Monthly Archives: January 2015

Chickpeas are Chock Full of Antioxidants

Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans are a legume many of us are familiar with, in fact they are the most widely consumed legume in the world, but do you know the many nutritional benefits they have?

Originating in the Middle East, chickpeas have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts. Like most beans, they are rich in fiber; both soluble fiber, which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body, and insoluble which acts like a “broom” in the intestinal tract (more on insoluble fiber later). They are a rich source of folate, vitamin E, potassium, iron, manganese, tryptophan, copper, zinc and calcium. As a high-potassium, low-sodium food they may help reduce blood pressure.

Chickpeas are the basis for hummus, the bean spread spiked with garlic and olive oil, great for a healthy satisfying snack. They’re an imperfect round, and beige in color, and give a nut-like flavor and firm texture. More on health…

Full of Fiber!
Recent studies have demonstrated that the fiber in chickpeas can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall, helping to lower your risk of colon problems, including possibly lowering your risk of colon cancer. The soluble fiber in garbanzo beans also helps with blood fat regulation, including lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Two cups provide nearly 25 grams of fiber! Introducing new fiber rich foods to your diet can cause gas and bloating, so start off slow!

Curb your appetite: a recent study reported more satisfaction with foods when garbanzo beans were included; less calories and processed foods were also consumed.

Full of Antioxidants!
Researchers have recently found that many of the antioxidants present in garbanzo beans are especially concentrated in the outer seed coat that gives the beans their distinctive color. Darker-colored “desi-type” garbanzo beans appear to have greater concentrations of antioxidants than the cream-colored garbanzos, the “kabuli-type” that are regularly found at salad bars and in canned products. Antioxidants are found in both types as well as many minerals and other health promoting nutrients mentioned above. If you have previously stayed away from darker-colored or irregularly-shaped garbanzo beans, now’s the time to try them!

Garbanzo beans can be purchased dried or canned and sometimes fresh. Always rinse canned beans before using and dried beans should be soaked for at least 4 hours before cooking. Read package specific labeling for further details. There are also chickpea snacks on the market, that will leave you feeling full and satisfied – check labels for allergens, etc.

[via Supermarket Guru]

Fair Trade Chocolates!

In efforts to help raise awareness of Fair Trade, I thought it would be nice to share with all of you the various types of chocolates you can purchase, online and in your local grocery store. See what selections they have to offer and consider handing out these special goodies on Halloween!
• Endangered Species Chocolates
• Dagoba Chocolates
• Sweet Earth Chocolates
• Greens & Blacks Chocolate
• Lake Champlain Chocolates
• Newmans Own Chocolates
• Cost Plus World Market

Let us know what you find!

Vegas Permanent Makeup Fundamentals

Vegas has a number of permanent makeup artists or specialists to select from. These specialists range in cost, skill and lenghth of expertise, They are available in nail salons as well as in trendy medical spas. Some have fancy internet sites plus some don’t market whatsoever. You will notice that some permanent makeup artists trained online yet others did long-term training of the year or even more.

Within Vegas, you will find many specialists so you’ll don’t have any problem getting in touch with several for consultation services. A totally free consultation is recomended by professionals in the industry of cosmetic tattoo. I recomend you decide to go on a minimum of 3 consultation services.

The consultation is an extremely important part of selecting your permanent makeup artist. It’s here that you will get to visit your specialists workplace. A skilled specialist may have a good amount of authentic of pre and post pictures. This really is their portfolio. I’ve 4 plus they carry on growing! This consultation provides you with a sense of confidence inside your specialist and when not, keep searching. You ought to have all of your questions clarified, get pre and publish care instructions. You shouldn’t be compelled into doing all of your procedure immediately. If you think pressure and also the specialist appears desperate, you need to leave.

In case your permanent makeup artist claims 20 experience, they ought to have ample photos to demonstrate it. A portfolio may be the best guage of the permanent makeup artists skill, experience and artistic tallent. If you don’t similar to their portfolio, don’t schedule together. Our portfolio is our artistic resume that you should review.

You have to mention discomfort management and request the way your specialist addresses this problem. Discomfort is definitely an problem. Many specialists skirt round the problem as to not scare you away. Yes, it affects! Quality anesthetic can be obtained by perscription. However, this really is only a choice in medical spas or treatment centers with physician supervision. Spas and salons typically do not have this method and therefore are restricted to just 4% lidocaine or fewer that has little impact. Everybody includes a different discomfort tollerance and responds to anesthetic diversely. If you don’t have good discomfort tollerance, make certain your specialist is working within physician and can access perscription anesthetic from the adding to pharmacy.

17 Delicious Apple Recipes for Fall

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

After you’ve stuffed yourself with Honeycrisps, Sweet Tangos, and Jonagolds at the farmers market, you should start thinking about ways to incorporate your favorite fall fruit into your daily meals. From puffed apple pancake for breakfast, to stuffed streusel apples for dessert, plus savory goodness like a roasted apple and winter squash soup, here are plenty of ways to get your apple fix this fall.

You can find apples to eat and cook with all year round, but you get the best variety in the fall. Apples are an incredible ingredient to use in recipes because they are inexpensive and are easy to work with. They also offer a wonderful sweetness to any recipe.

But before you go off gallivanting in the farmers market in search for apples to use in these recipes, you should know they are not all created equal. Some apples are best for baking, while others are best eaten on their own. Read this guide for finding the best apples for all your baking needs.

So which recipe will you make first? Will you delve into the apple loaf, or start of strong with an apple pie? Here are 17 recipes to get you started.

Apples for Breakfast

  • The Apple Pancake
  • Brown Butter Apple Loaf
  • Apple Zucchini Muffins
  • Apple & Cinnamon Whole Grain Breakfast Strata
  • Steel-Cut Oats with Maple-Roasted Apples and Cheddar
  • Apple Cinnamon Toaster Strudels 
Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal & Spiced Brown Sugar

Apples for Dessert

  • Free-Form Apple Tart
  • Honey Apple Mini Bundt Cakelets
  • Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal & Spiced Brown Sugar
  • Double-Crust Apple Pie
  • Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak
  • Baked Apple Dumplings Apple Sandwiches with Honeyed Peanut Butter, Oats & Raisins

Apples for Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & More

  • Arugula, Apple & Chickpea Salad Wraps
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Hazelnuts & Brown Butter Dressing
  • Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
  • Apple Sandwiches with Honeyed Peanut Butter, Oats & Raisins
  • Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup
[via the kitchn]

How to Make 10 of Your Favorite Sauces the Vegan Way

Many sauces have a meat broth base, and creamy sauces and dips often contain dairy. By using a number of substitute ingredients including vegetable broth, soy milk and pureed tofu, you can create a host of flavorful sauces and dips without animal-based ingredients. These articles will allow you to choose from a wide variety of vegan sauces and dips to prepare for your next meal or party.

In ancient Rome, foods could not be preserved through refrigeration. Food author Linda Stradley of What’s Cooking America suggests that sauces were most likely invented to cover up instances of doubtful freshness. Fortunately, sauces now simply exist to make our foods taste better and to add pleasing texture. Add flavor to pastas, pizzas, stir-fries and casseroles using these flavorful and easy-to-make vegan sauces.

1. Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Restaurant owner Alfredo di Lello invented Alfredo sauce for his wife by mixing together Parmesan, cream and butter in his kitchen. The sauce reportedly restored her appetite during an uncomfortable pregnancy. In this recipe, lots of onion is the secret to this easy, low ingredient and rich alfredo sauce. You will be shocked there is not an ounce of dairy in it!  Traditional Alfredo is full of fat and calories; this vegan version is much healthier.

2. Vegan Spaghetti Sauce

Marinara sauce has its origins in the 16th century. Supposedly, the Neapolitan sailors invented the sauce after the Spanish introduced the tomato, a New World crop, to Europe. A pot of simmering spaghetti sauce will fill your home with delightful aromas. The secret to this recipe is blending sun-dried tomatoes with a scoop of sauce and then stirring it back into the pot. The result is a thick and creamy tomato sauce with a ton of flavor unlike any other tomato sauce.

3. Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce (or Dip)

Peppers are used in many different Italian dishes. For example, many Italians use peppers to make Nduja, which is similar to Andouille sausage. In this recipe, smokey roasted red bell peppers and cashews make up the base of this sauce with red onion, garlic, and a touch of lemon juice. You can also use it in place of salad dressing, as a dip, a tasty spread on sandwiches, or tossed with gluten free pasta and topped with roasted veggies. The possibilities are virtually endless!

4. Vegan Ginger Peanut Sauce

Peanut sauce is generally used in cuisine from Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Ginger is a common ingredient, as is garlic, coconut milk and spices. This vegan ginger peanut sauce recipe makes an excellent sauce for stir-fry or a mid-day meal. It’s so incredibly filling and requires just 10-15 minutes of your time. It’s also vegan and gluten free, and for our peanut butter-adverse friends, simply sub in cashew butter or tahini.

5. Vegan Gravy

Gravy is traditionally made by sautéing flour in animal fat to form a roux. Then, cooks add milk or water to make gravy. You can still “pass the gravy” with this vegan and gluten-free recipe that gets its rich flavor and color from sautéed button mushrooms along with hearty spices like sage, thyme, and rosemary. You’ll also know that you’re serving a much healthier version of a rich and beloved classic.

6. Vegan Curry Sauce

Curry with vegetables makes a wonderful, flavorful weeknight supper. This korma-style curry recipe is sweet, mildly spicy, creamy…and just tastes so exotic. Curry is associated with Southern Asia but was actually invented by the British. The term curry was a catch-all for sauces made from butter, nuts, spices and fruits that were poured over rice.

7.  Vegan Enchilada Sauce

The Aztecs invented the concept of wrapping, filling and eating tortillas. The word “enchilada” first appeared in the U.S. in 1885 and literally means, “in chile.” Traditional enchiladas are more of a street snack consisting of a corn tortilla dipped in chile sauce rather than the casserole-like dish that we prepare in the U.S. today. This homemade enchilada sauce, it’s so incredibly easy and delicious and has one special and important ingredient, cocoa! Yes, it’s true. It adds a great complexity and flavor to the richness of the sauce.

8. Vegan Béchamel Sauce

This traditional French sauce usually has a base of milk with a buttery roux. In France, béchamel is known as one of the four meres or “mother sauces” from which all other sauces are derived. This recipe is creamy, “cheesy” and has that genuine delicious white sauce flavor. The trick with this sauce is to finely mince the onion and to make it creamy by sautéing it with some vegan margarine.

9. Vegan Pesto

Pesto means “pressed.” The inventors of this sauce had no access to food processors or blenders. Instead, they pressed the basil and other ingredients with a mortar and pestle. This recipe is kale-based because kale makes a killer pesto. With the addition of walnuts (healthy!), this pesto is basically a Super Sauce and can be used in a variety of dishes.

10. Vegan Mole

Historians believe that mole was invented in the 1680s in a convent in Puebla de los Angeles. The sister superior of the convent supposedly created the dish to honor the archbishop who created a convent for her order. This vegan mole is velvety smooth and decadent sauce with a nice spicy kick and hint of chocolate. Mole’s sophisticated blend of flavors earns it the right to be served as an entree, sometimes with a mere sprinkling on top of your favorite vegetable dish, or simply with rice and beans. It also pairs amazingly well with fruit or your favorite dessert.