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Vegan Memorial Day Recipes!

Need a little help thinking about what to make for Memorial day this year? Fear not! I have some great ideas for you that are extremely delicious and easy to make.

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  1. Strawberry BBQ Sauce on a Tempeh Sandwich– A savory BBQ sauce with a hint of sweetness from ripe strawberries that you can use for all of your grilling needs.
  2. Spicy Mushroom Tacos in Soft Eggplant shells with Cheese Sauce– Forget using disposable utensils, just use your hands for these tasty tacos that have a kick to them.
  3. Grilled Portobello Burger with Caramelized Onions– Here is another dish that you can use on your grill, and with caramelized onions as a topping, you can’t go wrong.
  4. Beer Battered Zucchini Sticks & Onion Rings– Today is a holiday, why not break out the foods you wouldn’t normally indulge in. It’s paired with an amazing raw ranch dressing, that evens it out, right? 😉

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  1. Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup– This soup is great by itself or served with some of your favorite tortilla chips, plus it’s easy to self-serve when it is cooking in the crock pot!
  2. Creamy Greek Summer Salad– A refreshing, light, and yummy salad that can be eaten as a side, used as a dip for crunchy pita chips or placed in a wrap (maybe with baked falafel?).
  3. Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Tots with Chipotle Aioli– These sweet potato tots are baked instead of fried, and filled with tons of Vitamin A; pair it with a chipotle sun-dried tomato aioli and you’ve got a winning combination!
  4. Squash Queso Dip– I can’t say that this dip is particularly cheesy, but it definitely has some great color and flavors. Plus, what is a get-together without dips?

I hope that you all have a great Memorial Day, and take time to remember those that have dedicated themselves to protecting our country. Stay safe out there! :)



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4 Healthy & Easy Recipes for New Vegans

Happy Hump Day to you all! This week has been busy already, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. I hope that all of you are having a great week and are gearing up for the weekend much like I am. Just a quick update on what’s going on around here: I have been talking with a lot of great companies that I met at Expo West, so hopefully I can show you all so new product reviews soon; went to lunch with Jill of Vegan Cuts at Seed Bistro before dropping her off to Whitney of Eco Vegan Gal (I miss you already, Jill!); and I have a few great recipes that I’m hashing out for St. Patrick’s day.

But, before Expo West the rest of it happened, I was featured on Spry Living’s Food Bloggers We Love! The recipes I ended up doing for them were based on the ideas of being healthy, made with whole foods, and easy to make for those of you who are just getting into veganism or are vegan-curious. I had a lot of fun with this, and all of the dishes are filled with flavor and color; making them appealing to everyone.

Here are the links to the recipes, and a bit about each of them:

  • Massaged Kale Salad with Homemade Avocado Cilantro Vinaigrette– Sometimes salads can get boring. But, when you start learning about what combinations of foods can help you absorb more nutrients, they become a lot more interesting. In this salad, you have chickpeas and tomatoes paired together to help your body absorb more calcium, while the creamy vinaigrette and pepitas up the protein content.
  • Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup– I find that the slow cooker is often an under-utilized kitchen appliance that can create some amazingly delicious meals with ease. Here is a black bean soup that is simple to make, and has all of the flavors of traditional Cuban black bean dishes with a couple of extra ingredients stirred in.
  • Grilled Portobello Burger with Caramelized Onions & Jicama Salad– For warmer weather, you can never go wrong with a burger. In this case, the greasy meat is substituted with a grilled Portobello mushroom topped with perfectly caramelized onions. A touch of balsamic really gives a burst of flavor to what may become a summertime favorite. Serve it with a refreshing shredded jicama salad or even a side of watermelon
  • Zesty Lemon Cranberry Muffin Tops– These tasty treats are the best of both worlds when it comes to cookies and muffins. They are fluffy and have great texture from the cranberries and walnuts, but are half the size of a muffin. Now, you can have a healthier treat, full of flavor, without feeling an ounce of guilt.

I hope that you check all of them out and share them with friends!

Also, I have something really exciting planned for tomorrow that will go along with a recap of Expo West!


Filed under Healthy Recipes, Raw Recipes, Savory Recipes, Sweet Recipes

Review: Eat Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.

I showed up in New York on a nice fall day, the weather was actually a little warm and I was a bit overwhelmed by being in such a different environment than I’m used to. After I got settled in, I found myself in need of some food; I was supremely jet-lagged and not trying to walk too far from where I was staying. Thankfully, I had purchased the Happy Cow app for my phone so all I had to do to find a vegan-friendly place for me to satisfy my hunger.

One of the restaurants closest to me with vegan options was a cute, little place called “Eat“. There’s no real sign outside and if you walk at a quick pace you’ll more than likely miss it. Once you walk in the door, you enter a space that is as simple and clean as the place’s name. Off white walls with modern lighting and bench seating, decorated with seasonal produce and herbs hanging to dry. The kitchen is tiny and far back in the large room, the wooden furniture and chalkboard menu give off a rustic and comforting vibe.

This restaurant has a menu based on whole and organic ingredients, although only a few vegan options are on it, what they do have is pretty good! The server was attentive and helped me pick a dish that met my dietary needs, and while I was waiting I decided to snap some shots of the restaurant and the unique ceramic dishes and assorted dishware.

I ended up going with a bowl of black bean soup with homemade focaccia, I’m a sucker for black beans, seriously. The taste was good, but the texture was a little off, a little too watery for me. The focaccia was good, and was great for dipping in the soup. Overall, I enjoyed my experience here; not to mention, I ended up speaking with an older gentleman about his life for about 45 minutes (hilarious!). I’m not sure how I always seem to attract these people, but I’m glad that I did because it made my day all the more interesting. :)

And here’s a pumpkin on their shelf for good measure!

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