Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Israeli Couscous Chickpea Risotto


I know it's normal, but I still always get asked the question, "Don't you get tired of eating salads and pasta?"  Well, yes, it would get tiring, just like how it must get tired of eating steak and cheeseburgers for every meal.  Overgeneralizations can make any logical train of thought seem ludicrous.  I'm sure you've all had those experiences when you've come inches away from taking the nearest heavy object to the skull of the person that refuses to stop bombarding you with questions and accusations about your diet, lifestyle, and sexual habits, but that will never sway stupidity from, well, being so stupid.  On the spot, there are always only a handful of things I can think of that I eat (on those rare occasions that I play along with their arrogance).  And you can't even bring up meat fillers, even if they are home-made, because then the critic will cite that as proof that you can't 'really' give up meat, you're just changing the source.  It's really like a game of chess, except in this game you've only got a few pawns and a queen, and the opponent doesn't have to follow the laws of the game.  To attempt to create a dialogue regarding ethical consumption, unsanctifying human life, and anthropological epistemiology is akin to using a whiffle ball bat to break down a brick wall.

Anyways, this was a conversation I attempted to avoid recently.  It appears the most obtuse folks are almost the most stubborn, and after figuratively and literally cornering me on the subject, I was forced to have this dialogue with a man who scoffed when I mentioned hominoid... ahem, human evolution-- "so you're trying to tell me that you believe in evo-LUTION?  No wonder why you eat grass".  Needless to say, the dialogue turned to the almighty and his rule to give us dominion over all living things (although not said so eloquently).  Attempts to discuss the diet of Eden led to (I'm not kidding) talking about how in the Simpsons when Homer was Eden he ate bacon.

The point for me bringing this up is that no matter what, you cannot educate those that refuse to be educated.  You cannot let yourself get wound up because of another's stupidity.  You cannot disprove what others believe to be inevitable fact.  And for that reason, I laughed, shook his hand, and left him to live his life.

This recipe, based from an Israeli Couscous recipe I had many years ago, seemed fitting after this discussion.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 cup chickpeas, either canned or already re-hydrated
1 cup israeli couscous
1 cup orange juice
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp fresh ground ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oil in large skillet (with lid) over medium-high heat.

Sauté red onion, garlic, and green onion for 2 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients (except salt and pepper).

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Remove lid and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  1. I'm excited to try this! I am new to the vegan lifestyle and trying to find new dishes to prepare. I'm learning that there are a lot of meals in this lifestyle beyond the salad/pasta/potato dishes, which is really encouraging! Thanks for posting!!

  2. This is NOT good. The flavours do not match AT ALL. The orange juice gave it a really tart and sour aftertaste.