You Can Do It! (We Did It!)

Last weekend was the sort of weekend that encourages and supports exactly where you are in life.

I remember meeting with Alison (photographer for WINK Pinup and Magazine, and owner Eskandalo! salon) a few months ago and wanting to plan this cool event for local artists and businesses with an eco-friendly theme. What started with a tote bag became an all-day fun festival with live music, awesome vendors, and community building at the most basic level.

(Thank you so much to Alex for this candid shot of me at my booth! I took pictures of everything but my own table, sheesh!)

The day before I was running around to health food stores and the restaurant supply store for ingredients and take-out containers. I was a woman on a mission, staying up so late on Friday night to make sure my food would taste as delicious as possible.

Once everyone got their booths set up and people came and walked around, my heart felt so full to know that we did this. We created this event, this day. I looked around and saw the smiles on the faces of everyone, friends and neighbors, and it reminded  me just how powerful all of us are in the creation of our own lives.

As for  my food, the biggest compliment came from the people that said “Wow – I have hated tofu every time I tried it, but this is awesome!”, or the people who didn’t believe you could make something decadent without the use of dairy and meat but are now believers! Everyone was so friendly, kind and wonderful. At the end of the day, I had next to nothing left!

That night, I had another dream in which I clearly visualized the future of Save the Kales! A gorgeous restaurant/cafe, a space in the back for cooking classes, an office for nutrition consulting… While I don’t know where I’ll end up, or how my plans will play out, last weekend gave me nudge to keep moving forward with optimism and seizing all opportunities.

The biggest, most heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out that day. It means so much to me, personally, even if I never met you before!

Now that my new house is just about in order, I’m going to pick a date for the next cooking class soon! I hope you’ll attend. Til then, enjoy some photos from the weekend:

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce (stuffed w/ tofu, walnuts, sage, cranberries, other yummy things)

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Video 6! (Or 5+1… I hate that other number) Mexican Pie!

I’m happy to kick off the weekend with a new video! I was craving refried beans and hot peppers (what else is new?) so came up with this visually-awesome twist on a burrito. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 vegan pie shell (homemade or store bought; I used Mrs. Smiths frozen crust)
  • 1 can refried beans (make sure they do NOT have gross LARD in them!)
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed
  • handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • salsa or chopped tomatoes
  • chopped green onion (scallions)
  • avocado slices
  • fresh lime juice

HOW TO: Bake the pie shell first! Spread the refried beans evenly in the shell. Add onions, peppers, and black beanns, cilantro, tomatoes or salsa, and green onions. IF BAKING: Now is the time to put it in the oven. You just want to “heat it up”, so try baking for about 15 minutes at about 375, and cover with tin foil. BAKING OR NOT: Arrange avodaco slices in apretty design on the top, garnish with any other ingredients. Squeeze lime juice on top, being sure to get it on the avocado. Serve immediately!

* After making this video, I took this on a picnic and ate it cold. It was really delicious that way! The avocado kept fairly well thanks to the lime juice.

*If you are going to wait a day to serve, it will store well in the fridge (and the flavors will meld together well!). Just be sure not to add the avocado until right before serving.

AND: If you’re in the Valley, tonight (Friday April 23) from 5-7pm Marie Rodale of thee Rodale Press (Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Alicia Silvertone’s vegan wonder-book The Kind Diet) will be signing her new book, “Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming can Heal the World, Feed our Planet and Keep us Safe” at Moravian Bookshop on Main St. Bethlehem.

You can find more information ABOUT THE BOOK HERE.