Umami flavor boosters for meatless meals

Plant-based umami flavor boosters If there’s one thing that discourages people from adopting meatless meals is the lack of the rich umami flavor that’s unique to meat and dairy foods like cheese.  Plant protein foods just don’t have that flavor kick.  Foods like legumes, quinoa, chia, whole grains and tofu are pretty bland on their […]

Pot pies as health food

Pot pies aren’t high on my shopping list.  Actually they aren’t anywhere on it.  But I started thinking about them after learning that consumers think pot pies are healthy.  That data comes from a consumer survey done by a large food company.  That company is in the business of making food products that people want […]

Meatless Monday or Meat-Free Monday

It’s Monday, so it must be Meatless.  The contemporary Meatless Monday campaign has been gaining momentum since it started almost 10 years ago.  The goal is the cut meat consumption as a means of improving health and reducing fossil fuel and water use for livestock agriculture.  Both goals are admirable, although I think the environmental impact […]

It’s Monday; are you meatless?

  The Meatless Monday campaign, started by the Blooomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, aims to create a … grassroots movement that spans all borders and demographic groups. By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to […]

Veggie Burgers taking over menus

As more and more restaurants add veggie burgers to the menu, it’s worth asking – are they healthier?  Certainly the trend capitalizes on the belief that they are.  Vegetarians and vegans are estimated to total less than 10% of the population.  So meat eaters are also buying them, thanks to the Health Halo. Smashburger now […]

Is Vegan automatically healthy?

Short answer: No.  And neither is vegetarian. Vegan and vegetarian diets have always been around.  In certain regions, such as in India and Southeast Asia, vegetarian diets are the cultural norm.  These cuisines attracted more attention in Western countries in the 1960’s, as the environmental movement grew, and books like Diet for a Small Planet […]

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