Busy life!

So I do have to start by saying sorry for the lack of updates! I’ve been so busy , I just didn’t have ti time to update my blog!. But if you take the time and go visit my youtube page,  or simply just click on a image below and it will take you to your destination :D.   Here are a couple of images to tantalize your taste buds. so click away and enjoy!!!!

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APPLE SAGE CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND CHEESE VEGAN SEITAN SAUSAGE – HOT DOGS RECIPE!!

Coming from an Italian household, sausage was always on the menu! So I had to get cracking and figure how I can make sausages for my family that don’t taste like the store bought *FAUX MEATS* that are out there. Not that they’re aren’t good, but when you come from a family that made homemade sausages, those really don’t compare! So I had to roll up my sleeves and create something that I could make that would satisfy my family, especially my husband. You know the saying…If Mikey likes it!!!

Here is one I make that everyone really enjoys, and I didn’t put much heat in it so my grandchildren could enjoy them too. I always say, just add some heat later if you want them nice and hot, or extra spicy. Here is the link where you can follow step by step.

APPLE SAGE CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND CHEESE VEGAN SAUSAGE – HOT DOGS RECIPE!!

These sausages go great like a hotdog in a bun or just cut them up and throw them in a pan, cooked in a little red wine. They were simply delicious!
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Thank you and enjoy everyone buon appetito!!

 

VEGAN PIEROGIES!!!

Well if you`re anything like me, frustrated whenever you try to find some vegan pierogies at a grocery store, and there are none to be found except for potato and cheddar cheese!!!  I can never find any that are vegan for my famly to eat.

Well that`s when you put your foot down and just simply make your own vegan batch; and I promise it is super easy!  That`s right! You can totally make your own!!! The best thing is they`re not hard to make at all, and takes very little time.

Coming from an Italian family, we make pasta with our eyes closed ( making them is similar to an Italian ravioli :D, except leave out the egg from the dough). All we needed was to add potato in the pierogi rather than ricotta.  Making vegan recipes isn`t difficult at all and healthier than non vegan food.

This recipe does inclue a vegan cream cheeze that I add to the mixture, it will be included in the video.

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And to top your pieogies here is my vegan sour cream video link!!! Don`t let me be the one to say how good it is…just try it!!! 😀

This recipe with the potato and cilantro, is one of my family`s favorites! So enjoy guys and leave me a comment if you try them. Double that batch and throw some in the freezer Pierogi recipe link!!

Small note : If you don`t have a hand cranked pasta machine …( I recommend you definitely need to get one,  every house hold needs one hehehehe:D ), you can always simply roll out the pasts with a rolling pin. I am sure if you look around you can even find a second hand one pasta machine. New would go for approxitmetly $80.00 dollars and up.  What`s life without a pasta machine!

CHEAP EASY LOW FAT HEALTHY VEGAN SWEET POTATO LASAGNA

Here’s a great way to make an easy and delicious low fat, pasta-free, gluten-free lip smacking lasagna dish.

We don’t all have the time to make homemade pasta from scratch; so when you’re having a last minute craving for a nice hot dish of lasagna, this recipe is perfect for you! (Especially during our cold winters in Canada). Ready-made lasagnas are easily accessible at the grocery store, but are full of ingredients that are damaging to our health.  Most of the time I eat raw vegan food, but I was craving a nice hot dish of lasagna rather than a cold raw one.potatoe lasagna1

I figured I would take all my raw ingrendients I would normally use to make my raw dish and simply bake it in the oven. I also ended up throwing in some lentil, making it a more robust dish. And let me tell you, you will be pleasantly surprised! It was just out of this world! I couldn’t belive how great and delicious it turned out!  Give it a try and leave
me a comment letting me know how you enjoyed it.

Here is the link to my youtube video on making a CHEAP EASY LOW FAT HEATHY VEGAN SWEET POTATO LASAGNA.

Enjoy!

 

 

Lambsquarters AKA wild spinach!!

Look at what we found! Took me awhile to finally find it but I did 😀 I am so excited!!! Here is some info you might just want to know :).

The leaves are used as a wild spinach substitute, but it has way more nutrients!!! I will list the value under this post!! You can throw some in salads, make a stir fry, or put some in soups, casseroles. Lambsquarters is also known as the Prince of greens!!

Nutrition (per half cup)


Lambsquarters seeds

Protein 19.6 grams
Fat 4.2 grams
Carbs 57.7 grams
Fiber 27.1 grams
Calcium 1036 mg
Potassium 1687 mg
Niacin 3800 ug
Iron 64 mg

Lambsquarters Shoots
Protein 3.5 g
Carbs 5.5 g
Calcium 324 mg
Potassium 684 mg
Beta Carotene 3800 ug
Niacin 1000 ug
Iron 1.5 mg

Health Benefits
You can also use all parts as a poultice for swelling, rheumatism and arthritis
You can chew raw for toothaches
Capsules filled with Lambsquarter dried powder, make a potent vitamin

FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL
Lambsquarter is the second highest in nutrition of all wild foods. Amaranth will take place for #1
The gritty feel is pollen…rinse well
CAUTIONS
Lambsquarter can absorb nitrate from contaminated soil so be careful where you harvest this plant
and watch out it has a poisonous look-a-like (Nettleleaf goosefoot) but it’s rank odor reveals its identity.
Lambsquarter is a relative of the spinach. Avoid too much raw consumption of plants this plant it has a heavy oxalic acid content. So best if you Cook it for it will destroy some of the oxalic acid. So if you are using some for salad and smoothies use lemon juice to neutralize the oxalic acid and this will help prevent kidney stones.

So enjoy guys keep an eye out for some delicious lambsquarters!

Why do I post non RAW dishes??

Recently, I was asked why I post and record videos of NON RAW vegan dishes on my RAW food channel. . .

I know of so many people who just don’t want to be RAW and would love to try and make some of my Italian traditional foods, or just some new recipes. There are some people just trying hard to transition to a plant based diet or vegan diet, and have no idea what to eat or do, and are not ready whatsoever to even try a raw diet. So, by sharing some of my recipes I create and make for my NON RAW family, I might just be helping others make that transition just that much easier for them. So yes, my YouTube channel does say Connie’s RAWsome kitchen, and I promise you there will be many RAW dishes that I will share with you all, but I am also so very happy to help others who just want to take that step forward to a more compassionate lifestyle and make a difference, so why not help them right??

So for now I will keep the name Connie’s RAWsome kitchen until I decide what is the best name for my channel or what I will post on it. But for now I hope you all enjoy this new endeavor I have embarked on, and hope you all enjoy my recipes that I am sharing with you, let it be RAW or NOT.

Drumsticks for dinner??

Seitan can be added to many dishes in virtually every cuisine, from Italian, Greek, all the way to Vietnamese. The real one reason why seitan is so popular is because of it’s texture, especially when compared to other alternatives vegan proteins, such as tofu or tempeh, which don’t really have that “meaty” texture.

Nutritionally, seitan is a powerhouse. In both quantity and quality, the protein in seitan is similar to that in beef. Sirloin steak and seitan both supply approximately 16 grams of protein per 100-gram (3.5 once) serving, or about 25 percent of the U.S. Reference Daily Intake. This is twice as much as an equal amount of tofu and 40% more than is supplied by two medium eggs. And while the 3.5-ounce sirloin comes with 11.5 grams of saturated fat, 58 milligrams of cholesterol, and nearly 300 calories, seitan contains no saturated fat or cholesterol, and only 120 calories per 3.5-ounce serving.

So to day I will show you how to prepare and to make some fun foods for the family. Spicy and crunchy, yet so tender inside . When making these tiny chiKON drumsticks for children remove the heat  ( chili powder ) from this recipe!!  This is not only delicious, but also a fun finger food, that children will love. So here is the Link to the drumstick recipe  enjoy!!

A kind vegan egg yolk!k,

How exciting is this! Well for me it is 😀 I used to buy a product that looked and tasted just like and egg yolk, but wow was it expensive. not only did it cost too much when I needed more I couldn’t find it anywhere. Except online and that would have cost me even more!. Being that I like to watch my dollar, and make dishes that people can afford. I was determined to figure out how to make it.

After a few tries I pretty much nailed it! So here is a video on how to make your egg yolk!!! Enjoy everyone and leave me a comment and tell me how you like it! Vegan egg yolk recipe