FOOD 101: Pastilla, Bastilla, Bisteeya, B’stilla

Alluring and delicious. Photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.   Pastilla, pronounced “bastilla” in the Arabic of North Africa, is a traditional Moroccan dish that crossed the Straits of Gilbraltar from Andalusia, Spain. It is transliterated from the Arabic pastilla, bastilla, bisteeya, b’stilla or bstilla. It all means “delicious,” says Hannah Kaminsky. Traditionally served…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Vegan Wraps For Earth Day

We’re recommending vegan wraps for Earth Day. Animal-free foods are more sustainable, so today’s the day for a vegan lunch. These two recipes were sent to us from Red Rock Press, from their book, A White House Garden Cookbook by Clara Silverstein. Both are lettuce wraps, but you can also use tortilla wraps. The first…
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RECIPE: Winter Vegetable Kabobs

Yes, we’re past Thanksgiving, but these “Thanksgiving Kabobs” work all fall and winter and are equally fun for Christmas dinner. They may even have people who don’t like to eat vegetables asking for more! Our friend Hannah Kaminsky of BittersweetBlog.com created “Thanksgiving kabobs” from all the classic Thanksgiving (and Christmas) accoutrements. They’re threaded onto portion-controlled,…
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HALLOWEEN: Gnosis Raw Organic Chocolate

You’ve heard that chocolate is good for you, but those claims leave out two key points: Many of the flavanoids, the healthy antioxidants in cacao beans, are cooked out of the beans during the roasting process. Chocolate contains lots of refined sugar—milk chocolate and white chocolate have the most sugar, bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao or…
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COOKING VIDEO: Vegetarian Italian Sausage

  Since this week’s Top Pick is the Veggie Patch vegetarian line, our weekly video recipe follows suit. These delicious vegetarian sausages are billed as vegetarian in the video, but they’re actually vegan—no animal-based ingredients are used. Even the special flavoring, Bill’s Best Chik’Nish Seasoning, is vegan. The meatless sausages are made with a base…
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