Recipe Of The Week~Sweet Potato~Lentil Soup

img_20312I made this soup for the 2nd time yesterday, and I have been told by more than one person, that this was the best soup they ever tasted.

I kid you not… this soup is pretty unbelievable! Just get ready for intense……FLAVOR!!

Sweet Potato~Lentil Soup from “The KInd Diet” by Alicia Silverstone

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Safflower Oil

1 Medium Onion Diced

2 Small Tomatoes Diced

1 tsp Minced Fresh Ginger

1 1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Ground Coriander

1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Cayenne

Fine Sea Salt

2-3 Medium Sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 3/4″ cubes

7 Cups Vegetable Broth

1 Cup Brown Lentils

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes or until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the tomatoes & ginger and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then taste for seasonings.

Add the sweet potatoes, broth & lentils. Stir well and bring to a boil over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and lentils are soft.

Enjoy & let me know what you think!

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No Animals For Easter Gifts | Farm Sanctuary

What’s cuter than a baby bunny or chick in your child’s Easter basket?? I can’t think of a thing! I mean seriously, baby animals are absolutely ADORABLE and children love cuddling them!!

The problem however, is that babies turn into adults…. and children often lose interest quickly. Even bunnies and chicks can grow pretty big and require a TON of work!! Feeding and tending to these innocent creatures is a large task, and most kids have other things they would rather be doing.

Many animals given as holiday gifts, become unwanted and neglected.

Please do not give live animals as gifts to your kids this Easter, but instead sponsor a farm animal from Farm Sanctuary.

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Recipe Of The Week~5 Minute Coconut Fudge

book-coverHere’s a quick and delicious recipe that you will make again and again…..

Five Minute Coconut Fudge~ From “My Sweet Vegan” by Hannah Kaminsky

Ingredients:

1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

3 1/2 Cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 Cup Dutch Cocoa Powder

2 Tblsp. Margarine

1/2 Cup Regular coconut milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 Cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Lightly Grease an 8×8 Baking Pan

In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips, sugar and cocoa. Separately place the margarine and coconut milk in a small saucepan and stir together over medium heat. Cook the mixture until the margarine has melted, and bubbles begin to break into the surface. Remove it from the stove and pour over the chocolate mixture. Let sit for a couple of minutes, and than stir vigorously to melt the chocolate and incorporate the dry ingredients. Continue stirring unil mixture is smooth. Mix in vanilla and pour into prepared pan. Smooth out the top and sprinkle the coconut evenly over the surface. Press the coconut into the fudge with the palm of hand. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Makes 32 small squares.

Busy, Busy, Busy…..

I am always “planning” to jump online and update my blog, but it seems that there just aren’t enough minutes in the day to actually do it!!

Between the house, the kids, the husband, the pets, the million places to be…… I swear, I need a clone!

But today, I am putting some well deserved time aside for blogging!! And since I have not blogged in a few weeks, I’m just gonna randomly write about a bunch of things!!

First off I want to say that I am really loving the “Vegan Life”!! It feels so rewarding to live each day compassionately and unselfishly! I can truly say that I enjoy shopping for groceries and I especially enjoy planning out our daily meals and preparing them. I have found a whole new passion for food!!!!!

Since switching to a Vegan diet, I have also become more conscious about animal products when it comes to my home and fashion. I no longer buy leather, but I have chosen not to get rid of all the leather I currently own. I simply give thanks to the creatures that gave their lives and sometimes say a little prayer for those still dying each day.

I often feel resentment for my friends and loved ones that still support the persecution of animals, but I remind myself that it was not too long ago that I was in their shoes. I do my best to educate, without being offensive. Although, it is tough to see a friend eating cow flesh and not feel offended myself!!

I find solitude in the fact that my husband and two children are on board with me and share the same beliefs! My 10 year old son has read a bit about factory farming, and he is shocked and disgusted by it! My 4 year old daughter can’t understand how anyone eats “real” chicken, since she eats veggie chicken.

Since becoming Vegan last spring, I have a new connection to animals, and I can honestly say that human beings are not meant to eat anything other than a plant based diet. I say this, not only from an animal rights standpoint but from a health standpoint as well. The medical community is linking animal proteins to countless diseases, including some types of cancer. At the same time, plant based nutrition is being linked to decreased disease, including many cancers!! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out!! God gave us the seeds we need to survive and beautiful animals to be our companions.

I firmly believe that children need to be taught compassion for animals at a young age, so they will not bring the horrible amount of animal cruelty with them into the future! I also believe that human beings who have little or no respect for animals, often have little or no respect for life in general. And they are more likely to commit criminal acts in society.

I truly hope and pray that everyone who reads my blog, will spread the “Vegan Word” and live compassionately each day of their life.

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