Sicily’s Vegan

Eye am always on the lookout for alternative recipes so that my family doesn’t have to miss out on some of their favorite foods.  Eye pulled this particular recipe out of one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, written by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, after they took a visit down the cobblestone streets of Sicily and stumbled upon this Italian masterpiece.


Pinch Sea Salt  –  1 (16oz) package spaghetti or bucatini  –  2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil  –  1 yellow onion, finely chopped

2 cloves, garlic, finely chopped  –  ½ cup raw almonds, chopped

½ tsp. sea salt  –  ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

1 (16oz) can tomato paste  –  1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes, drained

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice  –  ¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup evaporated can sugar  –  1 tbsp. fresh thyme, stemmed and coarsely chopped


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil  –  3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

   TIP: Bucatini, a thicker, hollow relative of spaghetti, works beautifully in this recipe so if you can find it, give it a try!

TO PREPARE THE PASTA:   In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, add sea salt, and cook pasta as directed according to package. Drain pasta and coat with olive oil. Set aside.

TO PREPARE THE SAUCE1) Heat a high-walled pan over medium-low heat. Add oil, onion, and garlic and cook about 8 minutes, or until caramelized. Add almonds, sea salt, and red pepper flakes and cook 4 more minutes, or until almonds are toasted. 2) Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, vinegar, and sugar and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in thyme.

TO PREPARE THE GARLIC OIL:  In a small saucepan over low-heat, cook oil and slices garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until fragrant. To serve, spoon garlic oil into base of pasta serving dish. Add desired amount of pasta over oil and scoop generous helping of thick sauce over pasta. Serve warm.

TIP: To further enhance the flavor of the sauce, cook it over a flame for up to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The purpose of pulling these vegan recipes from various cookbooks, is my way of helping those out that may not have the option to purchase literature, currently awaiting the delivery of one, or those simply looking for a quick fix for tonight’s dinner.


Live or Dead Foods: What Are You Eating?

   There is a trend circling around the hashtag #LiveFoods and it has become pretty popular on Instagram, along with the hashtags #VegetarianRecipes and #PlantFood. But why are we seeing so many of these posts online referencing the importance of converting to veganism or vegetarianism, and what does it mean to eat “live foods”? Is there a difference between eating live and dead foods, and how do I figure out what’s alive and what’s dead?

    Veganism and Vegetarianism were the original ways of dietary routines, with a few exceptions for animals that the Universe gifted to them. Even with those exceptions, maintaining a 90% plant based diet was the normal way of our ancestors. It was in this time they discovered the life-long health benefits of raw fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs and roots, and how to use them to ensure the health of the body and its functions. This is why our ancestors used to live well into their hundreds, and plays a major role in the death toll of today’s society. If this is the case, why do so many people love to eat meat? According to an economist with the International Food Policy Research Institute, Mr. Mark Rosegrant, “All countries eat more meat when their income grows and they have the economic wherewithal to eat more meat”. Because this behavior is so consistent, economists now treat meat eating almost like behavioral law of humans. As he continues, he is quoted once more saying “it seems to be a preference that’s built in to people.” So according to our patterns as homo-sapiens: the more money we get, the more meat we eat. Just as these studies have been done on the rise and fall of the consumption of meat, there have been studies conducted on the effects on the body, if any, in the absence of meat.

      Dr. Sebi, born as Alfredo Bowman, was a Honduran herbalist, pathologist, biochemist, naturalist and a self-educated healer. After coming to the US, he was diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, impotency and obesity, and couldn’t seem to find any help from westernized doctors and their treatments to manage symptoms. So he was led to an herbalist in Mexico and with great success in healing all his ailments, Dr. Sebi began creating natural vegetation cell food compounds geared for cleansing on an inter-cellular level, and revitalization of all the cells that make up the human body. Long story short (please do extensive research when able), after sharing these inter-cellular cleansing compounds with others, word began to spread that he truly found a way to reverse the most complex of illnesses, including AIDS, herpes, diabetes and even cancer. Word spread his work all the way the FBI and he was sued by the United Stated government for using the word “heal” without having the proper documentation to practice medicine. Dr. Sebi provided over 70 witnesses proving that he did indeed, reverse their illness through herbs and a unique vegan diet, and ultimately won the suit against him. (He was NOT killed because of Pneumonia)


    Johanna Brant, born in South Africa, was a prophet, writer and spy who was given only six weeks to live by her doctors back in 1921. She refused all surgeries and treatments and set out on her own in search for a cure. After hearing high praises about the benefits of fasting, as well as experimenting with her own body this way, she discovered the powerful healing properties of the grape. She completely recovered without any operations or westernized treatments, using her own means, and lived for another 40 years. She attributed her full recovery to the periods of fasting she practiced at the beginning of her regimen, and to the Grape Cure she followed later. Although her findings have been denounced, she was the influence behind Essie Honiball’s book “I Live on Fruit” and Basil Shackleton’s “The Grape Cure: A Personal Testament”. The medical profession and Big Pharma like to “debunk” these findings as misinformation and false news, yet the practices of both Dr. Sebi and Brant are still widely used today as healthy and accurate natural remedies.

     So what are “live” foods? Live foods are foods that are consumed fresh, raw, and/or in a condition as close as possible to their original, vibrant, living state. Depending on who you speak to (and how much of a purist they are), the term “live food” may strictly refer to raw fruits and vegetables and sprouted nuts and grains. The “dead” foods are the foods that we cook, as well as white flour, pasteurized dairy and processed meats. With most of us being brought up by over eagerly meat eaters, it seems impossible for some to even fathom the idea of no longer feeding of the carcasses of other sentiment beings. Perhaps this will help …

“People who once ate vegetarian diets but started to consume meat once a week, experienced a whopping 146% increase in the odds of heart disease, a 152% increase in stroke, a 166% increase in diabetes, and a 231% percent increase in the odds of gaining weight…”

“Only one way of eating has ever been proven to revere heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant food.”


“7 things happen to your body when you quit eating meat:

1.    You reduce inflammation in your body

2.    Your blood cholesterol levels will plummet (which helps with the risk of heart disease and strokes.

3.    You give your microorganisms a makeover (helping with obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

4.    You’ll change how your DNA genes work (helps in repairing damages genes)

5.    You dramatically reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes

6.    You’ll get the right amount-and the right type-of protein

7.    You make a huge impact on the health of our planet and all its inhabitants

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  So if you’re like me and are a hand-on learner, then you can do experiments on your body yourself and monitor the results. Go two weeks of eating whatever it is you like. If you prefer beef, eat plenty of it. If you prefer pork, eat as much as you can stand. For two weeks! During these two weeks, keep a journal of how you feel from day to day. Then QUIT! For just ONE week, eliminate meat and dairy. Substitute these things for vegetarian alternatives (google has plenty) and MONITOR HOW YOU FEEL! Notice and record the difference in your bowel movements, your mind’s clarity, your emotions, your skin, your attitude, EVERYTHING! After those three weeks, compare the two lists. If you take this experiment serious, you won’t be able to ignore the drastic difference in how much better you feel the third week with no meat and dairy, then you did the first two weeks of eating meat consistently.

   There are so many huge companies beginning to incorporate natural sources in the ingredients of their products, like herbs and oils for example. And it is mainly due to the amount of people doing their own research and experimenting to realize the healthier avenues, and accuracy, of natural remedies.


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