Dairy and Eggs in the Vegetarian Diet

While strict vegetarians consume no animal flesh or products, lacto-ovo vegetarians do drink milk and eat cheese, eggs and butter while avoiding animal flesh.

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Whole Grain Alternatives

Most whole grains that are otherwise considered healthy for the majority of the population are actually extremely toxic to those individuals with the very real problem of gluten sensitivity. Here are five grain alternatives, four of which are considered to be complete proteins:

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Recipe: Hopi Amaranth Greens & Grains

The following dish is a Southwestern Native American twist on wilted greens.

Because amaranth is a complete protein, this dish is a meal all by itself. Serve it up in a soup bowl.

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Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup with Homemade Croutons

…and you thought pumpkin was only good for pie or bread!

Au contraire!

This is a sweet-and-savory harvest soup with a kick that will take the chill off of any Fall evening. Serve it with fresh-baked Pillow Biscuits and a mixed-greens salad livened up with some dried cherries, walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese.

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Recipe: Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

This was one of my favorite vegetarian recipes when I was in my teens. Mom didn’t make it often because of the time involved with prepping the grape leaves, then stuffing and rolling them – but I couldn’t really blame her. She worked part time and had me and my two younger brothers to deal with plus a household to run. So, it was quite a treat when she did make them.

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Recipe: Colorful Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian recipe is an excellent introduction to The Mother Seed, otherwise known as quinoa. If you are unfamiliar with quinoa, you will wonder why it took you so long to give it a try.

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Minerals in the Vegetarian Diet: Trace

Trace minerals are present in very small amounts in the body; however they are vital to your health no matter how small the needed amount. Fortunately, they are widespread throughout many foods.

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Recipe: Greek Tyropitta

Traditionally, Tyropitta is a small, handheld cheese pie encased in phyllo pastry. This less portable but just as delicious version originated in the Sporades Islands region of Greece.

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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

The original Thanksgiving was not a banquet of turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream and…and…and whatever else you can cram down your gullet before collapsing into the recliner in a food coma. It was a three-day harvest celebration (and not repeated for many years), attended by the early American settlers as well as the natives who initially welcomed them and helped them adapt to and survive in a harsh and unfamiliar landscape.

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Healthy Carbohydrates – Whole Grains

Whole grains consist of three parts – the endosperm, the germ, and the bran. The bran (outer layer) is rich in B vitamins, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and protein. The germ (the middle layer) consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, protein, and vitamins. When whole grains are refined, the bran and often the germ are removed. There go all those healthy nutrients, blown away in the wind. What’s left is the endosperm, high in very easily digested carbohydrates and very little else.

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