New Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Sandwich with Roasted Rosemary Fries

I think we all can agree that sometimes it’s nice to dig our teeth into a good burger, especially if it’s served with a side of delicious, crispy French fries. Thankfully, being vegan doesn’t mean forever depriving yourself of this simple pleasure: there are more vegan burger recipes on the internet than my fingers could ever count (I’ve shared my recipes for Black Bean Tempeh and Sweet Potato Chickpea burgers here before). For those of us who don’t feel like experimenting in the kitchen, a lot of grocery stores offer veggie patties – I’m not a huge fan of those, but they’ll do in a pinch, as long as you’re not turned off by the ingredients list. But sometimes, the craving for a nice burger hits when it’s too late to run to the store or start making veggie patties from scratch. The solution is easy – use Portobello mushrooms! The … Read the rest of the post

5 Easy and Healthy Vegan Office Lunches

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far! Today I decided to share with you 5 of my favorite solutions for the permanent dilemma that I assume most vegans with full-time jobs have – what to eat at work for lunch? Going out to eat is not always an option, plus what should we do if we don’t have any leftovers from the night before to take to the office? These vegan/plant-based lunch ideas don’t require fancy ingredients or a lot of effort, and help me every time I don’t have any leftovers to pack with me. As you know, I’ve started a full-time job a few months ago after almost three years of staying at home. Right away I had to say goodbye to the freedom of being able to cook whatever I wanted for lunch, and faced the necessity of planning out my meals and snacks for the … Read the rest of the post

Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe

Labor Day has passed, and you know what that means – fall recipes are beginning to pop up all over the blogosphere! Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup that I recently came up with – but before you say to yourself, ‘Those ingredients sound way too fancy!’, bear with me for a minute: I’ve got some suggestions for easy substitutions down below. A couple weekends ago Rob and I visited Uwajimaya – the legendary Asian grocery store that has three locations in Seattle area and one in Oregon. I was amazed to see rows upon rows of green tea, seaweed, dried mushrooms, noodles, as well as some traditional Asian ingredients I’ve never heard of before. For a while, I’ve wanted to make tamarind soup after eating it a few times at Asian restaurants, so I made sure to find some tamarind paste … Read the rest of the post

Quick Recipe: Chili Taco Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind over here! Since I started my new job, there hasn’t been enough hours in a day, it seems, to do everything I need to do. I used to be able to put a nice, freshly cooked meal on the table every night, but now I’m scrambling to find time even to sit down on our couch for five minutes! The whole time management issue has been a challenge, especially since I still very much want to keep this blog going, and exercise regularly. When free time becomes a luxury, you’ve got to get inventive. That’s exactly what I did the other night when I made this chili taco salad, and it was a huge hit! A little backstory: Rob and I agreed that if we wanted to have homemade dinners every day throughout the week, we would have to spend a good portion of … Read the rest of the post

The Quirks of Whidbey Island: Our Weekend Adventures, Plus The Traffic Light Lentil Stew Recipe

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we moved to the Washington state! Almost every day we get a chance to see how different the Pacific Northwest is from our previous home in the Southeastern US (Alabama, to be exact), and to be honest, we love it so far! From the overall laid-back, almost hippie vibe of Whidbey Island, our current dwelling, to the breathtaking views that open up every time you turn around the corner – it’s all worth experiencing in this lifetime. Right now the only drawback is that the weather is quite a bit cooler than what we’ve been used to living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, but at least I’ve been enjoying the fact that I don’t sweat like a sasquatch when I go running outside. Speaking of sasquatch… We see this guy every day passing by Bailey’s Corner, a very laid-back community … Read the rest of the post

Homemade is Better! 10 Delicious Ideas for Homemade Versions of Everyday Kitchen Staples that are Better and Healthier than Store-Bought.

I’ve never been a fan of cutting corners. In fact, ‘taking the road less traveled’ has long been the story of my life… Okay, explaining this would require a different blog post – or a whole different blog – so today I’m just focusing on how (and why) this applies in the kitchen. The biggest reason for cooking at home a lot for me is the fact that it’s healthier. That’s a no-brainer: even vegan restaurants tend to use some ingredients that are far from doing us any good (like oil, fake meats, etc.), plus is there anyone reading this who lives in the land that’s robust with numerous vegan restaurants? If you are one of the very few lucky guys, you’ve probably noticed that even in a vegan paradise, eating out a lot still costs a pretty penny. The obvious solution: let’s cook healthy food at home! For those … Read the rest of the post

5 Easy Plant-Based Dinner Recipes I’ve Been Making while Waiting for My Kitchen Supplies to Travel across the Country.

As much as I’d like to think about myself as not very attached to the conveniences of modern day life, every now and then life proves to me the opposite. Upon realizing this, I often feel very embarrassed that a minute ago I might have been crying like a little girl over something that wasn’t worth it at all. You probably know from my previous posts that my husband Rob and I have recently relocated from Alabama to Washington State. We’ve moved into a new house less than a week ago, and as of right now, we are still very much looking forward to the moment when all of our worldly posessions finally get delivered to us. Until then, we’ve been stuck sleeping on an air mattress, sitting on the floor all evening, eating from paper plates, and – my personal ‘favorite’ – cooking meals in a tiny pot and … Read the rest of the post

10 Tried-and-True Plant-Based Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true plant-based recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them. Also, the winner of the most recent giveaway is announced at the end of this post. When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup. Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterest was a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂 Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for … Read the rest of the post

Chocolate Decadence Candy Recipe (Only Three Ingredients!) to Please Your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here we go again, celebrating a holiday that beats all records of candy sales nationwide. Regardless of whether you love Valentine’s Day or roll your eyes at how commercial it has become, I hope you have a lovely day today! I’ve been thinking of posting a dessert recipe on Valentine’s Day, but most of the things I baked recently were inspired by cookbooks or Pinterest, so the recipes weren’t mine. Then it hit me: I could just post the recipe for my supereasy dark chocolate candies with dried plums that I’ve been making for years! All that’s left was to come up with a sexy name for them (it’s Valentine’s Day, after all!), and the star was born. Meet the three-ingredient Chocolate Decadence Candy – a dark chocolate lover’s ultimate delight! A batch of these beats any store-bought candy like nobody’s business! Making these is so easy that calling … Read the rest of the post