Remember when Mom would always tell you to eat your Brussels sprouts? Well now you can return the favor! Show Mom how much you love her by making her a healthy, delicious home-cooked meal. Brussels sprouts with walnuts are a dynamic duo in this simple, tasty dish. Serve it alongside a gourmet spinach salad, portobello wellington, or any of your favorite vegan specialties for a satisfying, nutritious meal that Mom will love!
4 cups Brussels sprouts, washed, peeled & cut in half
1/3 cup walnut pieces
1 Tbs. olive oil
Sea salt, to taste (optional)
Fresh black pepper, to taste (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400F.
In an 8"×8" baking dish (or similarly sized casserole), combine the Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and olive oil, and toss the mixture to thoroughly coat with the oil.
Place dish in oven, uncovered, and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges of sprouts are golden brown and are easily pierced with a fork or knife.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve. If you have any left, this dish also makes for great leftovers.
Makes 4-5 side servings.
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According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, dairy may be nature’s perfect food, but only if you’re a calf! Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, presents a number of strong arguments against dairy products. Below are just a few reasons he cites to pass up milk:
Less dairy = better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption have the lowest rates of osteoporosis. Contrary to popular belief, cow's milk doesn't reduce bone fractures. According to the Nurses' Health Study dairy may actually increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
Calcium from milk may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent. Plus, dairy consumption increases the body's level of a known cancer promoter.
Plant-based calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, have been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Most people can't stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world's population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products.
Dr. Hyman states, "Our bodies just weren't made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it's better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from whole plant foods – vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed."
Nicole Reid of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada is a passionate, compassionate vegan. This month, she’s dedicated her website, epicurvegan.com, to help support the grassroots outreach work of the local group, Liberation BC. Their Mother’s Day Cow Ribbon Campaign is an awareness effort for mothers everywhere with a message to say no to the brutal business of animal agriculture. How? By living vegan.
Nicole holds nothing back, starkly explaining: “Did you know that the dairy industry relies exclusively upon the exploitation of females and their bodies to produce milk? For a cow to produce milk, she has to be pregnant for the entirety of her absolutely miserable life, hooked up to a milking machine in a stall no bigger than the width of her huge body, standing all day with no comfort and no respite. And she’ll never get to experience the joys of motherhood like we do.” That's why celebrating Mother's Day with compassionate vegan options is the true way to honor all moms.