Afghan Style Quinoa or Rice


If you like aromatic dishes, then this recipe is for you.  For me, there’s something comforting when you cook with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.  They make the house smell “healthy”, for lack of a better word.   Of course these spices are chock full of anti-oxidents, so their aroma fits, and the olfactory sense is a big player in the way things taste.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread (1)

I am currently doing the “Forest Gump” thing, but instead of shrimp it’s with pumpkin.  Pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, and, more specific to this post, pumpkin bread.  It’s possible I could be diagnosed with pumpkin on the brain, but at this point that’s okay, because I have delicious pumpkin bread in my tummy too.  It’s moist, and goes well with a hot cup of tea or coffee on chilly fall or winter mornings.  Just what the doctor nurse ordered.

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It’s official! Call me chef please! 😉 I am now professionally certified in plant-based cuisine. 

Since May of this year I’ve been involved in the Rouxbe Course for Professional Plant-Based Certification.  I became aware of the Rouxbe Cooking School at the Plant Based Nutrition Conference I attended last year, and further from their affiliation with programs such as the Plantrician Project.

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Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki

 Tempeh Gyros

Food is the universal language, and I can prove it.  If you’re a native English speaker, what Italian words do you know? What Spanish words, or Chinese words, or German words?  I’ll bet most of them are food related, like pizza, ravioli, szechuan, lo mein, strudel, sauerkraut, and on and on.  The reason for this is because cultures spread first through food.  No matter where you go, you have to eat, and that requires often times consuming what’s available where you’ve travelled to.  What’s my point?  Well, todays post is about gyros, and sadly that’s one of the few Greek words that I know, or at least that I know that I know.  There are lots of Greek words that have been incorporated into English, but if you asked me to say something Greek, I’d probably say gyro.

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Well, I’m home after a few weeks of travel to Jordan, London, and France.  Vacations can be great in several ways, such as allowing you to get away from the day to day drudgery of work and life while at the same time helping you appreciate coming back to that “drudgery”.  I’m very blessed in my life, and sometimes a step back helps to bring these blessings into perspective.

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PCRM International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine 2015


I was fortunate enough at the beginning of August to attend the PCRM’s International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine, which this year focused on cardiovascular disease. If you haven’t heard of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), they are a group of doctors and activists led by Dr.

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"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates