• Glenn Wilson
    December 28, 2019

    Kathy Hester: If you don’t know, us southerners think eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day fills up our year with luck!

    People in the southern US eat cooked collard greens too. They are thought to attract money in the new year.

    You can even make a dish of Hopping John which has black-eyed peas and rice. I like to chop up collard greens and add them in too.

    Continue at Plant Based Instant Pot: New Year’s Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas.

    According to legendary Southern food researcher John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, black-eyed peas are associated with a "mystical and mythical power to bring good luck." As for collard greens, they're green like money and will ensure you a financially prosperous new year. And isn't that all what we want anyway?

    There's evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But the tradition of eating black-eyed peas with rice is African in origin and spread throughout the South, especially in the Carolinas, in the form of pilaus or rice dishes simmered for a long time with chicken or shrimp. When black-eyed peas were added to the pilau, it became Hoppin' John.

    Continue at Southern Living: Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    December 3, 2019
    For breakfast, sometimes I eat leftovers from the day before, sometimes I make oatmeal with fruit, and sometimes I just eat some plain fruit. But sometimes ...

    When I have fresh leafy greens and berries, I like to make a berry and greens smoothie:

    Lately I have been getting some nice blueberries and raspberries from La Comer. This morning I used raspberries, baby arugula and spinach. I also added an apple.

    Breakfast Berry and Greens Smoothie
    • Wash and disinfect the produce before use as needed
    • 2 handfuls of leafy greens
    • 1-2 cups of berries
    • 1 apple
    • 1-2 cups water with ice
    • Blend to desired consistency
    • Serves two
    • Enjoy!

    You can substitute frozen berries instead of fresh and other fruit or veggie for the apple. You can use any variety of fresh leafy greens and berries. Sometimes I throw in some celery or a carrot. Experiment. This is not a recipe so much as a framework.

    Simple, easy, nutritious and delicious!

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  • Glenn Wilson
    November 29, 2019
    For our Thanksgiving meal yesterday, we had delivered from RubyJoy's:
    • Whole Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower,
    • Mashed Potatoes,
    • Cornbread stuffing (hiding under the cranberry sauce in the pic),
    • Green Beans,
    • Cranberry Sauce,
    • Sweet Potato Gratin.

    Plus, we had chocolate ice cream from Cafe Arabella.

    Everything was fantastic!

    And, everything was vegan and gluten-free but RubyJoy's also offered the traditional non-vegan turkey and sides. And, Cafe Arababella also sells regular non-vegan ice cream (they make it all themselves).

    Too late for you for this Thanksgiving, but keep them in mind for next Thanksgiving or your next meal.

    More #RubyJoys.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    November 27, 2019

    Kathy Hester: Jackfruit is the perfect substitution for shredded chicken in some of your old family recipes. I use it in my Instant Pot Jackfruit White Bean Chili recipe. The jackfruit gives this white chili the perfect texture combined with the Great Northern beans. It’s seasoned with mild ancho chili powder, green chilies, and ground cumin. ...

    White chili is usually made with a white bean instead of a kidney bean and has little or no tomatoes added to it. It can have tomatillos or green chili to give it a greenish tint.

    Traditionally, it has chicken rather than ground beef. We’re using jackfruit in this recipe to veganize it and make our meatless version of white chili.

    Continue at Plant Based Instant Pot: Instant Pot Jackfruit White Bean Chili.

    Linda Meyer: This savory vegan white bean “chicken” chili is made with jackfruit, and it’s guaranteed to fool your carnivorous friends. Shhhhh…..

    If you’ve never had jackfruit you’re probably thinking that I’m full of beans. Yep, pun definitely intended. But I’m not full of anything, this unusual fruit is like a culinary blank slate because it doesn’t really have much flavor.

    It tastes like a super mild apple, so it absorbs the flavors you cook it in. Its texture is very much like meat. It shreds like chicken or pork would, in fact I made a BBQ shredded jackfruit that was a dead ringer for pulled chicken or pork.

    NOTE: For savory recipes you want to use YOUNG GREEN jackfruit in water. Not fresh, not ripe, and not packed in brine.

    Continue at Veganosity: Vegan White Bean “Chicken” Chili.

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  • Arabella
    October 21, 2019
    Custom order arranged on customer´s platter.

    Facebook Page / Google Map / Menu.

    Cafe Arab'ella
    Vicente Guerrero 1
    San Miguel de Allende
    197 1666


    Facebook Page / Google Map / Menu.

    Cafe Arab'ella
    Vicente Guerrero 1
    San Miguel de Allende
    197 1666
  • Glenn Wilson
    October 21, 2019
    The best-selling documentary of ALL TIME on iTunes (in less than a week).

    Available now on Netflix: The Game Changers.

    The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.

    Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his understanding of food and his definition of true strength.
    The Game Changers Movie.

    I just watched this on Netflix and enjoyed it and highly recommend it. Of course, I may suffer from confirmation bias so you will need to form your own opinion after watching it. :smile:

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 15, 2019

    Dr. Greger: There’s lots of talk these days about detoxing, but talk is cheap. Our liver is actually doing it, all day, every day. And if we want to detoxify, the best thing we can do is boost our liver’s own detoxifying enzymes. And sulforaphane is the most potent natural phase 2 enzyme inducer known. That’s one of our liver’s detoxication systems.

    So where do we find this stuff? Broccoli, which produces more than any other known plant in the world.

    In micromoles per gram seed, fresh weight broccoli’s number one, then kohlrabi, and cauliflower gets the bronze. It’s interesting; broccoli raab, which is all gourmet, expensive—is it worth the extra price? No. Broccoli raab produces about 500 times less than broccoli.

    Broccoli is an exceptional source of sulforaphane, but at the same time, there’s none actually in the vegetable—until you bite it.
    NutritionFacts: The Best Detox.

    You’ll hear folks in the raw food community waxing poetic about enzymes—the importance of preserving the activities of plant enzymes, which are destroyed by cooking. Skeptics, on the other hand, indignantly assert that we have no use for plant enzymes, since we’re animals and make all the enzymes we need. Well, both sides are wrong. There are two known examples of plant enzymes serving physiologically useful functions, and the production of sulforaphane is one of them.

    One of our most powerful phytonutrients, it is formed by an enzyme in broccoli. You cut or chew or chop up broccoli or broccoli sprouts, and the enzyme is released and it gets to work making us a big batch of phytonutrient goodness.

    Cooking inactivates the enzyme, though, so steamed broccoli doesn’t have any. So why have experiments shown detectable sulforaphane levels in the blood and urine of people eating only cooked broccoli? Now I’m really confused. Were they sneaking raw broccoli on the side?
    NutritionFacts: Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True.

    When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called iloccorB. I’d talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, excellent safety profile and just as they were all scrambling to buy stock in the company and prescribe it to all their patients I did the big reveal, apologizing for my dyslexia, I had got it backwards. All this time I had been talking about broccoli.

    Sulforaphane, is thought to be the main active ingredient in broccoli, which may protect our brain, protect our eyesight, protect against free radicals, induce our detoxification enzymes, help prevent cancer, as well as help treat it. For example I’ve talked about sulforaphane targeting breast cancer stem cells.

    But then I talked about how the formation of this compound is like a chemical flare reaction, requiring the mixing of a precursor compound with an enzyme in broccoli, which is destroyed by cooking. This may explain why we get dramatic suppression of cancer cell growth from raw broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, but hardly anything boiled microwaved or steamed, except for microwaved broccoli —that actually retained some cancer fighting abilities. But who wants to eat raw Brussels sprouts?
    NutritionFacts: Second Strategy to Cooking Broccoli..

    To see the full transcript or links to cited sources go to the link above, then scroll below the video and click on View Transcript or Sources Cited.

    If you are interested in vegan or whole food plant based diets check out Go Whole Food Vegan by a local SMA vegan and The Vegan Wave SMA (Facebook).

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 15, 2019
    Why would you want to cook without oil?
    • Because you are following a WFPB (whole food plant based) diet,
    • You don't want the empty fat calories from oil,
    • You ran out of oil!

    This post is about the how and not the why, so we'll skip the deeper reasons you might want to skip oil.

    How do you sauté without oil?
    Short answer: Use a non-toxic, non-stick pan and use water instead of oil.
    Longer answer: Watch these videos. They also include some other oil free cooking techniques and tips.

    Happy Herbivore: How to Cook Without Oil (How to Sauté Without Oil)

    Mic the Vegan: Oil Free Cooking Basics + Hacks

    Chef AJ: How to Sauté Without Oil

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 13, 2019
    Gabrielle: If there is one dish I always crave as soon as the first leaf hits the ground, is my Black Bean Quinoa Chili! No matter where you’re from, when fall is in full swing, everyone is reaching for a fab chili recipe.

    What’s fab about this classic chili, is everything! It’s quick, easy, veggie packed, flavor packed, affordable, no hard to find ingredients, NO BEEF, a flavor boost with liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire, packs additional protein with quinoa, is filling, can easily be made in bulk, perf for fall, perf for meal prep!

    Eat Drink Shrink Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Chili Recipe.

    Black Bean Chili | Forks Over Knives

    Black Bean Chili | Forks Over Knives.

    I've been wanting to share this Black Bean and Corn Chili recipe again with you for a while now. It's a vegetarian (and vegan!) chili recipe that is crazy delicious. It's loaded with black beans and corn and topped with a light and fresh avocado salsa.

    What I love most about the chili is how FRESH it tastes. I know that calling something a summer chili recipe might sound a little odd, but this has summertime written all over it. The crunchy corn, creamy avocado and tangy lime demand to be eaten on a hot summer's day.
    The Endless Meal: Black Bean And Corn Chili With Avocado Salsa.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 12, 2019
    Mexican street food is an essential component of our cultural identity. Its importance is such that delicacies such as taco and tamales have already become symbols that represent us internationally.

    And in the immense labyrinth of flavors that are Mexican “garnachas”, the taco is the undisputed king. But among all the types of tacos there are, which one will be the favorite? What is the most beloved taco of all? Finally, we have the answer, ingeniously illustrated in the “tacography” a delicious infographic that has solved the maximum question. It’s about the taco al pastor; This is the one that most Mexicans want.

    The news is interesting because if there is a sign of migration, cultural exchange and openness, that should be the taco al pastor. Born thanks to the Lebanese migrants in Puebla who adapted their traditional shawarma of lamb to the taste of Mexicans (now made with pork and richly seasoned), this taco is one that you can find throughout the country. Maybe this is the definitive test and if you think you are not an “open” person, now you know that your taste buds are.

    More at: What is Mexico’s Favorite Taco and it 60 variations (see this “tacography”).

    Netflix Taco Chronicles
    Each episode analyzes each taco variety, its origin, and history, and tells you where to get some delicious tacos. The series is in Spanish with English subtitles available. Episode #1 is Tacos al Pastor.
    Netflix pays homage to tacos

    Netflix Taco Chronicles

    See also: Tacos al pastor: the best food in the world?

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