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Monday, January 30, 2017

Vegan Dessert Pizza

This is an amazing treat for all ages. You can put anything you like on it too but be sure to add pecans. For me, they went to a whole other world when I added them. They are really quick to make up as well. It might sound really sweet but it's not. You could even make little ones for a party or special occasion. 

Let's get started. You will need the following.
Whole wheat tortillas
maple syrup
vegan hazelnut spread (please make your own. It's so easy and better for you and the orangutan's).
fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas
unsweetened coconut
hemp seeds for protein

You will also need a non stick fry pan. If you do not have one, you can bake your tortilla's for a few minutes on 350 degree's in the oven. Just be careful not to burn them. 

Preheat your fry pan on medium heat and place your tortilla in it. After a minute or two, flip it. Brush on a thin layer of maple syrup. After another minute, flip it again. The maple syrup helps the tortilla get a little crispy. When it's done, remove it from the heat. 

Brush on a thin layer of chocolate hazelnut spread, add your fresh fruit and other toppings. Slice and enjoy. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

D.I.Y. Liquid Soap

Making your own liquid soap is great for so many reasons. It saves you money, you can customize it however like and the most important part, it reduces the use of plastic. Save your soap dispenser and reuse it. I've been using the same bottle for about a year. Whenever I need more liquid soap, I just buy a couple bars of soap and turn them into liquid soap.

A tool you might want is stick blender. It helps mix and turn the soap liquidy. I found one at the resale shop for like $3 and it's strictly for soap. 

You will need a gallon of water, 8 to 10 ounces of your favorite bar soap and some avocado oil. The oil is not necessary but it's really great for your skin. I use about a tablespoon. 

Grate your soap or cut it really finely. Bring the gallon of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the soap. Stir to help the soap disolve. Then just let it sit for 8 to 24 hours. It will turn into a glop of soap. Blend it, stir it, mix it up. You need to turn the glop into a liquid. Now just store it in your gallon container and in your body wash bottle. It's ready for use.

I love this stuff and I hope you will too.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Vegan Artichoke & Chick'n Pasta

This is a delicious filling meal and it's really inexpensive. You can probably get all of the ingredients for under $10. Here is a break down of what I spent:

Gardein Chick'n $3.99
Grape Tomatoes $1.99
Artichokes $2.99
Pasta $1.00

This will make two or three huge servings too and it's a great lunch idea. 

Let's get started.

Start a pot of water to cook the pasta bring to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package instructions.

Take 1 cup of flour and season with salt and pepper. Coat the Gardein chick'n, both sides, and saute in some olive oil until golden brown on each side. When it's finished, remove from pan. Let it cool for a few minutes and then dice it up. 

Halve the tomatoes. I really do recommend grape tomatoes for this recipe. They give a really nice rich flavor. Saute these in some olive oil too until heated through. Just a few minuets. Add the artichokes, chick'n and pasta. Stir until it's all well combined and enjoy. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Vegan Chocolate Banana Shake

This shake is really good and a nice anytime treat. It's great for breakfast, lunch, snack or even dinner if you do not have lot's of time. I can't take credit for this one though. My daughter Stevie came up with it. It's all guilt free too. Did you ever think you could have a guilt free chocolate shake? I didn't but it is possible. 

Here is what you will need:
two speckled bananas
1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp carob powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup plant milk
agave to help sweeten up your shake
cacao nibs and oats for garnish

Throw everything except the agave, ice, cacao nibs and oats for garnish into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste to make sure it's to your liking. Add agave if necessary to sweetened. Then add about a cup of ice to make it cold. Blend really well and sprinkle with the oats and cacao nibs. Serve and enjoy. You will need a wide straw for this too. I found some reusable BPA free straws that are wide straws. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Valentine Candy Jar D.I.Y.

Here is a cute candy jar to make for maybe a teacher, your desk or a table. It's fun decorating and coming up with new things to decorate it with. The hardest part is really waiting for the paint and finish to dry. 

You don't have to make just a valentine one either. You can make one for any time of year. Spring, Easter, Fall, Christmas and the list keeps going and going.

Here is what you will need:
4" terra cotta pot
4" terra cotta tray to act as the lid
1 wooden bead or knob to act as the handle
1 glass jar
acrylic paint
decopauge or mod podge
hearts to decorate (I used glittered cardstock and heart paper punches and foam hearts)
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You can make them any size you like but the mini ones are super cute. This size is perfect for a desk or table.

Please let me know if you have any question. Watch the video for complete instructions. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vegan Cobb Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Who doesn't like a salad!!! I love them and this is one of my favorites. It's sinfully delicious and as always really easy to make. You can add anything you like to this salad. This is just how I like it. 

Let's get started!!
1 avocado
a handful or about 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro
the juice of a lime
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
1 cup of vegan yogurt or sour cream (both work really well)
salt to taste if you like
plain plant milk if your dressing is to thick. Just a little until you reach the desired consistency

Throw everything except the milk into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Then add desired milk to thin out. Store any leftovers in the fridge in a air tight container for only 2 or 3 days.

The salad. You can add as much or as little of everything you like.
1 romaine heart
handful of spinach
organic corn
chopped cucumber
chopped tomato
black beans
chopped bell pepper
shredded carrot
crushed black bean chips
hemp seeds


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Date Rolls

Have I ever told you how much I love date rolls or date balls. OMG They are freaking fabulous. A super healthy treat and will satisfy any sweet tooth. They can be costly depending on where you get them but they are really easy to make. I mean really, really, really easy to make. And if you are like any other normal vegan, you will already have the two ingredients in your house. Dates and coconut!! You will also need a super high powered processor. I received a ninja master prep for christmas and I finally used it today. Wow is that thing amazing. 

I almost forgot to mention all of the great benefits dates have. Surprisingly they have several. Here is a little list to get started.

So, I already told you there are only two ingredients, dates and unsweetened coconut but the best part is you don't have to measure anything. I made about six or seven balls from about 10 to 15 dates just to give you an idea. All you do is put some dates in your processor and process until the dates form one big date ball. Roll into a ball or a roll and toss in some coconut. Done!! Enjoy!!