Saturday, May 25, 2013


SloppyLentilJoes 570x299 Sloppy Lentil Joes
Sloppy Lentil Joes
Makes 4-6
• 313 cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 112 cups dried brown lentils
• 1 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
• salt to taste
Place 13 cup of the water or stock in a large pot. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until onions soften slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder and mix in well. Add the remaining liquid, lentils, tomatoes, and the rest of the seasonings. Mix well, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over low heat for one hour, stirring occasionally. Serve on whole-wheat buns, or fresh baked bread, with the trimmings of your choice.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Kaiser Permanente published this nutritional update for physicians in The Permanente Journal. Be sure to read it then give a copy to your physicians, your nurses, your hospitals, your friends, your neighbors, your family...


The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such a diet. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Speaker Schedule (and presentation times)
11:30: Deb Griffin – Welcome to the 2013 Rehoboth Beach VegFest! First speaker introduction
11:40: Ruby Lathon (50 min.) – Health & Wellness Cooking Demo
12:35: Erica Meier (30 min.) – Compassion Over Killing \
1:05: Joseph Gonzales (30 min.) – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
1:40: Gretchen Hanson (50 min.) – Hobos Restaurant Cooking Demo
2:30: Cupcake Eating Contest (hosted by Cake Break)
2:50: Paul Shapiro (30 min.) – Humane Society of the United States
3:25: John Schlimm (30 min.) – Grilling Vegan Style
4:05: Dorothy Greet (30 min.) – Plant Based Living
4:35: Deb Griffin – Rehoboth Beach VegFest closing remarks

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Quote from THE PERMANENTE JOURNAL, Spring 2013

"Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods … Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity." - The Permanente Journal, Spring 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013


In a recent letter to United States Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, I urge him to consider leading us toward a Plant-Based agricultural economy.  I urge you to consider these matters as well and to act on them in whatever way you are able.

Dear Senator Coons:

Thank you for your sincere and diligent efforts on behalf of Delaware farmers and their families in the areas of financial stability and job security. 

I would like to offer another perspective on the impact of Delaware meat, dairy and poultry industries on health and healthcare.  A heart attack 2 years ago turned my life upside down.  On the way to wellness, I have learned that eating animal protein damages the cardiovascular system and that eating Plant-Based Foods (vegetables and fruits, grains and beans) restores and heals. As a result of these new learnings from Bill Clinton's reversal of his heart disease, T. Colin Campbell's book THE CHINA STUDY (Ph.D. Cornell)and Caldwell Esselstyn's book PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE (Cleveland Clinic, M.D.), I made dramatic dietary changes from meat & dairy lover to Vegan No added Oil. My husband & I now depend on plant foods alone to sustain our extraordinaryly robust health with NO MEDICATIONS and NO PROCEDURES. 

In the meanwhile I have earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition and teach courses throughout lower Delaware on Plant-Based Eating for optimal health and weight.  I share this with you because I have learned that the consumption of meat, dairy, poultry and fish as well as refined foods is directly related to the health crisis in this state and nation.  I am in conversation with Beebe Medical Center (I was the first Director of Chaplaincy Services there from 1999-2005) regarding the importance of dietary change if we are to make any headway on reducing obesity, diabetes, certain cancers and heart related health issues.

I realize this information creates a moral dilemma for you as advocate for the meat, dairy, poultry industry in Delaware while also concerned for the health of your constituents. Your situation is not unlike mine as clergy woman serving Connecticut Churches whose members were employed at Electric Boat where I regularly demonstrated against the christening of nuclear submarines.  My parishioners depended on the arms industry for their bread and butter and for paying my salary.  So we had to talk openly and frankly about this dilemma, how to "beat our swords into plowshares", and how to work toward ECONOMIC CONVERSION. 

You are in a position of leadership and you possess the moral authority to lead Delaware toward a Plant-Based agricultural economy, not only for health reasons, but for the economic wellbeing of the nation. Consider the effect of ending 75% of chronic illnesses through diet alone. In addition, the science is abundantly clear that animal-based agriculture puts huge stresses on food, land and water resources and adds to the burden of greenhouse gases.

I urge you to give these matters serious consideration.  My husband and I offer you our support for your on-going work of healing and helping our state and our nation.

Thank you,

Dorothy P. Greet

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Farmers Market Bounty

How lucky can you get!  A first class Farmers Market 5 minutes walk from my front door!  And look what I found this morning:  rhubarb for stewing, green onions for flavoring, kale and bok choy for steaming and "stir frying", asparagas and hakuri turnips(steam the leaves for dinner) so tender and fresh I ate some raw for breakfast,  portabellas for grilling and stuffing, salad greens for breakfast, lunch and dinner and strawberries (no pesticides) for pure pleasure!  See you next Saturday at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Words of Wisdom from Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr."My program is a nutrition-based therapy that has been scientifically-proven to reverse heart disease. There is no other treatment plan backed by a study as long as the one I conducted, or a study that has produced such dramatic, visible results. Coronary angiograms (X-Rays) of the patients in my study show an actual reversal of the disease. To experience these benefits, my patients must stick to plant-based diet program strictly, but the effects are more than worth the effort. For those that are very sick, it is the most effective treatment option--far less dangerous and more effective than invasive surgical procedures such as stents and bypass (except in acute emergencies), and much more effective than drugs alone. Traditional cardiology has relied on technology to ease the symptoms of heart disease, but has not addressed its causes. My approach is not another stop-gap solution, it prevents heart disease from occurring in those who don't yet have the disease, and it heals the body and reverses the disease when symptoms are present.

Best of all, over time the benefits endure and continue to improve. I am always excited when I see arrest and reversal in patient after patient and their joy and relief when they are free of the disease that was destroying them." - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.