Enough is Enough

Recently, I’ve become very interested in other views on Veganism. I’ve been researching religiously to come to find a load of crap. I became extremely frustrated with what I was finding. In the past, I had thought to start blogging and getting the information out there, but figured it had been done. I no longer want to sit idly by and let this false information feed into everyones head. I want to share my story and debunk a few negative “facts” towards Veganism. Let’s see where this goes.

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Sweet Chilli Sauce

1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons of Tamari

2 Teaspoons of Sriracha

2 Teaspoons of Tahini

Juice of Half a Lime

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. It’s okay if the tahini doesn’t mix throughly it will once it’s heated. If you like a thicker sauce add 1/2 Teaspoon of Arrowroot Powder. If you want to do that mix the arrowroot with some hot water then add the heated sauce.

Acai Mango Berry Smoothie

1 Cup Frozen Mango

1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberry, Blueberry, or Raspberry

1-1 1/2 Cups Non-Dairy Milk

2 Handfuls of Spinach

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Freeze Dried Açaí Powder

1 Fresh or Frozen Banana

Add milk to blender then the fruits. Add spinach on top and blend. Lastly add acai powder and blend until well incorporated. If its too thick add some water or more milk. Enjoy 🙂

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies

1/2 c Oat Flour

1 c Rolled Oats

1/4 t Baking Powder

2 Mashed Bananas (I used frozen and just thawed them in the microwave)

*1/4 c Nut Butter (I used almond butter and it was very dry, if you use peanut butter you can easily do 1/2 c)

2 T Maple Syrup

1/4 t Salt

1/2 t Vanilla

1/4 c + 1 T Chocolate Chips

350 for 12-15 min

*If you have nut allergies use sunflower butter and add 1/4-1/2 t cinnamon, just to add a little more flavor.

** t= teaspoon, c= cup and T= tablespoon

Mix all the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in another then add the wet to the dry. Mix to incorporate and add the chocolate chips. Spoon a tablespoon amount of dough on a lined baking sheet and flatten them out. You can put them pretty close together they don’t spread. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I was inspired to make this when I tasted the new bread I posted about the other day. I couldn’t quite find a vegan version of my beloved Panera soup, so I stumbled upon a Paleo one (rolls eyes). Anyway, I was able to Veganize it fairly easily as the post had veg options. I don’t cook with oil though so I omitted that. I simply use water to sauté the onions and garlic then follow the recipe as she would. Hope you guys try out this version of the recipe and dunk some delicious vegan sourdough bread in it. I will add pictures later after I go through all of them 😂.

Original Recipe Here<<<<<<

2 Garlic Cloves

2 cups Vegetable Broth

4 cups Chopped Broccoli

1 1/2 c Shredded Carrots

1 c Raw Cashews (soaked for a few hours)

1 c Water

1 T Dijon Mustard

1/2 t Smoked Paprika

1/2 c Nutritional Yeast

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/4 c Almond Milk

Once everything is together I decided it wasn’t thick enough like cheesey soup, so I mixed another 1/4 c almond milk with a teaspoon of arrowroot then poured it into the soup to thicken it up.

Bread Srsly

Can I just take a moment to express my love for Bread Srsly. Okay, so before I went gluten free I would regularly go to Panera and get that sour dough bread bowl. I thought I would never experience that again. I heard a youtuber mention this brand and I’m like WHAT SOUR DOUGH GF VEGAN BREAD. I’ve been wanting to order it since I heard. Anyway, my mom decides to order some and of course I was all over that. Free bread, thank you. The second I tasted it I’m like, Panera…. Broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl. Now of course I’m vegan so what’s the next step? I will be making vegan broccoli cheddar soup and proceeding that dunking my Bread Srsly sour dough bread right on into it. YUM. I will post the results tomorrow. Also, I am trying to post more regularly. Even if the audience is small, I need to put an effort into this 🙂

Pumpkin Donuts With Maple Almond Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

(Yields 6 donuts)

Donut:

2 cup gf flour

(1 1/2 brown rice, 3/4 c tapioca)

2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 t pumpkin pie spice

1/3 c pumpkin puree

1 T vanilla

1/2 c maple syrup

1/4 c plant milk + 2 t acv or lemon juice

2 t flax

Maple Almond Glaze:

1/4 c maple syrup

1/4 t cinnamon

2 T almond butter

1 T plant milk

Measure out the milk and the apple cider vinegar and set aside. Put the flour, flax, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl and whisk together. Add the maple syrup into the same measuring cup as the milk (you can use a separate one, but I do this to minimize dishes). Grab a small bowl and add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Now a small amount of the milk/maple mixture into the pumpkin puree to thin out then you can add everything together. Pipe the batter into a donut pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have a piping bag make one out of a ziplock bag by cutting the tip of one. It’s a little more messy that way, but it does the job. I’m really bad at giving instructions, so I hope this wasn’t too vague and your donuts turn out as yummy as mine did! 😊

And for the glaze just heat it up on the stop until it thickens a bit.

Cognitive Dissonance

Let me admit, I am a die hard youtube watching fiend. I probably watch more videos daily then I care to admit. I just love the people on their so bold and brave, putting themselves out there. Anyway, recently a youtuber couple posted a video response to this viral video on a cow trying to escape a truck. I believe it was in Australia. The truck was obviously taking a load of cows to the slaughterhouse, to get slaughtered and yet these people were expressing concern for this one cow’s life, who was dangling on the top of the truck. As vegan you’re probably so frustrated with them. How can they be worried the cow was going to die when that was where he was headed? The disconnect is astonishing. If you’re interested in view the video here it is: https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4905266/amp/Cow-sticks-head-truck-Melbourne-highway.html

The article too, is nauseating. Be prepared to want to scream.

Violife Cheeze

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Let’s talk about this amazing new cheese I discovered. Of course, it’s vegan. I cannot believe the taste, smell, texture… just perfection. When I found this brand on vegan essentials I knew I wanted to place an order to try it, since I love trying new products. I looked into it further to make sure it would be good. I found them on instagram and noticed a post, they sold them in a store nearby! I was thrilled. I got right in my car to stock up. I ripped open the package immediately and dived right in. I got parmesan, blue cheese, mozzarella, and cheddar. The parmesan was my ultimate favorite. It tasted just like the parmesan I used to be obsessed with. I, like many people, put it on everything. I was a parm addict, that’s for sure. Anyway, I definitely recommend this brand and cannot wait until they release more creations. It melts like a dream and tastes good unmelted. In my experience with vegan cheeses you don’t get both with the same cheese. For the pizza I simply used Gluten Free On a Shoestring’s gf, vegan, yeast free dough. The sauce is just canned tomato sauce with garlic and oregano. Add whatever toppings you enjoy and of course don’t forget the violife mozzarella and parmesan 😍

Rocky Road Brownies

I’ve been searching for awhile to find the perfect vegan and gluten free brownie recipe, nothing. There are a few options out there, but none of them looked that appealing to me. I can always tell if I’m going to like the dessert by the ingredients and the delicious picture right above it. Nothing looks gooey, moist, and cakey enough for the brownie I had in mind. I decided to experiment in the kitchen. I wanted a little more oomph to the basic brownie, so why not add some marshmallows? Better yet chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate chunks, peanuts, and marshmallows. Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and yet my perfect brownie. Don’t forget to share 😉

2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax seeds + 6 T water)

1/2 cup vegan melted butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup almond milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup almond meal

1/3 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (I use K-Toos brand)

1/2 cup chopped peanuts (raw, roasted, salted, or unsalted doesn’t matter)

2/3 cup vegan chocolate chunks (I use Enjoy Life brand)

A few handfuls of vegan mini marshmallows to top ( I use Dandies brand)

Coconut oil for coating the pan

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and bake for 25 minutes

I usually start by grabbing a small bowl to get the flax eggs (2 T flax + 6 T water) going (they take a minute or so the gelatinize). Then melt the cubed butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds and stir. Mix the maple syrup into the butter along with the vanilla extract. Begin chopping all the delicious add-ins (peanuts and cookies) and set aside in a small bowl. Now mix the all the dry ingredients (baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, flour, and almond meal) together in a medium bowl. Combine the flax egg with the wet ingredients and then in with the dry. Lastly, add the chocolate chunks, peanuts, and cookies into the batter. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and bake!

Allow them to completely cool before serving at least to room temperature. Then, I usually stick mine in the freezer to speed up the process.

Let’s Talk Deficiencies

Calcium, Folate, Omega 3

Fun fact relying on dairy to get your daily calcium intake is like eating paper for protein. Why you may be thinking? We’ve been told by everyone since we were kids that we must drink our milk to build strong bones. Yes dairy contains calcium, but that’s the only think true about that statement. Dairy is acidic. Our bodies like to be alkaline. So what happens when we introduce acid into our alkaline body? It uses calcium! Calcium is very alkaline and when we bring drink milk or eat cheese the calcium that you think you’re getting is simply being used to counteract the negative side affects the milk is having on your body.  Then you become calcium deficient because you think “I’m eating a ton of cheese, I don’t have to worry about calcium like those silly vegans eating broccoli all day.” Your body is literally leaching all the calcium currently in your body to help settle the stomach. That doesn’t sound very healthy to me. Now for another B vitamin, folate. Folate is naturally made within the human body. This brings me to folic acid, which when eaten acts the same way as folate does, it even helps folate function more properly. Dark leafy greens seem to be the answer to everyone’s questions about food and it’s because they are. They contain the highest amount of folic acid. The reason why we want folic acid from plants and not folate from animals is because is because folate/folic acid is water-soluble. Vegetable naturally have high water content, while animal muscle does not. If we eat fat, protein, and cholesterol our bodies cannot use the folate properly. FISH. Hey are you eating fish because that is literally the only way to get those omegas! I’m kidding, obviously. This is the kind of crap I hear though! Meat a animal heavy diet (specially red meat, but all do harm) deplete your omega 3 levels. This is why the omega 3 supplement was born and why sooo many doctors are recommending patients to eat more fish. Meanwhile completely ignoring the heavy pollution in our water and the fish live in. I promise you they are not doing anything about removing the garbage the fish are ingesting. You too, if you eat fish, are eating pollution. They also contain very high levels of mercury. This is why they advise pregnant women to not eat fish because it can literally kill the fetus. Okay, so yeah let’s not give growing fetuses mercury poisoning, but yet let’s give fully grown adults fish to get those omegas. If it’s harming a fetus, which by the way is a potential human, they what makes you think it’s not harming an adult or child? They’re so many better ways to get omegas like: ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds… Seeds? Yes seeds. Save yourself from getting mercury poisoning and eat some seeds.