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    Tomato Soup

    by  • January 1, 2015 • Uncategorized • 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!

    Vegan Pups

    by  • October 22, 2014 • Uncategorized • 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

    Vegan Mashup Season 2

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    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!

    Homemade Toothpaste

    by  • March 9, 2014 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    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!

    “The Power in YOU!”

    by  • October 31, 2013 • classes, community, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

     It’s so true that the power lies within you.  You can choose joy.  You can choose nourishing food.  You can choose fitness. YOU & only you can choose whatever it is you want … you are the keeper of your own life.

    I personally choose a diet high in raw & living foods, yoga, family, laughter, time outside in nature, time with people that lift me up.   I choose joy & peace.  What do you choose?

    The power is in you.  This is a powerful message and one that we can often forget as we get sucked into the drama of our everyday lives.  So for those of you in the greater Portland area, I’d love to invite you to join me at the Bay Club on Saturday from 9-4:30 for a day of love, nourishment & self-discovery.  You can participate in many different mini-workshops, including massage, reiki, zumba, yoga, breathing, body composition analysis, raw food with yours truly & so much MORE!  And lunch is included.  You can check out the details & register by CLICKING HERE.

    And for everyone, near & far ponder this Thomas Edison quote:  “If we did all of the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  And then step outside your comfort zone & RAWK this world & your fabulous life!

    Kick the Dairy Habit!

    by  • October 18, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    photo from Wisconsin Dairy Products Association

    I was a cheese and yogurt junkie.  I ate cheese and yogurt every single day for years and years and absolutely loved them.  When I first entertained the thought of going vegan, I thought there is no way I can give up my cheese and yogurt long term.  So when I set out on my vegan adventure, I took it one day at a time and you know what, I did not miss dairy at all!  In fact, I felt better than I had in a long, long time!  I had a debilitating menstrual cycle and would pop 12 advil a day, 3 days a month, just to make it through.  Almost immediately after giving up dairy, I was able to breeze through my menstrual cycle without ANY advil.  I gained 3 days of my life back each month.  That’s HUGE!  I had no idea how much dairy was messing with my body.

    When you really think about milk and its purpose, you wonder how on earth we actually began to drink it.  Cows produce milk for their babies … it is the equivalent of breast feeding.  Calves drink their mamas milk and grow from approximately 70-100 pounds at birth to about 500-700 pounds at 10 months.  WOW, huh?!  Moooooooo!  Cow’s milk makes calves grow like crazy.  Do you want to grow like crazy?  🙂   It’s pretty simple when you think about it … human milk is for humans & cow milk is for cows.

    As a former dairy addict, I am happy to report that I love my nut and seed milks, my homemade coconut milk, nogurts, dips, spreads, cheezes, nice creams, puddings & cheeze cakes!  I make all of these things from “scratch” in my kitchen & I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Whole foods, plant-based dairy alternatives are RAWsome!  My body thanks me and I think the cows do too.

    ** CLASS **  If you want to learn more about kicking the dairy habit, please join me on Monday night for a fun evening of food & conversation in my “So you think you can’t live without dairy? Yes you can!” Class!  Registration is required.  This class is a gourmet eating event & you will also receive a nut milk bag to take with you.  Sign up today!  ** CLASS **

    Photo from collapseboard.com

    If you want to learn more about the MANY, MANY reasons why you should say goodbye to dairy once & for all, check out these links:

    No Happy Cows, John Robbins

    The China Study, T. Colin Campbell

    Forks Over Knives

    PETA on Dairy

     

    Juice Feasting … NOW is the time!

    by  • July 24, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Note: Raw Vegan Potluck on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at 81 Congress St.

    Have you been curious about trying a juice feast/fast?  

    Well NOW is the time!  With local produce in full bloom & warm weather

    to help us want lighter, fresher food, the timing couldn’t be better.

    What is a juice feast & why do it?

    A juice feast is when you consume 4-6 quarts of fresh juice a day for a period of time, without eating any food.  It is safe for healthy folks to juice feast for 1-10 days, and if you are interested in going longer, you might want to consult with your doctor.  Some people have juice feasted for as long as 90 days. Any day you enjoy fresh juice is a good day!

    Why juice?  Juice feasting is a great way to give your body a break … a break from digesting food, which requires a lot of energy!  Completing a juice feast lets you load up on the incredible nutrients found in fresh produce and is a great way to reset & eliminate cravings.  You will feel brighter, clearer, lighter, more energetic & happy!  Juicing is also known to help people heal from numerous illnesses & diseases.  Fresh juice packs a serious punch of nutrients!

    WHAT TO EXPECT from enjoying fresh green juice every day:
    increased energy
    improved digestion & elimination
    glowing skin
    a desire to be more healthy all around
    emotional balance
    weight balance

    detoxification

    Juice Feast Class: I am hosting a juice feast class next Wed, July 31st from 6-7:30pm.  We will learn all about juice feasting and make 5 yummy juices together.  You will get a shopping list, a 5 day juice feast recipe plan.  We will meet on Thursday evening for a showing of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead & then again on Sunday night at 6pm for a special dinner juice and discussion on how to break a juice feast.  You will get all of the support you need to RAWK a 3-5 day juice feast.  REGISTER HERE.

    Note: Raw Vegan Potluck on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at 81 Congress St.

    Smoothies Gone Raw

    by  • July 1, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Our new “Smoothies Gone Raw” book is HERE & it arrived just in time for the 30 Day Green Drinks Challenge that will run for the month of July!  You can order your signed copy below & join in on the challenge HERE!

    30 Days.  30 Quarts.  Feel good for Summer.

    We are so excited about “Smoothies Gone Raw” and we know you & your loved ones will be too.  It is loaded with over 100 gorgeous smoothie recipes that will most definitely rawk your world!

    Support our mission to make this world a healthier place by ordering your copy of our RAWdorable, informative & easy to read smoothie book.

    Purchase a signed copy of our book below!  
    LOCAL ORDER:  Click HERE to order a book for local Portland, ME pickup. 
    SHIP ORDER:  Click HERE to order a book & have it shipped via Priority Mail.
    Thank you for being YOU!  🙂

    Vegan Mashup: Help Make a Season 2

    by  • June 28, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

         It’s so important to share the joy of vegan living because our world is crumbling with all kinds of environmental & health problems that stem from the way we as a country farm (factory farming/big agriculture) and how we eat.  
           Learning about and sharing vegan cuisine changes lives and makes the world a better place, which is why I believe so strongly in my friend Betsy’s TV series, “Vegan Mashup.”
         Vegan Mashup is a fabulous cooking series that aired six very well received episodes this spring on 75% of American public television stations – this is a potential audience of 88 million people!  
           And I was honored to be a guest chef on episode #106 “A Reason to Rise” … I got to share a simple & rawlicious almond milk recipe & a green smoothie recipe.  SO FUN!  You can order a copy of the dvd here.
         Vegan Mashup is fundraising for a bigger and better Season Two!  I hope you will check out their kickstarted campaign & support them by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/vmtvs2 And don’t forget to check out the Vegan Mashup website to see if the show is airing in your area.
    THANK YOU for being you, Rawk Stars!

     

     

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