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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kale Pesto

OK, so I am a huge fan of kale. I particularly like it in my morning smoothie. My daughter doesn't even notice that there is kale in her smoothie. Anyway, I went to my cousin David's house today so see his garden. The only thing I went for was kale and my daughter wanted to see the chickens he has. We left with three grocery bags and two five gallon buckets full of produce. One bucket of kale, the rest was zucchini, cucumbers, peas, green beans, a head of cabbage and a few tomatoes. When we got home I went on a search for kale recipes and found kale pesto. Now, I love basil pesto and was pretty sure I would like kale pesto. I was right. It is freaking fabulous. Here is the recipe.

1 cup packed kale
1/4 cup walnuts
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup vegan Parmesan
juice of half a lemon
1/2  - 2/3 cup olive oil

Process the first five ingredients then slowly add the olive oil. Once complete, add to your favorite pasta and enjoy.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Learn to unlearn!!!

 I once heard someone say that. We have to learn to unlearn. I took that to heart and keep it tucked away in my noggin. For years we have been told meat and dairy is good for us. It's totally the opposite and learning to unlearn that is really hard for some people. Meat is not only bad for us but the torcher that animals go through just so selfish humans can eat them is horrifying to me. Meat is also cleaned with ammonia. That is completely disgusting to me. Dairy is a nightmare as well. Most of us have been told all of our lives to drink milk to get your calcium. WRONG!!! Not only are you taking milk away from a baby calf but consuming all of the animal milk has the opposite affect of what we've been told. It's acidic leaving your bones weak. All of that dairy as also been linked to allergies, acne, inflamation, digestive issues and cancer of course. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Vegan Quinoa Pizza Bites

These Vegan Quinoa Pizza Bites are so good. If you are vegan, or plant based or non consuming animal eaters and miss having pizza, try these. They really taste phenomenally like pizza. My 12 year old even likes them. There are tons of recipes out there for these but these are my favorite. 

You will need:
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 onion chopped finely
2 portabella mushrooms chopped finely
1/2 bell pepper chopped finely (I used red)
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2 cloves garlic minced or chopped, however you like them
2 tbsp ground flax and 4 tbsp warm water (this is an egg replacement)
vegan mozzarella
Pizza sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine flax and warm water. Let it sit so the flax absorbs the water. 

In a large bowl, mix everything else except mozzarella in no particular order. Add flax eggs. You will need two oiled mini cupcake pans to bake these and I used a cookie scoop to put the mix in the pans. Kind of press them down so they are a litte condensed. Add just a touch of your favorite vegan mozzarella (mine is Daiya) on the top of each little bite. Bake for about 20 minutes. When cooled, add a little pizza sauce and enjoy. Makes 24 mini bites.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blueberry Quinoa Bars

One of my favorite berry's is the blueberry. I like to pick tons of fresh berries and freeze them for smoothies, popsicles and things like quinoa bars. This recipe was actually inspired by some banana quinoa bars from Simply Quinoa. I didn't have any banana's today but wanted to try these. I am always looking for new ways to use quinoa and I thought, oh I bet these bars would be great with blueberries. And they are really good.

Here is what I used. 
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 flax eggs which is two tbsp ground flax 6 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp vanilla

Mix the flax and water first. The flax needs to absorb the water to become egg like and that will take a few minutes.

In a large bowl combine oats, quinoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 

In another bowl combine berries, vanilla and flax eggs. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into a greased 8 X 8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!!



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers

I have been on a mission for quite some time for creating black bean burger. The problem is they are always to soft. I'm getting there though. Another proplem is my daughter has to like them too. That's the hardest part of all. If anyone has any tips, please let me know. So far my basic recipe is mushrooms, black beans, onion, one flax egg, braggs amino, and some bread crumbs. Don't ask for measurements please. Just kind of threw everthing together. And that was my dinner tonight.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't be cheap!!!

Something that baffles my mind is why do people complain about the price of food and want to be cheap and save every penny they can when grocery shopping but they have no problem spending money on doctor's and medication. Ok not everyone is like that but there are a lot of people out there like that. I also know not everyone can afford real food but if you can afford to buy a steak or some poor ground up animal, you can afford a bag of apples and oranges and a bunch of bananas. If you gave up animal products and processed food, you would be really healthy and you wouldn't even need a doctor most likely. Some doctor's don't even know that they shouldn't be eating animals. Think about it. We have so much illness and disease that a lot of didn't exist 100 years ago. I heard some where that disease can not live in an alkaline state. I'm not sure if that is entirely true but it sure makes sense. Acidic foods are animal products and alcohol and alkaline foods are fruits and vegetables. 100 years ago, that's what people ate mostly. They didn't have fake food in a box loaded with crap they couldn't pronounce. All I'm saying is spend your money on fruits and vegetables. Eat real food and you won't need a doctor or medication.






Sunday, June 21, 2015

Homemade Blueberry Banana Popcicles

Making homemade popcicles is super fun and a great way to make cool refreshing healthy treats with your kids. These blueberry banana pops are my favorite and so simple to make. Here is the recipe. This usually makes about four popcicles with a little left over for tasting.

1 cup blueberries (can be fresh or frozen)
2 speckled bananas
1 to 1 1/2 cups of almond milk. 

Blend everything then pour into your popcicle mold and let freeze. Be sure to use good popcicle molds too. The ones with the holes in the stick part are best from my experience. 


Vegan Grilled Cheese

One of my most favorite things to eat is vegan grilled cheese with tomato. I can eat it every day. A lot of people do not understand why vegan's eat "cheese". Well, for me personally, I love it and when I first gave up animal products, I missed cheese more than meat. Actually, meat was easy to give up. But the cheese, the cheese was hard. Then I discovered Daiya mozzarella. I originally made the grilled cheese for my daughter. Sadly, she doesn't like it. Me however, I can't get enough of it. Oh yea, this cheese does melt and get stringy like real cheese but I get too impatient. ha ha You should try it.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Save your romaine hearts!!!

Here is a cool tip I learned last week for growing romaine. When you cut the heart off, put it in a glass of water and set it in a sunny window. In a few days you will begin to see new little romaine leaves sprouting up. When they are about two inches tall, plant them in some soil. Then you have romaine growing in your garden or container. I have three going right now but here is a picture of the first one I started. 



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Southwestern Chopped Salad

This recipe is not mine but I wanted to share because it's So Delicious. You can make it raw too by using avocado instead of vegan yogurt. And by the way, I've tried SoDelicious cococunt yogurt and it's really good. I was quite surprised.
Southwestern Chopped Salad
(use organic ingredients)
Large head of Romaine 15 oz.
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large orange bell pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 cups corn (fresh or frozen, thawed)
5 green onions
Optional: avocado
{Dressing}
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
1/2 avocado (or 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt or Greek yogurt)
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime), more to taste
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
{Instructions}
Making the dressing: puree all ingredients in a food processor/blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Making the salad: Finely chop romaine, bell pepper, tomatoes, and green onions.Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.Toss with desired dressing.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Let's teach our kids!!!

A thought that has been replaying in my head for about the past month is what the hell are we teaching our kids!!!!! A lot of parents are so quick to give their kids a snack from a box or from some plastic wrap and they are learning that this is ok. This is wrong on so many levels and I too am guilty of it. What happened to fruits and vegetables? It's so easy to give them some packaged crap that's probably going to cause some type of cancer or other illness and we will blame everyone and everything except ourselves.  Well, it's just as easy to give them an apple, orange, grapes, watermelon, carrots, cucumber, celery or some other fantastic fruits and vegetables that has no side effects. And organic produce is becoming more and more available. Why do we do this? Our parents did not have the option of giving us processed junk, well, not as much. We need to take back our kids' health and as a society, teach them the right way of eating so our kid's can teach their kids and so on and so on. If we don't teach them now, what's going to happen to their kids!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

About me!!

Hey there. My name is Michelle and I am super passionate about healthy eating, clean living, saving the planet and animals, organics, gardening and sharing what I have learned with you. That was a lot huh!!! I have a few more but I'll share those later. 

I first decided to give up animal products two years ago because I don't want to need pills and medication just to survive. That's not surviving to me.  I also want to be here for my daughter for as long as possible. I have family and friends who have diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. I do not want any of that for me or my daughter. I also live with a meat eater and processed faux food consumer. That makes it really hard to control what my daughter eats.

Please follow me while I learn and share recipes with you and help people understand why I chose this lifestyle. I am also trying to get my daughter to understand why this is better for her.