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I’m so happy you are here! I hope to create a place for you to find lots of information about food allergies, as well as, lots of goodies to help you not only eat better, but more affordably! Please feel free to share all of your own tips, tricks, and recipes too! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again very soon! You can read more about my allergy story here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day: On Saturday, We Exceed Nature's Budget

Have you heard?  Humanity is going into debt this Saturday, August 21, 2010. Every thing we collectively do past this date depletes environmental capital, putting us into ecological debt. In other words humanity is using resources beyond the capacity of the planet to sustainable regenerate them.  Humanity now uses 150% of the resources the Earth can generate annually.

Global Footprint Network explains it like so:
The fact that we are using (or "spending" natural capital) faster than it can replenish is similar to having expenditures that continually exceed income. In planetary terms, the results of our ecological overspending are becoming more clear by the day. Climate change - a result of carbon being emitted faster than it can be reabsorbed by the forests and seas - is the most obvious and arguably pressing result. But there are others as well: shrinking forests, species loss, fisheries collapse and freshwater stress to name a few. "If you spent your entire annual income in nine months, you would probably be extremely concerned," said Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel. "The situation is no less dire when it comes to our ecological budget. Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water and food shortages--these are all clear signs that we can no longer finance our consumption on credit. Nature is foreclosing."

What do you think should we be concerned?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Easy Vanilla Pudding!

This super simple pudding tastes better than box pudding and best of all its dairy & egg free!  It’s so quick to make you can whip up a batch (or two) anytime!
***For the chocolate lovers out there, to make this recipe into chocolate pudding simply add 2 heaping teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the sugar and milk mixture and omit the vanilla extract at the end!

Makes 2 1/2-cups

2 1/2-tablespoons arrowroot starch
1 1/3-cups rice milk
1 egg yolk equivalent (I used Ener-G egg replacer)
1/2-cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1-teaspoon vanilla

How to make It:
{    Dissolve starch in 1/3-cup milk, whisk in egg yolk replacer.
{    In a saucepan, mix together sugar, salt and remaining 1 cup milk. Bring to boil.
{    Slowly whisk 1/4-cup hot milk mixture to the starch mixture. Then slowly whisk this mixture into remaining sweetened hot milk in the saucepan.
{    Over medium heat continue whisking pudding until it thickens. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
{    Pour pudding into cups or bowl and refrigerate until cool.
{    Enjoy!
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