ADVOCATE FROM YOUR PLATE — It is so hot. We are so busy, talking, talking … talking! And we haven’t had a vegan recipe here for ages. Boy do we need something cool and refreshing and tasty. And here it is. How about you?
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
A deliciously frosty, naturally sweetened, and lightly spiced smoothie parfait topped with crunchy granola, fresh blueberries, chopped apricots, and maple syrup. Serves 2.
Author: Brittany at ilovevegan.com
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
5 frozen bananas
1 cup chai tea ice cubes (directions in notes)
2 tbsp coconut cream or coconut yogurt
1 tbsp almond butter
6 pitted dates
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch dried ginger
maple syrup (Pure Infused’s Lavender Chai is a great way to enhance the chai flavour!)
MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.
Our campaign was certainly timely.
When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.
Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.
Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.
1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles
A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?
2. Avocado Lime Popsicles
3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
4. Patriotic Popsicles
These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!
5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles
6. Lava Flow Popsicles
Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!
8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles
Take the Pledge!
One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.
MEMORIAL DAY — Annie McGee, writing for One Green Planet, has had her shares of ups and downs making veggie burgers over the years and so have we. There are many tried and true recipes but McGee takes that extra step for us.
(1) The Base. Start your base with a good plant-based protein or a steady starch.
(2) Add Veggies. Add low-moisture veggies first. Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, root veggies, beets, and so forth, roughly chopped.
(3) Add a Binder. About a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of oats, bread crumbs, prepared quinoa, leftover rice, etc. Alternately, you can use a few tablespoons of binders like flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.
(4) Kick Up the Flavor. Add some nutritional yeast, garlic, seasoned salt, pepper, freshly picked herbs, or whatever strikes your fancy. The flavors and flavor pairings are pretty much endless. Tip: For a fresh-0ff-the-grill BBQ taste, add some tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke.
(5) Add Final Textures. These are items that should be mixed in by hand, and not processed. Some of the things are too wet and might ruin the texture, some have flavor notes that would overpower the rest of the burger. Examples are apple chunks, jalapeños, blueberries, pineapple chunks, roughly chopped onion, and bell peppers.
(6) Shape and Bake. Preheat your oven to 450°F. Form the batter into patties — you should have anywhere between 8-10 — and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, flip, and bake for about 4-6 additional minutes.
Are you thinking, yeah, but what about the fun of being outside waiting for food fresh off the grill with that outdoor flavor?
Grill vegetables such as potatoes, sweet corn, yams or mushrooms and onions. Wrap them in foil and away you go.
Still not completely doing it for you? Get some totally terrific ideas from these links.
In our mission to help horses and foals used and cast off by the pregnant mare’s urine industry that make drugs like Premarin cream and tablets, we urge women to shun them and the cruelty that goes with them, and find an alternative to ease menopausal symptoms.