January 19th, 2010

Looking for book recommendations..

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this but I'm looking for some book recommendations for someone on why animal products are bad/unhealthy and what foods are good to eat and why. A healthy eating book, if you will. I used to have one but can't remember what it was, so I'm just looking for any good ones.

Also, any recommendations for a *healthy* vegan cookbook? Healthy is important as I am cutting out processed foods.

I would love some ideas on dry beans. I make them a lot in the crock pot. What do you season with?

I hope the first questions were allowed. Thank you for any help!

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognase

Craving a new spaghetti recipe last night, I made this for dinner. It was really fast and really delish!! You can add whatever greens you like to the "mince". I used kale and zuchinni.. mmmm!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, crushed
100g carrots (about 3), finely sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
75g mushrooms, chopped
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp salt
1 zuchinni
1/2 cup walnuts
Handful of fresh basil leaves
250g dried spaghetti

Method: How to make vegan bolognese

1. Put carrots, onion, kale, zuchinni, pepper, and walnuts in a blender, and blend until you've got a mince-like texture
2. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the garlic and fry for a few minutes to soften but not colour. Add the blended ingredients and cook for 5 minutes, adding the salt. Then add the crushed tomatoes, ketchup and basil leaves and bring to a boil. Then, stir into pasta and enjoy!!

save my soup!

so i've made veggie soup plenty of times - saute onions and garlic, add veggie broth and frozen veggies + thyme and a bay leaf and you've got soup. Except this time I tried trader joe's broth and it's just awful. i usually love TJs but this stuff is badbadbad. I usually use regular grocery store stuff but I'm out. I poured out the broth and added water + bouillon cube, salt, pepper, thyme, another bayleaf. still tastes bland. how can I save this soup?! I've got fairly normal staples..