Saturday, May 29, 2010

I Love Dried Beans

Yep. Life has been wild! I have been pouring all of my energy, heart, and money into the new store!! Wish us lots of fun and sales!!

In the process of opening the store, I have done a major crackdown on the food budget. I'm pretty sure I have reduced it by at least 70% if not more. My most favorite new food item (besides clearance vegan cheese spread on Ezekiel Bread) is dried beans and peas!!

Dried food has always intimidated me. I assumed you needed meat, expertise, or at least some kind of kitchen seniority. Nope!  I've made black eyed peas, pinto beans, and lima beans so far.

Here in Louisiana the brand of choice is Camellia, but even the plain old Hy-Top or store brands are great! I don't soak, just simmer for an hour or two. My seasoning usually is: Bragg's salt free sprinkle, garlic powder, and some Liquid Smoke- soooo good and soooo cheap!!



We ate almost a whole pack of Camellia black eyed peas while watching Sherlock Holmes (pretty good!) the other night. Cheap-o and healthy!!

I am experimenting with getting more economical while staying healthy. I'm sticking with millet and sprouted grain breads, but trying to get cheap otherwise.

Any great tips?

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cilantro is a wonder-food!!

Who knew!

According to Dr. Ben Kim, "One of healthiest herbs that you can include in your diet is fresh cilantro. Abundant in chlorophyll, iron, and a wide variety of phytonutrients, fresh cilantro provides protection against a wide spectrum of diseases, and may even protect you against a buildup of heavy metals."

Yay! I love cilantro!! Salsa is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it, although a delicious plate of Indian food topped with the yummy green herb is a close second.

Here are Dr. Kim's recipe suggestions for great salsa:


"Ingredients:
  • a large bunch of fresh cilantro
  • about five small tomatoes
  • one large sweet bell pepper
  • a small bunch of spring (green) onions
  • half a lemon
  • about three to four cloves of garlic.
Combine all ingredients in a good food processor or a strong blender, add a good pinch of sea salt and pepper, then pulse blend until you reach your desired consistency.
Just be sure to give the tomatoes a rough chop and add them to the processor or blender first to release some tomato juices to aid in blending the rest of the ingredients.
If you prefer a chunkier salsa, go easy with the blending or forget the blender and use a knife to chop everything up.
To add natural sweetness to your salsa, try adding small chunks of fresh, ripe mango.
For some richness and added texture, you can't go wrong with small chunks of creamy avocado.

If  you like to sniffle while you enjoy your salsa, add some chilies to the mix before blending or chopping."

Do you have a favorite cilantro recipe?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strippers for a Cause!!

Here is your chance to help men, women and children who are struggling with HIV, AIDS and a variety on various illnesses.

Donate to Broadway Cares Strip-A-Thon!!

Bar Business


Bar Business
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Artsy Giveaway :)

I was perusing my favorite blog giveaway site today, and came upon a neat giveaway that merits reposting.

This is Amy Wilson's blog at Wordpress. Her bio:
"I'm an artist who shows her work with BravinLee programs in NYC. In the past, I've exhibited my work at Bellwether, PS1, The Drawing Center, and a bunch of other places. I teach at the School of Visual Arts in NYC."

She is giving away a really cute recycled tote, and looking to drum up more attention for her future totes.


 The bags are made from a larger art installation that has already been displayed.


Having been occupying myself working on a totally independent creative venture (Yay, store opening June 1st!!), my eyes have been opened to the need for artists, small-business owners, and so on to reach out, connect, and support each other. So that's what this post is about!!

Here's where you can see her stuff: http://amywilson.bigcartel.com/, and new bags will be for sale 5/19.

Hop on over and enter the giveaway as well.
Have a great day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Announcement!!!

Things might be a little quieter here...because I'm opening up a store! For the last month or so, we have been busily readying a storefront for business- June 1st! I am super excited!

Here's our info.
http://popshopspazz.blogspot.com/

Yay!

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Orleans Fun!!!

Hi Ya'll! here's a big update from our trip to New Orleans. For most of the weekend, we did prep work for a big surprise that I will share about soon.

But...we also, ate, drank, and grooved!

Check out this delicious veg sushi from Hana Sushi!


In a random event of wonderfulness, there was a vegan bake sale going on that weekend. Yay!!


I had a cupcake right then, and some peanut butter chocolate cookies for the road (healthy eating, what...?)


The highlight of the weekend (besides getting 2 free days to wander around laughing and playing with my honey, of course!!) was Ms. DiFranco!!!!!!! Let me just say that my massive universal love crush on her and her whole entire operation is strong as ever! The show was terrific, the music was terrific, she was terrific!


Hope you all are doing great!! Big announcement soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sloppy Joanna's

I've cooked a few meals recently out of Yellow Rose Recipes. It's a good vegan cookbook with a lot of great basics, especially the section on making homemade versions of expensive vegan treats like sour cream, "parmesan" cheese, and so on.

Here we have: Sloppy Joannas!



Mine looks kinda like the picture in the cookbook- yay! This recipe is super easy and cheap- great combo. It would make a great base for tacos, vegan "meat" sauce, and so on too with just some tweaks of the seasoning. (Adios, expensive meat crumbles! Viva la TVP!!)  We ate them on Ezekiel Sprouted Grain buns (SO delicious!!!).

Happy eating!

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Slaughterhead Winners!

Congrats to Amy & Jennifer Young!! I've emailed you both!

Amy- wallet

Jennifer Young- whatnot pouch

Tofu Magic

Yum, yum, and super yum!!! Please scamper over to Fat Free Vegan right now and try this Oven-Roasted Tom Tofu recipe- it is awesome!!!!


The tofu coating gets very crisp in the oven and is just amazing with every sauce I have tried it with. Little tofu nuggets of perfection! We had them with some simple cooked cabbage and black-eyed peas! Good stuff!


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