Edamame Ravioli Recipe

I saw this on a menu recently and wanted to try a vegan version of it! This dish is fun, unique, and very tasty!

*Note: You will need a food processor for this recipe.

ingredients:

  • 3/4 pkg of frozen shelled edamame (japanese soybean)
  • 1/4 cup of vegan cream cheese (tofutti)
  • 1 tbsp of vegan butter or dairy free butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • egg-less wonton wrappers (if your can not find vegan wonton wrappers you can make your own homemade pasta using flax-seed meal instead of eggs!)

Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl, cook the frozen soybeans for about 5 mins or until soft. In a food processor, combine cooked soybeans, vegan cream cheese, butter, shallots and garlic powder and process until the mixture is almost like a thick paste.

Step 2: Spoon your mixture onto your wonton wrappers, but be careful not to fill too much. Fold and close your wonton wrapper and pinch them shut around the edges. In a medium sauce pan bring 2 cups of water to boil and place your ravioli in.  Boil the ravioli for  10-12 mins. While the ravioli are cooking, mix the soy sauce and brown sugar together and microwave for about 1 min. Plate your ravioli and pour the sauce over them and enjoy!!!

Serve with a side of asian slaw, and you have the perfect end of the summer meal!

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Say NO to the Rodeo!

When someone hears the word cowboy they might picture the frontier days when men would lead their cattle for long distances and have to learn practical skills like roping to manage the herd. Today’s rodeos are a far cry from the old west, and everyone should take a closer look before they think about attending one.

Most people don’t understand that the majority of the animals used in rodeos such as bulls, broncos, steers, and calves are completely domesticated. (Besides the fact that every single rodeo will boast it has the wildest and meanest animals.) Since these animals are domesticated and not naturally aggressive, their wild behavior at the events is induced. Some animals have their tails twisted, while others receive shocks from electric prods. Rodeo participants say broncos will naturally buck, but this is a false statement. The horse only bucks in a rodeo because they tighten the “flank strap” that sits just below the rib cage. This pinches the horses abdomen, causing them to buck to try to remove it.

Most rodeos feature a calf roping event where “cowboys” show their ability to rope and tie up the baby calves in the shortest amount of time. These calves are usually no older than four to five months old. They are kept behind a gate where they have their ears and tails twisted by handlers until they are released. Racing out of the gate to escape the abuse, a “cowboy” will lasso the calves around their neck often snapping their heads back as they come to an abrupt stop. Participants then slam the babies to the ground and tie all four legs together. ESPN won’t even show this part of the calf roping event when it’s broadcasting a rodeo, it will always cut away before the calf is slammed to the ground.

Since these event are so rough on the animals, they are often suffer very serious injuries such as broken bones, fractured horns, torn ligaments, internal bleeding, and even severed spinal cords and tracheas. There are medics on site for humans, but Rhode Island is the only state that requires a veterinarian on site. This means most severely injured animals die due to lack of medical attention, and are then  sold to be slaughtered for human consumption. So think twice before attending this cruel event, and avoid supporting animal cruelty simply for entertainment and prize money.

What you can do:

  • Ask your lawmakers to enact stricter laws on rodeos that come to your area.
  • Educate others of the cruelties involved in rodeos.
  • Hold a ( peaceful) demonstration outside of a rodeo to make attendees aware of the brutality that goes on at the events.

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Do it yourself Hair Accessories.

Ever wonder what to do with those boring and plain hair accessories? Here are a few fun tips to add some funkiness to your hair!

Things you’ll need:

  • used hair clips, claps, headbands or combs. (bobby pins could work too)
  • scrap ribbon, beads, buttons, etc.
  • craft glue, clear jewelry thread or used fishing line

Directions for hair comb.

Step 1: Take some scrap ribbon and glue it to either side of the top of the comb. After the glue has dried start to wrap the ribbon around the top of the hair comb. Continue wrapping, going in between all the teeth in the comb, once you get the other side cut the excess off and glue the end piece to the back.

 Step 2: Take another piece of scrap ribbon and make a bow. (I glued my ribbon to make the bow, but you can tie it too.) Grab any button that you love and glue it on top of the bow, then glue the bow to your hair comb.

Directions for Barrette.

Step 1: Take the barrette, and with some clear jewelry thread or used fishing line, tie a secure knot at one end. Now  string your beads so they lay on the top of the barrette and continue to bead and wrap all the way to the other end. Wrap the thread around a couple of times and then tie it off with knot.

 

Voila!! Beautiful new hair accessories!

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe

This recipe is a vegan version of a stroganoff dish I had at a Russian restaurant a few years ago. This dish has quickly become a favorite of family and friends! *note: you will need a food processor for this recipe. (Makes 2 large or 4 small servings)

Ingredients:

(stroganoff)

  • 1 pkg. of dry Asian noodles. (ramen or any small round noodle)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 5 large button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of rice or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce or vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 10.5 oz (300g) pkg of soft or silken tofu
  • 1/8 cup of fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper

(Potatoes)

  • 4 or 5 potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup of rice or soy milk

Step 1:In a bowl of water, soak the dried Asian noodles and set aside. Peel and cut the potatoes into small size cubes. In a large pot of salted water, boil the cut potatoes.

Step 2: In a large sauce pan on medium heat, saute the onions, mushrooms, and garlic in oil until onions are translucent and soft. While the onions are cooking, in a food processor, combine the rice or soy milk, flour, soy sauce, turmeric, tofu, parsley, salt, and pepper together and blend until smooth. Once onions are cooked, add tofu mixture to saucepan, then reduce heat. Cover with lid and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to the pot add  vegan butter and rice or soy milk and mash. Cover with lid to keep warm.

Step 3: Drain the soaked noodles and then pat excess water with a paper towel. In a small sauce pan, add 1 cup of vegetable oil or oilve oil, on medium to high heat. Grab a small handful of noodles and put them into the oil. (see example) Remember not to add too much. Let them fry to a golden brown occasionally flipping it. 1-2 minutes is usually long enough.

Step 4: Place a crispy noodle cracker on each plate. Add the potatoes and stroganoff , and if you have any extra noodle crackers use them on top to make it extra yummy! ENJOY!!!

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