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30 Days.


I cannot believe it has been almost a month since my last post. I couldn’t tell you where the time has gone. I miss blogging, and I am back. Unfortunately, my camera has not captured much of what has been made in my kitchen as of late, but trust me, yummy holiday fare is on its way. But for today, I will share an episode of “30 Days” with you. I thought it fitting as it has been about 30 days since my last post…This episode is from the show “30 Days” that Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame) created. I stumbled upon this episode that follows a hunter as he lives with a vegan family for 30 days. It shows a transformation of thought from a person who only looks at animals as something needing a side-dish to a person who not only cares for animals, but learns to consider himself an animal activist. I thought it was a really great show. I hardly watch television, and it is pretty out of the ordinary for me to actually like something that has been on TV, but this made me cry. It made me realize how vital it is that we all speak our truth for the animals. Please watch the show. As a vegan, it gives me hope, but if you are not veg*n, I encourage you to watch the show with an open mind and heart, and let me know what you think! I would love to start a dialogue! And I promise, I will be back with food!

Watch Me!

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I am falling way behind on my vegan MoFo duties.. Life has gotten in the way. Some things have come up, and I haven’t had the time to blog.. I will be back on Thursday with some delicious foodstuff! Promise! I have a killer cookie I have been working on.. Think Chocolate, pecans, chocolate, spice, and of course everything nice! Check back Thursday! Have a great Wednesday! Ciao!


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Quiz time!


So I’ve got no food today.. Just a food related quiz! I have a lot of school work, and a full day of fun Labs and classes, so I don’t have much time to cook, except if you count my reheated food from last night, or my oatmeal… That’s about it. Nothing fun! Tomorrow I will have the recipe for the Apricot-Maple Oatmeal Cookies! Oh they are so good!! Ok here goes…

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
I love the new grain milk that is at trader joe’s or the vanilla almond milk, both unsweetened!

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Some form of chili with cornbread, Coconut squash soup, and vegan fondue (so excited about this one)!

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Nutritional yeast and a mist of olive oil, or plain, air popped with a touch of salt..

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?

Hmm.. I can’t think of one that was disastrous, but I did make a soup once that was so spicy, my sister remarked that you couldn’t stop eating it, because the burn got too intense! Whoops!

5. Favorite pickled item?
Good question. I would have to say pickled jalapeno

6. How do you organize your recipes?
The ones I create, I have on scrap pieces of paper, hoping to compile them at some point.. The ones I find, either I put a stickie note on them in the book, or add them to my favorites on google reader.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Compost, trash (as little as possible), and garbage disposal only when ablsolutely necessary.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods… what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
Pinto or black beans, brown rice, and berries

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?

I’m not sure.. It is probably our Sunday dinners. Every Sunday, until we moved away, we would all get together for a nice meal and conversation.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?

The Java-chip I made while working at Chaco Canyon Restaurant in Seattle. It was perfect coffee chocolate ice cream!
11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
I would have to say either my vita-mix, or… nope, my vita-mix. I love the thing!

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Oh probably cinnamon!!

13. cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I have a Mickey Mouse cookbook my grandmother gave me when I was like 5. My oldest vegan cookbook is I think the Joy of Vegan Baking (Not so old!)

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Dessert. Or maybe enchiladas!

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Depends on the dish, but I use tofu most often, but I love all three!

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Dinner, or breakfast because that means I have a lazy day ahead!

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?

My canvas shopping bags

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Quinoa bread, frozen blueberries, raspberry sorbet

20. What’s on your grocery list?
OH geez, a lot, my fridge is bare!

21. Favorite grocery store?

Trader joe’s for the most part, but I LOVE Whole Foods. I could spend hours in there! Or Madison Market in Seattle!

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.

Probably a beef dip. Not for me, but just because my mom loves it and I would like to be able to make a vegan version! Or cheese.

23. Food blog you read the most. Or maybe the top 3?
FatFree Vegan, Eat Live Run, Kath Eats Real Food

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Green and Black Chocolate. Oh.So.Good!

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Ha, trying to stay on a budget.. but I did just buy some saffron, PRI-cy!

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
Can’t think of one.. maybe yeast because I don’t have much experience with it, but LOVE bread!!

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Apples, part deux


Hello again!

I am back with a few more apples, and then I shall move on to something else for vegan MoFo! The other night, I was craving something warm and satisfying for dessert. There was nothing in the house, but a chocolate bar, and some soy ice cream. Neither seemed to fit the bill, so I went into the kitchen and looked around for something to make. I had oats (as always), flour, maple syrup, cane sugar, berries, and apples. Sounded like something warm and satisfying was right around the corner.

Enter: Fall Crisp

Fall Crisp

This was an impromptu dessert, but super yummy, had I not forgotten to half the canola oil… I loosely based the crisp off The Joy of Vegan Baking, which is one of my most favorite cookbooks, and Compassionate Cooks was really what helped me go, stay, and love being a vegan.. Anyway, SO since it was just me and Nic (my boyfriend), I halved the recipe and made it in a small cast iron skillet. Everything was great, but the topping (which is usually my absolute favorite) was grainy.. too wet.. so I was doing a little thinking.. and a lightbulb went off.. I halved everything, BUT the oil. MoFO! It still tasted yummy.. but honestly when does fat not taste yummy?  So I won’t share the recipe here, but I omitted the nuts, added coconut to the top, and doubled the oil. That last part though, I would probably skip that gem of wisdom. Let’s see…

Mixing in the cast iron

I didn’t really follow the filling recipe, just threw together some frozen berries, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, lemon juice, and mixed it all up in its own serving dish (I told you it was impromptu.. I didn’t want dishes either!!) So mix, mix, mix…


I had the toaster oven set to 350*, threw it in for about 40 minutes and out came satisfaction in a skillet… I am so glad it is cold outside, gives me a reason to turn on the (toaster) oven!!! Happy Baking!

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I LOVE apples!



Happy Monday!  I can’t believe it is already Monday. It seems like the weekend just flies by! My weekend was full of homework, work work, and hanging pictures (finally!). The weekend was also full of APPLES! I love Fall. We finally got a chill in the air here in Reno. Snow fell and all was right with the world! In mid-August, I start to really crave the coziness of Fall and Winter. I love bundling up with tea and a good book or movie. Seriously, nothing beats it!

For me, Fall is a time for apples! I absolutely adore the fruits of summer, but I eagerly await the apples that come this time of year. Cinnamon is one of my most favorite spices, and nothing goes better with cinnamon than a nice warm apple. This weekend, I made two dishes that focused on organic honey crisp apples.


Personally, I think that apples are amazing anytime. They are full of filling fiber and vitamins. The pectin, a soluble fiber, has been shown to even lower cholesterol! With only about 80 calories in one medium apple, it’s the perfect portable snack. And I haven’t even mentioned their sweet taste, satisfying crunch, and flavor variety. I use apples in everything. From warmed apples atop oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast, a great afternoon snack on the go, sliced on a spinach salad, or baked into desserts. Apples are so versatile; applesauce instead of oil in baking, apple cider, apple pie… I feel like I am starting to sound like Bubba (a la Forest Gump). Anyway, I digress. I had a big bag of honey crisps from TJ’s and wanted to use them up! Breakfast this weekend consisted of pancakes with mounds of warm cinnamon apples.

Apple Pancakes

Sauteed apples

1 honey crisp apple (although any baking apple would do well here)

1 TBSP Real Maple Syrup

Cinnamon, to taste.

Nutmeg, to taste.

A dash of Salt

Heat saute pan, you can add some oil or earth balance, I like mine without. Add chopped apples to hot pan and quick saute for 2 minutes with salt, or until apples start to turn slightly brown. Remove from heat. Add maple syrup and spices; toss to coat. Place back on the heat for a few more minutes to soften apples and warm syrup. Serve.

I like to put my sauteed apples on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or just eat them plain. I also like doing an apple saute with a more savory items. On a salad, with cranberries and pepper or a lemon vinaigrette.

Tune in tomorrow to see a delicious and quick apple and berry crisp!

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Hello, you MoFo you!!


Good Afternoon!

So, to kick off my blogging, I thought I would participate in Vegan MOnth of FOod! I loved reading along last year as some awesome vegan blogs showed their foodie stuff. I figured it would be fun to play along! To kick things off, I’m going raw, well almost. I was so excited all day at work to come home and make this dish. I LOVE zucchini “noodles”. They are seriously one of my favorite things, and I love the reaction they get from people who have never had them.

In case you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, let me elaborate. Raw noodles can be made by using a spiralizer. A spiralizer is a kitchen tool that turns whole zucchini, carrots, cucumbers or any similar type of produce into thin ‘noodles’ or paper-thin strips.I have also had a lot of success in the accidental shapes I have made, just don’t ask me how I did it, or to do it again! I bought mine a year ago and have made great use of it in my kitchen. From fancy salads, to quick raw meals, nothing beats healthy, raw noodles! So, without further ado, I give you almost-raw spaghetti.

Almost raw spaghetti

I say almost raw because, to be honest I used pizza sauce that I had in the fridge. I have a great recipe for raw pizza sauce that I will share at a later date, but I was crunched for time this afternoon, so raw noodles with a cooked tomato sauce it was. I like to incorporate as much raw food as possible. So if that means all raw with a cooked sauce, that is fine by me! So for MoFo day 1, that’s all from me! Peace!

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Numero Uno

Hello, Welcome to my blog! I have been trying to think of a good way to start the blog, but I think I should just tell you why I am blogging, and why I hope you’ll stick around!

My name is Michelle. I live in Reno, NV and I’m a vegan. I am starting a blog to combine a few loves of my life: writing, food, and healthy living. This blog will be devoted to all three. I am a busy person, but always make time to cook. From the most simple creations, to an evening spent slaving (happily) over the stove, I try and make the tastiest healthy food possible. I am a vegan girl living among omnis and I try and make that work.

On this blog you will find yummy vegan creations, as well as healthy eating tips, exercise tips, and green living advice that has helped me in my life! The site is a work in progress at the moment, so be patient. I will get it all up and running as soon as possible. For now, I am participating in Vegan MoFo 2009! The month of October will be my maiden voyage into the blogosphere! Until tomorrow. Hasta!

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