Veat Fillet

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At a housewarming party last weekend, Alex brought along Veat Fillet, a vegetarian salmon. I’ll admit: I’ve never tried faux-fish. I wasn’t much of a fan of regular fish to begin with, but I was obliged to give the Veat a shot. After all, the company’s done well with chicken, so maybe they managed to get a pretty close approximation of (my least favorite of all seafood) salmon.

While it’s not the most appealing looking item, I was impressed with how similar it tasted to salmon. The consistency was a little bit off, and the seaweed skin was a bit strange at first, but the flavor was a goog imitation. And while it doesn’t offer up much in the way of Omega-3s, like many fish, it’s 15 grams of protein gave it a little bit of a nutritional punch.

The Veat Fillet is vegetarian, but not vegan (it has whey protein) and can be found at many health food stores.

Eggplants

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Eggplants of all shapes and sizes are best fresh from the garden

This Seattle Times article has some good information on growing and cooking eggplant. I’ve really grown to enjoy eggplant, though I don’t think the articles assertion that eggplant “is often used as the centerpiece of a vegetarian meal” is necessarily correct. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that eggplant parmesan is a much—for lack of a better term—”friendlier” dish than its veal counterpart.

I’ve heard a lot about how eggplant has almost no nutritional value (aside from vitamin K), but looking at the nutrition facts for eggplant, it looks to be a decent enough source of a number of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. However, this is raw eggplant (and note the numbers refer to an entire medium eggplant, probably enough for 3-4 servings). Perhaps the cooked version loses a lot of the nutritional value. In any case, a serving of eggplant only has 25 calories, so clearly it’s a good vegetable to cook with occasionally for the calorie-conscious.

Salon interviews Ted Nugent

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The Salon interview with Ted Nugent that everyone seems to be linking to is interesting: both sides seem to consider it a great article because it proves their point. While his arguments against factory farming are familiar to ethical vegetarians: “Chickens are incarcerated; some are more feces-pecking, deathrow toxic than others”, his opinion on vegetarians is also made painfully clear: “Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians — except for the occasional mountain lion steak.”

At least he plants trees, though, right? … Right?

A handful of news and links

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately, so let me play catch up and pass along a handful of links I’ve been meaning to post:

Vegan Blog: The (Eco)Logical Weblog… Aside from the bird noises that greet you when you open the page, this new blog is very thorough and full of news and opinion. My only concern: there’s so much new content every day, will he be able to keep up the pace? It doesn’t matter—even 25% output on this blog would still be great reading.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad… I really enjoyed Christiane’s recipe over on Haught Cuisine. It was easy, fresh tasting, and tasted great the next day. Click through and read the comment about my basil blooper.

Africa ‘needs GM crops to survive’… This BBC story was passed along by Veg Blog reader Ann C. Many African scientists are looking at the widespread starvation and disease on the continent and are convinced that GM crops are the only solution. “At a cost of maybe five cents we could have distributed vaccine in a food easily eatable by most of the people in this country who normally would not have access to it.”

A Better Way to Feed the Hungry… Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé (of Diet for a New Planet fame) argue against the (Bill) Gates Foundation’s funding of fortified processed foods as a way to fight malnutrition. “Gates seems to believe we don’t have time to address the complex social and political roots of malnutrition. But in opting for this single-focus, top-down, technical intervention, Gates can end up hurting the very people he wants to help.” Also passed along by Ann.

Fast Food Nation: An Appetite for Litigation… And one more from Ann. Attorney John Banzhaf (the first person to sue the tobacco companies in the mid-60s) now plans to prosecute the junk food industry for making Americans obese. Interesting tactic, but a wasted effort, I think. I’d much prefer to see the money that will be spent fighting this out going towards health-education campaigns promoting whole, unprocessed foods.

Ethics and Vegetarianism… The author of this paper, Deepak Tivedi, dropped me a note to let me know about this “technical work in Applied Ethics.” It looks to be a good read and has been published by Green Planet.

Research at Great Lakes meeting shows more vitamin C in organic oranges than conventional oranges… There hasn’t been much research done about whether or not organic produce has more nutrional benefits than conventionally grown produce. One researcher set out to prove that organic oragnes would be lower in vitamin C content than conventionally grown ones because of the smaller size. However, he found that organic oranges—even though they are half the size of their conventionally grown counterparts—contain up to 30% more vitamin C! This is something to keep an eye on. (via Vegan.com)