I can’t stop eating peanuts to save my life lately. I’ve been topping them on salads, rolling up in rice wraps, sprinkling on lettuce wraps… eating straight from the bag while working. It’s strange how your taste buds will shift out of nowhere. I never really liked peanuts. I mean, yea, peanut butter and the flavor and all but never a huge fan of the actual nut. Until now.
I also think peanuts have a weird reputation for being fattening (which yes, any nut is pretty fattening when you eat past the recommended serving!) but they actually pack their own cool health benefits. But anyways, I’m pretty hooked. To balance out the extra fat content in peanuts, I like to pair them in a light and refreshing way – lettuce wraps are my go-to.
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.
Hi loves – another round-up of what I’ve been eating. Enjoy. xx
Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!
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.
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.
Inspiration overload right here. Another round-up of all the belly-filling, nutritious bowls of food that I have been eating. And you know… vegan donuts. Have you noticed a trend yet? Basically… throw a bunch of veggies, grains, and whatever-else-is-in-the-fridge into a bowl and call it a meal. Works for me!
Also – I have been sharing my meal photos much more now that I finally created a separate Instagram account for the blog! If you haven’t already, please please follow along… lots of plant-based foodie love. My handle is @thefriendlyfig. xx
My new favorite go-to soup… finally getting around to posting this recipe. As I’ve said a zillion times I am sure, I am obsessed with soup. Any soup. Doesn’t matter. It’s pretty much all I eat in the winter. This one in particular has been making my life. I call it glow soup – not only because of the golden color, but because the ingredients will make you glow from the inside out.
I always opt for recipes that warm me up during the cold months, plus nourish from the inside out. Whole ingredients and antioxidant-packed spices. It keeps me feeling healthy, strong, and well. Keeping your skin healthy is important when the weather is harsh!
I’m sharing just some of the benefits, plus the super easy recipe. I start this first thing in the morning while I am still in my pajamas and then have warm soup by lunch. It’s perfect. Plus, this makes a huge batch – like 6 or 8 serving, at least.
Happy December! It’s chilly, and I am loving it. I love everything about December – the chill, the first snowfall, the twinkling lights, the holiday seaaaason… THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Once December is over, I’ll be back to wishing it were warm, but… up until the holidays, I say bring it on.
One thing I love most is making all the cozy comfort food – like this butter bean masala. First, butter beans. They are my favorite bean ever, and the name pretty much says it all – buttery goodness! I love adding them to soups and stews because it makes it that much more hearty. Plus garam masala… one of the best spices of all time (in my opinion).
The very best time to make this is when you get up nice and early on a Sunday while still in comfy flannel pajamas. Throw on a chill playlist and get down to business. The aroma will fill your home in the best way, and you’ll be able to cozy up with a big bowl on the couch for lunch. It’s filling and healthy, while still boasting buttery, creamy goodness. The ultimate comfort food. It’s perfect, really.
Hi friends :)
Just talking about my favorite place in the world – again. I was reflecting on all the incredible meals I’ve had in Disney. It really is the most magical and vegan-friendly place on earth… which is everything to me. You will never go hungry here! I’ve counted down my favorite quick service stops in the past, so it’s only right that I show the sit-down restaurants some love – and I mean A LOT of love. These places have my heart.
The number one thing to remember when you are dining in Disney – if you are making an online reservation, be sure to check off your allergies. This way, the chef will be prepared for your arrival. You can also email SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com or call (407) 939-3463 to make sure they are aware. I have done both in the past to be safe and have never had any issues when I arrived!