Happy Friday to you! I hope you are having a good week.
Alan’s Birthday Hike:
This is what I’ve been up to:
After my post on Wednesday morning, Alan and I joined an organized hike in our area that we had never done before. I thought what better way to celebrate his birthday and another year on this planet than to be outside and active? Although I don’t really consider myself “outdoorsy,” being that I’ve never camped or traveled in an RV or anything like that, I have found in the past six months or so that I absolutely love hiking.
This particular hike is unique in our area because it is on private land and you have to sign up two weeks ahead of time to be cleared to go on it. The weather was unseasonably warm on Wednesday, with clear skies that allowed some great photo ops:
The big rock is called Whaler’s Rock which brought up the sad reality that whales were once hunted in this area. Our guide said that local villagers back then hated it because the blood of the whales would color the whole bay. Such a sad story, but I am thankful that whale hunting no longer goes on locally. A group of families actually built structures and lived on this rock for about 10 years:
The hike was probably less than four miles total, but it was rugged terrain and we stopped to identify many different types of wildflowers on the trail (I realized later I didn’t take any pictures of flowers because I was so entranced by the ocean). Before we turned around, we reached a historic lighthouse and more gorgeous beach scenes:
I packed some quinoa and lentil salad (be sure to check out the recipe in the “New Recipes” category of Vegan Delish listed under Vegetable Quinoa Salad), homemade applesauce, and two nuts and fruit bars that we scarfed up at the halfway point. After about an hour’s rest, we turned around. I was definitely tired when we finished, but I was surprised how quickly I recovered after a good night’s rest. Alan and I are delighted to be living proof of what it’s like to be 100% plant-powered, vibrant, and energetic, woo-hoo!
Healthy Vegan Friday:
1. Vegan Budget Project- Week 2 Success from Chastity @ My Healthy Chef:
2. A Better Veggie Burger from My Sister’s Pantry:
3. Carrot Cake Muffins from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour:
My favorites were these:
1. Best Easy Raw Recipe – Raw Burritos from the taste space:
2. Best Nutritarian-Friendly Recipe: Creamy Orange Cashew Dressing from Almost Skinny Vegan Food:
3. Most “Dinner-Party Worthy” Healthy Dish: Sweet Potato Mini Peppers Alfredo Bake from Vegan Richa:
We had such fantastic submissions last week, it was so hard to choose my favorites (to find out how your recipe can be featured, please check out the guidelines here). Thank you to everyone who participated, and be sure to add your recipe or to check out this week’s submissions at the end of this post.
Apple Pie Kale Chips:
At the risk of having too long of a post, I want to share one more new recipe with you this week. This one is for Apple Pie Kale Chips, which was my first attempt at a sweet or dessert kale chip. Oh my goodness, you must be warned, these are delicious and highly addictive!
I started off by washing and drying one bunch of kale leaves and making the sauce that I poured over the leaves:
The sauce is made with apples, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cinnamon, dates, nutmeg, vanilla, water, and lemon juice. I find that kale chips are best made in the dehydrator, and they take about 24 hours total drying time:
Here is the recipe:
- 2 medium bunches of curly kale leaves, washed and dried
- 2 medium gala apples, chopped roughly
- ½ cup raw macadamia nuts
- ½ cup raw walnuts
- 2 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
- 4-6 Medjool dates
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly-squeeze lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- Combine ingredients (except kale) in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Place the kale leaves in a large mixing bowl and pour the sauce over the leaves. Use your hands to make sure the leaves are coated evenly with the sauce. Spread the kale leaves onto three dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 24 hours, turning once during the drying process.
Dessert kale chips = success!!!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for one of two DVDs of the entire first season of the fantastic new cooking show, Vegan Mashup. You can enter here; I’ll be randomly selecting two winners next week.
Due to continuing school obligations, my next post will be on Tuesday of next week, instead of Monday. I hope you have a great weekend filled with all kinds of healthy activities and foods. Enjoy!
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