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Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

What’s indigo on the outside and white on the inside? A blueberry! Makes total sense — I know.

Almost every day Jeremy and I have a green smoothie for breakfast, but the other day when I was rustling around in the fridge, I was coming up empty-handed.

We were out of greens.

The bananas were MIA too.

There wasn’t much help from the freezer either.

What’s one to do?

Start looking at what I do have in the kitchen. Kind of sounds like the secret to life – right?

I found frozen blueberries, dates, minced ginger (ready to go – I might add), coconut yogurt that was months passed the expiration date but didn’t have mold, spices and orange juice.

Sounds like I could make a smoothie after all and it was delicious. 

Almost dessert-worthy.

Blueberry Cobbler SmoothieI included measurement for the orange juice in the recipe, but the water I’m leaving up to you. I usually try to keep liquids up to the level of fruit and veg in the WildSide container, but with frozen fruit it’s a good idea to add a little bit more.

This smoothie is full of fiber but tastes like a blueberry cobbler hence the name. The ginger and spices add subtle flavor and a nutritional boost, but don’t overpower the magic.

Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vanilla coconut yogurt
  • 3-4 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
  • water to taste
  • cinnamon to taste

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, adding water to your desired thickness. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

What awesome combos have you come up with when supplies are low? xo

The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal

The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary MealI think these amazingly delicious, crave staving, EPIC vegan bloody marys deserve their own soundtrack. Something like Orff’s Carmina Burana. I began daydreaming these lovlies after a friend showed me pictures of some epicly omnivorous bloody marys. I just had to pay tribute—vegan style. It was so much fun to play with food. :) The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary MealWho else loves pickled vegetables?! The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal I found the bloody mary mix at Tri-State in Moscow, ID and it just happened to not have anchovies or high fructose corn syrup—lucky me! The brand is Trü and it is truly delicious. It has some kick which is perfect for me, but it meant Jeremy sipped on his a bit slower even with the dilution of V8. The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal Trü’s ingredient list. The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal I started out by cooking the burgers and tots according to the back of the package. While they were cooking, I prepped the celery and cucumbers. I then skewered and tooth-picked the veggies together and propped them in an extra mason jar. Next, I made the drinks and began adding the garnishes, burgers, and tots. The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary MealThe balancing act. The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal

The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal

Ingredients

    The Meal
  • 16 oz organic tater tots — I used Cascadian Farms
  • 2 vegan burgers — I used MorningStar's Roasted Garlic and Quinoa
  • 2 burger buns
  • lettuce
  • slices of onion and tomato
  • condiments of choice
  • The Mary
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 28 oz vegan bloody mary mix
  • 28 oz V8 juice or tomato juice
  • 6 oz vodka
  • 2 teaspoons vegan worcestershire sauce
  • celery salt to taste
  • 1 cup+ pickled vegetables/olives/pickles
  • 2 ribs of celery, ends trimmed
  • Tools and Props
  • small baskets
  • toothpicks
  • 2 - 24" skewers
  • 6 - 12" skewers
  • 2 - 28 oz mason jars

Instructions

    The Meal
  1. Cook tots and burgers according to package directions. Assemble burgers on a plate. Split tots over 2 baskets. Set aside.
  2. The Mary
  3. Skewer and toothpick the pickled veggies and veg.
  4. To each mason jar add 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce, a dash of celery salt, 14 oz V8 juice, 14 oz bloody mary mix, 3 oz vodka, and 1 cup of ice. Stir with a knife or straw and garnish with a sprinkle of black pepper.

Notes

• V8 or tomato juice could be subbed if vegan bloody mary mix is hard to locate, may need to adjust the worcestshire and celery salt by adding more • Skip the alcohol and make it a virgin

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The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal If you’re interested in how the burgers remained balanced, I just cut a round piece of cardboard and placed it on the skewer. The Epic Vegan Bloody Mary Meal

Aren’t the tater tot baskets cute?
What’s your favorite pickled vegetable? xo

Bar-B-Q Lentils

Bar-B-Q Lentils | Feed Your SkullA few weeks ago now I was headed outside to take a walk for my break and noticed—across the hall from my office—a book in the CAHNRS’ extension office.

PeaLentilBook

photo courtesy of pea-lentil.com

The Pea & Lentil Cookbook – From Everyday to Gourmet by the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.

I immediately wandered in and started looking through the book – surprised by how many naturally vegan and vegetarian recipes there were amongst the omnivorous ones — which can easily be made vegan.

A few that caught my eye and had my stomach growling:

  1. Split Pea and Pimiento Salad
  2. Lentil, Chili, and Jicama Salad - it’s not often you see a recipe using jicama!
  3. Greek Lentil and Feta Vinaigrette Salad - I’m thinking this tofu feta would be fabulous trade-in.
  4. Samosas
  5. Lentil Potstickers
  6. Red Lentil Hummus

The list could go on and on!

For my first recipe I chose the Bar-B-Q Lentils from page 187 and made a few adaptions. Their recipe called for dry lentils but I had cooked ones hanging out in the fridge. I also decided to be adventurous and throw in some carrot-ginger pulp we had leftover from juicing and all that meant was I added a little bit more liquid. Feel free to leave out the carrot pulp or if you don’t have a juicer just add some shredded or finely diced carrots—the recipe doesn’t judge.

Bar-B-Q Lentils

serves 6-8

  • 5-6 cups cooked lentils – I used black beluga
  • 1/2 cup un-sulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcestershire sauce - try to find this at your local co-op or health food store
  • 1-2 teaspoons granulated onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 2 cups carrot pulp (from juicing – ours had a little ginger in it too) + a little bit of liquid – maybe 1/4-1/2 cup [pulp and liquid optional]
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Choosing Raw’s Coconut Bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine ingredients in 9×9 inch pan – stir well to mix everything up.
  3. Top with coconut bacon and bake for 45 minutes at 350°F. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

This is delicious!

Eating Ideas:

  1. As a side
  2. A main with a heaping serving of greens
  3. Over a baked or steamed potato
  4. In a whole pita pocket with romaine lettuce
  5. In a collard leaf, rolled like a burrito

Enjoy! xo

Looking for Changes and an Early Paul McCartney Crush

Looking for Changes | Feed Your SkullWe just finished watching this past Sunday’s episode of Mad Men and I was flipping through the cable guide when I saw a Paul McCartney and the Wings concert was playing on Palladia. Yes.

Something about me you might not know, but when I was in 6th grade—in 1993—I was in love with Paul McCartney. Beatles McCartney. Wings McCartney. It didn’t matter.

I loved going over to my Grandma’s house to watch vH1 in desperate hopes of catching one of their music videos. That’s right! No Vimeo or Youtube.

I reminisced about middle school me while watching the concert and surprised myself—yet again—by how many of the songs I had memorized by heart.

This led to me turning off the TV to pull up one of his albums on rdio. Off the Ground it was.

The first song begins and ends and the second song begins and I’m singing along with the words I’ve known by heart since I was eleven and I realized—only 20 years later—what those words really mean.

Looking For Changes

I Saw A Cat With A Machine In His Brain
The Man Who Fed Him Said
He Didn’t Feel Any Pain
I’d Like To See That Man Take Out That Machine
And Stick It In His Own Brain
You Know What I Mean

I Saw A Rabbit With Its Eyes Full Of Tears
The Lab That Owned Her Had
Been Doing It For Years
Why Don’t We Make Them Pay For Every Last Eye
That Couldn’t Cry Its Own Tears
Do You Know What I Mean

When I Tell You That We’ll All Be
Looking For Changes
Changes In The Way We Treat Our Fellow Creatures
And We Will Learn How To Grow

Well I Tell You That We’ll All Be
Looking For Changes
Changes In The Way We Treat Our Fellow Creatures
And We Will Learn How To Grow
When We’re Looking For Changes

I Saw A Monkey That Was Learning To Choke
A Guy Beside Him Gave Him Cigarettes To Smoke
And Everytime That Monkey Started To Cough
The Bastard Laughed His Head Off
Do You Know What I Mean

When I Tell You That We’ll All Be
Looking For Changes
Changes In The Way We Treat Our Fellow Creatures
And We Will Learn How To Grow

When We’re Looking For Changes
We’re Looking For Changes
We’re Looking For Changes
We’re Looking For Changes In The Way We Are

Looking for Changes | Feed Your Skull

A song entirely about animal testing, abuse, and cruelty. I’m trying to remember what I thought this song was about? Did I think it had something to do with the cartoon cat in the Paula Abdul video?

It’s hard to say but I’m so happy I had the chance to be reminded of this song and experience it from my current perspective.

Do you have any moments or memories that surprise you like that? xo