Food and Cooking: Nothing Moo Under the Sun

I’m reading, “The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929” by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. As I do, I see parallels with 1928 and what’s going on today. Believe it or not, even cows offer nothing new under the sun. Just as they did in the days before the Great Depression, they’re very much in the news. And somehow, they’ve managed to work their way into the political discourse.

Henry Ford did not like cows and he let America know it. To Ford, cows never stopped eating and they left their slurry everywhere. He believed that crime and health could be attributed to a person’s diet and his reasoning was that people who filled up on steak were more likely to steal than those who didn’t fill up on steak. And those who indulged in butter fats, he said, were more likely to get sick. “Bad food causes crime,” was his rallying cry, believing that if people ate right, they would act right. To Ford, eating right meant no beef and no butterfat.

Henry Ford didn’t win that battle and isn’t it interesting that the meat/no meat conversation continues today. One decade a substance is bad, the next decade it’s a miracle food. Makes for plenty of apathy for those of us who’ve lived more than a few decades. But if you’re looking for ways to decrease your meat eating, I’ve got just the book for you. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

 

 

Avoid Post-Holiday Fatigue: Cook Beans and Legumes for Quick and Easy Wholesome Meals

If we let our diet slide during the holidays, it’s important to get back into the swing of things. Beans and legumes are a great place to start. When I’m fatigued, a bowl of chili gives me strength. This time of year, when it gets dark early, we need all the help we can get. Help yourself by keeping them around.

Those of us who prepare the meals, love it when we have ingredients in the fridge that we can whip up. Problem is, prepared foods are expensive and probably not as fresh. Vegetarians rely on beans, legumes, nuts and grains as staples. Keep containers of cooked beans and legumes in the fridge. Knowing that there’s a container of cooked lentils in the fridge that you can turn into a nice easy meal, might keep you from eating unhealthy fast foods. Here are some ideas:

Lentils: a can of tomatoes and a bag of frozen vegetables, seasoned with a
bit of olive oil and soy sauce, make a nice soup. Or roll them into
tortillas with salsa.

Garbanzos: Throw garbanzos in with spring salad mix, tomatoes and avocados. Or make a soup from cooked garbanzos whirled in the blender with a big chopped onion. Simmer it and season with a spoonful of olive oil and soy sauce. Serve with a tasty bread.

Black beans: these cooked beans make great burritos but another options is
to serve them with cooked brown rice. They’re a little bit dry so load them up with salsa and add soy sauce. Sour cream and black beans are also tasty.

There are days when we don’t feel motivated. When it happens, remember… beans and legumes are our best friends.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available herehttp://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

Weight Loss… Am I Missing Something?

I suspect my family suffers from the problem of being full but not feeling it. Unfortunately, that makes us want to keep eating. I suspect though that what my body is telling me is not to eat MORE but to get some activity going in my intestines. Foods like hot peppers stimulate digestion and good ‘ol old fashioned unfiltered organic apple juice will get something goin’ on. When we deprive our bodies of enzymes, found in fresh raw fruits and vegetables, we aren’t as happening as we should be. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure one of the key to keeping pounds down is listening wisely to your body as it cries, “Give me something to do.” Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Natural Weight Loss? Drink Your Basil Seed Tea?

I had a bumper crop of sweet basil this summer and have been staring at a bowl of the dried herb for over a month. The reason I left it sitting there was because I thought the seeds might be bitter and didn’t know if I should separate them from the leaf before I stored it for my spice cabinet. Today I finally got around to doing a bit of research about the seeds and I see more than one source recommends basil seeds for weight loss. Are you kidding me? And I was going to throw them out? Could it be that simple? I doubt it but you can be sure I’ll save them and see if I enjoy the Thai style of basil seed tea that’s so popular within that culture.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Always Keep Curry Powder Around, Especially If It Contains Turmeric

Are you tired and want to make an easy dish? Take a couple cups of  leftover cooked brown rice and mix it with the same amount of cooked black beans and two or three raw eggs and a little curry powder to taste. Mix it well. Put it into a glass pie cooking dish and microwave it for about 20 minutes. If you microwave it you won’t need to oil the pie dish, thus making it fat free. Have it with a nice salad and some steamed zucchini and onions. Turmeric is being studied for numerous healing properties including slowing the onset of diabetes and Alzheimers. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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How Much Purple Cabbage Can Two People Eat Anyway?

Enough purple cabbage already… but it is so good for you. The cabbage family are reputed to fight cancer. What’s a girl to do? Let two or three cabbage go to seed and then throw them all about your garden, there will be so many you will then “weed” them when they are tiny and use them in salad or soup. Let a few grow into cabbage heads, even if they only make small heads, they’re great for stir fry or minced into salad. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Rhubarb Is One of the Strangest Edible Plants But Healthy For Us

Rhubarb has a most unusual consistency, it’s kind of gooey and stringy but perfumey to the palate and according to my old herbal, is a great tonic. The leaves are poisonous but after removing them the stalks can be cut into one inch pieces and simmered lightly in a few tablespoons of water. Pour the steamed rhubarb into a bowl and add honey to sweeten. This “sauce” can be used as a side dressing for whatever your imagination drums up. Just present the bowl of cold sauce at breakfast and have it with eggs and potatoes or have it as a side dish with dinner alongside brown rice and your favorite protein and salad. Because it’s believed to be an excellent tonic and facilitate the action of intestinal cleaning and to be good for the liver, a bowl of rhubarb sauce at the buffet table is a welcome sight. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Minestrone Soup… Also Called Italian Vegetable Soup

When I was young my father always took us to the best Italian restaurants. One of my favorite dishes was hot Minestrone soup. The red beans and saute’d onions cooked in fresh tomatoes along with other vegetables and topped with grated Parmesan cheese … well, makes my mouth water just thinking of it. Here are the ingredients that you need to make a great Italian vegetable soup:

dried beans (my favorite are red beans)

olive oil for sauteing herbs and spices: garlic, onions, green and red pepper, celery, parsley, thyme, freshly ground black pepper and a little salt.

Vegetables like cooked potatoes, zucchini, cabbage and of course those fresh tomatoes I mentioned above.

You’ll need to soak and cook your favorite beans, using lots of water. You’ll saute your herbs and spices separately. Drain the beans after they have been cooked, leaving enough liquid for the vegetables to cook in and to have a soupy consistency, being careful not to dilute the flavor with too much water. Throw a huge spoonful of cooked macaroni in with the beans and veggies (one cup each vegetable) and add the herbs and spices. Simmer long enough to cook the vegetables. I suggest you let it cool then put it in the refrigerator overnight, it will be much tastier the next day. After reheating, don’t forget to add the Parmesan cheese on top unless you’re going Vegan.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Poor Jonny’s Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

2 oranges

2 peaches (or nectarines)

2 bananas

1 cup strawberries, grapes or any other fruit

¼ cup chopped walnuts

2 Tbs milk (rice milk works great)

few drops of fresh lemon

1 heaping Tbs honey

pinch of cardamom spice

Peel oranges and bananas. Hull strawberries and slice peaches and remove the pits. Cut up the fruit (except grapes) into ¾ inch size pieces and toss into a bowl. Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon onto the fruit. Mix the fruit together in a bowl and add walnuts. Add the milk, honey and cardamom. Mix and refrigerate.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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