Beat The Heat With These Cool Summer Eats

  1. Chia Spiced Chia Pudding. Dessert for breakfast? Yes please!! Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter.

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2. Raw spiralized thai salad. Photo credit goes to Rebecca from  Strength and Sunshine.

 

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3. Lazy falafel. This recipe knows me so well. I love easy recipes. Photo credit goes to Rhian from Rhian’s Recipes.

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4. Easy vegan lentil salad. Healthy and can be done in 10 mins or less? Love it!! Photo credit goes to Mary Ellen from V Nutrition.

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5. Hemp seed oatmeal NO BAKE cookies. Oh yessss she did!! Photo credit goes to Karissa from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen.

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6.  Soba cold japanese buckwheat noodles. There’s something I love about Soba, they are great in almost everything! Photo credit goes to Kate from The Artful Appetite.

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7. Ginger berry smoothie bowl. She had me at bowl *drool*. Photo credit belong to Mallory Maddox.

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8. Maple tofu skewers. I’m in…. love maple and tofu and grilling. I don’t have a BBQ, but I would use my air fryer, or over a camp fire. Photo credit goes to Choclette  Tin And Thyme.

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9.Mango tofu summer rolls. If summer had a taste, I’m pretty sure this is what it would taste like. Photo credit goes to Amy from Veggies Save The Day.

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10. Chickpea with garlic vinaigrette salad. My kind of salad… no lettuce 😀 Plus chickpeas and garlic? Yummy. Photo credit goes to Monica from The Hidden Veggies.

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11. Peach jalapeno salsa. This is a creative way of using all the fresh juicy peaches this summer. Photo credit goes to Oliva from Lettuce Liv.

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12. Balsamic bean salad. Now this would be great to take on a potluck picnic! Photo credit goes to Sarah from Fried Dandelions.

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13. Tomato chickpea salad with cilantro and lime. This looks so fresh! Photo credit goes to Mel from A Virtual Vegan.

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14. No bake apricot turmeric lemon energy bars. These would be perfect to take to the lake or the pool! Also this passes as lunch to me 🙂 Photo credit goes to Sarah from Vegan Chickpea.

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15. Cucumber salad with sesame soy dressing. 3 ingredients!!! Just 3! Photo credit goes to Elizabeth from The Lazy Broccoli.

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16.  Loaded veggie chopped kale salad. This looks fresh! Photo credit goes to Jen from Veggie Inspired.

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17. Raw vegan bowl. It’s hard to resist a good bowl. So pretty. Photo credit goes to Yeukai from A Dash Of Lemon.

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18. Spiralized beet salad. I always forget about golden beets, I always think red. So pretty. Photo credit belongs to Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine.

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19. Simple Gazpacho. I don’t think I’ve ever tried gazpacho before, but what a great way to enjoy a nourishing soup on a hot summer day. Photo credit goes to Mary Ellen from V Nutrition and Wellness. 

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20. Turmeric chickpea salad sandwhich. There’s something just really satisfying about a chickpea salad sandwich. Photo credit go to Karissa from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen.

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21. Raw strawberry mango avocado tacos. She had me at taco’s. Have you ever tried The Taco Cleanse? Seriously great book! Photo credit goes to Amy from Veggies Save The Day.


22. Vegan tuna salad tuna melt. Oh doesn’t that look like a gooey mess that you should make right away? Looks good! Photo credit belongs to Monica from The Hidden Veggies.


23.White Bean Salad. This is so easy to whip up. Photo credit goes to Jennifer from Veggie Inspired.


24. Raw carrot brazil nut soup. Looks very creamy! Photo credit goes to Sarah from Vegan Chickpea.


25. Thai Pad. Who doesn’t love a good Thai pad? Photo credit goes to Ania from Lazy Cat Kitchen.


26. Loaded veggie wrap. I love wraps. I could eat them for months. Photo credit goes to Brandie from well… here 😀 


That is all for now. What’s your favourite cool summer eats? 

Beat The Heat With These Cool Summer Drinks

We are in the middle of a heat wave and I do not like it. It’s hot and gross and there are only so many hours you can hang out in the grocery store before security starts following you around. Yes, I know I have been here every day for the past week for 8 hours straight and have only bought some bananas or grapes…. ok I haven’t done that, but lately, that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

So, let’s turn to plan B. We will cool ourselves with some refreshing drinks, and even though alcohol will dehydrate you, you can have some every now and then, just make sure to drink lots of water.

The first drink you don’t have to put in the vodka, it’s just as tasty without it. I would recommend you pulse some ice in a food processer to make it extra cold.

1. Watermelon and Lime

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2. Dark Cherry Lime Slushy, photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. I’m not a fan of cherries, but I wish I could reach through the screen and enjoy this slushy.

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3. Pomegranate Swizzle, photo credit goes to Ginny from The Vegan in the Freezer. This drink calls for rum, but I’m sure it will be just as refreshing without it.

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4. Heartbreaker Rose Syrup Cocktail, photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. Now, I wouldn’t drink more than one of these, but it looks too pretty not to try it.

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5. Creamsicle Smoothie.  The photo credit goes to Dreena from Plant Powered Kitchen. Adults and kids alike can enjoy this treat. I’d be tempted to make extras and freeze it.

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6. Creamy Blended Frozen Mocha. Photo Credit goes to Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie. I don’t drink coffee anymore, but this is exactly what I would be having for breakfast if I did.

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7. Labor Day Pina Coladas. Photo credit goes to Chef Chloe. It may say labor day pina coladas, but I’m not waiting, minus the rum it’s a nice and refreshing taste of the tropics- to go with this heat we’re having. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else.

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8. Salted Caramel Cluster Vegan Shake. Photo credit goes to Mel from A Virtual Vegan. STOP THE PRESSES, this looks like I’m wanting this for dinner tonight!!!

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9. Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Amy from Veggies Save The Day. This sparkling water with watermelon will be the hit of your pool party.

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10. Peaches and Cream Nice Cream Float. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Fried Dandelions. Move over root beer float, we have a new favorite. Shh, we won’t tell them it’s healthy, ok Mom?

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11. Kiwi Strawberry Crush Cocktail. Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter. This looks really great! You could almost get away with saying it’s a salad. Vodka is made from potatoes and then there’s strawberries and kiwi. You’re welcome 😉 Just don’t over do it.

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12. Power Grape Juice. Photo credit goes to Claire from Reboot with Joe. This is so easy to make and look at that lovely colour!!

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13. Frosty Strawberry Lemonade with Mint. Photo credit goes to Somer from Vedged Out. Oh boy, this could be had all day long!!

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14. Coquito Bonito. Photo credit goes to Terry from Vegan Latina. Sure, why not?! Maybe a little taste of Christmas will make things cooler….

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15. Double Chocolate Hazelnut Shookie. Photo credit goes to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan. Annie had me at double chocolate.

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16. Strawberry Lemonade Bliss, by Tess. Photo credit goes to Michelle Donner. Lemonade is a staple during summer. I think you will love this one.

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17. Caramel Peanut Apple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Brittney from Plant Power Couple. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. Also, I see you drooling 😉

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18. Peach Avocado Green Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Noelle from Singers Kitchen. What a great way to get an abundance of fruits and veggies into a glass.

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19. Don’t Put Down that Glass of Matcha Tropical Smoothie .Photo credit goes to The Food Duo. Great smoothie to start your day right.

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20. Watermelon MojiWatermelon Mojito. This is a nice and refreshing juice. I almost forgot about it.

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21. Blissful Citrus Thirst Quencher. Photo credit goes to Miriam from Mouth Watering Vegan. This is what you need to take on your picnic.

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22. Tropical Smoothie with Mango & Banana. Recipe by Becky from Glue and Glitter. Photo credit goes to Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen.

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23. Virgin Banana Daiquiris. Photo credit goes to Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine. Looks perfect!

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24. Nectarine Lemonade. Photo credit goes to Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe.

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25. Pina Colada Smoothie . Photo credit goes to Marly from Namely Marly. It’s green!!! Love it!

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26. Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea. Photo credit goes to Richa from Vegan Richa.I think this would be great for after dinner.

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27. White Chocolate Cake Strawberry Milkshake. Photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. Now this is epic!!

 

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28. Spiked Orange Julius. Photo credit goes to Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack, Hello beautiful!!!

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29. Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte. Photo credit goes to Angela from Oh She Glows. I want two!

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30. Piña Colada Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Melissa from Vegan Huggs. Looks refreshing.

 

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31. Vanilla Mint Superfood Smoothies w/ Spirulina. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Well and Full. I love this colour, don’t  you?

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32. Healthy Purple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Clint and Brooke from Grab Your Spork. I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, but I want this.

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33. Ginger Switchel Floats with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Photo credit goes to Kristina from Spabettie. This will be worth the effort.

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34. Watermelon Frosty. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Happy Life. Can’t wait to try this one.

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35. Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. What a cute glass!!


That’s all I have for now. If there’s a demand I will post more refreshing beat the heat drinks. Now that you have quenched your thirst, the next post will be about food. Stayed tuned.

Keep calm and taco on, The Taco Cleanse Review and Giveaway

This book is freakin EPIC!!! There’s no other word to describe how amazing this one is.

Picture this- 4 friends sitting around eating tacos one day. One said, “Hey we should do a taco cleanse”. And that’s how it all began. Wes, Stephanie, Molly and Jessica have a great sense of humor and it shines throughout the book. You are heartless if you don’t find yourself highly amused, and you should really go eat a taco- your heart might grow a size or two. You might even end up being the greatest taco scientist of all time!

“You must make the taco you wish to eat in the world”* Gandhi

It all begins with: Is it right for you? What kind of taco eater are you,  The how’s and why of a taco cleanse, What is a taco, How to prepare for a taco cleanse, But I hate cooking, But I don’t want to give up my fav foods, 1 week meal plan (anything you cook can and should go in a taco),  How to get more taco options at your favorite Vegan restaurant, Taco journaling, Your questions answered.

“Stay strong and taco on”*

Living a taco-based Life: explaining the taco cleanse in social situations, people are going to ask, and some family members may not be on board- but the taco scientists have your back. Raising kids on a taco diet…. “perhaps the twos are so terrible because they are sorely lacking in tacos”* They made a list and suggestions on what tacos to serve at: Birthday’s (yes you can stuff a piece of cake in a taco shell. New Year’s Day, V-Day, St.Patrick’s, Easter and Passover, Memorial Day/ Independence Day/ Labour   Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah. They didn’t mention Canada Day, so I’m going to offer a suggestion- how about a butter tart taco or a tofu scramble with some coffee infused sauce? You can ask Kayla to make a recipe, I just have ideas, I don’t devolve recipes. The options are endless. Or you can make them Canadian by saying that’s one awesome taco eh 😉 Because you know every Canadian says “eh”. Of course, during your taco cleanse journey, they offer DIY supplements, such as Fundamental Margarita, Avocado Margarita, Beergarita, Mexican Martini (they even have a virgin one, so the kids can drink their supplements too). What’s my all time favorite? I would have to say Rehydrating Waterita. Anything with tequlia is approved on the taco cleanse.

“The taco cleanse isn’t about perfection it’s about being aweome.”*

They end the book with taco yoga, (because with any good diet or cleanse it’s important to work out, keep moving), taco salutations, taco mudras, how to plant a taco garden, (you never know when you might want to start another cleanse, this way you are prepared and have fresh taco ingredients) other taco related plants, crossword, How to break the taco cleanse. They say if you are not ready to eat other foods, then break the cleanse slowly- don’t be a hero. Don’t worry if you are having trouble with some of the meanings, there’s a taco science vocabulary guide for you. If you are having problems with your taco cleanse, you can look up your symptoms in the handy troubleshooting guide.

I decided to make a wake and shake scramble, which is cooked in the oven and not stove top. Throw some stuff in a bag, shake it and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. That easy. I also made an onion-cumin rice. I modified the rice recipe so I could cook the rice in the Instant Pot instead of stove top. I used one cup of rice with one cup broth. I used the saute function to get the flavor of the cumin seeds going on, then added the onion until I felt like they were cooked to my liking, added the rice for about a min. Turned the pot off, added the broth, used the manual button and cooked the rice for 3 mins, let the pressure come down naturally. I also made some rockin heated Living Chipotle sauce. That sauce is hot, if you don’t like heat- please don’t make your taco suffer because you can’t eat it, instead make another sauce. If you like it hot, this is the new Frank’s Red Hot, I take it back- this is is by far superior than those other sauces. I’m pretty sure I caught the sriracha tilt its cap with mad respect for this spicy orange sauce. It’s true.

 

Grab yourself a taco and check out the fab 4 by clicking on the following links. We will not be held responsible if you eat more than one taco while going through the posts. The Taco Cleanse Scientist can be found on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and visit them on their blog

I received a copy of the taco cleanse and am excited to host a giveaway. One lucky person will have the chance to keep the peace by offering tacos, one shell at a time 🙂

WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Congratulations to Pepa J!

For a chance to win The Taco Cleanse, click on the link. I’m having problem with being able to post the image. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. Good luck!!The winner will receive an email, once one is picked. So, keep an eye on your email, this giveaway will be opened for one week. If you enter by logging in with your Facebook  account, we will attempt to also contact you via dm on FB.

* quotes are from The Taco Cleanse.

The Protein Ninja Book Review

There are two parts, to The Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero:  Enter the protein ninja, and the recipes.

Part one: Welcome to the Protein Ninja, which explains what protein powders are and what they do. Pea protein powder, brown rice protein powder and hemp protein powder. Most of the recipes use pure, unflavored, unenriched plant based protein powders , the only exception would be the soy based smoothie bowls… yes smoothie bowls which have flavored powders. Think delicious ice cream for breakfast, only it’s a smoothie.

The protein Ninja pantry, because let’s face it, if you want to  be a real ninja you must learn how to stock your pantry properly. She also has guides for cooking and freezing.

Part 2: The recipes. I made a comment about this *is* the book that you should give a copy (or mention the name of this book) to every one who asks “But how do you get your protein.?” Let’s face it, we get enough good protein without the disadvantages of everything that comes with eating animals. One person said the book sounds good, but read a review that says Terry calls for a lot for powders. Well, that made check out all the recipes and see just how many recipes can be made with just nut, soy or legumes. There’s about 28 recipes that can be made without buying (assuming you don’t already have the powdered proteins). There’s a 100 recipes, so that’s more than a 1/4 of this book, that can be made with what you already have on hand.

I didn’t have any protein powders at home when I first received this book, and look what I made, this is a soy based protein dish- as it calls for soy. Baked veggie pan omelet:

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This was really good! And of course you could add any seasonal veggies that you have on hand. But listen to these other dishes: Early bird scramble, chickpea pesto tomato toast, Tempeh bacon strips, tempeh apple sausage patties, chocolate hazelnut chickdate toast, 5- spice chickpea peanut noodle bowl, creamy tomato tofu curry with cilantro garbanzo bread- I’m just touching on a few, and now I have made myself hungry. (The dishes I just listed call for nut, soy or legume protein.) Once I buy brown rice flour, I’m going to be making chocolate chip ninja cookies. There’s also a hemp brownie recipe- no drugs involved.  Korean tofu taco salad. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of recipes I want to try, and Terry delivers again!!

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Do you have this book? What is your favorite recipe?

Follow Terry on facebook, twitter, instagram for more ninja food porn

 

 

Cashew Rice Bowl

Kayla and I were chatting the other night about how expensive groceries are becoming, and it’s only going to get worse. It’s incredible at how expensive produce is, 6 dollars for cauliflower, 3 dollars for celery, 2 dollars for onions, you get my drift. Now how do you feed your family healthfully for the least amount of money possible? Good question. Not every one can live on left overs, not to mention even liking left overs. So the question is- how do you keep things fresh and not boring. How can one trick their family into thinking they are NOT eating left overs? (side note, I can live on left overs)

During the winter, I often resort to frozen veggies because they are much cheaper and still healthy. I do not like canned veggies (unless it’s corn) I find canned veggies to be mushy, gross and sickening- but that’s just my opinion. But I still like to buy fresh carrots, onions, garlic and other veggies when there’s a sale on. I like to peel and chop. Hire me, and I’ll come over and prep your fruits and veggies for you, I could even cook your dinner 😉

I made Ginny’s Cashew rice bowl. I used the veggies I had on hand- read: already washed and chopped. I had brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans and zucchini. I cooked the recipe as it states, (though I didn’t add  rice to the wok), as I had cooked it in the IP (instant pot), as I was cooking the veggies and didn’t want the warm rice to stick and become mushy. By using the IP I was able to cut the cooking time in half. If I had made the rice before hand and it was cold, I would’ve added it to the wok with the cashews. This worked perfectly.

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I also made foiled wrap veggies, which turn out well… except the zucchini- it was over cooked, oh well, I will know for next time to keep an eye on it, or not to use them at all. But over all- it was good.

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Back to how to make this taste like a new meal? Well, I had left overs today- I added some hot sauce and a little bit of hoisin sauce. Make sure you read labels, you can buy vegan hoisin sauce, it may not be easy to find. I found mine in a locally owned store where the owner carries a lot of vegan product for reasonable prices.

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I could’ve taken this dish because I did cook the rice and veggies separately, I could’ve put the veggies in a wrap, and added some broccoli and cheeze to the rice to make a casserole. Even if the veggies and rice were cooked together, it would’ve made for an awesome burrito. I had enough left overs for one, but if I decided to make burrito’s I would’ve been able to get two- stretching my money even further.

Are you a fan of left overs? If not, how do you keep your meals fresh?