Author Archive for tracilyn

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cilantro

It seems that most people have a black and white relationship with cilantro; they either love it, or they hate it. Me? I LOVE IT. I use it in cooking quite often, but the down side is that some of the bunch I buy often goes bad before I have a chance to use it. One easy solution: Cilantro Essential Oil!

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Garlicky Butter Beans with Spinach

This is so easy, I hesitate to call it a recipe. It’s really just dressing up a can of beans for an easy lunch or dinner dish. I made this in about 15 minutes and served it over my Easy Vegan Cornbread. Delish! It would be great with some crusty Italian bread or over biscuits, too.

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Notable Quotable: Lord Byron

Lord Byron on Paganism

Easy Vegan Cornbread

Yes, I am a Southern woman…I have often referred to myself as a reluctant Southern Belle. But every once in a while, my roots simply cannot be denied. I was craving some cornbread a few nights ago, and I must say this is one of the best cornbreads – vegan or not – that I’ve tried. I like mine a little sweet, with a lot of vegan butter. (And when it comes to vegan butter, no one does it better than Miyoko’s – the European Style Cultured Vegan Butter is dynamite!) This recipe was inspired by and mostly based on this recipe on the It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken blog; I just made a couple of small tweaks to suit my tastes.

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Helichrysum

Did you know Helichrysum Essential Oil is often used to prevent signs of aging? It is referred to as “The Everlasting Flower” because of its rejuvenating benefits for the skin and ability to improve the complexion. Its use in herbal health practices dates back to ancient Greece, and Helichrysum Essential Oils is still highly valued and sought after for its benefits. It is a POWERHOUSE, when it comes to its restorative properties to the skin. Read on for three easy ways to use this remarkable oil!

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Buffalo Tofu Bites

This is the perfect snack for football Sundays…it’s super easy, slightly sweet, definitely spicy, and oh-so-tasty. I like to use the firm tofu from Trader Joe’s – you don’t need to drain it, and it’s nice and dense so it holds together well. I always use the whole pack so I’ll have leftovers…but if you are cooking for company or a family, that plan might be moot! (Hint: I use the leftovers on pizza!)

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Hash Brown Bowl with Cheesy Sauce

This is a fantastic weekend brunch dish…not exactly vegan health food – but not the worst for you either! It’s chock full of flavor, thanks to the veggies and the chorizo, and the Nutritional Yeast Cheesy Sauce is the perfect topping. (Please don’t ruin this with ketchup, lol!)

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Goethe On Commitment

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin now.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749 – 1832)

Smoky Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is based on a recipe created by vegan chef Jerri Hastey (Jessica Chastain’s mom). I saw it in a magazine (can’t remember which one), made a couple of tweaks to suit my tastes, and BAM. This is good. Careful – it’s addictive!

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Creamy Avocado Citrus Dressing

This is a lovely, thick, flavorful dressing that doesn’t use much oil. The avocado thickens it while the citrus juices, cilantro, and jalapeno add plenty of flavor. This recipe was inspired by a recipe in the Raw Food, Real World book – with a few minor adjustments!

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