Side Project Saturday : Succulent terrarium

Today I completed a project that I have been wanting to do for sometime, If your like me and use Pinterest daily you have probably seen succulent terrariums.  I was obsessed with these cute little green babys from first sight, so when spring came around in the beautiful city  and all the plants came out I knew I had to get right on it.  I wanted to share it with you all because it was unbelievably easy and super fun. I would highly suggest to try it for anyone wanting to give their green thumb a go.

First: Get your plants ! ( in my case i bought everyone I could get my hands on)

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Second: get some glass bowls that will be your plants new home (Dollar Store)

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Third:  Get your hands on some Cactus Soil, Charcoal, Cactus food, Gravel, Pebbles. That I purchased from Home Hardware here in Toronto and the Gravel and Pebbles from the Dollar Store.

Assemble the terrariums by layering pebbles, charcoal and soil add the pebbles of the top for some contrast for the colour and textures of the succulents and Voilà!

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For me that best part was seeing the final  product I was super impressed with how it turned out. If you looking for a little pop of green in your home or office. Theses would also make a great gift for someone special.

Please comment below what your favourite house plants are 🙂

 

Lets talk about: Protein

This is probably one of the most frequent questions one gets asked as vegan. Where do you get your protein from? Although I kinda giggle when I still get asked, its quite shocking to me that most people are unaware how many forms there are of plant based protein.  Most of them are shockingly in things you already eat. There are also great substitutes such as tofu, tempeh and sietan. Have no fear, SK the vegan is here, I will walk you all the way through the wonderful world of plant power protein. Even if you don’t want to become plant based or vegan, eating more of these planted proteins will certainly bring about some positive outcomes not only for yourself but the plants and the animals as well.

Kale

ALL HAIL KALE ! 

Kale is by far one of my best friends in the kitchen, it is one of the biggest staples in my kitchen and can be used for a number of things.( Including the best ever creamy garlicky kale slaw recipe coming soon). I also use this high protein green in just about anything and everything; pasta, stews, soups, noodles, smoothies and even juices. Not to mention that kale is also highly fibrous and will also give you a very happy and healthy digestive system.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are another huge protein staple in my kitchen, they can be a great meat substitute when you are looking to add some texture to your meals. There are also endless varieties of mushrooms, you are sure to find one that you will like. My favourite mushrooms are Portobello or Oyster and they both have completely different flavours and textures but both are incredibly yummy and packed with protein.

Broccoli

If you had told me that one of my favourite things to eat when I grew up would have been broccoli. I would have not believed it myself, But here I am loving those little green trees. They are so nutritious and delicious. A little sprinkle of salt and steamed up with some garlic and you have yourself a punch of protein that will fuel you through the day.

Tofu

I don’t know why tofu gets such bad wrap, it can actually be amazingly delicious, but it all depends on the seasoning. Like any other food you would typically season then prepare, there are so many cool and interesting ways to flavour tofu and so many different ways to cook it. One thing always remains the same though, tofu is high in protein and an excellent meat replacement for someone who is looking to make the transition into a more plant based lifestyle . If you tried tofu once and didn’t like it, try it again I can promise you there is tofu dish out there that you will love.

Quinoa

If you haven’t heard of Quinoa I’m not sure where you have been.It has been blowing up as one of the best superfoods. It is actually a seed that you can treat like a carb, you can replace for rice or even pasta. It is considered a complete protein meaning that it is filled with all the amnio acids that your body needs to thrive.

I really hope this gives you guys some insight into the fact that not all protein comes from animals or animal products there are such a wide variety of high proteins foods at our finger tips that you have already been eating. Honourable mentions to the other plant proteins not referenced in my post.

Beans, Lentils, Corn, Peas, Spinach, Artichokes,Collard Greens,Zucchinis, Beets, Cauliflower and Buk Choy.

BEST EVER BANANA BREAD

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Banana bread always brings me back to a time when I was young, in the kitchen with my Mom and Aunt helping them bake on a Sunday afternoon. My love for baking started there and now has grown into a passion. There is something extremely comforting in making something with love that fills the people you love, and believe me this Banana bread is it!

Super moist and full of aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg that will be sure to bring you back to the most nostalgic of times.  This recipes is ideal for bananas that are brown and spotty, so no need to throw those babies out.

Its incredibly easy, delicious and best of all I can guarantee that no one will ever miss the egg or diary from the traditional recipe.

Ingredients

4-3                               Bananas ( the spottier the better)

1 1/2 C.                       Flour

1 1/2 tsp                      Baking powder

1/3                               Brown Sugar

Pinch                           Nutmeg

Pinch                           Cinnamon

Pinch                           Salt

3 Tbsp.                        Walnuts

1/4 C.                          Coconut oil

1/2 C.                          Dark Chocolate chips

1. In Large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt and set aside. Pre heat oven to 350 degree.

2.In a separate bowl mash bananas until they make a paste and  then mix in sugar and coconut    oil

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3.   Fold the Banana mixture in with dry ingredients and prepare baking tin

4.   Add walnuts and Chocolate chips and fold into mixture one more time

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5.   Transfer batter into baking tin

6.   Bake for 40 mins

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I Hope you guys enjoy this recipes, please let me know in the comments below if there any recipes that you would like me to vegan-ize !

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Classic Vegan Ratatouille

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Im sure everyone has heard of the heart warming Disney Movie and Culinary masterpiece called Ratatouille.The mixture of vegetables in this dish meld so well together, creating a symphony of the sense from when you are preparing it to when it is finally served on your dinner table. Ratatouille works well as a main or a side and it is amazingly simple to prepare. If you looking to incorporate more veggies into your life, this is the dish for you! Bring it to your next Potluck or family get together and be sure to surprise everyone that it’s completely vegan !

Ingredients

1                   Medium Zucchini

1                   Medium Eggplant

1                   Red Bell Pepper

1                   White Mushrooms

2                   Roma Tomatos

5                   Garlic Cloves

1 Tblsp          Olive Oil

1/2 Cup        Tomato Sauce

1/2 Cup        Daiya Cheese Shreds *Optional 

Start by slicing all vegetables in to 1/4 inch coins, try to make sure all veggies are  in uniform though they don’t have to be perfect you just want them all to cook at the same rate. Mince/ Grate garlic cloves finely.

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Preheat oven to 375 and prepare baking tin. Pour tomato sauce in to the bottom of baking tin to evenly coat it, begin then layering veggies diagonally onto each other creating a pattern. There is no specific pattern you have to do, make it completely your own. Once you have filled your baking tin with all the veg, sprinkle garlic evenly over all the veggies along with Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper to taste. *Optional sprinkle Daiya cheese*

Place in Oven and bake for 25 mins. The aroma of the dish when finished is absolutely outstanding. Set on a cooling rack and let rest for 5 mins then serve.

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I love to have my Ratatouille with some fresh French bread and a balsamic reduction

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe, and please let  me know if you try it!

Cheers

Lets talk about: Perseverance

As you guys know I like to write these post, not only to help you guys reach your goals and ultimately lead happy fulfilling lives but also to help me get those things in turn from doing so.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to help people and animals, when I was young I told everyone I would be a Veterinarian when I grew up. As I got older, my path way to whom I wanted to be got clouded in the mix of Life events and excitement of growing into  a real person. I thought I knew what I wanted from life but when those things fell through I always just shrugged away and set my hopes on something else creating  a cycle of disappointing endeavours. Looking back now, I don’t regret any of those choices I need to make them to get to where I am now. Now I know what I want from life and am grabbing it by the horns and not letting go.

Even If i think I’m not doing well, at least I’m doing something.

Perseverance.

Don’t ever give up on something that you want, despite what anyone says or how impossible  it may seem right now. If you preserve, you will find away. You will never get to where you want to go if you don’t start your journey now and believe me, late is better then never. Take time to reflect on what you want from life, make an action plan and take steps to get there everyday but most of all preserve.

Even when you don’t want too.

Please share some of your own goals and road bumps in the comments.

Cheers !

Sweet and Sticky Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

There is absolutely nothing I love more then the scent of these cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. These are the perfect treat for any celebration or even just to treat yourself( you deserve it). Don’t be intimidated by the process, it is actually super easy and I guarantee it will encourage your love for baking and inspire you to make other  baking recipes you’ve always wants to try out. I used EarthBalance Vegan Buttery Spread for this recipe but you could also use coconut oil or any light tasting oil, You can also get super creative with the icing and even try it with nuts, dried fruits or maybe even chocolate.

Ingredients

3  Cups                   All purpose Flour

1                             Packet of Rapid Active Yeast or 2 tblsp.

1/4 Cup                  Brown Sugar

1 1/2  Cups            Warm Water

2 Tblsp.                  Earth Balance Buttery (melted) Spread sub Vegetable or Coconut Oil

Cinnamon Filling

1 Tblsp.                Cinnamon

1/4 Cup                Sugar

2 Tblsp.                Earth Balance Buttery Spread sub Vegetable or Coconut Oil

In a small bowl add warm water and yeast and set aside for 10 minutes. Add all flour to a large mixing bowl, after the yeast has been activated by the warm water add to mixing bowl along with melted earth balance.

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Stir dough with large wooden spoon until it comes together and then empty out  onto clean work surface and kneed until it becomes a cohesive ball.Lightly grease bowl with Earth Balance or oil and let rise for 40 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

Once dough has risen, flour work surface and roll out dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Its optional that you can cut dough in a rectangle shape before spreading filling out on entire surface leaving a 1 inch lip to seal roll.

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Once you have your Cinnamon roll formed, cut in half and then cut into individual rolls. Place in baking pan, and cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes or until has doubled in size.

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Preheat Oven to  350 F. and bake for 20 mins.

Glaze or Ice your Cinnamon rolls as desired, I did a super simple mixture of icing sugar and almond milk with a little vanilla. Serve hot with Tea or Coffee.

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I hope you guys try these out, they are simply amazing ! Please let me know if you do, happy baking 🙂

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Lets talk about: The Past

For many of us, our past holds the experiences that have shaped us to who are today. Some of the experiences have been great like falling in love, getting a great job and reaching a goal that you have been working really hard towards. In the same way some of those experiences have been bad like being in a toxic relationship with a partner, friends or family, self sabotage or incident that happened to us that was not in our control and not your fault at all. Its important that we use these experiences to make us and not break us, for the person we are trying to be still holds all of these experiences. Learning to use your past to push forward is trick that I have taught myself along my journey on to becoming a happier more self aware person.

The first step is reflecting on your experiences recognizing our behaviour in situations means you are taking responsibility for the direction that your actions have taken you. Reflect on what could have been done if you able to do it again? Would you put yourself in the same position you are currently in? Would you have made some of those same choices? You cannot change the past, but you can choose the way to react to situations in the future and allow yourself to make better decisions that will benefit you and the person you want to become. 

Its also really important to forgive yourself, often we are our own biggest critics. Do not beat yourself up over the past, especially if you have experienced abuse in any form.It is not your fault and never was ! People often think when they were wronged in a situation, what they could have done differently. Forgiving yourself will render these incidents and they will no longer hold power over you anymore. Please do not torment yourself over things you could not control!!

Lastly letting go, the past is in the past and that exactly where it should stay. Once you have reflected and learned from your past its important to let it go. It has served its purpose. Seek to make your future better powering yourself to move forward a  to become more self aware person. Be optimistic  about your future, life is too short to dwell upon all that is wrong. You can become the person you have always wanted to be, work hard, set goals, let your past push you forward and don’t give up !