"Weekday LOV" or just "LOV" That is my nickname for the Weekday Lacto-ova vegetarian diet I am doing right now. It's going well. I have no cravings for meat. Even on weekends I could live without it.
When my meal comes out, everyone at our table and around our tables oohs and ahhhs..asking..Wow, what is that?
I am going to attempt to make this myself. I have to run to the store for sun dried tomatoes (because I am pretty sure that is what they used..I have eaten it enough to know its not just regular fresh or canned tomatoes. I will never stop ordering it when I eat there, that's for sure.
I will keep you posted on how it goes, and post "my version" of the recipe for it. I have my own homemade pesto in the freezer from my garden basil this past summer.
This came to my mailbox today from "The South Beach Diet" email newsletter. Great read!
Your Complete Guide to Beans and Other Legumes
The versatility of beans and other legumes makes them a flavorful side dish or addition to soups and salads. Some beans can be blended with other ingredients to make a dip: For example, chickpeas are the basis for a healthy hummus and black beans are delicious in salsa. Beans and other legumes are a good source of protein and fiber and can be eaten on all Phases of the South Beach Diet. Purchase them fresh, dried, frozen, or canned (without sugar) and start with 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving. Avoid canned beans or other legumes that contain brown sugar, lard, or molasses.
Beans and other legumes are also extremely nutritious and can help improve your health. Here’s how:
- All legumes are a major source of soluble fiber, which helps to remove cholesterol from the body before it's absorbed.
- The fiber in beans and other legumes also slows digestion and, as a result, prevents a sharp rise in blood-sugar levels, which helps prevent cravings.
- In addition to fiber, legumes are high in protein, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, and B vitamins. And they contain no unhealthy fat.
There are an abundance of legume varieties including:
- Adzuki beans
- Black beans
- Black-eyed peas
- Broad beans
- Butter beans
- Cannellini beans
- Fava beans
- Great northern beans
- Italian beans
- Kidney beans
- Lima beans
- Mung beans
- Navy beans
- Pigeon beans
- Pinto beans
- Refried beans, fat-free, canned
- Split peas
- White beans
Here is an article from Belgium that a friend sent me from a Vegetarian group I joined for support. Thank you Virginia! I've said this in the past, if I want to stay on track with my health and fitness and eating, reading is my biggest motivation!
Link to original article.
Meat-free revolution to help save the planet
IAN TRAYNORMay 22, 2009
THE Belgian city of Ghent yesterday embarked on a radical experiment that seeks to make every Thursday a day free of meat and of the fish and shellfish for which the city is renowned.
"Donderdag - Veggie Dag" has turned the burghers of Ghent into pioneers in the fight against obesity, global warming, cruelty to animals and against the myth that meat-free eating amounts to a diet of soggy lettuce, a slice of tomato and a foul-tasting bean burger.
The city council says it is the first town in Europe and probably the Western world to try to make the entire place vegetarian for a day every week. The Labour Party councillor pushing the scheme, Tom Balthazar, said: "There's nothing compulsory. We just want to be a city that promotes sustainable and healthy living."
Every restaurant in the city is to guarantee a vegetarian dish on the menu, with some going fully vegetarian every Thursday. From September, the city's schools are to make a meat-free meal the "default" option every Thursday, although parents can insist on meat for their children. At least one hospital wants to join in.
A small, dreamy city of spires, bicycles and canals, prospering since the Middle Ages, Ghent may be on to something. It seems to be tapping into an awareness of the cost to human health and the environment of intensive meat and dairy farming. Other towns in Belgium and the Netherlands are making inquiries; there has even been one from Canada.
"We hope that the university, other institutions, enterprises and other towns will jump on the train," the director of the local branch of Flanders Ethical Vegetarian Association, Tobias Leenaert, said.
The organisers cite UN data arguing that meat production and consumption are to blame for 18 per cent of greenhouse gases — more than cars.
"If everyone in Flanders does not eat meat one day a week, we will save as much CO
"I never touch meat, unless I'm at my grandmother's and I need to be polite," Karien De Temmermann, a young member, said.
"This is not a plan for everyone to be forced into vegetarianism," said Wim Coenen, a vegan who works as an importer of vegetarian pet food from Italy. "But it will reduce our carbon footprint. The basic premise is to introduce a way of lessening our meat consumption."
The revolution began last Thursday with a foodie festival at the vegetable market. Ninety thousand town maps listing the best eateries for the meat-shy were handed out. Recipe booklets and food samples were distributed, with fair trade wine to wash down the nibbles.