Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Vegan Books For Kids
Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals
Lena of Vegitopia is a lovey fairytale that not only shows how amazing veganism is but also how welcoming it can be, whether for health or empathy. Even though it's a fairytale it still holds true to each lesson, but in a relatable way for kids to enjoy. Kids can easily relate to the characters and get swept up into the magic of the journey Lena takes. You get to experience each animal that comes along and learn about veganism with a fact to think about. The story isn't scary for young readers and it makes it fun to learn.
When you go along the journey you get to see how amazing the lifestyle is. The sweet ending arrives...I don't want to ruin it for you...you get to not only smile at the whole experience you read with your little ones, but you also get to enjoy the recipe at the end. This gives you something else to enjoy with the kids after you read this. This can give you an even bigger chance to experience the story as well as the tasty treat you cook up with your family. If you want a story fun for the whole family, this is your book. Sweet, playful, and magical all rolled into a page turning vegan fairytale...who doesn't love a vegan fueled fairytale?!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
|Vegan Rainbow Cupcakes|
2 cup vegan milk
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, (you can flavor these with anyone of your choice, I went traditional.)
Vegan Buttercream (Recipe Below)
Heat the oven to 350 Degrees.
Grease the top of your cupcake tin (so the cupcakes don't stick) and then line with your cupcake liners and set aside.
*The metallic lined cupcake wrappers are the best here because the color on the inside doesn't brown and dull.*
Place the vinegar in the bottom of a 2 cup measuring cup and fill the cup with the vegan milk. Stir well and set aside (the mixture will curdle).
Once you are ready to make the batter, place your mixing bowl in your stand mixer. In the mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the vegan milk mixture, oil, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until smooth using a hand-held mixer, stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
|Ready to Frost|
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegan milk or cold water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Food coloring, color of your choice (optional)
In the stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the vegan butter or shortening and the exacts on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the vegan shortening mixture is creamed you can move on to the next step.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Whether it's fall or the summertime, we enjoy certain treats. These treats could be homemade or bought, we still are nostalgic in it's enjoyment. Candied apples are the most nostalgic for me. I can remember any carnival or amusement park always choosing a big candy apple. To this very day I still choose these big candy apples as my treat and still feel the same way I did back when I was little. The excitement of the purchase, the smell as you unwrap, and the first sticky and difficult bite trying to break threw the candy shell. Before you know it, the apple is gone and you are pining for another one already. These apples are usually purchased premade from carnivals, fall events, or store bought. They come in many flavors, colors, and quality varies. I have got the occasional bad apple and I'm always disappointed when that happens.
This recipe shows you how to not only make but enjoy the process that is Candy Apple making. These candy apples are turning up the glitzy factor but including an extra beautiful candy shell. Candy apples can be fun and enjoyable while making them but also can be different than the rest. It's extra nice because it's an art, you can make them with your favorite apples and any of your favorite flavors and/or colors. These apples are different but so easy to master. A great treat for adults and kids alike because it's one of those treats we grew up enjoying over and over again. This recipe shows you how to make a perfect candy apple every time. Serve these at parties and event or just a special dessert on the weekend. Theme them with holidays or parties and enjoy year round.
Homemade Sparkle Candy Apples
Yields: 12 to 15 Candy Apples
Candy Apple Base
12 to 15 regular sized organic green (granny smith) apples (crisp & holds up to the heat)
3 cups organic raw sugar
1/2 cup organic light corn syrup
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vegan food coloring (any color you like)
(Sparkle Spray Below)
24 Popsicle sticks or thick pointed candy apple sticks
Wash and thoroughly dry the organic apples.
*You want to use organic apples, because not only are wax on apples not vegan but the wax on the apples prevents the candy coating from adhering to the outside. Organic or fresh picked apples work best in the situation.
For this recipe I use granny smith (green apples), you want to use a crispy thick skinned apple. The candy coating can blister other apples and make for a mushy outcome. Once washed and dried, insert the lollipop sticks or Popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside. Prepare your cookie sheet, by lining them with wax paper and liberally greasing them. You do not want the apples to stick to the sheet after coated.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300 Degrees F (the hard crack stage).
*If you want to test your candy when it gets to this point, drop a couple a drops of the candy into a glass of cold water, you will instantly see the candy form into hard candy strings and it will be ready for dunking.
When the candy reaches 300 degrees (this will take time), remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the food coloring and extract (it may splash, so stand back). You may have to add more than the designated 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring. I used a vegan gel food color.
One by one, carefully and quickly dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened.
1 to 2 containers luster dust or pixie dust, .25 ounce (found at most craft stores and cake decorating sections, in many colors)
I/2 cup vodka
1 Food-grade paint air brush or spray bottle
Whisk 1/2 cup vodka into the luster or pixie dust. If the mixtures seems too thin or pale, add 1/4 teaspoons of pixie or luster dust. Keep adding the glitter dust in 1/4 teaspoon increments and whisking until the mixture has the consistency of ink or watery paint. Add this mixture into a spray bottle or air brush and use on candy apples. Spray each hardened apple liberally and allow to dry.
Once the candy apples are hardened and the sparkle "paint" is dry (at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours), remove from tray, wrap, and decorate as desired. Not only will these be delish but they will almost be too beautiful to eat...almost! Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We are well aware of the protein bar aisle. The never ending choices and the pretty wrappers. But do we really know what's in them?? I begin to read them and wonder if I should be eating them...or wondering if they are a weird science experiment. There are so many unpronounceable words and I really wonder if this will actually be any good for me. So I decided to take it upon myself to make my own...how hard can it be? Well I'd have to say, easy-peasy. This recipe wil show you that with just a bunch of very wholesome ingredients (readable to boot) and a little time you will be more than happy to walk past that supplement bar aisle and decide to make your own instead. You don't need those shiny packages! You can change up the flavors, add your own ingredients to your own taste, and enjoy them over and over again. Pair them with vegan milk for breakfast or enjoy as a snack. However you make it, you won't be dissapointed with the outcome. Enjoy!
Ultimate PB & J Protein Bars
2 cups old fashioned oats (use gluten free if desired)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 very ripe organic bananas, mashed
1/4 cup low sugar jam or preserves (favorite flavor)
1/2 cup vegan milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons Protein Powder (Favorite flavor), I used unflavored
1/3 cup organic almond butter
1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup ground wheat germ
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan.
After prepping your pan, prepare your stand mixer or hand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment.
Start by mixing the dry ingredients together: oats, brown sugar, baking powder, flax, germ, salt, and cinnamon.
Next, start with prepping your wet ingredients. In your stand mixer, add your bananas to break them down into mush. Continue to add the rest of the wet ingredients to combine.
Once the both your mixtures are ready, you are going to mix them both together.
Lastly, once mixed, fold in the chopped peanuts.
Place the mixture in your prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked threw.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting. Once you have cut into portions, enjoy along side a glass of vegan milk for breakfast or a snack. Enjoy'
Thursday, July 31, 2014
|Vegan Lentil Baked "Beans"|
*TIP: You can boil your lentils beforehand to lesson the cooking time OR you can also make these in a Crockpot for even more of a set and forget recipe.*