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Evolve Fitwear #StayStylinSaturdays – OmGirl Outfit Review

Hey guys!

 

I’m starting a new series to review the amazing selection of clothes that I compile every Saturday for EvolveFitwear.com – an eCommerce site I provide creative direction services for! What I love most about working for Evolve Fitwear is the fact that it’s a completely women owned and ran company. Kyla, the owner, is a beautiful person and I feel so lucky to have her support and guidance. It also helps that she just got the sweetest little French Bulldog puppy, Brixton!

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This week’s outfit is composed entirely of OmGirl products – a wonderful brand that makes everything in the USA using the finest fabrics, advanced dye techniques and triple stitching for amazing durability. This is great, because I am one of those people who buys clothes and wears them way too many times, until they are virtually unwearable. OmGirl’s fabrics are unbelievably soft and lightweight, perfect for any kind of weather or activity. I love that their pieces can be paired with other clothing from your wardrobe to be dressed up for occasions other than working out, too! 

 

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TOP – Omgirl Supreme Tie Dye Tee  features a beautiful orange, grey, and white tie dye design that’s perfect for fall.  The relaxed fit and organic modal & pima cotton make this tee ideal for a sweaty yoga session, a night out with friends, or cuddling on the couch (your cuddler will thank you too). The way the details come together it reminds me of a spider web, so this would be a great October top! Pair with jeans and boots for a day at the farmer’s market, or your preferred pant for some vinyasa!

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BOTTOM – Omgirl Heavy Metal Nomad Legging with Nailhead are a phenomenal pair of pants. The organic material is soft to the touch, but the rough wash and studded nailhead metal details on the ankle – tough and badass to the eye. I love the support and comfort of these leggings, they make me feel sexy and ready for a day of fun and activity! What’s best is you can cut both the fold over skirt and the hemline to completely customize the pant, without the risk of fraying or unraveling (we’re talking hiiiiigh quality clothing here, folks!). You could pair these with some chunky heels or booties and a flowy top for a night out on the town, or with your favorite sports bra and shirt for a rugged workout.

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These are GREAT picks for your fall wardrobe wether you’re a fashionista or an active athlete. I’d love to see how you’d style them! Get them before they’re gone and save 10% with coupon code: BULLDOGSTUFF – only at Evolve Fitwear :) I look forward to bringing you more outfits every Saturday for #StayStylinSaturdays, and I’m especially excited about expanding my wardrobe!

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DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Bird Feeder (How To)

Almost a month ago, I moved into a home with my boyfriend and my to bulldogs. It’s the largest home we’ve lived in, and certainly the most fun! We have a huge backyard (huge to me) and it needed a lot of TLC to get it up to my standards. Enter: my incredible mom. She’s been my girl scout troop leader, my cheer coach, my psychologist, my nurse, my personal chef, and recently – my landscaper. She’s turned a dumpy old yard into a bohemian oasis with minimal cost involved. (I’ll post a whole blog about the details after this).

 

All that being said, the deteriorating fence wasn’t doing my mom’s hard labor and expertise any justice. I decided to take all my old wine bottles (embarrassing amount) and turn them into bird feeders. I love the pop of color and the fact that I get to watch birds (and squirrels) enjoy food from my backyard.
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What You’ll Need

Scrap wood, at least 29″ x 20″
Rotating Saw
Power Drill
Sand Paper
2″ Wood Screws (14)
Empty Wine Bottle
2″ Hole Saw
Bird Seed
Funnel

Step by Step Instructions

1. Soak wine bottle
This will help the label come off easily. I soaked mine for a little over 24 hours, but I’m sure less would work!

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1 – 18″H x 10.25″ W – back of bird feeder
2 – 4.25″H x 10.25″W – bottom of seed holder
3 – (2) 1.625″H x 3.5″W – Sides of seed holder
4 – 2.25″H x 10.25″W – Front of seed holder
5 – 3.625″ H x 7..25″W – wine bottle holder
I marked which pieces were which by number so that I could reference them in the future, should I need to. Really the only things that you might get mixed up are 2 and 4.

 

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Be extremely careful and be sure to use protective eyewear! Sand off the sharp edges and fragments, we don’t want to hurt the little baby birdies (and squirrels) feetsies!

 

 

 

 

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4. Drill the hole
This is where your wine bottle will sit in the center of the piece (5)

 

 

 

 

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5. Put it all together
- Screw the bottom of the seed holder (2) onto the bottom of the back (1) with two screws.
– Screw the sides of the seed holder (3) through the back piece (1)
– Screw the front of the seed holder (4) to the front of the sides of the seed holder (3) with two screws
– Screw the wine bottle holder (5) to the back (1) with two screws
You want it to be about an inch above the bottom of the seed holder so that it can gravity feed over time. I placed mine about 6″ from the bottom of the seed holder. Be sure that the wine bottle holder is in the middle of the back so that it is even on both sides.

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7. Screw to fence with 4 screws

Place the feeder in a spot where birds won’t be vulnerable to predators. Somewhere near, under, or on a tree and off the ground.

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After cleaning & drying out your wine bottle, use the funnel to fill the wine bottle with seed. Take some extra seed and place it in the bottom of the seed holder, then put the wine bottle upside down and watch it go to work!

 

 

 

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Enjoy your bird feeder! It may take up to several weeks for birds to find it. Fortunately for me, I got to see a little squirrel maneuver his way onto it and enjoy some lunch, before being barked at by the bullies haha.

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Go Veg, Get Healthy

There’s lots of hype out there about veg(etari)ans being unhealthy. Lately, lots of bloggers have come out saying they quit being vegan because their “body told them to”. That’s strange, because if I were to listen to my body I would be eating cookies for breakfast and sipping margaritas on the daily. Another has let the media spin her story to report that veganism gave her an eating disorder. Hilarious, because eating disorders are a mental disorder one has with food and their body image. If I restricted myself from eating anything that wasn’t completely raw I would probably go insane too.

Regardless of what once-vegans have said about quitting the lifestyle, the majority of people truly believe that a vegan diet isn’t good for you. Which is true, because you should not commit to a vegan diet, you should commit to a vegan lifestyle. I didn’t go vegan to lose weight or drop my cholesterol, but it just so happened to have that effect because it is such a healthy way of eating. I did, however, go vegan to lose the spiritual weight I felt from consuming the lives of previously living beings. Beyond that, there will always be people who don’t agree with what you do.

Of course, the one problem every non-veg has with veg(etari)ans is protein. But really, what non-veg knows precisely how much protein they consume, and truly, are they healthier than veg people? Typically, not so much. Check out this awesome Plant-Based Protein infographic from Vega:

 

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If you are curious about a vegan diet being healthy for you, these are some incredibly talented plant-based activists who are inspiring hundreds of people to make the switch to a compassionate lifestyle.

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David Carter, The 300 Pound Vegan, is also a defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders. As the daughter of a former NFL athlete, I am ecstatic to see someone in the “macho” ego-driven industry to truly live the compassionate lifestyle. He and his gorgeous wife are extraordinary activists and a compelling example for couples everywhere.

 

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Mary MatternNom Yourself, is a stunning vegan chef and activist who creates dishes that will make any living being in this universe happy. Her cookbook is full of recipes and inspiration for anyone who doesn’t have godly skills in the kitchen.

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John LewisBadass Vegan, enlightens people all over the World to commit to a cruelty-free lifestyle by sharing his love for fitness and food in the form of a delicious cookie – Badass Power Cookie. He is positive, encouraging, and dedicated to the most healthy way of life.

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Renee Sommerfield… even her name is beautiful! I’m still having a hard time believing this divine and jaw-dropping Aussie actually exists. But, it’s true, and the World is better for her existence. She graces the pages of every magazine in Australia and has a social media following that adds up to over a million people. But the most outstanding part about her is her passion for animals and activism.

 

 

My passion for veganism stems from my love for animals and food. Once I realized how simple it was to replace dead animal parts with foods made from plants, I never felt better and I never  looked back. In fact, I cannot even imagine biting into a piece of flesh anymore. Because I am so flamboyantly vegan, I have happily convinced several of my friends and family to adapt the lifestyle. You don’t have to listen to my boring ass tell you about the benefits of going veg, take it from these beautiful people:

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.51.27 PM“Haven’t touched meat since the 1st of the year and vegan for almost 5 months.  I see the universe in a different way. I feel happy knowing I can survive and thrive without taking the life of another. Adopting the  vegan lifestyle changed me mentally as well as physically.” – Jaimie, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.36.48 PM“This no meat than is life changing! I have SO much more energy… Now I get it girl! I totally understand what you have been saying all this time!” – Ashley, 29

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.38.21 PM“I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to go vegan. I’ve been 15 days on no meat and I’m feeling good. Thank you so much for inspiring me.” – Dak

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.41.28 PM“It’ll be one month tomorrow!! It’s easier than I thought it would be, although I do eat fish occasionally. And I’ve lost 5 lbs which I’m happy about! And I have more energy! It’s also nice to not feel like exploding after a big meal. I’ve noticed that. I’m not spilling out of my pants and tired” – Haley, 24

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.44.25 PM“I NEVER thought I’d stop eating meat. Now I don’t see how someone could! Thank you for opening my eyes to the awful reality of animal abuse! I wouldn’t be here without you. It’s terrible what they do to those animals. But everyday we’re making an impact whether we realize it or not.” – Cameron, 17

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.45.38 PM“I haven’t eaten meat for a week now! You definitely planted that seed in my head :) I feel great! Don’t miss it at all.” – Dani, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.47.14 PM“Veggie for 4 months. I feel lighter, healthier, happier, and better knowing I’m saving not only animals, but the planet :)” – Kaleigh, 22

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.49.16 PM“My conscience is clear and I feel like a knew person.” – Garrett, 26

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.53.53 PM“My body wants nutrients for good health and my mind want peace for inner happiness so by eating vegan I accomplish both. My body is flushed everyday with quality nutrients and my mind is purified by knowing no living being, whom I care about deeply, is harmed.” – Jay, 30

 

“I love all that you post & all you’re about. Stopped eating meat because of you. Keep doing what you’re doing.” – Alexa

These are testimonies from some of the wonderful people I have helped go veg. It is truly incredible what the power of the human mind can do. Alone, you help save over 100 lives a year by going vegan. With the people above, we are effectively saving over 1,000 lives per year! Anyone who wants to make a difference can start with leading by example to make the change this World so desperately needs.

If you’re curious about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle, click here.

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Vegan Chili with Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

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Nothing about this makes sense, seeing as though I am posting a hot and hearty chili dish in the full force of summer heat. However, it is a dish that my boyfriend’s mom, Vickie, requests on the regular, and I thought it would be fitting to serve since it is #MeatlessMonday. Vickie has always commented about how healthy I am and how good of a cook I am, and I think the idea of a veg diet is slowly –  but surely – creeping into her brain. Yesterday she said to me, “I’ve been eating all of the meat we have in the fridge lately and it just doesn’t taste good to me. Is that how it starts”? To which I replied first with a big fat smile, and second with a jubilant, “YES“!

WARNING: Do not make this recipe if you like really really delicious things, cause you’ll be hooked and sweating while consuming chili in the summer sun (both from the heat of the sun and the spicy-ness of the chili).

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Vegan Chili

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Organic Red Onion, diced
1/2 Organic Sweet Onion, diced
1 Organic Bell Pepper, diced (whichever color you prefer)
2 links Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage, peeled
3 medium Organic Zucchini, diced
2 Organic Celery Stalks, diced
1 cup Organic Crimini Mushrooms, diced
5 Organic Garlic Cloves, minced
1 small can Organic Tomato Paste
1 Organic Roma Tomato, diced
4 cans beans (Garbanzo, Kidney, Black, Pinto, Butter, whatever you prefer) Rinsed and drained
1 tsp Sage
2 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh ground Black Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS
I always cut the vegetables in the order listed and add them one at a time. Stirring between each ingredient.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook til soft. Add green pepper, sausage, zucchini, celery, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomato, and spices. Cover and let cook on medium for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add beans and stir. Reduce heat to lowest setting and cover. Let cook for at least 45 minutes, ideally 2+ hours will bring out all of the flavor from the fresh veggies! Meanwhile, you can cook your vegan Jalapeño Ranch Dressing!

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Jalapeño Ranch Dressing
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Just Mayo (vegan mayonnaise)
Juice from 1/2 an Organic Lemon
8 fresh Parsley leaves
1/4 cup jarred Jalapeños
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until all ingredients are combined.

I always like to load my chili with toppings. Whichever makes you happiest is bestest!

TOPPINGS
Organic Avocado, diced
Organic Red Onion, diced
Organic Chives, diced
Vegan Cheddar
Sriricha
Jalapeño Ranch

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Bubbah’s Birthday Cake – Vegan, Gluten-Free Dog Cake Recipe

If you don’t already know, I am completely and totally obsessed with my dogs. They are my World and I treat them like my children. To me, they are my children. So when their birthday rolls around, I get a little crazy and treat them to the best of the best! Bubbah turned 8-years-old today, and it makes me so proud to know how healthy and happy he is. I cannot wait for the next 8 years with him :)

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I knew I wanted to make something that was healthy, wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free that included pumpkin, bananas, peanut butter, and coconut oil – because those are the only things that don’t give him explosive diarrhea (TMI?). So, I came up with a pumpkin cake topped with a PB & Banana Coconut frosting that is full of amazing ingredients for your best friend’s special day :)

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Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

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INGREDIENTS
1 cup Organic Brown Rice Flour (gluten-free!)
1 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (tons of fiber!)
1 tbsp Cinnamon (anti-fungal, great for dogs with allergies and dogs prone to yeast infections)
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted (helps with skin and internal health)
3 tbsp Organic, Local Raw Honey (helps relieve allergies)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Water
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (a bagillion benefits here)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit and line a pie pan with parchment paper (NOT wax paper).
2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Mix in the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, honey, water, and vanilla.
4. Stir in the apple cider vinegar last to team up with the baking soda for the rise!
5. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow cake to cool.

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INGREDIENTS
2 Organic Bananas, mashed
1 tbsp All-Natural Peanut Butter
3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

DIRECTIONS
1. Mash bananas in a large bowl
2. Stir in peanut butter and coconut
3. Spread on top of the cake!

Bubbah (and Bodhi) loooved the cake and  they haven’t had any digestive issues from it, which tells me it’s a great recipe to make in the future! Thanks so much for tuning in :) Feel free to send us photos of your dog enjoying their birthday cake!

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Sip Portland’s Maca Madness Smoothie Recipe Hack

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Nothing makes me happier than finding the perfect balance of wholesome ingredients to create the same, or better, taste from something I’ve enjoyed. I fell in love with the Maca Madness smoothie when my beautiful friend Erica treated me to one at Sip Portland. Because I follow mostly all health/vegan related companies on social media, I’ve been hearing a lot about maca and it’s health benefits. What I’ve found is that the root powder has not been adequately studied scientifically, but I have felt some of the proposed benefits since drinking this smoothie on the near-daily.

What is maca?

Maca is a root, similar to a beet, that has been used in the ancient Incan civilization as a healing superfood. It has been popping up lately as a superfood because of it’s many benefits. Maca can be found at natural food stores in their supplement section in a powder form.

What benefits does maca have?

1. Vitamins
Packed with vitamins B, C, and E, the powder also delivers a great source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and amino acids. (Where do vegans get their iron & amino acids?! :P)

2. Skin
Maca is said to help clear acne and blemishes, as well as sensitivity. During hot summer days, maca has been known to aid your skin in handling high temperatures.

3. Mood
Anecdotally known to help increase focus and energy, maca can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and mood swings.

4. Female Health
Having female issues? Maca can help alleviate menstrual issues and menopause including cramps, aches, anxiety, and mood swings. PMS sucks, but with maca, it doesn’t have to!

5. Sexual Function
I did it all for the nookie! No, not really, but if you are looking for a natural sexual libido and endurance booster, give maca a try. Maca is said to balance hormones and increase fertility (not interested in the latter, personally).

Maca is not recommend for use by anyone who is pregnant, lactating, or anyone suffering from hormone-related cancers.
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MACA MADNESS SMOOTHIE RECIPE HACK
INGREDIENTS (serves one)
1-2 tsp Organic Maca Powder
1 scoop Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
1/2 frozen Organic Banana
4 Organic Pitted Dates
1 tbsp Organic Almond Butter
1 cup Ice

DIRECTIONS
Blend it all up! I like to run mine for about a minute to make sure the dates are finely ground up.
Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite smoothie or juice from somewhere and want to find a recipe hack? Let me know and I’ll do my best to make a recipe!

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Saturday Morning Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Recipe

Dear Earthlings,

YOU CAN EAT EGGS & SAUSAGE SANS DEAD ANIMALS! There has never been more of a need to ditch meat & dairy than now. As National Geographic recently reported, the demand for meat will increase doubly by the middle of the century, and that means that the production of said meat will need to follow along with it. Sadly, this means that we will need to force more mothers into having babies, force them to live in tiny cages, have their babies taken away from them once they’re done nursing, and eventually be murdered for a measly meal. If you have never had the opportunity of opening your eyes to the reality of the meat and dairy industry, I urge you to watch this video.

Sausage, pork, ham, bacon are all euphemisms for rotting animal flesh, and really, who wants that in their mouth?? I PROMISE YOU that you can find alternatives to dead animal body parts that are just as, if not more, delicious than the “original”. There are so many amazing companies like Field Roast, Tofurky, and Lightlife that have perfected meat alternatives and their products are readily available at local retailers.

Eggs are chicken periods. Not like punctuation periods. Bloody, hormonal, slimy menstrual periods. I used to think that it was okay to eat eggs until I found the devastating harm in how they get to my plate. Firstly, mother hens (90% of them) spend their entire lives in battery cages – no larger than a sheet of paper – often with 2 other hens. Their beaks are burned off without pain medication to prevent hurting their cage-mates; then they sit in the dark, dusty, and smelly factories pumping out unnatural amounts of eggs until they are “used up”. When that happens, they are driven to a painful death, first being scalded in boiling water, hung by their feet, and then get their heads cut off. These are just the mother hens.

Once the fertilized eggs are hatched, the factory determines the sex of the chick. Female chicks are thrown into the vicious cycle of egg-laying, and male chicks are thrown ALIVE into a grinder or into a plastic bag to suffocate. Please watch the video below if you want to know how your food is made.

If you’ve ever seen the miracle of childbirth, or experienced the love of a child, you will know that all a child wants is to be warm, loved, fed, and comfortable. I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety these poor animals feel every single day of their lives.  I hate to be that vegan girl, but I am doing it for the benefit of you, our planet, and all of these precious, innocent creatures. Please give some thought to what you are going to eat before you create the demand for it. 

AND NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFFS

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Vegan Eggs & Sausage Recipe

INGREDIENTS

EGGS
1 block Non-GMO Extra Firm Tofu
2 tsp Turmeric
dash Chili Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

VEGGIES
4 Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
3/4 Organic Green Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, diced
4 cloves Organic Garlic
1/2 tsp Chili Powder

SAUSAGE
Field Roast Breakfast Sausage links

FRESHIES
1/2 Organic Avocado, cubed
1 slice Organic Red Onion, diced
a whole lotta Sriracha

DIRECTIONS
1 – Remove tofu block from package, press the tofu in between 2 sheets of folded paper towels to get rid of excess water. Don’t be scared to press hard, the tofu will be crumbled anyway.
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2 – Crumble the tofu using your fingers. I like to leave some larger pieces so that when I’m “scrambling” them in the pan they don’t get too small. Plus, it makes them look more like eggs :)

3 – Slice & dice your veggies.

4 – In a medium pan on medium-high heat, add a sprinkle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and your tofu crumbles. Add Turmeric, stir it up, and watch your tofu turn into eggggs! You can let these cook for a while to remove the moisture and allow them to get golden on all sides. Stir often while you are stirring your veggies (see next step).
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5 – In a large pan on medium-high heat, add a drizzle of EVOO and your yellow onion & green peppers. Sautée ingredients until they start to brown, then add mushrooms & garlic and lower to medium heat.

6 – Add sausage links to the veggie pan and brown on 4 sides.

7 – Dish up and add the freshies to your plate.  Enjoy your cruelty-free sausage and eggs! <3

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Thank you so much for visiting and for being willing to read my rants about saving lives, it truly means the World to me!  Together we can make a difference <3

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Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe

Vegan Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe

HAAAAIIIIIIYAH! Whenever I see the word Kung Pao I always make that sound… Whenever I see a dish with Kung Pao, I always order it. Today, I made it. I like to trick myself (and my boyfriend) into eating at least 50% raw on our plates. The easiest way to do that is with a salad. The only cooked ingredients in this recipe are brown rice and tofu. Spicy, tangy, and savory – this salad is sure to satiate your cravings for healthy asian cuisine!

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Everything I buy at the grocery store (besides Sriracha) comes from the Natural/Organic section. I shop mostly at Fred Meyer’s (heeey Pacific North West!) and their selection is incredible :)

 

Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe (serves 2)

INGREDIENTS
2 cups Brown Rice
1/2 bag Quorn Chik’n Tenders  (frozen natural section)
1/2 cup Annie Chun’s Kung Pao Sauce
1/2 Organic Avocado, cubed
1/4 Organic Cucumber, cut in halves
1/4 Organic Green Pepper, diced
1 Organic Carrot, peeled
1/2 cup Organic Purple Cabbage, chopped
1 cup Organic Spinach
1/4 cup Organic Red Onion, diced
8 Organic Almonds, chopped
1 tbsp Organic Hemp Seeds
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DIRECTIONS
1 – Cook rice in a rice cooker
2 – Chop up all vegetables accordingly (see photo above)
3 – Cook Quorn Chik’n on medium-heat with 1 tbsp olive oil until it starts to brown, lower heat and add Kung Pao sauce
4 – Follow the .gif below on how to layer your fresh salad all pretty-like :)
5 – Enjoy your fresh, spicy veggies!!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what your favorite foods are and I will do my best to make them vegan :) <3

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Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

Hey yo! I have finally mustered up the courage to take photos of my favorite vegan recipes. Thanks to my beautiful girlfriend Ashley, who recently decided to cut meat out of her life (HOLLAAAAAA!), I will be sharing the foods that make my tummy and my conscience happy! Bear with me as I get my perfectionism in tact with photography and presentation. I’m sure I’ll be looking back on these years from now and be completely embarrassed at my amateurity (not a word, but you get what I mean).

Let’s get started with one of my boyfriend’s favorite vegan foods I have thrown together….

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The Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Nothing says summer to me like a crunchy, creamy, fresh sandwich. I used to eat chicken salad sandwiches like a champion (a murdery champion), but now that I don’t like rotting flesh in my meals, I needed to find a way to replace the chicken in my favorite sandwich. Enter chicken’s non-central-nervous-system-having cousin, the chickpea! Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are PACKED with protein, fiber, iron, and healthy fats. So to all you people askin’ where I get my protein, this is one of my fave non-dead sources! This recipe also includes Earth’s butter – the avocado.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 6)

Chickpea Salad
1 can Organic Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans, drained & rinsed
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2 stalks Organic Celery, diced
7 cloves Organic Garlic, minced
1 Organic Lemon
3/4 cup Veganaise
1/2 cup Organic Red Onion, diced
3 Organic Chives, diced
1/3 cup Pickle Juice
Fresh ground pepper & sea salt, to taste

 

Sandwich
1 loaf Franz Organic Vegan 24 Grain Bread (or your favorite vegan, organic bread)
Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Organic Spinach
Sriracha (everything needs Sriracha)

Optional
Organic Green/Red Pepper, diced
Organic Pickles, diced
Dijon Mustard

 

 

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DIRECTIONS

1 – Rinse and drain your chickpeas and spread them out on a large cutting board. Chop that shit up!

2 – Add chopped chickpeas to a large mixing bowl. Mix in Veganaise, Pickle Juice, the juice of 1 Lemon, and Salt & Pepper, to taste.

3 – Dice/mince celery, onion, garlic, and cut avocado. Add to mixing bowl and combine all ingredients.

4 – Toast & butter your bread, add a layer of spinach to one side, add a hefty amount of Chickpea Salad to the other side, douse one side in Sriracha (spicy foods boost metabolism!), then marry the two sides.

5 – Enjoy the fuck out of your delicious, cruelty-free chickpea salad sandwich!

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& Bodhi wanted to say he approves of these ingredients ;)

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Kure Smoothie Recipe Hack

I have an addiction to Kure Juice Bar’s “The Extra Mile” smoothie. It is creamy, smooth, sweet, and delicious. I wake up and have a need for the taste on my tongue. However, the cost for two of these smoothies to satiate my boyfriend and my addiction becomes a little outlandish. I decided I would attempt to make a similar smoothie from home. There were several depressing and futile attempts that made me think it was impossible… but I think I’ve found the right mix!

 

Kure Juice Bar Extra Mile Smoothie Recipe

 

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)
5 pitted Dates
1/2 cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 cups Coconut Milk
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 frozen Bananas
2 handfuls Spinach
1/4 cup Almond Butter
2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 cup Ice

(Always buy organic – who wants a pesticide soup?)
Directions:IMG_0129
In a large blender, add dates, coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut milk. Let the ingredients soak for 15-20 minutes. This will soften the dates and shredded coconut so that the texture isn’t as gritty. Add  all additional ingredients and blend for over 3 minutes to ensure smoooooooth and creamy texture. Pour into your favorite glass. Share with your best friend. Enjoy!

 

The original Kure smoothie is made up of
Avocado
Kale
Almond Butter
Honey
Coconut Yogurt
Coconut Water
Coconut Meat
Ice
+ Banana (extra)

Since coconut yogurt is so expensive I decided coconut milk was a fair replacement for coconut yogurt & coconut water. Because I am vegan, I “technically” shouldn’t eat honey, so the dates are the perfect plant-based sweetness replacement. I use spinach in my at home smoothies since my blender is far weaker in comparison to the one’s Kure uses. I definitely will be sure to add avocado next time!

What are your favorite places to get smoothies and what are they made of? I’d love to try to make some more recipe hacks in the future!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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