Posts tagged vegan
Posts tagged vegan
I have been using Natio products for years. Almost everything is vegan (be careful with lipsticks and balms) and I find it suits my skin type perfectly. I have an SPF15+ cream I use on a daily basis and it is so light and refreshing. There is also an SPF30+ which I had a sample of, and if I decide to hit the beach this summer, I will definitely purchase it.
Delicious vegan Italiano dinner tonight. Perfect served with a salad and garlic bread (definitely garlic bread).
You will need:
- 1 onion, diced
- 2tsp garlic, finely diced
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1 cup mushrooms, diced
- 1 big handful of spinach
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup pumpkin, thinly sliced
- 4 - 6 lasange sheets (depending on how many layers you will use)
- salt, pepper and raw sugar, to taste
- Basil and oregano (dried is fine, but fresh is best)
Vegan Bechamel sauce
- 3 tbsp margarine (I use Nuttelex)
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 1 1/2 cups dairy free milk (I used rice milk in this recipe)
- pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg to taste
Fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes, then add the carrot, zucchini and mushrooms and fry for an additional 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, herbs and 1/4 cup of water; simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Stir through the spinach. Leave aside.
Melt the butter in a small pot. Add flour and whisk until combined and thick. Add spices and pepper, followed by your choice of dairy free milk. Continue to whisk until smooth (I used the whole 1.5 cups).
Now layer your lasagne in a lightly greased dish. I did one layer of the filling, 2 sheets, sauce, pumpkin slices, vegetable filling, 2 sheets, sauce, topped with sliced tomato and a sprinkling of herbs. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius. Enjoy!
Product Review - Natio Ageless Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Skin care is something I obsess about. I do everything in my power to make sure my skin looks and feels its best, and it all comes down to what I put in or on my body. I try to do the best I can when it comes to food and drinks, but I do slip up occasionally. However, I am extremely cautious about what I put on my skin.
I have been using Natio products for many, many years, based on the fact the company is Australian owned, animal testing free, 94% of the products are made in Australia, and nearly everything is vegan. Natio products are mostly plant based (some products have a few synthetic ingredients here and there), and are affordable despite being hidden amongst all of the prestigious skin care and make up companies in big retail stores.
I had the pleasure of attending a free workshop last week and met two sales representatives (two of the loveliest ladies I have ever met, by the way) who walked us through the vast range of products, spoke of their benefits, and what skins type they are suitable for. I have always used cleaners and creams containing Rosehip Oil, but I never thought of purchasing the oil on its own.
After a week of using the oil, I can definitely notice many differences; the skin tone on my face is even, clear and smooth (it almost looks ‘glowing’), blemish scars are fading, my nails are looking healthier and stronger around the cuticles, and the list goes on. I find it hard to believe that this product has worked so quickly and so effectively.
Rosehip Oil is excellent to prevent the signs of aging (wrinkles, pigmentation), scarring, burns, dry skin and eczema. It is high in vitamins A and C which help with damaged skin, and very high in fatty acids which help regenerate cell structures and membranes. But despite being an oil, it won’t clog pores and cause further problems with those that suffer from acne and breakouts (I know, too good to be true). Believe me, I have tried my fair share of oils in the past: Bio Oil, Palmer’s etc, all of which make the skin greasy and cause more problems than they fix. Rosehip Oil is easily absorbed by the skin, unlike others, meaning the skin is still able to breathe without the nasty layer of fat covering the skin. It is suitable for all skin types - dry to oily, and can even help with acne prone skin.
You can buy Rosehip Oil from health food shops, and many other cosmetic brands have their own for purchase: but beware of the price. I wouldn’t be paying more than $20 for 15mL, so don’t get ripped off. Some people are put off by the “earthy” smell of the oil, but in my opinion it smells like black tea which is rather pleasant. I have fallen deeply love with this product, and I recommend it to anyone.
Application and tips:
- After cleansing and toning, apply a small drop to your face and gently massage in until absorbed. Follow with your favourite moisturiser
- Massage into finger tips/nails/cuticles, or add 1 drop to warm water and allow your hands/feet to soak
- Can be worn during the day and under make up, but it may affect the longevity the make up.
- Massage 1 - 3 drops onto scars
Purchase Natio Ageless Certified Organic Rosehip Oil here - RRP $19.95
About a month or so ago, I tried Australia’s newest vegan cheese for the first time. It is called Notzarella. And unlike other varieties I have tried in the past, it actually tastes good.
The guy that started it lives a couple of blocks away from me and spent a great deal of time working at Loving Hut. He wanted to create something that melted well (especially for pizzas). This stuff rules, and if you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend it.
It is $9.95 for a 500g block. Once opened, it will last about a week in the refrigerator (you can also chop it in half/quarters, freeze it, and take it out as needed). Mine lasted 7 days. That made 5 pizzas and 3 grilled tomato/cheese sandwiches. Shreds like a dream, so it really is perfect for pizza or nachos, and doesn’t liquefy when it melts.
The recent batches are palm oil free too!
This is a pie I made today. I wanted to make something simple, hearty and fulfilling. I usually make mini versions of this bad boy to take to parties or picnics. I recently bought a massive flan dish, so adjust your quantities accordingly if you want smaller/fewer pies (but why would you wanna do that…)
You will need:
- 1.5 sheets puff pastry (check yo ingredients)
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 chilies or use chili flakes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 2 cans of chick peas
- 1/2 cup peas and/or corn
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
- Big handful or two of spinach
- 1/4 pumpkin, boiled
- 1 sweet potato (or a few potatoes), boiled
Fry your onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the chick peas and all of the vegetables. Continue frying. Add water, chili, curry powder and tomato paste. Simmer for around 10 - 15 minutes. Stir through the spinach. Put that mix aside.
Boil your pumpkin and potatoes of choice. Mash with a little vegan marg; add salt and pepper to taste.
Line your flan/pie dish with pastry. Chuck that in a preheated oven (around 150C) for a few minutes to get a little bit crispy. Add your pie filling, and top with the mash. Bake for an addition 15 - 20 minutes.
This is definitely easing my flu symptoms at the moment.
this is insanely stupid.
Considering that dogs are natural omnivores and have no dietary need for animal based foods, I am inclined to disagree.
and you know how good “NORMAL” dog food is for dogs?
you know that stuff that sits on the shelf for fucking months/years that is made from meat that they deem “not good enough for human consumption” (and trust me, they deem poor meat good enough for human consumption so that’s saying something) ever smelt a can of dog food? it smells like fucking shit and preservatives, packed with disgusting slimy jelly looking gunk.
HOW IS THAT GOOD FOR YOUR PET? so when people try to say that feeding a dog vegan food is ABUSE? or that “they need to eat meat”
no, i can guarantee you vegan pet food is 100000000000000000x better for your dog than that fucking putrid tinned sludge you call “dog food”
if you wouldn’t eat it yourself, don’t feed it to your best friend
Vegan Pet Food = backed. My dog was allergic to anything in ordinary dog food. She was highly sensitive to gluten/preservatives, and was always sick after eating meat. We fed her steamed vegetables and rice every day, and a special allergy free/vegan dried biscuit a few nights of the week, and occasionally as a treat. She was the happiest and healthiest dog while she was around. She absolutely loved carrots more than any human I have ever met. I also have friends that have raised their dogs with vegetables and vegan biscuits, and they have never had problems.
You must remember that non-vegan dog food also supports the meat and dairy industries, so boycott it.
- 2 sliced bananas
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- Optional fruit: a couple of diced apples would be perfect
- 2 bananas, 1 frozen, 1 fresh, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup water
Blend the banana milk ingredients and pour over your porridge ingredients for a delicious, calorie dense kick start for your day.
Standard zucchini pasta/salad, with the addition of chick pea and spinach sausages (which are a special treat for the week)
Monday morning kick start!!
Today’s main meal.
1 medium zucchini, 1 medium cucumber, 2 cups of spinach, 1 1/2 tomatoes, 1/4 avocado, handful of basil and parsley, squeeze of lemon juice.
Ginger and Lemon tea:
2 tablespoons fresh crushed ginger and 1/2 lemon.
Gimme more salad.