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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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.

Banana Crunch Granola, Dehydrated

The perfect balance of flavor AND crunch that you can enjoy as a snack, cereal, or paired with some raw homemade coconut probiotic yogurt!

Banana Crunch Granola

¼ cup Steel cut oats, steamed

¼ cup Quinoa, steamed

1/3 cup Raw cashew, pieces

¼ cup Brazil nuts, chopped

1/3 cup Coconut flakes

¼ cup Buckwheat groats

¼ cup Almonds, slivered

1/8 tsp Sea salt

½ tsp Cinnamon, ground

½ tsp Vanilla extract

½ cup Brown rice syrup

1 cup Banana, chopped

I steamed the quinoa and the oats separately, but the process was the same.  I rinsed off the oats and the quinoa, placed them in a metal sieve on top of a pot with about a ½ inch of boiling water, covered the pot with a lid and let steam for 10 minutes.

I placed all of the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and blended them before I added the vanilla extract and brown rice syrup.  After everything is combined, add the chopped banana (I sliced the banana into 1/3 inch slices, then cut each round into quarters.) and mix until everything is evenly distributed. The mixture should be sticky and malleable.

I used my dehydrator to make this granola, and I lined a rack in my dehydrator with a layer of parchment paper.  Then, I spread the granola evenly on the drying rack and (my dehydrator only has one setting…) assembled the dehydrator and set to dry for 8hrs, or until bananas are dry and chewy.

Toasted Coconut Steel Cut Oats

Hearty, warm, and toasty!

Toasted Coconut Steel Cut Oats

2 cups of Steel Cut Oats

8 cups of water

1 can of coconut milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

A dash of cinnamon

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/4 cup toasted coconut butter *recipe at bottom*

1/2 cup of raw sugar

In a large pot bring to a boil the Steel Cut Oats, water, coconut milk, and salt; then, turn the heat down low, add the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Let the oatmeal simmer for 45-60 minutes covered with a lid, stirring about every 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the coconut flakes, chia seeds, and coconut butter. Let cool for 15 min and fix yourself a bowl!

Coconut Butter

1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/4 cup coconut flakes

3/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and combined.

This same recipe can be adapted to a crock pot. Oil the pot with coconut oil or vegan butter; then, add all of the ingredients starting with with dry ingredients. Then cook on low for 8hrs.