Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cremini Porcini Bella Bolognese Prego! Prego!!

Cremini Porcini Bella Bolognese

Cremini Porcini Bella Bolognese

Oh My Gosh….this is hands down fabulous.  Baby bella mushrooms sautéed in olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and A1 Steak sauce..add some creminis…some porcinis after soaking in their own juice…white wine, crushed red pepper, browned onions and whole peeled tomatoes…simmer together 30 mins, toss with whole wheat angel hair, sprinkle with vegan pecorino, mozz and romano mix…fresh parsley

WOW I want more….now.

SO good.

The Recipe is Here, Enjoy 😉

Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., Con’t:

A clip from The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

‘….Not only has the disease in these patients been stopped, it has even been reversed.  70% of his patients have seen an opening of their clogged arteries.  More importantly this is the difference between the presence of pain and absence of pain, indeed between life and death.

One physician took special note of Dr. Esselstyn’s study.  He was only 44 years of age and seemingly healthy when he found himself with a heart problem, culminating in a heart attack.  Because of the nature of his heart disease, there was nothing that conventional medicine could safely offer him.  He visited Dr. Esselstyn, decided to commit to the dietary program, and after 32 months without any cholesterol lowering medication, he reversed his heart disease and lowered his blood cholesterol to 89mg/dL

What follows is a dramatic image of this patient’s diseased artery(see book) before and after this dietary change.

The one picture before diet shows a severe coronary disease, clogged, crooked, bent artery reducing blood flow.  After adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet, that same artery opened up and reversed the ravages of heart disease becoming a normal graceful shaped artery and allowing a much normal blood flow.

Patients this sick don’t spontaneously heal themselves.  The 5 patients that dropped out of the program and the diet at the beginning had fallen prey to 10 new coronary events.  Meanwhile, as of 2003, 17 years into the study, all but one patient following the diet are still alive into their 70’s and 80’s.

If you remember nothing else about this chapter, remember the 49 to 0 score; 49 coronary events prior to a whole foods plant-based diet and 0 events for those patients who adhered to a whole foods, plant-based diet.  Dr Esselstyn has done what “Big Science” has been trying to do for 50+ years: he defeated heart disease….’

More China Study Clips Here


Stuffed Poblanos

Stuffed Poblanos

Stuffed Poblanos

Poblanos stuffed with a mix of rice, refried beans, enchilada sauce….Yummmm… topped with vegan cheddar, toasted under the broiler, then finish off with fresh avocados, tomatoes and cilantro…YUM!…..

Enjoy!  The Recipe is Here

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

‘…This doctor has quite a resume.  A student at Yale University, he rowed in the 1956 Olympics, winning the Gold.  He went on to earn the Bronze Star as an Army surgeon in the Vietnam war.  He then became a highly successful doctor at one of the top medical institutions in the world, the Cleveland Clinic, he was president of the staff, member of the Board of Governors, chairman of the Breast Cancer Task Force and head of the Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.  Having published over 100 scientific papers, Dr Esselstyn was named one of the best doctors in America 1994-95.

The quality I find most appealing about Esselstyn is not his resume or awards; it is his principled search for the truth.  He has had the courage to take on the establishment.  He wrote how little had changed in 100 years in the management of cancer and in neither heart disease nor cancer was there a serious effort at prevention.  He believed a fundamentally different approach to treatment was necessary.

He decided to test the effects of a whole foods, plant-based diet on people with established coronary disease.  He has gotten the most spectacular results ever recorded in the treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Esselstyn had participants avoid oils, meat, fish, fowl and dairy products.  Within the 8 years leading up to the study, these 18 participants had suffered through 49 coronary events, including angina, bypass surgery, heart attacks, strokes and angioplasty.  These were not healthy hearts.  The most impressive result was not the dramatic drop in blood cholesterol levels, but how many coronary events occurred since the start of their study.  In the following 11 years, there was exactly ONE coronary event among the eighteen patients who followed the diet.  That one event was from a patient who strayed from the diet for 2 years.  The patient returned to the diet and has not experienced any further events..’

To be Continued

More China Study clips here

Indian tonight…Aloo Gobi..oh my, fabulous flavor!

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

This brings together about a dozen spices from Garam masala to ginger, turmeric, and cayenne.  Cardamom, coriander, cumin and cinnamon.  …the list goes on.  All blended together with sautéed onions, garlic, golden potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes and chick peas….you know how I love chickpeas! The flavors are fantastic.  Serve over basmati rice or have on its own. YUM!  And, you’ll definitely have people saying ‘what smells so good!?’ when they walk in your house.


The Recipe is Here


Surgery: The Phantom Savior Part II

A clip from The China Study, bu T.Colin Campbell

‘…Remember which plaque buildups cause heart attacks?  The deadly buildups are the smaller, less stable plaques that tend to rupture.  The bypass operation, however, is targeted to the largest, most visible plaques, which may be responsible for chest pain, but not for heart attacks.

Angioplasty is a similar story.  It pushes the plaque back against the vessel, thereby allowing more blood to flow.  Roughly 1 out of 16 patients will experience an “abrupt vessel closure” during the procedure, which can lead to death, heart attack or an emergency bypass operation.  Assuming that doesn’t happen, there is still a good chance that the procedure will fail.  Within 4 months after the procedure, 40% of the arteries that were “squished” open will close up again, effectively nullifying the procedure.  Angioplasty does little to treat the small blockages that are most likely to lead to heart attacks.

So upon closer examination, our seemingly beneficent mechanical advances in the field of heart disease are severely disappointing.  Bypass surgery and angioplasty do not address the cause of heart disease, prevent heart attacks or extend the lives of any but the sickest heart disease patients.

What’s going on here?  Maybe we should ask ourselves what we might do differently.  For example, whatever happened to the dietary lessons learned 50 years ago?  Those discoveries largely faded away.  According to the US Department of Agriculture, we consume significantly more meat and added fat than we did 30 years ago.  A few rare doctors are proving that there is a better way to defeat heart disease.  They are demonstrating revolutionary success, using the most simple of all treatments: food.’

More China Study Clips Here


BEST Lo Mein Ever

Lo Mein

Lo Mein

ohhhhh searching, looking, wanting some darn good  Lo Mein …stop, ohhhh, found it!  No kidding…though my sons may be appalled….This is their favorite Lo Mein recipe I’ve made for them since they were little, though it used to have chunks of flank steak in it…..pre-vegan days…  I’ve been craving this recipe and not sure how well it would come out, will it be a lame twist on something we used to love?…

It came out SO good…!  I mean fabulous.  The Recipe is Here