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Next meeting:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 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.


October Meeting

THANKSGIVING is the theme for our meeting next week. I will bring recipes & photos of Thanksgiving-themed dishes; please join me in sharing other recipes. Also, we will discuss your concerns and/or tips for dealing with expectations of family and friends during this holiday.
September Meeting
We shared recipes, tips, and questions and had an informative and relaxing discussion. Here are some of the ideas:

* Freezing
sauce, broth, pureed pumpkin in ice cube trays for ready use later.

* Flavoring popcorn (either popped in paper bag in microwave or air popped) with nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

* When adding canned Mandarin oranges to a spinach salad, use the unsweetened juice for dressing.

* Date sugar: Linda Jones shared samples of date sugar. I used mine for Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf (from Forks Over Knives) with these changes: I used about 1/3 cup of date sugar for the dry sweetener, and I did not add any chocolate chips. It was so good, especially warm from the oven!

* Soaking apple slices in lemon water to keep them from turning brown.

* Mary Ryan-Nelson offered these tips for keeping avocados from turning brown:
  • Cut with ceramic or plastic knife. Metal accelerates oxidation process.
  • Put lemon or lime juice over it.
  • Store in airtight container in fridge.
  • Cover with ½ inch water, pushing it down to remove air pockets; seal with lid & store in refrigerator; drain off water when ready to use.

Upcoming Event
Vegan Nutrition Made Simple with George Eisman, R.D., who will answer: Where do you get your protein?
> Saturday, October 24, 7-9 p.m
> East Liberty Presbyterian Church
   116 S. Highland Ave., Pgh.  
Email me if you want to carpool.
Note: I've heard Mr. Eisman talk several times & he is always excellent; a great resource for your questions about plant-based eating!

Some articles that might be of interest:
Questioning the Ethics & Science of a Pure Vegan Diet. T. Colin Campbell underscores that “the importance of the WFPB [Whole Foods Plant Based] lifestyle for society & for the world is momentous. Environmental problems, health (disease) care financing, unnecessary violence and earth resource utilization are at stake. To a substantial extent, each ... is based on what we choose to eat. …  It is time we let scientific evidence speak for itself.”

* Gluten Fears & Facts: Is Wheat Truly Terrible? Thomas Campbell, M.D., notes that 99% of the US population eats less than the daily recommended amount of whole grains. Yet, we are eating a great deal of refined grains, often processed with fats, sugars, salt, meat, & dairy.
(Dr. Neal Barnard, speaking at the Pgh. Vegan Festival last weekend, pointed out the rise in our consumption of cheese [esp. pizza] and associated health issues. He even equated eating cheese to eating petroleum jelly -- yuck!!)

* The 13 Most Misleading Food Label Claims from Naked Food Magazine.

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