“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

  Woohoo! It’s another yummy entry in my Nut Butter Bash this year!! This month we have the pleasure of trying out a fabulously nutty, good-for-ya idea from the returning Dianne of Dianne’sVeganKitchen.com ♥ Dianne wowed us last year with a spectacular chocolate pie recipe in my event…read on for her dreamy- savory nut butter idea for this year:     Last year, Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in her Veganized Family Favorites Dessertsseries. I created a Chocolate Cream Pie, and strangely, I won favorite dessert out of the 12 recipes that were in the series! When Angela asked if I wanted to participate in another series this year, this time creating a recipe usingnut butter, I jumped at the opportunity. I love cooking with nut butters, especially peanut butter, and I love Canned Time, so how could I say no? Spicy peanut sauce is my favorite way to cook with nut butter, so this Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodle recipe isn’t really a stretch for me. Canned Time’s Nut Butter Blast series was the perfect excuse for me to come up with a new recipe that uses it, though. Making zucchini noodles – or zoodles – is a fun way…

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Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

There’s a new book out from Author, Blogger Emily Von Euw that I’ve been delving into this month.  It’s called aptly: The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook Some thoughts on her book and then, a chance to win a copy for yourself! My husband and I have some kind of an Asian inspired meal at least once a week it seems;  Sometimes twice even. Emily’s new book is perfect for Asian food lovers specifically in my mind.  It celebrates the beauty of fresh food, namely vegetables and that’s just how I feel about home cooked, easy Asian dishes.  You always have a great deal of whole food ingredients with Asian and that makes me feel like even if the dish is cooked some, it’s not too far from the vine.  Whether it’s a special Sushi, spiced up Bok Choy, Daikon Salad (my new fav.) or simply a 1 or 2 ingredient meal that dressed up with spices, Emily knows fresh food.   Starting her blogging days with an almost exclusively Raw diet, this new book blends two lifestyles together to appreciate both cold and warmed meals to bring out the best in fresh ingredients.  Many of the recipes are similar to things…

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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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Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

   Have you ever just wanted to curl up next to a dessert and just snuggle?  That’s what Isa’s Macadamia Blondies did to me when I made a batch.  My first of what will be many batches, I’m certain.  These decadent Maple Syrup drenched Blondies are just one of so many recipes that I’ve tried in the past few months from her newest book ‘Vegan with a Vengeance’   from Da Capo Lifelong Books  Born and raised in Brooklyn, Isa Chandra Moskowitz began her vegan cooking journey over two decades ago. In 2003, she created the Post Punk Kitchen community access TV show to give vegans something to watch. In conjunction with the show, she also started the PPK website to support an online vegan cooking and baking community.  And having been quite the punk rocker in my day and now being a Vegan for the last 3 years myself – let’s just say I fell in love this summer with Isa and her newest, coolest recipe collection. ♥ This book is edgy, like Isa.  It’s delicious and looks at food with a cruelty free mindset while still being  ‘in your face’.  She loves food and she loves animals.  Her two…

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Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

I’ve had some luck in the kitchen this month and thought I’d pass on the tricks and tastes today.  First, I had some 3 year old Sunflower Seeds grow into beautiful, nutritious sprouts last week…without using any soil for the roots.   I love this merely because A: it’s less expensive and B: it’s less mess to deal with. So here’s how I did it in simplified steps:  Soak about a 1/2 cup of  black sunflower seeds in filtered water for at least 24 hours.  You’ll see the first sign of them growing with a tiny white tip showing at the pointed end of each seed.  Next, drain off the water (you can use it for your plants if you’d like) and spread out all your seeds in a shallow dish on top of wet paper towels.  I used a glass pie plate and they were slightly crowded but still grew up fine.  You’ll need to cover them with some kind of slight weight at this point.  The seeds need to think that they are underground.  I used a second pie plate, placed on top of the first so that it presses down on the seeds with some slight weight.…

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Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

  About 5 years ago now, when I started researching all about food allergies and inflammation, I quickly came across numerous articles on gluten-free diets that help reduce swelling, abdominal pains and so many other ailments so common today.  Now, 5 years later, I forget sometimes that not all my readers may know the details of gluten restrictive or free diets.  The recipe and information here is a little refresher for some, maybe new information for others on how the gluten in foods we eat can drastically affect how we feel after a meal.  The ravioli I made turned out so nicely, I’d love it whether gluten-free or not.  But the rice flour wrappers I used instead of a gluten pasta certainly adds to the healthy aspect of the dish.  I’ve always loved ravioli, particularly fried but have usually avoided it until now.  My gluten-free, simple mushroom and eggplant filling version has all the taste you remember from higher fat, processed carbohydrate ravioli but this one wont leave you feeling like you’re 7 or 8 months pregnant after with bloating, stomach pressure and pains.  Just a delicious plate full of yummy pasta-like Italian flavors.   If you suffer from gluten intolerance,…

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Creamy Vegan Avocado Cucumber Soup

Creamy Vegan Avocado Cucumber Soup

 Mmmmmmm.  Soups on!  Another icy, cold Winter day here in the North East but you can warm you soul with this creamy, flavorful cucumber soup.  The ‘creamy’ comes from rich, nutritious avocados, blended together with sautéed fresh vegetables, a pinch of dill and lots of black pepper to bring out the flavors.  I had peppers and celery to use up so that’s what went into this version but any root vegetable or winter squash, corn, carrots, even beans would compliment the avocado and cucumber base.    I love this soup with a crisp cracker or spicy crouton.   It has a fancy presentation but is just as welcoming for a weeknight family dinner.  Blend your cucs more for a smooth consistency or leave some small chunks as I did for texture.  Either way, this soup is hearty enough to be your main dish or use it aside a big fresh salad with lots of hot crusty bread.    

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Sriracha Mango Avocado Sushi

Sriracha Mango Avocado Sushi

   Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Cucumber, Black Sesame Seeds, Avocado, Mango and Rice.  With Sriracha Sauce.      You can check out the videos below or find your own for techniques on rolling sushi.  I didn’t use a Nori sheet for this roll.  I’ve gotten so I don’t particularly like the smell of the Nori  when I’m biting into a piece of Sushi but I’m sure it’s just me.  I know how ‘good for you’ Nori is and I’ve used it for years but lately it just tells my nose that I’m eating fish and it doesn’t work for me.  Dumb?  It is what it is for me so I didn’t use it.  I’m certain it would be fine in these rolls but you won’t need it for structure anyway.  I used a neat little green rubber Sushi rolling mat for the first time here and also plastic wrap which is shown in the videos I’ve attached.  The rubber rolling mat worked very well and is dishwasher safe.  If you have an Asian store near by I’d highly recommend this rubber version over the traditional woven bamboo Sushi mat that is impossible to clean and less sanitary I’m sure.   This…

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