Thursday, November 28, 2013

Homemade Ranch Mix

Source: http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/2013/08/homemade-ranch-mix/
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Using the Dry Mix:

To make into a vinaigrette, combine 1 tablespoon of the dried mix with 1/4 cup lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil. Whisk to combine. Makes 1/2 cup dressing.

To make into a creamy dressing, combine 1 tablespoon of the dried mix with 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk and 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise. Whisk to combine. Makes 1/2 cup dressing.
To make into a thick dip, combine 1 tablespoon of the dried mix with 1/2 cup of vegan mayonnaise. Whisk to combine. Makes 1/2 cup of dip.

 Source: http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/2013/08/homemade-ranch-mix/

HAPPY THANKSLIVING EVERYONE!
~Vegan Handmade

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks


Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks

If you love cabbage, you are going to freak out about how good this is. Now, if you are on the fence about cabbage, you need to try this because this might be the recipe that converts you to a cabbage lover.

This is a simple side dish worthy of a dinner party and couldn’t be easier to make. Four ingredients, a couple of minutes to prepare and toss in the oven for an hour.

Ingredients
1 (approx 2lb) head of organic green cabbage, cut into 1″ thick slices
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 large garlic cloves, sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
spray olive oil OR non-stick cooking spray

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pull outer leaf off cabbage (it’s usually dirty and nasty looking), cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being root) into 1″ thick slices.

2. Rub both sides of cabbage with smashed garlic.

3. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices.

4. Finally, sprinkle each side with a bit of salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

5. Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 30 minutes until edges are brown and crispy. Serve hot and Enjoy!
 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recipe: Pecan, Cranberry and Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Today's recipe is brought to you by VeganEnergy.blogspot.com

Pecan, Cranberry and Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Pecan, Cranberry and Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash
This 'earthy fall harvest' has a mellow sweet flavor that's nutrient dense and perfect for the holidays.

Healthy benefits
Acorn squash is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. Regularly eating potassium- and magnesium-rich foods like acorn squash can lessen your chance of stroke, osteoporosis, depression and diabetes.

Wild rice is slightly higher in protein than most other whole grains, and is a good source of fiber, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, Vitamin B6, and niacin.

In addition to its anti-cancer properties, cranberries may also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, inhibiting LDL oxidation (one of the first steps in the progression of coronary artery disease), lowering blood pressure and inhibiting the formation of blood clots.

Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
  
Ingredients 661 calories per serving (serves 2) 
2 acorn squash
2/3 cup uncooked wild rice
3 tbs fresh sage
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 celery stalks, minced
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/2 cup pecan halves
2 kale leaves, rinsed and chopped with stems removed
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
Preparation
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut squash from stem to tip. Remove the seeds and place cut-side down on baking sheet. Use a sheet of aluminum foil on pan (makes for easier cleanup). Add 1/4 cup of water to pan. Bake 30 minutes. Let it cool. Reduce heat to 375 degrees.

In medium saucepan:
- Cook the wild rice in water
- Finely chop the sage and parsley

In a small sauté pan (sauté mixture):
- Using little water (not oil) sauté celery, onion and sage over medium heat until softened
- Stir in parsley, marjoram, pepper, nutmeg, salt and pepper
- Add kale at last minute to retain its brilliant color and nutrients
- Remove from heat

When squash halves are cool:
- Use spoon to scoop out the flesh leaving a little all around. 

In a large bowl:
- Mash the acorn flesh coarsely
- Select 10 intact pecan halves for top garnish (set aside for last step), grind the rest
- Select 8 cranberries for the top garnish (set aside for last step), add the rest 
- Add wild rice 
- Add sauté mixture  

Stuff the Squash:
- Stuff the mixture into the squash shells
- Artfully place the pecan halves and cranberries on top

- Bake for 30 minutes and serve inside the acorn shell

Note to vegan chef
This was the first time I used sage as an ingredient. It really is an interesting and earthy herb. I'll be looking to include it in other recipes. Quinoa, buckwheat or millet would also be good grain substitutes.


Recipe inspired (yet modified) from The Whole Grains Cookbook by Robin Asbell, p76.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Garden Markers By Libby

Garden Markers By  www.LoveLibbyX.etsy.com
 These beautiful pieces of cutlery have been turned into the perfect plant markers. I hand stamp these with whatever words you would like......they are great for marking herbs, vegetables and flowers, or add a special message for someone. These will add a touch of magic to your garden, boarder, pots, hanging baskets or your kitchen and window-sill pot-plants.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sexy Spider Lady

Sexy Spider Lady by Art by Susmitha

"It took me almost two hours to bring this spider into being and I am very proud of her. The necklace is a stunning work of wearable art that is sure to be a conversation starter. I only use cruelty free materials in my creations. In this case, the pearls are made of glass crystal and no oysters were harmed/killed to produce them."
 
Photo: Sexy Spider Lady by Art by Susmitha
"It took me almost two hours to bring this spider into being and I am very proud of her. The necklace is a stunning work of wearable art that is sure to be a conversation starter. :) I only use cruelty free materials in my creations. In this case, the pearls are made of glass crystal and no oysters were harmed/killed to produce them."
http://www.itshandmade.in/product/sexy-spider-lady

Saturday, October 5, 2013

love bats? We do.


Bats are SO freaking cruelly shot down, fogged and poisoned to death so they can be boiled (sometimes while still alive) so 'jewelry designers' can snatch their skulls and other bones to make jewelry out of them.
 SAY NO TO ANIMAL CRUELTY 
and only buy your jewelry/accessories from fellow vegans and cruelty free business owners!







Starrlight Jewelry -&- Sanctuary says:

OCTOBER SHELTER OF THE MONTH: Bat World Sanctuary
> www.batworld.org <
for the month of October, 50% of all sales placed through
www.StarrlightJewelry.com will be donated to bat world.
- all of the 25% items from our 'bat world' shop section are automatically bumped to 50%.
~* if you cannot purchase or donate to help the fur babies, 
please like and share in hopes it reaches people who can.
~* I will be closing up shop for a few months starting in November,
 lets go out with a BIG BANG and help the bats!OCTOBER SHELTER OF THE MONTH: Bat World Sanctuary
> www.batworld.org <
for the month of October, 50% of all sales placed through 
www.StarrlightJewelry.com will be donated to bat world.
- all of the 25% items from our 'bat world' shop section are automatically bumped to 50%.
~* if you cannot purchase or donate to help the fur babies, please like and share in hopes it reaches people who can.
~* I will be closing up shop for a few months starting in November, lets go out with a BIG BANG and help the bats!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Etsy Now allows Sweat & Slave shops To Sell As Handmade

Etsy has made it official they they no longer consider handmade goodies to necessarily be made by a persons hands and that 'workshop teams' (cough sweatshop) are welcome on their venue.