We use a lot of almond and coconut milk at our house, but it isn’t very cost effective for me to make it myself every time I need it (though I think homemade tastes better than store bought) – so I’ve learned to make my own rice milk. It’s so ridiculously easy to make, it practically makes itself. The best part is there’s no overnight soaking required unlike nut milks, so you can whip up a fresh batch of rice milk in a couple of hours. If you can make a pot of rice, you can definitely make rice milk!
Here’s an easy recipe for a quick and tasty vegetarian lentil curry. Lentils are a great source of protein, high in fiber, and and loaded with other good stuff too. Since there’s no soaking time on the lentils this recipe is done in about 35 minutes.
Food as Medicine
I’m a firm believer in food as medicine – you are what you eat. Garlic, one of the most familiar herbs, is one of the world’s most important and most researched medicinal plants. It’s known for its ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, relieve coughs and respiratory infections, support beneficial intestinal flora, and is a potent antibiotic. Aside from garlic’s powerful health benefits, this mighty herb makes food come alive!
We’re not strict vegetarians, but we do like to eat vegetarian meals throughout the week. Here are five easy healthy vegetarian recipes for you to try. Enjoy!
- Cream of Potato Soup – My husband’s favorite soup! Goes nicely with my homemade rosemary and raisin focaccia bread.
- Vegetarian Chili – Super easy and very tasty too. Goes well with homemade cornbread. Yum!
- Tomato, Chickpea, and Vegetable Soup with Basil
- Curried Lentil Soup
- Pasta with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce
What’s your favorite vegetarian meal?
I’m not vegan, but I love trying out various vegan eats and treats – vegan eating is a good way to make your grocery dollars stretch. Organic eggs and milk are very expensive, and knowing how to substitute for them in recipes is a really useful skill to have.
A Delicious Dairy Alternative
At my house we’ve tried to lessen the amount of dairy milk we consume. Organic and raw milk are very expensive and somewhat difficult to find. Besides, we feel everything we consume should be in moderation. So to supplement our milk needs we turned to nut milks – organic almond and coconut milks are our favorite, but they too can get pretty pricey when you’re buying them by the half-gallon.
A Lucious Lemony Treat!
When life gives me lemons I make lemon bars instead of lemonade - a decadent and irresistable treat my whole family loves! Although thsese yummy dessert bars aren’t the epitome of health food, you can play with the recipe to make them a little less naughty. Use less sugar, another kind of sweetener (like honey), or try different flour combinations (gluten-free perhaps). In moderation though these lemon bars totally rock! (Especially with a cup of chai!)
Gluten-Free and Delicious!
If you’ve ever tried gluten-free foods you may have found they don’t always taste great – that certainly poses a problem when going gluten-free isn’t an option but a health necessity. Though there is no celiac disease in my family, there is wheat intolerance – so that means getting creative with some of my family’s favorite recipes.
I’ve taken my recipe for banana nut bread and made it gluten-free. It’s so yummy you’ll never miss the wheat! Enjoy!