Monday, April 13, 2009

How to Make Easy Vegan Bean & Potato Soup

I've moved this recipe to the new blog: Cheap Vegan Chick. Come on by to check it out and find more vegan recipes, deals, coupons and so forth!

Vegan Bean & Potato Soup on Foodista

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vegan Soy Candles: Info and Product Review for Lorain’s Touch Soy Candles

Did you know that most of the conventional candles you find in stores are actually bad for your health and the environment? With lead wicks, polluting paraffin wax, fake, chemical-laden scents - and even tallow - conventional candles might look and smell lovely, but animals, the environment and your health are paying a high price for that warm, inviting glow.

Fortunately, there are eco-friendly vegan candle options that are clean burning and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will enhance the ambiance of any space without harmful chemicals and pollutants. All natural, vegan soy candles are a great option that burn longer and cleaner than conventional candles, and I just happen to know where you can order them right from the comfort of your own home.

I recently came across where vegan and vegetarian candle lovers will find deliciously scented vegan soy candles that are handmade by a fellow energy healer and artisan crafter, Lorain Danus.

Living and working in the Huntington Beach, CA area, Lorain founded Lorain’s Touch and began to make handmade soy candles to provide energy, mood and spirit enhancing options that are vegan and eco-friendly.

Each of Lorain’s vegan soy candle creations is energized with specific intentions and positive energy, which is released into the surrounding atmosphere when lit. Available in two, four and eight ounce reusable tins, Lorain’s vegan soy candle scents/intentions include:

Focused - Oatmeal Milk & Honey
Happy - Vermont Maple Sugar
Cheerful - Bergamont & Coriander
Creativity - Blackberry Sage
Harmony - Green Tea
Compassion - Gardenia Blossoms
Strength - Lemongrass
Enlightenment - Water Blossom & Ivy
Abundance – Amber

Lorain also offers additional scents and intentions (as well as her sacred jewelry) that can be found at her website,

Lorain’s candles are surprisingly affordable for vegan soy candles, which can sometimes be pretty pricey, and their clean, chemical-free scents are an absolute delight. I particularly love their long burn time and the super handy reusable tin that adds to their eco-friendliness. If you are in the market for some vegan soy candles for a romantic evening, a relaxing bath, or an energizing aromatherapeutic experience, I highly recommend stopping by Lorain’s Touch to check out her vegan soy candle offerings.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Easy Tofu Scramble Recipe

Here is a super easy vegan scrambled tofu recipe - it's sort of my basic tofu scramble recipe that I then change up to create different vegan scrambles.

What you need:

1 block firm tofu (drained well)
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons Bragg’s, tamari or soy sauce
½ Tablespoon chopped onion
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon fresh minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons vegan bacon bits
Chopped green onion

What you do:

Combine vegetable oil, Bragg’s (or tamari, or soy sauce), turmeric, onion and garlic in a skillet and heat on medium, while cutting the tofu into small pieces. Lower the temp of the burner a bit and add the tofu to the mixture in the skillet. As the tofu cooks, mash it up and make sure that the tofu and seasoning mixture are mixed well.

If you want to include vegan bacon bits, they can be added as a topping after or folded into the mix towards the end of cooking. Cooking them in the scrambled tofu for a few minutes will soften them, which I like better.


I use a potato masher to mash the tofu into a more scrambled egg-like texture.
Topping the scrambled tofu with green onion adds a crisp, fresh flavor.

This is a very simple tofu scramble recipe that is quick and de-lish. I generally serve this with GimmeLean sausage or tempeh bacon and toast.

Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble on Foodista

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Best Vegan Red Lipstick

I have to admit, I love my make-up. And, prior to going vegan, a great red lipstick was always a mainstay in my make-up bag. I love a bit of a vintage look, and red lipstick is a must-have in order to achieve it. But, for years now, I have been without my red lipstick - ever since I found out that carmine (from ground up little critters) is the ingredient of choice that most make-up companies use for red coloring.

Finding vegan make-up is hard enough as it is, but finding vegan red lipstick is even harder. When I started my quest for vegan red lipstick, the first site I visited was Caring Consumer, which lists "cruelty-free" companies to help compassionate consumers make better buying decisions. However - and I think a lot of well-meaning vegans miss this - they list companies that don't test on animals and, according to Caring Consumer, that apparently makes them cruelty free, regardless of how loaded with animal-derived ingredients each company's products might be.

Now, don't get me wrong, is a great resource and great place to start - and they do mark which companies are completely vegan - but, you just have to keep in mind that you still need to do your own research.

For example, I was very excited to find Revlon and Jane Cosmetics on the list - Woot! Cheap cruelty-free cosmetics? - I'm there! But, when I went to the local drugstore and started reading labels, every single product that I picked up by either brand had at least one animal-derived ingredient. Naturally, this included carmine in their totally-not-vegan red lipsticks.

However, I am very happy to report that after an extended period of seeking out and testing vegan red lipstick options, I have found possibly the best vegan red lipstick in the world. Okay, maybe not in the world, since I haven't tried them all, but suffice it to say - I have found the vegan red lipstick for me, and I am thrilled to have a fab red lipstick back in my make-up bag.

Gabriel Cosmetics - which also makes Zuzu Luxe - uses St. John's Wort Extract to achieve rich red hues in completely vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks. Their eco-friendly, paraben-free, lead-free, vegan cosmetics are a tad more expensive than cheap drugstore brands, but the fact that they are better for your health, the planet and our animal friends make them completely worth it.

The Gabriel Cosmetics Pomegranate Lipstick is by far my fave vegan red lipstick I have found so far. Zuzu Luxe also has some great reds that I will try once this one runs out, and Gabriel Cosmetics also has some other rich red vegan lipsticks that I can't wait to try.

So, if you are craving some hot red lipstick that is vegan and lead-free, I highly recommend checking out Gabriel Cosmetics and Zuzu Luxe.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How to Make Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan pumpkin pie is actually quite easy to make and takes very few ingredients. There are a few different ways to make a vegan pumpkin pie and, of course, you can easily make your own vegan pie crust or use separate spices rather than a pumpkin pie spice blend. However, since this is geared towards folks who are looking for a way to make a super easy vegan pumpkin pie, this recipe is about simple as it can get.

I have moved this recipe over to the shiny, new blog: Cheap Vegan Chick. Swing by to check out this and other vegan recipes. Thanks!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie on Foodista