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Seggiano Raw Basil Pesto.

21 Dec

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So yeah. I don’t even really know what to say about Seggiano’s Raw Basil Pesto. Pretty much the best thing ever if pesto is your jam. I mean does it get any better than raw and vegan to begin with? Didn’t think so.

This exquisite pesto is imported from Italy and made from top notch ingredients and super special (ligurian) basil. At $10 a jar, it may seem steep but trust me, it is worth every penny. I have eaten pasta two times this week because of this pesto, I cannot get enough. It is very flavorful but not overly basil. Some pesto is just too basily and it can ruin the whole dish. No fear, there is none of that here. Nor is there any cheese as there usually is in 99% of jarred pesto sauces.

Made simply with olive oil, cashew nuts, fresh ligurian basil, sea salt and pine nuts, this pesto is the perfect topper for some fresh pasta or for a pesto pizza. Works well on sandwiches an as a dip if you so desire. There is really nothing more I can say about this pesto except it is the perfect pesto.

You can find it at Whole Foods or on Amazon, I also see it is available all over the U.K. Next time you are shopping keep your eyes open for Seggiano’s Raw Basil Pesto, your carbs and taste buds will thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰

http://www.seggiano.com/products/06pesto-pate/pesto.html Read All About Their Pesto Here…

http://www.seggiano.com/ This Is Their Homepage.

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Country Herbs.

28 Oct

The easiest way to add flavor to your food, without fat and guilt is the proper use of spices. If you are anything like me, you do not have a complete spice rack with everything you need to create the perfect dips and marinades. This is why I love Country Herbs so much, it’s like a per-measured spice cabinet in a packet. With 10 dip flavors and 3 bagel spreads to choose from you can choose your own adventure.

All natural, made with no msg, fillers or additives, Country Herbs are made to be blended into oil, yogurt or sour cream. Not mayo. They blend super easy, are packed with flavor and I can attest that they work wonderfully with vegan sour cream. I also got to try them mixed with olive oil which was a whole other experience. It really changed the game, made this product so much more versatile in my humble.

This is a small company located in NJ that I came across at a festival in Upstate NY. As far as I can tell their goods are not sold in stores yet but you can order any of their offerings right off their website below…

http://countryherb.com/ Country Herbs Homepage.

Recipe Time: Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers.

4 Oct

This is a super easy, super tasty recipe for black bean burgers. No eggs or egg re-placers needed, this burger is all natural and naturally vegan.ย  These burgers will take 30 minutes to prepare tops and don’t call for any crazy ingredients. Who says eating vegan is hard and expensive?

Easy Black Bean Burgers:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Black Beans

– 1/2 Cup Planko Bread Crumbs

– 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Onions

– 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Carrots

– 1/4ย  Cup Finely Chopped Mushrooms

– 2 Cloves Of Minced Garlic

– 2 Tablespoons Of Ketchup

– 2 Teaspoons Of Dijon Mustard

– 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

– 2 Teaspoons Ground Chili Powder

– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

– Olive Oil Or Cooking Spray To Coat The Pan

Directions:

– Coat Frying Pan With Olive Oil Or Cooking Spray And Add Onions, Carrots and Mushrooms. Saute For 5 Minutes, Until Soft.

– Add Garlic And Stir For 30 Seconds.

– Add Ketchup, Mustard, Cumin, Chili Powder And Salt. Stir To Combine.

– Remove The Vegetables From The Heat And Seat Aside To Cool. Once They Are Cool Enough To Handle Toss Them Into A Food Processor And Add The Black Beans And The Planko Bread Crumbs.

– Pulse A Few Times To Combine.

– Remove From Food Processor And Form The Mixture Into 2 Large Patties. Place Them On A Foil Lined Baking Sheet And Lightly Coat Them With Olive Oil Or Cooking Spray So They Do Not Stick.

– Bake For 15 Minutes At 450 Degrees.

– Serve A Top A Whole Grain/Sprouted Grain Bun With Some Avocado And Sweet Potato On The Side.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Nutrition Information (Each): 215 Calories. 8 Grams Of Protein. 6 Grams Of Fat. 8 Grams Of Fiber.

Recipe Time: Easiest Crispy Fried Tofu Ever.

17 Aug

Fried tofu is simple and amazing yet finding the perfect recipe seems to be a bit tricky. This recipe skips all the drama and takes us to the point, crispy tofu. For best results use extra firm tofu and press it for 15-30 minutes before cooking. I pressed for 30 minutes between plates and was good to go. If you like your tofu firm through out or if you are picky with your tofu (as I am) then cut the pieces even smaller than suggested and take it from there. This recipe is for a whole block of tofu but unless you have a few kids to feed, you will have plenty of left overs to make an easy stir fry or some veggie fried rice the next day. You can even eat it cold because yes, it is that good ๐Ÿ™‚

Easiest Crispy Fried Tofu Ever.

Ingredients:

–ย  1 Block Extra Firm Organic Tofu.

–ย  4 Tablespoons Of Flour.

–ย  4 Tablespoons Of Planko Bread Crumbs.

– 3 Teaspoons Of Garlic Powder.

– 1/2 Teaspoon Of Salt.

– 1 Teaspoon Of Pepper.

– 4 Tablespoons Of Olive Oil.

Directions:

– Press Your Tofu As Recommended Above And The Cut Into 1/2 in. Cubes.

– In A Bowl Combine Cut Tofu And All Ingredients Except The Oil.

– Toss To Coat Tofu With The Mixture. You Can Also Toss It All In A Ziplock Bag And Shake It. You Want The Tofu Coated Well.

– Heat The Oil On Medium Heat In A Large Skillet, Add The Tofu And Cook For About 6-8 Minutes Until Light Brown And Crispy.

Enjoy!!!

Age Less, Live More. Take It From A Man Who Is Living Proof…

21 May

There are some people who absolutely fascinate me and Bernando LaPallo is on the top of that list. At the age of 111, almost 112, Mr. LaPallo has had many titles in life. From dad to grandpa from chef to author, Bernando LaPallo has led a life that is full, rich and strictly vegetarian. Bernando is believed to be the worlds oldest blogger, he wrote his first book at age 107 and he says he plans on living to 125. The craziest thing about Bernando is how YOUNG he looks, I would say he looks about 70-75 years old in the video below which is from 2010. It is hard to believe this man was born is 1901.

Mr. LaPallo has always known that his health and ability to stay both physically and mentally sharp are the most important things in life. He credits his longevity to his strict vegetarian diet and he says that there are 5 particular foods he believes have led the way to his 112 year on this planet. Chocolate, garlic, olive oil, cinnamon and honey are his 5 magic foods and he believes that his consumption of honey is the reason why he has never been sick a day in his life. At 111 he still takes care of himself and even makes rare but cherished and special appearances around the country to talk about his life and how he has managed to stick around so long ๐Ÿ™‚

I find it to be absolutely amazing that this man is 111 years old and he is all with it. I have never seen anything like it in my life, I know people who are 1/3 this man’s age who are worse off. His skin has no wrinkles and he does use olive oil on his skin everyday so take note to how well that has worked out for him. He also believes in exercising everyday, that is why he walks 1.5 miles every morning without the assistance of a walker. If Bernando LaPallo is not a true testament to how a healthy diet and regular exercise can help us achieve a long healthy life, than I don’t know who is.

You can learn more about Bernando and his life in his book, ‘Age Less, Live More’. You can buy it off his website which is linked below…

http://agelesslivemorestore.com/ Age Less, Live More, Bernando LePallo’s Website.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/109-year-old-mesa-man-credits-health-to-5-foods An Interview With Him.

Recipe Time: Sweet Potatoes With Warm Black Bean Salad.

2 May

This is a delicious recipe that I snagged from Eatingwell.Com. There is nothing easier to make then a sweet potato in the microwave, add some black beans and tomato and you have a fiber and protein packed dinner in 15 minutes.

Sweet Potatoes With Warm Black Bean Salad.

Ingredients.

  • 4 Medium Sweet Potatoes.
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Of Black Beans Rinsed.
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Reduced-Fat Sour Cream or A Vegan Version.
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Directions.

  1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium microwaveable bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, oil, cumin, coriander and salt; microwave on High until just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat.)
  3. When just cool enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.

Recipe Nutrition.

Per serving: 253 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 3 g mono unsaturated fat); 6 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 10 g fiber; 596 mg sodium; 880 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (450% daily value), Vitamin C (45% dv), Fiber (38% dv), Folate (25%)

Recipe Time: Roasted Pepper Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette.

13 Jan

This colorful, healthy salad is the perfect way to get a ton of veggies in a delicious way. Give yourself an hour to make this happen and then it must sit for 4 hours. This recipe makes 5 servings and for the best results use fresh herbs. Enjoy!!!

Roasted Pepper Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

– 2 Large Sweet Yellow Peppers.

– 2 Large Green Peppers.

– 2 Large Red Peppers.

– 1 Small Red Onion, Thinly Sliced.

– 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil.

– 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar.

– 1 Tablespoon Minced Oregano.

– 1 Tablespoon Minced Rosemary.

– 1 Tablespoon Minced Basil.

– 1 Tablespoon Minced Parsley.

– 1 Clove Garlic, Minced.

– 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder.

– 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper.

– 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper.

– 1/4 Teaspoon Salt.

– 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved.

– 1 Carton Of Fresh Mozzarella Balls, 8oz.

– 5 Fresh Basil Leaves.

Directions:

1- Broil Peppers 4 Inches From The Heat Until The Skins Blister, About 5 Minutes. With Tongs Rotate The Peppers A Quarter Turn.Broil And Rotate Till All Sides Are Blistered And Blackened. Immediately Place Peppers In A Large Bowl And Cover. Let Them Stand For 20 Minutes.

2- Peel Off And Discard Charred Skin. Remove Stems And Seeds. Cut The Peppers Into Thin Strips, Place In A Large Bowl And Add The Onion.

3- In A Small Bowl, Wisk The Oil, Vinegar, Herbs, Garlic, Garlic Powder, Cayanne Pepper, Pepper And Salt. Pour Over The Pepper Mixture And Toss To Coat. Cover And Refridgerate For 4 Hours.

4- Before Serving Allow Peppers To Come To Room Temperature. Place On A Serving Plate, Top With Mozzarella, Tomatoes And Basil Leaves.

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