Sunflower/Pumpkin Seed Chickpea ‘Meat’ Ball

For 10 veggie balls:

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (drained). 

1/4 cup sunflower seeds. 

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds. 

1 glove of garlic. 

1/2 small red onion

1 pinch of cayenne pepper or scotch bonnet pepper (optional)

Himalayan salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, mix sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds until they are of a flour like consistency.
 Dice garlic , red onion and scotch bonnet pepper and add to the food processor with all other ingredients. Mix until an even dough is formed. Taste and season with salt.

Wet your hands  and start forming little balls (approx. one heaped tablespoon). Put them on a baking tray lined with unbleached parchment paper.
 Let them bake in the oven for around 20 minutes. Exact baking time will vary from oven to oven. The balls are done when they are solid from the outside and start turning slightly brownish.

Sprouting Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

Chickpeas Sprouts

Chickpeas Sprouts

Rinse 1/2 cup chickpeas/garbanzo

Place in a glass jar or other sporting container

Add 2-3 cups water, filling the jar 3/4 full, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh

Soak beans at least 8 hrs or overnight Drain and rinse garbanzo beans thoroughly. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the beans will drain while allowing air to circulate. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 times per day until sprouts are the desired length, usually  3-4 days

Taste sprouts (not beans) daily; discontinue rinsing and draining when sprouts have reached desired length and flavor

Drain well


Sprouted Chickpeas/Garbanzo Bean Hummus with Raw Vegan Flax Crackers

sprouted chickpea hummus and crackers on plate

Sprouted Hummus on Raw Vegan Flax Crackers

Store sprouts in the refrigerator for up to a week to . I make hummus from these, add to my salad etc.



Prep time: 10 mins

Total time: 10 mins

1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 3hr or more)
¼ cup filtered water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1 small red bell pepper
1 Tbs. raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender and blend until thick and creamy.
It will be the consistency of thawed or stirred cream cheese. This will further harden after it’s been chilled.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
Enjoy!  image

Zucchini Pasta and Avocado Sauce


Today is day thirty one on my forty days raw food journey. I’m having so much fun creating these rawsome meals, I know that I will remain mostly raw even after the forty days are up. For Dinner today I made this mouth watering Zucchini Pasta. This recipe was adapted from the simple veganista

Zucchini Pasta and Avocado Sauce


zuchinni pasta 1


  • 1 large zucchini
  • grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

zuchinni pasta 2

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick
  • a few leaves of basil
  •  juice of  lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt  and pepper to taste

zuchinni pasta 3

Prepare zucchini noodles with spiralizer.

For the sauce, place all ingredients into a food processor and process until creamy.

Toss zucchini pasta with avocado sauce. Serve with tomatoes and marinated mushroom.


Raw Cacao Coconut Almond Balls


Amazing Healthy raw snacks

Amazing Healthy raw snacks


1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup raw almonds, divided
Pinch of Himalayan salt
8 medjool dates, pitted
3 tbsp raw almond milk   

1/4 cup cacao powder  

1 tbsp beetroot powder (optional, for dusting)


In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the coconut, 1/2 cup of the almonds, and sea salt into a fine meal. Add cacao powder, pulse for 20 seconds.  Add the dates and pulse for 30-45 seconds. Add the nut milk; pulse until combined. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl. Coarsely chop the almonds then stir into the mixture. Use hand to roll into small balls. Roll balls in beetroot powder, cacao powder, coconut flakes. place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 30 minutes then transfer to an air tight container. Enjoy

Vegan Thanksgiving

Who said you can’t possible enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner without a turkey? Well we did just that. Our Menu this year included Veggie Dumplings, Arugula Spinach Salad, Garlic Ginger Green Beans, Rosemary Roasted Potato, Coconut Black Olive Rice, Methi Paratha, Yellow Dal, Chile Lime Tofu, Gardein Holiday Roast. For Dessert we had Vegan Cherry Chocolate Tea Cake served with Almond Dream Praline Crunch. . I shopped at  Wholefoods Market and Namaste Indian Grocery for ingredients to put this meal together. We had a delicious meat-free gourmet meal.

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October 2009 is Vegan Month of Food ( Vegan MoFo) It’s an excuse for vegan food bloggers to get even more hyperactive. The goal is to write more, cook more, photograph more, post more, so here we go.100_0490

Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients.

Vegan refers to either a person who follows this way of eating, or to the diet itself.

What do Vegans eat? The first question most people ask after finding out my son and I are vegans is ; What do you give him for lunch?

A typical days menu for Baggio


Fruit n Seed  Shake

The ingredients in this shake is usually two fruits plus two seed, coconut water or almond or rice milk. Fruits can be banana, papaya, mango, strawberries etc. and seeds can be flax, sunflower pumpkin etc.

Toast  Ezekiel bread  with vegan cheese


Vegan Smart dog served on Ezekiel hotdog bun with Vegenaise, organic Ketchup and Mustard

A Fruit

Home made Juice , Coconut Water or Water


Garlic & Artichoke Spinach Fettuccine & Crispy baked Tofu

Cranberry Spinach Salad

Being Vegan doesn’t mean you have to eat only wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts. Most health food  stores carry an array of great-tasting vegan food. Many products, including delicious   faux franksvegan pizzas, veggie burgers, chicken-free chicken patties, flavored soy milks, nondairy ice creams. There’s also an abundance of chips, dips, cookies, candies, frozen pies, soups, and other mouth-watering items manufactured for vegans.

Green Smoothie Weekend

Green Smoothie Weekend

Hi it’s been awhile since my last post.

This weekend my 14yr old son and I,will be having green smoothies, fruits, coconut water and water. This is part of his preparation for end of year exams which begins June 22nd. As vegans we do believe in cleansing regularly to boost our immune system which in turn makes the brain more alert, improves memory and concentration. Off to soccer training.


Banana Callaloo Smoothie

2 ripe bananas

2 cups chopped callaloo* leaves

2 tbs flaxseed

2 cups nut milk

Ice (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender blend until smooth.

Serves 2


Mango Spinach Smoothie

1 julie mango

2 ripe bananas

2 cups chopped spinach

2 cups nut milk


Combine all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth

Serves 2



Otaheite apple

Jelly coconut water with meat


Fruit platter

1 med pawpaw

2 ripe bananas

1 large hayden mango

Cut as desired serve on a platter

Serves 2


Mango Coconut Spinach Smoothie

1 *jelly coconut with meat

1 julie mango

2cups chopped spinach

½ lemon or lime


Combine all ingredients in blender blend until smooth

Serves 2


Drink as much water as you like

Go to bed early


*callaloo (Jamaican Spinach)

*If jelly coconut is large use 2 cups of the water

Day 2

Pineapple-orange green smoothie

2 cups chopped spinach

2 sm oranges

1/4 med pineapple

1 1/2 cups coconut water

1/2 lemon/lime

Combine all ingredients in blender blend until smooth

Fruit Platter

1 large Hayden mango

1 med pawpaw

2 ripe banana

cut and serve on a platter

serves 2


coconut water


Pineapple-orange green smoothie

Marinated Greens

4 cups chopped greens (leaves only)

1 small onion

1 med tomato

2 tbs olive oil

1 lemon

6 black olives ( more if desired)

2 tbs chopped sun dried tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl , use a wooden spoon to mix well then cover and marinate for at least an hour

Serves 2

Drink as much water as desired

Go to bed early