I originally started this blog to document my family transition meat eating family to a plant-based family. That mission was accomplished many years ago, and I haven't been as active blogging. I am moving my website over to a different platform and will be posting more recipes and articles. I think we've realized over the past year or so that it's imperative that we change our eating habits and eat a lot more (if not all) plant foods. Given that I've been plant-based for 8 years now I get all kinds of questions and I thought I would share the answers to the most frequently asked ones.
How do I cook quinoa? Quinoa comes out best if cooked in a ratio of 1 3/4 quarter cup broth or water to 1 cup quinoa. Quinoa has a bitter coating on it, so it must be rinsed in a fine mesh strainer before being cooked. If I’m using it for a more savory recipe, I cook it in veggie broth. For breakfast quinoa dishes, I cook it it in water. Cook in a covered pot stirring occasionally until there is just a very small layer of water in the bottom then shut it off and let it sit until the water is soaked up. The whole process should take about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and it should be perfect. Over cooking quinoa and using too much water makes it more on the mushy side. Cooking for two little time will make it too crunchy. Find the middle of those two, taste it and decide how you like it best.
How can I eat beans all the time and still have any friends? The “ill effects” of beans go away very quickly. When they're not regularly in your diet, some people find them hard to digest, but when they're consumed all the time they don't cause any of the “after-effects” that eating them only occasionally can cause. In reality, beans, beans good for the heart, the more you eat, the less you....
Is tofu/soy bad for me to eat? With all of the research out there now, it is very clear that you should worry a lot more about not eating tofu than actually eating it! Soy a powerhouse food that has been found to fight cancer and heart disease. It also helps regulate your hormones. I believe it is better to stick with organic and sprouted tofu, as it’s easier to digest and is non-GMO. Fermented soy is also a good way to go, and tempeh is very versatile and delicious.
How can I live without cheese? You can and you should. Cheese is one of the most addictive foods out there, so stay away and don’t give in to it’s power! I wrote this article to explain why it is important to say no to dairy. https://nutriciously.com/ casein-cancer-connection/. There are so many Plant Based cheeses out there now and they taste great but are not addictive. They are a good transition food when you're trying to give up cheese. If you do decide to try these, go for the ones with a lower fat content as high fat foods are more addictive and these plant-based cheese options are not something you want to make a staple in your diet.
How will I get enough protein? We are all waaaayyyy too obsessed with PROTEIN! It’s important to remember that ONLY 8-10% of the calories we eat in a day need, and should be protein. This has been the RDA for years, yet people pile on the protein and food companies cram it into whatever they can. Protein soda anyone? Ugh. Once you look at all the research and realize that is all that we need and should have, you realize that you were probably eating way too much before, and can easily get it from a plant based diet. Most plants consist of 10% protein, so if you are just eating plants, you are good to go.. This article will help you understand the protein punch that plants have. http://nakedfoodmagazine.com/12-best-sources-of-plant-based-protein/
How do I cook without oil? You dry saute, water sauté, or broth saute. I just about always broth saute. Just as you would use oil, you put a bit of broth on a hot pan and wait for it to steam, then add you ingredients to the pan, as the broth cooks off, add a little bit more. *Don’t add too much broth as it will end up boiling your food and it will not be as delicious. Repeat this process of adding a tiny bit of liquid this until desired degree of cooking is achieved.