The Vegetarian Challenge

I was not always a vegetarian, but started out as a full scale meat eater. It was in my later years I had this huge aversion to eat anything that can smile back at me.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sprouts are vibrant living foods...

Experts say that benefit of sprouting derives from the fact that the plant's highest nutritional value is as a sprout, as the plant matures it's nutritional value decreases. Sprouts contain food enzymes which slow aging.

Some of it's nutritional value is that alfalfa sprouts are low in calories,
High in energy, low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol.
High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium and Iron.

It helps with weight loss and for maintaining optimum health.

Super Energy Drink

I learned this from a health nut... i love it!

Take a generous handful of alfalfa sprouts and 8-10 oz of apple juice
mix it well in a blender until smooth... serve.

It's simple, nutritious and would not believe how great it tastes!...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Being a vegetarian has made me
experienced a more natural lifestyle.
I live on 80 acres surrounded by trees...

Every morning
I wakeup in awe of the beauty i see and the pure air
I breath, it's indeed paridise.
I feel blessed to be able to
catch the splendor of the woods from the small
hill right across the house...

in the morning all i feel is the crisp and
invigorating autumn breeze,
I can't help it but to adventure
deeper into the woods with my
amateur digital camera to
capture the vibrant yellows and reds and oranges that nature brings to us at this time of the year..

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

If you are familiar with goji berries then you know what i'm talking about "the perfect food", if you are new to them then i would like to share this with you...

Goji berries, sometimes called Wolfberries.

Imagine this... Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order.

This is what experts are saying... Goji berries are perhaps the most nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet.

Goji berries contain amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus), being the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known
foods or plants on earth!

They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth.
Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E and the list goes on and on...

Experts suggest a good daily intake of Goji berries is a small handful.

Goji berries may be used as snacks or mixed with recipes or smoothies like other dried fruits.

The Goji berry tastes more or less like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry.

I like them with fresh squeezed orange juice or soya milk....

With Orange Juice:

Squeeze 2-3 oranges and pour it in a blender, take a small handful of (raw dried goji berries) toss them in the blender with the orange juice and blend it for a few minutes until the berries are totally mixed into the juice.

I also shake it with soya milk:

Pour 8 oz of soya milk into a blender, add a riped banana and of course a small handful of goji berries.... again blend it till the berries are totally mixed into drink... and there you have it...

Of course I try to use organic ingredients as much as i can... Hope you enjoy it...

If you have any recipes with goji berries i would be delighted to learn them from you...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Soya... the awesome bean

Also called "Bean Curd". Tofu is extremely versitile and you can
make delicious meals with it.

I like exchanging vegetarian recipes so here is a very simply tofu recipe
i picked up from my favourite collection of vegetarian meals

Tofu Delight


1 Block of firm tofu (preferably organic)
1 tsp of chopped garlic
Soy Sauce
Olive Oil

Cut tofu into 1 to 2" cubes. In a bowl mix the tofu cubes with
chopped garlic and soy sauce (to taste). Let the cubes soak in
the soya sauce for a couple of minutes. In the mean time heat up
the olive oil in a frying pan at medium heat (so garlic will toast not burn).
Throw in the soya cubes into frying pan let it fry for a couple of minutes,
until brown, stir so all sides get a nice golden brown color and voila.

It is delicious and it goes well as a main dish with brown rice or is
perfect in salads! Enjoy!

Drop me a comment or a nice vegetarian recipe you may have.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

There is a simple truth in life... we live until we die and if our body is our temple, then i made the choice for it not
be a sewer, built with death and rotten meat. I choose to fill my body with all the elements of nutrition and to feed it simply an honestly with all foods
with that cannot smile back at me.

I therefore, feel very successful in my transformation to being a vegetarian, it is at this vantage point i discovered the secret
to success in all things. Success to me is a state of mind, a choice i have made and the determination to learn the behaviours
necessary to achieve the results i'm going after. Therefore success is a journey, not a destination. This can also be applied to
financial success... it is a simple matter of making a choice to be financially successful and then leave behind us our old
behaviours, our old opinions, our old attitudes, our old conditions, and acquire the skills and habits that are required to achieve
financial success...

I believe everybody needs help when it comes to changing old habits, this is what i listen to as my daily dosage, i like particularly Wayne Dyer's You Can Do Anything scroll down and look for it about mid way on the site.

Monday, October 02, 2006

I was not always a vegetarian, but started out as a full scale meat eater. It was in my later years I had this huge aversion to eat anything that have flesh like me.

Eating meat was like looking in the mirror and taking a huge chomp on my face. It was on this day that I started on the slippery slope of my Vegetarian Quest.

Everyone at home is a meat eater, and at breakfast , lunch and dinner I was forced to eat on a side table, and cook my own meals.

Yep, everyone was waiting for me to return to the table, but watching my family gobbling down real flesh, stewed, cooked, burnt or charred was completely and totally gross. I had this picture of eating dead flesh in my mind that made me gag.

So, I was forced to clean all my cutlery and dishes from meat contamination, and I had all my meals at a side table, so that I can eat in peace.

The road to being a vegetarian is a tough and difficult battle, and the need to cook my own meals and eat alone was not easy. I was the mad outsider.

Learning to adapt to this new lifestyle, created in me a vetarian chef, so if you are interested ...

Here is my first recipe, it is delicious.
This unusual combination of vegetables and fruit makes a tasty accompaniment for special occasions.
4 servings


1 lb. carrots, peeled, cut into sticks
2 large white onions, thinly sliced into rings
5 Tbs. butter or margarine
3 large apples, cored, thinly sliced into rings
1 tsp. thyme (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs


Steam carrots in boiling salted water until tender-crisp. Set aside.

Cook onions until golden in 2 tablespoons of the butter.

In buttered baking dish, layer carrots, onions and apples. Sprinkle with thyme. Drizzle with lemon juice. Melt remaining butter. Mix in bread crumbs. Sprinkle over vegetable mixture.

Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until vegetables are heated through and crumbs are golden brown.

Recipe found at My Favourite Recipes