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Pittsburgh East-Suburban


Next Meeting:
Monday, February 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Murrysville Community Library
4130 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA
Open to anyone interested in learning & sharing information about healthy, plant-based food choices.


At the February 29 meeting, come with one or more cookbooks to share with others. Bring a pen & recipe cards or your phone to take photos of interesting recipes. (Or, you can make copies at the library for 15 cents.)
And, as always, we will discuss whatever else is on your mind!

At last month's meeting, we tasted samples of cacao bits, along with 90%, 85%, & 75% cacao chocolate. And, we shared recipes for healthy plant-based desserts. Here's a recipe to add to that list:
  • 2 c. canned black beans, drained
  • 1 1/4 c. pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Combine beans, dates, almond butter, & vanilla in food processor or high-powered blender; blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients & blend. Pour into prepared 8x8" pan. Bake 90 min. Cool completely. Cut into 16 squares.
Also at the January meeting, we talked about Indian foods. Here are six delicious-sounding recipes from Forks Over Knives website -- enjoy!

Upcoming Classes
with Sally Lipsky

* Guidelines for Reading Food Labels Tues., March 8, 7-8 pm. free, but register via McGinnis Sisters Market.
* Shopping for & Preparing Healthy, Plant-based Meals Wed., April 6, 13, & 20; 7-8:30 pm. ($23) register via Franklin Regional Adult School.
* Ingredients & Substitutions for Healthy Eating Tues., April 26; 7-8:30 pm. ($15) register Franklin Regional Adult School.



* PlantPure Nation now has prepared meals, part of the Jumpstart program, available for purchase. The frozen meals are priced quite reasonably and are shipped to your home.
* Plant Based Docs is a global directory of physicians & professionals practicing preventive healthcare including whole, plant-based eating. In our area, the primary care MD listed is Uma Purighalla, Bethel Park.
* PlantPlate contains recipes & resources, as well as a useful eBook: Whole Food Plant-Based on $5 a Day. Here's the link for Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus.
* Forks-Over-Knives Dinner Group is a new Pittsburgh-area MeetUp. The organizer is hosting monthly potluck dinners at her home in Squirrel Hill.
* Farm to Table Local Food Conference is March 18-19 at the David E. Lawrence Convention Center. Enjoy browsing the multitude of food/farm vendors, as well as speakers. $15 (1 day), $25 (2 days)
* Pittsburgh Vegan Festival, spring, is Sat., May 7, noon-7, Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hills. Food, vendors, entertainment; $5 @ the door.
* North American Vegetarian Society annual Summerfest conference is July 6-10, at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. As usual, there will be an array of informative speakers and workshops.
* Research study about how a low-fat diet alters taste buds, affirming that low-fat diets can increase satiation and weight loss.

Have you heard of the Tomato Effect? It is when the medical establishment rejects sound science, such as when tomatoes were considered poisonous and were shunned for centuries in North America, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Has the influence of money created a tomato effect in regards to our current nutrition policy & practice? Here's Dr. Greger's article.
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