2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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Vegan and Vegetarian- Food Substitutes for Recipes

Vegans and vegetarians often start as meat eaters and for a number of reasons choose a lifestyle change. That change leaves them with old recipes, often from families and friends, and new recipes from a varsity of sources. Whether a choice to eat different or a moment of “what will I do now!!??”. There is help! The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is my fall back site – lots of research based facts and studies, as well as really amazing recipes and facts. Today I found this handy Ingredient Substitution Chart by PCRM.

Substitute 1/2 banana for an egg

Check out the chart and experiment with old and new recipes.

Hint: I keep a box of Ener-G Food egg replacer in my pantry for when I’m substituting a recipe for guest or I don’t have time to experiment.

BOOM: Seattle Seahawks and Food

Seattle pi featured a blog post by Nick Eaton: More Seahawks-themed food unveiled at Century Link Field.  2014 post, but awesome is awesome

What are vegans to do? Do what we always do, read about the food and begin veganizing the recipes and ideas. I suggest decorating with blue and green and leave the blue and green out of your food – unless it is naturally blue and green.
Going to the game? The Veggie Happy Blog shared that Century Link now features a veggie frankfurter and burger that is vegan. Thanks Veggie Happy for helping to facilitate the change in the menu and getting vegan options for visitors.
I love getting in the spirit  – we were a sea of blue and green at work today. Tomorrow will veganize “The DangeRuss Dog” and prep my very own Seagal Salad. Will share next week – tomorrow is all Hawks.
BOOM! Stay Tuned and Stay True. GO HAWKS

Vegan Recipes: Print or Video

When I decided to try a vegan diet, recipes were mostly in cookbooks, a few apps and on some blogs and websites. What about cooking videos? Well, back then there was Vegan Black Metal Chef and he is still creating recipes and making videos.

Sometimes a video is helpful. Today on Facebook I saw an ad for Chef Steps (not vegan) in Seattle, WA. I don’t click on Facebook ads, so Goggled them and found a great cooking site with fee based and free classes (that include videos), but they are not vegan. They do have a couple of technique classes I would like to take.  Sent the site to a few friends who might be interested and then wondered if there are more vegan cooking videos online – free, I like free.

I found sisters Heather and Jenny at Spork. Check them out and watch their videos if it helps you cook, be inspired, or just love to watch cooking videos. Need someone with lots of energy and easy lunches, check out Meghan and her Healthy Lunches on YouTube. I love her idea putting everything in a mason jar and then you have lunch…done and done. I’m listening to Cooking with Plants‘ video as I finish.

Print or Video – try both.


Wintery Red Split Lentils and Turnip Soup

You all know how to make this vegan. Another recipes to try.




Another cold day, another warm soup! I realize that I posted a soup recipe last week already but to be perfectly honest with you, soups constitute about 50% of my diet as soon as the temperature drops. The other half is noodles, and even then I usually find a way to combine the two into noodle soup.

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A Changed Mind

Toward the end of December 2014, I decided that I needed to discontinue this blog. I began this blog to help me become Vegan and to see if it would improve my health, and it did in many ways. I had high hopes for my blog, but have been very busy with a second Masters degree.

Today I logged on to put an end to blogging my vegan thoughts for a few good reasons. First, there are tons of vegan bloggers today and lots. Second, there are lots of vegan recipes on the web and blogs. Third, my stats are horrid. So, even though I thought it was a great idea, I am going to stick with it!

Why? It makes me a better vegan! It keeps me aware, connected and wanting to do better. That and I haven’t tasted the ultimate vegan chili that soothes my soul.

2015 – it’s going to be an epic year!!!

Why – because I said so and it will be as good as we put our minds to be. So, let’s be E P I C ! ! !

Recipe – Vegan Ginger Biscuits

I haven’t tried these yet, but the recipe looks wonderful!!

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These are chewy kind of soft in the centre and have the molasses spice taste with a hint of vanilla.

2 cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/4 tsp of Salt
3 tsp of Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp of Ground Cinnamon
3/4 tsp of Ground Cloves
1/2 cup of Canola Oil
1/4 cup of Molasses
1/4 cup of Soymilk, or another alternate milk
3/4 cup of Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 to 4 Tbsp of Turbinado Sugar (for coating the biscuits)

Mix all of the dry spices in a bowl and then leave to one side – flour, spices, sugar, vanilla, salt, baking soda
In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients together – molasses, canola oil, soymilk
Now pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix together
After all of the dry and wet ingredients are mixed well…

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My Current Read: Vegan for Her

Vegan for her: The woman’s guide to being healthy and fit on a plant -based diet by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with JL Fields

I had gotten to a point where I was questioning what I was eating and was it optimal for my health. I felt that it was, but was my diet lacking. That and then I found a page of Facebook, “What Fat Vegans Eat” and it reminded me that I was increasingly eating processed vegan food. I work full time and am working on my second Masters degree, so my eating habits have been lacking. There, I admitted my diet had become processed once again and I could lose a few pounds. This book has a section on “When Vegans are Overweight” p. 132. The bottom line is that a vegan diet is more compassionate, advocate centered and respectful. I think it’s more than that when whole foods are eating and it becomes better for the body to process and gain nutrients. I’m just about to chapter 10: Healthy Aging. I’m there! Aging is happening – the healthy part is my latest challenge. 

There is also a section of recipes that I am going to begin preparing, resources for vegan women, a metric conversion table (always handy if you love to purchase cookbooks when you travel for find on the internet). 


Another Blog: Vegetarians of Washington blogging about a very special octopus

Here’s a link to an interesting blog post by Vegetarians of Washington regarding an Octopus post: Octopus – Don’t beat it, don’t eat it!