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Blue Hubbard Squash Bisque

I can’t remember the last time I made soup!  It’s been unseaonably warm here, but finally day time temps have dropped into the crisp 70s, & evenings are getting chilly. I was even a bit cold in my bed last night. Is it time for a warmer blanket? Or perhaps hitting the pillow with a full belly of warm & satisfying soup? Mmmmm….

Want the recipe? It’s over at Vegenista’s Kitchen ~ http://vegenistaskitchen.com/blue-hubbard-squash-bisque/

Enjoy!

Help Kickstart the “HEMPEH” Revolution!

Have you heard about "HEMPEH" yet? I sure hadn’t. But the sweet folks at Smiling Hara Tempeh contacted me today & asked that I spread the word about their exciting kickstarter campaign. So I checked it out, & this stuff sounds awesome!

Soy-free tempeh does not exist on the national market, & this company will be first ever to offer a highly digestible soy-free protein alternative called “HEMPEH!” Hempeh is soy/gluten-free tempeh fortified with hemp seed for optimal health benefits, paired with organic legumes. They just launched a Kickstarter  to bring two types of Hempeh to the marketplace— "Black Bean Hempeh" & "Yellow Split Pea Hempeh" — & so far it’s going strong!

In addition to being good for you, Hempeh supports a good cause. The beans and hemp in Hempeh are from Growing Warriors Project, a healing farm in Kentucky that teaches war veterans how to farm & feed their families & local communities. 

So watch the video, visit their kickstarter page, make a donation & score some fabulous goods, & help spread the word on facebook by sharing their virtual “event.”

Tempeh is my personal favorite veggie protein, & I am a big supporter of the magical powers of hemp. I cannot wait to give Hempeh a try for myself. 

Yay!

San Diego Walk for Farm Animals!
Hey compassionate friends! If you are a San Diegan, you may or may not know that the "2014 San Diego Walk for Farm Animals" benefitting Farm Sanctuary is quickly upon us!
Once again, the awesome gals from the San Diego Vegan Ladies Cooking Club have formed a “team” & this year I am the captain! We’ve had several successful events to boost our fundraising power - yoga, movie nights, a pop-up brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen, & a wildly successful fundraiser hosted by Vegan Spin at Modern Times Beer. 
We have EXCEEDED our goal, but are still collecting donations & would love your support! Here is a little more about our team & why we are walking: 


Who We Are: 
What can we say, we love to eat! We love to eat food that we can feel good about. Food that makes our bodies feel good, and food that makes our conscience feel good. The San Diego Ladies Cooking Club was formed to bring together a community of women who share a commitment to kindness in the kitchen and beyond, as well as a commitment to learning, sharing, and evolving as human beings. Our interest and love for a healthy and compassionate vegan diet has brought us together for potlucks, picnics, happy hours, workshops, festivals, cooking classes, and most importantly, farm animals! We are honored to have the opportunity walk with Farm Sanctuary and to be a voice for farm animals everywhere!  
Why We Walk:
For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has relied on the Walk for Farm Animals to support its life-saving mission to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassion.
We are walking with Farm Sanctuary to give animals a voice and to challenge the cruel practices of the factory farming industry. Please support our participation in the Walk for Farm Animals by making a donation today!
For more information about Farm Sanctuary, please visit their web site: www.farmsanctuary.org. 
Thank you for helping us protect animals and reach our fundraising goal! We love you!

If you would like to support us, you can make a general donation to our team here. And if you are local & want to walk with us, we would love to have you (men, kids, dogs…all are welcome!). You can join our team here! 
Please consider supporting us! Every little bit helps, in fact here’s how: 

$10 feeds three chickens for one month
$15 provides lifesaving antibiotics for one sheep
$30 feeds one pig for one month
$50 provides clean bedding for two cows for one month

Thanks so much for your support! For more info about the walk & when it is coming to your city, click here! 

San Diego Walk for Farm Animals!

Hey compassionate friends! If you are a San Diegan, you may or may not know that the "2014 San Diego Walk for Farm Animals" benefitting Farm Sanctuary is quickly upon us!

Once again, the awesome gals from the San Diego Vegan Ladies Cooking Club have formed a “team” & this year I am the captain! We’ve had several successful events to boost our fundraising power - yoga, movie nights, a pop-up brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen, & a wildly successful fundraiser hosted by Vegan Spin at Modern Times Beer

We have EXCEEDED our goal, but are still collecting donations & would love your support! Here is a little more about our team & why we are walking: 

Who We Are: 

What can we say, we love to eat! We love to eat food that we can feel good about. Food that makes our bodies feel good, and food that makes our conscience feel good. The San Diego Ladies Cooking Club was formed to bring together a community of women who share a commitment to kindness in the kitchen and beyond, as well as a commitment to learning, sharing, and evolving as human beings. Our interest and love for a healthy and compassionate vegan diet has brought us together for potlucks, picnics, happy hours, workshops, festivals, cooking classes, and most importantly, farm animals! We are honored to have the opportunity walk with Farm Sanctuary and to be a voice for farm animals everywhere!  

Why We Walk:

For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has relied on the Walk for Farm Animals to support its life-saving mission to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassion.

We are walking with Farm Sanctuary to give animals a voice and to challenge the cruel practices of the factory farming industry. Please support our participation in the Walk for Farm Animals by making a donation today!

For more information about Farm Sanctuary, please visit their web site: www.farmsanctuary.org

Thank you for helping us protect animals and reach our fundraising goal! We love you!

If you would like to support us, you can make a general donation to our team here. And if you are local & want to walk with us, we would love to have you (men, kids, dogs…all are welcome!). You can join our team here! 

Please consider supporting us! Every little bit helps, in fact here’s how: 

  • $10 feeds three chickens for one month
  • $15 provides lifesaving antibiotics for one sheep
  • $30 feeds one pig for one month
  • $50 provides clean bedding for two cows for one month

Thanks so much for your support! For more info about the walk & when it is coming to your city, click here

Roasted “Beets & Sweets” Baby Kale Salad

Finally! With each passing day it is starting to feel a little more like fall is actually trying to arrive. Here in So. Cal we are becoming more used to our extended summers, October heat waves, & dry conditions. But eventually the air starts to invite that refreshing seasonal crispness to join in. Maybe we’ll see a sprinkle here & there, or at least some clouds & drizzle. We hope, anyway!

Today is cool & cloudy & I love it. Our season’s slow emergence is the perfect time for a transitional salad, one that combines late summer & early fall veggies, warm spices, & hearty greens. For this salad, I used up what was left of my CSA box, & treasures from my favorite local market, Stehly Farms. I roasted some beets, sweet potatoes (hence, beets & sweets!) & zucchini tossed in ghee & spices. Once the veggies were slightly cool, I serve over hearty baby kale, with a savory goddess dressing & a sprinkle of dried berries. Yum! It was perfect for this welcome gloomy day. And I think it might even be a boot & sweater kind of weather! Yay. Welcome, autumn, it’s about darn time!

Get the recipe here: http://vegenistaskitchen.com/roasted-beets-sweets-baby-kale-salad/

Enjoy!


Field Roast introduces…VEGAN CHEESE SLICES! 

Yep, that’s right! Field Roast has introduced a new line of vegan cheese, Chao Slices! Creamy Original? Coconut Herb? Tomato Cayenne? Need now please! 

via vegansaurus: 

We have yet to get our hands on some, but it should be in stores soon. And we’re thrilled that they’re now officially a “vegan meat & cheese” brand! Because YOU KNOW their veg sausages are FANTASMIC. 

Fantasmic, indeed! This is such an exciting time for vegan cheese!!! YipEeeeeeeee! Gimmee, Gimmee!

I Love Vegan’s Autumn Giveaway! 
Wow! This is awesome. I hope I win! Only a few hours left to enter! Do it!!

garden-of-vegan:
I’m so excited about this giveaway! I’ve been keeping an eye out for fall-themed vegan goodies & handpicking our favourites just for this giveaway. I think you are going to LOVE these prizes!
If you’re as excited about these prizes as I am, please consider sharing this post with your friends & followers!
Handpicked Prizes
Fall In Love: Caramel Apple flavoured ground coffeeThe zing of a crisp, red apple drizzled in sweet caramel all in your coffee cup!
Kromland Farm organic Rooibos teaA naturally sweet & tasty tea that’s less bitter than black tea. It contains no caffeine, colorants or preservatives.
Sugarbush Farms Spiced Pumpkin candle A candle that embodies fall with it’s rich scent and autumn-inspired colours. Infused with maple syrup!
Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters – Raisin Almond Coconut Crunch flavour Gluten-free granola full of toasted oat clusters, whole almonds & plump raisins. I LOVE this granola, it’s lightly spiced & sweetened to perfection.
Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes by Debbie Adler The desserts in this book are absolutely mouthwatering! All of the recipes are totally allergy-free so you can feel free to share your baking creations!
Theo Organic Fair Trade Salted Almond Dark Chocolate I cannot wait to try this bar! The packaging really caught my eye – those salted almonds look amazing!
Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan One of my favourite vegan chocolate bars!!
Coffee PressTo enjoy hot drinks (and caramel apple coffee) all season long
I’ve enjoyed planning a giveaway around a theme so much that I’m going to do one for every season! You can look out for our holiday inspired giveaway in early December!
4 Ways to Enter
You can get up to 4 entries by Liking us on Facebook and Following us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Follow this link and Enter to Win via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post! Thank you for entering and good luck!
Additional Guidelines
Giveaway ends October 10th at 11:59PM EST.
Giveaway is open to residents of USA & Canada. Must be 18 or older.
Read all of the rules and get more info by visiting the post.
Enter Here →
Disclaimer: This giveaway has not been sponsored. Tumblr has not endorsed or sponsored this giveaway.
5 hours left!! Make sure to enter ASAP!

I Love Vegan’s Autumn Giveaway! 

Wow! This is awesome. I hope I win! Only a few hours left to enter! Do it!!

garden-of-vegan:

I’m so excited about this giveaway! I’ve been keeping an eye out for fall-themed vegan goodies & handpicking our favourites just for this giveaway. I think you are going to LOVE these prizes!

If you’re as excited about these prizes as I am, please consider sharing this post with your friends & followers!

Handpicked Prizes

Fall In Love: Caramel Apple flavoured ground coffee
The zing of a crisp, red apple drizzled in sweet caramel all in your coffee cup!

Kromland Farm organic Rooibos tea
A naturally sweet & tasty tea that’s less bitter than black tea. It contains no caffeine, colorants or preservatives.

Sugarbush Farms Spiced Pumpkin candle
A candle that embodies fall with it’s rich scent and autumn-inspired colours. Infused with maple syrup!

Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters – Raisin Almond Coconut Crunch flavour
Gluten-free granola full of toasted oat clusters, whole almonds & plump raisins. I LOVE this granola, it’s lightly spiced & sweetened to perfection.

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes by Debbie Adler
The desserts in this book are absolutely mouthwatering! All of the recipes are totally allergy-free so you can feel free to share your baking creations!

Theo Organic Fair Trade Salted Almond Dark Chocolate
I cannot wait to try this bar! The packaging really caught my eye – those salted almonds look amazing!

Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan
One of my favourite vegan chocolate bars!!

Coffee Press
To enjoy hot drinks (and caramel apple coffee) all season long

I’ve enjoyed planning a giveaway around a theme so much that I’m going to do one for every season! You can look out for our holiday inspired giveaway in early December!

4 Ways to Enter

You can get up to 4 entries by Liking us on Facebook and Following us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Follow this link and Enter to Win via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post! Thank you for entering and good luck!

Additional Guidelines

Giveaway ends October 10th at 11:59PM EST.

Giveaway is open to residents of USA & Canada. Must be 18 or older.

Read all of the rules and get more info by visiting the post.

Enter Here →

Disclaimer: This giveaway has not been sponsored. Tumblr has not endorsed or sponsored this giveaway.

5 hours left!! Make sure to enter ASAP!

(via garden-of-vegan)

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Surprise!

Ohhhh, it’s finally starting to feel like fall around here, & I’ve been craving oatmeal. It is a very “healing & grounding” dish for me & I need a lot of that these days. I just returned from a yoga retreat at the Zen Mountain Center where the monks prepared 3 beautiful meals for us each day. Breakfast was always oatmeal or amaranth, fruit, & yogurt. At the end of the spread was a large bowl of peanut butter & you know I smothered my bowl with it! Since returning home I’ve been making a simple version with cooked apples & blueberries, & a swirl of raw almond butter, but it was time to get inspired & change it up.

It’s a pumpkin palooza everywhere I look – from blogs, to the markets, & door steps in my neighborhood – & I don’t mind playing along!I had some leftover pumpkin puree & decided to add it to my morning oatmeal along with seasonal spices, walnuts, chopped apples & a dried berry blend. But it needed just a little more of something special…

A few months ago, the kind folks at Soom Foods reached out & asked if I would like to try their chocolate sesame butter. Would I ever! They sent me a generous jar that I secretly stashed away, waiting for the right moment to open it. Over the summer I’d planned to make a chocolate banana soft serve, but that didn’t happen. I suppose it still could! To be honest, I’ve been afraid to open it because I knew it would be amazing & I would find every excuse to dip a spoon in the jar & eat the whole thing in a matter of days. So I’ve been saving it. But as I was about to dive in to my breakfast I realized it was missing something! So I opened the jar put a healthy dollop right on top! 

Oh my heavens. This rich & chocolatey addition to my pumpkin spice oatmeal was out of this world. I am in trouble now, but at least I am not eating it straight off the spoon. YET. Of course, the nut butter is optional, but highly encouraged, especially if you can get your hands on the chocolate stuff! On it’s own the oatmeal is rich & creamy, with a hint of pumpkin & warming spices. Oh, fall, I am so ready for you…

Get the full recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen. Enjoy!

Ooooh, & the choco-sesame butter is amazing on crisp fall apples! I may or may not be trying to develop a Chocolate Tahini Cookie recipe too! Stay tuned!

Pumpkin fever! I love the flavors of fall & I’ve been craving oatmeal after last weekend at the Zen Mountain Center. The monks made is the most delicious oatmeal for breakfast. I had pumpkin purée to use up so I made some creamy “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal” topped with chopped walnuts, dried berries & apple. Recipe coming soon to the blog! #vegan #vegenistaskitchen  (at vegenista’s kitchen )

Pumpkin fever! I love the flavors of fall & I’ve been craving oatmeal after last weekend at the Zen Mountain Center. The monks made is the most delicious oatmeal for breakfast. I had pumpkin purée to use up so I made some creamy “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal” topped with chopped walnuts, dried berries & apple. Recipe coming soon to the blog! #vegan #vegenistaskitchen (at vegenista’s kitchen )

Café Gratitude Plans for First San Diego Restaurant! 

Rumors have been circulating for months, & I am so happy to confirm that it is official! The "Iconic Vegan Restaurant" Café Gratitude is set to open their first San Diego County restaurant in Little Italy in early 2015! And how do I know this? I just so happen to have the press release in my hot little hands! 

(LOS ANGELES – September 22, 2014)

Café Gratitude, the organic & vegan mainstay with restaurants in Los Angeles, the Bay Area & Kansas City, is taking its consciously-sourced & thoughtfully-prepared cuisine south to San Diego with a new location planned for Broadstone Little Italy, a new mixed-used development overlooking the ocean. The dining destination, revered for its community-focus & eclectic, seasonally-driven menu, will be joining a new crop of retail spaces underneath the artfully-designed residences located at 1980 Kettner Blvd.

"We are so inspired by the incredible community & dining scene in San Diego," says Lisa Bonbright, CEO of Café Gratitude Southern California. "There is so much positive energy in the area with new restaurant openings, & we are thrilled to be part of the evolution."

Café Gratitude will begin construction on the 4,000 square-foot restaurant this fall with plans to open its doors to San Diego locals & residents of Broadstone Little Italy in early 2015, approximately eleven years after the opening of its first location in the Bay Area. Like its sister restaurants, the San Diego destination will feature a 100% organic, seasonally-driven vegan menu crafted by Executive Chef Dreux Ellis to resonate with diners of all dietary persuasions, while honoring a commitment to responsible sourcing & respect for the environment. Inspiration for Ellis’ vibrant menu is drawn from the bounty of local farmers markets & Café Gratitude Founders Matthews & Terces Engelhart’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville.

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, daily, the restaurant will also offer Café Gratitude’s signature cleanse program featuring freshly pressed organic juices & wholesome vegan dishes. Grab-&-go breakfast pastries & unrefined desserts will also be a draw for diners stopping in for a cup of Stumptown coffee, homemade milkshake or nutrient-dense elixir for the road.

The Café has become known for its wholesome dishes named after often tongue-&-cheek affirmations like "I Am Crunchy" (housemade granola with fresh fruit & coconut yogurt), or the house favorite "I Am Whole" (a macrobiotic bowl featuring adzuki beans & seasonal organic ingredients over local brown rice or quinoa).

ABOUT CAFÉ  GRATITUDE:

Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic vegan restaurants that specialize in gourmet vegan cuisine. The menu & environment is designed to support health & sustainability for both the community and the planet. Dishes are named after affirmations like "I Am Whole," & are composed of real, organic ingredients from sustainable sources. The restaurant also works closely with local farmers to serve produce at its peak of freshness with deference to seasonality. Daily operations are conducted according to the principle of “Sacred Commerce,” whereby guests are offered both healthy food & a healthy ambiance that encourages them to view their lives from a perspective of gratitude. 

Isn’t this the most exciting news ever? Since the unfortunate closing of Casa de Luz, our local veg & healthy dining community has been longing for a new fresh, healthy, clean & modern establishment to enjoy a “finer” dining experience. I visited the Berkeley location for the first time a few years ago & loved it. I have been dying to make the drive up to LA to visit their new location, but time has not allowed me such luxury. The good news is, only will I not have to drive to L.A. for a wholesome fix, I will be able to walk there from my family business office. WINNING! 

And by them saying this will be the “first” San Diego location, is that a hint that there will be more locations to come? How about a Gracias Madre? Oooooh, ooooh. Ok, one wish at a time. For now, “I am Grateful” that in early 2015 we will have this wonderful restaurant in our city. 

I am in touch with their PR team & as soon as I have an exact date, or information about a grand opening, I’ll share!

(Photos & Press Release via JS2 Communications) 

National Vegetarian Awareness Month
Hey, hey party people! I’ve been “off the grid” for the past few days at a yoga retreat, so I am a little late to the party on this, but for those of you who don’t know…October is "National Vegetarian Awareness Month" which was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977.
Help make a difference this October by telling your friends & family about the benefits of vegetarianism & veganism Or better yet, cook them a delicious plant based meal. Let’s celebrate peace & compassion through a kind diet & way of life. Please help spread the word!
(image via http://www.fix.com/blog/national-vegetarian-awareness-month/)

National Vegetarian Awareness Month

Hey, hey party people! I’ve been “off the grid” for the past few days at a yoga retreat, so I am a little late to the party on this, but for those of you who don’t know…October is "National Vegetarian Awareness Month" which was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977.

Help make a difference this October by telling your friends & family about the benefits of vegetarianism & veganism Or better yet, cook them a delicious plant based meal. Let’s celebrate peace & compassion through a kind diet & way of life. Please help spread the word!

(image via http://www.fix.com/blog/national-vegetarian-awareness-month/)