Monday, September 17, 2012

Forks Over Knives and Some Favorite Vegan Recipes

Nic and I recently rented and watched a documentary called "Forks Over Knives" that  several different friends had recommended over the last year or so.  The documentary tracks the research and recommendations of several doctors, researchers and massive wide scale studies that independently came to the same conclusion that the consumption of animal protein (both meat and dairy) is widely linked to cancer growth and heart disease. It shows through research and case studies how adopting a plant based whole foods diet can not only prevent these diseases but reverse the effects and allow people to lower their cholesterol and get off diabetes meds.  It talked a little bit about our obsession with protein which definitely hit close to home and helped to share how much protein is naturally found in grains and plants.

It was a really compelling movie and don't worry - I'm NOT going to jump off the deep end into being full a full on vegan but it's definitely made both Nic and I evaluate how we eat and what we think of as "healthy" eating.  Basically we've been trying to sub in vegetables and whole grains in place of meat more often.  It's been pretty easy to make some small changes and I'm having fun coming up with new recipes that I'm hoping to share as soon as I remember to start taking pictures of things again!

Anyway, check out "Forks Over Knives" on itunes or Netflix--- if nothing else it will make you think about adding a side of bacon to those pancakes :)

Here are a few of my favorite go-to Vegan dinner recipes and menu ideas:

Veggie/tofu and or noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce
Beet Burgers
Veggie Curry (substitute veggie broth for chicken broth)
Pumpkin Soup (substitute veggie broth for chicken broth) and serve with salad and whole grain toast)

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