Chickpeas & Rice
One of my favorite places to grab a quick and healthy bite to eat is a cute little restaurant called The Juice Room. It's a very simple menu of made to order items, including juices, smoothies, soups, and sandwiches. It's fantastic! There are many restaurants offering meals on the go, but few of them offer healthy, vegan-friendly options. I love The Juice Room because I can order a soup and a smoothie and feel completely satisfied while knowing my meal was 100% nutritious.
I few months ago, a friend of mine stopped by there and had the most amazing soup. Her soup eating experience was documented in a series of text messages to me, most of which were about fifty "licking-the-lips" emojis combined with "OMG THIS SOUP!". I knew I had to get over there and try it. I stopped over the very next day, and sure enough, OMG THIS SOUP! It really was incredible. Creamy, yet made without dairy. Delicious in a way that you might describe Thanksgiving dinner. And filling, so damn filling! Chickpeas, rice, and vegetables -- oh my!
A fruit & nut dessert
A friend of mine tried this recipe and said it reminded her of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but of course, it's not a sandwich. Ironically, this delicious little treat was created by a peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-loving six year old.
This simple and sweet recipe reminds me to enjoy the little pleasures of life. Enjoy this recipe as a dessert or just a snack in the middle of your day and I promise you that it will bring a smile to your face :)
Pesto Grilled Cheese
Ever since I made the transition from vegetarian to vegan, I find myself wanting to recreate some of my favorite non-vegan recipes. Over the years, I have made vegan versions of pizza, mac and cheese, lasagna, buffalo chicken, and even cheesesteaks.
I don't usually like to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT! I feel like a pro at creating vegan versions of non-vegan dishes!
My latest creation is a vegan version of the classic combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup, both of which are usually not vegan.
I've always dreamed of having my own garden. I'm not talking about just a few potted plants. No, I'm talking about several acres of fruits, vegetables, and herbs!
For the time being, I am just dreaming about this fantasy garden, and I've settled for two raised garden beds in my own back yard full of things likes tomatoes, zucchini, a variety of herbs, cauliflower, lettuce, and blueberries. I have to be honest; it doesn't feel like I have settled at all! Fresh grown food in your own back yard, no matter what the quantity, is better than any other food in the whole wide world! It really is the best.
It's probably no surprise to hear me say that I love to cook. It's one of my favorite things to do. I love reading cookbooks and food blogs. I love creating new recipes or recreating someone else's recipes. I love food shopping, watching cooking shows, eating, talking about food...the list goes on.
I also love PIZZA. And when I say that I love pizza, I mean that it's real true love.
In fact, for a very long time, if anyone asked me what my favorite food was, I would always say pizza (yes, this is an answer I gave as an adult). My explanation would always be, "because almost everything tastes great on pizza!" And when you think about it, it's true.
I learned how true my theory of "almost everything tastes great on pizza" actually was when I decided to explore a vegan lifestyle. No more cheese??? But how could pizza possibly still taste good?
Spicy African Peanut Stew
I love when the seasons change from summer to fall. I love the changing of the color of the leaves. I love pumpkin everything! I love the cool weather, wearing boots and sweaters.
But most of all, I love eating SOUP!
Don't get me wrong; I eat soup all year round. I am a big soup fan. But there is something about eating soup when the weather gets chilly that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
After I became vegan, I quickly realized that there are very limited options for what I can eat on a sandwich. There are only so many ways to eat vegetables on bread or on a wrap.
So, I did some searching on the internet and came across a chickpea salad recipe which is meant to be similar to chicken salad.
I have to say, I think this chickpea salad is better than any chicken salad I have ever had.
Since a lot of my day is usually spent running around and driving from place to place, I am always looking for super easy, delicious meals to make for myself. It's also helpful when the meal is healthy! This recipe is exactly those things: easy to prepare, delicious, and healthy.
Quinoa & Sweet Potato Taco Bowl
There is a great little cafe near me called the Allways Cafe which serves a healthy selection of food like soup, salad, wraps, and sandwiches. One of my favorite things to order is the Sweet Potato Quesadilla which is full of sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, green onion, spinach, cheddar cheese, and a honey-lime-chipotle sauce served in a whole wheat wrap. When I order the sweet potato quesadilla, I get mine without cheese and add black beans -- yum!
Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich
A few years ago, I was searching Pinterest for new recipes and stumbled upon a recipe for vegetarian buffalo cauliflower. After reading through the ingredients, I knew that I could make the recipe vegan and couldn't wait to try it at home! My vegan version of the recipe turned out to be a huge success. In fact, I liked it so much, I ate it completely by myself in one sitting!