These two dishes are staples at my house. They are essentially the same recipe but the mac and cheese calls for a bit more of the first four ingredients. I use a quinoa pasta in the mac and cheese recipe but you can use any pasta. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk section of Whole Foods and many grocery stores.
Remember in years past when everyone was in such an uproar about veal? When the public found out that calves were confined in tiny crates where they could not move in order to make their meat tender, they quickly denounced veal. There was some response by industry that led us to believe that this was no longer the practice.
Fast forward a couple of decades and now almost every animal bred for consumption is treated in much the same fashion as that poor old calf that we worried about.
And before you pat yourself on the back for buying “free-range” chicken and “Cage-free” eggs, just know you are being duped by the genius marketers and lobbyists for the food industry who want you to feel good about your poultry purchases. Here is the sad truth.
Cage-free means that the egg-laying, caged up birds have access to light and air. It does not specify an amount of time or quality. It can mean the doors to the factory were open while the hens remained in their cages. It is not a regulated term.
These poor egg-laying hens are crammed into such tight cages that they can’t move and become so aggressive with each other that their beaks have to be chopped off. Debeaking is the industry standard. It is the same as having a body part amputated without anesthetic. Debeaking is also done to broiler chickens. The laying and broiler birds can be so riddled with pain from this common procedure that they can’t eat for weeks and die. Continue reading “Factory Farming or Everything is Now a “Veal””
Throw away your deodorant and or antiperspirant. Yes, you. Yes, even if it’s a crystal that says, “Does not contain aluminum” and has a pink breast cancer ribbon. Yes, even if it is from that hippy guy in Maine. It does contain aluminum. I’ll get to that.
This is a pivotal moment in the fight to know what is in our food. The integrity of organic food and labeling issues are very much in flux right now.
As it stands about 90% of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets grown in the U.S. contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or are considered genetically engineered (GE). About 50% of zucchini, yellow squash and Hawaiian papaya are GE.
What does that mean? According to the Institute of Responsible Technology, “A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”
Why does this matter to you? 85- 90% of all processed foods contain one or more GMO ingredient. GMOs were introduced to the market in the mid 90’s without any long-term testing. That’s right. You’ve been the guinea pig for about twenty years.
Perhaps over the last twenty years you’ve noticed a rise in some disease states such as cancer (specifically kidney, breast, colon and anal), diabetes, allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders, infertility, autism, auto-immune disease, ADHD etc. I’m not saying the two are linked, but I would say that there needs to be long-term studies on the effects of GMOs. Continue reading “The Fight to Know What is in Our Food”
I have covered the topic of toxic cookware briefly in the past, but I wanted to update the information. First of all, if you still are using Teflon coated cookware, toss it in the trash! Teflon is the brand name for a chemical coating known as PFOA. What is the problem with this coating? This is from About.com/cookware:
“The resulting products contain no or only trace amounts of PFOA, and the Environmental Protection Agency does not have enough information about the product to suggest that using the products could cause a health risk or concern.
However, because this chemical is used in the manufacturing process, it has been found in low levels in the environment and even in the bloodstream of a sample of the U.S. population. It has been found to affect the development of laboratory animals, as well as other adverse effects on their health.”
That is good enough for me. Run. Run away from the Teflon.
I love the website NutritionFacts.org. It actually analyses data and gives you real facts about food. This particular video gets to the heart of what we want to know; which vegetables really fight cancer?
My dog, Bella is one of my favorite “people” in the world. She was a timid, mangy mess when we rescued her about 8 years ago. She has become a funny, loyal, and loving companion to our family.
She was still shy and cowering after a month or two of living with us, but was getting better every day. Around this time, my young son and I were playing Chutes and Ladders on the floor. She eyed us from the corner of the room for a few minutes. She slowly grabbed her bone, came over to us, laid her bone on the playing board and spun the spinner with her nose. I DID NOT DOCTOR THIS STORY IN ANY WAY. My son and I laughed until we cried and hugged Bella while we cooed, “Good doggie.” She wagged her big tail in delight. It was a turning point.
I could go on and on with funny stories about her. But you get the point. She means the world to us. Anyone who has a dog or a pet that they love can relate.
Imagine my terror about a year ago when she suddenly couldn’t get up and down the stairs anymore. She would either fall, struggle, or simply stare at the stairs knowing that she couldn’t tackle them.