Archive for Month: March 2011

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Ecolissa: where fashion meets eco. (A review + A discount)

A funny thing happened when I started blogging.  I started getting offers.  Offers to trade links (yeah, I know, not really an offer at all since I don’t promote diet plans).  Offers to try food samples, to preview cookbooks, to review new products, new websites, new stores. To date, anything I have reviewed is something I purchased on my own.  My approach to offers of free or discounted products is to communicate to the contributor that I will write an honest review and, when possible, I will arrange an opportunity for my readers to benefit, too. Melissa, the owner of […]

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Raw Brazil Nut & Almond Pate

I cannot help but share a few more thoughts on the ethics of veganism before I get to this raw lunch. What a response to Gena’s post on the ethics of veganism! Be sure to check out the comments, which I found informative and challenging—a perfect compliment to Gena’s outstanding take on this important issue. As for me? I don’t (knowingly) eat animal products.  I quit purchasing leather after going vegan.  I do still wear old leather shoes and belts. I have a huge stash of wool yarn that I have not touched since going vegan.  I do still wear […]

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Vegan 101: The Ethics of Veganism

I cannot tell you how excited I am to offer the latest in the Vegan 101 series. Gena is one of the smartest bloggers I read. Seriously.  She is able to take complicated issues and present them in an accessible way.  She is thought-provoking, clever and she lives a passionate vegan lifestyle.  I have learned how to be vegan from Gena. And Gena has inspired me to eat a higher raw diet.  As I considered the issues I wanted to cover in the Vegan 101 series, I knew the toughest would be about the ethics of being, or going, vegan.  […]

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Vegan Marshmallow Sandwich

Yep, I was crazy enough to do it.  I made a marshmallow sandwich. I toasted an Ezekial English Muffin. I cut it in half and added three Sweet and Sara vanilla marshmallows, a teaspoon of unsweetened, shredded coconut and a teaspoon of Navitas cacao nibs.  I microwaved the sandwich for thirty seconds. And then I squealed with delight. If loving this is wrong, I don’t want to be right. What is your favorite way to enjoy vegan marshmallows? *** As promised Monday my review of Ethos Vegan Kitchen is live on quarrygirl.com. Check it out! *** ETA: LAST CALL! Voting […]

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Fun, sun and beans…

My husband and I escaped to Florida for a few days.  Dave (gladly) spent his weekend on the couch chilling (he’s still on crutches) hanging out with my dad while my mother, aunt and I hung out. It was sunny and in the 80’s. The perfect way to shake off some of the harsh New York winter we’ve experienced (so far). Thursday evening we landed at the Orlando airport around 5:30 and I asked my dad to drive us directly to Ethos Vegan Kitchen for dinner. What an amazing meal! Details on these good eats can be found in the […]

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While I’m in Florida…

…check out my guest post, tips on going higher raw, on Green Vegan Living! Thanks so much, Geanna, for inviting me to post!

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Revisiting the Raw Fruity, Nutty Breakfast

Do you remember this? It was my first “creative” raw breakfast recipe! The other day I wanted it again, but since it was going on 11:00 a.m. it was actually more like brunch.  I wanted it to be a bit more filling.  I toasted a sprouted English muffin and served the Raw Fruity, Nutty Breakfast as a sandwich! Delicious! Have you had a purple breakfast? Do tell!

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Raw Not-Tuna Salad

A huge thank you, once again, to Emily of Daily Garnish for contributing to the Vegan 101 series Monday! Her post Kitchen tips from a chef was incredibly helpful and brought some lurkers out to comment (it was so nice to see you!) and encouraged a few of you to email me with ideas for future Vegan 101 posts. Thank you, Emily and thank you, readers! *** I do not miss eating fish. Truly.  I haven’t eaten fish since 2006 and, frankly, the smell sort of grosses me out.  But I can see why you might think so, as I […]

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Vegan 101: Kitchen tips from a chef

I am thrilled to bring another great blogger to the Vegan 101 series!  The purpose of this series is to serve as a resource for new vegans, or those considering going vegan, as well as those of us who could use a few new tips or a refresher. As I have posted previously, in my pre-vegan days I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen.  I had a lot to learn and I turned to vegan cookbooks and blogs.  Last summer I started reading Daily Garnish (back then it was known as The Front Burner) and was hooked reading Emily’s […]

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May they suffer less in Japan

A bodhisattva is someone who has compassion within himself or herself and who is able to make another person smile or help someone suffer less. Every one of us is capable of this. —Thich Nhat Hanh Source and Source You can help. Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Help animals in Japan tsunami disaster

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Johnny Cakes and Black-Eyed Peas

My husband IM’d me the other day at work. No commentary, just a link for Johnny Cakes (from Adventure Journal, no less).  The first thing I did was scan the ingredients to see if the recipe was vegan.  It was.  I IM’d a reply “you make those and I’ll make black-eyed peas in the pressure cooker.”  Later that night the omnivore and the vegan cooked together and made a delicious meal! The Johnny Cakes Dave started with this Johnny Cakes recipe.  But the ratio of dry and wet didn’t seem right to him so he referred to this oh-so-NOT vegan […]

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Not-Tuna Noodle Casserole + A Typical Day of Higher Raw Vegan Eats

I am so glad you are enjoying the Vegan 101 series!  Thank you for the comments and wonderful emails!  There will be a new post in the series Monday! In many of your emails you ask me to share a bit more about what I eat on a regular basis. Frankly, if you follow me on Twitter you will pretty much read what I’m eating all day long!  But here’s a glimpse into a typical day. Breakfast, lunch and snacks: Green juice:  Granny smith apple, 8 leaves romaine lettuce, 5 kale leaves, 4 stalks of celery, 1 inch of ginger […]

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: A Colorful Companion for Vegans

I recently added two Colleen Patrick-Goudreau books, Color Me Vegan and Vegan’s Daily Companion, to my library. Vegan’s Daily Companion This book got me on Day One.  Let me back up.  The Vegan’s Daily Companion is a collection of 365 essays and recipes, one a day.  Day One? Kale!  In this entry Patrick-Goudreau describes the nutrition-dense vegetable and offers suggestions on how to use kale. Throughout the year you will find essays and recipes, categorized by day: Monday: For the Love of Food Tuesday:  Compassionate Communication Wednesday:  Optimum Health for Body, Mind, and Spirit Thursday:  Animals in the Arts: Literature […]

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Vegan 101: How to Travel Like a Vegan Pro

As promised in my “How I learned to go vegan” post I am bringing you a Vegan 101 series to help the new (and “old”) vegan on his/her journey. Today I am thrilled to share a fabulous guest post from Jill of Vegan Backpacker. Jill is the author of the Vegan Backpacker blog, where she is working hard to debunk the myth that it’s difficult to eat vegan while traveling. Her travels have taken her to the United States, South America, Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan and many countries in Europe. I have turned to this blog numerous times to prepare […]

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Sprouted Chickpea Humus (Raw)

I don’t usually post on the weekends but I just had to share the result of my first chickpea sprouting experiment! As I mentioned yesterday, I started the buckwheat and chickpea sprouts earlier this week.  Buckwheat only requires a 20 – 60 minute soak before sprouting but you must soak the chickpeas for 12 hours. I soaked them Monday night and began the rinse/drain every 12 hours routine Tuesday morning.  Four days later they were ready! I love their little tails.  I popped one in my mouth—crunchy and delish—and knew what to make. Raw humus! JL’s Sprouted Chickpea Humus Makes […]

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Candy-Coated Buckwheat Granola (Raw)

Over the past year I have eaten a fairly common vegan diet of beans, greens and grains.  I live for beans. Quinoa and farro make me swoon. And you know I love kale. As I started eating higher raw I was faced with a dilemma. How could I consume raw beans and grains?  Sprouting!  I started with lentils, then moved on to quinoa and azuki beans. Beet-Lentil Burger (Raw) Sprouted Quinoa-Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl (Raw) Asian-Azuki Bean Humus (Mostly Raw) This week I tried my hand at sprouting chickpeas and buckwheat groats.  I have been using a really great web […]

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Tangy Tomato Dressing (RAW) + A Sunflower Seed Milk Green Smoothie

Here’s how Tuesday morning played out:  coffee, email, Twitter, blogs.  See, that’s when I get into trouble. Reading vegan food blogs. Instead of heading out for a run I decided to spend my morning in the kitchen before work.  I was reading The Raw Project and Christine’s description of a dressing recipe from a cookbook, using a whole lemon (not just the juice!), was intriguing.  I needed to make my own version of a citrus-packed salad topper. JL’s Tangy Tomato Dressing (Raw) Makes 2 cups INGREDIENTS *1/2 cup cashews, soaked 1 hour *1 medium tomato, diced *1/2 a jalapeno, diced […]

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