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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Dog Food - Beef Lentil Casserole

 

Our dogs LOVE homemade food....they sit at the stove waiting to eat it !! 

The egg shells are a good source of calcium for the dogs.

The dried mint flakes help with bad breath.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Dogs can eat Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils and Garbanzo Beans.



Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 can chicken or beef broth
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2 cups uncooked rice
2 cups dry lentils  (I use Goya Lentils )
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1 pkg frozen spinach
1/2 cup parm cheese
2 eggs (including shells - but break them up first)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 cup dried mint flakes (I use these  Mint Leaves)
water

Directions:
In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground meat on the stove over medium heat.

Next add the rice and lentils - make sure they are cooked.

Finally add in the rest of the ingredients and cook until spinach is done.

Keep adding water as needed.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Black-Eyed Peas Oat Burgers (DF)


Ingredients:
1 can black-eyed peas, drained 
1 small onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:
In a bowl, mash the beans to desired texture.  I keep a lot of the beans whole.  Mix in all the rest of the ingredients.

 Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Form into patties and cook.  I cook them on my   Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler for about 20 minutes.  If you want to bake them in the oven, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.




Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dog Food - Turkey Liver Spinach Casserole



Our dogs LOVE homemade food....they sit at the stove waiting to eat it !! 

The egg shells are a good source of calcium for the dogs.

The dried mint flakes help with bad breath.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties.



Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey (or ground chicken or ground beef)
water
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2 cups uncooked rice
2 slices of liver - cut into small pieces
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1 pkg frozen spinach
1/2 cup parm cheese
2 eggs (including shells - but break them up first)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 cup dried mint flakes  (I use these  Mint Leaves)
water

Directions:
In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground meat on the stove over medium heat.

Next add the rice and liver - make sure they are cooked.

Finally add in the rest of the ingredients and cook until spinach is done.

Keep adding water as needed.


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Cashew Rice Loaf (GF, DF)


I always loved meatloaf growing up !!  To me, this recipe tastes  more like meatloaf than other recipes I have made. 


Ingredients:
1 small onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup cashew pieces, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes  (I use Now Foods)
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground celery seed

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Easy White Bean and Corn Casserole


This is simple to make yet delicious ...I used it as burrito filling.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cans white beans (use liquid from 1 can)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Directions:
In a 2.5 qt casserole dish, mix together all ingredients.

Bake 45 minutes at 375 degrees.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Dog Food - Turkey Rice Veggie Casserole


Our dogs LOVE homemade food....they sit at the stove waiting to eat it !!


Ingredients:
3 lbs ground turkey
1 pkg frozen peas
1 pkg frozen yellow squash
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5 cups cooked rice

Directions:
In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground turkey on the stove over medium heat.

Stir in peas and yellow squash and cook until vegetables are done.

Stir in cooked rice.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Veggie Chili (DF, GF)






Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 4-oz can diced green chiles
3 cans red kidney beans, with liquid
1 can corn, with liquid
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup dry quinoa
1 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp thyme

Directions:
Put all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.  Release pressure naturally. 




Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mocha Fudge Balls (GF)



These  were adapted from this recipe .

These are a smooth texture with a mocha fudge flavor !!!!




Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut   
1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

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2 cups dates blended with 1/3 cup instant coffee and 1/2 - 3/4 cup water or coffee (depending on how dry the dates are)

Directions:
Blend dates, instant coffee and water until smooth.

Mix everything together in a bowl until well combined.  


Shape into balls.  Store in freezer. 

I store these in the freezer to keep them firmer, but I actually prefer the taste of them at room temperature.  So I usually take a couple out of the freezer and leave them sitting out until they are room temperature.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Black Bean Spinach Sweet Potato Enchiladas








Enchilada Ingredients: 
  • 1 16-oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 cups sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Enchilada Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Place 1 and 1/2 cups of the sauce in the bottom on a baking dish.  Take 1 tortilla and spread a line of the mixture in the center.  Roll up and place the "opened"' side up in the baking dish.  Repeat, placing them next to each other in the baking dish.  

Pour the rest of the sauce over the rolled tortillas.  

Bake 10 mins at 350 degrees.


Enchilada Sauce Ingredients: 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 dates, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water or veggie broth
Enchilada Sauce Directions: 
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and mix with a whisk.  Bring to a boil and stir over medium heat until thickened.




Friday, June 21, 2019

Contribution From Freelance Writer Jess on Vegan Friendly Candles






Choosing Vegan Candles For Ethical And Health Reasons

There are currently no laws requiring candle makers to list their ingredients, let alone having to state if their product is vegan, so it’s always best to assume that it isn’t as there are so many things that can go into a candle that aren’t vegan-friendly or cruelty-free. Finding vegan candles can be easy enough though, such as online where you can support independent and local businesses. Not only will your candle be vegan, but it will also be ethical, toxic-free, and sustainable.

Choosing the best wax option

Candles have long been made using beeswax or paraffin wax, with paraffin still being commonly used. Obviously, beeswax isn’t vegan, but paraffin should also be avoided for a number of reasons. Paraffin is derived from petroleum, causing it to produce a dark soot when it burns that can stain anything the candle is near, but more worryingly, breathing it in over a long period of time is linked to respiratory problems, allergies, asthma, and certain cancers. Choosing a candle that is made from soy wax is a vegan option that has proven not to release any pollutants that paraffin does, as well as being a sustainable and renewable source. Needless to say, a soy candle is a better option health-wise, and it also burns slower, so your candle will last longer.

Paraffin is vegan and you only use candles occasionally

Perhaps you think that picking a paraffin wax candle is the best option for you because it will be easier to find, cheaper, and you don’t burn candles very often so the health problems are less likely to affect you. While paraffin is a vegan product it’s too soft to make a good candle so most of them will have up to 10% stearic acid added to them to harden the wax. Stearic acid comes from animal fat, although a coconut-based option is available. However, most manufacturers will opt for the cheaper slaughterhouse byproduct.

Dyes and scents

Just because a candle is made from soy wax doesn’t mean that manufacturers haven’t used animal products or byproducts to dye or scent the final product. Soy wax is naturally a pale cream colour, so if a candle is any other colour then it’s been dyed. Certain dyes can be toxic, so check that a company is using natural, safe, and vegan-friendly dyes. When it comes to scents, soy candles will hold it better and release it for a longer burn time due to the wax burning slower. Choose candles made with scents from essential oils. This way you know it’s completely natural and you can have aromatherapy benefits too. It’s worth noting that most companies making soy wax candles do so for ethical reasons so are unlikely to add anything that isn’t vegan, but it’s always best to check before purchasing.

Choosing a vegan soy wax candle will not only benefit the animals, but it’s also better for your health and you get a product that is superior, ethical, biodegradable and sustainable.