Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vegan Chili

I entered Oh She Glow's Vegan Chili into a church chili contest a few weeks ago. I didn't win which isn't surprising considering the voters were meat eaters but I did get several votes and compliments. =)

I literally had a Tablespoon of this but it was very yummy!

We had to dress up since we did a Trunk or Treat for the kiddos. It was a lot of fun!

 Our Life Group decided to do a western theme so we dressed up as cowboys and girls. Ricky and Ang did not dress up as you can see. Lol!

Well, LT is telling me I need to get ready so we can go see my sis! Yay! See y'all later!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Today, I was craving something creamy and delicious. This is not always so easy on a vegan diet. Sometimes I crave non vegan things, such as fish dip, ranch, queso dip, etc. Fortunately, my cravings are easily solved with a little creativity in the kitchen! =)

Today,  I decided to make Spinach and Artichoke Dip. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sweet Onion, chopped
Minced garlic
Canned Artichoke Hearts, chopped
Dried Thyme
Salt and Pepper
Nutritional Yeast
Baby Spinach
Soft Tofu ~ liquefy in a blender or food processor
Wheat bread and/or Corn Chips

Saute the onion until translucent. Add garlic. Be careful not to burn. Add Artichoke, spices and nutritional yeast. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add tofu and stir until well incorporated.

Serve with chips and toasted or warmed bread.


LT said it was awesome! =)

I will have to remember this one for the next potluck or party.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Have you ever eaten Raw? Not like raw meats. I don't know much about it yet but consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees. It makes since but I couldn't eat this way 100% of the time since it means no coffee, warm foods, bread or wine but I am excited to try out some new raw recipes.

I made 2 recipes by Ani Phyo this week.

Tomato Chili with Taco "Meat"

I didn't take any pics but it was surprising delish! LT even liked it. I topped my chili with Diced Avocado. Yum!

I also made Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake.

It was so creamy, sweet and gooey! =)

Can you believe it! No sugar, eggs, cream, butter or flour! According to Ani, you could eat this every day and not gain weight! Lovin it!

My next treat is going to be Angela's Pumpkin Woopie Pies. Can not wait!

Ta ta for now.

Monday, October 4, 2010


As suggested by my Mom, here is a Microblog of what's been up. ;)

Fall decorations provided by Luke:

I whipped up some yummy fall recipes too:

Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

I didn't save the seeds. I remembered as I was scooping them into the trash. Oops. But I did make Pumpkin Seeds. Luke practically begged me to make them. Very sweet. =)

My Pumpkin Seed "Butter"
I almost forgot to take a picture of the seeds, luckily there was a little left after we all devoured them after dinner.

Everything tasted better when being washed down with a Pumpkin Ale. Mmmm.

That's what I call a Microblog. =)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Where have all the avocados gone!

The Healthy Bitch Daily Feed e-flyer featured the Healthy Voyager on Friday. Here is the yummy looking recipe they posted:

Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burgers

1 small sweet potato
1/4 cup dry quinoa, baked

1/4 cup dry oats

1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons parsley

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
 (spelt if you are gluten-free)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Peel, dice, and steam the sweet potato until soft. Cook the quinoa and oats in separate pots. In a food processor or blender, combine the garbanzo beans, sweet potato, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, flour, and one tablespoon of the oil. In a separate bowl, mix the bean mixture with the quinoa and barley. Using your hands, form into six patties. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Brown both sides of each burger.

Serve on a toasted whole grain bun or focaccia and top with chopped salad greens, dressed with a drizzle of canola oil, lemon, salt and pepper. If you want to nix the bun, serve the patty on a bed of dressed dark leafy greens.

Here is what mine looked like...
Huge Difference.

If you are wondering where the diced avocado is... it's a tragic story. I think I was looking forward to having the avocado more than the burger. Yesterday morning we went to the farmers market. I prefer Haas Avocados but they were a lot pricier than the Florida Avocados. LT said that he thought the Florida ones were just as good so we got 1 humongous Florida Avocado for 99 cents. (There was my clue!) So I put it in a brown bag to add a little ripeness before dinner time, we sliced it open and it was hard as a rock. Tasted it just in case that was how it was supposed to be, and we both spit it out. Totally disgusting! Very disappointing. I almost cried. It went in the trash despite the fact that I HATE to waste food. What would you have done with a rock hard nasty Florida Avocado that tasted like the bottom of my shoe?

I had a little trouble with understanding the recipe, to be honest. For example, I didn't know what it meant when it said, "/4 cup dry quinoa, baked
" in the ingredient list and then "cook the quinoa and oats in separate pots." Also, I was not sure how much I should process the food in the food processor, so I made it a puree. If I were to do it all over again, I would use an even smaller sweet potato, process the food a lot less, and I wold bake them instead of brown them in a pan.
They were still delicious enough to each every last bite! The boys ate 1 1/2 burgers each. It makes me so happy when people eat seconds of my food. Well technically, Daniele helped me make the burgers and she made both side dishes, so it would be our food. The sides were Brussels Sprouts with toasted pecans and cranberries and french fries. Yum!

Today is Fun in the Sun with Angela and Ricky! WooHooo!! =) After church of course. Thanks! Hugs!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vegan Meals for Dad and Daniele

I've been cooking for my Dad and Daniele for the last few days. Here are some of my creations:

"Steak" and "Potatoes"

 Portobello steak with cali-mash with gravy and creamed kale. Yum!

Mac and "cheese"
Cauliflower to pump up the veggies in my mac and "cheese"
Wheat rotini and plain elbow noodles
Finished! Very cheesy and delish! I love peas in my mac and cheese!

White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Brownies

These did not turn out very well. =(

 But they looked yummy. I can't seem to figure out the vegan baking yet.

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

I accidently burnt them a bit. Still pretty yummy. =)

Pumpkin Soup with Fall relish
This was a big hit! Yum!

It's been fun cooking so much lately! Tonight I am going to make the Quinoa and Sweet potato burgers that were in the VegWeb e-newsletter. I'll try to remember to take lots of pics! =)

All this talking about food made me hungry again. LOL!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I have no good excuse!

It's been way too long since I have blogged. A lot has happened but not so many pics to show for it. My Dad and Daniele flew in on Saturday and is here for 10 days. Yay!

We are having a lot of fun so far. We are planning to go to the beach today if the weather is nice.

Quick recap:
Indoor Volleyball season is over. Needless to say, we did not do well but it was a lot of fun!

I have not made too many delicious meals or taken any pics. Mainly we've been eating Black Beans and Rice. LT thinks I am too much of a "Queenie" to do it so I had to prove him wrong. ;) It was him who said, "Let's go out!" (Thanks goodness because I was about to give in.) LOL!

Luke turned 7!

Isn't he so cute! We went to Busch Gardens but didn't take any pics. I didn't want to carry a camera around all day.

What else has been going on?

I started my Mary Kay business. I am very excited about it! The products are amazing. They have such great core values within the company, such as no animal testing, supporting Habitat for Humanity, helping women have a career with no "glass ceiling" and most importanty, God First, Family Second and Career Third. I love that!
I came home on Thursday to find my started kit waiting for me in a pretty pink box.

It was a lot of fun unpacking my things.  The new mineral makeup is awesome! I can't wait until my debut party. My good friend, Victoria, is going to let me practice a facial on her this week. I can't wait!

I decided to become a MK consultant because I want to go back to school full time to become an Audiologist. As a Hearing Aid Specialist I am able to see patients over 18 yrs old and diagnose and treat hearing loss. It's my dream to work with children so I would have to become an Audiologist first. Also, I love the way Dr. Ashley Nicole Camblin looks! =) So anyway, my goal is to supplement my income so that I can go to school full time. Once I graduate I want to work for an elementary school to work with children with hearing aids and FM systems. I can just see myself, driving into the parking lot of an elementary school in my Pink Cadillac wearing my lab coat that says Dr. Ashley and a bunch of cute kids with colorful hearing aids greeting me as I start my morning. Oh sorry, I was day dreaming a bit. =)
So now that I have my starter kit, my debut party scheduled and a practice facial with Victoria, I need to order my website and business cards.

Well, that's all that's happening here. I will try to do some food post soon.