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Warning: these resources have been known to breed Vegans, read with caution

16 Jan

Breeding Vegans?    No worries, I’m not contagious so you can’t catch the Vegivirus but you just may WANT TO after watching and reading these books and movies.

Oct. 2009 “Do you know of any books that I can read?  What movie do you recommend that is educational but won’t leave me bringing up my last meal?  Are there any magazines?”

I had my share of questions and it’s kind of ironic that I am asked often the same questions that I had back in the day.  The great thing to know is that there are so many more resources today than there were a few months ago compared to years ago.  Let me ask you:

  • Have you ever wondered where your food comes from?
  • If there was a way of eating that resulted in you having beautiful skin, energy and a maintained healthy weight, would you be curious to at least learn of it to see if you would even want to try it?
  • Did you ever wonder exactly what “Vegan” means exactly but didn’t want to be intimidated into “doing it” or “becoming one”?

One morning back in October of 2009 I had a day like many people do, having milk in my cereal, cheese on my burger and enjoyed my bacon extra crispy.  I had to stop at the local Costco to pick up some dinner and as “luck” or “destiny” had it, I spotted Alicia Silverstone on the cover of some book called, The Kind Diet.  I always adored her and the title of the book wasn’t the “IN YOUR FACE” type of a diet book so I picked it up and went about my shopping.  That night I read nearly the entire book and I felt as if someone had lifted a veil from my eyes.

In a very gentle way, Alicia gave me enough information to eliminate meat from my diet forever.   That, my friends, was the beginning of a new chapter in my life I was NOT expecting.

IF THAT MORNING, someone would have told me that the last time I ate meat would be then, I would say that you are OFF YOUR TREE.  I had NO INTEREST in becoming a Vegan prior.  Neither did my teenage daughter who at the time, was 12  when she read the book and hasn’t touched meat since.

I also had never made the effort to learn more about where my food was coming from and I’ve got to tell you, once you know, you look at food entirely in a different way.

PLEASE don’t take my word for it!!  I’m not trying to convince you.  I’m trying to lead you to some information so that you can make your own decision but at least know about what you are putting into your body and where it is coming from.  You may be surprised to find out why you or someone you love may have some issues like digestive issues, colitis, acne, bloating, excess phlegm, excess weight, diabetes or even heart disease JUST TO NAME A FEW.

Some of the more memorable books that opened my eyes:  (More educational than recipe books…I will be posting my recipe book recommendations soon although a few of these do have some.)

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    Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

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    Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Solutions for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking… by Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman

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    Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your… by Kim Barnouin

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    The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone and Neal D. Barnard

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    The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet… by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II, Howard Lyman and John Robbins ( not the easiest ready but stay on it!  This book made one of the impacts on me, don’t skip it!)

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    The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the… by Rip Esselstyn

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    Diet for a New America by John Robbins

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    MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat by Howard F. Lyman and Glen Merzer

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    Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition by Joel Fuhrman

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    Eat for Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (2 Volume Set) by Joel Fuhrman

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    Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living by Alisa Marie Fleming

I LOVE these magazines:

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    Vegnews

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    Vegetarian Times

  • ****Brand new Vegan Magazine is called Laika Magazine, check it out at laikamagazine.com  Very well done!

Some movies to get you started that aren’t going to make you lose your lunch:

  • Forks Over Knives
  • Food, Inc.
  • Vegucated

Movie that is incredibly good but hold the popcorn… it’s powerful and is a Vegan breeder for sure.  I don’t think anyone can go back to eating meat after watching this in all honesty.

  • Earthlings

After all is said and done, it’s your choice entirely, right?  No one can force you to watch, read or learn.  Don’t do it for anyone but yourself.  At least you will be able to say, yes, I read the books and saw the movies and finally, I made the decision to do _____ for me.  Best wishes and as always, I encourage you to…

Try it!

~M~

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Happy New Year! The BEST Vegan Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons requested by a pretty cool 13 year old

31 Dec

Happy New Year!  The BEST Vegan Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons requested by a pretty cool 13 year old

Vegan Coconut Macaroons from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

We are not kidding when we say that this book is a MUST HAVE.

This is what you will need and don't forget some vegan chocolate to melt for dipping and drizzling!  We used EnjoyLife!

This is what you will need and don’t forget some vegan chocolate to melt for dipping and drizzling! We used EnjoyLife!

Get the kids or the kid in YOU involved!

Get the kids or the kid in YOU involved!

Super good without the chocolate and incredibly FAST to make!

Super good without the chocolate and incredibly FAST to make!

Delicious!

Delicious!

Pardon the photo quality but inside is soft and a great combo of cookie and coconut macaroon.

Pardon the photo quality but inside is soft and a great combo of cookie and coconut macaroon.

EXCELLENT for parties any time of the year but if you decide to dip them in chocolate, it’s best to keep them indoors for the summer months and in a cool place otherwise there will be some sticky fingers!

We have shocked nearly everyone who has had these when we explained afterwards that they don’t contain eggs.  They also are the most requested cookie by friends and family, if that tells you anything!

What you need for 1 batch:  (we usually quadruple for parties)

  • 3 oz. extra firm silken tofu, like the unrefrigerated Mori-Nu (1/4 of the package)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk (we prefer almond)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (**we used & prefer Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (**we use more to drizzle on top)

Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Puree the tofu, oil and nondairy milk in a blender or food processor until smooth (Vitamixer works great if you have), scrape down sides with spatula to make sure you get everything.  Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugars and extracts.  Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well incorporated.  Add the coconut and mix until a stiff dough forms.  Drop the cookies by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheets 2 inches apart from each other; they don’t spread much at all.  Don’t smooth the tops out;  its cool if they have some pieces of coconut sticking out to get a little browned.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.  When ready, the bottoms should be lightly browned and the tops just barely flecked with color in a few spots.  Let the cookies cool on the sheets for two minutes or so and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  In the meantime, melt the chocolate.  Line a cutting board with parchment paper (it’s fine to reuse the stuff you lined the sheets with).  When cookies have cooled completely, dip the bottoms in chocolate and set them, chocolate side down, on the parchment paper.  Place the cookies in the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes.  Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.  If it’s hot out, keep them in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t melt.

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