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Alton Brown “Wired” Article On Beyond Meat Faux Chicken Alternative

Written by Vegetarian Star on Friday, September 20th, 2013 in Chefs, Food & Drink, Recipes.

Alton Brown has a knack for exploring creative and innovative ways to eat.

A foodie who has adopted a rather pescatarian diet and promotes the consumption of sustainable fish, has featured segments on knowing where your food comes from, raising hens in your backyard for your own eggs and more.

The Food Network chef has recently discussed a new faux chicken alternative that’s becoming popular among vegetarians, vegans and even meat eaters.

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The last time we saw a green dip that wasn’t guacamole, Kristen Bell was introducing her friend’s version of edamame dip.

Soy dips must be good, because Food Network star Alton Brown is one celebrity chef who’s invented his own version of edamame dip, which gets quickly gobbled up by anyone who knows it’s available, as you can see from the video below.

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Mario Batali and Alton Brown have both made resolutions this year to eat more animal and environmentally friendly. Batali says he will learn to cook more vegetarian meals while Brown, who is already eating mostly pescatarian, will start eating eggs from chickens he raises in his backyard so he won’t have to “worry about the chickens welfare, or what’s in the egg.”

Between the two celebrity chefs, who would you?

Mario Batali "Molto Gusto"

Photo: Lawrence Lansing/Creative Commons

Who Would You Rather Do Veggie Burger Lunch With?

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Mario Batali, Celebrity Chefs Share New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Vegetarian Star on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 in Chefs, Environment-Eco-Green, Food & Drink.

Mario Batali "Molto Gusto"

Mario Batali "Molto Gusto"

Celebrity chefs want to improve their cooking skills in 2011 like many microwave home cooking gurus out there.

In the January 2011 issue of Oprah’s magazine, “O,” several well-known cooks share what they’d like to accomplish. Raising their own chickens for more humane eggs, cooking more vegetarian meals, composting and cooking with quinoa are just a few goals of well-known foodies.

Mario Batali Will Cook More Vegetarian Meals:
“This year we want to master more vegetarian dishes, like simple bruschetta, that are fun to cook as a team.”

Martha Rose Shulman Will Replace White Rice With Quinoa:
“Quinoa is one healthy grain, full of both fiber and protein. I plan on using it in place of white rice in salads, soups, and stir-fries, like my quinoa salad with snap peas, tofu, and ginger vinaigrette.”

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Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Alton Brown has seen to it that bluefin tuna will no longer be used on Iron Chef America.

The host of the Food Network show had previously said he would boycott Nobu restaurant until it removed the endangered species from the menu. Recently, however, Makoto Okuwa served up a dish using bluefin tuna belly, which prompted a food blogger to address Brown about the issue, according to LA Weekly.

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Lanvin - Ready To Wear - Fall/Winter 2011 - Front Row

Jared Leto joked that he and the members of 30 Seconds To Mars now sacrifice tofu instead of animals, but he forgot to mention the gods like organic granola as well.

Leto may be caught munching on the snack in between interviews to promote the band’s latest album, This Is War.

Granola sounds healthy and all, but if you’re not careful, the added ingredients of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils in some bars can negate the good for you effects of the oat snack.

Better yet, be a DIYer and make your own.

Here’s a recipe from sustainable chef Alton Brown sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar.

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

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“Iron Chef America” Michelle Obama Garden January 3 2009

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, November 9th, 2009 in Chefs, Politicians.

"Iron Chef America" Michelle Obama Garden

"Iron Chef America" Michelle Obama Garden. Photo: New York Times

Iron Chef America will open its season premier on January 3 2009 at the White House using fresh produce from Michelle Obama‘s garden.

The Food Network show hosted by Alton Brown will feature White House chef Cristeta Comerford paired with Bobby Flay to compete against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

The “secret” ingredient the chefs must use in their dishes is anything that grows in the White House garden.

Michelle will also use the opportunity to discuss encouraging children’s healthier eating habits and reducing childhood obesity.

“What’s exciting for us is this is the first time I can remember the White House taking an active interest in doing something about diet and health,” Batali said.

Looking forward to this episode.

Would love to see a cookoff featuring the Obamas and two chefs!

via nytimes.com

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Alton Brown “The Next Iron Chef” 80% Vegetarian

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, October 5th, 2009 in Chefs, Food & Drink.

Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Celebrity chef Alton Brown is no stranger to sustainable eating, taking interest after his then five year old daughter figured out chicken on the plate used to be her cute friend.

Good for children and all their hundreds of endless questions, because Alton describes himself as 80% vegetarian.

So what’s holding Alton back?

The Piven Syndrome.

At mnn.com, Alton says he encourages eating more sustainable fish and claims to keep a can of sardines in his suitcase.

Eww! Bet that suitcase smells worse than his dirty laundry.

Still, 80% is better than nothing and Alton would like to see more people adopt “diversification and seasonality when it comes to choosing vegetables.”

There’s no better way to do seasonal than the Farmer’s Market.

Alton’s new Food Network show, The Next Iron Chef, premiered October 4.

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