Homemade Veggie Burger

If you’re concerned about mad cow disease, I have a solution! If you’re craving a burger, make it a veggie burger! They are just as delicious if not more so and you won’t die from eating one! And to top it all off, I have a great veggie burger recipe that is so simple and super tasty!

I know veggie burgers scare a lot of people off but they are so delicious! I’m not the only one who thinks this particular recipe is great either! And the other person that approves of this burger isn’t even a vegetarian! So, give it a shot, you may find out that you like it just as much if not more as your regular old beef burger!

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Happy cooking!

Mad Cow Disease is Back

I found this really cool cite called Storify and I created my first story. I tried to embed it but it didn’t look right. I still think the story was a lot of fun and it’s totally worth checking out!

[View the story “Mad Cow Disease” on Storify]

Healing Foods

While I was browsing Vegetarian Times, I found another wonderful resource! I’ve shared the reasons to become a vegetarian, detox foods, and several other stories from Vegetarian Times with you but I found one that is even more interesting and helpful than the others!

There is not question that some foods harm your body while others heal your body. Luckily for us, Vegetarian Times takes some of the guesswork out of it! They released a list of healing foods that include:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy
  • Walnuts

The list goes on and on. Included in the list is also what these healing foods help heal. Whether they help fight gum disease or help digestion, it’s all there!

Why Go Vegetarian?

In case all my rantings about health the past few weeks hasn’t convinced you yet, Vegetarian Times released a long list of reasons to make the switch to a vegetarian diet. This list of reasons includes those such as:

  • To ward of disease
  • Keep your weight down
  • Longer life
  • More energy
  • Less chance of being exposed to toxic chemicals
  • Save money

In case those reasons aren’t enough, there are several more reasons to eat vegetarian. Along with this list of reasons, Vegetarian Times also includes information on how all of these reasons are valid.

I found it extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with some of my friends who are on the fence but haven’t quite made it over yet!

Watercress Soup Recipe

The Vegetarian Times article that I posted earlier also says that watercress has a lot of detox value so, I made myself some watercress soup.

This is the first time that I’ve had watercress soup and I was pleasantly surprised! Watercress has a slightly spicy taste similar to that of a radish. It is a lot less bitter than a radish, however. The combination of the cream and the watercress tames the spice just slightly. This soup is amazing and perfect for a spring day!

Oh, and one other note about this soup… watercress smells amazing when it’s being cooked! I was extremely surprised by the pleasant aroma!

Happy cooking!

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

Okay, so I found a recipe that used the detox veggies that I absolutely love! I tried it this afternoon and fell in love! At first I was a little skeptical to try Asparagus with Orange Sauce because I was a little unsure of how the two flavors would work together. I didn’t think that asparagus would taste well with orange over it.

I was wrong! This dish is incredible! The orange gives this a very nice, light citrus flavor. I really liked the creamy sauce over the asparagus. Usually I just put some olive oil and pepper on my asparagus and call it good but I’m really happy that I gave this a try. I really enjoyed this recipe and I’m sure you will too!

Happy cooking!

 

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

How to Avoid Nutritional Stumbling Blocks

While doing some research, I came across the website for the North American Vegetarian Society. I intended to just look through the website quickly and come back to it later on… Several hours later, I had read all that I could at the moment. I would’ve stayed longer but my eyes were going cross!

While I was there, I found this article that I found really interesting. It focuses a lot on what not to do when making the switch from a diet that consists of meat to that of a vegetarian. There are several things on this list that I was guilty of when I first started eating a vegetarian diet. It took me a while to figure out what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t and I really wish I’d had this article to refer to when I was first starting out.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to have found this article yet so it was a lot of trial and error. I wanted to share it in case there are those of you who make the transition and are finding it hard. I hope you find it helpful!

N & J Cafe

Yum, yum, yum! I was craving hummus yesterday so I decided to go to N & J Cafe in Wichita, KS for free hummus Mondays! Not only did I get my fill of hummus but I also had the falafel.

As of yesterday, I’ve tried all of the vegetarian dishes on their menu and it was all delicious with the exception of one dish. I had the baba ganoush a while back and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I don’t know if it was because the eggplant was so strong or if it was the texture but I wasn’t a fan. With the exception of that, everything else is wonderful!

The service is always great at N & J and it always smells amazing! If you haven’t been there yet, you should give it a try. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a lover of meat, you’ll surely find something there that you love!
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Edible Flowers

I’ve been getting a bit bored in the kitchen lately. I feel like I’m not trying anything new and I just make the same meals over and over and over again. So, I’ve decided to try to get out of this kitchen rut that I’m in. I’ve decided that I’m going to try to cook with flowers!

Most of the time when I see flowers in a dish, it’s just something that’s been tossed into a salad or added as a garnish but Vegetarian Times has made a list of edible flowers and some more exciting recipe ideas. There are a lot of flowers on this recipe that I didn’t realize were edible. Wondering about the flavor of some of these flowers? Well, you’re in luck because Vegetarian Times has included all of that information as well!

I saw on the list that sunflowers taste somewhat “artichokey”. I think I’m going to experiment and make some spinach dip and use sunflower instead of artichoke. I’ll let you know how it is! If anyone else has any experimentation ideas, let me know! I’m in dire need of some new recipe ideas!