Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vegan 101 Cooking Class

If you care about the environment and want to learn how to build a sustainable community both locally and globally, the New Haven Bioregional Group is the organization to join.  Each month they offer free or low-cost "skill shares" teaching attendees about gardening, energy conservation, bicycle maintenance, and GMOs.  I have been fortunate to attend and learn from several of their programs, and I was happy to offer one of my own recently on vegan cooking.


I spoke about using seasonal ingredients such as arugula, dandelion greens, and wild chives in recipes and discussed the health benefits that these superfoods offer.  I also addressed the perennial question, "where do vegans get their protein/calcium/iron?" The recipes I demonstrated answered all of these concerns.


During the presentation I demonstrated how to make a simple Mediterranean Quinoa Pilaf using arugula, fresh oregano, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and lots of garlic.  NOTE:  arugula and other greens are high in calcium.


For dessert I prepared Cinnamon Spiced Date Nut Hemp Truffles rolled in cocoa powder and coconut.  These decadent little morsels packed a punch of iron, protein, and heart healthy omega-3 oil.  It was a healthy, yet delicious, ending to a lovely light lunch. NOTE:  Dried fruits such as dates, figs and raisins are high in iron, and hemp seeds are a complete protein.

Thank you, Maria Tupper, for the photos, and the Bioregional Group for hosting this presentation.  Thank you also to all those who came to learn about vegan cooking!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

When is the next New Haven Bioregional Group event? I would love to attend.

Mary Lawrence said...

You can click on the link above to get to their events page. Last night they had a Full Moon Walk on the beach in West Haven which must've been really cool. They're screening a film on the negative health effects of GMOs next Saturday which looks really good. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Gardens---Green-Space-Bike-Tour--Full-Moon-Walk--and-More-.html?soid=1108502294051&aid=mfKl6-egTgU

Joanna said...

Thank you for reminding me that hemp seeds are a source of protein. I completely forgot about that. I guess that's why you include them in your recipes as often as you can as a wonderful source of protein.

Mary Lawrence said...

You're welcome! Yes, it's amazing how much nutrition is in that tiny seed. Not only is hemp a complete protein, but it is also high in Omega-3 oil, so it's a good idea to add some to your diet. I like to sprinkle a tablespoon or so on my cereal every morning. It's an easy way to get the health benefits.