Sunday, December 02, 2007

Eat, Drink and Be Less Wasteful!

Look at that glorious, vegan cookie! Don't you just want to hug it? OK, or eat it....This is one of Dreena's new Gluten-Be-Gone Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Our local Vegetarian Group (wish it were a vegan group, but everyone has their own path!) had their December meeting with the topic of Gluten-Free Diets and Celiac Disease. It was educating and yummy all in one! I brought these cookies, which required some special purchases: brown rice flour and xanthan gum. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, although they didn't flatten out much and the batter tasted a little funny! That may have been because I had to substitute potato starch (Ener-G-Egg) for the tapioca starch (which I later found at the store). Still, everyone was asking for the recipe!

To continue the hits with ED&BV, I made two of Dreena's chilis.
With hubby out of town for the weekend, I made something with flavors he'd never go for: Cocoa-Coconut Chili! It didn't taste like a Mounds bar - sorry! But it did taste incredibly rich, dark, and thick. Delish! I think the only change I would make would be to have more veggies in it, and fewer beans. I like that in a chili!

Speaking of which, here is a chili more to my liking - and surprisingly to my husband's! It was the Sweet Potato Lentil Chili. Yum, yum and more yum! I loved the flavors and textures, and it filled me right up! You can't get much more healthy than sweet potatoes, black beans and red lentils!

But enough exclamation marks. I leave you with something to think about this week, as you make holiday preparations and perhaps do some Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa shopping....
Although the Green Movement is just hitting it's stride (again), I have been a life-long environmentalist. I have always used cloth bags, recycled, and tried to purchase items with less packaging. My local bulk-store, BJ's, however, is the worst offender for excessive packaging. If it weren't for the great buys (and my small salary), I would quit that place today! Here is one disgusting example. I purchased a flash drive (aka thumb drive, aka key drive) for my computer. Here is the enormous, hard plastic package. It was over a foot tall.

Here is the packaging after I attacked it with scissors. Notice that there was ANOTHER plastic package within the larger one!

And here is the product that I bought.... small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. Ridiculous!!! I understand that the larger package allows companies to advertise their product, and to protect it during shipping and in the store. But wouldn't it be great if they had it in a very small package and marketed the earth-friendly reduction of waste??? I am so disappointed in the company, and in myself, for not buying this elsewhere. I hope that as you make your holiday purchases, you think about these things.... To leave you on a brighter note, here is a link to a beautiful, organic cotton, reusable bag, perfect for someone on your list! Better yet, get a membership with the National Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, or other green organizations, and you can get a reusable bag for free, while helping the earth at the same time!


VeggieGirl said...

Can't go wrong with ED&BV recipes - the Gluten-Be-Gone Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cocoa-Coconut Chili (that'd be a bit strange if it DID taste like a Mounds Bar, haha), and the Sweet-Potato-Lentil Chili (glad your husband liked it!) look incredibly delicious!! No worries about your use of exclamation points - as you can see, I overuse them quite often; as well as the smiley faces :0) see? haha.

bazu said...

I want to try those cookies- I have some xantham gum (and rice flour) and have no idea what to do with it! And chili is definitely a staple food for me... not a week goes by, especially in the cold weather, when we don't make one version or another... mmmm.

Wheeler's Black Label Vegan Ice Cream said...

Everything looks amazing! I'm going to have to cook some of that chili soon - what a great warm meal for the winter!

Kumudha said...

Those cookies look yum!

It's been a long time since I made chili, I think chili is a wonderful food for cold days.

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