Pup Cakes and V-dog… Celebrating more years with our fur babies!

NOW INTRODUCING PUP CAKES BY EARTH ANGEL VEGAN!
I HAVE 2 HEALTHY, HAPPY, PLANT BASED DOGS! NOT ONLY HAS THIS LIFESTYLE TRANSFORMED THE HUMANS IN OUR FAMILY, BUT ALSO CHANGED THE LIVES OF OUR FUR CHILDREN.

I GIVE CREDIT TO MY DAUGHTER LINDSAY. AFTER HER SENIOR DOG DIESEL WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND GIVEN APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS TO LIVE, SHE DECIDED TO TAKE MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS. AFTER MUCH RESEARCH, SHE STARTED FEEDING HER TWO DOGS (TURBO AND DIESEL) A HOME PREPARED WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET.  THAT WAS NEARLY 2 YEARS AGO AND DIESEL IS NOW LIVING HIS CANCER FREE LIFE TO THE FULLEST. NOT ONLY DID THE WFPB DIET HELP BEAT DIESEL’S CANCER, IT CAUSED THEIR ENERGY LEVELS TO SKYROCKET, AND CORRECTED MANY OF TURBO’S HEALTH PROBLEMS. TURBO’S SKIN PROBLEMS, DIGESTIVE ISSUES, EAR INFECTIONS, ALL GONE!

LIKE LINDSAY, I STARTED FEEDING MY DOGS BROWN RICE, LENTILS, QUINOA, SWEET POTATOES, OATMEAL, BLACK BEANS, GARBANZO BEANS, FLAX SEEDS, PEANUT BUTTER, APPLES, BANANAS, STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, KALE, SPINACH, CARROTS, BROCCOLI, AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS TO NAME A FEW.  MY DOGS COAL (PICTURED ABOVE) AND COCO EXPERIENCED VERY SIMILAR HEALTH BENEFITS TO THIS DIET.

V-DOG SENT ME A SAMPLE PACK OF TREATS AND I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WITH THEIR COMPANY AND INGREDIENT LIST! IN OUR BUSY LIVES IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE HOMEMADE TREATS AND FOOD PREPARED ALL OF THE TIME, IT IS NICE TO HAVE A COMPANY TO RELY ON FOR HELP. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND V-DOG FOR ALL OF YOUR PLANT BASED PET NEEDS.

AS WE APPROACH SUMMER, WE ARE CELEBRATING COCO’S 11TH BIRTHDAY AND DIESEL’S 14TH BIRTHDAY.  MY DAUGHTER REQUESTED PLANT BASED PUP CAKES AND THEY ARE A HIT! THANKFUL TO BE CELEBRATING ANOTHER YEAR OF HEALTH FOR NOT ONLY US, BUT OUR FUR CHILDREN ALSO!

CHECK OUT THE ALL NATURAL DOG TREATS AND PUP CAKES FOR PURCHASE TAB ON THIS SITE!
ALSO, CHECK OUT WWW.VDOG.COM.

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TURBO AND DIESEL

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COCO AND HER PUP CAKE ( IT DID NOT LAST LONG)

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Be Kind To Every Living Being

My vegan journey began for health reasons. I was overweight and had several annoying ailments and was on several medications. I went whole food plant based no oil on July 21, 2016. Since then I have reached a normal healthy weight, eliminated my health issues and take zero medications. Life has actually started over for me. In this new Whole Foods plant based lifestyle of mine I found myself “accidentally vegan”.

After a year of plant based eating I was thriving. I also started to research everything I could about plant based life and as you could probably imagine I was crossing paths with a lot of vegan information. With my new found health and knowledge… something inside of me just clicked… a light bulb moment if you will. I realized that I do not ever have to kill or contribute to the killing of any living loving being to survive.

I am vegan!

The title of this blog post is “be kind to every living being”. That is one of the Reiki principles. I am now a certified Reiki practitioner. Reiki and vegan-ism fit together just like puzzle pieces. So now my life is all plants, Reiki, Yoga, essential oils and peace. Peace with the universe and hopefully all good karma!

The puzzle of my life feels like all of the pieces are laid out and falling into place perfectly so I must be doing something right.

I was recently gifted a Nikon camera from my amazing sister and I have begun to take pictures of what makes my heart smile and I am learning new camera skills!

Here are some of my favorites from around my house… Be kind to every living thing…hope you enjoy looking!

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Simple Roasted Yams with Spicy Mustard

EARTH ANGEL VEGAN’S Simple Roasted Yams with Spicy Mustard is truly simple.  I made them in my air fryer.  You could easily put them in a 400 degree oven on parchment paper for 20-25 minutes or until starting to brown.

This is a simple healthy snack or could also be a yummy side dish.  I have used them to top a huge green salad which was delicious!  Make them with or without the mustard… I am a dipper and I love spice so this combo really works for me… Try it!

RECIPE: YAMS

2 Yams – peeled and chopped

Wildtree Lemon Pepper Seasoning (or your favorite seasoning)

Air fryer or Oven

SWEET SPICY MUSTARD

2 tbsp yellow mustard

1 tbsp agave syrup

1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes

Peel and chop your yams (large orange sweet potatoes) and put them in the basket of your air fryer.  Sprinkle liberally with seasoning.  I set my air fryer at 370 and 15 minutes.  Stop the fryer every 5 minutes and shuffle the chunks around.  At the end of 15 minutes if they are not browning yet… put them back in at 2-3 minute intervals until done to your liking.

Mix up your mustard and dip away!    So good for you 🙂

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Wildtree Spices are all organic with awesome ingredients!  You can buy them at http://www.wildtree.com/gerri

ENJOY!

Thai Broccoli with Basil

Earth Angel Vegan’s Thai Broccoli with Basil was absolutely delicious…  There are a few steps but it was actually pretty easy.  The flavors were amazing… so give it a try!  Let me know if you make it and what your thoughts are.  I decided to have a Thai night with my family and started searching Thai recipes.  This recipe was originally made with beef so I changed it to broccoli!  Not knowing how the dishes would turn out “veganized”… this was my favorite out of the 3 that I made so I am sharing it with all of you!

RECIPE: This is a steamed broccoli dish served over rice topped with a shredded carrot slaw.

I served this over jasmine rice… you can use any rice.  This recipe serves 4 so you will need at least 4 cups cooked rice.  If you are not good at rice you can buy the frozen steam in bag rice… it is the broccoli that is the star of this show so use whatever rice you like.

4 cups cooked jasmine rice (set aside keeping warm)

Carrot Slaw

2 large or 4 smaller carrots shredded (I used my food processor with shredding blade)

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 Tablespoon sugar

3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon Gotchujang (red chili paste)

2 chopped scallions

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Toss the basil and the carrots together.  Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over the carrots.  Let sit while you make the broccoli

I made some extra dressing to pour over the final dish

 

Basil Broccoli:

4 cups broccoli florets

1 cup vegetable broth

2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced

1 Tbsp Gochujang (red chili paste)

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

In a large skillet with a lid … add the broth, garlic, soy sauce, and Gotchujang.  Whisk this mixture together and then add the broccoli.  Over medium high heat with lid ajar steam the broccoli in the flavored broth.  This will only take 5-10 minutes depending on how tender you like your broccoli.

Now assemble your meal.  Each person gets a cup of rice topped with a cup of broccoli.  Top the broccoli and rice with the carrot slaw and spoon over extra dressing if desired.

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This is a perfect summer meal… and summer is coming!

My First Vegan Event – Soup Night! + Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Earth Angel Vegan hosted a soup night!  We had a mini fund raiser for Club Pet Adoption where a senior pit is waiting for his forever home.   We fell in love with Jax and wanted to send some funds to help with his care.  We had a basket raffle to raise some money.  A big thanks to Orange Avocado in Boardman Oh and Ann Baker Hair Company Sharon Pa for donating gift cards.  The basket winner also got an Earth Angel Vegan tee shirt, gift card and bracelet!

MEET JAX

 Club Pet Adoption is at 20 Schaller Rd. Transfer Pa 724-815-3400… ADOPT DON’T SHOP!

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Our soup night was a success…. I made all of the eats!   We had sweet potato black bean chili (recipe below), potato soup and veggie noodle.  Salads included a fruit, beet and garden salad.  The highlight of the evening was the bread!  Our resident artisan bread maker Lori Sands from GOING WITH THE GRAIN BAKERY provided us with Country French and Seeded Rye.  Thanks Lori it was delicious!

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It was so nice to share a vegan meal with friends and family… I want to thank my girls for helping out and everyone who came and enjoyed a delicious meal.

A big shout out to ANNIE BAKER!   She let us transform her garage into a restaurant for the night.  She is a fabulous hair dresser… her salon is Ann Baker Hair Company.  She is located at 74N Oakland and happily takes new clients!  Give her a call  724-346-2111.

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SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

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RECIPE

2 JARS OIL FREE MARINARA (I LIKE PREGO LOW CALORIE) Thats about 6 cups if you make your own.

1 LARGE CAN ROTEL STYLE TOMATOES AND CHILIS

1 GREEN BELL PEPPER CHOPPED

1 ONION CHOPPED

3 CANS BLACK BEANS RINSED

3 LARGE SWEET POTATOES PEELED AND CUBBED

1 TBSP GARLIC POWDER

2 HEAPING TBSP CHILI POWDER

2 CUPS VEGETABLE BROTH

1 TEASPOON TO 1 TABLESPOON CHIPOTLE POWDER (OPTIONAL FOR HEAT)

SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE

ADD ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS TO YOUR CROCK POT AND COOK ON LOW FOR 6 HOURS OR HIGH FOR 3-4 HOURS

CAN BE MADE ON STOVE TOP OR PRESSURE COOKER TOO!

ENJOY

Broccoli Rice and Cheeze Casserole with Kale

Earth Angel Vegan’s Broccoli Rice and Cheeze Casserole takes you back to a favorite childhood casserole and it is filled with healthy nutrients.  I used brown rice but you could use white.  I made my rice in a rice cooker starting with 2 cups dry uncooked rice.  The cheese sauce is rich and delicious but does require a high speed blender to prepare.  This recipe is a few steps but totally worth it.  Makes a perfect entree or side dish.  Take it to your next potluck… no one will know it is dairy free!

Recipe:

Prepare 2 cups dry white or brown rice according to package directions

2 cups chopped broccoli steamed

2 cups chopped kale steamed

Cheese Sauce:

In a sauce pan add:

2 potatoes diced small

1 carrot diced small

1/2 sweet onion diced small

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups plant milk

Bring this to a slow boil and then put on low… Stir frequently until veggies are tender… DO NOT WALK AWAY… IT WILL BOIL OVER!   When the veggies are tender transfer to a blender… be careful… it is hot!  Add the following ingredients to the blender along with the potato milk mixture:

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Blend on high until smooth and creamy and cheezy… BE CAREFUL BLENDING… MIXTURE IS HOT… USE THE VENT

Mix prepared rice, broccoli, kale, and 2-3 cups of cheezy sauce and put into a casserole dish.  Top with oil free panko breaed crumbs and tin foil or lid.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes then take foil or lid of and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Use extra cheezy sauce on nachos, or macaroni or eat it with a spoon…YUM

 

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Here’s to 2018… An Earth Angel Vegan Year In Pictures

Happy New Year Everyone… I am truly grateful to all of you who follow this free recipe blog.  A whole food plant based fat free vegan diet has changed my life and I am hoping to help change yours as well.  Life sure has been interesting since going vegan.  I have had so many new experiences.  I love to travel and eating my way can be a challenge.  I am grateful to all the wait staff that has had to put up with all my questions at restaurants… most of them were more than helpful.  I have put together this little year in pictures, hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

January 2018… My Birthday is January 1st and we found this little gem close to home.  They have vegan wood fired pizza.  We are actually going back there today to celebrate “55”.  Thanks to Hot Shots in Masury OH for helping kick of the new year and my birthday al la vegan!

 

 

 

Then my daughter Lindsay and I were invited to a women’s retreat at the Buhl Mansion and I was asked to provide the food.  We had a lovely night at the mansion with amazing ladies and whole food plant based no oil cuisine!  It was awesome and everyone loved the food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February we were invited to a new local restaurant Mobogo in Hermitage PA to try their vegan pho… It was delicious.  Good food and good friends… a win win!

 

 

 

March took us back to Cleveland to the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and Auto Immune Disease for Women.  This yearly event is always educational and motivating.  The Esselstyn’s promote the whole food plant based vegan no oil lifestyle for the prevention of disease!  Dr. Esselstyn is a pioneer in the field.  We get so excited to see him… to us he is a celebrity!

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In April me and my husband of 31 years had to escape the bitter cold, snow and gray days of PA and we headed to Jensen Beach Florida.  Needed me some vitamin D.

 

 

May was another trip to Florida… I am sensing a trend… are you?  My sweet Aunt Bonnie turned 90 and we had to make the trip.  We also found Lotus Vegan Restaurant in Pinellas Florida… we were in vegan heaven.

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June…ah finally summer… Earth Angel Vegan took a trip to the ballpark.  Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Park hosted another vegan night.  YUM

 

We also had a vegan dinner at Toss’d.  A new restaurant in Hermitage Pa specializing in pizza and salad.  They hosted a wonderful event for us.  We had no oil vegan pizza and a little fundraiser for a local pitty bull stuck in shelter.

Summer was going fast…and August was here before we knew it… We had an awesome girls weekend in Cleveland Oh and finally got to go to Cleveland Vegan…  Had to put a notch in the belt loop after that trip!

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I got to meet some amazing people in 2018… for instance Lori Sands owner operator of Going With The Grain Bakery.  She makes killer breads with whole grains and no oil!  Hats off to her, bread making is hard work and her breads are the best.

I made another trip to Clearwater Florida in November and we are excited to share some new vegan finds….

 

My story was published in a local magazine… Valley Voices in 2018.  Proud moment for Earth Angel Veganimg_3287-1

Back around to Thanksgiving, Christmas… and New Year

Here is a toast to 2019… May you all be blessed with health and plants!

Chocolate Cornstarch Frosting

Earth Angel Vegan’s Cornstarch Chocolate Frosting is so good you really could forget the cake and just eat it with a spoon…. or dip anything in it!  It is super easy to make… with very few ingredients.  It comes our rich and creamy… you’re gonna love it!

Recipe:

1 teaspoon vanilla (set aside)

2 squares semisweet vegan chocolate or 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (set aside)

(chocolate and vanilla will be whisked in at the end)

In a small sauce pan whisk together the following:

1 cup organic cane sugar

6 tablespoons organic cornstarch

4 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup of water

Whisk over medium low heat until it gets thick and bubbly ant turn of the heat.  When you turn off the heat whisk in the chocolate squares and vanilla until smooth and glossy…

Let the frosting cool and frost any cake or cupcakes… or dip pretzels in it …YUM

*For chocolate peanut butter frosting leave out the chocolate squares and whisk in 2 tablespoons of creamy natural peanut butter.  For chocolate mint frosting a a few drops of mint extract instead of vanilla… you get the picture!

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Sweet and Spicy Tofu

Earth Angel Vegan’s Sweet and Spicy Tofu tastes as good as… if not better …than take-out!  When you are in the mood for Asian flavors but want to keep it as healthy and low fat as possible try this recipe!  I made a batch of white rice to go with it… you could use brown rice or any Asian noodle.  This was very easy and very good! So when you are craving Chinese take out take just make your own!

First: I make up a batch of rice in my rice cooker and steamed some broccoli

RECIPE: preheat oven to 350

1 block of super firm tofu (I open the package and let it drain on paper towels while I make the sauce)

SAUCE:

1/2 cup Hoisin sauce (I try and find one without oil)

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot red pepper flake

Whisk this sauce up in a bowl.  Cube the tofu and toss with sauce.  In a glass baking dish add all of the tofu and sauce.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Open the oven and baste the tofu with the sauce every 10 minutes.

Serve the tofu and sauce over the rice and broccoli!   I garnished mine with sesame seeds and chopped green onion.   Double the sauce if you like it saucy!

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2 Potato Soup

Earth Angel Vegan’s 2 potato soup is the best potato soup I ever ate!  This soup was so creamy and tasty… perfect belly hug for December!  It was easy to make as I used my instant pot to cook the veggies.  I also used my Vitamix blender to blend the thickening sauce.  You could cook your veggies in a pot on the stove but you do need a blender for the sauce.  I also used my Wildtree organic spices… you can buy these spices at http://www.wildtree.com/gerri  They are organic, preservative free and awesome!

If you do not want to purchase this spice blend… Just use a teaspoon of each…onion powder, salt, garlic powder, black pepper

Recipe:

VEGGIES

In the instant pot or other pressure cooker or just a pot on the stove top add…

1 stalk celery chopped

1 small white onion chopped

3 carrots peeled and choppped

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

4 cups russet potatoes peeled and chopped

2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and chopped

2 cups water

1 teaspoon of salt (recommended but optional)

In the instant pot or pressure cooker I cooked these veggies for 6 minutes.  If on stove top bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until veggies are tender… adding more water if necessary to keep 2 cups.

THICKENING SAUCE

2 cups unsweetened plant milk

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 Tablespoons of Wildtree Absolutely Onion (or alternate spices)

2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 Tablespoons potato starch

In a microwave safe glass measure or bowl add the milk cashews and spices (not the nutritional yeast or starch)

Cook 2 minutes in microwave and let soak 30 minutes while veggies are cooking or instant pot depressurizing.

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When potatoes are cooked take the milk/spice/cashew mixture and put it in the blender adding the nutritional yeast and potato starch and blend until smooth.  Add the blender mixture to the potatoes and bring to a boil.  Soup will get very thick quickly so stir the entire time.  As soon as it comes to a boil turn off heat and stir.

This soup is so rich and creamy and tasty!  I really hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did!

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