04 Sep

pita pesto pizza with grace

Hi!

Pita? Pesto? Pizza?

Celestial is a really cute organic vegetarian store by my house. Last night’s purchase – vegan mac nut pesto and pita bread.

Pita, pesto, crumbled cauliflower and tomatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. This pizza was way too easy. I would have piled lots of things on it but I only had pesto, cauliflower and tomatoes 😉

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Did you grow up saying grace before dinner? I did.

I really need to say grace more as an adult 🙁  Giving thanks.  Saying grace.  Thankful for so many cruelty-free options.  Yes…definitely need to say grace more at EVERY meal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tracey

29 Aug

vegan pigs in a blanket and encouragement

Hi!

What is your favorite non vegan food? Is it holding you back from going vegan? Maybe this vegan.com quote will help…

Vegan.com
August 26
If you could be totally vegan except for that one thing, then totally be vegan except for that one thing!

So many of us are all or nothing – can’t go all in then why go in at all?

Maybe that quote will help the next time you think you can’t possibly go vegan 🙂

My sister loves hot dogs. I wonder if she would go vegan if she could eat hot dogs? Not sure but in honor of the thought I made vegan pigs in a blanket 😉 I used Yves The Good Dog.

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They were really good. For some reason the biscuit part didn’t cook all the way through. I flipped them over and cooked four more minutes. That is why you see the golden brown part on top, too.

Sharing a picture of a really cute and friendly chicken I saw on Kauai.

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Talk to you more over the weekend!

Tracey

18 Aug

chicken-free chicken curried papaya salad and cowspiracy

Do you want to be a true environmentalist?

Go vegan 🙂

Cowspiracy is a must see for everyone. It is interesting, sad, educational and at times, funny.  I am not a “conspiracy theory” person but this documentary makes you think 😉

OK dinner talk.

Chicken Curried Salad.

Delicious! I was so happy with my dinner tonight 🙂

I used Vegenaise instead of mayo and Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips (the 12oz pack).  Oh and I didn’t use any parsley…but other than that it was exactly the same 😉

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Hope the rest of your week is AMAZING!

Tracey

13 Aug

fishless fish tacos

Hi.

Is it OK to crave fish tacos? Yes.

“Fishless Fish Tacos”: flour tortillas, coleslaw with tahini dressing and fishless filets.

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I never ate meat or fish because I was so happy to be eating animals. I just liked the flavor and texture! With so many products out there you can have almost anything you crave 🙂

Notes: for the coleslaw I used green and purple cabbage with tahini dressing, for the tortillas I used vegetable oil instead of shortening.

Talk to you later.
Tracey

11 Aug

banana bread

Vegan Banana Bread.

What kind of banana bread do you like? Dense? Caky? This recipe is on the dense side. Really good. Delicious actually. No need to give the “it is vegan” disclaimer 🙂

Vegan versions are not always healthier.

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Vegan versions are always cruelty-free.

Sometimes you need to splurge. Have some sugar.

That is it for tonight. I am saving my rambling thoughts for later this week. You know after I watch Cowspiracy 🙂

Tracey

05 Aug

seitan is what’s for dinner

Hey.

Having a great week? I hope so!

Love more. Help the homeless. Advocate for animals. Care more. Do more. These things just rumble around in my head all day every day. Rumbling comfortably. Not wanting to leave.

Trying to change that 🙂

There is a song called I refuse that challenges me…here is a sample of the lyrics:

I refuse|to make one more excuse|cause I don’t wanna live like I don’t care|I don’t wanna say another empty prayer|Oh I refuse|to sit around and wait for someone else|to do what God has|called me to do myself|oh I could choose|not to move|but I refuse

Feel like changing the world? I do.

But until then…tonight’s dinner was fried curry seitan with onions and quinoa. Tasty 🙂

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Talk to you later.

Tracey

27 Jul

stuffed peppers and portland

Have you ever been to Portland, Oregon? I went for the first time last week. Such a great city! Definitely want to go again. Definitely want to stay longer than 2 days. Definitely want to try more restaurants.

Portland. Is. Awesome.

Found these places using the Portland Guide:

A.N.D. Cafe, Portobello , VooDoo Donuts.

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A.N.D Cafe: Lunch was delicious.

If you find yourself at Portobello and you are a beet hater…order the beet tartare! Seriously, it is amazing. You might even get over your beet issues. I did 😉

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Portobello: Amazing food. Super cute. All vegan.

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VooDoo Donuts: Vegan donuts! Really good!

Do you live in a house full of vegans? I don’t.

Tonight my family BBQ’d. I made stuffed bell peppers. They looked so much prettier than the non-vegan dishes 🙂

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The only thing I followed on this recipe was how to cook the peppers…boil for five minutes…cook at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (lightly covered in foil)…put 1/2 inch water on the bottom of the pan. Following these directions I believe you can stuff peppers with anything you want 🙂 I stuffed them with brown rice, black beans, broccoli, salsa and a little garlic salt. Beautiful and tasty!

Talk to you soon.
Tracey

22 Jul

my Christian take on going vegan

God gave us animals to eat. I truly believed that. I was vegetarian in my late twenties/early thirties because eating animals made me sad. I started eating animals again under the belief that it was OK since really “they” were meals from God.  (ugh…so dumb!)

The other day there was a post from Vegan.com where the most common questions about going vegan were answered. One of the questions was “doesn’t the Bible endorse eating animals?”. A great answer was given. You can read all of the answers here.

I believe the Bible. What do you believe?

My go to Bible verse for the support of a vegan diet/lifestyle – 1st Thessalonians 5:21,22.

21. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
22. abstain from every form of evil.

Of course these could be the go to verses for life 🙂 But this is a blog about being vegan 🙂

The meat and dairy industries are evil. I will abstain. And it is OK! If you have any hesitations with your diet of meat and dairy please read Eating Animals or Bleating Hearts. I am forty nine and my life is peppered with meat, dairy, vegetarian, vegan diets. Took a long time for me to commit. Finally did because I pushed my sensitivities to the side and read books/articles/blogs.

Tonight was backwards. Usually I ramble after I share what I had for dinner 🙂 I had a black bean burger. It was great! The easiest recipe by far! Love the site happyherbivore.com! (I used bread crumbs instead of oatmeal).

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Crunchy pickles and BBQ Sauce were great toppings. Did you know Kraft Original BBQ sauce was accidentally vegan?

Thank you for stopping by!

Tracey

15 Jul

saying one thing and eating another

Tonight is about a failed yet successful dinner.

Eggplant fail to be exact. Way too much salt (my fault). Terrible. Rosemary Bread and Marinara Sauce instead. Perfect.

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Have to add a picture of my husband lighting the candles with a paper towel.

Eggplant fail then no matches 🙁

He saved my day.

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The Rambling.

You might think giving up meat and dairy is entirely impossible. You might be right. You might be wrong. How will you know if you don’t try?

Do you get sad when you see an animal on the side of the road…lost? Or worse…dead? I am always affected by that kind of thing. It can ruin my day. I read Skinny Bitch then Eating Animals then started Bleating Hearts…why didn’t I care about baby chicks, chickens, cows? What was wrong with me? Seriously, the mind is crazy…when something is so huge in magnitude I (we) shut it out…don’t think about it…if you can’t think about what you are eating then maybe it’s wrong…

I share this because I know what it’s like to say one thing and eat another 🙁

Talk to you soon.

Tracey

10 Jul

pbj and cupcakes

Some nights you just want a PBJ and a cupcake.

Feeling relaxed lazy I decided to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. I never make those. So good!

OK it was on a hamburger bun but still so good 😉

Anyway, my boatload of leftover chocolate sauce inspired me to make cupcakes. Growing up we made Wowie Cake all of the time. Also called Depression Cake. Whatever the name…it is vegan! We have a recipe that floats around our family but I can never find it so I followed this recipe.

Pretty sure it is the exact same as our “family” recipe.

Just when you think your family is original…

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Sorry to disappoint but there is no photo of the PBJ. Two reasons – I ate it too fast and it is bad enough I told you it was my dinner!

Talk to you later.

Tracey