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.



Foraging in Central Park with Wildman Steve Brill

Sometimes this librarian needs a break from the burbs. Last Saturday, I went on a foraging tour in Central Park with “Wildman” Steve Brill. I’ve never really thought about exploring Central Park in this way before and, well, wow, the amount of wild herbs and berries we found along the paths was amazing! Steve identified both edible and deadly plants. We gathered up quite a collection of things, including: wood sorrel (my favorite); poke weed; poor man’s pepper; juneberry; wild lettuce; ailanthus; burdock root; black birch (wintergreen flavor that can be used as a natural aspirin); Japanese knotweed; cattail; coffee (yes, coffee trees in Central Park); and field garlic. I’ve been on the lookout for all of these things, especially the field garlic, which is just incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever forage for cattail – it’s the one thing I’m not comfortable eating. Swamp food just isn’t appealing!

Steve shared some awesome vegan food at lunch – homemade bread with some kind of foraged green pesto, chocolate truffles, and roasted burdock (or some other green, I’m not sure). It was all really good. So, at the end of the tour, I couldn’t pass up purchasing his book, The Wild Vegan Cookbook.


Looking forward to trying some of the recipes!


Welcome to Vegan Librarian in the Burbs, inspired by the fabulous JL Fields, who gave a presentation at The Seed in NYC on how to expand your vegan activism by blogging.  She gave lots of great tips that I hope to use in some way. Thank you, JL! Fingers crossed that this turns into something worthwhile.


At the Seed, I got a chance to talk to some great people at Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and Animal Place and picked up some vegan goodies, including a DVD of the Turlock documentary, Treeline Treenut Cheese and a few other things.

seed goodies 2


I wish I could have stayed for a few more presentations, but needed to get home to my dogs. I did manage to grab a lemongrass five spice seitan sandwich from the Cinnamon Snail food truck on the way out. It was incredible! Looking forward to trying all the things I picked up.