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Five vegan staple meals everyone will love

This post is dedicated to a friend who took control of her life and decided she wanted better for herself and her children. I hope this helps your transition.

Pulled BBQ “Beefy” mushroom and onions
You’ll need
1 package of Baby bella mushrooms
1 large red onion
your favorite BBQ sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper to taste
cooked white or brown rice, or quinoa
*preheat oven to low broil*
This one is my absolute favorite vegan meal. It’s healthy, it’s savory, and it’s comfort food.
Super easy to make too. Slice up mushrooms, I use either baby bellas or oyster mushrooms. Baby bellas are more affordable in my opinion, and they cook up nicely. slice up a yellow or red onion. I like to use red onions because they are colorful, and being vegan you want to try to eat the rainbow. Saute the mushrooms and onions in a pan on medium heat until soft. While sauteing add a mix of paprika, onion and garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt, you’ll be adding BBQ sauce next. Saute for five minutes stirring frequently. Turn the heat down to low. Add BBQ sauce of your choice, Make sure it’s vegan. Once everything is mixed all together move to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Pace into oven and broil until there is a light char on the mixture. Serve on top a bed of rice or quinoa and enjoy.

Vegan mashed potatoes
What you’ll need for a family of 4:
6 medium large yellow/white potatoes
1 cup coconut milk original unsweetened
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp vegan butter (hey its mashed potatoes, you’re allowed to indulge)

Peel potatoes and cute into chunks. There is absolutely no reason to cut potatoes into small pieces. It’s unnecessary work you don’t need to be doing. Boil on medium high until they are fork tender, about 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
In a small sauce pan add the milk, butter, and seasonings but not the salt & pepper. Cook on medium low until warmed and just steaming, no need to boil this mixture.
Using a potato masher slowly add the mixture to the potatoes and mash until you get the consistency you like. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Pizza!! who doesn’t like pizza
What you’ll need for 2 pizzas:
2 store bought pizza dough (Pillsbury makes a “accidental” vegan dough also some store brand make them too)
1 glass jar of tomato sauce
3 packages of vegan cheese shreds ( a bit pricey but worth it as long as you’re not making pizza everyday)
Preheat oven according to dough instructions
Place dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and using a rolling pin roll the dough out to fit the pan. Add sauce enough to cover the pizza, now place a layer of the shreds. Follow the heating directions on the dough packaging. If you like cheese extra crispy you can broil the shreds a bit. Allow to cool a bit and serve.

Breakfast cookies
What you’ll need
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
1/4 cup raisins 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup date sugar
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp baking soda 
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup vegan butter softened 
3 tbsp agave nectar 
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1 1/2 tsp plant milk 
splash of water (helps with mixing
Preheat oven to 350, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to place onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Package up into compostable baggies or reusable baggies and you have a quick go to breakfast.

Lazy “chicken” nuggets and french fries.
You’ll need:
1 package of vegan chicken nuggets (Whole foods brand is very affordable)
1 bag of lightly processed frozen french fries

okay this is a seriously easy and a lazy day meal. Follow the heating directions on the bags. This is Vallettas favorite meal. The one she request the most actually. If you don’t have a whole foods I’m sure your local grocery store has a version of vegan nuggets. Also almost all fries are vegan but I have found a couple that have milk products in them for whatever weird reason. I’ve also found some frozen onion rings that contain milk products.. Just be sure to read the label, them more you do this the quicker you’ll get.

I hope these recipes help y’all transition to vegan, and remember vegan doesn’t have to be expensive but can be affordable as well as tasty. Also you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these recipes. I encourage everyone to try them.








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Breakfast cookies

Vegan dark chocolate chip, and peanut butter oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies. Phew that’s a mouth full.. we absolutely loved these cookies. They are sweet, savoury, with just the right amount of vegan goodness. Y’all need to make these ASAP.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)

1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup date sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegan butter softened

3 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 tsp plant milk

splash of water (helps with mixing)

Doubling the recipe

Preheat oven to 350°, line a cookie sheet with compostable parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Thats it.. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. This recipe can also be doubled, and made into granola bars. Kid tested, kid approved.

So tasty

My thoughts

So much plastic!!

I live in what I consider a food desert. We have grocery stores and convenient stores on nearly every corner. Fast food everywhere you look. Some may think that having these near are an advantage, but it’s not. I try to buy non plastic packaged fruits and veggies, but everywhere I go they are packaged in plastic, wrapped in elastics, or twist ties. Everything is super over priced because it’s brought in on trucks.

I live on an island, a man made island that has all four seasons. I don’t think this is a valid reason to severely jack up the prices of food. Cape Cod is a great vacation spot but it’s losing its young people because its failure to have jobs, and be affordable. Not only is the price of food way too high, housing and taxes are ridiculous. However right now I’m speaking about the food desert.

I just wish we had more options for healthy food being served sustainably, and fruits and veggies being packaged more eco friendly. Unfortunately Cape cod just isn’t there. It’s the reason I’m starting to really get into growing my own food. I highly doubt this place is going to change that dramatically in the next few years. As I’ve said to my Significant other, we need to learn and teach the girls how to grow and maintain a garden. They need to be able to care for themselves when this place goes far south, and becomes a full on food desert. Especially since both my girls are vegan and cannot have what a typical child can have.

When I go into the grocery store for the weeks shop I get stares as I’m leaving. I do not use bags, and I don’t bring mine into the store. It is much easier and I’m not rushed when I bag it up at the truck. I do not accept a bag unless I ABSOLUTELY have too and it has to be paper.

This was a rant more than a blog post, but it’s something I’m very passionate about. I do not like living in a food desert, and I try to do my best to not buy a ton of plastic.

Things I do to be as sustainable as I can.

1. I reuse glass jars to drink from.

2. Anything reusable is either glass, stainless steel, metal, or silicone.

3. I try not to throw anything away, but instead give it away or bring it to a donation area.

4. We cook with stainless steel, and own one eco friendly nonstick pan.

5. I make my own laundry soap, it works well if not better that store bought.

6. I make my own house cleaner, and yes it works.

7. We use a sink water filter instead of buying bottled water.

8. We use a regular coffee pot instead of a Keurig.

9. I wash the girls and my laundry together.

10. The girls have very minimal plastic toys and I don’t buy them plastic toys. They have what they wanted to keep when we did the clean out.

My thoughts

Crazy flu and cold “season”

Y’all it’s been a crazy few weeks. Valletta tested positive for the flu and Keira had a nasty ear infection. All of this happened the week before winter vacation. This landed us in the hospital. Valletta probably got the flu from her father. Fast forward a week; we were back in the hospital due Valletta losing a significant amount of weight. She also was diagnosed with a slight ear infection. She got antibiotics and we were out of there. That Friday we were back in the hospital after I had to call rescue for Keira. The antibiotic for her ear infection made her breakout in hives. Thankfully her breathing was fine. So I was able to drive to the hospital which is about 10 minutes away. We were seen relatively quick. They administered Prednisone (spelling), and an antihistamine. The rash was under control even though it got redder before it went away. During all of this I was (somehow) the only one not sick. I did get the lovely job of taking care of everyone. I was able to manage the symptoms with our homeopathic cold medicines. We got antibiotics only when absolutely needed. Fast forward to today, I brought them both to school. They haven’t had fevers or vomited since a few days ago. Valletta has made it to noon at school, but the day is still young. Keira made it an hour into school and her bum didn’t want to corporate. So I had to pick her up. Y’all this flu is no joke, get the shot if you still can. Wash your hands, and brush those teeth. I hate reading about death. Especially those that could have been avoided. Please keep those babies safe. Here’s to a healthy and happy spring. I’m back to posting, so things will pick up as normal.

Peace, love, and self acceptance.

Hair care

Lice away – stay away

This stuff has gotten my through two years of preschool, the start of elementary school, and my youngest starting preschool. It’s just too easy not to make, and you don’t need to spend a million dollars on essential oils. You can use whatever leave in conditioner you have, but you will need to buy a small glass or metal spray bottle. Below is my exact recipe.

What you’ll need:

  1. Spray bottle – glass or metal
  2. Leave in conditioner
  3. Tea tree essential oil
  4. Rosemary essential oil
    Filtered water or just tap water
  • Easy directions:
    Fill bottle with water – leave enough room to add conditioner.
    Add 15 drops of tea tree oil
    Add 5 drops rosemary oil
    Add 1 tsp of leave in conditioner
    Put the cap on and shake vigorously. You should shake before every use.

The tea tree oil is what does the magic, the Rosemary oil helps the hair grow. You can spray this in their hair mid week as well as after a shower. We use this roughly 3 days a week. Helps with frizz and knots, just let the spray sit on the hair a minute or so. Always start combining the knot from the bottom and work your way up. This is how I brush my girls hair. Especially the curly haired kid.

I really suggest all school aged kids use this. With just this little recipe and under $20 spent, it actually saves you money. Instead of buying kit after kit, paying someone else to do it, trying mayo, or even doctors appointments.

Try it and let me know how you’re liking it.

My thoughts

Crappy little winter colds

Basically the title says it all.. We have been dealing with crappy colds since before Christmas. Last weekend it escalated into a full blown ear infection for Keira. She has been on antibiotics now for four days. I took Valletta to the doctor this afternoon, thankfully no ear or chest infections, but her cough is nasty. She spiked a fever tonight before bed. With this all happening I’m being forced to use stronger medications, like Advil and store brand mucinex. I hate using any thing like this, but I will IF needed.

I am a homeopathic mom, so when I have to use these kinds of medications I feel awful. I know non of these are good for my children in the long run, unfortunately nothing I have on hand is working well enough. I am however going to start rebuilding the good bacteria in their guts when this is all said and done. Probiotics will be our best friend after these colds get outta here!!

So tonight I decided I needed to get some veggies into them, they are not veggie eaters at all. I decided to make “hidden veggie mac and cheese”. Of course it was vegan. They absolutely loved it, and ate most of what I gave them. Then they saw the cookies, and wanted some. So I gave them two cookies each. Below is the recipe for the vegan hidden veggie mac and cheese.

Hidden (real life looking) veggie mac and cheese.

You will need:

2 carrots peeled and cut into pieces

2 white potatoes peeled and cut into pieces

2 cups cauliflower cut into pieces

1 cup butternut squash

1 cup unsweetened original coconut or nut milk

1.5 cups cheddar shreds

1/2 cup mozzarella shreds

1 packet of (boxed) vegan cheese powder

salt to taste

2 cups dried pasta of choice

a blender or food processor – I used my food processor

  1. Peel and cut all veggies, put them into a sauce pan with water, and boil until fork tender.
  2. Once veggies are tender enough, drain the water. Let sit for a few minutes on the counter, with the lid off. This allows the veggies to cool a bit before adding them into the blender or food processor.
  3. Okay now come the most difficult part, and somewhat scary. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS PART. ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
  4. In batches scoop veggies into your device of choice. Remember I used the processor. So for me I did this in two batches. I put each batch into a bowl after pureeing. Scoop the first batch into the processor, and lid it. Puree until smooth, scraping the sides down half way through. This usually takes 3-5 minutes per batch. Put into a bowl and do the next batch the same way.
  5. Place puree back into the sauce pan, add milk of choice, and the vegan cheese powder. Bring to a light simmer. Add the cheddar shreds and whisk to combine. Keep whisking until it is smooth. Add the last of the shreds, whisk again until smooth.
  6. Taste – taste – taste, add salt – as little as you can. Taste again!! Always taste your food.

Mantra I live by – If I wouldn’t eat it, I will not feed it to my children.

If your cheese sauce is seasoned well, and acceptable to your taste buds set it aside. Boil your pasta according to the package instructions.

Once pasta is done add sauce, and fold it in. You don’t need to add it all at once. I added enough to coat my pasta then I severed it to the girls. I added more sauce after. Place it into a nonstick baking pan, topped with dairy-free bread crumbs, and a touch of oil and salt. I baked that until it was nice and bubbly. set aside to cool.

Sever when ready and enjoy.

I cooked up some marinated tofu, and roasted more veggies for my super. Along with the mac and cheese.

My thoughts

Happy Holidays

I just want to write a quick post about, the holidays. To me it seems like more and more people cannot keep up with societies version of Christmas. This is absolutely ridiculous, it’s insane to think of. When did the holiday become more about the presents, than the time spent with family? I know I personally don’t have a ton of money to buy my kids iPads or iPhones, but even if I did I wouldn’t. In my eyes an iPhone, or any cellular device isn’t a gift. It’s something you earn. My children got a few toys, learning books, a journal, some coloured pencils, and regular books. I would much rather them have their heads in a book, than have their eyes on a device. I know one lady in particular who didn’t spend much, and then took to social media with her tree, and presents. Apologising it seemed for only spending a little. Society has mothers apologising for simple Christmases.. Mind you the tree was beautiful, and the presents were meaningful. I’m not saying all gifts aren’t meaningful, but when you only have so much to spend they mean more. You put more thought into them. My daughter asked for a “Dora computer” I couldn’t find one (honestly I didn’t spend much time looking). Then it changed from the computer to a dinosaur. Christmas morning came and they opened everything. Valletta got her dinosaur, and Keira got a Pegasus. The one thing both my girls gravitated to was the journals, and the coloured pencils. My kids doodled for hours. Valletta walked around all day clutching her journal in one hand, and the pencils in the other. Kids are very simple of you let them be. My best friends son asked his mum for cat sleeper jammies, and a mind craft game. Both she gifted him. His sister was super excited about the socks, and the lipgloss she got. Of course they got other things but it’s really a lot of “less is more”. I wanted to keep this Christmas as simple as possible, and I think I was successful. Well at least my one bag of trash made me think I was. The girls are grateful for all they received. I’m most grateful for the new winter jackets my mother in law got them. Their jackets were getting too small. Now we can gift the used jackets to a family who needs them. I hope y’all had a wonderfully simple holiday. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!!

My thoughts

Here goes nothin’

Well it’s Sunday afternoon, after much debate, and fiddling around I’m finally up and running. It took me nearly a week to get this going. Between figuring out if I wanted to pay for this, or just do it for free. The good news is here I am, ready to share all of my insight with all of you beautiful people. I have linked my Instagram to the blog, as well as four of my absolute favorite podcasts. The podcast you can find at the top of this blog page.  I plan on posting a couple times a week to start out. Things I will be posting; will be my thoughts on self love, my vegan recipes, as well as my journey to a more sustainable and minimal life. I will also try to post about our journey in special needs, and how we live this way with two girls who have these needs. I sincerely hope to help people with this blog. Whether it be trying a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, decluttering, living minimal and as sustainable as possible in today’s world,  or just with my uplifting advice on self love, and how to love yourself.  

A little about myself, my children, and my homestead. 

First I would like to introduce myself, I’m Samantha. I’m a mum, a recovering meat addict, a hippie (in my own way), and a recovering over-waster. I have a long way to go, but I have come a long way.  I have become known as the “no bag lady” around my island. With that said, we live on an island (or peninsula) on the coast of Massachusetts. Also known as Cape Cod. I was born here but moved around New England many times as a child. I have two girls (as said above) Valletta Sky who is a pink loving 5 year old, and Keira Winter who is a very sassy 4 year old. My husband who I will probably not speak of much lives here with us. He wishes to remain anonymous.  Which is okay with me, because that is his choice, and I respect his choices.  We live in a rural area but on a decent plot of land, which is why I call our home a homestead. Here on the homestead we have several flower, and herb gardens. I attempted a fall garden with; kale, spinach, and carrots. But I was too far into the season for anything to actually grow. Although the kale did sprout a little.  Here we have one fish, his name is Mr. Fish. We had a cat at one point but needed to give him up, he had a lot of medical issues we were not aware of at the time of adoption. We learned he was readopted by a nice older lady.  Anyways that is some about us, I hope many people stop by and stick around. I have some things coming up you don’t want to miss. 

Samantha