Yummy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


The dough was amazing, even the omni child loved it haha! These are very good. Just do not leave on pan to long afterremoving from oven. They harden quickly. These taste like Pillsbury cookies!

You will need:

-1/2 cup of vegetable shorting or vegan butter (I used shortening)

-1/2  cup packed brown sugar

-3 heaping tablespoons of white sugar

-3 tablespoons of vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

-1 cup of vegan friendly semi sweet chocolate chips

-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

-1-1 1/4 cups of flour

-3 and 1/2 Tablespoon of chickpea brine (juice from the can)

How to prepare:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix butter or shortening  with sugars with electric mixer. Add everything in EXCEPT the flour and chocolate chips.

Mix well then add flour a little at a time. Once mixed fold in chocolate chips. Make small balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 10-13 minutes. Remove and let cool on pan for 1-2 minutes and place in a sealed container . These can harden quickly so keep an eye on them ! ENJOY !!


 

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Meal Ideas: Classic fish and chip with tartar sauce

This is such an easy dinner for a busy family! We use meat alternatives a few times a week when Aubrey is home hoping to help her transition to veganism at our home .  These fishless fillet by Gardin are so good. Not only do they look like traditional fish fillets, but Aubrey(7) approves of the flavor. She thought it was regular fish fillets.


We usually bake the fillets and they are always super crunchy. We are so tempted to try them deep fried next time.  To go with these fishless fillets we made homemade french fries!  We made big,fat fries out of red potatoes. Fried them to perfection in our new deep fryer and salted with a generous amount of sea salt.


I can’t recommend enough how much better making fries at home is. I know deep frying them is unhealthy but it still beats a drive thru fry in my opinion. Of course you can cook frozen fries with this but I highly recommend trying to make your own. Deep fried or baked, Home made fries taste WAY better!!  Dust and I had some balsamic vinegar on our fries for a tangy treat. I love fries and vinegar!!

We used our tartar sauce as dip. Of course it tasted divine on the fish and chips.  If you think you can’t have the meals you used to eat before going vegan you are wrong. I m amazed daily with what we try and how similar it tastes to the cruelty version!  Here is the link to the tartar recipe!   https://veganstrength.health.blog/2017/01/05/best-ever-vegan-tartar-sauce/

 

Hope you guys try these out with your little picky eaters or as a quick dinner when you’re in a pinch!

Best Ever Vegan Tartar Sauce?

 

 I debated calling this the best vegan tartar. Was it the best? It was only my 4th time making it but man it was good. Dustin told me later “It’s safe to call it the best, i tried it again and its so good!” So there you have it, for now this is the yummiest vegan tartar sauce ever.  We serve this with Gardins Fish-less fillets. So good! Taste just like traditional fish and chips but with none of the poor dead fishy!!

You will need :

-1 cup of vegan mayo

-3 tablespoons of sweet relish

-1-2 tablespoons of shredded white onion

-pink Himalayan rock salt )or salt of choice)

-pepper to taste

-2 tablespoons of lemon juice

-seasonings of choice. I recommend garlic powder or onion powder just to taste, but this is optional.

Mic all ingredients together in a bowl.  Set in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight for tastiest results!

YUM!!

 

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!!

 

 

 

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

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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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