Sunday, October 26, 2014

Iron Sources

Invo Coconut Water

I was excited to see this brand of coconut water on sale at Whole Foods and Gelson's. I guess I should say the excitement came from seeing a brand of raw coconut water on sale. The cashier at Gelson's said it was her favorite brand because it was so raw and fresh. I like Harmless Harvest a lot a lot. Seriously, obsessed- like buy at least four bottles a week obsessed. It is an insane amount of plastic waste and it truly irks me but it might be an addiction. I wish all the brands would use glass bottles (maybe one day). 

Anyway, this brand was good. The bottles are small but its handy and does the job. I feel like since it's raw coconut water, the taste isn't going to vary much from other brands and that is true but I still prefer Harmless Harvest.

.99 only store seaweed

I am also a fan of the original/plain flavor. They come in a 3-pack and they are small snack sizes. 
 
 

Good Karma Dessert

Good Karma Organic Rice Divine was my second introduction to vegan "non-dairy frozen desserts" (rice dream was my first as a kid that's all I wanted to eat). The peanut butter flavor was my favorite but it doesn't seem to exist anymore. I ended up really liking the mudd pie flavor. It has chocolate cake (or crust i guess) that is gf and really good! It tastes like the gf/v Amy's chocolate cake.

Veggie Cooking Sheet

99 Ranch Market!

I have been eagerly awaiting GF soy sauce (Tamari) at 99 Ranch Market (it's an Asian market in the valley). They have an entire aisle of different types of soy sauce and up until last week none were gf. This brand is organic (YAY and very important since soy is one of the top 3 GMO products), low sodium, and about $3USD cheaper than the brand I get at Whole Foods. It doesn't taste the same but I will quickly get used to it.


Trader Joes Frozen Grilled Veggies

I found this in my freezer the other day and decided to give it a try. I really like Trader Joe's and they have a lot of great vegan and gluten-free products but my only complaint is that they don't have a lot of organic premade products. Zucchini (courgette) is one of the dirty dozen so this product would be perfect if it was organic. 

Other than that, they were pretty good. A bit mushy but I cooked them in a sauce. I still have quite a few slices of eggplant (aubergine) left so I defrost them in the oven- hopefully that will make them a bit sturdier.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Edith & Herbert (my pickled veggie brand)

Edith & Herbert Pickled Vegetables is now on Facebook!

check em out and give it a "like" 

Rose Water Caramel

I attempted caramel sauce again but this time I stuck to the Spork Foods recipe except for using rose water instead of yuzu. It's really sweet but so good! It reminds me of Lebanon. I put it over vanilla coconut ice cream but it would do better over something more savory. In Lebanon, rose water ice cream (booza) is served with pistachios so something more along those lines would work well with this sauce. 


NadaMoo

I finally found and tried NadaMoo non-dairy frozen dessert! It was amazing! I am such a die hard So Coconut fan but seriously this Chocolate Almond Chip has given So Coco a run for its money. It tasted like rocky road ice cream. I highly recommend it!



Chicken Quesadilla

I was hungry and in need of a quick meal. I looked through my fridge and found small Mi Rancho corn tortillas, Daiya cheddar slices, and Beyond Meat chicken. In the oven, I put down four tortillas and added a slice of cheese on each one. I sliced the chicken in to chunks then sprinkled it on top of the cheese and added another tortilla. I broiled it until the cheese melted then flipped them to get the cheese to close the tortillas together. 

yum!


Goji Berry Brownie

I was craving something like chocolate cake I found this Goji Berry Brownie by Evo Fast Food at Full'o'Life in Burbank, CA that is vegan and gluten free. It was phenomenal! I left it out of the fridge for about an hour before I ate it and it was perfect. 


Tofu Scramble and Hash Browns

One of my childhood best friends came over for brunch and I wanted to make her something amazing and vegan so naturally tofu scramble came to mind! I also wanted to try out hash browns and they turned out pretty well. 

(The hash browns are under the scramble) 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Asian Market Haul

I am so obsessed with 99 Ranch Market! it is close to my new job so I am able to stop by in-between clients. I got rice noodles, crispy rice patties (for crispy rice soup), mushrooms, chili oil, bamboo shoots, and jackfruit! for lunch I had a big package of sea weed salad yum! 

I am so excited to try making tacos with the jackfruit! I loved the jackfruit "pulled pork" sandwich I had at this brewery near me so it inspired me to try to make something similar but with tacos. I will keep you posted. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fermented Beet Root "Lox" test 1

I have been waiting and waiting for this to be ready and for the stars to align so I could test it. I LOVE a good Lox plate with a plain bagel but as it is not vegan I do not eat it anymore. I wanted to make something that would mimic it. I had seen an instagram post about beets as lox but I couldn't find a recipe for it so I improvised and came up with something on my own. I decided to ferment the beet root the way I make sauerkraut. I wanted to test it out without adding any spice or flavor to see the consistency and how it tastes and feels when eaten like lox. I really liked it and it satisfied the craving. I wasn't a fan of the vegan cream cheese I used so I want to try another brand and see how it goes. I also added vegan caviar to one part of it to see what the seaweed extract adds flavor wise- it didn't make much of a difference but I will try something with seaweed when I ferment the beet root again (maybe use actual seaweed). Overall, it ended up being good and I really enjoyed it.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Caramel Sauce


This recipe is my own variation of what we made in the Spork Foods cooking class. We don't have cane sugar in our house so I used coconut sugar and I added soy creamer for a creamer texture but honestly I don't see a difference and could probably be left out. I tried to make it refined sugar free but there is sugar in the Earth Balance butter and obviously the creamer. It didn't harden the way I thought it would (it did when it was put on the ice cream during the class) so it is just a nice liquidy sauce. It has a strong maple syrup taste even though there wasn't that much put in and it slightly tastes burnt (that might be the coconut sugar) but not in a bad way. I really like it but I definitely want to make some modifications for the next time. 



End of Summer Popsicles


One of my favorite summer treats is popsicles. Every summer I try out new combinations and this summer wasn't any different. I made cashew cream to go with the fruit ones. I also made savory ones that I haven't tried yet. I will post about them as I try them. The peach, fig, cream one was really good.

Flavors:
Peaches and Cream
Figs and Cream
Peaches, Figs, Chia and Cream
Heirloom Tomato Basil 
Coconut Water (just frozen raw coconut water)
YUM!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chia Chocolates

This is not a ground breaking take on chocolates and I got the idea from a blog post about the various uses for chia seeds. They are really good! It gives it a crunch bar texture but it's healthy. I used my chocolate recipe but I ran out of cacao so it is more oil than solid (that's why they are melting in the picture) but they still turned out really well.

 

Chicken and Waffles

I saw these two random waffles in my freezer (they are gf/v my mom got them from the gf store but I don't know the brand. sorry!) and I decided to make chicken and waffles! It's a dish that I don't think I have ever really had before but I know a lot of people really enjoy it.

I cooked the waffles in the oven along with the Beyond Meat chicken strips. I cut the figs into 8ths. Before the waffles were fully cooked, I put a bit of Earth Balance butter in each square so that it melted into the waffle. When they were ready, I plated the waffles and poured grade B maple syrup then added the chicken and figs. I thought I would add some vegan caviar (it's from IKEA and magical). 

It turned out to be pretty good! The caviar was a bit weird and I probably wouldn't add it next time but the waffle-fig-chicken combo was amazing!

Shishito Peppers

One of My favorite things to get at Japanese restaurants is the Shishito pepper appetizer. I bought some at the farmer's market and was looking forward to making them at home. It is super easy and quick.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vegan Caprese

Using the amazing Heirloom Tomatoes and fresh Basil I got at the Farmer's Market, I decided that a Caprese salad would be perfection. The basil was so aromatic! I want everything to smell like it. This turned out perfectly!

Taco Tuesday!

After seeing the movie Chef, I was inspired to step up my cooking game. I have been so busy with work that I haven't gotten the chance to experiment but I have a few things in the works.

I went to a Farmer's Market to prep for some Edith and Herbert pickled veggies and it really inspired me to create a few seasonal produce based dishes. 

I made two kinds of Tacos (duh i'm obsessed with them):
The first one was Okra and Zucchini based and the second was Micro Greens and Fig based. 


Spork Foods Summer Sushi Class

We had the best time taking Spork Foods' Summer Sushi Class! I went with my sister and one of my best friends (neither is vegan or gf but my sis is veggie). The class was V/GF and delish! They are such sweet women. They are so knowledgeable and their sister banter is hilarious! I wont post the recipes since they are theirs and I dont have approval but I will cook variations of the dishes and post those. The classes run about 2.5hrs and costs $70- I found it totally worth it and we are all looking forward to going again! After we made the food, we all sat around a table and enjoyed our creations.

Their work space is so cute and amazing. We wanted every cooking utensil they used and their decor was minimal but perfect. 

We cannot wait to go again!!

My sister secretly told them to celebrate my birthday! It was so embarrassing but really sweet.

We made: 5 Spice BBQ Tofu Hand Rolls,Glazed Shiitake and Vegetable Sushi, Asian Peanut Coleslaw, and Rich Coconut Ice Cream with Yuzu Caramel Sauce. YUM!!


More pictures after the jump

Spicy Miso Soup

Miso is so good for you! it's an immunity booster so it is great to have when you are feeling a little under the weather or in the morning as a nice little boost. I love spicy and cayenne is the perfect pepper- it helps with your metabolism/digestion, it warms you up, and good for circulation (among other things). 

Ingredients:
3 cups water
2 Tbsp White Mild Miso
1 medium Zucchini (courgette)
Rice Noodles
Soy Sauce
Cayenne Pepper powder
Firm-Extra Firm Tofu (optional)

In a small sauce pan, add cayenne pepper (to taste/level of spiciness desired), drizzle soy sauce (1/2 tablespoon), and the miso. Pour the water on top and turn on stove to a high heat. Break down the miso so there are no chunks just a smooth broth. If you want to add tofu, cut it into small squares and add it when the water starts to boil (wait 2mins before adding the noodles). Add desired amount of rice noodles- I use chow fun size but pad thai size work well too. While the noodles cook, chop the zucchini (courgette) into small fourths or halves. After the noodle have had time to cook- about 5mins- add the zucchini (courgette) and let cook for 2-3mins. Take off the heat and enjoy!

Pesto

I made this super simple really yummy pesto that ended up tasting better and better the longer I let it sit in the fridge. Use within 2-3 days but it tastes better with age also it's less bitter after the flavors have time to meld together. I ate it with the dehydrated mushroom chips I had made and on top of rice noodles with some nutritional yeast.

Ingredients:
10+ leaves Basil
Olive oil (add to desired texture- less thicker, more thinner)
Small handful Raw pine nuts
1 large leaf Kale (dehydrated) 
1/4 clove Elephant Garlic 
1/2 tbspn Juice from sauerkraut 

Super easy- blend all together and enjoy!

Tacos with slaw

I am clearly obsessed with tacos. I think it mostly comes out of my dislike of utensils but also they are quite handy and easily eaten. 
These tacos have grilled zucchini (courgette), grilled peppers, grilled onions, avocado, Cabbage Slaw, and tomato sauce. 

 The recipe for the slaw after the jump

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vegan Sushi

Here is another recipe that is inspired by one from the 5-Day Detox we did. I liked her idea of mixing cauliflower rice with quinoa to make the rice layer of the sushi. It gave it more moisture and stickiness than just using quinoa. My sister followed her recipe pretty closely but I wanted to add more veggies to mine. This was the first time I was able to successfully roll nice looking cut rolls. I think I was inspired by the vegan sushi class we are taking on Saturday at Spork Foods in LA. What is great about this recipe is that you don't need to have a bamboo sushi mat to be able to roll these (if you stuff them enough). I was quite pleased with the results and I definitely plan to make this more often.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stuffed Peppers

This is a recipe from the 5-Day Detox that I adjusted and eventually made my own. This was the first recipe that I didn't follow exactly how she said and we ended up eating it for lunch the next day too. The portions for everything were too small to be filling for me so I just did what I wanted and my measurements aren't on point- I'm more of a go with what you want for things like this.


5 Day Detox

My sister and I decided to do Nikki Sharp's 5 Day Detox. Aaaand we really struggled with it. According to Nikki, she and others have found a lot of success with it but my sister and I didn't.

Overall we eat pretty well so we thought this would be easy and great. I turned into a horrible human- angry, hungry, and tired. I snapped at everyone and my patience was very low. Also my brain power was super low and I was spaced out constantly. Neither of us feel like we lost any weight (in fact we both think we might have gained some). And the food isn't that great which is why we ended up going rogue and eating only the dishes we liked (maybe that's why it didn't work?). For me, it wasn't enough food- I run around all day working with kids so I need more filling food versus something that moves through me quickly since I don't have time for long bathroom breaks. The food is so full of fiber and water that it flowed through me- 30mins after I ate I was starving again. My sister didn't have the hunger problem but she didn't feel good on it. 

I can't imagine we did something wrong since we followed it pretty well in the beginning. We still have one day left and I have lost all faith in it. Maybe if we didn't have such hectic busy lives it would be a lot better.

I will say that she had some interesting recipes that I will and have tweaked to suit me better. I definitely want to get more creative with my food and this detox and the movie Chef have really inspired me. 

Fruit Leather

Fruit leather is the reason I wanted a dehydrator in the first place. I made two trays of cherry plum. And boy o boy were they great! It takes 4-7 hours at 135F

Dehydrated Zucchini

I thought zucchini would be a great on the go snack... I was wrong. I'm not big on seasoning but I really need to experiment with some on these bad boys because they were kind of gross.

125F for 3-5 hours 


Dehydrated Fruit!

So I used all of the racks to make some dehydrated fruit and boy was that a bad idea! It took SO long and some fruits took much longer than they should have. It was a lot of trial and error but it made my house smell really yummy. Each fruit had a different dry time so it took forever for them to finally be ready.

I used Plums, Peaches, Apples, Mango, Cherries, and Raspberries. All of them are pretty good. The only ones that were weird were the raspberries- they became sour and had a weird texture.

I set it for 135F and I had it running for about 10-12 hours. They also continued to lose moisture when the dehydrator was turned off. Give it about an hour or so.

Kale Chips!

I made kale chips in the dehydrator! I put them in at 125F for 3-3.5 hours. When they were done I put some Redmond's Salt and Cayenne pepper in the bag and shook it. Next time I will add seasoning to it before I dehydrate. I also want to try to make "cheesy" ones.


Dehydrated Mushroom

Ok so this sounds weird but I love the dehydrated shitakii mushrooms in my miso soup so I thought "hmm I wonder what creminis taste like." Well, it was amazing! Such a good choice! I scarfed them down so fast. I also dipped them in this really yummy pesto that my sister got from whole foods. It was such a perfect combo. Yum!

I put them at 125F for two hours and they were perfect 



Dehydrated Bananas

The first thing I made with my new dehydrator was bananas. They turned out to be not bad but not amazing. I think next time I will make the slices thicker so they are a little softer. The size I made them they turned out to be pretty flat so it was like a stale chip but I still ate the whole batch in one go.

Slice them and dehydrate them at 135F for 5-7hrs.



Dehydrator!

I finally got a dehydrator!! It was my birthday present to myself.  I bought the Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Electric Food Dehydrator from Amazon with an extra set of Mesh Screens. Oh wow I am in love! I used it every day for the first week! I have jars and jars of dehydrated fruits and veggies. This model is great because it turns off when the allotted time is up and it comes with 2 mesh screens and 2 fruit leather trays. The only downside is the sound it makes. The reviewers aren't kidding- it's noisy. But I got used to it and it basically became white noise to me. Also, if you set it at night you wont hear it because you are sleeping.

I am very happy with my purchase. I have wanted one for a very long time and this one really delivers on everything I wanted.




Monday, June 30, 2014

Brown Rice and Zucchini Pasta

I am obsessed with our spiralizer. So the other day when I was craving pasta (I didn't want to go full-on carb with all brown rice pasta), I used the spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I also made a variation of a tomato sauce (I have never made the same one twice).


(sorry this isn't the prettiest picture but it's just the idea)

Cauliflower-Leek soup

Since this summer is my "Summer to try new foods," Leeks were next on my list. My aunt said she likes potato-leek soup but this lady at Trader Joe's said to use cauliflower instead of potatoes to make it healthier. So I did:

 

Brands I Love: Lifefactory

As you know, I love all things glass! Lifefactory has a great selection of glass water bottles in various colors, sizes, and top styles. I have one in every size (minus the small baby bottle) and I use them almost everyday. They just recently came out with glassware and wine glasses that are made for travel and picnics.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chocolate #2 and #3

I have become super obsessed with making raw, vegan chocolate! My second and third round of chocolate i did not add any extra superfoods. They were simply made with coconut butter, coconut oil, cacao, coconut sugar, and maple syrup (follow the quantities from the previous post). 

For the second round, I made cashew butter sticks and plain chocolate sticks. 
For the third round, I made crushed raw almond chocolate sticks, fig and chocolate sticks, and salted chocolate sticks as well as plain chocolate sticks (for those who don't like fancy flavors).

Summertime Popsicles- Round 1

I am such a fruit addict! I know that eating a lot of fruit isn't good for you but I love it so i dont really care. I would rather eat a peach than candy so i think i am making wise life choices. 

Okay now that that is out of the way... One of my favorite things to do is make popsicles (ice lollies) in the summer and they are super easy and fast(ish). My first flavors were Mango (pic 1) and Mango-Watermelon (pic 2). Both flavors were delicious. I will keep updating with new flavors throughout summer. 

For the mango: blend freshly cut mango and a bit of water till smooth. 
For the mango-watermelon: 1. blend cut watermelon until it becomes juice, 2. cut up a fresh mango and add it to the blender, 3. add watermelon juice instead of water, 4. blend until smooth.

-Add to your molds and freeze for a few hours (3-4 at the very least).
-Enjoy! 

Tabbouleh

I wanted to be super culturally appropriate and make one of my favorite Lebanese dishes: Tabbouleh. It usually has cracked wheat in it but since I am trying my hardest to avoid anything wheat/gluten-y i decided to try it with cauliflower instead. I couldn't taste a difference so i am super proud of myself. I went a little rogue with it and added things to it. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cashew Butter Cups

I made super easy super yummy cashew butter cups. 
I made the same chocolate recipe from the other night but added more coconut oil. 
the steps are after the jump.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Raw Superfood Chocolate

Last night i was craving chocolate so i made amazing raw, refined sugar free chocolates. 
you need: 
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon Maca powder
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup 
1/4 cup coconut oil

On low heat melt/mix Coconut butter and coconut oil. Mix in cacao powder till blended. add coconut sugar, maca, and maple syrup till combined. MAKE SURE TO WATCH IT BECAUSE IT WILL GET WEIRD ON THE HEAT. turn off the heat when everything is melted. 
place in molds and refrigerate. Enjoy! 


Vegan Jello Shots

I wanted to practice making jello shots for the fourth of july and i had an opportunity to do them for a party. I used Agar Agar instead of gelatin. For every cup of liquid you use 1 tablespoon of agar agar. 

 to make different layers, i cut up and blended fresh fruits- such as mango, strawberries, limes, watermelon. It was an interesting experiemnet to see what fruits still taste good after heating and what doesnt (watermelon is gross when heated). I made the gel by heating up the fruit with water and adding the agar agar, let it cool a bit, then add vodka. Agar Agar solidifies at room temp which was great because they solidified pretty quickly in the fridge and i could add layers super fast. Unfortunately, the fruit ones ended up being gross. It was a struggle to eat them. I also made coconut cream ones because i thought the color contrast would be neat. Also gross.

The ones that were a hit were the Bloody Mary celery sticks! i used fresh tomatoes instead of juice, horseradish, tabasco, garlic and onion powder, a vegan Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Heat up the tomatoes and add the agar agar. when it is all mixed, turn off the heat, add everything else. let cool then add the vodka. Clean and cut the celery, put them in a glass pan so they are held in place by the sides. spoon the gel mix on the celery and let solidify in the fridge. Enjoy! they are spicy and delish!

It was a great experiment and i will be making the Bloody Mary ones for the 4th but probably not the fruit ones. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Raw Strawberry Chia jam and Raw "Nutella"

I tested out some yummy foods that i knew i could take on the go or eat as a snack. The easiest was the chia jam- blend fresh strawberries and add a teaspoon of chia. some water may be needed if the berries aren't juicy enough. put in the fridge so the seeds can absorb the liquid and become gelatinous. 

The cashew butter is quite simple as well- blend dry raw cashews may add salt or not ( i dont). 

The raw nutella was hard and didn't turn out as creamy as i had wanted (i probably should have soaked the hazelnuts). Mix hazelnuts, cacao nibs, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Blend.

Eco Shave


I have been making my own beauty products and trying to find the most eco ways to care for my body so i researched eco shaving and everyone said to buy a safety razor. they last forever (little waste) and the replacement blades are around $6.00 for 10. I have been using it for a week now and i really like it. Take your time with it because it is sharp and will easily cut you. I bought the Merkur razor on amazon along with a 10-pack of blades. 

Java Chip Fakuccino

I wanted a frappuccino but i dont actually know what is in one so i made my own with gf/v ingredients. I wanted a Java chip one so i added chocolate chips but add what you want to make whatever flavor you are craving. 
it requires: 
cacao nibs
coconut sugar
cacao power
coffee (i like Papua coffee it's non-acidic and its easy on your stomach)
ice
ice cream (i used So Delicious in chocolate and mocha almond fudge)
Salt
Chocolate Chips (optional)
the amounts vary depending on how big of a cup you want and what flavor profile you are going for. its pretty easy and you'll be happy to know what is going into your drink. Blend all together, freeze for a bit, and enjoy.

Water!

Berry Chocolate Tart

This is one of my favorite food creations and it is super easy! I want to try to make it fully raw but the pie crust was SO good and flaky. i made a Bob's Red Mill pie crust according to the directions (remember frozen butter is your BFF). when that was ready, i thinly sliced strawberries and layered the bottom with them. I mixed coconut cream, coconut sugar, and cacao. Pour on top of the strawberries and top with raspberries. Delish! 

Dirt

Back to my sugar addiction! One of my friends posted worms and dirt that she had for her birthday and i wanted it SO badly so i gf/v-ized it. I crushed up the glutino "oreos" and placed them at the bottom of a bowl. I mixed coconut cream, cocoa, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and crushed cookies. I put it in the bowl. topped with more crushed cookies. I let it sit for a bit in the fridge and enjoyed. It was great! 

Strawberry Superfood Heart Mini-Pies

I made these for Pi day! They are cute little handheld heart pies. I used Red Mill pie mix, cookie cutter hearts and i made a strawberry superfood filling. The filling was fresh strawberries, flax, maca, chia, and goji. I blended it all together and added it to the first layer of pie crust. I added the second layer of crust and baked it according to the package directions. Check on them often because they spill out. When they were baked, i drizzled cacao and coconut oil on top. 

Vegan Scallops

I see a lot of vegan chefs making vegan scallops using king oyster mushrooms. I tried it and i hated it. I cut up the stems, soaked them in a seaweed/kelp mix to try to give it a seafood taste. Then i grilled them. Gross. not going to do that again. 

Beyond Meat Chicken "wings style"

I love Buffalo Wings! Spicy is my favorite and the mix of Frank's Red Hot and Butter (Earth Balance) is like a creamy hot sauce. Using Beyond Meat Chicken i make the buffalo wing sauce- Franks and butter- then add the strips and let them boil till the chicken has absorbed enough sauce. Put it in a dish and serve with Follow Your Heart Vegan Ranch.

I also made BBQ strips by doing the same thing but with BBQ sauce.

Pancakes

Another Cherrybrook Kitchen favorite is chocolate chip pancakes! these are easy to make and taste so good! Just follow the box and you are golden. For Syrup i used Trader Joes Grade B Maple Syrup, goji and cacao powder and Earth Balance butter spread. such a fan and one box lasts a long time. I've already made pancakes three times with just one box. 

Egg Alternatives

Vegan Pot Pie

I was craving a veggie pie but couldnt find a gf/v one in the store so i made one. I used Bob's Red Mill pie crust, Califia Farms almond milk, and various veggies i could find.
I made the pie crust according to the directions- always have some of your butter frozen it makes for a flakier crust. Cook the crust until golden.  I cooked the veggies- carrots, potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions. Then i poured the veggies into the pie and added enough almond milk to cover the veggies. I placed the left over crust dough on top and baked according to the package pie directions. When it was ready i let it sit for a bit before i dug in. The night i made it, the filling spilled out of the pie when i ate it but the next day it had set in the fridge and was a perfect hand-holding pie. 

Kiwi Berries and Cherimoya

This spring/summer my goal is to try as many new fruits as i can. Kiwi Berries have to be my favorite so far! they are basically little kiwis and they taste as such. Cherimoya was super sweet. Like candy custard. I liked it. I also tried gooseberries (cant seem to find the picture of them but they are orange round berries in this interesting leaf-like shell). The gooseberries did not taste the why i thought they would taste. They were sort of sweet, a bit bitter, and a little sour. I want to make a tart with them i think they would taste better that way. 

Pupusas

I found these Tres Latin Foods pupusas at whole foods. I was very excited to try these because i love pupusas but i can never find vegan ones. These ones were great! they are easy and quick to make and taste so good.

Beyond Meat Tacos

I LOVE tacos! seriously i could eat them all the time forever! corn tortillas are the best things in the world and you can fill them with anything! I love Beyond Meat chicken. I hate the taste of real chicken but fake chicken is perfection. For the tacos i cooked rice with tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and beyond meat chicken, and toasted the tortillas. I stuffed the tacos and added BBQ sauce or chili sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados. 

Veggie Pasta

Trader Joe's has a lot of great vegan meal options. One thing i like (when i need something quick) is their pasta sauce. It's GF/V and tastes pretty good. I sauteed mushrooms and zucchini with coconut oil. I added tomatoes and let it simmer while i cooked the brown rice and quinoa pasta. When it was ready, i combined the tomato sauce, veggies, and pasta in a pan and cooked them together. Voila! easy quick dinner. 

Detox Water

I found this detox water on instagram. it is so delicious and easy: cucumbers, lemons, mint. let sit over night and enjoy. it really helps with skin and internal.