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And here are the Sicilian Collard Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins.

Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients:
1 bunch collard greens
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions:
Use sharp knife to cut out the centeral rib and stem from each collard leaf. Rinse leaves in a sink of cool water, lifting them into a colander to drain a bit (you want some water to remain on the leaves).

Toast the pine nuts over medium heat in a dry skillet for about 5 minutes or until golden. Shake the pan often to keep the pine nuts from burning. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Place the garlic and oil in a large skillet, and saute over medium heat for 1 minute or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the damp collards and stir, then cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add the raisins and pine nuts, and stir. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, cover and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Note: The stems of the collard greens are full of minerals, so if you want to use them, chop them into 1" pieces and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the collard greens.

Enjoy!

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I have a question...do you guys have occasional cravings for meat?
cause i do and it makes me feel so guilty i mean it only has been 8 months but still.
I don't give in though, my subconscious won't let me and I don't suffer from not eating meat or anything, it is my choice afterall but sometimes when my mom is cooking something its pure torture

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^ You shouldn't feel guilty for craving meat, you can't help that! And eight months isn't so long.

I never really got cravings, the main reason I gave up meat was because I didn't particularly like it. But I can say that the longer you've been vegetarian for the less you even think about it, it becomes second nature not to eat meat and you don't even think about it as an option anymore. Or at least I don't

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I have a question...do you guys have occasional cravings for meat?
cause i do and it makes me feel so guilty i mean it only has been 8 months but still.
I don't give in though, my subconscious won't let me and I don't suffer from not eating meat or anything, it is my choice afterall but sometimes when my mom is cooking something its pure torture
I do sometimes, especially when I smell BBQ, I don't know why...but BBQ always makes me want a hamburger or a hot dog or something. But I don't really care for the taste of meat either (one of the other reasons why I stopped eating meat.) But I get a pang when I smell BBQ at first, then I get over it.

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imitation crab is just that right? imitation? I'm trying to go to a more healthy routine and I made some sushi for the first time and had some imitation crab in there. btw-It tasted fantastic!

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^ No, it's still made from fish. Here is the wikipedia definition:

Crab sticks (also called imitation crab meat, seafood sticks (UK), or labeled as krab) are a type of processed seafood made of surimi, or finely pulverized white fish flesh, that has been shaped and cured to resemble snow crab legs.

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OMG! I'm so hungry now. I'm totally making that pumpkin bread. It sounds so good!

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^ It is But I have to warn you..you might not be able to stop eating it. I know I have to hold myself back.

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^ No, it's still made from fish. Here is the wikipedia definition:

Crab sticks (also called imitation crab meat, seafood sticks (UK), or labeled as krab) are a type of processed seafood made of surimi, or finely pulverized white fish flesh, that has been shaped and cured to resemble snow crab legs.
Damn, and here I though I was being good.

Did you find Alicia's recipes online or did you buy the book? Would you say it's a decent buy? I want to eat healthier and it seems like that's leading me down a vegetarian path.

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Damn, and here I though I was being good.

Did you find Alicia's recipes online or did you buy the book? Would you say it's a decent buy? I want to eat healthier and it seems like that's leading me down a vegetarian path.
Oh yes! I love Alicia's book, the recipes are great and the information is spectacular. She isn't in your face about veganism, like some other books can be. She just gives you the facts and lets you make your own decisions.

I bought it on Barnes and Nobel.com, they have used ones as well as new one's that are way cheaper then in the store.

You should just try one of her recipes and see if you like them, if not, then hey at least you tried it, right?

You can get a recipe off of here or buy the book and return it if you don't like it. They might even have it at your local library if you don't want to spend the money to buy it. I hope it works for you, remember, baby steps!

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Does anyone know anything about Truvia? Is it refined with bone char?

Also, I just picked up "How To Cook Everything Vegetarian." Very useful cookbook!


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Ok, I am starting to make up my own vegan recipes and I just concocted a cupcake recipe! We'll see if it comes out ok.....

I'm am dying to make vegan PAVLOVAS, does anyone have a good recipe???

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^ given the fact that a pavlova consists nearly only of eggwhite and cream this might be difficult. I have no idea how to reproduce meringue in a vegan way that would come anything close to the original, sorry. I just think some things cannot be copied into vegan, I also think that soy cream cheese doesn't deserve the name, it is nice and you can do nice things with it, so why try to compare it with cream cheese.

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^ I have the same opinion about sour cream.

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^What's also amazing about Chipotle is that they are totally okay with prices being a bit higher than you'd find at some cheapy place like Taco Bueno , and so are their customers. They aren't preachy, they just take a good approach and people have responded to it.
I'm not sure if this was mentioned, but a couple of months ago the president/founder was on Oprah and I was really blown away to learn of how they get their ingredients. And now I can understand their higher prices - and not be afraid to shell out a bit more than I would at, say, Taco Bell (and there's of course no contest on taste).

Also, I am not vegan but I'm trying to understand the lifestyle. I'm currently reading The Kind Diet, and so far Alicia has been very successful at grossing me out about what's in the meat I eat..

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