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First, I’m sorry to those who had subscribed and were missing my postings during the week!  I know you aren’t a massive audience, but you are an audience none the less!  I apparently fell off the blogging wagon.  I went on a trip to Minneapolis at the beginning of August for a conference, then it was time for the kids to go back to school, so my time in front of the computer felt limited and I also think I burned myself out a bit trying to post too often.  I’ll also admit that I fell off the vegan wagon for a little while too… I have still remained vegetarian, but poor vegan meals at my conference forced my hand and made me a bit lax about it when I got home.  But I can tell the difference in how I feel, so I want to get back to the vegan feeling!

I do have some things I’d like to share for food, yarn, and stuff.  And, I’m hoping that a re-commitment to my blog will help me get back to planning our meals and cooking on a more regular basis!  I’ve just been plain old lazy the last few weeks as school as gotten going and we’re getting used to our new schedules and have stuck to a few simple things and eating out.

I’m working on coming up with a blogging schedule – probably just a couple posts a week.  Definitely not every day, at least for now!  My Celadon Road business is picking up since being featured in a Women’s Day article (here) that just went online yesterday and will be available in print starting Saturday.

So, thank you to those who have still checked in and read what I did have posted – and here’s to some fresh content in the weeks ahead!

 

I saw this recipe popped up the other day for me.

Tofurkey Italian Sausage and Rice Recipie (Vegan) | My Mind In Bytes.

I had just tried Tofurkey Italian Sausage for the first time a day or so before.  I’ll have to post the full recipe – but I ‘veganized’ an allrecipes.com recipe for stuffed zucchini, and used some Tofurkey Italian Sausage that I had in the fridge in lieu of the ‘traditional’ italian sausage that the recipe called for.  I had also seen it used on a Vegan Zombie episode when he made pizza rolls.  This stuff is really good!  I have to admit – I’m only a partial fan of the Tofurkey brand, at least so far.  And I was really pleasantly surprised at how good this sausage tasted!  The seasoning was right on, just a touch of spice – I would imagine that this sausage and rice recipe would hit the spot!  I’ll be adding it to my “to try” list!

 

This is one of my new favorite websites – AllAmericanVegan.com!  They posted these guides recently.  My personal favorite is “The Care and Feeding of Vegans – A handbook for non-vegans”.  A great guide to send along to family and friends if you’re going to be staying.

All American Vegan | Guides

There are also guides for vegan substitutions, as well as pamphlets that you can print out and take to your favorite local restaurants and grocery stores about why they should consider vegans in their food plans too!

Thanks All American Vegan for taking some of the ‘mystery’ of being vegan out of the equation for my family and friends!

I admit, I’m a fan of The Pioneer Woman – even though she’s definitely not of the vegan persuasion.  I love her writing and her blog is fun to read.  And then there’s her recipe site Tasty Kitchen.  I was afraid that my switch to vegan food meant that I should delete this ‘favorite’ from my web browser.  But, the other day the featured recipe was vegan!  So, I decided to re-visit this recipe site and was happy to find this…

Vegan | Tasty Kitchen: A Happy Recipe Community!

She has a “Special Dietary Needs” option which includes vegan… yay!!  So, now I’m slowly making my way through the recipes and adding ones I’d like to try to my recipe box.  I’m excited that I can still be a part of the Tasty Kitchen community even though I’m no longer partaking in the meat and dairy part!

Thank you Pioneer Woman for including ‘us’ in your community!

This is one of my new favorites!  I was upset to read that my favorite “non-dairy” creamer isn’t vegan (and is actually quite the chemical cocktail really.)  While I’ll probably keep it on hand for coffee emergencies (and travel when I can’t keep a refrigerator with me).  If someone who reads this knows of a powdered creamer (preferably French Vanilla flavor) that is vegan – please comment or contact me and let me know!

So Delicious Creamer - French Vanilla (image from So Delicious website)

I tried this once at the ‘very beginning’ of my vegan journey.  I have a hard time with liquid creamers in my coffee.  I feel like I usually need to use far more than the suggested serving in order to get the flavor that I get from a serving of the powdered stuff that I was used to.  That’s not really the case with the So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer.  I’ll admit that I haven’t tried the original flavor, but I think that’s because I like my coffee sweet.  So, I enjoy having a flavored creamer.  The French Vanilla is definitely at the top of my favorites list.  It has a nice vanilla flavor, and it’s sweet without being too sweet.

I just bought the Hazelnut flavor to try – and I’ll try it (and post a review) in a few days once my vanilla is all gone.  I also bought their Original Flavor Coconut Milk to try when I’m done with the 1/2 gallon of Almond Milk that’s in my fridge right now.

I think So Delicious is a brand that is doing an amazing job at making non-dairy items to replace those that most omnivores are used to.  So, whether you’re vegan or have a dairy allergy or just would rather avoid dairy – give these a try!  They’re widely available, and Whole Foods has a good selection of products in both dairy and frozen, a bit more limited at “traditional” grocery stores.

I give this creamer an A+!

Last Friday I was able to pick up our first bunch of veggies from our CSA share at Green Earth Institute.

CSA Veggies - July 8th, 2011

This week’s haul included Garlic Scapes, Scallions, Bok Choy (it’s related but not actually Bok Choy), Kale, Sage, Peas, Summer Squash, Beets, Radishes, and Lettuce.  To tell you the truth – I had never heard of garlic scapes or the ‘bok choy’ relative before.  And, I’m trying to be mindful and use as much of these veggies as possible!  This is on top of the 3 heads of romaine that I harvested from our own garden on Friday.  Here’s how I used them this week:

Saturday:

For lunch we had a nice big salad with home-grown romaine, beet greens, a little bit of radish (2 of the small ones), carrots, sugar snap peas, and garbonzo beans.

Sunday:

I had planned to make a stir fry Saturday night, but it didn’t work out – so that’s going to be dinner on Sunday!  I’ll use some of the garlic scapes, bok choy, maybe some summer squash, some sugar snap peas, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies, some baked teriyaki tofu, and chow mein noodles.

The cocktail of up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk | Mail Online.

Yet another reason for my choice to go vegan.  Thankfully, my kids have pretty well accepted the almond milk that we now have exclusively in our fridge.  And, while they won’t really just drink a cup of it – there’s really no need to anyway.  But, they’ll have it with their cereal and even drink what’s left at the bottom of the bowl.

“The doses of drugs were far too small to have an effect on anyone drinking them, but the results highlight how man-made chemicals are now found throughout the food chain.

The highest quantities of medicines were found in cow’s milk.”

That quote is was is scariest to me.  While the doses were “too small to have an effect” – think about how many glasses of milk, bowls of cereal, ice cream, milk shakes, how much cheese you’ve had over your lifetime!  Those doses will start to add up in your system too!


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