Sauerkraut Salad

Spring is in the air and fresh food is on the mind…

It may surprise you to hear that my plant-based family rarely eats salad. Salad was something that very often accompanied the more traditional meat and potato meals of my childhood – but always with dressing. When we first started eating plant-based we bought some of the vegan alternative caesar dressings and vinaigrette mixes. But as we started eating more and more whole food plant-based and using less processed foods in our meals our tastebuds changed. Currently when we eat salad we like to load it up with delicious flavours like ripe tomato, green onions, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, raisins, and fermented sauerkraut! These flavours are better than any dressing. A squirt of lemon or lime, or a splash of pickle juice gives just enough acid to make a salad like this salad mouth watering.

We will have to remember to put it into rotation more often 😉

Shiitake Ramen

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If you follow my Instagram @plantbasedjenny you know that Ramen is an obsession!

This one was so easy and delicious:

Recipe:

  • 1 large pot of water
  • 1 tbsp of miso
  • 1 tbsp of low sodium vegetable bouillon
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • as many shiitake mushrooms as you feel the need for 🙂
  • ramen noodles – I buy the organic rice ramen from Costco

Boil everything except the ramen noodles until the garlic is mush and the onions are perfectly clear, soft and sweet.  Then add the ramen noodles, they will cook quickly so you are now just minutes away from your delicious soup!

ENJOY boosting your immune system, tantalizing your taste buds and benefiting your microbiome all in one simple soup!  …let’s not forget the powerful blood pressure lowering effects of mushrooms.  Your arteries will thank you 🙂

School Lunches

I have a new page with new content!  

Check out my school lunch ideas… you can access them in the “School Lunches” tab along the menu bar or you can find them in the list of Recipes 🙂

ENJOY!

Hot dogs, lunch meats and cancer…

I have a goal this year. Last year I had the same goal but I encountered resistance and basically took no for an answer. NOT THIS YEAR!

This year I plan to make it a priority to get processed meat out of school fundraisers and stop schools from participating in selling processed meat to kids. 

That’s my mission.  It wont be easy.  I already tried explaining to the school division who passed it to the principle, who passed it to the parent committee who passed it off to individual parent choice.  The problem for me is that we look at schools as a place of education, this is a place that is supposed to be setting our kids up for making great future choices. As parents we don’t know or remember everything that school teaches our children. Teachers are always learning new ways to teach our kids, better methods and more current information. So for a school to take a backseat to something as important as nutrition and sell kids a class 1 carcinogen that causes cancer is 100% unacceptable in my books!

Every 50 gram serving of processed meat increases cancer risk by 18%… 1 typical hot dog that you would see at kids birthday party or school hot lunch is 75 grams.

Schools need to know better, do better and be on the side of educating and encouraging the parents to do better. This is not a place for ambivalence.  These are our kids lives. 

Take a moment to remember that doctors used to smoke in hospitals, in fact in the 1930’s – 1950’s doctors even promoted “healthy cigarette brands” and prescribed the use of cigarettes to their patients….sounds ridiculous to us now.

Take a look at your school aged child, in 50 years they will be telling stories about how schools used to sell them ham and cheese subs, pepperoni pizza and how they could buy hot dogs from the school lunch program or at school celebrations….and it will sound ridiculous.

Despite great marketing attempts at making these products sounds healthy, these are all examples of carcinogenic processed meat.

Christmas Eve Pumpkin Pancakes

pumpkin pancakes  These pumpkin pancakes drizzled in maple syrup were dinner Christmas Eve at our place!  The kids had eaten a lot of candy at school and then right into the weekend with company coming over and party food on the menu.  Our digestive systems needed some stability but our tastebuds still wanted to know it was Christmas Eve 😉

Pumpkin is loaded with disease fighting vitamins and antioxidants. Along with plenty of dietary fibre to feed beneficial gut bacteria pumpkin aids in digestion to keep things moving along in the digestive tract.

Recipe:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree (425g)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup oil (I like avocado)
  • 1/4 cup plant based milk
  • 2 cups ground oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda activated with apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soaked raisins

Top with maple syrup, fruit, jam, chickpea chocolate, coconut flesh, …I will let you imagine 🙂

*gluten free       *vegan

Mango Rice with a little spice ;)

This is a quick and easy go to supper or lunch for the whole family.  Back in my childcare days rice was a great meal for the kids.  I found that lots of kids like rice (especially if you put ketchup on it…shhhhh) and you can chop up veggies that they might other wise reject and mix it all together – stir-fry style.  By choosing a brown rice you don’t get that blood sugar spike that you do with white rice and it’s a healthy source of energy, protein and fibre.

Hubby cooked lunch with a side of kombucha! 😍  Brown basmati rice cooked in bouillon, garlic (a powerful immune booster and anti-inflammatory), shiitake mushrooms (lower your blood pressure by relaxing artery walls), onions (too many benefits to list 😉, black beans (an excellent source of protein), S&P, No Salt Added Costco spice mix, corn, parsley, dill and fresh mango (loaded with fibre, live enzymes to promote good digestion and of course vitamin C!).

…for the adults a few chilli flakes on top! 

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TIP: cooking your grains in bouillon gives them huge depth of flavour and can really change your mind when it comes to the umami factor of a simple grain

Just Say NO! …to lunch meat

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Lunch meat, hot dogs and processed meat of all kinds are common go-to school lunches, party foods or just something quick and easy that your kid will eat.

When we know better, we do better. 

I thought I would make this not-very-well-advertised information available to you, so you are aware of the effects of what we feed ourselves and our kids.

“What types of cancers are linked or associated with eating processed meat?
The IARC Working Group concluded that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” – World Health Organization

…every 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18%.” – World Health Organization

“How many cancer cases every year can be attributed to consumption of processed meat and red meat?   According to the most recent estimates by the Global Burden of Disease Project, an independent academic research organization, about 34 000 cancer deaths per year worldwide…” – World Health Organization

*IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer

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