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Craving Proteins!

Oh how our bodies crave. The science behind it all is very fascinating. Last year I taught my 7th graders the ins and out of processed sugar and how its more addictive to the brain that cocaine. Don’t believe me? Here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23719144

I’ve gotten back into my workout regime, a completely revamped regime. After multiple conversations with friends, I decided to leave Planet Fitness and join my local YMCA. What a positive change! Instead of driving out of the city to run on the elliptical and mindlessly use machines, dreading every minute of it but still forcing myself, now I am eagerly awaiting the next day to get to work out! I started taking Pilates and Body Pump classes and this week I will be using the fitness center as well for cardio and FitLinxx. The best part of it all is that my local Y is right around the corner from my school!

With very sore muscles from body pump yesterday, my mind is craving protein to repair and rebuild those muscles. Eating a small portion of protein before and after your workout will infuse your blood with these necessary amino acids for your muscle growth. Proteins also help to build enzymes important for your body to gain endurance during cardio.

So, my recipes for this week include turkey bacon, eggs, and greens – all stocked full of great amino acids!

Pilates is in the morning before work, so I’ve been scrambling eggs with some veggies and packing it up for breakfast once I get to work. It’s worked out well, but it’s taken me at least 5 extra minutes in the morning. With waking up earlier than normal to get to the gym on time, these 5 minutes of sleep are so needed!

My wonderful creative mind went to work and I thought of these– Quiche muffins!

Protein Packed Quiche Muffins (…without the dairy and crust)

*I roasted some veggies with cubed turkey bacon: broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, onion, portobello mushroom and garlic. Then I put this mixture into muffin tins…

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Look at all those powerful green veggies!

*Then I scrambled 10 eggs with 3/4 cup of almond milk and some dried herbs and black pepper. In this went to each muffin cup…

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*I baked these at 350 for about 20 minutes and bam!…

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I can’t wait to have one of these after Pilates tomorrow morning!!

Then for lunches/dinners I’ll do salads made with kale & romaine lettuce. Most likely greek styled with tomatoes, cucumbers, and kalamata olives because I’m addicted to greek salads. And then I’ll have this warm salad… I’ve made this recipe plenty of times before, but it’s been awhile.

Warm Sweet Potato Avocado Salad

*I cubed and roasted one large sweet potato at 375 for about 15 minutes. Then I added some broccoli, kale & brussel sprouts along with cubed turkey bacon and continued to roast for another 15-20 minutes. As soon as I took the veggies out of the oven I topped them with black pepper, one avocado cubed, and a large handful of chopped fresh cilantro.

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The fresh cilantro in this dish creates this punch of flavor every bite you take! Adding it when the vegetables are still hot also helps some of the oils infuse the vegetables, really giving it a powerful flavor.

This week I start cardio…

Spring is on it’s way and that means I need to buy my bicycle soon. If you have any suggestions for commuter bicycles, let me know!

Happy Eating!

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Fall warmth

All of the leaves have fallen off my trees out back, my lawn is covered and crunches as I walk across to my garden. Fall is definitely here and I need soup!

I realized that the three dishes I made last week was just too much. I got sick of them by yesterday and ending up tossing some of the stuff out. I even brought the butternut squash soup to a dinner at my friend’s house! So, I’ve learned that I need to keep myself to a one or two dish minimum. This week I’ve made one soup for myself. I have a dinner party tomorrow night, tutoring Tuesday and my boyfriend comes back into town toward the end of the week, so really this will be lunches and maybe one or two dinners at home.

Fall Harvest Minestrone!

1 container of vegetable stock, organic

2 small zucchini, halved and thickly sliced

1/2 onion, sliced

4 small carrots (from my garden) sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

a handful of asparagus sprigs, chopped

a handful of tuscan kale (from my garden)

a few mushrooms, quartered

1 red potato (cause I needed to use it up)

2 cans of stewed tomatoes

1 can black eyed peas

1 can garbanzo beans

4 cloves garlic, minced

“parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme”

*I threw everything into my crockpot and let it cook down for 4 hours.

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So fresh and yummy! I look forward to warming up this week with this delicious soup!

Happy Back to School!

Wow! I can’t believe we are back to school already! Where did the summer go? I can’t complain, I had an amazing summer full of travel, friends, family, and food. So much good food. Food. My life’s journey. I ate out more than any one should ever. My kitchen sorely missed my delicate touch, my light dancing and loud singing.

Welcome back screamed my stove as I cooked my meals for this week – our first full week of school. I have to be honest, I’ve struggled getting back into the swing of things – school that is. I have the same students as last year so it was really fun to see them and how much they’ve grown- mentally, emotionally, and physically. Yet, I think the familiarity has slightly shaded my enthusiasm to be back to school. In years past, I am stay up at night, mind wandering aimlessly, thinking of all the possible things that could go wrong with my brand new lessons for brand new students. This year, I’ve slept soundly. I’ve planned brand new, exciting lessons, but it’s just different. I’m sure I’ll get fully back into the swing of things once we start our expedition — that’s when the real stress comes on. 

Enough of my rambling, let’s get down and dirty to the real stuff you care about – the food.

Fall is upon us so my cooking today blends together the end of summer sunshine and light eating with the fall cold breeze and warmth of an Indian stew.

First up, summer! A wheatberry summer salad. Simple, to say the least, but flavors burst in your mouth just as the tender wheatberries do.

Salad:

*1 cup raw wheatberry, toasted in hot pan for 5 minutes, then boiled with 2 cups water

*2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

*2 medium sized cucumbers, quartered and sliced

*1 bag of baby arugula

Dressing:

*2 tbs red wine vinegar

*2 tbs apple cider vinegar

*2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

*1 bunch fresh parsley

*cracked pepper & salt to taste

**Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

**Top with fresh goat cheese when serving if desired

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And then there’s, Sweet Summer Zucchini Slaw:

*1 large zucchini

*2 large carrots

*1 apple

**Add all items to the food processor until coarsely chopped.

*1/4 cup chopped red onion

*1/2 red pepper, diced

Dressing:

*1/2 cup coconut milk yogurt

*2 tbs seeded mustard

*cilantro

*cracked pepper to taste

**Mix all ingredient together in a bowl and enjoy!

 

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Lastly, for those cold nights after work — Indian Braised Beets and Lentils Stew

*1 cup green lentils

*4 medium/large beets, roasted & chopped into 1 inch cubes

*2 large carrots, chopped 1/2 inch 

*1/2 red onion, chopped

*4 cloves garlic, minced

*4 cups vegetable broth

*1 tsp tumeric

*1 1/2 tsp curry powder

*1 sprig fresh thyme

*1 sprig fresh rosemary

**Saute onions, carrots and roasted beets until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and lentils. Saute on med/high heat for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth and spices and turn down heat to low simmer on medium/low heat. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until lentils are slightly tender.

 

May I say that these dishes are so different from one another that I look forward to all of their distinct flavors this week for lunches and dinners. Enjoy your first full weeks back to school! ❤

 

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East Coast: Food, Friends, Fun

Well, I’ve been back in NY for more than a week, so I figured I better get this blog post written. Even thought I’ve been back from my roadtrip, I have not stopped moving- that’s for sure.

The morning after my school year ended I packed up my car, picked up my best friend, and we hit the road. We had plans… flexible plans. We had already decided which cities we would stop in as well as options for food and fun while there. We were very specific in finding restaurants to enjoy as I needed nutritarian options and my friend needed paleo options. So, we researched farm-to-table restaurants which all had veg/vegan options on their menus. We started our first day with driving to Cleveland OH and stopping for lunch at The Flying Fig.

We parked the car and walked a few blocks to the small eatery and started smelling yeast….hm, a brewery! Great Lakes Brewery to be exact! We didn’t even know that we were in that area of Cleveland, it was a welcomed surprise.

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When we arrived at the eatery we decided to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air after sitting in the car for six hours. I ordered a chicken and fresh salad dish. The salad was dressed with grilled lemon, it was so crisp and peppery…absolutely delicious.

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We finished eating and hit the road again for another six hours until we made it to Louisville KY where we stayed for the night. We had dinner at Bluegrass Brewery Company  which was again a farm-to-table restaurant and local brew house. I enjoyed a porter after a long day of driving and for an appetizer we had tempeh ‘chicken’ wings with fresh local honey for dipping sauce–so fill of flavor and texture! Something that our waiter informed us as well about the restaurant- the owners are vegan! 🙂

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After a solid night’s rest we finished our last three hours to Nashville TN where we stayed for three nights at my friend’s house. As soon as we got in we went to lunch at Local Taco where you can get a taco for $2.75 that makes you want to scream and shout it’s so good! We ended up eating there every day we were in Nashville because we were so in love with the food. I had the crispy fish taco and the portobello mushroom taco which was obviously my favorite.

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I want to remake these sometime soon — marinated portobello strips dressed with fried red onion, zucchini slaw and a sage goat cheese. Oh my god. Honestly, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about them. The flavors so perfectly melded together- the salt from the goat cheese and the zing from the marinated mushrooms. Yum!

After we filled our bellies… and trust me, they were full as I had three tacos and guacamole, we headed to the craft beer festival! Fifty plus breweries from Nashville, Carolinas, and the west coast came to this event and I enjoyed so many new brews! Afterwards we strolled on Broadway St, the famous tourist street of Nashville where everyone buys their cowboy boots and dances to live music.

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After dancing and singing along at the bars we were starving so we headed out to dinner at a restaurant that was feature on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on Food Network: Athens. I had a greek salad that was a huge bowl of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions all tossed in olive oil, vinegar and spices. Yum!IMG_2798 IMG_2799

The next day we had breakfast at the local bakery about a quarter mile down the road from my friend’s house called Star Bagel. Here they make fresh juices, smoothies and breakfast sandwiches from local free-range eggs and hormone free meats. I had a Sante Fe which included red peppers and onions mixed in with the egg and fresh turkey sausage on a whole wheat bagel. Delicious! But, let me tell ya, the amount of gluten I had consumed already in Nashville was getting to me if you know what I mean.

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After breakfast we ventured to the Jackalope brewery which was our favorite from the beer festival. I had a flight while I read the local farm magazine…god I love this place.  Then we ventured to a local antiques mall and some fun shops.

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For dinner we went to Whiskey Kitchen which was a fun restaurant and bar where I had a delicious black bean burger with avocado and sweet potato fries with a side of whiskey shaken with ginger bitters.  Yummy! And so so filling!

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For our last day in Nashville we got up early and headed out for a five mile hike at a local park. It was located in Belle Meade, which according to my friend is the old money neighborhood of Nashville. I didn’t take any pictures of the estates, but man was it beautiful! The whole area was very historical with the original stone walls from the Civil War. Of course we had local taco for lunch and then ran over to the Grand Olde Opry for a guided tour.

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And at last…. The Wild Cow for dinner. This vegetarian restaurant was my oasis. I could eat whatever I wanted from the menu for the first time on the trip 🙂 So, we had some fresh homemade hummus for an appetizer and I ordered greens and beans — kale and pinto beans served with a garlic aioli. Served at room temperature, I gobbled it down as my mouth tingled with such bold garlic flavor. I bought a chocolate peanut butter cookie pie for dessert and didn’t end up eating it for days – but when I did, it was heaven.

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The next morning we got Star Bagels again and hit the road for Asheville NC. It took us a lot longer than expected to get to Asheville as we had to drive through all of the mountains on curvy roads where you can go about 40mph. But it was well worth the time. I fell in love with Asheville immediately upon our arrival. We got to our hotel, laid by the pool for two hours, and headed downtown to do some exploring and get something to eat. For the first time on our roadtrip I felt 100% relaxed and comfortable. It’s like that experience I had when I visited Wells College for the first time – my shoulders fell to the side and I could breathe easy – I was home. I can’t wait to visit Asheville again so that I can spend much more time there.

So anyways, we did some shopping- my favorite of which was a local farm fresh clothing store. All of the fabrics were made from local cotton, made right in Asheville. I bought these super fun feminist bracelets there –

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Then we went to Chai Pani, a Indian street food restaurant with, of course, local farm fresh ingredients. I ordered the fried kale and a side salad with roasted beets 🙂

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Afterwards we went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge where they serve vegan desserts 🙂 We shared some vegan chocolate truffles and a slice of olive oil chocolate vegan cake! Oh, and we ran into Owen Wilson while waiting in line… no big deal. This place was really cool and it was also a certified green restaurant 🙂

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The next morning we headed out for some more exploring of Asheville and we ran into a LOCAL TACO! I couldn’t believe it! They had different tacos – so I ofcourse had the portobello and then tried an avocado taco.

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Then we went to the actual restaurant we had planned to go to, Tupelo, Honey! I ordered an open-faced vegetarian sandwich that was topped with local goat cheese. It was super flavorful as was the side of pickled beet salad that I had.

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Before leaving Asheville we stopped at the local coop for their tailgate farmers market. We got some vegetables and lettuce to make a salad for dinner that night while camping in Boone, NC. We also got some farm fresh goat cheese that was absolutely to die for! We got into the car and drove two hours to Boone, set up the tent & then got rained on!

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After an hour the rain stopped and we made our salad for dinner. We enjoyed it with fresh bread and hummus from Asheville as well.

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After eating we visited with a family that was also camping at the camp ground we were at. They were from Eastern NC and our conversations were memorable. We woke up early and drove out to Boone Creek for a five mile hike before getting on the road again for our last city— VA Beach. The mountains here were so breathtaking. I want to move here…

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Once we got to VA Beach we went down to Oceanfront immediately for some seafood. It was our mission to eat fresh seafood every day while in VA Beach. Why? Because its fresh ocean seafood, duh! I have a weak spot for seafood. So, we had some raw oysters at Cylpso’s Bar. Then some drinks and dancing.

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The next morning we woke up to breakfast and homemade Bloody Marys. We knew then that this city was going to be different from the others…

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After some much needed down time sitting and catching up with my brother and his friends, we headed to the beach for the rest of the day and night. It was so beautiful and relaxing there. I didn’t even get burnt, which if you know me, is very bizarre!

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At sunset we went for some more seafood– this time at Chick’s obviously for some more oysters. We had raw oysters, oyster shooters (raw oyster, beer, cocktail sauce and hot sauce), a steamed basket of clams, mussels, and shrimp, and of course my favorite- fried calamari. Man oh man were our bellies full! I was in heaven 🙂 We went out for some 4th of July festivities and enjoyed chatting with everyone.

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Saturday we got up early and made breakfast for everyone — venison breakfast sandwiches (a tradition in my household – so well enjoyed by my brothers). Then we headed off to the beach again, a different location this time – the waves were crazy! I had so much sand in places I didn’t want it that my shower when we got home was much needed. We decided to have a Boil at the house so we went out to the local Asian market and grocery store to stock up on goodies. We had scallops, shrimp and crab legs with potatoes and corn. My plate was made special before the garlic butter was added 🙂 I’m so loved!

 

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For our last night in VA Beach we went to the Goo Goo Dolls concert with Plain White T’s and Daughtry. We stopped at a local Irish pub before hand so that I could have one last seafood meal. I ordered an immense amount of food… shrimp, raw oysters, 1/2 pd crab legs and an oyster poboy. I ate most of it and the guys helped me finish it up.

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The sky that night was beautiful and the concert was relaxing and joyful – a great way to end our last night on the road.

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The next morning we got up and hit the road for home. That drive was the most taunting and strenuous. Eleven straight hours with only stops to use the bathroom and get some snacks. I was exhausted by the time I got home and enjoyed sleeping with my man who happened to be home. The next night I made leftover shrimp from the boil with another friend and we tossed it in a salad. Delicious!

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So, in short, ha! The trip was amazing. It was full of delicious farm fresh food and good company. I will cherish the memories that I made in these ten days and I can’t wait to do it again!! 🙂

 

 

When seasons change

This weekend has really signified summer for me. Last weekend’s weather was beautiful but I didn’t fully enjoy it because I was running around like crazy with my mom (loving every minute of it). But these past few days — I’ve felt like summer. I’ve been completely relaxed and joyous to be outside in the sunshine, breathing in the fresh air and sent of fresh flowers.

Friday night I had a friend over and grilled some veggies and chicken sausage for dinner. With full bellies we walked down to Hedonist for some ice cream to top off a wonderful, relaxing evening after a kind of hectic week at school for both of us. We talked about our APPR woahs and our vacation plans for the first week after school ends where we will drive to Nashville and then to Virgina beach visiting friends and family, camping and hiking, and of course enjoying tourist things like the Opry and the boardwalk on the beach for the 4th of July.

Saturday – up at 8am, public market at 9am, gym by 10am, then errands (furniture shopping – which was not successful, still…) and back home to ride my bike to the local park and meet up with some friends to lay in the sun and enjoy some light reading. From there – what else? Mexican. To our favorite Mexican place (same one I took my mom to last weekend) for some margaritas and good food we went!

Sunday – up at 8am, gym by 9am, back home for the rest of the day DIY-ing, cooking, and laying in the sun in my backyard reading my new book (borrowed from a friend)… “White Like Me” by Tim Wise. I’m two chapters in and I sincerely and forcefully recommend every person I know to read this book. It reminds me of the conceptual change work I did in my Race, Class, Gender course in my Master’s program. A great read, for sure!

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Summer. It’s here. My routine this weekend of up early to workout and spending all afternoon relaxing outside and then nights with friends – yes, summer. It’s here.

Food for this week – two different salads to put on top of fresh salad greens from my garden (I’ve waited years to say that)!

First, fiesta quinoa salad. 

I followed this recipe except for the lime  – I didn’t have any so I used lemon instead, which was absolutely fine.

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Tonight I ate this with some salmon 🙂

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Second, Mediterranean chickpea salad.

I followed this recipe for the most part. I didn’t have an parsley. I obviously didn’t use normal yogurt – I used coconut milk yogurt 🙂 Also I added some quinoa and grilled eggplant to up the protein content. With the combination of chickpeas, eggplant and quinoa this is loaded with great protein that should keep me full until my light snack at the end of the school day before the gym.

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For the week’s dinners… I have bok choy and mushrooms — which I’m really excited about because I feel like I haven’t had bok choy in weeks. I also have more eggplant, zucchinis, and portobello mushrooms for grilling.

 

 

I am woman, hear me roar!

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the women and men who have fought for our freedom. We are able to enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend because of the thousands who have sacrificed, and that’s something that we always need to remember and cherish.

This weekend was one for the books – that’s for sure. My beautiful mother came out Friday afternoon and stayed for the weekend with me. Friday we pampered ourselves with haircuts, a new hair dye for her – I took her back to her natural color from the typical highlights I’ve been doing, a fully satisfying vegan dinner, and a movie.

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My favorite vegan restaurant – we both got a compost plate with lentil burger – my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. All of the food is amazing at this place but I can’t help but order the same thing every time. The flavors of the mac salad, sweet potato salad and lentil burger all compliment each other in an explosion of flavor in your mouth. It’s insane.

We both fell asleep during the movie and woke up just behind the sun rise Saturday morning & we were off! After a yummy vegetable hash breakfast with fresh fruit we ran to the market to pick up some fresh vegetables for the week, plants for the garden, and hanging plants that my mom took home with her 🙂

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We continued on to antique shops, garage sales, Ollies, and Home Depot to shop for furniture and nick nacks for my apartment. I’ve been here for 3 months now and I still don’t have a couch, kitchen table, pantry, or let alone things hanging on the walls. We got a few things – beautiful hand painted pictures, a green vintage banker’s desk lamp, and the most important — my new grill & patio set!

I feel like a grown woman now for sure. Check out how we were able to fit everything in the back of my ford focus. The men at home depot didn’t think we would be able to do it, my mom even doubted me, but “I am woman, hear me roar!”

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Only women have the mindset to figure things like this out – especially using flip flops to protect the glass window from breaking. Ha! Later on Sunday I got everything set up in my backyard. I’ve enjoyed laying in my anti-gravity chair and working at my patio table in the shade.

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After a long day of shopping, my mom and I went to a local Mexican joint and had some yummy margaritas and dinner. We rushed to the mall for the last two hours before closing, unsuccessfully finding new blouses for work, and called it a night. Phew, what a weekend!

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Today I spent the day preparing three different types of vegan burgers for grilling. All three are my own recipes (inspiration from Pinterest, obviously).

1. Curry Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burger

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • flax egg (4 tbs flax seed with 1/2 cup water)

*I mixed all ingredients in my ninja storm (food processor) and added a little bit of coconut oil.

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*Chilled in fridge for 30 minutes, then 1 large scoop for each patty.

*Patties in freezer for 1 hour until very firm, then packaged individually in plastic freezer bags.

2. Smokey Beet Burger

  • 2 large beets, peeled & cubed
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils (cooked down in Cajun seasonings)
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tbs brown seeded mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder

*I mixed all ingredients in my ninja storm (food processor).

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*Chilled in fridge for 30 minutes, then 1 large scoop for each patty.

*Patties in freezer for 1 hour until very firm, then packaged individually in plastic freezer bags.

3. Spicy Green Power Burger (contains gluten)

  • 3 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup diced asparagus
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils (cooked down in Cajun seasonings)
  • 3/4 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 tbs Sriracha sauce

*I mixed all ingredients in my ninja storm (food processor).

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*Chilled in fridge for 30 minutes, then 1 large scoop for each patty.

*Patties in freezer for 1 hour until very firm, then packaged individually in plastic freezer bags.

Very excited to enjoy these for the first few weeks of summer! When I have friends over I can easily offer them choices for their veggie burger with them individually packaged like this.

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I of course had to sample each of these on the grill tonight to make sure they were good — and they were! The sweet potato burger feel apart much easier than the other two – the quinoa is much drier than brown rice and I think this made a huge difference for binding (even with the flax eggs – which didn’t seem to do much at all).

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I also made some grilled veggies to top on salads for the week at school.

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I am jumping up and down in excitement for the summer now that I have my backyard all set up for entertaining! Yay! 23 days left of school — but who’s counting? 🙂

 

Clouds and rain in Florida

Florida in April is hit or miss, and we missed it. While there on vacation, it rained, stormed, and was cloudy 90% of the time. But we didn’t let it stop us!! I had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back again, let alone go on another vacation with my boyfriend anywhere cause he’s pretty cool.

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As soon as we got to the resort we were blown away with the size of our villa and the fact that we had our own kitchen and cookware to enjoy!

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So, of course we went grocery shopping. Here’s our luggage cart full of groceries and then unloaded in the fridge. I’ll give ya 10 bucks if you can guess whose food is whose 🙂

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Here’s our first dinner we made in our villa that night…

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We explored the resort we were staying at, Kissimmee, Winter Park, Orlando, Tampa, and St. Cloud (visiting my grandmother) while in Florida and there was never a dull moment and it sure took me a few days to rest back up once we returned to NY. From eating at a pretty awesome vegan restaurant called “Ethos” in Winter Park, to getting rained out at Busch Gardens, to  screaming our heads off on the roller coasters at Universal Studios, we enjoyed ourselves almost too much. Vacations are always a blast but even better when you’re spending them with the people that you love, making memories that will last a life time.

Here’s some of the food I enjoyed while in Florida — all of which is definitely not vegan or nutritarian, but I promise I tried my best!

Ethos restaurant in Winter Park: We had a seitan calzone and philly cheese steak sandwich with ginger ale sodas that were to die for!

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Also while in Winter Park we stopped at a specialty candy shop where I was able to pick up some vegan chocolate 🙂

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One night we ventured out to Downtown Disney for dinner and a movie. For dinner we stopped by the B.B. Blues House. I had an amazing fresh fish sandwich with sweet potato fries as we enjoyed some live music on the street.

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We also ventured to City Walk at Universal Studios for dinner, dancing and karaoke. We ate at Bob Marley’s Tribute to Freedom restaurant. I had jerk chicken, obvi!

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Then we danced it all of at the karaoke joint, a nightclub and back at Bob Marley’s place for some live reggae, our favorite.

Our last night in Florida, after a long day at Universal Studios we had dinner at the resort. Here’s a picture of the fried gator that we had for an appetizer. For my entree I had blackened mahi mahi with pineapple mango salad and brown rice but forgot to take a picture of it.

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