Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vegetarians and Vegans in Russia

More than a century ago, the concept of "Vegetarian Diet " was banned in Russia. Thanks to one of the greatest writer - Leo Tolstoy , many Russians have embraced vegetarian and vegan diet for the past few decades.

Traditional Russian cuisine is meat-based. Soups, stews, and pancakes contain meat and butter-milk. Today, famous Russian writers are Vegans .Thanks to internet, youtube , online forums, the concept of vegan diet is rapidly growing in Russia. Russians love Indian culture , tradition and food. I guess this is also one of the reasons for growing popularity of vegetarian fare in Russia...

I'm sure in few decades most of the smart Russians will thrive on Vegan Diet!

Here are some interesting articles about Vegetarians, and Vegans in Russia.

1. http://www.ivu.org/history/tolstoy/1889.html

2. http://www.peacefuldumpling.com/vegan-in-st-petersburg-russia

3. http://russia-ic.com/culture_art/cuisine/1541#.V-WHYM9BTIU

4. https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=1505

5. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/more-beets-less-meat-as-vegans-take-moscow-47462

6. https://loriperkovich.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/vegan-food-foraging-in-moscow-russia/

7. http://www.vegelicacy.com/blog/12/russian-vegan-recipes


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Growing Mock Meat Market in India

Millions of Indians love meat, but they don't want to see the suffering and pain of chickens , goats, sheep and pigs.

Thanks to "Mock Meat", Indians are now able to relish mock Chicken 65 and Mock Tandoori Chicken made with wheat protein and soya protein.

Today, I read few interesting articles about mock meat in India.

1. http://www.businessinsider.in/This-caf-in-Gurugram-serves-mock-meat-and-that-is-the-biggest-upcoming-revolution-in-the-Indian-food-industry/articleshow/54426181.cms

2. http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/andhra-currys-mock-meat-menu/article7403459.ece

3. https://www.iskconbangalore.org/blog/veggie-meat-new-food-trend/

4. http://www.petaindia.com/blog/vegan-eid-mubarak/


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Matthew Kenney - Vegan Chef and Cookbook Author

Matthew Kenney is an inspiring vegan chef and entrepreneur. Few decades ago,  Matthew Kenney grew up eating meat almost every day in United States.

Today, Matthew Kenney is giving inspiring talks about advantages of plant-based lifestyle.  Thanks to his vegan cookbooks , and enticing vegan dishes, many people are exploring the wonderful taste of plant-based diet. You will fall in love with plant-based diet when you see Matthew Kenney's twitter.
(@MKlifestyle)

Recently, I read and saw a couple of interesting articles and videos about Matthew Kenney...

1. http://observer.com/2016/09/matthew-kenney-why-im-vegan/

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MT5zE5plno

3. http://www.vogue.com/13391662/chef-matthew-kenney-plant-based-food-revolution/

4. http://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/chefs-restaurants/vegan-chef-matthew-kenney-gets-a-place-at-the-table-20141112


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Turin Mayor Advocating Vegan Diet

Chiara Appendino - Turin's mayor is urging everyone in Turin to go vegetarian.  Chiara Appendino strongly feels that meat-free and even dairy-free living is good for environment and also the health of the citizens.

I hope other mayors, ministers, Presidents and Prime Ministers of cities, and countries across the world advocate plant-based diet for better health and environment...

Here are some interesting articles about Chiara Appendino, and  vegetarian concept in Italy.

1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/21/turin-mayor-italys-first-vegetarian-city-five-star

2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3530273/Vegan-men-reveal-plant-based-diet-helped-beef-up.html

3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/magda-abufadil/a-tourist-gem-called-turi_b_11663042.html






Thursday, August 4, 2016

Vegan Kids

Every day thousands of kids across the world are relishing vegan food. Yes, with careful planning -kids are able to get all the necessary nutrients in their vegan diet. Lentils, beans, and tofu is rich in proteins. Spinach, oranges and other fruits are rich in calcium. Almonds, cashews and walnuts are brimming with healthy fats.

My son loves to eat watermelon and mangoes for breakfast. Sometimes, he relishes green smoothie, made with bananas, dates , mint , cilantro and curry leaves. For lunch it is usually lentils or beans curry with brown rice . Sometimes he loves tofu curry with broccoli for lunch. For evening snacks, he loves cashews and raisins. Sometimes, he likes to eat herekayi bajji(vegetable fritters) or aloo bonda(pototo fritters). For dinner it is adai(lentil and brown-rice pancakes). Once every couple of days, he eats multivitamin in the form of vegan vitamin gummies.

Vitamin B12 is the only nutrient not present in the vegan diet, so it is very important for vegan adults and kids to take Vitamin B12 supplement.

Today, I read some interesting articles about vegan families and vegan kids...

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/19/parents-raising-vegan-babies

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/raising-children-vegan-meet-the-families-1.2735935

https://sharan-india.org/vegan-children/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgi7lJMTEiw




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jackfruit - Mock Meat

For me, Jackfruit is synonymous with summer season. In Bengaluru, I grew up eating Jackfruit almost every week. Very rarely, my mom used to make curry with tender unripe Jackfruit.

Now, In Atlanta, we get delicious Jackfruit in Indian grocery stores. Most of the times, I relish eating delicious Jackfruit. I sometimes use the seeds to make Sambar(thick lentil gravy) along with potato and eggplant.

These days, unripe tender jackfruit is making waves in "Vegan World". Yes, tender jackfruit taste like meat!  Food blogs, and websites are awash with yummy jackfruit dishes - BBQ Jackfruit burgers , Jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches , and Vegan ribs .

Here are some interesting links to jackfruit articles and tasty recipes...

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/07/jackfruit-sustainable-vegetarian-meat-substitute/

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2016/07/jacked-vegan-ribs.html

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/vegan-dream-why-jackfruit-new-meatless-bbq

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5978&catId=2

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-jackfruit-recipes-will-make-you-wonder-why-youve-been-missing-out

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/jackfruit-fried-chicken/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/have-you-tried-cooking-with-jackfruit-yet-get-started-with-these-recipes/



Friday, July 22, 2016

Vegan Mango Lassi

Mango lassi is a refreshing summer drink in India. In Atlanta, all the Indian restaurants make Mango lassi with dairy milk and yogurt. So, I just enjoy delicious vegan food in Indian restaurants...

Today, I made delicious vegan mango lassi with home-made almond milk and delicious mango. Both my son and I relished it...

You can find many delicious vegan mango lassi recipes on the internet.

You should really try this delicious Indian drink, before summer ends...

http://www.veganricha.com/2014/02/mango-lassi-and-so-delicious-coupon.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/smriti-kirubanandan/try-this-vegan-mango-lassi-for-a-glassful-of-goodness/

https://veganthom.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/vegan-mango-lassi/

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/vegan-mango-lassi