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Recipe!! Vegan Potato Salad

My family LOVES to have cookouts during this time of year. Something about getting together on the porch and enjoying food together while the dogs play is just so wonderful!
Just because I am now a vegan, does not mean I can not enjoy these things with my families. I enjoy taking traditional favorites and throwing a vegan spin on them.
In today's post, I am going to share my spin a potato salad. This potato salad is avocado based instead of being mayo based. 
With this recipe, I tried to keep it as close to the traditional recipe as possible. I just do not like the options for vegan mayo, so instead this recipe is avocado based. It was super fun and yummy to make. I throw all of the ingredients into a blender and it is creamy perfection.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer!
Happy cooking! ~Stella~

Vegan Potato Salad Recipe Makes 4-6 servings
5 potatoes 2 avocados 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar Juice from 1 lime
1 1/2 tablespoon whole grain mustard 2 cloves of garlic, mince…

Recipe!! Vegan Taco Nut Meat

About five years ago I worked in a Raw Vegan Cafe. One of the things I learned to cook while I worked there was Taco Nut Meat.
It also happened to be my favorite thing!
What I liked about it best was that it was close to "regular" taco meat, but only better. This is not only 100% vegan it is 100% RAW vegan.

Not all soy sauces, olive oil and spices are considered raw. You would want to make sure the one you are using is raw if you are on a raw diet.

Here is an example of a raw soy sauce: OHSAWA Nama Shoyu Sauce

As well as an interesting article with more information about it, click here to read it!
It is delicious in a lettuce wrap (as pictured), on a salad or pretty much anywhere!
This can be stored for up to one week but typically does not last that long.
This is a basic recipe, feel free to add other vegetables to it if it gets too thick just add a bit of water!
Happy cooking! ~Stella~

Taco Nut Meat Recipe

1 1/2 cup of almonds soaked over night (you can use any nut but I li…

Veganism vs. Vegetarianism

Veganism vs. Vegetarianism

Very often, people confuse veganism with vegetarianism, yet there are glaringly stark differences between the two. Let us look into this and hopefully shed some light on this topic. First and foremost, veganism is a lifestyle which incorporates the ideal that whatever one does, they will do so with the least harm (in as practical a manner as possible) to other sentient life forms. This should never be confused with a plant based diet, as vegans do consume plant based foods as the greatest way to impact a cruelty free endeavour is to not support the meat, dairy and egg industries (Cows piracy and Earthlings are documentaries highly recommended) as well as to reduce the impact on the environment.
 The fact that veganism looks at and considers more than diet, means that even honey is not consumed, as it is produced by bees as their food.
Vegetarianism on the other hand, had its genesis in the concept that a healthier diet would be a plant based one, which for one…

Dining Out in Kingston, Jamaica as a Raw Vegan. Part II.

Following up from last week’s review of sorts, and highlight of places within Kingston, Jamaica  at which a raw vegan can easily partake of  and enjoy meals of healthy compositions, here are a few more worthy mentions, which one may wish to put to the test.

Next door to Shams Bakery (mentioned last week in Part I) is a raw vegan restaurant named 'Mi Hungry’, their selection is quite varied and offer mainly house prepared menu options. These include standard raw vegan burger options with a few variations for the customer’s choice, raw pizza options, juices, sweet as well as savoury pies to name a few.

I like to omit the burger pâté and have a raw sandwich of sauce free, fresh ingredient combination. Here, is a requested, not so well dehydrated nut based  'bun' with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion with chopped scotch bonnet pepper. I like added cayenne as well to give an extra kick.
Raw sandwich with burger ‘bun’. Open faced. Covered: Nut based bun of fully raw sandwich. . Mi Hun…

Recipe!! Golden Milk

Turmeric Paste ½ cup water ¼ cup turmeric
Add to a sauce pan Stir over gentle heat for 7-10 minutes If it gets too thick add more water Store in refrigerator for 2-4 weeks

Golden Milk 2 cups of coconut milk ½ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp - 1 TBS turmeric paste 1 tsp chopped ginger 4-6 black peppercorns 1 pinch of stevia

How To Dine Out in Kingston, Jamaica as a Raw Vegan. Part I.

Despite the notion that raw veganism is an impossible lifestyle, it is infinitely possible to dine out with options, right here in Kingston, Jamaica. In a two part synopsis, I shall illustrate how.There are more than a few places to dine at which are raw vegan friendly and offer in some/most instances options for the non raw who will just as much enjoy their choices. This week, I shall briefly give an overview
of options I had over a few weeks which are enjoyable to the palette, generally healthy and options which promote a cruelty free, environmentally friendly composition. In a future presentation, I will focus in detail on specific locations, their varied selections and recommended orders with an idea of how to choose healthfully whilst keeping the budget intact. In my view, fresh raw and vegan (in general) is the superior way to nourish the body. As such, my approach was in said direction to achieve enjoying a meal whilst eating out and keeping the budget in check. Firstly,a stop …

Recipe!! Chickpea Potato Curry

When my husband told he wanted to go vegan he had only one condition. Flavor. He couldn't stress it enough. I personally could live off of lentils and rice and be perfectly content but he needs variety.
I immediately researched all the recipes we already loved and looked for ways to make them vegan. We live in a small town where it's not very culturally diverse. So it has been months since I've had West Indian curry.
I was craving chickpea curry with a passion and nothing was going to get in my way. Since becoming vegan there are two things I always have in the pantry: chickpeas and potatoes. I was unsure about having them both together, but they are a match better than pb&j.
I hope y'all enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

Ingredients:2 onions roughly diced1 tbsp minced garlic2 tbsp curry powder1 tsp coriander powder1 tbsp paprika (smoked is the best but any kind will do)1.5 tbsp cuminBlack pepper and salt to taste (potatoes absorb both liquid and seasoning…

Recipe!! Vegan Chili

Hi guys! I am sorry I have been missing in action lately. We are preparing to move in the next few weeks and it has me going a bit crazy!  During these busy and stressful times, I have found it necessary to find something easy to make. Because I am a Vegan ordering in isn't always an option and it is not the best for you. 
I have found that chili is an awesome thing to make. It takes awhile to cook, but it is passive time. I can go and do other things, I do not need to sit over it the whole time.
I have had this on it's own, over rice and over baked potatoes. All three are equally as delicious.  I also really enjoy topping it with avocado, it adds a certain creaminess I am used to having with my chili.
In my "pre-vegan" days I would just add sour cream, avocado has the same effect without using dairy!
Happy Cooking! ~Stella~

Vegan Chili Recipe
Seve 2-4

1/2 Yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic diced
1 teaspoon of cooking oil ( I used coconut oil)
2 carrots, thinly …

Zero Waste Toothpaste

The last couple of years I heard a lot about oil pulling and the benefits of pulling for your oil hygiene. Oil pulling can be good for your overall health as well. I have always wanted to try it but it seemed very daunting to swish coconut oil for 20 minutes. I don’t have 20 minutes in my day to give my mouth that kind of workout. I wanted to find a better way.
I have always had a terrible time with my teeth. I brush them everyday and floss most days but no matter what I always ended up with cavities. My teeth are straight but over the years have yellowed. I actually really like my teeth so the yellowing, while insignificant in the scheme of life, made me very self-conscious. I wanted to find a way to improve my oral health and take care of the yellowing. When I was looking online for ideas I stumbled on a Facebook page about zero waste. It was there that they talked about the blog Trash is for Tossers. Lauren, the zero waste queen, had a recipe for toothpaste using a few simple ingredi…

How To Reduce Bloating Whilst Transitioning To A High Carb, Low Fat Raw Vegan Lifestyle PII.

How To Reduce Bloating Whilst Transitioning To A High Carb, Low Fat Raw Vegan Lifestyle PII.
Continuing from last week- April 28, 2017:

C. Insufficient Sleep. Lack of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, particularly between the hours of 10pm and 2am each day can prevent adequate digesting ability. To avoid this, try to adjust your day/night schedule to incorporate sufficient sleep as well as early enough to bed hours.
D. Stress levels. High stress levels can undoubtedly result in disruption of many things, including healthy digestion functions. As the saying goes – ‘Stress kills’ or ‘Stress Causes Cancer’. Both are as valid as the need to mitigate the effects of oil spills in oceans as they are detrimental to the inhabiting plant and animal life.
Though perhaps easier said than done.  Stress is a major contributing factor to health issues, and if not abated in an effective manner. Stress places the body in ' fight or flight…