Alicia Silverstone is a proud vegan who loves food.
This recipe is featured in her book, The Kind
She writes, "I adore
couscous, and this is a wonderful way to prepare
it. Not only is it tasty, it looks gorgeous on
a big serving plate as the centerpiece of a meal.
You can complement it with a simple salad or
let it be the beginning of a feast that includes
soup, hummus, and veggies. This recipe serves
six, but you can halve it or just make a big
batch and keep leftovers in the fridge."
cups peeled butternut squash, cut into ¼" to ½"
2 cups yellow onion, large dice
1 ½ cups carrots, cut into ¼" to½" cubes
1 ½ cups zucchini, cut into ¾" cubes
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
fine sea salt
1 ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
2 Tbs. vegan margarine
¼ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. saffron threads
1 ½ cups whole wheat couscous
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
Place squash, onion, carrots, and zucchini on a
baking sheet and toss with olive oil, 1 tsp.of
salt, and 1 tsp. of pepper.
Roast for 25 - 30 minutes
at 375 degrees, turning once with a spatula
While vegetables roast,
bring vegetable broth to a boil in saucepan.
Remove pan from heat, and stir in margarine, remaining
1/2 tsp pepper, cumin, saffron, and salt to
taste; cover pan and steep for 15 minutes.
roasted vegetables and their juices into a
large bowl, and add couscous.
broth back to a boil, and pour over couscous
mixture all at once; cover tightly with a plate
and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
toss couscous and vegetables with a fork, and
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was the last time doing something wonderful
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Diet Cuts Cholesterol
vegan diet fights heart disease, America’s
number one killer. According to a scientific review
in October’s American Journal of Cardiology,
diets rich in nuts, soy and fiber cut cholesterol
more than other dietary approaches used to reduce
risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers examined 27 previously published scientific
studies, finding that individuals following
a vegan diet combined with nuts, soy,
and fiber experienced the greatest reduction in risk
factors for cardiovascular disease. This includes
up to a 35 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol levels. Dietary interventions that included
small amounts of lean meat were less effective at
reducing total cholesterol or preventing a cardiac
In the U.S., diseases related to high cholesterol
account for more than 885,000 deaths and cost $634.2
billion annually. Lead
researcher Dr. Ferdowsian concluded, “Heart-healthy
plant-based diets could dramatically reduce spending
on cholesterol-lowering drugs, cardiac surgery, and
blood pressure medication.”
Foxx truly inspires compassion. A vegetarian for years,
she became vegan after attending the Animal Rights
2008 National Conference where she learned more
about the cruelties involved with raising animals for
food. Luna soon began to feel that being vegan
enough. She kept imagining animals suffering
in laboratories, on factory and fur farms and in slaughterhouses;
she wanted others to be aware that all animals
feel pain and deserve to live. So she made her car
a billboard for animal rights with bumper stickers
collected at the conference. She explains, "Now
wherever I go, someone, somewhere will read something
Luna also raises awareness on her college
campus by proposing vegan options for the school cafeteria
and working to provide humane alternatives to dissection.
She even motivated school clubs to participate in outreach
campaigns such as the Great American Meatout and the
Farm Animals Day.
"Sometimes it's just the little
things we do here and there that can make a difference,” Luna
says. “We should never silence ourselves
in regards to their suffering because, to the world
you are one person but to one animal, you are the world.”