Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Wondrous Product called BREAD.

Bread is a wonderful thing. I love bread. I have an obsessive love for bread. ESPECIALLY sprouted grain bread. Ezekial bread is my favorite kind of bread, but unfortunately on my college budget I can't have it regularly. I keep it as a treat for myself when I visit home :)
The Cinnamon Raisin is my favorite… Sooon my darling, soon…

Over the summer before college start I ate a lot of sandwiches. To keep them from getting boring I experimented(like the scientist I aspire to be) with many toppings and uses for the bread.
I also used beans as a main topping. I'd not heard of dessert hummus(or chickpea cookie dough) yet, but I came up with a few toppings that probably would be under that type of category. 
Now this looks gross, and I'll be the first to admit that. I would like to say that this was nice a** slice of toast ;). I actually used kidney beans for this and not chickpeas because it was all i had at the time. I also didn't have my amazing ninja blender at the time so it didn't blend as smoothly as I would have liked for a photo shoot. BUT it was still good. This was gingerbread toast :) with some apricot jam on top. (I was on a huge apricot kick at the time)
GingerBread Hummus: 
(this is just a list of ingredients theres no measurement because I have none :O)
- Kidney beans
- Almond butter
- (I used a smidgen) Blackstrap molasses 
- Spinach(I liked green)
- Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg

Apple Pie Spread:
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp apple sauce
- 2 tbsp garbanzo beans
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tsp maple syrup
( I add spinach/kale to everything :D)


Not everything was sweet. I liked savory as well:
Bacon Tempeh Pizza Spread:
- 4 strips of cooked(slightly burnt if your me and you forget it in the oven) tempeh bacon
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/8 or 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, oregano, basil, black pepper
- spinach



Raw Sprouted 'Bread Pudding': this was a cocoa chai version
- 2 slices toasted/stale ezekial bread(RAISIN if you choose so ;D)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp vegan yogurt
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, ginger, and a dash or two of black pepper
The bread I was using was wicked stale.. like wow. So I toasted it annnd I crumble it into the 'milk' and yogurt. I stirred until combined. Then I melted the peanut butter in the microwave(easily stirred this way). Then added the cocoa powder, extract, and spices. I covered it and let it sit in the back of the fridge overnight. (like overnight oats but with bread)
In the morning I added some peanuts, and some frozen berries for a crunch.
Sweetener can be added or not, its all personal taste.
This is really smushy. I love it. Kind of like weetabix thats been sitting for a bit. But I love that haha.

Often for Lunch I'll just have a tofurkey and greens sandwich, no recipe for that. (But it is a quite nice lunch)





Saturday, February 15, 2014

The glorious gift of a SuCcEsSful Mug Muffin!

Helllaaaoooo! :) Did everyone/anyone have a good/hot Valentines day? I did… Sorta. Well when you're single Valentines day is either like every other day, or it's miserable. Unless you're a child and you school does a cute themed day :)! <3


So I had decided the night before (while I was studying for my Bio exam) that I was going to try and re-create a successful mug muffin/cake because my last one turn out… well…. not that good. I mean I ate it, but I wouldn't give it to someone else and tell them proudly that I made it all myself ;)

So here is my Valentimes…. (which is what I used to call Valentines day) Mug Muffin.
There are solo many variations that you can do that I'm sure will work~ This was delightfully fluffy :D

Mug Muffin: 

1/4 cup (28g) of All purpose Gluten Free Flour (I used Gold Premium with flax :D)
1/2 tsp Baking Powder(noooo aluminium!)
1/4 cup Mixed berry applesauce**
2-3 tbsp Soymilk**
1/2 tbsp oil(I used coconut, feel free to experiment. Maybe even a vegan butter?)
1 tsp cinnamon(or any other spice! Warming :D)
2 packets Truvia/Stevia (alternatively you could use maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, or any sweetener of your choosing that suits you. Although I should mention if it is liquid I'd scale back somewhere :D)

(mix and pour into an oiled microwave safe bowl/mug/cup)

Now Microwave from 1 minute to 3 minutes…. Honestly it depends on your personally texture preferences and power of your microwave.

**Variations:
- instead of applesauce(I haven't tried): Banana, pumpkin, puree of any fruit really.
- instead of soy milk: I'm quite positive any milk type drink would work-> Veg or non veg :D maybe even water!

Sooooo What else I ate today was some vegan ramen with add-ins (broccoli, tofu, snow peas, spinach, sprouts, baby corns):
As well as this I did go home this weekend.. And upon my arrival my delightfully sweet aunt and grandmother surprised me with vegan candy!
(I'm also in recovery so chocolate is such a fear food, but they knew that and got me only a few so I'm not so overwhelmed! :D)
Has anyone ever heard of Lulu's Chocolate?
Any reviews?


('Love Truffles', annnnd 'Maca Buttercups')
:)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PB-Banana Green Smoothie

Helloooo~
:) I'm here to share with you my breaky I had just short of a week ago.  Sometimes I run 5k's, and I do believe that I'm going to (with my mother) run a 1/2 marathon in may :) so I look forward to that. I am not, however, a competitive runner. I find I lose my love of running/jogging when I make it a sport. I like to use it as a frustration/anxiety release. I love the smells of the forest(where I usually do my journeys).
That being said, just last week I decided that I would run for an hour. 5 minute warm up, 50 minute jog/run(5-6mph) and then a 5 minute light jog, followed by a 5 minute cool down. . . so maybe 65 minutes. ANYWAY--> needless to say I burned quite a bit. This meant I had a lot of refueling to do. So I started my post-run with a delicious Smoothie :D


SWIRLED with cinnamon goodness :D I love my cinnamon. You'll get to really appreciate it :3

Recipe: 
- 1 1/2 medium banana's*
- 2 tbsp peanut butter**
- 1/2 scoop protein powder*** 
- 1 cup unswt. plant milk(soy, almond, coconut, hemp.. whatever!) 
- 2 Lrg handfuls of Spinach

* I like my bananas with brown spots :) lots of them. It's muchhhh better that way. (also slice before freezing!)
** I used salted, smooth, natural, and cold(meaning I keep it in fridge). But I'm downright peachy keen positive that any peanut butter/nut butter/coconut butter would do just fine! You just wouldn't have that Chunky monkey flavor :D
***I use plant fusion vanilla, but any kind works(seriously)

Add 1 of the banana's, 2 tbsp peanut, the protein powder, milk, and spinach to your blender and bleennnd away! I do add ice to mine because I like it cold but you don't have to. I take the other 1/2 banana and mix it by hand(spoon) with my smoothie because I like the chunks ;3. Now you'll see that mine has a huge swirl of cinnamon, and bulbs. Those bulbs are actually not banana…. They are puffed corn.
I just got these not to long ago. They make other 'puffed' varieties. (millet, kamut being the ones I've tried). I frigging love this stuff haha. Subtle corn taste, puffy, crunchy, ball-y. . . so good:D

Granted you could add granola, and I do sometimes, but DAYUM I love this stuff!
Tomorrow I'm trying a new recipe for a vegan filled mug muffin! I'll post my results regardless if it's nice or not haha
:3
<3


Sunday, January 26, 2014

So let's talk smoothies. . .

How do you like yours? Green, thin, thick, multicolor, crunchy, smooth, decadent, fruity, complex, or simple?

ME? oh thank you for asking. :) I like mine green. In fact I rarely will drink a smoothie unless it is green :)
But I love to add things. I also love them thick. I am not a huge fan of drinking my smoothie. PASS ME THE SPOON PLEASE.
(You know you've done it right if you can eat it with a fork :D)
This is from my instagram. This was a simple green smoothie made with a frozen banana, a spoonful of protein powder(I believe at the time is was growing naturals vanilla), some cocoa powder(I like dutch), almond mil to blend, and a sheet load of spinach. The little corner you see on my spoon was a Live Pumpkin seed bar :D this was so chewy, crunchy, thick, and Haw-sommmee.



This was also from my instagram, I chose to show this BEFORE I made it green because it was such a lovely color :3. This had mango, strawberries, and banana. 
Then I added something I purchased at Homegoods.
Sometimes it is hard to keep spinach in my tiny little dorm room fridge, and I am not gonna put icky soft spinach in my smoothies. (A tip: at home I do often freeze the spinach so it won't go bad on me, alternatively you can buy it frozen as well… I just find it messier to deal with.)
SOME MORE INSTA-PICS: :3









So the product at homegoods was this:
There are many products like this out in the market, and they are $$$. This one, however, was on sale. The only reason I bought it. I love it. I have gotten strange looks from my roommate when she sees me making my morning green smoothie(or if you like "Green Monster"). I have, on more then one occasion, been known to eat this straight from the container. Not in like huge spoonfuls, but like little nibs :). It's got this tangy, sweet, greenness to it. Love this stuff. Plus it keeps :D

So yea, if you can afford it, or buy it on sale. (Maybe an online sale? Amazon or even the products website.) I go for it. :3

Next time maybe some real recipes? 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome to my blog!

Hello darlin' readers,


My name is Emily, I'm 19 years old, and I'm a college Freshmini. I went vegan about 3 or so years ago. :) I was vegetarian for sometime before I shifted over to the green side. I just held on to greek yogurt for so long (Boy, I tell you, that was a hard pill to swallow when I rid my life of that delicious food gave that up).

For this Blog you can expect:

1) many spelling and grammar mistakes
2) recipes and food pictures
3) possibly delicious, quick, easy, vegan meals/snacks :D

Something I want to get out right Hur, I am not a chef, I am not a photographer, and I am not a nutritionist.
Soooo this is really just me blogging about my sh*t. :)

I also would like to mention that I am recovering from anorexia. It peaked in my my sophomore year of high school(diagnosed), but I had symptoms of the disease for many years prior. I've been doing my best since then to regain weight, and improve my relationship with food and exercise.
So if you want to take with me just comment and we can email. :)
THANK YOU AND COME AGAIN!!!

my instagram:

http://instagram.com/vegamelia