VZ 093: Coffee Talk with Vickie and Larissa

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http://media.blubrry.com/vegetarian_zen/p/traffic.libsyn.com/vegetarianzen/Vegetarian_Zen_093___Coffee_Talk_wit.mp3   This episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast is all about coffee. You’ll learn about some of the purported benefits of this magic brown liquid, as well as some things to look out for.  We’ll also discuss the importance of buying organic, fair-trade coffee. After doing the research for this episode we checked the […]

Quick Tip Tuesday: Soothe Your Stomach with Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint Power

The soothing and healing properties of mint have been known since antiquity.  A hybrid of watermint and spearmint, peppermint contains a high concentration of menthol, which is used to treat a variety of ailments.

Peppermint contains natural chemicals that relax the smooth muscles in the digestive tract, so drinking peppermint tea can help to relieve discomfort from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, abdominal pain and gas, and upset stomach.

Peppermint also has analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, and sedative properties.  Both peppermint and spearmint are good sources of calcium, potassium, Vitamins A and C, and folate.

Fresh Peppermint Tea

Making fresh, soothing peppermint tea is simple.

  1. Place two to four 4-inch sprigs of fresh mint in an infuser basket and place the basket in a mug (or simply place the mint directly in a mug).  I typically use more mint because I prefer a stronger flavor.

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  1. Pour boiling water over the sprigs.  Steep for five to ten minutes (depending on how strong you prefer your tea).
  2. Remove the infuser basket (or strain your tea to remove the mint).
  3. Sweeten with a little honey, sugar, or stevia, if desired.
  4. Serve as is (hot) or over ice.

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.

Jacques Deval

VZ 092: Animal Sanctuaries — Making the World a Safer Place for Animals

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http://media.blubrry.com/vegetarian_zen/p/traffic.libsyn.com/vegetarianzen/Vegetarian_Zen_092___Animal_Sanctuar.mp3   In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast we talk about some animal sanctuaries that are doing amazing work to help animals in need.  We delve a little into the mission of each group, talk about their outreach programs, and share some fun facts. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian […]

Have You Met The Kitchen Girl?

The Kitchen Girl
3 March, 2015

We have! Her name is Traci Antonovich and her website, The Kitchen Girl, is chock-full of (according to her tagline) “stress-free recipes & simple kitchen tips for BUSY people (who just want to eat better)”.

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Traci launched The Kitchen Girl in the fall of 2013 to “bring the ‘real food’ movement into people’s kitchens”.  She does this by creating 100% original recipes that are 1000% awesome.  While she’s not a vegetarian herself (so some recipes on her site do contain meat), many of her creations ARE vegetarian or vegan, and over half are gluten-free!  When she does cook with meat herself, Traci always strives to use sustainably-farmed animal products, and always in moderation.

Here are just a few of her many amazing recipes (you’ll have to go on over to The Kitchen Girl for a visit to get the rest!):

Red Couscous & Kale Salad

Creamy One Pot Italian Vegetable Pasta

Black-Eyed Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Very Vegetarian Nachos with Mexican Brown Rice Topping (This one’s dedicated to us…thanks, Traci!)

30-Minute Vegetarian Skillet Enchiladas (Gluten-Free)

On her blog, Traci “inspires readers to take action and feel awesome about what they put on the dinner table, in their lunchboxes, in their grocery carts, and in their bodies”.

I hope you’ll head on over to Traci’s kitchen and check out all of the other incredible recipes and cooking tips she has to share.




VZ 091: Organic vs Non-GMO

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http://media.blubrry.com/vegetarian_zen/p/traffic.libsyn.com/vegetarianzen/Vegetarian_Zen_091___Organic_vs._Non.mp3   In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast we discuss buying organic vs non-GMO (and there is a huge difference!).  We define each term and let you know which one is more important to consider when you’re at the market. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If […]

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.

Ellen DeGeneres

Homemade Applesauce Is Sweet, Simple, Pure Goodness

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Sure, it’s easy to pick up a jar of applesauce at the store.  Or those little single-serve containers.  Mott’s, Musselman’s, your local store brand…there are plenty of choices.  There are lots of varieties as well…chunky, sweetened, unsweetened, berry-flavored, cinnamon, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, unless you are very careful and very selective, you will […]

VZ 090: Joe Cross Is Back In “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2″

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http://media.blubrry.com/vegetarian_zen/p/traffic.libsyn.com/vegetarianzen/Vegetarian_Zen_090___Fat_Sick_and.mp3   In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be reviewing the documentary Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2.  Filmed 5 years after the original Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, this film updates Joe Cross’s progress, features lots of interviews of real people who were inspired to get healthy through juicing, and has […]