I can’t believe it’s been three years this month since the Friendly Fig started! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this blog and community, and how much I enjoy sharing pieces of my life with you guys. So much love and compliments from people – people I know and complete strangers who have turned into friends. It’s very cool to see how the blog has evolved.
To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts to date. This blog started as a way to share tips on eating plant-based/vegan/vegetarian. I wanted to show the world just how easy it is to enjoy food without ending an animal’s life. There have been so many posts written for beginners to get started – because at the end of the day, people truly fear what they do not know. I hope I do an okay job sharing my own personal tips and advice to lessen the fear of “what do I eat then?” and inspire for a healthier and kinder diet. Below are 30 blog posts for beginners that – I believe – embody all that you need to know for a successful and seamless transition.
I’ve been making this dish like crazy lately – almost every week, honestly. My amazing aunt had us over and prepared this for me. I was so impressed! It’s not always easy to cook with tempeh, but there’s nothing this woman can’t do! I asked if I could share her recipe here, and she was thrilled. I was, too! If your a tempeh person like me, I think you’ll love it. It’s full of flavor and easy to prepare
Hi friends! How are you guys? I’ve been good over here – very busy to say the least… between baby prep and just general summer events and whatnot. Every weekend has been packed, but good. Staying busy makes the time go by much faster as we burst with excitement to meet our sweet girl!
I’ve also been so fortunate lately to have amazing vegan brands collaborating with me and sharing their products. When OluKai footwear reached out, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. A vegan shoe brand that carries slip-ons – yes!! If you guys know me, you know that I basically live in slip-ons or my Vans sneakers. I’m all about casual comfort. I was really excited to grab a pair of these and start wearing them out this summer.
Another day, another smoothie recipe. I know these are simple, but if I can help someone nail a high-protein breakfast/snack, then hey. I know I am always searching and sifting through vegan recipes with extra protein (pregnant or not!)
This one gets bonus points for tasting like dessert. Chocolate peanut butter pie-like. I’ve had a major sweet tooth during this pregnancy, so I’ve been opting for lots of fruit, smoothies, date candies, etc. I did cave and ate a ton of vegan cake, but I’m only human!! This at least is full of much-needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s good stuff!
Hi friends! There’s really no words to describe what a beautiful day I had for my baby shower. If you follow me on IG, you know that I have been battling a terrible sinus infection for a couple weeks – and yes, I was not in great shape the day of my shower. I’ll admit, it was a bit overwhelming and tiring! But I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying the time with loved ones. We were literally showered with all the love in the world. I do not have many pics from the day (especially of myself – I wasn’t in the mood for photos with my puffy/tired eyes, even with sunglasses!!) but I wanted to share a couple sneak peeks below.
I’m also including a list of some of my gift haul. We are so blessed to have amazing friends and family who provided so many gorgeous and practical gifts. I hope it may even serve as inspiration if you are putting together your own registry – now or later.
Enjoy it all after the cut! xx
Hi friends! I have been really excited these days because my husband, Joe, has been asking for more vegan/plant-based dinners. You can imagine my excitement [!!] He’s always embraced vegan food and is always the first one to find a new local spot for us to try out (which I love him for) but he never made the plunge himself. I don’t expect him to anytime soon, but he definitely lets me know that he is trying to get there. Baby steps, right? For now, if it is vegan dinners that he is asking for… ask and you shall receive!!
These tacos have quickly become a staple for us. Honestly – tacos all the time, right? They are so versatile and easy to make. Whatever I have available in the pantry and fridge is usually what I’ll work with. I was excited with these tacos in particular because of the vegan ranch sauce. Before I adopted a plant-based diet, I was all about that ranch life. Aren’t most people? Yes, no?
Using mayo, soy milk, and some seasoning, it tastes just like ranch and takes the flavor of these to a whole new level. I hope you’ll enjoy.
I’ll be honest. We bought a juicer maybe 2-3 years ago. It wasn’t a crazy expensive one. I can’t remember for the life of me the brand because we haven’t touched it in so long. It’s actually on a shelf in the storage area of our basement. I love fresh juice, but sometimes the whole hassle of getting it setup and then cleaning it is just too much. I like things done quickly, and juicing is not always the quickest task (not to say it isn’t worth it or anything – I know a lot of people who LOVE their juicers). It’s just not for me.
BUT, I love a good juice recipe that doesn’t require the whole shebang. That’s why I looooove watermelon juice. It can very easily be strained with a mesh strainer and it super refreshing during the summer. Plus it is naturally so sweet, so you really don’t have to add much to it! This is a simple recipe, but I wanted to share in case there are any watermelon lovers here who have not tried this yet.
I prefer to eat my watermelon usually, but this is a good way to not waste a watermelon that may not be as sweet as you thought. Buying watermelon is already a gamble… so at least you’ll have another option if you are not into the texture or sweetness of one that you’ve bought and cut up! There’s always another way to use an ingredient. :)
Sometimes I wonder if these cashew cheese pasta dishes are as spot on as I think they are in regards to cheesiness. I know that my tastebuds have changed over the course of 3 years without cheese, but I honestly do think that these are so close. I like making these kinds of dishes for non-vegans just to see their reaction. So this one in particular, I feel like it’s one of those that I’ll need to make for a group of people to gauge their reaction. Because me… well, I think it’s literally heaven on earth.
Hi friends! I think everyone here knows how obsessed with names I am by now (based on, you know, all the name posts). But when it actually comes time to name your really-truly-on-the-way baby… Joe and I bumped heads a bit. Names that I thought I loved suddenly didn’t feel right, and vice versa. It took us a little bit, but I think we finally have a strong first and middle contender. Her name is being used in our home and we’re getting used to calling it/saying it/singing it/the whole nine. We decided that we’re going to keep her moniker a secret from the online world until she’s born, but I thought I’d share our working list! These are some of the names we tossed around (and most of the time, did not agree on) but hey. They’re all gorgeous!
Any guesses on what we’re naming her? ;)
Pizza pizza pizza. Does anyone not like pizza? We eat it a ton in this family. To be honest, Joe probably makes homemade pizza in the cast iron twice, sometimes three times a week. I’m not complaining! I haven’t been cooking as much lately, and always appreciate when he makes me a good vegan pie.
Over the years, I’ve gotten creative with my pizza recipes – from tempeh burger pizza to a pinwheel squash pizza. Whether you are in the mood for something classic or want to try something entirely new, below are quite a few recipes to choose from. I haven’t done a recipe round-up in a while, so I hope you don’t mind. Bringing back some good ones – they deserve more facetime ;) And… if anyone dares to say that vegan/vegetarian pizza is boring… pffft. Please.