10 vegan sources of protein you can grow at home

September 4, 2017 by  
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When most people go vegan , the number one question that tends to get asked of them is usually “where are you going to get your protein from?” Sound familiar? Yes, protein is indeed an important part of a healthy diet, and if you’re keen on growing your own food, it’s a good idea to have a few solid sources growing in amongst your herbs and lettuces . Read on to discover 10 delicious, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods you can cultivate in your own garden . Amaranth This gorgeous plant can be grown pretty much anywhere, and its seeds are an incredibly rich source of protein. Those seeds can be cooked like quinoa as a pseudo grain into a gorgeous, crunchy dish that can be served either savory or sweet. Try cooking it like breakfast porridge with cinnamon, apples, and maple syrup. Amaranth leaves are also edible, and are prepared in the same way spinach is. Those leaves don’t have as much protein as the seeds, but they do have some protein content, as well as iron and calcium. Squash and Pumpkin Seeds Growing pumpkins and squash is a lot of fun, and serves multiple purposes, especially if you grow small, easy-to-manage varieties like Luxury Pie Pumpkin or Lakota Squash. Not only can you carve these hardy gourds to creep out your neighbors at Halloween, you can eat the vegetables’ flesh in soups, pies, and muffins, and then roast those glorious seeds of theirs into crunchy, protein-rich snacks. Sunflower Seeds Not only are sunflower seeds incredibly high in protein, they also have very high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6. Sunflowers are gorgeous, sunny additions to anyone’s garden, and in addition to providing you with nutrient-dense food, they’ll also attract pollinators to your yard. In permaculture , they’re often referred to as the fourth sister in the traditional guild of corn, beans, and squash: beans can climb up sunflower stalks, and they draw bees over to fertilize other crops. Green Peas These tasty little gems are packed with protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium (the latter being great for alleviating winter depression) and are as delicious as they are pretty to look at. Even better, peas are incredibly easy to cultivate, and can be grown indoors as well as out in your garden, which is great for adding some edible greenery to your living space over the winter months. Related: How to maximize your south-facing windows to grow food all winter Green Beans Just 1/2 a cup of fresh green beans contain about four grams of protein, and they’re a great source of vitamin B6 as well. You can cultivate either pole or bush varieties, and you can pick the haricots verts right off the vine while they’re new. Just steam them or sautee them lightly, and serve with a bit of Earth Balance or a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a dash of salt. Dry Beans If you let those green beans mature fully, the seeds within will ripen into the rich, creamy beans we use for everything from soups and stews to chili, or even brownies. Beans are one of the top protein sources for people around the world, and they’re also full of magnesium, fiber, and iron. There are so many different types that you can cultivate, from creamy white Hutterite soup bush beans to spotted, fuchsia scarlet runner pole beans. All are delicious, easy to grow, and ideal for any vegan diet. You can even sprout them for a raw, crunchy snack. Related: How to sprout seeds and beans on your kitchen counter Groundnuts Are you familiar with these wonderful little tubers?  Apios americana , also known as the potato bean, is a perennial, indigenous North American vine with tuber roots that taste… well, mildly like potatoes. Groundnuts have 17 percent crude protein (that’s three times the amount of a regular potato), and thrive in damp woodlands without a lot of direct light. You can boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew… anything you’d do with a regular or sweet potato, and since they’re perennial, they’ll come back year after year. Hazelnuts Hazelnut (filbert) bushes don’t take up a lot of space, and start producing nuts more quickly than nut-bearing trees like walnuts, pecans, or chesnuts. If you plant 2- or 3-year-old bushes, you’ll be able to harvest nuts even more quickly. Hazelnut bushes can thrive in almost any soil type, but need full sun for a good 4–6 hours a day. In addition to protein, each nut will also provide you with calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin C. How’s that for a nutrient-dense powerhouse? Peanuts People who don’t suffer from peanut allergies can grow these fabulous plants as easily as they can grow potatoes. Although they thrive best in warmer, southern climates, those of you who live a bit further north can also grow them with ease: you’ll just need to get cultivars that do well in a cooler climate with a shorter growing season. They’ll need about 100 frost-free days to reach maturity, and since they’re tropical, they’ll need to be grown in the warmest, sunniest spot you can offer them. Kale Adding this one in for honorable mention, but with good cause: most people don’t realize just how much protein leafy greens have to offer, and kale is one of the easiest (and tastiest) members of the brassica family that you can grow. It also has a crazy-high amount of both vitamin C and vitamin A, and you can eat it at any stage of its development: use the baby greens in salads, maturing leaves in salads or smoothies, and braise the older leaves like you would cook collard greens. Whenever possible, aim to cultivate heirloom, organic seeds in your garden, and be sure to share those seeds with your friends and neighbors so they can grow them in their own yards! Biodiversity is incredibly important, and by choosing organic seeds, you help ensure future plant generations are healthy, and unsullied by genetic machinations thanks to companies like Monsanto. Photos via Unsplash and Wikimedia Commons

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9 Great Uses for Pumpkin (Other Than Pie)

October 7, 2013 by  
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Pumpkins are popping up everywhere these days, from farmer’s markets to grocery store bins. Small one, large ones, white ones, orange ones; all stunning globes of delicious pumpkin-y goodness. Sure, they’ll be carved into ghoulish faces within a couple of weeks, but there’s a lot more that you can do with a pumpkin than turn it into a Jack o’Lantern  or a pie . Here are 9 things you can do with punkins’ gloriously goopy innards and succulent flesh this season. Read the rest of 9 Great Uses for Pumpkin (Other Than Pie) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee syrup , curried soup , Earth Balance , latte , oatmeal , pamcakes , pancakes , pepitas , pumcakes , pumpcakes , pumpkin , pumpkin brittle , pumpkin oatmeal , pumpkin pancakes , pumpkin ravioli , Pumpkin Seeds , pumpkin soup , pumpkin syrup , roasted pumpkin , soup , vegan , vegetarian , wrap        

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Seed-Saving 101: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

October 15, 2012 by  
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2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge!

October 15, 2012 by  
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The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize was just awarded to Stanton Williams ‘ BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge ! The winning project was a surprising choice – it’s neither the fan favorite nor one of the top guesses among industry professionals – but the incredibly thoughtful and sustainable approach to a type of building that is often simply utilitarian demanded a second look. Read the rest of 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architectural Award 2012 , Cambridge Botanic Gardens , Green Building , RIBA Stirling Prize 2012 , Sainsbury Laboratory , Solar Power , Stanton Williams , United Kingdom Architectural award , university of cambridge

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Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

October 15, 2012 by  
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Green Halloween: How can I reuse or recycle pumpkin seeds?

October 29, 2010 by  
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Continuing in our Green Halloween series ahead of the spooky day on Sunday… If you’re carving your own jack-o-lantern this weekend, you’ll end up with a whole load of pumpkin seeds. While there are varieties of pumpkin that both taste pretty good and grow to a lantern-friendly size, most shop-bought pumpkins tend to be grown for one or the other — and ones sold particularly to be lanterns don’t tend to be that flavourful at all

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Immune Boosting Trailmix for Improved Health this Fall

October 29, 2009 by  
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Trail mix is a favorite fall time snack of mine.

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