DIY Expression- Wheatpasting!

¿Por qué dejar que los artistas tienen toda la diversión? No tengo la capacidad artística pero tengo una boca grande y mucho que decir. Pegando de trigo con es perfecto para aquellos como nosotros. Escribir, pintar, imprimir o estampar algunas palabras en un papel, hervir un poco de agua con la harina y que tiene la forma más simple de la expresión-su propio!

Why do artists get to have all the fun? I have no artistic ability but I have a big mouth & a lot to say. Wheatpasting is perfect for those like us. Write, stamp, draw, paint or screen some words on a paper, boil some water with flour & you have the simplest form of expression- you own!!

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Un día en el Mercado Agricola Natural!

Durante tres años, el mercado de los granjeros en Viejo San Juan, PR ha estado ofreciendo la mejor gastronomía local a la comunidad, y un mercado para los vendedores de alimentos locales. De los alimentos preparados a las plantas, producen, a veces, el suelo y suministros de jardinería, este mercado local ofrece más de solo consumismo responsable, que ofrece un gran lugar de encuentro para nuestra comunidad!

For three years now, the Farmers Market in Viejo San Juan, PR has been offering great local food to the community, and a marketplace for local food vendors. From prepared foods to plants, produce, and sometimes soil and gardening supplies, this local market offers more than just responsible consumerism, it offers a great community meet up!

Dado que este mercado se encuentra dentro de un museo, que por desgracia no se permiten perros en el interior. Nuestros amigos de Walkstar ofrecieron a ayudar! En frente del museo en el lado de la calle Norzagaray, Walkstar ha creado un espacio con el cuidado del perro libre para los clientes del mercado. Estos profesionales de cuidado de mascotas de San Juan están felices de pasar el tiempo jugando y caminando con sus pequeños mientras que ofrece agua filtrada, sombra, golosinas orgánicas (hecha a mano) y mucho mucho amor!

Since this market is located inside a museum, they unfortunately do not allow dogs inside. That is when our friends at Walkstar Inc. stepped in to help! In front of the museum on the side of Calle Norzagaray Walkstar has set up a space where they care for your dog for free while you are shopping! These pet care professionals of San Juan are happy to spend time playing and walking with your little ones while offering filtered water, shade, organic treats (made by hand) and much much love!

El mercado se encuentra en la antigua Plaza del Mercado
calle Norzagaray 150, Museo de San Juan
Viejo San Juan, PR
Todos los Sábados 08 a.m. -1 pm

The market is located in the old Plaza del Mercado (Museum of San Juan)
150 Norzagaray St. Old San Juan, PR
Every Saturday 8am -1 pm


Vidoes Del Dia mundial contra Monsanto!

La Marcha Mundial Contra Monsanto San Juan, PR

What a beautiful day we had fighting the good fight against the corporate giant Monsanto! All over the world farmers, countries and communities have stories, law suits and heartbreak all due to the company Monsanto who is poisoning our lands and destroying the future of food on the planet. Our right to nutrition, air or clean water should not be held by a corporation. Ever.

At 2PM the march started in front of the Department of Agriculture building on Fernandez Juncos, and the people were very vibrant and serious against the atrocities that Monsanto has performed on their people and soil previously, and stood firm for the future of food production on the island.

Traditional Escabeche de Guineos!!

This is a super easy and SUPER delicious salad that is served cold, or at room temperature, and is great for large groups. Like most good salads lots of marinating time is needed so make sure to prepare a day in advance!

Escabeche is a sauce that is used for pickling. In the Caribbean we use this for bananas, roots, and fish recipes, while in Mexico it is very popular for peppers like Jalapeños and Serranos and other vegetables. I fell in love with this salad while visiting the Kioscos Luquillo, a long line of kiosks along the beach next to the Blue Flag beach in the town of Luquillo. I love the full taste of the salad was surprised that it doesn't have the extreme tartness that pickling is usually associated with.

The recipe:

6 green bananas (not plantains!)
1 small yellow onion cut into strips or circles
½ red bell pepper sliced or diced
1 or 2 garlic cloves smashed
3 bay leaves
1 tbs. whole pepper corns
2 tbs. + ½ cup good olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
salt to taste
olives or capers (optional)

Peel the bananas and slice into ½ inch rounds. Boil for 9-12 minutes, or until the banana is softer but still firm, and by no means mushy. Drain.

Meanwhile in a frying pan, heat the 2 tbs. olive oil and very slowly cook the onions and red pepper without browning or making them crispy. Once the onions are transleucent add the pepper corns, bay leaves, salt and garlic and sautee for another 2 minutes to release the flavor. Transfer mixture to an airtight container, add 1 cup olive oil, olives or capers, and the vinegar. Mix well and chill for at least 12 hours, shaking or stirring every few hours.

Feel free to double or triple the recipe for larger groups (you can judge by the number of rounds there are before cooking), and have fun by adding cubed yucca or taro root!


Who Said Cats Can't Be Vegan?

Not VeganCats.com!

All of my life I have been told that cats need animal-source vitamins, but no one could really tell me which ones, or for what reason. None of these arguements I believed, but lacking super information about cats, their health & diet, I was stumped. My cats like vegetables and I have been able to make their foods, but I never trusted my own vegan combinations being nervous they were not getting the nutrition they need.

My research lead me to read articles like the NaturalNews.com report on the horros of the pet food industry, and I realized I need a new game plan, and quickly. No matter how much money I'm spending on cat food, the quality was desperately lacking, and I refuse to poison the little ones I have vowed to take care of.

The Whole Dog Journal did a wonderful exposé on the inside of a pet food manufacturing plant, but not on any brands I had ever heard of. Anyway, it was informative on certain practices and laws that are in play.

Finding the VeganCat.com site made me breathe a great sigh of relief, because not only do they have the answer I have been looking for, they have done the RESEARCH, and can physically tell me exactly what nutrients cats produce, why they need some extra help from animal sources, and exactly how they found replacement vitamins and minerals and from what sources.

From the VeganCat Website:
Cats need dietary taurine, but significant quantities naturally occur only in animal tissues. A shortage causes blindness and heart disease. Most mammals biosynthesize vitamin A from the yellow pigment (carotene) found in vegetables. Cats lack this ability, making a dietary source of this vitamin, found naturally only in animal tissues, essential. Vitamin D is another essential vitamin, found naturally only in animal tissues as D3. The essential fatty acid arachidonate is rare in non-animal sources. Cats require it for numerous vital metabolic processes including reproduction. Vegecat products contain the rare nutrients mentioned above derived from non-animal sources, such as D2 from yeast. Recipes meet nutrient levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Official’s (AAFCO) Cat Food Nutrient Profile for adult cats, without using any animal products. Each container comes with simple recipes which, when used with Vegecat, are formulated to meet all the nutritional requirements for adult cats. (For kittens, see Vegekit also offered on our site.) Vegecat recipes may include ingredients such as lentils, garbanzos, tofu, TVP, & yeast (we highly recommend VegeYeast as it is the healthiest for cats). 

There are different products and brands of vegan options for your cat on their site. If you are tired of processed pet foods on the market, and ready to make the switch to a cruelty-free life for your pets, this is definitely the place to begin!


That's Organic!

I'm a huge fan of this video! Anyone with kids please share this with them!
(Yes, Heather & Brenda, I'm looking in your direction..)


Green Tips that will Improve American Cities

Our 5 Favorite Vegan Recipe Sites!

In no particular order, these are the sites we recommend when people are interested in cooking vegan goodness in their own homes!

1. Post Punk Kitchen.
Yes, this is a no brainer. AMAZING food, easy to follow recipes, and hot vegan chicks all together in a cute little package. These famous vegan authors are responsible for giving us such books as the Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Brunch, Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Latina, Vegan Eats World, Viva Vegan!, Vegan Pie in the Sky and probably countless others. They also brought us the BCAT (Brooklyn Cable Access) television show Post Punk Kitchen. Although they are not filming anymore, the site lives on as a staple for amazing recipes and cooking/baking tips. Great for beginners in the kitchen, or newbies to veganism. Easy to follow, and the recipes taste great.

2. Vegweb.com
The Vegweb site blows me away. I am almost overpowered by how many recipes there are, and how nicely they are organized. The site is very easily navigated, na dthe recipes are plentiful. Not all are vegan, and since they are posted by the Vegweb community, not all have reviews, tips, variations or photos. It's a little more of a crap shoot, but with so many good recipes available, and general vegan information, it is still one of the first sites we go to when we need a good recipe!

3. Seitan is my Motor This is an old favorite blog from Dresden, Germany that has veganized some of my favorite European foods. Interesting, cultural, and some hella recipes.

4. VEGANYUMYUM This blog brings extremely appealing photos with incredibly easy and fun recipes. These creative and unusual combinations, and extremely versitile dishes, along with the look and content of this blog makes me want to jump up and cook, whether I am hungry or not. Seriously. \\

5. Vegan Lunch Box Another blog I have followed for many years, but at first blew off because I don't pack a lunch or have kids. Hello! How wrong I was! Packed with information, great recipes, easy snacks, and lots more, who needs the kids to eat great food?


T. Colin Campbell

Maybe you have heard of him, maybe you recognize the names of his books, or have seen his videos or movies. He is the legend, T. Colin Campbell and he is a nutrition guru!

From Wikipedia.org:

T. Colin Campbell is an American biochemist who specializes in the effects of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, the author of over 300 research papers, and the co-author of The China Study (2004), one of America's best-selling books about nutrition.[1] He also starred in the 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives.
Campbell was one of the lead scientists in the 1980s of the China-Oxford–Cornell study on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart and metabolic diseases. The study was described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prix of epidemiology."[2]

Through his books The China Study and Whole, countless articles, and interviews Dr. Campbell has offered more than sufficient hands-on data that a plant-based diet offers many health benefits and aids in curing and proventing many of the diseases that plague Western culture today.  According to Dr. Campbell's research, diet and nutrition plays a huge part in conquering and provention of diabetes, thyroid diseases, obesity, heart conditions, cancers, infectious diseases, renal failure/diseases, and even some psychiatric conditions.

eCornell is currently offering a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, with the intent on introducing medical professionals, as well as the public, to the benefits of nutrition on health and disease prevention.

http://www.tcolincampbell.org for more information!