This past weekend, Chris asked me to make his favorite orange juice pancakes for his breakfast this week.
So when he further suggested we use fresh oranges and our juicer this time, I set him up peeling oranges and taught him how to use the juicer.
Oranges are good food and not just because of their high vitamin C content. They are also great sources of flavonoids, powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.
Orange Juice Pancakes
- 1 cup flour
- 2 T sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup orange juice, or ~3.5 oranges, juiced
- 2 T oil
- 1 egg
In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. In a small bowl, lightly whisk eggs before mixing in the rest of the wet ingredients. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until the ingredients are just mixed (batter will be lumpy). Lastly, let batter “rest” for 10 minutes before spooning 1/3 cup portions onto griddle for cooking. Pancakes are ready to be flipped when the edges are dry and no longer shiny.
Serve pancakes with REAL maple syrup and fruit.
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 29, 2012
I never expected to be involved in any Occupy Movement, but today we lend our blog to the Occupy Our Food Supply movement because we agree with their goal of cultivating "healthy, just, sustainable food systems for all" by ending corporate exploitation of our food systems.
The goal of most corporations is money. It is not the welfare of its customers. No matter how "socially responsible" a corporation claims or aims to be, it’s first priority will always be financial gain. While this makes for a successful business, it does not benefit America and it is our health that is suffers.
With a focus on money, additives are added to food to extend its shelf life. Low cost alternatives to products may be selected and nutritional content is compromised. Worst still, synthetic compounds are often added to compensate for nutrient loss.
While we cannot expect corporations to choose health over wealth, we can take control of our own welfare. Recognizing that the food industry does not have your best interest in mind, we must reclaim control of what goes into our bodies and into the bodies of our children. We can no longer blindly trust what is written on the outside of a box or bag as simple truth. We must choose to eat and prepare primary food for ourselves and for our families.
Primary food is unprocessed food. Primary food means buying raw meat, not fast food. It means buying raw vegetables, not veggie chips. It means saying "No" to quick food choices and no longer compromising quality for convenience. By choosing to buy and eat primary food you are eliminating from your diet the shelf-life extending preservatives and by-products of mass food production. This can lower the toxic load on internal organs and has been shown to reduced inflammation and even alleviate chronic disease.
Primary food selection can result in a healthier you and is crucial to a GFGFU lifestyle.
Choosing primary food for one’s health is not the only goal of Occupy Our Food Supply. The others are listed below:
- Resist GMOs and genetic engineering
- Resist the privatization of seeds
- Resist the corporate consolidation of our food system
- Support family farmers
- Support sustainable agriculture and local food systems
- Fight the displacement of communities and forests for plantation crops like palm oil
- Demand food safety
- Get rid of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
- Encourage people to buy local produce, to cook, and eat meals together
- Transform our relationship to food to know our farmer and where our food comes from
- Stand up for fair and just jobs for farm workers and food workers
- Make healthy, affordable, culturally-appropriate food accessible in low-income communities and communities of color
- End the revolving door of biotech executives in the FDA
- Support and stand in solidarity with local communities around the world who are reclaiming the food system in the name of justice and sustainability
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 27, 2012
In our hands, Indian food always takes so long to make but we have never been disappointed in the outcome. Though it took SIX whole hours to make, the palak tofu, tofu vindaloo, bhindi ki subji and basmati rice were amazing. Below is the recipe for Tofu Vindaloo. The palak tofu and bhindi ki subji recipes we followed are written elsewhere, and is our side of basmati rice.
This tofu vindaloo recipe was modified from a chicken vindaloo recipe which I had made for Chris in the past after learning what substitutes for punjabi and tamarind paste. But as I would be eating the vindaloo too this week, we decided to try it with tofu.
(Makes 6 to 8 servings as a main dish or up to 16 as a side dish.)
Ingredients for marinade: to be made at least 4 hours before, but the day before is best.
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp citric acid (or 2 crushed vitamin C tablets)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup minced garlic (1 full garlic bulb)
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- 2 Serrano peppers, chopped
- 2.5 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder (or celery powder)
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder
- 3/4 Tbsp garam masala
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 lbs of Extra Firm Tofu
Place all marinade ingredients into a gallon-sized resealable bag. Mix well (we use a whisk). Slice Tofu into slabs and stab with a fork to allow marinade to seep in. Place tofu into bag and chill until ready to use, mixing as needed.
Ingredients for vindaloo:
- Marinade from above (you will use it)
- Tofu from above (stripped of as much marinade as possible and cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 3 white onions
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 tsp brown sugar
Protocol: (I’m a scientist)
Finely grind up the onions. A food processor works well for this. In fact, I went out and bought a food processor before making Indian food for the first time. There was no way I was going to finely chop all those veggies by hand! Spritz a large frying pan with cooking oil and heat on medium high. Add cubed tofu and fry until all sides are brown. Remove tofu cubes from pan, place aside and add processed onions to same pan. Fry, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until almost brown. While browning the onions, open all the nearby windows and/or doors. When ready, add saved marinade to onions and run away from the pan. Concentrated spices = stinging in eyes! Come back and stir the mixture until shiny, or reduced slightly. Stir in water and cook mixture into a paste. Add the cooked tofu back to the pan and bring everything back to a boil for two minutes. Remove from heat, let sit ~15 minutes and add the brown sugar to cut the sourness.
Here is the final product served with Trader Joe’s Naan. Yummy!
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 15, 2012
Chris first made this recipe because he was concerned that he wouldn’t be satisfied with just wheatballs and spaghetti for dinner this past week. While that turned out not to be the case, it gave us the opportunity to build upon another recipe and make our own version of Vegan Pepper Pizza. Veggies first, of course!
Sweet and Spicy Vegan Pizza
(makes 10 to 12 servings)
- Pizza sauce
- Pizza dough (We used Trader Joe’s)
- 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 3 sliced garlic cloves
- 1 Anaheim pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 small red pepper, thinly sliced
- olive oil (or oil cooking spray)
- salt, pepper, oregano flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread out bell peppers, onion, garlic and peppers on lined cookie sheet. Drizzle (lightly) with olive oil and place in oven for 15 minutes -stirring occasionally. Turn oven to broil, remove and place on fresh parchment paper to cool and soak away excess oil.
Assemble & cook the pizza
This step is easy: roll out pizza dough and place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Spread with a thin layer of tomato sauce, add roasted veggies, and place in oven for 12 -16 minutes according to the directions for the pizza dough.
Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 11, 2012
After incorporating juicing into our lifestyle, I quickly learned that I’m allergic to raw apple juice. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised as my mouth always swells a little when I eat raw apples, but the realization came with the problem of figuring out what to do with those extra 14 apples.
So I decided to make apple pie, which meant finding a great apple pie recipe. So two hours later I chose to make a vegan rendition of Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie. I mean, who was I to argue with a five-star average rating out of over 1400 reviews?
Vegan Apple Pie
(Makes two 9-inch apple pies. Why two? -To share one with a friend, of course!)
Pie crusts for (2) 9-inch double crust pie
- (I used Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust which is NOT vegan, but vegan pie crust recipes can be found here and here.)
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 T flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
14 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- I used red delicious which is why this recipe has less sugar than the original.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees celcius. In medium bowl, mix oil, flour to a paste. Whisk in water and add in sugars. Transfer the mixture to a small sauce and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. Boil for about a minute before reducing heat to a simmer (continue to stir) for another five minutes or so. Set aside to cool.
Arrange lower pie crust in pie pan and arrange apple slices, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice of crust like shown here. Pour pie filling slowly through lattice and bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!
Helpful tips: Place pies on lowest rack of oven, as close to heating coils as possible. To check if the pies are done, check if the pie filling in the middle is boiling.
We really enjoyed it. Especially paired with soy ice cream! Our favorite part was that it wasn’t overly sweet. I mean, it actually still tasted like apples -a plus in our book.
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 10, 2012
Eating Vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up all the flavors you love. It simply means you choose a smarter way to eat those flavors. My personal journey to veganism began with food allergies and continued to develop with my aging GI tract. Regardless, eating a plant-based diet has done wonders for my body. Since about 2004, I haven’t been able to tolerate ground beef, so a few years back Chris made Meatless-meatballs for me. Recently however, my tolerance for eggs and dairy have waned so he created savory wheatballs.
Wheatballs (Vegan Meatballs)
(Makes around 30 wheatballs)
- 1 lb country style bread
- 1.5 cups soy milk
1/2 cup firm tofu, crumbed
- For a vegetarian option, grated parmesan may be used
- 1/2 bunch fresh Italian parsley
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 3 cloves fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
Cooking oil spray
- 1 to 2 T vegetable oil may substitute
Egg substitute (Ground flaxseed binding agent)
In a small bowl, combine ground flaxseeds and water. Using a fork or whisk, mix well. Let stand a few minutes and mix again. With time, the mixture will thicken. Continue to mix until mixture obtains the consistency of raw egg whites. Set aside.
Cut bread into thick slices and place in large bowl. Add soy milk and let sit until bread is thoroughly soaked. Squeeze dry bread slices and place in food processor along with tofu, parsley, basil and garlic. Process until the "dough" becomes thick and starts sticking together. The excess soy milk may be discarded.
Depending on the size of your food processor, this may need to be done in batches. If so, split ingredients equally so that the makeup of the dough is fairly consistent.
Return the dough to the large bowl, add the egg substitute, salt and pepper and mix. (Chris’ tools of choice for this step and the next are his hands).
Wheatball assembly and cooking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Form dough into round balls approximately 2-inches in diameter and place on rack to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat oiled pan and fry wheatballs until brown on all sides. Place browned wheat balls in oven to continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes. When cooked, the center of the wheatballs will be moist but not soggy.
We serve our wheat balls over grilled veggies and/or whole grain spaghetti noodles and topped with homemade tomato sauce. Yum!
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 9, 2012
After watching the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, we decided that juicing might be a nice supplement to our diets and after a few hours of research, we chose to buy the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor. The considerations that went into our decision were ease of cleaning, durability of parts, and of course, how well it extracted juice.
I was NOT about to waste my time with a machine that was complicated to take apart or had lots of tiny nooks and crannies where pulp could hide and cultivate bacteria. The HB Big Mouth Pro had neither. Tear down is as simple as unlatching two things and lifting up the pieces. Not including the pulp collector, which should always be lined with a plastic bag during use, there are just 5 pieces to clean: lid, strainer, food pusher, basket, and juice collector. The machine comes with its own brush for quick cleaning of the strainer, and all four others pieces are dishwasher-safe even though their sleek design, devoid of any pesky hard to reach crevices are easily cleaned by hand.
I must admit, I have not done any experiments to qualitatively determine the HB Big Mouth Pro’s durability, but all the plastic parts seem sturdy enough, and replacements are easy to purchase from the vendor. It seems as if the only component that would have to withstand some stress are the two latches which are conveniently made of metal.
Naturally, this post would be incomplete without mentioning machine functionality, and I’m happy to say that the HB Big Mouth Pro does well. The true test of how "good" a juice extractor is of course, how well it separates juice from pulp. This is most easily determined by assessing how dry the resulting pulp is and for a machine this inexpensive, the pulp is pretty dry. Maybe its the 1.1 HP motor (similar models have 800 watt motors), but it does its job well.
So overall, I would recommend the product to the beginning juicer who not yet ready to invest upwards of $300 or more dollars into a product they may only use as a passing fad. And at just $70, its also competitively priced.
- Clean-up is quick and easy
- Motor is strong
- Unit is nice & compact
- We’ve had great experiences with Hamilton Beach’s customer service
- Pulp is fairly dry for a lower end machine
- A larger juice collector would be nice
- Veggies and fruit must be fed slowly
- Plastic parts can break easily
- Moderately loud motor
- Why is the cord so short?
- Big Mouth isn’t so big.
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 8, 2012
Both Chris and I love to cook. We especially enjoy veggie heavy entrees as I cannot tolerate most meat (and yet I’m not vegetarian
… well, at least not yet).
So as we remain in recovery from the virus from hell, we chose a simplified version of Carrot Ginger Soup with Curried Tofu
as this week’s dinner.
Personally, I hate food blogs that show individual steps of cooking without simply listing the recipe, so I will simply show the food and present the recipe.
By the way, we cook dinner once a week on the weekends so the yield for our recipes is always quite large.
Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Toasted Tofu
(makes 10 – 12 servings)
- 2 lbs of carrots
- 2 small onions
- 6 in fresh ginger
- 2 T oil (we prefer olive oil)
- 1 quart carrot juice (I can’t wait to use my new juicer next time we make this!!!)
- 1 quart water
- 16 oz of firm tofu
Carrot Ginger Soup
Chop up the carrots, onions, and ginger. Place chopped veggies into large soup pot with one tablespoon of oil and saute until soft. Season with salt and pepper and add the carrot juice and water. Bring all to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until tender (about 20 minutes).
Allow the soup to cool and blend until smooth (an immersion blender works best).
Curried Tofu Cubes
The curried tofu works best if cooked fresh each evening. It takes so little time, but makes a HUGE difference in flavor.
Cut up desired amount of firm tofu into 1 inch cubes. Pat dry and sprinkle all sides with curry powder. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil. Add curried cubes and fry on all sides until brown (around 5 minutes.)
Add tofu to soup and enjoy!
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Posted by harrisarnoldcollaboration on February 7, 2012