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Shiitake Breakfast Hash

This crispy, smoky hash is wonderful plated with Basic Vegan Breakfast Scramble, sliced ripe heirloom tomato, and toast. It also works well for dinner along side Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and any sautéed green vegetable dressed with fresh lemon. An added benefit to this Vegan side dish? It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, and is also a good source of protein.

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Liquid Smoke

What is it? True liquid smoke is produced by the method of destructive distillation. The process consists of the burning wood chips (generally Hickory), capturing the smoke, condensing the smoke into solids or liquids, and then dissolving the smoke solids in water. In 1895, Ernest H. Wright introduced the first liquid smoke for sale on the American market. According to the Wright’s Company, now owned by B&G Foods, to this day their liquid smoke is the only brand with no added preservatives, sugars, or sodium …and yes, it is Vegan! If you want to experiment with liquid smoke, and you’re a Veg, you will have to ignore the picture on the label of the bottle of a cow’s rear end being fried on the grill.

3-Minute Vegan BLT Wrap

This could be called the trailer park version of the Freestyle Vegan BLT. Don’t be fooled – it’s a delicious makeshift sandwich, and more importantly, it can be on your plate in three minutes. For extra deliciousness and a boost of nutrition, add some perfectly ripe sliced avocado.

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BLT with Homemade Vegan Bacon

Make the homemade vegan bacon, make the sandwich. You won’t be disappointed.

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Vegan Bacon

Vegans, this is probably the closest thing you’ll get to real bacon. For breakfast, BLTs, or whatever bacon-y thing you think you might be missing…Here’s how to make homemade Vegan bacon. It’s not flesh - but omnivores like it too.

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Will The Real Nut Please Stand Up?

As you are probably well aware, macadamia nuts are a prevailing crop here in Hawaii. In the islands they are available everywhere, and are commonly seen in markets and on restaurant menus gracing salads, sauces, pestos, and such. I don’t think I ever ate a mac nut on the mainland – although I am sure somewhere you can find the macs that are processed by the big corporate brands. But have you ever tastes a freshly-picked, crisp, raw, organic macadamia? There’s nothing like it.

So where do you get them then?

Buy direct from small farms that are committed to sustainable practices. One of my favorite places to get macadamias is from Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook (Big Island). Their macs are hand picked, then washed and dried at 105 degrees for 4 to 5 days – a process that renders a protein-rich nut with all of its omega-3 oils intact. You can buy whole nuts or butter – and don’t even get me started on the butter.

Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing Baby

This coconut extract is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) as well as USDA Certified Organic, and is also kosher. Some other flavor extracts that we won’t mention by name contain propylene glycol, polysorbate-80, triacetin or other solvents, and are manufactured with low quality GMO cottonseed oil and artificial flavors.

The only ingredients in this one:

Water, Organic Alcohol, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Coconut

Now that’s the real deal!

How To Make Homemade Coconut Pancake Syrup

I love real maple syrup (grade B) but sometimes I just want something different – especially if I am making Aloha Pancakes. Here’s my recipe for Coconut Pancake Syrup…easy-to-make, nutritious, delicious!

In a glass bottle or jar combine:

2 cups coconut palm nectar

(I use Coconut Secret)

2 tsp organic coconut extract

(I use Flavorganics)

Mix well; keep refrigerated. If desired, warm slightly before serving. 

Nectar of The Gods

Forget that artificially-flavored high-fructose corn syrup masquerading as coconut syrup… real coconut syrup is a nutritious sweetener made from the nutrient rich nectar of coconut tree flower blossoms. This natural sap contains a wide range of minerals and B vitamins, as well as 17 essential amino acids and Vitamin C…and its mild flavor is heavenly.

photo: coconutsyrupphilippines.com

ALOHA PANCAKES

This is a recipe for a Vegan version of Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes – which are very common here in Hawaii. Serve hot off the griddle with Vegan butter and real coconut syrup - not the artificially flavored substitute.

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Mahalo and a Big Buss on the Lips…

to Crazy Rumors for their Aloha Collection package of HibisKiss lip colors!

Certified organic ingredients (mostly)

Zero parabens

Gluten-free & nut-free

Vegan & cruelty-free

With six sultry shades like Tropical, Coral, Breeze, Pearl, Sunrise, and Sunset  -as well as that lip-smacking hibiscus flavor- how can you help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside? …like you are about to embark on a morning surf session in Haleiwa - or maybe just kick back and relax on the beach Big Island style.

$28.99 for da hui. Sa-weet!

“Mars Is There, Waiting To Be Reached”

Well, that old astronaut Buzz Aldren must’ve known a thing or two. Check out these must-have gorgeous platform heels named in honor of the rocky red planet.A little birdie over at OlsenHaus Pure Vegan told me in less than two weeks, we will be able to attain Mars at www.endless.com. Come March 15th get in line ladies (and gents too…), because these micro-fiber suede and linen beauties will take you to the moon!

available in citron (above) or aqua, and as always, cruelty-free

Life on Mars

5 GREAT REASONS TO EAT ARTICHOKES

1. ANTIOXIDANT KING

The artichoke can be classified as a superfood due to the high levels of antioxidants it contains, most notably cynarin. Besides this powerful chemical constituent, it also contains silymarin, quercertin, rutin, luteolin, and various anthocyanins.

2. GASTRIC BENEFITS

One large artichoke contains approximately 120 grams of fiber, which is three times the recommended daily intake of fiber for adults. Additionally, certain bioactive agents contained within the pulpy flesh of artichoke leaves have been shown to enhance the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, as well as assist in the increase of HDL (good cholesterol) and the decrease of LDL (bad cholesterol).

3. CANCER PREVENTATIVE

Scientific studies show that the flavanoids in artichokes reduce cell proliferation of many types of cancers including prostate, ovarian, breast and leukemia.

4. YOUR LIVER’S BEST FRIEND

Historically artichoke has been used in traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of liver conditions. Recent scientific studies show that artichokes are highly beneficial to the liver because they contain high levels of cynarin and silymarin,  elements that help to increase bile flow, and may even contribute to the regeneration of damaged liver tissue.

5. SAY GOODBYE TO THAT HANGOVER?

With regards to artichokes being a cure for a hangover, scientific studies have been inconclusive. However, many people swear that eating artichokes after of a night of excessive drinking definitely remedies the discomfort.

Insalata Di Carciofi/ Raw Artichoke Salad

Being a lover of both artichokes and lemons, this is one of my all-time favorite salads. As soon as artichokes appear in the markets in early spring, this salad is served in our home at least once a week. Peeling the artichoke is the most challenging part of preparing this dish, but it is well worth it. 

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