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Vegan MoFo: Vegan Hair Care October 9, 2009

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When I went vegan, probably the biggest shock to me was just how many products besides food are infused with animal by products or are tested on animals. Call me naive, but I was under the impression that animal testing truly had fallen out of the public eye because it had fallen out of practice. (I know, I know— I said you could call me naive!) So having discovered this, I was more than happy to give up anything that wasn’t in keeping with my beliefs.

Today I want to know: What’s everyone’s favorite vegan hair care products? Mine, hands down, (and thanks to the wonderful Happy Vegan Yogini) is Lush. Right now I’m using the Seanik shampoo bar. I’m also still working my way through a bottle of Kiss My Face conditioner, but I think once I’m finished with it, I’ll get a bar of Lush conditioner. I love. love. love. it. Anyway, I’d love to know what everyone else uses, so share with me!

In other news…

Vegan Food of the Day!

I made Vegan Dad‘s biscuits but I made them how the Happy Herbivore makes them. I haven’t gotten to make the pot pie she coupled with them, but I plan to do it soon. At any rate, these are yummy yummy comfort food biscuits and I have happily been enjoying them for breakfasts with some homemade (not by me) peach jam. They are perfectly divine and they remind me of mom’s home cooking!

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Vegan MoFo: I’ve got the munchies October 8, 2009

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You know those times that you’re just hanging out at home, watching a movie or lazing around on the interwebz and suddenly it hits you…

SNACK. ATTACK.

All you want to do is munch and munch and munch. Hey- I’m vegan… I’m not dead. It happens to me, it’s safe to say, a couple times a week (and depending upon the week… it might even be a daily basis…). And just because I’m vegan doesn’t mean that the things I could potentially snack on are healthy for me either… OREOS are vegan, for pete’s sake! So you see, I still have to make the right choices too. Now, in today’s edition, I thought I’d share with you my favorite healthy vegan snacks.

First and foremost, allow me to pledge my undying devotion to the Larabar. These things are delicious and a wonderful healthy boost to your day. I, myself, enjoy one on my way to work in the mornings. They have so many varieties it’s almost overwhelming and I can honestly say that there isn’t one that I don’t like (I may just like some less than others.) My hands down favorites include Coconut Creme Pie, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Molé and Peanut Butter Cookie. I can’t say that I”ve seen one that was less than 70% raw, they’re all vegan, kosher, unprocessed, non GMO and all that good stuff. They’re great sources of fiber and Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. Plus… they are filling! If you’re new to veganism, I would highly recommend you keep them stocked at your house at all times. You can find them at most major groceries, definitely at health food stores and the most extensive collections I’ve ever seen are at Whole Foods Markets.

Next up for yummy snacks I keep on hand is fruit and veggies. If I’m in one of those moods where my hand might never stop dipping into that bag of chips, then I go the healthier route by preparing some fruit or veggies. I’ll cut up an apple, peel an orange, or cut any other kind of fruit into pieces so that if I’m going to snack mindlessly (which I know is not the best way to snack, but hey! it happens!), at least I’m snacking on something nutrient packed. My roommate and I are also big fans of roasting veggies or boiling okra or something like that for snacks.

My wonderful twitter friend @gomelissago once shared one of her favorite snacks that is super duper easy to make: drain and rinse a can of chick peas, coat them in olive oil, nooch and spices of your choice, then bake them in the oven, at about 400F until they are crispy. They are to. die. for.

And my final suggestion for a great snack, plus coming in as today’s Vegan Food of the Day, is YogaVive Apple Chips! I reviewed them last week and I can not say enough good about them. They are deliciously wonderful snacks to keep on hand and carry with you on the go. And, what do you know… talk about coincidence but I’m giving you the chance to win a month’s supply of these babies! Today is the LAST day to enter the contest though. All you have to do is leave me a comment below! What’s your favorite vegan snack? Even if you aren’t vegan, there’s probably something that you love that happens to be vegan! So share it with me! I’ll be announcing the winners (for there shall be 3!) in the middle of next week. (I know that seems like a long time but I’m currently on VACAY in COLORADO and all my blogs through the end of my trip have been pre-written and scheduled for publishing!) So comment, comment, comment, snack, enjoy, and comment! I want to hear from you!

 

Vegan MoFo: Curried Tomato and Bean Soup October 7, 2009

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Another Vegan Food of the Day blog is upon us! Check it out:

Curried Tomato and Bean Soup! PER-FEC-TION on a blustery autumn day. If you want the recipe, like most of them, I can’t take credit for it, so go here. I guarantee you’ll have all the ingredients for this simple soup on hand, or else I don’t know how you manage to keep yourself alive. I don’t think I can tell you just how much curry makes my life worth living, so I’ll just note that I did probably double the amount that this recipe calls for. Do it to your tastes though, of course. But know that I’m judging you if you use less curry than I do. (Do your taste buds work? I mean seriously… I think curry was specifically handed down from the Divine Consciousness… how could you only want what the recipe calls for?????)

Note from the author: Forgive my food photography skills. I’m aware that they leave something to be desired. So shoot me. Maybe my pics are food porn to the eyes, but as far as my tummy is concerned, these recipes taste good enough to make me think I oughta say a few Hail Mary’s.

Friends you are quickly running out of time! Comment below and you will have a shot at winning a month’s supply of YogaVive Apple Chips! You have to comment to be entered and I want vegan recipes! You’re smart people… put 2 and 2 together, already! You only have until tomorrow!

 

Vegan MoFo Survey! October 6, 2009

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Thanks to Whoa Wren for sharing this great Vegan MoFo survey!

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Pacific Natural Foods Vanilla Oat Milk. It is beyond nommy.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Biscuits from Vegan Dad. Veggie Biscuit Pot Pie from Happy Herbivore. And brussel sprouts.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Slather it in caramel baby.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
It was back when I was a meat eater. I don’t even want to get into it, but do you remember that scene in Bridget Jones when she dyed her pot of soup blue? Mine was something like that.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Ye ol’ cucumbers.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
I do a lot of internet searches and then if I really love something and think I’ll make it a lot, I write it down and add it to my cookbook.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Trash and garbage disposal. I wish we could compost, but we live in an apartment.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
brussel sprouts, apples, larabars

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
On Christmas morning, every year, my mom slaves away in the kitchen making a huge feast. One year our dog at the time, Lady, jumped up on the table (something she NEVER did) and devoured half of it. True to the Naes family form, we were pissed for 30 seconds and then we set to laughing.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Good Karma Organic Rice Cream: Carrot Cake

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
french press

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
curry or red pepper flakes

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
30 Minute Veggie Meals by Rachel Ray

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Peach

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Right now I’d probably make them Pumpkin Black Bean Casserole

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tofu.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
I always cook in the afternoon because that’s the only time of day I have free.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Nothing, as a matter of fact. It fits in a space with a cabinet right above it. In that cabinet, however, there are baking pans and a bag of onions.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Corn, Strawberries, Ezekiel Bread

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Right now I need some fresh veggies. I’m jonesing for yellow squash. I spend most of my time in the grocery in the produce section or the canned bean aisle.

21. Favorite grocery store?
Locally the health food store I go to is called Elbert’s, and I have to supplement it with a trip to Schnucks. In general I recently had my first Whole Foods experience and think that may be it. But you can’t deny Trader Joe’s either.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
Eggplant parmesan. I know there are vegan versions out there, but I haven’t gotten around to making it yet.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
Happy Herbivore, The Happy Vegan Yogini, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Blueberries

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Well I guess price wise, the most extravagant thing I bought was Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin english muffins.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
Hmmm I’m not sure. I don’t get super fancy with my cooking, so recipes I research are usually pretty basic. I’ll let you know when I come across something?

Vegan Food of the Day
I mentioned them above but I’ll say it again. I love Endangered Species Chocolates. A pretty substantial portion of them are vegan and they are really top quality chocolates. If you’re going to treat yourself, you might as well do it right.

The time is drawing nigh! Comment below, tell me your favorite Vegan chocolate and you’ll be entered to win a month’s supply of YogaVive Apple Chips! You only have until the end of the day, October 8!

 

Vegan MoFo: Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread October 5, 2009

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Today’s blog will simply be an episode of Vegan Food of the Day. Enjoy!

There is no season I love more than fall. And I won’t even lie about the reason why.

The food.

I love the hearty comfort foods and I love them even more when they’re VEGAN. So with my day off this week, I felt like hanging out and getting a little Q.T. with my kitchen, in which I just don’t get to hang out enough for my tastes. I made several things but I’m just going to post one thing at a time. Let’s not over-do it, shall we? And besides, you will be in AUTUMN OVERLOAD once you get a taste of this Vegan Pumpkin Spice Bread (recipe found here) so you’ll be happy I’m not making your taste buds explode from ecstasy in one sitting.

I enjoy it with a little pat of Earthly Balance Vegan Buttery Spread and a squirt of agave nectar on top. It is such a heart and tummy warming way to start the day. I’d never made it before but it met all my requirements of being cheap, easy and fast! (like I like my men! … Inappropriate. I’m sorry…) and furthermore, it made my apartment smell deeeeelicious. (In my experience, most men haven’t done that. So… Pumpkin Bread FTW.)

PS: Remember- you still have a few days to comment on any of my blogs, leave me your favorite vegan recipes and be entered to win a month’s supply of YogaVive Apple Chips! You have to comment to be considered!

 

Vegan MoFo: The Moment I Knew October 2, 2009

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Hello and welcome back to Vegan MoFo- Day 2!

Today, I’m wondering… when was the moment you knew you had to go vegan? What was the final straw?

Two things happened, mainly, that made me realize that the only way I could continue to live life with peace of mind, was to go vegan. It all started with this article. At the time, I was a vegetarian. I found this link and posted it on Twitter. Without getting into a lot of detail, a bit of a back and forth began with a friend who disagreed with me. Finally, and 100%  facetiously, I posted the most heinous picture of a cow in a slaughterhouse that I could fine (as if one is more heinous than another…).  I’ve noted before that when I went vegetarian, a part of me always knew it wasn’t enough to make me feel settled. But in an effort not to overwhelm myself, I started off slow and stuck with vegetarian for a while. However, when I located the picture of the cow, I felt once more that pang, that little voice inside of me that said “You aren’t doing enough.” Even though I had posted the picture to be immature in a “I’ll have the last word” sort of way,  I found myself waking up once more to the fact that, for me, vegetarianism was still not even close to cruelty free living.

Within days, or possibly even hours, I stumbled upon a link to HumaneMyth.org (and I’ve been proudly sporting their banner on my blog ever since.) It only took watching part of one video, I don’t even remember which one now, but suddenly I knew the choice had already been made deep in my heart and that the time had come: I had to go vegan. I knew the truth and I couldn’t un-know. I haven’t looked back since.

Sometimes I still chuckle that a friend was trying to convince me why I needed to eat meat, and instead I became 100% vegan. But this is how it happens, I suppose. The universe is quite the jokester, sometimes.

So this was my a-ha-go-vegan moment. Now I want to know yours. I know not everyone is a vegan for ethical reasons (although I hope that they are there too!), but regardless of why you came to veganism, leave me a comment and tell me what your last-straw-moment was, and when you knew you had to go vegan. Commenters will be entered to win a month-long supply of YogaVive Apple Chips if you comment before the end of the day, October 8.  So tell me! I want to know!

Vegan Food of the Day
Smoothies! Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start the day or replenish after a great yoga session. They’re also an excellent way to get your daily serving of fruit and some greens. Plus, they are ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make. My roommate and I always keep a stock of bananas in the freezer to use as a base. Other great bases include avocado and extra soft tofu. From there, I’ll usually add some type of berry or combination of berries, followed by some greens: turnip, collard, kale, spinach. I also add a little flax meal for some EFA, agave nectar if needs to be sweetened, and occasionally a touch of vanilla almond or oat milk, to give it a little extra boost. Get creative with your smoothies, find the combination you like best. Blend, sip, enjoy!

 

Ringing in Vegan MoFo with a Giveaway! October 1, 2009

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Happy Vegan MoFo!

Today we begin a month long celebration of all things vegan! I’ll be doing my best to blog every week day this month, sharing with you all recipes, stories, tips, testimonials, etc about the vegan life. Are you vegan? I hope that we can share and learn from each other this month! Oh… you’re not vegan? Well hopefully this month will give you a little idea of what it’s like to be a proud vegan and show you (in case you were wondering) that being vegan is not only easy, but fun and delicious too! It’s the guilt free life and I welcome you to share in my experience! All along, I’ll invite comments on my posts from anyone who has questions about making the switch. What are your biggest concerns? What would make the transition easier for you? I’ll be glad to help in anyway!

My goal for this month is to share a vegan anecdote every weekday, and then to share with you my favorite thing I ate each day. I’m a busy girl and I don’t always have time to cook elaborate meals, so a lot of times, you’re going to see really easy, recipe-less foods and snacks here. I’m a pretty healthy eater, and so I’m happy to be showing everyone in the blogosphere that it’s easy to be a healthy, on-the-go vegan!

But just because I’m busy and don’t always get to spend a good amount of time in my kitchen, doesn’t mean that I don’t like to cook a good meal at least once a week. And that’s where you all, and a giveaway, come in! Share with me in the comments your favorite quick and easy vegan recipe (even if you aren’t vegan!) and you’ll be in the running to win a month’s supply of Yogavive Apple Chips! (Also, make sure to check out my review of these yummy snacks!) I will accept entries until October 8th and then I will, with the help of my kitties Lily and Harry Krishna, randomly select THREE lucky winners to receive the prize! So get to it, readers! I want recipes! What’s your favorite vegan recipe, cheap and easy, that I should make this month? Comment, comment, comment!

And so… in the words of Go Vegan’s Bob Linden: Peace now! Go vegan! Peace, how? Go. Vegan.

Vegan Food of the Day!
Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Soup has been keeping me happy and satisfied these first days of fall. The air is crisp and chilly and this soup is all I need to warm myself up from the inside out. When I made it, I used probably twice as much curry as the recipe called for, but that’s just my taste. I also used half home-made pumpkin puree and half canned pumpkin puree, and for that reason I used less veggie stock, since the home-made puree was more watery than the canned. My version ended up being pretty thick, almost chili-like, and that’s just how I like my soup to be. This recipe was fast and easy to make and very easy to adjust to my tastes. I highly recommend it! Plus, if you’re like me and you’re cooking for one, this will make you PLENTY and last you several days, which is always a bonus!