vegan

Lentils and Cauliflower with Mustard Lemon Dressing

Today marked the end of the semester for me. No more finals, no more projects, I am finally done. To say I am excited is an understatement. While this semester wasn’t the hardest, it definitely seemed to linger on. I’m finding that the farther into my degree I get, the more it seems to drag.

But the good thing? I only have one more semester left. One more semester!

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (Vegan)

Oh how I love fall. With a chill in the air, we can finally start wearing fall clothes without sweating like a dog. Scarves, hats, jeans, it’s all game now! And not to mention the food. Pumpkin everything, mac and cheese, and soup!

I’ve been making so much soup this year and I’m pretty sure it is the been the best decision I’ve made. Now this soup here is probably one of my all time favorite soups ever. It’s rich and super creamy but it’s still vegan and super healthy. The trick to making it thick and creamy? Rice.

I learned this trick in one of my classes for gluten free cooking. Instead of making a roux or veloute, just add a little rice, overcook it, and puree. It creates a super thick, rich, and healthier option without the addition of butter or cream.

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Marinated Tofu

Tofu is under-appreciated.

So many people are quick to jump on how bad it tastes when they don’t realize they just aren’t cooking it right. I’ve heard people say they tried a piece of plain tofu and it was just so awful they would never try it again!

Well yeah, if you eat plain tofu it’s not going to taste good. Same as plain flour or even a bland piece of meat. That doesn’t mean that tofu is always bad though.

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Barley with Mushroom Gravy

So ten years later I finally write up another post. Hello again everyone.

For the few of you that are wondering why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, I’ll just say, life happens. Between school and work and all of the other various little things that need to be done sometimes you need a little break from everything.

So what have I been doing with that time? Being lazy of course. Procrastinating as usual. But I did accomplish one thing on my bucket list, so I wasn’t completely lazy.

With one week in between classes, me and my brother, along with a good friend, decided to go to Colorado and climb Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in the rockies. Was it a challenge? Uh, yeah. Did I struggle? Every. Single. Step of the way. Did I almost fall off the mountain and die? I’m pretty sure. But did we make it? YES! The only question that matters, was yes we made it to the top. Through the snow and icy rocks we trudged on and defeated that mountain.

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Pickled Cucumbers and Onions

Pickled cucumbers and onions are awesome. I mean, they’re basically pickles and they are delicious! 

You could be a normal person and eat a few at a time, but this is something I look forward to every summer. It’s sour and tart, very refreshing, and I like to add a big pile as a side to what I’m eating. Am I crazy? Maybe, but don’t judge til you try!

Of course, you could eat these the next day, but for vest results I let them soak for usually 2-3 days before they start really getting good.

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Brussel Sprouts Salad With Mustard Lemon Dressing

I don’t know about you guys but I’m still in the whole brussel sprouts craze. I think I’ve been stuck in it for about, oh, a good 5 years now? I just can’t get enough of them. Even after eating so many that I thought I would be sick, I still somehow manage to love this odd little earth shaped veggie.

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Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup

It’s official. Bikini season is already here.

I tried my best to take advantage of the beautiful weather here in Austin today so I decided I would take a nice walk through the Greenbelt. Thanks to the lovely rain we’ve had the past couple of days there was actually water in the river, which of course, meant swimmers. And it hit me. I’m not ready for this. This past winter was too long, too cold, I haven’t prepared nearly enough!

And so this soup was born.


If you can’t tell from it’s bright green glow, this soup is seriously healthy for you. With cucumbers and avocados making up the base, it’ll make you glow just as well.

Enjoy!

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Cauliflower with Coconut Milk Curry

This is a little bit like one of my previous recipes, the coconut cauliflower curry. In fact it’s very similar, I just love this recipe.

This is one of those recipes that if you are trying to eat healthier but don’t want to feel deprived, you’ll be fine with this one. While yes, coconut milk is very calorie dense, coconut milk also is very filling. I got so full from just a few pieces of cauliflower because of the coconut milk coating my stomach. It’s perfect. And of course we all know how great cauliflower is for us, so why not get it in our diets somehow?

Enjoy!

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