Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

ormer Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE

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Ziggy Marley’s Vegetarian Cookbook

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It can be difficult to find vegan recipes that offer the unique flavors of black cultures, but now there is a list of the top vegan cookbooks by black authors that highlight the need for diversity in these recipes and show that vegan cuisine can appeal to everyone.Ziggy-Marley-and-Family-Cookbook-e1556222796861-248x300

High on the list is the “Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook,” with the subtitle “Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen: There is no one better to teach home cooks how to make delicious Jamaican plant-based foods than Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of reggae icon Bob MarleyREAD MORE

Beyonce to Launch a Vegan Delivery Meal Service

In 2013 Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, decided to try a vegan challenge. The diet stuck and now Beyoncé is turning her 'Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream' New York Premierevegan passion into a business.

The singer has teamed up with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan meal delivery service called  22 Days Nutrition. The name was inspired by the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Bey has added a day.

“The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

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Vegan Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits

In the minds of many bread lovers, when you’re talking biscuits, you already have our full attention. So add a little to spice, or should I say herbs and spices, to our lives with these Vegan herbed buttermilk biscuits. It’s truly a show-stopper.

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Yield: 12 biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
4 tablespoons vegan margarine, cold
3/4 cup cold soy milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice

For recipe directions click here 

Recipe from Vegalicious.org.

Veggie Chili Recipe

This is just a simple recipe that I concocted over the years using Morning Star veggie crumbles.  For this recipe, I am going toVeggie chili double what I would usually use as a single woman with no kids.  If you are entertainng or have a family of at least for this should work.

 Ingredients.

  • 2 bags of veggie crumble
  • 2 cans of diced tomato
  • 1 Can of corn
  • 1 can of Black beans
  • 1 to 2 Habernero pepper ( If you don’t like it spicy, omit)
  • 1/4 of chopped Vidalia onion or whole small yellow onion chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder.

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.  Let Cook on stove on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.  Unlike meat, veggie crumbles are quickly permeated with flavor.   Serve and enjoy.  This should serve 4 to 6 people.  I enjoy this with cornbread as a side.

Recipe by MCCN Editor Crystal A. Johnson

7-Eleven Now To Offer Vegan Choices Alongside Their Big Gulps

Being vegan just became seriously mainstream. 7-Eleven, home of gluttonous (late night) food options, is introducing a new vegan menu at 8 of its Manhattan locations. That’s right—along with your Big Gulps, you can now find artichoke spinach noodles, vegetable lo mein and two types of dumpling—for only $6. READ MORE

Healthy Alternatives to a Traditional Holiday Feast

A vegetarian or vegan menu option could potentially cut the holiday calories in half, while pleasing non-meat and dairy eaters. Every holiday serves up traditional dishes such as turkey, ham, roast or anything dairy-based. An alternative holiday dinner offers the opportunity to tweak old traditions while creating new ones.

Meatless Alternatives

The first alternative that must be made is the meat dish—be it turkey, ham or beef. Certainly Tofurkey is the natural choice as a substitute. Tofurkey is a brand name substitution for turkey made from tofu and can be purchased at most grocery stores. A vegetarian meatloaf is also a great tasty option. Another alternative for meat can be stuffed squash. Here are some more suggestions for an alternative main dish: READ MORE

Celebs Support Earth Day with James Cameron

James Cameron and Wife at 40 Anniversary Earth Day, LA

Big names stars and the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles came out to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with James Cameron at JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.  The event was sponsored by Bing and Global Home Tree Radio.  Acclaimed Director James Cameron( Titanic, Avatar) is friends with Richard Greene the host of the event and appears on the radio show as often as he can.  Cameron expressed Greene’s idea, “Around some of the themes of Avatar, a radio program to raise awareness about environmental issues and how that impacts the economy.” The show addresses what we can do about it and to empower people.   On a more personal note Cameron, shared with MCCN as 9 feet tall Navi Impersonators walked behind about his wife being a “organic food Natzi.  She makes sure that there is nothing but organic food in the house.”  Cameron grew up on a farm in Canada.  He adds that he and his wife grow food at both of their homes.

Celebs like former NBA star and talk show host John Salley got into the spirit of thing wearing green.   Salley shared with MCCN about his vegan lifestyle.  Look  out for video coming soon of John Salley sharing one of his favorite salad recipes.  Other stars in attendance include Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez, Esai Morales, and Adrian Grenier.

MCCN Editor’s spoke with her favorite celebrity crush, Esai Morales. He talked about his passion in recognizing Earth Day, ” I want to become a part of the solution and not part of the problem.  It is not a left or right issue.”  Using his age of 47 as a frame of reference, Morales discussed changes in his diet  like vegetablesand whole grain pasta.  He says, “You don’t have to have a big meaty meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.    It is not neccessary and quite  frankly that is why a lot of us are coming to an early grave.”

Shifting Gears,  Entourage star Adrian Grenier promoted his website shft.com.   He describes it as, “a site where we are sharing what we like in the green space…shifting in our thoughts on how we view the world.”  When asked what food comes to mind when he thinks about earth day, Grenier pointed out that it was no so much food but water.  He says that he is “big into water and having clean water to drink.”

 

Article by Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

Photos by Crystal Johnson and Eduardo Zamora, Multi Cultural Cooking Network

“Montezuma’s Revenge: A Guacamole” Recipe

 

Photo by MCCN

Ingredients:

  • 2 jalapeno chilies,
  • dash of pepper,
  • tortilla chips,
  • 2 ripe large avocados,
  •  1 clove of garlic finely chopped,
  • ½ cup of chopped medium onion,
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice,
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice,
  • 1 and ½ cups of 2 medium tomatoes,
  •  2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro, and ½ tsp of salt.

1) Remove stems, seeds, and membranes from the chilies and then chop them. Cut the avocados lengthwise in half and remove the pit and peel. Mash the avocados in a bowl with a fork.

2) Stir in the chilies and remaining ingredients except for the chips. Mix well.

3) Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to blend the flavors and serve with the tortilla chips.

4) Enjoy all that flavorful history rushing in.

* Base of recipe from Betty Crocker, then customized.

Check out Latin Food History and Recipes in the MCCN North Ameria and MCCN South America Sections.