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Pizza!

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Shallots, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, orange peppers, tomatoes and nutritional yeast!

The crust recipe is from Living Without, here. It turned out really well and was definitely one of the best gluten-free crusts I’ve made. I ended up using the entire crust for one pizza, but I think it would be even better as a thin crust pizza (It was still a bit doughy).

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Ellen DeGeneres on Being Vegan

The “Vegan Diet” is something that is becoming more mainstream and trendy in the last couple of years. Sure, it is great that less animals are being killed, and vegan products are becoming more accessible. However, I’m still not sure I get the Vegan “Diet.” Being vegan isn’t just a diet, it is an ethical way of living your life where you make a choice not to exploit animals in any way, whenever possible. This includes diet, but also other things: clothing, cosmetics, etc. That is why it is refreshing to hear from a celebrity who gets this. An interview with Ellen on why she became a vegan is available here.

She refers to Earthlings, a documentary about factory farming quite often. I was unable to watch the entire thing, as I found it too upsetting. However, from what I’ve seen, I can tell it is a great film with some powerful images.

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Get Cracking

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(IMG from here)

A lot of people understand where I’m coming from when I say I don’t eat meat.  I guess it is mostly because an animal obviously has to die in this case.  However, when it comes to eggs (and dairy), the majority of people don’t seem to get where I’m coming from when I say I don’t consume them.  I recently found a great site that has a lot of information pertaining to the cruelty of Canada’s egg industry, called Get Cracking Cruelty.  For those of use who already don’t eat eggs and know about the major issues with the egg industry, this site doesn’t present anything new, but is an informative site with a Canadian focus.

On the site there are the videos and pictures, publications, reports and articles and vegan recipes.  The site also discusses the issues with words like “humane” and “free range.”  It is really well designed and full of information.  I’ll be sure to refer anyone who wants to know more about the issues with eggs over to this site.  It looks like it is a newer site, so I expect that more will be added in the future.

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Pad Thai

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Recipe for the sauce is from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s The Vegan Table. Yum!

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Dragon Bowl Z

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Loosely based on Fresh’s Dragon Bowl, which you can find a recipe for here. Pumpkin ginger buckwheat soba noodles, grilled tofu, eggplant, zucchini and peppers, grape tomatoes, sesame seeds, cilantro and the Sesame Miso dressing from Fresh (wine, ginger, miso, tahini).

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Sushi!

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If you have never made sushi before, I challenge you! It is pretty easy once you get the process down. In terms of specialty items, I use a rolling mat made to roll sushi (although you could try saran wrap or a silicone baking sheet?), rice vinegar, toasted nori sheets and sushi rice (although i bet you could use any rice that was a bit sticky). I made cucumber, carrot and orange pepper rolls. You could get more creative and add tempeh, tofu, avocado, daikon and/or sesame seeds. The possibilities are endless!

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Baked Mac and Cheese

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I used this recipe, but doubled the recipe and doubled the amount of nutritional yeast. It was pretty good and easy to make, but next time I think I’ll skip the roasted red peppers. I also added some daiya on top.

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Super Salad with a Creamy Citrus and Herb Dressing

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I had a craving for an Urban Herbivore salad, so I decided to make something similar on my own!

I had a bowl with spring mix lettuce, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, grated carrots, roasted cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms and tomatoes.

My dressing consisted of:
1 package of soft tofu
1/4 c of hemp oil (could use flax or another oil)
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 handful of parsley and 1 handful of cilantro, stems and all. This was probably about a cup of each?
1 clove of minced garlic
1 t salt
pepper
1 t ground cumin
1/8 t cayenne pepper, or to taste

I blended it all together in my blender until smooth.

Birthday Dinner

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Greg took me to Vegetarian Haven for my birthday and it was delicious! They have tons of gluten-free options, too!

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