Morning Wake Up Beverage

I found this recipe on a vegan based blog called Oh She Glows. It is a really delicious drink. It great for waking up in the morning instead of drinking coffee, and before a morning workout.

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond milk

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 Banana

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

2 handfulls of spinach*

1/2-1 cup of ice

Directions:

Place milk, chia seeds, banana, peanut butter, and spinach in blender. Blend thoroughly by making sure that the spinach leaves are cut down into tiny pieces. Add the ice, and blend till the itice is crushed into tiny pieces as well.

Makes 1 serving (2 cups).

Enjoy with a straw. Rinse out your mouth, if you have spinach in your teeth. ūüôā

* I did try 1 head of kale and found that it was too clumpy.

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No Meat Sloppy Joes

For Christmas, my parents had given me a book called Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. So, I thought I would introduce recipes from the book. My first called in the book “Snobby Joes”.

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium-size yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, seeded and diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp chile powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
4-6 Kaiser rolls or sesame seed buns, sliced in half horizontally

Directions:
Pour the lentils and water into a small saucepan. Cover and bring to boil. Once mixture is boiling, lower the heat and simmer no more than 20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, pepper, and garlic in the oil no longer than 7 minutes.

Stir in the lentils, chile powder, oregano, and salt. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook no more than 10 minutes. Add maple syrup to taste and mustard, heat thoroughly.

Remove from heat and let sit in pot for about 10 minutes, so the flavor a can set in, or eat right away.

*This recipe is not word for word from the book. I had changed some to fit my cooking.

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First Post of the Year: Post Workout

Sorry for the delay in posts. ¬† I have been conducting some research, and thinking of a new direction for my blog. Since it’s a new year, and we have new resolutions, one of them being healthy eating. ¬† I thought I would start with a meal that I have been eating after a workout.

Ingredients:
1 package of original flavor oatmeal (I chose Nature’s Path)
Almond Milk
1 to 2 handfuls of raw walnuts
2 tsp honey

Directions:
Follow  the oatmeal package instructions.   I cooked mine in the microwave, added about 3/4 a cup of almond milk, and heated it for about 75 seconds. Now you can add more or less milk depending on your preference.

Stir. Add honey and walnuts. You can as much as you like.

And that’s it. A quick and easy meals for a post workout and before going to work. On the side, I have a glass of orange juice.

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Holiday Goodies Galore: Part 1

There has been a sugar explosion in my kitchen. So, this weekend I decided to make my holiday cookies to give to my family and friends. Let’s start with with the cake mix cookies. I made my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie, and I also made Snickerdoodles.

Original Snickerdoodle Recipe

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 pkg Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

2 Tbsp Egg Replacement + 6 Tbsp Water (mix)

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.  Set aside.

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Combine remaining ingredients untill blended.

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Shape dough into balls.

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Roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Place on cookie sheets.  Slightly flaten with thumb.

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Bake 15-20 minutes. 

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Remove to cool completely on cooling rack.

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Makes 24 cookies.

More holiday goodie recipes will be posted later this week. ūüôā

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Meet Coco the Christmas Reindeer.

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Shopping for Chocolate and Converting to a Vegan Diet

For my previous recipes like the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie with Cake Mix and Peppermint Hot Chocolate, of course the main ingredient being chocolate.  Now, being vegan one would think it would be difficult to find chocolate not containing any milk.  This is highly untrue.  Actually, you can find chocolate that is suited to vegans just as long as you look at the ingredients.  Let me explain what you need to look for.

  • In¬†the Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa, the only ingredient is cocoa. ¬†You are safe there because you add the kind of milk you want, for instance, I added almond milk. ¬†Now, Nestl√© cocoa powder it contains non fat milk, which is a¬†no no to vegans.
  • When looking at chocolate bars¬†or chocolate chips, you need to do the same think for when looking for the cocoa.¬† The most common type chocolate you will be able to use is dark chocolate.¬† Dark chocolate generally contains no or less milk; however, you will need to find ones that contain no milk.¬† You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate when baking.¬†¬†Just make sure to check the ingredients.¬† Now, when just eating plain chocolate bars, I found that Lindt makes¬†a 70% dark chocolate bar that is actually vegan.

Did you know that Dark Chocolate is actually better for?  Well, it is good for you in moderation.  Dark Chocolate actually helps to decrease your appetitate.  You will be less eager to eat other sugars or salty foods.

Fun Vegan Fact: When watching Get Vegucated, I learned that Oreos are actually vegan.  The filling contains a soy letchin, instead of milk.  You will want to eat the regulars instead of the vanilla.  And again, in moderation.

If you are considering in going vegan, I recommend in watching Get Vegucated.  It is a short documentary about 3 people going from eating animal products to a vegan diet.  You will learn the different changes your body goes through, and also learn about the animal product based industry.

I have been on a vegan diet for about 4 months, and I can tell you I feel completely different compared to before.  I have more energy.  I am not as grumpy.  I have a positive attitude.  And I am a lot more creative.

Check out getvegucated.com, and please feel free to¬†share how you feel or have concerns¬†about converting to a vegan diet.¬† I know it is a huge lifestyle change, but it will be beneficial to everyone. ūüôā

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate: 2nd Times a Charm

Well, I have been in a mood for the past couple days for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Starbucks is not exactly vegan, so I had to come up with my own…and that involved two experiments. The first ended up being too much peppermint that you couldn’t even taste the chocolate. I added too much peppermint oil, and by too much I mean by 1/8 of a teaspoon. So, for a second try I was able to come up with the following recipe.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Hersheys Unsweetened Cocoa
2 1/2 Tbsp water
2 cups unsweented vanilla non-dairy milk
1 to 2 drops peppermint oil*
Soy Whip (opitional)

Directions:
Mix sugar, cocoa, and water in a medium pot over medium heat.  Continue to stir until boil.
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Add milk. Stir. Continue for 2 minutes.  For an additional minute, add peppermint oil.

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Divide into two cups. Top with Soy Whip if desired.

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*I have read you can also add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.  That is not as strong as peppermint oil.

Make sure not add too much peppermint¬†oil¬†now.¬† Enjoy. ūüôā

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Number 1 Comfort Food: Mac & Cheese

Comfort Food: Mac & Cheese

[Sign] Mac & Cheese. The perfect meal to eat when watching a movie or a marathon of one of your favorite t.v. shows. You are all cuddled up on the couch with a fleece blanket, and enjoying the cheesy goodies of the spiral or elbow noodles. [Sign]

Ok. Now I am going to take this recipe, and change it into a vegan, gluten free enjoyable dish.

Ingredients:
2 boxes of gluten free spiral, elbow, or shell noodles (like Quinoa)
¬ľ cup (¬Ĺ stick) non-dairy butter, cubed

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4 cups non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp egg replacement + 6Tbsp water (mixed)
¬Ĺ tsp black pepper
8 oz. vegan shredded cheddar cheese (like Rice cheese)
4 oz vegan cheddar cheese cubed (like Almond cheese)

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Directions:
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Pour milk into pot. Boil. Stir consistently until reduced by half. Cool.

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Cook pasta according to package directions.
Whisk together milk, egg replacement mixture, and black pepper. Add to pasta, stir. Add the shredded cheese and cubed cheese. Cook over medium low heat, until cheese melts.

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Pour into 2 quart casserole dish.
Bake in the oven no longer than 30 minutes.

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It is now time to sit back with a bowl, and bask in this warm filling dish.

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