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Vegan Goes Wild

Vegan Goes Wild

I’m coming up on my second vegan birthday, and Waking Up Vegan was born a year ago on Wednesday. So I’ve got some celebrating to do, and maybe some presents to wrap.

Music Monday: Shut Up and Listen

Music Monday: Shut Up and Listen

Log in: Cordelia McLellanThis Will Destroy You: "They Move On Tracks of Never-Ending Light" They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light by This Will Destroy You on GroovesharkThe switch in our brain seems eternally oriented to on; we are constantly processing...

Eat Clean: Avoid the Dirty Dozen

Eat Clean: Avoid the Dirty Dozen

It’s true that organic foods can seem like a budget blower, but there are choices when it comes to your investment. Here’s where to start.Living a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and attention. For some, the journey begins with forgoing a drive-thru meal and...

My Mother’s Wisdom

My Mother’s Wisdom

I called my mom yesterday because my teenage boys are fighting, and I'm having trouble knowing what to 'do' about that, (besides whine and ask them "Why are you doing this to ME?").  I have to share her response with you. It was awesome. Colleen, We all come into this...

Kale is the New Beef

Kale is the New Beef

Kale is the new beef?!?   Jill Ettinger from Organic Authority wrote the excellent article, 7 Reasons Kale is the New Beef.  According to environmentalists, meat production is one of the greatest contributors of global warming. The most environmentally conscious thing...

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Things got a little crazy today at lunch when we ran out of peanut butter.  As I am sure you know, it’s a never-ending chore keeping the pantry and refrigerator stocked with the daily “necessities.”  Peanut butter is a big one in our house, so I...

Gluten-free Vegan Pizza

Gluten-free Vegan Pizza

Physical health may be more complicated (is vegan simple?) than just eliminating meat and dairy from the diet.

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Have Happy, Healthy Holidays!

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Have Happy, Healthy Holidays!

Healthy Holiday RecipesFancy Brussel SproutsLogin:Kristin MeierWe survived Halloween relatively unscathed. We had a great time trick-or-treating with the neighbors and other than our middle child consuming about 20 candies during the trick-or-treat bonanza, the candy...

Vegan White Chili

Vegan White Chili

Before I became vegan, my favorite winter stew was a white vegan chili, made with chicken and kielbasa.  It's different than 'normal' chili, and was always a favorite when I took it to bonfires and parties. I worked to recreate the same flavors and textures, and after...

10 Questions that Will Not Impress Your Vegan Date

10 Questions that Will Not Impress Your Vegan Date

There IS such thing as a stupid question. I’m not judging because I ask them all the time. They say it’s easier to be thought of a fool than to open your mouth and prove it, but the cliche I cling to is that you only have to ask a question once, so just ask and get it over with.

Spicy Squash and Potato Puree & Pear/Shitake Garnish

Spicy Squash and Potato Puree & Pear/Shitake Garnish

I was feeling exotic and inspired when I got home, so I cleaned out my produce bin and used the following ingredients to create a soup that my kids actually ate without pleading or promised compensation. 

Leanin’ Vegan Do’s and Don’ts

Leanin’ Vegan Do’s and Don’ts

DOs:  VEGETABLES- eat 5 or more servings of veggies (about 3 cups total) – best are any dark leafy greens/lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, tomatoes, asparagus FRUITS- 2 or more servings of fruit (about 1 cup...

Why and How to Grow Sprouts at Home

Why and How to Grow Sprouts at Home

How to Grow Sprouts at Home...From hair dressers to lawyers, dietitians and doctors, when I admit to being a vegan, the standard response is a furrowed brow, concerned eye contact and the question "What do you do about protein?" If I'm lucky, I might even get a pat on...

Eating a Vegan Diet Among the Carnivores

Eating a Vegan Diet Among the Carnivores

Even a ferocious beast can eat a vegan meal. Dear Readers, please welcome guest blogger Janice Bostic, author of the The (not so) Special Mother. She makes me think, cry and laugh out loud. You'll love her too.Login: JaniceSometimes in your life, you have...

Fall for Vegan Chili

Fall for Vegan Chili

So I’m looking for ways to celebrate the coming season. I’m not a football fan, and all the chatter and arm-chair quarterbacking that surrounds the fantasy leagues leaves me a bit bored. But chili gets me excited. I ate outside, hesitantly embracing the deep golds and brilliant reds that are transforming the green landscape.

8 Ways To Save Money On Organic Food

8 Ways To Save Money On Organic Food

Everyone would "Go organic!" if it was easy. Green is a pretty color, and no one wants to admit they are part of the problem. But cost, seasonal supply, weather related shortages and in-store BOGO offers on name brands just make decisions a little more complicated.If...

Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Stop You From Making Beautiful Music!

Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Stop You From Making Beautiful Music!

Remember when Bob Dole came out as America's spokesman against erectile dysfunction? He may have had trouble performing, but he had the balls to own up to it, and millions of men found the courage to speak with their doctor. ED now has a face, a diagnosis code and a...

Are Pesticides and Disease Related?

Are Pesticides and Disease Related?

Are pesticides and disease related? Does a smoking gun prove a bullet was fired?Click here for podcastPesticides, Preservatives and the Power of ChoiceOur society is struggling with overwhelming health issues. Our children are suffering just as much as the aged. And...

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, pronounced keen/wah, is the perfect grain. Recognized as a complete protein, it has all the amino acids, fiber and nutrients your body needs to feel great. 

I Know You Are, But What Am I? (What is Vegan?)

I Know You Are, But What Am I? (What is Vegan?)

What is vegan? Unlike beauty, vegan is not in the eye of the beholder.Most of us take the labels we wear in life for granted. Our gender, race, culture, religion and even political party (or lack thereof) give others a lot of information before we ever open our...

Fast Food is Slow Death

Fast Food is Slow Death

If you believe in any kind of Divine Direction, you might agree that seemingly random people and inconsequential conversations can suspiciously create new beginnings if you are open to the possibility. A friend of mine this morning mentioned that he was on a juice...

HVH Makes a Confession

HVH Makes a Confession

I write this with a heavy heart and a pit in my gut. I spent the weekend with some high school buddies, a few old flames, away from my wife, and I made a mistake.

Poor Vegan Food: Cabbage, Chorizo and Mashed Lentils

Poor Vegan Food: Cabbage, Chorizo and Mashed Lentils

Once upon a time, the smell of cabbage in your kitchen meant that you were poor. But cabbage has a rich history and deserves another chance at our table. It is high in vitamin C, has significant anti-inflammatory properties, and is a low calorie, high fiber food with a meaty texture. Oh, and it’s cheap.

We Are What We Eat; We Eat What We Have

We Are What We Eat; We Eat What We Have

I had a rough food week, and I found my body feeling heavy and lacking energy.  I was on the go, and I didn’t plan or pack ahead. Consequently, I found myself hungry and desperate. 

Black Bean Salad…I Mean “Dip”

Black Bean Salad…I Mean “Dip”

One ingredient I’d like to highlight is the fresh cilantro. It strengthens our immune system, and detoxifies our body, even chelating heavy metals like mercury out of our blood system.

What is Good Food? Ask for the Corn with the Worm

What is Good Food? Ask for the Corn with the Worm

What is good food? To discover the answer, you must shuck the corn. Because if a worm won't eat it, then you shouldn't either!We all know bugs exist, and not just the itsy bitsy spider we find in the basement. We've got them in our beds, our intestines, our mouth,...

Do a Little Less, Be a Little More

Do a Little Less, Be a Little More

When we get sick, we got to the doctor and usually receive a prescription for a drug (or three). Why don’t we receive a prescription for nutrition?

What are the Dangers of GMOs? (plus a hot spinach salad recipe)

What are the Dangers of GMOs? (plus a hot spinach salad recipe)

Just because it looks like a vegetable or tastes like a fruit, doesn't mean it qualifies as a healthy food. Understanding what are the dangers of GMOs is an overlooked, yet life-saving endeavor. "You are what you eat". We all know that. Christmas cookies go to our...

My Gardening Fantasy Comes True

My Gardening Fantasy Comes True

Spoiler alert: this doesn’t end well. By the time I’m actually able to plant, half of my purchases are already dead. My husband is WAY pissed off at me and the dogs have ruined the carpets from their new playground of mud. 

Good Food Goes Bad

Good Food Goes Bad

Three times a day, we all face the same decision. What are we going to eat? Go out?... Order in?... Open a box or a bag?...who's turn is it to cook?...did anyone go to the store? And what I want to eat often doesn't mesh with what my family wants, and by the time...

Why Be Vegan? Rainbow Quinoa with a Side of Truth

Why Be Vegan? Rainbow Quinoa with a Side of Truth

I have memories of sitting at the kitchen table as a child. Refusing to eat what what was in front of me, I’d stubbornly sit there until my parents moved my sleeping body to bed. How hilarious is it that when my dad comes over, he get’s “kinda pissy” about the vegan food?

Antioxidants are the Rainbow of Health: Counting Colors

Antioxidants are the Rainbow of Health: Counting Colors

So, the truth be told, I AM an American female. I've spent way too many minutes of my life counting calories, carbohydrates and fat grams. Though I've never had a weight problem, I was drinking Slimfast at 15, skipping meals at 18, and I've manipulated my diet with...

Jamming Jambalayba

Jamming Jambalayba

There are some things that I LOVE to watch my kids do. Read, perform, laugh, play, work intensely on something with their face all scrunched up, intelligently present their opinion, and of course, at the end of a long day, sleep!

Panko Crusted Eggplant Primavera

Panko Crusted Eggplant Primavera

What if feeling sick and bloated aren’t mandatory parts of life? Does it worry you that your kids only want to eat things out of bags and boxes? Have you noticed that cravings for bad food go AWAY when you haven’t eaten them in awhile?

The Husband Goes All the Way

The Husband Goes All the Way

Husband chiming in again. So, in case you can’t tell by looking at me, I was a high school athlete... a quarterback in fact, #10, have you heard about that game I threw for two touchdowns in the Hoosier Dome?  Schedule a visit and I’ll have the game tape cued and...

The Loving Cafe Helps a Headache

The Loving Cafe Helps a Headache

I live to laugh, and I love to throw a party. Though I know how to serve tea with my pinky up, my favorite entertainment style is more 'thumbs up'.  I don't have Lenox china, Waterford crystal or coordinating linen napkins, and my silverware is an eclectic collection...

The Husband Weighs In

The Husband Weighs In

I’m not known for my culinary skills.  I’ve not needed any since my hot-vegan-wife (HVW) can take a kitchen full of random items and create a masterpiece.  Yes I can make your basic chili, spaghetti, pancakes, and use a grill for dead cow/pig/chicken… but...

Aloo Naan & Dahl: Cooking Indian in Indiana is Easier than it Sounds…

Aloo Naan & Dahl: Cooking Indian in Indiana is Easier than it Sounds…

Once upon a time, I would not have tried a recipe with the words “aloo naan.” I’ll admit, the HARDEST thing about Waking Up Vegan was that I had never seen, tasted or even heard of HALF the ingredients and concepts found in even “normal” recipe books. I grew up eating corn, cows and cream. Curry was not in my vocabulary.

Is Beef Safe?

Is Beef Safe?

Is beef safe? Take a look behind the USDA regulations, and you might feel the need to cover your rear end....We all have our chosen vices. Let's not even name them, as living in sin if easier if grandma doesn't know. But usually, naughtiness begins by age 2. Most...

Real Life Problems Being Vegan: Roadtrip to Reality

Real Life Problems Being Vegan: Roadtrip to Reality

If you've adopted a vegan diet after reading the glossy brochure, you may have noticed there are some real life problems being vegan that no one wants to discuss...Everyone has a "normal", even if the thrill seekers and gypsies among us avoid domestication and...

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