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!

 

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

Leaves for Health and Healing

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Beautiful nature offers us all we need to not only survive, but thrive. Fruits give us energy, minerals, vitamins, fiber and hydration. But did you know that their leaves also are packed with healing properties?

Try harvesting some leaves and adding them to a pitcher of water to infuse the water with their healing properties. Or cut them in pieces, place them in a mug and add hot water to make a tea. Dry, crumble and bag some leaves for later use. Label the bags with the names of the tree leaves and what their medicinal properties are.

Whirl dry tea leaves in a coffee grinder for a powder to add to your smoothies.

For those of you who have juicers, try adding a few fruit leaves to your juices.

Leaves are often used as food wraps, though cooking them will destroy much of their benefits so eating raw wraps or adding them to salads is probably best.

When I harvest leaves, I go for branches that need trimming anyhow; the fruit needs the energy and nutrients from the leaves to develop well, so do not over pick.

*Always consume organic, unsprayed vegetation only!

The following is a list of edible leaves and some of their benefits:

Grape leaves- commonly used to make Dolmades, grape leaves are rich in vitamins A, K, C, E, B6, niacin, iron, riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese. Grape leaves are mildly anti-inflammatory, and can reduce edema, treat diarrhea, stomach issues, hepatitis and gynecological problems such as excessive bleeding and/or discharge.

Fig leaves- have been acclaimed to reduce the need for insulin in diabetics. They are rich in calcium and can also be used to to lower blood pressure, treat bronchitis, lower triglyceride levels, and relieve ulcers.

Raspberry leaves-  are high in magnesium, potassium, iron and B-vitamins. Known to strengthen the uterine and pelvic muscles, red raspberry has been utilized for centuries to increase fertility, strengthen the uterine during pregnancy, ease labor and delivery, and regulate women’s menstruation.

Mulberry leaves- contain calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin c and beta carotene. This is another leaf that has been shown to help with type 2 diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels. They contain GABA which can reduce blood pressure, increase circulation, and assist in overall health of blood membranes. Some studies predict that drinking mulberry tea regularly can help reduce cholesterol.

Loquat Leaves-  are antiviral, help the body release antioxidants, assists in the bodies detoxification by aiding mucus breakdown, can increase insulin production and supports the liver.

Birch leaves- help heal mouth sores, aid in healing bladder and kidney problems and gout, and is used to heal a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis.

Hawthorne leaves- are well known for their positive affect on the cardiovascular system and have been used in treating congestive heart failure, blood pressure issues, heartbeat irregularity, angina and high cholesterol and more.

Avocado leaves-  can dissolve kidney stones and strengthen kidney function, act as a diuretic to relieve swelling, reduce blood pressure, eliminate thrush, and aid healing from colds, coughs, and asthma.

Olive leaves- may prevent cancer, reduce and/or eliminate tumors, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and slow carbohydrate digestion reducing insulin fluctuation; they are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, a treatment for arthritis and and a natural pain reliever; they can improve brain function and stimulate production of bone-building cells.

This list is just to pique your curiosity and get you started on your own research to the healing nature of leaves. What plant and trees do you have access to that are not sprayed? Do you have some of the ones listed above? Start there and do some more research on it.

Healing can be as simple as going out in your yard, picking a few leaves, rinsing them and making a tea. Mother Earth has provided the means. Use your intuition and the knowledge available to you and begin to apply the age old wisdom of Hippocrates to your life, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

You just might be amazed at how much healing power you have right outside your door.

 

 

Fully Raw Kristina’s Carrot Cake!

My sister and I collaborated our efforts last night to make this awesomely wonderful Fully Raw Carrot Cake. The results? DELICIOUS! I personally preferred it to a baked carrot cake.

This recipe is a little difficult to follow as the measurements are ball-park and the ingredients listed below the video are not all in sink. For instance the listed ingredients called for 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice but the video said to add 2 Tbs; A Big difference that could have disastrous results as the ingredients are not cheap! Also the coconut water for the frosting measurements are pretty high. We drained the water off the cashews and added them to the blender, then added enough coconut water to just reach the top of the cashews. This was perfect and much less than the 4-6 cups called for.

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Since it was a fully raw cake with no artificial ingredients, I served us up large portions, figuring the extra calories were well spent. But the cake was surprisingly filling and none of us could finish it.

A few months back I made a raw carrot cake combining this recipe with another, and I actually liked the combined recipe better for both taste appeal and and cohesiveness. So in the future I plan to tweak out my own version for a raw carrot cake.

All-in-all we had fun, sister-bonding time in the kitchen.  A big shout out to Kritina Bucarum for another excellent recipe that tantalizes the taste-buds and nourishes the body!

Hi-Vibe Breakfast

Tomorrow morning, change up your breakfast  to give your body a happy, healthy kick-start! Fruits have the highest vibrational frequency because they are an offering from the plant. You do not have to take life from something to enjoy them. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and so much more.

Fruit cereal

This delicious bowl of organic fruit has bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi. On top I sprinkled a little unsweetened coconut, hemp seed and sliced almonds for added crunch and protein. Pour some ice cold almond milk over it all for a delicious and nutritious cereal.