I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!
This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!
Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.
Now that I [finally] realized Trader Joe’s carries acai packs, I’ve been on a kick. They are much more inexpensive here than I have seen anywhere else. While I love grabbing a bowl at my favorite local spot, it’s much more budget-friendly to make your own gorgeous acai bowl. I like mine extra sweet piled with a few favorite toppings.
Hi friends, happy MLK Day!
Another soup recipe – what else is new? I have been trying to get creative in the soup department and branch out from my usual “veggies and greens” – like my favorite green goddess soup. While I could definitely eat that everyday, I love experimenting. This soup, for example, was definitely something new for me. I had cans and cans of chickpeas in the house and really wanted to make a high-protein dish for the week. So hey, chickpea soup it is.
The star of this soup is actually the smoked paprika, though. I’ve never been able to find this stuff in stores and finally my mom found it and picked some up for us. I can’t stop using it!! Smoked paprika is a game changer, my friends. She found it at our local Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can definitely find it online, too. Its subtle smoky flavor is warm and rich. You’ll want to add it to everything.
I’ve shared maca benefits and smoothie recipes on the blog in the past, but always expressed a love/hate relationship with it. But, more recently I have been craving the nutty flavor. It is definitely unique, and at first it kinda made me gag, then it was tolerable, and now I am at peace with it. Strange how your taste buds work, right? But honestly, I am glad I am coming around because I really always wanted to love this stuff.
I’m actually trying to include a teaspoon of maca into my smoothie every day for the next month or so to see if I notice any difference in how I feel. Mainly, to help balance hormones, promote fertility, and boost energy.
Good morning, friends!
Update: Overnight oats have literally changed my life. I don’t know why I never made them before, because they take literally 5 minutes to whip up (you know, aside from waiting overnight to eat them). I often struggle with breakfast before work… I get pretty bored easily and sometimes end up eating leftovers instead of making something breakfast-y (nothing wrong with that). But, I do want to start eating more oatmeal, and I feel like I say this a lot on here. I hate that sugary packaged stuff, so finding my own ways to sweeten and brighten a bowl of oatmeal is necessary.
Goodbye to trying anything else but THIS. There are endless ways to prepare a mason jar of oats – chocolate, vanilla, fruity, peanut butter, carrot cake, cinnamon, ahhhh. I mean, endlessssss. I kicked off my love affair with this recipe with chocolate. Can’t go wrong with chocolate. These oats are dreamy. DREAMY!! They are sweet (without crazy added sugar), filling, and so creamy. I really can’t believe I have never made them before. I think this is the start of a very beautiful relationships with oatmeal… 2017 is looking really good for us.
Anyone else enjoying the quiet after the hustle and bustle of the holidays? It’s been pretty blissful over here.
A new favorite dish in this house. I had mango curry at my favorite thai place (Bee’s Thai, for all you local friends!) and literally raved about it to Joe for months… months and months, begging to go back for more. Of course, why wouldn’t I try my own take on it? Sure, the mangoes are not in season (unfortunately) but I was really craving and decided to give it a go. I will say… definitely need ripe ripe mangoes for this (was not crazy about them in mine because they were too yellow for my taste) but overall, this dish is a game changer. It’s sweet, spicy, and creamy – which basically means, nothing better. I am so looking forward to making it again once the mangoes are ripened to perfection.
Hi friends :)
Basically, all I have been making and eating around here is soup. Soup is life! I have a ton of go-tos, but I have to keep switching it up so I don’t get too bored. This recipe came from my mom (though I altered it… a ton). She made it a couple months back and both Joe and I were craving it like crazy. We have been making it a bunch, but I am finally getting around to posting the recipe. It deserves to be posted because it is SO GOOD. If you are a mushroom lover like me, you’ll absolutely melt. It’s warm, fragrant, and belly-filling.
It’s the perfect time of year to make a huge batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies – you know, for Santa… or yourself. I’ve said it before on here – I rarely make cookies because I am afraid of eating them all immediately. It happens, whatever. But sometimes you just can’t kick the craving… and that is what happened with these babies. On a dreary winter day… you just need to be in pajamas and eating cookies sometimes. Life is a balancing act, and that is also my motto when it comes to eating. I eat great 75% off the month, and stick my little cheats in here and there.
Cookies are always worth cheating for.
Funny thing – I was never a cookie person growing up. I mean, YES I LOVED COOKIES, but I was always a cake girl (and still love cake). When I adopted a vegan diet, I don’t know what happened but I love cookies waaaay more. Vegan cookie batter is just better, I guess! Don’t get me wrong – CAKE FOREVER – but… vegan cookies. And get ready to stick your face right in the batter, because there are NO EGGS HERE!
100% honesty – I didn’t make this pizza… my husband did! We both battle for dinner rights usually. I get home before him, so I usually start but he always ends up making something after me. Usually, he opts for a pizza. Sure, I could eat a pizza every night of the week but I try very hard not to – so it is usually stir fry or rice and veggies for me! But this time, I couldn’t pass up on this vegan BBQ pizza. This is what dreams are made of!! A vegan pizza piled high with black beans, sweet potatoes, and green onions – this is why I married the dude. ;)
So, I had to steal the recipe and post on here. Pizza with red sauce and veggies is always great, but this is an awesome alternative. I would probably add more black beans to mine (it would be covered) but you do you.
Good morning, friends :)
Raise your hand if you are a turmeric lover like me? Beautiful golden color aside, turmeric is one of the most beautiful spices to ever come from this ever-giving earth. I’ve blabbed about it a thousand times on here – from turmeric soup to golden milk and lattes (you can find a list of its amazing benefits in that last link). This time, I’m saying “all hail turmeric” for its cold and flu-prevention benefits.