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From Denny: Looking for great vegan recipes? Even if you are not a vegetarian or a vegan, it's always a good idea to give your body a break from food that is hard to digest, like meat and dairy products.
It's a kind of fasting that does wonders for increasing your energy level and encourages better sleep. One meal a week, or if you are feeling ambitious, one day a week is an easy way to try out a new way of looking at and cooking food.
For me and my house it's all about the taste. If it tastes incredible then we keep the recipe, no matter if it is vegan or vegetarian. Little by little I've managed to win over my husband, the meat and potatoes kind of guy. He is willing - and even requests - certain veggie side dishes, eating them first before looking at the meat, fish or cheese dish. As a result he eats a lot less meat and feels really good.
You know you have the texture right and the spices kicked up if a meat lover will choose to eat veggies. We now enjoy meatless days every week since I started experimenting with red lentils and tons of spices as a filler for corn tortilla tacos heaped with sauteed onions or spicy sauteed cabbage. It's his favorite snack.
Another benefit to less meat in your diet, besides saving lots of money for the family budget, is you will find your mood elevates. Read that as less grumpy.
I had to laugh when I saw Chef Gordon Ramsey's episode when he visited India. He managed to insult every poor soul he met. Fortunately, they were patient with his ignorance about increasing the vegetables in his diet. By the end of the show, after visiting a very nice guru's ashram, he finally realized that there are some kick ass vegan and veggie dishes that are worth the cooking and eating.
In this vegan dish, the avocado is used as a creamy ingredient to replace the cheese. Think of all the skin-nurturing vitamin E! Other than the substituting of avocado for cheese and vegan margarine for butter or regular margarine, the pasta dish is the usual familiar Italian pasta of fresh basil, pine nuts and garlic. Give it a try and see how your family likes it.
From this video clip is also the vegan cookie recipe over at my chocolate blog: Chef Cookies: Cinnamon-Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 4 to 6
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