Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

September 2015


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Making Plant-Based Work at Any Restaurant

Eating out at a restaurant may seem like a daunting task for a new plant-based eater, but it need not be.  A little planning ahead of time can make the entire experience easy and enjoyable.  Follow these simple steps and with a little practice, the process will become second nature to you.

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Don't Miss the Newest Book from Michael Greger, MD!!!

In stores on December 8 is Dr. Greger's latest book, How Not to Die.  You and your loved ones can have a significant influence over your health and likelihood of disease by the lifstyle choices that you make.  This book will help you to make educated decisions that will provide you with the best probability of health and longevity.  Please read it when it comes out and encourage those close to you to do the same.

For more information on How Not to Die, the preorder sweepstakes, and the free How Not to Die Anatomy, just click on the following link:
How Not to Die

Colleen's Chickpea Burgers
By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau via Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Makes about 8 burgers.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons tahini

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

1 cup plain bread crumbs

8 whole grain buns or pita pockets

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until thick and pasty.  Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.

To the bowl, add the onion, garlic, parsley, tahini, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and baking powder.  Slowly add the bread crums until the mixture holds together.  Add more bread crumbs, as needed.  Shape into patties.

Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.  Using a spatula, flip each patty over, and cook for 10-12 minutes more until the other side is golden brown.  Remove from the oven.  Serve.

This meal is quick to make if you use a food processor to mash the chickpeas, finely chop the onion, and chop the parsley.  If your food processor parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher, clean up is also simple.

Be sure to read the label on the bread crumbs that you choose as many contain animal products.  I've found that panko bread crumbs can be completely plant-based and seem to add a little extra crunch. 


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Learn to Cook the Forks Over Knives Way

You have another chance to learn how to cook the Forks Over Knives way.  Their first cooking series sold out so quickly that many of us did not get the opportunity to register for it.
Their second series begins in a couple of days on October 1st so don't delay!

Join PlantPure Nation's Pittsburgh Pod!!!

Show your Pittsburgh pride and sign up for PlantPure Nation's Pittsburgh Pod.  This pod site will give you access to a free jump start program scheduled to go live very soon as well as many more plant-based resources:

I also encourage you to join the local Facebook group #PodPgh:

I found these at Whole Foods.  They are a delicious, guilt-free snack as they are made with whole grains, use dates as the #1 sweetener, and do not contain white sugar, no artificial additives, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, and no cholesterol.  Enjoy!

Lifestyle WoRx Program

The lifestyle improvement program created by Cynthia West, MD and me focuses on enlightened food choices, increasing activity levels, and better managing stress.

We now accept Highmark, UPMC, Coventry/HealthAmerica/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicare.

Email or call 724.469.0693 to be placed on the waiting list for the next series of workshops.

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