Look away if this will cause you to bake (or prep) up a storm and pig out! But to find the recipes if you dare, just tap “Click Here” under photos.
I’ve always been a bakery junkie; the smells alone that waft from those happy houses of sweet and rich are so very intoxicating, drawing one in like a bee to nectar, but much worse of course, as nectar is good for bees.
Those people who whip up these delectable, ultra-rich baked goods and desserts are like the Devil in Fairy Godmother finery to me. They’re like drug pushers. But since I went strictly vegan back in early 2009 I’ve managed to curb my luscious-sweets addiction with a healthy big bowl of mostly molasses sweetened cereal every morning.
Still, I can’t have the sorts of things in this recipe collection around and be alone with them. They whisper (or scream) my name relentlessly until I give in and start in on “just one dainty serving, like a normal person.” Then all bets are off…the whole bunch of it is going down the hatch, but slowly, as I’m a slow eater, always the last to finish a meal in any group. No eating-contest style wolfing for me. Anyhow, I must say a resounding NO to these luscious sweet concoctions, and can only dream, since all that sugar really wreaks havoc on our health.
I do envy those smuggies who can have a dainty slice of cake and then push the plate away and be done, really done. Me? Never. Unless there’s no more to be found. As long as it’s not on my radar and reachable, it’s safe. Sigh.
So on with those vegan desserts (or main dishes as with the pancakes), in random order…mmmmmmm!
Crispy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from thevegan8.com Click Here
A lot of people have problem skin; either dry and flaky, inflamed and rash-prone, too oily, acne-prone, etc. Mainly in my twenties, while eating a “normal” diet largely made up of animal products, I had frequent bouts of cystic acne on my back of neck and back, sometimes on my face…it was pretty gross and embarrassing and I thought I’d never be rid of those nasty painful bumps. But eventually it all cleared up and now I only very occasionally get a pimple which goes away pretty quickly.
It’s my belief that pimples, etc., are the body’s way of ridding itself of toxins using the skin to expel them, but what do I know? There are all sorts of theories and advice regarding skin issues. One thing’s true though, I believe, and that’s that eating right and taking proper care of yourself can give you healthy, smooth skin. So below are ten foods that are great for your skin, which should go a long way towards solving any nasty skin issues.
Firstly, for a head start, avoid excess sugar, alcohol, and junk foods (like deep fried and loaded with salt). Drink plenty of water, and lead a healthy lifestyle; plenty of exercise, good sleep habits, gentle but thorough cleansing methods, etc.. Never leave makeup on overnight while sleeping, and use makeup sparingly, preferring the more natural products.
10 Skin-Healthy Foods (in random order)
For omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, selenium, protein, zinc, etc. Vitamin E and selenium are antioxidants, and omega-3 fats reduce inflammation in the body, leading to healthier skin. Other omega-3 vegan foods are: flaxseed meal, chia seeds, Brussels sprouts, and hemp seeds, among others.
For healthy, unsaturated fat which promotes healthy, supple, smooth skin. Avocados are a good source of vitamin E which is an important antioxidant that helps protect your skin from damage. Vitamin E is said to be more effective when combined with vitamin C, so a green salad including avocados and red bell peppers, etc., is always a great idea.
A great source of skin-healthy vitamin C, tomatoes also contain all of the main carotenoids including lycopene, which all protect the skin against sun damage, thus preventing wrinkles. Since the carotenoids are fat soluble, it’s best to eat them with a good fat like that from avocados, etc.
4. Organic Soy Foods
Organic, because conventional soy foods are heavily genetically modified. Soy foods like tofu, soy milk and tempeh contain isoflavones which either mimic or block estrogen in the human body, and are said to benefit the skin. A small study of women showed that their wrinkles and skin elasticity improved after eating soy isoflavones for 2–3 months. After menopause, soy can improve skin moisture and increase collagen. Soy isoflavones are also said to protect the skin from UV damage and skin cancers.
5. Organic Strawberries
For vitamin C and other nutrients, organic strawberries are especially good. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can prevent wrinkles by promoting elasticity. Other foods rich in vitamin C and other skin-healthy nutrients are oranges, kiwi, other berries, etc. Organic strawberries are much preferred over conventional due to strawberries being so absorbent, meaning they absorb and hold pesticides and other undesirable substances used in conventional farming.
6. Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
For vitamin E, selenium, zinc and protein, all vital for healthy skin and good health in general. Preferably raw, but for better taste, lightly toasted is okay, just not as perfect as raw. All nuts and seeds are also good for the skin, but it’s good to put a limit on them as they’re quite high in calories.
Chock full of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamins A and C, lutein, vitamin K, and sulforaphane. Vitamins A and C are covered elsewhere here, while lutein is a carotenoid similar to beta-carotene which protects your skin from oxidation. Sulforaphane is said to have anti-cancer effects, including some types of skin cancer, and to protect against sun damage and maintain your skin’s collagen levels.
8. Sweet Potatoes
For beta-carotene which functions as provitamin A, which is converted into vitamin A in a normal, healthy body. Sweet potatoes are the richest vegetable source of beta-carotene. Carotenoids keep the skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock, preventing sunburn and cell death which lead to dry, wrinkled skin.
9. Organic Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
A great source of beta-carotene/vitamin A, bell peppers also are a good source of vitamin C which is necessary for creating collagen which is a firming and strengthening protein for the skin. It’s best to get only organic bell peppers, as these, like strawberries, are on the “dirty dozen” list for containing the most unwanted substances when conventionally farmed.
10. Dark Chocolate
Yes, chocolate, but only dark (dairy free) chocolate and only in moderation, since it’s high in sugar and calories. (Sugar is one substance that is unhealthy for the skin if overly indulged in.) Cocoa powder, of course, is sugar free and much healthier than sweetened chocolate bars. In a study of cocoa powder, after 6–12 weeks of consuming it, participants had “thicker,” moister skin, also less inflamed. In another study, dark chocolate was shown to protect against sun damage.
So there they are (among others of course), so enjoy skin-healthy foods regularly in your animal-free diet! After all, skin-healthy almost always translates to healthy overall.
They contained bits of chicken carcasses and some sort of dairy-based gravy in the days when I and my family knew no better, but I so loved the savory flavors and crispy/creamy textures of those delectable single-serve golden pies. Would watch The Outer Limits or The Wizard of Oz or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on a Sunday evening in the winter, horrified that I had to go to school the next morning, but oh so comforted for my last hours of weekend freedom by a hot, delicious pot pie for dinner. And yes they were the cheap frozen ones that you baked, but the only thing I hated about them was getting to the last bite. I was easy to please, even loved TV dinners and school cafeteria food, so you know what sort of kid I was, ha.
Well, these days, thankfully, we vegans have a couple of frozen pot pies available out there (in the US anyways): Amy’s Non-Dairy Organic Vegetable Pot Pie and Alpha Foods Chik’n Veggie Pot Pie (among other varieties from them), if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you that carries them. Even Target has the Amy’s pies, so that one’s easy. Walmart is said to carry Alpha Foods, but apparently not in my area.
But, homemade will always be better…
So below are 10 of my fantasy favorites in a sort of order of what I might like best, #1 tops, but they all look great to me; I’d eat them all in any order. I’m too lazy to make them though, so will have to settle for Amy’s which isn’t all that exciting, but still okay when you really, really need a veggie pot pie. But for you from-scratch cooks out there, here are some great looking recipes to try out, just click on the links…