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Love Your Gall Bladder Green Soup

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My friend, Maria, and I like to commiserate about our gall bladders. We both have a few little gall stones that like to play up sometimes, especially on dry and windy days. On one particular day, when our gall bladders were both trying to kill us, I went over to her house and she made this amazing green soup. Warm, wet, oily, filling, yet easy to digest. This is why the gall bladder loves it. The soup is even green, which is sort of the color of the gall bladder and the bile that is stored inside the gall bladder. Mmmm… The green soup doesn’t look like much, but it tastes delicious! Anyway, when I eat it, my gall bladder squirts for joy! Read the rest of this entry

Totally Herbacious Vegan Soup

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(I double dog dare you to make this without singing ‘Are You Going to Scarborough Fair’)

It’s winter in Australia and probably one of the coldest driest weeks we’ve had in a long time. My skin is all dry and the heels of my feet are cracked.  I knew that I needed something quick, warm and wet for dinner last night and I didn’t feel like making a mess with a million preparation pots. I also have quite a good herb garden on my balcony (it’s doesn’t get *that* cold in this part of Australia that you can’t grow a few herbs). It was the end of the week, so I wanted to use up the rest of my veggies, but you can use any veggies you want! Read the rest of this entry

You May Never Want to Bake a Kid’s Birthday Cake Again!

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*Amateur fruit carver alert
When I first cut the giant piece of watermelon that you see in the photo, it was all lopsided and squirting juice everywhere. I was cracking up thinking how I would be taking a photo of it and making one of those ‘Pinterest Fail’ memes. But, then I started carving away and shaping it up and I started to see some hope. After I made it mostly symmetrical, I added some other fruit, totally making it up as I went along, gaining more hope by the minute that this might actually come out ok. In less than ten minutes, I had made this silly little fruit castle cake with turrets. And, do you know what?! The kids loved it! Like, their eyes popped out of their heads when they saw it and were asking me permission to eat some. When it was time for the ‘real‘ birthday cake that I made (the healthy vegan time consuming one), they mostly passed their noses up at it! Really!!! Ok, so make a fruit cake! It’s fast, healthy and the kids LOVE it!

I used skewers for the turrets and you could use toothpicks too

Amaze-balls Vegan Thickshake

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It’s really hard not to take seconds of this vegan milkshake thing I made… Either that or you hope and pray that your kids don’t finish theirs, so that you can polish off every last drop. The key to this treat is the consistency. You want to make sure it’s fairly thick, but not so thick that you have to eat with a spoon (although it would still taste as good).

Ingredients
-3-4 frozen bananas, that have been cut into pieces a few inches long
-Rice milk (or soy, almond, etc.)
-1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
-A big pinch of vanilla powder or about a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions
Put all ingredients in a
blender, leaving the rice milk for last. Put enough rice milk in so
that the level if rice milk is about an inch under the frozen
bananas. I would give an exact measurement, but everyone’s bananas
come in different sizes 😉 Blend and serve cold!

Vegan Sage Tofu Steaks and Mashed Potatoes

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This is my twist to the traditional ‘meat and potatoes‘. I crave this meal at least once a week and it’s always a hit! Be sure to always make enough. My kids devour this, the mashed potatoes don’t even stand a chance! I like to serve with some organic ketchup… what can I say… I’m American, ketchup is one of the major food groups, right? Read the rest of this entry

Vegan Summer Rolls

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These will vanish the second you put them on the table! Surprisingly filling, yet very light and perfect for summer.

Serves about three Read the rest of this entry

Vegan Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

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Don’t think they want to share this one… although they did…

Amazing smoothie that has a bit of substance!

Serves 2

2 frozen bananas
1 huge heaping tablespoon of almond butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
~ 1 – 1 1/2 cups rice milk or liquid stuff, I used some coconut water too

Blend and serve
Depending on how big your bananas are and how thick you like your smoothie, you can play with the amount of liquid.

Vegan Kid’s Smoothie Recipe (One That Sticks to Their Ribs)

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There’s no other option, but to share!

Kid’s need fat in their diet!  I came up with this smoothie recipe because I was finding that my 3 1/2 year old was always hungry around morning tea time (9-10am) and the traditional piece of fruit just wasn’t cutting it.  Coconut cream and avocado are great sources of fat for kids and a huge cup of this is usually enough to keep them good until lunch.  There’s no way to mess this one up.

Ingredients 

serves about 2

2 frozen bananas (I buy a bunch when they are ripe and cheap, peel them and keep them in the freezer so they’re always ready)

1/3 cup coconut cream or coconut milk

1 avocado

1 tablespoon of carob powder

1 cup of rice milk (more or less depending on how thick you like it)

Directions

blend and serve 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Bananas

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I whipped these up when my husband said he was in the mood for something sweet and healthy. I didn’t measure exactly, you can absolutely play with the ratios, some people like things more sweet or more chocolaty, etc. but it went *something* like this to cover a pint of strawberries and one small banana: 1/4 cup coconut oil, 3 ish tablespoons of raw cacao powder, 1 tablespoon carob powder, 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey, 1 tablespoon of coconut cream (you can leave this out if you don’t have it around, I just find it makes it more creamy). Read the rest of this entry

At Last: A Healthy Vanilla Icing Recipe!

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No sugar needed!  Even the sprinkles were ‘healthy’ from the healthfood store.

You know how it is after you eat a cake or something with icing on it… it tastes so good going down… but sometimes, the icing is so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt, and then if you can’t brush your teeth right away, you’re left with this icky residue that doesn’t go away until you brush?  Also, if you’re making a cake for a kid, you’re probably not too stoked about giving them icing full of sugar… but what to do… you really want some yummy icing?! Read the rest of this entry