Category Archives: Garden & Edibles

Wild Edible Foods

Being a vegnut, I have been learning about the wild edible foods here in Colorado.  This year I discovered edible wild foods right in my own backyard.  For years I’ve been tirelessly pulling out these “weeds” and then I discovered that they are truly amazing little nutritional gems.  Wild foods are often more nutritious than some of our grocery store greens.

Now I am protecting my “weeds” from being eradicated from my yard.  My spouse now knows not to touch the purslane, dandelions, lambs quarters, mallow or plantains growing in the garden.  I enjoy harvesting these little gems every couple of days to add to my morning smoothies, salads, and veggie wraps.  Continue reading

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Vegans and Beekeeping

beeonthistleThere is a debate among vegans concerning bee products.  Most vegans do not want to promote any exploitation of animals, but hearing of the rapidly declining bee populations leaves us with the question “What can we do to help the bees and which stance do we take?”

It can be quite perplexing for a vegan who subsists primarily on food pollinated by bees.

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Veganic Gardening

Children harvesting kaleIn January 2014 I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on Veganic Gardening.  Such an interesting topic that I wanted to share the information so I interviewed a couple in the know for my radio program, the Fresh Cafe.  Greg & Stephanie Litus worked at an animal sanctuary called the Animal Place in northern California and they had a veganic 3 acre farm.

While listening to Stephanie talk about gardening, I realized how much of a novice I am on this subject!  My spouse is the avid gardener in our household.  He spends 7 days a week out in that garden prepping, amending, planting, weeding, watering, etc.  I talked Robert about the talk on veganic gardening and he was quite interested in this topic since it was on garden soil.

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Elderberry Syrup and the Common Cold

ELDERBERRIESElderberries have been used for centuries to help with a variety of ailments and it is known to help strengthen the immune system and is especially beneficial for coughs, colds, flu, tonsillitis, bacterial and viral infections.

Elderberry is also used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, and to improve heart health.

It has been reported that bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberry is listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, the Hasassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system and they use it with their cancer and AIDS patients.

They are ALWAYS eaten cooked, as they are considered poisonous raw.  You will find these dark elderberries in some cough syrups.  Elderberry syrup is a great preventative to boost the immune system or as medicine for sore throats or cough.  I stumbled upon this scrumptious medicinal elderberry syrup recipe and an elderberry fudge recipe!  What a marvelous way to get your elderberries.

Elderberry Fudge with Rosehip Syrup

Say no to colds and use medicinal elderberry!

Rhonda

Kimchi Nutrition

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Kimchi

Love kimchi? Hate kimchi? Don’t know what kimchi is?

Kimchi is raw, live food with enzymes and probiotic health benefits. It is a fermented, Korean side dish. Traditionally, it is made with tiny shell fish, shrimp or fish sauce, but it works as well without the fish sauces as you will see in these vegan recipes.  Continue reading

Dandy Dandelion

dandelionsThe dandy dandelion is being relentlessly sprayed, pulled, and dug up to prevent it from marring the face of our pristine green lawns.  But are we missing something important? Haven’t I seen dandelion greens mixed in with other greens at the supermarket? Yes, and they are the exact same dandelion.

Dandelions are a highly nutritious green as well as it has medicinal properties. They are being found in green mixes at the supermarket and in dishes at gourmet restaurants across America.

Dandelion greens can be used in salads, green smoothies, tea or any recipe calling for greens. They are wonderful sauteed with onion, garlic and olive oil. The best time to harvest the greens is in the spring when they are young, tender, and more tasty. After spring the leaves can become bitter. The greens can be dried and used as a tea. Continue reading

Rosy Rose Hips

RosehipsRose hips are amazing little fruits loaded with vitamin C.  This is a wonderful resource to forage for to prepare for the winter season. They can be used in a tea, tincture or even smoothies.

Rose hips are the fruits on rose bushes that ripens in late fall into a cherry red color. You can find them anywhere you can find rose bushes.  Continue reading