Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lazy Sunday Funday: April 20th, 2014

Hello Snuggle Friends, it’s another edition of Lazy Sunday Funday!

Lazy Sunday Funday, vegan food, vegan menu, healthy

Hot Topic of the Week: Blood Moon Rising

Did anyone get the chance to see Monday night’s lunar eclipse? I actually set an alarm for midnight so that I made sure to get a glimpse of it. This is the first in a tetrad series of lunar eclipses that are going to happen over the next year. They are semi-rare and an exciting treat for astronomy lovers. It was amazing to see and I can’t wait to see the next one!

Vegan Product of the Week: Iss’ Magic Mixesiss' magic mixes protein powerhouse vegan breakfast

This week’s feature is a local product based out of Mesa, Arizona. I had the pleasure of meeting, Melissa, aka Iss,  at Chandler Farmer’s Market this past week and I sampled a few of her Magic Mixes. Iss’ Magic Mixes are these really delicious and super nutritious oatmeals mixes and She has amazingly yummy flavors like Chocolate Cherry Rapture, Banana Bread, and Walnut Apple Pie. I ended up walking away with the Protein Powerhouse which is an earthy blend of rolled oats, hemp powder, ground flax, ground chia and a few other tasty ingredients that definitely has been giving me a power boost each morning. Interested in trying one but don’t live in the metro Phoenix area? You can order these beautiful mixes online through their website. Go, try them out, you won’t regret it!

Belly Rub Approval Rating: 5 out of 5 Belly Rubs

What’s Cooking in the House of Snuggles This Week:

Breakfast: Iss’ Magic Mixes Protein Powerhouse 

Yes, I’m kind of addicted. You can eat this cold or hot, mixed with yogurt or just plain almond milk. It an amazing source of vegan protein and gives me the energy to tackle my busy days.

Lunch: Red Beans and Rice

Simple. Delicious. Red beans are little, meaty nuggets of nutrition that are packed full of protein, folate, and iron. This will an easy and cost-effective lunch that is great for the budget minded vegan.

Snack: Carrots and Hummus

Hummus gives you that protein pick me up during your afternoon slump and carrots are just plain yummy.

Dinner: Tropical Island Kabobs with Cilantro Rice

I was gifted Chloe Coscarelli’s Chloe’s Kitchen cookbook by my friend’s parents (Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Sandretto!!!) This is the first recipe that caught my eye and I’m super excited to try it. I have been missing a good kebob so I really can’t wait to get this in my belly.

Peaceful Dumpling Contribution: Healing Ingredients: 10 Facts about Garlic

Garlic is my favorite ingredient to add to anything. Here I share some fun facts about this tasty nutritional powerhouse. Plus, a really awesome recipe for garlic bread.

And Finally…

I’m going to leave you with this super sweet Pedigree Adoption Drive Share for Dogs video because I love puppies and any money that’s earned from views and shares is going to homeless pets. Enjoy!

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Banana Muff-n-Cakes

That’s right, Snuggle Friends, I may have come up with the next big thing: Muff-n-Cakes.

It’s not quite a muffin, it’s not quite a cupcake. So it’s a muff-n-cake. It’s the result of a freakish experiment in my test-lab of a kitchen. I had two overly ripe bananas that I didn’t want to see go to waste and some flour. So I decided to combine the two, plus a few other ingredients to see what I would get. Banana Muff-n-Cakes are the freakish little baby.

Are you as excited as I am? I know you are.

So these little guys are moist and light like a cupcake but slightly dense like a muffin. Sweet, airy, and just about anything you could ask for in a baked good. Are they healthy? Well, they could be if you played around with the sweetener a bit. I used plan old vegan white sugar because it’s been a rough week and mama needs some SUGAR (cue in System of a Down and Serj’s amazing dance here)

So let’s get to it. I give you Banana Muff-n-Cakes

Ingredients

2 medium overly ripe bananas- the mushy kind

1C sugar (or whatever sweetener you want to choose, date or coconut sugar might work nicely)

1/2C vegan butter, room temperature

4T ground flax seed+6T of water (egg replacer)

1t lemon juice

1/4t lemon extract

1t vanilla extract

2C AP flour

1T baking powder

1/2t salt

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin tin
  • Mash your bananas. Throw these suckers in a mixer with the sugar, flax mix, butter, lemon juice, and extracts until creamed and well mixed
  • While your wet stuff is mixing, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt
  • Slowly add your dry stuff to you wet stuff and mix until well combined
  • Fill your muffin liners to the top
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick will come out clean
  • Let them cool before indulging
  • Makes 12 Muff-n-Cakes

Vegan Banana Muffin Cupcakes

 

Lazy Sunday Funday Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/6/2014

vegan, cats, beauty, vegan food

It’s another Lazy Sunday Funday! So glad you could join me, friend! This Lazy Sunday Funday I made brunch for my husband and I, then I plan on reading a good book and enjoying what’s left of our beautiful weather, since Summer is Coming (cue dramatic Game of Thrones music here.)

What are your plans for Lazy Sunday Funday?

Hot Topic of The Week: Happy 80th Birthday, Jane Goodall!

Along with Diane Fossey, she’s been one of my heroes since I was a kid and has been an inspiration to yours truly (she is partially the reason why I have a degree in Anthropology.) Jane Goodall is well-known for her amazing work studying chimpanzees, spanning from 1960 to 1983 work. Now that she has retired from her biological studies, she is now focused on conservationist activism. Way to rock it, Jane!

Vegan Product of The Week: Concrete Minerals Super Pigmented Eyeshadow

Yes, this week I’m changing it up and presenting a beauty product this week. When I was looking to veganize my make-up bag, I was relieved to stumble upon Concrete Minerals.

concrete minerals vegan, cruelty-free makeup

Colors from top: Ruse, Frost, Arsenic

Concrete Minerals makes 100% cruelty-free, gluten-free, preservative-free makeup at a price you can afford. The variety of eyeshadow colors can’t be beat and it will definitely appeal to the punk rocker that lives inside you. No really, now I’m off to find my plaid pants, studded belt and then dye my hair a funky color. Now where is that Sex Pistols cd?

Belly Rub Approval Rating: 5 out of 5 Belly Rubs

 

What’s Cooking in The House of Snuggles This Week:

Breakfast: Oatmeal and Banana Muffins

Yes, it’s oatmeal again. Good thing there are about 1,000 ways to make oatmeal so it stays interesting. This weekend, I got wild and crazy and created a simple and delicious vegan banana muffin as well. Stay tuned for the recipe this week!

Lunch: Fiesta Pita

Whole grain pita, guacamole, greens, tomatoes, red onions, and black beans make a simple and delicious sandwich to brighten up your mid-day meal.

Dinner: Spaghetti Marinara

Simple, easy, delicious. This is my go to dish with money is tight and time is limited. To prevent boredom from setting in, you can get really creative and add all kinds of things like tofu, Portobello mushrooms, and fresh basil.

Snack: Oranges, Oranges, Oranges

My co-worker has an orange tree that is very plentiful this year. He gifted me a giant bag of fresh oranges so I will be getting creative over the next week on how to use them up. Any suggestions are welcome!!

Peaceful Dumpling Contribution For This Week: Three Furry Friends You Should Consider Adopting

This week I discuss 3 types of fur babies that find themselves in shelters and are often overlooked. If you are considering adopting a new furry family member please check out this piece. These animals end up in shelters and are among the first to be euthanized because they are deemed “unadoptable.”  I find this an unacceptable term since these animals have so much to give to the family that is willing to adopt them.

That’s it Snuggle Friends! Have a beautiful Sunday! Peace, love, and cupcakes 🙂

Fiesta Friday: Vegan Nachos

It’s Fiesta Friday here in the House of Snuggles! Ole!

Not only does Fiesta Friday mean a Calypso Dance Party (she just loves to dance) but also some type of southwestern style dish. This Fiesta Friday, I choose nachos.

Did someone say, Dance Party?

Did someone say, Dance Party?

Yes, I know, not entirely healthy but we are going to make them about as healthy as we can. Ever since I relocated to the Great American Southwest, Mexican food has become a staple in my life and this girl is not complaining.

Nachos are super easy and quick. These are great for those night when you need to get out and boogie but want some quick and delicious that will be ready in 20 minutes or less (faster if you prepped your veggies ahead of time.)

The Two Most Important Ingredients.

First things first, you need a good quality tortilla chip. I use the chips that Whole Foods makes in their bakery. They are thick and salty and they go really well with guacamole. Drool…..

Next is cheese. You can use any non-dairy cheese that you please(ha ha, I rhymed.) My preference is almond cheese, it browns, it stretches, and it tastes awesome. I use Lisanatti Foods Cheddar because it’s oh so tasty and they also have a jalapeño jack style for those days that you want extra spice. Daiya cheddar works pretty good too.

Now that you have picked out your tortilla chips and cheese, let’s get on with a recipe!

House of Snuggles Fiesta Friday Basic Nachos

*Adjust the ingredients size to your own preference. I feel that make individual servings of nachos is way easier than trying to make a large portion to share. Plus, who wants to share nachos? (Don’t you dare touch my chips loaded with Mexican-style goodness or you’ll get your hand slapped)

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips (About a couple handfuls)
  • Cheddar or jalepeno jack style non-dairy cheese, shredded
  • 1 Green bell pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped and seeded
  • 1 14oz can of black beans (or you can use prepared dry, your preference really)

*Adjust topping amount to your liking, I don’t really measure it out, I just keep adding until it looks good

* Garnish with green onions, sour cream, guacamole, and a good salsa

*Additional fun toppings: black olives, jalapeños, banana peppers, tomatoes, taco style “meat”, red onions, lettuce, anything southwestern-y.

First, turn your oven on to broil, for those of you with fancier ovens, I would choose the low setting (my oven only has one setting.) Next, get out a baking sheet and spread out your chips, you’ll want to layer the chips and cheese, if you prefer taller nachos, but I feel one layer works the best and will evenly melt your cheese. Next, you’ll want to spread your cheese, followed by your toppings. Then slide your baking sheet into the oven, onto the top rack and keep a close eye on it (the chips will burn pretty easily if you don’t watch them). Once the cheese is melted (about 3-5 minutes), pull your nachos out, toss some green onions on top and go to town with your dips.

Vegan nachos

I find that pouring yourself a margarita, throwing on some salsa music and having a dance party afterwards makes Fiesta Friday night a success! Just ask Calypso, she loves a dance party.

What are some of your favorite nacho toppings?