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Vegan Recipes for Carnivores: What to Cook?




Many people consider a vegan diet to be the most restrictive of all the different diets. The most bland. The most boring. This is not true. It’s not true. It’s texture and fat, acid, as well as umami. (Umami refers to the savory, meaty taste that you get from foods such as tomatoes, mushrooms, and soy sauce. Ryan Toll, coowner and head chef at The Wild Cow, a Nashville vegan restaurant, says that he tries to use these elements. “Good vegan food is good food all around. What can I replace meat with in a meal? You don’t need to eat meat, but protein is important. Protein is good for you. It keeps you satisfied and away from the fridge for hours after you’ve finished eating. Vegans must also ensure they get the recommended amount of protein in other ways. Kathleen Zelman RDN, MPH, host on True Health Revealed podcast, former nutrition director at WebMD, says that there are many high-protein vegan products. Quinoa is rich in protein. Good sources of protein include legumes, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Vegetables are rich in protein. Even fruits have a small amount of protein. Even fruit has a small amount of fiber. Zelman, who developed the below recipes, says that fiber fills you up and leaves more room for extras. High-fiber foods are good for your gut. Think of a red, ripe tomato fresh from the farmers’ market in July. Now, think about a small, pale tomato on the produce shelf in December. Which one do YOU think has the highest mineral and nutrient contents? Which do you think tastes the best? Toll says that vegan food is often thought boring. However, this could be true if you use low-quality conventional ingredients that have little to offer. We use produce from a Biodynamic Farm. You will be able to taste the difference in a tomato from their farm. It was not artificially ripened, transported hundreds of thousands of miles, or transported so fresh. What should I serve my vegan friend for dinner? Keep it simple and make it substantial. There is no need to serve a boring side salad or bland pasta dish when others are enjoying a more exciting meal. Instead, focus on beans, chickpeas or a hearty vegetable such as mushrooms. People are familiar with how to cook a steak or grill a chicken, but not how to make mushrooms. Toll states that mushrooms can be cooked in the same way as meat if they are prepared correctly. Most seasonings and marinades that you would use to cook meat are vegan. To get the same flavor, you can use them on vegetables. This can be used on many ethnic cooking styles. These recipes are easy to make and will please all carnivores. Italian Bruschetta with White Beans and Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Capers. This recipe allows you to make your own bruschetta. Capers supply that salty pop of flavor and the portobellos give it both heartiness and umami.Ingredients:2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar1 garlic clove, mincedFresh ground pepper to taste1 (15 oz) can low sodium Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained1 large Portobello mushroom, cleaned, small chopped1-pint yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved1 tablespoon capers, drained12 Whole grain toasted Ciabatta bread slicesPreparation:Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, and pepper in a medium-size bowl. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, and pepper. Add beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, capers, and toss in the dressing. To make your own bruschetta, combine the dressing with whole grain toasted bread and 2 slices of toast. They don’t need to be cooked or prepped. Just shake them on at the last. This can be used as a filling snack, breakfast, lunch, or snack for a large crowd. Ingredients:2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, with the zest of a lime1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil, divided1 tablespoon Kosher salt1 cup arugula2 tablespoons hemp seedsCrushed red pepper, to taste1 (15.5 oz. can, low-sodium chickpeas, drained, rinsed4 slices of whole grain toast1 large avocado, peeled, seeded, sliced1 large beefsteak tomato, sliced2 cups arugula2 tablespoons hemp seedsCrushed red pepper, to tastePreparation:Whisk together the lime juice, zest, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Mix the chickpeas in a bowl. Spread evenly on each toast. Toast with slices of avocado and arugula. Top the toast with arugula and hemp seeds. Farro is my favorite vegetable. It has a great chew,” Zelman said. It’s whole grain, but it’s not gluten free. I make a large batch and serve it with any hot or cold food. Ingredients:1 cup farro3 golden beets, trimmed1 cup corn 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/4 cup toasted chopped almonds 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil2 cups baby spinach, rough choppedVinaigrette:1 teaspoon Kosher saltFresh ground pepper to taste3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot1 tablespoon maple syrupPreparation:Heat the oven to 400 F. Place beets wrapped in foil on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and chop them. Mix all ingredients together for the vinaigrette. Mix all ingredients for vinaigrette. Add to salad and mix well. You can choose from a variety of textures and flavours. Sweet potato has subtle sweetness and body. It also contains vitamin A and beta-carotene. Preparation: Heat oil in a large Dutch oven on medium heat. Stir in the garlic, jalapeno and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer sweet potato, tomatoes and beans until tender (about 30-40 minutes). You can add more stock or water to achieve the desired consistency. You won’t eat it if it’s not delicious. This crisp can be served alone or with ice cream or cream. You can also add a vegan version of either whipped cream or chocolate ice cream to the mix. Ingredients:3 lbs apples (about 8 cups), cored, sliced (Granny Smith, Crispin or Pippin),1 teaspoon lemon zest2 teaspoons salt2 teaspoons cornstarch2 tablespoons Chinese five spice powder (can substitute cinnamon)Cooking spray1 1/2 c whole grain oats1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 tbsp chilled unsalted plant butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts 1/4 tbsp wheat germ Combine the apples, vanilla, 1/4 cup brown Sugar, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon spice powder with cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix to coat apples. Put in pan. Combine oats, flour, remaining brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut plant-based butter. Toss in nuts, wheat germ, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon spice powder. Cover with fruit. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.

“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.

He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.

“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.

The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.

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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.

Hot temperatures caused damage to some of Holland’s tulips, Tulip Time organizers say.

The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.

“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.

Heat closes down Tulip Time Immersion Garden early

The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.

Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand. 

“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”

Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.

The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.

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“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.

Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.

The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.    

“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.

People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.


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Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.

Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.

But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.

The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.

So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.

“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.

She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.

“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”

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Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.

Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.

“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”

Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.

Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.

“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”


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