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Read This: Vegan For The Holidays; Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Day

16 Nov

Since it is that time of year, I figured we all may as well get vegan with it. In with the plant-based holiday goodies and out with the dead animals, is the new motto. So what better book for us to be indulging in now than, Zel Allen’s ‘Vegan For The Holidays: Celebration Feasts For Thanksgiving Through New Years’.

Jam packed with so many amazing recipes, you can rest assure you nor your guests and/or family will not miss the meat. At all. Vegan For The Holidays offers up appetizers, desserts, side dishes and main courses, most without added fat and all full of flavor. A recipe for vegan pie crust? Check. Vegan Mac and Cheese? Check. Yummy salad dressings? Check. This book is literally a one stop shop for all your holiday cooking needs.

This book is adored by the masses, hence its 5 star review rating on Amazon. Get it below…

http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Holidays-Celebration-Thanksgiving-Through/dp/1570672849/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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Read This: Cooking With Herb The Vegetarian Dragon.

1 Oct

As the aunt to 2 beautiful vegetarian boys, I was super excited to come across Herb The Vegetarian Dragon. When a child is born a vegetarian or chooses to become one at a young age, it is very important that they have a way to enjoy their lifestyle as a child. Herb does that. He not only introduces children to the vegetarian lifestyle, he also introduces them to healthy eating. How can a child not want to emulate ‘someone’ he adores as kids do Herb?

I chose to highlight the cookbook because I feel that a healthy relationship with food is developed between children and parents in the kitchen. Studies also show that it is easier to get kids to eat healthy if you let them plan and help with the preparation of meals, Herb is here to assist you with that. With each recipe comes a story about how Herb invented the recipe and to be honest, the recipes sound great. I personally have not had the pleasure of trying any yet but hopefully once my nephew Wes moves from his play kitchen to the real thing, it will be on πŸ™‚

Introduce your kids to Herb and introduce them to a life of healthy eating and compassion.

http://www.dragonherb.com/recipes.htm All About The Book Here.

Read This: Eat Vegan On $4 A Day. A Game Plan For The Budget Conscious Cook.

25 Jul

If I had a nickle for every time someone told me it was ‘too expensive’ to eat well then I would be a very rich woman blogging from my organic farm/animal sanctuary in Hawai’i. K’auai to be exact, thankyouverymuch but that is not that case so instead I will post this blog from humid ass NJ and keep on dreamin πŸ˜‰ The good news is next time someone talks about it being too expensive to go veg then you can recommend they read this book, Eat Vegan On $4 A Day, A Game Plan For The Budget Conscious Cook. The title explains it all.

This book shows us how much more expensive it is to eat packaged foods, teaches us how to buy certain things in bulk (beans, grains) and how to cook things we like with these ingredients. Not only does this book show you how to save money in the kitchen, it also encourages a diet that can and will save your life. Win-Win. There are about 100 recipes in this book and the cost of things are broken down so you can really see how to eat vegan on $4 a day. Great idea, Great book. Check it out below…

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Vegan-4-00-Day-Conscious/dp/1570672571/ref=pd_sim_b_7 Buy It On Amazon.

https://www.facebook.com/EatVeganOn4DollarsADay Like It On Facebook.

Greenpan.

17 May

Just typing this makes me realize how badly I need new pans. Note to self…BUY THEM. Anyways, today’s Eco-friendly pans are brought to us by Greenpan. Greenpan is the maker of some awesome, no stick pots and pans that make a wonderful alternative to the PTFE lined ones we see in the stores. By using a super cool non-stick coating called Thermolon which is actually the first environmentally friendly, PTFE-free, non-stick technology since non-stick techno came into play in the 1930’s, Greenpan lets you cook without chemical-leaching worries. Thermolon is actually a mineral based product and it holds up at super high heats allowing you to cook and eat as healthy as possible at all times.

Greenpan can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon.Com, Crate and Barrel, JC Penny, Target and a handful of other retailers. Their website gives all the 4-1-1 on how to care for and use your Greenpan, you can check it out below…

www.green-pan.us Greenpan Homepage.

Earth Balance.

18 Jan

As of recently I have become obsessed with Earth Balance. I first tried it a couple of years back and I remember liking it quite a bit but I went back to butter and left it at that. Fast forward to this year, Earth Balance drops this AMAZING coconut oil spread, I get hooked and decided to try the whipped buttery spread again to see whats up. Well whats up is that this stuff was made for people like me. Those people who just do not want to part with butter, those of us who just cannot get down with the falseness. Earth Balance is the closest thing I have found to butter and let me tell you, it tastes so friggin good, its unreal.

Everything that Earth Balance makes is vegan, all natural, gluten-free and they also offer some soy free varieties. Their line of products ranges from buttery spreads to peanut butters and soy milks. I have only used their buttery spread toppings since I have yet to come across their other products anywhere. I take that back, I think I did see their peanut butter at a health food store before but I didn’t try it. I look at products like Earth Balance like this, it’s the little things. Once you revamp your diet from carnie to veg head there will be somethings that you get to keep around like butter, milk, yogurt and cheese. Eventually once you are on this side of the fence for long enough you start to seek alternatives to those products cuz let’s be real ingesting the milk from another animal is kind of weird, right?

Even if you are not a vegan or a vegetarian, even if you are not an animal lover you should try one of Earth Balances products because to put it simply, they taste good and they are good for you. Rich in Omega-3’s and low in saturated fat, you cannot beat what they have to offer. You can find Earth Balance lots of places including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and local health food stores.

Get Balanced.

http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/ Earth Balance Homepage.

Mom’s Vegan Kitchen.

13 Nov

Mom’ Vegan Kitchen is a company that makes vegan versions of all your favorite guilty pleasures. Think french toast, pancakes and biscuits. On their website they offer amazing recipes using their products. They show you how to use Mom’s biscuit mix to make cinnamon buns, tell you the best way to prepare french toast and give you the 4-1-1 on many comfort foods vegan style.

Mom’s mixes can be found at select Whole Foods Markets in the Portland area and in smaller health and vegan stores across The States. You can also find them on-line, so snoop around and see what you come up with. When it comes to eating vegan sometimes its the prep work that scares people off and makes them say ‘forget it’ but with Mom’s most of the prep work is done and you are just left to do the bare minimum. Awesome.Β  These mixes are also great for people with egg or dairy allergies and they are also all natural and gluten-free.

Here’s to ”Critter Free Comfort Food’ πŸ™‚

http://momsvegankitchen.com/ Mom’s Vegan Kitchen Homepage.

Read This: The 30 Minute Vegan.

28 Sep

When it comes to preparing a decent meal for dinner, time is usually of the essence. When there is no easy, quick option that is when we make poor food choices. With cookbooks like ‘The 30 Minute Vegan’ your list of excuses will be drastically reduced πŸ˜‰ Written by a husband and wife chef tag team this book teaches us and shows us just how easy it is to prepare a healthy, vegan meal in a half hour. 150 vegan recipies to be exact.

The best thing about this cookbook is that the recipes are realistic and the ingredients can be found at any basic supermarket. SO many vegan and vegetarian cookbooks ask you to have crazy things on hand and to be honest, the end of the day is not the time for such craziness. ‘The 30 Minute Vegan’ gives you simple, clear directions, helpful tips and realistic recipes. There is a little of everything in this cookbook from smoothies to small plates and with so many things to choose from you will not get bored and you will never miss the meat. If you have ever been interested in eating more of a raw diet then this book is a great introduction to that. I personally love eating raw because I am a texture chick and most things taste better to me in their natural state/texture. This cookbook has some killer raw food recipes that I am itching to make. Raw cinnamon rolls anyone πŸ˜‰

Even if you are a meat eater, having a cookbook like ‘The 30 Minute Vegan’ in your arsenal is necessary. Books like this show people how practical and easy eating vegan can be. I know many people are so turned off by the thought of being vegan or vegetarian because it seems like it would be so hard. It is not. It is an adjustment for sure but it is not hard. Plus once you get the hang of a few simple recipes you enjoy and that are easy to prepare, you are golden. ‘The 30 Minute Vegan’ is a great basic cookbook that willΒ  have you eating better in no time.

‘The 30 Minute Vegan’ Is For Everyday People.

http://www.amazon.com/30-Minute-Vegan-Delicious-Healthy-Everyday/dp/0738213276/ref=pd_cp_b_1 Buy It At Amazon.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-30-minute-vegan-mark-reinfeld/1017375002 Or Barnes And Noble.

Authors Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray.

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