Our friend Betsy of The Blooming Platter blog created this summer salad for a potluck dinner party. It was a colorful crowd pleaser. Fresh summer veggies and black beans are lightly tossed with a citrusy dressing flecked with herbs... yum! You can't go wrong with this delicious summer delight.
3 cans black beans, rinsed & drained
5 ears fresh corn ½ large red onion, peeled & finely diced
30 grape tomatoes, rinsed, drained, & halved
3 large naval oranges, peeled, separated into sections & halved
several handfuls of fresh baby spinach
sweet & spicy paprika pecans (optional - see recipe here)
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup + 2 Tbs. light-colored vinegar zest from 3 large navel oranges
1-2 tsp. spicy chili sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
small handful fresh cilantro, leaves & tender stems only, rinsed & allowed to dry
half a small handful of fresh mint, leaves only, rinsed & allowed to dry
coarse sea or kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Shuck corn, rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast at 400 F for about 15 minutes, until a few brown spots appear; once cooled cut corn off the cob.
Place black beans in large bowl and add corn; add remaining ingredients; gently combine.
Make the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade; process until well combined.
Tofurky brought vegetarians back to the Thanksgiving table with their high- protein, cholesterol-free option. Today they continue to offer delicious options, including their brand new vegan pizzas! To top them, Tofurky teamed up with Daiya, a great new vegan cheese with an authentic melt, texture, and flavor! You’ll take a bite of history when you enjoy the first vegan pepperoni pizza to hit the freezer case, or maybe you’d prefer the Italian sausage variety with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and fire roasted veggies. Tofurky's goal is "No pizza eater left behind!"
It has been well documented that people who choose a plant-based diet enjoy superior health with lower risks for many disorders, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. A new study, published in NutritionJournal, adds to the list of benefits, linking a vegetarian diet with healthier mood states.
Researchers examined associations between mood state and polyunsaturated fatty acid intake in a study of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventists. Vegetarians reported significantly less negative emotion than omnivores. They were also found to have lower intakes of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fish. However, vegetarians had higher intakes of alpha-linolenic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants) and omega-6 acid than omnivores.
A Pennsylvania State University study showed that omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources actually promote bone formation and may help to reduce the risk for osteoporosis by inhibiting excessive bone loss. Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is found in dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a variety of vegetable oils.
If you haven't yet planned your summer vacation, schedule it now! Join caring people from around the world at the Animal Rights National Conference in Washington, DC on July 15-19th. It's a great way to learn about the issues, become inspired, and have a great time.
The four-day program features nearly 100 presenters from more than 60 organizations, appearing in plenary sessions, workshops, campaign reports, and rap sessions. Other highlights include 90 exhibits, 50 videos (including premieres), newcomer orientations, cruelty-free food, and entertainment by animal-friendly musicians.
Get inspired!Register today to take part in an unforgettable experience.