Vegetarian spinach tart for St. Patrick’s Day

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Today, the Irish people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Since 1961, St Patrick has also been regarded as a patron saint of Nigeria, too.

Dress in green, where a green wig, drink pints of Guinness, eat something green or cook Irish stews are way to celebrate the day. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.

Wearing green has now become associated with St Patrick’s Day, even though the saint was originally associated with the color blue.

According to legend, people wear green to makes themselves invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they could see.

Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out

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Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages

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These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman.

That’s a story of Purim in a nutshell. Once again, the Jewish people, marked for wholesale slaughter, were saved through the good offices of the beautiful and pious Queen Esther and her uncle, the wise and righteous Mordechai. To commemorate this event, we read (or at least listen to) Megillas Esther (the Scroll of Esther) where the entire story is recorded in minute details. Every time when Haman (may his memory be erased forever) is mentioned, we make all kinds of noises, and not necessarily by using traditional graggers that look like this:

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…but also anything that makes loud noises. I play castanets. A friend of mine, a very reserved lady…

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The Benefits Of Choosing A Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Plan

People try a huge number of different diets in an effort to lose weight, one of which is a vegetarian weight loss diet plan. If you’re looking to lose weight in this way then here’s a quick guide to the various benefits and how to get started.

Improve Your Health

Studies show that vegetarians are more likely to have a healthy BMI – body mass index – and are less likely to suffer from obesity, coronary artery disease, some types of cancer, and hypertension. Why is it so healthy? Because vegetarians avoid meat (the main source of saturated fat in our diets), they often eat more polyunsaturated fat, and a lower amount of fat in total.

Although the word vegetarian is generally understood as someone who doesn’t eat meat or fish, there are other types of vegetarian that may still eat fish (pescetarian), or that may avoid all animals products including cheese and eggs (vegan).

Help The Environment

Although this isn’t directly related to your weight or health, it’s motivating to know that a vegetarian weight loss diet plan is good for the environment. Eating vegetables instead of meat, or even just reducing the meat you eat, will lower your carbon footprint! Why? Because the animals raised for meat also have to eat vegetables throughout their lives. Skip out the animals and eat the vegetables yourself and you’ll be saving a lot of resources!

How To Get Started On A Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet

You don’t have to go 100% vegetarian to benefit from a vegetarian weight loss diet plan. Simply cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a positive effect. For example, you may choose to eat meat three times a week and stick to a vegetarian diet the rest of the time. You can still eat similar portion sizes, but you’ll find that you lose weight more easily as a vegetarian diet generally contains fewer calories.

While on a vegetarian diet, take care to ensure your diet is balanced. The main concern is usually that vegetarians don’t get enough protein. This is unlikely to be true, as most meat eaters take in far more protein than they need – and an unhealthy form of protein at that. As long as you’re eating plenty of legumes, beans and soy products, you should have the protein you need.

Remember, a vegetarian weight loss diet plan alone will not cause the weight to fall off. You’ll have to keep track of calories and perform regular exercise if you’re really serious about getting your weight down.

Lentil, Fennel and Skyr Salad

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This is the type of salad that I often eat for lunch during the weekend, and I will be posting a few more of them. It is low in fat and low in carbs as well as vegetarian, so perhaps a good choice after all the decadent food you’ve had over the holidays. If you are looking for a way to eat more legumes, here is a great one. Most important is that this salad is very tasty as well, as food should always be enjoyable. This salad is tasty because it combines textural elements (lentils, crunchy fennel, and creamy skyr) with flavor-boosting spices in just the right mix (fenugreek, cardamom, fennel seed) and only a touch of honey to sweeten it up.

Skyr is Icelandic yogurt that has recently become available in these parts. It is much higher in protein than usual yogurt (11.8%) and low in fat (0.2%) with a…

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