Sweet potatoes offer a nutritiously delicious alternative to everyday potatoes. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sweet potatoes are number one in nutrition over all other veggies. Why? Dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
2 firmly packed cups of grated sweet potato
2 Tbs. grated onion, drained of excess juice
1 Tbs. dried parsley
3 Tbs. cornstarch
pinch garlic powder
pinch onion powder
salt & pepper (to taste)
canola oil (for frying)
Garnish with vegan sour cream, sprinkling of paprika, and snipped chives or parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to warm (250°). Place potato shreds in a large bowl; sprinkle with remaining ingredients, evenly disperse cornstarch; mix together all ingredients until well combined, keeping potato shreds separated.
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat a thin layer of canola oil to shimmering.
Place approximately 1/4 cup size mounds of the mixture into skillet and press firmly with a spatula so latkes hold together.
After about a minute (enough time for crisp surface to develop), gently loosen bottom of latkes from skillet by sliding a spatula under each one. If latkes appears to want to fall apart, remove spatula, press again from the top and cook for another 30 seconds. Total cook time is approximately 4 minutes on the first side, pressing frequently, to ensure crispness and checking to make sure latkes are not sticking to skillet.
Carefully flip and cook for another 4 or so minutes on reverse side.
Place on paper towel-lined plate and keep warm in oven while preparing remaining latkes; serve with garnish suggestions above.
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A new study shows that depression increases the risk of suffering from dementia, and previous studies have revealed that a plant-based diet protects against depression. Published in the journal Neurology, the study included 949 people, average age 79, who were without dementia. After 17 years, researchers found that 22 percent of those with depression at baseline ended up developing dementia at the end of the study, compared to 17 percent of those who were not depressed.
A study led by researchers from the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, Japan shows that a plant-based diet protects against depression. They found that a healthy Japanese diet, consisting of high amounts of vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and soy products was associated with fewer depressive symptoms. Another study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests that those who consume moderate or high amounts of fruit and vegetables in midlife may help cut their risk of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, in later life.
Sisters Heather and Jenny Goldberg are truly a dynamic duo! Four years ago they founded Spork Foods in Los Angeles, a vegan food company that offers cooking classes and revamps pantries with organic and vegan food options. Their classes have grown in popularity and they've become the resident chefs for VitaSoy products and are being hired by companies like Kaiser Permanente, which asked them to kick-start its "Biggest Loser" contest. They were also featured as a "Dynamic Duo" in a recent issue of VegNews magazine.
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