Sunday, December 29, 2013

If You Love Potato Skins, You'll Love This Recipe! Crusted Pumpkin Wedges With Sour Cream

You really will feel as young, energetic and carefree as Audrey Hepburn is in this photo! Live chemical-free and maintain that youthful spunk by eating healthy -- try this exotic yet simple dish!


Eggplant With Buttermilk & Pomegranate Sauce: Now That's A Sexy New Year's Eve Dish!

Seriously, what could be sexier than eating healthy yet decadent food cooked by a babe? And since pomegranates are supposed to be an aphrodisiac, this should be the dish that finally gets you laid on Valentine's Day! If you're a guy, I hope you bought your girl something sexy to wear for New Year's Eve, and if you're a girl, you'd best get that ass in the kitchen! 

Recipe Here: 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

What is Your Ultimate Reality?

is an interesting paradox that science finds itself in. Science says that there is an observe independent reality and you do not need a conscious observer to manifest reality. At the same time without an observer this reality is not testable, so it cannot exist. In this episode of “Ask Deepal on The Chopra Well, Deepak discusses scientific contradiction of ultimate reality
In science, anything that is not testable is considered invalid. Science depends on empirical facts based on observations. If we propose an observer-independent reality, we must realize that an observer-independent reality is not testable. So according to the current principles of science we cannot say it exists. A scientific conclusion would be that an observer-independent reality does not exist. But is this really the case?

Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

This recipe has been Veganized 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vegan Christmas with "Dare I Say" Chestnut Wellington & Truffled Mushrooms

This is our Christmas special main this year and has been really popular. The great thing about this is you can make it bigger or small if you need to. We make these big enough to serve 15 at work but this recipe should serve about six. You can make the mix in advance or even roll it out in advance and then cook it on the day.

Friday, November 29, 2013

It Aint Easy Being Green During The Holidays, That's Why God Created Mole!

Mexico is, as we all know, the home of chocolate. This is one, among many reasons for my love of Mexican
food. So when I was sent a selection of Mexican ingredients to try from MexGrocer, I got quite excited. And what better way to express my excitement than by adapting the accompanying recipe and creating some vegetarian enchiladas using the chocolate mole sauce - something I've never made before. As the name suggests, MexGrocer is an online purveyor of authentic Mexican ingredients. This is what I received:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween in Xanaland's Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Stay healthy and remember to juice and detox in between heavy meals like this! Have a safe Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Grunge Cookbooks Bat Caver Vegan Sugar Cookies

Your damn hippy cookies will never be as good as my moms. but knock yourselves out! 

For the cookies: 
2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. vanilla almond milk
1 t. vanilla
6 oz. Earth Balance Buttery Spread

For the royal icing:
3 c. powdered sugar
1 T. Karo syrup
4 T. vanilla almond milk

1.  In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the Earth Balance Spread and sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.

2.  Add in the baking soda and mix until blended.

3.  Mix in the almond milk and vanilla.

4.  Stir in the flour until just blended.

5.  Roll the dough into a ball and lift it out of the bowl.  Gently roll it into a log.  Wrap the log with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

6.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

7.  Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on parchment paper.  Roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Place on the parchment paper covered cookie sheets.

8.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges juts begin to turn brown.  Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  

9.  While the cookies are cooling combine the icing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  The mixture should be fairly thick.

10.  Tint the icing the desired colors and pipe onto the cooled cookies.  For information on decorating cookies with royal icing go HERE.

11.  Store cookies in an air tight container for 1 week.

Witches, ghosts, goblins, vampires, zombies, monsters...  Everyone is invited.  You don't want to miss this hair-raising party.  It's sure to be a real scream!      

And for the icing on the cake..or in this case cookies! 

2 C. powdered sugar (use a vegan version if you can, they're not all created equal)
1 Tb. non-dairy butter, softened (I use Earth Balance original or whipped)
1-2 Tb. non-dairy milk (I use vanilla almond milk), you may need more or less, depending on the consistency you desire*
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
to make it chocolate: add 1 Tb. cocoa powder, unsweetened

1.  In large bowl, add powdered sugar, then mix in the butter by hand with a large wooden spoon.  
Stir in vanilla.  Slowly add in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. 

 2.  Continue to stir until completely smooth with no clumps.  I like mine to be a bit thicker for easier spreading when using it for the sugar cookies.  You could make it thinner and drizzle it on as well.  

3.  If you want it to be chocolatey, just stir in the cocoa powder!

4.  Add sprinkles on top if you desire while the frosting is still wet.  Let dry at room temperature and store in air-tight container, separating with waxed paper.

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Non Non Non! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Amazing & Hearty Veggie Lasagna

Hearty Veggie Lasagna
Hearty Veggie Lasagna
Whenever I cook lasagna I make a HUGE one and I tend to do it on a weekend or an afternoon when I know I will be home for the rest of the night.  If you are going to go to the trouble to make lasagna, why not have it be big enough to last for a few meals?  When I make this lasagna it lasts my family of 4 (2 of which are children) 3 whole dinners!  We eat it fresh out of the oven one night and then I usually freeze the other 2 sections for 2 other nights.  You pop it in the oven for an hour from the freezer, make a salad, and you have a fantastic dinner!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Barrett Martin on New Mexico's PBS Talking Zen: The Video and What His Life is Like Today

Barrett Martin with the Walking Papers 
Photo courtesy of Walking Papers on FB 

You know the drill, if you don't know who Barrett Martin is your an idiot, you have no business reading this, and I should fire my publicist, but he's a monkey and can't be reached my phone at the moment...

So as I was looking through some old youtube videos, I came across this and remembered that Barrett had graduated from the University of New Mexico, It was really strange to see him in this short PBS video, there's a few other cool ones on other people I've met like dancer Maria Benitez, so it was a little surreal for me to see another person I know and have common friends with here in Seattle over the course of over 20 years, in New Mexico- my home state,  and talking about how the desert makes him feel, his mild anxiety at the time which he quickly and permanently remedied with meditation and zen.  And after the last year of seeing him play a few times back here in Seattle , I think its clear that he's found his raison d' etre. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Grunge Cookbooks Bad Monkey Juice

After waking up and seeing peanut butter by the side of my bed, I am convinced that Sancho is trying to keep me at a chunky monkey weight. So right back at you monkey boy! Just for that this is your breakfast, lunch, and dinner today...well at least breakfast and lunch, I'll probably break down by dinner and let you have a Dick's burger, but your drinking this! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Vegetarian Mediterranean Pasta Sauce

Monday, June 17, 2013

No More Ball Park Dogs for This Diva! Lady Gaga Goes Gluten Free!

That's right, rock-star and yogi, Lady Gaga, has gone gluten-free...

Sky news reports:
'Gaga has decided to go on a major body blitz and cut out all gluten and wheat from her diet, which is very hard to do. She has given her people strict instruction to advise staff at venues and restaurants about her new diet because she is taking it very seriously. Her aim is to drop 10lb in a month.'
What's her gluten-free indulgence? Cookies!
'She allows herself one potato or rice portion a week and has been snacking on Ginnybake cakes from wholefood shops - they are gluten free cookies.'
Go Gaga!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Truffle Torte

This is the most luxurious vegan dessert that I make. It’s definitely not an everyday dessert, but something that I reserve for special occasions a few times a year. It easily holds-up to any non-vegan dessert served at fancy restaurants. It’s extremely rich, so you only need to serve a small piece, and it’s great with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream. I made it for my mother for her birthday a few years back, and she loved it so much that she saved a piece and drove it to my grandfather, who lives 3 hours away. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lessons on Life From Don Quixote by Rachelle Smith Stokes

My life changed when I saw the 1972 movie Man of La Mancha with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren.Don Quixote was the smartest man ever! Yes, the man who called a windmill a giant and a tavern prostitute a chase maiden and meant it. How could this man who appeared to get it all wrong, actually get it all right?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Coolest Musician's Know The Secret: Why Radiohead's Thom Yorke Practices Yoga

Thom Yorke toldDazed and Confusedthis month that he has a yoga routine in order to stay healthy after the stresses of being on tour.

The folks atGigwise report: 
"I do a minimum of an hour's yoga a day, usually an hour and a half. Coming off tour you have this mad adrenalin, so it's a way of stopping the adrenalin crash. It stops me dropping."
What about you? What's your reason for practicing yoga? 

* VIA BodyMindGreen *

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quitting Coffee? Try These Delicious Drinks Instead

I’ve had a love affair with coffee for over 20 years. When I tried to quit, I'd come crawling back to its
warm taste, flavored creams, and sweeteners. Like any relationship that was no longer serving me, it was time to let it go. I tried the gradual release, and quitting cold turkey, but I'd wind up drinking it again. Then I realized the bloating and dry skin was far from cute.

Dandelion Tea: Historically Proven To Heal Your Tummy

Most people see dandelions and think of weed killer, but in many countries — like Greece and France
— these greens are a dietary staple. My grandmother (from the Greek city of Patras) often served sautéed dandelions with dinner, or turned them into a healing tea. No matter if you were sick, postpartum or plugged up, dandelion was the cure.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How Processed Foods Are Killing You One Bite At A Time

So, you know processed foods are bad for you, right? But do you really know how factory foods deplete your body and mind? Need some additional inspiration to start making healthy, real food choices? Read on:

Have a Sour Stomach? Try This Smoothie Recipe: Treat Your Tummy Today!

As a functional medicine physician, I believe that most illnesses are rooted in inflammation. The majority of inflammation comes from our diets and our guts. For this reason, the first step in helping to restore the health of my patients is to change their diet and heal their gut.
Below is one of my favorite smoothies that will help to squelch inflammation and heal your leaky gut at the same time.

Want Beautiful Skin Forever? Some Organic Nutrients For Beautiful Skin

Your skin is a reflection of your inner being. Aside from lifestyle and genetics, what you eat plays a role in your skin health. Eating the right foods will not only enhance your natural beauty, it will help minimize wrinkles, acne, inflammation and other skin-related conditions. Most people treat their skin with chemical-ridden products, but don’t address the root cause, which may lie within. Your best-kept beauty secrets are sitting right there in your grocery store! Be sure to eat foods that include these nutrients often, and you'll reap the benefits of having a beautiful, glowing and healthy skin. 

Vitamin C
Like vitamin E, vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C helps to reduce oxidative stress to the body and may lower cancer risk. Vitamin C is also involved in the synthesis of collagen, an important protein for making your skin supple. Many fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamin C, so be sure to include them in your diet. Food sources high in vitamin C include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bell peppers, guava, acerola, beet greens, grapefruit, strawberries, red and green bell peppers, kale, parsley, collard greens and turnip greens.

Juicing For Detox: When To Know Your Body Needs It

Juice fasting has become trendy, with whole offices undertaking group cleanses, and juice shops
constantly posting photos of the latest celebrity to guzzle their drinks.
I don't know about you, but I like food! 

You Must Stop Doing These 7 Things If You Want To Get Healthy

Sometimes getting healthier isn’t about the choices you're making, it’s about the choices you should stop making. To live your best, healthiest life, try to add some of these tips to your health and fitness routine.

1. Stop with the excuses. 
Everyone has the same amount of time, and to give you some tough love: people who are busier than you are finding time to workout. Do away with the energy-defeating excuses and create time in your day to exercise. You'll feel so much better after you do. 

2. Stop skipping workouts. 
Working out on the occasional Thursday isn’t going to keep you healthy. Come up with an exercise plan that works for you and stick to it. Maybe you do cardio three times a week and strength training twice a week. Or maybe you'll power walk a couple days a week and swim laps on weekends. Get exercise on your calendar most days of the week, and give yourself one day to skip instead of skipping six.

Depression In 2013:Scientific Proof That Negative Thinking Is Bad For Your Health

The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years. We call
it “the placebo effect,” and we know that when patients in clinical trials get nothing but sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries—but believe they might be getting the new wonder drug or miracle surgery—their bodies get better 18 to 80% of the time.

Amazing Organic Hair Products: Vegan and Paraben Free Hair Care Products

Organic hair products are all the rage among today’s socially conscious salon clients who demand organic natural beauty. While most of us understand what the word “organic” means, some of us are less clear on the reasons why beauty care products should also be vegan and paraben free.
What Is Vegan? Vegan means the product contains no animal-derived ingredients, including any ingredients produced by animals. It’s this last clause that differentiates vegetarian and vegan products: – Vegetarian products contain no animal ingredients, but they may contain animal-produced ingredients, such as honey or beeswax. – Vegan products contain no honey, beeswax, or any other animal-produced ingredients.

Ways To Promote Hormone Balance: It's All In Your Control

One of the most common hormonal imbalances in women is estrogen dominance, which can mean elevated estrogen or simply estrogen that is unbalanced by progesterone. Estrogen dominance is associated with conditions like PMS, endometriosis, and fibroids. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

Emotional intelligence? Is such a notion  even conceivable?  Does it not sound like an oxymoron? We all know what an IQ stands for: a unit deployed to measure a person’s intelligence, as far as his or her cognitive abilities are concerned. But do you know that emotions are equally measured? This has given birth to appellations such as ‘emotional intelligence’ and ‘E-IQ’.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Why you need to clean your gut, now!

In her book The Immune System Recovery PlanDr. Susan Blum, one of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness. I found her quizzes and tips very helpful and I wanted to find out more about how we can live better-and be nicer to our poor, poor guts. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Willpower: How To Get It And Keep It

Willpower: I've spent much of my life curious about why some people have it, and some people don't. Some people say they're going to lose 10 pounds, and they do. No struggle. No yo-yo. They simply obey their own minds. Some people decide on an early bedtime so they can get up early. And they do! No arguing with themselves over getting into bed at night, and no snooze-alarm-smack-fest in the morning. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Give Yourself A Centered Radiant Aura

Discover an innovative step-by-step method — Aura Flexing — for spiritual strength and clarity…
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Aura flexing gives your energy-body strength, resilience, and clarity. This helps you release other peoples’ energies and influences. You discover your unique energetic presence within any environment. This helps you maintain poise, know your truth, and access your own vital life energy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Yoga and Veganism: It's Easy Being Vegan AND Green!

Recently I completed a yoga teacher training program. A requirement of the training was to complete a creative project. My project was about veganism and how it relates to yoga. Many yogis are vegetarian (and many are not). My intention for the project was to educate others on why a vegan diet most closely follows the principles of yoga.
For the non-yogis out there, I have outlined below a brief explanation of yoga beyond the postures or poses (asanas). Most Westerners think yoga is just another ”workout” or a series of stretches. As you will see, yoga is much more than the physical practice.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dairy Free Banana Nut Oatmeal Smoothie

When I first heard about putting oats into a smoothie I thought it was gross.  Drinking oatmeal?  

Now I think it is genius.

When I try to persuade clients to eat oatmeal for helping to decrease their cholesterol levels (yes it does work), the most common response I get is "I don't have time in the morning".  

Now you can have your oats in no time at all.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Why Live Like A Vegan: The Environmental Facts

Water. According to the Water Education Foundation, it takes 2,464 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef in California. This is the same amount of water you would use if you took a seven-minute shower every day for six entire months. In contrast, only 25 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of wheat. The United States Geological Survey says that 40 percent of fresh water used in the U.S. in 2000 went to irrigate feed crops for livestock. Only 13 percent was used for domestic purposes including showers, flushing toilets, washing cars and watering lawns. Switching to a plant-based diet or reducing the amount of meat in your diet is by far the most important choice you can make to save water.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yes, He Is Smarter Than He Looks, Say Hello To Vegan Athlete Mac Danzig

Mac Danzig is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitor who has competed at the highest level. He is recognised as an outstanding grappler, although he has scored some impressive victories through striking, and is also known as a quality boxer.

He started his MMA career in 2001 aged 21 and in 2005 won the King Of The Cage Lightweight Championship. He defended the title four times before losing it in 2007. Later that year Mac entered the Ultimate Fighter 6 competition which he won. Other highlights include being awarded Knockout of the Night when he beat Joe Stephenson in December 2010.

Mac is a vegan out of respect for animals.

"Ever since I can remember, I've always had a profound respect and interest in nature and animals"explains Mac. "I remember being 13 and seeing a truck on the interstate filled with pigs all headed to the slaughterhouse. One of them made eye contact with me for a while. It was one of the saddest moments I can remember. There was so much intelligence and spirit in him, and here he was, being sent to an awful death."

At 16, Mac had stopped eating beef and pork. "It wasn't until I was 20 and I got a job working at an animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania called Ooh-Mah-Nee Farm that I was able to meet people who were vegan and realize how strongly some people felt about it and how many healthy alternatives to animal products there were."

Mac was told his commitment to training conflicted with his ethics, and he needed animal protein. He continued to eat chicken as a result, but was never happy with this. "In 2004, I got to the point where I was sick of eating chicken. It started grossing me out for some reason. I was about a month out from a fight and I decided I was going to cut out all meat. I was working with a trainer who was vegan and he helped me make the switch. I won that fight and went on a 12-fight winning streak. And [not eating meat] made it really easy to cut weight for that fight." As he'd already given up all dairy in 1999, he was now vegan.

Luckily for Mac, he'd managed to find a vegan in the sports training world.  "I read a Mike Mahler article on an animal rights Web site where he explained his vegan diet for training in detail, and I said, 'That's it, I can do it too,' and I started 100 percent vegan again for life and I've never looked back. I feel great."

Mac retains a love of animals and has excelled in wildlife photography which can be seen on his website. "When I decided to go vegan, I was able to make the 155-pound weight class much easier, and I haven't lost an ounce of muscle. I'm leaner than I used to be, and I have much more energy than I used to."

"Mac has won numerous world titles in smaller organizations on his way to the UFC and is not only a fighter, but also a teacher of mixed martial arts in his current home of Hollywood California. A vegan, naturalist, animal lover and serious photographer, Danzig transcends the typical stereotype of a combat athlete." (Mac's website.)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Jar of Flowers: Edible Flowers And Salads In A Jar, The Touring Musician's Best Friend, Besides His Roadie!

With as many large green salads as I eat, sometimes it can be a struggle to keep them interesting. And when touring, it's especially hard to eat right when your tempted to dine out on the road. Salads are the last thing you'd think you could carry around with your gear, but hey, being a musician isn't just about being creative with your instrument! When I want to add a little excitement I always return to the same basic principles.
Vegan Salad-In-A-Jar keeps your salad fresh and crisp until ready to enjoy.
Adding more color and a few nontraditional ingredients for extra flavor always does the trick.
I often add plant protein in the form of tofu, beans, or nuts; sour ingredients like olives or mild pickled peppers; and finally something sweet like fresh strawberries, dried cherries or raisins.
To keep your washed, chopped lettuce extra fresh for an extended number of days in the refrigerator,  pack it very tightly into wide-mouth glass jars. Although this site also recommends using a vacuum packing machine, I use no special equipment, and just manually stuff washed lettuce into the jar, filling with as much lettuce as will fit. I swear by this method and use it religiously.
 A fun way to create a "hearty lunch that's resolution approved and a joy to eat."
To build your own beautiful salad in a jar, start by pouring your favorite salad dressing into the bottom of the jar. Then add your most sturdy ingredients like baby kale, beans, or chopped carrots. Continue to layer with colorful lettuces, other chopped vegetables, and fruits or nuts. Top your salad with the lightest or most delicate ingredients.

Then pop the finished salad into the refrigerator or an insulated bag, and your portable and very healthy lunch is ready to go.
Use any ingredients you wish in the quantities of your choosing. Just be sure to allow enough room at the top of the jar to shake your salad upside down at lunchtime.