It’s VegOut! Month in Houston!

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This week, City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed March official “VegOut! with Recipe for Success Month” in Houston.

During a press conference at City Hall to kick off the 2014 VegOut! Challenge, Parker pledged to take the challenge for the second year, and waved about her newly purchased Brussels sprouts as evidence.

A bushel of VegOut! supporters also showed up for the kick off, including emcee Isis Smalls, Miss Houston 2014; Ed Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem, Houston City Council; Dr. Faith Foreman, Assistant Director, Houston Department of Health & Human Services; Cyndy Garza Roberts, Director of Public Affairs, H-E-B; Dr. Russell Kridel, Chair, American Medical Association’s Council on Science & Public Health; Kelly Landrieu, Forager, Whole Foods Market; Paula McHam, Director of Client & Community Affairs, Cigna; Chisolm Tate, Director of the Diversity Council, Luby’s Fuddruckers; Lisa Mellencamp, Co-Chair GoHealthyHouston Task Force.

In addition, VegOut! chef partners (Jon Buchanan, Trevisio; Stephanie Hoban, Ripe; Jason Little, Whole Foods Market; and Erin Stewart, DEFINE) each provided samples of their own tasty take on 2014’s hottest vegetable: cauliflower!

We hope you’ll join Mayor Parker and Recipe for Success Foundation in eating 30 different veggies within 30 days, starting March 1. Register TODAY!

Read a story about the kickoff in CultureMap here.


Mushrooms of eternal life?

Thought by ancient Egyptians circa 2000 BC to ensure immortality, the pharaohs ordered that no commoner could touch these edible fungi. However, despite its status as a non-veggie, we encourage you to work these low-cal, nutrient-dense treats into your cooking routine to boost your immune system. Have you ever scavenged for wild mushrooms?


Carrots in technicolor?

The ancestors to today’s carrots grew wild in Afghanistan, and were originally cultivated for their aromatic seeds and leaves. The root was first used in the 1st century, and by the 12th century Arabs were cultivating red and yellow varieties. Now you can find carrots in myriad colors, such as these. How do you nibble this “rabbit food”?


Are sweet potatoes and yams kin?

While used interchangeably, these are different vegetables. Yams are vines cultivated for the consumption of their tubers. More than 95 percent of the world’s yam crops are harvested in West Africa. Sweet potatoes were domesticated at least
5,000 years ago in Central or South America. Peruvian sweet potato remnants dating to 8000 BC have been discovered. Whichever you preference, how do you eat this super food?