Posted in About Me, Holidays, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Food

My Happy Cow Obsession!

I’ve been thinking of upcoming holidays and eating out. So the first place I look is Happy Cow. I love Happy Cow! Need a veggie restaurant  Happy Cow comes to the rescue everytime! Now when I go on holidays it’s the first place I visit to see what veggie restaurants are where I am!

If you also frequent Happy Cow, look up my reviews – Prfound_Raincloud!

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 About Me, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Food

I heart chickpeas – Hummus

Monday Chickpea Recipe!  It’s another Food Network Recipe!!!  Recipe Courtesy of Rob Feenie.

Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained (reserve ¼ cup liquid)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • chopped parsley or cilantro to garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut the top off of garlic bulb. Drizzle with olive oil and place on a baking tray. Roast for about 1 – 1 ½ hours or until tender. Allow to cool and squeeze out garlic.
  3. In a blender or food processor puree chickpeas with roasted garlic, tahini, lemon juice and reserved chickpea liquid. Season to taste with salt. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve with warm pita bread.
***Adjusted slightly to be nightshade free***
Posted in Allergies/Intolerance, Health, Health Food, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes

I heart Chickpeas – Avocado Bowl!

Decided to post another Chickpea recipe this Monday!  It’s another Food Network Recipe!!!  Recipe Courtesy of Jennifer Houston.

Avocado bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/2 an avocado, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 cup pea sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons almond slices
  • 1/4 cup chick peas
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry herbs ( I used, )
  • 2 wedges lemon

Directions

  1. Put rice into large bowl.
  2. Pour half of olive oil and tamari on the rice.
  3. Sprinkle with half the herbs.
  4. Put chick peas on the rice and top with chopped vegetables.
  5. Put sprouts on, trying to form into a nice high pile.
  6. Scatter almonds over top, and then add remaining olive oil, tamari and herbs.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1

***Adjusted slightly to be nightshade free***

Posted in About Me, Dairy Free, Veg*ns of Alberta, Vegan Food, Vegetarian Food

A new restaurant in town!

Apparently there is a new vegan restaurant in town! I am super excited about it!  I have yet to go but here is an article from the Edmonton Journal about it.

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2012/02/24/new-vegan-restaurant/

It’s called the Clever Rabbit. Located @ 10722 – 124st. It’s open for lunch and breakfast, Tuesday – Sunday!

For more Edmonton restaurants that are vegan, vegetarian, or friendly to both!  Visit Happy Cow!  It is a great resource. I have used it in many of the countries I have traveled to including Brazil!!!  Where I found an amazing brazilian restaurant called Vegacy!

It was to die for!  Below is a picture of my meal from their lunch buffet!

Awesome meal!

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 About Me, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food

Soup and a busy week.

This week was very busy, meetings Monday and Tuesday.  Sparks Wednesday.                    Thursday a break and I’m making pumpkin soup.

Yesterday, was cookie selling night, so the sparks and I armed with parent helpers ventured out into the neighbourhood to sell cookies.  Mint cookies to unsuspecting homeowners.  We had alot of fun and learnt alot about cookie selling and committed quite a few faux pas, but all in all we had a good time.  Also, I know have 5 sparks which is great!  Still looking for more girls and ideally I would like to have an even number.  Also still on the search for an additional leader to help with Sparks.

Met with my trainer today and won’t have another training session until the third thursday in October.  So I have homework to take with me over the next week and a half, hopefully I can keep up my activity levels and keep in shape.

Tonight I am making Pumpkin Soup!  It’s a new recipe for me.  I looked for a recipe online and just took ideas from all over and have a pot simmering on the stove now.  Here’s my ingredient list.

  • Roasted Pumpkin (Yes I roasted pumpkin before peeling it and adding it to my soup)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Nightshade Free Curry Powder (I really have found alot of uses for the powder)
  • Onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
Essentially I roasted pumpkin, then peeled it and put it in a pot and mashed it up.  Fried up some onions. Added coconut milk, onions, salt, garlic,  cinnamon, nightshade free curry powder and turned on to simmer.
 It’s an experiment so I’ll let you know how it goes…..

Since I really haven’t gotten much done on the home front this week.  I am attempting to “catch up” tonight on things that have been waiting for quite a while……like my blog……..

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, Exercise, Health, Tea

A Relaxing Saturday.

Spent today for the most part relaxing.  This morning started with the usual morning drive to ballet for K.  Then went off to grocery shop, pick up a gym suit (needs to be fixed, but that’s a whole other story) and had my bank card reissued for the millionth time as it has once again been compromised.  Picked up K.  Drove home had lunch and dropped off K at Girl Guides for her Famine Sleepover.  Now if any of you know my child she likes to argue for the sake of arguing or as she says let’s have a random debate about nothing.  So getting her off to a sleepover with everything required and to eat lunch takes alot of energy.

After this I came home put stuff away and made dinner for myself.  Pineapple Coconut Rice and Broccoli w/shallots and sesame seeds.  J’s gone climbing.

Then I read The Kind Life again.  It’s probably my third time reading this book.  I really enjoy it.  I also, just in general love reading cook books.

On a side note, it’s Day 1 of my elimination diet.  I am positive that it will be a good experience.  Reading The Kind Life reaffirmed that.  I have also found some great gluten free recipes and blogs online.  I also made my three days this week at Curves!  So I have two more weeks to go and then the rest of my life because I plan on making this my minimum on exercise for each week for the rest of my life 🙂

Now to continue reading with a nice glass of warm tea!