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.

Super Food Profile: Quinoa

quinoa-seedsGoing vegan has introduced me to countless new foods, grains, and spices but none have thrilled me like quinoa!

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is an amazing, power-packed grain. The Inca’s considered it to be sacred and “the mother of all grains” for it’s nutritional value and golden color.

What makes quinoa so awesome?

  • It’s a complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids.
  • It’s gluten free! 🙂
  • It contains 2x as much fiber and calcium as most other grains.
  • It is rich in antioxidants. Quinoa contains several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients to promote tissue repair, and fight off disease and infection.

To serve quinoa as a side (as you would rice or cous-cous), mix 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp sea salt in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15-18 minutes. For a more adventurous dish, try Veganomicon’s Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf.

Enjoy! XO The Fearless Vegan

Transitional Tool: “Nacho Nooch”

noochWhen you go vegan, people will start to frequently say two things to you: “Where do you get your protein?!” and “I could never live without cheese!”

While vegans have tons of options when it comes to protein from super grains like quinoa to powerful beans like red lentils, finding a replacement for cheese can be much more difficult.

When I saw the amazing documentary, Forks Over Knives,  I learned that dairy-products contain animal protein known as casein that breaks apart in our digestive system as various opiates. Since casein has been directly linked to tumor growth, the fact that it makes us feel so good and our bodies crave more and more of it presents a serious problem. Yup, forget about Oreos, cheese is one seriously dangerous drug. 

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