Vegan Candy

Top 10 Vegan Halloween Candy

Trick or Treat?

My kids have been teasing me about giving out bunches of kale for Halloween!  I’m not that much of a crazy #veganmom!  I do however buy vegan candy to give out.  Because it is so amazingly easy to do!

My Top 10  9 Halloween Vegan Candy Choices

1.)  Laffy Taffy

2.)  Dum Dums

3.)  Smarties

4.) Nerds

5.)  Dots

6.)  Bottle Caps

7.)  Air Heads

8.)  Skittles

9.)  Starbursts (I guess are not vegan according to the dozens of email I have received.  I checked my ingredient list and did not see gelatin but that many people must be correct.)

10.) Sweet Tarts

Vegan Candy

What are your favorite vegan Halloween candies?

Check out my other Halloween posts!

Not so horrible am I?

With all of these great choices that include two of my all time favorite candies–even before declaring myself a vegan–I was making steps towards being vegan!  So really, we could all be vegan on Halloween.  We could all buy candy with compassion in mind.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

 

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two beets

Can’t Beat, Roasted Beets

Just Beet It

I have a running shirt that says “just beet it”.  It makes me smile when I wear it.  Beets are just fun that way.  I bought my shirt at the Engine 2 Retreat  I attended this past summer, a big step in honoring my intention to eat healthy.  It was an incredible weekend of food, friends, learning and beets.  Not only did I buy a super cool shirt, I found several other beet lovers who were happy to share their recipes with me.

Where do I buy beets?

I have been blessed to have beets in my CSA box.  (read more here on how I picked my farmer! for my local readers–check out these local options.)  Currently, I support 3 local farms–2 of these are less than 5 miles from my house.  Ok, I know I’m weird when I get excited thinking that my beets are growing just a few miles from the house.  (Then again, I am the lady who suggested that I make myself a dress out of Swiss Chard on a video!)  My local farms Radical Root and Sandhill Farms have been alternating weeks of having beets in the boxes–completely unintentional yet it has let me “pace myself” on my beet consumption.  I urge you to find your own CSA options.  My third farm is Tomato Mountain Farm in WI, they actually deliver to my door!  I love them just for that.

If you don’t have a CSA–then go to the grocery store.  They seem to always have beets available.  Even my Super Target has beets!  So really–there are no excuses for not buying beets.  

How to Cook Beets

So simple.  

  • wash them
  • cut the “tail” off so they will “stand up” on the baking sheet
  • line them up on a foil lined baking sheet
  • roast at 400 for a good 40 minutes.  I prefer my beets to be a little firm.
  • I wrap the beets in the foil and store them in the fridge up to a week.  (they NEVER last that long.)
  • I peel them as I need them.  Having beets prepped ahead of time is very helpful during the busy week.

roasted beets

 

How to Eat Beets

I eat them just warm out of the oven.  I have simple tastes.  But you could also:

  • serve them cold with a vinaigrette (your can try my recipe.)
  • mash them (like potatoes) add salt, pepper and Earth Balance vegan spread.
  • cut into cubes with feta cheese sprinkled on top (I serve this side dish warm).  Vegan option:  I use some panko bread crumbs instead of the feta.
  • add them to salads–it turns everything pink, so if that is a deal breaker . . . eat them on the side.
  • juice them–this is done with raw beets and it is one of my most favorite, amazing ways to eat beets!  Beets, carrots, one apple and ginger–this is a wonderfully grounding juice.  When I feel scattered or just need to breathe–this juice does that.  It offers me quiet energy.

Share with me!

How do you eat beets?  Share your recipes in the comments!  Then tweet it out so we can share the love of beets!roasting beets

Be Blessed as you eat with L.O.V.E.!

Renee

 

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cranberry blessing

Roasted Brussel Sprout-Cranberry-Pecan Salad

Roasted Amazing!

This could not have been more simple!  Three ingredients–Brussel Sprout, sweet and tart cranberry and the crunchy pecan.

I placed cranberries, Brussel sprouts and pecans on a roasting sheet.

Roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let it cool.  Toss in fig vinaigrette.  

It was incredible warm . . . an cold.  

For another great BS roasted recipe, go here.

Roasted Brussel Sprout Cranberry Pecan Salad

brussel sprout cranberry pecan salad

 

 

 

 

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