Monday, October 27, 2008

Curried Black Bean and Corn

Here is my recipe for curried Black Bean and Corn Dish. As a kid my mom used to make this dish with just corn and I loved it. Beans are healthy and filled with protein so I thought, why not add some black beans to this dish? Its yummy, healthy and easy to make.


1 can of black bean
1 can of corn
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2tsp Garam Masala Powder
1tsp Chili Powder
2tsp Cumin Powder
2tsp Coriander Powder
1 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp of grated ginger
1 Tbsp of lemon juice

Salt to taste

Saute onions and garlic in pan with olive oil until onions are a golden brown. Add tomato sauce and water and stir. Add garam masala, chili powder, coriander powder, and ginger to the pot. Add corn and beans to gravy and then stir the ingredients in the pot. Cover and reduce heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Add lemon juice to dish and stir . Serve with roti, bread or rice.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Veggie Cheap Eat:Cafe Algiers

Looking to escape with a cup of coffee and a good book, Café Algiers is the perfect place. It is a sit down restaurant located on Brattle Street in Harvard Square and serves Middle Eastern food in a charming relaxed setting. The eclectic ambiance, with yellow and red walls, high ceilings and ethnic wall hangings is why patrons can’t get enough of this place. The restaurant is not upscale and even though the tables are wobbly and close together it ironically adds to the character of the restaurant. It is one of the few restaurants in the Boston area where you can spend hours relaxing with a cup of coffee or have an intimate conversation with someone, without the staff disturbing you. There is also a nice outdoor patio, perfect for the warm months.

Café Algiers has a few different healthy vegetarian/vegan offerings for $10 and under. I had the soup of the day, a vegetarian lentil soup ($4.95) and the Tabbouli salad ($9.95). The lentil soup is thick and simple, a great source of protein for us vegetarians, but it lacked salt and maybe was a bit too bland for my liking. The Tabbouli salad also needed a bit of salt and lemon juice to give it more flavor.

They offer a wide selection of hot beverages including a mint coffee and tea which are both very popular. I ended the evening with a hot chocolate which was delicious but I was disappointed that they only made it with whole milk. The only con is that the service is slow and I had to wait a while after being seated to place an order.

Café Algiers is a great place to relax and unwind with its cozy and charming ambiance. The food is good, not excellent, but it is healthy and inexpensive and they offer a unique selection of coffees and desserts.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Inexpensive Asian Vegan Cooking Class

Whole Foods in Swampscott MA is having a one hour Asian vegan cooking class. It sounds interesting and is inexpensive.

Monday, October 27th

Asian Cooking Class with Carl Savoia
7:00-8:00 p.m. $15 per person (pre-registration is required at Customer Service)

Learn how to make authentic Asian dishes such as miso soup incorporating sea vegetables, along with asian salad, adzuki with squash, brown rice, savory root vegetables, and more! Cooking Class is held in the cafe at the front of the store. Space is limited... sign up today!

331 Paradise Rd
Swampscott, MA 01907
(781) 592-6080

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

Vegetarians and non vegetarians, mark your calendars for the 13th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival The event is on November 1st at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street in Boston MA. Admisson and parking is free. The event takes place form 10am to 6pm.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

World Vegetarian Day

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and starts the kick off of Vegetarian Awareness Month! Here are 14 reasons to be a vegetarian according to the The Vegetarian Alliance

1.With proper exercise and a vegetarian diet your body will naturally regulate it’s weight (as long as you do not have any circumstances preventing this…thyroid problems.)

2.You will feel lighter and more energetic.

3.Vegetarians are 40% less likely to get certain cancers related to meat-eating (colon and prostate cancer, for example).

4.The risk of heart disease and strokes drops about 50%.

5. Mucus that forms in the throat and nasal passages is reduced or eliminated with the elimination of dairy products.

6.Lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

7.Vegetarians have been found to have stronger immune systems.

8.Lower risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and asthma.

9.Life expectancy is 6 to 10 years longer than that of a meat-eater.

10. Reduce the demand for factory farming and the horrible animal cruelty that is associated with mass producing meat and dairy.

11.Reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants – Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions and 64% of ammonia emissions which contribute to acid rain.

12.Farmed animals produce about 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population of the United States. This contributes to water pollution, air contamination and the destroying of top soil.

13.Animal production is highly inefficient. Animals raised for food use up 70% of the grain, 80% of the agricultural land and nearly 50% of the country’s water supply in the United States alone.

14.The average vegetarian save about 95 animal lives a year.