Un-pizza

This recipe is suitable for vegans, zero-wasters, and those with a gluten intolerance!

The pizza crust can also be sliced up and topped with jams, spreads, vegan cheeses or anything your heart desires. It’s simple and delicious! So, let’s dig in!

Crust : Preheat oven to 450

3/4 cup quinoa (found in bulk aisles)

1/2 cup water

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp garlic powder *

2 tsp basil *

1 tsp oregano *

1/2 tsp salt

* omit these herbs if you are using the crust recipe for a regular bread and not pizza

1. Soak your quinoa in a bowl of water for 15 mins. Then strain out the water and add the 1/2 cup water from recipe.

2. Add all other ingredients and blend thoroughly.

3. Pour batter into a glass dish that has been rubbed with oil.

4. Put in oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes or until you can poke a hole in the center with the fork coming out clean.

Cheese Topping

3/4 cup raw cashews

2 tblsp apple cider vinegar or lemon

1 garlic clove

2 tblsp coconut oil

1 tsp dried thyme (or two fresh sprigs)

1 TBLS white miso paste (possible to omit using 1.5 tspsoy sauce and 1/2 tsp sesame oil as a zero waste substitute. OR equal amounts tahini)

3 TBLSP nutritional yeast (found in bulk aisle)

1. Boil cashews in water for 10 mins on a constant rolling boil OR soak for 2 hours in water.

2. Strain all water from cashews

3. Using a high power blender such as a nutribullet, add all other ingredients and blend until creamy and free of any lumps!

*You can also freeze this mixture into a mold of your choice (use olive oil in it to prevent sticking) for 10 mins and then transfer to the fridge to create a semi-solid spreadable cheese for crackers etc. I roll this solidified chilled cheese into a ball and crust it in herbs and cranberries for guests.

Assembling Your Pizza!

After you take your crust out of the oven, give it a minute or two to cool down, then spread a generous amount of cashew cheese over the surface. Make sure to put the cheese before any sauce is added!

Next, top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings, pop it back in the oven at 450 for ten more mins and voila! You have a protein packed, guilt free, pizza!

Be generous with your sauce! It will get most of its flavor from the sauce and toppings!

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Coconut Cornmeal Cake Adaptation

 

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This delectable recipe is one straight from “Thug Kitchen’s” recipe book! If you aren’t familiar with this title, you should definitely swing by a local bookstore and pick up a copy. Not only is it loaded with hearty vegan meals, but it teaches you a little about the basics of cooking, too!

You may have noted that this is an adaptation- meaning it’s not exactly the recipe in the book, but pretty darn close. I updated it with adding a whipped topping and swapping out the white sugar for coconut sugar in order to be slightly more health-conscious.

The recipe below is suited for a one layer of cake, but I highly recommend making a double batch of it and splitting it into two pans then frosting the middle and top.

Coconut Cornmeal Cake Adaptation

1 1/4 C finely ground cornmeal

3/4 C whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 C coconut sugar 

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 C canned full-fat coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/2 tsp grated lemon zest 

  1. Heat that oven up to 375. Grease an 8in round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Form a “crater” in the middle of this mix and pour in the remaining ingredients. Stir till fully incorporated.
  3. Transfer this batter into the cake pan(s) and bake for 30-40 mins depending on altitude. You can also test its readiness by sticking a metal ‘toothpick’ into the middle and seeing if it comes out clean. If nothing is sticking to it, your cake is ready.
  4. Set on a drying rack and cool for 10 mins, then place in freezer to chill for 15 (if frosting)

Whipped Frosting

1 can full-fat coconut milk (chilled in fridge overnight) 

2 tsp agave syrup

1/2 tsp almond extract 

  1. Chill your mixing bowl in the freezer 15-20 mins prior to beginning this recipe.
  2. Open the coconut milk and scoop out the thick white cream on top and pour into the bowl.
  3. Add the agave and almond extract and beat on high till it resembles whipped cream ( 2-3 mins).

Decorating Ideas!

For a one layer cake, just go ahead and spread the whipped topping on generously to the top of the cake and decorate with fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary, or mint and add a few seasonal fruits for decoration

For a two layer cake, still decorate the top as seen above, but add about a half in. of topping in between layers and spread from the center outward before placing the second layer on top.

**Make sure to level your cake bottoms if necessary by using a knife to shave off any rounded tops/ bottoms that would make toppings slip off!

Enjoy with a large glass of sweet tea!

Love,

-D

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Dhal + Rice

Traditional Indian food served in households around the food.

If you talk to a kid raised under in an Indian family, dhal and rice is a familiar sound.

It’s the smell of geera cooking and the taste of comfort. It’s moms slipping vegetables into their kids meals without them knowing. It’s the taste of home.

Typically, my dhal and rice growing up was filled with ghee (processed butter) so I switched it out to a nice coconut oil as an easy vegan fix.

This meal is very low cost and is what I get down to making on that last night before I get paid or on those nights where I simply don’t feel like cooking.

Add in things such as whole coconut milk, different curry powders, tomatoes and veggies to really switch up the taste of you like!

Here is a base recipe to get you started!


Enjoy a piece of my childhood,

-D 

Scratch Ketchup! 

Woohoo!

Ketchup.

Ketchup is one of those items in your fridge that you never really question- it’s just always there.

When I ran out of my standard plastic bottle of Heinz, I decided to make my own.

Cue the disappointment when all the recipes online called for “can of tomato paste”. I wanted the real deal. The fresh from the market tomatoes so ripe they were bursting with juice.

So, here we are. I’m picking out tomatoes with all my spice jars open- smelling which spice would go well with ketchup and comparing the options until I came up with the beauty.

It’s very high on the apple cider vinegar to give a nice bite to it, but feel free to lower it down to 1/4 of a cup of you prefer a sweeter condiment!


Spread this on any sandwich and happily dip your fries into it!

Let me know how it turns out and what modifications you made to make it your own below!

-D 

Mac ‘n Cheese: Vegan

Last Friday, I made the greatest discovery: Bulk pasta.

It has long been a trouble of mine to justify purchasing boxes of past, but no more! Our local Soulard Farmer’s Market has a stand that sells bulk homemade pasta!!

Bring on the comfort food!

There are plenty of vegan mac and cheese recipes floating around out there, so through trial and error I created what I believe to be the simplest, healthiest, and most Zero Waste version!!

Currently I am in love with sketching, so you’ll be seeing a few more recipes pop up in picture format from my personal notebook!

Enjoy while  cozied up watching Netflix!

-D

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Lately, ive been quite obsessed with doodling and have drawn several of my recipes up on notebook paper! 

After putting them up on my personal Facebook page with much success- I decided to post them one by one on here! 

This particular recipe was inspired by an overcast day and a sick boyfriend. To really clear up sinuses with it, get black peppercorns and ground them yourself with a mortar and pestle or in a blender for a few seconds and then add a heaping to teaspoons worth to the soup! Your nose will be runny and un-stuffed three bites in! 


Stay warm and healthy! 

-D

Zero Waste Dogs (Part 1)

Does your best friend have paws and a tail?

Same.

Her name is Bindi and she is the sweetest little pit-mix. Her days consist mostly of snuggling and then running around and accompanying me on hikes and outdoor activities.

As cute as she is, she’s definitely made me get more creative with my zero-waste lifestyle. There are many things a loving pooch needs: food, baths, toys, treats, collars, leashes, to-go snacks, breath fresheners… you get the point. So just how do we live a zero waste lifestyle without neglecting our four-legged fur babies? Take a peek at either my recent VLOG post or the more detailed descriptions below!

BATHING

Typically, bathing your pup consists of plastic bottles filled with specialized shampoos and conditioners. If you live in a city (or the suburbs of one), consider looking up self-service dog washing facilities. These places have large drums of shampoos and conditioners for your pet AND they have stalls where you can walk in, secure your dog with the provided hook and collar to the washing area and proceed to wash him/her without getting your carpets at home soaked. The drums of product are often-times connected to hoses and you can simply flip a switch on to get the hose provided to dispense that particular product in your water.

Where I go (Treats Unleashed) also provides brushes for both dry and wet grooming, ear cleaner with cotton balls, towels, and a drying hose connected to the back wall. The dirty towels are taken and dry-cleaned to be re-used. However, do consider the hose if your doggie can tolerate it because it will cut down on water and energy waste used by the facility in washing and drying the towels! Waterproof aprons are also provided for your comfort!

Search “self-service dog wash near me” online to find a station close to you!

For those of you who do not have immediate access to a dog wash or for personal reasons need to be washing your pup at home, try using Dr. Bronner’s solid castile soap as a shampoo and then following up with a rosemary rinse for your dog. You can also use some coconut oil to rub into their fur and provide not only healthy skin, but a shining coat as well.

ROSEMARY DOG RINSE

1 heaping TSP dried rosemary

2 Cups boiling water

*Optional: one lemon for a brighter coat

Directions:

If using the lemon, cut into thin slices.

Mix the dried rosemary and lemon slices in with the boiling water and let sit for 10-15 mins before straining into a jar.

Pour the completely cooled mixture over your pup after you have finished shampooing and rinsing him/her. Do not rinse this mixture off, instead proceed to drying your dog. If using a towel, pat dry your pup instead of hard rubbing which would cause the mixture to be rubbed off

COCONUT OIL COAT CONDITIONER

1/4 rolled oats (blended until only a fine powder remains)

2 TBLS coconut oil

1 TBLS olive oil

1/2 cup warm-hot water

Optional additions (choose one):

*3 drops lavender essential oil to soothe the skin

*3 drops rosemary essential oil to help with conditioning

*3 drops peppermint essential oil to perfume coat

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend for a creamy mix. Pour into a jar to use.

After shampooing and rinsing your pup, scoop out this mixture and rub into your dogs fur. Let sit for 5 minutes and then gently rinse off with warm water and dry your dog as normal.

DOG FOOD BAGS

Another problem you may run into if you purchase food for your dog versus making it yourself is how on earth to recycle your dog food bags! Most pet food bags are recycling #81 which IS NOT recyclable as is *face-palm*. Recycling #81 materials are plastic and paper layered on top of each other. However, paper and plastic have to be separated from each other in order to be processed for recycling.

From here, you have three options: peel apart the layers of paper and plastic (it should be 2-4 layers) and put them in the correct recycling bins, re-use the bags to create cool crafts which I will link to here: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf96950438.tip.html , choose a brand of dog food that offers a free recycling mail-in program such as Wellness and Core through http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

You can also choose to make your own dog food! Here are a few of my favorite places to go to for dog food recipes:

https://www.caninejournal.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes/

http://www.vegan-heartland.com/2012/06/making-your-own-vegan-dog-food.html

http://damndelicious.net/2015/04/27/diy-homemade-dog-food/

If you make your own dog food, be sure you are getting their required nutrients in and check with your vet first!

This infograph from herepup.com offers some basic knowledge on what dogs can and can’t eat!

Can Dogs Eat Bananas

 

 

Hopefully you found this article helpful!

Let me know what you think! There will be more Zero Waste Pet blog posts to follow!

Enjoy the dog kisses,

-D

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