Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

I want to share some thoughts today on Vegan “Dieting” and healthy weight loss.   I’m absolutely NOT a ‘green smoothie’ gal – can’t stand the taste so I stopped trying to like them years ago.  But green powders, full of tons of nutrients like ‘Organic Spirulina’ Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley’ – that I can do everyday to add healthy, non-fat greens to my diet.  I’ve been hiding Oriya Organics green powders in my foods for over a year now and can really attest to the increased energy they can give an already healthy, plant based diet. The wonderful folks at Oriya want to share some goodies with one lucky reader now this week.  Don’t forget to enter to win a full size of their ‘Supergreen Medley’ a full size ‘Superfood Protein Medley‘ and a cool mixing cup – all up for grabs at the end of the post here. First a little background on me: I’m one of those Vegans who didn’t exactly lose weight when I stopped eating meat and animal products 3 years ago. When I stopped eating dairy products 5 years ago, I basically lived on meat and veggies for two years.  That brought me a…

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Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

  What’s better than using up a whole lotta fresh veggies from your refrigerator and coming up with a delicious, spicy pot of chunky chili?  Well in my case today, combining them with a few Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits from Kathy Hester’s new book, “The Easy Vegan Cookbook”.  Woah,  what a good combination ♥   I’ve been in such a ‘Fall Foods’ mood this week, I finally broke down and emptied out the veggies I had left in the fridge, put it all in a pot and called it ‘chili’.  Luckily for me…it tastes darn good too!! Not to let a good bowl of chili stand alone, I tried out a recipe from Kathy’s newest book to compliment the spice and tang of the my chili.  Kathy’s Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits are a play on the old Baking Mix boxed biscuits that we all used to know and love.  But these are whole lot tastier and a whole lot better for you.    I used a Gluten-Free flour for mine but Kathy gives lots of options and ideas in her recipe.  Sorry I can’t share that recipe here but get started on the chili, and then pick up a copy of…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

Fighting a nasty bug tonight.  Don’t work one day in the rain for 8 hours and then in the bitter wind the next day and expect your body not to react somehow….ugggh…. but I didn’t want to miss highlighting Healthy Slow Cooking and  Kathy’s delicious posting featuring 6 chili recipes just perfect for this fall from last week’s potluck!   Thanks Kathy  ♥   So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the…

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July 4th Summer ‘Vegan’ Munchies

July 4th Summer ‘Vegan’ Munchies

Yes, you are seeing this again.  It’s a replay from Memorial Day.  Worth seeing again, and again…. Happy July 4th Weekend !!  What’s on the menu for your holiday cookouts July 4th weekend? May I suggest a few of these goodies……..starting off with a delectable creamy slaw, spiced up with a touch of horseradish. This slaw is simple: 3 cups shredded slaw mix + 6 Tbs Vegan Sour Cream + 4 Tbs Vegan Mayo 6 tsp sugar + 3 Tbs Prepared Horseradish + 1 Tbs Celery Seed +         1/2 tsp Sea Salt + 1/2 tsp Black Pepper +1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar + 1/2 Cup Diced Green Pepper + Sliced Cherry Tomatoes. Blend and chill for 1 hour.    Now on to the grilling…..Vegans don’t grill you say?  WAHHH, of course we do!!   These cucumber chili dogs will blow any mystery meat, red-dye-filled dog away at your cookout!    All the messy, bold flavors of a traditional spicy chili dog……without all the, well, yucky stuff.    Baby cucumbers will grill up in just 1 minute and bring you the most flavorful, crisp and tasty dogs you’ve ever put in your mouth.  I was actually surprised how similar the…

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Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Chili

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Chili

OH Boy, we’re heatin’ things up in D.C. this week! Ready for fall weather?  Ready for savory soups and chilis that warm up those first breezy cold days?  This chili won’t disappoint.   It has all the spice you could want and all the flavor of your favorite Mexican meal.  Now that’s a bowl full of fun! Team up your chili with a few hearty slices of spicy, cakey gluten free corn bread and Wow!  You’ve got your groove on…….. I’ve blended the best of a Mexican meal with a simple vegetable chili for the best of both meals.  Heat optional, very recommended! Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Red Chili 1 lbs bag of frozen Okra or 2 cups of fresh, sliced 24 oz. Old El Paso Brand ‘Thick & Chunky’ Salsa (1) 10 oz. jar of Old El Paso Brand Enchilada Sauce (Hot) (2) 9 oz. cans of Green Chilis 14 oz. bag frozen Edamame 32 oz. or 2  cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained 3 cups of water 1 cup brown lentils 16 oz. Tofu Taco Meat 1 cup dried Shiitake Mushrooms 1 tsp. Sea Salt 3 Tbs Chili Powder 1 Tbs. Cumin 1 Jalapeno diced 1 tsp.…

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Hearty Country Miso Soup

Hearty Country Miso Soup

 I fell in love with Miso soup at the same time I fell for sushi.   I love how simple the flavors are.  But being the Super Soupista that I have become since going Vegan, I just had to throw in some other goodies when I mixed up my first homemade batch of Miso. My husband and I spent last Saturday afternoon perusing our Asian Market to gather up all the items we’d need to try our hand at homemade sushi.  Making our first Miso just went along naturally with the whole ‘Sushi Shin-dig’.  The sushi went so well we wondered why we’d been paying so much in the restaurants for it?  It was so fun getting everything laid out on the table and rolling up our favorite things inside.  More on that soon but this Miso soup was a simple part of our Asian meal, and probably the most nutritious as well.  I’m not someone who has limited my Soy intake as some do but there are non-soy Miso products as well.  If you do use Soy Miso, choosing a good organic brand can greatly improve the health benefits for you. If you’re not into Tofu, this one is not…

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Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

How many times have you wanted to make up a good vegetable based soup and haven’t had the stock.  Or you’ve spent $3-4 on vegetable bullion cubes? Now you can easily make up your own vegetable stock powder that is full of fresh nutrients like Nutritional Yeast and caters to your own tastes. Click here for the stock  recipe:   Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder I used my first batch of this wonderful powder to make a base for the Very Veggie Chili below.  It was flavorful and healthy. Adjust the sodium, flavors and heat to your own liking.  No more lugging home boxes of vegetable stock.  You’re paying for the water in them. And they’re heavy!  🙂 This little jar takes up a tiny space in my kitchen now compared with boxed stock or frozen homemade stock.  And then there’s the fantastic benefits of the Nutritional Yeast!!! Very Veggie Chili 1 Can Black Beans, rinsed 1 Can White Kidney Beans 2 cups of chopped Cucumber (English preferred) 1 can Tomato Paste 1 small can Diced Tomatoes + 10 fresh ripe Cherry Tomatoes halved 2 Cups of Squash Cubes ( I used 1 Kabosha cooked to fork tender) 2 Cups of Button…

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