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'Once Upon a Time' Ginnifer Goodwin Regularly Chowed Down on This Healthy Recipe

Oct 16, 2013

'Once Upon a Time' Ginnifer Goodwin Regularly Chowed Down on This Healthy Recipe

Although Ginnifer Goodwin’s stint as a vegan ultimately became a tale of “There and Back Again,” the Once Upon a Time actress did come up with some amazing healthy recipes during her time out from meat and dairy. After two years of dedicated and outspoken veganism—she even adopted an entire flock of turkeys as part of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project—the Big Love star had to reincorporate animal products back into her diet due to health issues. 

Goodwin, who recently announced her engagement to Once Upon a Time costar Josh Dallas (she plays Snow White, he plays Prince Charming, cue the “happily ever after” quips), spoke to late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel of her nutritional woes. “I’m always learning and growing and changing and there were some boring health issues, and so I did actually have to work some animal products back into my diet.” Transitioning to veganism certainly isn’t for everyone, whether you physically need animal products to sustain you or the thought of giving up bacon is just too much to bear, there are little things you can do to tweak your food intake for the better. Goodwin compromises by only eating free-range, humanely raised animal products, for instance. See Goodwin's full interview with Kimmel in the video below.

“As a vegan, you need to spend a large part of your life planning what to eat," warns Dr. Michael D. Gershon, chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at New York's Columbia University, in the July 2012 issue of Marie Claire. While it is possible to maintain a balanced, nutritional diet without meat or dairy, it’s difficult. "Vegans are more vulnerable to certain nutritional deficiencies," says Gershon. Levels of vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D, commonly found in animal products and critical for energy and mood, are harder to regulate under a vegan regimen. 

The solution? Proponents of health-conscious and “moral” eating, like Alicia Silverstone, recommend extending your “Meatless Monday” to other days of the week. Slim down, eat better, and do the environment a solid without totally banning cheese, eggs, and steak from your diet. Running low on quick and easy (not to mention delicious) vegan recipes? Ginnifer Goodwin’s got you covered. This salad makes the perfect no-fuss healthy lunch:

Ginnifer Goodwin's Bok Choy Salad
Serves 6

•1 medium head organic bok choy, washed, cored and dried 
•1 bunch organic green onions, chopped 
•2 3 oz. packages Nissin Top Ramen Oriental instant noodles (no need to use the flavor packet) 
•2½ oz. organic sesame seeds 
•1 2 oz. package organic sliced almonds 
•2 tbsp olive oil 
•Garlic powder and salt to taste 
•2 tbsp soy sauce 
•¼ cup rice vinegar or cider vinegar 
•½ cup organic sugar 
•1 package Gardein Crispy Tenders vegetarian "chick'n," prepared as directed on the package 

1. Chop bok choy into 1-inch pieces; add onions, place in bowl, and refrigerate.
2. Break up uncooked ramen noodles into bite-size chunks.
3. Sauté noodles, sesame seeds, and almonds in oil, about 5 minutes, until lightly browned.
4. Add garlic powder and salt. Cool and store in covered container.
5. In small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Boil for 1 minute.
6. Combine all parts of salad and toss with "chick'n" pieces. For variety, try with chopped pimientos or mandarin orange wedges. 

For more recipes to fill your Meatless Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays—whatever you please—check out the slideshow above.

By Cordelia Tai

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