Romantic Vegetarian Food

When you want to make a lasting impression on her the more you can engage the senses, the more total the experience will be, and hopefully the longer lasting it will be. When you can associate this with a positive experience of yourself the better you will appear in her mind.

Although taste is the obvious sense that comes to mind when you think about food, there are five in total and none should be ignored –

  1. taste
  2. touch
  3. smell
  4. sight
  5. sound

Making roasted vegetables ticks all these boxes. I came about it by chance – I wanted to have roasted vegetables with a pie recently, went to the supermarket and found that there wasn’t a special offer on any of the varieties of frozen veg. I was shocked to find that I would have to pay full price, and the bags seemed expensive so I made a mental note of the ingredients (and fortunately the proportions were written on the bag too) and then headed to the fresh vegetable section. I never looked back.

The Ingredients:

(I am working in metric units here, but 25g is about 1oz, and 450g is about 1lb. This will make 8 portions)

  • Red Onions 700g
  • Carrots 800g
  • Parsnip 800g
  • Peppers 500g (vary the colours if possible, but Red Peppers are the first choice)
  • Sweet potato 600g
  • Courgette (Zucchini) 700g
  • Rosemary herb 30g
  • Thyme 25g
  • Olive oil and butter

Preparation:

Wash and peel the vegetables, chop some of the parsnips and carrots lengthways, but for the rest, chop into coarse chunks about 2cm (3/4 inch) square/cubed. Toss with a little olive oil and then add the herbs – the vegetables should be evenly mixed and covered with the herbs. If you are using small onions then keep them whole as they have an unusual shape when roasted and the internal layers expand more. There should be a variety of textures, sizes, shapes and most importantly colour ready for the oven.

In practice, you will probably want to have a very big bowl handy or keep the vegetables separate and use the bowl you have to mix them in proportion with each other bowl by bowl. These quantities will probably serve you for several evenings, so I place 900g quantities in freezer bags and freeze them.

Cooking:

Heat the oven to 200C (about 390F, and the oven can be heating while you prepare the vegetables to save time) and place 450g vegetables per person on a roasting tray with a few small knobs of butter dotted among them. You could use more of the oil, but after attending a lecture by Udo Erasmus once, I prefer using butter for roasting, and leave oils for dishes prepared below the temperature of boiling water.

Place in the oven near the top. After 10 minutes, you can remove the tray and stir the vegetables around in the melted butter so that they are evenly coated, then place them back in the oven

They will probably take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook, so look in on them again about 30 minutes after you stir them in the melted butter. They will have reduced in size a little, and become quite crunchy.

Ideally, if you are cooking to impress someone, try and keep them in or near the kitchen as the vegetables roast – the oven will be emitting a variety of sizzling and popping sounds and an intoxicating aroma throughout.

Serving:

This is an ideal accompaniment to quiche, tart, pies, omelets, lasagna or mousaka. For a choice of wine, I would suggest a white wine like Pinot Grigio, but wine and food combinations are very much personal choice so it’s only a suggestion.

The Logical Dimensions

To the rational mind, this is a great meal – each serving costs about €1.50 ($2 approx) and is low fat (apart from the butter), high fibre, filling and nutritious. But the important thing really is the romantic effect, and that depends on the sensual dimension.

The Sensual Dimensions

While the food is roasting, you have sound and smell. When it emerges from the oven and is ladled on to her plate, the variety of shapes and colour should immediately engage the vision so she can’t wait to put it in her mouth – and that’s where lies the special surprise: this dish is not just about taste (there is plenty) but also texture. Never underestimate the tactile effect of roasted vegetables in the mouth – one of themost sensitive areas in the body.

By creating any experience for your guest that stimulates all her senses, and associating positively with yourself, you have made great romantic progress. And in this case, you are well ahead and haven’t even left the dinner table.

Now it’s time to follow it up with dessert, or as I was once instructed by one of the sexiest women I have ever known “Steven, you have to kiss the girls and make them pie”.

Bountiful Blossoms

While we often enjoy them in gardens and landscapes or present them in bouquets and vases rarely do we invite them into our stomachs. As much as most of us all enjoy flowers the occasions to taste them are usually fleeting. Although a little elusive, edible flowers are something everyone should try at least once. In this article we will go over the most common edible flowers and some of the types of dishes to watch out for in the hope of giving you a better chance to indulge in these tasty treats.

Reviewing any complete list of edible flowers usually leaves the reader surprised to find that some of the most common and most famous flowers are actually consumable. Flowers like roses (rose petals and hips), sunflowers, chrysanthemums and jasmines are all edible when consumed correctly. Various forms of feasting include freezing, drying and dehydrating. You will find these delicious delights in all sorts of cooking creations such as appetizers, sorbets, beverages, salads, soups, oils, syrups, jellies, dips, entrees and desserts.

Some of the names that you will probably find more difficult to locate for delectable digestion are elderflowers, nasturtiums, osmanthus fragrans and borage. For the best results to finding dishes that bloom it is wise to start by perusing some of the more upscale restaurants in your area. If your neighborhood has any health conscience or all natural food spots those are usually great to check out as well. When all else fails a few recipes off the internet and a quick trip to a knowledgeable grocer can most likely get some flowers in your mouth. Let’s take a look at a few of the recipes and more of the edible flowers we might come across.

A lot of times some of the easiest flowers to find for our flavor enjoyment are those that come attached to vegetables that we commonly eat. The squash blossom and its attachment to zucchini is the perfect example and when fried and stuffed they are simply amazing. Other prime examples of this are the flower buds from vegetables like artichoke, broccoli and cauliflower. Some of the recipes, treats and menu items your silverware should be on watch for include banana blossom salads, dandelion fritters, lavender biscotti, lilac syrup, marigold salads, curried daylilies, calendula biscuits and rosemary tea bread.

Once you start learning about how many pretty plants you can cook with you will find that the possibilities really are endless. If you do decide to increase your pedal power there are a few key points you will want to remember, especially when experimenting in your own kitchen. Those eating these types of foods are more susceptible to allergic reactions so this is always something we want to keep in mind. It is important to always know the source of your food and to triple check if it is poisonous or not. Finally if you make sure is organic and pesticide free then your experience at the dining table should grow more and more every time you sit down with some succulent supplements.

Greek Yogurt

You can prepare Greek Yogurt at home with the normal ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

  1. Take two cups of low-fat, plain yogurt.
  2. Strain the yogurt using cheese cloth or paper towels for about two to three hours.
  3. After straining, add vanilla and sweetener to the mix. Use maple syrup or honey as sweetener.
  4. Store in a refrigerator. It stays fresh for several days.
  5. Serve the yogurt as topping for fresh fruit. Add cocoa or cinnamon for flavor.

Starting with two cups of yogurt, you can have about 8 servings. This is a much healthier alternative as a tasty topping when compared to whipped cream. If you want a swirly topping, add chocolate or strawberry sauce and mix it a little.

If you wish to have a good energy breakfast, granola and Greek Yogurt are a great combination. If you want a tasty dipping sauce for citrus fruits, strawberries or your chocolate cookies, you can again use homemade yogurt. Another great morning or evening meal is yogurt mixed with three pairs of walnut halves and one tablespoon of natural honey.

For people on a weight loss regimen, Greek Yogurt is a great choice. It comes packed with proteins and keeps you feeling full, helping you cut down on the quantity of food intake. It also has a lower fat content, which again helps greatly in cutting down weight.

Making Greek Yogurt a regular part of your diet can make you stay healthy and lose excess weight. It also provides you with a long list of tasty dishes to add to your repertoire.

Raw Foods Diet Plan

There are only three basic rules to the raw foods diet. The first rule is to simply eat only naturally made foods. The most popular list of all natural foods are fruits. Cut up fruits can be a perfect breakfast or mid day snack, including pineapple, mangoes, and apples. Vegetables are a great side for lunch and diner, and many people who enjoy eating raw foods prepare red bell peppers as a side, as they are a great source of vitamins. Another great snack are almonds or other natural nuts as they are absolutely loaded with protein and can provide natural energy. For a great lunch idea, eating beef jerky and a side salad is a small but filling lunch. For dinner, some of the main staples are chicken and beef. It is important to eat plenty of fish and chicken as they dishes are loaded with protein and will keep you full and energized throughout the day. Do not feel limited or stuck on what your options are for making your lunch and dinner, as the internet is loaded with resources that can help you find plenty of delicious options.

The second rule of the raw foods diet is extremely important. The rule is that you can not eat any foods that are not raw. This includes fast food, no exceptions. Even if it your birthday, if you want to lose weight fast you can not enjoy that piece of birthday cake or that side of ice cream.

Finally, the last rule of eating only raw foods is to be creative! There are a lot of variations you can use to make recipes that may not have even been discovered yet.

If you have tried different diets in the past and have not had success, try eating only natural raw foods for a month and see where you are. If you are strict and follow through on your diet, you will start shedding pounds very quickly. You will feel fully energized throughout the day and not only will you be able to enjoy delicious food, but you will feel filled up after your meal.

Become a Vegetarian in Simple Steps

Identify the reasons why you want to change your diet.

Carefully consider your main motivations for following a meatless diet. Do you want to end animal suffering? Save money? Help the environment? Improve your health?

All of these are great reasons to go vegetarian. However, it is important to know which ones mean the most to you.

Give your reasons serious consideration and write them down. This list doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t matter if you are already a vegetarian or not. Keep it in a place where you will see it often to remind yourself why you are making this change in lifestyle.

Repeat this process periodically, as your reasons may and probably will change over time. It is also a great way to stay passionate about following a meatless diet.

Find social support.

Whether it is from friends or just an online vegetarian forum that you visit regularly, it is important to receive support when you go vegetarian. Others will be able to give you advice and tips for how to become a vegetarian. They can lift you up when you feel down and frustrated.

Support from others, especially vegetarians and vegans, is important for you success at a vegetarian lifestyle. It also makes the change much more fun!

Research recipes and nutritional information.

It is a good idea to know what you are undertaking before you get started, or at least shortly afterward. Look up information about how to become a vegetarian in a healthy way. Consider setting up an appointment with a nutritionist or dietitian, if you can, to talk about a diet that will meet your nutritional needs.

Also, find vegetarian recipes from cookbooks or online. Keep a variety on hand for meals and snacks. This makes the transition easier because you won’t have to wonder what you can eat. You already know a few options!

Evaluate your diet.

As you change your diet, think about how it makes you feel. Do you have more or less energy?Are you getting adequate nutrition? Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables?

Make a point of evaluating your eating habits on a regular basis. You may need to make changes or focus on consuming enough nutrients.

Make changes based on your comfort level.

There are many ways that are recommended for how to become a vegetarian. Do what feels right. Don’t think you can stop eating meat all at once? Cut back on how many times you consume meat each week. Eager to dive right in? Go ahead, but do some research as you go.

No one way is the “right way” to become a vegetarian.

Raw Kale Salad

In the United States today, the number one killer in human beings is heart disease. Diet is a contributing factor of heart disease. It’s unhealthy for our hearts when we eat highly processed foods that have large amounts of refined sugar, carbohydrates, and no living enzymes, vitamins or minerals. The choices of foods you eat ultimately impacts the level of your current state of health. Organic raw fruits and vegetables are full of life force energy that ensures you are receiving all the important nutrients the mind and body need to be healthy and thrive. It is very important to focus your attention on your daily food choices. One thing I have noticed over the past ten years is, when I make a healthy food choice it will make it easier to repeat that action in the future.

So, in other words, one healthy choice will lead to another healthy choice! The opposite is also true as well; one unhealthy choice will often lead to, unfortunately, another unhealthy food choice. Ready to make a fresh start on your road to health and well being? Well now is the perfect moment to begin paving the road to your future state of health by learning the simple preparation of this fantastic kale salad recipe! I am going to show you how simple it is to prepare a delicious organic raw kale salad that you can enjoy with your friends and family. Here is a list of all the ingredients needed.

  • One bunch organic kale, chopped.
  • One organic red bell pepper, chopped.
  • Two tablespoons of fresh squeezed organic lemon juice.
  • Two tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • One half teaspoon of sea salt.

Let’s have fun now making this healthy organic salad! Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Now with clean hands begin to gently massage the mixture together for close to one minute. The reason for massaging the fresh squeezed lemon juice and olive oil into the kale leaves is because this process will actually begin to break down the cell walls of the kale, making it tender and easier to eat. After massaging the mixture you may like to add some chopped tomato and avocado to top it off. Now you have a complete meal!

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing you will feel after eating this organic raw kale salad for the first time, you’ll just have to prepare it and find out for yourself! The first time I ate this salad I recognized the value of making healthy food choices, and was so happy to have discovered a food option that would give me so much energy and vitality. Whenever I need a burst of energy I remember how nutritious and energizing this recipe is, as well as how quick and easy it is to prepare! Take advantage of this recipe and the amazing benefits you will receive by making a healthy choice for your life! I wish you abundant health and longevity!

Tropical Smoothies

Ingredients:

Use your favorite combination of tropical fruits. I like to blend up mango and bananas for my smoothie drinks. I also recommend using orange juice or cranberry juice for a really great taste.

Other ingredients you can add to your smoothies are honey or agave syrup for some sweetness and ice to keep your smoothie nice and cool. The ice is an important part of the recipe, as the Vitamix blender is so strong and works so fast it can heat up your smoothie.

What to do:

Place all the fruits into your blender and add some ice to keep it nice and cool. To serve 1-2 people I would cut up 1 large banana and two mangos and use about 1 cup of juice. Make sure that the lid is locked on nice and tight. Now blend together for a minute until you get a nice, creamy drink. The amount of blending required will vary by the brand of blender that you have. You may have to make a few smoothies and experiment a bit to see what works for you.

That is it! Pour your finished drink into glasses and enjoy the thick and creamy, yet healthy snack anytime of the day. Naturally you will need to adjust the recipe for your particular tastes and amount of people you are serving.

So now you know how easy it is to make a Tropical Smoothie at home. What I like best, is that you can use up any ripe fruits that you might have and you will know exactly what is in your smoothie. You can also adjust the taste and texture just the way you like it.

Flood Damage Restoration

There are a number of reasons why it takes a number of weeks or potentially months to recover from water or flooding in your home. The biggest reason for the project taking so long is that the internal structures of the property have to be completed dried out to ensure stability and safety of your home moving forward.

Depending on the extent of the damage, it can take several weeks to strip back all furnishings and decorations that have been damaged by water, so that they internal walls, floors and ceilings can all be dried. The drying process ensures that the insides of the house is completely dry, ensuring no secondary damage is conceived post disaster.

Once the house is completely dried inside, restoration works can begin. If a water problem started above ground level, ceilings may need to be realigned, with ceiling boards also requiring replacement in Places. Working from top down, walls may need replace tarring, before paint or wallpapers can be applied. After these stages, carpenters, electricians and decorators will complete all necessary work before your home can get back to normal. Because of the various stages involved in the entire process, recovery can take at least 8 weeks, and depending on how long it takes for furnishings to come through it could even be longer.

To minimize the length of time it takes to recover from a flood damage incident, ensure you enlist a restoration company which can help you with your insurance claim by acting as a management agent. In this capacity they can help to ensure the project stages complete in succession with minimal delays, helping you get back to normal as soon as possible.

There are a number of reasons why it takes a number of weeks or potentially months to recover from water or flooding in your home. The biggest reason for the project taking so long is that the internal structures of the property have to be completed dried out to ensure stability and safety of your home moving forward.

Encourage Vegan Diet Among Children

One of the values that parents should be able to teach their children is healthy eating. It would be very easy for children to be attracted to the idea of eating junk foods or prefer the less healthy food options and it would be very smart if parents will be able to teach their kids to eat their veggies without dealing with remorse.

Living the life of a vegetarian may be difficult to impose especially among children but there are strategies that will make it possible for Vegan meat substitutes like tofu and sprouting seeds to look more appetizing to the eyes of your kids.

The following are some of the ideas that will encourage children to go vegetarian and develop healthy eating habits:

  • Know the different vegan recipes that kids will surely love. Cereals and other whole foods can easily become a kid’s favorite especially if you will just try to go out of your way to know how it can be prepared in the most appetizing way.
  • Take advantage of colorful meat substitutes. Creating eye-candy dishes will surely make it difficult for kids to refuse eating their veggies. Definitely, aside from green there are other attractive and delectable fruits and vegetables that your kids will love.
  • Allow them to socialize with other vegans. Bring them along when you meet with your other vegan friends, Aside from realizing that there are other people who consider the vegan diet, this will also open a chance for them to met children of the same age bracket who shares the same kind of healthy lifestyle.
  • Adults should set the best examples for the young ones and most likely to be able to grow an ideal child, parents should be the role model that their children will follow. Practice what you preach. This is the basic strategy that will make it possible for children to be led to an ideal kind of life.

Vegetarian Meal Plans

A good vegetarian diet will be high in most vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However vegetarians may need to supplement their diet with vitamin B12, which is mainly found in shellfish and meat. Vegetarian diets can also be low in protein or calcium if not properly planned.

Vegetarian and meat based diets both have advantages. Vegetarian nutrition is based on the substances found in plants only and therefore vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be rich in antioxidants, certain vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats. Whereas meat based diets contain vitamin B12, protein, iron, zinc and calcium. Understanding these differences can help when planning a healthy veggie diet.

There are also different types of vegetarians, and therefore any meal planner will need to take into account the type of diet and its nutritional requirements. Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat dairy and eggs, while vegans only consume plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and sprouts. Additionally, you have to plan for adequate protein without relying on animal sources (and many good protein sources can be found in a balanced veggie diet).

Initially it may look easy to throw together some veggie recipes and hope that it’s a sufficiently healthy diet. However developing a healthy vegetarian meal plan can be a challenging process, to ensure the right mix of nutrients is present to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Anyone considering a vegetarian diet plan for weight loss needs to develop a good quality meal plan. Planning the correct amount of calorie intake is important to achieve any weight goals, whilst maintaining a healthy intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, proteins and fats; all essential for optimal health and performance.