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Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Now here’s some inspiration for you. If you’re looking for ideas on what to make for your vegan Thanksgiving meal, you can hardly go wrong by emulating this gourmet menu.

My Dad, sister, and brother-in-law have been attending the Triangle Vegetarian Society‘s (TVS) Vegan Thanksgiving buffet for the past few years. They always enjoy it and leave with bellies full. I can see why!

Maybe I can convince them to take some pictures. :)

TVS Thanksgiving 2010
Menu for Café Parizäde

“Our Café Parizäde menu, subject to change, is expected to include:”

  • Lentil-brown/wild rice cakes with lemon tahini
  • Cardamom pickled beets
  • Baked collard chips
  • Stewed apples and kale with caraway
  • Raw vegetables
  • Lightly steamed corn-off-the-cob with smoked poblanos & cumin, lime juice & salt
  • Herbed butter beans
  • Fall lettuces with truffle mustard dressing and capers
  • Breads, crustinis, and pita with walnut and red lentil hummuses, baba ganouj, and raw pumpkin-sunflower pâté
  • Marinated olives, spiced pecans, roasted chestnuts
  • Lime-marinated seared jerk seitan with lemon sage, peppercorns and fig glaze
  • Roasted garlic olive oil mashed potatoes with chives, mushroom gravy, apple-pecan stuffing, and fresh raspberry-cranberry relish
  • Cherry-kissed and seared tempeh coated in a coconut milk curry
  • Smoky maple-chipotle crushed sweet potato
  • Roasted fall vegetables
  • Roasted green beans with pesto alla Trapanese (almond and tomato pressed sauce)
  • Stuffed silver dollar mushrooms with caramelized onion and quinoa mash
  • Farfalle pasta with marinara sauce
  • Raw shaved/herbed carpaccio of squash, fennel, and root vegetables
  • Mixed mushroom-Napa Valley Cabbage with Greek olive oil, lemon, and garlic (raw dish)
  • Braised garlicky greens
  • Chunky country cornbread
  • Creamy Carrot-Ginger Soup with pumpkin-olive croutons
  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Phyllo cookies
  • Pumpkin pie with pomegranate glaze
  • Pastry Chef Lou’s amazing assortment of pastries
  • Cider, cranberry juice, herbal tea, shade-grown coffee

    All dishes will be strictly vegan with no animal, egg or dairy products. No honey or white sugar will be used.

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  • Dr. Natura Colonix Review

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    I am currently midway thru the month-long Dr. Natura Colon Cleanse, sent to me gratis by a representative of DrNatura in return for a review.*

    This is one of the easiest cleanses I’ve ever been on, and I’ve done quite a few. No worries about always being by the bathroom, no drinking olive oil or strange shakes all day and no fasting (just the logical recommendations to cut back on or eliminate alcohol, coffee, and fatty or sugary foods). Oh, and no enemas.

    Ingredients include… Psyllium Husk, Flax Seed, Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Papaya Fruit, Grapefruit Pectin, Slippery Elm Bark, Althea Root, Rhubarb Root, Guar Gum, Alfalfa, Peppermint Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Aloe Vera, Stevia Extract, and Natural Banana Flavor.

    The tastes is that of the licorice and fennel more so than the banana flavoring, but still much more palatable than straight psyllium or worse, some of the bentonite clay I’ve had on other programs.

    The licorice root concerned me, since it can cause high blood pressure in some people, and considering my salt-sensitivity, I’ve been monitoring it throughout. Also, when, after the first week, the daily serving was increased, I kept it the same and just added plain psyllium to make up the difference. I’d be interested to know if they’ve had the glycyrrhizin removed. Or maybe they could offer a version sans licorice?

    Milk thistle seed extract (80% silymarin), black walnut hulls, grapefruit seed 4:1 extract, clove bud, Pau d’arco bark, pumpkin seed, myrrh gum, turmeric root, garlic bulb, hyssop (aerial parts), gentian root, elecampane root, prickly ash bark, yellow dock root, fenugreek seed, peppermint leaf, false unicorn root.

    Senna Leaf, Buckthorn Bark, Fennel Seed, Chamomile Flower, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint Leaf, Ginger Root, Milk Thistle Seed, Rose Hip Fruit, Passion Fruit, Uva Ursi Leaf, and Natural Citrus Flavor.

    As you can see on this label, if you are pregnant or nursing, or are not an adult, this cleanse is not for you. For example, senna leaf has been known to cause premature contractions, and the safety of pau d’arco in general is still debatable. I encourage you to click around the links above and learn more about the ingredients and be sure to consult with your physician if you have any preexisting medical conditions.

    Lastly, if you’re looking for poop stories and TMI pictures, they have those too; check out the testimonials and pictures linked at the top of their site. For me, it’s been pretty mild, probably because I get a lot of fiber in my diet anyway.

    UPDATE: I forgot to mention, while you’re doing this cleanse, you should drink plenty of water, but not too much. Don’t worry, they give guidelines in the accompanying instructions. They also recommend taking a probiotic supplement. (They sell one, if you don’t have a favorite. I just ate plenty of vegan soy yogurt.)

    How Chicken Nuggets Are Made

    Saturday, October 9th, 2010

    Remember this scene from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution?

    I was shocked by the reaction of the children. It reminded me of the reality show where kids ranging in age, none much older than 14, were left on their own with minimal supervision to create their own society in an old ghost town.

    There was this one situation where they were presented with a choice to keep chickens for eggs or to kill and eat them. Despite how attached some had become, others were eager to do the job. Ultimately the majority vote was to go through with the sacrifice. I was dumbfounded.

    So, is that really how chicken nuggets are made? Pretty damn close! Last month, a viral email was making the rounds. It showed the following picture and described the disgusting process.

    Looks like strawberry soft-serve ice cream, but the true story, even as mildly corrected by snopes is revolting. It’s nice to be a vegan! :)

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