Crockpot Pizza

It’s going to take about as long as delivery anyway.

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Slow Cooker Pizza:

1 pre made dough (your neighborhood grocery store should have some in the bakery area)

Sauce of preference

Vegan cheese

Toppings of choice

Olive oil, to grease the crockpot dish

To prepare your dough, create a surface to roll your dough. An oiled cutting board is perfect, lay your dough out, form into a ball, cut ball in half, wrap one half in Saran Wrap and place in fridge until ready to use (it’ll store for a few days, save and make pizza another night), and roll the other half of dough into an oval shape to fit your crockpot. Afterward, place dough in crockpot and top with your favorite toppings, I like good ol vegan cheese pizza with a little bit of Brazil nut pesto. Sauce up the dough, throw some vegan cheese on top, then drizzle some pesto on top with a little bit of homemade crumbled seitan; but you can do as you please. Cover your crockpot with a clean tea towel, or a layer of paper towels, then place the crockpot lid on top to secure towel and prevent it from touching your food and prevents your crust from getting solid and turning into a dumpling instead of being baked and crusty. Set crockpot to high and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. Let cool for 10 and serve with a nice little salad! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Popcorn Seasoning 3 Ways

Things are so much better with flavor… and superfoods.

I believe snack time is one of the most magical points of the day. Whether your snack time be every 3 hours or all day long, snack time should make you happy, satisfy cravings, and give your brain and body the energy it needs to last through the day.

Popcorn is one of my favorite snack, next to potato chips, but I need my popcorn to be flavorful and snackalicious! So these seasonings are typically my go to when I’m popping some corn.

Pizza:

2 tbls Nooch (aka nutritional yeast flakes)

1 tbls Tomato powder, if you’ve got a dehydrator dehydrate two large tomatoes and then pulverize them

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp Dried basil

1 tsp Dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp Evaporated cane juice (sugar)

Mix up everything in a small bowl, and store in an air tight container in your spice cabinet.

Super Green!:

1 tbls Nooch

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric

1/2 tsp Bay leaf powder

1/2 tsp Coriander ground

1/2 tsp Dried thyme

1/2 tsp Dried oregano

1/4 tsp Spirulina powder

1/4 tsp Moringa powder

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, and store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet.

Regular Schmegular:

1 1/2 tbls Spike All Purpose Seasoning

3 tbls Nooch

Mix in a small bowl, store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet.

Catch Me This Weekend!

Catch me this weekend with banging booch and poppin plant based eats!

If you’re in Miami check me out at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex this Saturday!

You Can Do More With That EBT Card Than You Think

Ebt can be super lit!

If It’s Got A Nutrition Label:

Basically if you’ve got food stamps you’re allowed to purchase ANYTHING that has Nutrition Facts and NOT  Supplement Facts.

Feel free to grab some plant based protein, chia seeds, medicinal herbs, and all that good stuff!  YO!  You can also buy fruit bearing and edible plants and seeds with an EBT card!!!!  If you’re sick of buying produce that you know you would benefit from growing yourself, then start a container garden! This link can provide you with further information on how to get a garden going at home or in your community:  https://www.snapgardens.org/snap-participant/.  Not all grocery stores have fruit bearing or edible plants for sale; stores like Trader Joe’s without fail have herbs at the least.  You can also check out your local farmers market to see if they have plants for purchase that you can use EBT for.

Farmers Markets:

 

I love all farmers markets, they make me feel good to be surrounded by so much fresh, local, and pure food and flowers.  You can walk around and sample fruits and vegetables, haggle prices, get your favorite treats from local vendors, and get double dollar benefits with your EBT card! Produce in some areas can rack up a high tab at the grocery store, so it doesn’t seem conducive to purchase food that’s only going to last a few days in the refrigerator.    This link allows for you to search for farmers markets in your area and filters out farmers markets that do not accept SNAP benefits: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets.  Going to the farmers market with the intention of spending $20 but receiving $40 worth of produce feels great!  It also gives you a good reason to get up early, go outside, and start your day with pleasant vibes.

 

CSA:

Community Sustained Agriculture which is often referred to as CSA is a system that allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.  Shares usually include 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-3 people, most CSAs also offer half shares for smaller households.  Most CSAs have a variety of payment plans to enable members flexibility in paying for their shares. Some CSAs can arrange payments in installments, accept food stamps, offer sliding scale fees, and provide scholarship shares.  It’s best to hop onto Google and search for a CSA in your area.

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Museums:

This link lists the participating museums that provide free and/or reduced pricing for museums around the US: http://childrensmuseums.org/participating-museums 

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Grocery Stores:

Its ok, get a little boujie, hit up Whole Foods; your health is worth being boujie about.  Check out Trader Joe’s, many supermarkets accept EBT and have a broader selection of products that some neighborhood grocery stores lack.  Or, pester neighborhood markets for certain items, create a demand for the product.

Probiotic Coconut Yogurt

It’s light. It’s decadent. It’s tart. It’s good for the tummy. ANDDDD it’s super ridiculously easy to make! JUST 2 INGREDIENTS!!!!

Coconut Probiotic Yogurt:

2 cans of full fat Coconut milk

4 50 billion live cultures Probiotic capsules

This is literally one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever come across… like ever. Open your two cans of coconut milk and pour them in a blender. Blend until smooth and emulsified. Empty coconut milk into a clean sanitized bowl or jar. Empty the contents of the probiotic capsules and mix with a wooden or rubber spoon (metal is said to disturb the probiotics) until there’s there’s no lumps. Cover the mixture with cheese cloth and a rubber band (you want the bacteria to breathe, but you don’t want bugs) and place in slightly warm place, I placed my yogurt in the oven while it was off and let it sit for 20 hrs. I think the time can get played with between 18-48 hours depending on temperature. When I took mine out of the oven, I mixed it up one more time and placed it in the fridge. After it was cool I ate it with freshly sliced bananas and my banana crunch granola.

This recipe makes plain yogurt; however, after fermentation and before you put it in the fridge you can add sweetener and/or your favorite flavors!

Cajun Seasoning

Why buy Cajun seasoning, when you can just make this banger.

Cajun Seasoning:

1 1/2 tbls paprika

1 tbls garlic powder

1 tbls onion powder

1 tbls ground dried thyme

1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Neatball Sandwiches and Spinach Salad with a Pesto Vinaigrette

Talk about a burst of flavor, if this is what grass tastes like, then I can be a grass eater for the rest of my life.

Ok so low key, I could’ve used a better picture… but you get the picture!

I’ve got a few recipes rolled into this gem. But there’s plenty of room for short cuts!!!

Neatball Sandwiches

2 Italian rolls

8 Vegan “Meatballs” *I made Lentil Neatballs, but I’m still working on the recipe* (you can find vegan meatballs in the freezer section of your local market)

1/2 an Onion

1/2 a Bell Pepper

1 clove Garlic

Cooking oil

Salt and pepper to tatse

Sautéed mushrooms *recipe at bottom*

Vegan pesto *recipe at bottom*

Fresh spinach and/or arugula

First we’re going to fancy up these veggie meatballs. Dice up the bell pepper and onion, chop up the garlic and add to a medium pan with cooking oil and sautee. Add salt and pepper to taste, then add your meatballs. After the meatballs brown a bit, add about half of a jar of your favorite marinara and simmer for 10 minutes.

Slice open your sandwich roll and slather vegan pesto on each side and toast to preference in the oven (or toasted oven) on 400. After you take the bread out of the oven, add about four meatballs to each roll. Top with sautéed mushrooms and fresh spinach and enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Salad

2 handfuls of baby spinach

2 destemmed kale leaves

1 6inch cucumber cut into half circles

1 tbls Chia seeds

2 tbls your favorite chopped nuts

Pesto Vinaigrette

2 tbls vegan pesto

1/2 tsp sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Add all of the salad dressing ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and emulsified.

In a medium bowl add salad, chopped kale, cucumber, chia, nuts, and dressing. Mix until evenly covered with dressing.

Sautéed Mushrooms

1 mushrooms

Half of an onion

Half of a bell pepper

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking oil

Clean and de-stem the portobello mushroom. Slice the mushroom, onion, and bell pepper into 1/4 inch strips and chop the garlic. In a medium pan add cooking oil and heat pan on medium heat. Add the peppers onion and garlic, sautee until onions are translucent, then add mushrooms. When mushrooms begin to get tender, add salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano. Sautee until mushrooms are dark and tender.

Pesto

1/3 cup Brazil nuts

1 clove garlic

Juice from half of a small lemon

Bunch of basil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tbls nutritional yeast flakes

1/3 cup olive oil

Throw all items into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.