The Great Vegan Adventure

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Cookies from Babycakes

I just made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies from the Babycakes cookbook. The entire reason that I bought this book is because Alicia Silverstone recommended this cookbook in her book The Kind Diet. She said that you had to try these cookies and she was right! They are crips on the outside and soft and chewy in the center.

When I first started making them I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. I had to measure out a cup of coconut oil, a real pain so they better be yummy, then I had to melt it. I added the coconut oil to some applesauce, vanilla, salt, and sugar. Then I added the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips. I dropped them onto a baking sheet and baked for 15 minutes.

I was worried about how these would turn out because when I tasted the batter it was kind of gross and grainy. But when they came out of the oven they were delicious! I ate four of them. I couldn’t stop myself! Baby J and B both liked them as well. I plan on making these again.



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Brownies from Babycakes

My husband recently got me the cookbook Babycakes. It is a cookbook that Alicia Silverstone recommend in her book The Kind Diet. I made the gingerbread yesterday and I was not impressed. But today I made the brownies and shut the front door are they good! The are jaw-dropping, plate-licking good. They are rich and fluffy and everything I want in a brownie. You have to try this! I had no idea that gluten free could be so delicious.


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Seva in Ann Arbor, MI

A while back my husband and I went to a great vegetarian restaurant called Seva. It is in Ann Arbor, MI and reasonably close to my favorite place, Whole Foods. I had the Cilantro-Peanut stir fry and my hubby got the pad Thai. Both dishes were extremely delicious and mine was even vegan! I love Ann Arbor because I feel as though I can go there and not be a pariah because I’m vegan. I took pics but I think my hubby exported them off of my phone, so I’m sorry for no snap shots.

We went to this restaurant again with my hubby’s aunt and I got sandwich. I wasn’t very impressed this time:( the next time we go I’ll have to get the stir fry again because that was delicious.

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This is a recipe from the superhero section of The Kind Diet. To me, these are glumkis. They are cabbage leaves stuffed with yummy rice and veggies and they are fantastic. They were a real pain to make, so it will be a while before I make them again, but they were tasty. The leaves kept splitting on me when I tried to peel them off of the head of cabbage. My husband told me, after I was done making them, that if you cut the bottom of the cabbage off, the leaves peel off easy. I will definitely try that next time.



Kind Dinner

I made a dinner that was all recipes from the Kind Diet! I made Sicilian collard greens with pine nuts and raisins, “egg” salad sandwiches, pickles, and chocolate peanut butter cups for dessert. The egg salad reminded of real egg salad, the texture of the tofu was similar to boiled eggs. But maybe that’s because I haven’t had eggs for the past three years. The raisins in the collards gave them a nice sweet flavor. The pickles were a little on the salty side, but still yummy. The peanut butter cups were rich and tasted like a real Reese cup. This was a very satisfying meal.


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Plum Soup

Today I made plum soup from The Kind Diet and it was delicious! Baby J and I went to the farmer’s market this morning to get some kale, but our kale man wasn’t there! But the orchard man was, so I picked up some plums and, Baby J’s request, blueberries. My daughter,A, went to visit Michigan State University with her aunt, so it was just Baby J and me.
When we got back I wanted to make the soup, but my hubby had finished the apple juice, so Baby J and I went to the store on another adventure. We got the juice, came home, and baby J took a nap. But I had time to make plum soup, so stay out of my way!
It’s a very easy recipe. Simmer apple juice and a cinnamon stick, this smells fab by the way. Then you add in the plums, simmer some more, add in brown rice syrup and kuzu, and stir. Done! That was easy.
The taste reminded me of autumn, probably from the cinnamon. It was warm, comforting, and delicious! I really enjoyed this little treat from the superhero section of The Kind Diet and I plan on sharing this with my little man when he wakes up from his nap.


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Arame Turnovers

Hey, gang! I know it has been a while since I last posted and I’m sorry. I started classes to finish my degree in psychology and that and being a mom takes up a lot of time. But, I still found time to make this yummy dish from The Kind Diet.
These are pretty easy to make and they are a great way to sneak sea veggies into your kid’s meals. I left the corn out, because Baby J is allergic to it. The phyllo dough was a little dry, but I got it to roll up fine.

I think that this was a nice superhero side to add to any meal.

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This is a recipe from The Kind Diet.

It was really simple to make. Just a few ingredients in a food processor and puréed until smooth. Then bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

This dessert was okay. The texture was a little weird, but I think that was because I used extra firm tofu instead of firm. I wasn’t in love with this cheesecake, but it satisfied my cheesecake craving.


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Protein-Packed Waffles

This is a recipe from The Kind Mama. It sounds crazy when you first read it, but this recipe is delicious! It’s crazy because you use raw beans that you soak overnight! You dump the beans with four cups of water into a blender and purée it up, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend the concoction until smooth. I thought that it would taste strange, but it was surprisingly yummy. The raw beans give it a nutty texture and flavor. If I hadn’t make these myself I never would have believed that there were beans in them. It makes a lot of waffles, so there’s plenty for leftovers.
I love this recipe and I will definitely make these waffles again.



Radicchio Pizza

This is a recipe from The Kind Diet. I have mixed emotions with this dish. I love pizza, but radicchio is so bitter! I made this once before over a year ago, right after I had my second baby. I had forgotten what a bitter taste it left in your mouth. I don’t think I will make this again, but I might.