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All Hail Kale. All Hail Kale.

Today I am featuring a Kale and Tofu Wonton.  I made these Vegan Style. So glad you joined me today, because it is Virtual Vegan Potluck Day. This is the Second Virtual Vegan Potluck and I was lucky enough to participate once again. Check out my 1st. Virtual Vegan Potluck Post. While I am not Vegan, my friend Annie over at An Unrefined Vegan who organizes the Potluck allows non-vegan bloggers to join in on the fun as long as they respect the Vegan lifestyle and post a recipe that follows the Vegan guidelines. So my contribution to the Potluck is an appetizer to stimulate your appetite.

Please enjoy a hearty bite of Kale and Tofu Wonton. 

Here’s the recipe for the Kale and Tofu Wontons, just in case you want to make these little appetizers for your next Potluck.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem
  • 1 Block of Tofu
  • 1/3 Cup of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Wonton Wrappers (See recipe below to make your own Vegan Wontons)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • Vegetable Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

  • In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the nutritional yeast, and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.
  • Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or)

  • Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper
  • fill with about 1 tsp of mix
  • Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with a side of vegetable marinara sauce.
  • Makes about 18-24 wontons depending on how thin you roll out the dough.

Here’s the recipe to make your own Vegan Wontons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water cornstarch, as needed
Directions:
  • Sift together flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly stir in warm water, dough will be very stiff
  • Knead dough on floured surface until smooth, about 15 minutes. Cover with towel and let stand for 20 minutes
  • Roll about 1/2 the dough out, as thin as you can
  • then Repeat for other 1/2 dough
* This was a bit harder than I expected. Rolling out the dough was hard work and I tried to go as thin as possible. For the sake of getting a good picture I do have to admit that I used the best wontons for the above photos. I had quite a few funky shaped ones that tasted good, but were a bit embarrassing in thickness and shape.

Okay, back to the Pot Luck. Here’s how the Potluck works. You need to start at the beginning and work your way through the meal. I will have instructions and a link down below that will guide you through the Potluck, but since your here I thought maybe you could check out the blogger that precedes me and that follows me in the Potluck.

So the blogger that precedes me is The Little Green House from Australia. Just click on the Go Back Link Button Below, but Please come back so you can go forward…

Go Back

Thanks for coming back. Now the blogger that follows me is The Vegan Kat from the USA. Just click on the Go Forward link button below, and again Please come back to enjoy the rest of my post!
Go Forward

Okay now I can complete my post with you and then get you on your way through the rest of the Pot Luck. The Potluck is HUGE this second time around. This Potluck is eight courses with over 103 Bloggers participating. So there is so much fun to be had, and some serious foods that need some attention. I am on the lookout for some great Vegan Dinner ideas.

Now I want to share my love of Kale with you. I really do Love Kale. I picked up this necklace at Vegan Cuts and I wear almost everyday. Can you believe that there are people out there in this great big world that have NEVER tried Kale? I know it’s ridiculous. Kale Rules!

So I had to post this picture, I know it’s cheesy, but little things like this amuse me. I Felt like I was just Nominated for Kale Queen, and how could I not share that with you? 

I had a bunch of kale left over after making the wontons so I made some tasty little Kale chips as a snack.

Kale Chips Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of salt. I used nutritional yeast and garlic powder
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy

Again, Kale Rules!

The Virtual Vegan Potluck is a favorite day of mine, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and took away some amazing recipes and maybe a few new blogs to follow, and I’d like to extend a special thanks to all the Vegan’s out there, I really appreciate your lifestyle and life choices and I strive everyday to make ethical choices and to guide myself down the path to a plant-based lifestyle. I also hope you got a good chuckle out of my Kale Queen picture.

So as promised here is the Link to the Start of the Potluck. Our host is Vegan Bloggers Unite. Please enjoy, and…

Thanks For Coming

Well I’m off to enjoy some Potluck dishes, I might jump forward to the desserts, I have a sweet tooth, and I am craving sweets.

Check Ya Later.

I’d like to encourage you to comment on the bloggers that participated in the Potluck, we all would really appreciate your comments. Thanks Foodie Friends.

Potluck Question of the Day: What is your favorite dish to EAT at a Potluck? -or- What is your favorite dish to BRING to a Potluck? -or- What did you think of MY Kale and Tofu Wontons?

Kale Queen…I like it. I like it alot! Stay Healthy Potluckers.

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Some-days you just wake up and know it’s going to be a good day. Today was one of those days, nothing amazing happened, it was just a good day.

Here’s whats in today’s bag.  For breakfast I have a Chobani pineapple yogurt that I mix with Kashi Go-Lean Crisp Cereal and a Fuji apple. For lunch, I have hummus and sprouts that I stuff  into whole wheat pita. I also have some pretzels and a mozzarella cheese stick.  Around 3 pm I like to have a snack so I always have a hard-boiled egg. I’m kinda bummed that I forgot to cut up a cucumber for my hummus sprout pita. That would have given it a good crunch.

When I got home from work I was greeted by these two crazy kids.

They know that when I get home from work, they get to eat, so I usually get a major greeting then they proceed to throw themselves at me, letting me know that they are hungry. If I ask them if there hungry they answer back with barks and whinny sounds. They also bounce around a bit to really let me know just how hungry they are.  I like to hang out with them as they eat, I have noticed that if I leave the room they just inhale the food. So I usually just do some stretching while they eat.  After they ate I grabbed my gear and we head up to my spare bedroom where my treadmill is and I got my walk on.

I love to walk and tonight’s Treadmill walk was Fantastic. I did 60 minutes on an incline. My normal routine on the treadmill is easy, I just walk at a fast pace and listen to great music on an incline. I usually do 10 minutes forward, then slow it down a bit and do 4 minutes backwards to target different muscles, I do this until I’ve completed 60 minutes. In the winter I rely on my treadmill, but in the Spring, Summer and Fall, I walk outdoors on trails. There’s nothing like a great walk outdoors.

Walking...

Most of the cardio I do is low impact workouts. I use the treadmill to walk, I use an elliptical machine to mimic running, I do throw in a few sets of jumping jacks, that’s about as high impact as I get.

Over the years of experimenting with different forms of exercise and always wanting to join in on friends runs and races, I tried running. I always wanted to like it as much as they did, but I couldn’t find the joy. I finally realized that I don’t enjoy running at all, I don’t like the way it makes me feel, it wipes me right out. I experienced pain in my knee and hip joints and I always seemed to be thinking about when it was going to end. I don’t do that with walking, I enjoy it, time fly’s by. I always feel energized and happy after a good walk. I keep my heart rate up and adjust my pace to ensure I’m getting a good heart healthy workout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking running, I’m just admitting I’m not built for it, so I do what I love, I walk. I know there are runners out there that feel the same way about running as I do about walking.  So I think you should find what you love and what works for you and do it often.

Here are some of my favorite Walking Quotes:

  • A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
  • One step at a time is good walking.
  • All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Dinner did not require a recipe, I free styled this one, I just added what I wanted to pasta.
Linguine pasta with imitation crab, green olives and clams. I added a jar of pasta sauce and sprinkled Nutritional yeast on top. For the sides I had Dr. Praegers spinach shapes and a slice of garlic cheese toast. Sometimes the best meals are the one’s tossed together.
I really love these Seafood Snackers, they are great cold on salads and they are great on a hot meal like the pasta dish. Or I just eat them as a snack.
Nutritional Yeast, have you heard of it? I have been using it for a few months. I tried it to add more protein and B complex vitamins to my diet.
Here’s the deal on Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae.[1] Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it. This is commercially available in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.[2]

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugardairy, and gluten. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. When fortified, the vitamin B12 is produced separately (commonly Cyanocobalamin) and then added to the yeast because yeasts are fungi, whereas B12 is synthesized only by bacteria.[3][4][5]

Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as put into scrambled tofu or eggs. Some movie theaters offer it along with salt or cayenne pepper as a popcorn condiment.

I found it in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods, I love the flavor and I sprinkle it on eggs, pasta and tofu dishes. I once made a lite version of Mac and Cheese and used that instead of the cheese, it was good, not as creamy as real cheese but I was experimenting with it.

Eating healthy is a priority for me, I really try to eat as clean as I can, there are many amazing options out there now. I find so many really healthy frozen options by some great organic/healthy food companies. We all have days that we cannot find the time to make a great meal from scratch. Finding a great product or a healthy brand is easier than ever. So many companies realize that we want good food so they make it. I find great deals in the Health Food Section at my grocery store, plus I clip coupons and there are some great sites on the internet where you can get organic/health food coupons.  I got to http://www.organicdeals.com. They have all the printable coupon sites on the right hand side of the page. Resources are out there for us to take advantage of, so clip away to save and to eat healthy.

Question of the day: Do you take walk’s? Have you ever used Nutritional Yeast? 

Check Ya Later

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