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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Yam Pie - as good as Pumpkin Pie

PCRM Recipe of the Week

December 23, 2010

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Yam Pie

Dear PCRM supporter,

Similar in flavor to pumpkin pie, this tasty dessert is a rich source of beta-carotene.


Makes 8 servings

2 medium yams
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups soymilk
1 Fat-Free Pie Crust or unbaked store-bought pie crust

Peel yams and cut into 1-inch chunks. Steam in a covered pot over boiling water until tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Mash, leaving some chunks. You should have about 2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch or arrowroot, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Stir in soymilk and yams. Pour into the pre-baked Fat-Free Crust or an unbaked 9" or 10" store-bought pie crust and bake for 35 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Per 2" slice (with Fat-Free Pie Crust):

Calories: 165
Fat: 1.1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Calories from Fat: 6.2%
Cholesterol: 0 mg

Protein: 3.8 g
Carbohydrates: 36.5 g
Sugar: 14.9 g
Fiber: 3.1 g

Sodium: 164 mg
Calcium: 75 mg
Iron: 4.9 mg
Vitamin C: 5.2 mg
Beta-Carotene: 3566 mcg
Vitamin E: 1.2 mg

Recipe from Eat Right, Live Longer by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond M.S., R.D.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Calling (the public celebration of) 'Christmas' 'irrational'

The irrational part is that it's not about anything at all except self-indulgence in self-destruction. The destructive part about Christmas is NOT a belief (valid or not) about some historical event that (is believed to have) occurred at a precise point in the material continuity of material unfolding, but the self-indulgence in self-destruction that is cloaked in what I'd term 'coercive frivolity' (everyone feels that we ought to participate in the self-indulgence and excess).

Some say, oh, it's a myth and we should "celebrate reason"... Does my work does NOT (in some sense) "celebrate reason"?

Celebrating reason is not bowing before the goddess Athena or Minerva - or even paying lipservice to some image (mental or graphic) of the human brain. It's USING our lives (including the neurological capacities) to their optimal extent and keeping our bodies and brains healthy and functional for as long as possible.

Bring on the cultural anthropologists... I do NOT want to get drunk or eat dead animals...