A Modern Vegan Salad

Spinach Pomegranate Salad

The Chef at the Modern Café developed this amazing salad that is perfect for the holidays. This is a simple recipe with pops of colorful flavor. 

Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Lightly unite the following together in a large bowl.

  • 2 over flowing cups of baby organic spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 orange slices or an apple 
  • 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup of Braggs Organic Pomegranate Vinagrette


Toasted almond slivers

Happy Healthy Eating.  Sending you love and light.

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Vegan Dog Treat Recipe

Santa Dog is coming to town.
During the holidays, it is fun to bake for family and friends. Nevertheless, don’t forget one’s furever friends. These treats are Gimli – the precious pig approved. 
Dog Treats are Gimli Approved

Vegan Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 356 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the following ingredients into a dough.

•    2 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 1 minute before adding the other ingredients. https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-vegan-egg-replacer.html

•    2 ½ cups of flour

•    ¼ cup of vegetable oil

•    1 cup of pumpkin

•    ½ cup of peanut butter

•    1 tsp. of baking soda

Combine all ingredients until completely incorporated. Then flour a board and roll out the mixture. Use extra flour to keep dough from sticking to roller or board. Dough should be approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies into fun shapes with cookie cutter. Bone cookie cutters are available at many online retailers.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes. 

Happy Holidays!

My friend Gimli and I are wishing you and yours a happy holiday.

Sending you love and light.

A Vegan Explains a Heart Attack

The pressure was intense in his chest. Nonetheless, on Monday, John drove himself to the emergency room. By the time he arrived at the ER, the doctors had detected no signs of a heart attack. However, his age at seventy-one concerned the doctors enough that they kept him overnight to monitor him. The doctors at the hospital suggested that John see his primary care physician for a follow-up. On Wednesday, he saw his family doctor. John’s primary doctor recommended some tests for the following week. Unfortunately, on Friday he had chest pains all day. What was happening?


John’s left main coronary artery was blocked with the plaque from low-density lipoprotein, and the blood flow could not get through; eventually, the artery would break open. The body reacts to this bleeding by clotting. The clotting can mostly or entirely block the artery which keeps blood with rich oxygen from getting through. The deprived heart responds with pain. If not treated immediately, the portion of the heart muscle fed by the artery dies. Then healthy heart tissue is replaced by scar tissue.


John escaped death and was flown to the hospital by helicopter for an emergency stent. He is alive today but still chooses to eat a diet that is rich in animal fat. From his heart attack to the carotid artery in his neck that happened two years earlier to the stroke, which has left him partially blind, one would think John would change his diet. Yet, he is an example of the many Americans that choose to take medications over lifestyle changes. Nonetheless, pills are only treating the symptoms and not curing the disease. The cure for heart disease is to change to a plant-based lifestyle while reducing one’s total cholesterol to a level below 150mg/dl; while avoiding high-fat foods.

Don’t be a John. Eat healthy.

Sending you love and light.

Vegan Holiday Sugar Cookies

Vegan Holiday Sugar Cookies

Nothing is as special to the holidays as the love of baking and giving. Decorating cookies brings merriment to the season. 

Ingredients for cookies

4.5 Cups of All Purpose Flour

4 tsp. of baking powder

1 tsp. of salt

16 ounces or two packages of Miyoko’s butter (https://miyokos.com/collections/vegan-butter)Available at Whole Foods, Amazon.com, and Trader Joe’s

2 cups of Wholesome Organic sugar – (http://shop.wholesomesweet.com/Organic-Cane-Sugar/p/WHSM-406004&c=Wholesome@GranulatedSugar)Available at Whole Foods, and Amazon.com

2 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 1 minute before adding to other ingredients. (https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-vegan-egg-replacer.html)Available at Whole Foods, and Amazon.com

½ cup almond milk

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions for cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Blend the butter and sugar.

Add egg replacer, almond milk, and vanilla.

Then add the dry ingredients, ½ cup at a time, until incorporated. 

Wrap up dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for approximately an hour to overnight.

Then lightly flour parchment paper and place a portion of the sugar cookie dough. 

Flour a rolling pin and roll out sugar cookie dough to approximately ¼ inch thick.

Use cookie cutter to cut out the shape of the cookie. 

Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Place cookies on greased baking sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.

Depending on the size of the cookie, bake 10 to 14 minutes. 

Let sit for one minute on baking pan, then place cookies on baking racks to cool.

Icing for Sugar Cookies

In a large bowl blend all the ingredients together. If icing is too thick add more corn syrup.

Create

Separate icing in bowls and use different food coloring and mix to the desired result. Dip, pipe, or brush on the icing, then decorate with Fancy Sprinkles. Life is better with sprinkles! (https://www.fancysprinkles.com/collections/vegan)

Happy Holidays to you and yours. 

Sending you love and light.

A Vegan States, “Moo-ve Over Dairy Milk, Non-Dairy Milks are on the Rise.”

Picture that beautiful Holstein grazing in the pasture. Now wake up! That is what the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) wants one to believe. Nevertheless, in reality, dairy cows stand in feces all day, are breed over and over, and their calves are taken away from them immediately after birth. 

A cow’s milk is produced to feed a calf. “Milk is the perfect food – for calves,” states Marion Nestle, a nutritionist who studies food and public health. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) spends billions to tell the consumer how nutritional milk is for the human body. However, milk contains 87 percent water. The remaining 13 percent is fat. That fat contains the protein and carbohydrates that the IDFA promotes. 

The appeal of milk has soured, and what is causing humans to drink less milk? During the 1970s, the average American consumed approximately 30 gallons of milk per year. Today, the consumption of milk has dropped to 18 gallons annually. People are drinking alternative milk because of the options; many choose to drink non-dairy alternatives for their health and most substitute cow’s milk for fewer calories. Soy milk comes the closest to containing the same ingredients as milk. Nevertheless, soy milk does not contain casein. Casein is a carcinogen in dairy milk. T. Collin Campbell’s China study opened the world’s eyes to the milk protein casein. He discovered that he could turn on and off liver cancer by the amount of casein consumed.                   

The table below shows the alternatives for dairy milk. The list does not include a description of milk choices sold as combinations. For instance, one can purchase hazelnut/pistachio milk. One can visualize all the different options, and it becomes clear why the dairy industry is struggling. More consumers are making the switch to alternative milk as they find that the taste is not only refreshing but better for them. Not only have consumers switched from drinking dairy milk to other substitutes but the largest coffee chain, Starbucks, has added almond milk and coconut milk as a beverage choice. Here is a list of a few of the many alternatives to milk.

Almond MilkRice MilkSoy Milk
Hazelnut MilkCoconut MilkPistachio Milk
Hemp MilkCashew MilkFlax Milk
Oat Milk7-Grain MilkSunflower Milk

Milk alternatives are gaining momentum. In the future, there will be a day when one’s children and grandchildren will ask about the time when people drank milk from another animal and wonder why.

Tip: Delicious and refreshing homemade almond milk recipe.

Add agave nectar for a little sweetness.

Happy healthy eating!  Sending you love and light. 

Vegan White Chocolate Tree with Macadamia Nut Cookies

These white chocolate cookies are vegan friendly. Makes approximately 30 large cookies.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour 

1 tsp. of baking soda

1/4 tsp. of salt

1 cup of organic light brown sugar

1/2 cup vegan friendly white sugar (Wholesome Organic Sugar)

8 ounces of Miyoko’s butter at room temperature (https://miyokos.com/collections/vegan-butter) Do not use Earth Balance Vegan butter which has pungent aftertaste, even in baking.

2 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 1 minute before adding to other ingredients. (https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-vegan-egg-replacer.html)

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts

3/4 cup of vegan white chocolate chips (Pascha Organic Rice Milk Chocolate, https://paschachocolate.com/products/white-rice-milk-chocolate-chips).

Decoration of Tree Ingredients

1 cup of Pascha Vegan White Chocolate chips 

1/2 tsp. of coconut oil 

Mr. Sprinkles Rainbow sprinkles or other vegan sprinkles (https://www.mr-sprinkles.com)

Green food coloring – I used powder food coloring when working with chocolate. 

Piping bag with number 2 tip 

Directions for cookies

Preheat oven to 356 degrees

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. 

Using blender mix Miyoko’s butter and both sugars until grainy. Add egg replacer and vanilla extract and blend until incorporated thoroughly.

Add flour and blend on low until combined.

Stir in gently chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts to mixture. 

DO NOT grease cookie sheet. Place rounded tablespoon of dough on cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Bake 14 minutes. 

Let sit a minute then transfer cookies to cooling rack. Refrigerate cookies before decorating. 

Decorating Cookies

In microwave safe bowl, place white chocolate, coconut oil, and green food coloring. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir for 3 minutes. Then microwave another 20 seconds and stir for 3 minutes. Keep microwaving in 15 to 20 second intervals and stirring until all chips are melted but careful not to burn.

Place chocolate in piping bag with small tip. Here is a video on how to make an easy tree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlaM7nmDXsY.  You can experiment. As soon as you make your tree on the cookie, then top with sprinkles immediately. Chocolate will harden quickly. Enjoy and don’t forget to share.

Happy Holidays! Sending you love and light.