I was inspired by a recent comment on Facebook to explore ways in which a simple plant-based diet has evolved into a significant worldwide movement. While at it's core, a person's decision to adopt a plant-based diet is a personal one, and requires personal decisions to stick to daily despite temptations to waver - it has managed to become a shared experience for people who like the sense of community.
Bell peppers are a simple vegetable known for their great, usually mild, taste and the array of colors they come in. They are sometimes referred to as “sweet peppers” for this reason, as their sibling chili peppers tend to run wild for lovers of things spicy and hot. In recent days, you may have seen some of my green bell peppers that I harvested from my backyard garden. The more I explore new and unique plant-based recipes, the more I have learned to really savor the variety of tastes bell peppers can provide. Whether you eat the bell pepper as the primary vegetable in the meal, or mix it in with a variety of other foods, it is hard to ignore that it tastes great, and is great for you too!
Greenhouses have evolved throughout the course of history. At it’s most basic level, greenhouses were created with the idea in mind that gardening could be done throughout the year and not always have to be restricted by the weather and climate of a region. Some greenhouses primarily aim to serve a utilitarian purpose – that is, they are not meant to look pretty, but they get the job done right. Others, like the Palace of Versailles greenhouse in France, is a stunning 500 feet long, 42 feet wide, and 700 feet high piece of stunning architecture. Whether you are looking to significantly invest into having the perfect aesthetic piece to compliment an outdoor garden, or would prefer creating a very cost effective mini-greenhouse by repurposing old salad containers, or just need a simple 101 course of the purpose of a greenhouse: look no further.
Cooking my smoky flavored beans is made incredibly easy with my Instant Pot pressure cooker. It can take between an hour to multiple hours of cooking, but ultimately requires very minimal energy on my end. It may require some experimenting to find a setting and cook time that works best for you. For my smoky flavored beans, I recommend setting the Instant Pot to cook under pressure for about one hour. It can then sit on the low heat setting to continue simmering and bring out the natural flavor of the beans for a few hours more. I have found this to work best to make the beans meet my tastes, and it is a perfect cook time as I am able to go out back and work in my garden or setup in my bird blind to get some nice wildlife photographs you may have already come to love.
In the world of vegetarians and vegans, plant based foods are a staple of daily nutritional needs. To some outside of this lifestyle, this may come as a surprise and lead to questions like "Can you get enough protein from plants?" and "How do you ever feel full?" These are simple questions and sometimes come from individuals who are genuinely curious about this manner of living, while on occasion someone may ask these questions with a sarcastic tone in their voice as they too heavily rely on heavily processed foods and meat sources.