Posts tagged ‘vegan’

January 2, 2014


Your go to source for fresh, seasonal, flavorful vegan recipes

July 24, 2013

Mango Green Smoothie

Will keep you full for hours, and is a great recovery smoothie because it has potassium from the banana. Feel free to add some greek yogurt for more protein or if you are not worried about keeping it vegan!


1 cup frozen mango chunks

1 banana, sliced

2 cups baby spinach leaves or 1 cup frozen

1/2 cup chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water or coconut water for a couple hours in a glass jar, lasts for a week and adds awesome protein to your smoothies)

1 tsp cinnamon


Blend and love!



July 1, 2013

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

There are different variations of this recipe but this three ingredient powerhouse is incredible. With only natural sugars, this dessert is delicious, easy, and takes 3 minutes to make.


1/2 avocado

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, or more if you want a deeper chocolate flavor

Maple syrup or honey, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup)

Vegan if you use maple syrup and not honey.


Process all ingredients in a food processor until creamy and smooth. Top with sea salt if desired.



June 11, 2013

How to Make Your Own Cashew Milk, No Draining Necessary

I wish i had a fun tutorial for you guys with some crisp pictures, but all I have is my iPhone which does the job pretty well, and is so portable. I found the perfect cashew milk tutorial from Cookie and Kate and it came out perfect for smoothies and the like. Try it and let me know how you guys like making your own nut milk! No nut bag necessary.


You can say that again.



June 4, 2013

Thug Kitchen

Eat Like You Give A Fuck

These are some awesome recipes and I dare you to go on this site and not laugh.




P.S. Even more hilarious if you read them out loud.



May 28, 2013

Berry Minty Salad with Mixed Berries, Neem Honey Drizzle, and Pink Himalayan Salt

Hello happy healthy readers,

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day Weekend! I know I did, and it was that much harder coming in to work today. But a day off in the beginning of the week means the weekend is that much closer. I meant to send a package of goodies over to my friend, and I did a great job with her letter but I am still figuring out the perfect dessert that flies well. Let me know what you guys think and if you have any suggestions!

The perfect summer berry salad with pink himalayan salt and neem honey drizzle. I am sure that I am not the first one to combine salt and fruit together, but the ingredients were on my shelf and I knew there was no going back.

Salt makes sweet taste sweeter. I guess you could apply that to life as well. I am sure This was also a hit at the BBQ I went to yesterday with some old friends and a good catch up session. I tried veggie hot dogs for the first time and I was very impressed. There was great company and there was good wine.

Try to use organic honey and organic berries.


2 cups mixed berries, I used blackberries, blueberries and strawberries because it is what I had on hand but you can use your favorite mix

1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

1 tablespoon neem honey

1/4 cup mint leaves, or more to taste


Wash berries and pat dry. Add honey to taste and mix, top with mint leaves and salt. Mix well and serve. This salad gets better the longer you let the salt break down the berries. Good for a day or two.

Can be made vegan if you sub agave for the honey.




March 25, 2013

Eziekel French Toast with Sliced Berries and Cinnamon

Dear Breakfast,

I am utterly obsessed with you.

Often, the mornings are hectic for me, and with Septa being difficult as usual, my mornings are definitely times I want to be left alone for the most part. When I don’t have to rush to work, which probably will never happen because I am probably never going to be a morning person, this is the go to breakfast. 

I have had to settle for making it on weekends.

But this French toast makes my life complete. You can substitute the ingredients you like, but I am going to give you the vegan version.


2 slices original Eziekel bread, or cinnamon raisin if you are feeling fancy (I get mine from Trader Joe’s but it is a gluten free bread made with rice and lentils, and it is a sprouted whole grain) Feel free to use any bread for this, I just go gluten free because my body hates me if I don’t for the most part, so I save the days I suffer for when I am not cooking at home.

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or soy milk 

1/2 banana

A pinch of Pink Himalayan salt

A pinch of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cinnamon

6 strawberries, washed and sliced

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

2 teaspoons orange blossom honey or pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon Earth Balance or PAM, for skillet

Chia seeds, optional


Mash banana with the salt, nutmeg, milk, and cinnamon.Toss in bread to the wet mixture, if you want a nice crunchy toast, feel free to toast the toast first. Grill in a skillet until both sides are nice and brown. Top with more cinnamon and honey or maple syrup if desired.Top with berries and prepare to watch the rest of the world disappear, until  you finish this awesome breakfast.



Happy mornings!

March 18, 2013

Healthy Happy Life

Kathy is a popular vegan blogger with over 125,000 readers. She has some easy recipes that are great to read, and I found some greta dishes I want to try on her site. The vegan lifestyle piques my interest, even though I do not want to follow a strictly vegan lifestyle at the moment. Her blog is for everyone, and while some ingredients may not be familiar to you, I find it very cool that she has things that are heart healthy for you. I have been introduced to new ways of cooking and new ingredients to incorporate into my diet because of her blog. Like all recipes, I am open to trying new things, and something that works for her body may not work for everyone. That being said, check out her blog because I am sure you will spend hours on it! She has a way of describing her dishes, and is gifted in writing about food. I am going to attempt her raw cheesecake at some point this week, when I have time. I bought some cashews and am curious how delicious a lemon twisted raw cheesecake would be.

Check her out guys!

Healthy, Happy Life with Kathy

March 18, 2013

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Meep. Mondays. Why are Fridays so far from Mondays and Mondays so close to Fridays?

I have read and reread this book numerous times, and checked it out so much that I feel like I need to just buy a copy! For those of you who know me personally, you know that libraries and bookstores are where I feel the most comfortable, and there are numerous books I would spend time with over people. This book promotes a vegan lifestyle, but takes it a step further by going the “Superhero” route, which is a step further from vegan, limited vegan processed products, and limiting baked goods and sweets, even if they are natural. The Superhero diet is what she follows eighty percent of the time and she is vegan the rest of the time. Her recipes are really easy to follow, and she has opened up a whole new world of the vegan life for me. I am not a vegan now, and I don’t now if I can commit to not eating cheese, but I do love vegan recipes so I do make them often. Maybe one day I will be forced to give up cheese forever, since I don’t tolerate lactose well now, but I love a good cheese and my favorite restaurants are wine cheese and bread based. Needless to say my favorite meal is brunch, and eggs are my sinfully delicious weakness. Right now, I cannot go vegan nor do I want to, so I will commit to what works for me for now. 

Alicia seems to really be benefiting from her new life, which is really refreshing to see. She had some health issues that were fixed by going vegan, and for some people this is the best way of eating and taking care of their bodies. I do not try to promote a certain diet on this blog, especially since I don’t think that diets work, but trying new recipes is always fun. I know what Alicia means is a lifestyle change as well, because she does not want you to go vegan or be a superhero and make it a one time thing, even though she does not judge if you are a meat eater or not. I like that she is open for everyone to try her recipes, because any meal without animals is benefiting the planet. I like healing foods like lentils, beans, nuts, and brown rice, so I will dabble in her Superhero recipes and let you know what I think of them. I love trying new things and while just eating lentils, brown rice, dark greens, and beans for the most part is boring for some people, it seems like a welcome change for me since I have eaten 80 percent great the last two weeks, but with birthdays and going to birthday parties and happy hour catching up with friends, my body isn’t feeling a hundred percent. I finished the last of the soy milk today and I am running to the store after work to grab some rice milk. Soy milk is very processed, and thankfully tofu is not as processed, otherwise I would not eat it a couple times a week. I am going to make some small changes and see what it does for my body, and as always, I am here to update you on how it goes. I think that my body just needs a rest from the constant partying (haha not really a party, just not eating as fresh as I have been in the past) and it would be nice to go back to eating some nice earthy foods. I am going to indulge these little cravings for now because I am sure my body is trying to tell me something.

Want more information?

Here is Alicia’s definition of the Superhero diet:
The Superhero plan is loosely based on the macrobiotic diet on top of a vegan foundation. That means, fresh whole foods, grown locally and in season… revolving around whole grains, vegetables, beans, and lots of other good things. White sugar, white flower, and processed junk should be avoided entirely.

How strict should you be?

First of all, I always feel better when I eat superhero. Overall, I’d say I eat superhero about 80% of the time and the rest vegan. This is a good approach for people who are generally healthy. When I’m getting ready for a role or an event, or I feel a little tired or off, I eat a very clean, as close as possible 100% superhero diet. A more strict superhero diet is also ideal if you are trying to lose weight or heal a specific illness or condition, like a bad cold or more serious illnesses like cancer. In the latter instance, I recommend seeing a macrobiotic counselor.

Is the Superhero diet only for sick people?

Many of the foods a sick person might eat on a strict superhero diet are delicious for healthy superheroes too! I eat healing foods like brown rice, beans, steamed bok choy or kale, and miso almost everyday. I just dabble in the vegan flirty world from time to time too. I generally don’t deprive myself of the occasional treat, like a vegan cookie, slice of vegan pizza, or a half glass of wine, sometimes more. Whenever I indulge, I know how to help my body recover. If I ever feel less than great, a cup of my healing tea or a good superhero meal usually brings me back to feeling my best.

That said, once you taste the glory of eating superhero and feeling so clean, balanced and pure, it’s hard to want anything else. But I still play a little with the flirty vegan stuff. The rest of the time, I’m macrobiotic/superhero, and I love it.

When I was in New York, the vegan food was way too delicious to resist! It was the holidays, and I wanted to try everything. I will say I was feeling way more tired, grumpy and weird, all because of the sugar and the excessive use of salt at restaurants. I was cooking to balance it out, so I wasn’t going too crazy, but now it feels so great to go back to serious superhero times. Even Christopher is being more superhero with me right now… Yay! So join us!

I hope this helps!



Want more information on The Kind Life?

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Whether you you are a meat lover or not, this book has something for everyone. It promotes being kind to the earth and her facts are very compelling, if you just want a good read. Her story is also interesting and she is not pretentious about her lifestyle. She wants you to flirt with recipes and see what you like, and there is something beautiful in the way she accepts everyone.



March 15, 2013

JT’s SNL Veganville Skit

Bring it down to Veganville



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