My Guest Vegie Head for this blog is the amazing Michelle, from Healthier Steps. Michelle and I found each others recipes through Facebook, and immediately I knew that I had found someone with tastebuds similar to mine!!! She is full of positive energy, and is passionate about her health. Michelle's recipes are healthy, delicious (Peanut butter and Jelly smoothie? YES PLEASE!!) and full of colour and flavour. Michelle also makes homemade soaps; think orange/patchouli, lemon/poppy seed and basil/lime! Here is her story...
"If you asked me as a kid what a vegan was, I wouldn’t have known what to say. My family were heavy meat eaters and it is totally amazing that I now love raw food. Miraculous! But I believe that this miracle was what later saved my life.
Growing up in Jamaica, I loved to eat meat--steak, beef--and refined foods with lots of sugar and salt. Fish made me throw up and I hated vegetables. I ate so poorly it’s a wonder that the only condition I suffered was a constant sinus problem and a lipoma on my leg. I decided to study nursing in England and later worked in America monitoring cardiac patients and soon noticed a pattern taking place. Patients would come in, be sent home with more medication, and then show up again a few months later. Everytime they came back, they were progressively worse. I also noticed they were often served meat and had terrible diets in the hospital.
I started taking my health more seriously and often stopped by the health food sections in stores and met people who knew about alternative health. Now married with a daughter, I became vegan and noticed my sinuses cleared up. I wanted to tell my patients how their food could help them get better, but realized doing so would only get me fired. So I resigned from the hospital and our family moved into the country where we could grow our food and teach others how to have better health.I continued my own research, and discovered that going raw would be the most powerfully healing and cleansing step I could take. So I did, and found I had more energy, my mind was clearer, I could work more efficiently, I felt better, and even lost the weight I always wanted to loose. I also started juicing and growing my own wheat grass. My husband and daughter saw the dramatic improvement on my health.
I started researching skincare products and was shocked to see the chemicals that are put on the products on the shelves at any store. I decided to make my own out of wholesome and natural ingredients. This is how the Healthier Steps brand was born. This website is to teach you how to make delicious and healthful food and to take care of your body so you may live a long life.
Today, my health is better than ever. I am not fully raw, but I eat as much as possible. I make time to do health lectures at the local library as well as soap making classes. Sometimes, people invite me to show them how to do these things in their homes. I continue to explore and share healthier ways of living, and working on my line of natural skincare products. You can check it out at healthiersteps.com. In the near future I plan to release a cookbook full of more recipes like the ones on my site and further expanding my line.
The gift of life is so precious. Sometimes we don’t realize how precious it is until it is almost taken from us. If you are reading this story, I want you to know that you are also very, very precious and that there is a plan and purpose for your life. Don’t let anything stop you from daily learning, growing, and seeking to fulfill that wonderful purpose!"
This recipe is definitely a winner. They can be made in larger quantities and they freeze well. Black beans may be substituted with kidney beans. Also pecans, almonds and cashew may be used instead of walnuts. This recipe can be modified to use the herbs that you like. Serve with burger buns and garnishes or with your favorite gravy and mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
The Ultimate Vegan Oatmeal Burger
-4 cups water
-4 cups quick cooking oats
-½ cup coconut aminos, bragg’s liquid aminos or soy sauce
-1 cup cooked crack wheat or bulghar
-1 cup chopped walnuts
-½ cup cooked black bean
-¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
-1 tsp onion powder1tsp garlic powder
-¼ tsp Italian seasoning
-Bring water to boil in a saucepan, remove from heat then add bragg’s liquid aminos, coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
-Stir in oats and the remaining ingredients and mix well.
-Using a large canning jar lid and rim form patties and place in a lightly oiled cookie sheet.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins, turn over, then bake for another 15 mins.
-You may also cook in a lightly oiled skillet on both sides.