Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegan Mac & Cheese is so often a disappointment either the color is right and the taste is wrong, or taste is right and texture is way off, and vegan cheese alone is often just not quite right.  What we crave, especially if we weren’t always vegan, is the ooey-gooey , stretchy, tangy macaroni and cheese of our childhood. A feel good, comfort food that’s filling and fulfilling. Here I believe that I have mastered just that. Please let me know what you think!!!

No-Cheese, Cheese Sauce:
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
1 tbsp Tahini
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
1 and 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup Daiya shredded mozzarella cheese (vegan)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
1 tsp Paprika
salt  and ground pepper to taste

1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic- minced
1 cup white cap mushrooms

Dice the onion and red bell pepper and combine with the nutritional yeast, milk, dry seasonings, tahini, and vinegar in a blender until smooth. Set to the side and begin boiling the pasta. I used 4 cups of macaroni. Be sure to drain and run under cool water so that it doesn’t clump together.

While the pasta is preparing, heat a skillet to medium high with the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and cook for approximately 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Don’t let it burn!!. Add the mushrooms and saute until soft. Turn down the heat to medium and add the no-cheese sauce, stirring to prevent any burning. Add the cup of shredded vegan cheese and continue to stir until fully combined.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve!

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Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

sweet potato & peanut butter dog biscuits

These sweet potatoes and peanut butter dog biscuits are Sophie’s absolute favorite. So much so that she goes into a wiggly fit at the sight of me forming them with our bone cookie cutter. Most dog cookies use some combination of peanut butter and flour, but I wanted mine to be extra tasty. Not that I’ve actually tasted them— though they are edible. Thus the addition of sweet potato and beef flavor make this the ULTIMATE treat for a really good boy (or girl).

Ingredients:

1 baked sweet potato

2 cups of wheat flour

1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in 1/2 cup of warm water

1 tbsp peanut butter

 1 egg

I mix all of the ingredients together by hand (messy but effective) and roll it out so that it is even and smooth. Then cut and place them on a greased cookie sheet to bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Simple, easy, tasty. (I assume– though safe for human consumption)

dog laying patiently on a wood floor staring at a bone shaped sweet potato and peanut butter dog biscuit
She’s trying so hard to pose for momma but that biscuit looks SO GOOD!!

Looking for more dog recipes, ideas for training, or curious about the life of Sophie and her crazy, little sister Katniss? Check out our furry coworker’s main page.

Other great recipes to consider:

Frosty Breath Dog Treats by Munchkins & Military

Slow Cooker Dog Food By Dogs Are My Universe

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Potato Farl with Hot Sausage and Eggs

An ode to my Irish heritage…


I think of it as the fufu of Europe. Filling and perfect for soppin’ up a delicious sauce.

 

In keeping with my 2017 goal of reconnecting to my heritage (on both sides), I dedicate this dish to (Great)Grandma LaVeta “Veta” Fry. While I just recently learned of our extensive Irish roots, I have always felt a warm connection to Grandma Fry. Memories of her blue eye shadow and perfectly coiffed red hair. (It had to be done EVERY week) Her pulling up to pick me up from Kindergarten in her rain bonnet with lipstick poppin. Her style and grace would surely put the cast of Mad Men to shame.

Growing up as a mixed race, black girl in the heart of the KKK bread basket (cough cough… Indiana), a few folks on this side of the family tree were… well… generally opposed to my existence. Thankfully, their cold disposition and ignorance was outwitted and out loved by her warmth, joy, and sass. Living proof that doing what is right eclipses the demands of doing what society expects. She loved my siblings, both of my mothers, and I relentlessly, and that barely touches the love she had for my father’s family. While the way she treated us in itself deserves no special recognition, that’s just common decency, her refusal to go with the prevailing social dialogue at the time and her willingness to be an ally amongst blood relatives who vehemently disagreed, is more than honorable. Were she alive now, I have no doubt that she would be actively working to move from “ally” status to that of an “accomplice” in the fight for racial justice.

In the past few years, I’ve reconnected and connected for the first time with many on this side of the family and have been overjoyed by the wealth of information regarding our Irish lineage, compiled by my Great Aunt. I hope to visit Ireland one day to really connect to our family history and in reverence say “I love you” to my favorite redheaded matriarch.

Hot sausage, farl, and runny egg. Just perfect.
Irish Potato Farl 
Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp butter
1 cup shredded potatoes
2 tbsp milk (approximate amount)
1/2 cup of scallions (white part)

Serve with:
​2 eggs lightly poached
3-4 links of hot sausage

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Who wouldn’t love this little derp??

Directions:

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, rubbing in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add in the scallions, shredded potato and enough milk to make it a soft but not loose dough. Roll out onto a floured board into a round approx ½ inch thick.
  3. Score it with a knife into quarters but don’t cut it all the way through.
  4. Place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven at 200F for 15-20 minutes

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 Rubbing the butter into the batter by hand

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Mixing in the  shredded potato, scallions, and seasonings

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Adventures in ADH….Ooo a new FB post!– D

Adventures in ADHD

Eclectic Thought Catalog a blog focusing on flexitarian diets and lifestyle powered by ADHD, began with a love of food but it also as a love for self, without boundaries. An appreciation for the gifts that a life without barriers can provide.

“It is growing up different. It is extreme hypersensitivity. It is a bottomless pit of feeling you’re failing, but three days later, you feel you can do anything, only to end the week where you began. It is not learning from your mistakes.  It is a hyper focus, so intense about what bothers you, that you can’t pay attention to anything else, for very long.. It wears you out. It wears everyone out. It makes you question God’s plan. You misinterpret everything, and you allow your creative mind to fill the gaps with the same old chains that bind you. It is a never-ending routine of forgetting things.It is devotion to the gifts and talents you have been given, that provide temporary relief. It is a drive that has no end, and without “focus” it takes you nowhere. It is the deepest anger when someone you love hurts you, and the greatest love when they don’t. It is beauty when it has purpose. It is agony when it doesn’t. It is called Attention Deficit Disorder.”Shannon L. Alder

^ That right there.

That is the absolutely best way of describing the manic collection of beautiful and worrisome thoughts that flail out like butterflies and rarely return to the nest. Constantly caught between what if, I’ll be happy when, wait why am I here, and where’d I put that? Its the constant frustration of missing human interaction because you’re too busy camping out in your own head, but also the joy and comfort of the introversion. People are draining. The never ending abyss of creative thought, random inquiries, and anxious hypotheticals.

Part of the reason why I began this site. There’s just too much in my brain to leave it there. I have to have an outlet for the madness and my musings don’t always fit neatly into perfect little categories. Like how can you just write about society or cooking, crafts or comic book characters, pumpernickel or cat pics? I think about it all. Usually at inconvenient times when I should be listening to what my fiancé just said. Sorry what?

I wonder if I’ll end up like Linda from Bob’s Burgers, singing everything that happens around me? Who knows? But the joy is the experience and acceptance of the unique journey we’re all given.

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16+ Essential Egg Cup Recipes

My Ultimate Egg Cup Recipe Planner. Mix and match for up to 479,001,600 possible combos…WHEW!

Egg cups are all the rage for fitness and healthy living meal prep…

Easy to cook, easy to pack, and easy on the diet resolutions. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many metabolic reasons but also for behavioral reasons as well. The right or wrong breakfast can make of break you day and in turn make or break your resolve to stick to your goals. Keeping breakfast prep simple, tasty, and diverse prevents the 2-3 week goal slump that sends us back into our old ways.

Whether your resolution was to lower your cholesterol, eat less/no animal products, lose weight with a Ketogenic diet, or reset your health with Whole 30 the chart below can help you to plan a months of quick, delicious egg cup recipes for you and the family. A toast to making resolutions into healthy, lifelong habits… Enjoy my loves!

Looking for a healthy, hearty breakfast for a relaxing weekend? Or a large make ahead breakfast dish that you can snack on all week? Check out my Perfect Summer Vegetable Quiche. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s great year round!

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