Sweet Potato & Black Bean Patties

IMG_4246Yummy! These have a little kick, and you can up that with more peppers if you wish. We had them with diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and vegan mayo. I had one the next day tossed into a salad with salsa and vegan sour cream.

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats
2 1/2 cups baked and mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 onion diced
3 cups cooked black beans
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
1 jalapeno finely diced
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

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Mix all ingredients. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Coat a baking pan or stone with a small amount of oil. Form into balls and lightly press down to make patties on baking pan/stone. Place in oven at 375*  Cook 15-20 minutes until first side browns. Do not flip until one side is browned. Flip carefully and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Vegan Enchilada Casserole

FullSizeRenderIt’s just a few days after Christmas and we are finally running out of leftovers. Tonight we had a guest for dinner, so it was time to do something more than recycle (though I did make a big pan of a non-vegan item yesterday). So, with the knowledge that we had recently had Chinese, “American,” and Italian, but that a guest seemed to call for a little more than nachos, I decided on enchilada casseroles.

As we have a mixed diet family, we actually made two of these. One contained dairy cheese and other non-vegan things. But, the vegan version contained:

Ingredients

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2 cans black beans
1 zucchini – diced finely
1 onion – diced finely
2 cans Rotel tomatoes – pulsed in blender
1 tsp chili powder
1 T cumin
Sea salt
1 pack Daiya shreds

Process

Preheat oven to 375*

Mix black beans, zucchini, onion, chili powder, cumin, and sea salt. Set aside.

Spray the bottom of a casserole dish with non-stick spray. I used a 13X9 pan. Place 1 layer of tortillas in the pan, overlapping to cover the bottom. This took 6 per layer in my pan. Spoon in the bean and veggie filling in a layer to cover the tortillas. Add a healthy sprinkle of Daiya. *Apply another layer of tortillas. Spoon on a thin layer of Rotel sauce. Add another layer of beans and veggie and then soy cheese. Repeat process from * one time. For the final layer, add tortillas, tomato sauce, and Daiya only.

Spray a piece of foil with non-stick spray and cover the casserole. Cook for 30-40 minutes with foil on.

Remove foil and continue cooking until heated through and cheese is basically melted (as melted as Daiya gets) and then remove from oven.

Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with sour cream, hot sauce, and avocado slices.

Shopping for Vegan Yogis on Your List

So, you are shopping for a vegan, or a yogi, or a vegan yogi, and you are at a loss. I’ve got a few ideas that might help. I tried to list things from various price ranges, and only listed things that I personally own. I’ll attempt to pop back in and add more as I think of them. Items that were sent to me to review are so noted, but most of these were purchased at list price.

Yogi Surprise Boxes

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This company sent me their surprise boxes to review and I was impressed with how adorable they are, and what good selections were included. There are two options for the box. One contains more beauty, food, wellness, and yoga items. The other is jewelry. These would be great for someone you had no idea how to pick a gift for, but would likely not be appropriate for the male yogi in your life, as some of the beauty items seem to be slanted to women.

Right now, the Yogi Surprise boxes are 10% off. This makes the lifestyle box $39.46 and the jewelry box $22.49. The plan is monthly, but you can cancel at any time.

My Best Friend is a Bag Lindsey Bag

IMG_4005a IMG_4006a IMG_4011aIn the fall, I realized that I needed a black briefcase that was vegan friendly, laptop compatible, and looked professional. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Of course, I also wanted it to be pretty. After quite a bit of searching, I came across a company called My Best Friend is a Bag. While they are located in Australia, one of their bags, in two colors, is available on Amazon.com. So, I thought I should try it out!

The Lindsay bag is very pretty, easy to use, spacious enough for every day, and feels like a bag that will last. I took the tassel off of mine because the cats kept pulling over the bag and it was a little big for me. Upon first use, the side magnets didn’t want to hold things closed with the pockets full, but as I’ve used it more and the magnet flaps have loosened, it’s all good!

Not only is the bag pretty and functional, the customer service of MBFiaB is wonderful! I contacted the company because I lost the snap on key fob on my first business trip after receipt (I turned it in with my rental car, DOH!), to see if I could purchase another one. While they didn’t have any to sell, the owner assured me that, when they had a bag return, she would have the key fob sent to me for now charge. Sure enough, she did, and I got it just this week. Very nice! I’m thinking I may also need the red one!

Borsa Bella Bags

I have told you about Borsa Bella Bags before, but let me do it again! This company makes the most adorable fabric bags of all sizes and types. I have a particular weakness for the phone bags and the Catch All bags. If you look at the image taken above of the Lindsay bag, you will see a long zip phone bag and a catch all bag tucked inside!

At the moment, there is even a special going on for the Catch All bags. You need to get some for you and your friends and family for makeup, gadgets, and general stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

It can be a little challenging to find vegan lip balm, but Crazy Rumors has you covered, even for funky flavors and tinted balms. They have some fun flavors/scents for the holidays, as well.

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Thug Kitchen

Like food? Like the earth? Like your health? Like funny? Not afraid of a little (or a bunch of) profanity? This might be the cookbook for you!

Thug Kitchen is one of the few cookbooks that have ever made me laugh out loud, and I spent an afternoon following my spouse around the house reading him selections. He was thrilled, or… something. The recipes aren’t all super simple, but they don’t involve particularly weird ingredients and those I have tried have been quite good.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

No,  you can’t buy the farm as a gift, but you could give a donation in someone’s name and help support the really important work that gets done at the farm. From now until the end of the month, all donations are matched dollar for dollar! Just head over to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary website and make a donation. You should also look at all the pictures, while you are there, because pigs!

Queen Helene Bath Salts

Who doesn’t like a nice relaxing bath? Some lavender and patchouli bath salts add to the relaxation potential. These Queen Helene salts are vegan friendly and inexpensive. They would make a very nice little stocking stuffer gift!

Delicious Peanut Butters!!!

Peanut Butter & Company has some really delicious peanut butters that any peanut loving vegan would snarf right up. The Dark Chocolate Dreams version is so crazy good that I may (did) eat it with a spoon right out of the container. Oh my! You can check out all of their options at ilovepeanutbutter.com. Not all of the version are totally vegan (some have honey), so do read ingredients before purchasing.