My Vegan Chick’n Noodle Soup

My Vegan Chick’n Noodle Soup

Serves 4 – 8 (makes 8 cups)


  • 8 cups water
  • 4 Not-Chick’n Bouillon Cubes (Vegan)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup baby carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 2 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 3 oz. dry pasta (was about 1 1/2 cups dry – I still had some of the pretty heart shaped pasta)
  • 1/4 cup TVP
  • 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 – 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped


Combine water, bouillon, carrots, celery and minced onion in large saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, 15 – 20 minutes. Stir in pasta, TVP and green onions. Cook until vegetables and pasta are tender. Remove from heat, stir in parsley, cooked quinoa, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


My Homemade Raw Natural Face Scrub…

Today I decided to make my own all natural, raw,  face scrub and mask. I get tired of buying all that expensive stuff at the store with all the chemicals in it. Here it is…

My Homemade Raw Natural Face Scrub

  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds (plain ~ no salt)
  • 1/4 cup organic dried lavender (next time I’ll throw in some chamomile too)

First I put the almonds in the food processor until they where ground. Don’t do it too long or you’ll have almond butter O_O Then I added the oats, then the lavender. I use about a tablespoon of it with warm water to make a paste, then scrub my face with it and warm water. I also tried adding a tablespoon of avocado with a tablespoon of the scrub, smashed it all together, add drops of warm water if you need to then scrub your face with it. I left it on for a bit too like a mask. It makes your face really soft. I wouldn’t use the avocado it you have really oily skin because it has a lot of oil in it. And I wouldn’t use it with the avocado more than once or twice a week. The scrub is great without the avocado =)  Keep in a sealed container. I just scoop out a spoonful when I want to use it and add water to that. Don’t add water to the whole mix. Keep it dry =)

Here is a little bit I found on each ingredient…

Whole rolled oats: “Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, a type of complex carbohydrate. When polysaccharides mix with water, a gel forms. This gel softens and nourishes the skin. It also protects skin from drying out even after you’ve washed the oatmeal away. Oatmeal contains healthy fats. When they come into contact with your skin, these fats help to add moisture to soften and repair your skin. The saponins in oats help to remove dirt from your pores. This effect, combined with oatmeal’s moisture-adding properties, gives your skin that soft glow after an oatmeal cleanse.”

Raw Almonds: ”Almonds are a natural emollient and when ground an effective exfoliant. With regular use of almond body scrub, your skin will reap the natural moisturizing benefits of almond oil and the exfoliating properties of almond meal. Ground almond in the almond body scrub provides abrasion or graininess necessary to “polish” the skin, increase blood circulation and stimulate lymph production to eliminate toxins, while naturally triggering skin’s natural oil secretion. Almond oil, rich in natural emollients, anti-oxidants and vitamins A and B, is easily absorbed by the pores. Almond oil in almond body scrub is also helpful in healing damaged skin cells and will leave your skin moisturized and smooth.”

Lavender: “The health benefits of lavender for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema.”

Avocado: “Avocado oil penetrates deeply into the skin, unlike some oils used in some big brand skin care products like mineral oil, which stays on the surface of the skin. It is highly nourishing to the skin and moisturizes very well. It is packed in natural vitamins like vitamins A,D and E and a wide range of other proteins and minerals essential to skin health. Avocados have been shown to reduce the incidence of age spots and also helps to soften the skin. It is very useful for dry or itchy skin and also helps the skin increase it’s stores of collagen, which itself is useful as we lose collagen in our skin as we age.”

My Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers…

My Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can)
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • .25 cup bread crumbs (I make my own out of Ezekiel Bread)
  • 1/2 of a small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • .5 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup water

Pre heat over to 425*. If using canned black beans, drain and rinse. In food processor add onion and pulse till finely chopped. Put onions in mixing bowl, then add black beans to processor. Pulse a few times till beans are well smashed. Don’t do it too much because you want to have some whole beans in your burgers. Add to bowl with onion and mix with your hands. Then add garlic, bread crumbs, quinoa, ketchup, and spices. Make sure everything is combined well. Next add the vital wheat gluten and water. Mix well with hands and form into 8 hamburger patties. Cook burgers on cookie sheet with a little cooking spray. I cooked for 10 minutes on one side, flip, then bake for another 5 – 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings and condiments. Makes 8 burgers.

Nutritional Info:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 122.9
Total Fat: 0.6 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 249.4 mg
Total Carbs: 18.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
Protein: 10.2 g