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Meatless Monday A to Z (Ginger)!

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Next up: Ginger

Meal: Spaghetti with Carrot Ginger Sauce

I based this recipe off of a dish I make relatively often – pasta with an avocado sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cups spaghetti (I used wheat)

Directions

  • Heat oil in pan. Add garlic, sauté for 30-45 seconds (until garlic is light brown)
  • Add ginger and carrots, cook for 12-15 minutes (until carrots are soft)
  • Add garlic, ginger and carrots to food processor. Mix in tahini and water.
  • Puree the mix until it is smooth
  • Mix sauce with spaghetti

To be honest, I was scared to try it at first. My boyfriend took the first bite and said it was good so I went for it. I really enjoyed it! It tasted MUCH more appetizing than it looked.

 

Foodie Pen Pals: October 2012

Hello all! Yesterday was Foodie Pen Pal reveal day for October, I am a day late, my internet went down and I fell asleep mid-post last night. I was paired up with Serena from Utterly Sinful for October! First of all, she was awesome. She sent me an email right away and asked me a detailed list of questions about what I liked, did not like, if I had any allergies etc. She also made me laugh 107x in just a few emails. New best friend? I hope!

Serena lives in Massachusetts in Cape Cod and most of the stuff she sent me was local!

  • Late July Sea Salt Tortilla Chips – Organic and Delicious. I opened the bag and ate most of them while going through the box of food!
  • Green Mountain Gringo Salsa – I LOVE that she took not that chips and salsa were my favorite snack (and food). I plan on ordering a case of this.

She is AWESOME. so is salsa.

  • Bear Naked Granola – simple and delicious. I use it with Chobani!
  • The Accidental Vegetarian cookbook – I already love this cookbook because a lot of the recipes do not require a lot of ingredients and are relatively simple to prepare!
  • Measuring Spoons (magnetic, awesome).
  • Cheribundi juice! I have already had these and I love them so I was excited to get another.
  • Cape Cod Mustard! I don’t usually eat mustard but she recommended using it with pretzels and I did just that! Thank you for the suggestion, it was delicious.

Thank you Serena! Everything was amazing!! Check out her blog Utterly Sinful, for delicious recipes (and unfiltered conversation)!

If you would like to be a part of Foodie Pen Pals, head on over to Lindsay’s blog to read the rules and sign-up!

Meatless Monday A to Z (Figs)!

I love that I only posted one of these recipes on a Monday. Oh well!

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I love Figs, but I think they are actually going out of season. BOO. Abby and I wanted to make a pizza the night before our super duper 20+ mile long run this past weekend and miraculously Jamie posted a recipe for an Eggplant, Fig and Ricotta Pizza. Yum.

I went to Whole Foods at lunch on Friday and picked up our ingredients and when I got to Abby’s we popped open a bottle of wine and got started!

Recipe: http://studioeats.com/2012/10/05/eggplant-fig-and-ricotta-pizza/

Here is what Jamie’s Pizza looked like:

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Here is what our pizza looked like:

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I’m not sure what happened really. The taste was not the problem. It was delicious. However, it was completely stuck to the cooking stone and it came off in chunks instead of slices! Oh well. It was really good and paired well with our wine.

Definitely give the recipe a shot! It was amazing (Just like the rest of Jamie’s recipes, please teach me how to cook).

Vegetarian Awareness Month

I am a day late (usually for everything) but October 1 was the kickoff of Vegetarian Awareness Month. This makes me happy. I want to celebrate by sharing some of the lifestyle changes by means of household and beauty product switcheroos with you!

When I first became a vegetarian, one of the first habits I picked up was reading labels. I read labels of food mainly because I need to know what I am eating now. I also read labels of items at grocery stores too. I look for the manufacturer of the items I am purchasing and I look for whether or not the item notes if it is “NOT tested on animals.” If the wording is not there, there is a good chance it is.

COSMETICS

The follow symbol is what I look for when I buy makeup!

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This is the “Cruelty Free – WE DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS” symbol!

Actually it is the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program which administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers (source).

Luckily for me, I always was a fan of Urban Decay, who does not test any of their products on animals and a majority of their makeup is Vegan (it will be marked with a paw print)! Urban Decay is a little more expensive so when I need something from CVS or Duane Reade I use Almay. Almay has been Cruelty-Free for over 20 years! (source).

My favorite products!

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

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Urban Decay Naked Palette

Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara (my eyes tear like crazy so I need waterproof)

NAIL POLISH

I purchase a lot of Zoya nail polish as they are completely Vegan! It can be found at CVS or any drugstore and all beauty supply stores!

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There are a lot of great resources out there for information on which nail polishes are tested on animals. My favorite blog is Vegan Claws. The posts are backed with facts from the websites from the companies!

BATH PRODUCTS

I used to use Dove but I switched to St. Ives. I use St. Ives body wash and face wash and I absolutely love it! The back of the bottles state in bold print NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.

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HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

I switched all of my cleaning products (all-purpose, shower, glass, toilet), laundry products (detergent, dryer sheets), paper products and dish detergent to Seventh Generation.

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Seventh Generation is an eco-conscious company that offers products that reduce environmental impact. It is absolutely on the expensive side so I buy it on sites where you can get discounts like Soap.com through Ebates.com!

I also buy Method soap on Soap.com. Only the foam soap (because I freaking love foam soap). Method also has a lot of other products but the soap is the only thing I have purchased so far! I buy the big bags of the refills as well!

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There you have it, a little peak into my life (like you don’t have one already). Animal cruelty is something that actually means a lot to me though so although I am not one to protest, I do my best and I do my part. I love animals so it’s always better to do something than nothing at all. Keep in mind that not ALL companies test directly on animals. Many of them actually are cruelty-free, however, their parent companies are not. If you want to start somewhere easy, go with Procter & Gamble, the KINGS of animal testing. If you want to cleanse any of your household or beauty products, I added a link of companies that you should consider staying away from!

For a more detailed list of companies that DO test on animals, click here.

For a list of companies that DO NOT test on animals, click here.

We live in America, we can make our own decisions and choices. It is extremely easy (and quick) to turn over and check out a bottle of soap, detergent, cleaner, body wash or anything at all and look at the manufacturer and put it back on the shelf!

Think about the animals.

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SIDE NOTE: I am pretty embarrassed but I am going to be completely honest, as I wrote this post, I looked at my St. Ives face wash in my bag that I had from the gym this morning and saw that the manufacturer was Unilever. Interesting that I wrote this post and I am telling everyone to put the shit back on the shelf while I was purchasing it the entire time. Human error. Anyone have any suggestions for body wash and face wash NOT owned by any shitty companies? Crap.

These opinions are my own!

Foodie Pen Pals: September 2012

It is Foodie Pen Pal reveal day for September! I was paired up with Sara from Milwaukee Kitchen. I actually sprinted upstairs with the box to open it because I was so excited!

Sara is clearly from Wisconsin and according to her card, (almost) everything in the box was from Wisconsin!

What I love about Foodie Pen Pals is that you always get to try new things! Everything in here was new to me!

  • Doctor Kracker Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads –  This was the first item I opened (I ate it as I was looking at the other items in the package)! I love pumpkin seeds and I love cheese  and I love crackers. Hello perfect snack.
  • La Campagne Bakery Baked Granola- The granola was amazing. It had HUGE almonds baked into the granola with raisins and cranberries. Also baked in was flaxseeds, oats, honey, sunflower seeds peanuts and walnuts.
  • Lars Own Crispy Onions – I wish I told Sara that the only thing in the world I don’t like is onions 😦 Fizz enjoyed them though!
  • Quince & Apple Cherry Preserves – This was delicious! I used it for a spread on Ezekial english muffins!
  • Susie’s Nature Bars – Cranberry Walnut (organic ingredients)!
  • Hsu’s Root to Health Ginseng Root – I have not tried this yet, but Lora (also from Wisconsin) said Ginseng was very popular there so I will give it a shot!!

I want to say thank you to Sara for all of the delicious goods!! Check out her blog, Milwaukee Kitchen for delicious recipes!

If you would like to be a part of Foodie Pen Pals, head on over to Lindsay’s blog and you can read the rules and sign-up!