Show 16 – STLVegGirl Caryn Dugan
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American’s by all accounts are obsessed with meat. We love steaks, and BBQ, deli meats, and of course bacon. It is typically the featured attraction of most meals. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2012, the average American consumed just over 71 pounds of red meat which includes beef, veal, pork and lamb, and about 54 pounds of poultry which includes chicken and turkey. There is some evidence out there that consuming meat might not be the best for our health not to mention the toll it takes on the environment to produce meat. In short it’s probably a good idea all around if we eat less of it. STLVegGirl Caryn Dugan made the switch to being a vegetarian years ago and eventually went full vegan. I met Caryn a handful of years ago through, you guessed it, last week’s guest STLWineGirl Angie Ortmann. I’m interested to talk with her about her reasons for going vegan, how she has adapted her lifestyle, and get tips for cooking great meatless food.
Cut Of Meat Of The Week
This week’s selection is Match Meat.
According to their website, Match Meat
“Has all the texture and flavor of animal meat but is made from plant proteins and nutrients rather than animals. It is high in protein and fiber and is infused with natural flavors.”
I have yet to try but I have heard it is pretty good. Caryn will be bringing in a dish Saturday that includes this product so I am eager to try it out. You can check out the link to their website about for info and recipes.
Spice / Herb Of The Week
This week’s selection is sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds have a nutty flavor and can be found in many dishes and cuisines. They can be used whole or are processed for their high oil content. The black as well as white seeds can be found on breads, in cookies and other sweets, as toppings in salads, with vegetables, sprinkled on sushi and so much more. Sesame oil is a good alternative to other oils for cooking not only for it’s rich nutty flavor but also because of it’s higher smoke point. Use of sesame oil is common in Asian cuisine. Here is a link courtesy of The Food Network with over ten ways you can get started using sesame seeds.
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