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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dairy-free Indian Sweetened Coffee

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In our household, coffee is a staple, up with fresh fruit and vegetables.  Between the two of us, we usually manage to put away six or so cups a day, which means that we have pretty particular tastes in regards to our coffee.  While we are pretty standard in our coffees, occasionally we like to mix it up a bit.  This coffee is based on an Indian sweetened coffee which is (supposedly) very popular in the south and enjoyed by college students in the cities.  Neither of us have been there, but so my sources tell me.  Regardless, this is a delicious recipe that I recommend to everyone that is a bit of a coffee aficianado.

4 1/2 cups almond milk (if you use soy milk, you'll have to replace all of the water with the soy milk)
1 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbs (preferably) fresh ground coffee beans
3 tbs fresh ground ginger (or 1 tbs dried ginger)
1 1/2 teaspoons tea masala*


*If you do not have this on hand, there's no better time than the present to get some on hand!   You can make it and save it for later, too.  To make tea masala, mix together:

3 tbs ginger powder
1/2 tbs black pepper powder
1 tbs cinnamon powder
1 tbs cardamom powder


Put all of this into a saucer, and bring it to a boil.

Cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Strain into a teapot or your cups (depending on how much you've made).




Caloric Info
Servings 4
Calories136.5
Total Fat: 2.9 grams
Sat Fat: 0.1 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.1 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 161.8 mg
Potassium: 275.0 mg
Carbs: 26.4 grams
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 grams
Sugar: 22.6 grams
Protein: 1.5 grams

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baked Armadillo Potatoes

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 These vegan baked potatoes add a little pizazz to the typical baked potato.  By cutting it as seen in the image, we get a more thorough baking, and a crispier, more delicious potato.  Not that there's anything wrong with the typical baked potato, but sometimes change is nice, right?  You can put whatever you'd like on it, but for our purposes, I'll give you what I chose to put on it.  This is a fantastic side dish to the Asparagus with Garlic Sauce!

1 potato (I usually make these by the half-dozen and bring one to work for the week)
1/4 red onion, diced into large chunks
1 clove garlic, diced
1 tsp butter alternative (We usually use Earth Balance)
1 tsp bacon bits alternative (or you can make your own homemade vegan bacon!)
sea salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 375.

This is a real simple recipe-- the tricky part is successfully cutting the potato wide enough to fit the onions and garlic without breaking the potato in half.  The best way to do this is to put the potato on a baking sheet with sides that raise 1/4 of an inch or so.  Cut the potato while it is against the edge of the baking sheet, holding the knife parallel with the sheet, and stopping right before you hit the side of the baking sheet.  Cut these breaks 1/3 of an inch apart all the way along the potato.  When you're done, the potato should be able to bend relatively easy (but don't test it too much or it will rip!).

In each new space cut, insert a few small portions of garlic and onion, layering them.

Brush the butter over the top of the potato, making sure to cover all the edges of the cuts.  This is crucial to get the crispiness desired.

Top the potato with the portions left after filling it and cover that with sea salt and bacon.

Place in the oven for 1 hour, and check to see if it's fully cooked.  Depending on the size/type of potato you're cooking with, the potato may need to cook another 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!


Caloric Info
Servings 1
Calories205.3
Total Fat: 3.4 grams
Sat Fat: 0.9 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 1.0 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.9 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 68.6 mg
Potassium: 978.1 mg
Carbs: 40.2 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4.4 grams
Sugar: 2.1 grams
Protein: 5.3 grams

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cinnamon and Nutmeg Coffee

Cinnamon and Nutmeg Coffee

There's nothing like a fresh brewed cup of coffee in the summer to start the day off right.  Simple and delicious-- I made mine a little strong because I planned on icing it-- prepare yours the way you typically prepare your coffee and add the following ingredients.  I recommend sticking with a medium to light bodied coffee, even if you tend to drink stronger, darker coffee in order to allow the flavours of the spices to come out.


Add:
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

For each 1/2 cup of ground coffee you make.  After placing the grounds in the filter basket, sprinkle these two ingredients on top.  Drip seems to work best here... enjoy!