Vegan Thai Red Mango Curry

Thai Red Mango Curry

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.

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Vegan Spicy Mushroom Soup Recipe

Spicy Mushroom Soup

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.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

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
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Vegan Glow Soup

Vegan Glow Soup

Hi lovelies!

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.
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Vegan Butter Bean Masala Recipe

Vegan Butter Bean Masala

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.

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes + Mushrooms

Vegan Mashed Potatoes + Mushrooms

Sometimes, I like to be sneaky. And I mean that in the nicest way possible because when I’m sneaky in cooking, it’s just some added nutrients and benefits. Most recently, snuck some mushrooms into our usual mashed potatoes. I asked Joe if he could tell if anything was different, and nope – he couldn’t! Mushrooms are subtle in this recipe, but there is enough to get a good serving and dose of nutrients. They are a good sources of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as protein, and iron.

This recipe would actually be perfect for kiddos who may hate mushrooms. When I was growing up, I despised them. It wasn’t until probably… 23 or so that I embraced mushrooms. Now, I cannot get enough… to the point where I am adding them to my mashed potatoes – ha!

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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

I really dig this new format of sharing what I am eating – compiling over the course of a month rather than a structured day. It’s easier for me, and there is a ton to see for you guys :)

Aside from our honeymoon (splurge splurge splurge), I have been really paying attention to my diet lately. I am looking to make some small changes here and there (I kinda always am trying to see what works best for my and how I feel). My mom and I were discussing our eating habits at length recently and we both think it’s time to cut back on the oil we cook with. We’re Italian, so you can imagine how much olive oil we cook with now – literally, it’s on everything. I am also a huge coconut oil advocate – and I’ll still use it to a certain extent… like on my popcorn! – but I do want to also watch my intake and cut back… just to see if I notice any changes or difference in weight/health/etc. We’ll see! I’ll report back if there is anything significant to report. I feel like this oil thing may be harder than when I adopted a vegan diet and gave up cheese!

I also kinda fell off the no-sugar wagon – well, fell off but not as bad as before! For example, I never use sugar in my coffee anymore (huge win for me). I’m also not into the flavor shots anymore, either. Now that the wedding had come and gone and we’re back from the honeymoon, I am ready to commit again and watch my intake. If I do have sweets, it will be something that is totally worth it on the weekend.

I haven’t made up my mind about dates yet – they are loaded with sugar, but… natural sugar? Not sure how I feel yet. Maybe if I am dying for a sweet and losing my mind, I’ll have a date. But… maybe not! I guess we’ll see how I feel. I won’t kill myself over it ;)

Anyways, now that I have rambled on and on about my diet changes as of lately, let’s get to what I have actually been eating. Lots of good stuff (as always!) to inspire.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

Life has been a whirrrrlllllwind over here. I haven’t had much time for structure. I feel like this is the first October that will be a blur for me. It feels like something is going on every week… and really, that is how it is! One week into married life, and I feel like we still have so much to do… well… me. Between name changing and then getting ready for our honeymoon, it’s definitely been hectic over here!!

Instead of a diary of my day, I have just been taking photos of my food and would like to compile it all here. This is basically what I have been eating for the past few weeks. Lots of different meals, foods… you know. Variety is key to not getting bored, amiright? ;)

THERE IS A TON AFTER THE BREAK – just a warning. I love taking pictures of my food, so… you know. I think I may like this way of doing things better, too. I may just do a once a month compilation of everything I’ve eaten. I hope it gives you some insight into my eating habits, as well as ideas for your own diet!

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10 Vegan-Friendly Quick Stop Restaurants Disney World

10 Favorite Vegan-Friendly Quick Stop Restaurants in Disney

Here I come with another vegan Disney post, because I am soooo excited to just GET THERE at the end of the month for our honeymoon!

Most of the time when we tell someone we are going to Disney for our honeymoon, we get the typical, “really, why?” I mean, sure… we go every year and I have been going for my whole life but honestly… I just can’t help myself. Disney World is my favorite place in the whole world. It’s pure magic. It takes me out of everyday life and plops me right into a dream. It’s a special place for both of us (and we have no shame in that!) Also… we are not those people who can just lay on a beach for a week. We need to be constantly moving, and we need rollercoasters. Basically, we are two large children who love nothing more than a Mickey pretzel, some fireworks, and a side of adrenaline. AND I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY! This is why I am marrying Joe, after all. He gets me ;)

So when people say, “really why?” I mean… WHY NOT!! There’s so much to do, and there is a reason why it is the #1 honeymoon destination, yeah? YEAH. TAKE ME TO THE CASTLE, NOW.

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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hi friends! Another plant-based day entry. Lots of vegetables for this lady, as you’ll see. With summer closing out, my fruit choices will shift – more apples, pears, pomegranates, and grapes for me. Occasionally, I will try to grab mangoes if they look good because I neeeeeed them, but mostly I just get disappointed. Fall, I love love love you above all the rest, but your choice in fruit lacks compared to summer. It’s fine, though. Autumn everything else makes up for it.

Anyways, here’s what I’m noshing on lately.
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