Friday, September 5, 2014

Today I just wanted to share a few great food blogs that have some FABULOUS recipes:

Enjoy these girls fabulous recipes! They do a great job and are such an inspiration.
Hope you guys have a great day! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Earth Balance Aged White Chedder Popcorn Product Review

Hey guys! I wanted to share this AMAZING new snack I found with you. Earth Balance Aged White Cheddar Popcorn. This product is vegan and tastes exactly like the real deal! My dad and little sister agree with me. It's sooooo good (if you like white cheddar popcorn that is, but who doesn't?). It is really awesome to have something fake-cheezy that actually tastes like cheese. I really recommend this product to anyone who wants something vegan that truly tastes exactly like it's non-vegan counterpart. YUM! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are very popular right know especially among vegans and foodies. Today I am going to share the basics with you as well as a few tips/tricks.

Basic Recipe
1 cup water/milk of choice/liquid
Fill with fruit/frozen fruit/ice a to slightly above the water line (I like frozen pineapple)
Add a couple handfuls of greens
Add any veggies you want
Add any extras you want (cocoa powder, chia seeds, protein powder, herbs, sweetener if desired, etc.)
Blend! Taste. Adjust to make texture/taste the way you want it.

If you are new to green smoothies
*Start with small amounts of mild-tasting greens and veggies such as romaine/cucumber
* Add mint and/or cilantro to overpower the taste of the greens
* Increase the amount/variety of greens/veggies as you grow more accustom to the taste (I usually do a mix of mostly romaine and some spinach and kale)
*Find a recipe that looks good to you online to start with and give a try you'll be surprised - come on! :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Here's a quick recipe for an Oatmeal Raisin Bar!

2 Tbsp. raisins soaked in 4 Tbsp. of water for 1-2 hours
2 Tbsp. walnut pieces
1 Tbsp. oats
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tsp. agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if you're non-vegan)

1. Process in a food processor until you can take a bit out, squeeze it between your finges and it stays together.
2. Shape into a bar and devour!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Single Serving Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
This is a awesome recipe for before/after a workout. It's packed with protein, taste amazing, and it's really simple. It makes 2-3 (depending on the size) protein balls. I'm hoping to post a variation later.

1 tsp. chia (or flax) seeds
1 tbsp. oats
I tbsp. + extra if rolling cacao or cocoa powder
1 tsp. protein powder (make sure it's not whey-based if you are vegan - I have a pea one)
1 tsp. agave
2 tbsp. peanut butter

1. Grind the chia (or flax) seeds and oats into a fine powder. I used a coffee grinder.
2. Mix all ingredients together with a fork until a "dough" forms.
3. Roll into 2-3 balls and enjoy!
4. (Optional) Roll in a little extra cacao/cocoa powder.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here's some great baking websites/recipes I've tried that I wanted to share:
This is a single serving dark chocolate cupcake recipe that is - AMAZING. For this recipe I just use 2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour instead of teff and tapioca flours and 1 tablespoon canola oil instead of coconut oil.
Homemade chocolate. So good!  :) Chocolate Covered Katie is a fabulous vegan healthy dessert blog with some INCREDIBLE recipes (look at her cookie dough dip - trust me it is really great).
This is a great blog devoted to single serving recipes they 2 muffin recipes and the churros are all fabulous!
Great banana muffins for 2 people. Yum!
I really want to try this one sometime. Isn't that just awesome?
This is another I really want to try...
That's it! Hope to be posting more now. :) See you later!
Hi everybody!
 I know I haven't posted any thing in forever, but I have a great meal (yes a full meal) for you today. It's a single serving meal so make it for yourself whenever you have a little time and want a filling meal. In addition to these 3 recipes I had slices of green pepper to give it some color, but cucumber or a simple salad would also work. The falafel are a little fragile (maybe add more flour?) so be careful. I will update if I find away to improve there texture/sturdiness. You can buy the olive tapenade at the store if you prefer. Also, this meal would be great with cucumber water (trust me it's delicious and very refreshing). So here you are - hope you enjoy! :)

Middle Eastern Meal for 1

Sweet(ish) Couscous

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water
a little (vegan if wanted) butter
1/4 cup couscous
1 tablespoon pine nuts (or almonds a less flavorful option)
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch cinnamon
salt + pepper to taste

1. Heat water and butter in a small saucepan on high until boiling.
2. Stir in couscous. Remove from burner and cover. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 250 F and toast the pine nuts for a few minutes in a small pan.
4. Fluff the couscous with a fork and add all the other ingredients. Start with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and see if you want more (I tablespoon is a little sour but very good).

There's a new restaurant in town that has wonderful falafel and so I wanted to try my own.

1/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 very full tablespoon chopped onion
1/2 clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. flour
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. dried cilantro
salt + pepper to taste (I did 2 pinches of salt and a dash of pepper)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying

1. Put all ingredients except for the vegetable oil in a food processor. Process until smooth(ish).
2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
3. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Form the chickpea mixture into 2 patties and fry for a couple minutes on each side or until they are browned.
4. Place patties on a lightly greased pan and cook in the oven for 5 min. on each side.

Kalamata Olive Tapenade
I kind of estimate and mix things around in this recipe so feel free to mix it up (lemon juice, cilantro, etc.)

15 kalamata olives
1 sprig of parsley
1/8-1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1 tiny piece (about 1/2 in.) sundried tomato in oil
1/4-1/2 tsp. of the oil the sundried tomato is in

1. Put all ingredients in a food processor until the olives are finely chopped.
2. Serve with pita chips.