REBLOG: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake by Lucy’s Friendly Foods

This is certainly a must to reblog. It looks tasty and beautiful for spring. I would need to make a few alterations due to the change in country but seems easy enough to alter! It also has Tofutti as a main ingredient which is a favorite of mine! I would even consider topping with sliced fruit. Enjoy… Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

Tofutti Giveaway! Starts Now Ends March 25, 2014!



I will be giving away some yummy Tofutti prizes this coming month! Today is my birthday and in honor of another year on this earth, I am giving away one of my favorite brands loot to the best recipe that is sent to me featuring their product! So send me an email at with your favorite homemade Tofutti recipes and don’t forget to send a picture if you have one! I will close entries on March 25th and choose a winner within a week. The recipe will be featured on the blog as a guest blog and any pictures, blogger info, and such will also be featured. I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing how creative you have gotten with this awesome plant based product!

Food is Love.
The Hippie Gypsy.


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Guest Contributor @ Vegan Rebecca on Vegan Protein Replacement

Why Use Vegan Protein Replacers


Veganism is rapidly gaining popularity across the country. While this growth is largely a result of the

health benefits of this lifestyle, there are some individuals who will experience difficulties in obtaining

enough daily protein. Luckily there are vegan protein replacers designed to make it easy for people to

get their recommended daily amount of protein.

One of the most common concerns about taking these supplements relates to an ethical concern. Most

individuals who become vegans do so in order to avoid being a part of animal cruelty. This stems from a

belief that animals should not be harmed for the benefit of humans. It is a common misconception that

all brands of vegan protein replacers contain animal products. While there are some products that do

contain these products, they are required by law to clearly indicate this on their package.

Unfortunately, the location of this disclaimer is not defined by law, and as a result, there are many

companies that attempt to hide this warning. In order to determine if a particular protein replacer

is vegan friendly, you must carefully examine the entire package. Some companies will place this

disclaimer on the front of the packaging. However, there are other brands that will hide this warning in

the ingredients list. If you have examined the entire package and can find no animal product disclaimers,

then the protein supplement should be vegan friendly.

As the health benefits of veganism become more well known, it is likely that this movement will

continue to grow at a healthy rate. However, there are some people that may require nutritional

supplements in the form of vegan protein replacers. This is not a major problem, and in fact, it is rather

common. In previous decades, it was difficult to find protein replacers that did not contain animal

products. Fortunately, now there are numerous vegan friendly products available.


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Meatless Mondays Guest Contributer @VeganRebecca : Common Recipes for Vegans

Common Recipes For Vegans

There are many types of vegan recipes on the market. They tend to fall into one of three types – substitutes, subtractions and originals. Each has their place at the dinner table.


The Substitute

Most vegan recipes tend to substitute vegan alternatives for the offending foodstuffs. A great example are vegan pancakes – a simple substitute that removes butter and milk from the equation makes the meal far more friendly to those who are conscious about their food choices.

Ingredients:  1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 2 tbsp white sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp oil

Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately. Make a well in dry ingredients, add in wet – stir until blended. Heat a griddle to medium high, cook pancakes until golden brown and then flip.


The Subtraction

Many vegan meals simply feature the subtraction of offending elements. A great example would be a basic noodle soup instead of a chicken noodle soup. The entire recipe takes only moments to make, but still fits with a vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup celery, 3/4 cup carrot, 1 clove garlic (minced), 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/3 cup orzo, 4 cups vegetable broth

Heat olive oil in sauce pan. Add in vegetables, garlic and onion, cook until tender. Add the pasta, and cook pasta until toasted. Add broth, boil over high heat until pasta is tender.


The Original

Perhaps most rare are those recipes that are originally created for vegans. Rather than existing only as a modification of a traditional meal, these meals are created with vegans in mind. A great example is the Avocado Salad – a simple dish that is still quite delicious.

Ingredients: 2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp seal salt, 5 tsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cups cooked lentils, 2 ripe avocados (quartered), 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts (chopped), 1/4 cup minced chives

Combine oregano, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Toss lentils with mixture, add avocado, hazelnuts and chives.



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Meatless Mondays Guest Contributer: @VeganRebecca from

Keeping The Whole Family Interested In Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays are a day of the week set aside to eating in a more world and health conscious way. With the right attitude and recipes it can be a tradition that is carried on through the years. Sometimes though, sustaining a meatless day can be seen as restrictive and have negative connotations for non-vegans. There are a few things you can do to pep up your one meatless day of the week so no one feels like it is a restriction.

Tips For Sustaining Meatless Mondays For Children:

– Change another detail about the dinner, for example, during a meatless meal you can eat under the table and play pretend during the meal. Explain how each of the foods come from the earth and pretend to be bunnies.

-Let your child pick out his/her favorite vegetables, and at first do not make him eat a particular food. If your child knows meatless days do not automatically equate to a particular vegetable then they will be more comfortable with trying new things.

-Stick to the habit even when there is resistance. If you do not give in at first it will become a habit your child establishes even if there is resistance in the beginning.

Tempting adults into enjoying a change in diet can be slightly more difficult if your significant other is very resistant but there are a few things to try.

Tips For Sustaining A Meatless Day For Adults:

-You will need to pull out the culinary guns for adults, but there are a lot of addictive vegan recipes that even the most carnivorous adult will enjoy. When you find the one recipe that they request even on other days you will know you have a go to meal when temptation strikes on meatless day.

-Do not get preachy. Keep things light, if it becomes an argument simply state that you are choosing to cook meat free on this one day but you will not be offended if they do not partake. At first it may be tempting to cook a hamburger for the unhappy party, but stick to your guns without judgment. One day a week they can fend for themselves or enjoy your delicious healthy, eco-friendly meals.

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I hope you enjoyed our first guest contribution! If you did please write in and we will continue this meatless mondays series!

XOXOX, The Hippie Gypsy