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Victoria is an award winning songwriter, performer, band leader and jewelry design artist. Depictions of her handmade jewelry appear @ GoodnessInTheCosmos.etsy.com, in art galleries, magazines and journals. Organic and vegan, Victoria aims to make the world more beautiful and harmonious with her music,spiritual art jewelry and support of organic vegan living. Victoria enjoys all things food related, cooking, growing and of course eating her organic heirloom/rare plants grown from seed in her urban garden. Please like the facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoodnessInTheCosmosShowcase, and visit her webstore GoodnessInTheCosmos.etsy.com and blogs: goodnessinthecosmos.wordpress.com for vegan living, organic gardening, music and jewelry related posts livingintheshadowofthechurch.wordpress.com for ministry related posts. Living in the Shadow of The Church is a blog that Victoria Co-writes with her clergy husband, Timothy. foodforavegan.wordpress.com for inspirational photos of organic vegan food, and sometimes recipes.

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Here is a very generous slice of vegan blueberry cheesecake with blueberry sauce from True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

 

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Organic Vegan White Chocolate Easter Bunnies

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Making organic vegan Easter bunnies

I’ve never attempted this before, but I had this idea to make our own Easter treats this year. They turned out pretty swell, here’s how I did it.

Use a package or organic vegan white chocolate chips, they sorta looked like flat medallions.

Put the whole package in a double boiler, add a dash of organic vanilla extract, stir with a whisk until melted.

Use a heat proof spatula to get the chocolate out and put into bunny molds (the mold needs to sit on a flat tray that will fit in the fridge and freezer).

Put the mold in the fridge until chocolate seems hard. Then put in the freezer for 5 min to make sure the molds pop out perfectly.

Now here is the ‘creative part’: The bunny mold has holes for eyes and a nose, so I gave my young helper some mini chocolate chips and a box of organic sprinkles. I assumed there would be a few sprinkles used for the bunny face parts in the molds. Never assume with kids! Sprinkles were liberally applied to the molds.

Here’s what we got:

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Organic Sprinkle Vegan White Chocolate Bunny candies

 

And they are deelicious, even though they are a bit crunchier than I imagined before this project started

 

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4 Pepper Arrabiata Sauce w/ Olive and Chard, Vegan Sauce

It’s all in the sauce! 4 pepper arrabiata

I learned long ago that sauce and seasoning can make or break a meal. It is the same with vegan eating. If you are having a hard time eating vegan, or healthy in general, I recommend starting with the sauce.  If you have a great sauce, you will never miss eating lower on the food chain.

Here is a variation of marinara sauce (Italian red tomato sauce), made arrabiata with the addition of peppers.

 

This includes:

1 Hot Tomato Pepper

1 California Sweet Yellow Pepper

1  Paparik pepper (which I grew hotter than usual this year)

1 Wenk’s Yellow (grown to orange, very hot!)

Start out w/ your favorite marinara sauce recipe (uncooked), then:

Slice up all the peppers except the Wenks Yellow, leaving out the seeds and rinds, rinse in cool water and toss in the sauce at the start of cooking. Leave the Wenks Yellow whole, and make sure to take out before eating the sauce. No one wants to eat that hotness. If you like it extra hot, poke some holes with a fork in it to let out more heat.

Next: add sliced organic olives, and chopped up chard leaves. (optional)

Cook the sauce.

This will add a nice flavor to the sauce, and it is what I had on hand from the organic garden, so that is what went in it.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Idili Sambar

Idili Sambar

One of my favorite South Indian foods is idili sambar. it is considered to be a ‘complete’ protein of steamed rice and bean buns.

I made this with urad daal (like a split white lentil), basmati rice, both were a new organic brand from India.

First clean everything well, then soak over night. Then clean again and grind the beans and rice up and leave overnight to ‘ferment’.  The next day you will have a nice bubbly batter to use.

You can use the batter to steam the idili, if you don’t have an idili steamer, you can use a steamer with pyrex flat container and cut the idili in cubes, or even muffin tins if you don’t mind aluminum cook wear (I do mind, so don’t do this way). Just make sure you oil the container, which ever one you use. It you are using an idili cooker, then I dip a paper towel in the oil and spread it around.

It will take you a few tries to get it right, but eventually you may become an idili expert.

As for the sambar, it is basically a lentil (red/yellow) soup with veggies in it.  Make it how you want, but we like it spicy. In this version, I have a lot of yellow squash in the garden, so that is what ended up in the stew.

There are lots of recipes online for this.

 

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Quick Vegan Mac n Cheese

Quick vegan mac n cheese

This was super quick:

Make your favorite small shaped pasta (here I have bowtie), then when the pasta is done put in a bowl and top with some shredded vegan cheese. Stir it up until melty.

If your’e vegan cheese is not melting then, put it back in the pot you cooked the pasta in to warm it up a bit more. Fast n easy!

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Vegan Loaded Nachos

Loaded Vegan Nachos

Loaded vegan Nachos!!

I cooked the nachos w/ cheese and soyrizzo,( In the oven at 375 for 15 minutes)  then topped it all with guacamole, olives, tomatoes, sweet peppers, vegan sour cream and salsa.

Vegan guacamole is easy to make. Get an avocado, moosh it up with a fork and stir in seasonings (like lime, cumin, chives, etc. what ever you like).

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