Monday, March 2, 2015

Lentil and Black Bean Soup

My fridge stocked with lots of veggies, fruit and grains! It was looking pretty bad for a few months there. Oh, how easy it is to slip back into the old ways and bad habits of eating. I'm back on track now! I wish I could eat all the yummy veg foods out there but I'm allergic to quite a few things; sesame seeds (tahini), brown rice, barley, tempeh, miso (any fermented foods), bananas, melons, yeast-ugh! it just goes on and on! At least soy (unfermented) doesn't bother me. Still lots to choose from though. 

I found this delicious soup recipe here at . Lots of veggies, lentils, black beans and greens. I also added some optional corn to the soup and instead of kale I used spinach. This makes a huge pot; I should have used my largest stockpot! It made enough for three freezer containers of leftovers. 

~ Lentil and Black Bean Soup ~

Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Post for February!

I thought I better blow the cobwebs off my blog so I could get one post in for this month! The past five months have been a wild ride with sinus surgery, the bipolar rollercoaster, thyroid issues, and falling off the veggie wagon. After having extensive bloodwork I can see the proof of what a plant-based lifestyle does for my health. My cholesterol and triglycerides were ridiculously high. Some of the anxiety and OCD was from my thyroid being way too high. I've been working with my naturopathic doctor to get that straightened out and I climbed back up on the veg wagon to start anew.

I found this soup recipe in Vegan Food Gifts. I wanted to try it out before I made it as gifts. 

~ Hearty Pasta Soup with Chik'n Mix ~

It has tri-color pasta, seasonings (along with 1/2 cup vegetable broth powder), lentils, and soy curls. 

I'm glad I tried this myself first because the directions say to just throw everything into the pot and cook for 10 to 12 minutes until the pasta and lentils are tender. Well, the pasta was tender way before the lentils softened so I had to let it simmer until the lentils were no longer hard. By then, I ended up with mushy pasta. The soup did taste really good so if I make this again I think I will cook the lentils first before adding them into the pot! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mexican Quinoa and Collard Greens

I'm all about quick and easy meals lately. I've had this One Pan Mexican Quinoa recipe printed out since October and am now finally making it. I paired it with Easy Vegetarian Collared Greens. I forgot how good this collard greens recipe is! I linked both to the recipes. 

I buy pre-washed quinoa so I don't have to mess with rinsing it. Lots of spicy flavors-jalapeno, fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, cumin. It also has corn and black beans in the mix. After it's done cooking you stir in some chopped avocado, cilantro, and lime juice. 

The collard greens are cooked in some vegetable broth with onions, garlic, smoked paprika, and apple cider vinegar. I also added a dash of liquid smoke and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. 

These two recipes go really well together. I'll be ready to make this again soon. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cherry Pie Bites & Pizza

 We were invited to my brother and sister-in-law's for New Year's Eve and I made these ridiculously easy Cherry Pie Bites. Usually I make my Triple Ginger Gingersnaps every year but I didn't even have the energy to do that. Even so, everyone raved over these sweet treats. Crescent roll dough (which is vegan) and a can of cherry pie filling topped with a glaze of powdered sugar and soymilk. You can find the recipe here

I was craving some pizza so I was good and made my own! I used a pre-made pizza crust and for the sauce I had some "Fast and Fresh Tomato Sauce" from La Dolce Vegan in the freezer. I had frozen the leftover sauce with a few Gardein meatless meatballs chopped up in it after eating pasta one night. It was perfect for the pizza sauce with the bits of meatballs. 

~ Italian Sausage, Meatball, Zucchini Pizza ~

I chopped up two Tofurky Italian sausages, some zucchini and red onion and sauteed them with a little onion seasoning and some red pepper flakes. I layered that over my sauce and topped it all with some Daiya shredded mozzarella. It satisfied my pizza cravings. YUM!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Goodie Bags for New Year's

I like to get these bags made to give to the special people in my life during the month of December. Yeah, that didn't happen this year. So I made "Happy New Year's" bags instead. I like to give them to people who take such good care of me throughout the year ~ my chiropractor, hairstylist, massage therapist, Pilates instructor; and a few special friends. 
I have a notebook where I collect ideas all year long and then choose new things to add to the bags each year. This year I made two soup mixes I found in Vegan Food Gifts. Love that book; so many great ideas! And she gives you a recipe to copy and cut out with each one.  

 Masala Soup Mix
red lentils, brown rice, split peas, quinoa, veg. broth powder and lots of spices ~ 
Garam Masala style! -chives, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, bay leaf

Cajun Red Beans & Rice
white rice, red beans, parsley, chives, salt, onion & garlic powder, smoked paprika, basil, black pepper, cayenne, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf

I also included a bag of my herb tea I make. 
I get the organic dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. 

 Everyone always likes the aromatherapy spray I put in the bags. This year I used a recipe from Mountain Rose Herb's blog called "Winter Spice" with essential oils of cinnamon leaf, cedarwood, and clove. 

 I love making my own incense; it is quite labor-intensive though for so few cones. But it smells divine! It doesn't give me a headache like store-bought incense does. 

And for my cat-loving friends I included some catnip mice! I have heard good reports that the cats love them. Heehee! 

New Year's gift bags all ready to go.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cherry Almond Poppyseed Muffins

First post of 2015! Where did the time go?! December was a blur for me; too many commitments, parties. . . it plays havoc with my moods. I didn't even get my usual 'goodie bags' made for everyone like I usually do. I ended up making them for New Year's gifts.

I think I like the tart taste of dried cherries even better than dried cranberries. 
I found this muffin recipe in Vegan Diner

 Lots of poppy seeds! 

Mmm~ These didn't last long. I think I will chop the cherries next time so I can get a bit of cherry in every bite. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TVP Taco Meat Mix

I had some TVP I needed to use and found this easy to make Taco Meat Mix in Vegan Food Gifts

You just combine TVP granules with some chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt. I have bought packaged taco meat mixes before with a lot of added preservatives in it; now I have an easy, cheaper, healthier version to keep in my pantry.