A first with Farro…Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries #epicure #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #meatless #recipes

John Stewart’s Hiatus + Counting Crows + Courtney Love weirdness + Instaveg

Tonight I’m writing this entry listening to one of the most talented song writers and lyricist Adam Durst of the Counting Crows. I have loved them from the start and am ecstatic they have new album. It happens to be on YouTube - like the WHOLE thing! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am this very minute. God of Ocean Tides … sooooo good. 

I am a Pinterest fanatic and follow all sorts of bloggers and others like Courtney Love. I found it so super strange to see the rocker pinning sectionals?!?! Not very rock star-ish ones either. 

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I watch The Daily Show religiously so when John Stewart took off last year to make and direct a movie in Jordan I was intrigued. This week the trailer and press came out about the movie that made it even MORE intriguing. 

It’s a true story about the journalist, Maziar Bahari who was held by the Iranian government while covering the 2009 election protests. The tie between Bahari and John Stewart makes this story so intriguing. Bahari appeared in a segment on the Daily Show 10 days before his arrest and Stewart’s name came up in Bahari’s interrogation. Much of this Stewart found out by reading Bahari’s memior Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, With this story line Stewart’s first go at directing should have been a breeze. 

I posted a lot of my kitchen adventures on instagram over this long weekend and want to share the recipes. Most of them are vegetarian, some vegan.

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I aspire to be vegan but it’s not easy. Most dairy I have found substitutes for like Almond milk or Tofutti cream cheese (love!) but cheeses like brie and Parmesan … it’s hard!!!  I’m reading a book, 21-Day Weight Loss Kick Start which is a plant based diet. I know the U.S. eats billions of chickens in a year but do you know how many that means we eat in an hour? ONE MILLION!!! Chicken has only 6 percent less fat than beef … it’s NOT a health food. The Food Pyramid Guide put out by the USDA is heavily influenced by “meat” lobbyists. Beans have a ton of protein AND fiber. Meat has protein AND calories. Should I bother mentioning cholesterol and heart disease is not associated with legumes and beans?

Here are some healthy recipes and some guilty vegetarian pleasures. Enjoy.

Cauliflower and Chickpeas + Mustard + Parsley

I had some cauliflower and was going to make a different recipe from It’s All Good but I just happened to open to this page. I always have a variety of beans in the house as they are my primary source of protein. This has a unique flavor with the mustard seeds and a nice spicy punch with the Dijon mustard. 

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Vegan Red Beans and Rice

I was looking for a something new to do with beans and rice and after doing a simple “beans and rice” google search - this came up. Just like chili, it was best the second time around and we ate it for a week. I added some red pepper flakes to give it a punch. 

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Spaghetti with cauliflower, burrata, and thyme

I love white cheese pasta … but not so much with  mozzarella (burrata), so I cut this out of the recipe. I found this dish on Pinterest and you have to do some metric conversions but  it is soooo worth it. I served it this weekend to some friends and I was told “it’s like crack”. 

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What we don’t understand we can make mean anything.” — Chuck Palahniuk

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