Monday, April 21, 2014

Cafe Sunflower, Vegetarian Restaurant in Atlanta

Recently we had been to an amazing vegetarian restaurant, Café Sunflower in Sandy Springs. We usually to go to Indian restaurants, but once in a while, my husband, son and I like to explore other cuisines.

Café Sunflower is a very popular vegetarian restaurant serving Atlanta, since 1994. Café Sunflower has Asian , Caribbean and Mediterranean dishes. www.cafesunflower.com

For Starters, we had Basil rolls, and they were so good.  I relished eating basil rolls, bursting with fresh vegetables and flavors with peanut sauce. My son also loved the basil rolls and peanut sauce.
For Entrée, I had Stir Fry Vegetables with Tofu. The broccoli and snow peas were so tender, and the brown rice tasted so good. My husband ate, Portbello Mushroom Wrap, and he said the taste was awesome! My son ate Jamaican Black Bean Cakes, and when I asked him about the taste , he gestured "thumbs-up" .

For the Desserts, variety of vegan cakes adorned the shelves. We did not try the cakes, but next time we will try their vegan cakes.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vegan Harvest Pizza

A couple of weeks ago my son wanted to eat Pizza. I love pizza, but I just can't make it.

Fortunately we got Frozen  Vegan Harvest  in Whole Foods. I had to just bake the frozen pizza in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes, and the lovely pizza was ready. Everyone in my family loved the pizza. My son told me that he wants to eat the pizza once in a week. Since we go to Whole Foods, once in a month, I'm planning to stock up my freezer with many Vegan Harvest Pizza.





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vegan Parathas (Indian Bread)

I love Parathas . These days I make Aloo parathas (Potato Parathas), Methi Parathas(Fenugreek Parathas), or Pudina Parathas(Mint Parathas), for my son's lunch- box .

The first time I made Aloo parathas, it was a mess. The potato filling came out while I was rolling the parathas. Last week, I made good  Aloo parathas , after following the recipe in the blog, CookingandMe.  Cooking and me
is an awesome blog for Indian cuisine. Nags, who works for Google, and is based in Sydney , makes yummy food. I 'm so glad she blogs. You can find many vegan recipes in the blog - Cooking and Me .

Aloo Parathas are so tasty. I like to eat  hot Aloo Parathas with a dollop of Earth Balance (vegan butter) and maple syrup. Sometimes I like to relish Aloo Parathas with lime pickle or tomato chutney. My son likes to eat plain Aloo Parathas .

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vegan Wedding in India

I recently read an amazing article in Hindu newspaper, where a Hindu wedding menu was vegan!
The article is , The Unusual Feast published on February 13, 2014. I'm unable to link the article , so just go to google and type, "Hindu newspaper vegan wedding" .  I hope you read it!

I'm confident in future, the number of people opting for vegan wedding will increase by many folds in India, as many people see "horrible suffering" of cows in Youtube. Even in Indian villages farmers induce cows with oxytocin harmone to produce more milk.

Usually , milk and milk products such as curds, paneer and ghee is used in the making of some indian dishes and sweets.

Nearly a decade ago I got married in Bangalore. Almost 95% of the food was vegan. The food was traditional South-Indian . For breakfast there was idli , sambhar ,Pongal , Uddina Vada and chutney. For the lunch - Kosambri, Beans palya, Vegetable Puloa, Vegetable saagu , White rice, Sambhar, Rasam, Pickle, Papad, Ladoo and Chiroti. For the reception - Bisibele bath, Bondas, Badhusha , and ice cream. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Plant-Based Diet for a Healthy Heart

Whenever I tell anyone that I eat vegan food, they assume that my diet is healthy. I love to eat healthy food, every day. Even though my diet is vegan, I tend to consume white rice and sweets such as burfis , cookies , kheers and payasams every day! In short, I may eat vegan food every day, but I'm not eating healthy food.

February is American Heart Month , and millions of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based food . According to American Heart Association, "Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients. " American Heart Association's website is brimming with loads of useful information.  www.heart.org

Proteins :According to American Heart Association(AHA), whole grains, legumes, grains, vegetables, and nuts contain proteins. Soy products such as tofu and tempeh are also rich in protein.

Iron : According to AHA, dried beans, spinach, enriched products , and dried fruits are rich in Iron.

Calcium :Studies show that vegetarians absorb and retain more calcium from foods than nonvegetarians do. Vegetable greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli, and some legumes and soybean products, are good sources of calcium from plants.  I roll my eyes when moms across the world force their kids to drink "dairy milk" for calcium. For my son, I mix 1 tsp of sesame seeds to vegetables or rice once or twice in a week. Sometimes, I also put ground almonds, as it is an excellent source of calcium.

Vitamin B12 : Some studies have shown that Vitamin B12 is very important for a healthy heart .Vitamin B12 is present only in animals products. If you are a vegan or planning to consume more plant-based food every day, I suggest you take Vitamin B12 supplement. I take Vitamin B12 supplement made by Jarrow Formulas. www.Jarrow.com
AHA also urges people to consume foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A

Zinc : Zinc plays an important role in protecting the heart . I take Zinc supplement whenever I sense the onset of cold . A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling tired and had a runny nose. I just ate my dinner and took a Zinc supplement, and slept in the night. In the morning, I was fresh and did not
suffer from nasty cold!

Dark chocolates are good for Heart. Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants. Today is Valentine's Day, I ate a bar of yummy dark chocolate. You get great dark chocolates at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Target.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Samosa

Samosa is a  popular snack from Indian cuisine. I love to eat samosa with sweet tamarind chutney.  I always order samosa for appetizer in restaurants. Whenever we go to Hanuman Mandir in Alpharetta, we go to Amma's Kitchen. And in Amma's Kitchen, we order Samosas for take-out.

A couple of days ago, I made Samosas at home. I followed the recipe from  Manjula's Kitchen
.The samosa was awesome! I used homemade garam masala. My son also liked the samosas very much!

If you are not inclined to do the dough for the samosa, you can use puff pastry sheets. For a healthier version of samosas, you can bake. Samosas are really a great snack, and you should try it!

Monday, February 3, 2014

50 Million Vegetarians in China

I'm so happy that many people across the world are eating plant-based food. According to a latest survey, there are about 50 million vegetarians in China.

It seems many Chinese are thriving on plant-based diet to protect wild life. Some Chinese are inspired to become vegetarians because of vegetarian celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Faye Wong. Young Chinese want to stop the suffering of millions of animals by eating plant-based diet, good for health and our beautiful planet Earth.

Our world will be a better place if everyone eats plant-based fare every day!