Diplomacy with Friends, Family and Social Situations

Like any lifestyle change, your decision to begin eating a healthier diet may lead to some difficult or uncomfortable situations. Learning how to explain your dietary choice to others in a non-confrontational manner will help other people in your life adapt to your new eating habits. Since almost every social event involves food, there will… Read more »

Recipes from Costa Rica

by David W. Grossman A few summers ago, I spent several weeks doing some medical research in a small town in Costa Rica called Tres Rios. As a vegan, I was initially somewhat disconcerted to discover that the Ticos had, for the most part, no concept of vegetarianism. However, a “casado” consisting of beans, rice,… Read more »

Colourful pasta recipes

Gourmet vegetarian chef, Neela Shukla, has turned her interests to refreshing meals using colourful pastas. Quick Rigatoni Primavera makes 6 large portions 3/4 cup each carrots, asparagus, squash and zucchini, julienned 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms 3/4 cup finely chopped fennel 3/4 cup finely chopped leek 3 cups uncooked rigatoni pasta 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped… Read more »

Roasting Chestnuts

Enjoy an Autumn tradition – Roasting chestnuts in the oven  When selecting chestnuts, pick the ones that are full, dark and shiny. Avoid ones that are dull on the outside and shrivelled inside. This will reduce the likelihood of there being mold inside. Slit chestnuts with one long slit from top to bottom (or make… Read more »

The Macrobiotic Diet

What is macrobiotics? At first glance, the word ‘macrobiotic’ might look a little intimidating, but there’s no need to fear. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a complicated practice. Simply put, macrobiotic cuisine refers to whole, unprocessed food. The macrobiotic diet is based on an understanding that food is energy and that everything we… Read more »

Feasts of the Prophet: Ramadan and vegetarianism in Islam

Written by Julian Bynoe During the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims worldwide celebrate the major holy day of their religion; Ramadan. Occurring around January, Ramadan marks the period when the religion’s founder, the Prophet Mohammad, received the holy words from Allah (God) and put them down into the Koran in the 7th Century… Read more »