Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sloppy Joe's

Having not eaten meat in years, I occasionally find myself yearning for particular meals that I had enjoyed so much during my childhood that were not vegetarian, never-mind vegan. This delicious recipe works fantastically for a replacement, and I can't believe I hadn't considered doing something like this in the past. It worked well, but do beware, I tend to enjoy my food a bit on the spicy side. These sloppy joes work extremely well with hamburger rolls that are fluffy because they tend to absorb a bit of the juices-- sides great with the Ragin' Cajun Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions.

The Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 tbsp garlic, minced (not in oil)
1 12-oz can of tomato paste
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper
sea salt to taste

The meat:
1 cup water, boiling
1 1/2 cups TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 tbsp peperoncini, diced
1 large pickle, diced
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp chili powder
dash of allspice
sea salt to taste

In a blender or food processor, bend together all ingredients for the sauce until the consistency/flavors match your preferences-- add more of any of the spices as you see fit.

In a bowl, put the TVP and boiling water while giving room for the TVP to rise and set aside for 15 minutes, occasionally mixing.

Saute the onions in oil on medium heat for roughly 5 minutes. Lower the heat and add peppers, tomatoes, pickles, soy sauce, chili powder, allspice, and salt. Allow this to cook for two minutes.

After two minutes, add the sauce and stir together. Simmer for a half hour and enjoy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kale Banana Super Smoothie

 Kale Banana Super Smoothie

This kale-banana super smoothie is a delicious way to pack in some nutrients quickly after a workout.  When I used to train heavily for sports, this was a definite go-to immediately after working out.  Even when I tried P90X, for example, I replaced the recovery drink that they recommended/sold to you with this and I definitely was still getting good results.  Anyways, these ingredients are almost always in the house, so it's a great drink that's always an option for us.

1 banana
2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup light unsweetened soy milk
1 tbsp flax seeds