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Baked Eggplant Slices in Tomato Sauce, Vegewarian RECIPE

  Umm…remind me, what’s vegewarian again? It’s enjoying plenty of  sustainable, local, and delicious vegetarian foods, with meat dishes only once in a while. As summer climbs towards its peak hot weather, hefty eggplants and tomatoes make a natural partnership in savory dishes like this one. Using the blender, the sauce takes little effort, and […]

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Are Pork-fed “Porkfish” Kosher and Halal?

The European Commission (EC) approved a pork-based feedstock for farm-raised fish.  Next year, your mullet and trout might contain chicken and pork: Horsemeat in burgers, meatballs and frozen lasagna is startling, but while these products include a “secret ingredient”, they remain as advertised: meat-based foods.  But what happens when the fish on your dish also […]

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Zööba: Egyptian Street Food Goes Inside

Ordering a foul or falafel sandwich at any fast food chain or street vendor in Cairo puts consumers one step closer to triple bypass surgery. This has less to do with the food itself than it does with how it is prepared, since Egyptian cuisine, a fluid, nebulous thing fraught with the influence of so many […]

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Middle East Immune to Pork Crisis? Think Again.

Reduce one food source and increase pressure on others. We’re all going to die!  Only a lot later and with healthier arteries according to political satirist Stephen Colbert’s side-splitting riff on recent reports that the global bacon supply is “cooked”. Britain’s National Pig Association released data recently showing that European pig herds are declining “at a significant […]

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Vegetarian Ramadan Recipes From the Middle East

From Ma’amoul to Couscous, why not try a new vegetarian dish from the Middle East and North Africa region this Ramadan? There are some dishes that evoke such strong memories of a festive occasion, that eating them any other time of the year feels wrong. For me, Qatayf (mini nut pancakes) and Mamoul (date cookies) […]

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Locavore, Shmocavore – Just Call Me an Ecotarian

Is the eco-friendly food movement getting even more complicated, or are ecotarians simplifying matters? The green movement is riddled with a lot of food ideologies.  When it comes to food, there are a lot of environmental issues to consider: locavores protest the pollution stemming from the transport of food from far away, vegetarians (and vegawarians) […]

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How to Become a Middle Eastern Invasivore

Protect the environment by eating the (animal or plant) species trying to invade it.  What does a Middle Eastern invasivore look like? Environmentalists have a lot of crazy eating habits.  You’ve got the hardcore vegans who avoid all meat and animal byproducts, the vegetarians who will not eat meat (but eat dairy and eggs), the […]

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This Is What A Muslim Vegetarian Looks Like

Arwa meets three Muslim vegetarians from around the world whose views, lifestyles and paths to vegetarianism couldn’t be more diverse and distinct When I was 16, I discovered the horror of factory farming and decided to become a vegetarian. That was 8 years ago and I have been a vegetarian ever since. Thankfully, I no […]

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LycoRed Makes Vegetarian Omega 3 For Your Candy

Getting your sustainable, vegetarian Omega 3 supplements is easy when they’re hidden inside delicious confections. Getting kids to take their vitamins can be tough, which is why kids’ vitamins conveniently come in all kinds of fun shapes, colors, and flavors.  I was a Flintstone vitamin kid myself, but I had friends who took vitamins disguised […]

Lemon-scented vegetarian couscous

Coriander, lemon, and four kinds of vegetables make a mouth-watering vegetarian couscous. Natural locavores, good Middle Eastern cooks take pleasure in seeking out the very best and freshest vegetables in the open-air markets, transforming inexpensive local ingredients into delicious traditional foods. Some examples include mulukhiya (our mulukhiya recipe here) and couscous. While couscous is often […]

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Repair Your Eating Habits in Time for Yom Kippur

Fasting, while probably better for the environment, is unfortunately unsustainable for us humans.  What other ways can you make your eating eco-friendly? Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews and is a time of reflection, atonement, fasting and prayer.  It is a day when […]

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5 Vegetarian Myths To Counter Die-Hard Carnivores

Long-standing myths about the deficits of vegetarianism are herein debunked. Good news! Going vegetarian won’t leave you with a protein deficiency or put you at risk for developing gout. We’re going to put those rumors to rest so that you can stop wondering and worrying and get started down the road to better health. Myth […]

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Easy couscous and roqaq recipe

We have already brought you several summer time recipes, as well as new takes on watermelon, but here is another vegan or vegetarian option with a fun, exciting and intriguing Middle Eastern-styled flavor. Salad: Couscous with greens and olives This fulfilling and nutritional summer salad can act as a main dish on its own. A […]

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Vegetarians Hit the Streets of Jordan Wearing Lettuce

A Muslim woman makes an uncharacteristic stand for vegetarianism on the conservative streets of Amman, Jordan. Last Sunday in the bustling streets of Amman in Jordan, a young Muslim women wearing a hijab and a suit of lettuce made a stand for vegetarianism. Amina Tariq, who is a member of the animal rights group PETA: […]