Being a vegan . . . now wait, I know what you are thinking. Freddie and I are vegans because we decided that we did not want to inherit our parent's illnesses. I honestly believe that the passing of my parents had a lot to do with their life style and what they put in their mouths. I will say how I came to that conclusion at another time. It is well known that Doctors knew that red meat causes cancer back in the late 1800's, you do not have to take my word, google it, go ahead, I'll wait. GOOD, are you convinced? As the years passed, Freddie and I adopted a mini pot belly pig, words can not explain how much in love we are with our Angel! Would you eat your pet? Yeah, me neither. I have people ask me all the time about changing their lives and what are my recipes. I tell people if you all ready know how to cook, making it vegan is easy! If not I will help you. Most of these recipes are on a whim with what ever I have in my pantry or refrigerator, and why not, most of us live our lives this way. So, make your meals with simple recipes that are healthy full of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need, simply coming from plants. Yes it is easy . . I am building this page one day at a time and will be adding helpful hints along the way. I never preach veganism, but when my doctor ask me for my recipes, it makes you think. Contact me is something needs clarification. Also note - I will not post any recipes that you can get easily off the internet, there are tons of them, so, check them out.
"Meatless Mondays" a great way in starting/introducing plant base meals!
Creamy Mushroom Sauce
2 tablespoon of vegan butter like Earth Balance, melt in large skillet and add 1 large chopped shallot (onion will do too) and 2 tablespoon of chopped garlic (yeah let someone else chop it-I use jar garlic) add 12 large sliced mushrooms (or 24 little ones), sprinkle sea salt, pepper (I use red pepper sauce its better for fighting cholesterol), paprika, garlic powder and Italian seasoning, saute until a nice caramel color, add two tablespoon of flour preferable gluten free (I used Teff Flour, it is also gluten free and has protein), add 3 cups of non dairy milk and bring to a boil, then to simmer, add vegan Parmesan cheese (see below for recipe) add a 1/4 cup of red wine ( I didn't have red wine so I added bourbon) simmer for about 10 mins - this goes great over pasta, rice, mash potatoes and veggies and what ever else you would like to mix in . . there is no rule just eat! On this night I added pasta and topped with garden fresh tomato slices (or make a simple salad no bread the pasta is enough) top with more vegan Parmesan cheese! This makes enough for at least 4 people (I always make enough for another meal or for left over lunches)
I always make more and freeze it, this way on a very busy night, you already have something better than take out! Think of all the indigestion you will miss and the money you will save for vacation!
Applesauce can replace oil in baking recipes. Equal exchange - if recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil - use 1/4 cup of applesauce preferable unsweetened.
Easy Cheesy Vegan Parmesan
1/3 cup raw unsalted cashews, 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1/2 tsp onion powder.
1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, grind all in food processor or blender (I always make more and store in re-fridge)
Help!! Where do I eat when I am away from home?
Most restaurants will accommodate most diets, and if they don't, why are you there? Call ahead to make sure there are options. OR click to see the list of fast food eateries that you didn't know have vegan options
Yes, you can make your own, but why? Someone has made it for you!
Pancakes every Sunday
Here is the most healthy and delicious pancakes in the world! Tons of plant protein, antioxidants, heart healthy omega's, fiber and more!
I buy Buckwheat Pancake Mix to save some extra steps, BUT, I do not use the recipe on the back, here is my recipe.
Mix 1.5 cups of buckwheat flour, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed and 1.5 cups of water, let sit for 5 minutes (I use flaxseed for the egg replacer) Add one ripe smash banana, (adds some sweetness and has potassium-rich diet can help lower blood pressure), 1 tablespoon of unsweetened apple sauce (replaces fat/oil), up to a cup of frozen or fresh blueberries.
Cook in hot skillet use cooking spray NO oil or butter, makes 8-10 pancakes.
Top with pure maple syrup (add some nuts and extra banana slices too)
Go ahead and double the recipe, freeze half for a quick healthy meal any time!
How to be happier everyday? It is simple and it is guaranteed to make you smile more and bring more joy to your being. Be grateful for everything, everyday. Say it out loud while getting ready in the morning, say it out loud while traveling to work and chores, say it out loud during meal time, say out loud on the potty. Just say it! So what are you grateful for? The little things count the most. A cup to drink your coffee, toilet paper, polish on your toes, a fork, hair to brush, lipstick, a pillow to sleep on, that cute sweater your bought, the fuel for your car, music, grass especially when you are mowing it. You get the idea. Make it an everyday habit, the reward? Smiles, warm heart, joy and just happier. Try it and let me know how you make out.
Potatoes, Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions and Maple Syrup?
Some things I have stocked in my fridge are (note - I buy big bags cause they last a long time and I get several meals) : potatoes (small), red onions and/or shallots, mushrooms and carrots - I will always be able to put in some meal in the next two weeks! This is one of my cook what is in the fridge meals . . . pour some Olive Oil in a pan and make hot, add about 10 small potatoes cut in 4's and 1/2 of chopped red onions, saute then add 1.5 peppers (I had 3 halves of red, yellow and green peppers left over from another meal) hand full or two of slice mushrooms - seasoned with a little salt, red hot pepper, paprika and garlic powder and Italian seasoning, saute until seasonings are well incorporated. I sliced all 4 VEGAN Kielbasas or any other vegan meats you have (I had this) and add to the saute pan, saute some more . . . and like the package says polka too! :) HERE IS THE BEST PART - add 2 tablespoon of real maple syrup . . and spin around the pan a few times . . . and if there is time . . . pop in the oven to roast on 400 for about 5-6 mins. Salad comes in a bag . . . simple . . take some out and put it in a bowl, that can of olives and garbanzo beans I opened the other day, hmm great on top . . got some farm stand tomatoes to garnish . . . what no dressing . . . no problem sprinkle a little sea salt and Italian seasoning . . . a little Olive oil too . . . dinner and tomorrows lunch is done!
When possible buy ORGANIC
DID YOU KNOW?
Regular table, cooking and powder sugar has animal bone char in it? WHY? To make it white, some how people think sugar should be white.
Stock up when on SALE
Then you can make me . . . simple and quick and we like quick!
Left over roasted root veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips) yes I always make extra (cause this day comes often) - can be frozen too! Add baked tofu, frozen spinach, cous cous and with this dish I used the pineapple and coconut milk sauce.
Really good when I do not know what to make for dinner.
Glaucoma I was diagnosed with the beginning stages a few years ago. I get tested annually for progression. At my last test and check up . . . there is no sign of the glaucoma.
I blame it on lifestyle changes. What will you blame on lifestyle changes?
Roasted Veggies over Creamy Polenta. One of Freddie's favorite and I keep it a treat by only make this easy dinner about 4 times a year!
Roast: Cut up zucchini, plum tomatoes, shallots and asparagus. Put veggies on a roasting pan, drizzle olive oil, a sea salt of choice and mixed Italian seasonings. Roast in a 350 oven for about 15-20 mins turning 2 or three times - If the asparagus cooks quickly remove and continue to roast until tender. In the mean time . . . cook corn grits or polenta according to package for 4 people, add a cup of frozen or fresh corn, two tablespoon of vegan butter add 1/4 cup of vegan Parmesan cheese. Spoon polenta in bowl and top with roasted veggies and more Parmesan cheese add a side salad (beet salad is wonderful with this dish).
"People will always do whats best for them" It took me awhile to accept this and it will also take you awhile.
2 MORE awesome FINDs!
My mother is from Kentucky and I would spend my summers with my grandparents, I was so grateful to have the best of both worlds! The culture of the city and the wonders of the county and farm life. My grandmother always made her own lard and her cast iron skillet was seasoned her way! One of my favorite side dishes was her beans (green beans cooked for hours, the second main ingredient was her lard (I know, right?!?) It was always a competition at our country picnics on who made the best "beans". LOVED IT!
I have made them the vegan version for many years using vegan butter, never tasted quite the same, until now. Use on anything you would like a little crispy and bacon flavored, you will never be dissapointed!
grill sausage in oven according to package 3 large sized zucchini spiraled 3 cups spinach, 1 cup green peas 3/4 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup vegan sour cream 2 tabs corn starch 4 cloves fresh garlic juice of one lemon or 3 tbsp lemon juice salt/pepper mix seasonings and vegan parm cheese spray large pan with cooking spray, add garlic then spinach then peas - simmer until spinach wilts down, add milk, sour cream and corn starch - blend well - add rest of ingredients - season to taste.
This was soooo good, loved the lemony taste and the sausage is sooooo delicious the best I ever had!
Instant Pot - Vegan Lasagna Soup
We love this soup and Freddie could eat it everyday if he could! Yup its that good!
Once heated, add in oil. Brown Sausage, we like it thinly sliced or break up sausage as it cooks.
Add in onions, and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes longer.
Add stock, tomatoes, and pasta to Instant Pot.
Place lid on Instant Pot and turn knob to sealed. Cook on soup function
Once cook time has elapsed, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. (I put a dish cloth over the pressure release to prevent and steam messes)
Stir in spinach to soup and let just wilt.
Serve soup with cheese. and crusty roll or bread.
Easy Dark Chocolate Bark
This recipe is so easy, rich, yummy and healthy! ( yes I see it too, that is my thumbprint on the chocolate)
It is so good that you can serve to company and no one will know it is vegan unless you tell them, hmmm will you tell them? I keep all the ingredients in the pantry, cause you never know when you need to make a sweet treat ASAP!
Ingredients: 2 bars of 75-90% Dark Cocoa Chocolate Bars (I usually get Lindt) Toppings of your choice: Trail Mix, Nut Mix, Salad toppers, Pistachios, Dried Fruit, Coconut, etc.
Break up chocolate in small pieces and place in a glass bowl Microwave on melt mode for two minutes, stir then continue melting in one minute increments stir until melted or on a double boiler until melted
Pour melted chocolate onto parchment or wax paper covered cooking sheet, sprinkle toppings refrigerate for 1 hour, break into pieces and serve. Store in the fridge if there is any left!
Cause Before CURE
My son Ari was not the only infant in the world with eczema, Hmmmm, there must be a better way or is there a better way than all these drugs (with worse side affects)? BIG QUESTION number 1 - what is causing it? If I get to the root of the issue, then I can probably help him.
Most doctors are text book, and most patients are like "FIX ME NOW DOC" Eliminating triggers or causes may be the prevention of the outcome? MY THOUGHT EXACTLY!
SO this morning I awoken with my thumb itching like crazy, I have two choices #1 scratch (or some say itch it) the hell out of it, and make a raw sore #2 why is my thumb itching and take care of it so I do not get a raw sore
Which one did you choose?
I didn't scratch it!!!! I applied my after shower and yes my thumb is very dry, because I have been washing my hands a lot #1 do I really want a sore thumb? #2 will I take the take the time to put my cream on my thumb during the day?
SO lets see - sore thumb, apply cream I can not stop washing sore thumb, apply cream?
LET me be perfectly clear - in my experience 9 times out of 10, I was able to solve the cause before the cure HOWEVER, check with your doctor first to rule out that it is nothing more serious BE SMART even better, be your own advocate is all I am saying.