Today we enjoyed a wild summer salad made from natures finest. Wild freshly harvested amaranth leaves packed with nutrition topped with mini bell peppers, red onion, garlic, nopales, cucumber, a handful of mixed nuts, rice cake crumbles for extra crunch, an apple on the side with TUNA!
HA! Don't worry not the fish - it's another name for the prickly pear, the fruit of the nopales cactus!
Amaranth was a staple of pre-Colombian Aztecs and is still enjoyed in many cuisines. In Mexico and India the seeds are popped and mixed with sugar or chocolate to make a tasty treat. The Peruvians make beer from the grain.
Amaranth has been used by herbalists to to treat toothaches, inflammation of the gums, fevers, as a wash for external wounds and internally as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.
"Amaranth seed is high in protein, some 16%, contains lysine and methionine, two essential amino acids that are not often found in grain, and is high in fiber, three times that of wheat. It also has calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, C and E."
Amaranth leaves are nutritionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are nutritionally superior! For example amaranth leaves contain three times more niacin (vitamin B3) than spinach leaves and 2 x's more Zinc than Kale.
The plants are easy to grow and supply a grain packed with protein that can be made into cereal and flour. We discovered Amaranth in 2011 and have been enjoying it as much as possible since. We planted some in AR and CA with success! This year we tossed a few seeds out and were happy to find big plants among other WILD amaranth plants! Salads and green smoothies are covered this season. My husband picked a bowl for us yesterday, I picked one today!
With temperatures blazing I couldn't think of turning the stove on so today we enjoyed a Summer Harvest Salad for lunch!
Fresh squeezed limes brought the meal to the next level!
PREP TIME: 15 minutes | Serves 2
Fats: 10.4 g
Protein: 5.1 g
Carbohydrates: 28.2 g
gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, raw
Plus this recipe has great benefits:
I hope you enjoy this Summer Harvest Salad! Today marks the last day of August. What a great month of summer sunshine fun! Beginning September 1 is not only my sisters birthday but it marks the start of VeganMofo! I had no idea what VeganMofo was and just so happened to stumble upon it with only a couple hours left to sign up. It was described as a worldwide blogging extravaganza - The Vegan Month of Food! For one month bloggers are challenged to present a minimum of 20 blog posts that are 100% vegan. Warning, I am about to flood your inbox with delicious tantalizing recipes that are healthy! My theme? Vegan Alchemy!!! Gerald and I just recently started making colloidal silver so the theme seems fitting.
I'll talk with you tomorrow for an exclusive birthday treat!
Love and Light!
A happy digestive system is essential for a happy healthy body. Constipation is one of the most common health ailments that affects people of all ages. Constipation can not only cause abdominal pain but can weaken the immune system causing excessive strain on other bodily organs. This among other ailments can lead to fatigue, mood swings, disrupted sleep and more. Following an active, healthy lifestyle, incorporating a lot of water, fresh fruit and vegetables rich in fiber is said to help!
Beetroot juice is one of natures finest and is classified as a SUPERFOOD! One of the reasons to consider drinking beetroot juice is that it is a COLON and BLOOD CLEANSER!
"In the 1950`s, Dr. Ferenczi of Hungary had his cancer patients drink a quart of beet juice each day, which was effectively breaking down and eliminating tumors. Beets have been found to increase the body`s production of glutathione, which helps the body detoxify cancer-causing poisons." Learn more here.
With only 5 ingredients this smoothie can be enjoyed easily and on a budget! You can enjoy this smoothie for $1.50 per serving and it is only 239 calories!
PREP TIME: 5 minutes ~ BLEND TIME: 1 minute SERVES: 2
Fats: 0 g
Protein: 7.8 g
Carbohydrates: 53.7 g
gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, raw
Best wishes for a happy gut!
We brought Asian Fusion Cuisine into our home with Sesame Soy Marinated Tofu accompanied with Crisp Peppered Asparagus and White Rice. The meal is so savory! We both ate every last bite. The flavors bursting, the colors vibrant, the fragrance heavenly and the taste to be remembered.
One of our favorite Asian Fusion Vegan restaurants in San Diego is called Sipz, Their meals are insane and the sauces are sooooo good! This meal tasted like we went to Sipz! The sauce makes this meal a home run! WOW your family, friends, lover and or yourself with a meal to be remembered. With basic ingredients and minimal effort you too can have Asian Fusion with out going out! The meal has less than $7 worth of ingredients in it making each serving less than $3.50!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 45 minutes
Made with NO OIL - GLUTEN FREE - VEGAN - DAIRY FREE - HIGH IN PROTEIN - ALL PLANT BASED - DELICIOUS FOOD!!!
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!
Cheers to a healthy happy YOU!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
PS - Do you have any vegan success stories you'd like to share? I'd love to feature you on my blog! Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org
This sauce is sweet, sour and spicy offering your taste buds a fusion of flavors. Use it on tofu, vegetables or as you prefer. We enjoyed in in a meal called Asian Fusion.
3 years ago my husband encouraged me to begin photographing our meals. At first I thought he was kidding but he persisted with lavishing feedback. I was so flattered I began taking pictures of our meals while we traveled across the states in a travel trailer!
In 2012, while working at a BioTech company of all places, I went to a health food store after work to pick up groceries. While at a checkout stand the cashier asked if I was vegan. I said yes and she said she was too! We started talking and by the end of the conversation she gave me the name of her blog, I looked it up, was very inspired and thought perhaps I could do this! After watching the movie “Julie and Julia”, with a dream in my heart, I started a blog. My First Blog Post on my original blog is found here. :)
Since then I’ve shared 200 blog posts in less than 2 years. Artistic Vegan has exceeded my expectations and has had almost 3 million hits in 2014 alone! Last year I self published a cookbook
and am working on a new cookbook with 100% brand new never released recipes that are BRIGHT and COLORFUL! Below is a sneak peak...!
This blog has pushed me to new culinary levels, to be creative, to wear my heart on my sleeve sharing my thoughts and life with you all. It has been an alchemical transformation for my body, heart, mind and soul that continues to this day. It has led me learn so much about the healing benefits of mother earths finest herbs, vegetables, fruits and more. As well as the horrendous ingredients that are being placed in our packaged goods and fresh foods, from nanites to GMO’s, the Biotech industry and more.
This blog taught me that this lifestyle truly can work and happily too! It’s introduced me to beautiful, magical, creative, loving souls that are full of light! It has led to numerous mouthwatering savoring meals that both my husband and I can’t believe I made! Its opened doors, opened my heart and my mind. It’s taught me to begin making each meal with a loving and thankful heart. I’ve learned so much and am so thankful to each and every one of you. I love this lifestyle with a passion and love sharing it with you, I can only hope it continues.
2013 was a big year for us! My husband published his book and it was an instant success and STILL IS! I can’t wait to see thousands turn to millions for him. I believe it will. Through his success people began inquiring about starfire gold which led me to becoming an alchemist and creating and distributing an elixir: Alchemical Elixir of the Anunnaki!
I started with taking the elixir, testing it, connecting with it. Shortly after, I went through my own alchemical transformation which eventually led to creating and distributing the elixir! From ordering bottles, to selling out of inventory it has pushed me to learn exciting information dating back to ancient times.
To celebrate all of our product will be on sale for the last 7 days of August! The sale begins tomorrow! Click the image below.
I celebrated this morning with a cleanse-worthy smoothie!
Sunday morning Cleanse!
Serving Size: 1 Glass
Calories Per Serving : 254
Total Fat: 2.4 grams
Total Protein 12.2 grams
Total Carbs: 50g
TOTAL TIME: 5 – 10 Minutes
Blend twice as long as normal to eliminate all green pieces, serve cold with berries on top!
I can't thank you enough for your views, your support and your love!
Yesterday afternoon my husband and I enjoyed a Spirulina Passion smoothie after our walk. We discovered Spirulina a couple years and have done our best to keep it in our home ever since.
Spirulina is a must-have in my opinion! Spirulina is a blue green algae which is often distributed dry and provided in forms of powders or capsules. Spirulina contains 60-63% vegetable PROTEIN which is 3 to 4 times HIGHER than BEEF and FISH. What? That's right!
It is also like drinking a multi-vitamin! Spirulina is incredibly high in B-12 more than 3-4 times higher than that found in liver.
It contains a wide range of minerals:
It is stated consumption of Spirulina leads to optimal health and in a current environment full of pollution and toxins, Spirulina is more than recommended some state it is required!
There are many ways to consume Spirulina, my favorite is by adding some powder to my smoothie. Yesterday I was having an "everything but the kitchen sink" moment and kept adding ingredients to the smoothie so while this recipe has a variety, you can add spirulina to virtually any smoothie or take it in a capsule instead!
I have you to thank for the discovery of Spirulina as I found it through this blog. Blogging has led to the discovery of so many healthy new vegetables, fruits, herbs, tinctures, elixirs, supplements and more! I love learning more and am thrilled to share what I learn with you! It's hard to believe it's been over 2 years since I started blogging and over 1 year since I released my first cookbook! I'm currently working on a brand new cookbook with BRIGHT vibrant plant based recipes that I can't wait to release to you!
Okay lets get down to business and make a HEALTHY smoothie!
TOTAL TIME: 5 - 10 Minutes | Servings: 2 Glasses | Calories per Glass: 270
1. Combine Ingredients in a High Speed Blender
2. Blend on Smoothie setting or high speed until a smooth consistency.
3. Pour and serve cold!
I hope you enjoy the many benefits of spirulina and this smoothie!
To your health!
This recipe is created with minimal effort and creates a wholesome loaf that is gluten-free, yeast-free, oil-free, sugar-free, nut-free and dairy-free! With minimalistic ingredients used, almost anyone can bring their bread god or goddess out in them and enjoy the benefits! It has a mild flavor that could be enhanced with a little sweetener or spices for a different blend.
How does one make it? Simply mix the ingredients, pour into a loaf pan and bake. No kneading is required. No hours of labor. It takes about 15 minutes of preparation while the oven does the rest. Give it an hour or more to bake and you'll be salivating waiting for that warm fresh bread to come out of the oven so you can smother it in your favorite spread. At least, that was my experience! :)
How will you enjoy it? We made a PB&J! Technically it was an AB&J as we used almond butter but PB&J has such a better ring to it and brings back childhood memories! My husband LOVES and I mean LOVES a PB&J smothered in jam. I made homemade almond butter and jam for a healthy and satisfying sandwich!
My husbands is featured on the left and mine is on the right, his had jam oozing out of it! :)
Adapted from: Happy Gut! I was so happy with the results I wanted to share it with you!
I hope you enjoy a slice of homemade bread and a bright new week!
I have a healthy treat for you that is absolutely delicious and leaves a sensational taste in your mouth. Soaked chia seeds surrounded by a fruit smoothie adorned with fresh fruit on top.
I made two flavors so the love of my life could pick his favorite. Sure enough, the one I made with my husband in mind was the one he reached for. :)
I soaked the chia seeds in the fridge the night before and then made one ingredient banana blender ice-cream in the morning! If you haven't made it, I highly recommend it! It is easy and works like magic. I had to use a spoon, not spatula, to get it out. That is how thick and creamy it is! It tastes sweet, heavenly and has the consistency of ice-cream but is nice-cream! ;)
Mixed with soaked chia seeds and fresh plums for an instant flavor success! My husband was smiling saying “thank you honey” with none left in his bowl.
I made mine with frozen papayas for a creamy papaya sensation.
It was sensational when combined with a plum and a bit of chia. The soaked chia seeds reminded me of oatmeal.
Not only is it delicious but it's:
Why Chia? According to ‘Dr. Oz, 'They just may be one of the healthiest things around.' When consumed raw:
How do you make it? Quite easily.
The Skinny Soaked Chia
One-Ingredient Banana Blender Nice Cream
Creamy Papaya Smoothsation
Have a GREAT week! Let your inner light shine! :-)
After my most recent post of Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce I needed something light and clean to cleanse my body. Something raw and vegan usually does the trick. I opted for a smoothie as it is one of the easiest meals on your digestive system. It was a rare occasion where we were out of fresh and frozen bananas so I reached for what I had and came up with a delicious new recipe that I think you'll truly enjoy!
A Blackberry Piña Zen Smoothie! Refreshing to the core with an instant boost of feel good energy.
You can feel even better while drinking it knowing that Blackberries:
I'll drink to that!
For fun I thought I'd share the evolution of the smoothie. The first picture started out as featured above.
Then Jerry added some input with the purple towel and rock! I saw my moms painting and decided to add it in for a Smoothie by the Beach!
Then I saw all of my happy plants near the window and decided to add them into the mix creating a Zen Smoothie.
Servings: 2 Prep to Finish: 7 minutes
We didn't even touch the benefits of pineapple or any of the other magical ingredients. Enjoy the health benefits of this one of a kind Blackberry Piña Zen Smoothie!
Positive healthy vibes!
You have no idea how excited I am to share a new delicious recipe with you! Pancakes that are fluffy, gluten-free and vegan! They are light, don't stick to the pan and remind me of my moms good old fashioned home cooking. I felt like I was back home, waiting for the fresh warm pancakes to be done.
When you are in search of a gluten free pancake that are also vegan it can be hard to get the right mix, it's not like you have Bisquick to lean on.
My original gluten-free recipe for Almond Coconut Flour Pancakes turned out much worse than hoped for. I posted it and got 2 bad reviews! :'( I was so bummed, wrote back, removed the recipe and decided not to take it to heart but to take it as a challenge to make a bullet proof recipe that won't stick to your pan!
I took my time. Read an article on how to keep pancakes from sticking. Reviewed numerous recipes and found one by Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl that stood out, it sounded like she had her ups and downs with pancakes as well. I couldn't find a more satisfying picture or recipe so decided this was it, my chance at redemption!
I had 100% success! Fluffy, gluten-free and vegan pancakes that are soft like a pillow and sweet but not too sweet. Buckwheat mimics the wheat like flavor I've been seeking and who knew that buckwheat is gluten-free! It is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant. Do note that it can be used as a rotational crop so it's best to opt for a certified gluten-free batch. The topping brings these pancakes to the next level, it tastes like pie! It is a homemade sugar-free blackberry sauce made from just water, dates and berries! What? Yes!
You can serve these delicious beauties up for breakfast or have breakfast for dinner which is what we opted for!
Serve them for brunch, for a group of friends or your kiddies! I bet they won't even know they are vegan, gluten-free or healthy! :)
The Art of Making Pancakes! I've learned it's an art form. I used to just heat a pan, spray it and pour not considering that making pancakes is more than that. Here is what I learned along the way:
I find when I cook from a place of love, singing, having fun and letting go I make the most sensational meals! Is it just me or have you experienced that as well? My cooking playlist last night was primarily country love songs with Faith Hill and Shania Twain! :)
Now, lets get to business and make some insanely delicious fluffy pancakes!
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