Recipes to Tapin2life 30 Day Almost Vegan Challenge



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As promised here are some tasty, healthy, some all vegan and some almost vegan recipes if you need some assistance with getting started in our Tapin2life 30 Day Almost Vegan Challenge. My hope is that this will be an introduction to eating healthier in order to heal ourselves from various disease as an adjuvant or as a primary solution in addition to arriving at and maintaining a healthy weight.

As you become more comfortable cooking, my hope is also that you will begin to come up with different healthy combos of foods and pay close attention to eating in the proper order. These are some recaps of a few tips from the last post of do’s and don’ts on food combos and the proper order of intake:

  • Do not drink full cups of water right before eating your meals. It will dilute your digestive enzymes in the stomach and make it harder to digest your food. Drink at least an hour or so before and sip as you eat your meal if you must.
  • Fruits should be eaten alone- allow about 40 minutes at least to digest and never after proteins of any kind!
  • Combine Proteins (whether from animal or plant based) + Leafy Greens or Veggies like cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, kale and spinach
  • Combine a HEALTHY STARCH (brown rice, quinoa, barley, spelt) + HEALTHY FATS & NON STARCHY VEGGIES
  • JUICING is always a great way to break the fast before eating any solid food- a veggie juice is optimal. Invest in a blender if you donโ€™t have one.

Some vegan and almost vegan recipes to get us started:

Breakfast Ideas to break your 10-12 hour fast!

To break the fast start out with fruit or freshly juiced veggie drink or freshly juiced fruits. Eat or drink about 40 minutes before you plan to eat the next meal.

If you want something more sustainable skip the fruit/fruit juice and you can always make a breakfast bowl with plain yogurt and some type of oats.

Lunch ideas

Remember, eat a reasonable portion and we’re eating within a shorter amount of time incorporating intermittent fasting!

  • A light side of mushroom stuffed ravioli pasta with a veggie cashew cheese sauce (recipe posted below) plus steamed broccoli and cauliflower:
    • Buy a good brand of stuffed raviolis and cook as directed, add in the cashew cheese sauce: (soak about 200 grams of cashews for a few hours in water, drain, blend with almond or rice milk- whatever alternative you desire, season with: salt, pepper, a dash of soy sauce and a dash of sesame seed oil, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard, a few teaspoons of nutritional yeast, a dash of paprika and alter to taste as you desire with other seasonings), steam your choice of veggies and lightly season with salt and pepper and other seasonings desired and enjoy!
  • Egg salad with the works
    • (boil a few eggs ahead of time, mix in chopped green veggies: cucumbers, onions, bell peppers, garlic, add humus instead of mayo, about a teaspoon of olive or avacado oil).
  • Mushroom, walnut, cauliflower and broccoli vegan patties with a side salad of green leafy veggies.
    • Blend all ingredients together with 1-2 eggs and a bit of soy and sesame seed oil but don’t over do it with the liquid oils. You want the patties to hold together. Season as desired as you would your meat/chicken or fish. Bake about 10-15 minutes both sides in a 325 degrees F or 275 degrees C Oven. Take out and lightly fry on both sides in a skillet with olive oil 5 minutes. May be served with a side salad, avacado, a simple side of whole grain pasta or brown rice.
  • Veggie Wrap using kale leaves as the wrap loaded with all the works. If you desire, incorporate eggs or tuna and use humus as the dressing.
  • Taco Salad
    • All the fixins of the traditional taco salad but swap out your meat for the same ingredients in the veggie patty (mushroom, walnuts, cauliflower, broccoli and instead of a patty, saute in a pan of olive oil with your typical meat seasonings, chopped or dried cilantro, cumin and spice it up with a lil hot sauce!
    • In place of cheese or sour cream top it off on top with avocado and cumus!

Dinner Ideas-

You can actually alternate between lunch and dinner and ideally the lighter the better for dinner. Lunch should be the heaviest meal but most of us have to ease into eating lighter in the evening as the last meal.

  • Leafy Green Veggies plus Starchy Veggies like Oven Baked Potatoes and Chick Peas
  • Sauted Tofu in Sesame Seed Oil and a bit of Soy Sauce with Mushrooms, Scallions, swiss chard or kale (middle pic) with carrots and other veggies you desire. Can add noodles made from spelt flour. Avoid adding sauces like Teriyaki Sauce but if you must only a small amount (contains lots of salt and sugar).
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers or Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with a side of lentils or avacado or even starchy veggie like savory sweet potatoes (oven baked with olive oil, salt, pepper, sesame seed oil, a dash of paprika, nutritional yeast, cumin, and other seasonings as you desire).
  • Baked, lightly battered Egg Plant
    • Slice in half pieces and season as you would meat
    • (dip sliced egg plant in wet batter first- egg, almond milk or whatever sub you want, a bit of P Protein and nutritional yeast and flower if needed to make a pancake consistency wet batter, then dip egg plant in the dry batter- your choice of unseasoned bread crumbs or spelt flour)
    • Bake about 25-30 minutes (may need to flip half-way in between) in a preheated 350 F/275 C oven
    • Serve with a healthy grain plus a side of avocado drissled in olive oil and a small amount salt +pepper to season
  • Battered and lightly breaded baked cauliflower/broccoli or both. Same process as above egg plant recipe and switch out sides for salad or a healthy grain like brown rice, spelt pasta or whole grain pasta, quinoa or barley
  • Good ole’ fashioned veggie soup with spelt pasta noodles seasoned to your taste with a side salad is always a great stand by meal. Be creative with your veggies. Can add barley to your soup to bulk it up.

Others posts to come as we get started! Think of this as your starter kit and please comment back with your healthy recipes to help to encourage others to think outside the box and get more into experimenting in the kitchen. Unleash the chef in you!!!

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Black Seed Oil Review, Vegan Recipes & More

My Black Seed Oil Review

Many call Black Seed Oil ”Liquid Gold” and some have said that it cures everything except death. It was so valuable that the seeds were found in King Tut’s tomb, which gives you an idea of its value even in ancient times. I heard about this Blackseed Oil for the first time through a great friend but didn’t seek it out immediately. After finally looking into it and deciding to try it, I wanted to share some of my thoughts; but first, check out this short video review by a physician, Dr. Eric Berg.

As you may have heard in the above video, it is said to cure/ease so many things. I began using it as an anti-inflammatory and pain cure for arthritis, mainly for my back. Also, I believe that it is helping to protect my nerve cells against free radical damage (acting as an anti-oxidant/anti-aging). It causes cancer cells to commit suicide…..WHAT???๐Ÿคท It is in medical terms a somatostatin analog, which as you heard the doctor in the vid state was the only natural one that he could find. People pay thousands of dollars for cancer treatment. As far as concomitant and natural therapy for multiple ailments, this one has made number one on my list!!!๐Ÿ† STOCK THIS IN YOUR CABINET!!!

The only drawback I can report about this amazing oil is that I suffered from constipation and had to put more effort into staying hydrated. I currently am using only one teaspoon a day and plan to continue this natural remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Together

Check out this quick video on ACV and Lemon together. A very powerful combination. It’s absolutely been life-changing. As a part of my daily detox, I also give it a thumbs up. ๐Ÿ† STOCK THIS IN YOUR CABINET!!!

I take 1-2 ounces of lemon, 2 tablespoons of ACV in 16-20 ounces of water. I have not yet seen any drawbacks from this natural therapy. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ

Tasty Vegan Cooking…Some of my Faves from my kitchen and from YouTuber Rachel Ama!

This change from a nearly meatless, animal-free diet has definitely been a learning process, but very rewarding. The main thing to remember is to GET STARTED and DON’T BE AFRAID to experiment in the kitchen. Try new things. I’m including a video below of Rachel Ama’s from her YouTube Channel. She has some amazing recipes. Also below I have posted a few pics of my own that my family and I enjoy daily. I do meal prep a few days out of the week to cut down on the cooking time and then begin to ”build a plate/bowl” so to speak. Remember to KEEP IT ALKALINE as much as possible and pack your meals with nutrients, BUY ORGANIC when possible and WASH produce, beans and grains.

Last but surely not least, I leave you with some meditation

A Psalm of David, Psalm 30:1-12ย This was originally written by David to be sung at the inauguration of the Temple, though he knew it would not take place in his lifetime but of his son’s, Solomon. The Psalm entered into the siddur as a prayer to be said on Hanukka and was later adopted as a part of the daily prayers. It means a lot to me because of all the trials and tribulations me and my family have been through. In the midst of it all, pain and joy, we emerge feeling grateful and blessed. Most of all, we are transforming and growing daily. Stay blessed!

Psa 30:1 I exalt You, O ื™ื”ื•ื”, for You have drawn me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Psa 30:2 ื™ื”ื•ื” my Elohim, I have cried to You, And You have healed me.
Psa 30:3 ื™ื”ื•ื”, You brought me up from the grave; You have kept me alive, from going down into the pit.
Psa 30:4 Sing praise to ื™ื”ื•ื”, You kind ones of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His Set-apartness.
Psa 30:5 For His displeasure is for a moment, His delight is for life; Weeping might last for the night, But joy comes in the morning.
Psa 30:6 As for me, I have said in my ease, โ€œNever would I be shaken!โ€
Psa 30:7 ื™ื”ื•ื”, in Your good pleasure You have made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
Psa 30:8 I cried out to You, O ื™ื”ื•ื”; And to ื™ื”ื•ื” I prayed:
Psa 30:9 โ€œWhat gain is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Would dust praise You? Would it declare Your truth?
Psa 30:10 โ€œHear, O ื™ื”ื•ื”, and show me favour; ื™ื”ื•ื”, be my helper!โ€
Psa 30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have torn off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
Psa 30:12 So that esteem might praise You and not be silent. O ื™ื”ื•ื” my Elohim, I thank You forever.

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