Oh helloooo, I've been meaning to post this recipe for weeks (okay maybe months) now. I just made it again tonight along with those sexy falafels from the Thrive Energy cookbook. I have been missing Garbanzo since I moved here, so I wanted to make something as close to that as possible. I accompanied the tabbouleh and falafel with hummus, romaine, and this vegan tzatziki sauce. It was wonderful. I love Mediterranean food.
That's all I got. I am struggling to survive through the last two weeks of my first year of grad school, so maybe once that's over (and before I venture of to the UK for 3 weeks!!) you will see more from me. Enjoy lovies!
So yesterday I went on an insanely wonderful grocery-shopping + cooking-spree and reminisced on the good old days when I actually kept this blog somewhat current. Then today a peer mentioned this blog out of nowhere...obviously these are signs from the universe that I need to get back to it! Gotta represent my vegan pride! There are a multitude of reasons why I haven't updated this blog in a while:
1. I broke my camera USB cord and was too lazy to order a new one off Amazon. 2. I made some not so appealing eats. 3. I made some super delicious eats that I stuffed in my face too quickly to photograph. 4. I had a full time job + the responsibility of planning/preparing for grad school. 5. I moved to NORTH CAROLINA for grad school. 6. I live with a strict carnivore who also happens to be a male (along with another male roommate) and as a female and vegan I can't help but be wary of the atrocious amount of bacon grease/animal product residue contaminating my kitchen due to a general lack of concern for the thorough cleanliness of our dishes and counter space, etc. 7. Did I mention I'm in GRAD SCHOOL?!?!
Sooo yeah...that should about sum it up.
But today I am resolving to get back into food blogging. I still don't have a way to import my pictures (other than my phone) so bare with me. Mayyybe I'll muster up the energy to order a USB. And we'll see how this goes.
As I mentioned before, I went on a cooking spree yesterday. And as I usually do, I searched for a decent recipe based on a single ingredient. That ingredient happens to be pickled carrots. Let me rewind...sometimes I get weird pregnant lady cravings for pickles and Oreos...and right after I got my brand-spanking new Costco membership I bought a 2-jar pack of dill pickle spears...which also happened to contain some carrots and red bell pepper (I passed on the Oreos in case you were concerned that I might have picked up a 24000 pack or whatever). So my first jar is almost depleted...except for the veggies chillin' at the bottom. I don't like to waste stuff, so I decided to find a fitting recipe for the carrots!
I found this recipe first, and decided to go with it. So glad I did, because it is so simple and delicious! I don't have a picture of my veganized/simplified version, but I do have pictures of my dogs ;)
Yes. I am obsessed. And I miss them. You're welcome.
WHOA. THERE. TURBO. I has been wayyyy too long. I have missed food blogging! Luckily I've had plenty of time to try new recipes and therefore only present to you the best of the best!! I would love to catch you all up on my extravagant life (work, work, grad school apps, car troubles, and more work), but I will save that for a later date. We have more important things to address right now...
I'm obsessed with many Asian things...Asian cars (Honda, Toyota), Asian dogs (Akitas), Asian countries (top of my list for international travel), Asian decor (cherry blossoms, bamboo), and of course...Asian food. I LOVE sushi!! Soooo so much. Now don't feel bad for me thinking I can't have it anymore...there are plenty of restaurants that will happily make me some loaded veggie sushi. PLUS, there's plenty more to be enjoyed when you go out for sushi! Miso soup...seaweed salad...edamame...and something like this:
I miss sushi. I miss it HARD. So to fill this void and warm my insides a bit (since its been rainy and cold the past couple days), I had a strong desire to have sushi and miso soup. Let me tell you...the sushi didn't disappoint! It is extremely filling and has versatile flavors that make it a lot more satisfying than the vegetable sushi you can get in restaurants or stores. The miso soup needs a bit of improvement though, so I won't share that yet. I was in a huuuge rush tonight so the salad I also planned to make didn't end up happening, but you can hopefully look forward to seeing a salad with creamy sesame watercress dressing in the near future : ). I love asian food. Drool.
This is the part where I would usually give you the okay to "indulge", but I can't with this recipe! Other than the sodium content that comes with soy sauce... this recipe is super healthy and high in protein! So please, simply enjoy (and watch your sodium intake).
And don't forget to vote in my poll to the right! Thanks lovie : )
Again, mucho apologies for the sparse posting, but I have a visitor in town! She is one of the most wonderful people I know...so wonderful that she agreed to try out a vegan restaurant in Denver with me : )
You can view their full menu, hours, and locations on their website. If I convince you to try it out, please note they are doing renovations and will be closed May 30th at 8pm until June 2 at 3 pm.
The verdict: I don't even know where to begin. The location is beautiful. Their restaurant is small-ish but comfortable with a laid-back atmosphere. The servers were friendly and fast. But the true highlight is the menu/food. This restaurant is technically vegetarian, however it is very vegan-friendly. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. As an added bonus...your wallet wont feel significantly lighter after you leave ; )
NOTE: I'm sorry I don't have pictures, I didn't plan well...but just trust that the presentation was as wonderful as the taste.
Amanda and I had a tough time making a decision on what to order, but we decided to split an appetizer and an entree. The vegan options were vast, but we finally decided on the Sweet Chili Egg Rolls made of tofu, cabbage, portobello mushrooms, carrot, and green onion; all in a vegan wrapper and served with a sweet chili mango sauce. Drool. The egg rolls tasted just like the ones I'm used to...except fresher and the outside wrapper was better than the regular kind. The sauce was absolutely to-die-for...I must recreate it! Our entree was recommended by our waitress (conveniently a vegan!). She suggestes the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos and we gladly went with her choice. We also added tempeh for 50 cents (!) extra. The dish consisted of three tacos, each with 2 soft corn tortillas, plus pico de gallo and guac on the side. Besides the obvious (sweet potato, black beans, and tempeh), the filling had bell peppers, onion, and an extremely flavorful cilantro lime slaw. I asked Amanda if she was missing meat, sour cream, or cheese, and she said "not at all".
Our meal was very filling so unfortunately we didn't get to indulge in one of their desserts (they also have a bakery AND a coffee shop/bar located only blocks from the restaurant) or a vegan milkshake (yummm). I look forward to returning and trying out more of their wonderful vegan eats and I would strongly encourage you to visit if you're in Denver.
You could even make a fun night out of it and go see Forks Over Knives (a documentary about veganism) in Denver as well! (I have yet to see the movie but I look forward to doing so...)
Sorry if that made your stomach growl. Here's a recipe you can whip up for dinner if you can't make it to Denver...
No slimy tabbouleh for you! This version is just the way I believe tabbouleh should be: light but satisfying with a punch of pepper and parsley. Yummyyy.
The first time I had tabbouleh was in Georgia last summer...as soon as the recipe popped up on OSG...I knew I had to try it for myself. Unfortunately that version didn't work out for me. I taste tested Whole Food's version and decided to make a few changes.
This turned out absolutely fantastic.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I forgot to take a picture until I was already enjoying the last of this at work!
I recently had multiple opportunities to create and share an appetizer, and I knew what my first priority was: Fine Cooking's Greek Salad Skewers. I have tweaked the recipe a bit, making it even faster and easier to make. Plus, I like the cool, light, and refreshing nature of these bites without oil.
This one has also impressed family and friends alike, so I hope you'll love it too!