Meatless Mondays: Kathy’s Kitchen Edition

me and momThere’s no question that I get my fearlessness in the kitchen from my mama – there is no recipe she won’t try to make at least once! My mom has been the biggest support to my vegan lifestyle by making plant-based meals a big part of my entire families diet. She incorporates more veggie dishes at dinner, has bravely transitioned all of my old favorite comfort foods, and could probably list more vegan protein sources than most vegans.

Last week, my super mom surprised me with a Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup on Halloween. This soup is nice and creamy because it’s pureed, but it’s topped with Cayenne-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Roasted Onions for an added kick and crunch. Thanks mom!

IMG_7437-220x152Try pairing with Parsnip Fries seasoned with salt and cumin. Dip a cold glass in some stevia and cinnamon and pour some pumpkin beer for a great fall meal. Yum! 🙂

You can get the recipe here via A Spicy Perspective.

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#veganproblems: Vitamin B-12

vitamin-b-12I’m a vegan for health reasons. I believe a plant-based diet is the key to a healthy and vibrant life.

If you eat a well-balanced vegan diet, you’re definitely getting all of the nutrients your body needs. Despite common misconceptions, most vegans can get enough protein, iron, and calcium by eating a variety of veggies each week.

So why are vegans always freaking out about B-12?

B-12 comes from bacteria and promotes healthy red blood cells and a healthy nervous system. When animals eat this bacteria, they become a source of the vitamin. Even though many vegans choose to take a B-12 supplement, you can ensure you maintain enough in your diet by regularly incorporating any one of these vegan sources:

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