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Tasty Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

#NoFoodComa – Tasty Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

By Beth Nydick

Whenever I see anyone in the armed forces out at a restaurant or getting coffee, I honestly get choked up, I say thank you for their service and buy them their coffee/meal. I feel like it means something, it says to them that they do make a difference and those of us at home care. My grandfather served in WW2 and every year he would stand outside the supermarket selling little red poppies to raise funds for veterans. He passed in 1991 and every year since then I buy out whatever the veteran has at my local store. Think about buying some as you go and buy your groceries. This year, let’s all be grateful that there are brave men and women that stand up for our freedoms. Happy Memorial Day!

To have a great (and healthy) BBQ or party this Memorial Day weekend, click on the titles of the recipes below:

Grilled Lemon-Oregano Chicken Drumsticks
Healthy Sausage and Peppers
Wounded Carrot Salad
Creamy Penne Pasta with Vegetables
Cauliflower Pizza Bites – Gluten Free
Tropical Fruit Salad
Black Bean Brownies
Chickpea Blondies

vegan

#VeganDay 5 of NJ’s Best Vegan Restaurants

Hey #HipNJ! Today is #VeganDay! To celebrate, let’s take a look at five of the yummiest vegan restaurants in the area!

1.  Veganized, New Brunswick

Located in the heart of New Brunswick, this vegan eatery is the bomb-diggity! Highlights of the menu include their RAWzagna (gluten-free raw zucchini pasta, marinated mushrooms, fresh tomato, nut cheese, sundried tomato puree, pesto) and the BBQ Skewers (grilled seitan vegetable BBQ skewers, herbed white bean sauce, saffron rice, crusted oyster mushrooms with maple dijon). The undisputed fan favorite is the mackin’ cheese pictured above. It looks so good!

2.  Seed to Sprout, Fair Haven & Avon-by-the-Sea

This down-the-shore vegan joint is the real deal. It offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, teaches cooking classes, and operates a bakery located in Wanamassa. They offer a delicious Maui Wowie smoothie (house-made cashew milk, strawberries, mango, banana, coconut, and fresh tumeric) and a Bacon Cheddar Melt (seared marinated tempeh, caramelized onion, coconut bacon, cashew sauce, riddled on a millet-flax bread). Pictured above is the House-Made Tempeh Chorizo Tacos! Yum!

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3. Heart Beet Kitchen, Westmont

A charming, farmhouse-inspired eatery, Heart Beet Kitchen has a wide range of tasty foods such zucchini noodles with eggplant meatballs or spicy Buffalo cauliflower sandwich on a gluten-free bun. They also offers some tasty deserts such as a chocolate chip dough bar with almond butter, a pumpkin pie, and a matcha chai. The highly-acclaimed Heart Beet Burger is pictured above. Looks tasty!

4. Papa Ganache, Matawan

Vegan baked goods have never sounded better at Papa Ganache, a vegan/gluten-free bakery! While known for their baked goods including biscotti, cheesecake cups, pies, cookies, cakes and more, they also serve other food such as baked ziti, chili, and pizza. Pictured above is their delicious banana chocolate chip walnut bread, which looks super yummy!

5. Veggie Heaven, Teaneck, Montclair, & Denville

Culturally-inspired Veggie Heaven is known for their Asian fusion food. With favorites like the Thai Bang Bang Chicken, Crispy Stuffed Tofu, and any of their sushi options, it’s hard to go wrong here. Pictured above is a few of their sushi rolls which look absolutely delicious!

Any of these options are a fantastic choice for celebrating #VeganDay! Enjoy the day and try some vegan food if you get the chance!

Dr. Sayed Ibrahim on SprinJene

#HipNJ spoke with Dr. Sayed Ibrahim, CEO and Founder of SprinJeneabout his unique oral care company.

“SprinJene is an oral care company unlike any other,” Ibrahim states. Every SprinJene toothpaste features their patented formula of zinc and cold pressed black seed oil. Together, these ingredients effectively clean and protect teeth and gums from inflammation, bacteria and gingivitis, all while helping to bring relief to dry mouth sufferers. 

They continually source the globe for advanced, healthy ingredients to include in their products to improve the oral wellness of brushers everywhere. “We are dedicated to continually advancing our processes, products and certifications to provide the best oral care products we can,” Ibrahim says.

SprinJene’s goal is to create products which are accessible to people of all backgrounds, and that are void of harsh chemicals and abrasives. They currently offer two toothpaste lines: SprinJene Original® and SprinJene Natural®.  

These are the only toothpastes on the market certified: Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty-Free, Kosher, and Halal.

They contain all of the good stuff (coconut oil, birch tree xylitol, acacia gum, natural flavors), are free from all the bad stuff (artificial dyes + preservatives, SLS, saccharin, animal byproducts), and are made with natural flavors.

SprinJene also offers various options for consumers. These include Fluoride-containing and Fluoride-free options, adult and kids options, and sensitivity options.

SprinJene’s headquarters are in Piscataway, which Ibrahim chose for specific reasons. “New Jersey is a center of manufacturing, raw materials, distribution and technology, so it was a natural fit,” he explains. “Besides that, I am a resident of, and love, New Jersey, so there was a personal element there for me.”

SprinJene also makes various social contributions. “I am a firm believer in education and supporting your local community,” Ibrahim  says. They have been involved with/donated product to the following organizations:

  • NJ SBDC
  • Donations to Mosques
  • Donations to New Brunswick High School
  • Donations to Rutgers University
  • Minette’s Angels

To learn more about SprinJene, click here.