Holiday Events

Tis the season to bring the soap to you! We will be out and about spreading the good word of cruelty free, toxin free soapage! Hope to see you at these fabulous upcoming events!  

11/14 Local First Fall Festival at Portland Park

11/21 MADE Boutique on 5th St & Roosevelt 

11/26 ThanksLiving @ Green Tempe

11/27 Alternative Black Friday at Cityscape 

11/28 Phoenix Flea at Heritage Square 

12/10 Phoestivus at Phoenix Public Market

12/12-12/13 Jackalope Market at Ind Steele Park

12/17 Phoestivus at Phoenix Public Market

12/19 MADE Boutique on 5th St & Roosevelt

Come find us at one of the many events we will be at or stop by the Soap Shop!  

Come find us at one of the many events we will be at or stop by the Soap Shop!  

Vegan MoFo - protein packed spaghetti

I came across some edamame gluten free spaghetti at CostCo and it sounded too good to be true. 20+ grams of protein per serving, no wheat, and the noodles are my favorite color, green! Win! the texture was chewy and unusual but I LOVED it! I can't wait to play with different sauces.

Soy crumbles spaghetti sauce

1 Cup TVP

1 Cup water

2Tbsp soy sauce

2tsp each sage, fennel seeds, herbs de Provence, dried oregano and basil

1 can fire roasted tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, crushed

Tbsp olive oil

handful fresh spinach, basil and oregano  

Bring the water, soy sauce, and dry spices to a boil, stir in TVP, remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. In a frying pan sauté garlic in olive oil on medium heat until lightly brown, stir in tomatoes, and TVP until simmering, add in the fresh greens until wilted.

Edamame spaghetti

Bring a pot of water to boil with a pinch of salt then put in a handful or two of edamame noodles, boil 4-5minutes, drain, rinse with cool water, return to the pan and gently fold in some Earth Balance.  

Serve up your noodles on a plate then a scoop of sauce on top. Yum!  


Vegan MoFo - tofu done right

Soy gets a frustratingly bad rep. Yes, (as with the growing if any modern mono crop) there are environmental impacts of its growth, yes, GMOs are bad, yes, it is in lots of stuff so overdoing it is totally possible. But! In moderation, organic soy is awesome, protein packed, and when properly prepared super delicious and satisfying!

Best choice. Tofu is my favorite soy option because it is so versatile. I go for the organic sprouted extra firm tofu. Safeway has a great one, so does Wildwood. They are the type packed in water. This is great for scrambles or slabs.

Freeze. One of my favorite tricks for tofu is to freeze it first. Freezing it changes the structure/texture once it thaws, leaving it chewier and more fibrous. When I buy tofu I just throw the entire packs directly in the freezer then take one out when I need it in the AM and it is ready to go by evening. 

Drain. Squeeze the water out of your tofu (some people suggest pressing but I am too impatient). Hold the thawed tofu over the sink and gently squeeze the liquid out. The spongier texture from freezing lends itself well to this. Then it is ready to go. You can marinade it or go straight to cookin'.

Sear, my dear. I love when the outside of my tofu gets a little seared. This is accomplished by using a bit of olive oil and spices and a medium to high temp pan or grill. For this super easy one I just used lemon pepper, Mrs Dash, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lime for flavor and cooked it for about five minutes per side in a hot frying pan with olive oil. 

Sauce is boss.  Tofu really takes on any flavor you like so when I keep the tofu basic like the above suggestion I like to flavor it up with some sauce. In a baggy I smooshed (technical term) 2Tbsp Just Mayo with a squeeze of lime and 2tsp Siracha, cut the corner off and piped it over my seared tofu. So good!



Happy Birthday Discount

It is my 34th birthday today and I want to celebrate by sharing the love! Please use coupon code HappyBirthday at checkout to take 34% off of your total purchase! Excludes Soap Club. Woohoo! Birthday!  


Vegan MoFo - I can pickle that...

I love pickles more than most things. The tangy, salty, sour flavors are so satisfying to me and are something I am always craving. I love cured cabbage on tacos so decided to try my hand at it. I used a basic brine and it turned out delicious! Still crunchy but gets more pickled the longer you let it sit. 

Lightly Pickled Cabbage

1 head cabbage thinly sliced

1.5 cups water

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 Tbsp molasses

2 Tbsp salt

pinch of celery seeds and black pepper  

Stuff your cabbage into large sterilized canning jars. Bring all other ingredients to a boil until salt is dissolved completely. Carefully, slowly, pour hot brine over the cabbage in the jar so it is completely covered. Put your lids on the jar and store refrigerated. Unlike sauerkraut or traditional pickles which take a good amount of time, this is tasty within a couple hours and should be eaten within a couple weeks. Wonderful on its own, mixed with roasted veg (OMG a can of beets mixed in makes a crazy good treat), on tacos, on veggie dogs, you name it! Enjoy.


Vegan MoFo - Taco Tuesday!

Vegan Month of Food is here! I have gleefully participated in this great recipe-posting occasion in years past and am excited to try to do daily posts again. Here we go!  

Vegan taco crumbles in the cooler section at the grocery store can cost more than I want to spend for the quantity you get. Texturized Vegetable Protein is available in the bulk herb section at my local Mexican market in a huge bag, sold as Carne de Soya, for $1.99! The only ingredient is soy flour and the size of the crumbles is just right for making tacos, spaghetti sauce, etc. 

Taco Crumbles

1 cup TVP

1 cup water

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tsp each ground, cumin, coriander, garlic, and onion 

1/2 tsp chili powder  

a squeeze of lemon or lime

1 Tbsp olive oil

bring water to a boil, add TVP and all other ingredients, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for at least 10 minutes, stir and serve! This is fantastic on hard or soft tacos, taco salads, and nachos. I served it with a cashew lemon garlic spread, lightly pickled cabbage, pico de gallo and avocado on corn tortillas. Enjoy! 

Tasty enough to please picky (read:omnivorous) tastebuds! 

Tasty enough to please picky (read:omnivorous) tastebuds! 

Best. Tacos. Ever. 

Best. Tacos. Ever.