Friday, December 26, 2014

Dressings, Bamboo, Lip Balm, Marinated Mushrooms & Rice, Chlorella To Relieve Pain, and a Stellar Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Dish, too!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a great Christmas - and for those who don't celebrate - I hope you had a nice Thursday!   Ours was nice - we went to DH's Grandmother's House for the extended family gathering on his side Christmas Eve - then went to my parents for about an hour and a half after that.  Christmas Day we went back over to my parents for a few hours and then when to the home to meet with DH's Family.  My Step-Father-In-Law is here for long term/rehab - he had surgery last week but has been in and out of the home and hospital most of this past year.  The weather was very mild for our area.  Christmas Eve it got up to the higher 50s and even reached 60 in some places. 

Last Christmas Eve Night we had high winds which caused some damage in certain spots.  Yesterday for Christmas Day it was cooler but still warmer than usual for Christmas!  I think it was mostly in the mid to upper 30s.  We had NO snow.  I'm okay with that.

Today I thought I would catch up cross posting about some of the things I have been submitting to other sites.  Mostly The Raw Food World.  I took a few screen shots, too!  Above you will see my Peanut Curry Dressing that I made a while back but tweaked for the site.  Check out the updated version of the Peanut Curry Dressing Recipe.  Another thing that I reviewed in greater length was the Bamboo Bowls I got from them a while back.  Not only did I find a vegan alternative for Burt's Bee's Lip Balm - I found one that was RAW, too!  Check out the full length post for Hurraw! Mint Lip Balm.

I'm still REALLY excited about the Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pasta I did a while back - so be sure to click on the link above for that full recipe!  It was converted from various Chicken Wing Pizza Recipes I saw online.  NOTE - there isn't any Fake Meat in that recipe - just whole and natural foods!

You'll have to check out the testimonial I did for Chlorella - To Relieve Pain, too!  I've very pleased with some of my own personal findings!

And finally - a very simple and flavorful dish - Marinated Mushrooms & Rice!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jungle Peanut Truffle Bar from Medicinal Foods

While everyone at work is eating standard Christmas Cookies, Boxed Chocolates, and Donuts from a local grocery store - I decided to bust out the Jungle Peanut Truffle Bar that I got from Medicinal Foods!  Sooooo glad I did!  It's better than a Peanut Butter Cup because it's loaded with pure, raw, vegan, organic, superfoods!  The little nugget I am feasting on right now is 1 ounce and I will tell you it's all I can eat!  It's extremely filling and packed with powerful flavors!  It has that nice dark chocolate flavor you are looking for paired with a sweet hint and even a speck of saltiness...just enough to say...OH...what's that!?  I absolutely LOVE this!

When it says Mood Enhancing on the label I can totally see why!  I was smiling from the moment I tried it but the happiness isn't only skin deep - it shoots throughout your body - inside and out!

Arriba Nacional Cacao Paste, Cacao Butter, Medicinal Food’s “Shaman’s Blend”: Mesquite, Lucuma, Maca, Mucuna, Spirulina, Chlorella, Ashwaganda, Hemp Protein Reishi and Cordyceps Micronized Mycelium,  Ecuadorian Raw Evaporated Mineral-Rich Cane-Juice, Vanilla and Himalayan Salt. and Loving Healing Mantras.

For a complete product profile on this Truffle Bar from Medicinal Foods - Click Here!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More Whole Foods, Raw Foods, Essential Oils, & Interesting Products!

I received my latest shipment from The Raw Food World a day earlier than expected!  Here are some of the goodies I grabbed!  More bean pastas!  I decided to finally get the Mung Bean Fettuccine and the Soybean Spaghetti.  Goji Berries were at a great price so I finally stocked up.  I hope to do more breakfast bowls with them and maybe more dehydrated breakfast bars!  Avocado Oil!  A Rawkin Raw Cookie - just to splurge!  A brand new product of Organic Liquid Smoke!  And Immune Boosting Colloidal Silver.
The last month or two I noticed these new olives and have been thinking about getting them since I saw them.  I haven't tried them yet but I think I might bring some with me to my parents house over Christmas to add to the veggie trays!  There is a whole line of these olives on The Raw Food World Site but I thought I would try the Sicilian Plain, The Sicilian Hot, and the Kalamata Style.

The more I think about the Kalamata Olives - the more I want to make Dreena Burton's Quinoa Hummus Casserole with roasted veggies on top and add some of the Kalamata Olives for a kick!

I also got another new product they have on their site - the Organic Olive Paste.  It sounded interesting.  AND...FINALLY...I broke down and bought 3 Essential Oils...Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Chamomile.  More about these in the near future.

Have you tried any of these products yet?  What did you think of them?  What are your fave Essential Oils and what do you do with them - share your tips, tricks, and favorites in comments!

Monday, December 22, 2014

More Food Backlogging

I ended up finding more photos I never posted on my blog with foods I have eaten over the last several weeks!  Oopsy! 

I remember making this Kale Red Quinoa and Peanut dish and I think I over did it with the Flavored Nutritional Yeast Seasoning.  I used the Garlicky Green flavor.  It was ok but a bit salty.  I really like the idea of this dish but will have to tweak it down the road.  I thought the photo was neat so I thought I would at least share that now but the recipe does need a bit of work in the meantime.

WEEKS ago I dehydrated some Brussels Sprouts.  But not before I coated them in an intensely flavored sauce.  I originally got the idea from Tarah over at 40 Below Fruity's YouTube Channel.  I ended up using a different recipe, however, because I didn't have any Zuke's!  I should have stayed with HER recipe!  Oye!  BUT...they weren't too bad.  I do prefer by Brussels Sprouts cooked.  These were RAW and dried.  I really like the idea of this recipe and will do it again but HER way!  I have followed many raw foodists on YouTube for years and I have enjoyed Tarah's channel this past year, too, but I think I will be lurking around her site and channel more frequently moving forward because our climates are similar.

Something that definitely ISN'T raw...this vegan pretzel!  But it was a comfort food I consumed about a month ago and forgot to post here.  I did, however, post all of these on InstaGram, tho! 

I found a generic or discounted brand that didn't have any animal ingredients in it and grabbed 2 boxes.  My husband LOVES them too and you BAKE these instead of 'nuking' them.  I made a Agave Mustard dipping sauce for it, too!  YUMM!

I'm trying to finish all of my Holiday prep but work is really exhausting me!  Might have to shoot for smoothies every morning in the near future to kick my days off right!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Raw, Random, & Recipes

Many things have been going on as of late and things have been in high speed.  So much so that I trashed a few recipes that I was working on but still wanted to share them with you here...but...I will get to one of those in a bit. 

First up is Chia Goodness - Apple Cinnamon flavor that I have had on hand for a while but finally cracked open about 2 weeks ago.  As I have said a few times I have a 'thing' with the texture of Chia Seeds once they have been hydrated.  I did eat the bowl - whole - like this but next time I think I am going to put it thru a blender before consuming - just as my own personal preference, I guess.  The flavor was tasty, tho!

Here's another thing I have been munching on...another raw vegan cheese spread.  This one was very thick and very tasty.  I think I put a tad too much Apple Cider Vinegar in it tho but it was still good!

I wanted to try it on Brown Rice Pasta but it didn't last that long.  I used it for scooping corn chips but also for veggies, too!

Paco, Riley, and Charlie have been doing well.  Our next appointment and blood labs for Paco is January 4th.

Another reason we've been busy is because we HAD to clean our basement for a number of reasons but time-wise had to because we needed to have someone come and change out our Water Meter "parts".  Thank GOD that project is done...oye!  BUT...I will worked out for the best!  We donated 28 bags of clothes, bedding, shoes, hats, and coats!

I've been busy writing a lot for numerous websites but I am happy to report that I will be doing a lot more now that I have a new computer!

I was trying to use a Chromebook that we got on sale MONTHS ago and eventho it's handy it has a lot of quirks.  It's NOT very good at multi-tasking or working off of multiple screens/windows, and it's the easiest to save or retrieve files or edit photos.  So basically everything I NEEDED it for it wasn't cutting the mustard!  DH got me my Christmas Present early last weekend - an All-in-1 Dell that has been working real well for what I need!  You can see the screen in this photo - it's a large and wide screen!  I took this pic while on Megan Elizabeth's Hang Out Chat the other night.  Some Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw Foodies met up and chatted for about 2 hours!
There were some great tips on skin products, skin care, make-up, things to do at home if you don't wear make-up (I usually don't) and then we got into food, gift-giving, and a whole lot more!  Here's a pic of me from yesterday morning.  I put it on Instagram with the tags #nomakeup #nofilter #longhairdontcare.  It was shortly after I got out of the shower.  This was my 2nd day using ACURE Organics Shampoo and Conditioner.  I hope to do a more lengthy review on those products soon.  The fist day was a bit rough but the 2nd day was GREAT!  More on that down the road.  So this was more of a mini wrap-up over the last few weeks, I guess!  More coming soon!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Valencian Rice & Beans Recipe Was Featured!

Another one of my Recipes and Photos were featured over on The Raw Food World NEWS Recipe Section!  Check it out HERE and for a short list of ingredients here's what's in this dish...
  • 1 cup, cooked rice
  • 1 T grapeseed oil (I used Wildtree Brand)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 T garlic, minced
  • 1 cup, cooked kidney (red) beans
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper, to taste

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Chickpea Casserole Was Featured!

Hi Gang!  One of the many projects I am involved in is writing for The Raw Food World NEWS Site!  They have a lot of great recipes in their recipe section, too!  This is one of the many recipes of mine that I submitted - and guess what...they featured it TODAY!  For the entire recipe, instructions, and information CLICK HERE.

A short list of ingredients that were used in this recipe were...

  • 2 cups brown rice pasta
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup almond milk (or nut-milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Pinch paprika

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Mail Monday ~Skin, Hair, & Lips

Just a quick little note to tell you about Happy Mail Monday!  I was thrilled when I received these in the mail today!  Actually it was via FedEx.  I can't wait to try them!  There is Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Lip Lush (Lip Gloss).  Acure is an Organic Company!  A Plant Based Company!  And a Cruelty-Free Company!  Among other things but I will save that info for future product review blog posts!

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Music & Movie Monday

Many of you know that music is a huge part of my life and that I LOVE many different types of music.  Lately - I have been listening to more funk than usual.  And that was even before I watched Get On Up - the movie based on James Brown and his life and career.  We watched Get On Up last week and I thought it was wonderful.  The acting cast was amazing!  My husband continued to point out that there was lip-syncing going on some of the time but other than that it was a great flick.  Mick Jagger was one of the producers and there was a short bit of the movie about the encounter between James Brown and The Rolling Stones.  We watched the 'extras' and those were just as interesting as the movie.  Especially the relationship Dan Aykroyd had with James Brown - and I thought it was neat that he was in the movie -  you may remember that James Brown was in the Blues Brothers movie that Dan starred in years ago, too!

Just for kicks I thought I would list some of the latest tunes I have posted to my Soundtracking App:
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
Donell Jones - U Know What's Up
311 Love Song
Keith Sweat - Freak With Me
Bootsy Collins - Bootzilla
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well
Brian McKnight - Anytime
Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
112 - Cupid 
Lindsey Buckingham - Go Insane
Adam Ant - Strip
Erasure - Chains of Love
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Snow Day
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Papa Roach - Last Resort
Crazy Town - Butterfly
Next - Wifey
Stereo MC's - Connected 
Erykah Badu - Certainly
Salt N Pepa - Expression
Joan Jett - Love Hurts
No Doubt - Bathwater
Newcleus - Jam On It
World Party - All The Young Dudes
Supergrass - Alright
James Brown - Get On Up
The Cranberries - Zombie
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul
Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Rat Race
Ace of Base - Young And Proud

I could go on and on but that will give you a little hint at my diverse music hopping lately!  I have to add that I am not really a fan of Kanye but I like that song because of Jaime Foxx, mostly.  I like the beat and Ray Charles back-up sound that Jaime provided.  I seem to be going back to college days on many of them and I'll always LOVE the 80s, too!