LAZY VEGAN STIR FRY #5 // Whole Grain Noodles with Chickpeas

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If I where to become a crazy cat lady living on my own, I would live on stir-fry dinners exclusively. It’s easy, significantly decreases food waste, and always ends up tasting amazing. 

I made this plate with whole grain noodles, oven-roasted chickpeas, avocado, and a frozen stir-fry mix with spinach. Perfect for meals when you need to hit those sweet-spot satisfaction levels. 

What are your stir-fry recipes, techniques, and philosophies? Share them in the comments below!

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Weight Loss Wednesday // Week five – SOS

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My little weight loss journey has been a horrific nightmare! I was super motivated when I first got the idea, but after a few weeks I feel that my mind has been warped by food anxiety. I thought it was a good idea to share my journey with the world, but the pressure has led me to develop problems with self-control and overeating. 

Although I really tried to not let the diet mentality consume me, I couldn’t resist the all-to-common patterns of self-loathing and poor body image most of us have dealt with in the past. After setting a goal for myself, I found myself in a cycle of bouts strict dieting followed by binge eating. 

A few days ago I decided to stop this madness and go back to eating based on my intuitive cravings. I feel like a weight has been lifted as I am no longer starving myself nor overeating. 

I must conclude that, try as I might to be immune, the modern weight loss mentality is a pit of despair and futility. Eating will always be a part of our lives and we cannot think of our health and weight as a checkpoint in a video game. I will try not to be swindled again by Instagram-esq body obsession and instead simply focus on eating whole, plant-based foods whenever I’m hungry. 

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A Vegan Super Bowl Feast

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This post is a bit delayed as I only recently rediscovered the photos on my camera. It’s never too early to start prepping for next year (or just another junk food night in general).

My boyfriend is from the US and our anniversary happened to fall on Super Bowl Sunday, so we decided to spoil ourselves with nachos with cheese sauce, cauliflower buffalo wings, curly fries, and guacamole. It all turned out to be delightful; in stark contrast to the dull, lusterless game.

These are perfect for a vegan Super Bowl or midday snack. Follow the recipe below for both Buffalo and BBQ varieties!

Let me know if you guys have some great vegan Super Bowl recipes!

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Weight Loss Wednesday // Week four – Eating Habits thoughts

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I was served this vegan lentil dish on a traditional german restaurant and it tasted amazing!

I have lifestyle choices regarding food that I need to work on. I have a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde relationship with food as during the week I am a paradigm of good choices but, as soon as the weekends hits, I become a ravenous monster devouring any ice cream, chips, and any other heavily saturated snack food that comes my way. 

I recently spent a weekend at a family reunion for my boyfriend’s family in Kiel, Germany. As most of us who’ve been to these type of gatherings can attest, much food and drink was served. Fortunately, though I was able to partake in a decent amount of merrymaking, I was able to somewhat control myself as most of the food served wasn’t vegan. We went to a few different restaurants where I ordered vegan entrees full of vegetables (I mean, what else are non-vegan restaurants going to serve?). Being on a somewhat of a vacation, I indulged in a few beers and desserts as well as stocking up on some vegan goodies that can only be found in German supermarkets. 

Alas, though I genuinely enjoyed my time in Kiel, I wish to be less impulsive and more cognizant about my food habits. I want to eat more slowly, listen to my body signals, and make healthier snack choices. 

Easy Vegan Chia Pudding

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I have only recently discovered the healthy, delicious joys of chia pudding. I love its unique consistency and am thrilled whenever someone serves it as a desert. It’s also easy to mash up the night before and have as a breakfast. Here is my go to recipe. 

Viola! That’s my super easy homemade chia pudding recipe.

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Vegan Homemade Cinnamon Chai Latte

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Chai tea is something I drink every morning. The exotic melange of spices hooked me from my first sip and it’s just something I can’t live without. Of course i also dig the warm creamy Chai latte but the average chai powder (found in coffee shops) is oversaturated with sugar, so I came up with my own healthy version.

You can use tea bags but I prefer to sieve my loose-leaf chai in a pot (zero-waist FTW!)

Try to enjoy this before it gets warm and springy! 

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Weight Loss Wednesday // Week Three

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Well, I basically made no progress this week. I essentially copied last week’s formula of eating healthy during the week and bingeing on junk food during the weekend. Just to give you an idea of what I mean by junk food bingeing, here are some of the things I ate.

  • 1.5 bags of potato chips
  • A giant piece of vegan chocolate cake
  • A vegan waffle with whipped cream and ice cream
  • A greasy Asian noodle box
  • A vegan ice cream cookie sandwich
  • A vegan Danish pastry
  • 1 raw chocolate bounty bar
  • The biggest portion of Indian food imaginable

I’m being honest because I want people to be able to relate to the experience of failing to meet their goals. It’s easy to start thinking “once I slip-up I might as well give up” and “today doesn’t count, I’ll just start tomorrow”. These thoughts can lead to panicking and overeating when we should instead just enjoy our little slip-up and return to healthy eating as soon as possible. 

No matter how much I try to avoid it, the weight loss mentality keeps creeping into my mind. I know it’s all in my head but it’s just so frustrating! I need to pull myself together; it’s just so damn hard! 

I am persevering by forging ahead with small baby steps. After all, a healthy lifestyle is nothing but the aggregate of good and bad choices!

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Vegan Mexican-style Appetizer

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My mother recently hosted a friend for the weekend and, as she always does when we have guests, made a smorgasbord of her delicious cooking. I was tasked with making an appetizer plate of Mexican tapas to be served before the main course. I came up with this simple recipe using vegan minced meat, an avocado, taco bowls, store bought salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning. 

I started by heating the taco bowls in the oven at 170c (340f). As they warmed, I fried the faux minced meat in a pan and added the taco seasoning. After filling the bowls with the meat, I simply topped each one with a few avocado slices and salsa.

These turned out to be extremely popular at our table and they disappeared quickly. I’m not a huge fan of meat substitutes but in small quantities they can really hit the spot. They’re also a great way to hook non-vegans and give them a peak behind the curtain of a cruelty-free lifestyle that doesn’t sacrifice taste. 

This 10 minute recipe is a must for those having company over. Who said impressing people requires slaving away in the kitchen for hours?

Vegan Plant Based Cookie Dough

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I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best vegan snack I’ve ever had. Instead of going with overpriced cranked up sugar cookies you can blend together your own cheap and easy Friday night treat. It tastes divine and is the perfect finishing touch to a stay-in date night under the covers. A smooth and soft consistency with peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors will please your taste buds.

For a more authentic cookie dough aesthetic you can use chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate. This recipe tastes much better when cold so make sure you cool it down before you dig in (without letting it cool you might sense a slight chickpea aroma)

This recipe should be enough for all of you to be forever grateful to me! I am your vegan cookie dough lord and savior!  

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