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Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe (stove-top option)

October 8 2019 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe (stove-top option)Easy Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe. 7 Ingredients. Serve this spiced apple cider warm or cold. Stove-top option. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free pressure cooker Homemade Mulled Apple Cider drink.  Jump to Recipe Spiced Drinks are what I crave in the cooler fall and winter months. This Apple Cider fits right in. Just 7 Ingredients!Put everything in an Instant Pot pressure cooker, pressure cook, strain and done! I love the cider warm, but it is also amazing served chilled with ice. This homemade apple cider also stores well. Refrigerate for upto 5 days or freeze. Lets whip up a batch of this cider! Make it spiked with some rum, whiskey, wine or tequila. Change up the fruits with seasonal fruits for variation.Continue reading: Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe (stove-top option)The post Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe (stove-top option) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal

October 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

This apple peanut butter oatmeal is made with whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit – what better way to start your day? Plus, using a slow cooker to make multiple servings saves time every morning of the week. This recipe comes to us from Oldways and The Peanut Institute . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 cup steel cut oats - 1/­­4 cup light brown sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup creamy peanut butter - 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/­­2-inch pieces   Coat the inside of a 5-6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine the oats, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and 3 1/­­4 cups water in the slow cooker. Add the peanut butter and whisk to incorporate. Stir in the apples, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Incorporate the somewhat crusty oatmeal stuck to the sides and bottom by stirring for 2-3 minutes. Serve warm. Active time: 10 minutes Total: 8 hours The post Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble

October 4 2019 VegKitchen 

Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble With the abundance of fall fruit and absence of grains, this dish offers a great lower-glycemic way to start your day. Add a bit more protein, and youre all set! For best results, select crisp, sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady, and firm pears, such as DAnjou or Bosc. The post Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble appeared first on VegKitchen.

Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan

September 24 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan When I heard my friend and fellow vegan cookbook author, Nava Atlas, had come out with her first cookbook in five years, I was excited to participate in the blog tour for the book.  Especially so, since this book, 5-Ingredient Vegan:175 Simple, Plant-Based Recipes for Delicious, Healthy Meals in Minutes consists of my favorite kind of recipes: FAST and EASY! Nava has developed these delicious recipes especially for people who are busy and dont want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but still want to enjoy delicious vegan food. As these recipes show, with a few well-chosen ingredients, a simple meal can be just as delicious as a more elaborate one, with the added convenience of getting easy 5-ingredient plant-based meals on the table quickly. For this post, I chose an easy-peasy dessert recipe for Chocolate Granola Clusters. I love this recipe not only because its simple, quick, and delicious, but also because its made with ingredients I always have on hand.  As Nava says, Sometimes, when Im making a fairly elaborate meal (and for me, elaborate is a relative term) for company, I lose momentum when it comes to dessert. Thats when I turn to this clever dessert that results my culinary genius proclaimed by guests. This needs just ten minutes of prep, no machines, and no baking -- just a short time in the fridge to re-solidify the chocolate.  I hope you enjoy this recipe (and Navas new book) as much as I do!   Chocolate Granola Clusters Serve with pears or apples in fall, oranges in winter, strawberries in spring, and raspberries in summer.  Reprinted with permission from 5-Ingredient Vegan (C) 2019 by Nava Atlas, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.   1 cup vegan chocolate chips 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain nondairy milk 1 1/­­2 cups granola (see note)   To cook on the stovetop: Combine the chocolate chips and nondairy milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl perched over a saucepan in which water is gently boiling. Cook over very low heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in most of the granola, reserving a little for topping. To cook in the microwave: Combine the chocolate chips and nondairy milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Start with 45 seconds, stir, and add 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is melted. Stir in most of the granola, reserving a little for topping. Line a large plate with wax paper or baking parchment. Spread the chocolate mixture onto it fairly evenly, to a thickness of no more than half an inch. Sprinkle the reserved granola over the top. Refrigerate for an hour or so, or until the chocolate has completely solidified. Break the mass into bite-sized chunks, and arrange on an attractive platter to serve. Store any not eaten at once in a covered container in the refrigerator, where theyll keep for at least a week. Note: Use a variety of granola that has a nice mixture of oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. Its best to use granola thats fresh and crisp for better texture.   The post Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Recipe | Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats

September 20 2019 Oh My Veggies 

For a long time, I didn’t know that pomegranates were edible. I thought they were for decoration. My mom used to have a jar filled with little dried pomegranates underneath the coffee table in the living room and when I was little, I liked to empty them out onto the carpet and shake them to hear the seeds inside. Many years later, when I was in college, a friend of mine mentioned eating pomegranates. “Wait, what?! You can eat those?!” I wasn’t completely convinced. Eventually I tried pomegranates for myself and I came to love them, even though they’re a complete pain to prepare. My husband doesn’t think it’s worth the effort, but I do–I get excited about pomegranate season and I always feel bummed when it’s over and I know I’m going to have to wait until next fall to have them again. With pomegranates in season now, I thought I’d try adding them to my overnight oats for breakfast. Lately when I make overnight oats, I’ve been using an equal amount of fruit and oats. It helps me feel like I’ve eaten more–because let’s face it, 1/­­2 cup of oats is nothing. Nothing! So I added 1/­­2 cup […]

Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

September 14 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal CookiesThese 1 Bowl Tahini Oatmeal Cookies have no refined sugar and oil and come together within minutes. No eggs, Vegan, Glutenfree, Nutfree, Soyfree Tahini Oat Cookie Recipe.  Jump to Recipe Simple Oatmeal Cookies are a favorite snack in my house especially in cooler weather. Some nut butter, or sun butter, oats, flour and done. In this variation, I use tahini for the fat and volume. Tahini makes these a salty, sweet, and interesting cookie. Tahini adds a fabulous buttery texture to the cookies without needing any added oil. It also adds a slight bitter profile. Add some dried fruit/­­raisins, chocolate chips or other additions, add some spices of choice. Add an icing,make this cookie your own. If you like tahini, you will also love my Chocolate tahini flourless cookies! What is Tahini? Tahini is just blended up toasted hulled sesame seeds. The seeds are blended/­­processed until smooth and fluffy sesame seed butter. The flavor and texture of tahini varies significantly with brand. Tahini adds a nutty, slightly bitter (but pleasing bitter) profile wherever you use it. However, depending on the brand, it might add a lot more bitter. This bitter especially will show up in sweet things like this cookie. For best results use a brand that you generally like the flavor of. I like Soom and Whole foods brand.Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal CookiesThe post Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Recipe | Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

September 2 2019 Oh My Veggies 

I wasn’t going to post this recipe, but since it’s the end of the summer, it’s kind of our last opportunity to get locally grown cantaloupe and cucumbers. So why not stretch out summer a little bit longer and make fruit salad? I wasn’t sure how this recipe would turn out, to be honest. It sounded like a mishmash of flavors and I couldn’t imagine how it would taste. Since I have so many Hungarian black peppers and mint leaves to use, I thought I’d take a risk and try it anyway. I’m glad I did–it’s so different and it makes a refreshing, light side for a heavier meal. Of course, it helps that I managed to pick out the perfect cantaloupe to use in this–any recipe involving melon is only as good as the fruit you use! Last summer, a vendor at the farmers market taught me how to tell which melons were ripe and which ones weren’t and I’m getting good at it now. (The secret, in case you were wondering, is not thumping the side, but smelling the blossom-end. You might look like a crazy sniffing all the cantaloupes at the supermarket, but it works. Really!) Print […]

Recipe | Brown Sugar Peach French Toast Cups

August 30 2019 Oh My Veggies 

I know I post a lot of recipes with peaches. And I fully intended to make this recipe with blueberries or blackberries. Blueberries and blackberries! Two fruits that I’ve completely neglected on my blog. But a little nagging voice in my head kept saying, “No! Use peaches! Peaches will be better!” Usually the voice in my head is too busy singing Poison songs to get involved in my cooking process, so I figured I better listen. If nagging inner voice can take a break from “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” on endless repeat for hours at a time, this must be important! So I went with peaches. Again. I promise, next summer will be the summer of blueberries. Blueberry everything! All summer! You have my word. And my word? It’s gold. If you’ve been reading Oh My Veggies for a while, maybe you remember my Sweet Potato French Toast Cups recipe. I wanted to do that again, but with fruit. The thing I love most about making little individual French toasts in muffin tins is that they’re portion-controlled and easy to freeze. Bake ’em, freeze ’em, and heat ’em in the microwave for breakfast. It doesn’t get much easier than […]

karadantu recipe | gokak kardantu sweet recipe | dry fruit barfi

August 27 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

karadantu recipe | gokak kardantu sweet recipe | dry fruit barfikaradantu recipe | gokak kardantu sweet recipe | dry fruit barfi with step by step photo and video recipe. there are many dry fruit recipes across india and are generally termed as no sugar recipe. it can be used to make myriad types of sweets and desserts depending upon the occasions and region it is made. once such simple and easy north karnataka or gokak special dessert is the karadantu recipe made with choice of dry fruits. The post karadantu recipe | gokak kardantu sweet recipe | dry fruit barfi appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

August 17 2019 Oh My Veggies 

These Lemon Sugar Cookies are delicious and tangy. You can vary your choice of citrus and use orange, lime, or even grapefruit.

Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats

August 14 2019 Vegan Richa 

Samoa Cookie Overnight OatsThese Vegan Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats are dessert for breakfast with layers of salted caramel made with dates, Toasted coconut, melted chocolate! Add berries and fruits of choice. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Soyfree Recipe.  Jump to Recipe The other day I was making a list of ways to make overnight oats more exciting. I was looking through my breakfast section and saw my Samoa cookie pancakes. And decided to make some oatmeal with the same concept! These overnight oats have the oats and chia seeds mixed in to sit overnight. For the samoa cookie, I swirl in some date caramel which adds sweetness to the oat mixture. Then top the oat mixture with more caramel, some toasted coconut and a good drizzle of melted chocolate. I mean, its dessert, its breakfast, its everything you want to eat right now!Continue reading: Samoa Cookie Overnight OatsThe post Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing

August 11 2019 Vegan Richa 

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato DressingRoasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing. Creamy Sun-dried tomato dressing with roasted veggies, spring greens, apples and pepitas. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free Recipe. Easily made nut-free  Jump to Recipe Its time for roasting some abundant veggies and piling them over seasonal greens with seasonal fruits and dressing with a creamy sun dried tomato dressing! The sun dried tomato dressing is just a few ingredients and works amazingly over roasted cauliflower and broccoli. It also works great in sandwiches, wraps and bowls. The veggies are roasted with fresh herbs, salt and pepper and served over a bed of greens, apples and pepitas. Change up the veggies, hrebs, toppings and fruit for variation! Lets make this Easy Salad. Continue reading: Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato DressingThe post Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chia Almond Delight

August 5 2019 VegKitchen 

Chia Almond Delight This slightly sweet, creamy drink made of chia seeds, almond milk, and almond butter is perfect to round out breakfast, but it also makes a great snack or a healthy dessert after dinner. The recipe is versatile--have fun customizing it by using different milks, nut butters, and even fruits. Recipe adapted from Chia: The post Chia Almond Delight appeared first on VegKitchen.

The Simplest Chocolate-Banana Granola (Oil-Free!)

July 26 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

The Simplest Chocolate-Banana Granola (Oil-Free!) Think of this super minimal granola recipe as a great introduction to the vast and delicious world of homemade granola. It’s a world of endless possibilities and really long ingredient lists, so this 7-ingredient recipe is here to bring everything down to earth for a second. This granola gives off some solid chocolate banana bread vibes, and can easily be customized to meet all your granola needs :) Mashed bananas and maple syrup act as the glue that creates those irresistible granola clusters and eliminates the need for any oil in this recipe. Cacao counteracts the sweetness of the bananas and maple with its earthy bitterness and brings some decadence to the otherwise modest ingredients. The bulk of the granola is made up of two parts rolled oats to one part walnuts, and this is where you can start playing around with whatever ingredients you want to use. Maintaining the ratio of nuts to oats the best you can, add other nuts or seeds instead of or in addition to the walnuts. You can also add other superfood powders, dried fruit, or desiccated coconut. It’s a great pantry clean out option. Just yesterday, I did a mini clean out using this recipe. I swapped out some of the oats for dried coconut, and added pumpkin and chia seeds along with the walnuts. It came out totally delicious, and I really can’t be trusted around a freshly baked tray of this stuff. Hope you’ll give it a try! And we’d love to hear about your customizations :) The Simplest Chocolate-Banana Granola (Oil-Free!)   Print Serves: about 3½ cups Ingredients 3 very ripe bananas (1 cup banana puree) ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup cacao powder pinch of sea salt 2 cups rolled oats (gf if needed) 1 cup chopped untoasted walnuts or other nuts/­­seeds (or a mix of a few) Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F (176° C). Prepare a parchment-covered baking sheet. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until smooth. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, cacao, and a generous pinch of sea salt, and mix until smooth. Add the rolled oats and walnuts/­­other nuts to the bowl and mix to coat. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet, flattening it out with the back of a spoon and spreading it out somewhat evenly over the entire sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the granola, breaking it up into smaller clusters (so that the pieces have a chance to dry out). Bake for another 20-25 minutes, mixing periodically, until the granola is dry and crispy. It will crisp up even more once it cools. Let cool and keep in an airtight container. 3.5.3226 The post The Simplest Chocolate-Banana Granola (Oil-Free!) appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn Menu

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn MenuIt’s officially fall! And the perfect time for apple picking, visiting the pumpkin patch and exploring the local farmers markets for seasonal vegetables, like broccoli and eggplant. Trying new meatless recipes is a great way to utilize all of the ripe fruits and vegetables coming into season. Weve gathered delicious plant-based recipes from our Meatless Monday bloggers  and influencers featuring fall produce . Enjoy the hearty tastes of fall! Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins from The Healthy Voyager Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad from Jackie Newgent Pumpkin Soup with Millet from Happy Kitchen Rocks  Broiled Persimmons with Greek Yogurt from The Domestic Dietitian Maple Roasted Acorn Squash from Eat Healthy Eat Happy Candied Yams from Yummy Plants Vegan Butternut Squash from Mango Tomato Vegan Pumpkin Is Pudding from Real Food For Life Coconut Wasabi Potatoes with Miso Gravy and Crisped Sage from Robin Asbell Harvest Apple Cake with Maple Glaze from The Kitchen Docs Invite your friends and family to try the flavors of fall with these plant-based recipes. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, check out our recipe gallery . Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn Menu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

September 16 2019 VegKitchen 

Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette This salad has flavors that speak eloquently of autumn--pears, walnuts, bitter greens, and cranberries. You can substitute other dried fruit if you like. It’s a simple enough salad to serve for every day, yet dressed up enough to serve as a first course for company meals. The post Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette appeared first on VegKitchen.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)

September 5 2019 Vegan Richa 

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)Vegan Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal! 7 Ingredient Warm Spiced Banana Baked Oatmeal for breakfast or snack. Refined Oil-free. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Can be nut-free.  Jump to Recipe You all know how I dislike mushy oatmeal. I’ve started making baked oatmeal instead, as the texture is much more pleasing, the flavors much more vibrant and it can be served warm or cold! This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is almost a healthy banana bread with all the good stuff. Serve it with whipped coconut cream or vegan butter and some maple. Use very ripe bananas for the best result. This lightly sweet Banana oatmeal is perfect to make on any day. It takes 10 mins to put together and just 7 ingredients, and has no added Oil! You can add in dried fruit, seeds and nuts of choice. You can also make it ahead, mix and keep overnight and bake in the morning for a Warm Banana bread-y spiced delicious oatmeal!Continue reading: Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)The post Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Celebrate Family Meals Month by Making Meatless Monday a Family Affair

September 2 2019 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate Family Meals Month by Making Meatless Monday a Family Affair Getting your whole family to join you for Meatless Monday is wonderful, but sometimes kids may not be eager to try new fruits and vegetables or experiment with new foods. However, if they are involved in cooking, research shows that kids are more likely to try foods. The Kids Cook Monday , another Monday Campaigns initiative, encourages families to set aside Monday nights for cooking and eating together as a family. The Kids Cook Monday website provides family-friendly recipes, perfect for Meatless Monday, as well as a free downloadable e-cookbook, The Family Dinner Date Cookbook . Each recipe features a fun format that divides cooking tasks into those kids can do by themselves, those they can do together with an adult, and tasks adults should handle. When kids pitch in making meals, theyre proud of their accomplishment and excited to eat the food theyve helped to make.  Cooking together also provides a natural time for discussing the impact that food choices have on our bodies and the environment.  The more educated kids are about food, the more open theyll be to healthy, sustainable food choices. Theres no better time to make Meatless Monday a family activity than September, which is Family Meals Month. Family Meals Month is a nationwide event aimed at supporting families in enjoying more meals together. The best part is the time youll be spending together preparing the meals. The time you share chatting as you cook together becomes even more important as they reach adolescence and move into those tricky teenage years. The family that cooks together, eats together. Families eating together leads to positive things. Research from Columbia Universitys National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse suggests that kids who eat family dinners get better grades in school, develop better communication skills, and are less likely to try drugs.  In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics found that kids who ate dinner with their family regularly were less likely to be obese. Meatless Monday can improve personal health and the health of the planet.  Sharing it with your kids by cooking and eating together may also help improve the health of your family. Learn more about how to cook with your family in the upcoming Kids Cook Monday Twitter chat for Family Meals Month on September 9 from 2-3 PM EST. Follow @KidsCookMonday and #KidsCookFamilyMeals on Twitter to join in! Learn more at KidsCookMonday.org . If you cook a meatless meal with your family, wed love to see us. Tag us @MeatlessMonday and @KidsCookMonday on social media. The post Celebrate Family Meals Month by Making Meatless Monday a Family Affair appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Favorite Tomato Recipes

August 28 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Favorite Tomato Recipes Tomatoes are everywhere right now, every color and shape imaginable, and tasting like the most concentrated sunshine. This abundance always feels a little bittersweet, knowing that they will be gone as fast as they came, and that we’ll be moving on to heartier fall fare like squashes and roots soon enough. While they last though, it’s a very good idea to incorporate tomatoes into every meal imaginable. Today we’re sharing a round-up of our favorite tomato-centric recipes that we’ve posted over the years

Cherry Lambic Brownies (Brownies Made With Beer!)

August 26 2019 Oh My Veggies 

These are those kind of brownies. The kind of brownies where you eat one and swear off chocolate for the rest of the year and vow to eat salad (and salad alone!) for the next week. But then you sneak one for breakfast the next morning. And maybe one for lunch too. The kind of brownies that are so rich and fudgy, you have to eat them with a spoon. The kind of brownies that incite arguments over who gets the last one. (Yeah, that happened.) I realize that Cherry Lambic Brownies aren’t exactly why you read Oh My Veggies, but I had this idea floating around in my head ever since I made cupcakes with raspberry lambic earlier this year. I loved the hint of fruit the lambic added to those chocolate cupcakes and I wanted to experiment with using it in more baked goods. So I added “cherry lambic brownies” to my big list of recipes to make and it sat there for several months. I found myself putting off making them because rich, decadent desserts tend not to do well on my blog. However! I’m a big believer in the power of the daily occasional brownie. And […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites

August 15 2019 My New Roots 

Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites This post is a long time coming! And Im so excited to finally be sharing my bedroom with you all. Weve now been in our home for a year and a bit, and although its (still!) not complete, were enjoying working on the finishing details here and there. Honestly, I dont think we will ever be done, and that is okay. This entire experience has made me way more patient, realistic, and Ive learned to set my expectations super low on every project so that instead of being disappointed, Im often positively surprised! We moved with just boxes, zero furniture, and essentially had to start over in that department. That meant a new bed, a new mattress and all new linens, since we decided to make the jump from a queen size mattress to a king (literally one of the best life decisions, ever). My husband and I are both DIY-ers, and serious thrift store shoppers, and we knew that we wanted to build a bed ourselves, then find the rest of bedroom furniture second-hand. The one place where we knew we wanted to really take our time considering was a mattress and the bedding. If you read this blog, you probably care about your health to some degree. Like me, you may prioritize buying organic produce, splurge on environmentally-conscious clothing, and look to sustainable skincare and beauty products. But have you ever thought about your bedroom environment? We spend a third of our life in bed (at least we should), so its just as important to consider the things that we interact with in our homes, not just what goes in and on our bodies. In fact, the greatest exposure to chemicals you can have in a day, could be while youre sleeping. When I started looking into buying a mattress, I found the options were totally overwhelming. And with so many retailers moving to online platforms and selling directly to consumers, prices have been slashed considerably, and the deals are tempting. Mattresses are one of those things that seem pretty innocuous, and maybe even a place to save a few bucks. But dig a little deeper and youll see that the thing you spend so much time on, is not the thing you should spending less money on, as youll be paying for cheaper materials with your health. Modern, conventional mattresses are made with a laundry list of harmful substances that can be affecting you and your family. One of the most offensive ingredients found in conventional mattresses is memory foam made from polyurethane; a highly flammable, petroleum-based material. Polyurethane foam emits Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidneys and central nervous system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Un-ironically referred to as solid gasoline, polyurethane foam is typically wrapped in or treated with fire retardant chemicals to meet the Federal and State flammability standards in the US, otherwise it would be totally unsafe. Which brings me to the second thing to watch out for in mattresses, and that is chemical fire-retardants (CFRs). These are compounds added to the materials in a mattress to protect you, and they are an inexpensive way to meet safety standards. The issue is that CFRs do not fully bind to materials, and are released into the air through the mattress, then build up in the body causing some people lifelong health issues.   Formaldehyde, antimony, boric acid, and halogenated flame retardants are some of the most damaging CFRs found in modern mattresses, and the frustrating thing is that companies are not required to disclose which ones they are using. Unless a mattress company is explicitly eliminating these chemicals from their production and using a natural material alternative, they are likely using one of the harmful chemicals listed above. I looked at a number of organic /­­ natural mattress companies in my research, and the one that stood out to me was Naturepedic. They are made with certified organic cotton, wool, and latex. For heavy-duty support without any health or allergy concerns, Naturepedic only uses the highest quality innersprings available made from recycled steel.. , and steel, with Naturepedic ensured  the purity of every material used, along with fair labour practices. I reached out to Naturepedic, to see if they would be open to me trying a mattress out and blogging about it. They agreed, and sent me their EOS  (Ergonomic Organic Sleep) mattress that allows for fully customized layers for finding the exact right amount of firmness (you can even choose different support styles from your sleep partner, or swap out the layers down the line in case your preferences change). Id never heard of anything like that before, and though it was so brilliant! I went to the showroom in Toronto to try out the mattress in person, which was very helpful, but you can also just order online if you know what kind of consistency you like. The mattress components were delivered to my door, and it was easy to assemble, as everything gets zipped into a giant, certified organic cotton casing. After spending the last twelve months on this bed, I can confirm that its been the best year of sleep in my entire life (even post-child, haha!). Besides the fact that I love going to bed knowing that I am breathing completely clean air, and that the materials that went into the mattress were made with a deep commitment to protecting the environment, its simply the most supportive and comfortable mattress Ive ever tried. Period. I cannot recommend this mattress enough! The other thing to consider when outfitting your bedroom is the bedding itself. Because we come into direct, skin-to-product contact with these textiles, its essential to choose something non-toxic. Most bedding on the market is made with cotton, one of the most chemical-laden crops grown. According to Pesticide Action Network North America, Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides -- more than 10 per cent of the worlds pesticides and nearly 25 per cent of the worlds insecticides. If youre going to sleep in cotton, choose organic whenever you can. Linen is a great alternative material because it is a much lower impact material on the environment, and requires very little intervention to be grown. Coyuchi is a brand recommended to me by my dear friend Elenore, who has the highest standards I know of Coyuchis textile line is not only 100% organic, but also consciously processed, meaning that they use low-impact dyes for colour that is kind to the planet and our sensitive skin. Coyuchi offered to send me some bedding to try out and I was instantly obsessed. Their textiles are beyond delicious, super soft, and incredibly comfortable. For a duvet cover, I chose the Crystal Cove pattern in white. I loved this choice since its reversible - a textured weave that looks cozy in the winter, and a crinkled cotton underside, which I like to face up in the summer. I also love their Topanga Matelasse blanket, shown here in warm stripe, which is also reversible (super convenient if you want to change up the look of your bedding with a quick flip!). For winter, their Cloud Brushed flannel sheets are super luxurious, and especially enjoyable its very hard to find organic flannel! Words cannot describe the feeling of slipping into these on a chilly night. The giant back pillows in the bed are also from Coyuchi, and are perfect if you have an open-frame bed without a headboard. I like to sit up and read in bed, and these pillows are firm enough to act as a headboard itself. When youre shopping for any kind of textile (bedding, furniture, or clothing), the most important mark to look for is the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Unlike most textile and mattress companies, both Coyuchi and Naturepedic are GOTS certified and adhere to their strict standards for agriculture and labour. Okay, lets get to the recipe! I experimented with these breakfast bites for a long time. At first, I was blending up cashews to make flour, but that got expensive, and ultimately I wanted the recipe to be allergen-free (so the nuts had to go!). As an alternative, I opted for hemp seeds, which worked beautifully. Its easy to make your own hemp flour in a food processor in a few seconds. Ive been using it baked goods lately and love how moist and tender the results are! I used strawberries and rhubarb for these nuggets of joy, but since were moving into stone fruit season, Ill soon be switching it up and using peaches, plums, pluots, apricots, and cherries in their place. Any fruit will work as long as its not super moist (like melons). Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries would be lovely here too. Simply use 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit in any combination that tickles your fancy. To change up the flavour even more, add orange zest, warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom, or even some cacao powder for a chocolate version. Yum! I really wanted to make a successful vegan version of these, so I tried using banana in place of the egg. The results were decent, but a little too moist. If I made these again, I would use the banana plus a tablespoon of ground flax seeds. If any of you do that, please let me know in the comments!     Print recipe     Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites Makes 12 Ingredients: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 215g hemp seeds 1/­­4 cup /­­ 35g arrowroot 1/­­4 tsp. flaky salt, plus more for garnish, if desired 1 tsp. baking powder 1 egg (or 1 ripe banana, mashed) 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml pure maple syrup 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1/­­2 tsp. vanilla powder) 1/­­2 cup /­­ 85g chopped strawberries 1/­­2 cup /­­ 60g chopped rhubarb (2-3 slim stalks) expeller-pressed coconut oil for greasing (or use muffin liners Directions: 1. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350°F /­­ 175°C. 2. Wash the strawberries and rhubarb well. Slice the rhubarb into small discs, and cut the strawberries into small chunks. Reserve 3 strawberries for topping the breakfast bites, if desired (remove greens, then slice them top to bottom). Set fruit aside.  3. In a food processor, blend hemp seeds until theyre a fine powder (dont go too far or youll end up with hemp seed butter!). Add the arrowroot, salt and baking powder and pulse a few times to combine. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg or banana, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together. Add the hemp seed flour blend, and stir to combine. Fold in the rhubarb and strawberries. 5.  Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the batter into each prepared muffin tin. If desired, place a slice of strawberry on top of each bite. Set in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden. 6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. 7. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for five days. Aside from getting the chemicals out of your space, here are five other ways to improve the health of your bedroom, and your sleep! Add plants - having a couple of living things in your sleeping space keeps the air clean and fresh. Snake plants, areca palms, aloe vera and orchids are especially helpful, since they absorb CO2 at night, even when they are not photosynthesizing.  Consider airflow - keeping a window cracked at night is a good way to get some fresh air while you sleep. If its noisy outside, keep your window open during the day to ensure full air exchange, and close it right before bed. It’s very important to keep the air in your space fresh and moving. Salt rock lamps - these are said to purify the air by omitting negative ions. I cannot confirm this in any way, but I can confirm that the light they give off is incredibly soothing and helps me wind down at the end of the day. Overhead lighting is very stimulating (and let’s be honest, not overly sexy). Keep the devices out - dont work in bed, and avoid using your phone before snoozing. Blue light from screens inhibits our bodys ability to make melatonin, our sleep-wake hormone. If you choose to keep your phone in your room overnight, set it to airplane mode while you sleep so youre not exposing yourself to radiation from EMFs (Electromagnetic Field).  Beeswax candles - yes, its cozy to burn candles before bed, but paraffin candles pollute the air, full stop. Soy is a better alternative, but beeswax is my favourite since it actually helps purify the air by omitting negative ions, and removing dust and dander. Show me your Hemp Breakfast Bites on Instagram: #mnrbreakfastbites Special thanks to my dear friend Sara for taking these photos of me (and putting up with my awkwardness for at least two hours!). http:/­­/­­matandsara.com/­­ The post Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites appeared first on My New Roots.

Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather

August 12 2019 Oh My Veggies 

You know how sometimes you have a really good idea, but you sort of know it just won’t work out? I kind of felt that way about this Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather. I loved the idea of sneaking a little bit of spinach into apple fruit leather, but it just seemed like the idea was too good to actually work in practice. So I made it... ...and it was good! Like really, objectively good. Not good for fruit leather with spinach in it, but good good. You don’t taste the spinach at all. To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I made it again and it was still tasty. I wanted to be absolutely sure it worked out, so I tried it a third time. By the time I got to the fourth trial, I knew the recipe worked, I just wanted more fruit leather. Not only does this fruit leather recipe sneak in some spinach, it’s also sugar-free. A lot of fruit leather recipes will have you add a ton of sugar. But if you start with flavorful, sweet apples, you don’t need any sugar at all. You can bake the fruit leather on parchment paper, cut it […]

Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene

August 7 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Cape Town, South Africa vegan food scene is alive and thriving. If you plan to visit the city you will find a plethora of vegan dining options and it might be hard to narrow down the choices. Below are some personal recommendations based on a week long visit in July 2019. Plant is a vegan restaurant on Buiten Street with a lengthy menu of nutritious food made without any harmful ingredients or preservatives. Their mushroom burger comes with homemade chips, and is actually a breaded patty of vegan cheese top with sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo on a sesame seed bun. They also offer enchiladas made with sweet potatoes and black beans, topped with a cashew cream sauce. Plant periodically offers a special Sunday brunch buffet, which is nothing short of amazing. A recent buffet menu included bagels, cream cheese, carrot lox, hollandaise, crispy bacon made from rice paper, baked beans, homemade sausages, potato rostis, cauliflower scramble, sauteed spinach with mushrooms and onions, muffins, and a fruit salad. And the buffet is all you can eat! Included on any vegan food tour of Cape Town should be Lekker Vegan, a fast casual restaurant on Kloof Street that serves […] The post Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene appeared first on The Veggie Blog.

Savory Fruit Recipes to Spice up Your Summer Meals

August 5 2019 Meatless Monday 

Savory Fruit Recipes to Spice up Your Summer MealsGrilled and savory fruit recipes are a great way to mix-up your summer menu with new flavors. Watermelon, peaches and pineapple are fantastic grilling options that are easy to make and add a delicious pop of sweet and smoky taste to a variety of dishes. Berries, mangoes and citrus fruits ramp up the style and flavor of any salad, grain bowl or soup. The possibilities are endless. Check out a few of our favorite savory summer fruit recipes that are packed with fresh and enticing tastes sure to impress your friends, family and dinner guests. Grilled Pineapple Watermelon Salad from Sweet Potato Soul   Grilled Watermelon Pineapple Teriyaki Burger from Beyond Meat   Strawberry Kale Salad with Almonds from Apples & Onions Apple Basil Paninis from the Verdant Life Mango Chayote Sunflower Seed Salad from Sprouts in the Hood Sunrise Citrus Salad from Healthy Happy Life Pineapple Ginger Tofu over Edamame from The Pink Apron Curried Red Quinoa and Peach Salad from Oldways Want more recipe inspiration? Weve got tons of plant-based recipes to keep you cooking all summer long. Check them out here . Let us know which recipes are your favorites by tagging @MeatlessMonday in your plant-based cooking posts! #MeatlessMonday Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Savory Fruit Recipes to Spice up Your Summer Meals appeared first on Meatless Monday.

khajur pak recipe | khajoor pak recipe | dates pak recipe

July 26 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

khajur pak recipe | khajoor pak recipe | dates pak recipekhajur pak recipe | khajoor pak recipe | dates pak recipe with step by step photo and video recipe. dates or khajur recipes are very popular recipes when it comes to no sugar recipes. there are many easy desserts derived out of dates and are mixed with other dry fruits or seeds to make ladoo, bar or barfi. one such variety is the popular middle eastern influenced khajur pak recipe mixed with khoya/­­mawa with dates. The post khajur pak recipe | khajoor pak recipe | dates pak recipe appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.


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