Pepita Pancakes w/ Persimmon Compote

pepita pancakes

Pepita Pancakes w/ Persimmon Compote

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup raw, shelled pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 cup non-dairy yogurt of choice (coconut, almond, or soy)
2 flax “eggs” (see instructions below)
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
stevia extract to taste, optional (for a sweeter pancake)
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Heart of Palm “Carnitas” Lettuce Wraps

palm heart carnitas

Heart of Palm “Carnitas” Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

1 head red leaf lettuce, preferably wilted slightly

for the Heart of Palm “Carnitas”
1 14.5oz can or jar whole hearts of palm packed in water
1/2 medium onion
1 cup vegetable stock

for the Roasted Tomato Crema
1/2 cup roasted sunflower kernels
1.5 cups cauliflower florets
1-2 serrano peppers, depending on how spicy you want the crema
1 lb fresh tomato(es)
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 meyer lemon, or to taste
Salt to taste
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But, Beans Aren’t Paleo!?

beansI’ve recently received a lot of messages and comments regarding how “un-paleo” my recipes are.

Yes, I cook with beans. No, I’m not sorry. Nor do I claim them to be “paleo”, because nothing we eat today is actually paleo as in “things people ate during the paleolithic era”. The concept of a “paleo diet” in popular culture is not informed by anyone familiar with the archaeological record.

Here’s the SparkNotes version:
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Chickpeas in Broth with Senna and Kale

senna leaf chickpeasI have a confession to make.

While as paleoveganista I photograph and write about every new recipe I make that has garnered favorable results among family and friends (and sometimes just me) I have a set of standards and ethics to adhere to when sharing or promoting these recipes. Continue reading

YAWP! (the redemption of the health bar)

slideshow_1YAWP! bars are the best thing to happen since…ever.

Since 2007 I have viewed all “energy bars” with disdain or else voiced ironic and original quotes (and often outright anger) regarding their place in “society” as glorified candy bars, or their infallible ridiculousness as a supposed health food. Continue reading

Sesame Broccoli with Sautéed Scallions

broccoli with scallionsThis recipe might just win the award for Most Sustainable Paleoveganista Recipe to date. I would call it radical, but then again most of my recipes fall into that category. Continue reading

The Drought


Ah, water conservation. It’s all “crazy hippie hype”, until it isn’t.

1. Timing. It’s a great idea to shower every day. It’s like brushing or flossing, or eating right and exercising. Everybody does it, or should anyway. If 15-minute showers are necessary for you, skip one every other day. Even if you go through the motions of DIY blowouts and flat-ironing (thereby adverse to getting your hair wet), throw on a shower cap and take that 2-minute shower.

Freezing-cold 2-minute showers aren’t the most comfortable thing, but seeing as we could all die from overuse of water, it’s worth considering. Continue reading

The Dark Side #camplife

michelle phillips girl scout smoking

Life is fragile and absurd –Leo Tolstoy

Veganism doesn’t simply revolve around food choices. Adopting (or adapting to) a vegan lifestyle has anthropological, sociological, economical, and environmental implications. In this specific case, taking “a stand” as a vegan considers the effect of subliminal messaging through media (song lyrics, television, and other cultural factors) on the world’s youth. To be more specific, the youth of America—and even more specifically, the “repeat after me” songs taught to campers.

At the camp I worked at this summer, certain songs embodied an eerie, dark tone. Children’s rhymes and faerie tales à la Hans Christen Anderson and The Brothers Grimm might give insight into the ways in which popular and supposedly age-appropriate “entertainment” geared toward children in the Western world have developed. Consider The Little Mermaid, where the later-named “Ariel” (in the Disney rendition, which differs greatly from the original with its happy ending) must spend the rest of her life in agony as every step she takes makes her body’s pain receptors react as if she is stepping on nails…to decades later receive the forgiveness of the Lord in order to live among the fallen angels in purgatory…or the denouement of Hansel and Gretel in which the brother and sister are baked in the oven by the evil witch. Both are punishment for “acting out” against parental control…the mermaid for refusing to comply with rules set by her totalitarian father, and the children for “wandering off” without permission.

In general, camp songs are often dark or politically incorrect and/or against the feminist message that the association/corporation strives to promote. Take for example, the following: I recently listened to a story via DemocracyNow! in which Amy Goodman described the action taken by Girl Scouts of Western Washington to reject a $100,000 donation because of the donor’s insistence that it could not be used to benefit trans-gendered girls. The stance taken by GSWW is a fine example of the way in which GSUSA does not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Why then, would the summer camps in which its members and alumni attend and work, include songs in its programing that directly oppose its social and political stances?

The ethical dilemmas posed by camp songs extend to a population larger than that of vegans and animal-rights activists, even when the problems with the songs suggest animal abuse. For example, “Percy the Pale-Faced Polar Bear”, a song I hadn’t heard prior to this summer, ends with the formerly free-roaming polar bear’s capture and eventual confinement in a zoo. At first he wasn’t happy, but “he met his girlfriend there”.

Way up in the land of ice and snow
Where the temperature drops to forty below
Who’s the happiest one up there?

Percy, the pale-faced polar bear

Sleeps all day and then at night
Catches a fish by the pale moonlight

Has no worries, has no cares…
Percy the pale-faced polar bear

Then one day a hunter came
Caught poor Percy by the snout.

Put him in a great big cage.

Percy howled, and growled, but he couldn’t get out.
Now he’s living in a zoo.
Funny thing, he likes it too.
‘Cause he met his girlfriend there
and she loves…
Percy the pale-faced polar bear
Who?
Percy the pale-faced polar bear.

Another verse, or alternate, not in the official songbook at this particular camp but adopted via staff from other camps throughout the USA:

Percy has an enemy
Ranger, Ranger Rick

Ranger, Ranger Rick
Ranger, Ranger Rick

Percy has an enemy,
Ranger, Ranger Rick

Percy has a girlfriend now
Cindy, Cindy
Percy has a girlfriend now
Cindy, Cindy Lou

Cindy, Cindy Lou
Cindy, Cindy Lou
Percy has a girlfriend now
Cindy, Cindy Lou

So, Ranger Rick caught Percy and put him in a cage, took him to the zoo, and he was at first sad. Then he met his girlfriend and all is well.

*editor’s note: this song was boycotted by several of the author’s coworkers, who are by no means vegan but very against Sea World.

Then there’s “The Rooster Song” that offends almost everyone forced to sing or teach it:

I had a chicken, no eggs it laid
Until that rooster came in our yard
and caught that chicken, like totally off guard!

We’re having eggs now, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
AYE YI YI YI!

I had a toaster, no toast it gave
I had a toaster, no toast it gave
Until that rooster came in our yard
And caught that toaster, like totally off guard!

We’re having Eggos, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
AYE YI YI YI!

I had a garden, no veggies it gave
I had a garden, no veggies it gave
Until that rooster came in our yard
And caught that garden, like totally off guard!

We’re having eggplant, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
AYE YI YI YI!

I had a gumball machine, no gum it gave
I had a gumball machine, no gum it gave
Until that rooster came in our yard
Aye YI YI YI!

We’re having Chicklets, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
Aye YI YI YI!

I had a Chinese shop, no food it gave
I had a Chinese shop, no food it gave
Until that rooster, came in our yard
And caught that Chinese shop, like totally off guard!

We’re having eggrolls, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
AYE-YI-YI-YI

I had a holiday party, no drinks it gave
I had a holiday party, no drinks it gave
Until that rooster came in our yard
And caught that holiday party, like totally off guard!

We’re having eggnog, we never used to
Until that rooster came in our yard
AYE-YI-YI-YI!

I had a rooster, it was quite sick
I had a rooster, it was quite sick
Until that doctor came in our yard
And caught that rooster, like totally off guard!

It’s laying eggs now, it never used to
Until that doctor came in our yard
AYE-YI-YI-YI!

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I dare anyone to not find this problematic on a number of levels.