• Sweet Treat Swap, Sun, Dec 20th at 5:30pm

    by  • December 12, 2015

    Every December we host a sweet treat swap for our regular potluck & it’s a blast.  Hope you can join the fun!

    Bring a bunch of homemade, packaged raw vegan goodies to swap with other potluckers.  Example: cookies, chocolates, grawnola, trail mix, kale chips or some special household cleaners or body care lotions/items.  :-)   Package them so they are special & be sure to label them with your ingredients.  The swap is optional … but if you are coming please RSVP on meetup.com & tell us if you are participating in the swap, so we’ll all know how many treat bags to have on hand!

    We will make a big salad & some soup–you can bring a regular dish to share if you want, but it is not necessary.  This potluck is all about the holiday swap!

    If you do bring a dish,  it should serve 6-8 people & please try to use organic ingredients!

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!  :-)

    Vegan Mashup Season 3

    by  • September 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Seasons 1 & 2 are working their magic out there & now it’s time to stir the Vegan Mashup pot & help season 3 make its way to the airwaves!

    In case you don’t know, Vegan Mashup is a vegan cooking TV show that is produced right here in Maine!  The show, featured on PBS, features 3 regular chefs, Toni Fiore of Maine, Miyoko Schinner of Cali & Terry Hope Romero of NYC, and some guest chefs too … I will appear on 2 segments this year making burgers & a crisp!

    I hope you will consider making a donation to help share the vegan love across the country & the world.  It’s so important to give  folks access to info about the joy & yumminess of vegan living & this show does it beautifully!  Check out seasons 1 & 2 here & support the season 3 fundraising campaign here.  I thank you in advance for your help!    And be sure to watch the cute video on the kickstarter page–”message from the producer”–& see my partner in the ice cream segment.  SO FUN!

    Amaize-ing Mango Salsa

    by  • July 13, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It’s salsa season!  Fresh ingredients are readily available & I had a couple of ripe mango in my fruit bowl, so I could’t wait to whip up some amaize-ing mango salsa with this gorgeous white sweet corn I got.  This corn is to live for–it’s so sweet & crunchy & tastes so darn good as is–there is no need to cook it at all!  And this salsa is great on anything … salads, corn chips, jicama chips, collard wraps, or just by the spoon full.

    Amaize-ing Mango Salsa - serves lots / makes 1 large bowl

    2 ears Amaize Sweet Corn, carefully slice off raw corn kernels into a bowl with a knife

    1 lime, juiced

    1 tsp sea salt or to taste

    2 ripe mango, peeled & sliced / or substitute 3 Medium Tomatoes for a reg toma salsa

    1/2 red pepper

    1/4 cup yellow or red onion

    1/4-1/3  cup cilatro

    1 serrano pepper

    Slice corn off the cob & into a bowl.  Squeeze lime juice over corn & mix in sea salt & set bowl aside.  Place remaining ingredients in the food processor & pulse chop until nice & chunky.  Mix ingredients from food processor into bowl with corn, lime juice & salt.  Toss well, garnish with a little cilantro & serve with your chips, salad or wrap of choice.  SO GOOD!

    DISCLAIMER: This blog post is sponsored by Amaize Sweet Corn. Amaize Sweet Corn is a non-gmo white corn & is available in some Hannaford locations.  Look for it, it’s delicious!

    Amaize Cabbage Slaw

    by  • July 13, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I love a good slaw & adding in some fresh corn & herbs makes it extra special!  I used cilantro in this round of slaw, but dill would certainly be dill-icious too. :-)

    Amaize Cabbage Slaw – serves 6

    salad:

    2 ears Amaize Sweet Corn, carefully slice off raw corn kernels into a bowl with a knife

    2 cups green cabbage, sliced thin

    1 cup purple cabbage, sliced thin

    1 large carrot, shredded

    1/2 red pepper, diced

    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

    1 Tbs coconut aminos or soy sauce

    dressing:

    1 cup cashews

    1/2 cup of water or more as needed

    1/2 lemon, juiced

    1 clove garlic

    1 tsp sea salt or to taste

    1/4 cup cilantro

    Place all salad ingredients in a bowl & set aside.  Mix dressing ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth & creamy.  Scrape dressing into bowl of veggies & toss to coat.  Eat as is or with greens or chips.

    DISCLAIMER: This blog post is sponsored by Amaize Sweet Corn. Amaize Sweet Corn is a non-gmo white corn & is available in some Hannaford locations.  Look for it, it’s delicious!

    A Hearty Breakfast Bowl

    by  • April 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

    A Hearty Breakfast Bowl for 1

    Sometimes I need a little something extra to go along with my quart of green smoothie or green juice in the morning & when that’s the case, I whip up a yummy breakfast cereal with whatever I have on hand.

    1/2 cup raw oats (or buckwheat soaked in water for 20 minutes & then rinsed)

    2 Tbs shredded coconut

    2 Tbs hemp seeds

    1 Tbs flax seeds or chia seeds

    1 banana (or other fruit)

    1 pitted date

    1 Tbs carob powder – optional

    1/2 tsp cinnamon – optional

    1/2 cup hot water

    Place all ingredients together in a blender or food processor (I like to use my nutribullet for this) & blend until smooth.  Eat up as is or top with almond milk, shredded coconut & fresh fruit.  SO GOOD!

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    CLASSES:

    Mon, April 27th, Mexican Fiesta Class at Whole Foods Market

    Tues, April 28th, Smoothies Gone Raw Class with Portland Adult Ed

    Click here for details  I would love to have you join the fun! xoxo

    It’s a Wrap!

    by  • February 26, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Watch the recipe video below!  :-)

    It’s a Wrap … Zucchini Apple Parsley Wraps

    1 large zucchini or 2 small ones

    2 apples or pears

    1 stalk celery

    1 scallion

    1 small handful herbs (I used parsley)

    1 clove garlic

    1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt

    Place all ingredients in high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth.  Spread mixture out onto 1 teflext sheet & place in dehydrator at 115 for about 8 hours.  Peel from teflex sheet & cut into 4 squares.  Use as wraps for sandwiches!  I recommend tripling or quadrupling this recipe.  :-)

    New Year’s RAWvolution: 3 part series

    by  • January 2, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I don’t know about you, but I know I sure could use a fresh start when it comes to my eating habits.  The holidays are so hectic and all of our celebrating is centered around food … and not usually the healthy kind.

    1 week high raw vegan • 3 days high fruit • 3 days juice fast • daily support in Facebook group

    Take the first 3 weeks of January to ease into a cleanse that will leave you feeling lighter, brighter & clearer. Your body will thank you, I promise!  And we’ll have a blast together.  :-)  You can check out the details on the cleanse here.

    If you are in the greater Portland, Maine area I recommend you join me in person for the 3 part series & if that is not an option then why not partake in the virtual online series (join anytime this week)?

    The cleanse officially begins Tues, Jan 6th!  What are you waiting for?!  Let’s get this 2015 RAWvolution started!

    Week 1 – Raw until 5pm - Learn about raw vegan meal prep & how to enjoy this nourishing lifestyle everyday until 5pm, after which you may choose to enjoy a vegan cooked meal or continue all raw.  We will make & sample several recipes.  You will leave with a meal plan.

    Week 2 – Get Fruity & Juicy -  Take your raw food cleanse to the next level by enjoying several days of a high fruit diet followed by a 1-3 day supported juice feast.  We will make & sample several recipes.  You will leave with a meal/juice plan.
    Week 3 – How to incorporate more raw into your everyday life -  We will share our journeys with one another & talk about how to make raw vegan living accessible to you in your everyday life.  We will make & sample several recipes.  You will leave with a meal/juice plan.

    Coconut Lime Cucumber Rolls

    by  • January 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    HAPPY 2015 to you! xoxo

    Coconut Lime Cucumber Rolls

    Makes 20-25 rolls

    Roll

    2 cucumbers

    Using a vegetable peeler or mandolin, make long cucumber strips.

    Filling

    1 cup of cashews, soaked 1-2 hours

    ½ cup water

    1 lime, juiced

    3 Tbs shredded coconut

    1/2-3/4 tsp sea salt

    Blend ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth & creamy.

    Garnish

    ¼ of a red pepper, sliced

    lots of Cilantro leaves

    Lime zest

    Assembly

    Line up the cucumber strips.  Spoon out some filling along the length of the cucumber, leaving the last ½ inch open.  Place a red pepper slice on the edge closet to you & then 3-4 cilantro leaves side by side.  Roll the edge with the red pepper over & keep on rolling.  Top with a little lime zest & or shredded coconut & serve.

    Tomato Soup

    by  • January 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Tomato Soup for a cold winter’s day … or any day!

    Recipe video below

    Tomato Soup - serves 2-3

    1 medium/large tomato

    8-10 sundried tomatoes, soaked in 1/2 cup warm water for 20 minutes

    1/2 avocado

    1 date, pitted

    1 small handful basil

    2 Tbs red pepper (and or 1/4 stalk celery or 1/4 cup cucumber)

    1 1/2 Tbs red onion (or yellow onion or 1 clove garlic)

    1/2 tsp oregano & or thyme

    1/2 tsp sea salt

    pinch of cayenne

    pinch black pepper

    1/2-1 cup hot water

    Place all ingredients in blender & blend until smooth & creamy.  Garnish with fresh basil & eat up!

    Butternut Squash Soup

    by  • November 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Cream

    Watch the video recipe below!  YUMMMMM!

    Butternut Squash Soup – serves 2-4

    2 cups butternut squash, cubed

    1 apple, chopped

    2 scallions

    1/2 celery stalk

    1/2 avocado

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1/4 tsp nutmeg

    1 tsp sea salt

    3-4 pitted medjool dates

    1/4 lemon, juiced

    1/2-1 tsp fresh rosemary (or try cilantro, dill or thyme)

    2 cups hot water

    Place all ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth & creamy.   Top with cashew cream & serve up!

     

    cashew cream

    1/4 cup cashews

    1/2 cup water

    1 Tsp nutritional yeast

    pinch or 2 of sea salt

    Place all ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth!

    Hot Autumn Cereal

    by  • October 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Hot Autumn Cereal

    Watch the video recipe below!  YUMMMMM!


    1/4 cup walnuts

    1/4 cup buckwheaties (sprouted & dehydrated buckwheat) or sunflower seeds

    2 Tbs hemp seeds

    2 Tbs chia seeds

    1 Tbs shredded coconut

    1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (maybe add in nutmeg & or ginger)

    1/2-1 cup of hot water

    1 apple blended with 3 pitted dates

    Mix all ingredients except water, apple & dates in a nutibullet or food processor until a flour texture is achieved.  Dump mixture into a bowl, add in hot water & stir.  Blend apple & dates together in the nutribullet or food processor & then mix in with cereal mixture & eat up as is or add nut milk.  Yummmm! Serves 2.

    Vegan Pups

    by  • October 22, 2014 • 0 Comments


    I decided it was time to try to feed my 2 adorable Boston Terriers, Calvin & Zoe, a vegan diet.  They love veggies & fruit, so why wouldn’t they love a vegan meal?  Why wouldn’t any critter, 2 or 4 legged?  :-)

    I did some research online about vegan dogs & making your own food for your pets & went for it.  I began by making a huge pot of rice, lentil & veggie stew that we could add to their kibble at each meal with the goal of eliminating the kibble in 2-3 weeks time.  The pups were crazy for the stew!

    It took about 3 weeks to ween them off of their kibble & have them completely on their vegan meal plan.  The transition was pretty seamless and it warms my heart to see them so excited to eat their veggies.  We switch up their stew a bit from week to week, but it generally includes brown rice, chick peas, lentils, chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, greens or brussell sprouts, radishes, nut butter, a little ground flax & sometimes a little olive oil.  They LOVE it!  We have also added the following supplements:  Vegedog, Prozyme Plus & Cranimals.  Happiness.

    Our pup Calvin had a couple of really challenging months with a neck and back injury in August and his mobility and demeanor have improved significantly since implementing vegan meals which is really cool!

    The pups have a few neighborhood friends that love to give them treats & we let them, so technically they are vegan at home but not necessarily outside the house.  :-)

    Aren’t they the cutest?!  WOOF!

    Here are a few links I found helpful …

    PETA & pets

    Vegepet

    Vegan Essentials for Companion Animals