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Sweetening Your Life With Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) belong to the family Convolvulaceae, along with morning glories and over 1,000 other plants. It is the only species in the family that is widely cultivated for food. The large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots of the sweet potato are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as […]

Bagging Rutabagas

Rutabagas are also known as swedes (from Swedish turnip), yellow turnips, or neeps. Their name comes from the Swedish word Rotabagga, meaning “root bag.” Rutabagas belong to the species Brassica napobrassica, and are members of the Brassicaceae family, along with cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, kholrabi, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccolini, bok choy, rapini, napa cabbage, turnips, mustard, watercress, arugula, radishes, horseradish, daikon, land cress, and shepherd’s purse. Rutabagas originated in Scandanavia or Russia […]

Beating Disease with Beets

Beets, also known in North America as beetroots, table beets, garden beets, or red or golden beets, refers to any of the cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots, especially B. vulgaris L. subsp. conditiva. Beets are varieties of the same species as chard and belong to the same family of Amaranthaceae as spinach, palak, epazote, […]

Improving Nutrient Absorption

The acid in your stomach and the probiotic microbes in your digestive tract play an important role in breaking down and absorbing the nutrients in your food. If you eat beets or drink beet juice, and your urine turns pink, you may have low stomach acid. This discoloration of your urine, to red or pink, after […]

Eating Edible-Pod Peas

Snow peas (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) and sugar snap peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon) are legumes, more specifically varieties of peas eaten whole in their pods while still unripe. Both of these varieties of peas belong to the the family Fabaceae, along with soybeans, fava beans, common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, Great Northern beans, black turtle beans, […]

Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday. It’s a time when, regardless of religion, Americans pause to gather with loved ones and express gratitude for life.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that simple celebration of gratitude did not cost a life? Each year, nearly 45 million turkeys are killed in the United States for Thanksgiving alone. The […]

Creamy Gravy

Creamy Gravy This vegan gravy is nearly fat-free and so easy to make, you’ll never use canned gravy again! 1/3 cup flour 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon broth powder 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 2 cups water 2 teaspoons soy […]