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Vegan Cheese w/ Meal Photos

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Something that I have not been able to kick off my food list is cheese. In fact, it is the main reason why I can not keep to a vegan diet 100% of the time. During the summer months I can manage eating raw vegan but for some reason in the winter months, I need something that is different since fresh organic fruits and veggies just aren't available in large variance. I have tried vegan cheese once before but never really fell in love with the flavor. Since my first experience I have stayed away for a while now. But, I came across a "gourmet" vegan cheese in Whole Foods Market and decided "why not?" So in the basket it went and I was on my way. I first tried the cheese alone, tasted similar to tomatoes which probably isn't that far off since this is a vegan cheese which does not include and processed chemicals. I do not suggest eating it alone... at least it wasn't my favorite.

Then I tried it on just some plain pasta. I could have made a recipe from the cheese making it into a creamy substance however I am looking for some easier recipes that only take a few ingredients for my busier days during the week. Thankfully I found out that melting the cheese over the pasta was wonderful and very simple. Now, it wasn't as creamy as say blue box varieties but it was tasty nonetheless. Hint though: you have to melt the cheese in the microwave or it will not bubble. This was about 150 calories - 1/4 dry pasta used.

Since the plain mac n cheese was a success - I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I have tried this a few times since and am happy with it each time. Again, it doesn't taste 100% like a cheese sandwich but it can be easily compared to a grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of tomato on it. Here I made a lunch out of a whole wheat pita with vegan cheese and fresh basil leaves on top. Along side is a Japanese snack food which is made from squid. I'm addicted to this low-calorie snack food that actually does have some health benefits from it thankfully. It was a success! I have grilled the sandwich with spraying some 0 calorie oil on the pita and just warming it up in the toaster oven. Both are wonderful! One pita sandwich is around 150 calories.

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BREW99 2/25/2010 8:37AM

    Nope, it's 100% vegan. It can be purchased at whole foods.

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AJAMARIE 2/24/2010 2:51PM

    Does the cheese have any casein in it? What is the brand name?

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Mojo Energy Bar

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Energy bars can really add up one's grocery bill; hence when I find one that I really enjoy I wish to share with everyone else. This is a new one that I found in our stores a while back however am just getting to try it. At first I was a little worried if the thin energy bar would be enough for a good snack between meals to keep me going throughout the morning. Thankfully I found it had a little bit of everything that ranged from chocolate chips, seeds to pretzels! I loved the mojo bar and would suggest it to others!


Healthy Alternative

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ever since the first day of my relationship with my husband, we both understand that we had a difference of opinions when it came to food. My husband was a meat and potato kind of guy while I was a vegetarian for about 15 years - more than half of my life! So, we knew it was something that we would have to learn to compromise throughout our entire lifetime together. That's okay though, it makes it more fun sometimes... Here is our breakfast comparison that I thought was really interesting.

This is my husband's meal that I prepared for him. Homemade biscuits (yeah, about 250 calories a serving!); honey; two eggs and of course pork sausage (lean but he didn't know).

My healthier breakfast.. not my usual one but it was still a healthier option than above. Two egg whites; vegan cheese; a homemade whole wheat English muffin and my staple - vegemite. I had "cheese" and was still less than half of my husband's entire meal! Entire meal was less calories than one serving of biscuits from my husband's meal.

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Love Yourself not your Favorite Celeb

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Although I know that there are always things that get between a webmasters fingers, but I am slightly discouraged today after reading a few members blogs. I found a message board posting mentioning "thinspiration". I have been addicted to BBC documentaries lately and one of the videos was about pro- anorexic websites encouraging people to become anorexic. Yes, you read that correctly. The term "thinspiration", is associated with these pro-ana websites and am discouraged that spark people would have a blog and people on here that are looking to lose weight and do harm to their bodies. After reading all the blogs from the person, I can see that she is here for the wrong reasons. I hope that by reading other peoples' stories, she will learn that body image is not everything. In addition, winning the Playboy Bunny challenge for the month is not the right path to be lead down.

I want to encourage everyone to stop thinking about losing weight as a goal to be just like your celebrity "hero" but to think about ones' self. I have for months been discouraged when seeing that spark people suggest and gives points for people that make "inspiration" photos. I think that a person that wants to lose weight should learn more about healthy eating and living practices than looking for inspiration outside oneself. There are no celebrity photos on my website for this reason - I'm here for me, not for anyone else.

Let's all today look in the mirror and tell ourselves at least one thing that we love about ourselves. Either if you are just starting out or have lost 100 pounds, you should be thrilled with your success. Just getting on this website means that you love yourself enough to start a new journey for success! Spark People is a wonderful website to learn to live a healthy lifestyle if used properly. The first step is to learn to love yourself.

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LETIHANA 2/23/2010 9:43PM

    Well said. It's taken me many years and some therapy to realize, as Margaret Cho has said, "I'm the one that I want." Which is difficult in today's society, where thinner and better are only a scalpel or crash diet away. But none of that brings true happiness, I don't think, because no matter how much you change the exterior, you still have YOURSELF to deal with. And it's freaking hard sometimes! But I do think that self-acceptance and gratitude are where it's at. Peace resides somewhere in there.
Thank you for this post. Very reassuring. And TRUE!

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well said, thank you

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JENBYS 2/23/2010 10:58AM

    I agree completely, a lot of what got me here in the first place was unrealistic expectations about my body. Looking at an airbrushed celebrity photo does not motivate me to do good things for myself, it just makes me feel bad. I do like photos to reflect on but instead of "thinspiration" celeb photos I like to collect images of people doing great things, I have a pic on my computer of a woman doing a push up and I love it because she looks so strong, and I would like to do real push ups someday. I also have some great great photos of people running a marathon, keeping that kind of stuff around helps me stay positive and focused.

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SUGIRL06 2/23/2010 10:48AM

    I totally agree! I have seen some websites that I feel concerned for the person but don't want to insult them but pointing anything out. I try to avoid certain things also. I think I only have 1 picture that is not me (other than my motivation collage) that is a model because I have that bathing suit! LoL. The bathing suit is more my motivation than the girl (she has a nice tummy but she's a little too skinny...).

I just don't think a lot of people know where to find the motivation in themselves. I find motivation in that I like to be active and strong and not feel like I can't keep up because I'm out of shape. I also like healthy foods. But a lot of time its easier to make or find something unhealthy (microwaveable food, fast food, restaurants). But why not put in the extra effort to eat what I really want? I think other people can be great motivation but most people are concentrating on their looks instead of their story. Boy, you really made me think about this. Haha. Great blog!

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LADYIRISH317 2/23/2010 9:53AM

    Brilliant post. Thinness is not of and unto itself a goal. And copying the latest media fad is no way to live. We are bombarded every day with images of anorexia as being fashionable. A woman with the slightest hint of a curve is derided as "fat."

HEALTH should be the goal, not a certain dress size.

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Vegan Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lately I have been trying out some new recipes... thought anyone that is willing to try something new might like this one. It's a mock Chinese take out recipe. It was very original compared to others out there and tasted amazing! My hubster actually ate it and enjoyed - he's not much of a "mock" anything usually.

Kung Pao "Chicken"

3/4lb of tofu/seitan or tempeh. You could also use tofurky bits, I'm sure.
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced (I always add loads more because we're a garlic family!)
1sm onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2c dry roasted cashews or peanuts

Combine the following with 1/4c water for sauce:
1/4c (4TB)soy sauce or Braggs
2TB lemon juice
2TB sugar
2tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
1/2-1tsp crushed red pepper (like the kind you get at pizza places.) Add more or less to taste

1)Stir fry "meat" and garlic in a sprayed, non-stick skillet or wok for about 3 minutes until "meat" is golden
2)Add bell peppers and onion. Stir fry a bit
3)Add sauce and cook until sauce thickens.
4)Serve over brown rice! ( I personally make brown rice with barley and hijiki for extra nutrition)

Serves 4
Please note that this is not my own personal recipe, it's from

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SUGIRL06 2/22/2010 9:06AM

    Thanks! I think I can totally trick my hubby into eating this. And I have most of the ingredients at home already. I've been patiently waiting to use my bottle of arrowroot powder that I have. LoL. Thanks!!!

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