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Oreo Chocolate bark ? Kinda vegan I guess

I can’t get over how yummy this is and EASY. Takes literally 5 minutes, the hardest part is waiting for it to freeze! Especially if you make it thick!!! This is my second time at the recipe and it was just as good.  So easy to customize or double or triple. I used oreos and shredded coconut.  Crushed peppermint like left over candy canes is good too or nuts!  And now my dreams are crushed as I have learned oreos are not vegan friendly….GRRR

 

-1/3 melted coconut oil

-1/3 cup of cocoa powder

-crushed oreos

-1/3 shredded coconut grinder

– pink Himalayan rock salt to taste

Melt the oil and mix in a high speed blender or food processor.(I use my ninja with the food processing attachment)

Line a pan with parchment paper, scoop the gooey mess in, crush your toppings sprinkle your coconut and pop in the freezer! Sprinkle salt to help cut the bitterness !

Wait for it to freeze and enjoy. Best served from the freezer as it tends to melt. A little goes a long way alone. Also great crushed up as a topping on Nice cream or in a granola mix as a special treat. YUM

 

Sweet Treat Vegan Protein Bars


I made this recipe up on the spot, I didn’t measure so I apologize if this recipe doesn’t work for you!  These measurements are a guess! When mixing your wet ingredients with the dry oat mix, if it needs more “wetnesss” splash dairy free milk of choice until you reach a sticky consistency.   Also this recipe is super versatile. Feel free to add or omit almost any ingredient. The is also good with nuts mixed into the dry mix or a paste made for dates instead of a nut butter “glue” !

You will need:

-1 cup of peanut butter or nut butter

-3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil

-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

-2 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup (or both for added sweetness!)

-1 cup of soaked dates

-2 cups of steel cut oats

-1 cup of regular oats

-2-3 scoops of your favorite vegan protein powder (rice, pea,  hemp,rawfusion,iron vegan etc) I used Raw Fusion peanut chocolate fudge

-4 tablespoons of ground flax seed

-3 tablespoons of hemp hearts

-splash of vanilla extract

-1/4 sugar of choice

 

Start with a small sauce pan and heat agave/maple syrup, peanut butter , 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a splash of vanilla. If this seems to be a big ball/hard lump, thin out with dairy free milk of choice.

In a large bowl mix together oats, seeds and protein powder. Stir the peanut butter mixture into the dry mixture. If it needs more “glue” splash dairy free milk of choice.  Feel free to add mix ins such as chopped nuts, seeds or chocolate chips.

In a high speed blender or food processor mix 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and the soaked dates.  Add sugar here if needed. Sometimes the cocoa mixture tastes super bitter.

Line a pan parchment paper and press the sticky oat mixture down flat. Then pour the date chocolate mixture on top. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, sea salt and/or chopped nuts.

Freeze for a few hours and enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What 85 days of Veganism feels like.

85 days ago we decided to stop contributing to the madness.

We decided to fight the mainstream and do what we knew in our souls is best for our health and our family.

We knew it was going to be tough. Mostly coming to terms with the fact that we are now vegan in a meat eating world.  It is hard realizing the truth about our world and society. It can become rather depressing when you realize everything you thought about food and nutrition is a lie.  It can also be hard to deal with the idea that you have personally been conditioned to accept this madness as the norm.

Using animals for anything is WRONG. They are not ours to exploit for taste or tradition or any reason for that matter. They are not for us to use in anyway. We do not need to eat animals to survive. Ask the vegans who live on average 7 years longer than a meat eater!!

These past 85 days have been truly life changing and phenomenal for us both. We have drastically changed our lives. I am so proud of how much healthier we both are living.

Dustin and I used to binge on fast food, dairy, meat, pop and every other unhealthy food imaginable.  Health was never the reason we ate, we ate for fun, for taste, for pleasure.  And in turn that made our unhealthy and sluggish.  When we saw Forks over Knifes and realized our diet and lifestyle was seriously doing us damage we decided to make a change.

We started not buying anymore animal products and used up what we had left or gave it away.  We watched cooking videos and veganism videos to keep us educated and motivated.  We cooked together and looked up vegan versions of our favorite foods.

Going vegan truly brought us closer. It made us both healthy spiritually and physically.  It helped us truly connect to our core values and morals, and living like that has a profound effect on your outlook on life and your place in this web of life.

85 days vegan and I have lost 25 pounds. All I did was cut out all animal products. I still eat vegan junk food and have not exercised much.  Dustin has gained 10 pounds and has gotten much more muscular. We both had very different health goals for ourselves but a vegan diet can  healthfully achieve both muscle gain and fat loss.

85 days vegan and we feel so good! Never looking back. Now to reach our 2017 goals. Personally I want to focus more on wholesome, whole foods and limit my processed food consumption. We also want to help more people go vegan this year and show others that it is not as hard as it may seem!

We hope everyone has an amazing New Year and uses this new year as a motivator for personal change!!!micca-4

 

GIVEAWAY!

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To celebrate the New Year and our new blog we are doing a small give away!

2 people will win a free vegan starter kit!!

Each kit will contain:

Peta starter kit magazine,helpful recipes and vegan alternatives, informative book and movie recommendations, personal 24/7 online support for as long as you want, vegan shopping guide,  tips for transitioning, and one special handmade vegan treat.!!

Currently this is open to Canadian residents only. We hope to do more giveaways in the future and to include everyone from every part of the world.

To enter please send an email to

veganstrengthcanada@gmail.com

and tell us why you are thinking about going vegan  ortrying to transition to a plant based lifestyle!  Is there a reason you want to try to live healthier? Let us know in a quick email why you would like this starter kit!

We will pick 2 lucky winners on Jan.10th.2017!

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

Tofu “Sausage” Stuffed Mushrooms

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Oh my goodness! These were such a happy accident.We adapted a recipe in one of our favorite vegan cookbooks and it turned out amazing.  Don’t be afraid to tweak a recipe if you are missing an ingredient here and there. Trust me sometimes the experimentation is worth it! Here is our recipe down below.Don’t be scared of tofu. I know it can seem scary and weird but trust me with some experimentation and time in the kitchen tofu will be your new bff!  I just realized our second recipe is a smoked tofu recipe again! Sorry guys, guess we are really liking it hahaha

“Sausage” tofu, onion and red pepper stuffed mushrooms

You will need the following ingredients for the tofu:

-1 tbsp of oil or melted vegan butter

-2 tbsp of soy sauce

-1 tbsp of balsamic vinagar

-i package of extra firm smoked tofu

 

and for the mushrooms and stuffing you will need

-2 packs of  fresh cremini mushrooms

-half a large white onion

-2 tbsp of oil or melted vegan butter

-1 red bell pepper

-2 tbsp of minced garlic

-1 tsp of fennel seed , grinded or crushed

-1/2 tsp of dried thyme

-black pepper  and salt to taste

-1/2 water

-1/2 cup of bread crumbs or planko

-1/3 vegan cheese(optional)

How to prepare:

Press.dry and crumble or chop smoked tofu into a bowl with the oil,vinegar and soy sauce.  I allowed mine to sit over night and it turned out awesome, I sure an hour at least would work to. Leave this mixture in the fridge to marinate.

Meanwhile we removed the stems of the mushrooms, set them aside.  Added stems, red pepper and onion into our food processor.  Cook on med heat for about 10 mins in a deep skillet or fry pan. We then added the fennel seed,thyme ,black pepper and garlic. Cooked a few more seconds and then added the tofu chunks and a tablespoon of oil to the pan. If you have left over liquid from the tofu do not add it just strain the tofu chunks out.

Cook the mixture for about 10-15 minutes, until the tofu is cooked. Then add the breadcrumbs cook for about 3 more minutes until browned. Add the water. I mixed this all together until it was a “sticky” mixture. It didn’t fall apart when stuffing the mushrooms. You may need to add more water or use less depending on your consistency..

Pre heat oven to 350 and grease a pan with sides, sprinkle with sea salt we used Himalayan rock salt. Place mushrooms down and over stuff with your mixture. Sprinkle vegan cheese on top if using. Cooking over for 20 minutes or so.  Eat while warm and delicious. These are good heated up later in the toaster oven too..yum!!

 

 

 

Vegan Bacun Pasta Carbonara

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Vegan Bacun Pasta Carbonara

This recipe is so delicious. It is filling, tasty and has that creamy texture you thought you said good bye to when you went vegan! Don’t omit the shittake bacon, it gives it such a yummy flavor.

You will need these ingredients for the pasta and sauce:

1 cup plain milk replacement (soy,almond,etc)

1 package of extra firm smoked tofu

2 cups peeled and sliced zucchini

8 garlic cloves

1 small onion

1 1/2 teaspoons tapioca starch

1 teaspoon sea salt

black pepper

package of pasta of your choice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1/2-3/4 of artificial vegan bacon bits (optional)

fresh parsley(optional)

You will need this ingredients for the shitake bacun:

3 cups of shitake mushrooms

1/8 liquid smoke (optional)

1/4 sea salt

black pepper

2 -3 tablespoons of oil (olive oil is my favorite to use

How to prepare:

To make the shittake mushroom bacun, toss all ingredients(for the bacun!) together in a bowl to coat the mushrooms in the oil and seasoning. Feel free to add more seasoning of your choice to make the shitake bacun unique! Toss on a pan lined with parchment paper and put in a preheated oven at 350°c for 30 mins, flipping every 5 min or so! Keep an eye on them. If they end up cooked before the rest of your food just cover with tinfoil.

Meanwhile cook your pasta according to the package instructions, add salt to the water.

Cook the smoked tofu as instructions state.  It can be deep fried for a extra crunchy taste, But we usually just cook on a pan for a few minutes on each side in some oil. We still haven’t quite mastered the art of the tofu! Also cover with tin foil if you end up cooking this faster than the rest of your stuff.

To make the sauce, slice up the zucchini, garlic and onion. Put on a parchment paper mixed with the oil on a pan and throw in the oven at 400°c.  I have had luck putting the shitake and the veggies in the oven at the same time at around 375°c just make sure you keep an eye on everything. So nothing burns!

Take the veggies out of the oven and toss in your blender. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend and pour into a saucepan. Heat on med to med low heat for about 4 minutes, until thickened.  Toss with cooked noddles and tofu chunks. Stir in artificial bacon bits now if using. Top with the shitake mushroom bacun, parsley if using and pepper to taste! Mabe throw some extra ‘nooch:)

optional

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4  cup hemp hearts

1/4 salt

blend together and use as a sprinkle “cheese” topping full of nutrients 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

First blog post-WELCOME!!

 

HEY THERE!

Oh my goodness! Is someone actually reading this? I doubt it.  But if you are thank you for visiting our little piece of the internet.  We have this website but our main focus will be youtubing our experience! You can find us on youtube under Vegan Strength. The link is here –> VEGAN STRENGTH ON YOUTUBE

We are also on facebook here –> LIKE VEGAN STRENGTH ON FACEBOOK

Instagram too! –> @veganstrengthcanada

  We are a vegan couple from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada.  We decided to start this blog to share all of the information and knowledge we learn throughout our adventures through veganism!   We have 2 children Harlynn(1) and Aubrey(7) and to say the least we live busy lives but we always make time to enjoy delicious, nutritious plant based meals together.

  We hope you enjoy our content! We hope to inspire and show others that going vegan can be not only an easy transition but a fun one too! We aim to prove that going vegan can make families healthier and grow closer together.  We plan to post a lot of videos and recipes to help you make exciting, tasty, plant based dishes your family will enjoy. As well as focusing on fitness exercises and information.

Thanks again and we hope you enjoy this new adventure.

Go Vegan!

For the animals♥

For your health♥

For the planet♥

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