August 24th, 2010

tempeh bolognese and not-so-queso sauce

Hello! I've been asking a bunch of questions here lately, but I've also been cooking a lot of food. I figure I should share some recipes, not just ask for them, so here are some things I've made in the past few days:

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queso! sorta creepy.

the tortilla chips are made from (dumpstered) tjs habanero lime flour tortillas. Tonss of recipes online, I just spray w/ olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and baked at 375 for around ten minutes, checking sorta often.

It so rules to live in a house with my best friend and a fridge fully stocked with only vegan food.

Breakfast Brown Rice 'Pudding'

Snap shot of the ingredients!

2 c water
1 c brown basmati rice
1 3/4 c vanilla rice milk
1/4 c chopped dates (do not use the ones with sugar added, dates are very sweet naturally)
2 T raw sugar or maple syrup
1/3 c golden raisins
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger (if you aren't a fan; use 1/8 of a t...I love ginger though!)
1/4 c raw almond butter (use what you have)

Prepare rice as instructed; for the brand I had the ratio of rice to water is 1:2; my rice took about 45 minutes to absorb all the water. Once your rice has cooked; uncover and turn the heat down to low or right above low. Add all other ingredients except almond butter and stir well to combine. Cover with the lid slightly askew so some moisture can escape and cook until the mixture is no longer soupy; but thick; for about 10-12 minutes; stir in almond butter and serve. I ate some immediately; then let it cool and stored this in the fridge. This will be my breakfast this week in addition to a rice protein drink (rice protein+soy milk+blueberries).

foods for reducing cholesterol?

Hey folks,
So, quick background first: I'm 22, have been vegetarian for the past 3 years, was vegan 5 years before that, and am currently (gradually) switching back to a vegan diet. I recently had some blood work done, and everything looked fine, except my cholesterol, which was higher than it should be across the board (LDL, triglycerides). I recall having slightly elevated cholesterol levels in high school, when I was vegan, so while I'm sure completely cutting dairy and eggs again will help, it may not get me down to the levels I'm supposed to be at, especially given that my testosterone levels are significantly higher now than they were then (like barely in the normal male range high).

I don't eat many processed foods, and I don't eat a ton of sweets, although I'm sure there are a few things I could cut when I'm snacking. I exercise pretty regularly also. And the weirdest part is that I have no family history of heart or cholesterol problems. I can't, for the life of me, understand why my levels are so high. Anyway, the question is: what do you eat to lower your cholesterol? Any recipes (the simpler, the better) or general advice would be great.

ETA: I have talked to my doctor. His advice was to keep an eye on saturated fats and cut the dairy ASAP. If I can, I would like to avoid being medicated, so I'm going to see how far I can get with diet changes before going back to discuss other options. My cholesterol isn't astronomically high, but it is "borderline high" (triglycerides around 180-something, LDL around 160).