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    • The best QUINOA ever!

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    •  9/25/2013 9:35:30 PM
    • Hopefully you have tried one of our most popular recipes:  Cilantro Lime Quinoa.   Well, for all of you who love this recipe as much as we is an even BETTER CILANTRO LIME QUINOA.

      I made this tonight for my children.  They all love Cafe Rio rice, but I just hate that it is WHITE.  And when I have made it with brown rice, they are full of complaints.  So, tonight I made it with quinoa...and it was a huge hit!  This recipe is SO good!  This will replace my other recipe in my home.  I love using this recipe over a bed of greens or mixed into a vegetable soup for an added TANG of lime.  Or you can just eat it plain.  My kids love it with black beans and chips.

      Cilantro Lime Quinoa (even better!)


      1 cup quinoa, rinsed

      1 TBS olive oil or butter (optional)

      2 cups water

      2 teaspoons Vegetable or No Chicken paste (Better Than Bouillon brand is good)

      1/3 cilantro, chopped finely (1/2 bunch)

      Zest of 2 small limes

      Juice of 2 small limes

      1/2 teaspoon Salt


      First mix the WATER, Paste, Zest, Lime Juice, Cilantro and Salt in a bowl.  (I like to use HOT water, so the paste starts to dissolve).

      Place Quinoa in oil or melted butter in a large saucepan on medium high heat.  Saute the quinoa for about 1-2 minutes, until hot.  Then add the water mixture slowly (it will steam).  Turn to HIGH until it begins to boil, then cover and turn to LOW for 20 minutes.  Turn the stove off, fluff with fork and cover again for 5 minutes.

      This recipe makes for a very "limey" quinoa, but that is what we love.  We usually add this to another recipe, so the LIME adds a special tang.  If you are eating this plain, I would recommend 1 lime, instead of 2.

      Hope you enjoy!

      life is good!


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    • "Profoundly Pro-Vegetable.”

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    •  9/18/2013 9:24:48 PM

      I recently read a great article found in The Boston Globe titled:  SHOULD WE EAT MEAT?

      I found it to be an easy and quick read (just what I like) and I LOVED the matter-of-fact approach as the author answered this meat question.  Here is a portion of the article, but you should read the whole thing...found here.

      "Gary Fraser, who runs a long-range study of 35,000 vegetarians at Loma Linda University in California, said vegetarians fare better than moderate meat-eaters on measures of longevity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and a few cancers. Giving up all animal products, including fish, dairy, and eggs is even better in measures of weight, diabetes, and high blood pressure, his research suggests. 

      Among non-red meat eaters and vegetarians, there are degrees of improvements: chicken and fish eaters are healthier than those who also eat red meat; people who eat only fish are better off than those who also consume chicken; those who eat no meat but eat eggs and cheese — lacto-ovo vegetarians — are better still; and vegans have the lowest levels of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, his research suggests."


      I also LOVE the quote at the end of the article by Chef Mollie Katzen...

      she says:

      "I have nothing against meat. “I’m just profoundly pro-vegetable.”

      • Love it!!!
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    • Quick Veggie Pita Lunch

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    •  9/11/2013 9:31:03 PM
      • Here is a quick VEGGIE Pita Lunch recipe.  I used whole wheat pita bread, but you can use tortillas if that's what you have.  Try making this lunch using different flavors of hummus and salsa.  I love using Trader Joes- Jalapeno Lime hummus (which is my FAVORITE)!



        Vegetarian Sandwich Wrap



        Green onion, chopped
        Bell pepper, seeded and chopped
        Cucumber chopped

        Corn- fresh, frozen or canned will work
        Hummus- any flavor

        Whole grain wraps or Pita Bread
        Roasted red peppers, cut into strips
        1/2 package fresh spinach

        Salsa- optional



        Spread hummus & salsa (if desired) over your wrap and add the desired amount of veggies.

        Eat & enjoy!

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    • GMO's and Plant Protein

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    •  9/4/2013 9:40:08 PM
    • I recently came across the following 2 articles- and I thought I would share.  Both we fascinating to me.


      What Do Squirrels Think of GMO Corn? 



      Paul Fonder was curious to see what kind of corn squirrels would favor.
      Last fall, Fonder conducted an experiment in his South Dakota backyard. He built a squirrel feeder and put genetically modified corn fresh from a neighbor’s field on one post and one-year-old organic corn on the other.


      “You would expect squirrels to prefer fresh corn over corn that’s a year old,” said Fonder. But that’s not what happened.
      Here's a simple picture that tells the story. 
      Image of corn cobs eaten by squirrels.














      Fonder repeated the experiment five times, using different varieties of organic and GM corn.  Each time, he got the same results.
      Do you think that it’s possible the squirrels might be on to something here?

      (Article found at



      How Much Protein Is There Really In Your Favorite Plant Foods?

      There are many graphics and lists on the Internet that list the amount of protein in plants and some of the numbers are accurate and some are not.  To clarify the issue, Jeff Novick ( created a chart, which is based on the latest values from USDA Standard Reference Release 26, which is the most up-to-date values.

      Check out the chart HERE.

      Before you look at the chart...can anyone tell me what PLANT contains the most PROTEIN per Calorie?  Actually over HALF of it's calories come from PROTEIN?

      If you said are correct!

      Check out the chart as well as 5 well written articles on PROTEIN (the plant-based way).

      Life is good!


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