Cabbage Savage

Cabbage Savage
(Serves 6-8) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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This cabbage has a slight kick but you can add/adjust as needed. It is super addicting – hence the name… this cabbage is fierce. We are on our way starting our next chapter. Friday was my last day at my prior employer and I’m setting up to begin my new career; Seth started yesterday in his new position as well.

I watched some new documentaries recently that I will update on my list. Netflix has some great documentaries and not just the food ones. I watched The Human Experiment and Plastic Paradise. Not only are GMO’s a concern for us but what about the other countless “invisible” toxic chemicals that we are exposed to? It’s no wonder there has been such an increase in: cancer, dementia, autism, obesity, etc. It seems we are really dropping the ball here. It’s like a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg… except it’s more like, the chem industry or the pharm industry. I love watching documentaries and reading articles, although I’ve seen many, let me know if there are any you recommend?

Ingredients:
1 Head Green Cabbage, cleaned and chopped/shredded (I just use my knife)
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
3 Tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)
½ Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Minced Garlic
2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tsp Chili Powder
½ Tsp Tarragon

Directions:
-Clean and shred cabbage then set aside. I just slice it up on my cutting board. Be sure to remove the outer thick leaves and quarter/core before shredding and washing.
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-In a large pot, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add red pepper flakes and minced garlic and heat through for about 1-2 minutes. (Be careful it can quickly burn).
-Add Earth Balance butter and cabbage. Cover and let it cook down for about 10 minutes.
-Stir after 5 minutes so it all sautés and begins to cook evenly.
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-After 10 minutes stir again and add seasonings: salt, pepper, chili powder and tarragon. Cover and continue cooking.
I cook for a total time of about 20 minutes and then I turn off heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before serving – but keeping the lid on. Enjoy!
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Simple Berry Smoothies

Simple Berry Smoothies
(Serves 4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Soy-Free

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Umm… Happy New Year! Is that inappropriate since it’s now the 20th? Well, maybe not since this is the first time I’m saying hello for the New Year. What a blur it’s been since my last post. I do feel like I’ve been saying that far too often and really dislike the gaps between my posts as of late. ☹ Very sorry about that by the way – life, right?

Well, I’ll be starting a new job/career soon – so excited about that! I’ve resigned from my current job and changing career paths altogether, last day coming soon – next week! Seth too, how crazy is that!? Both of us at the same time.

I ran into a woman at the grocery store this evening, which may have prompted this very post. Although I did make this smoothie recipe last week… I have this, and several other recipes just sitting in my back pocket? This has been the one day/evening/weekend where we literally have nothing going on. Well… I’ve been redecorating my bedroom so that has consumed much of my free “cooking time” also. But anyway (excuses excuses) back to the grocery store… As I’m walking up to the natural section, there is a woman standing there. She reaches for the Daiya cheese then hesitates and placed it back. I walked up and grabbed the Daiya and also the Better than Sour Cream because it’s taco night tonight! After watching me grab the cheese she then asks if it was any good. I replied and then proceeded to rattle off several other products I thought were good! I’m pointing and grabbing: So Delicious – Yogurts, Vegenaise, Earth Balance and the Ice Creams that are available! She may have thought I was a bit crazed given how hyper I quickly became on the subject. Hey it’s not every day I run into someone in person that is actually interested in veganism. She said her church was trying out veganism this month; to which I exclaimed Veganuary!?! She said yes and thanked me. I let her know about this blog and went on my way. Sometimes it’s the little things or rather the chance encounters that spark or motivate. Happy New Year and Happy Veganuary all! Make it another great one. As always… enjoy! The smoothie, of course. 😋

I love serving these in stemless wine glasses…
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Ingredients:
3 Cups Frozen Berries (I used a mixture of Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries)
½ Cup Orange Juice
2 Cups Almond Milk (I used my favorite Almond/Coconut Blend)
2 Tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar
Handful of ice, optional (depending on if using fresh or frozen fruits)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender or high-speed blender (like a Nutribullet or Ninja).
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Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
(Makes about 3 Dozen)

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How about a perfect cookie for the holiday! If you need a little something for Santa, yourself or to give as a gift, have I got the perfect cookie for you. This cookie is very decadent and will bake to gooey perfection. And…Who can’t resist the look of a crinkle cookie? Doesn’t it look like winter, as if the snow just collected right on top of them? 😊
I hope you try this one, it is so simple. I place them in the freezer to harden up a bit, mostly because I’m too impatient to wait 2 hours in the fridge or overnight. However, you can certainly make these ahead and skip the freezer part, by storing them in the fridge instead. I reference it makes about 3 dozen because I made exactly 35 cookies. When I wrote this recipe out I anticipated 1/2 cup of chocolate chips but ended using only 1/4 cup. Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Earth Balance (vegan butter), softened –room temp.
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Applesauce
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ Cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Oven should be pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl cream together butter (E.B.) and both sugars-brown/granulated. I beat at low speed with my hand mixer until mixture is creamed together.
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-To the sugar mixture add: vanilla extract and applesauce then cream together again until combined.
-In a separate bowl – sift (or I prefer to just whisk) together: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder/soda and salt until combined.
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-Add wet mixture to dry mixture and slowly combine – I found that using a silicon type spatula works the best.
The mixture should look creamy like icing.
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-Cover with plastic wrap and place mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
-Spoon out about a tablespoon or use a small cookie scoop (works the best) into the palm of your hand.
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Make a small well or hole with your index finger. Add the chocolate chips and seal together.
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Roll to form a ball.
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Place your powdered sugar in a separate small bowl. Finally, roll your cookie dough ball into the sugar.
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-Bake for 7-8 minutes to perfection. Cookies will be soft chewy and gooey in the center.
I’ve baked for as long as 11 minutes for a crisper cookie.

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Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Servings: 3 Dozen
  • Time: 40 minutes including prep
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Earth Balance (vegan butter), softened –room temp.
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Applesauce
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ Cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Oven should be pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl cream together butter (E.B.) and both sugars-brown/granulated. I beat at low speed with my hand mixer until mixture is creamed together.
-To the sugar mixture add: vanilla extract and applesauce then cream together again until combined.
-In a separate bowl – sift (or I prefer to just whisk) together: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder/soda and salt until combined.
-Add wet mixture to dry mixture and slowly combine – I found that using a silicon type spatula works the best.
The mixture should look creamy like icing.
-Cover with plastic wrap and place mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
-Spoon out about a tablespoon or use a small cookie scoop (works the best) into the palm of your hand. Make a small well or hole with your index finger. Add the chocolate chips and seal together. Roll to form a ball. Place your powdered sugar in a separate small bowl. Finally, roll your cookie dough ball into the sugar.
-Bake for 7-8 minutes to perfection. Cookies will be soft chewy and gooey in the center.
I’ve baked for as long as 11 minutes for a crisper cookie.

Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
(Makes 1 Large 9-inch cheesecake)

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So about that cheesecake… I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving Day. We ate so much food. I feel so bleh right about now. This cheesecake recipe was experimental, meaning I just threw it together ‘by feel.’ It came out rather delicious but a little soft. We didn’t mind it at all since the texture and taste was still there. Maybe next time I’ll freeze it or add cornstarch or something to make it a bit more firm. I hope you try this one, pumpkin and great for the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 Pkgs (8oz) Tofutti’s Cream Cheese (vegan cream cheese)
1 (1 lb) Pkg Silken Tofu (I used Nasoya brand)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Prepared Graham Cracker Crust (Extra Large 9-Inch)

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees.
-Blend together Cream Cheese, Tofu, Sugar and Vanilla extract with mixer.
-Remove 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture into a separate small bowl. Pour the rest of the cream cheese mixture into prepared graham cracker crust.
-To the 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture add: pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended.
-Layer in the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese and swirl or keep it layered. Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

  • Servings: 1 9-inch pie
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
3 Pkgs (8oz) Tofutti’s Cream Cheese (vegan cream cheese)
1 (1 lb) Pkg Silken Tofu (I used Nasoya brand)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Prepared Graham Cracker Crust (Extra Large 9-Inch)

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees.
-Blend together Cream Cheese, Tofu, Sugar and Vanilla extract with mixer.
-Remove 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture into a separate small bowl. Pour the rest of the cream cheese mixture into prepared graham cracker crust.
-To the 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture add: pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended.
-Layer in the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese and swirl or keep it layered. Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

 

Welcome to the ApocaLips! – Book Promo

Welcome to the ApocaLips!

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In case you haven’t noticed we are experiencing the erosion of our moral fiber…
I know my fellow bloggers/followers typically come for the recipes; [and I do have a tasty pumpkin-swirl cheesecake coming at you soon] but today I wanted to share and promote a book. But not just any book. This book is gritty, raw and highlights the uncompromising nature of humanity.

Book Title: ApocaLips: Palace of Exile (Inspired by True Life Events)
Author: S.B. Williams
Author Description:  S.B. Williams is an artist born Dec. 1973, living somewhere in Pennsylvania, still writing.

ISBN-10: 1524555274
ISBN-13: 978-1524555276

Book Description:
“If you were to record your verbal transactions, every casual and intimate conversational exchange to be reviewed at the end of the day, what self-discoveries would you make? There is an art form in reflection. It provides a mirror for both objective and subjective analysis.
ApocaLips is the communicative implosion of the human species. It is a beautifully horrific, awfully realistic descent into our hell on earth; unearthing the traits of human character simply by listening.
ApocaLips exposes the psychological scars, the scabs, then savagely tears them away, revealing what lies beneath our speech. It uncovers the schismatic existence heard in dialogue on a subway train, in private settings, at work, conversation in passing, social groups, telephone or online networks.
The excerpts here are a five-year compilation of spoken exchanges, monologues that provide a brief glimpse into the daily lives of our human family. These voices are raw, gritty, explicit, crude, unpolished, fragmented and hauntingly teetering along the edge—free.
Welcome to the festering truths, the miraculous lies, shaping, altering our conscience, clothing the soul. This book breaks nearly all-literary and grammatical rules, in an attempt to show how our lives are connected, woven into a social fabric. Are we truly freethinking beings with the gift of choice or sorrowfully victimized human products, enslaved to an environment of limited selection? Are we progressing only with time, and not human interaction?
This Palace of Exile shows that even in our truest moments, we can be walking contradictions. In an age of vast technology, where the speed and methods of communicating has improved immensely, this book bares our flaws. Left naked, what we correspond still surrenders to a “Babel” we’ve created on Earth. Often we find ourselves damaged or broken, seldom unscathed by our life nightmares. In the end, ApocaLips is a hope to make mankind better, by revealing what we are and soon becoming.”

Final thoughts:
“Ignorance has diseased these people for so long, a cure would be useless.” – S.B. Williams 03/31/97
Don’t continue to be a statistic… Open your minds. Expand your knowledge. Become aware. Communicate effectively. Remember: Ignorance is Not bliss…it is just ignorance. – Jess Williams.

Warning!
Explicit Content (18+)
The content of this book does not reflect the opinions and views of the author.

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Buy this book now. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BookButler, Wordery and many more – in the US/UK/Canada and online too…

Direct Links to Purchase:
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Please also: Share, Follow, Like and Tweet at:
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Youtube watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAgdDGSPLNQ

Spaghetti Squash with Baked Basmati Salad

Spaghetti Squash with Baked Basmati Salad
(Serves 4-6) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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It will all be worth it. That feeling of accomplishment once you’ve completed a project, despite all the lost hours of sleep… It’s definitely a balancing act sometimes as an adult if you have: a family, school, work, projects, and then try squeezing in a social life here in there. I’m so pleased and proud that Seth’s latest book has finally been released, “ApocaLips” but I will blog a separate post all about it, with links for purchasing if any of my fellow bloggers are interested.

About the spaghetti squash… This recipe served four generous portions, however, it should really probably serve six given the amount of food. This is a nice recipe to serve now that we’re in that holiday season. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Spaghetti Squash, halved
1 (15oz can) Black Eyed Peas, drained/rinsed
1 (15oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 (11oz can) White Shoepeg corn, drained
½ Red Onion, chopped finely
½ Red Pepper, chopped
2 Cups (prepared) Basmati Rice
1 Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped (divided)
½ Tsp Italian Seasoning
½ Tsp Garlic Powder
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(Additional Salt/Pepper and EVOO to taste)
Nutritional Yeast, optional

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-Cut Spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds then add a generous drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Salt/Pepper.
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-Bake cut side down for 45 minutes.
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-In a bowl toss together: Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Corn, half of chopped Parsley plus seasonings.
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-Remove squash from oven after 45 minutes and add rice mixture. Place back into oven for another 20 minutes.
-Top with Red Pepper, Parsley and optional (salt/pepper/nutritional yeast). I used about ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast. Enjoy
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Spaghetti

Ingredients:
2 Spaghetti Squash, halved
1 (15oz can) Black Eyed Peas, drained/rinsed
1 (15oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 (11oz can) White Shoepeg corn, drained
½ Red Onion, chopped finely
½ Red Pepper, chopped
2 Cups (prepared) Basmati Rice
1 Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped (divided)
½ Tsp Italian Seasoning
½ Tsp Garlic Powder
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(Additional Salt/Pepper and EVOO to taste)
Nutritional Yeast, optional

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-Cut Spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds then add a generous drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Salt/Pepper.
-Bake cut side down for 45 minutes.
-In a bowl toss together: Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Corn, half of chopped Parsley plus seasonings.
-Remove squash from oven after 45 minutes and add rice mixture. Place back into oven for another 20 minutes.
-Top with Red Pepper, Parsley and optional (salt/pepper/nutritional yeast). I used about ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast. Enjoy

Vegetable Ramen Noodle Soup

Vegetable Ramen Noodle Soup
(Serves 8) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

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I don’t know about you, but this chilly weather instantly makes me want to prepare a big pot of soup. I’m not knocking the ramen soup that we all lived on at one time or another, but whew are those ingredient lists long! I love this recipe because the way it’s prepared the veggies stay fresh and crunchy without all the preservatives. This was a big hit in our home a few nights ago. Yes, these oodles of noodles are all grown up. Warm, inviting and fresh! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 Scallions, chopped
3 Celery Ribs, sliced
3 Large Carrots, shredded/grated
16oz Frozen Corn
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
10oz Fresh Green Beans
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
¼ Tsp Ginger Powder
3 Quarts Vegetable Broth
1 (10oz Package) Ramen Noodles (I used Lotus Foods – Millet & Brown rice)
1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
Salt/Pepper to taste

Directions:
-Prepare ramen noodles according to package and set aside.
-In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery and scallions then sauté for about 3 minutes.
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Grated Carrots – I used my box grater.
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-Add carrots, frozen corn, and crushed red pepper flakes continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
-Stir in soy sauce, vegetable broth and green beans. Bring to boil.
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-Once the soup begins to boil turn off and remove from heat. Stir in rice vinegar, ginger powder and ramen then season to taste (salt/pepper). Enjoy!

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Vegetable Ramen Noodle Soup

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 25-30 Minutes
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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 Scallions, chopped
3 Celery Ribs, sliced
3 Large Carrots, shredded/grated
16oz Frozen Corn
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
10oz Fresh Green Beans
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
¼ Tsp Ginger Powder
3 Quarts Vegetable Broth
1 (10oz Package) Ramen Noodles (I used Lotus Foods – Millet & Brown rice)
1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
Salt/Pepper to taste

Directions:
-Prepare ramen noodles according to package and set aside.
-In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery and scallions then sauté for about 3 minutes.
-Add carrots, frozen corn, and crushed red pepper flakes continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
-Stir in soy sauce, vegetable broth and green beans. Bring to boil.
-Once the soup begins to boil turn off and remove from heat. Stir in rice vinegar, ginger powder and ramen then season to taste (salt/pepper). Enjoy!