Moroccan Stewed Vegetables with Couscous


1 tbsp coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp harissa
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
14 oz can diced tomatoes
2/3 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 carrot, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 cup green beans, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1/3 cup peas
1/3 cup raisins
1½ water
1 cup couscous
6 unsulfured apricots, cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp cinnamon
sea salt
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped, to serve
2 tbsp sliced almonds, to serve


  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion, ginger and harissa and cook while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, paprika and tomatoes. Stir well and bring to a boil, then add the chickpeas, vegetables and raisins and stir.
  2. Reduce heat to low, then cover and leave things to simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a small pan. Stir in the couscous, apricots and cinnamon, then immediately remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 to 6 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  4. Divide the apricot couscous between four plates and top with the tagine, fresh cilantro, and sliced almonds.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Vegan Cheese Made with Rice


Mozzarisella is an aliment based on germinated whole rice made without milk and lactose and just with vegetable ingredients, without OGM.

It can be mixed in all the types of salads or just to give an original taste to pizza and snacks. A light and digestible alternative for people with lactose or gluten intolerance.

Mozzarisella is a fresh/pasteurized nutriment: its ingredients are natural and accepted by the European Regulation for Organic Agriculture which says no chemicals or synthetic molecules has to be used for its preparation.

Below are some dishes making use of the vegan cheese.

Read more and get recipes of above dishes . . . . .

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Why People Choose A Vegan Diet Could Have Important Implications for their Health

Veganism – a dietary pattern that excludes meat, dairy products and eggs as well as all other animal products – is on the rise. About 5% of Israelis say they are vegan, as do 1% of Germans and about 2% of the UK population. In the US, the proportion has grown from 1% to 2% of the population over the past 15 years, and a big reason for this is purported health benefits of a totally plant-based diet.

“While reduced mortality has not yet been shown for the vegan diet, it is clear that substantial health benefits may accrue to those adhering to it,” wrote the study’s authors, citing studies that suggest vegans have a lower BMI on average than non-vegans, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease and – along with vegetarians – a lower risk of certain cancers.

However, not all vegan foods are healthy, the researchers point out, and many grain-based foods that are high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats also happen to be vegan.

“This raises the question of whether the health advantages of a vegan diet result from just avoiding animal products, or from an overall concern for health that includes choosing nutritious foods and engaging in other health-promoting behaviours,” the researchers wrote, adding that if veganism is linked to other healthy behaviours, these should be accounted for in future studies.

The researchers examined responses to an online survey from 246 US-based vegan participants aged 25-60. They found that 45 cited ‘health’ as the main reason for choosing a vegan diet, while 241 cited ethical concerns.

Those in the health group were found to eat more fruit and fewer sweets than the ethically-driven vegans, while those who cited ethical concerns were likely to have been on the diet for longer.

Those who endorsed ethical reasons reported higher consumption of soy, foods rich in vitamin D, high-polyphenol drinks and vitamin supplements than those endorsing health reasons.

“As these factors may affect outcome in studies investigating the impact of vegan diets on health, they should be taken into account when studying persons following a vegan diet,” the researchers wrote.

Source: Appetite

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