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Pros and cons of (all the varieties of) vegetarianism

Ghee Comparison Table

Comparison of ghee products for quality and price

This article was updated January 1, 2009. Please make your browser window wide to see the full table.

Ghee is very important in regard to free radicals, health and longevity. I will write more about that in another post. For now, I'l just say that ghee is more than an indulgence. In a healthy vegetarian diet, ghee can be viewed as an essential vitamin supplement (albeit, one that tastes really good). In this post I want to take a look at the products that represent the best value and I want to compare quality. Ghee is so important as an addition to the diet that quality should not be sacrificed -- especially because only a very small amount of ghee needs to be used.

Vegetable Soup Recipe for Spring Allergy Prevention

This is a vegetable soup recipe I tried today. The spice mixture is very close to the one I described in this article about how to prevent spring allergies. I modified it just slightly. When I am cooking for my taste, I reduce the coriander and fennel and I increase the cumin and black pepper.

Easy Rice and Dal Recipe

This is what I cook when I don't have time to make anything that requires much effort:

1/2 cup organic brown basmati rice
1 cup organic yellow dal (split, hulled green mung beans)
6 cups water

1-2 tbsp Ancient Organics ghee
1 tsp natural mineral salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp turmeric
pinch hing
optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
optional: 1/4 tsp of ground fennel

bring water to a boil
rinse rice and dal
add rice and dal to boiling water, bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one hour
add the ghee and spices, stir and serve
That's it!


World's Best Kitchari Recipe?

Here is my kitchari recipe, as written up by a friend who watched me cook it. As you'll see, he is a bit of a geek and he has a sense of humor. I added a few notes as indicated by "[David]"


6-7 cups of water
2/3 cup brown organic Basmati rice
2/3 cup whole organic green dal (optionally soaked in water for up to an hour)
2/3 cup Garbonzo beans soaked overnight preferably

1 cup (approximately) fresh Green beans
1/2 cup (approximately) shredded carrots
1/2 cup (approximately) zuchinni

A New Kale Recipe

This dish is similar to saag, the delicious Indian dish made with spinach.

The ingredients are:
4 cups of water
4 pounds of leafy greens such as kale, collards or even red swish chard (I use any leafy greens)
2 large carrots
2 large pieces of celery
other vegetables on hand and in season. I have used yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli and even Jerusalem artichokes and a radish

4 tbsp Ancient Organics ghee
1 small yellow onion
1 inch piece of fresh yellow ginger
1 clove of garlic

3 tsp cumin seeds
3 tsp turmeric (ground)
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black pepper (ground)
pinch of hing
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1-3 tbsp coconut flakes
6 tsp sucanat or other natural sugar (not honey!)
3-4 tsp sea salt or natural mineral salt

wash the greens and add to the boiling water in a large pot
chop the other vegetables and add to the same pot; cover with a lid

Dietary Protein Recommendations

A reader wrote to me about protein recommendations in Dr. Fuhrman's diet (Eat To Live). The reader suggested that consuming 20% (or more) of one's daily calories from planted-based protein is a good thing to do. His comment inspired me to summarize what I think I know about protein recommendations and healthy diets.

The evidence I’ve seen shows two things: