30 March 2011

My Thoughts On The Crisis In Japan - March 30th, 2011

I heard about the Japan earthquake and tsunami about 2 hours after it happened. I was in complete shock and devastated. Japan is a heavily populated area, especially considering the land size of the country. I love Japanese people and culture. In fact, my step father and step brothers are Japanese and I love them dearly.

I have read many news articles and watched videos of desperate people in Japan. I have seen some videos on Youtube of people in Japan who have been told they are not to drink the tap water, or even take a shower. That is really scary because you can't even cook any foods with water. People are saying they are getting constant nose bleeds, meaning they are probably already poisoned with radiation. Food is contaminated there as well. Japanese people who already have passports are fleeing the country, and I don't blame them. I would do the same thing. But what about those who don't have passports or the means of leaving Japan? Our news and media are not telling us what is REALLY happening over there. The situation, particularly the radiation situation, far worse than what we are being told. It's hysteria over there. The media says that only 11,000 people were killed in the tsunami/quake when the numbers are really much higher than that. You can find videos on youtube of people who are in Japan right now, saying that their news says things quite different than what our news is saying.

I have a few questions though. Is their government finally going to admit to the Japanese people that they messed up and EVERYONE in Japan needs to leave? Is our government going to have to help evacuate these people? Where can these people go to detox and get the radiation out of their bodies? Would our citizens willingly accept all of Japan into our country?

I wish there was an easy solution. I do pray that people have learned that nuclear power is not needed. Clean power needs to be created and we should  be investing a MAJORITY of our money in that, instead of wars, instead of "natural" gas, (which is contaminating tap water here in the US already, I learned this from watching Gasland from netflix), instead of developing genetically modified foods, instead of developing more hazardous vaccines. Technology does move fast, but right now the development for CLEAN, truly clean, energy is needed. We can not rely on fossil fuels, "natural" gas and nuclear power any longer. There has to be a better way. Money needs to be spend a MAJORITY on sustainability. Sustainability is the only thing that will keep our entire world out of crisis. Going back to our roots. Gardens in every back yard and front yard. No more use of pesticides on food or chemicals in the home. I've seriously considered going to live with the Amish, because when the economy collapses they will be the ones we will look to for skills in staying alive and thriving.

Anyway, I think you get the point. I am done with my "rant/opinion" post. I rarely post things like this, because I like to keep my blog very positive, but I hope my "rant" has given you some things to think about.
I hope everyone continues to donate money to Japan, particularly, for bottled water and food. I pray that everyone in Japan is protected from radiation poisoning as much as possible.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

26 March 2011

Earth Hour - March 26th 2011 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Earth Hour is a worldwide phenomenon. Millions of people from 128 countries participated in this movement last year. This year's Earth Hour is on March 26th 2011 at 8:30pm. The celebration is about protecting Mother Earth. At 8:30pm people from around the globe turn off all their power for one hour to bring awareness to climate change and to show the Earth that we still do care about her. Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and protecting animals and the environment.

Our Earth deserves to thrive and be healthy. One person can make a huge difference, imagine what an impact millions can have.
I hope all you take the opportunity to join myself and millions of others in this event.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

21 March 2011

Meatless Monday - Vegan Spring Rolls & 10 Minute Peanut Butter Cups

I'm posting 2 recipes today. Both are delicious. The first is vegan spring rolls which are perfect since it's the beginning of spring now. I also love spring rolls. I could eat them all day every day. The second is vegan peanut butter cups because I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate, such an awesome combination.

Vegan Spring Rolls: (Gluten-Free if you buy rice pastry sheets that do not have wheat):
1 package 8-inch square frozen spring roll rice sheets, thawed
1 squash of your choice, julienne
1 can water chestnuts drained and chopped coarsely
1 large carrot grated
2 - 2 inch pieces of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped or grated (optional)
2 cups or more of cabbage-regular or Chinese variety finely chopped OR spring salad mix
2 cups fresh bean sprouts (optional)
1/2 cup organic celery, finely sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil

(this recipe makes about 12 spring rolls)
Visit this website to see pics on how to roll the spring rolls. When rolling them make sure they don't touch each other. The rice roll pastry is very sticky.

After you rolls some of each ingredient in the rice roll sheets you can fry them on the stove with some olive oil until they are crispy on each side. OR boil them in water for 30 seconds for each spring roll. Either way tastes great, boiling them is a little more "fresh" tasting. You can also make several of these and freeze them. After they are frozen you can pop them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Peanut Sauce for Spring Rolls
Recipe from www.lovesveggiesandyoga.com
1/3 cup peanut better
1/4 cup maple and agave blend
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup apple cidar vinegar or orange juice
1 tsp ginger powder (optional)

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. I'd add some minced garlic to this as well (only because I really love garlic)

Now for dessert. I copied the recipe from the www.lovesveggiesandyoga.com  which is my new favorite recipe site because it has great pictures on making these vegan peanut butter cups. These are so simple to make and I'm sure all my readers would devour these as quickly as possible. Yum!

Averie’s (Raw if You Want) 3-Ingredient, 10-Minute Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
1/2 c melted chocolate (i.e. 2 Full-Size Squares of Melted Baker’s Brand Chocolate because it’s dairy-free, or melt 1/2 c Chocolate Chips, or a Cocoa Powder/Agave/Coconut Oil Mix)

2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1/2 Tsp Nooch (i.e. Nutritional Yeast)
Yields: 2 Peanut Butter Cups.  Intentionally a very small recipe, feel free to mass-produce.
First, melt your chocolate (Raw Foodies, use whatever ratios of raw cocoa powder, agave, & coconut oil suits you to keep it raw).  I use the 45 seconds in the microwave trick and melted about 1/4 c worth, which is 1 Baker’s Chocolate Full-Sized Square. (You’ll melt the other square later).

Then, take paper muffin liners and Pour the Melted Chocolate in, just coating the bottom of the liners. 
Mix up the Filling
2 Tbsp PB + 1/2 Tsp Nooch
Optional: Dash of Salt, Dash of Agave, Dash of Vanilla Extract.  This is to your taste and highly subjective, so do as you wish friends, but I think my version is quite Reese’s-like.
If you’re having a hard time getting your nooch well-incorporated into your PB, zap in the micro for 15 seconds.
I love how the nooch actually gives the PB that barely there, ever-so-slight chunky factor like the filling in Reese’s Cups is.
Spoon the Filling into the now-hardened (or somewhat hardened) Chocolate Layer

Pour more Chocolate over the Top.  I melted up 1 more square now. 
Transfer your cups carefully to a plate

Put them in the Fridge to Harden Fully
And look at how chilly & yummy that looks!
Unwrap & Notice the rippled or ruffled Reese’s-like edges.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!
Peace, Love, Wealth
The Progressive Mama
Kimra Diggs

03 March 2011

SAME Cafe in Denver - Organic food that everyone can afford, literally.

At SAME cafe (So All May Eat) you will see a menu of delicious healthy organic food. All the food is locally grown and prepared by volunteers. The menu does not have prices on it. Prices are donations. You can choose to donate your time working at the restaurant or you can donate whatever you can afford for you meal. SAME cafe's “philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity.” They have very little overhead because everyone who prepares the food are volunteers.
I love this idea. It reminds me of times when people used bartering for services and food. I think this idea could really take off and expand through the country.
Learn more by watching this video.

So All May Eat from OrganicNation on Vimeo.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

28 February 2011

Meatless Monday - Arugula Pesto

I veganized this recipe from Simply Recipes (photo above). It is also raw now too.
2 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup of shelled walnuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (cold 1st pressed if possible)
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt (or other salt)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
note: if your food processor is not very powerful soak your walnut and cashew in warm water for a 1-2 hours to soften them.

Food processor method: Grind the walnuts and cashews until they are as powdery as possible. Combine the arugula, salt, salt and raw garlic into a food processor. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl.
Mortar and pestle method: Combine the nuts, salt and garlic in a mortar. With the pestle, grind until smooth. Add olive oil, grind again until smooth. Finely chop the arugula and add it to the mortar. Grind up with the other ingredients until smooth.
Because the pesto is so dependent on the individual ingredients, and the strength of the ingredients depends on the season or variety, test it and add more of the ingredients to taste.
Serve with pasta, over a salad, cold or hot pasta, or as a sauce for pizza. I love pesto spread in veggie sandwiches.
Variations: use the same amount of spinach, basil or cilantro to make different types of pestos. I like making mine with fresh spinach and cilantro combined.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama