Month: January 2011

The Veggie Grill…….vegan casual dinning

Yesterday Chris, Aiden, & I ate lunch at the Veggie Grill in El Segundo. I have eaten at this restaurant before and  I really LOVED it, so I had to let my family give it a try. Chris (who is NOT vegan or vegetarian) really loved his food, He said “The flavors are really great!” My little Aiden absolutely devoured his vegan mac-n-cheese and tofu chocolate pudding. I must say I truly enjoy this restaurant, and not only for the delicious food but it is so reasonably priced! Nothing on the menu is over $10 and that is amazing for vegan cuisine. Last time I dined at Veggie Grill I had the famous Carne Asada sandwich which is by far my favorite item on the menu. The sandwich has grilled veggie-steak, marinated in mexican spices, with southwestern spiced vegan mayo, red onion, lettuce, tomato on a wheat roll, OMG so DELISH!!! This time Chris and I tried the Thai Chickin Salad with”Chickin”, romaine, red & green cabbage, roasted corn salsa, green onion, mandarin oranges, toasted …

Hot Pink Half-ToeSox & Poses For Paws!

I took a Pilates class today and everyone was wearing ToeSox! I want to encourage everyone who takes yoga or pilates to purchase a pair of Hot Pink ToeSox! My dear friend Kathryn Budig co-founded Poses for Paws an organization dedicated to raising money for animal shelters through yoga. Kathryn partnered with ToeSox and with every purchase of Hot Pink ToeSox a donation is made to various animal shelters and organizations. Help support this amazing cause and order a pair of Hot Pink Half-ToeSox today! Take one of Kathryn Budig’s classes at the prestigious Yogaworks in Santa Monica!

Green Beans With Balsamic Reduction

Last night I made green beans with a balsamic reduction. It was so good so I thought I would share the recipe! 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 1/2 tbsp Orange zest 1) Mix the balsamic vinegar and orange juice in a sauce pan. 2) Put on high heat. Stir frequently. 3) Reduce the sauce for about 20 minutes or until the vinegar takes on a syrupy quality. Work the pan every few minutes with a spatula to remove glazed sauce from the sides of the pan. 4) While sauce is reducing steam green beans 5) When green beans are done transfer to a medium bowl, drizzle reduction over green beans & add orange zest 6) Toss and eat!

Vegan Cookbook Recommendations!

I have a lot of friends ask me what vegan cookbooks would I recommend, so here are the books I cook from the most. You have all heard me talk about “The Kind Diet” on my blog. I absolutely LOVE this book by Alicia Silverstone , her website The Kind Life is amazing as well. VEGANOMICON The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is wonderful because there are so many recipes that are EASY and you will make them over and over again. The Conscious cook is just unbelievably DELICIOUS! YES the whole book is DELICIOUS! The Author/Chef  Tal Ronnen is the chef that cooked vegan meals for Oprah Winfrey’s 21 day vegan adventure. He also Catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding!!!!! His book is Vegan “fine dinning” for sure! I am very excited to post pics of some of the meals I make from this cookbook :).  Lastly I suggest a book called Easy Vegan, this book has great salads, dips, and spreads! Great for party’s and small get-togethers. Of course they sell all of these books on …

Crispy Kale Leaves

1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. Tear kale into 3-inch pieces, removing tough stems. Transfer leaves to bowl. 3. Toss kale leaves with olive oil in bowl, until well coated. Spread on baking sheet, and bake 15 minutes. Turn kale with tongs, and bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until edges are browned and leaves are crispy. Sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or cold. I make this dish 3 times a week at least! Instead of a bag chips I eat a bowl of crispy kale. It taste so great and kale is so good for you, especially for all the vegans out there. Dairy products are a great source of calcium, but they’re not the only source. 1 cup of kale has 179mg of calcium and 1 cup of whole milk has 300mg. (I definitely eat 2 cups of kale in one sitting AT LEAST!) 1 cup of kale also has as much vitamin C as an orange. Aside from being rich in calcium and vitamin C, kale is …

KOMBUCHA!

My daily addiction is Raw Kombucha Tea! (My car is filled with these empty glass bottles) I honestly can’t go a day without drinking this tea. It gives me so much energy and I LOVE IT!  Kombucha is an unprocessed tea/elixir that is fermented for 30 days. During this period, essential nutrients form like active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, and antioxidants. My favorite brand is GT’s Kombucha, they offer 100% Organic Raw Kombucha Tea & Synergy Kombucha (which has 95% organic raw tea and 5% real fruit juice). These drinks are only 30 -50 calories per bottle (depending on the flavor) and there are only 2 grams of sugar per bottle. I honestly love all of the flavors but my favorites are the Gingeraide & the Cosmic Cranberry. I highly recommend drinking Kombucha once a day because it is so beneficial to your health. For example the probiotics help ease digestion, purify the system, & boost the immune system. I know they sell these amazing tea’s at Whole Foods & Bristol Farms but check the website to …