About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Health, Health Food, Nightshade Free

Seaweed and Understanding!

I have been on a bit of hunt for nightshade free cookbooks. I have been stalking the interwebs and then searching the library in hopes of finding nightshade free cookbooks. I never buy them before checking them out because so often I think I’ve found a gem and then *BAM* nightshades everywhere!!

I recently found the book, The New Seaweed Cookbook. The first thought in my head was – oh this is probably a difficult book. One where I’ll love the recipes but they will be so intricate I will attempt one or two them – never open it again. Because let’s be honest I work full-time, have a teenager (mom taxi) and a child under 2 (house destroying soul sucking monster) and a ridiculously difficult food allergy that I have been ignoring, much to my own detriment. So basically if it’s difficult, it won’t make it into my rotation of go to foods.

Now the recipes I was reading weren’t “easy”! They were things that with a bit of practice I could potentially incorporate. So I thought let’s give it a try, be positive, I began to read the Foreword and then the Introduction. Then I stumbled upon the quote at the end of the Introduction.

I am going to try to make this my mantra for the next 30 days.

-Rather than fearing the restrictions of a certain diet, allow limitations to become new boundaries in which to flourish. Discover the deep flavors of wild foods, committing a portion of your daily routine to celebrating the abundance of healthful ingredients. Share meals with intention and awareness, enjoying that which keeps us all alive and connected. Slow down to notice the days; each gives way to another, and seasons arrive filled with surprising new flavors, scents, and colors.

-Crystal June Maderia

Sometimes you find just what your looking for in the least expected places…

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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!

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

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**

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.

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!