Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The deep dark vegan do they hide it?!

It's time for the raw and honest truth. Those of you who know me well will not be surprised at what I am about to divulge....there is a deep, dark, secret vegans keep and I have discovered it! Get ready....It is the most rotten, awful, horrendous gas ever to escape to bowels of a human being! My body has been in a gaseous state for days on end with no sign of relenting. I mean, I am no stranger to a toot here and there throughout my day, but this....this is something unknown to even me! After almost annihilating my husband via dutch oven last night, he MADE me get online and google "how to counteract gas from a vegan diet." This is just a small portion of one persons blog account. There were many others on other sites but this one by far described it the best!  (Be aware, you may need a poise pad before reading on.)

~I had heard through word of mouth that this might eventually be a problem, but I never thought anything of it. Until now.

Dear Lord! Why am I passing gas so much? Somebody make it stop! Aaaghh!

Let's just say that I about killed myself off in bed last night due to some unplanned gas attacks. Too bad I didn't have a generator handy, because there was enough methane created in that room to power an entire city for days. Oh, I couldn't believe what my body was doing to me here! I was putting healthy foods into my body, and what was coming out of my body was anything but healthy. Personally, I don't know how vegans ever get married with all the flatulence that their bodies produce. All I know is that, if I ever want to get a girlfriend, then I have to go back to meat or else she better get some heavy duty nose clips.

Now that I think about it, with all the soy and beans I've been eating lately, it's no wonder my life has suddenly turned into a scene from "Blazin' Saddles." The packages of health food never even bother to mention this side effect from eating their stuff. This is the dirty, dark side to veganism that they never want you to know about. The elimination of milk, eggs and meat from my diet is easy. The smell... oh Gosh, now that's the real challenge. I think I better invest in a month's supply of Beano.~

Did you laugh as hard as we did? I mean, he didn't stop there! His blog continued on and on about it all. I just captured a snip it of that posting! As comical as that is the honest truth! If something doesn't correct itself soon, I have a feeling this vegan month is going to come to an abrupt halt. I mean one can only be tortured for so long.

Bonus Blog! Chocolate Avocado Pudding GF

I need dessert! :) My friend Brittany asked me today if I had tried making the chocolate pudding using avocado. Nope! I have made other sweet things using it, but never pudding! So, I looked up some vegan recipes for it, gave it a good tweak and voila! Just a disclaimer, our reason for the vegan month is to stay away from animal proteins, not for the sake of use honey. I know some vegans do and some don't. But, yeah...Gotta have my honey! So, here it is! Don't let the avocado scare ya. It really is amazing and you don't notice that it's avocado...but you do get the health benefits! mmm.....Super easy!


2 organic avocados
2 Tbs cocoa
4 tsp raw honey


Throw it all in a bowl and use a hand blender, or throw it all in a food processor or blender and whip it up! Super easy and super good!

Pasta in Hummus Sauce

The vegan week began...and is going quite well! I will say I do miss my yogurt in the mornings, but I will survive! :) Yesterday I organized the boys rooms, and our room. Rearranged the boys rooms, made a head board rearranged the basement and a little in our dinning area....Oh yeah, and I hung pictures in our bed room, the living room and a mirror in the master bath. Andy laughed and said "well, the vegan diet must be working lol!" Who the heck knows it that is where the energy burst came from or not, but I don't feel worse, so that's good! :)  But anyhow, My first meal was the pasta and hummus sauce. Can I just say YUM?! Andy said he liked it so much he would have eaten it even if we weren't doing this vegan month! And, Nahum ate the spinach! WHAT?! He never eats anything green! I highly recommend this even if you are a meat eater! It was super good and I will definitely make it again!


1 lb whole wheat pasta
2 cans organic garbanzo beans drained
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons juiced
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
3 cloves organic garlic
15oz can organic diced tomatoes drained
8 oz can organic tomato sauce
1 can black or kalamata  olives drained
10 oz box organic frozen spinach


Cook pasta to package directions. Put garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cumin, and garlic in a food processor. (blender would work as well) puree well! Once pasta is cooked, strain it. Place the spinach in the pan and completely thaw. Return the pasta to the pan. Pour the hummus, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and olives over it and bring up to temperature and serve.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I already have a favorite!

Ok, let the vegan begin! In order to prepare for the next month or two I did my recipe and food research. I planned out meals, wrote out recipes and made my grocery list! It really wasn't all that hard to buy vegan at my local store! The only thing I am disappointed in was the "cheese" wanna be stuff. NOTHING! Even the so called "veggie shreds and slices" have dairy in them. Nice. So tomorrow I am off to a local specialty store in search of a vegan "cheese". One thing I have looked into is honey. I use raw honey like it's my job and I wasn't sure I was prepared to give that up. The health benefits are amazing! After researching a little bit I have found that some vegans don't use it for cruelty purposes and some vegans use it because they don't think it hurts the bee. Well, don't crucify me, but I could care less about that nasty stinging bee. So, I made an executive decision. I WILL continue to use raw honey!
Now, about my new fav... I found this at Meijer. It was 3 for $5.00! Not bad!!! This is Olivio USDA certified organic coconut spread. Don't freak out yet! I use a lot of coconut oil already, so this caught my eye. It is Non- Hydrogenated, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, organic, non-GMO and vegan! Sounds gross maybe, but it is AWESOME! Even my coconut hatin' hubby loved it! I made him a bagel and used this instead of butter and he said he never would have known had I not told him! That my friends, is a testimony lol! I promise I will post recipes, but I was so excited about this find I had to share it!

The Weekly Dish

So this week starts off our vegan adventure. One disappointing part is I was unable to get a physical. Those suckers are dang expensive and Insurance will only cover a portion of 1 and I was hoping for two. And, Insurance will only cover a small portion of the blood work. So... I guess we will know a little bit just by the way we feel. I expect to feel way different if what we have seen and read is true. I still wish I could have more concrete evidence, but I can't spend my money on Dr. appointments right now. Boooo.... But, I will not let that deter me from going at this full bore. I may throw in a non vegan recipe or two just because I have some still waiting to be posted, but I will label the vegan ones so you all know what recipe is what. I think this week I will try to post:

Pasta with hummus sauce (YUM doesn't that sound so good?!)
Pigs n a blanket (something kid friendly)
Southwestern bean and corn cakes (I may try to do three recipes this week.)

Hope you all have fun following this little vegan adventure we are on. I will be sure to update weekly on how we feel and any changes we notice in our bodies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vegan WHAT?!?!

Nahum and his new "dirt bike" action...
Olie's gettin around like crazy now.
 Ok, so about two weeks ago Andy and I watched a documentary that talked about the health of Americans and how animal proteins are linked to cancer, diabetes and a load of other health problems. There are SO MANY documentaries out there claiming this and that, but how in the world are we suppose to know if those things are true or not? I mean unless you have a good year to dedicate solely to research how in the world are we to know the truth?! So, after watching this documentary I thought, "Hmm.... I could get physicals done before and after a month or two of a vegan diet to see if there is truth to this!". I mean, I don't have cancer or diabetes, but there was a plethora of other tests that can show increase and decrease in things such as blood sugars, white blood cell count, inflammation, cholesterol, blood pressure....and the list goes on. This does NOT  mean we will do this forever. This is basically just to test out the theory and see if there is any truth to it. So, I will probably post two more "normal" recipes and then after that it will be a month or two of strictly vegan. The hubs is all pumped about doing this....yeah, I was shocked too! I mean the man eats meat like it's his job! I am planning to get a physical before and after if I can afford it or find a local Dr. who is willing to give me freebies or cheap-o visits. If any of ya have any idea of how to do that let me know! ;) So, please walk this journey with me to find out if Animal proteins really do cause more harm than good. Vegan...WHAT?!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Toasted Quinoa Salad GF

This is an extremely fresh meal! Now that summer is ending I think my super fresh raw-ish types of meals are going to slow down. :( Big frown! There is just nothing quite like fresh from the garden veggies and cold salads. Oh well, on to a new season. Warm food, hot coffee, chili and sweatshirts! Even though I will miss my garden fresh veggies, I LOVE  the fall! It is by far my favorite season! Right now I am sitting in front of an open window under a big micro plush blanket and loving it! Enjoy this fresh recipe, cause they are gonna start warming up soon!


2 C quinoa rinsed
toasting the quinoa
2 Tbs olive oil
3 C water


3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 jalapeno finely chopped and seeded
3 Tsp cumin (toasted)
2 Cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
3 Limes juiced
1/4 C rice vinegar


5 scallions
4 Roma tomatoes
1 1/4 c corn
3 avocado
1/2 c cilantro


Put oil in a skillet over md/high heat. Add quinoa and stir until coated. Toast quinoa until light brown. Then add the water and cook to package directions. Add all of the dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake it to mix. (You could use a bowl and stir it as well.) Cut all veggies into similar sizes. Mix everything together including the dressing. You can serve this hot or cold. I prefer to let the quinoa cool completely before mixing everything together.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Asian Steak

Here is another steak one for all of you carnivores out there. My hubby loves his beef, so this one was for him. I really like the idea of sneaking some veggies in with the noodles, cause my little guy doesn't even notice em this way. I really love meals with an Asian flair and I love being creative to try and make them a little more nutritious. Hope you beef eaters enjoy this one!

The noodles

Soba noodles (I found organic wheat soba noodles at meijer)
1 large zucchini
1 Tbs sea salt
1 Tbs sesame oil
Toasted sesame seeds (Toast seeds in a dry skillet over md/high heat until lightly browned)

The Steak

2~ 3/4 lb steaks
1/2 onion sliced

The Marinade

1/3 C liquid aminos
2 Tbs sesame oil
2 Tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp crushed red pepper
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 tbs grated fresh ginger

Mix all marinade ingredients together. Place Onion slices and steaks in a zip lock bag and cover with marinade. Get all air out and seal. Refrigerate for 6 -12 hours. Grill to your liking. While Grilling, thinly slice zucchini into noodle shapes and sizes. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and oil. Put in the zucchini for about 3 minutes and then add the noodles and cook to package directions. Usually about 3 minutes. Toss the noodles with the oil and sea salt.  Slice meat and serve with Soba noodles and zucchini. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Weekly Dish

My munchkin sporting some of the things I got him at the resale.
Thanks for bearing with me last week. It was a crazy busy week and I was lucky to get the one recipe posted. It was a great week working the children's fall/winter resale. I enjoyed it all and enjoyed the time out of the house. My wonderful husband stayed home with my boys last week and they had lots of fun boy time.  However, it is great to be back home with my little cutie heads. I am still trying to catch up here at home, so this week I will be posting two more recipes that I have had on hold for a busy week. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Toasted quinoa salad
Asian steak and noodles

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Egg Plant and Tomato Stack

It has been a busy week, and it is only going to get busier for me. This is the week that I work the Wakarusa Children's Resale, and let me tell ya....It is work! I have shin splints a pulled muscle and my whole body aches from the first two days....Does this mean I am old? :) I am pulling a couple of recipes out that I have already made, cause this week is easy food...egg sandwiches and mac n cheese here we come! So, here we go. This is my version of a egg plant Parmesan. We had these beautiful egg plants growing out in our garden and I have made some dips with them, but I was so excited to make them into this!! It is soooo good! Buy the freshest egg plants you can find! If they are getting old and mushy wait until another time! Also, make sure you salt them well before breading, cause they are a bitter veg and they need the salt!!


1-2 heirloom tomatoes
2 eggs
1 egg plant
1-2 C Italian bread or make your own (6 slices dry whole wheat bread, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp rosemary)
4 Tbs Olive Oil
Fresh grated motz cheese


cut the skin off of the egg plant and then cut it into 1/4 inch thick circles. Beat the eggs and put them in a shallow dish. Put the bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Egg plant is bitter so make sure you salt it more than you normally should be able to see a little bit of salt on the egg plant. Then, coat with egg and then bread crumbs. Heat skillet on Md/High heat with olive oil. Fry the egg plant until cooked through, and browned on each side. (about 3 min per side) Lay on a cookie sheet after frying and sprinkle with fresh mozzarella cheese. Place under broiler on low until the cheese melts. Slice big ole beefy tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick and layer them with the egg plant. This can be served with Pasta if you would like, but we make enough to make this the main dish.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fresh Tomato Basil Salad GF

This recipe really isn't a recipe. It is super east and straight out of the garden. I literally came in from picking, washed my bounty cut it, salted, peppered it and threw a little rice vinegar on it.......AAAAMAZING! My tomatoes are organic, heirlooms and they are awesome! They all have a bit of a different flavor so the mixture of them together is unlike anything! Red, yellow and purple.....soooo good!


Enough Bite sized tomatoes to feed whomever you are feeding.
About a handful of fresh basil
Rice Vinegar
1 Clove of crushed garlic


Slice tomatoes in half, thinly slice the basil and crush the garlic. Mix everything together, splash a little vinegar on it , salt and pepper it and voila! Deliciousness!