94% approval rating at UrbanSpoon

Queen Sheba’s has a 94% approval rating

“So?” you may say. “94% is not worth bragging about. On the contrary, I think it is. Sacramento has hundreds of restaurants and even more if you count the nearby towns. Diners can be pretty picky when they have so many options. They go to UrbanSpoon and share their insights.

Here is a review from March 10, 2014

Yum, yum, 94% approval rating at Urbanspoon

Long-time vegans know how vegan-friendly Ethiopian cuisine can be. Here in Sacramento, we’re fortunate to have Queen Sheba on Broadway providing delicious Ethiopian vegan options.

I stopped by for dinner over the weekend and ordered the Tofu Tibbs, a flavorful mixture of tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onions in a turmeric, garlic, and ginger sauce, served atop a large, spongy piece of sour flatbread called injera. Since no silverware is used, a basket of rolled injera pieces is served with the meal and used to pick up the food in place of eating utensils. The same tofu and vegetable combination is also available with traditional Berbere spices in a dish called Awazie Tofu Tibbs.

There are several other vegan dishes on the menu at Queen Sheba. If you have trouble deciding among all the choices, you may want to stop by Monday through Friday for the buffet lunch instead, which is all vegetarian and vegan.

Queen Sheba is located at 1704 Broadway, and the phone number is 916-446-1223. Their website address is http://www.queenshebas.com/index.html, and their Facebook page can be found athttps://www.facebook.com/QueenShebaSac. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m. The vegetarian/vegan lunch buffet is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Originally appeared at http://sacramentovegan.blogspot.com/2014/03/queen-sheba.html

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Sacramento News & Review voting is now open

Best non-meat restaurant voting is now open

Hey everybody. The Sacramento News & Review is now accepting votes for the best non-meat restaurant in Sacramento. Please visit http://bestofsac.com and vote for Queen Sheba’s.

Voting is now open at the Sacramento News & Review, We were nominated for the best non-meat restaurant. Queen Sheba's would really appreciate your vote.

Voting is now open. Queen Sheba’s would really appreciate your vote.

Why are people vegetarians?

People are vegetarians for many reasons, including concern for personal health and the environment, economic and world hunger concerns, compassion for animals, belief in nonviolence, food preferences, or spiritual reasons. People may become vegetarians for one reason, and then later on adopt some of the other reasons as well. Vegetarian diets are somewhat more common among adolescents with eating disorders than in the general population. According to the ADA position paper on vegetarian diets, however, “recent data suggest that adopting a vegetarian diet does not lead to eating disorders, rather that vegetarian diets may be selected to camouflage an existing eating disorder.” Be sure you fully understand your own reasons for choosing vegetarianism.

What are the health benefits of a vegetarian diet?

According to the ADA, vegetarians are at lower risk for developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers

This is because a healthy vegetarian diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber. However, even a vegetarian diet can be high in fat if it includes excessive amounts of fatty snack foods, fried foods, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Therefore, a vegetarian diet, like any healthy diet, must be well planned in order to help prevent and treat certain diseases.

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Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

Do vegetarians get proper nutrition?

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Spinach, Collard greens, Yellow cabbage, Green salad, Red lentl beans, Potatoes and Carrots are all available in the Vegetarian Combo.

The key to any healthy diet is to choose a wide variety of foods, and to consume enough calories to meet your energy needs. It is important for vegetarians to pay attention to these five categories in particular.

Protein
Protein is found in both plant foods and animal foods. The ADA has said that it is NOT necessary to combine specific foods within a meal in order to “complete” the amino acids profile of the proteins found in plant foods. Eating a wide variety of foods and enough calories during the day will fulfill your protein needs. Good sources of protein include whole grains, lentils, beans, tofu, low-fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, tempeh, eggs, and peas.

Calcium
The ADA recommends that adults 19 to 50-years-old consume at least 1000mg of calcium per day — the equivalent of 3 cups of milk or yogurt. Vegetarians can meet their calcium needs if they consume adequate amounts of low-fat and fat-free dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Calcium is also found in many plant foods including dark, leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, mustard, collard and turnip greens, and bok choy), broccoli, beans, dried figs, and sunflower seeds, as well as in calcium-fortified cereals, cereal bars and some fortified juices.

Vegans (people who don’t eat any animal products) must strive to meet their daily calcium requirements by regularly including these plant sources of calcium in their diets. Many soy milk products are fortified with calcium, but be sure to check the label for this. You can also include a calcium supplement in your diet, which is available at the pharmacy in Health Services.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps your body absorb and use calcium. There are few foods that are naturally high in vitamin D, though. Therefore, dairy products in the US are fortified with vitamin D. Many soy milk products are also fortified with vitamin D. Your body can make its own vitamin D, but only when the skin is exposed to adequate sunlight (but that can have its own risks). People who do not consume dairy products and who do not receive direct exposure to sunlight regularly should consider taking supplemental vitamin D. The recommended intake of Vitamin D for college students is 200 international units (IU) per day. Despite research suggesting that higher intakes of vitamin D may be protective against a variety of diseases, intakes above 2000 IU per day can result in vitamin D toxicity. Both multivitamin supplements and calcium supplements with vitamin D are available at the pharmacy in Health Services

Iron
Iron-fortified breads and cereals, dark green vegetables (e.g. spinach and broccoli), dried fruits, prune juice, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and soybean nuts are good plant sources of iron. Consuming foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits or juices, tomatoes, and green peppers helps your body absorb iron from these plant sources. Cooking food in iron pots and pans will also add to your iron intake.

Vitamin B-12
Vitamin B-12 is produced in animals and by bacteria in the soil. Vegetarians who consume dairy products and/or eggs usually get enough B-12 since it is found in these foods. Vegans, however, should add vitamin B-12 fortified soy milk to their diets. Regularly taking a broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral supplement (available at the pharmacy in Health Services) will also supply the necessary amount of B-12.

What about athletes?

Being both an athlete and a vegetarian can be challenging, especially for vegans. It can be difficult to eat a volume of food high enough to meet an athlete’s high caloric needs. Vegetarians who participate in sports should be aware of their increased energy needs, and should make a concerted effort to consume sufficient calories. Click for info on sports nutrition.

What is the healthiest way to become a vegetarian?

Some people stop eating meat “cold turkey.” Others may prefer to make dietary changes more gradually. However you choose to make the change, you can begin to achieve the health benefits of vegetarianism by significantly cutting down on the amount of meats consumed, and making vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains the focus of your meals. The ADA suggests the following tips for following a vegetarian diet:

  • Choose whole-grain products (e.g. whole wheat bread, brown rice, or whole-grain cereals instead of refined or white grains.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods.
  • If you eat dairy products, choose non-fat or low-fat varieties.
  • Use eggs in moderation.
  • Limit intake of sweets and high fat foods.

Use a regular source of vitamin B-12, and if sunlight exposure is limited, of vitamin D..
Many vegetarian foods can be found in any grocery store. Specialty food stores may carry some of the more uncommon items, as well as many vegetarian convenience foods.
What are some options for a tasty vegetarian meal?

Becoming a vegetarian can be as easy as you choose to make it. Whether you enjoy preparing elaborate meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying. In order to make meal preparation easier, the ADA suggests having the following foods on hand:

  • Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal
  • Whole-grain breads and crackers, such as rye, whole wheat, and mixed grain
  • Other grains such as barley and bulgur wheat
  • Canned beans, such as pinto, black beans, and garbanzo beans
  • Plant-based proteins like tofu, tempeh, and seitan
  • Milk, yogurt, and fortified soy substitutes
  • Rice (including brown, wild, etc.)
  • Pasta (now available in whole wheat, spinach, and other flavors) with tomato sauce and canned beans and/or chopped veggies
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Vegetarian soups like lentil or minestrone
  • Plain frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruit juice concentrate
  • Nut spreads (e.g. peanut or almond butter)
  • Canned and frozen fruit

Originally posted at  http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/nutrition_&_eating_concerns/being_a_vegetarian.php.

 

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Why go vegetarian?

Did you know these facts about vegetarian cuisine?

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Spinach, Collard greens, Yellow cabbage, Green salad, Red lentl beans, Potatoes and Carrots are all available in the Vegetarian Combo.

  • Vegetarian diets can be simple and easy to prepare.
  • Vegetarian foods are a major source of nutrition for most people in the world.
  • Vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease and some forms of cancer than non-vegetarians.

What is a vegetarian?

Broadly defined, a vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, poultry, and fish. Vegetarians eat mainly fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts. Many vegetarians eat eggs and/or dairy products but avoid hidden animal products such as beef and chicken stocks, lard, and gelatin.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) classifies vegetarians more specifically in the following ways:

  • Vegans or total vegetarians exclude all animal products (e.g. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, and other dairy products). Many vegans also do not eat honey.
  • Lactovegetarians exclude meat, poultry, fish, and eggs but include dairy products.
  • Lacto-ovovegetarians exclude meat, poultry, and fish but include dairy products and eggs. Most vegetarians in the US are lacto-ovovegetarians.

Why are people vegetarians?

People are vegetarians for many reasons, including concern for personal health and the environment, economic and world hunger concerns, compassion for animals, belief in nonviolence, food preferences, or spiritual reasons. People may become vegetarians for one reason, and then later on adopt some of the other reasons as well. Vegetarian diets are somewhat more common among adolescents with eating disorders than in the general population. According to the ADA position paper on vegetarian diets, however, “recent data suggest that adopting a vegetarian diet does not lead to eating disorders, rather that vegetarian diets may be selected to camouflage an existing eating disorder.” Be sure you fully understand your own reasons for choosing vegetarianism.

What are the health benefits of a vegetarian diet?

According to the ADA, vegetarians are at lower risk for developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers

This is because a healthy vegetarian diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber. However, even a vegetarian diet can be high in fat if it includes excessive amounts of fatty snack foods, fried foods, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Therefore, a vegetarian diet, like any healthy diet, must be well planned in order to help prevent and treat certain diseases.

Are there any health risks in becoming a vegetarian?

Some vegans may have intakes for vitamin B-12, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and occasionally riboflavin that are lower than recommended.

Originally posted at http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/nutrition_&_eating_concerns/being_a_vegetarian.php.

 

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Queen Sheba’s is “one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Sacramento,” Yelp reviewer

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Spinach, Collard greens, Yellow cabbage, Green salad, Red lentl beans, Potatoes and Carrots are all available in the Vegetarian Combo.

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in all of Sacramento! Me and my boyfriend have been here at least a dozen times and it never disappoints. The food is always perfectly delicious. We usually order the combo for platter for 2, subbing the fish tibbs for the lamb tibbs. Lamb tibbs are THE best! The tofu and lentils are also amazing. It’s all amazing. Service is slow, but that’s because they are back there preparing you some delicious food and it takes some time to cook it! I’ve called in advance before to have them start on it before we get there, so by the time we get there we only have to wait like 15 mins. They can get very busy, so if you’re going on a Friday night, think about making reservations. I also have to mention I love the women who work there. They are always very friendly, and they get to know you which makes you feel at home. Go to Queen Sheba!!

Originally posted at http://www.yelp.com/biz/queen-sheba-sacramento

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Best Ethiopian Cuisine in Sacramento

Yes, you read that right. According to CBS13, Queen Sheba’s Restaurant is the best Ethiopian restaurant in Sacramento. Their review is as follows:

Best Ethiopian cuisine in SacramentoAlthough foods from the Middle East and Asia have been popular for years, African cuisine is just starting to make a name for itself in the world of foodies and fast-food lovers alike. Ethiopian cuisine bridges the gap between basic and gourmet.

Expect vibrant colors and rich spices in hearty vegetable and meat stews called wat. The foundation of Ethiopian meals revolve around injera, a flatbread diners use like a spoon or scoop to savor every bite of this delicious cuisine.

Sacramento’s population will soon become more familiar with these robust dishes, but until the mainstream restaurant industry takes hold, take a taste of these awesome area originals.

Queen Sheba is located in the downtown area near the corner of Broadway and 17th, nestled among several other popular ethnic neighborhood eateries. Owned by siblings Eskinder and Zion Taddese, Queen Sheba has brought Sacramento residents quality Ethiopian food since 2003.

Ethiopian meals are consumed communally: Food is shared on a single plate as diners use the injera bread to scoop up food. Injera is a spongy flatbread that has a bit of sourness in its taste and works well to gather the food and absorb its spices and flavors. Under the food on the plate lies another piece of injera often considered the lining or the tablecloth. Once it has been finished, diners know the meal is over. Queen Sheba sticks true to traditions found in Ethiopian dining, serving food in the communal manner, with patrons finishing their meals by eating the injera found under the dish.

Enjoy a glass of honey wine, an Ethiopian specialty often made at home. Its taste is designed to complement the strong use of spices in the country’s dishes.

Originally appeared at http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/02/29/best-ethiopian-cuisine-in-sacramento/

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What are Ethiopian flavors?

Queen Sheba's Veggie ComboEthiopian cuisine has something for everyone. We rely heavily on vegetarian and vegan dishes. We also have fish, lamb, beef, and chicken. Some people say it is similar to Indian food but lighter. Some others feel it is more like Mexican food. Once you start eating Ethiopian food, you will find some commonalities with other styles.

Maybe you like spicy food. How spicy do you want it? Most of our dishes can be custom ordered to the level of spiciness you desire. Just tell us how spicy you want your dish when you order. The types of spices we use make our cuisine different from other styles too. We have different types of herbs and spices for different dishes. They help create unique and satisfying flavors. That helps set Ethiopian food apart from other ethnicities. The vegetables have different flavoring. The beef has different flavoring, the chicken has different flavoring, the lamb has different flavoring, the fish has different flavoring.

The way we cook the food makes it different from other Sacramento restaurants. We put more love and pride in our cooking compared to other restaurants in Sacramento. You can really tell that someone cared, and cared a great deal, when preparing your dish. Folks like what we do and how we prepare their meals. We have been doing this in Sacramento for nine years. The restaurant business is tough. We have been successful for a long time, thanks to our loyal, supporting customers.

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