No thank you Easter Candy and Simple Vegan Cauliflower Soup

My co-worker asked me today, do I want any candy from her Easter basket?  Saying no thanks, she insisted.  “I don’t mean to sound like a candy snob, I said but I don’t eat any of that”.  I used to devour peeps but after I became vegan and lost weight, I look at candy and white sugar like it’s the plague.  Not interested anymore.  She asked me “did I used to be heavy”.  I told her how after having a child, too busy with baby, stopped cooking, stopped exercising, ate out at fast food, gained weight. After I changed all of my foods to whole food and vegan I no longer crave or have any desire for candy.  I chew double bubble gum for any sweet tooth cravings.  Then Brush-Floss-Brush* at night. I have my daughter do the same whenever she chews gum.  There’s never candy or sweets in our house by choice. When my daughter wants sweet she adds some Blue Agave into her oatmeal. That’s night and day compared to 5 years ago and beyond when I lived pretty much on pepperoni pizza, ice cream, white coconut cake and sweetened rasberry iced tea with some broccoli and lots of cheese everyday. Now, I’m glad to say traditional pizza and junk food have no appeal to me.  Also, the thought of the animals’ pain and suffering they endured to be put into a food form is sad and gross at the same time.  I read the book “Skinny Bitch” which changed my life forever. After that, I watched the docu movie Earthlings narrated by Joaquin Phoenix on YouTube and saw how cows and pigs are slaughtered.  It’s horrific.  Easter is in two days and I see people buying hams at the grocery store. All I see are images of the pigs.  That’s those people’s choice and I was once, one of them. I don’t judge them personally.  People are becoming more aware from other documentaries such as Forks over Knives, www.forksoverknives.com.  And everyday I hear people talking about healthier vegetarian choices.  There’s a new trend with the traditional grocery stores which promote healthier choices.  I’m so thankful I have discovered a Vegan lifestyle.  It has opened my eyes and it’s keeping me and my daughter very healthy.  I wish for the animals sake, consumers choose vegan foods at a faster pace.  The health and weight loss benefits alone are remarkable.

*Toddler song I heard when my I used to take my daughter to Mommy and Me type of play group.

Brushing Teeth Song: “When you wake up in the morning and you want a little fun, you brush your teeth.  ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch”.

Well, Switching gears, here’s an easy, fast Cauliflower Soup recipe I adapted from watching a Good Morning America cooking segment last month.  Cutting out the oil and butter – saute shallots with water only.

Cauliflower Soup

Get: Cauliflower, Shallots, Leeks

Cook: (1) Saute chopped Shallots and chopped Leeks in water on high heat 4 minutes filled with shallow level of water. Stir frequently.

(2) Pour Shallots, Leeks with any water left over into large cooking pot filled with chopped Cauliflower, fill with water to top of cauliflower.  (3) Cover half way – cook on medium heat 15 minutes max and enjoy.  Dash of Sea Salt optional.

Cauliflower Soup

Tidbit:  During a recent visit, my doctor enthusiastically said to me, “You have lower cholesterol than I do!” and he’s a decade younger than me.

I’ve had converations with people especially men whose cholesterol numbers lowered significantly when they completely cut out dairy from their diet.  At a conference, I met a man in his 40’s who once had stage 4 Prostate Cancer, after adopting a vegan diet his prostate cancer quickly dissolved.  He’s now healthy.

Vegan Gluten-free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Vegan Gluten-free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

sweetened with agave, no oils, no table sugar. I like to make simple, tasty recipes for my family that’s quick to make and easy to get vegan ingredients.  Eat them right away and have leftovers for later. Adapt what’s  in packaged products at the grocery store.  Try this quick and simple cookie recipe.  Feel free to add more raisins or adding vanilla to what you like in your cookies. warning: I cook these without measuring so these are estimates.  The’re fail free cookies.  They won’t taste like store-bought cookies but they are good and extremely healthy compared to conventional cookies with white sugar, butter, fat, oils.

My kid Approved

  1. Gluten-free Old fashioned Oats, http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html, 2 cups
  2. Organic Raisins, 1/2 cup
  3. Organic Apple Juice or Apple Grape Juice, 2 cups
  4. aluminum-free baking powder, dash (optional-not required)
  5. Organic Blue Agave, 1/4 cup to taste
  6. Organic Cinnamon, dash 1/2 tsp

In a bowl pour oats and apple juice.  Soak 2 minutes. if too watery, drain juice keep the oats.  Stir, dash of cinnamon. pour in raisins, dash of baking powder (optional). Mix it up. pour in Agave, stir.

Place on parchment paper on 10 x 13 cookie sheets (2).  Place on sheets as flat cookies, can be one big sheet of cookie – flatten it so it cooks through.  Cook at 375 degrees, 12 minutes, check after 10 min.

Eat and enjoy!

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Stuffed Brussel Sprouts with Daiya Cheese

Brussel Sprouts with Daiya Cheese

These taste amazing together!

Ingredients:

Brussel Sprouts

Daiya Cheese, http://www.daiyafoods.com/our-products/mozzarella, can buy at Sprouts or Whole Foods

with Daiya Mozzarella and Cheddar flavor

Directions:

  1. Steam Brussel Sprouts 6 minutes in steamer, take out plate them
  2. Scrape center out with fork or pull the yellow middle to create space for cheese
  3. No need to heat up the cheese
  4. Sprinkle cheese into middle of brussel sprouts

Gluten-Free Garbanzo Patties

Gluten-Free Garbanzo Patties

I thought of this recipe in the afternoon 2.8.12 and cooked it for my daughter and myself. She really liked it and asked for more… 3 times.

Recipe:

1 Cup Oats (gluten-free), chopped in a blender so it’s like flour, http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html

dash of Gluten-free Brown Rice Flour

dash of fine sea salt

1 can Garbanzo beans, drained 15 ounce

2 very small tomatoes

1 slice of onion from a whole onion

Small handful of Hemp Seeds

Directions:

1. chop Oats in a blender, put in a large bowl keep it aside, sprinkle hemp seeds, sprinkle brown rice flour

2. cut tomatoes (small tomatoes), onion put into blender press chop a few times and 1 quick pulse of liquefy in a blender once

3. open and drain garbanzo beans

4. pour garbanzo beans in blender with tomatoes, onion press chop on blender until g.beans are chopped then press mix about 3 times

5. pour chopped tomatoes, onion, garbanzo beans mixture on top of oats in the bowl, dash of salt, mix by hand several times

6. Make batter into small balls and cook in non-stick frying pan, smash with spatula, no oil, flatten balls while in pan

7. Spatula may stick while flattening (prevent by wetting back with water), scrape off spatula with spoon into frying pan

8. Cook each side about 20-30 seconds until golden brown, stand nearby and watch it so patties won’t burn

9. As you flip patty put dash of sea salt (optional), after 20 seconds flip again

10. Sprinkle hemp seeds after final patties are flipped

Serve and enjoy

Tip:

  • A side of raw washed organic green kale would be nice with this or you can steam some kale.  First cut up kale with stem and steam 5 minutes then serve
  •  I used a blender only for the dry ingredients, if you have a food processor use that to chop as directed above
  • Can be garnished with a gluten-free bun, lettuce and tomato if desired
  • The tomatoes used in this recipe were a little larger than the size of a grape tomato

mixed and ready to cook

Spoon and make balls into pan, no oil just cook med-high

flatten balls into pan and cook 20 sec. each side

Cooked and ready to eat!

Best Gluten-Free Chips!

Beanfields Pico de Gallo taste amazing!

Recipe:

  1. 3 handfuls of Chips into a bowl and smash up, http://beanfieldssnacks.com/our_snacks.html
  2. 3 Table spoons of Amy’s Salsa, http://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/salsas/000411
  3. Sprinkle some Daiya cheese in bowl, http://www.daiyafoods.com/products/cheddar.asp
  4. (optional) 3 Table spoons of Amy’s Refried Beans – Light in Sodium, http://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/beans-and-chili/000589
  5. Stir and eat!

So addicting, I love these chips especially with Amy’s Salsa!

  • Tip:  Beans can be warmed up ahead of time and mixed with cheese, then sprinkle a little more cheese to top it off (optional)
  • Tip:  Mix up 1/2 unsalted chips and 1/2 Pico de Gallo Beanfields Chips to keep down the salty flavor.

some nutritional facts about Beanfield Chips:  Made from Navy Beans, Black Beans, Long Grain Rice.  Sodium is only 8% which is the highest I personally go.

Gluten-Free Daiya Cheese Melt

Daiya Cheese Melt

1-2 minutes cooking time

Directions (all ingredients are gluten-free):

  1. Warm up a large skillet and warm both sides of the tortilla very quickly
  2. place one Gluten-Free Tortilla on the skillet, http://www.foodforlife.com/product-catalog/gluten-free-wheat-free-breads/gluten-free/whole-grain-brown-rice-tortillas
  3. sprinkle Daiya cheese on one side of the tortilla, http://www.daiyafoods.com/
  4. fold over tortilla let sit another 10 seconds
  5. flip it and cook the other side 10 more seconds
  6. slide out onto plate
  7. scoop salsa if desired, http://www.amys.com/products/product-categories/salsas

Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast Cereal

Healthy Cereal for Breakfast

Directions:

* Pour Gluten-Free Rolled Oats into cereal bowl straight from the bag, (no need to cook) http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html

or regular Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, http://www.bobsredmill.com/product.php?productid=708&page=1

* Add sliced bananas

* Goji Berries, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/247

* Almond Milk Original Unsweetened, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/707

* Agave (sweetener – optional)

Ingredient:  Organic Whole Grain Oats

0%    Sodium

7g      Protein

3%    Saturated Fat

15%  Iron

keep refrigerated