Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook & Giveaway!

I have huge news to share!! I made it into a cookbook!

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It’s such an honor to have contributed several recipes and vegan health and lifestyle tips to this beautiful book, along with some of my colleagues and graduates of the Main Street Vegan Academy.

In The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, Victoria Moran along with JL Fields along with some 60 certified vegan lifestyle coaches, join you in the kitchen as you navigate more than 100 of their favorite plant- sourced recipes. Whether you’re a longtime vegan or vegetarian, or just veg-curious, their tips, tricks, shortcuts and strategies will transform your cooking, your eating and life.

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Do you have questions about the health of soyfoods, need tips on to prepare quick healthy meals, how to eat out as a vegan or deal with social situations that can sometimes get, shall we say, uncomfortable? Well, we’ve provided you with hundreds of ways to feel empowered and resolute in your decision to become vegan.  Owning this book is like having a health or cooking coach right there along side you, rooting you on, helping you make the best choices for your health, animals and the planet!

The tips, tricks and lessons learned shared will also help make eating more healthfully simple and de-mystified for those who are starting out or just need the extra encouragement. This book is also very positive and encouraging. There is no judgement, just practical ways to help you incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet. By developing healthy and compassionate eating habits and eating more whole foods, the way you feel improves and it becomes so natural (and delicious too!), you just don’t want to eat any other way!

So, as an example of the delicious recipes included in the cookbook, here is my recipe for an easy, healthy caramel dip which is great served as a dip for fresh fruit. It’s also tons of fun to take to a holiday party (or any party!). Check out the fun little Christmas tree I made using fresh fruit!

Caramel Dipping Sauce from The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook

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Recipe by Sarah Eastin, VLCE, Colorado

I love eating and cooking with dates. Dates provide many healing properties and are also a great healthy sweetener. Tahini is also a great way to sneak creaminess into dishes, as well as vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. This recipe is really delicious and is excellent as a dip but you could also add additional water to make it a sauce to drizzle over your favorite sweet treat or snack.

Yield: 2 servings

  • 10 medjool dates (soaked in warm water for at least 30 minutes, drained)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve with sliced apples or your other favorite fruit.

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Above is a little tease of another one of my recipes included! Gotta Love it Chocolate Pudding! A healthy alternative to traditional pudding –  this pudding is also full of antioxidants & healthy fats as well as super easy and amazingly delicious!

A few of the other delicious recipes you’ll find in The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook include:

  • PB&J Sammie Smoothie
  • Crazy Spicy Spanish Omelet
  • Buffalo Chickpea Dip
  • Rainbow Zucchini Rolls
  • Is It Chicken? Is It Tuna? It’s Jackfruit Salad!
  • Easy Cheesy Broccoli Soup
  • Brooklyn Barley Stew
  • Cranberry-Kale Pilaf
  • Arroz con No-Pollo
  • Crisp Mocha Peanut Butter Bars
  • Roasted Plums and Blueberries with Tangy Coconut Cream

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And now for another sample of the delightful fare included in the cookbook… a delicious recipe for Veggie Mac! Mac & Cheese is always such a mainstay comfort food. But I’ve also heard that you should never eat traditional mac and cheese as it contains so many not-so-healthy ingredients that it is one of the most unhealthy things you can eat. For those of you that still love mac and cheese (me!) but are being a bit more careful about what you eat, this is an excellent alternative!

Veggie Mac from The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook

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Recipe by Britt LoSacco, VLCE, New York

Serves 4 to 6

This vegan mac and cheese was inspired by a popular recipe from the online site of the iconic vegan magazine VegNews. My version honors the original by using vegetables as its base but is free of oil or dairy substitutes, achieving creamy deliciousness via nuts and seeds. This mac offers all the indulgent comfort you’d expect, but since it’s made from whole plant foods, you can feel extra good about going back for seconds.

  • 2 cups diced peeled russet or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for the pasta cooking water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound vegan elbow macaroni

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the potatoes, onion, carrot, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Combine the cashews, garlic, tahini, mustard, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder in the jar of a highspeed blender or food processor. When the veggie mixture is finished cooking, add it (water included) to the blender. Place a towel over the blender and puree on high speed until completely smooth. (The sauce will be very thick, so have your tamper ready if using a Vitamix.)

Once the large pot of water has reached a rolling boil, throw in a fistful of salt and add the pasta. Cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the large pot. Pour in the sauce and stir to combine.

Nut-Free Option: Substitute 2/3 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds for the cashews.

Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free pasta.

Main Street Vegan Book!

The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook is more than a cookbook; it’s a complete guide to going vegan, from FAQs, troubleshooting, and menu plans to inspirations and innovations for navigating the culinary, nutritional, and social landscape of compassionate cuisine!

You can purchase the book from Amazon or, if you are in the Colorado area, keep an eye out for some of my upcoming events or classes and you can buy it from me there (or send me an email and I will get one sent out to you).

Hope you enjoy our beautiful little cookbook and have fun becoming an expert in your kitchen!  As always. please let me know how I can help you! 🙂

Enter here for your chance to win a copy:

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Bliss Bites!

I have a fun little product to tell you all about today!! I’ve recently discovered the most delightfully tasty little treat! Bliss Bites!™ Bliss Bites are mini-cupcake sized artisan treats that are delicious AND nutritious and come in six flavors;  Caramel Pecan Turtle, German Chocolate Haystack, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Orange Lavendar, Mint Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cup!

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Bliss Bites!™ are vegan, raw, organic, gluten free, but not free of flavor or any of the good stuff. They are packed with healthy fats and superfood ingredients like cacao, coconut oil, goji berries and hemp hearts.

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Sarah is excited to eat her Bliss Bites!

 

Bliss Bites!™ were created after the Trulee™ founder, Sherry Lee White, overcame her debilitating auto-immune disease through clean eating and positive lifestyle changes. In order to improve her health she changed her diet and discovered just how fun and tasty eating health can be!! By pairing the nutritional power of superfoods with pure, simple and flavorful ingredients, she created Bliss Bites!™

bliss bites2Eating superfoods like goji berries, coconut oil, cacao and hemp hearts can provide an abundance of benefits including; anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, they support the cardiovascular, neurologic and immune system, they  regulate hormones, helps balance blood sugar, increase brainpower, and reduce threat of heart disease and stroke.  And these are just some of the many benefits! As Sherry, the founder of Trulee™ discovered when she incorporated more of these more whole, nutrient dense foods into her diet and started eating a less processed, Standard American Diet, her body responded in a positive way and started to heal itself. I’ve seen this happen to so many people too, their bodies recover from multiple conditions and feel great after eating whole foods that not just healthy, they’re delicious too! So eat superfood powerhouses in any form that you can as often as you can. Bliss bites are a great way to do that 🙂

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Bliss Bites!™ really do taste quite blissful and you can really tell that lots of love and thought goes into preparing each tasty little bite. My favorite was the Mint Chocolate but my friend Goldberry enjoyed the Peanut Butter Cup the most. They were all quite delicious and each had their own unique flavor and nutrition profile.bliss bites4Bliss Bites!™ are made in Texas but can be shipped any where in the US and come with this super cool little cooler! If you are in Texas you can also find them at HEB, Central Market, and Market Street.

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Goldberry is excited that our Trulee package arrived!

 

A very special thanks to Bliss Bites for letting us try these delicious little treats! They are the perfect snack and would be excellent to give as a gift for your loved ones or a gift to yourself!!

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And the great folks at Bliss Bites!™ are giving us 10% off all purchases, just use the code heal10.

You can find all their great products and order from their website:

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Surviving Winter in Mountains, the Compassionate Way

When you think of Colorado or mountain towns, fashion may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Recently however, some super fun vegan businesses have sprouted, rooted in the mountains, doing great things in our community and beyond. I find it quite exciting, in fact, to be part of a community that has an up and coming vegan scene and is getting people to think not just about their food choices but also what impact what they wear has on animals and the environment.

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Fun shirts available from The Compassionate Closet

I’ve lived in the mountains all my life and, while, in the past, stylish cute apparel has been a bit hard to find, things are getting much better and I believe that we make the best of what clothes can find. Mountain lifestyles are very active so comfy clothes like yoga pants, sandals, and t shirts are some of the most common things you’ll find on the streets and trails in the summer but, in the winter, we need a little extra planning and warmth. As some readers know, finding ethical products to keep you warm in the winter can be a bit challenging. Many boots are made with leather, jackets are made with down and hats and socks made with wool. It’s taken me a long time to find products that align with my values. My hope is that some of the info below will help you!

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Warm socks available from The Compassionate Closet

My tips for preparing for cold winter month include; wearing layers (long underwear has been a lifesaver for me many times), always being prepared for a variety of conditions with fun, warm accessories; gloves, warm hats, a nice scarf, warm socks, comfy footwear and wearing bright colors to keep from experiencing winter blues. Also, do your shopping at some of our great Colorado local or online retailers!

Some of my favorite places to grab vegan winter clothing, if you are in Denver, include:

True Love Shoes and Accessories: https://www.trueloveshoes.com/

Hoodlab http://www.hoodlabstore.com/

And for online shopping you can find some great ecofriendly, Colorado vegan finds and beyond at:

The Compassionate Closet https://www.compassionatecloset.com/

Vickerey http://www.vickerey.com/

The North Face and Patagonia are also great sources for jackets for skiing, snowboarding or other adventures. Look for products that contain Primaloft®, which a synthetic insulator, ThermoBall™ or other products made with synthetic fibers.

Hiking boots and outdoor recreation gear can be a bit tough to find, a good online source is Vegan Outdoor Adventures, they have all sorts of great product information and reviews for those of us who love to adventure: http://veganoutdooradventures.com/

I’ve also even found some good, budget friendly and good looking vegan accessories, clothes and shoes at Target!

When it comes to a beauty routine be sure to wash your face often with natural products and moisturize your face and neck as well as apply a non-toxic, vegan sunscreen. My favorite places to find the best include natural grocery stores! This way you can test out which products are the best fit for you.

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Fun accessories available from The Compassionate Closet!

I also very much enjoy wearing lots of cool hats to protect me from the sun in both the winter and summer! And don’t forget your sunglasses!

Many of retailers listed above and the designers they carry have found an alternative to the use of animal products and provide sustainable and environmentally conscious clothing. Many jackets, shoes and other accessories are made hemp, recycled and sustainable fibers, even bamboo. Purchasing these products is also such a great way we can close the loop on recycling and love our environment too!

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Just a few of the beautiful shoes you can buy from The Compassionate Closet

In your search to find compassionate winter clothing, always be sure to read the labels before purchasing and ask the retailer about the items that the products contain. This also sends a signal that the demand is there for high quality, cruelty free products!

And finally, for a comprehensive list of cruelty free clothing, check out Peta’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing! Have a wonderful winter!

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The Compassionate Closet donates a portion of its sales to help rescued animals like this! All photos have been provided by The Compassionate Closet.

 

And as a special bonus our friends at The Compassionate Closet are offering a 20% discount on all orders!! Use the code: SHOPVEGAN

https://www.compassionatecloset.com/

Denver Vegan Holiday Market

If you’re in the Denver area on December 9th please join us for our 4th Annual Vegan Holiday Pop Up Market! At this great event you will find compassionate gifts to purchase for everyone on your holiday list, delicious food, chef demos and more!!

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The list of vendors includes:

  • Ranger’s Bakery – Vegan Dog Treats
  • Azteca Foods – Vegan Tamales
  • Heal Grow Blossom – Vegan Food Gifts
  • Poofy Organics – Vegan Body Care and Home Products
  • Vegan’s Eat What – Books and more
  • NOOCH Vegan Market
  • The Compassionate Closet
  • Let Thy Food
  • Missy J’s
  • Love is Vegan
  • Healthy Holidays talk by Sarah Eastin, Vegan Coach & Chef
  • Cooking demos by: The Doctor & The Chef and Caitlyn Boyer – Personal Chef
  • Food available for purchase: Wanderculinarilust

This event is always lots of fun and getting bigger each year. Hope you can join us, it’s a great way to  support local small businesses and our great vegan community too!

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20 Ways to Love Yourself (and Animals) Through the Holidays and beyond

It can take a little work to eat healthy every single day; everyone slips ups here and there, can’t resist or over indulges in their favorite treat. Eating occasional treats and small indulgences aren’t the end of the world, but getting stuck in an unhealthy eating pattern and eating meals you know aren’t good for you for long, can damage to your health in many ways. I’ve struggled with staying on track, especially around the holidays, when we’re so busy and have endless obligations. I thought now would be the perfect time to write this post; to give both you and me a gentle reminder! The following are some of my favorite ways to stay healthy and help animals during the holiday season and beyond.

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This is me staying healthy year round with my rescued pup!

 

  1. Keep an abundant supply of healthy snacks available to help avoid temptations to indulge in sugary and other unhealthy snacks. Nuts and seeds in moderation, raw vegetables and fresh fruits are good snack choices.
  2. If you attend a holiday potluck, take a healthy dish to eat and share with others. If you are going to a restaurant or attending a holiday function where you know your options will be limited, eat something before you go to satisfy your appetite.

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    A healthy vegan holiday dinner

  3. Take time to research and select healthy vegan recipes to prepare over the holidays. Try to focus the bulk of meals on vegetables, fruits and legumes. A great source for tested holiday recipes is the Vegan’s Eat What Blog. 
  4. Get creative with raw recipes. One of my favorite sources for raw holiday recipes is Fully Raw Kristina

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    Delicious Cranberry Sauce from Fully Raw Kristina

  5. Eat raw garlic to prevent getting sick. It may seem strange, but raw garlic is one of my best home remedies for staying cold free. I’ve heard that we should eat at least 1 raw clove of garlic a day to prevent illness!
  6. Take it easy on the alcohol. Instead of selecting alcoholic beverages at parties and office functions, opt for mocktails, apple cider, kombucha, herbal teas, or fruit/herb infused water. Try this Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail for a fun, tasty drink, minus the hangover.

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    Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

  7. Walk as much as you can to ensure 30 minutes of exercise per day. Walking with family, a friend, or the family dog is a fun way to meet daily exercise goals.
  8. Don’t forget the importance of deep breathing and practicing yoga or some sort of daily stretching. Practicing deep breathing techniques helps strengthen our respiratory system which is especially important as we age.
  9. Implement your favorite self-care strategies. Meditate, use aromatherapy, or indulge in a massage or other special spa treatment.
  10. Get lots of rest. Good sleep is essential to long term good health.
  11. Plan your holiday shopping to make it as stress free as possible. Online shopping is a huge timesaver and can help alleviate a great deal of the stress associated with traditional holiday shopping
  12. Be social. Spending time with good friends and loved ones is a great way to boost your immune system.
  13. Learn to say “No.” Holidays can seem overwhelming so focus on activities and events that make the best use of your time and bring the most joy to your life.
  14. Give the gift of homemade vegan foods. Homemade granola, spiced nuts, prepackaged soup mixes and spice blends are always appreciated and easy on almost any budget.
  15. Ask for and give gifts such as healthy cooking classes, vegan cookbooks, or a session with a Vegan Lifestyle Coach. Coaches help many people get healthy and stay healthy and could be just what you need to help you get through something you may be struggling with. In fact, this is a great time to pre-order the delightful Main Street Vegan Cookbook written by my Vegan Lifestyle Coach colleagues to share with your loved ones!
  16. Instead of buying or making gifts, donate to vegan advocacy and animal welfare organizations.

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    My family and our rescued pups

  17. Save a life by serving a vegan turkey or ham alternative at your holiday meal celebrations. There are several good commercial brands currently available, or make your own animal-free holiday roast. One of the best main dishes I’ve made and served at holiday events is Lynn’s Meatloaf from the Engine 2 Diet.

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    Barley, a calf discarded by the dairy industry rescued by Broken Shovels

  18. Adopt an animal in need and encourage others to do the same. Animal are great for improving your overall mood and well-being, and please remember always adopt and never shop for a companion or other animal.
  19. Sponsor a farm animal at a local farm sanctuary. One of my favorite new sanctuaries is the Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary in Colorado where the amazing Andrea Davis rescues and cares for numerous neglected and abandoned animals. You can sponsor a farm animal at Broken Shovels and at most farm sanctuaries throughout the United States and abroad.
  20. And above all; stay positive, happy, and have fun at all your events. As happy, healthy, vegans we must lead by example and show people the great things being a vegan can do for them too!

Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese!!

I’m delighted to tell you today all about a Colorado based vegan cheese company! Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese is made by Malina Farias, in Denver CO, and is just absolutely delicious!! It’s also super versatile and provides great options for those looking for a non-dairy / vegan cheese substitute that sometimes can be hard to find (feta, queso fresco, mozzarella, gouda). Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheeses can be used in a variety of dishes, and is so good served either warmed or cold. Check out a few dishes I made below using it! And try it for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!

Find Peaceful Rebel on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Peaceful-Rebel-Vegan-Cheese-436059486755318/

Peaceful Rebel Cheeses!

When cooking with the cheese I found that it melts pretty well (cook it on a lowish heat and don’t overcook), it doesn’t melt quite the way dairy cheese does but is has a very cool texture and is super yummy. It’s great melted on pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas and in cheese sticks and sauces, test it and let us know what you use it in! Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese is also very good served as a topping or cold with crackers. Like I mentioned previously, Peaceful Rebel, is a Colorado based business and for now, only available at Nooch Vegan Market in Denver.  It’s worth the trip, however, just for the cheese, if you don’t live in Denver 🙂

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A little about Malina and why she started Peace Rebel Vegan Cheese: “I struggle, as do most vegans, with the almost casual, certainly unconcerned attitude of the plight of our beautiful oceans, forests, and fellow creatures. Creating Peaceful Rebel Cheese is my small way of addressing these issues in a positive way. Plus, I missed cheese and could not find any that I liked but could afford.”

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Gouda, sprinkled with a little paprika and served with crackers

 

Malina makes many kinds of cheese, including aged blue, American, aged parmesan and more. But she is focusing on and selling 6 for the time being: Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Queso Fresco, Herbed Feta, and Mozzarella.

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Arugula, strawberry, tempeh bacon & Feta Salad

 

The 6 cheeses are made from non-GMO tofu, organic soy milk and coconut oil. All the added “flavors” are natural or organic – no fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are Gluten Free too, although the Swiss does have gluten-removed beer.

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PIZZA! Made with mushrooms, spinach & Peaceful Rebel Mozzarella

 

You can use the cheeses in anything you’d use their dairy counterparts in. Queso Fresco is great in anything Mexican. Swiss is wonderful melted on a Reuben. Use Herbed Feta on Greek salads or pita sandwiches. Cheddar is just great on, well, everything.

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Watermelon, blueberry, mint, & Peaceful Rebel Feta Fruit Salad

 

Malina’s mission statement is simple: “We make hand-crafted non-dairy cheese with pure ingredients and amazing taste”.

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Spinach & mushroom enchiladas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco!

 

Like I mentioned previously, Peaceful Rebel is hand-made in Denver, CO. It is a small, woman-owned and operated local company. We love that! 🙂

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Kale, butternut squash, dried cranberry, tempeh bacon and Peaceful Rebel Feta Salad

 

Malina is so very grateful to live and work in this community, which is so supportive of her values as a vegan! And we are very thankful that she’s making such delicious vegan cheese! 🙂

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Tostadas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco

 

For the time being Peaceful Rebel Cheeses are available at Nooch Vegan Market (Although Malina is working on bringing the cheeses to other cities and markets, you can  contact Malina via Facebook or the email below if you’d like to connect with her) and we are giving away a gift basket to one lucky local winner – you must be able to pick up the package from Nooch in Denver to enter! Please enter below and check out this super yummy fall inspired recipe for Vegan Calabacitas! It’s really delicious 🙂

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Vegan Calabacitas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco

 

Vegan Calabacitas!

Serves 4 as a side dish

My wonderful mother cooked such delicious Mexican food and used to make me Calabacitas all the time. I’ve made this recipe for Calabacitas without cheese before and it just didn’t work. I was delighted when I found Peaceful Rebel and cooked make Calabacitas the way I remember them. The Queso Fresco is absolutely the perfect touch!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized yellow squash (cut into quarter)
  • 1 medium sized zucchini (cut into quarters)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3.5 ounces or 1/2 package Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese Queso Fresco (you can add more, if desired)
  • 1 or 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped and cleaned roasted green chili
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare squash and zucchini by quartering it lengthwise and then chop into 1/4 chunks. Set aside.

Saute chopped onion, garlic (in a few tablespoons of water or oil, if you prefer) until onions just caramelize (turn brownish), then add chopped squash and zucchini and cook until they are about half done. Add corn and move to a 1 quart casserole dish, break up the cheese by hand into small pieces and mix it in along with green chili.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes (don’t overcook).

Serve with beans and warm tortillas and your favorite condiments.

 

How to contact Malina if you’d like to special order her delicious cheese or request it at your store:

https://www.facebook.com/Peaceful-Rebel-Vegan-Cheese-436059486755318/

peacefulrebel2017@gmail.com

Here’s the link for the giveaway!! Good luck!

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Looking for a beautiful vegan jacket this winter? Check out Hoodlab!

I recently stopped by the coolest pop up shop in downtown Denver. Cici Dunn owns and operates HoodLAB and distributes Hoodlamb jackets which are some of the most beautiful and elegant jackets I’ve ever seen. Not only does HoodLAB sell jackets, they also sell the coolest hats, caps, puffy earmuffs, scarves, mittens, t shirts and faux fur accessories. The best part about HoodLAB is that all the products are sustainable & ethical; made with hemp, recycled products, vegan and cruelty free. Hoodlamb jackets are some of the warmest you will find, are super high quality and last a really long time too!

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Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell

 

HoodLamb CO aka HoodLAB is a family owned and operated HoodLamb Concept Store & World Agent for Amsterdam clothing label HoodLamb Hemp Tailors. They operate a  wholesale showroom and e-store Hoodlabstore.com. They also work with companies that want to create branded sustainable merchandise for their crew and following.

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Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell

 

HoodLAB’s signature clothing line, HoodLamb Hemp Tailors, contains design t-shirts, hoodies, furry hoodies, heavy-duty winter coats, knitwear and accessories’, all made from hemp, organic cotton and other recycled materials. Wonderful news for the conscious shopper is that HoodLamb since this season officially is PETA-approved!

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Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell

 

HoodLAB also carries THTC (The Hemp Trading Company), THTC is multiple award-winning ethical and fair brand from London/UK with a broad range of organic t-shirts designs that will make you think.

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Courtesy of HoodLamb

 

What does HoodLAB carry for winter? A full winter line! Hemp is extra warm! Developed in Amsterdam for the harsh winters, HoodLamb has always focused on functional utilitarian wear to protect against rain and cold. Since 2009 they also dress the Sea Shepherd crew on their campaigns around Antarctica and worldwide in the most extreme weather conditions. The Mens’ and Ladies’ jacket line contains key features such as 100% recycled insulation, thumbholes and oversized hoods for extra warmth, vegan faux-fur, hand-warmer pockets to name a few design details.

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Courtesy of HoodLamb

HoodLAB operates a Colorado based E-store (www.hoodlabstore.com) and also has a Rino District Showroom Store, anyone can make an appointment to come try on jackets and gear. Give them a call at 720-669-3369 if you’d like to visit to the Showroom.

 

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Courtesy of HoodLamb

 

Cici’s tips for surviving winter in the Mountains: “Colorado has many microclimates and we got 300 days of sun here so it can be deceivingly beautiful and things can change rapidly due to the mountain landscape. Make sure you have good gear to help you stay warm and comfortable. Dressing in layers is always a good idea.” And don’t forget to shop HoodLAB! 🙂

You can find HoodLAB at:

www.HoodLabstore.com

www.instagram.com/hoodlab

www.facebook.com/hoodlabstore

Hoodlamb Colorado

3049 Lawrence Street

Denver CO 80205 USA

PH: 720-669-3369

Please use the discount code on www.hoodlabstore.com; ‘HL4LIFE’ which will give you 20% off all purchases!

Healing the Vegan Way Book Review and Giveaway!

Healingtheveganway-200x300I am absolutely delighted to tell you about the new book, Healing the Vegan Way, by one of my favorite vegan chefs on the planet, Mark Reinfeld.

Mark is a widely acclaimed and multi-award winning chef and author of seven books. He has an impressive list of accomplishments including Executive Chef for North American Vegetarian Society’s Vegetarian Summerfest, and he has offered consulting services for clients such as Google, Whole Foods, Bon Appetit Management, The Peninsula Spa and more. Mark was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant in Kaua’i, which was voted “Best Restaurant on Kauai.”. Mark also teaches amazing cooking classes throughout the world with his company Vegan Fusion. In addition to the great classes he provides through Vegan Fusion, he trains instructors to be part of his team, teach classes themselves and spread the message of compassion, health and healing. For more information on these great services and where you can find a class near you, please visit www.veganfusion.com.

MarkReinfeldHeadshot-use as mainhead shot-MeganSorelcreditI love Mark because he and I share a very similar mission through our work: helping people learn about foods that heal and making them into beautiful and incredibly appealing dishes. Mark’s recipes are some of the most diverse, creative and artistic I’ve ever seen and tasted. He blends flavors from all over the world, hence the name, Vegan Fusion.

I asked him to tell us why he wrote Healing the Vegan Way: “For as long as I can remember I have been interested in the healing qualities of foods. I wanted to demonstrate that plants have the power to heal and transform our lives and that many of the major health challenges facing society can be prevented and reversed by adopting more of a plant-based diet.”

In Healing The Vegan Way, Mark has combined information from the world’s leading medical professionals like Michael Klaper, MD,  Michael Greger, MD, Joel Kahn, MD, Brenda Davis, RD, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, along with information about the healing properties of plant based foods and his some of best healing raw and cooked recipes. By providing all you need to know cook delicious, healthy vegan meals including 200 simple whole-food recipes, health-supportive cleanses, menu plans, and more, Mark helps you get the most out of your food and lead your most vibrant, happy and healthy life.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Mark is not only a super sweet guy with a wealth of knowledge, he’s also incredibly funny and both his classes and cookbooks are very entertaining! Whether you take a class from him or just read his books, you will not be disappointed. Just a few of the incredible dishes with super healing properties you will enjoy in Healing The Vegan Way include; Vegan Cheeses and Dips, Watermelon Gazpacho, Healing Broth, Maple Baked Tempeh, Cauliflower Steaks, Grilled Eggplant Towers with Cashew Ricotta, tons of salads and other mains, numerous healing drinks, juices and smoothies and healthy desserts.

Also, if you are in Colorado please join us for Mark’s Vegan Fusion classes coming up! I will be there and they are exceptional events!!

August 3 day Immersion: http://veganfusion.com/boulder-co-3-day-vegan-fusion-culinary-immersion/

November 10 Day Immersion: http://veganfusion.com/denver-co-10-day-vegan-fusion-cuisine-cooking-immersion/

And, finally! A recipe from the book! Enjoy!

Raw Coconut Curry Vegetables

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Raw Coconut Curry Veggies

Yield: 4 cups vegetables

Prep time: 30 minutes, Total time: 30 minutes

Serving size: 1 cup | Number of servings: 4

Curries, staples of Indian cuisine, are often cooked. This raw version gives you the wonderful warm flavor of curry with the juiciness and crunch of raw vegetables and sprouts. Curry is a blend of ground spices, including cayenne or red pepper, coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Turmeric provides the signature golden color along with many of the healing benefits. Low in fat, sugar, and sodium, curry itself is a great source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, iron, and manganese. A superior way to enjoy an enzyme-rich and satisfying raw veggie meal. Enjoy as part of a raw feast with raw nori rolls or raw chocolate pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 medium-size zucchini, spiralized (4 cups tightly packed)
  • 1 cup tightly packed julienned red cabbage
  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons wheat-free tamari or other soy sauce, or coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1 cup Raw Coconut Curry Sauce (see recipe)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • ¼ cup mung bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts (optional)

Directions:

Combine the zucchini, red cabbage, and bell pepper in a bowl. Add the lime juice, and tamari, if using. Add the Raw Coconut Curry Sauce and toss well. Portion out into four bowls, or leave in one bowl and serve family style.

Top with the green onion, mung bean sprouts, if using, cilantro, and peanuts, if using. Have fun!

Variations: add other veggies, such as julienned yellow bell pepper, carrot, or beet. Add 1 cup of raw kelp noodles (see page 87). Add 1 cup of julienned medium-soft coco-nut meat.

Raw Coconut Curry Sauce

Yield: 2 cups sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes, Total time: 10 minutes,

Serving size: 1/4 cup | Number of servings: 8

Experience a hint of the tropics in this raw version of a coconut curry. Curry powder provides the dominant flavor with the spices turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Low on carb and high on fiber, coconut meat helps you metabolize both protein and fat due to its whopping manganese content. Serve with Raw Coconut Curry Vegetables or even as a dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup medium-soft fresh coconut meat
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon seeded and diced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos, wheat-free tamari, or other soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.

Variations: Replace the coconut meat and ½ cup of coconut water with 1 cup of coconut milk. Replace the almond butter with peanut butter.

Excerpted from Healing the Vegan Way: plant-based eating for optimal health and wellness by Mark Reinfeld. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Press | Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

We have a copy of Healing the Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on August 4th. Good luck!

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Super Sprout Salad!

Please enter the giveaway here: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/8066c6e737/

 

Ranger’s Bakery – Healthy Dog Treats and Giveaway!!

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I have another wonderful small business to share with you! This time a delicious Colorado local pet treat business, Ranger’s Bakery! Shelby and her dog Ranger (who was the inspiration for the creation of Ranger’s Bakery) offer a variety of awesome dogs treat. Many of which are vegan! Yay!

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Shelby is Colorado native and before starting Ranger’s Bakery was a full-time college student. She was just shy of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Church Planting when she decided to pursue the culinary field. Shelby’s always loved cooking and it helps that she’s actually good at it!

Ranger is a German Shepherd, Husky mix whom she rescued last year. Ranger inspired Shelby’s passion to create quality dog treats with trusted, natural ingredients. Ranger loves these treats, and Shelby feels good as his mom knowing it’s good for him too! They love sharing their treats with their fur-friends and they would love to share them with your furry buddies too! 🙂
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Why did Shelby start Ranger’s Bakery? Shelby adopted Ranger from Two Blondes All Breed Rescue in Denver. Ranger was initially rescued, along with his mother and siblings, in San Antonio, Texas. He was eight weeks when she brought him home. By his second day home, he started to show signs that he was sick. It turned out that the puppies had gotten worms from their mother. The rescue did a great job getting all the necessary treatments for the pups, but Ranger was the only one still not pulling through. He ended up staying a week and a half at a vet hospital. He was a true fighter, and it inspired her. Shelby started researching dog health and the importance of a healthy diet and nutrition for dogs, just like humans. She was stunned to learn about the high rate of cancer in dogs and that, many times, it could be traced back to their diet. So she started making organic treats for Ranger. He went absolutely crazy for them! She let her creativity run wild and put together some great recipes. That’s when she decided to put her treats on Etsy. She really wanted to share them with everyone and provide organic and healthy options for dog owners.
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Shelby and I agree that there are so many benefits of feeding dogs healthy and organic foods; organic food tastes better, it’s been proven to promote animal welfare overall, it prevents cancer, boosts the immune system, prevents premature aging, and reduces the risk of heart diseases.

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Shelby feels that Ranger’s Bakery has so much to offer because of the integrity of the ingredients each treat is made with. All of the fruits and veggies are farmed locally, so they’re super fresh. She uses only certified organic produce and which means less pesticides on produce. And it’s a huge plus that organic farming is better for the environment too! Ranger’s Bakery’s vegan treats offer some great benefits and provide dog owners with many options when it comes to healthy choices for their beloved fur babies. Some people may not realize the benefit of vegan dog foods and treats. Just as they do in humans, vegetables provide some great health promoting and disease fighting properties.

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You can find all of Ranger’s Bakery’s delicious treats here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/rangersbakery

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Please also like Shelby and Ranger on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/rangersbakery/?fref=ts

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And! One of the best things about Ranger’s Bakery is that you can order a sample pack of all Ranger’s Bakery’s delicious vegan treats!! My dogs absolutely love them!! 🙂
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And don’t forget to enter Ranger’s Bakery Summer Giveaway! Good Luck! 🙂

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Zoodles with Parsley Pesto!

Zoodles (zucchini or another spiralized vegetable) are amazing and the recipe below provides some awesome benefits, is tasty and a great summer recipe too! I love my spiralizer and am loving experimenting with different recipes!

Veggie Noodles with Parsley Pesto

Some fun facts about this recipe:

  • Walnuts are highest in Omega 3s of any food, and are essential for vegan diets- considered “brain food”. Good at boosting mood, great protein source, full of fiber, b vitamins and other minerals. You should add them to many of your dishes! The other seed with as many benefits is hemp seed
  • Parsley is good detoxifier
  • Lemon juice is also a good detoxifier and is great at enhancing flavor
  • Nutritional yeast has a cheesy flavor and a good source B12
  • You can spiralize a number of veggies—potato, sweet potato, carrots, beets, cabbage, green pepper, onion, apples
  • Other things you can do with veggie noodles includes; salads, garnishes, all sorts of fun veggies, Asian dishes, raw marinara, alfredo, or veggie primavera. Even fruit salads!IMG_1413

Just a few of the benefits of Raw Foods:

  • Food is considered raw if it is prepared below 108 degrees Fahrenheit, or completely uncooked.
  • Raw foods preserve more enzymes in food. More vital life force energy is available, these are foods in their natural state.
  • Raw foods are full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are available. Most of us realize the importance of vitamins and minerals, but may not realize that phytonutrients provide additional support to vitamins.
  • Raw foods strengthen the immune system and slow the aging process.
  • Good sources of antioxidants
  • Full of water and lots of fiber
  • Can prevent many diseases
  • Can assist with weight loss, healthier bodies and increased energy
  • Great for your skin and give you that vegan “glow”

Veggie Noodles with Parsley Pesto

This light and refreshing pasta is a perfect quick meal for the summer and will help you use up some of those extra farmer’s market veggies.

Parsley Lemon Pesto

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley, packed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, if desired
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Put the parsley, oil, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta and Toppings

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2 Carrots
  • 20 Capers (or more, if desired)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes or 3 regular sized tomatoes, chopped (approximately 1 cup)
  • 20 Kalamata Olives, chopped

Make the carrots and zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer. Top the spiralized noodles with the pesto. Add the capers, tomatoes, and olives. Serve immediately and enjoy!