Easy Vegan BBQ Sandwich

BBQ spaghetti squash

This recipe has three ingredients: spaghetti squash, bottled organic BBQ sauce and a bun. It is a healthy meal that is perfect for a school/work night. You can pop the squash in the oven and tend to things around the house while it cooks.

Preheat the oven to 375. Cut a spaghetti squash in half length-wise and scoop the seeds out.

Roast the squash halves in the oven for about 40 minutes or until it is tender. I like to squish the skin with an oven mitt and if the middle pushes out into “spaghetti strips” you know it’s ready. Continue reading “Easy Vegan BBQ Sandwich”

Vegan Broccoli and “Cheese” and Vegan Mac ‘n “Cheese”

 

 broc and cheese

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.

Broccoli and Cheese:

Cheese Sauce

1 cup nutritional yeast

2 tsp. any kind of flour you like

1 cup water

1/3 cup organic ketchup

2 TBS. of salsa

½ tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garlic powder

Dash of pepper Continue reading “Vegan Broccoli and “Cheese” and Vegan Mac ‘n “Cheese””

Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?

Is it possible that nutrition substitute drinks for diabetics actually contribute to type 2 diabetes?glucerna-shakes-product-image

A relative of mine has type 2 diabetes. His doctor told him to drink Glucerna shakes because it will help to balance his blood sugar and give him nutrients.

But as much as he drinks these shakes, he never seems to get better; only worse. I explained to his wife that he would do better to get nutrients from actual green vegetables like the ones I juice daily. She told me in horror that he just needs to do what his doctor told him.

From where did we get the idea that these drinks are a panacea? I believe from commercials that target trusting care givers, from drug reps that tell doctors that these shakes are actually nourishing and because they are handed out routinely in hospitals. The drug companies do a surprising and alarming amount of doctor education. As far as I know, there are no sales reps for the vegetable industry.

Today, I want to just address the Glucerna shake. Note that Abbott Laboratories makes Glucerna as well as Ensure, PediaSure, and a whole slew of other meal replacement and “nutrition” drinks.  Continue reading “Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?”