Incidents of an aimless mind.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Winter eating at it's best.

Tonight I made a vegan version of Ina Garten's Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto by using veggie broth and omitting the cheese and pancetta. This is an awesome recipe! Yes, risotto does take a while but it's always worth the work, plus you'll have lunch for the whole week! I served it up with pepper seitan bites and roasted brussel sprouts, omni's won't know what him 'em.


The Protien Question

Maybe it's because the first time I heard about protein it was in an academic setting, but I've never understood the protein crisis. "You need more protein." "Where are you getting your protein?" I just shake my head...and don't get me started on Atkins. No just your heart, but your kidney and bone health. The average American consumes over 100 grams of protein a day, at best this is double what is needed. More realistically it is 3-4 times what the body needs. Even the most devout vegan easily gets more protein than they need. Perhaps it is due to a lack of information of where you get protein. Of course we instantly think cows, but did you know that nuts, seeds, dairy, grains and beans and veggies all pack a protein punch? Brussel sprouts, who knew?
Here is a useful link if you are interested in learning more.


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Domestic Diva

Social as I am, I love a weekend like this! We never got further than five miles from the house and for the most part I didn't get further than five feet from the couch! There were leisurely naps, sit-down homemade lunches, yummy vegan chocolate-chocolate chip cookies (Veganomicon) and, of course, tons of football! Speaking of which...YAHOO!!! Talk about an exciting fourth quarter. I almost peed my pants when they got that conversion! Off to Green Bay.


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