August 2014 — PlantOGram

August 30, 2014

This dish is healthy, delicious, and easy to make!

Pomegranate Pilaf


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup chopped unsalted pistachios or almonds

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/2 pomegranate)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring 1 minute to coat. Add chicken stock; bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice has absorbed all liquid, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, and fluff with a fork. Stir in apricots, nuts, pomegranate seeds, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Serves 6

Total time: 30 minutes

Idea from: Martha Stewart

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August 30, 2014

Since our last vegan cookie recipe was such a hit, we thought we'd post another cookie recipe!  This recipe is a little more complicated than our last recipe and certainly not as healthy, but these cookies are seriously sooo good! 

½ cup coconut oil

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup almond milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup vegan chocolate chips 


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Cream (aka thoroughly mix) together the coconut oil & brown sugar, then add the almond milk & vanilla. The mixture may be really "liquidy" this is OK.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Combine the wet & dry ingredients (it WILL BE crumbly - this is OK), then fold in the chocolate morsels & any other mix-ins of your choosing.

Roll into Tbsp sized balls & place them on an ungreased cookie sheet (or on a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet), then flatten them out a bit with your palm. The dough may be a little crumbly, but just smoosh it together and it will work fine!

Bake for 7-10 minutes. (I did 8 which was perfect)

Yields 12-15 cookies

Prep time:10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Idea from: Daily Rebecca


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August 29, 2014

This 7-Layer Potaco Salad Is The Ultimate Bowl Of Awesome.  This is a receipe for a potato/taco salad! It is super delicious and unique!

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August 29, 2014

Here are our favorite small changes you can make in your daily life.  For the next 100 days, live by these and you will be a happier person by the end!

1. Stop complaining for the next 100 days. A couple of years back, Will Bowen gave a purple rubber bracelet to each person in his congregation to remind them to stop complaining. “Negative talk produces negative thoughts; negative thoughts produce negative results”, says Bowen. For the next 100 days, whenever you catch yourself complaining about anything, stop yourself.

2. Don’t buy anything that you don’t absolutely need for 100 days. Use any money you save by doing this to do one of the following:

  • Pay down your debt, if you have any.
  • Put it toward your six month emergency fund.
  • Start setting aside money to invest

3. Identify one low-priority activity which you can stop doing for the next 100 days, and devote that time to a high priority task instead

4. For the next 100 days, plan your day the night before.

5. For the next 100 days, eat five servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit every day.

6. For the next 100 days, instead of carbonated drinks, drink water.

7. For the next 100 days, actively look for something positive in your partner every day, and write it down.

8. Create a scrapbook of all the things you and your partner do together during the next 100 days. At the end of the 100 days, give your partner the list you created of positive things you observed about them each day, as well as the scrapbook you created.

9. For the next 100 days, make it a point to associate with people you admire, respect and want to be like.

10. For the next 100 days do one kind deed for someone every day, however small, even if it’s just sending a silent blessing their way.

Read more: 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days

Information from Lifehack


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August 28, 2014

In order to fully enjoy this cocktail, it is recommended that you eat one miracle fruit before drinking the cocktail!  The miracle fruit will alter the way the sour drink tastes.  The miracle fruit alters taste buds so sour drinks and food taste sweet!


2 oz. fine dark rum

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 oz grapefruit juice (or orange juice if you would like it to be very sweet)

2 dashes orange bitters


Shake all ingredients in shaker and serve over ice in highball glass.

Garnish with slice of lime and lemon

Consume miracle fruit



Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Idea from: Miracle Fruit World

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August 28, 2014

Recipe: Mango Cobbler with Coconut Whipped Cream


For the filling:
4 pounds ripe mangos, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut chips
Coconut Whipped Cream, for serving


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place all the filling ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat mango slices evenly. Transfer to a 9-inch square baking pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the topping. Mix together the flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to rub butter into the mixture until it looks like coarse meal. Add the beaten egg and buttermilk, and stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Spoon the batter over the hot mango mixture in 9 evenly-spaced clumps 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, spread coconut chips evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown. Remove immediately from the hot pan and sprinkle over the cobbler.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of coconut whipped cream on each serving. (Be aware that the cream will melt quickly if the cobbler is warm.)

Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Idea from: The Kitchn

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August 27, 2014

These recipes will make your heart sing!

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August 27, 2014

Enjoy a homemade raspberry pie with this recipe!  This recipe is simple and can be enjoyed in an hour and a half!


1/2 cup water

4 cups fresh raspberries, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 (9 inch) baked pie crust

1 cup whipped cream for garnish


Heat 1 cup raspberries and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until raspberries soften, about 5 minutes. Strain raspberries into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve; discard seeds. Return mashed berries to the saucepan.

Stir cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water in a bowl until dissolved and stir into mashed berries; add sugar.

Heat raspberry mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Allow raspberry sauce to cool to room temperature.

Line the prepared pie crust with remaining 3 cups raspberries. Pour raspberry sauce over berries and chill until set. Serve garnished with whipped cream and lemon zest.

Serves 12

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Idea from: All Recipes

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August 27, 2014

Why is it Important to Eat Fruit?
Health Benefits
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.
Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.
Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber.
Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.

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August 26, 2014

This refreshing lemonade recipe is sure to please!


12-15 lychees

3.5 cups water, at room temperature or chilled

1 large lemon or 2 medium sized lemons

organic unrefined cane sugar as required

a few mint leaves or lemon slices for garnishing (optional)

few ice cubes (optional)


Remove the leathery skin of the lychees and remove the fleshy pulp and discard the seeds.

Put the lychees in a blender and blend until a smooth puree. Tiny unblended bits and pieces are alright in the puree.

In a pitcher, mix the lychee puree, lemon juice and sugar.

Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Serve lychee lemonade cold with ice cubes immediately.

Serves 3

Total time: 15 minutes

Idea from: Veg Recipes of India

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