Tag Archives: vegetarian

It’s A Queens Thing.

30 Nov

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Queens, New York holds a special place in my heart, in fact I know for fact that I am who I am because I lived, worked, loved and breathed in Queens. Jersey made me but Queens molded me.

I LOVE QUEENS.

So when I read that PS 244 in Queens was the first public school in the US to go full veg, it made my lips smile and my heart sing.

What started as a 3 day a week experiment has now turned into a full-time situation. All meals served at PS 244 are vegetarian and the kids are down. In fact they took it from a 3 day menu to a 5 day menu because they noticed that the children where actually gravitating towards the vegetarian meals.

PS 244 is an elementary school that deals with Pre-K thru 3rd Grade. How rad is it that these little ones are being exposed to vegetarian eating at least once a day? At school to boot. I think this is very bad ass and I applaud everyone involved. Including these kids who have shown to have stellar taste in food.

The best part of this story is that once the vegetarian diet was implemented at school, amazing results followed. Not only did attendance approve, teachers saw a jump in energy and excitement in the kids, as well as better focus and attention spans. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, their test results improved, all across the board.

In addition to their vegetarian lunches, the students of PS 244 also take weekly nutrition classes that teach them about healthy eating. In 1 semester the obesity rates of the children in the school dropped 2% and these days the children go home and teach their parents about healthy eating.

I cannot get behind anything more than I can get behind this. Beautiful all around.

Saving the planet, saving the children, saving the animals and saving some coin.

Principal Robert Groff is the mo-fo man.

And as L.L. Cool J said…It’s A Queens Thing.’

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/vegging-better-school-article-1.1486681

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Steve Martin On Being Vegetarian…

25 Nov

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“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.”

And Steve, that’s why you are the mo-fo man.

Make These : Easiest Black Bean Tacos Ever.

24 Nov

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I am obsessed with this ‘I can’t believe it’s not a real recipe’ for black bean tacos. I don’t really like beans but I adore black beans and in this recipe they make the perfect ground beef replacement.

This recipe I just kind of made up, it makes about 6 tacos which serves 2 hungry adults. I get all my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joe’s because they have organic taco shells and organic black beans at really great prices and their taco seasoning mix is spicy which I love and their salsa is chunky.

For well under $10 you can have this amazingly healthy and tasty dinner in about 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 Package of taco shells

1 Jar of salsa

1 Packet of taco seasoning mix

1 Can of black beans

Directions:

Open beans, drain out the liquid and dump them into a pot which will be simmering over med heat

Open salsa and drain out excess liquid, add to beans in the pot.

Open taco seasoning mix, use about .5 the package, mix into pot then adjust to your taste preference.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Toast the taco shells for 2 minutes in an oven set to 350.

Remove taco shells, fill with the goodness and then enjoy the easiest black bean tacos ever.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Luna Burger.

16 Nov

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Like most veg heads, I am all about veggie burgers. And like most veg heads I am super picky about my veggie burgers. Enough with the whack veggie burgers. It’s 2014 and if we want the masses to know what’s really good with a plant-based diet then we need to bring the real to the masses.

That’s pretty much what Luna Burger did. They brought the real to the masses.

I have only had ‘The Classic’ but I can safely say it was the best veggie burger I had outside of a veg restaurant. It is of total restaurant quality and I am not shocked to learn that many veg restaurants are offering Luna Burgers as their veggie burger option.

It tasted amazing, it was big, it didn’t fall apart, it was easy to cook, it fit on a basic burger bun and it was vegan. Add to all that Luna Burgers are free of corn, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and have no added oil. They are also certified vegan and verified non-gmo.

‘The Classic’ Luna Burger is made with Black beans, spelt berries, oats, onions, carrots, kale, beets, blueberries, molasses, garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt, rosemary and black pepper. All that adds up to 6 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, 40% of your daily vitamin A needs, 10% of your daily iron needs, 6% of your vitamin c and 4% of your calcium all in only 160 calories and 2 grams of fat.

Made by hand in Columbus, Ohio, they only use locally sourced ingredients.

They are the real.

http://www.lunaburger.com/#about

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Redmond Clay.

13 Nov

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Redmond Clay is kind of a crazy thing. An O.G. thing to be exact.

Native American type O.G.

Full of trace minerals, Redmond Clay can be digested as a nutritional supplement or it can be used as a facial mask or even used to cure rashes and bug bits.

I am personally OBSESSED with Redmond Clay. No I do not eat it but I have used it to cure a rash that nothing else could manage to make better.

I have used it on bug bites.

And at this current moment, I am using it as a facial mask. Just 10 minutes and you have clear, glowing skin.

It comes in powder form so to turn it into a facial mask or a paste just add water.

I make a bunch at once then store it in a Ziplock bag in the fridge. Just taking it out when it I want to use some. I find it is easy to spread on the skin when it is cold and premixed.

Learn all about Redmond Clay and it’s million uses below.

http://www.redmondclay.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Read This : The Wu Tang Manual.

6 Nov

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One of the last books I read was The Wu Tang Manual. It is the bomb and that is why I am suggesting you read it.

I know some of you are like ‘is this chick really recommending that I read a book about the Wu Tang Clan?’ and the answer to that is simply…’YES’.

The writing is rather ‘street’, indeed there are some curse words and slang but the book is far from being rated R, I would say PG-13.

It is an easy read yet it is not.

What is not easy about it are the subject matters that Rza touches upon. Rza is a really, really worldly and intelligent dude. He is on the next level knowledge tip and the way he shares it makes it almost addicting to want to learn it all.

Overcoming adversity, rejection, poverty and fame, Rza talks about living a clean, honest life. A life you can be proud of, a life void of harmful ego and gluttony.

A vegetarian based life.

I cannot recommend this book enough, if you are a Wu Tang fan even better. But the bottom line is that this book has the ability to speak to everyone if they approach it with an open mind.

It’s also the perfect holiday gift for the ‘hip hop head’ in your life.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wu-Tang-Manual-RZA/dp/1594480184

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Let’s All Hail Merry.

5 Nov

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My food obsession has only gone from bad to worse in the past few years and companies like Hail Merry make obsession, easy. Add to that, the fact I am obsessed with all things coconut and you will see, Hail Merry goodies and I are a recipe for obsession.

Hail Merry is a bomb company run by a trio of ladies who throw down in the kitchen. Raw. Vegan. And made with coconut oil, all their products are bursting with both flavor and health benefits. I eat at least one Hail Merry product everyday and yes they are ‘expensive’ but when it comes to food and health, you get what you do or don’t pay for.

With all that said, here are the goodies I have run through. Their macaroons are amazing. I prefer the chocolate ones but I just came across these Sea Salt Caramel ones and I am hooked. They literally taste like lumps of french toast. Heaven to my taste buds.

After the macaroons I was introduced to their Miracle Tarts. I don’t even know what to say about these joints except, they are heaven in a tart. Very rich and filling. I am obsessed with the chocolate mint one but I also think the Vanilla Coconut Cream is something dreams are made of.

If you don’t believe me then check ’em out for yourself, actually DON’T believe me and DO check them out for yourself. I have been seeing them everywhere lately so keep your eyes peeled and wallets open.

http://www.hailmerry.com/ 

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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