Beat The Heat With These Summer Treats

Forgive me for what I’m about to tell you, but you will have to make the best of it, and enjoy with these frozen treats. There’s about 6 weeks left of summer. I know some will be happy for the kids to be back in school, but for the rest of us, who enjoy the more relaxing schedule of summer, 6 weeks nearly isn’t long enough. I hope you enjoy this round up.

  1. Cherry Lemon Smoothie Popsicles. Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter. 4 ingredients and that’s including ice. How simple? Well you’re there for this recipe, please have a look around because she has so many great recipes on her blog.

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2. Vegan Vanilla Latte Rocket Pops. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. I haven’t had a rocket pop since I was a kid. It’s time to make up for that. Be sure to browse Kathy’s site because this was one of 7 posted in the round up she did.

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3. Mango Lime Pops. Photo credit goes to Jeanine and Jack from Love and Lemons.

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4.  Super Easy Vegan Fudgsicles. Photo credit goes to Margaret from Tree Hugger.

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5. Homemade Fudgesicles. Photo credit goes to Nicole Axworthy. Recipe by Dreena Burton from Plant Powered Kitchen. This is all kinds of awesome! I’d double the batch 🙂

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6. Cherry Lime Vodka Popsicles. Photo credit goes to Kristina over at Spabettie. Don’t worry you don’t need to add the vodka, Kristina has you covered.

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7. Chocolate vegan ice cream sandwiches. Photo credit goes to Morgan over at My Vega.

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8. Sundae. Yep, pure and simple- FYI, I should make this again and get a better picture…

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And if you just not in the mood to make even a sauce for your ice cream, there’s a few brands that you can buy pretty much in any store in the US and Canada.

9. Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream. I can only find 3 flavours in Canada, but I will take it. I’ve tried all three and they are great! Photo credit it goes to Ben and Jerry’s site.

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10. So Delicious, not only do they have ice cream but bars as well. Their frozen treats live up to their name! Photo credit goes to the crew over at So Delicious.

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If I come across more beat the heat cool summer treats, I will add them. Or maybe do a part two. If you have a recipe you like to see featured, just let me know.

 

 

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.

Watermelon and Lime Martini

I have a great martini recipe for you. If you don’t drink, skip the vodka as this is something you want to try . If you don’t have a juicer, just blend the watermelon and then strain it (or don’t, it just won’t be as smooth.)

Watermelon Martini

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/4 of a large watermelon

1 lime

a shot of vodka or maybe two depending on the type of day you had 😉

Method:

  1. Wash the watermelon and lime before slicing.
  2. Cut your watermelon in half, then half the half, take of rind. Cut the fruit into piece that will easily fit into the juicer.
  3. Put watermelon pieces into fridge and let chill for 1/2 or so.
  4. Cut and peel the lime.
  5. On low speed, drop the watermelon in, then the lime, switch it to high.
  6. Add some ice and your vodka.
  7. Enjoy.

If you don’t have a juicer, then like I said just use a blender, but you need to juice the lime. You can get a cheap hand held citrus juicer at the dollar store, or an inexpensive power citrus juicer at a discount grocery store like Superstore, Walmart.

NOTE** If you put your watermelon in the fridge first you tend to get more juice. Fresh juice will still be good up to 72 hrs I heard, but it’s really the best very cold the day of making it or the next day.

If you are making this for a party, I would use 4-5 limes per whole watermelon.

Don’t skip the lime. The lime gives it a little something special. If you skip it, all you taste is watermelon and I personally didn’t like straight watermelon juice. I drank this juice all the time when I was rebooting, once I was done the reboot, I made this drink.

Yes, I know, it’s not in a martini glass, but this just saves me from having to get up a few seconds after making the first one, to pour another one 😉

How are you going to martini today?

Getting sauced with the Easy Vegan Cookbook

I wanted to make Kathy Hester’s one pot veggie vodka pasta – so I made her Mushroom, red pepper pasta sauce. No shrooms though- the first and last time I had them- I was at old man’s bar and thought a of couple guys were sailors. Yeah ok- not the mushrooms Kathy calls for- I was just trying to be funny. I just don’t care for mushrooms. But the sauce is still great! You can find the recipe on page 85 of the easy vegan cookbook.

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The sauce took about 1/2 hour to make, and it’s very good! If I was in a hurry to make the pasta, I would make it the sauce a day ahead of time.

Random thought: I do not like my can opener  the dollar store ones are better, unless I just ended up with a dud

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Anyway, back to the pasta.

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Throw everything into 1 pot. I used a wok.

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15 mins later, I was eating this hearty, tasty, easy meal!! This is going into rotation. If you don’t want to use Vodka you can leave it out- but I’m sure it adds a depth of flavour.

If you want to try this pasta for yourself- head over to Richa’s site. Seriously, if you have 15 mins, you have time to make this. I’m sure the left overs will be great!! And not only was the dish easy to make- ONE pot to clean…. Perfect! If you have a copy of the Easy Vegan Cookbook flip to page 90.