Category Archives: Vegan

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Here’s a single ingredient, super healthy treat my dogs love:

-Quarter two medium sweet potatoes

-Slice the potatoes thinly by hand or with a food processor

-Place sliced potatoes on lined dehydrator sheets in a single layer

-Dehydrate at 125 degrees for about five hours

-Store in an airtight container






Long Island Animal Rights and Veg Fest

There’s a great blog post about the Long Island Animal Rights and Veg Fest held in Huntington last weekend on SuperVegan. I was planning to blog more about this, but I think this post covers everything quite well and I had such a good time and was so busy I forgot to take out my camera.

I’d just like to add that it was so nice to see so many compassionate and caring people in one place. I met a bunch of wonderful people while volunteering for one of my favorite animal rights organizations and learned about an organization that I somehow had never heard of – Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION).  It was an awesome day and I’m looking forward to next year.

365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky

365 Vegan Smoothies Review

Those of you who know me know that I don’t like fruit all that much (I think the texture is what bothers me most). Well, I’ve been trying to incorporate more fruit in my diet and improve my breakfast options. This book helps me with both. Since the book arrived, I’ve a bunch of the recipes, including: Sassy Green Kickstart; Fresh Blackberry Buzz; Super Blue Recharge; Mojito Grape Frosty; and Chocolate-Covered Cherry. They’ve all been good and have allowed me to “sneak” in fruit I normally don’t eat.  I highly recommend it if you’re looking to add more nutritious meals to your diet or diversify your smoothie options. All of the recipes are quick and easy.  The author, Kathy Patalsky, is the person behind the blog Healthy-Happy-Life. Check out her blog for delicious and healthy vegan recipes. This book is a keeper!



Experimentation in the kitchen – Soy Chorizo Pizza


I had a couple of ingredients in the fridge that I’ve never used before – Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo and Cheddar Teese.  I decided to make a pizza because, well, it is quick and easy and hard to mess up. For this pizza, I used TJ’s pizza dough and started with a layer of salsa, then added half a container of Teese.  I topped it off with half a package of soy chorizo, mushrooms, onions and peppers and baked it at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. The result? I’m definitely making it again. Next time, I’ll hold the salsa. The soy chorizo has so much flavor and spice on its own. The cheddar Teese complimented it nicely.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Pie

Here’s a super simple and delicious summer dessert recipe that takes just a few minutes to make:


Chocolate Graham Cracker Pie Crust

2 1/3 cups vegan graham cracker crumbs (Nabisco Original Grahams and some store brands are vegan)

2/3 cup Navitas cocoa powder

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup almond milk

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the wet ingredients. Press into a 9 inch pie plate.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

3 frozen bananas

6 T Navitas cocoa powder

4 T almond milk

1 1/2 t vanilla

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until it becomes the consistency of soft serve ice cream.

Chocolate Sauce

I used this recipe.

Pour ice cream into the pie crust and smooth out the top. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with some crushed nuts (I use raw cashews). Cover and freeze until you’re ready to serve.

National Animal Rights Day, Union Square

Another day away from the burbs (these kind of events rarely happen in suburbia). It was the first time I attended National Animal Rights Day in Union Square. It began with a moving ceremony memorializing the loss of all the animals who die unnecessarily and continued with a group reading of the Declaration of Animal Rights. Don performed Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings during the memorial ceremony, which made me very proud! Here’s a clip:

After the ceremony, several speakers and musicians took the stage. A group yoga session was included too. What a peaceful way to advocate for animals! It was such and important event and I hope to get more involved next year.