Posted in Natural Products, Organic

Honest Company – Hand Soap & Laundry Soap

The hand soap smells great, I order the lemongrass one. The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t lather. I know in my head this doesn’t affect it’s effectiveness but I still miss the lather. It’s psychological. Also, I prefer the scents from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

The laundry soap from The Honest Company worked well. I did not have any problems with it. My clothes came out just as clean as when I use my regular natural detergent. No one had any skin reactions, which is a biggie in my house. So I would have to give this product a passing review. Out of all the home cleaning products I have tried from The Honest Company, I would have to say this is the best one!

That’s it for my reviews of The Honest Company. I haven’t purchased any other products because of the surcharge on products as I described in an early post!

Posted in Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Food

I heart chickpeas – Chickpea salad sandwich

Here’s my sandwich!

Only changes I made are no tomatoes (nightshade free) on the sandwich and DILL PICKLES not bread and butter. Oh yea and chopped black olives and dill pickles with a dash of pickle juice to the chickpeas……so I guess I changed it quite a bit

Thanks to The Vegan Chickpea for the awesome idea and great lunch!

Recipe can be found here http://www.theveganchickpea.com/2012/05/chickpea-salad-sandwich.html

Posted in Allergies/Intolerance, Health, Health Food, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes

I heart Chick Peas – Greek Chickpea Soup

One of my favorite foods is chickpeas!  They are extremely versatile and can go in pretty much anything!

Below is a recipe for on the Food Network courtesy of Christine Cushing.

CC’s Greek Chickpea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (250 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable stock (1.25 litres)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano (5 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (2 ml)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (125 ml)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice, to finish soup, optional
  • Splash of olive oil, to finish soup, optional
  • Grilled pita bread, for serving

Directions

  1. Soak chickpeas in water. Cover and Refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain.
  2. Sauté onions in olive oil on medium heat until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrot and celery, sauté until vegetables soften, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Add garlic and cumin and Greek oregano and continue to cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until garlic is golden. Add vegetable stock, chickpeas, lemon zest and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes or until chickpeas are tender. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Add chopped fresh parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Serve soup hot with grilled pita bread. Makes 7 cups.

Dried chickpeas will double in volume when soaked. If you prefer, used 2 cups canned chickpeas. Serve this soup with grilled pita bread.

Yield: 6

***Recipe slightly adjusted to make it vegan**

Posted in Allergies/Intolerance, Autumn, Thanksgiving

Lazy Saturday Fun

I slept in this morning, it was nice.  Then took K to tap class and then we went out for lunch at Kyoto.  We had a bento box 🙂  Warning to all with nightshade allergies……Tempura Eggplant looks suspiciously like Zucchini until you bite into it 😦  I know, I know I should have asked….Life on the food wild side is probably not for me.  Then we ventured to Kingsway Garden Mall and sauntered around in home, bath and body stores looking for a house warming gift for J & R.  They just bought a house and their housewarming is tonight, so I am looking forward to that!

Now I am blogging as a tool to avoid house work …..  We are having thanksgiving at our house this year and have many friends coming over.  So I should get going, so far off the list is laundry and dusting.

Posted in About Me, Autumn, Seasons, Vegan Recipes

Fort Edmonton Park, Friends and Fun

Sunday, we spent the day at Fort Edmonton Park, thanks to an awesome invite from our Friends SB&S along with R.  We have a great day and it was 32 degrees Celsius outside!!!!!

Fort Edmonton was busy, but not too busy and lots of fun!!  We had ice cream and pickled eggs.  Although, there are better pickled eggs out there!

Later we packed for TREX for a prep meeting for a canoe trip down the North Sask. next weekend!  Then dropped K off for her TREX meeting!

Once K got home we had a spinach salad!  It was heavenly!

Spinach Salad!

  • Spinach
  • Almonds
  • Vegan Bacon Bits
  • Strawberry vinaigrette
Then J and K sat down for a grueling homework session. They made it out alive an hour and a half later!
Posted in About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes

Nightshade Free Curry *YUM*

Recently in blog land, a blogging friend of mine Emily Levenson (who just happens to have lots of similar food allergies) created a nightshade free curry!  Curry was one of my favorite foods prior to starting my journey to a new and improved me who was free of sickness and pain.

Anyways, Emily posted an amazing nightshade free curry and you can find it here!

http://emilylevenson.com/recipe-sweet-potato-chickpea-curry

I tweaked the recipe a bit and added nutmeg, cloves and bay leaves.  I might try adding some lemongrass next time!  But a huge thanks to Emily for allowing me, the joy of curry once again.

Posted in About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Exercise, Hair Care, Health, Nightshade Free, Vegetarian Food

Fried Rice.

Tonight I made fried rice for dinner. I added carrots, corn, green beans, purple cabbage, shallots and peas.  Seasoned w/ braggs, ginger, black pepper and garlic.  I tastes amazing and has No Nightshades 🙂

I have been feeling kinda down because of my wrist.  I can’t work out.  I definitely need to do more running/walking in the neighbourhood.  So I keep my activity levels up.

I found two amazing websites in the last two days.

One for curly hair http://www.naturallycurly.com/ , Naturally Curly has great tips and tricks on how to keep your curly hair looking it’s best.  There are also forums where you can talk to other curlies and trade curl secrets!

And the other for people with food allergies http://www.cookingallergyfree.com/, it is filled with great recipes and what makes it so great is you put in your food allergies at the beginning and it only shows you recipes that do not have your allergies.  This site has a wealth of information and has helped me to realise no nightshades is not so bad once you get used to cooking with all the other wonderful foods available to you.

On another note I have given up on Live Clean’s Purple Jewel Conditioner.  It just doesn’t do the trick.  It is a horrible detangler.  When I use it clumps of my hair come out from the tangles, so it is not detangling.  So for me, Purple Jewel Conditioner is a no go.  The shampoo is okay though but definitely not may favorite.  I had hopes for this product but am afraid it just doesn’t cut it for curly hair.  Also everyone with straight hair out there don’t let this discourage you from trying some of the other products in their line.  I personally like their Exotic Nectar – Argan Oil and Shine Cream.

Posted in About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Health, Health Food, Naturopathy, Organic

My Intolerance of Nightshades

Nightshades are a group of vegetables that include Peppers (Hot and Sweet), Potato, Tomato, Eggplant, Aubergine.

This is the first food group I chose to introduce as my first food group in my eliminate diet process.

I have found out these foods make me horribly ill.  Digestion issues, dizziness, nausea, trouble focusing, headaches and mood swings.

I will continue to add foods to my diet and possibly come back to nightshades at the end and introduce them one at a time again.  To ensure that I have not made a mistake or something else was bothering me.

Hot peppers and the many spices they are in are probably my most favorite foods, so today is a very sad day.

But on the upside I found someone like me who has a nightshade allergy!  http://reluctantveggie.com/about