Hello Everyone I’m Back!

I have been very busy doing a whole bunch of new things regarding the Vegan Lifestyle including have lost and I am so close to it 50lbs.

I will be posting articles again mainly on my new Blog Go For Glow which relates to my Facebook Page about the amazing benefits of this lifestyle called Go For Glow both on Facebook and the new blog.

The link to Go for Glow is here for you! I still have been seeing all your posts and am happy to see you are all still busy doing your amazing things out there around the world. Perhaps we’ll be seeing you over on Go For Glow on FB and the Blog of the same name ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful day out there and thanks for sticking with me really appreciate it!

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Decadent Warm Fig Delight

Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

This is an amazing delicious dessert perfect for cold winter nights after dinner. In this recipe I put everything into a beautiful earthen bowl and warmed in the oven. To the bowl I put chunks of vegan chocolate cake and broken pieces of vegan muffins in the bowl. I added chopped figs, slivered almonds, crushed walnuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds, dark chocolate pieces, goji berry, a dab of coconut oil. I mixed together Almond Coconut Milk with a dash of Vanilla Almond Milk and I mixed in some Cacao then poured it over the cake seeds mixture and popped into a warm / hot oven to heat up and slightly bake. Careful when removing from the oven as the bowls will be hot to touch. Top with freshly chopped fig and serve hot to warm. Oh man this was goooooooooooood. The chocolate pieces melted into the cakes and milk – so decadent. Delicious. Some variations / alternatives could be: you could use Coconut Milk from tin or Coconut Cream; perhaps a cap of liquor (not for the kids though) that you enjoy dripped on top. Knock it out of the park with anything you want to add and wow your family and friends with an incredible heart warming dessert or treat.

D-Licious Soup

Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

Its getting cold around here and soups come back onto the menu for warm comfy food to warm the body from the inside. This soup was born of a previous Potato Leek Soup. I made the broth from a base of the Potato Leek Soup and dropped into the saucepan chunks of onions, a variety of dried beans, legumes, quinoa, celery coarsely chopped, baby tomato’s chopped added some water stirred and tempted into a slow easy bubbling broth with all the yummy fillings. Stir in a Tbsp. Miso and give the broth a shot of red wine to flavor. Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble. Leave it alone apart from a few loving stirs with a wooden spoon.

When ready – serve piping hot in a beautiful bowl top with Nutritional Yeast and lots of freshly chopping quality garlic. I added some freshly chopped shallots to this one too Serve in a warm bowl is a very nice added feature – there is nothing worse than serving soup in a cold bowl – that’s a pet peeve of mine. I always pop the bowls on the stove as the soup is building it start warming of them.

We all said ” it’s so D-Licious”. So D-Licious is my name for this soup. No two soups taste alike this is important and why I like to make soups from scratch or bend recipes.

Have fun play with your recipe and make your soup with attention and love in mind – I believe the soup is a reflection of the maker. A little goes a long way.

Serve with some corn chips or really good bread toasted.

Make a big pot and perhaps freeze some for a later time like when you arrive home from a tropical holiday have some that you can quickly pull out from the fridge – ah we’re home!

Everybody Say “Vegan Nacho’s”

Vegan Nacho’s – Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

Ok, everyone loves Nacho’s. Vegan Nacho’s are so easy to make everyone loves them.ย  Here is my very easy and ever so yummy Vegan Nachos.

Turn oven on to bake or broil at 400 degrees. Take some really good quality tortilla chips pop them into a pan or bowl that is oven safe.

Cover tortilla chips with vegan cheese of choice, in my case we use Daiya Cheese and its delicious melts beautifully and a serious winner on the vegan cheese front.

Melting the cheese means watching the oven as this will burn easily so STAND BY THE OVEN AND CHECK OR PUT TIMER ON FOR SMALL 5 MINUTE INTERVALS but please DON’T WALK AWAY FROM THIS.

Daiya Cheese can be frozen so if we see it on sale we buy it freeze it for such moments as friends popping in or hungry kids after school. This is a great item to have on hand in your vegan kitchen.

Once melted to my hearts content I will usually add some sprinkles of nutritional yeast and some fresh salsa plus avocado to make fresh yummy treat that wins hearts makes friends perfect treat for kids great for parties.

You can add finely chopped green onions or beans of course. Make the experience fun and the outcome delicious with this easy to Vegan Nacho idea.

You can make big plates of this filled with beans, avocado, tortilla and cheese or small individual ones – flexible recipe is a good recipe.

Takes 5 minutes to prepare, 10 to melt, 5 to eat, 1 to say “hmmmmmmmmm”, 6 to say “is there more” ๐Ÿ™‚ and off you go again ๐Ÿ™‚

Always – have fun and make it a great day.

Everybody say “Vegan Nachos” ๐Ÿ™‚

Krispy Krazy Kale Chips

Krispy Krazy Kale Chips – Photo by Suzanne

Ok Kale Chips are ever so yummy and super simple to make.

Take

  • a bunch of kale and break apart from the stalks in large pieces (they shrink alot in the baking) and rinse well

Dry

  • dry the kale pieces well –ย  I used a food spinner in combination with patting dry inside a clean cloth – Kale holds water so you do have to make some effort in the drying part

Moisturize

  • put kale pieces into a plastic bag and drop in add small amount of olive oil (say around 1 tablespoon) and massage the kale with the oil – a little oil goes a long way with kale so start less oil and add more if you want

Sprinkle

  • add some sea salt and we put nutritional yeast and turmeric for flavor (of course you don’t have to use either as the Kale chips are awesome without anything extra or add your own flavors)

Bake

  • sprinkle out the kale pieces onto a good tray and pop into a hot oven say around 350 degrees put timer on for 10 minutes as time flies and suddenly the chips are burning so CHECK ON YOUR KALE CHIPS regularly by using a timer in small time bursts to ensure excellent baked kale chips every time

These popular chips won’t last long as you will want to taste right away and guess what they are fantastic and anyone around will want them so they go in a heart beat. If you want lots of chips for a family or lunches or for kids / adult parties etc they are great alternative to potato chips however you will need to make lots as they shrink quite alot so play with it and find your way.

Always – have fun! Enjoy!

Delightful Dessert Destiny

Recipe, Creation and Design Set Up – Photo by Suzanne

This is my beautiful Warm Date Pumpkin Loaf recipe for anytime however perfect in fall and winter after a nice meal this really hits the spot nicely. Super easy to create.ย  Maybe 15 minutes to put together heat and serve.

  • Take one date pumpkin loaf (Vegan) in our case and break into bite size chunks put into serving bowl – you can use any loaf even cookies – Vegan of course
  • Add anything you want however in my case and these images I put the following:
  • 5 vegan chocolate wafers – put as many as you desire as its all about you this dish
  • slivered almonds
  • hemp hearts
  • chia seeds
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash vanilla
  • dried lavender flakes
  • a few slivers of finely sliced prunes, dates, turkish apricots – one of, all of or none of – your chocie
  • tsp of cacao powder
  • tsp of coconut oil
  • crunchy nut cereal you may have say a Hemp Plus Crunch would be nice too
  • add to the bowl once you have built your dessert – a small amount of almond (you could also use of course Quinoa, Hemp, Soy milk if you prefer) milk enough to somewhat soak the loaf but not drown it

Pop your bowls into a tray and broil in the oven for a quick heating for around 5 – 7 minutes or until beyond warm and closer to hot. The bowls WILL BE HOT so please ensure you use gloves before grabbing them from the tray. I served the bowls on a plate because they were quite hot and best to serve and enjoy right away.

The chocolate wafers will melt and the mixture you have made along with the nut milk will warm the vegan cake and its just beautiful. I am definitely going to be serving this for the special occasions that are during our winter months such as Christmas dessert and just because my family loves it for special treats too.

Some variations could be adding a small amount of alcohol of your choice – e.g. Drambuie or a dash of Cinnamon Whiskey.

You can get creative mix and match. I find things in my cupboard to create and no meal dish is perfectly alike. Sometimes you won’t have the dried prunes for example and hey stress free living is don’t panic simply don’t worry find something else. Win hearts anytime you serve this up. Many oooooo’s and ahhhhhhh’s will come from serving this one up.

 

 

 

What $60 can buy for vegan kitchen

Purchase set up design and photo by Suzanne

This is always an interesting exercise for anyone to undertake. What is the cost of your food? Do you know? What makes up your purchase of food, what are you really buying and what is the cost? How can you save $$$ is there room for that? Of course depending on your own unique situation this will be an eye opener. If you have never truly looked at your purchases and the costs I highly recommend this as a great way to truly take stock and control of supplies.

This was $60 worth of food which will add to our storage supplies e.g. can’s of chick peas are great for whipping up a quick houmous anytime or a can of kidney beans can be quickly added to any meal without having to wait for the dry ones to be prepared.

This supply will be for 3 adults (1 is a teenager) for the week. That being said we will not use the 3 Silk for coffee in the week however they were are sale by .60 cents so I bought a few (we have more in the fridge so we are well supplied). When we see items that we use alot of on sale we buy as much as can afford at the time. It makes cents ๐Ÿ™‚

The oranges will be juiced and mixed with perhaps some soda water to thin it out and spread it out for longer use. We may add some of the lemon juice to that and we have lots of limes in the fridge already so perhaps we will juice up orange, lemon, lime shots of goodness.

It is interesting to note the most expensive item on this purchase is the Mesa Sunrise which we use for breakfast as a base and that was $7.98. That will last use for likely 2 weeks as we only use small amounts and add other items to our breakfast that we have in stock such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower, cacoa, lavender flakes, fresh mint, dried fruits such as cranberry and so on. It does go a long way.

  • Mesa Sunrise Breakfast $7.98
  • Oranges $5.97
  • Tortilla Chips $3.99
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk $3.97
  • Dried Prunes $3.47
  • Bags of onions $1.99

The next expensive item on the purchase is the oranges coming in at $5.97. These should last into next week – we have already juiced half and have that juice in the fridge to be ready to take a shot or dilute with other juices we make. Beet, carrot apple and orange we could make that right away with a shot of lemon for zest.

Dried prunes – we love these – just one a day is so good for you helps fill you up with fiber and other goodness.

The least expensive item on the this purchase is the garlic coming in at .21 cents for 6 heads of garlic.

Let’s not forget that we live in Vancouver – an expensive city. We have found places that offer really good prices as green grocers, farmers markets and at times we go to one box store. The reason we like the box store is that these companies actually watch the clicks of purchase. This is important in my opinion as they will adjust their purchasing power to the items sold and that can really help the consumer in the long run.

So in summary this is a great way to explore what you are buying what you are spending and exactly then giving you ideas on how to explore new ways to save while adding value to your nutrition home and happiness.

We may spend a few more dollars perhaps up to $20 for some additional items that maybe we need however we have become shelf stockers in our home. We have supplies or rice, rice noodles, beans galore, dried fruits & nuts and all kinds of things because not of it is animal meats or products our food doesn’t go off. We use the fresh first and have storage of items that we could survive in should emergency strike and as a way to save.

Believe you me it has been a learning curve however now we are in full swing and settled into a groove the food shopping works really well and is much more enjoyable experience. Of course there are weeks when we will spend more as we need different things however we are much more conscious of what we are doing and this came from the whole food plant based lifestyle for sure as it made us review what we are doing, why and the costs.

Savings come with less time in the stores. This $60 purchase took me around 45 minutes total to get so huge time saving – I know what I need and want and where to get it – no wandering around the isles anymore. Plus of course savings of gas to get to the stores and then much less stress trying to navigate that whole store system which I find depressing and awful. Farmers markets and your local green grocers are the way to go. Support them and they will bring you great food for your kitchen. Use the big box stores diligently to get the right clicks – its like voting you are voting with what you buy in the stores for food.

PS) the items with marketing will be put into jars or Tupperware for easy storage in our cupboards. We try to not have much however there are things you want that you feel are worth the marketing such as the Mesa which is non gmo recycled packaging etc. It’s a work in progress always tweaking to find better and better results.