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Vegan Cherry Crumble


Don’t you love summer fruits?  There are so many delicious, colorful, nutritious options to choose from!  We are especially enjoying the CHERRIES!!!  We recently posted one recipe using cherries – black forest bars.  But we didn’t stop there!!!  If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love these crumbly squares!

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Makes:  12 bars
Ingredients:
For the filling:
2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped
2 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
½ tablespoon lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon vanilla

For the crumble:
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
⅔ cup brown sugar
¼ cup ground flaxseed
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup canola oil

Instructions:
Make the filling:
1.  Mix the cherries, sugar, and cornstarch.  Let sit for 15 minutes.
2.  Add the lemon juice and vanilla.
3.  Heat over low heat for about 5 minutes until thick.  Remove from heat and set aside.


Make the crumble:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C or gas mark 4).
4.  In a bowl, mix flour, oats, brown sugar, ground flaxseed and baking soda.
5.  Add the oil and mix until thoroughly combined.

6.  In a 8 x 8 – inch pan (20 x 20 cm), firmly press half the flour mixture, making a base for the crumble.
7.  Bake for 20 minutes.
8.  Spread the filling on the cooked base and press the other half of the flour mixture to make the top.

9.  Bake for another 20 minutes.
10.  Cool completely.
11. Cut into bars and serve.
Nutrition Information: (for 1 of 12 bars)
258 Calories; 11 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 37 g Carbohydrates; 3 g Fiber; 4 g Protein

Inspired by recipes from The Joy of Vegan Baking and Color Me Vegan, both by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

How do you like to eat YOUR bowl of cherries?
Alf Hana!!!
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30-Day Vegan Challenge: A Complete Tool for the Curious


Dear readers,

We know many of you are not vegan.  Maybe you are interested in trying out plant-based recipes every now and then, you may practice abstention from animal products during a religious fast, or you may be trying to eat healthier foods.  Do you think you could try a vegan diet for 30 days?

Our dear friend, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, has just released her new book, the 30-Day Vegan Challenge.  
After so many years of being vegan, using available materials to help support a plant-based diet, I can say I have never seen a more comprehensive book for people interested in making the transition.  The 30-Day Vegan Challenge covers every aspect of the vegan experience.  Any question you may have is addressed here.  (If you have ever thought you couldn’t be vegan because you’d miss cheese, there’s a chapter for you!)

Not only does Colleen cover these issues, she also provides essential information about nutrition (reviewed by dietitians), menus for the entire 30-Days, and recipes that are tried and true.  We know because we’ve been using these recipes for years now!!!

Colleen starts out by encouraging you to do a bit of preparation – get a buddy (this is important!), take some measurements (some of the changes you will experience can be measured!), and take a 3-Day food diary before you start (to see what you really normally eat).  Then, each of the 30-Days has a chapter full of specific, detailed, researched information about an issue surrounding veganism.  Some of these include: Eating healthfully and affordably (Day 2), Eating out and speaking up (Day 8), Discovering that there is life after cheese (Day 12), Putting to rest the great protein myth (Day 15), Celebrating the holidays (Day 25), Achieving and sustaining weight loss (Day 28)…..

Colleen ends with the menus, full of favorite recipes from her cookbooks and ideas for easy, simple meals.

This book is now available electronically – yes even in Egypt.  You can purchase it through Amazon and read it on a Kindle reader (either on your computer, your iPhone, iPad, etc.).  For more about this, read this post. (***Not all publishers allow their books to be downloaded in Egypt, but the 30-Day Vegan Challenge is available, so click away!)

If you are interested in checking out other works by Colleen we would suggest her podcast, Vegetarian Food for Thought (it’s free!!! and can be downloaded to your computer or any other mobile device).  Of course, you might also find her other books useful:

What COLOR is on your plate?


There is an old saying in English: You are what you eat.  And, as trite as that might sound, I think it’s true.  Especially when it comes to color!

Think back over your last few meals.  What colors did you eat?  White? Brown? Black?  GREEN?  Did you have a variety of color or mostly one?  How did those colors compare or contrast to the meal before?

What does color have to do with anything?

Well, naturally occurring colors in foods are signals to us about their benefits. Each color is created by different phytochemicals or antioxidants that can be very beneficial in the protection of our health, prevention of disease, and reducing damage.  You can read about each color and see a list of fruits and vegetables for each on this page.

Since all the colors (antioxidants) provide different health benefits, it is most beneficial to include a wide variety of color in your diet.  So, try and see how many colors you can eat in one day!  Here’s our salad from yesterday:

Red (tomatoes), Purple (purple cabbage), Green (cucumber), Yellow (yellow pepper), White (garlic), Yellow / brown (chickpeas)

WOW!  Okay, and here was breakfast from the other day:

Purple (purple grapes), Yellow (banana), Brown (peanuts), Red (apple)

Make your plate into a rainbow, reap the health benefits, and give your taste buds a real treat!

Want to find some awesome recipes to help you do so?  Try out Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s book, Color Me Vegan.  In fact, she has some free recipes for you to try out on her website, here.  We’ve tried the Blueberry Buckle, Carmelized Bananas, Beet Burgers, Rainbow Salad, and many more and have absolutely loved them!

What color is your favorite food?  What color is your least favorite food?  

Tuesday Teaser #7: Cornbread


It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time to share another recipe we’ve tried and loved!

If you heat spicy soups this bread is the perfect accompaniment!  Actually, we like to have this bread any time!  I especially like to add the optional whole kernels.  They add such a flare to the texture.

It’s not hard to make this bread and both coarse or fine polenta (cornmeal) will work fine!  Find the recipe here (you’ll have to scroll down – it’s not the first one on the list).  And trust us – this cookbook, The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, is THE best plant-based dessert cookbooks we have ever tried!

It pairs wonderfully with our chili….

Do you like sweet breads?  What’s your favorite flavor?

Alf Hana!!!