With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I have been thinking about what special treat to make for my family. My girls are big chocolate fans but my husband isn’t. This is unfortunate for him as he will be outnumbered this Valentine’s Day and I am doing the baking!
Have you heard about jackfruit?
If not, it is a tropical fruit that is native to Southwest India. It has recently been used in vegetarian and vegan cooking as a meat replacement due to its texture which is like shredded meat.
Have you checked the pasta section of your grocery store lately?
If you have, you would definitely have noticed some new additions to this category. Gone are the days of basic white flour pasta. While whole wheat and whole grain pasta were new and innovative a few years ago, we can now find pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, mung beans and even edamame. However, the question is whether or not these pastas are actually better for you. Here are a few of the parameters I looked at to determine if they are in fact healthier.
Let’s chat about protein and vegetarian diets
One of the most common concerns with respect to vegetarian or vegan diets is protein. From personal experience I can tell you that when I tell someone my daughter is vegetarian they inevitably ask how she gets her protein.
Believe or not but seeds are loaded with amazing nutrients!
And yes, I absolutely love seeds! They are really powerhouses. Though we don’t usually think about seeds as replacements for animal protein in our diet, they can be a great addition to a vegetarian meal to increase its nutritional value.
At last count, I had the following in my pantry: