The holidays are by far the most challenging time of the year for Vegans. Between the pressure from family members and overwhelming amounts of stress, you can see why this is a common time for people to quit. This post isn't solely directed at Vegans; It's for Non-Vegans too. During this time of the year, it is so easy to let yourself slip into unhealthy habits such as overeating and lack of exercise. So if you're feeling those post-holiday blues, here are a couple tricks on how to get back to your awesome and healthy self....more
I'm loving squash so much this time of year that I've declared December the unofficial Winter Squash Month. To celebrate, I'm sharing one of my very favorite vegetarian slow cooker soups. And just in case you might be a little busy this week, this Slow Cooker Thai-Inspired Butternut Squash and Peanut Soup from Kalyn's Kitchen is a perfect use for those packages of cubed butternut squash that show up this time of year.
And the flavors are amazing!...more
Winter is officially here! Last week, I declared that December is Winter Squash Month over here at Meatless Mondays, and I've found another very interesting butternut squash recipe that I bet you'll like.
This Cozy Harvest Risotto from Happy.Healthy.Life includes butternut squash, apple, sweet potato, and celery. Kathy bums up the flavors with fresh, seasonal herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme. Then she tops this vegan risotto with almonds (and a splash of non-dairy creamer, if you want it) for what she calls "an elegant and surprisingly easy winter meal."
These recipes all tweak the traditional recipes. They either lighten them up and go gluten free, or they swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes, or they run wild with ideas for for rainbow latkes, latke nachos, poutine latkes, kimchi quesadilla latkes and chicken waffle latkes. Which one would you make?
I am Margaret Aycock. This blog follows my life as an artist, organic gardener, forager, cook,and house concert host. I am an author of 3 books, two are how-to books on the process of painting in oil and one is a soon to be released children's book written and illustrated by me on foraging. I live in a family of musicians/songwriters/artists, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock ( Scissortail Records) Scott Aycock. The book is in the editing stage right now and should be out early next year or possibly this year....more
SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone!
I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps.