Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage

This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!

Produce On Parade - Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage - This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!

I'm always trying to work more lentils into my diet. Short of smoothies and desserts, if I can remember, they go into everything! Kind of like turmeric in that regard. Spaghetti? Check. Soup? Check. Salad? Check. Tacos? Double check!

Speaking of food...the food monster...also known as Bailey (Bob), has been coming to work with me for the past couple of weeks. The naughty little fella decided it's the most brilliant thing he's ever discovered to open the oven and gobble up all the nut and seed muffins I thought I was "Bob-proofing" in there. A few days later, he opened the fridge while we were at work and ate half a tub of Earth Balance and an absurd amount of red miso paste. A balanced diet? Umm...not so much. Check out Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to keep up on all his shameful adventures.

Bob gets walked three times a day while I'm at work and I love to bask in the sun and smell the fresh air throughout the day. The leaves are almost out in full-force up here in Alaska and late-spring finally has that distinct fragrance of freshly blooming birch leaves. Bob enjoys it too. I think he is glad to feel included when he comes to work with me. In the morning he waits on the porch until I exit the house, so I don't forget to bring him. 

It think it's helped him cut down on licking his foot a bit too; sometimes I still catch him when I go to walk him though. He has a lick granuloma on his back leg near his paw. Has your dog ever had one of these? He's had it for years. It comes and goes and I swear we've tried pretty much everything, and have been to several vets! Have you found anything that seemed to help? 

Produce On Parade - Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage - This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!

Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage

Recipe by Katie @ Produce On Parade

This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown lentils, dry
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and ribboned
  • 2 medium celery stalks, chopped
  • ½ small cabbage, shredded
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ¾ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced

Cooking Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the lentils and water to a boil over high heat. Then reduce to low and cover. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the lentils cook, add the cucumber, celery, and cabbage to a large serving bowl. Toss to combine then add the pepitas and the cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and stir in the garlic.
  4. Add the cooked lentils to the veggies and pour the dressing over the mixture. Stir very well to combine.
  5. Serve warm or cold, using a slotted spoon. It’s great as a side, on top of leafy greens, or in corn tortillas!
Produce On Parade - Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage - This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!
Produce On Parade - Lentil Salad w/ Cucumber & Cabbage - This is a hearty lentil salad filled with refreshing cucumber, crunchy cabbage, celery, and pepitas. It cooks up in 30 minutes flat and is a great as a side, abed leafy greens, or used as a filling in corn tortillas!

Learn A New Word In Dutch

Exciting --> opwindend (op-vind-denz)

Expand Knowledge 

This is a very interesting piece from NPR regarding what's next for animal welfare and how our opinion on how we treat animals is changing because of, well, science!

 

Blogiversary + Veganniversary + Birthday Cake Smoothie

This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Well, April 25th was Todd and my two year blogiversary and veganniversary. Another one come and gone and too much excitement already happening (housebuilding and cookbook) to evenly properly celebrate, can you imagine?! It's only been two years since we simultaneously decided to go completely vegan, and start a blog as an outlet to our new adventure but it sure feels like we've lived this way our whole lives.

Who would have known the adopting a vegan lifestyle would reduce Todd to the lowest dose of Methotrexate for this rheumatoid arthritis! Just by cutting out dairy, eggs, and meat?! He felt so much better, there was no turning back and then the blog just grew from there. It wasn't filled with the potential struggles of being vegan like I thought it would be. Nope, rather Produce On Parade became a celebration of this new way of life and the amazing food that goes with it. Add as time went on were reviews of wonderful vegan products, news and information regarding veganism and wellness, and of course a new Dutch word every post too. 

A lot has changed from two years ago. I never thought I'd be smack in the middle of building a home (yesterday was our second kitchen design appointment and today was bathrooms!) and writing a cookbook (over halfway done!). It's been a pretty crazy ride but I wouldn't change it for anything. Adopting a vegan lifestyle and starting Produce On Parade have been two of the most life-changing and exciting things in our lives. I can't wait to see what the next two years have in store! And for fun, here is look back to our one year blogiversary/veganniversary in which a salted caramel chocolate tart made a grand appearance. 

Thanks so much for supporting Produce On Parade in all we do over here. I love hearing from each and every one of you! You all always have the kindest things to say, especially in a world that's sometimes not so friendly. I wish you were all my neighbors so we could celebrate each new day with delicious, cruelty-free food and give each other advice on which vegan deodorant to use (you think I'm joking but I'm really not). I have the best readers and friends around. Thank you. 

Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

And now onto some serious stuff. Protein! Protein powder that is. I don't really use the stuff a whole lot, but Todd does and he approves of the new line from Sunwarrior...Classic Plus! Check out it's awesome stats:

  • Organic & vegan (hooray!)
  • Raw & plant-based
  • Made with amaranth, quinoa, chia seeds, yellow peas, and brown rice
  • Gluten-free
  • Sweetened with stevia
  • 18 grams of protein per serving
  • Chocolate, Vanilla, and Natural 

Totally full of good stuff right? I thought it would be the perfect addition to this Cake Batter Smoothie. Want to try it out yourself? Sunwarrior is hosting a giveaway! Click the link to enter to win a protein powder starter pack!

Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Birthday Cake Smoothie

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop (25 g) Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 small avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of kosher salt
  • dash of birthday sprinkles, optional

Cooking Directions

  1. Place everything excluding the sprinkles in the blender and blend on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Top with sprinkles and serve chilled.
Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Time For A Vegan Deodorant? A Tom's of Maine Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you're like me, you ask loads of people everyday if they're wearing any deodorant. Oh wait, is that just me? That's life in the day of a mammographer I guess! My point is, deodorant and antiperspirants are on my mind. A lot. 

I'm one of those people who absolutely can't stand sweating and I have a keen nose, so I pick up on lots of smells that other people wouldn't even notice. Obviously, this means I'm an avid deodorant/antiperspirant user. Until I became vegan. Yep, "stinky hippie" is truly a real thing, but it doesn't have to be!

That being said, it was really difficult to find an antiperspirant that wasn't tested on animals and contained no animal products. So I decided to turn to a more alternative product, but I couldn't find a good combination deodorant/antiperspirant.The few I did find were too wet feeling and just seemed to make the situation worse. So, I ditched the antiperspirants and decided to just use a deodorant (oftentimes I just wear nothing, I swear on Chaos Field Roast Cheese that your body acclimates, really, but I won't go into that). Turns out I don't actually sweat that much either. Lucky me! Goodbye antiperspirants, and hello deodorants! 

I've tried a few different deodorants in the past couple years, since I ditched antiperspirants. While I really liked the smell of them, they were comprised mostly of coconut oil and so they would leave big grease stains on my scrub shirts that were difficult to get out. Um...no thank you. That's how I ended up with four different deodorants in my work desk drawer...I'm happy to say that I think I've finally found the perfect deodorant!

Tom’s of Maine  makes a Long Lasting Natural Deodorant that is vegan and cruelty-free. I've been using it for about a week now and confess I really like it! It goes on a little more wet than I like, but it doesn't leave marks. There have been no big oil stains on my shirts like the other brand I sometimes use. The Wild Lavender scent is absolutely lovely too. It's not too strong and I just get a small whiff of it throughout the day. You can also choose from a Natural Powder scent and an Unscented one as well. 

Tom’s of Maine deodorant is natural, which means it has no aluminum, no petrochemicals, no parabens, and no artificial fragrances or preservatives. Woot, woot! It's been clinically proven to provide 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops and odor-trapping zinc, which is always a good thing. I love that their packaging is completely recyclable, too. As a vegan hippie, recyclable products are important to me. It's why I spend three times the bank on Bailey's eco-friendly poopie bags. A clear conscious has a price, apparently.

Finally, say'll be saying no animal testing and animal ingredients with Tom's of Maine deodorant. If that wasn't enough, 10% of Tom’s of Maine profits go back to helping people and the planet, and they've been around for over 45 years based out of Kennebunk, Maine. All feel-good stuff, and who doesn't like that?

It's the deodorant I use everyday at work, but depending on my day's activities  I'll sometimes use an antiperspirant if I know I'm going on a long run or have a social outing. 

Do you use a cruelty-free deodorant? If not, maybe it's time to make the switch. When you do, here's some things you should know:

  • When trying a new and/or natural deodorant for the first time, know that your body might need a little time to adjust. I'd test it out for at least a week.

  • Natural formulas are free from chemicals and artificial ingredients that are usually found in conventional deodorants. 

  • Make sure the scent smells good on your body. Sometimes the product smells wonderful straight from the tube, only to find out that it doesn't mesh well with your body's natural scent.

Tom’s of Maine can be connected with on Facebook 


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