vegan nachos for one

Delicious and crunchy and savory vegan nachos! Cruelty free! The yield for the nacho recipe and taco meat recipe is only for one person, double it if you want to share! The cheese recipe, however, is several servings that you can use on anything from raw noodles to a veggie burger!

Nacho recipe:

tortilla chips of your choice

tofu taco meat (see recipe below)

cashew cheeze (see recipe below)

lettuce of your choice

avocado

red onion

lime

cilantro

Layer the tortilla chips, lettuce, taco meat, onion, cheese, and avocado and red onion. I sauteed the red onion a little bit before adding it to the nachos. Sprinkle with cilantro and lime juice and enjoy! You can of course add any other veggies or condiments you desire!

Tofu taco meat recipe:

1 cup extra firm tofu

chili powder

garlic powder

onion powder

nutritional yeast

hot sauce of your choice

2 tbsp white onion

1 tbsp red bell pepper

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

Squeeze excess water out of tofu and cut about one fourth of the block off and crumble it up. Put the tofu and olive oil in a bowl and mix it up. Add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast and black pepper. I didn’t add amounts for the spices because its really up to you how much you’d like to add. You can wing it and add as much of each as you’d like, or start out with a 1/2 tsp of each and taste and go from there! Once the spices are all mixed in, add the onion and then add to a frying pan and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes and then add in the bell pepper and continue to cook for 5-7 more minutes until everything is cooked through and lightly browned.

Cheeze recipe: (this recipe is actually more of a bulk recipe, add as much as you’d like to your nachos)

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 white beans

1 tbsp onion

1 tbsp stone ground mustard

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tbsp olive oil (or other oil of choice)

1 tsp hot sauce

dash of sea salt

dash of pepper

water as needed (for creamy consistency)

Add all ingredients to a blender except water and blend. Have about a 1/2 cup of water ready and add a little bit at a time until the sauce has the consistency that you like!

Creamy Raw Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles are an excellent raw alternative to the regular carb filled wheat noodles. They make a great dinner because they’re easily digestible and also very light and won’t leave you feeling full or bloated. If anything you’ll feel vibrant and energized from the full power of raw, living, foods. This particular recipe also has a delicious cashew based cheezy mustardy type sauce that is creamy and also raw. Fresh basil, hot sauce, and some freshly ground black pepper top it all off for a really refreshing and light entree.

I used a spiralizer to get these lovely zucchini noodles. This is the one that I bought and it works just perfectly. If you do not have a spiralizer you can certainly just use a vegetable peeler to make noodles that are more wide and thin but still work as noodles.

Sauce recipe:

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup white beans

1 tbsp onion

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 tbsp stone ground mustard

2 tbsp olive oil (or other oil of choice)

dash of sea salt

dash of pepper

water as needed (for creamy consistency)

If it’s too watery add a few more cashews or a bit more nutritional yeast, if it’s too thick add a bit more water and etc.

*additional ingredients: cayenne, garlic, mustard powder, lemon juice, basil, agave,  hot sauce to taste

Toss the noodles in the desired amount of sauce, serve with fresh basil,

black pepper and hot sauce and enjoy!

You can of course add any other veggies that you’d like to this dish too. I always love the coolness of a fresh cucumber or some thinly peeled carrot strips. You can also spiralize another kind of noodle like sweet potato or yellow squash and have some beautiful colors and variety of nutrients on your plate!

Rabies Vector Species & General Wildlife Information

Today was a sad day. A group of young people brought in a perfectly healthy and wonderful little bat and they truly wanted to help it. They found it in a parking lot on pavement and didn’t know what else to do so they brought it to the Wildlife Rehab facility I work at. However, they were uninformed about dealing with wildlife and this healthy and vibrant bat had to be euthanized. They touched a rabies vector species with their bare hands and since bats are such a risk it had to be immediately put down so it can be tested for rabies. This is one of the saddest parts of volunteering where I do. Because of the fact that so many people are uninformed or ill-informed, innocent and otherwise healthy animals have to die. It’s also terrible for the people trying to help because they brought it in and they just truly did not know the right thing they should have been doing.

Working at a Wildlife Rehabilitation center has taught me a lot. A lot of the things I’ve learned I would have never learned otherwise, I know this. But the public needs to be informed of so many things when it comes to wildlife! I am so very passionate about animals and their well being and there are truly some great humans out there for wanting to help wild animals. However, some of the things people think they are doing to help are actually hurting the animals. Here is a list of general things to know about dealing with sick, injured, or abandoned wildlife:

1. Find your local wildlife rehabilitator and contact them. The best thing would be to take it to them directly and not interfere. If you can’t get to a rehabilitator right away, ask them what you should do in the situation you’re in and what you can do to help the animal. Do not go directly to the internet unless the site is a government site or the website of a wildlife rehab. I cannot stress that the best thing to do would be to give the animal to someone who knows what they are doing. If there is no wildlife rehab nearby call the ASPCA, the game commission, etc. Get in contact with someone who knows what they’re doing.

2. Know the rabies vector species of your area. For example, the rabies vector species of Pennsylvania are raccoons, bats, foxes, coyotes, skunks. Any animal can contact rabies, but these animals are a danger and you should never touch them with your bare hands. Always wear gloves when handling these animals and handle them as minimally as possible. I cannot stress this enough. If you touch a rabies vector species there is a very high chance the animal will have to be put down to be tested for rabies because in the State’s eyes your health is more important than an animals, and rabies will kill you.

3. Do not try to rehab an animal on your own. It is illegal. You can be fined up to one thousand dollars per day per animal if you’re caught. It is also bad for the animal. Wild animals are not domesticated animals, your house and your human food is not the right thing for them. I know people want to help and think they’re doing the right thing when they take in a wild animal but it is really best to let them be in an environment where they can be with others of their own species and be fed the right food and have minimal human contact.

4. Educate yourself and others on wildlife, your local rehabilitators and other local facilities, rabies, other diseases carried by wildlife and learn the correct way to help benefit wildlife. Spread the news you’ve learned. Help others prevent the spread of rabies and also help others help animals.

To learn more about rabies go here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002310/

To find local rehabiliators go here:

http://www.nwrawildlife.org/content/finding-rehabilitator

And for more information on what to do when you’ve found an animal go here:

http://www.nwrawildlife.org/content/help-ive-found-animal
Please, please, please share this information! I want people to be informed so that less animals have to die, more people can help, and less people and domestic animals have to worry about rabies. Share this on your blog, share it with friends, pass it on. You’d be doing both humans and wildlife a favor!!

Jules Thin Crust Pizza Review

If you live in Pennsylvania, you have to try Jules Thin Crust Pizza. They have four or five different locations I believe and it is just so amazing. They use locally grown and organic ingredients whenever possible, they make whole wheat thin crust, and they even offer vegan cheese and gluten free options!

They have so many great options of pizza. They have several different veggie combinations and you can make your own. I ordered one with kale, mandarin oranges, red onion, apple and lemon vinaigrette. I also added fig jam, carmelized onions, and daiya cheese! It was amazing. It was sweet and healthy and delicious. Literally one of the best pizzas I ever ate. I really hope Jules becomes extremely popular and expands to other states and areas because it is just so good and the fact that it offers vegan cheese and so many unique toppings that I’ve never seen at other places like the fig jam (which was soo good).  They also offer gluten free options and collaborate with the Gluten Intolerance Group of America. A medium of the kale, apple, orange, onion and vinaigrette pizza was 13.50 and with all the extras I added it came to about $18.00. It’s not the cheapest place in the world, but I think it’s worth it though.  I ate half when I got it and saved another half for lunch at work and it was super good cold. In the store they also have pre made pizza and you can order slices. The last time I was in there they even had a pizza with daiya already made with slices to order! I really love this place and you should definitely check it out if you’re ever near one!

 

 

10 Minute Stretching

If you’ve never checked out Cassey Ho’s blogilaties videos, you really should! She posts some seriously intense cardio, pilaties, and stretching videos. She has several that target just arms or just abs and etc. They’re all really challenging and awesome. This one is just a simple stretching for flexibility video, check it out! Stretching is very important to prevent injury, increase flexibility and it helps you improve your overall fitness!

Grace Van Berkum is awesome and such an inspiration to me. Raw foods are incredible and you should never underestimate their power! Check out this recipe and then check out Grace and her blog!

vegan carob peanut butter waffle sandwhich

This recipe is soo simple. It makes an awesome breakfast and it’s something a little different from traditional waffles. I used to love making peanut butter waffle sandwiches with frozen waffles and this is a great alternative with a healthy (and chocolate!) vegan alternative with organic peanut butter and bananas.

Recipe:
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used buckwheat)
1 tsp baking powder
3 tablespoons carob powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
1 cup coconut milk or other milk of choice (almond, rice, soy, etc)
2 tbsp oil (I used liquid coconut oil)
3 tbsp cacao nibs
organic peanut butter
1 banana
more cacao nibs
you’re also gonna need a waffle maker
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and then pour in the coconut milk, the oil, and maple syrup or agave and stir. Add in the cacao nibs and stir until it all comes together into a batter. Spray your waffle maker and drop about 2/3 cup of batter on the waffle maker (may vary depending on how big your waffle maker is). After you get a nice beautiful waffle, cut it in half and spread the desired amount of peanut butter on one side and add banana slices and cacao nibs.
Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite things. You can really do a lot with this recipe. You could add vegan chocolate chips instead of nibs. You can use almond butter or cashew butter and you can even just eat the waffles with a little syrup or whatever!
I know the pictures aren’t great and there aren’t a lot but these are just pictures I already had on my phone and the one was from instagram! If people are actually interested in any of the recipes in the future I will definitely take more time and effort into photographing them.

Yummy green smoothie

This is a recipe for a great green smoothie to jumpstart your morning. I like to have smoothies like this for breakfast or sometimes as a snack after a workout.

Recipe:

1/2 cup coconut water

1 cup water

1 loosely packed cup of organic spinach

1 loosely packed cup of lettuce of your choice

1 banana

1/2 pineapple

1 tsp of agave or maple syrup

1/2 tbsp of hemp powder

1 tsp of flax seeds

Just add all this to your blender, blend until smooth and enjoy! You can add more or less of any of the ingredients listed or add in other fruits or vegetables to really make it your own ❤