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Thanksgiving Vegetable Medley Stuffing:

Ingredients: (serves 8)

-Coconut oil

-1/2 chopped yellow onion

-1 minced garlic clove

- 3 cups of shredded kale

- 2 cups of chopped celery

- 2 cups of chopped spinach (if using baby spinach no need to chop)

-2 cups of green beans (I used frozen)

- 2 tofurky sausages

-  2 table spoons of tomato paste or 1/2 cup of tomato sauce  ( homemade is best, but whatever you have on hand will be fine)

- 2 chopped medium size green apples (if you’d prefer a sweeter crunch go for some gala apples)

-1.5 cups of Low-sodium veggie broth

- 8 slices of  toasted ezekiel sprouted bread OR your favorite bread

- Herbs: 1 teaspoon of dry rosemary, 1 teaspoon of dry basil (if you’re going with fresh which is always best, then do a few chopped up leaves), 1 teaspoon of thyme, a pinch of oregano, & if you’re into spice 1 teaspoon of chili flakes (optional)

 

Directions:

1) On a pan add 1.5 teaspoon of coconut oil & add onion after a few seconds of the oil sitting over medium heat

2) After onion begins to brown throw in garlic & herbs. Mix a couple times.

3)After a few minutes, (I bet you’re house is starting  to smell delicious!) add the chopped apples, kale & celery . Stir (IF USING TOMATO PASTE, YOU WOULD ADD IT BEFORE THIS STEP. IF USING TOMATO SAUCE, WAIT!)

4) Once the kale starts to look “wet”, which shouldn’t take very long, add the green beans & tofurky. Stir.

5) Meanwhile set your oven to 350, toast your  bread & cut bread into small pieces

6)  After a few minutes, when the green beans have thawed, add your tomato sauce (If using tomato paste look at step 3)

7) Allow your veggies to cook in the tomato sauce for only a few minutes, you don’t want them to overcook.

8) Turn off heat, throw in chopped spinach & Stir.

9) Transfer your veggies to a baking pan, add your veggie broth & THEN add your bread “crumbs”/small pieces of bread to the top.

10)  Bake for 20 minutes.

11) Remove from the oven, and right before serving, mix the bread with the veggies. This will allow them to maintain a crunch but still have absorbed the juices.

12) Garnish with some parsley & enjoy!!!!

 

*As always, I invite you to PLAY with your food & modify the recipe to your liking. If you want to add more of this or less of that, feel free!!!! You & your family will be the ones enjoying this dish so you want to make sure it is to your liking. :)

-PEACE & NRGY

(Don’t forget to check out VeganChicanoDoctor for great medical/health tips and Dr. Ray’s own personal journey)

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Comida en la Comunidad! http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/22/comida-en-la-comunidad/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/22/comida-en-la-comunidad/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 05:53:26 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=984 read more]]>

SIrenita, juicing!!

Join VEGAN A LA MEXICANA tomorrow, Friday, March 23rd at 6pm @ the Eastside Café for “Comida en la Comunidad” , a workshop/presentation of healthy food options in our communities… As part of the Mujeres de Maiz month-long events of women-empowerment workshops. Come enjoy some delicious food!!

**This event is in collaboration with Cinthya Guillen of South Central Farm & Sirenita del Mar of Viva La Vida, Live Foods for Life 

Where: Eastside Cafe  5469 Huntington Drive North Los Angeles (El Sereno), CA 90032

When: March 23rd, 2012 at 6pm

Price: FREE (Donations welcomed & appreciated)

Last year’s event: Mujeres de Maiz: Ancestor Foods & Healthy Food Ways

Me presenting...

Vegan a la Mexicana sera parte del evento, “Comida en la Comidad” mañana a las 6pm en el Eastside Cafe en El Sereno. Este evento sera una presentacion de comida saludable como parte de el mes de eventos de Mujeres de Maiz. Venga a disfrutar deliciosa comida!

**Este evento es en colaboración con Cinthya Guillen de South Central Farm y Sirenita del Mar de Viva la Vida, Live Foods for Life.

Donde: Eastside Cafe 5469 Hungtington Drive Los Angeles (El Sereno), CA 90032

Cuando: 23 de Marzo 2012 a las 6pm

Precio: Gratis! (donaciones son bienvenidas)

(El ano pasado: Mujeres de Maiz: Ancentors Comidas & Healthy Food Ways

Food!

-Peace & eNeRGY!

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Los Raramuris/Tarahumaras, Veganism & Running… LOVE!! http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/21/los-raramuristarahumaras-veganism-running-love/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/21/los-raramuristarahumaras-veganism-running-love/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 03:54:46 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=977 read more]]> 3 of my favorite topics in one article: Powerful Natives, Veganism & Running… CHECK IT OUT! :)

 

“When it comes to the top 10 health risks facing American men, the Tarahumara are practically immortal: Their incidence rate is at or near zero in just about every category, including diabetes, vascular disease, and colorectal cancer. Age seems to have no effect on them, either: The Tarahumara runner who won the 1993 Leadville ultramarathon was 55 years old. Plus, their supernatural invulnerability isn’t just limited to their bodies; the Tarahumara have mastered the secret of happiness as well, living as benignly as bodhisattvas in a world free of theft, murder, suicide, and cruelty….”

Read more at Men’s Health: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/men-who-live-forever#mobify-bubble#ixzz1poXtnkZe

-PEACE & NRGY

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COLORFUL FOOD!!! http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/10/colorful-food/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/03/10/colorful-food/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:31:40 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=943 read more]]> Hey friends, so recently I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the “color” of my food. I love color!! I love the way I feel when I wear something bright, I love walking into a place & feeling like I’ve entered a rainbow. Color can really affect our state of being, and the same applies to the color of our food. Take a look at the meals you’ve been enjoying, if you were simply going off “looks” , is that truly something you  want to put in your body? We have 5 senses, why limit eating to only a few?

Of course, eating a colorful array of foods also means a more well-rounded diet. Each color indicates a different nutritional benefit.  Our plates should burst with color & life! I read a great quote the other day, “If you want to feel healthy, eat healthy!” How simple and true is that?

When we read about “cancer fighting” foods, “super foods”, etc they are always colorful, fresh, and unprocessed! When was the last time you read that a DOUBLE (heart attack) Bacon (tortured pig) cheese (raped cow) Angus (hormone injected cow) Burger was on a “cancer fighting” list? Eating is as much about health as it is about common sense. Yes it is a science but it’s also instinctual. Our bodies know when something is good for us & when it isn’t, it reacts right away to either one. We know this as children, when we don’t “like” something it’s usually because it made us sick at some point. Children LOVE eating color, their faces light up when they see beautiful colorful plates. It isn’t until we continue to throw unhealthy food at them that they too become addicted and stop following their instinctual cravings for colorful food.

This is something I’ve been very conscious about and these past years I’ve made sure most (I’m not perfect) of my meals are colorful, organic (read my post on Should I Buy Organic?), mostly whole foods & as unprocessed as possible! It’s been a delicious journey and I FEEL amazing!! So  here are a few of the meals I’ve enjoyed this last week. What do your meals look like? Share it with me! :)

Organic strawberries from my Farmer's Market

Post workout Breakfast!! I call this one my "I'm Sexy & I know it NRGY Smoothie" lol.... Fresh strawberries, dates, raw almond butter (a Lil bit), cinnamon, vanilla & rice milk! Yum

Brussels & green beans!! Delicious!

 

Greens beans, guacamole & spring mix! ... Cook green beans for about 5mins in garlic, chili, water & a touch of braggs

Chips & Salsa from Tribal Cafe in LA!

 

Cauliflower mash & greens!

Girl's night dinner!! Kale Salad & grilled portobello "stakes"

Piña Colada: orange, pineapple, coconut, banana, ginger & maca from Tribal Cafe in LA!! Yummy!!

 

Friday night indulgence!! NRGY Vegan Pumpkin pie Oatmeal Cookies topped with flax & hempseeds! No oil, just deliciousness!!

Tofu sandwich from Tribal Cafe in LA

 

For more tips on eating colorful check out:

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Center for Disease Control

Nutrition.Gov

Nutrition Data

Eating Colorful to Feel Colorful blog by Araceli Silva

Related Articles:

-Color me Healthy

-Eating Colorful Vegetables Linked to Longer Life

- Eat Your Colors

-Eat Colorfully 

-Eating Colorful has Health Benefits

 

-PEACE & NRGY

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NRGY Raw “Candy” http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/27/nrgy-raw-candy/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/27/nrgy-raw-candy/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:51:20 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=835 read more]]> Hey friends! I want to share with you one of my favorite treats! I call them candies because they are so sweet and delicious. These are a lot healthier than your usually processed candies, easy to make & will help fight that “sweet tooth”. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (makes 10 NRGY Raw “Candies”)

-5 dates (sliced in half)

-2/3 cup of Raw Almond Butter

-Raw Cashews

- Raw shredded dry Coconut

-Cacao nibs

-1 tablespoon of Vanilla X-tract

Directions:

-Slice the dates in half

-Mix the raw almond butter with the vanilla xtract

-Fill the dates with the Vanilla Raw Almond butter

-Top them with either a cashew, shredded coconut, cacao nibs or all of them together.

-Serve & enjoy!

-PEACE & NRGY

***For more on dates & nutritional information go HERE or HERE! :)

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Two 10min Meals: NRGY Miso Kale Soup & NRGY Kale wrap http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/23/two-10min-meals-nrgy-miso-kale-soup-nrgy-kale-wrap/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/23/two-10min-meals-nrgy-miso-kale-soup-nrgy-kale-wrap/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:42:02 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=910 read more]]> Lately I haven’t had a lot of time to cook elaborate meals, so I’ve been getting creative… hehe… I bought a ton of Organic Kale so here are two meals that include some yummy kale. Enjoy :)

 

NRGY Miso Kale Soup: (serves 2)

Ingredients:

-7-8 stems of Kale

-Miso

-Green Onions

Directions:

-Wash the kale( I used about 7 stems of organic curly kale)

-Chop the kale ( I honestly just used my hands to shred it)

-chop a few green onion (i mainly used he green part)

-heat up about 2-3 cups of filtered water

-Once it gets warm add about 1/4 cup of miso (or more to your liking),

-Toss in the kale  let it cook for less than 4 mins.  (If 4mins isn’t enough to soften your kale then feel cook a few extra minutes)

-Before removing add the green onions

Serve & enjoy :)

**Of course, u can add your favorite veggies, chile, tofu, etc :)

 

 

 

NRGY Kale Wrap:

Ingredients: 

-2 cups of Kale

-Your favorite veggies (I  mainly used organic salad mix)

-1 large avocado

-Wholegrain Lavash bread or Tortilla

-Organic Salsa

-Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Directions:

-Lightly steam Kale for a few minutes, 3 minutes top!

-Remove from heat & drain

-Heat up Lavash bread/Tortilla

-Slice avocado

-Build your wrap with your favorite veggies, salsa & sprinkle nutritional yeast!

ENJOY!!

 

 

 

-PEACE & NRGY

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How to become a Vegan in 10days! http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/22/how-to-become-a-vegan-in-10days/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2012/02/22/how-to-become-a-vegan-in-10days/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:50:33 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=875 read more]]>

Hey friends, I’m back! Sorry for the brief recess, but I found myself in a very busy and overwhelming schedule. That’s not an excuse though, I have a commitment to you as a reader to continue sharing great information, so I apologize. I wanted to come back with a simple post, but I’ve had several requests to post a “How to become a Vegan” post, so here you have it!  I tried to think of an appropriate length of time that would work  for most people, and I figured 10days was long enough to give you time to get comfortable with the idea of what it means to become a vegan.

You are doing something amazing for your self, the environment & the animals! THANK YOU!!! Best of luck!!

 

DAY 1:

-Find out what veganism means, and look up some great resources to help you transition. You can check out my resources page for references.

-Go shopping! This is key, if you have healthy vegan foods you actually enjoy eating then you WILL eat them. Check out my shopping tips.

-Start cleaning out your pantry & fridge, don’t just get rid of animal products but also processed/unhealthy foods.

- Start to cut back on your animal products and try to have at least one vegan meal.

-Let your family & friends know you are moving towards a plant-based diet. Be ready, although our loved ones want the best for us, they are surrounded by false information about protein,calcium, etc and may offer more negativity than positivity. Simply listen to them, and  try not to get too defensive.

Day 2:

-Continue your research, check out great recipes you’re looking forward to trying.

-Remind yourself why you’ve decided to try this lifestyle. Check out my “Why I’m a Vegan” Post.

-Although it’s important to know your weaknesses (e.g. sweets, a certain restaurant,etc) you will be surprised just how disciplined you can become very quickly if you truly want to.

-Continue cleaning out your pantry & fridge.

-Since it’s day TWO try having TWO vegan meals. Check out all my easy yummy recipes.

Day 3:

- By day three you should know whether or not this is going to be difficult for you. I decided to become a vegan over night and the most difficult part was the social part. Pin point what is most difficult for you, and try to find a solution.

-Today would be a perfect day to start a new exercise routine, if you haven’t already. It will help continue to inspire you to eat healthy and continue on this journey. Fyi, Yoga is a great cardio and strength training workout. Check out my post on why I practice Yoga.

-Since today is Day Three, I suggest you have three vegan meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner! :)

Day 4:

-If you’ve relapsed, which happens to everyone, don’t be too difficult on yourself. It is VERY important that you are compassionate towards yourself. Simply, take it as a “hiccup” and continue.

-If you’ve received any negativity from “friends” and/or family, don’t let it get you down. It is YOUR health, and YOU know what is best for your body, IF you are truly listening.

-Hopefully by now most if not all of your meals should be vegan. (I say “should” not as a judgmental expectation, but as a point of reference… This is YOUR journey, you go at your own pace :) …)

-By this point, I suggest you start integrating AT LEAST one large salad in your day. If you’re not used to eating lots of vegetables, starting with one salad a day will be an easy way to start.

Day 5:

YAY!! You made it to day 5, congratulations. Again, this is a great time to stop and reflect on why you are trying to adopt a more healthier & compassionate lifestyle

-You’ve probably ran out of some of your favorite vegan foods, so go out and check out all the great vegan options at your supermarket/healthfood store. Just be careful, there’s A LOT of vegan junk foods that are very nutrient dense and don’t offer a good balance. Stick to lower sodium foods, foods that are not overly processed (e.g. organic tofu or tempeh), the closest the food is to its natural state the better. Check out my grocery shopping recommendations here.

-Explore new vegan sites & blogs (like this one or VeganChicanoDoctor) to help you continue on your journey.

-Find yummy and filling vegan snacks or foods on the go! My favorites are nuts, vegan yogurt, fruits, dates with almond butter, etc…

Day 6-8

-These days will be crucial. If you’ve fallen “off the wagon” this is the time to get back on and continue with the commitment you’ve made to YOURSELF! This isn’t a commitment you’re making to me or anyone else, change starts with you!

-Continue eating delicious healthy food! Eat filling foods so you don’t get cravings when you drive by a fast-food restaurant, or see your favorite “sugary food” commercial.

-Start cutting out other unhealthy foods: processed sugars, bleached carbs (white flour, white rice, anything with the word “enriched”)

-This is a perfect time to discover amazing vegan restaurants in your area! I live in LA where we have a new vegan restaurant every few months, so I have plenty of options. If you live somewhere where there aren’t many vegan restaurants, speak to your favorite restaurant about integrating some healthier options. All the local ma’ & pa’ mexican restaurants in my area they are more than happy to make us something “off the menu”, it’s all about keeping your business. A LOT of people don’t know what vegan is, especially in other cultures, so be aware & be clear when describing what you can and cannot eat.

Day 9:

-Check out tons of great vegan events going on in your area. There are vegan “meet up groups”, fundraisers, protests (if you’re ready), potlucks, etc. If you’d like to socialize with others living a similar lifestyle, there are great resources out there. Just remember, vegan doesn’t mean “perfect”, so don’t expect everyone to be loving and nice. I’ve had a few let downs, but many MANY more positive experiences.

-This is the perfect time to cut out other unhealthy foods like cooking with a lot of oil, salt & sugar. There are A LOT of spices & herbs out there to help make your dishes delicious.

-If you’re committed to a vegan lifestyle & not a diet, start deciding how you feel about the leather you currently own, honey in your tea, the fur in your closet.  I donated my leather boots  to a nonprofit that helps clothe the homeless & Ray (VEGAN CHICANO DOCTOR) donated his to an organization we volunteer with that goes down to Tijuana to offer free medical care. Why let perfectly good clothes go to waste if it can help keep someone warm?

Day 10:

-YOU MADE IT TO DAY 10!!!! If you can make it this far, then you can keep going.

-This is a great time to host a “vegan potluck, dinner party, etc” to show off your new delicious recipes to your friends and family.

-Visit an animal sanctuary in your area to help continue to make the connection. I love Animal Acres in Acton, CA

-By now, you probably know a lot about veganism, and where you want to go from here. Some vegans discover that soy products or gluten products don’t make them feel too great so they cut them out, some vegans (like me) develop such a great amount of eNeRGY that they start pushing their physical limits (e.g. marathons, triathlons,etc), others try juicing (check out my post on juicing) or eating more raw foods (check out my raw food recipes), some decided to only eat organic (check out my post on Why Organic), others  decided that animal activism is very important and join Animal Rights Organizations or attend protest, and some live a quiet simple vegan lifestyle. Whatever type of vegan you become, know that you are doing something great for your health (as long as you’re not a junk food vegan), environment and are helping to stop contributing to the suffering of factory farmed animals.

These are my recommendations based on my personal experience. If this doesn’t work for you modify it. Again, it is YOUR journey, take control of it! And remember, it’s a good idea to get a check up before and then come back and find out what a difference this wonderful healthy lifestyle has done.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)

 

-PEACE & NRGY

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NRGY Post Holiday “Cleanse” http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/11/29/nrgy-post-holiday-cleanse/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/11/29/nrgy-post-holiday-cleanse/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:36:03 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=879 read more]]>

So lets be honest, most of us over eat during the holidays. I know I did! I’ve been feeling so full and my poor stomach is not very happy with me. That’s why I decided to ease into a juice cleanse to give my body a “rest”. If you’re feeling like I am then join me and the VEGAN CHICANO DOCTOR! This is what we’re doing:

(Credit for this cleanse goes to Sirenita del Mar and Shaman’s Vision Sacred Arts Center… I learned a version of this cleanse from them, I just changed it a little bit to fit my lifestyle)

Day 1:

-Juice in the morning. We had a yummy green juice!

-If you eat meat then today you start cutting back on your meat intake.

-If you’re already vegan/vegetarian then you start cutting back on your cooked food.

-We were initially planning on eating 100% RAW today but since we still had some leftover food & we hate having food go to waste we decided to finish it today.

-Go shopping for the produce you’ll need for your juices. Check out my Juice recipes on this post: JUGOS/JUICES! 

Day 2:

-Enjoy a juice for breakfast.

-If you eat animal products, then today you want to cut out all animal products and only eat plant-based foods.

-If you’re a vegetarian/vegan you want to eat 100% RAW/Uncooked food today. Recipe ideas check out my RAW RECIPE CATEGORY

- Start a “journal” for this cleanse. Trust me, a lot of issues, emotions, etc. come out during cleansing.

Day 3:

-Enjoy a Juice for breakfast

-If you eat animal products then today you should only be eating RAW/UNCOOKED foods. I have a lot of easy recipes:

-NRGY RAW ICECREAM

-Sirenita Del Mar’s RAW Recipes

-NRGY RAW TUNA(less) SPREAD

-NRGY RAW CASHEW CHEEZE

-NRGY RAW SPAGHETTI

-AND many more raw recipes HERE

-If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, welcome to your First day of JUICING!

-I’ve been asked: How many juices should I have a day? My answer is: have as many as you need! If you feel hungry, have a juice! :)

Day 4-6:

-By Day 4 everyone should be juicing 100% of their meals.

- By this time, you WILL start to feel the “detoxing”. You may be irritable, short-tempered, etc. Especially if you’re addicted to things like caffeine! It is very important that you take this time to explore methods of relaxation like YOGA! Check out my blog posts on Why I love Yoga!

Day 7-9: 

Because I lose a lot of weight when I juice, I usually ease out of the cleanse at day 7. I start eating whole fruits towards the end of the day, so that by day 8 I’m eating all raw foods and back to cooked on day 9.

-If you would like to continue you should know that it is not recommended to go more than 7 days on a juice cleanse without medical supervision. So be careful!

**I like to keep fresh young coconuts when I do a juice cleanse. The water has lots of electrolytes, so it helps me feel strong.

**If I’m training at the time of my cleanse as I am now (training for the LA Marathon) I may add a Raw blended smoothie for one of my meals for a bit more protein. 

EASING OUT OF THE CLEANSE:

On the first day you decide to ease out of your Cleanse, start to eat fresh whole fruits towards late afternoon. By the next day, you should have 1 juice in the morning, fruit in between, raw salad for lunch, and another juice or fruit for dinner. By this point, most people feel very calm, the frustrations are usually gone, and they feel “cleansed”. Many love the feeling, and continue eating raw & juicing for much longer. You know what is best for you, so you are the best judge of how long your cleanse should go.
Things to Remember:

-Absolutely no alcohol during this time. This is pretty obvious, you’re cleansing! hehe

-It is suggested, especially during the juicing, to only use organic produce.

- Avoid going out to bars, restaurants, events, etc where you know you may be tempted to break the cleanse.

-Stay away from people who may act negatively about the cleanse

- Make sure that you are really helping your body cleanse (ie: drinking lots of water ,drinking green tea, enema, taking wheat grass shots, etc)

- It is very important that you avoid toxic situations. Meaning, avoid stress & negative people. While it is understandable that stress & negativity are abundant in our modern lives it is very important that the individual that is undergoing this cleanse really try hard not to allow such situations to take over their emotions.

When we cleanse, we also cleanse our spirits, so it is very typical that emotions and/or issues we haven’t dealt with come up during this time.
Be ready!

Our ancestors used to cleanse quite often, so this is not a “new age” thing, we have just become disconnected from how to take care of our own bodies. Cleansing is an amazing gift we give our body, mind & spirit-This is YOUR journey, so make it fun!…Best of Luck!

PEACE & NRGY!!

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PAN DE MUERTO VEGANO!!! http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/10/28/pan-de-muerto-vegano/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/10/28/pan-de-muerto-vegano/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:40:55 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=855 read more]]>

 

(ENGLISH VERSION)

Para ir junto con mi entrada de Día de los Muertos quiero compartir con ustedes mi receta para el Pan de Muerto … Me salió increíble! Mi familia, que no es vegana, no podían parar de comerlo. Cada rato los encontraba comiendose mi pan a escondidas …jeje … Es super fácil y divertido de hacer y nadie se dio cuenta que era vegano.

Yo utilice una receta tradicional y la hice vegana, y eso solo  significa que  substituí los ingredientes de producto animal con ingredientes veganos … Buen Provecho! :)

Ingredientes:

-1 Cucharada de semillas de anís entero

- 1 / 2 taza de agua

-1 / 2 taza de Leche de Almendra ALMOND BREEZE (usted puede utilizar su sustituto de la leche favorito si no le gusta la leche de almendra., A mi me gusta mucho la consistencia que se obtiene con ella. Usé la de vainilla, ya que la tenía en el refri.)

- 4 “huevos” (instrucciones en la caja) de Ener-G Egg que es un substituto de huevos. Si no lo tiene, puede usar 4 cucharadas de linaza molida con 12 cucharadas de agua hasta tener una consistencia cremosa.

-1 / 2 taza de la Azúcar Morena

-5-5 1/2 de harina de trigo o 2.5 tazas de harina para todo uso y 2.5 tazas de harina integral

-1 / 2 taza de mantequilla Earth Balance (yo usé los palos, pero puedes experimentar con algunas de sus otras mantequillas veganas para ver cuál te ofrece la mejor consistencia)****Si no tienen EARTH BALANCE en su ciudad tambien pueden usar 1/4 taza de aceite vegetal mixta con una 1/4 taza de pure de manzana

-2 Paquetes de levadura seca activa

Ingredientes!


Instrucciones:

-En una cacerola a fuego medio, calentar la mantequilla vegana(Earth Balance ****Si no tienen EARTH BALANCE en su ciudad tambien pueden usar 1/4 taza de aceite vegetal mixta con 1/4 taza de pure de manzana),la leche Vegana (Almond Breeze) y el agua hasta que este caliente pero no hirviendo.

- Medir la harina 1-1/2 tazas y deje el resto aparte.

-En una licuadora combine el Ener-G Egg o la Linaza molida hasta que tenga una consistencia cremosa.

-En un tazón grande, combine 1-1/2 tazas de harina, levadura,semillas de anís y azúcar. Batir el líquido caliente hasta que estén bien combinados.

-Añadir la sustitucion del huevo o la linaza molida y batir otra taza de harina.

-Continúe agregando más harina hasta que la masa esté suave pero no pegajosa.

-Amasar sobre tabla ligeramente en harinada durante diez minutos hasta que esté suave y elástica.

-Engrase ligeramente un plato hondo y  colocar la masa en él, cubra con plástico y dejar reposar en un lugar tibio hasta que doble en volumen, de 1-1/2 horas.

-Golpe la masa y forme en calaveras o panes redondos con”huesos” puesto ornamental en la parte superior.

-Ya que esten en forma de calaveras deje reposar los panes nuevamente en un lugar tibio por 1 hora para que adquieran su tamaño final.

-Hornear en un horno precalentado a 350 grados F durante 40 minutos. Retirar del horno, barnízalos y espolvorea con suficiente azúcar.

 

Barniz:

  • 1 / 2 taza de azúcar
  • 1 / 3 taza de jugo de naranja fresco
  • 2 cucharadas de cáscara de naranja rallada

-Poner todos los ingredientes juntos en una oya y hervir por 2 minutos.

-Aplique el barniz al pan con una brocha de pastelería.

-Para los ojos de los calaveras me gusta añadir pedacitos de chocolate vegano o pasas de uva. También me gusta espolvorear azúcar, mientras que el barniz esté todavía húmedo.

Servir y disfrutar!


-PAZ y NRGY 

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Why I’m a Vegan…. http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/09/23/why-im-a-vegan/ http://veganalamexicana.com/2011/09/23/why-im-a-vegan/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:15:08 +0000 http://veganalamexicana.com/?p=824 read more]]>

Respect for all my relations :)


Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.- Cesar Chavez

 

This week, I celebrated my 5 years as a Vegan, and that made me think of what it means to achieve 5 years without consuming or wearing animal products. I remember the date because I marked it to see how long I would be able to make it as a vegan, & so far it’s 5 years and counting. I guess it wasn’t a phase as most had predicted hehe…. You see, I used to be very flaky, I would start many things and never finish them. I would get very excited about starting a new project, and half way through it I would start wondering, “why am I doing this?” or i would feel, “this isn’t what I thought it would be.” But veganism, has been different.

 

When I was younger, I hated dairy and meat, but I would eat it because I didn’t like the alternative, vegetables. I would constantly & annoyingly tell my mom, “Beans, AGAIN???!!” So for years I went on consuming a diet that I thought was healthy, I was a dancer so I really “watched what I ate.”

Seven years ago, I finally had enough of red meat & dairy & stopped eating it. I felt healthier & more eNeRGetic. I even felt like an environmentalist! When people would ask me if I wanted a dish with meat I would very arrogantly say, “Oh, I don’t eat meat, just chicken.” As if chicken were some sort of vegetable. Luckily for me, five years ago I came across a book that had a very interesting title, Skinny Bitch. Amused by the title, I picked it up to give it to a family member as a “gag gift”, but they of course were very offended and refused to take it. Since I had spent the money I figured the least I could do was glance at it, and after a few lines I was hooked. These women were rude & hilarious! I kept reading. I realized half way through the book, when I got to the animal rights part, that this was a book about veganism. I finished the book that night & promised to become a vegan the next morning.

Something inside of me felt awaken, and I knew that I no longer wanted to support the torture and painful death of other beings. I wasn’t a hippie spiritual person at the time, I simply felt there was no reason why I should be selfish enough to end the life of another being for my gluttonous needs. I didn’t do it for health, I did it for life! If I couldn’t stand reading the accounts by factory workers of how they would, “take those stunners and shove it up the hog’s ass… They do it with cows too…” or of how “(they) drug cows till their bones start breaking, while they were still alive.” Want more? How about, “One time I took my knife- it’s sharp enough- and sliced off the end of a hog’s nose… The hog went crazy for a few seconds…. So I took a handful of salt brine and ground it into his nose. Now the hog really went nuts… I still had a bunch of salt… and I stuck the salt right up the hog’s ass.”… I’m sure I make my point.





I’ve been an activist my entire life. When I was 8 yrs old I organized my first walk-out after our substitute teacher wouldn’t let one of my classmates use the restroom, and after my classmate peed themselves the sub laughed and pointed. I’ve been involved with pro-peace movements, immigration rights movements, women rights movements, anti-militarization of schools movements, human rights movements in general… I believe that everyone has the right to live a life free from pain & persecution, and I believe than animals should have those same rights. I also believe in the autonomy of communities & the access to knowledge. I believe in empowering communities that have been alienated by the Los Angeles  vegan movement, and informing them of where their food comes from and what is in it.

sharing free food and information with the community along side the VEGAN CHICANO DOCTOR in Lincoln Heights (North East LA)

In a country like the US, and in a city like Los Angeles, there should be no excuses for supporting this abuse. In L.A., I can EASILY have access to plant-based foods where I can get all the essential amino acids, calcium, fiber, omegas, vitamins, phytonutrients, etc that I need to be healthy. Don’t believe me? Check out the research by Caldwell B. Esselstyn MD, Joel Furhman MD, T. Collin Campbell R.D. PHD, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and many more. (Here’s a link to my “Healthy Food Resources” post.)

Why consume animal products? The only reasons; either ignorance or selfishness. There is no craving strong enough that can make me forget the pain & death I would support by only having a “little bit of cheese, or a tinny piece of carne asada.” And while I strongly believe in being compassionate with ourselves and others, I personally, can’t find any logic in feeling more compassion for my “cravings”, versus the life of another being.

I once had a conversation with a friend about being able to truly live a life of peace. And I mentioned that I felt that we could never truly be at peace if we are putting pain, fear and death into our bodies. Let’s be honest, most of the meat we have consumed or are consuming isn’t treated with respect, the animal doesn’t get to run around freely and enjoy a life of bliss. It isn’t honored, as our ancestors once did, before and after it’s killed. We never see it as a being. It is only a steak or a burger, not a COW that has been raped many times, given birth and then cried out for it’s stolen calf only to then end up on a kill floor and endure more hours of torture and pain…. We only see wings or drumsticks, not a chicken that has spent its entire life unable to spread its wings or it’s legs.These are beings with the ability to feel love, fear, happiness…. They are self-aware, they are sentient beings. How can we ever evolve spiritually if we support such horrific things?

If we all had more “cruelty free diets” we may be happier less aggressive people, or so Dr. Will Tuttle argues in the World Peace Diet, and I have to agree. After I went vegan, I saw the world & myself differently. I truly grew to respect life, and honor life, beginning with my own. Veganism has taught me to be compassionate with myself, it has brought great peace & much happiness to my life,  I think more clearly, I have more eNeRGY, I’m healthier and in better shape than I was during my dancing days in high school & college.

Although, I know that the change I can create is limited, and at times that can be very frustrating and heartbreaking, I remind myself that, “My veganism isn’t out of hate, it’s out of love…”

I know most of you reading this will not become vegans, but I hope that you consider it and at least try. What’s the worst that can happen? You get healthier, lose weight & save a few lives? :)

Becoming insensitive to the pain we cause daily to defenseless animals, we also become insensitive to the beauty & luminosity of the creation that we oppress & from which we disconnect at every meal.- Will Tuttle

 

-Peace & NRGY

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