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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chickpea salad

I am always looking for new recipes for lunch that are easy to make. This chickpea salad is really great for lunch. I had it yesterday and this is something I will definitely make again. One batch will make at least four sandwich's. 

Here is what you will need:
1 15oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
2 stalks of celery finely chopped
small bunch of chives finely chopped (I used about seven) 
1/4 cup baby dill pickles finely chopped
1/4 cup vegan mayo (my favorite is Just Mayo)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
Juice of half of a lemon. You can use less depending on big your lemon is and how tangy you might like your salad.
salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything in a food processor and pulse until it looks crumbly. Do not over pulse or it will get pasty. Serve on crackers or your favorite vegan organic bread. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vegan Chickenless Scallopini

This recipe is really good. My 13 year old daughter even likes it. The Gardein Crispy Tenders are surprisingly yummy and go great with the lemon sauce. This might be a great recipe for someone transitioning to a plant based life style as well. This will feed two to three people depending on how hungry you are.

Here is what you will need.

1 pkg. Gardein Crispy Tenders
1 16 oz. pkg. of organic pasta
2 tbsps vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
2 tbsps organic flour
2 - 3 cups vegetable broth (depending on how thick and lemony you like it)
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare crispy tenders and pasta as directed on the package.

The sauce:
In a sauce or frying pan melt the butter over medium heat. Once it's melted, add the flour. Stir and cook for about three minutes. You need to make sure the flour is cooked. It will look lumpy but that's ok. Slowly add the vegetable broth a little at a time while constantly stirring to avoid lumps. Then add the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

To plate, put some pasta on a plate, add some crispy tenders and the lemon sauce and enjoy.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!!!

You are what you eat. That statement has never been so true. I cringe every time I see someone chugging a can of pop or soda or as I like to call it, cancer in a can. Or one of those litte rainbowed colored jugs of sugar. Yuck pooey yuck. Parents let their kids drink it like it's water. Then there is all of the processed crap people eat. Even cereal unless you make yourself or buy a good organic one is crap. Why does cereal need the same ingredient as a tire. That would be BHT. #JamieOliver makes a really good homemade cereal called #GranolaDust. I've made it several times and I really love it. I'm going to try and change it up soon and I will let you know how it goes.

Lunch meat, cold cuts, whatever you want to call them they are disgusting and I feel like a fool for ever eating them. Here is a small sample of info about what's in lunch meat by the SupermarketGuru. Sodium Nitrite helps prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism in humans and is also used alone or in conjunction with sodium nitrate as a color fixative in cured meat and poultry products (bologna, hot dogs, bacon). During the cooking process, nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. It is also suspected that nitrites can combine with amines in the human stomach to form N-nitroso compounds. These compounds are known carcinogens and have been associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain.
There are tons of other things wrong these lunch meats. Just google it and do some research.

It has been said that if you can't pronounce an ingredient on the ingredient list, it's probably not good for you. Read your lables people.

Ketchup!!! I don't even know how producer's of "ketchup" get away with calling it ketchup when it's made up of mostly corn syrup. High fructose or just corn syrup, it's all the same thing, sugar. Look at the ingredient list for ketchup. It probably says, High fructose corn syrup, tomato puree, corn syrup. Ingredients are listed from what is in it the most to least. So, this means there is more corn syrup than tomato in ketchup. Buy organic and you can taste the difference. Since it has more tomato than anything, like it should, it is much more tangy like it should be. And you are not putting so much sugar in your body.

The bottom line is, if you eat things that have been known to cause cancer and other diseases, why do you continue to eat them. Please stop and save yourself. Real food has been known to cure cancer. Read the story of #ChristinaPirello or #BillyBest. Real food saved them.

I tell people all of the time that I would rather pay for real, organic food and be healthy than pay to see a doctor.