Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon

Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon
(Serves 1) ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

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Hello and greetings! Thank you for those of you who have been patient with me and I’m looking forward to inspiring some new folks. I have been away for a while… a long while. I definitely have been meaning to get back on here since forever ago, just couldn’t.

But I’m back from the rabbit hole of disappointment, stress and life. I’ve been present yet morose for the past too many months. With personal life events and the various crises around the world; it brings me back to the simplistic fact that life is short. And the older I get, it seems the days are falling that much faster off the calendar.
Without a doubt, I need to get back to this… Blogging. Creating. Sharing. Motivating. Looking ahead is essential for personal growth.
I was in a sad place. Feeling hopeless and discouraged; primed to quite literally gain the 50lbs, while going through the motions, consumed by stress.
Wow, stress!
For brevity, I’ll just share that we had a major life change that nearly defeated me. Having experienced confusion, heartbreak, disappointment, and ultimately estrangement; I’m better now. There we were, hearts open with such optimism and love; only to be exploited for some personal agenda. It’s not part of my character, so I will never understand how someone can so easily, lie, manipulate and effortlessly discard people. It was intensely difficult for me but watching it also hurt Seth, Josh and Jasmine was genuinely painful. An unfortunate situation.
I made some edits to a few previous blog posts to help move forward, while erasing some memories in a sense. Whatever helps, right?
But I get it all now.

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

This quote speaks to me because it correlated to our ordeal. It took some time to process, since I’ve always been an honest and truthful person. Truth is such an important component of the very essence of my character and soul. And so thankful for Seth through everything, he is my constant. His strength through adversity is admirable. He, I’m sure is thankful for me also… it’s the magic of our balance together.

So despite a stressful job and active home life, I look forward to diving back in here.
We are all doing well by the way, of course, Brody and Beanie are still living their best lives. 🙂

Now back to blogging…
I needed a reset, a complete reset; mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
I’ve mentioned before that juicing is an invigorating way to start your day. So this felt like a proper way to begin here also.
This is a simple recipe and delicious way to boost your immune system (with our current Coronavirus situation)…I’ll take any preventative measures possible.

Can we talk about the benefits of frozen lemons real quick?
First, I always buy organic when juicing and freezing. When grating the frozen lemon, be sure to grate through it all, including seeds.
Briefly soak the lemons in apple cider vinegar, rinse, dry and freeze them individually before transferring into a freezer bag or container to store.
The entire lemon is used because the peel/rind, seeds and pulp have so many benefits. I’ve read studies that the peel can have at least five to 10 times more vitamins itself. Which contain anti-cancer properties and also antioxidants that protect you against free radicals. Add the grated lemon zest over food or stir into your juices like I’ve done here.

Carrots – Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene
Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, helps with digestion and there are also studies about cancer prevention.
Radish – are a good source of Vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron.

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Ingredients:
3 Medium/Large Carrots, topped
1 Radish, topped
1 Orange, peeled
½ inch piece of Fresh Ginger, peeled
¼ Grated Frozen Lemon

Directions:
-Grate the frozen lemon with the zester side of grater. I place into the bottom of the cup. Juice all the other ingredients, stir together and enjoy!

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Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon

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Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon
(Serves 1) ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

Credit: veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
3 Medium/Large Carrots, topped
1 Radish, topped
1 Orange, peeled
½ inch piece of Fresh Ginger, peeled
¼ Grated Frozen Lemon

Directions:
-Grate the frozen lemon with the zester side of grater. I place into the bottom of the cup. Juice all the other ingredients, stir together and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

Double Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
(Makes about 64 Cookies – 5 ½ Dozen) ~ Eggless, Dairy-Free, Vegan

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It’s that time of year again, the holiday season continues which always equals cookie season! These cookies are insanely sinful; very much a treat. It is what I picture devil’s food to be, wicked. Bake for 8 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or 10 minutes if you prefer a thin and crispier cookie. These are very simple and they make so many cookies you’ll want to gift them. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
(Dry)
1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¾ Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Salt

(Wet)
½ Cup or 1 Stick of Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), softened
¼ Cup Applesauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Soymilk (non-dairy milk)

1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)
10 Marshmallows (I used Dandies), cut into pieces

Directions:

-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.

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-In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients until combined well.

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-Add dry ingredients to wet until incorporated.
-Finally, mix in chocolate chips and marshmallows.

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-With a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out cookie dough about 2 inches apart.

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-Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Bake 8 minutes for soft and chew and 10 minutes for crisp.

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Enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

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Credit: veganrescue.com

Ingredients:

(Dry)
1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¾ Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Salt

(Wet)
½ Cup or 1 Stick of Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), softened
¼ Cup Applesauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Soymilk (non-dairy milk)

1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)
10 Marshmallows (I used Dandies), cut into pieces

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.
-In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients until combined well.
-Add dry ingredients to wet until incorporated.
-Finally, mix in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
-With a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out cookie dough about 2 inches apart.
-Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Bake 8 minutes for soft and chew and 10 minutes for crisp. Enjoy!

Vegan Pound Cake!

Vegan Pound Cake
(Serves 8-10) ~ Vegan

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With the holiday season fast approaching (it always seems to sneak up on us), treat yourself! Let’s be honest – we seem to do less dieting and exercising during this time of year. With that said, they call it pound cake for a reason. This cake has lots of love and makes a great breakfast. Try a slice with a cup of coffee while you’re preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and enjoy. This cake is extremely moist, rich and satisfying without cholesterol. Pound it!

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Ingredients:

3 ½ Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Cups Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) or 1 lb, softened
2 Cups Sugar
1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Cup Apple Sauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Tsp Salt
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

-Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
-Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Soy Milk and set aside to create buttermilk.
-In another bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk or mix together.
-Add in Earth Balance (Butter), Vanilla, Applesauce and stir together to combine.

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-Last stir in milk mixture and combine, do not overmix.

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-Grease loaf pan with Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer. I used a 1.5-quart glass loaf dish.
-Add mixture to prepared loaf dish and bake for 1 hour.

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Check with a toothpick, be sure it comes out clean. Enjoy!

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Vegan Pound Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

3 ½ Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Cups Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) or 1 lb
2 Cups Sugar
1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Cup Apple Sauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Tsp Salt
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

-Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
-Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Soy Milk and set aside to create buttermilk.
-In another bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk or mix together.
-Add in Earth Balance (Butter), Vanilla, Applesauce and stir together to combine.
-Last stir in milk mixture and combine, do not overmix.
-Grease loaf pan with Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer. I used a 1.5-quart glass loaf dish.
-Add mixture to prepared loaf dish and bake for 1 hour. Check with a toothpick, be sure it comes out clean. Enjoy!

Vegan Bolognese

Vegan Bolognese
(Makes one large pot) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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There are times when quick and easy recipes are the only feasible option. There are also times when a labor of love is much needed and super easy. Last Sunday, we were just lazing around, the perfect day to make this Bolognese. This recipe cooks for a long time but requires little attention – except when you have to keep stirring (think Goodfellas ). The time is needed to develop the delicious flavors. Plus an added bonus – it fills your home with a wonderful smell. It’s little a bowl of warm soup. Versatile. Warm. Appetizing.
Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 medium Sweet Onion, chopped
3 Celery Ribs, chopped
2 large Carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 Fresh Basil leave, chiffonade/chopped, divided
1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 (28oz can) Diced Tomatoes
1 (28oz can) Crushed Tomatoes
5 Fresh Vine Tomatoes
1 Red Pepper, diced
10oz (2 ½ Cups) Walnuts
2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
1 (25oz can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 Tsp to ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Sugar (or to Taste)
1 Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tbsp Salt
(Add Sugar, Salt, Pepper to taste)

Directions:

-Heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium/high heat.
-Add Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic, sauté for 1 minute.

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-Add Onion, Celery, Carrots and heat for about 3 to 5 minutes.

20181028_170936-Add half of the chopped Basil and stir to incorporate, then place the Vine Ripe Tomatoes on top of the mixture. Do Not Stir – We are only placing the tomatoes on top to steam them. Cover, reduce heat to low and steam for about 10 minutes.

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-After 10 minutes, uncover mixture remove tomatoes and set aside until they are cool to the touch.

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-Add canned Tomatoes (Crushed/Diced). Keep the pot over low heat while preparing whole tomatoes. Peel whole tomatoes when they are cool.

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-In a small bowl add Whole (peeled) Tomatoes along with Kidney Beans. Mash together – you can crush together with your hands or a potato masher will do. Add this tomato/bean mixture to pot.

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-Stir in Liquid Smoke, Salt, Pepper, and Sugar. (At this point, I am roughly 45 minutes into cook time).

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-Add Walnuts and stir all together. Cover with lid partially and continue cooking over low heat. (I break down the walnuts with my fingers so the pieces are not too large).

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-Keep stirring and keep simmering about 45 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes, I add the remaining Basil, Paprika, Cumin and adjust Salt, Pepper, Sugar to taste also.

Vegan Bolognese

  • Servings: Makes 1 Large Pot
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: veganrescue.com

Ingredients:

1 medium Sweet Onion, chopped
3 Celery Ribs, chopped
2 large Carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 Fresh Basil leave, chiffonade/chopped, divided
1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 (28oz can) Diced Tomatoes
1 (28oz can) Crushed Tomatoes
5 Fresh Vine Tomatoes
1 Red Pepper, diced
10oz (2 ½ Cups) Walnuts
2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
1 (25oz can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 Tsp to ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Sugar (or to Taste)
1 Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tbsp Salt
(Add Sugar, Salt, Pepper to taste)

Directions:

-Heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium/high heat.
-Add Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic, sauté for 1 minute.
-Add Onion, Celery, Carrots and heat for about 3 to 5 minutes.
-Add half of the chopped Basil and stir to incorporate, then place the Vine Ripe Tomatoes on top of the mixture. Do Not Stir – We are only placing the tomatoes on top to steam them. Cover, reduce heat to low and steam for about 10 minutes.
-After 10 minutes, uncover mixture remove tomatoes and set aside until they are cool to the touch.
-Add canned Tomatoes (Crushed/Diced). Keep the pot over low heat while preparing whole tomatoes. Peel whole tomatoes when they are cool.
-In a small bowl add Whole (peeled) Tomatoes along with Kidney Beans. Mash together – you can crush together with your hands or a potato masher will do. Add this tomato/bean mixture to pot.
-Stir in Liquid Smoke, Salt, Pepper, and Sugar. (At this point, I am roughly 45 minutes into cook time).
-Add Walnuts and stir all together. Cover with lid partially and continue cooking over low heat. (I break down the walnuts with my fingers so the pieces are not too large).
-Keep stirring and keep simmering about 45 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes, I add the remaining Basil, Paprika, Cumin and adjust Salt, Pepper, Sugar to taste also.

 

Here are some ideas for your Bolognese Sauce!

You can add to Pasta, Spaghetti Squash or make Quesadillas – check these out!

The pastabilities are endless! Try it on Gnocchi too.

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I used vegan sour cream and salsa for the quesadillas.