Salad recipe I learned from my mother. This recipe makes a great light lunch to pack for school or work.
3 large red apples cored and cut into bite size pieces.
2/3-cup pineapple (fresh is the best choice) crushed or cut into cubes.
1/ 3 cup celery, diced
3 Tablespoons Raisins
3 Tablespoon pecan pieces
3 Tablespoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon pineapple juice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine the salad ingredients. In a small bowl mix together the dressing ingredients and then mix the dressing in with the fruit.
Variations I add grapes to this salad when available. Walnuts can be used instead of pecans.
For more information go to: www.organichealthylifestyle.com
I know I was hungry for change, when I was sick and overweight. Great title! My friend sent me this link to view the film: Hungry for Change. It was excellant. I have everything they talked about in the movie, in my book! It made me feel so good about what I put in my book. The film is great and I hope you enjoy it! The plant based diet is the healing diet. Whenever you add more plant based foods into your diet, the better health you will have! It also addressed the subconsious and it’s role in our health and how diets don’t work.
I am now a psychosomatic practitioner. The subconsious mind is so powerful!
Here is the link for the movie:
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Access to the entire full length Hungry For Change film online. Get motivated and share the message with your family and friends!
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Do you ever wonder, what is in the food that you eat? The information you read on labels should have to tell you what kind of ingredients are in the product. I always buy certified organic, when I can. Even if it is fresh, whole food, I want to know, if it is genetically modified for one thing. Certified organic used to mean that it was “not” from genetically modified seeds. The certified organic has been watered down so much, that they have more and more (over 250) non-organic ingredients that can be added to them, as well as foods from genetically modified seed, I was so sad, when they started putting people on the certification board that were tied in with these huge industries that are in the business of genetically modified foods. I am alarmed at the studies done on animals that have been given a diet of genetically modified food. The industry keeps these quiet. “An estimated 75 percent of foods in U.S. grocery stores contain GM ingredients. About seven out of every 10 items in the average grocery cart have been genetically modified. And don’t bother reading labels to see if you’re buying a GM product, because no labeling is required.” ( 1) “What I know is that, there are two basic types of genetically engineered crops on the market now: herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant. Herbicide-tolerant crops usually include corn, cotton, sugar beets, soy, and canola. These are grown to handle the direct use of pesticides on them. There are over a billion pounds of pesticides used in the United States alone, each year. Many of these chemical fertilizers were developed for use as bombs or poisons in warfare. They poison our food and our environment. Pesticides particularly affect our nervous system. Insect-resistant crops usually include corn, potatoes, soy, and cotton. These plants actually produce an insecticide to kill insects that feed on them. If this is what the genetically engineered plant is doing to a small insect, then what is it doing to the person who is eating this food? The effect of this type of plant on the environment and in the human body, especially long-term, is unknown. Genetically engineered, or genetically modified (GM), plants are escaping into the wild and inter-breeding with wild plants. Our pollinators, such as bees, are in trouble now. Are genetically engineered plants a contributing factor? Good question. Genetically engineered food is such a recent food product that no long-term, in-depth studies show their long-term effect on humans or the ecosystem. You must decide for yourself if eating food that has pest control built right into it or has large amounts of poisons put on it is good for human consumption.” ( 2) So, this November, California will vote for “the right to know” what is in their food. I am a member of a group called “ Slow Food.” The group of Slow Food USA is supporting this campaign to make these companies and the producers of genetically modified foods actually put it on the label of the food. I support this right to know. Here is a link for you to help with the campaign. So, if you want to know what and where you food came from, join in and sign you name for fair, healthy, good, and clean food! If they do it in California, then we may be able to get in the other states as well. Let’s get this supported! Let your voice be heard!
Here is the link:
Slow food says,” This issue isn’t just about California. With just 33 days left until election day,Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, ConAgra and other pesticide and processed food corporations have come up with $34 million to ensure you’re kept in the dark about what’s in the food you eat and serve your family. Slow Food USA stands in opposition to these forces.”
They also said, “At a recent event in California, Slow Food’s founder Carlo Petrini told us that passing Proposition 37 should be Slow Food California’s top priority in the next 33 days. Without taking a position for or against GMOs, he urged us to protect our right to know what we are eating. “The campaign is important for all of Slow Food,” he said. “And not only for California but for the entire United States and the whole world.” He told us all that the world is watching — can we protect our right to know?”
Here is the link!
1.- Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about
Dangerous Genetically Modifi ed Foods.” Dr. Joseph Mercola’s
website. October 17, 2009. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
2. Addison, Nancy, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” June, 2012.
By Nancy Addison
By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP
I was reading the other day about “clean eating.” My client had asked me, if I knew what it was and I really didn’t. I supposed it is certainly better than eating dirty food! So, I looked it up on line. Apparently it is a term used for non-processed or “fast” food. I guess it is making a come back because a lady, wrote a book for “idiots.” And their guide to eating “clean.” It is a term that has caught the buzz. Now there are magazines and websites about eating clean The Clean food movement looks like a good movement. It is a movement that was started over the moral values of the times in the sixty’s, when I grew up. Much of what I talk about in my book and really why I became an organic proponent and vegetarian in the first place is because of the amazing amounts of chemicals and preservatives that are added to food at restaurants and packaging plants; as well as the inhumane treatment of these precious, living creatures. The “clean eaters’ support eating whole, real food. Makes sense to me! As people have gotten sicker and sicker from eating processed foods filled with additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers, as well as antibiotics and hormones; as a last resort they have turned to focusing on what they put in their mouth. I know changing what we eat can be really difficult, but when we stick with it for at least two weeks to ninety days, we can regenerate our tastes buds and really made a shift to the new lifestyle, even in our way of thinking. From what I can find on-line, the “Clean Food” movement says they have 7 principles. So, let’s look at those.
Number 1. Eat whole, natural foods and seek to eliminate or minimize processed foods. Well, that is admirable. But watch out for the word “natural.” It can be totally chemically derived and be legally called natural by FDA standards.
Number 2, They say to choose unrefined instead of refined foods. That sounds good.
Number 3. Include some protein, carbohydrates and fat at every meal. That sounds good as well.
Number 4: Watch out for fat, salt and sugar. That is good concept. But really, what you should look for is what kind of fat, salt and sugar it is. So many of these are really not good, but the healthy alternative can be extremely beneficial. I wrote really long chapters on the types of fats, sugars, and salts there are to choose from. I think quality is paramount.
Number 5 They say to eat six small meals throughout the day. I personally disagree with this. This can create weight problems and digestive problems in my opinion.
Number 6 They say not to drink your calories. The basic thought is good, but some of the suggestions for drinks are not a healthy choice in my own personal opinion. I think they can cause allergies and weight gain.
I am not into counting calories. I don’t do it. I think it is really an outdated mode of eating, because it doesn’t take into account the quality of the food as compared the quality of the other food. Calories for white refined flour are the same as calories for whole- grained, organic flour. I don’t believe it is as relevant and people think. I think it also makes eating so much more complicated. I don’t think eating healthy food should be complicated.
Number 7 is to get moving. Well, how can anyone argue with that? Good suggestion.
Well, in conclusion, if you are a clean eater, I would say you are much better off than you might have been previously, assuming you were eating a lot of fast and processed foods and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
I hope this helped you!
If you want to learn more about healing the body and the healing diet, sign up for my seminar on November 3! It is a day you can spend with me. I only have small intimate groups, so you can ask questions and get all the answers you need. There is a healthy lunch provided, as well as some cooking lessons! You will learn to handle stress, how to eat for candida yeast problems, cancer, diabetes and heart disease problems. What a gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. So, sign up today! It will be the best investment in your health that you can make.
Aren’t you worth it?
I love the evenings and looking up at the moon. We just had our beautiful harvest moon of 2012. The full moon that is closest to the autumnal equinox is the Harvest Moon. This moon will be very full and bright for several nights. The long moon lit nights are what characterize the Harvest Moon. It probably received it’s name from farmers who were able to harvest their crops later into the evening by the light of this beautiful full moon.
When I was a little girl, we would sing this song:
Shine On Harvest Moon
By Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)
Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky,
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or July
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
Later, one of my favorite songs by Neil Young became one of my all time favorites.
I hope you enjoy this video link of Neil singing this song.
Have a great evening!