Romaine lettuce (1 head, shredded in big pieces& rinsed & dried)
Fresh Spinach(rinsed & dried)
Fresh Kale(rinsed & dried)
Can of chickpeas(drained)
Approx.1/2 cup leftover scrambled tofu*
2 TBSPNS Tahini
1 sheet Nori (shredded)
2 TBSPNS Gomashio
Sprinkle of S&P(to taste)
2 TBSPNS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mix in a big bowl altogether & enjoy as a salad or as my son suggested put in a wrap...Yummo!
(He's so smart:) )
* My favorite scrambled tofu recipe is Dr. Neal Barnard's recipe from the book that changed my life"Food for Life".
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups soy milk
2 blocks 90% Lindt dark chocolate
(Break chocolate into bits)
1 TBSPN Flaxseed meal
3 ice cubes
Blend all together in a blender & drink!!! Yummy in the tummy!
- Grapeseed oil, 1-10 oz.fresh white mushrooms(rinsed, dried & chopped)
- 2 carrots(peeled & chopped into half coins)
- 2 leeks(peeled,washed&coined)
- 2 shallots (peeled & chopped)
- fresh bag spinach(rinsed)
- 1 lb.frozen broccoli
- 1 cup fresh lentils
- 1 can green beans, drained(or 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen)
- 1 can pinto beans(rinsed & drained)
- 4 red potatoes(washed & chopped small)
- 2 boxes vegetable broth(32 oz.each)
- dried 1 tsp of each of these: oregano, basil, celery salt, garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric, and ground black pepper, and gomashio
- 1 tsp dried of each of these: chives & cumin
- 2 tsps. sea salt & 1 sheet of Nori ground in a coffee grinder(you can shred into tiny pieces if you don't own a grinder).
- Chop all ingredients, wash & dry & set aside. Prep is the key to making it go smoothly.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil in stock put & throw in shallots. Cook till soft.
- Throw in mushrooms. Cook till soft. Add 2 Tbsp. veg.broth.
- Throw in Leeks. Cook for 3 mins. Add 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil.
- Throw in carrots & red potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes. Add more broth as needed- make sure covers veggies.
- Add 12 cups water & stir. Add fresh spinach, broccoli, green beans, pinto beans & lentils. Cook for 5 mins.
- Add 1 last Tbsp. Grapeseed oil & all dried herbs, spices/ seasoning EXCEPT for Gomashio, Nori, S&P. Stir & cook for 15 mins.
- Pour in rest of vegetable broth, S & P. Cook for 20 mins.
- Add Gomashio & Nori & cook for 5 mins.
Hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you enjoyed or any variations you might have used.
I wanted to take a moment to discuss my love of Pomegranates. They are a beautiful fruit that is so delicious & good for you. You can eat the seeds alone or put in blender for juice. Even can be made into a shampoo! (Haven't tried it yet, but will). Pomegranates have been said to help reduce blood pressure. It can also benefit heart & blood vessels & to inhibit certain cancers. It can amazingly stimulate serotonin & estrogen receptors that can naturally improve depression!!* Wow!!! My favorite way to enjoy this delicious fruit? The seeds mixed in with other berries in a fruit salad or even alone. As long as an organic & natural source, it can be enjoyable as a juice too. Such a perfect part of nature! What are your favorite ways to enjoy Pomegranates? *Info from various research online( especially from Dr. Fuhrman's articles)
Clippings & sticks from Bradford pear tree clippings that you trim in Fall & strong brown & green craft wire.( you can get wire at a craft store or hardware store).
If you're careful, you can bend the sticks( not too thick) & enroll a partner(my Hubby helped me :) ) or you can invest in a wreath frame found at craft stores. Keep bending & tie tightly around until the thickness of the branches are what you want.
I have made many wreaths through the years, but this one was very nice. Wish the pictures did it justice. It's so relaxing & fun & you would normally throw the clippings away. Why not recycle & use for another purpose? Hope you have as much fun as I did!! :)
PETA's Vegan College Cookbook is currently my favorite, because it's all about cooking vegan in the microwave or without cooking! It's pretty awesome. I found it cheapest at Walmart for $8.99.
|PETA's Vegan College Cookbook|
|The Naked Roommate|
|Flying Apron's Gluten Free and Vegan Baking Book|
These are my must-have books for school, what do you think? Do you have any to add? I'm hoping these will keep me busy and fed at school!
- E.L.F products. By far the best, cheapest, make-up company I know, And it's vegan! I just purchased an eye shadow set full of colors I could use for $8. And there were 32 different shades! If you're a new customer, get 50% off a $20 or more studio line by using this code: ECS50F at checkout. Sign up for emails and get even more great deals!
- Aeropostale. This clothing store has pretty great prices. You know what else? They almost never use real fur, leather, or animal products. Check them out! (But always check the labels just in case!)
- Converse. Not the cheapest shoe out there, but they can have good sales and are 100% vegan. Get free shipping or 60% off clearance by going to the site now!
- Bath & Body Works. They don't test on animals, and give millions of coupons and sales! Get $10 off $30 by entering F139274 at checkout
- Seventh Generation. They are eco-friendly AND vegan, and have everything from cleaning products, to personal care, to tampons!
- Wet n Wild. This cute make-up company is mostly vegan, just beware of Carmine, which they state is, "relatively harmless and is considered an all-natural ingredient" but is an animal ingredient nevertheless.
- PETA. They are all about vegans, and offer tips, advice, clothing, prizes, school supplies, free e-cards, things to do in your free time (instead of spending money), and all sorts of rewards for helping animals if you join their street team! To get $10 off $50 at PETA, enter the code EWEB10 at checkout.
- The All Natural Face. OMG. This is my favorite face makeup company ever. They have the best foundation and concealers, and AMAZING prices. Go there, now! I recently stocked up on school makeup with a 50% off groupon (now expired). But sign up for emails to get free stuff with purchases and always look for coupons!
|Guitar String and Seashell|
|Guy's Necklace (or girl's too)|
Guitar String Necklace
- Take a guitar string:
|Add the seashell|
|Loop the Guitar String|
|Wearing it a bit longer as a necklace|
|Guitar String Necklace|
You will Need:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup natural applesauce
1/2 cup natural Peanut Butter(we like Smucker's)
|oats, applesauce, and peanut butter|
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
3 TBSPNS. vegan mini choc chips(We Love" Enjoy Life" brand)
|Vegan Chocolate Chips|
4 TBSPNS. frozen raspberries
2 TBSPNS. Maple Sugar(You can substitute Brown Sugar or 1/2 TBSPN stevia if you wish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the applesauce with the peanut butter.
Add all of the other ingredients with the applesauce mixture.
With a cookie scoop, put on a greased cookie sheet(We use Spectrum organic all vegetable shortening)
|Vegan, Organic Shortening|
Bake for 15 minutes.
Take out & cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes.
|Onto the cookie sheet|
Makes approx. 24 cookies, depending on size.
I love yoga because it keeps me in shape for running, helps me wake up in the morning and fall asleep on nights when I can't sleep, and makes me feel good. My favorite kind of yoga is the relaxing kind. I'm not a yoga buff by any means, I'm not super flexible or super strong, but I do love the relaxing kind of yoga I do.
My favorite moves are:
- Tree Pose
- This is probably my favorite pose. You stand on one foot, lifting your foot to above your knee, and balance. It helps with focus, strength, and balance.
- Sun Salutation
- In this pose you do a lot of moving. You start by standing, bend your knees and put your palms together, then reach up to the sky, straightening your legs and facing your palms out, and leaning back toward the sun. This is usually done continuosly, by then bending your knees and going back to the original position.
- Corpse Pose
- This may be a "lazy" pose, but it is amazing for just relaxing, fixing your breath, and meditating. The best part? You can fall asleep! In this pose, you lay on your back, legs and arms apart, palms up, and eyes closed.
- Child's Pose
- This is one of my go-to poses for waking up or going to sleep. It is relaxing and a good stretch. Sitting on your knees, you reach forward and rest your head on your knees. Bring your arms back to lay by your side and relax for a few breaths.
- Legs-up-the-Wall Pose
- I didn't realize this pose was used in yoga until recently, but it has become my savior! If your legs hurt from standing or walking or running, Put your legs straight up on the wall and sit there until you feel better. This pose helped me for years in cross country and on days when my legs just hurt. The more you do on your feet, the more lactic acid pools in your legs. When you put them up so high, it drains your fluids to your liver, and you pee it out! (That may be TMI, but I thought it was interesting information)
- Eagle Pose
- In this, your legs are crossed, standing on one foot, and your arms are crossed over each other as you reach to the sky. It's similar to the beginning of the Sun Salutation, but in this you are balancing and your legs and arms are crossed.
|Dying my hair!|
Want a new color that lasts a week? You can try a crazy new color for cheap with kool-aid! I've done this two summers in a row and I have a lot of fun with it. Last summer I did an all-over red in my hair, and this year I did different colored streaks of red, orange, and blue.
Kool-aid is accidentally vegan, so it's a great way to dye your hair on a budget! I got my kool-aid packets on sale for 10 cents each. I spent a whopping 40 cents on my hair dye! It is temporary though, so it doesn't last as long as regular hair dye, but it lasts longer than one wash! Last year it lasted 2 weeks, this time I'll have to see how long it lasts!
Kool-Aid Hair Dye
If you want all-over color:
- Mix 3-5 packets of kool-aid with just enough water and conditioner to make a paste.
- Cover the area to avoid kool-aid stains and wear throw-away gloves.
- Work the paste into sections of hair, covering every strand from root to tip. (Or wherever you want the color)
- Wrap your hair in plastic wrap, cover your pillows in rags so they don't stain, and sleep on it!
- The next morning, unwrap your hair and rinse it out in the shower. Do not shampoo, but condition your hair. It will look really cool when dry!
If you want streaks:
|Olive Oil Make-up Remover|
We girls love to wear our makeup sometimes & we try to wear natural with the best ingredients in them. Taking off the makeup is another story! I don't want to go through all of the trouble(not really trouble) of putting on beautiful high-quality makeup, then ruin my face with a chemical-laden product of a makeup remover. Mandi & I have found a great solution!! OLIVE OIL!!! :) It glides on smoothly, will not irritate your face(seriously, ladies) & takes that makeup right off!! Yay!! You can keep the oil as is, a dab or two on a cotton ball or find a recyclable tin or what-not & pour in & freeze overnight, then glide off with a tissue or a clean finger(don't double -dip with same finger for bacterial reasons) & wipe carefully on eyes. Voila!!
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 can black beans (or whatever you prefer)
1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
2 slices of a healthy bread, crumbled
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper to taste
1 TBSPN. natural ketchup, certain Hunt's brands are good, or homemade if you'd like
olive oil or avocado oil for frying
1)Sautee the onion, pepper, garlic, with some oil.
2)In a Large bowl, mash the beans until almost smooth. Add the sauteed onion mix. Add rest of the ingredients minus the flour. Then add flour, 1 TBSPN at a time.Combine well, with spoon. Mixture will be mushy & thick.
3)Form beans into patties, to size preferred.
4)Fry burgers in rest of oil til browned well & crispy on both sides(approx.3 minutes on each side)
Makes 6 or more burgers depending on size.
I hope you can try these sometime. Enjoy!!
This is how we clean our makeup brushes:
Hello, again! How are you all enjoying this beautiful summer weather? Personally, I have been soaking up these rays all day, gardening, playing with my dog and bunnies, and just relaxing!
I also found time to make this awesome toothpaste with my mom. It makes your teeth feel so much cleaner and really whitened up my teeth! You should give it a try!
Store-bought toothpaste can be pretty scary. Looking at the label, you see that its even dangerous to swallow! And it's supposed to go in your mouth, right? :P
The good news (there's always good news!) is that you can make your own. And its really very simple.
When making your own, you can choose each ingredient, be picky about what you use, change the taste, and save money!
6 Tbs Baking soda
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
6 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp sweetener (optional)
Mix these ingredients together and store in an air-tight container, and use whenever you brush your teeth! *warning: if you're not used to baking soda in your mouth, it can taste bitter. It is worth it though, so give it a try!
Because of bacteria concerns, you may not want to use this every day. But its a great way to whiten your teeth and use a natural way to clean your teeth!
(We are not dentists, but we are speaking from personal experience)
What do y'all think? Does it work for you? How do you feel about toothpaste?
Recipe for homemade chocolate:
1/4 cup organic cocoa
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1-2 Tbs. real maple syrup, depending on how sweet you'd like it.
*Place in cookie molds(or free form it) on top of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer for at least an hour & enjoy.
Recipe for a homemade chocolate "milk shake" (vegan):
Follow recipe for our chocolate/peanut butter vegan ice cream (below-one of our first postings)
frozen rice whip
almond milk (we just eye ball it for amount needed)
pour in glass with shaved dark chocolate for decoration along with chunk in middle(we like Lindt or use the homemade)