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Sesame Kale with Hempseed Oil

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vegan kale

As you know, I am not the best person to ask for recipes. I really do find it easy to just throw everything together. Plus, we use up bits and pieces, and most fruit and veggies are never going to be the same size. The night before I made up some veggies and cashews with rice. Oh, and we actually added in some “chicken-type” nuggets as well. Even a photo can sometimes be a bit of inspiration though.

How do you eat kale?

I seem to think that kale is mostly eaten as kale chips as well as in green smoothies or salads. When we were in California, I would eat kale as a gluten-free option under tempeh or as a side at The Veggie Grill.

Often people seem to either really like or dislike kale. I have to admit, I was a bit uncertain when I had tried it a few years ago. Everyone seemed to love it, and I suppose I was a bit mixed and still making my mind up. This was before I really knew much about kale chips and enjoyed it at The Veggie Grill, but I never seemed to make it at home. Now all that has changed. I suppose you tend to like it more and more as you try it in various ways.

This was a super simple meal. I only had a few veggies and cashews from the night before, and I loved the sesame kale I had made for the chickpea burgers so I decided to combine the two. I tossed the kale with a bit of raw hempseed oil and sesame seeds. Super simple, and another great way to get some greens. Not my typical way to eat kale, but it was yummy. I could definitely eat this again and even change up the veggies or nuts and seeds.

Kale really is super versatile 🙂

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Yes, that is vegan “cheese”. Not something we often have, but we thought we might make some gluten-free vegan pizzas. We are currently sprouting chickpeas for raw hummus, and we were back to experimenting with our juicer yesterday using pineapple, celery, kale, and juicing beets. I wasn’t really sure what Zaedyn would think of it, but of course he loved it!

Juicing or Smoothies?

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40 Days of Green Smoothies

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A HUGE thank you to Ally, from Made with Stars, for sending me my very own e-book copy of 40 days of Green Smoothies by Becky Striepe! I have been needing more green smoothie inspiration so this was perfect timing, and I am looking forward to experimenting with more greens. I will try to do my best going straight through 40 days unless we happen to be away somewhere that I cannot bring my mini blender, or I may always make minor adjustments to the recipes.

Quickly looking through, they are pretty simple smoothies which require ingredients that I already use or seem to have in my garden or pantry. I like the way that the weeks are set up requiring similar ingredients so if you do not have a garden, you do not have to stock up on a huge range of ingredients every week. Mangoes are going to be the hard one for me! I love mangoes, but we just cannot seem to get them cheap here. If anyone in New Zealand comes across some, let me know. I have never seen frozen mangoes here, and I don’t think I can afford to buy many at $5+ each. You might find me searching the shops for them :). I also don’t seem to find collard greens. I was thinking I might need to grow some as they make the perfect wrap!

Anyways, Zaedyn and I decided to make our first green smoothie from the book this afternoon. I just love how Zaedyn says, “Smoothie,” especially with so much excitement. We just used our mini blender which is why you see so many little bits of green kale, but you really do not notice when you are drinking it. We possibly could have added some more greens as the recipe called for 1-2 leaves, but since mine were small, I used about 4. I also didn’t have any ice in the freezer so I just added some more frozen raspberries. Zaedyn’s first response to raspberries is always, “Strawberry!” One day he will learn the difference. I still think that he is pretty clever. Green Smoothie #1: Banana, almond milk, chia seeds, frozen raspberries, and kale (ice if you have some). Blend and enjoy!

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Green Smoothie #1 from 40 Days of Green Smoothies

Looking ahead through the book, I noticed that I will be needing lots of kale. Good thing I bought some more to grow today. I noticed that I have been picking leaves off from what is already out in the garden, and new leaves keep appearing. I am just loving my garden this year. I also still have more kale seeds, but I couldn’t resist 3 for $10 plants. I could buy everything in the shop, but I decided to mix it up and buy one lot of kale, cauliflower, and a gourmet lettuce combo. Although seeds can be cheaper, it can be a good head start buying them already started. Our garden is going so well this year, that we really have worked out how to save money and time away from shopping. I would absolutely love to be fully sustainable or close to it all year round, so I can see our garden continuing to grow all of the time.

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Oh, and what I actually went there for was a compost container that we debated about buying the other day. I think it is the cutest little compost bin for under our sink. Yes, we are trying to save money, but this is something that we need. We have had our big compost bins for quite a few years now, and I cannot say that we have always had success. We even spent a bit more to buy an Earthmaker which does most of the work for you, but we were never in the right mindset to use it properly. I don’t like to pile leftovers into a plastic bag, but I have also been looking for a different alternative than just a plastic white bucket. I know you might think that we really didn’t need this, but I know it is going to make such a difference being easier to carry our scraps out to the compost, and I think it really is a great alternative to a plastic container. Zaedyn thinks it makes a pretty good drum, too! Our banana and de-stemmed kale from our smoothie were the first scraps into our new little compost container. What do you think?

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Vegan Compost

In case you were wondering what the center photo is, this is what underneath the lid looks like. When we were going to buy it the other day, I questioned whether it would get smelly as there were holes in the top although it would help air it out. We are good at emptying it though so I figured that it possibly wouldn’t matter. Then today I realised that there is something sitting in the inside which I am assuming is a way to help circulate, yet not leave the compost container completely open. Aha, please let me know if I am wrong though! It would be quite funny to think that it was just part of the packaging, although I am pretty sure that this is not the case.

Vegan Compost

I know that I have mentioned this a few times, but if you have not looked at Ally’s blog Made of Stars, make sure you do. She shares awesome recipes every Monday and is currently working on an A-Z of Veganism series (up to G right now) which points out very interesting topics that you will want to read whether you are not vegan or not. Plus of course, topics on vegan parenting and vegan children. Thanks again, Ally. Zaedyn and I look forward to our green smoothies!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Chickpea Burger with Tahini Sauce

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Yum! This was sooooo delicious that we ended up making it again a few days later. I know it is taking me a long time to update my recipes page, but I just can’t seem to keep up. In case you wondered, I do not always make up new recipes, or I may just change them to be gluten-free so make sure to click and search the Kai tab on the right. I have definitely tried to be a bit more creative since having Zaedyn as well as trying to find food that David will enjoy. If it was just me, I would usually stick to quick food such as fruit, raw veggies and hummus, nuts, etc. Although I enjoy making food, I am usually too hungry to wait, or busy snacking all day to bother with “typical” meals, but the boys have changed things a bit!

Anyways as I mentioned on Facebook, Natasha over at BeBops posts some delicious recipes she finds across the web. Check out her page for some amazing cloth nappies as well as some yummy vegan food inspiration. Not many pre-made vegan burgers are gluten-free. After Natasha posted a link to this chickpea burger recipe, I quickly realised that all I would need to change was the bread crumbs and make a quick vegan tahini sauce. Yum! Zaedyn ate them in pieces or crumbles even after deciding to break it apart, David ate his on a bun, and well, I think that mine was by far the best. I went and picked some fresh kale from the garden and lightly cooked it in some avocado oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Even the kale as a side or made into a salad would be delicious.

{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce
Follow this recipe, however, replace with gluten-free bread crumbs and use fresh herbs from your garden. The first time I made them, we only used fresh parsley from our garden because I love coriander/cilantro so much that we didn’t have any more! I definitely made sure to add some the next time. I even played around with different size burgers, and the bigger one still held together.
*tip: Adjust the amount of bread crumbs to suit your mix, or make sure you add a bit of water if you realise that your chickpeas seem a bit dry once processed. You can easily play around with the mix. As usual with my cooking, I made this twice and they came out different, but equally as yummy! We even ate our first cucumber from our garden. I love eating fresh veggies that we have grown.

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Tahini Sauce:
-1/4 cup tahini

-3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

-1/4 cup water

-fresh garlic or garlic powder & Himalayan Crystal Salt

*Can easily adjust to taste, or change it up by adding cayenne pepper or other spices and herbs. Adjust the amount of water to make the sauce runny or thick.

Let me know if you try the tahini sauce from Colleen. Am curious to see what it tastes like, but I was also quite happy with my simple sauce.

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Oh, and just wondering if anyone else has tried corn couscous? Made with gluten-free cornflour, it is another gluten-free and wheat free option. Reminds me of cornbread 🙂

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From Garden to Plate: Growing Sustainable Vegan Food

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From garden to plate, or straight to mouth, here is a quick look at some of the food we have been growing in our garden. With lots of learning along the way, we are enjoying the experience in learning to live a more sustainable life through this process as well as eating delicious healthy vegan meals made with lots of aroha (love).

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Growing Garden in December

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Zaedyn picks kale & nasturtium to share with Lamby (who will NEVER end up on a plate)

zucchini

courgettes/zucchini

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green garden

Raw Vegan

vegan chocolate

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Raw Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut Taco Wraps

Raw Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut Taco Wraps with fresh salsa, avocado, cashew “sour cream”, & coriander (cilantro)

What are you growing in your garden, or what do you hope to plant? How do you live a more sustainable life?

Check out my growing Sustainability board on Pinterest for a few ideas!

Smoothie a Day ~ November

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November

Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.

If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.

Homeopathy for Your Garden?

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arnica

Homeopathy for your garden? Has this left you in confusion or curiosity? I will admit to being a bit uncertain when first reading about homeopathy for plants, but it supposedly works! I am a strong believer in homeopathy and of course I am keen to see if it works. Why wouldn’t it?

We were busy enjoying the sunshine today and sorting out our garden. We were so excited about all of our plants, but most of them have been growing in our kitchen as we could not decide where to plant them. Our backyard is amazing, full of natural elements and a decent size, but the designated garden area has remained a bit of a mess. There are wooden boxes there, but the ivy and weeds from previous neighbours just seemed to be embedded in the soil when we first moved in. Every year, we start to tidy things up, but we only get so far. Last year, I ended up using tires with my parsley in a pot and my strawberries in one of the veggie boxes. Actually, my strawberries have been there for a few years now. I was not very good at pulling weeds out this year, and many of my strawberry plants have disappeared. I think it might be time to move the few left into a new area.

Anyways, the other day when we were out playing in the garden, I thought it would be awesome to incorporate some of the plants alongside what will hopefully become an inviting play area for Zaedyn. The entire backyard is exciting to Zaedyn, but I can see this area further developing, especially with a bean teepee. I did not want to block Zaedyn’s climbing area as he was resourceful in using these logs as a natural climbing frame.
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Zaedyn needs to be just a little bit taller, but he knows his limits. I observed as he was busy making his own fun and being adventurous. He is willing to give everything a go. I love how the aspect of nature brings out some amazing dispositions that are reflected though his play and cheeky personality.

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Some plants would look beautiful here…

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I will come back to a few more natural play ideas, but let’s get back to the garden. I put my kale outside yesterday and noticed a huge change today already from the wind. I have had great success growing plants in my kitchen only to put them outside not to thrive as they were previously. I remembered receiving a homeopathic newsletter talking about Arnica for transplanting plants. I quickly tracked it down and had a quick read. All you need to do is add a couple pillules or drops of Arnica to the water in your watering can and water your plants. As you would take Arnica for shock, plants benefit as well from the shock of transplanting them. Isn’t that amazing? It makes a lot of sense to me and is so easy as well.

I do not have any background with homeopathy and plants, but would love to read this recommended book Homoeopathy for Farm & Gar­den by Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj. You can even use homeopathic remedies as natural herbicides. Anyone else interested? Check out Homeoplant.

Now added to Zaedyn’s play area is kale, some nasturtium, and blueberry BlueMagic. I hope that it will manage the shock of being outside and continue to thrive. Our parsley is always in abundance! Having bought miso from the Herbal Dispensary yesterday, I almost have all of the ingredients I need along with fresh parsley from the garden to make Edamame Dip. Thanks for pinning it for me, Mum. I am very curious as to how this will taste. Will definitely share my thoughts once I have made this dip.

I was going to continue the post with Zaedyn’s exploration in the garden with natural resources and the happiness that comes with sunshine, but I have been sidetracked and it is far too late for me to still be awake right now. I will still post about this soon though and will leave you with a photo from today in case you have not seen it already on Facebook. Zaedyn is rehydrating with a fresh young coconut after running around heaps with Kai, our rāpeti/rabbit.

Young Coconut

As you make your way out into the garden, remember that you can use homeopathy for your plants as well as yourself for things such as hayfever or even bee stings (hopefully not something you will come across). Hope everyone continues to enjoy the sunshine.