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Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

It’s been a while since I had this much fun in the kitchen.

This last week has been a stressful one–you may have noticed that there were no new posts this past week, and that’s because I was shifting hosting providers for my three sites. This is always incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking, and in this case, also resulted in downtime on all my sites. Yech. Never a good feeling that people out there might be looking for you, and you are nowhere to be found.

Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

I was also sick, and Michael was sick, it was just good times all around here at the Casa Coleman.

But on the weekend, I spent a bunch of time in the kitchen, which is always the very best kind of therapy.

I’ve been working on a vegan poop emoji meringue for a while now, and I’ve made some okay ones, but I’m not 100% happy with them so far, so I will continue to work on that, and hopefully have that for you later in the week. But in the mean time, I present to you: sparkly rainbow unicorn poop.

A little girl in my life was having a birthday this past weekend, and I decided to make something girly and outrageous, something a 9-year-old would swoon over. And sparkly unicorn poop seemed like just the right thing. It took me a few tries, but I figured it out eventually.

Here’s how to do it.

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Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

Ingredients

Method

Start by making the sugar cookie dough. You will need to bump up the stiffness of the dough slightly, I would add an additional 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of flour.

Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop 1Once you’ve made the dough, get 4-6 containers, depending up on how many colours of food colouring you have. I would stick with pastels–pink, purple, yellow, green and blue are all good options. Place a little of the food colouring in the bottom of each of the containers. Now roll out your cookie dough into a kind of thick log on your work surface. Cut it in half, and then cut each half into thirds. Place each sixth in one of your containers. Now, mix the food colouring into each of the dough portions.

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Once each dough portion is coloured, pull them out and roll them out into a log about 1-2″ thick on your work surface. Repeat for them all until you have 6 different-cloured logs of approximately similar sizes.

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Lay the 6 logs beside each other, and carefully begin to roll them together. You will get one large multicoloured log. Place this in the fridge for about an hour to set.

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Remove from the fridge, and cut a section of the log off, about 4″ worth. Begin to roll it out until it forms a rope about 1/2″ in diameter. Cut this rope into 6″ lengths, and then slightly roll each 6″ portion a little more.

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You can now begin to form the “poops.” Start by making a circle on the outside, then fill it in and build up on it, kind of like a snake. Give the top bit a bit of a pinch and twist to give it that ice cream cone tip. Place your “poops” on a baking sheet, making sure to leave at least 3″ of space in between. Once you have made all your poops, put them back in the fridge while you preheat the oven.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan slightly, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.

Once the cookies are cool, sprinkle some edible glitter dust in a small dish. Use a soft brush to brush the tops of each of the cookies with the glitter dust.

Serve and enjoy!

6 Tips to Help You Embrace Meatless Monday

In my house, we have a big challenge that we are faced with every day, and I’ll bet you struggle with something similar in yours.

There are two of us living here; and we have different diets. My son is a bacon-loving omnivore, and I am a vegetarian (though I do still sometimes eat sustainably harvested fish). How many of you have a similar dilemma? Maybe someone has allergies, or is gluten-free, or perhaps you, too are a carnivore living with a vegetarian.#MeatlessMonday

It’s a tough one. Because I’m the one that buys the groceries and cooks the dinners, we basically don’t have meat in the house. Michael gets his fill of burgers when we go out. But the challenge is coming up with dinners that are satisfying enough to someone who likes to eat meat, while still being vegetarian.

There are lots of reasons why people choose to be vegetarian, but for me, the most compelling one is the environment. Raising livestock puts a much heavier stress on the environment than growing vegetables or grains does. Additionally, livestock contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. 

I’m not suggesting everyone go vegetarian, those are just my reasons for doing so. BUT if everyone gave up meat just one day week, it would save “99.6 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions. This would be the equivalent of removing 46 million round trip flights between Los Angeles and New York, or taking 19.2 million cars off the road for a full year,” says the Huffington Post.

The Meatless Monday movement was born out of this concept. You basically choose to not eat meat on Mondays. Great! Then what do you eat??

Here are some tips to help you embrace Meatless Monday.

  1. Find a good grocery store. This is key. I find that if I have to run all over town and go to 7 grocery stores to find what I like, that seriously puts a damper on things! I’ve been shopping at Save-On a lot lately, and have been really impressed by their variety of vegetarian-friendly products. They have tofu, as well as meat subs like veggie burgers, Tofurkey, Yves and Field Roast products. They also have the best selection I’ve found of Gardein products, which are our favorites. Michael happily eats them. We especially like the Porkless Bites, the Mandarin Orange “Chicken” and the Crabcakes. Bonus: you can order online and they will deliver to your house, or they’ll do the shopping for you and you can just pick up your groceries on the way home from work. So convenient!

    We eat this about once a week. So tasty!

  2. Eat a (Veggie) burger, man! My son, the carnivore, loves veggie burgers. Try a bunch of different ones until you find one you really like, or experiment with recipes online. We have them in our freezer at all times.
  3. Pasta! Pasta makes a hearty and filling meal, and is pretty darn healthy to boot. We have a vegetarian pasta with Caesar Salad at least once a week. I throw a bunch of vegetables in there, some pesto, maybe a tomato sauce? You could add in some veggie meatballs if you like. Try some of the newer gluten-free pastas for a bonus shot of protein: many of them are made with quinoa or beans.
  4. Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit: speaking of beans, those things are the bomb! They are cheap, tasty and filling, you can prepare them a million ways, and they are packed with protein.

    These tacos are made with lentils!

  5. Eat ethnic: many culture’s cuisines focus more heavily on vegetables than others. Indian cooking, for example, is very vegetarian friendly, as can be Asian cuisine, especially Thai or Vietnamese. Or just think a big ol’ stirfry with tofu, rice and a yummy sauce, served alongside vegetarian potstickers or egg rolls.
  6. Breakfast for dinner: who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? We love quiches, waffles or pancakes for dinner. I keep frozen pie crusts in my freezer all the time, making it a matter of minutes for me to cook up some veggies and whip those together with some eggs and cheese to make a delicious quiche. Makes a great leftover breakfast or lunch the next day, too!
  7. Comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup? Mac ‘n’ cheese? A big ol’ casserole? Ooooh yeah. Delicious, comforting, and very vegetarian friendly.

So there you have it! 6 tips to help you embrace Meatless Monday!

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? I’d love to hear what your families’ favorite dishes are. Please share in the comments below.

This post is sponsored by Save-On Foods, but the opinions are my own.

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