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Loaded Salad

“It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures.” -John Robbins (Author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution)

This salad & salad dressing are scrumdiddilyumptious!!

Salad

  • 2 cup red romaine
  • 2 cup green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 carrot, shaved
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 3-4 pieces of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup feta (exclude for vegan)
  • 1 hard boiled egg (exclude for vegan)

Toss the ingredients together.

Salad Dressing

  • 3 parts EVOO
  • 2 parts red wine vinegar
  • dried basil, sprinkle in generously
  • dried rosemary, sprinkle in generously
  • salt & pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together.  It is a good practice to make your own salad dressings whenever possible because you don’t need to consume preservatives, additives, and ‘natural flavors’ that are terrible for your health!  It blows my mind that salad dressings often have in excess of 10-15 ingredients when you can make your own for a fraction of that.

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Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein

An easy way to add some variation to granola for breakfast is to add some shredded coconut and chia seeds.  For a vegan friendly breakfast use your favorite dairy substitute such as coconut milk or soy milk, I use whatever I have on hand.

You may be thinking are these chia seeds the same seeds for those silly Chia Pets?  Why yes, yes they are.  Chia seeds are full of antioxidants (more than blueberries!), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and fiber.  Other vitamins such as iron, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper are also in chia seeds.  Chia seeds expand and form a gel after sitting in liquids for 30 minutes, and it is believed that this also takes place in the stomach slowing down the process of converting carbohydrates into sugar.  This swelling also helps to cleanse the colon by lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action.  Chia seeds are nearly flavorless (just adds a little crunch) so you can add them to a range of foods.  I often add them to drinks, yogurt, or on top of salads.  I order mine in bulk from Nutivia because they keep for 2 years so you don’t have to worry about them going rancid.

granola breakfast granola with chia seeds and coconut

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