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Healthy Vegan Dinner Recipes

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Vegan Pizza with Cashew Cheese

Brenda, Registered Dietitian and Lead of Product Nutrition for Created Whole,  is currently teaching a healthy eating class, that meets weekly, at Nature’s Food Market & Juice Bar, in Bakersfield, California.  The class, based on The Full Plate Diet, increases the amounts of food eaten, but by changing the types of food, most people find that they have increased energy, feel satisfied throughout the day, and actually lose weight.  The lifestyle program focuses on foods that are high in fiber and whole grains, while limiting those that are full of sugar and other unnatural additives.  The program, although not designed vegan or vegetarian, is essentially, the way that Brenda cooks and home and has taught her children to eat.  It is also the premise of what Created Whole believes in- food in its natural form.

Here are some real food recipes, that are easy, vegan, high in fiber, and tasty.  Try the recipes for dinner!

Savory Lentils

2 cups dry lentils

6 cups boiling water

1 large onion, chopped

1 (19 oz) can stewed diced tomatoes

½ cup tomato paste or ¾ cup tomato puree

2 ½ – 3 tsp salt

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp sweet basil

 

Add lentils and chopped onion to boiling water; simmer until lentils are done (about 45 minutes).  Add remaining ingredients and simmer a few more minutes to blend flavors.  May add water for desired consistency—soup should be fairly thick.  Serves 6 – 8.

Pizza

Whole wheat pocket bread, sandwich rounds, or pizza crust (choose 100% whole wheat items)

Italian sauce

Sliced olives

Bell pepper, chopped or sliced

Onion, chopped or sliced

Optional toppings:  sliced or chopped zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, pineapple or tomatoes

Cashew cheese spread

 

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place pocket bread on baking sheet.  Spread Italian sauce on pocket bread then top with olives, peppers and onions.  Place cashew cheese spread in zipper seal bag and snip corner.  Drizzle cheese spread over pizza. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.  Serve with fresh garden salad.

 

Cashew Cheese Spread

6 oz tomato juice

¼ cup water

2 oz pimento peppers

¼ cup lemon juice

1 cup cashews, raw

1 tsp salt

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

1 med potato, baked and peeled

 

Place all ingredients except potato in blender and whiz until smooth.  While blender is running, add baked, peeled potato and continue blending until very smooth.  Mixture can be quite thick and may require brief stirring with spatula while blending.  Some blenders may require an additional 1-2 tablespoons water added to recipe for smoother blending process.  For pizza, place in zipper seal sandwich bag and snip corner and drizzle on pizza like grated cheese.

 

Tofu Dill Dressing

1 cup soft tofu

2 tsp oil

4 tsp water

1/8 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp dill (fresh preferred)

 

Blend tofu with oil, garlic water and salt until smooth.  Pour into bowl and add dill.  Chill.  Serve with salad or as dip for raw veggies.

 

Garden Salad

½ cup baby spinach

½ cup baby salad greens

2-3 thin slices sweet onion

2 Tbsp diced red or yellow sweet pepper

4-6 cherry tomatoes cut in halves

1 Tbsp shredded carrots or red cabbage

2-3 avocado slices

 

Lightly toss salad items together in bowl and serve with Tofu Dill Dressing or dressing of choice. Yield: 1-2 servings.

 

Tortilla Factory Updates

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Here are more up-to-date pictures from the work being done on the factory.

We recently purchased a dough divider that is being shipped from Connecticut. We hope to move the tortilla machine into the space within the next couple of weeks. The goal was to have production going by now, so that Nature’s Food Market & Juice Bar would be able to make their Raw Pumpkin Cheesecakes for Thanksgiving. But, if you contact Wendy at the Market, you may be able to place a special order.

Tim (Created Whole) and Chuck (Nature’s Food Market) have been hard at work everyday getting the place up to health code. If you refer back to a few blog posts ago, you will see what the space looked like a month ago.

In a few weeks we will post before and after pictures.

Our dream is happening!

Cinnamon Crispy Tortilllas

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Projects, projects, projects. The key is learning to prioritize.  I haven’t found the key yet, but this is what I did start and finish.  A recipe page today.  It’s part of the Website Project.

Nutella vs Justin’s: The Better Alternative?

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If you go to Europe, you will find Nutella everywhere.  Peanut Butter is basically non-existent, but Nutella?  Yes. The creamy, chocolate hazelnut spread finds a nice pair with crepes, bread, bananas, or whatever your heart desires.  And of course it tastes good, but good for you? Well, put simply? No.

With the first ingredient being sugar and the second vegetable oil, Nutella has more sugar and fat than the it contains hazelnuts.  Even cocoa powder takes a precident to the one natural product of the hazelnuts.  Additionally, Nutella  is not a vegan product.

Take a look at the nutritional label for Nutella.  Note that one 2 TBSP serving contains 21g of sugar! Eat this for breakfast, and you are essentially eating a chocolate candy bar.  Not exactly what your body needs to start the day full of energy.

Nutrition Facts for Nutella

I kinda like Nutella, bananas, and tortillas.  It’s pretty yummy, but I also like foods that give me sustained energy and leave my body feeling good.  For those interested in better foods for your body, don’t want to feed your children truckloads of sugar, or are interested in Vegan products, there is a better alternative to Nutella.
Thanks to this guy named Justin, who a few years back decided to start this little Nut Butter Company out in Boulder, CO, you can now find at Wal-Mart, of all places, the best, vegan, healthier, alternative substitute to other chocolate hazelnut spreads.
Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan? YES PLEASE!!!

Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

To purchase this better alternative at retail stores visit Wal-Mart or Whole Foods, or you can order online at Amazon.com or directly from Justin’s.  Justin’s also has convenient travel packs for kids lunches or for the flight attendant life

The Story of June

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It’s August, a month for summer to say goodbye, but still, Bakersfield greets you with a desert dry heat and a sun that tricks you to believe that your sticky skin is bronzing into a tan.  No. Sorry. A sun this hot says a hello with no bronze, only burn.

I’d forgotten the Bakersfield summers of all engulfing heat.  Living at the beach makes for endless, mild summers that flow so seamlessly, one never knows where Summer begins or ends.  I lose track of my days and weeks, thinking Tuesday is Saturday, and not realizing that I do have responsibilities besides riding my bike and walking along the beach.  Not realizing that it’s no longer June.

June was when we planned on starting out as a vendor at the SLO Market Nights, a crowded, shoulder-to-shoulder street fair and farmer’s market that happens every Thursday night, in San Luis Obispo, California.  Preceding June’s entrance, May was when we  hoped to be in our tortilla factory space.  Who knows what April gifted us with, but apparently not anything memorable.  March, greeted us with the purchase of a tortilla machine.

That was five months ago.  So why is there no factory ready?  Where is that agreement with Whole Foods and The Veggie Grill?  What is taking so long?

That, I don’t know.

Five months of waiting.  Waiting with frustration, and a deteriorating mood due to the fact that I don’t even have tortillas to eat (It’s been three months since I’ve eaten a tortilla. This shouldn’t be happening!!!  My dad owns the company!!!).  Wondering what to do to help.  Feeling like there isn’t even a business to call a business.

Today, I saw it again.  I saw the dream, I felt the excitement of progress.  There are other people dreaming with Created Whole and just as excited, if not more, to see us succeed.  Sometimes things happen slower than we think they should, but “shoulds” are rules without relevance.

This is happening.  Seeing the developments made me realize the gravity of how small we are, how much we have to work, and how fast this will grow.  Get ready, there’s a lot of work ahead.

Here are some pictures of the building where we will have our new Tortilla home!

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Facing Your Fears

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The Author, Donald Miller, wrote this on his blog, and it’s relevent.

We don’t normally face our fears willingly. Usually, God has to woo us into the desert. We are either chasing love or some other desire, and we find ourselves in the midst of a situation in which we have very little control. And when we lose control, we go into a mild form of trauma. But the good news is the greatest stories are lived in the desert. The great lives are lived in the places we most fear. If we fear being rejected, the great story has us standing at the door with flowers in our hands, if we fear losing love, the great stories have us letting that person go rather than clinging to them. If we fear taking a chance on a dream, the great stories have us quitting our jobs.

My friend Jeremy Cowart moved from Nashville to LA recently but decided to tell a better story with his move. Rather than packing up the family and making a long, boring drive, he called Jamie Tworkowski from To Write Love on her Arms and made a Fears Vs Dreams tour out of the move. They’d pull the moving van into a town, set up a table, and ask people to write down their fears and dreams on a piece of paper. The result was magical. Andy Davis joined in for a while and soon enough it was a mini-caravan of folks who were no longer interested in running from their fears, but willing to face them in order to live a better story.

So, what is your greatest fear? And don’t you know, the life you want involves taking that huge risk. It’s scary I know, because the truth is it might end in tragedy. But then again, half of Shakespeare’s plays are tragedies, and nobody thinks of him as a fool. He was brilliant.

May half your stories be tragedies too. And may the other half be comedies that work out great. And may they all be beautiful.

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