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Ever need more space in your kitchen? A cupcake plate stand is the perfect solution, and it even makes it more appealing to choose what you want to eat. We have been living off mostly what we can find in our kitchen or out in the garden. Unfortunately, we do not have a backyard full of fruit trees. We made a trip to the store and filled our trolley with fresh fruit as you can see. Yum! As some of the produce can be limited, we bought as much organic fruit as possible. We even found mangoes for under $3. With a much higher price tag, I could not resist buying at least 3 passionfruit. If you have been following me from the start or know me well, they are one of my favourite fruits. I was quite surprised to see them already coming into season, but at $39.99kg! Since our lovely lamb ate our other vine and our new one is still growing, I am uncertain if ours will even produce fruit this year. I hope that someone near me will kindly donate lots of passionfruit to us because I definitely cannot afford to keep buying this yummy fruit.

You might be wondering what the cauliflower photos are all about. It might seem a bit silly and really simple, but have you ever cut cauliflower in small pieces or tossed some in the food processor and mixed in hummus? If not, you should definitely try it. We love raw cauliflower and hummus, but this is just something a little bit different. Depending on the flavour hummus, there is a slight resemblance to Mac ‘n Cheese. Well, that might just be me. It has been a very long time since I had that, and I do not remember having it all that much, but I always seem to think of it when eating this. I usually use a spicy or capsicum hummus, but feel free to use any kind. Yum! Zaedyn likes to dip big pieces of raw cauliflower in hummus, but this is also a great alternative. If you have little ones and are worried about choking, you can process this a lot more than I did and then mix with hummus.

Another beautiful day in the sunshine! I heard Zaedyn and the lawnmower making their way down the steps as I grabbed our smoothie, and off he went. Lawnmowers seem to be one of the most important things in his life at the moment. He just loves them, and he will be the first to hear and tell you about them when a neighbour is mowing their lawn. Last weekend we bought a handmower which seems to be working really well and is much more eco-friendly than our other lawnmower. If only we could cover our entire yard with fruits and veggies! Even with the amount we eat, I am pretty sure I would have a lot to share seeing as we have a pretty big yard.

This is our third day of somewhat following the 40 Days of Smoothies e-book. As I have mentioned before, I never seem to follow recipes; not even my own. Why? Often I use what I have or prefer to use, and by the end I realise that I have actually changed or substituted a lot. However, I still am inspired by looking at a recipe. Anyways, if you have the e-book, my changes were cacao instead of cocoa powder, a mix of kale and spinach as we are running low on kale, LSA (linseed, sunflower, and almond) instead of flax meal, and some frozen banana instead of maple syrup. There was an extra addition of green today with avocado in our smoothie. Oh, and the photo on the right is just another little snack: avocado on organic sesame corn thins sprinkled with chia seeds for an extra boost.

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Raw Vegan Cauliflower Popcorn

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I haven’t quite decided what I think of this yet, but either way it was successful. The bowl was empty when Zaedyn and I finished. It is super easy and full of raw goodness. Plus I love raw cauliflower! Although I should use nutritional yeast more often, I don’t. I have previously used flakes and am trying the powder now. This is all about to change though.

Nutritional yeast, or nooch, will definitely become a part of my recipes and can easily be added to all sorts. Some people use it specifically for its “cheesy” flavour. As with meat and eggs, I am not a vegan that misses cheese; however, I can see the possibilities of using this as a “cheesy” flavour. I have been recreating a few dishes hoping to come across some new ideas for David as we both get stuck on our favourites. Not sure if the cauliflower popcorn will appeal to him, but I have a few new ideas on how to use nutritional yeast.

This idea of cauliflower “popcorn” began with Pinterest, and I searched quickly online to see what recipes were out there. I didn’t really follow any specific one as they are all pretty similar with the idea of oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. I chose to be different and use cayenne pepper which is high in vitamin A as well as containing B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, and capsaicin. If you do not want it spicy, you can use your favourite herbs or spices to make different flavours. We usually have avocado oil which is what I used, but you could substitute the oil for your choice as well. There isn’t a specific recipe, but more like guidelines, as it truly is versatile. To make it “cheesier” add more nutritional yeast. All you do is shake it up and eat. It really is that simple. If you do not want to eat it raw, you can also put this in a dehydrator. Just remember to buy nutritional yeast that is vegan and is fortified with B12. The nutritional yeast I bought has naturally produced B2 and B12 during fermentation, along with added B2 and B12 before the drying process as well as B1, B6, niacin, and folic acid. Now you see why I am happy that Zaedyn was eating it. I know that he was getting lots of beneficial nutrients.

Zaedyn tried to help me shake the “popcorn” up, but the container was a bit too heavy. He instantly examined it and tried a piece as soon as the lid was off. I love to see his curiosity and his willingness to try new things. He loved it! After moving from the ground to the table, he ate some more before taking it outside along with our paw paw smoothie. Kai was pretty curious as well! This will be another nutritious snack to remember.

How do you use nutritional yeast?

Super Grains

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Ceres Organics Super Grain Mix: White, red, black quinoa, & amaranth

Gluten-free, nutritional powerhouse full of endless health benefits…

Mixed with pumpkin, kumara, cauliflower, red & green capsicum, carrots, onion, cashews, & pine nuts. Asparagus is in season now!
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Leftover pumpkin pureed to make vegan pumpkin cookies. Yum!
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There are many ways to eat quinoa. We ate it with vegetables as we needed to make a pumpkin puree for our cookies. You can eat it in place of rice as a variety of side dishes, make vegan quinoa sushi, mix with kale or other greens, use in baking, or mixed with avocado. Quinoa can easily be added to almost any meal. We made some up and had leftovers in the fridge to add to all of our meals for protein and nutrition.

You can buy quinoa as a grain or mixed grain, quinoa cereal, and even quinoa puffs.

How do you eat quinoa?

Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

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     Spicy! Hot out of the oven and served with raw celery, my cauliflower buffalo wings were definitely spicy. Why would I want to make these, and what’s with the cauliflower?

     My twin sister introduced me to Gardein products a couple years ago when we were visiting California. Although I am not a huge fan of fake meatless products, I really enjoyed being able to go out to eat at the Yardhouse with family and enjoy a yummy meal: Gardein Orange Peel Chicken served with baby corn, bok choy, and rice in a sweet orange glaze. Usually I am very limited to my options on the menu, but there was an entire Gardein section of meals to choose from. Gardein products are not gluten-free as it is a substitute made from soy, wheat, pea proteins, vegetables, and ancient grains, but I chose to try it anyways. With all of these options, David and I were quick to choose to go back to the Yardhouse again for our next special meal out with family. However this time we all chose to try the Gardein Boneless Wings as an appetizer during Happy Hour. Spicy, but yum. David laughs at me as I am still skeptical of fake meat items, letting him try it first to confirm that it isn’t actual meat and then trying it myself to still question and make sure that it is actually a substitute.

     Back in Cali again visiting a few months ago, we went out to eat at the Yardhouse and tried both the Gardein Orange Peel Chicken and Boneless Wings again. I could hardly get through my actual meal after having our appetizer so was lucky to have leftovers for dinner as well. I also tried the Buffalo Wings at the Veggie Grill for lunch another day. David did not used to enjoy spicy foods, but he has become more tolerant since having been with me. He really enjoyed these meatless buffalo wings. We do not usually eat out at restaurants or eat a lot of meatless products as such, but they were just a different alternative that we would be happy to eat on occasion. The only problem is that they do not make things like this where we live. Our new find this summer was Trader Joe’s vegan version of Orange Chickenless which I am sure would be on the menu every night if David somehow managed to find a product like this in New Zealand.

     So through my search for other things one night through Pinterest and blogs, I randomly came across Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. This really interested me as I love cauliflower. Anyways, I finally gave it a go tonight. Don’t think I have the recipe quite right as I need to make a few adjustments, but I can see how this can be a yummy healthy alternative and will be attempting to recreate this again. I will also be trying a different version of meatless wings from the Native Foods blog. Can’t wait to see what these ones will turn out like as well as I can see my husband liking this version. I might need to think about adding cauliflower to my garden seeing as I am out again already and know that I will be wanting hummus and cauliflower for lunch tomorrow.

Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings