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Tabbouleh-Tabouli-TAB ?? Delicious and healthy -No matter how you spell it

I love the taste of Tabbouleh / Tabouli / ??? and have tried it many ways and with varied recipes but wanted to crank up the nutritional impact by replacing the grain with less empty calories. A delicious legume would do that perfectly.

Lentils are a delicious bean that fits the basic size/bite for tabbouleh and is a nutritional powerhouse especially when sprouted. After sprouting the lentils will provide 6-10 g protein, 20+% daily Vitamin C and 12-15% iron. The beans will also provide good fat and other nutritional basics.

Lentils are of similar size and bite to most bulgur and couscous and much tastier.

Adding the parsley, onion, garlic, tomato, mint , lemon juice and sea salt will make this tabbouleh a truly health food.

Ingredients :
2 cups sprouted red lentils
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped(1 loose cup chopped)
2 medium red onions- diced(or 6 green onions or mix)
4 tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 to ¾ cup chopped mint
sea salt- to taste
Fresh ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil (optional)
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4-6 cloves garlic- chopped fine

1. SPROUTING LENTILS- soak 1-2 cups red lentils in clean water for 8-12 hours. Drain and let sprouts grow for 2-3 days(rinsing 2x day) When ¼ tails are out- put sprouts in the fridge until ready to use.
2. Combine Onions. Garlic, tomatoes, parsley, mint, cinnamon, Salt / pepper and lemon juice in a bowl. Toss and let sit for 10 minutes
3. Add lentils and toss and place in Fridge for 30 minutes or more until eating to allow flavors to blend.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
A] Serve as a salad or side dish
B] Scoop into lettuce, cabbage or other “green” wrap to make a fun handheld food
C] Scoop up with a toasted pita or other chip

Vegetarian and/or Vegan Diet and Lifestyle – Decision to Switch and Support for the Switch

        Several years ago while struggling with inflammation and the pain in my feet [plantar fasciitis] – I did a lot of research that led me to realize that dairy was a contributing factor to the discomfort and as a result of the information I decided  to drop dairy from my diet.

        This change had amazing results – in 5 weeks from the switch I felt relief from the pain that had bothered me for the previous 14 months. {I have been pain free in my feet ever since that time}

       In the year following the switch I started to think about making the switch all the way vegetarian. The original research also revealed some of the additional benefits of a plant based diet above and beyond the relief from inflammation that going dairy-free gave me.

SOME questions and concerns:

1] How would this change happen with my lifestyle?

2] What restaurants – that I regularly visited- would fit the diet?

3] What other restaurants would fit the lifestyle best? Did I like them and the food?

4] What about brown-bagging my lunch?

 5]  What about recipes and cookbooks?

 

The following websites and blogs are some that I visit regularly for info, entertainment and of course recipes.

 

http://vegweb.com/

From the site- “ Once upon a time, back in the year 1996, a food-loving, web-savvy, super-smart vegan saw a need for an online veg community. Not only did she want to share meat-free recipes with like-minded cooks around the world, she wanted to connect with others to discuss this burgeoning way of life”  This Is the basic story of the vegweb site. It is a lot of fun and loaded with tons of great information.

It is loaded with recipes, Community info, basic of veganism and a great blog.   

https://www.vrg.org/

The Vegetarian Resource Group has a nearly unlimited collection of info for new and long time vegetarians/vegans.  Come look and search and play. ( and be healthy)

From the ABOUT US page- The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.

http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html

I loved meatloaf in the old carni/omnivore days so this site lets me make some fun LOAVES with what I have in the pantry and fridge at any given time or to plan ahead for shopping trip.

 http://www.veggieboards.com/

This is a fun forum with a wide variety of sub topics including recipes, exercise, fitness, gardening and lifestyle. Join in and participate-share- ask questions.

http://www.veganfitness.net/home/

As a lifelong athlete and now a 50+ fitness/health focused person I love the variety of conversations on this forum and the site.

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