Sustainable Eating

Posts about sustainable eating, healthy eating and my very own vegan recipes.

5 Must-Have Vegan Foods for Beginners

Just starting out on your plant-based journey? If so, that's awesome! Here are five super versatile and tasty vegan food products to get you started.Curious about vegan food products? Maybe you're just starting out on your plant-based journey. If so, that's awesome! You're about to be wowed and delighted by the plentitude of vegan-friendly foods and recipes available.

If you're already plant-based, perhaps you're looking for someone else's opinion on the best and most versatile products out there.

I myself love reading articles and watching videos geared toward beginner vegans because I always seem to learn something new.

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9 of the Healthiest Plant Proteins

What are the best plant protein foods and just how much protein is in each? Almonds, chickpeas, quinoa, a seasoning that subs for cheese - and more!The Canadian government recently overhauled its food guide - getting rid of the long-standing "four food groups" and offering a clear message. Eat more plants. Eat less dairy and meat.

Not only am I happy about this change because it confirms my family and I are already eating well, but I am absolutely thrilled that it encourages others to eat sustainably. (If you would like to learn more about plant-protein vs animal protein diets and their link to the environment you can watch this video.)

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Homemade Tomato Soup in Under 5 Minutes

Looking for a basic tomato soup recipe? Well, here it is! Tomatoes, broth and... that's pretty much it. Plus, it takes less than 5 minutes to make!

When I was a kid, I loved me a bowl of canned tomato soup. I don't even think my family bought the "good" stuff - it was strictly no name brands for us back then. But it didn't matter. Throw a can on the stove, fry up a grilled cheese sandwich (with the no name processed cheese) and I was in little kid heaven.

My tastes may have matured a bit, but I still love tomato soup and a grilled (vegan) cheese sandwich. The problem is, it's not easy to find canned tomato soup that doesn't have some kind of milk ingredient in it.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids (and Adults!)

Embrace lunches full of fruit, veggies and other whole foods. These five healthy, vegan lunch ideas are certainly tastier than a PB&J sandwich!Even if you're not a student, or don't have kids in school (or kids at all), back-to-school season is still a great time to re-evaluate your life in terms of healthy eating. I actually find September to be a better time to start "resolutions" as it actually feels like a new beginning. (Unlike January, which here in central Alberta just feels really, really, really cold.)

Summers are so free-spirited - at least for me and my family. Perhaps, a little too free-spirited? 

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10-Minute Vegan Tofu Scramble Recipe

Every vegan has to have a tofu scramble recipe. Why? Because eggs. Spices like cumin and turmeric make this savoury dish perfect for any time of day.Every vegetarian and vegan has to have a tofu scramble recipe. Why? Because eggs. If you used to eat them regularly, they're definitely missed when you go animal-product free. You're probably also missing eggs if you can't eat them due to allergies, which is one of the reasons that I don't eat them - aside from the whole baby chicken thing.

Thank goodness for the versatility of tofu! This basic tofu scramble might not taste precisely like eggs, but damn it's good in its own right. Especially on a wrap with some salsa!

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Easy Vegan Gravy

This easy vegan gravy recipe is perfect for holiday meals like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. But it's also perfect for regular, every day meals!I write about a lot of different things on this blog. Design and decor, sustainable living, green products, healthy eating. I would say I possess a sufficient amount of knowledge in all of these areas. But there is one area I can confidently claim to be an expert in. And that area is gravy.

Perhaps being both a gravy expert and a vegan is an anomaly. But remember, most vegans did not start out that way and thus I consumed more than my fair share of gravy in my pre-vegan days. 

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How to Make Asian Coleslaw in Under 60 Seconds

This easy asian coleslaw can be assembled in less than 60 seconds with cabbage slaw, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and almonds.This is one of my favourite fast salad recipes and it really does take less than 60 seconds to make (well, after you assemble the ingredients that is). I even filmed a video to prove it! In honour of this recipe's no-fuss attitude (can coleslaw have an attitude?), I will jump right in... after I quickly tell you why coleslaw is so good for you. Of course, regular mayo-laden coleslaw is definitely not good for you (to make it healthier - and vegan - sub in Vegenaise!). But the main ingredient of any coleslaw - the slaw itself - is packed full of nutritiousness in the form of raw, shredded cabbage.

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Vegan Cinnamon Twists

Cinnamon Twists by Of Houses and Trees | These flaky cinnamon twists are lightly covered in cane sugar and cinnamon. Oh, and did I mention they're vegan? No dairy, no eggs. Just delicious.When I was a kid, my mom's cinnamon twists were the envy of all my friends. Every year as the holidays approached, my mom would pack these tasty bundles of cinnamon doughy-ness in my lunch and my classmates would just have to have 'em. They would offer me items from their lunch in exchange for just one cinnamon twist and - being the (somewhat) generous person I was as a child, I would share (sometimes). Now that I'm all grown I no longer feel the urge to bogart the cinnamon twists and am happily sharing my mom's cinnamon twists recipe with the whole internet. 

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Amazon Whole Foods Market + 9 of the Most Sustainable Foods

Most Sustainable Foods by Of Houses and Trees | Amazon and Whole Foods recently announced a partnership that includes the increased availability of products - including some of the most sustainable foods.Amazon and health food supermarket Whole Foods recently announced a partnership that includes the lowering of prices in-store and increased availability of products through Amazon itself. Since there are no Whole Foods Market stores in the province where I live - I don't have any personal experience with the grocery chain, but I do have experience with Amazon as far as ordering items such as books, movies and so on. Being into sustainable eating - meaning buying foods produced in environmentally conscious ways - my initial reaction to purchasing food items from Amazon is mixed. 

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5 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing by Of Houses and Trees | Healthy homemade salad dressing takes a bit of extra work, but the benefits are so worth it. Here are five of my favourites!

Once upon a time I ate "healthy." This is what people do when they mean well and count calories and eat things labelled "low fat." But a few years ago I turned into the "read every ingredient on the label and then painstakingly research it" kind of person and let me tell you, it was terrifying. On salad dressing labels alone: calcium sodium EDTA, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch. If you've ever made a simple homemade salad dressing, you know that all you really need is balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil... which is exactly how you make one of my recipes!

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Baked Balsamic Chickpeas

Baked Chickpeas by Of Houses and Trees | Chickpeas are crazy versatile and so is my "world famous" baked chickpeas recipe. Eat them warm out of the oven, as a cold snack, with salad, pasta or rice!

I have a confession to make. Up until a few years ago, I HATED chickpeas. (Also known as garbanzo beans, which was the name by which I knew them during my decades long boycott.) I remember my mom used to buy a five bean salad from the grocery store deli that included chickpeas and I couldn't even choke it down. I've written before about how I've since conditioned myself to love legumes. And out of this super nutritious food category chickpeas are at the top of my list. Can we just talk about how versatile they are for a second?

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Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

Healthy Broccoli Soup by Of Houses and Trees | Thick and creamy vegan broccoli soup... without the cream. Safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. And it's delicious too!

Mmmm... soup. I am definitely a fan. Winter or summer, day or night, I'd eat soup seven days a week if I could. And I can. Because I'm an adult and although that comes with all sorts of annoying "responsibilities" it also comes with the freedom to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. (Within reason... and often not within reason at all. Hello, leftover pizza for breakfast.) And sometimes I want to eat thick and creamy soup... without the cream.

Yes. That's right. No cream. Which means no dairy. Which means safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike.

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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry

Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry by Of Houses and Trees | A super simple, super delicious, super nutritious version of a healthy veggie stir fry that's easy to customize. Let the sauté-ing begin!

It's... finally... HERE!!! You may now be asking, "What in tarnations are you so excited about?" Why it's my first recipe, of course. A healthy veggie stir fry recipe, to be exact. When I redesigned Of Houses and Trees about a year ago, I was faced with a major life decision. I'm talking should-I-buy-the-regular-or-the-eco-concious-but-expensive-toilet-paper major.

The question: Do I start blogging about food and posting my recipes? I wrote about this conundrum in my inaugural sustainable eating post.

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5 Food Additives to Avoid

Food Additives to Avoid | Once you learn the five food additives to avoid there's no looking back. Somewhat bad for your tastebuds, truly amazing for your health.I have been feverishly working away on a new design for my blog (and I'm not being metaphorical about the fever as I have been sick, sick, sick). After debating long and hard over the course of this little blog's life (three years and three months to be exact), I've finally decided to include a section on my new site where I can share recipes and write posts on food topics I'm passionate about. (So, basically, everything – as I love all the foods.) The reason I hesitated for so long over including recipes and such on this blog is because it seems like the interwebs is absolutely dripping with recipes.

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Of House and Trees Blogger Archive

Featured Image (bloggerarchive-Wikimedia-freetoUSM)If you're looking for my older posts (or just trying to navigate away from this site and over to Pinterest... you know, where the real magic happens) they are currently still hanging out on my old Blogger site. After much trial and error, it turns out the best way to import my previous posts to my new site is to do so manually. As in reconstructing them one at a time. Good thing I wasn't a very prolific poster in those days as it is time consuming work! So the old posts will be gradually moseying their way over to their new home on the new and improved Of Houses and Trees site, but in the meantime try and drop by to say hello – even blog posts get lonely in their old age.

And while you're there don't forget to comment as your lovely and thoughtful words will be imported with each post...

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