- So, I’ve decided to share the dessert recipe I used for Thanksgiving this year! I will probably make it again for Christmas! AWESOME Vegan Pie.
- When I served it at our company dinner, everyone raved about it! I was so excited they liked it, and was instructed that I had better make two next time! lol
- 3 Large Avocados
- ¼ cup & 1 TBSP- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup- Carob Powder
- ¼ cup- Raw Cacao Powder
- 3 TBSP- Roma instant coffee substitute
- ¾ cup- Turbinado Raw Sugar (or Succinate)
- ½ tsp- Sea Salt
- 1 Pre-made Pie Crust
- Cut open the avocados and empty their contents into a food processor.
- Measure out all of the other ingredients and add them into the food processor as well.
- Run the food processor until the ingredients are all smooth and creamy. No worries about over-mixing… it’s best to be sure there are no avocado chunks left over.
- Dump the dark brown creamy filling into your prepared pie crust, and sprinkle a little of the Turbinado or Succinate on top to give it a “sparkly” decorated appearance!
- Place in the fridge to cool.
- Once it is cooled and hardened enough to be cut into individual slices…. serve up and enjoy!
The holidays aren’t over quite yet! Most people consider “stuffing” or “dressing” to be only a Thanksgiving dish. I disagree. I LOVE stuffing randomly throughout the year… but Christmas is another time I serve it to friends and family! I’ve taken an old family recipe (one most of us have used throughout our lives) and have changed it to adapt to my new Plant-Based lifestyle! I made it for our company Thanksgiving dinner and everyone really liked it… so I figured I’d share it with the rest of you as well! Hope you enjoy!
- 2 big bags of stuffing mix (whichever brand is your favorite)
- 2 boxes of Vegetable stock
- 2-3 cups water mixed with 1Tbsp of poultry seasoning
- 1 can of olives, cut in halves or quarters (add another can if you REALLY like olives, but one should do for most)
- 1 can of watered chestnuts, cut in halves or quarters
- 3-4 sticks of celery, sliced long way down the middle and then diced into smaller chunks
- 1 can of diced mushrooms (if you prefer. I personally leave them out…)
- 1 medium or small onion
- A few Tbsp of Earth Balance or Smart Balance
- Dump your stuffing mix into a 2″-3″ glass baking dish
- Let a few Tbsp of your “butter” melt in a large frying pan on low heat. Cut up your celery and onion, toss them together into a frying pan on medium low or medium heat. Cover with a lid, checking on them and letting them cook until they are well cooked.
- While the celery and onion is one the stove, cut up your olives and water chestnuts (and possibly mushrooms) to the size desired.
- Pour your boxes of Vegetable Stock as evenly as possible over your stuffing mix. Making sure it is plenty moist. At this time you may also pour in your poultry seasoning and water mix.
- Add the olives, water chestnuts, cooked celery and onion, and mix well!
- Cover your dressing with aluminum foil and place in your preheated oven at 350° for about an hour. (I find it is best to mix the stuffing together and place the aluminum on the night before, and then cook it just before you are ready to serve it. Fresh dressing is always the best!)
One of the breakfast foods that people miss the most when switching over to a plant based lifestyle is biscuits and gravy! Well, here is a vegan/plant-based/whole foods option that is quite tasty indeed!
- 1 cup Bisquick Heart Smart Biscuit Mix
- 1 cup- Whole Wheat Flour (or 50/50 whole wheat with unbleached white flour)
- ¼ cup- Olive Oil
- 1 tsp- Sea Salt
- ½ cup- Ground Flax Meal
- ¾ cup- Water or Soy Milk (unflavored)
- Preheat oven to 425°
- Mix all ingredients well
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it’s approximately one inch thick. (Don’t be afraid to add more flour if the dough is too sticky!)
- Use a Mason Jar lid ring to form into perfect little circles
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and place your perfect little biscuits out evenly
- Bake at 425° for 10 minutes
- 2 ½ cups- Water
- ½ cup- Raw Cashews
- 2 TBSP- Corn Starch
- ½ tsp- Salt
- 2 TBSP- Tamari Soy Sauce
- ½ tsp- Granulated Garlic
- 2 tsp- Granulated Onion
- ½ pkg- Gimme Lean Sausage (can be found at many health food stores)
- Blend ingredients (except the sausage) until very smooth. This takes approximately 4 minutes or so in the average home blender.
- Break up and brown the Gimme Lean sausage in a large saucepan.
- Add gravy mixture to saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick.
- Pour your tasty gravy over your perfect little biscuits, and enjoy!!!
**Helpful Hint: Work on timing the biscuits and gravy to be done around the same time. Gravy should be finished soon after the biscuits… then they’ll both be warm and scrumptious!**
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Ever wanted to see someone’s “story” as a picture book?
Well, this is one “picture book” you won’t forget soon.
IT BEGINS . . . .
He is a hero… She is his angel.
God has blessed us all, for he has put Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Soldiers here to protect what we believe in!
It’s the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the reporter,
Who has given us the Freedom of the Press.
It’s the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the poet,
Who has given us the Freedom of Speech.
It’s the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the politicians,
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..
It’s the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military,
Please pass this on. Also, pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country. Pray for those families of heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Americans are slowly realizing that food sold in the US doesn’t just taste different than foods sold in other countries, it’s created differently. Sadly, many U.S. foods are BANNED in Europe — and for good reason. Take a look at the plummeting health of Americans; what role might toxic foods play in our skyrocketing disease rates?
#1: Farm-Raised Salmon
Farm-raised fish is usually fed an unnatural diet of genetically engineered (GE) grains, antibiotics and chemicals unsafe for humans. To mask the resulting grayish flesh, they’re given toxic and potentially eyesight-damaging synthetic astaxanthin.
To determine wild from farm-raised salmon (sold in most restaurants), wild sockeye gets its red color from natural astaxanthin and carotenoids. The white “fat strips” are thin, meaning it’s lean. Pale pink fish and wide fat marks are a sign of farmed salmon.
Avoid “Atlantic Salmon.” Look for “Alaskan” or “sockeye,” which is illegal to farm and has very high astaxanthin concentrations.
Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand
#2: Genetically Engineered Papaya
Most Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered to be ringspot virus-resistant. But research shows animals fed GE foods like corn and soy suffer intestinal damage, multiple-organ damage, massive tumors, birth defects, premature death and/or nearly complete sterility by the third generation. Dangers to humans are unknown.
Where it’s banned: The European Union
#3: Ractopamine-Tainted Meat
About 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of cattle and an unknown percentage of turkeys are plumped with the asthma drug ractopamine before slaughter. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine is still there when you buy it.
Since 1998, more than 1,700 US pork lovers have been “poisoned” this way. For this very health threat, ractopamine-laced meats are banned in 160 different countries! Russia issued a ban on US meat imports, effective February 11, 2013, until it’s certified ractopamine-free. In animals, it’s linked to reducedreproductive function, increased mastitis and increased death. It damages the human cardiovascular system and may cause hyperactivity, chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes. Currently, US meats aren’t even tested for it.
Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan).
#4: Flame Retardant Drinks
Mountain Dew and other drinks in the US contain the synthetic chemical brominated vegetable oil (BVO), originally patented as a flame retardant.
BVO bioaccumulates in human tissue and breast milk; animal studies report reproductive and behavioral problems. Bromine alters the central nervous and endocrine systems and promotes iodine deficiency, causing skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue and cardiac arrhythmias. The featured article explains:
“The FDA has flip-flopped on BVO’s safety, originally classifying it as ‘generally recognized as safe,’ but reversing that call, now defining it as an ‘interim food additive,’ a category reserved for possibly questionable substances used in food.”
Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan
#5: Processed Foods and Artificial Food Dyes
More than 3,000 preservatives, flavorings and colors are added to US foods, many of which are banned in other countries. The featured article noted:
“Boxed Mac & Cheese, cheddar flavored crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2 … (which) can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”
In countries where these food dyes are banned, companies like Kraft employ natural colorants like paprika extract and beetroot.
Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. Britain advised companies against using food dyes by the end of 2009. The European Union requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.
#6: Arsenic-Laced Chicken
Arsenic-based drugs are approved in US-produced animal feed because they cause animals to grow quicker and meats products to look pinker and “fresher.” The FDA says arsenic-based drugs are safe safe because they contain organic arsenic … But organic arsenic can turn into inorganic arsenic, run through contaminated manure and leach into drinking water.
The European Union has never approved using arsenic in animal feed; US environmental groups have sued the FDA to remove them.
Where it’s banned: The European Union
#7: Bread with Potassium Bromate
Bread, hamburger and hotdog buns are “enriched” with potassium bromate, or bromide, linked to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort and cancer.
While commercial baking companies claim it renders dough more tolerable to bread hooks, Pepperidge Farm and others use only unbromated flour without experiencing “structural problems.”
Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU
Olestra, or Olean, created by Procter & Gamble, is a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat substitute in fat-free snacks like chips and french fries. Three years ago, Time Magazine named it one of the worst 50 inventions ever. MSN noted:
“Not only did a 2011 study from Purdue University conclude rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight … several reports of adverse intestinal reactions to the fake fat include diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels. And because it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, the FDA requires these vitamins be added to any product made with Olean or olestra.”
Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada
#9: Preservatives BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are common preservatives in foods like cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat and beer. The National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens says BHA may trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity and “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Where it’s banned: Both are banned in parts of the European Union and Japan; the UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods.
#10: Milk and Dairy Products Made with rBGH
Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic version of natural bovine hormone is injected into cows to increase milk production. Monsanto developed it from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria, marketed as “Posilac.”
But it’s banned in at least 30 other nations. Why? It converts normal tissue cells into cancerous ones, increasing colorectal, prostate and breast cancer risks. Among other diseases, injected cows suffer exorbitant rates of mastitis, contaminating milk with pus and antibiotics.
In 1997, two Fox-affiliate investigative journalists, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson attempted to expose thedangers of rBGH, but lawyers for Monsanto – a major advertiser with the Florida network – sent letters promising “dire consequences” if the story aired.
In 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse rBGH milk, resulting in an international ban on US milk.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition, trying for years to affect a dairy industry ban of rBGH, resubmitting apetition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in January 2010, but the FDA sticks to its false position that rBGH-treated milk is no different than milk from untreated cows.
Action: Look for products labeled “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH.”
Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada
Take Control of Your Health with REAL Food
If you value your health, avoid foods containing harmful ingredients and ditch processed foods entirely – even if they are permitted in the US. Opt for fresh whole foods, organic, grass-fed/pasture-raised beef and poultry, dairy products and eggs.
For many people out there, the question of Vegetarian vs. Vegan can be quite confusing. Then you throw in “plant-based” dieters and now there is a whole NEW avenue of thought. If we were really to be honest, we could even state that there are MANY people out there that give themselves the title of “vegetarian”, “vegan” or otherwise, and really aren’t quite sure of the distinction themselves!
Well, we are here to explain it to you. Hopefully we will be lifting the cloud of confusion rather than adding more to the tangled mess!
We’ll start with Vegetarian…
There are actually a few different facets of “vegetarian” out there. As a matter of fact, the title of “vegetarian” (if properly understood) could encompass each and every one of the different diet styles once you step out of total carnivore.
- First, you have the Semi-vegetarian: This has a few different classes in it’s own. But, it is someone who’s cutting back on their intake of meat, in general. A pollo vegetarian avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken. A pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
- Secondly, there is the Lacto ovo vegetarian: A lacto ovo vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs. Most vegetarians in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe fall into this category. Lacto ovo vegetarians eat such foods as cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, and eggs, as well as foods made with these ingredients.
- Third up is the Lacto vegetarian: As you can guess… lacto vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs. A lacto vegetarian would, however, eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Fourth & lastly we have the Total vegetarian: This refers to someone who avoids the consumption of all animal products (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.) The goal is to eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and grains as grown. Avoiding GMO and other chemically altered foods. Often this can involve the exclusion of such things as high-fructos corn syrup, refined sugars, and oils that are high in saturated fat. This can ALSO be described as a “Whole Foods/Plant-Based” diet.
**(These terms stretch the true definition of a vegetarian, and only the term semi-vegetarian is actually used with much frequency.)**
Now, at this point people can easily get confused. Most would describe the Total Vegetarian/Whole Foods/Plant-Based kind of diet as vegan. But in fact, vegan is something entirely different!
- Now we have Vegan: Technically, the term vegan refers to more than just the diet alone. A vegan is a vegetarian who avoids eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Some vegans also avoid honey.
Honestly, “veganism” is not just a diet… it is a belief and a lifestyle. While personal health is a large understanding of this belief system, it is generally (as far as media and outreach go) more focused on animal rights, abolishing animal cruelty, boycotting such industries as the zoo, circus, animal testing facilities etc.
Indeed, being a Total Vegetarian (or following a Whole-Foods/Plant-Based diet) is also a lifestyle and a belief. The belief is that our bodies are comparable to a 1967 Chevelle (or insert your favorite muscle/sports car here!).
If you had such a beautiful machine… how would you take care of it? You’d wash it regularly with the softest soap, dry it with a micro-fiber cloth, buff and wax it with the utmost care… right? How about when you drove it? Would you take it off-roading through a valley of sharp rocks and clay dirt at 85 mph? I should say not! These little gems are driven carefully on open, well maintained roads. Taken to an from car shows, and used to cruise on the occasional weekend get away. Then they are stored carefully in the garage, our of the rusting spring rains, harsh summer sunlight, debilitating autumn frosts & blistering winter winds. (Alright… can anyone tell I like hot rods? Ok… moving on.) How about the ENGINE? It’s all well and good to make sure your baby is shiny, rust free, cherried out and smells like brand new leather, right? Of course! Now you are going to go pay as little as you can for some cheap regular fuel, and carefully mix it with some random, tobacco stained sand from the local junk yard. The oil will be regularly changed of course, refreshed with just the right 50/50 mix of cheap SuperTech and cat urine. As far as the wiper fluid goes… we don’t worry much about that, just throw in some old dish water, it’ll be alright.
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!!! What?!
Exactly… this makes NO SENSE. Why have a beautiful rig, that doesn’t run because the engine is shot! It’s so packed full of sludge and who knows what else that there is no way it will make it past your neighborhood stop sign!
Most people don’t realize, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DO TO OUR BODIES!!! We are SO concerned with what is on the outside, yet we neglect the internal components that keep us running!
Sure, spend top dollar on the best hair and beauty products. Get that top of the line razor that will keep your 5-O-clock shadow at bay until 8pm! Be sure to snag that designer dress/suit on sale for $300…
So that’s great! You look like Audrey Hepburn on the outside, but then it’s time to go out and grab a greasy cheese burger at some local fast food restaurant. Get the extra large fries that are wilted down with oil and salt. Don’t forget the “diet” coke full of sugar, aspartame, caffein, and other horrible things. Oh but wait! I had a salad for dinner… so I’m all right. It’s all about balance, yeah? No. The salad most likely something bought off of a grocery store shelf. Prepackaged, preserved with who knows what to keep it from wilting… it had slices of grilled chicken, tons of ranch dressing (or a sodium riddled italian alternative), sprinkled with goat cheese and whatnot. Now, are we saying that a salad such as described above is going to kill you?
Is there a healthier alternative?
Wouldn’t you rather be beautiful on the outside, BECAUSE you are healthy on the inside? It isn’t THAT crazy of a thought is it?
If you are looking at the comparative of your AMAZINGLY created body…. and a beautiful 67 Chevelle, you know what I mean. The engine of a car is by FAR more important then the outside appearance, especially if you just want to use your 10 yr old Toyota to get from point A to point B. Just because it is YOUR vehicle, youat LEAST maintain it to a point of being able to run! So much MORE so in the case of a muscle car that you are trying to keep in TIP TOP CONDITION.
If you want your body to be in tip top condition… fuel it like it MATTERS.
Have questions on WHY a Whole Foods/Plant-Based diet is the best maintenance for your awesome engine? Wondering why we say animal products and processed/refined foods are like sand in your gas tank? Well… tune in for our next post. You may be surprised yet!