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
Vegan Essentials for Companion Animals
Summer Slaw … the perfect meal or side dish! serves 6
1 head napa cabbage, sliced thin
2 carrots shredded
1 cup peas
1 cup corn
1/4 cup dill, chopped
1 1/4 cups cashews
1 small handful dill
1 small handful chives
1 clove garlic – optional
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2-1 tsp sea salt
1 cup of water (add up to 1/4 cup more if needed)
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl & set aside. Place all sauce ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth. Mixture should be slightly runny so that it pours. Pour over salad ingredients & toss until well coated. Eat up! :-)
Summer’s here & nothing helps you beat the heat like some fresh mango nice cream. It tastes soooo darn good. I hope you love this as much as we do here in my GGR kitchen!
Mangolicious Nice Cream – serves 4
1/3 cup pecans or almonds (or go nut-free)
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs coconut nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
2 cups frozen mango
1-2 sprigs of mint leaves
Place nuts, water & sweetener in your high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth. Add in frozen mango & blend until smooth & creamy like soft serve ice cream. (If you are blending in a vitamix you will need to use the tamper & if you are using a food processor you will have to scrape down the sides of the container several times along the way). Serve immediately & garnish with fresh mint OR try blending the mint right into the nice cream. Nice cream stores great in the freezer in a tupperware dish–just thaw out 30 minutes before eating. This is MANGO-LICIOUS … enjoy!
This cheese dip is great on any & everything! Use it with veggie sticks, sliced apples, as a sandwich spread, a pizza cheese, thin it out for a yummy salad dressing, or drizzle over nachos. Ok … now I’m hungry!
Simple Cheeze Dip
1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts
1/2 cup water
1-2 Tbs yellow onion
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth & creamy. Scoop out into a bowl & eat up!
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It’s so important that we share the vegan lifestyle with others, don’t you think? Reaching one person at a time is how we make a difference. Think of the impact we could have by reaching thousands of people all over the country & world. WOW! Showing people that vegan food is delicious and satisfying is a win win, and TV is an incredible place to spread that message … join me in supporting Vegan Mashup Season 2!
Don’t know what Vegan Mashup is? Well, it’s an amazing cooking show produced by Delicious TV & it shares ALL vegan recipes. Season 1 has aired over 6000 times across the country on PBS & will continue to air for another year. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet, you can view the entire season here for only $3.99! There are 3 regular chefs on the show–Miyoko Schinner, Terry Hope Romero & Toni Fiore–and some guest chefs too, including yours truly. :-) It’s such an honor to be a part of this RAWsome show. I hope you will tune in & support Season 2. I make a rawmazing beet ravioli on Season 2!
Please help support Vegan Mashup Season 2 & give a few dollars! We need to help spread the vegan love!
It’s so easy to make your own toothpaste (& toiletries & household items in general) with simple wholesome ingredients. I recently made some toothpaste & it’s a huge hit in our household … it tastes great & leaves your teeth feeling super clean. Here’s the simple recipe:
Sweet Orange Toothpaste
3/4 cup coconut oil
3 Tbs baking soda
6-10 drops of sweet orange essential oil (or to taste) / or peppermint or any oil you love
10 drops of liquid stevia (or to taste) / or 2-3 packets of stevia powder
Place all ingredients in a food processor & blend until well combined. Scoop out into a bowl or dish & keep in your bathroom. Use as you would typical toothpaste. YUMMMMM!
Here’s a rawlicious warming soup for you to enjoy this weekend! So easy & sooooo tasty! It’s fine to warm it up on the stovetop — just stir over medium low heat until warm to touch. YUMMMM!
Coconut Curry Soup - Serves 4
Meat & water from 1 baby thai coconut (alternative=1.5-2 cups water & 1 cup shredded coconut)
1 cup corn
½ red pepper
1 handful cilantro
1 medjool date, pitted
1 stalk celery
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp curry powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup hot water
Place all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth. Top with garnish items & serve.
½ red pepper, diced
1 handful cilantro, diced (I used pea shoots here)
1 Tbs dulse or kelp flakes