Saturday, February 2, 2019

An Abundant Kitchen Talk Notes and Resources

This Saturday's event at My Dead Aunt's Bookstore was a successful and fun event.  A big thanks to everyone who came out; it was great to see your smiling faces!  I delivered a talk covering the basics of plant-based eating and we reviewed a few of the many vegan and vegetarian cookbooks from the collection that I had the opportunity to curate for the store.  We also snacked on some samples of a few of the recipes from the cookbooks to inspire everyone to see what they could make at home.   We covered quite a few resources, and I wanted to pull them all together for everyone to reference (plus a few more) .  Even if you didn't have the opportunity to come to the event in person, you will find helpful information below.

We sampled:

Donut Holes  Here is a previous blogpost I penned about this recipe which is from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen (I substituted both dried mango and apricots in the event batch)

Chocolate Brownie Bites were this recipe from Deliciously Ella's blog (without hemp hearts, added cacao nibs) and also a version in her cookbook

Jerk Spiced Tofu - from the cookbook The Vegetarian Grill

Green Smoothie - similar to this one from Kris Karr, subbing frozen pineapple and mango for the apple

Where do you get your protein on a plant-based diet?

Movies about healthy eating

Books about healthy eating/plant-based diet


Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Hot Lemon Ginger Tea

This winter is starting off cold and damp for where I live this year.  It's the kind of weather that makes you want to snuggle in with a good book or movie and a steaming mug.  This tea has the refreshing tartness of lemonade with a slight tingle from ginger.  This delicious beverage offers both comfort and the health benefits of vitamin C and antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting.  If you prefer to avoid caffeine, you can use a decaffeinated green tea or choose an herbal tea like lemon, mint, or hibiscus instead.

Hot Lemon Ginger Tea

1 ginger tea bag (I used Yogi brand)
1 green tea bag (I used Celestial Seasonings brand)
1/2 lemon, washed and sliced
Sweetener, to taste (maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia, or any favorite sweetener)
1-2 slices fresh ginger root (optional)
Boiling water

In a large mug (at least 10 oz), place the sliced lemon and a small amount of sweetener (I used dried stevia from my garden which is what those dark green flecks in the cup are plus a teaspoon of maple syrup).  With a spoon, mash the lemon slices, sweetener and ginger (if using) together to release some of the juice and oil from the lemon.  Add both a green tea bag and ginger tea bag and fill the mug with boiling water.  Let steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags.  Stir and adjust by adding more sweetener if desired.  Enjoy!

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