June 8, 2007

Weekend Reading: Vegan with a Vengeance

51TFFjknAVL._SS500_.jpgRuss and I are not planning to become vegans. But we're always looking for ways to eat more healthfully and "lower on the food chain." Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the perfect introduction to eating vegan-style without giving up good tasting foods.

Moskowitz, whose most recent book is called Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, is the queen of re-making non-vegan favorites as vegan dishes. Recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance include vegan versions of Spanakopita, Matzo Ball Soup, Glazed Orange Scones, and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff. And, obviously, her vegan dessert recipes totally rock.

Buy Vegan with a Vengeance.

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June 6, 2007

Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes from Cooking with Aloha


ReallyNatural's founder Jay Brewer recently returned from a trip to NYC where he met Ann Hall Every, the author of Cook with Aloha. We like the section of her site dedicated to Good Food, Good Health, where we found this recipe for oatmeal pancakes.

Cooking with Aloha Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats
2 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla or almond extract
Canola cooking spray

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June 5, 2007

Coffee Made from Soybeans?

Coffee Lover.jpgWill Soy Espresso be the next big taste trend in coffee shops? It will if Marina Kushner has anything to say about it. Kushner, founder of Soy Coffee LLC, sent an email last week introducing Soyfee, a soybean and caffeine-free coffee blend she is selling to health food and gourmet shops (and via her website).

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May 23, 2007

Stonyfield Organic Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt


YUM ALERT! Just discovered Stonyfield Farm Organic Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt. Oh, organic fro-yo, where have you been all my life?

I'm salivating over Creme Caramel, a 1/2 cup serving of which has just 150 calories, 2% of your daily fat and 15% of your daily calcium. Heck, I may need to eat two servings. :)

Stonyfield Farm Organic Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt also comes in Cookies'N'Dream, Minty Chocolate Chip and Raspberry White Chocolate Chunk. The company also makes a nonfat version and a super premium ice cream.

Stonyfield Farm Low Fat Organic Frozen Yogurt is available at your local supermarket.

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May 21, 2007

Simple Food Soynut Butter

Doug just wrote in to tell us about Simple Food Soynut Butter. The soynut butter is made in a peanut- and tree nut-free factory using all organic ingredients. It's also vegan, kosher, and gluten-free.

Simple Food Soynut Butter comes in five flavors: Original (which contains no salt and no sugar), Cinnamon Sugar, Slightly Sweet, Sea Salted, and Chocolate.

Available at Wild Oats and Whole Foods or online at Simple Foods.

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May 14, 2007

Favorite Flax Seed Food Products

Eating flax seeds have been shown to reduce cholesterol, help fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, reduce menopausal symptoms and inflammation from arthritis and fight constipation. No wonder we know so many folks who are looking for ways to add flax to their diets.

You can grind your own flax seeds or purchase pre-ground flax seeds like Barlean's Forti-Flax, and add them to yogurt, smoothies and oatmeal.

Or, you can pick up some of the many foods containing flax seeds, some of our favorites of which are listed below:

51JKTT2RCDL._AA280_PIbundle-6,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpgNature's Path Flax Plus Granola Cereal with Pumpkin Seeds - Totally tasty granola - crunchy, not too sweet, and certified organic. Buy a six-pack on Amazon and save big-time over the cost of individual boxes in grocery stores.

Hodgson Mill Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Milled Flax Seed
- Whole wheat gourmet pasta with milled flax seed. 600 mg Omega 3 oils per serving. Again, certified organic.

Hodgson Mill Brownie Mix with Whole Wheat Flour & Milled Flax Seed - Brownie mix with ground flax seeds? Sign us up. Whole wheat flour adds additional fiber (and bonus points). I recommend sprinkling grain sweetened chocolate chips on top before baking. Yum.

Oskri Organics Flax Seed Bars - Gluten- and lactose-free, with flax seeds, sesame seeds, rice syrup and date syrup. No refined sugars. Chewy and delicious.

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May 7, 2007

Seeds of Change Quinoa

We'd planned to grill last night, only to discover at the last minute that our grill was out of gas. Quick change of plans -- Russ made the chicken and asparagus under the broiler, and I whipped out a box of stovetop quinoa.

We had Seeds of Change Certified Organic Tomato Basil Quinoa Blend in the house, a blend of quinoa, rice, and dried vegetables and spices. Following the instructions on the package, I sauteed ours in olive oil before adding water and the spice packet and cooking for 15 minutes.

To jazz it up, I added chopped roasted cherry tomatoes and some fresh rosemary. Totally yummy. Thanks, Seeds of Change folks.

Buy Seeds of Change Quinoa Mix.

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May 2, 2007

Newman's Own Organic Prunes

B000DZH20S.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_V45539838_AA280_PIbundle-12,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_-1.jpgWhether you're using them to make prune puree for Miriam's Low-Fat Magic Brownies or just eating them plain to increase the fiber in your diet, allow us to recommend Newman's Own Organic Prunes. They're 100% organic California prunes, with no sulfites.

Prunes get a bad rap as "old lady food" but the truth is, they're great for you. They're high in fiber, vitamin A and potassium (important for those of us who are allergic to bananas!). Better yet, they're higher in anti-oxidants than any fruit other than blueberries.

Buy Newman's Own Organic Prunes.

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May 1, 2007

Miriam's Low-Fat "Magic Brownies"

Our friend Miriam, a terrific cook, is always looking for ways to make recipes healthier. Here's a low-fat brownie recipe she adapted from Cooking Light. It uses prune puree instead of butter, so the brownies are, well, almost good for you. They're also a great source of fiber -- an added benefit if you're looking to add some fiber to your diet.

Miriam's Low-Fat "Magic Brownies"


1/3 cup Prune Puree (see Note below)
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso granules
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
6 egg whites
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Vegetable cooking spray


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the first 5 ingredients; stir well, and set aside. Combine cocoa and next 4 ingredients (cocoa through salt); stir well, and set aside.

Combine sugar and egg whites in a large bowl; beat at high speed of a mixer 3 minutes or until mixture resembles marshmallow creme. Add Prune Puree mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended.

Sprinkle flour mixture over egg white mixture, and fold in. Fold in chocolate morsels. Spread batter evenly into a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until brownies spring back when touched lightly in center. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Makes 35 brownies. I suggest enjoying them with a big glass of skim milk!

Note: To make prune puree, combine 1-1/3 cups (8 oz.) pitted prunes and 6 T water in the container of a food processor. Pulse on and off until prunes are finely chopped. Makes 1 cup.

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April 20, 2007

$10 off Annie's Homegrown at Amazon

Are you as big a fan of Annie's Homegrown Mac and Cheese as we are? Well, it's your lucky day.

Now through April 30th, Amazon is offering $10 off purchases of $39 or more from Annie's Homegrown and Annie's Naturals. Stock up on Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar. Load up on Annie's Cheddar Bunnies.

Here's the Annie's Homegrown $10 off coupon. Be sure to enter the promotional code ANNIES77 at checkout.

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