Almost Raw Vegan Chow Mein

 

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O my goodness! I didn’t think vegan could possibly taste this good.

The key to awesome vegan cooking is to be creative- treat it like an art- for indeed it is. Pay attention to your intuition. Be mindful of the ingredients you add.

Like a singer that takes a song, learns it, and then makes it their own, make your recipes your own.

For this dish I baked a large spaghetti squash (only ended up needing half of it). Split it in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet with a little water in the bottom. Bake at 375 for 35-45 min. As soon as you can poke a fork through the skin, remove from oven. Do not cook till mushy or it will not be good for this dish. The flesh should be tender-crisp.

While it’s baking, in a small bowl mix together a sauce of:

2 tsp. Toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup organic Tamari sauce

2 tsp coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 clove garlic, minced

Set aside.

prepare following ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 bell peppers diced

2 cups shredded purple cabbage

1 carrot julliended

Heat 2 tbs. olive oil over low heat. Add onions:

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Stir and cook till slightly softened. Add carrots:

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Stir and cook another minute then turn off heat. Add remaining veggies and scrape out hot spaghetti squash (approximately 2-4 cups of it. Use your good judgment)


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Stir in the sauce. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion.
Yum!

 

Vegan Life


Generally I have found that if it doesn’t look good, it won’t taste good. 

I decided not to view this change to a vegan diet as a deprivation of all the yummy foods I used to love, but rather as a new life wherein I am discovering new foods with even more deliciousness. 

It has rekindled my passion for food preparation. This vegan life-style requires thought, innovation, research and creativity. I am challenged to make the most satisfying dishes in the healthiest possible way. It is an adventure and a whole new world. 

For lunch today I made a sandwich that was to die for with a Marsala vegan patty, grilled onion, bell pepper, tomato, lettuce and a bit of my mock cheese sauce, all on toasted, gluten free rye bread. 

I’ve got plans for a Vegan borscht for dinner. Mmmm mmmm! 

Who is Responsible for All the Suffering in the World?

My diet today is approximate 90% vegan… I believe this video, along with others I have recently watched will take me to 100%
 
We have so many choices in our country and so much to sift through and decide. We have access to so many types of foods. Anymore, I can’t even purchase meat or eggs without images of the suffering I am now so aware of going though my head.
 
When my kids were little we raised chickens for eggs. One time we decided to order some quick growing broilers for meat… much more humane than what we were learning goes on in factory farming right? 
That flock of baby chicks grew so quick and so unnaturally fat they could barely walk. Never-the-less, they were living, feeling animals that ran after us like a brood of happy children whenever we were outside, hoping it was feeding time.
The day came when we were to slaughter them. I had a Russian friend of mine, who raised chickens for meat since she was a young girl, come over to help us with the process. We also had another family, had gone in on the cost of raising them, join us for the big event.
One by one the chickens heads were chopped off. Each one of us were offered an opportunity to chop of a head, taking turns. I refused to do any killing, but tried to look brave and tough. I sensed the anxiety in the other chickens as they awaited their fate.
After they stopped flopping around, we dipped their bodies in boiling hot water and removed their beautiful feathers. The smell was repulsive and lingered with me for weeks afterwards. It took me about a month before I could even eat the meat.
Yes, the chicken broth was deep colored rich with the nutrients meant to keep the chicken healthy life.
I solaced myself with the thought that at least they were “humanely” raised and slaughtered. But the reality is, what part of “slaughter” is humane?
 
It was all a learning experience. Most my family and friends will roll their eyes at these thoughts and say I am too fanatical or too sensitive.
I don’t really care about that anymore.
I’m not saying that it is just plain wrong to eat meat. But I am becoming aware of what our meat consumption is doing to our planet and of the immense suffering going on and the difference some clear education and a few changes can make for myself and others.
 
We say we want world peace. We say we want suffering to cease. But where, when, and how is any of that going to take place if when people bring out the truth and common sense they continue to be criticized and/or ostracized from society?
 
How can things change in any arena of discord, if all we do is stand around and make fun of each other? When have smart-ass remarks  anybody anywhere. As a whole the world is severely suffering. And why? So our personal nest isn’t ruffled? So we can continue to indulge our senses and ignore the price that is paid to do so?
 
It’s not just about veganism and animal cruelty; Its also about world hunger, slave labor, child pornography, the Holocaust of abortion;
It’s about devaluing life.
Its about apathy. We are each responsible for our part.
 
I am responsible for my part. I am responsible every time I buy eggs and cheese- for the health issues they cause, for the deception and oppression of the pharmaceutical companies continuing to have power over us, for the blatant abuse and slaughter of billions of animals. I am responsible every time I purchase products from countries who utilize child labor. I am responsible for purchasing products from companies that sexually exploit women, children and even men. I am responsible when I form opinions not based on personal open and honest research, but on media-madness, and peer pressure.
I am responsible every time I pull down the blinders, close my ears and shut my eyes because the truth means I need to make a change.
 
Who is responsible for all the suffering in the world?
Not some invisible God in the sky,
But you and I, just you and I
Who is responsible for all the tears being shed?
Don’t point to the other guy
Cause it’s you and I, just you and I
Everyday we are making choices
To close our ears or hear the rising voices
We’re either part of the problem or the solution
Take some time to think about your contribution
Who is responsible for so much corruption?
Not some politician way up high;
But it’s you and I, just you and I
Who is responsible for all the injustice?
It’s not the lawyer on the sly
But you and I, just you and I
Do not believe the lie of the hour
That it’s too late and give away your power
Do not idly wait for our destruction
Use your life for positive reconstruction
Who will change the world and make it a better place?
Not some big dictator up in the sky
But you and I just you and I
Who is responsible to end all war and hate?
Not the devil standing by,
But you and I, just you and I!
Written by Elizabeth A. Van Cleve
10/22/2016

Vegan Cheesy Dip

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I don’t know what it is, but I fecking love this stuff!

Whipped up in my high-power blender, it’s a tantalizing, body-loving blend of steamed veggies, turmeric, cashews and nutritional yeast.

Trader Joe’s organic Longboards chips are a perfect match for dipping, but I also love it atop of taco salad or a baked potato with steamed broccoli.

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I can’t say it taste a whole lot like nacho cheese but in my opinion it definitely rivals it.

This recipe is an adaption from:

Lori & Lexie’s Combo Nacho Sauce

First add:

1/3 cup cup raw cashews- place in bottom of blender and pour just enough very hot water over it to cover.

Next steam together 1 cup (overflowing) each: diced cauliflower, carrots and white or red potatoes, until tender-crisp (5-10 min.). Save steaming liquid

Meanwhile, add to blender:

1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbs. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp granulated garlic (or a clove of garlic)
1/4 tsp turmeric (or a thumb of turmeric root)

Now add the steamed veggies and blend until smooth. If too thick, add a little of the steam water from the veggies until desired consistency.
Optional: Hot peppers for garnish, sprinkle with a little cumin or smoked paprika

Serve warm or cold with chips, or warm atop of favorite dish in place of cheese sauce.

Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Burgers for Breakfast

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Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger with authentic Indian spices provided a non-traditional, warm and savory plant-based breakfast for me this morning.

Accompanied with a salad of cucumber, tomatoes and cilantro, some steamed broccoli, crisp apple slices and Mrs. Bubbles fermented sauerkraut tossed together with shredded purple cabbage. Lots of color- lots of nutrition!

 

Good Energy Verses Bad Energy

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Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Many of us have heard the native American parable of the good and bad wolf within, and how we all have both wolves within and the one we feed is the one that wins. We can look at energy or vibrations in the same context. There are good vibrations and there are bad vibrations and whatever you feed is what is going to grow bigger.

When people focus on how bad this world is- the crime, the corruption in politics, the fighting, the discontent, they are feeding that bad energy. Focusing on the negative, giving it your time and attention and especially allowing it to alter your mood and emotions, talking about, sharing the bad news you hear- this is all feeding that bad energy. Whatever you place your focus and emotional energy on, you are growing.

To bring about the positive change in our world, we need to reverse this trend. We need to learn and practice feeding the good energy. And to feed the good energy, you have to talk about those things that are good.

There are many people living happy fulfilled lives in this  “negative” world. At times this angers the people that are focused on all the bad stuff. This is because the energy of the people that are focused on the negative is clashing with the energy of the people that are focused on the positive. They are on opposite sides of the spectrum, feeding two different wolves. But instead of getting angry we need to start feeding the positive wolf too. There is a scripture in the Christian bible that teaches us to think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good news, if it has any virtue or anything worth praising- meditate on these things.  Talk about those things. Put those things out there into the energy field- into your vortex. (Philippians 4:8)

The reason that the news is so full of horrible stories is because every time a piece of bad news gets out there, people are like those baby Salmon you feed at the fish hatcheries. The media keeps sprinkling all the dirty stuff they can find and the masses swarm it. They give attention to it. They talk about. They listen to radio programs on it. The bad news travels hither and yon.

Does this mean that we should just ignore bad news. ABSOLUTELY! That’s exactly what it means. Starve out that bad energy wolf. When you come across bad news, say a prayer for whomever had been affected. Send them out positive thoughts and vibrations. If there is something you can actually do about it, do it. But otherwise, go feed the good energy because there is just as much good news out there too. But a lot of people will pass the good right up. They will scroll right past the positive stories and come to a screeching halt to read any sensational piece of gossip or dirt.

If you really want to see improvement in this world then start clicking on the good headlines. Yahoo news and other similar sites create more stories like the ones that get the most clicks. The media simply puts out what sells. Don’t point the finger at the media when you are clicking on and sharing the trash. Do you really need to click that article about the man who just murdered his wife and children or the kid that was mutilated by a lion? No! You don’t.

Meditate and/or Pray for Peace

When you meditate and you pray peace for humanity and for those that are going through sorrow and grief and difficult situations, when you send out good vibes into the universe for them, you are covering all of that. But when you click on that piece of bad news and read it and get that negative visual in your mind feeling the disgust or sadness you are increasing the negative energy in this world. You are contributing to the energetic downfall of humanity. That may be hard to swallow but its just how it is.

There are times when awareness of something that is wrong needs to be raised. For example, recently I read about the horrific mutilation of geese in China to produce our feather pillows and such. This type of “bad news” can be helpful when there comes along with it a positive action I can take to stop this. I now know not to buy feather pillows from China. And I will pass this information along to my readers as well. I can also support industries that are free of animal cruelty. So in that case I am taking my energy away from what I don’t want and putting towards what I do want and that is strengthening the positive energy.

Sometimes there is bad news that affects us nationally that we need to know about. So I am not saying that we should never again listen to a piece of bad news. But the point is, where is your energy and focus flowing? Which energetic wolf are you feeding in your life?

 

Another example; there are many animal activist out there that are trying to get people to see how wrong it is to eat meat. But you can be an animal activist and still be contributing to the negative energy of this world. You do this by going out there and attacking people that eat meat, trying to make them feel bad by telling them how horrible they are and how they have no conscience and putting out negative quotes about meat eaters. That is not helping the animals nor this world. But, what you can do if you are concerned about something like this, you can decide that you are not going to eat meat. Be an example of someone that can stay healthy and strong on a meat free diet. You will have a greater affect. People will no longer feel defensive but rather inquisitive and will more readily listen to why you have chosen your path. These are positive ways to affect the vibrational energy in this world.

This is not about just being a positive Pollyanna. Its not about denying what is, nor denying our emotions behind that. What it is about is considering which energetic wolf in this world you are feeding:

“Where your attention goes, that is where energy flows”

If our overall attention in this world is going to feed the negative, then the negative in this world is going to grow. But if each person that insists on feeding the positive and on finding ways to bring positive thought into this universe, to bring hope and to bring light and to  continually feed that we will see positive change.

If you want to experience this world in a higher state of love and peace and tranquility and happiness and joy, it has to start with you.  Be determined that what you are going to feed in your life is the positive energetic wolf.

The Eye of the Universe

I wanted that bean burrito
with warm refried beans
and mounds of sharp cheddar cheese oozing over them
I craved that bean burrito
topped with dollops of creamy white sourcream
and a handful of salty black olives
I stirred a small pot of warm the beans in mounting anticipation
proud of choosing to eat what my body seem to desire
glad that I possessed all the makings at hand

I pushed you away-
Resolutely!
Because I needed that bean burrito…
Or did I?

I pulled out my block of Tillamock cheese,
and sliced off just a small piece to pop in my mouth
So salty and savory, so good!

But you returned-
Resolutely!
Your large, sweet, deep brown eye
the eye that held the soul of the universe
piercing through decades of branding and conditioning
your eye found mine
Spanning oceans of culture and tradition
Soaring above mountains of corporate mind-rape

Slave holders, soldiers, prison guards- anyone that subjects another life knows…
cows eye1AVOID THE EYE- do not make eye contact
But your eyes drew mine-
contact was made
And they were crying
Blazing yet another “Trail of Tears”
left in the wake
of human gluttony and apathy

My soul wrestled within as the skin of my hand held the block of cheese-
This was no longer simple; one by one my arguments were extinguished
in this historical river of tears…
The cheese was no longer a beautifully wrapped, sensual morsel of deliciousness;
but an ensign of participation- to partake of this simple pleasure
Was to remain in the battalion of apathy and gluttony-
Was to partake in inhumane treatment of life!
It was to refuse the eye that bore witness to inconceivable amount of suffering

I had looked into the eye with such helplessness and despair.
Amidst a multitude of people, smiling, laughing, intrigued
People roaming about in freedom
eating, drinking, enjoying entertainment and food to the full
Holding their sacred children near
Mothers nuzzling their babes at their breasts
offering the nourishment perfectly designed for them

All the while you were held in the tight confines of a small barred-in cell
a machine relentlessly tugging on your breasts
that were meant for your babies
The crowds jostled about in their merriment, gawking on, avoiding your eyes…

Were the tears that ran from your eyes and the desperate pleading gaze
effected by a surging pain from the machine?
Or by a broken heart of your lost infant?
Or, perhaps by both?

I could bear it no longer- the farm at the fair.
I could not set you free, and I could not watch you suffer.
So I left…

But you have not left me
Your eye, streaked with tears of sorrow, burn on in my soul.

I wanted that bean burrito…
or did I?

Perhaps all I really crave now, is a bowl of warm beans,
spiced with a little hot-sauce
topped with a few chopped onions
and to cry, for you, for me, for us…

for the eye that held the universe,
and spoke into my soul
of tragedy so monstrous
Born of deadened hearts

The eye has awakened me

Stay awake my soul!