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Veggie-licious Dog Bones

Dog bones are really easy and fun to make!  Not only will your kids like to help cut out these little bones, your dog will also be very happy to help by eating them up!  You will need a dog-bone cookie cutter, or you can get creative and shape them as round “balls”, or cats… or whatever cookie-cutter shape your dog will devour!  (But of coarse, I hope your dog doesnt really like to devour cats!)

~Veggie-licious Dog Bones~

  • 3  1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/8 cup diced red bell pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels
  • 1  1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Mix flour, oatmeal, vegetables, & sunflower kernels in a bowl.  Whisk the water & oil together and then mix into the flour fixture.  Fold with a rubber spatula until it starts to turn doughy.  Knead dough for 2-3 minutes and roll out 1/4″ thick.  Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the bottoms of the biscuits become brown.  If they don’t seem hard enough, leave them in the oven as it cools.**  (We got 42 bones when we made these!)  Store in air-tight container and freeze extras, if desired.

Sofia loved to help cut the "bones"

Mmmmm!! Henny likey!!

Whats this? A HOMEMADE bone?!!

** UPDATE:  I would definetly recommend leaving them in the oven to cool or even flipping them halfway through the cooking time to make sure both sides are good and brown.  If you don’t cook them until they are nice & crunchy, they will get almost rubbery after a few hours (which could lead to them getting moldy after several days).  So… cook those bones until they are “bone-hard”!

 

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A Visit to Atlanta

What a day!  Today we visited the Atlanta Zoo & our favorite vegan friendly restaurant in downtown Atlanta, R.Thomas Deluxe Grill off Peachtree Street. Whenever we are in the city, we try to sneak in a visit to R. Thomas.  R Thomas is the ultimate eclectic diner.  They are open 24 hours.  They have a great selection for meat eaters AND vegans, which is hard to find!  They have smoothies, fresh juices, & lots of organic produce & wines. They also use wild caught fish & natural range meat, which (even though we don’t eat meat) is always a plus to support. (check them out @ www.rthomasdeluxegrill.com)

Today I ate the Lucky Green Tea (which is quinoa, veggies & tofu that have been simmered a green tea miso reduction).  My husband had the Southern Vegetarian (collard greens, millet corn casserole, smashed potatoes & shiitake mushroom gravy with dots of butternut squash). My kids ate the R’s Veggie Burger, which is delicious and exactly what kids always want!  We also had The Thai Express (quinoa with sautéed veggies & tempeh in a spicy peanut sauce).  As you can tell, we can’t ever quite decide on what to order!

To top it all off, there is always an incredible vegan dessert! (Tonight’s was a slice of hummingbird cake, which was incredible with hints of pineapple & coconut… Last time we were there we had a slice of raw apple pie that was FANTASTIC!) Oh yeah, they have some raw dishes too! I could go on and on… I seriously recommend checking them out!

We have been to the Atlanta Zoo a few times already this year.  I know there are many vegans that don’t believe in going to the zoo, since the animals are there locked inside without a choice.  I do see their point.  But I also grew up going to the zoo and I sincerely believe that it nurtured my love for animals.  Seeing these animals face to face definitely encouraged my curiosity and love for other living beings. Where else would a child see these amazing creatures, like an elephant, giraffe or gorilla… without going to another country or in a book?

I think seeing these animals and looking into their eyes, studying their movements, seeing how they are like us, or how they are different, is key to developing love and respect for animals.  In a way, the animals in a zoo are martyrs.  They very unfortunately give up their lives and personal freedom, but by doing so, they foster love for animals in children of all ages, even adults.

If these animals being captive can help us understand and learn to appreciate other animals in the wild, I believe it is worth it.  I will always feel sorry for them, yes, but what they are giving to the world is priceless.  For every child that falls in love with one animal they see at the zoo, a positive future for all animals in the wild rises.  Maybe they can even teach US how to live in peace and love each other a little bit more.

V’egg Salad

I have been eating this v’egg salad for the past 10 years, ever since I moved to Athens in 2000.  It is originally from the Daily Co-op Deli on Prince Ave.  I have never had a better faux-egg salad!  My kids love this stuff (& its packed with protein)!  It’s easy to prepare and it also can be eaten many ways: My husband’s favorite way to eat it is on crackers with a splash of frank’s hot sauce on each bite! It’s also great in a sandwich or alone. I have eaten this sandwich on many picnics & even while floating down the Broad River a time or two!  Believe me… it never disappoints.

  • 1 block tofu, crumbled (I always use tofu in bulk or the xtra firm water packed kind)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped finely
  • 1/4 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large pickle, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp dry dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients except tofu.  Break up the tofu into crumbles and then mix all together.

~ makes 3 ( 8 oz.) containers

I actually served this v’egg salad at a recent party as “deviled v’eggs” by cutting a block of xtra-firm silken tofu into 8 pieces, and using a melon-baller to scoop out the center of each piece, which I then filled with the v’egg salad & a dash of paprika.  It truly looked and tasted like the real thing!! The silken tofu tastes completely like a hard-boiled egg and with the faux egg center – well – let me just say I had quite a lot of compliments on my h’ordeurve!

my deviled v'egg horderves

Happy Birthday, Me!

Well today was my 33rd birthday, so we went out to eat at my favorite vegetarian restaurant, the Grit… Truly the best veg restaurant ever!! If you are ever in Athens GA you really need to check it out. I had curried carrot soup, collard greens & a chickpea-spinach sauté dish… All of which were simply amazing! It always takes me forever to order when i go there because I can’t ever decide what to get! And if you are a dessert person, they make the best vegan cakes that I know of! In fact, I have used their “chocolate death cake” recipe for 3 character cakes (minnie mouse, pluto & a guitar cake for my husband) this past year! Anyway, enough rambling about someone else’s food!… I am really excited to get this blog up and going so please come back and see what I’ve made to share tomorrow! Until then… Chow! 😉