Vegan Stir Fry being poor doesn’t mean eating poor

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After four years of NYC living you become aware of things you may want more than others and what luxuries you cannot live without. For me I want to see a movie in the theater once in a while have AC blasting during the summer and eating out on occasion. I thought plant-based diets would be very hard when my paycheck needed to be stretched but it is just the opposite I have more food than ever before and it is always good. I always keep frozen cooked rice and quinoa in the freezer and blocks of tofu in the fridge. Stir-fry is a combo of everything leftover and somehow it always taste good. Stir-fry does not need oil you can make it with water. My favorite places to eat out tend to be themed or recipes from the poorest parts of the world. Poor people of the world tend to eat cleaner and not lack nutrients like the affluent people of America. To conclude we need not fret as plant eaters when money gets tight our food is still good, readily available and chock full of nutrients. Eat clean and be happy.

Plant-based backpacking food recipes

The winners of the giveaway were Rachel Newcomb for Whole and Corey Pyle for The china study cookbook.

I am going up the Northville trail to lake placid in the Adirondacks. There are a lot of great stories about those woods, some are true and some have been embellished. there is an old french man spirit that appears to hikers, bigfoot sightings and other wild man myths. Adirondacks was a nickname given to the Algonquins from a rival tribe it meant bark eater. Sometimes I feel like I am in a tribe of looked down upon plant eaters, especially when people call me rabbit or leaf eater as if I too am less of a man for skipping out on meat. Rip Esselstyn in the book My Beef with meat simply reminds people who plants perk up the pecker. Anyways food hiking food needs to stay light but it doesn’t need to suck. I made my own stuff to control what is in it and what it would taste like.

When backpacking it is all about lightweight stuff you can add water to or eat dry. Bring some treats that you will eat first day to quickly lighten your bag(eat heavy food first). Focus on what could be cooked in a bag, I use ziploc bags and add cold or hot water and wash them in the stream when I am done for later use.

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MT. Tempeh and Taters

Tempeh has a 4 day shelf life out of the fridge so I made mashed potatoes as a side

ingredients

-idahoan flakes

-nutritional yeast

-dill weed

-garlic powder

-salt

-veggie broth packet for tempeh

when I am ready I will cut up the tempeh and add it to the veggie sauce/broth packet and eat with taters from a bag.

you can also add TVP with more flavoring for a ground beef like texture

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Oatmeal is awesome I will add water the night before and often just eat it cold it. Overnight soaking makes even old-fashioned oats soft and if you added dried fruit it can seem almost fresh and plump full of water. The other bonus is if you have no fuel/fire or it is raining you can eat it on the go. There are many options, think theme/flavor and you may even consider savory oatmeal with spices or tropics with mango and coconut or chocolate and nuts.

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Mountain man oats

-old fashioned oats

-freeze dried bananas

-freeze dried raspberries

-freeze dried blueberries

-chia seeds

-pumpkins seeds

-brown sugar/stevia

-salt

For lunches I got seaweed salad and Ramen from Trader Joes. There are a million snacks to choose from but really seek out the unprocessed food bars, raw nuts and unsulphered fruits but do grab something good.

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Take action for a fair food and farm bill

Take Action For A Fair Food and Farm Bill

The Senate has begun debate this week on amendments to the Farm Bill. Tell Congress to Repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act” and Support Pro-Farmer, Pro-Environment, and Pro-Consumer Amendments!
As you know, the Farm Bill has historically given large bailouts to agribusiness companies and the country’s largest industrial farms at the expense of consumers, family farms, and the environment. However, a number of amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill have been offered that would support labeling of genetically engineered food, support organic farmers, repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act,” protect honey bees and other pollinators, and so much more.

There are five amendments in the Senate Farm Bill supporting labeling and oversight of genetically engineered food and crops:
1.    Senator Boxer (D-California) introduced an amendment in support of mandatory GMO labeling (#1025) as well as her amendment requesting that FDA and USDA study the 64 countries around the world that already require GMO labeling (#1026).
2.    Senator Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced an amendment supporting the existing rights of states to enact their own laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Already this year 26 states have introduced labeling laws with the possibility of passage in a number of states.
3.    Senator Begich (D-Alaska) introduced an amendment (# 934) to ban the sale of genetically engineered salmon until Federal wildlife agencies are properly consulted and find that GE salmon pose no environmental risk.
4.    Senator Tester (D-Montana) introduced an amendment to reinvigorate public plant and animal breeding, which has hit an all-time low because of private sector assaults from companies like Monsanto.
5.    Senator Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced an amendment (#978) to repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act” provision in the 2013 government spending bill that attacked judicial oversight of genetically engineered crops.
Senator Boxer (D-California) has also introduced an amendment to protect honey bees and native pollinators (#1027), which declined by over 45% last winter as a result of pesticides and industrial agriculture, and Senators Leahy (D-Vermont) and Cowan’s (D-Massachusetts) EQIP Organic Initiative amendment would eliminate the separate payment limit in EQIP for farmers participating in the Organic Initiative so that all farmers are subject to the same payment limitations in EQIP.
The Farm Bill is a 5-year bill that affects all of us. It is crucial that we pass a Farm bill that is protective of the environment, consumers, and organic and family farmers—not just protective of big agribusiness. The Senate is voting on amendments this week, so please take action today!
Tell your Senators to Support GE Food Labeling, Pollinator Protection and Organic Farming in the Farm Bill!Hero_SenateFarmBill[1]

Monsanto chairman Hugh Grant real life Lex Luthor. Who is going to be superman?

Monsanto chairman Hugh Grant is a real life Lex Luthor. Who is going to play Superman? I have been wondering who would emerge to fight this great evil infecting the world’s food supply. Monsanto makes GMO’s or genetically modified food which causes ill effects on the people who consume it and even worse effects on the environment to grow, fertilize and care with pesticides. I am no longer waiting for Superman he is not coming. Join with the 36 countries ready to fight for the right to eat pure food as nature intended and to be able to know the difference on the store shelves. Click here on the Google document to find the nearest protest to march against Monsanto on may 25th. Find out more at March-Against-Monsanto.comMarch Against Monsanto[1]

Kiss keep it simple and don’t feel stupid

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People often ask me, “How can you find the time to do this?” and “It is too complicated or hard to make plantbased/vegan meals.” The reality is that I do make complicated recipes when I am bored or want to try something new. However I do have days when I just want to eat a lot of food and I do not want to wait. Always keep frozen veggies for days like this and other produce with long shelf/fridge life. Such as root vegetables, onions, yams, potatoes, beets, celery root, tubers and squashes. Cruciferous veggies in the fridge like broccoli, kale and cabbage store longer. Last night I just made okra with Cajun spice, beets and kale with sweet & spicy mustard. It was filling, easy, full of nutrients, minerals, vitamins as well as protein, calcium and fiber. Keep it simple so you don’t feel stupid or overworked. Food is fun and should be a simple process.

Comment to win Whole or The China Study Cookbook

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The China Study was a big step in helping many people discover the health effects of food and gave a powerful solution, Eat a diet based on whole, plant-based food, and dramatically reduce your risk of a broad spectrum of diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

I will be picking two winners this Saturday it is only open to residents or addresses in the United States and Canada. To be entered into win simply comment on this post. If you have nothing to say tell me what makes plant-based eating difficult for you or your family.

Whole

Whole picks up where The China Study left off. The China Study revealed what we should eat and provided the powerful empirical support for this answer. Whole answers the question of why. Why does a whole-food, plant-based diet provide optimal nutrition? Whole demonstrates how far the scientific reductionism of the nutrition orthodoxy has gotten off-track and reveals the elegant wonders of the true holistic workings of nutrition, from the cellular level to the operation of the entire organism.

 The China Study Cookbook

T. Colin Campbell’s daughter LeAnne Campbell, PhD, has been preparing meals based on a whole-food, plant-based diet for almost 20 years. She has raised two sons—Steven and Nelson, now 18 and 17—on this diet. As a working
mother, she has found ways to prepare quick and easy meals without using animal products or adding fat.

From her Breakfast Home-Fry Hash and Fabulous Sweet Potato Enchiladas to No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars and Cheese(less) Cake

LeAnne’s recipes follow three important principles:

1. Optimal nutrition is based on eating food rather than nutrient supplements

2. The closer that foods are to their native states—prepared with minimal cooking, salting, and processing—the greater the long-term health benefits of eating them

3. It is best to choose locally and organically grown produce whenever possible

Filled with helpful tips on substitutions, keeping foods nutrient-rich, and transitioning to a plant-based diet, The China Study Cookbook shows how to transform individual health and the health of the entire family.

Follow the China Study Community on social media @tcscommunity

Kids love vegetables when presented in an appetizing display

08school-lunches-slide-FHP1-blog480[1]Undercover kid video taped what was really being served at his grade school lunchroom cafeteria after a media storm and celeb chefs like Rachel Ray supposedly overhauled the menu. For anyone that ate school lunches the video entertaining. This highlights the need to follow-up with people and organizations that are trying to change but do not really have the education or set up to sustain the ideal food options. Kids love vegetables when presented in an appetizing display, it is not that they think produce is yucky but that most parents do not present their kids with vegetables cooked correctly.

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