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Yummy Vegan Breakfast

22 Apr

Now I am not a vegan I like my meat every now and then but I love adding vegetarian and vegan meals to my diet especially when weightloss is the goal. I love tofu and other soy products so when I am chucking meat out I throw in tofu whenever I can. My Yia Yia (grandmother in Greek) made a delicious breakfast of eggs with tomatoes so I took out the eggs and added some firm sprouted tofu in its place and viola! A delicious and healthy breakfast.

Tofu and Tomato Vegan Breakfast

1-8 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 fresh tomato chopped

1-2 oz  can of tomato sauce (I used no salt added)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2oz of water

sea salt/pepper to taste

Half a block of extra firm tofu, cubed

Drain and rinse canned tomatoes add to a pan. Follow with the chopped fresh tomato, and remaining ingredients except the tofu. Stir ingredients to mix and turn pan on to medium heat. Cook stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced and tomatoes are soft. Add your cubed tofu and cook until tofu is heated through. Serve with toast and fruit if you like. Enjoy!

**I had my breakfast with Ezekiel bread and a few kumquats and it was definitely delicious**

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Pita Pizza:Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

13 Mar

       Pitas were always a huge part of my life. They can be eaten alone, seasoned, with chicken, or my favorite souvlaki (Greek shish kebob). Growing up as a kid when I was in the mood for pizza I would also turn to the pita.  I would make a simple homemade sauce, top the pita with some shredded Greek cheese, pop it in the oven, and there was dinner! It soon became a go to quick dinner for my whole family, and it still is to this day.

Pita Pizza

5 pitas

4 cups shredded cheese (Kasseri, Kefalograviera, Mozzarella, etc.)

Tomato Sauce

1-8oz can of tomato sauce

Garlic Powder

Dried Oregano

Red Pepper Flakes

Salt/Pepper

Olive Oil

Make the sauce ahead of time to let the flavors develop. Pour the tomato sauce into a bowl, add a drizzle of olive oil, and then your seasonings. Now I did not add measurements for the seasoning because it is going to be dictated by your tastes. So this is your opportunity to play around with flavors. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Shred your cheese and set it aside. When your oven has preheated build your pizzas. Add the amount of sauce desired to your pita, top with cheese, and if you have toppings add those. My sisters like pepperoni while my dad loves anchovies. Put your finished pitas into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. The cheese will be melted and slightly brown. If I’m going to have a quick dinner this is it. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The City Girl Falls for the Country

4 Feb

       When I was finishing up my freshman year in high school, my parents gave me some shocking news. We were moving and not just to another neighborhood in Brooklyn but to northeastern Pennsylvania. After talking about moving to NEPA my entire life my parents were making the leap to change what had been our summer home to our permanent residence.  I was not happy about this move. I would be taken away from my best friends and my independence (since there is no public transportation). Not to mention all of the (hushed voice) nature.

       When living in the city you really aren’t exposed to much of what nature has to offer unless you go to one of the parks. When I did go to Prospect Park in Brooklyn well, I just didn’t like it. There were bugs and grass it was just not for me. I was used to concrete sidewalks with potted plants. When we moved to NEPA, however, it was like moving to the Amazon jungle. There were lots of trees, rocks, grass, and worse lots of bugs. Yet I found that as the years went by I started to let nature into my life.

       I began to slow down to watch some fluffy white clouds roll by. I began to watch the bees pass from flower to flower covered in pollen doing their duty. Then it hit me how unnatural growing up being afraid of nature is. From then on I set out to learn all that I could. I learned about the native animals, plants, and then I began gardening. At first I bought potted herbs from the local store but I wanted to grow more than that. So I set off on an internet search to find my perfect supplier. To my delight I found Burgess Seed and Plant Company. They had everything from seeds to trees. From then on I was hooked and have been learning how to grow and care for vegetables, fruits, and trees.

       I fell in love with the miracle of nature. I fell in love with how from one seed I can get a towering heirloom tomato plant. The first year I bought way too much and most of the plants died. Excitement had gotten the best of me. So I chose some vegetable seeds and a dwarf lime tree the following year. I have had this lime tree for three years now and it began to give me limes last summer. Even if you live in the city I suggest you get some seeds you can easily raise a tomato plant indoors and a dwarf lime, lemon, or orange tree would do well as well. Just bring the tree indoors during the winter, and let it get full sun and fresh air during the summer and it will be fine.

So check this site out and explore. Something is bound to catch your eye.

http://www.eburgess.com/

Citrus Collection

http://www.eburgess.com/detail.asp?pid=1606&nav=tre

This whole winter season I will be posting photos of my NEPA summers to keep the warmth alive 🙂

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