Once again, Vegan Dad offers up something special, and that’s how dad or the lucky recipient of this dish will feel, too. These Cajun Cakes – made with chickpeas – really hit the spot! Of course, he made them mild “for the kiddies, so you can spice them up as you see fit.” For a healthy version, bake them instead of frying.
1 Tbs. oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1 celery stalk, diced
1 can (28 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. paprika
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. cornstarch
salt & pepper (to taste)
oil for frying
Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat.
Sauté onion, green pepper, and celery for 5-7 minutes, until softened; remove from heat.
Place chickpeas in food processor along with onion mixture; pulse until chickpeas are no longer whole (but don't process too much).
Place chickpeas in bowl and add spices, hot sauce, and parsley; mix well; add flour and cornstarch and mix again; place in the fridge for 30 mins.
Heat oil in frying pan over medium-high heat (around 350 degrees); shape chickpea mixture into 12 patties and fry in batches, about 2-3 mins per side, or until crispy and browned; flip a few times if they are browning too quickly (Note: If you have trouble forming the patties, add some more cornstarch to hold it all together).
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A diet high in meat is linked to early puberty, which puts girls at risk for certain cancers and heart disease. The research, published in the journal Public Health compared the diets of more than 3,000 12-year-old girls. Girls with higher intakes of meat and protein between ages three and seven were more likely to have started their periods by the time they were 12-and-a-half than those who ate less. Almost half (49%) of girls eating more than 12 portions of meat a week at the age of seven had reached puberty by 12-and-a-half, compared with one third (35%) of those who ate less than four portions of meat a week. Lead study researcher, Dr. Imogen Rogers noted there was evidence that girls who started their periods early faced a higher risk of diseases including breast and ovarian cancers and heart disease, explaining the health benefits of avoiding meat-heavy diets.
Raising vegan kids to be compassionate contributors to society may be the mark of a most noble dad. George Eisman is just such a dad. As a Registered Dietitian, he knows the many health benefits of a plant-based diet and has raised his kids accordingly. George’s 24-year-old son Thomas and 15 year-old daughter Sarah have been raised vegan since birth. He says, “We seek out new foods, new recipes, and new restaurants to experience and inspire us to inspire others to eat in a way that is healthful, humane, and environmentally friendly.”
George is the co-founder of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group and is the author of two books, The Most Noble Diet and A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition. He'll be speaking on nutrition at the upcoming Animal Rights 2010 National Conference.