Christmas Dinner 2011 ~ PLANT STRONG!!


Christmas Dinner Menu 2011
1008 Union St Brunswick GA
              25th December 5 pm

Hors d'oeuvres

Mushroom Pâté , Caponata, Assorted Crudités & Crackers

First Course

Cream of Carrot Soup

Main Course
Brussel Sprouts with toasted Walnuts and Orange Zest
Acorn Squash stuffed with Wild Rice, Craisins and Chestnuts
GOMBS Dressing
Roasted Potatoes, Turnips & Parsnips with Rosemary
Cauliflower Mash
Sweet Potatoes Casserole
Haricots Verts
Cranberry Sauce
Cashew Cream Onions

Pecan Pumpkin Brownie Pie
Apple Pie
Ice Cream

Dogs welcome….

A Wish and a Kiss Cookie; aka C's school project.

My young friend stayed over last night as she has done throughout most of her life while her mom helps to bring newborns into the world. We like to work on projects together, especially baking but lately we have branched out to jewelry making and sometimes if I am lucky, a little gardening :-)
Last nights's project was homework related as C entered the house with a giant poster. The poster is part of her school project for a Power Point presentation, I think.
C with poster for Wish and Kiss Cookie

It turns out that she selected to make a presentation about Vegan Cookies, without any influence from me! (except in a sort of indirect way in the fact that the only cookies we make together happen to be vegan!) C decided on her own that a good way to spread the word about healthy plant-based options was through her school work thereby reaching her fellow classmates. She realized there will be questions but she is prepared for this. Now C is not a vegan, but she is a mostly healthy eater, a dancer who knows how important it is to eat healthily to maintain her stamina, keep her skin clear and many other benefits. Here is the "Jingle" about the cookies from C's project:
Wanting to bring you all some holiday cheer,
with a wish and a kiss fro the Happy New Year.
They are made without butter but with lots of love,
and sealed with a special wish from above.
May all your holidays be merry and bright,
I hope you enjoy your vegan delight.
They are healthy, but sooo much more!!!
Definitely better then anything bought in a store.
The even "nuttier" nutcracker

We used nuts gathered in the garden!

cookie dough on the baking sheet

 C was a bit disappointed when I shared that Hershey's Kisses are not vegan :-( so we decided to use some jam or some vegan chocolate chips for our cookies. The cookie dough itself is all plant-based but not necessarily low-fat.  
adding the spreadable fruit
Here is the recipe for Vegan Wish & Kiss Cookies (aka thumbprint cookies), straight from C's project, this is not my recipe.
2 cups finely chopped nuts (we used almonds and pecans from the garden)
1/2 cup nut butter (raw almond would be best)
1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons applesauce (we used mashed bananas, had no applesauce)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vegan chocolate kisses or jam (we used vegan chocolate chips)
mix everything together, form into dough-balls about 1" diameter and place on baking sheet with parchment paper or sil-pat. with moistened fingers, shape into flatter cookies and make an indent with your thumb. fill with chocolate kisses or jam and bake for 10 min. @ 350 degrees.
The finished product.

P.S. these cookies are so delicious, they're gone!!

Food for Life: The Power of Foods to Kickstart Your Health

We will soon be offering a new class focused on weight loss and optimal health!

A Whole Foods, Plant-based Diet: would you like to know what its all about? Surely you have seen it on TV or heard of it on NPR. Many athletes and celebrities, even former president Bill Clinton are following this diet. Clinton says he feels better than ever and is now the same weight he was in High School!

This diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, "Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."
Don’t know where to begin?  Food for Life: The Power of Foods to Kickstart Your Health
This curriculum is based on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's successful 21-Day  Kickstart program. Depending on one's perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. Much of the basis of the Kickstart is about making a qualitative shift in the way we eat as opposed to a quantitative shift. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. The revelation is bolstered with clinical benefits such as lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, and lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood. 
Food for Life: The Power of Foods to Kickstart Your Health will allow class attendees to discover the world of health through general topics ranging from digestion to blood pressure. Results are likely to be immediate and impressive! 

Coming in early 2012!