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At Home With The Edgy Veg Episode : Vegan Stuffing

Is there anything better than stuffing during the holidays? Make this vegan stuffing for you family and I promise they will not know the difference! Vegan stuffing – the stuffing without the turkey butt!


Easy Seitan Steak

Dry ingredients

1 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup garbonzo bean powder (or chick pea flour)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

½ tbsp onion powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

Wet ingredients

1 cup vegetable stock

1 tbsp soy sauce

¼ cup organic ketchup or BBQ sauce ( or both!)

1 tsp liquid smoke

2 cloves of shredded garlic

pinch of pepper

Stock

1 1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 diced onion

4 smashed cloves garlic

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp thyme

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp molasses

¼ cup BBQ Sauce

3 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 cups water

  • Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry and knead with your hands. The mixture should be dough like, not overly sticky. Knead well.
  • Form two “logs” with the mixture and let them sit on the preheating oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Mix together your stock in a large bowl.
  • Place “logs” into a deep casserole dish and cover with your stock.
  • Cover dish and place in oven 350 for 1 hour.
  • Flip seitan and continue to cook for 1/2 hour uncovered. If it is still soft, then cook for another 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Chick UN Nuggets

Move Over McDonalds! Candice is taking over. Sure the sight or smell of chicken nuggets may bring you back to your childhood but no educated human being would ACTUALLY eat these in our adulthood. This was a sad idea… until now! Here is the easiest, yummiest way to bring you back to your childhood without all that fake chicken-like McDonalds shit…

1 package extra firm GMO free tofu (or tofu steaks)

1/2 cup flaked nutritional yeast

1/4 cup wheat germ or bread crumbs

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

½ tbsp onion powder

pinch of Himalayan rock salt

1/4 tsp paprika

¼ tsp thyme

1 tbsp soy sauce or Braggs Seasoning

2 eggs worth of egg replacer (mixed)

  • Unwrap the tofu and shake off any excess moisture. Cut into cubes or strips.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a deep bowl, or in a freezer bag, add the wheat germ or bread crumbs and spices, mixing well. In a separate bowl, add egg replacer and soy sauce or Braggs.
  • Dip each piece of tofu first into the liquid, lightly shake off any excess, and then coat with the seasoned bread crumb mixture.
  • Put the breaded tofu cubes on a lightly oiled baking pan and baked 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

Serve with a dipping sauce such as sweet and sour, barbecue, or spicy mustard

Like Videos? Watch my video on this recipe here!


Is coconut water really that good for you?

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So, what’s the deal with coconut water? Coconut water become popular almost overnight. A year ago when I brought my bottle of self extracted Young Thai Coconut water into a social gathering people would call me a hippie and make fun of my choice in beverage. But now everyone’s drinking it… so what is the hype? Is it really THAT good for you? Well this question has a two part answer. Yes it  CAN be good for you and yes it CAN be just another sugary drink. But let’s start with the benefits…

  • Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals that rehydrate levels in the body. MUCH better than ANY sports drink available. However you still need to be consuming water on a regular basis, as water is the building block of life.
  • It has a higher level of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than many fruits– like oranges.
  • It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins.
  • Coconut water contains more potassium than a banana.
  • It helps to break down and eliminate all forms of kidney and bladder stones.
  • Coconut water benefits if taken during feverish conditions reduces fever, it is also known to calm nervous and emotional imbalances.
  • Because of its anti-microbial properties it helps with flushing the liver.
  • It happens to be one of the purest liquids known to man, and can be used during blood transfusions.
  • Coconut water is naturally fat-free and low in calories.
  • Coconut water calms upset stomachs and reduces vomiting.

So if it has all of these wonderful qualities and benefits, than how man coconut water NOT be good for you? Well, when any product begins to become mainstream or popular many other “not so great” brands tend to hop on board with a product that is of lower quality but claims the same things.  So be sure to READ YOUR LABELS and know what you are buying! There are many brands that offer coconut water, but unless we read the label we would never know that it was filled with excess sugars and preservatives, or that the packaging is leeching toxins into the water…

Ideally you want to harvest your own coconut water, by purchasing a coconut from your grocery store, opening it yourself and drinking the water than using the meat. That being said, most people do not know how to open a coconut, and /or do not have a cleaver or machete or the patience to do so. So here are some guidelines to follow.

Packaging:

Always, always ALWAYS purchase juice, waters and sauces in glass bottles. Glass is the safest form of packaging and is also environmentally friendly. If glass is not available to you than choose a TetraPak, then canned, than plastic. Actually, just stay away from plastic all together… and READ YOUR LABEL. Just because it says 100% coconut water does not mean that it doesn’t have additives… be sure to select one that does not come from concentrate.

Preservatives:

Keep in mind that all pre packaged coconut water has been pasteurized unless stated otherwise. This helps the water to remain fresher for longer. If your health food store or grocery store do offer frozen coconut water choose this over any other packaged water. Frozen coconut water is unpasteurized and will go bad quicker, but is also more expensive than those found in your grocery store beverage cooler. Many local Juice bars and Raw Food establishments tend to harvest their own water by opening fresh young thai coconuts and bottling the water. If you have access to this DRINK THAT. It will be unpasteurized and raw.

Brands:

  1. I love the Young Thai Coconut water from my local juice bar Belmonte Raw. They open up the coconuts then bottle its water in glass.
  2. I also LOVE the taste of Nirvana Coconut water bottled in glass with small chunks of coco nut meat floating in it.
  3. When it comes to tetrapaks I like the taste of VitaCoco i find many Tetrapak’s leave a cardboard type taste and this one doesn’t at all.
  4. Blue Monkey is my favorite canned coconut water. It does not leave a tinny can aftertaste that many others do.

I hope this helped your quest for the perfect coconut water!