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You can find more from all of today’s “Life.Style.Live!” guests at the links below:

Chef Wendell

Nathan Lowe – The Indy Dog Whisperer

Green’s Lawncare

500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run

Indianapolis Jazz Events

Women’s Health Month

Pigeon Forge Vacations

Today, Chef Wendell Fowler introduced us to the ancient plant-based protein, tempeh. He also shared other protein alternatives to meat and showed us how he uses them to make burgers, tacos, BBQ strips and pasta with spaghetti “meat sauce.” Here’s more from him:

Can a Plant-based diet Mitigate Climate Change: Exploring Meat alternatives? 

“Eat more veggies!” may not be what we want to hear, but we still need to hear the plea. Want to make a difference in our world today? How we eat is scientifically connected to climate change and involves meat consumption. Here’s why.  

Specifically, The New York Times reported, “Meat and dairy, particularly from cows, have an enormous impact with livestock accounting for around 14% of the world’s greenhouse gases each year, that’s roughly the same emissions from all the cars, trucks, airplanes and ships combined in the world today.” Cow flatulence! Oh the humanity! 

Good news! After a tumultuous year of abnormal weather events due to climate change, experts say we can slow it down by eating more plants and less meat. Yes, eating smaller amounts of lean meat is cool. When possible, buy local at farmer’s markets and shake the hand of a family farmer. 

 So where do you get your protein?  

Plant protein sources:

Creamy Slaw: (Side dish for sandwiches) 



Put cabbage, carrots, onions and raisins in a large bowl and stir to combine. 

Mix mayo with mustard in another small bowl and drizzle over the veg. Fold everything together, then season.

Make 2022 the year to get back into the kitchen and explore cooking plant-based meals for the family.

Make the New Year’s resolution to be a rebel and learn to cook from scratch by mastering this basic “go-to” plant-based meal.

Kitchari is a traditional ayurvedic recipe, detoxifies, is gentle on digestion, packed vitamins, fiber and bold flavor. It’s great for balancing body, mind, and soul.

Benefits of eating fibrous Kitchari:


Cleveland Clinic: following a plant-based diet has significant health benefits when done correctly. “No matter when you start, a diet focused on plant foods will help you work toward the prevention of many illnesses and feeling better overall.”

If followed properly, a whole-food, plant-based diet limits the use of oils, added sugars and processed foods, leaving only whole foods to provide nutrition. This maximizes nutrient intake and virtually eliminates foods that can lead to poor health outcomes.


Kitchari is an easy-to-digest traditional rice/quinoa and bean dish. In this recipe, we use the heavy cream of the orient; delicious, creamy coconut milk and coconut oil.



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It’s all about cranberries today in the kitchen with Chef Wendell!

He made a simple cranberry relish that anyone can try at home, and showed us a few ways to use it other than with a turkey.

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