Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kudos to Sous Chef Matt Beverley at SEASONS52 in Tysons Corner Center

What's a chef to do when customers drop in out of the blue requesting a Plant-Based oil-free meal? Sous Chef Matt Beverley didn't hesitate for a moment when our accomodating waiter brought him to our table.  After informing us that the black bean soup we were hungry for was not oil-free, he suggested a melange of roasted vegetables accompanied by a delicate vegetable broth and topped off with the sweetness of a roasted pear. The beautiful and tasty result is pictured above. Had we called ahead, perhaps he could have also prepared, oil-free, that cup of spicey black bean soup served with crusty whole grain bread.

Preventing Breast Cancer By Any Greens Necessary |

Preventing Breast Cancer By Any Greens Necessary |

Time to exercise your Critical Thinking Skills

We've all learned so much this year about the dramatic impact of diet on health.  As the year comes to a close, I invite you to exercise your considerable knowledge by offering a critique of the following article and its 215 commentaries (5 of mine are included).  Consider sending in your commentary to the NYT and let us know at

Wishing you OPTIMUM HEALTH in the New Year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Santa and I sat down for a frank little talk today.  He confessed that his suit was too tight, his meds cost too much and he wasn't feeling all that jolly.  He had no energy and ached all over. How in the world could he make his rounds this year? He worried about his "bowl full of jelly", afraid that he just might get stuck in someone's chimney Christmas Eve. 

Poor Santa!  I hated to see him so S.A.D.* so I whispered in his ear "Skip the cookies and eat carrots instead."

"HO, HO HO", he laughed with a twinkle in his eye! 

So when that jolly old elf drops by your place very soon, give him a loving "kick in the pants".  Leave him a bunch of carrots and a bowl full of peas for good measure. Then sit down with him and enjoy a plate of FROZEN CHOCOLATE BANANA BALLS (April 1, 2012 in the Blog Archive).

* S.A.D.=Standard American Diet responsible for the Obesity and Chronic Disease crisis.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Book that Changed the World

Celebrate 25 years of changing lives with this 25th anniversary edition from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth Second Edition

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tortilla Bowl for Supper

We just got ourselves a set of those nifty TORTILLA PAN SETS and had to use them right away.

Press whole grain (no oil) flour tortilla into pan to create bowl and toast in oven at 400 for 5 mins.  Fill toasted bowl with heated fat free refried beans, black beans, corn,and brown rice. Mix greens, chopped onions & cilantro with salsa and lime juice.  Enjoy...bowl and all! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Whole Food Sweetner

Homemade DATE SYRUP Recipe

Soak dates in water over night.
Pit dates.
Add pitted dates to food processor with soaking water.
Process as smooth as possible (add more water depending on consistency you like).
You can leave some in the fridge for immediate use in smoothies, baking, dressings, etc. Or, you can freeze in an ice cube tray for future use.

You can also make RAISIN SYRUP, APRICOT SYRUP, etc. by substituting these and other dried fruits in the above recipe.

Hope you're having a sweet, plant-based holiday season!

You are what you eat!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Kids, teach yourself to cook!

With Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake (ABC), Anne and Freya Dinshah have created a fun and practical cookbook for kids. It comes complete with photos of bright-eyed, enthusiastic children making easy plant-based recipes.
This cookbook will have kids feeling like prize-winning chefs in no time, teaching them how to:
• Make healthy snacks and meals
• Safely use knives, stove, oven, and blender
• Learn easy cleanup techniques
• Earn certificates of accomplishment
• Have fun!

“Kids think of cooking as what parents do. This book can open an exciting new window. Cooking is a fun at-home activity. I really got into it!” - Emily (who explored ABC when she was 10 years old)
Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake makes a great holiday gift that keeps on giving!
For more information and to order ABC, visit