It’s about time for me to share my vegan spin on a classic dish.
Spaghetti is one of my favorite meals. It is so quick and easy, not to mention delicious.
It’s about time for me to share my vegan spin on a classic dish.
Spaghetti is one of my favorite meals. It is so quick and easy, not to mention delicious.
Do you ever make a recipe that you just become obsessed with?
It’s all you want, it’s the only food you think about, no other meal compares?
Well, I currently have a recipe that I just can’t get enough of, and it’s about time that I shared it with you.
Spicy sloppy joes. Must I say more? Well I will: they’re completely vegan, high in protein (for those of you who need a post-workout meal), and OMG delicious! Make them for a special occasion, dinner, lunch, it really doesn’t matter. These sloppy joes will be amazing regardless!
You want to know my favorite part of the recipe?
It takes only 20 minutes to make! Yes, this is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes on the blog.
Also, it makes 4-5 big sandwiches, meaning that you can easily feed multiple people, or can have some leftovers to enjoy throughout the week (these taste great even after a few days in the fridge.
This may not be the first sandwich on the blog. My Buffalo Jackfruit Sandwiches is one of my most popular recipes. However, I love these spicy sloppy joes even more! They’re easier to prepare, chickpeas and tempeh are more accessible than jackfruit, they taste even better….Needless to say, I am pretty proud of this one! I say this a lot, but I genuinely think these sloppy joes are some of the best and easiest recipes I’ve made to date. It’s a simple recipe, but I am slowly learning that less is more.
I hope you love these spicy sloppy joes. There is no recipe I am enjoying more than this! It’s a winner, I can confidently say that.
Every now and then, I make something that just blows me away.
This black bean brownie batter dip is just that.
For awhile, I’ve been wanting to try making brownies with black beans. It’s all over the internet, and I’m fascinated to say the least…I mean, black beans? For brownies? Well, I tried it. This brownie batter dip came to me on a recent snow day when I found myself craving sweets. I had some black beans and chocolate chips in my pantry, and just like that, this dip came to be.
Made with lots of real ingredients like beans, oats, and chia seeds, I must say that this is a decently healthy dessert option. Yes, there’s sugar. I did opt for agave and dairy-free chocolate chips (of course!), but unfortunately, if you want a dessert to taste amazing, you need either oil or sweetener. Obviously, I went with the latter. I am super impressed with how this dip turned out. Normally, I need to keep tweaking recipes until I get it right, but this dip was meant to be. Honestly, it kinda makes itself….black beans, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, sweetener, some liquid, vanilla extract cause of course, and some extra healthy ingredients. Super easy to put together, and even easier to adjust the ingredients to add more or less sweetener. You could also add oil if you wanted, but I honestly don’t think it needs it.
This black bean brownie batter dip is the easiest dessert on earth. Run the ingredients through the food processor, and you are DONE! I love simple recipes, especially when I want a sweet fix. If you are really craving something sweet or need to put together a quick recipe for a party or get-together, this dip is for you. Serve it with graham crackers, fruit, or anything else you desire. I love this dessert more than anything else I have to offer on the blog (yup, even more than my peanut butter banana dessert pizza and my chocolate raspberry avocado pudding.
My brownie batter dip has healthy ingredients, is easy to make, and tastes rich and chocolaty. It’s exactly what I want every single day of the week. I love it, and I really hope you love it, too.
What is your favorite dip? Sweet or savory? Besides this brownie batter dip, I’m also a sucker for cookie dough dip or a savory vegan queso or french onion dip. Before I went vegan, my cousin made a buffalo chicken dip that I enjoyed (and I totally gag at the idea now, naturally). I might try to make a vegan version for the blog. Let me know what your favorite dip is and if you’d like for me to create a vegan version or something similar. I would love to test some new recipes and well, dips are awesome.
I hope your day is amazing,
Remember a little over a month ago when I shared my Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie?
Well, I made a comment on how I really wanted to make more chocolate cherry recipes because the flavor combo is unbeatable. Happily, I have already delivered! Sure, I did not exactly branch out…all I really did was transfer a smoothie to a bowl. However, this is a different recipe in a way. It is thicker and feels more like a meal. If you don’t feel like this is anything new, no worries, I have other chocolate cherry recipes in my brain. They would just take a bit more testing since one involves something I’ve never made anything like before (I think it’ll be worth the wait, though).
Don’t be underwhelmed: this chocolate cherry smoothie bowl is irresistibly sweet and satisfying. I am honestly a bit obsessed considering that I have it multiple times a week. We’re not even in “smoothie bowl season” in Washington, but I don’t care. I will eat this while wearing 5 blankets and a sweatshirt if I have to. Sooo worth it. I typically prefer smoothie bowls during the late-Spring/Summer, but this bowl does not really remind me of Summer. It’s not tropical or super fruity. If you want a smoothie bowl, but aren’t ready to go crazy with the fruit quite yet, I think my chocolate cherry smoothie bowl would satisfy your craving.
I love how surprisingly filling this bowl is. I’ve had it before school, and I stay full for 3-4 hours, which is saying something for a smoothie bowl. Packed with ingredients like bananas, spinach, oats, and cherries, this is definitely filled with lots of nutrients that can get you through your morning.
If you are obsessed with chocolate cherry anything like me, you are so welcome.
Have an awesome day, and whatever you have for breakfast, make sure it’s healthy!
You know what frustrates me?
When people don’t take my lifestyle seriously.
What I mean by that is that they don’t acknowledge how serious it is to me.
I get so many comments along the line of, “if you go off your vegan diet your should try……”, “do you plan on being vegan forever or?”, and “you aren’t seriously enjoying the food, right?”
First of all, let me say that I get it. Vegan lifestyles are not that normal. We’re so used to a standard diet that anyone who deviates from that is considered as weird, or the diet is only going to be temporary.
Well, when I started a vegan lifestyle, I never looked back, and I never will.
The reasons why I won’t eat meat (or any other animal products, but I realize that I might accidentally eat something with milk or egg in my lifetime, no matter how hard I try to avoid it) are pretty infinite and serious to me. A few of them are:
If you aren’t vegan, I understand if you don’t see how anyone would like the lifestyle, but I am telling you, it’s amazing. I will be vegan for life, even if I choose to be a junk food vegan one day (I wish, man).
I hope you have an awesome day, and make sure to try a vegan recipe. I have tons, and there are so many online. You just have to find them and try them. You might be surprised!
I just wanted to make a quick announcement:
During my move, I misplaced my camera charger, and unfortunately, I have been unable to find it. I ordered a new charger, and received the wrong item. I am now in the process of returning that product and replacing it with what the charger I need. I also tried purchasing a charger in store, but it ended up not working. It’s been annoying process, but that has kept me from working on new posts until I receive the new (hopefully correct) charger (should be anywhere from Feb 17-23).
The good news: I do have two recipes that are photographed and ready to go. I will be working on those this week.
The bad: I have 4 amazing recipes that I would like to have finished by the end of the month, and I am not sure if I can get to all of them before the month is over due to this inconvenience. I will try, though!
I also have another post that I was planning on photographing, but I may not get to that by the time I was going to publish the post. It does need an image, but it would have enhanced the post. Oh well, you can’t win them all. Something is better than nothing, right?
Another unfortunate situation is that I am behind on working on March posts, which can be good and bad. I have plenty of time to get posts ready, but I do find that being ahead helps with my school schedule. Overall, I am not too worried about that. I will get plenty of posts done in March, and I have some recipes in my head that I’m feeling exciting about. Maybe working ahead isn’t for me after all?
Just wanted to let you know that my posting schedule may slow down, and it’s not what I want, but it’s out of my hands for a bit. I will have 2-3 posts out this week, but beyond then, I am not sure when my last 4 of the month will be out. Hopefully sometime late next week and into the week after.
I won’t be gone from the blog, but I cannot work as hard as I’d like since I have no camera to photograph recipes. I will still be writing and testing, though.
Can’t wait to get photos done so that I can post some delicious recipes soon! I really love what I have in the works and I consider them to be some of my all-time favorites. It’s worth the wait!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day.
Today, I want to talk about something that comes up all the time in the health and fitness world: cleanses.
Juice cleanses, detoxes, you name it.
Honestly, I don’t support most cleanses. Why? Wellll….
I just think that cleanses only create temporary results. Yeah, you’ll probably lose weight after a cleanse, but most people regain the weight quickly after.
Let me break some news to you:
It takes a lot longer than 3 days-2 weeks to lived a “cleansed” and healthy life.
Want to be healthy? Lose weight? Ok, that’s wonderful, and you should totally make some goals! However, a temporary method is never going to work for life. It just won’t. I wish life was that easy, but if cleanses were effective, we’d all be at a healthy weight.
It takes a lifelong commitment to be healthy. If you want to deprive yourself for a few days (which is exactly what a juice cleanse does), chances are, you do not have health on your mind, but rather a quick weightloss method. I totally get how tempting it is to want to lose weight quickly, but quick weight loss is not effective in 1. keeping the weight off and 2. living a healthy lifestyle.
How about instead of cleansing, we focus on permanently making healthy changes. Have a smoothie everyday. Eat more vegetables. Try eat less processed foods. No, you do not have to be perfect. You can be healthy, lose weight, and still eat junk food sometimes. However, the effort you make the majority of the time will be way more beneficial to your body than a temporary cleanse. By all means, have some juice, eat a salad, try a raw meal, but remember that anything you do will only be effective if you keep it up long-term. With that in mind, make sure you make healthy habits.
I see so many people in the vicious diet cycle, and cleanses are part of that. Everyone deserves to live a healthy and happy lifestyle, and unfortunately, a temporary diet plan just isn’t going to work for anyone.
Let’s focus less on quick fixes and more on being healthy forever. I could use that focus myself.
With that said, have a lovely Sunday, and I hope you slay this next week.
Lately, I’ve been sharing lots of my everyday favorites on the blog.
The newest edition are these 3-ingredient almond date energy balls. Honestly, I am shocked that these took so long to share. I swear I make these on a weekly basis. They are so satisfying and make the perfect snack in between classes. The best part: how easy they are to make. While these almond date balls are three ingredients, one of the ingredients is totally optional!
If you think this recipe looks familiar, it is actually the same base I used for these amazing Raspberry Cheesecake Cups I made over the Summer. I fell in love with the crust and decided to make them into a snack. Needless to say, they’ve stuck around in my weekly eating routine.
I honestly have the hardest time finding good snacks. I mean, I can never go wrong with some fresh fruit, but sometimes I want something different. Most store bought snacks are pretty unhealthy, so I try to find the best options. For me, packing snacks is what saves me in moments of desperation. Fortunately, these almond date balls are easy to pack. If you are in the market for some easy and healthy vegan snacks, I say give these almond date balls a try! With how easy they are to prepare, and how portable they are, they make the perfect snack for those moments when you need something to get you through until the next meal.
“All vegans eat is salad”
I guess I can’t speak for all vegans, but I seriously only have a salad maybe twice a month. Not saying I’m proud of that, but I do easily break the stereotype.
I’m really not a greens gal. I put spinach in my smoothies (like my Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie and my Healthiest Smoothie on Earth), but that’s basically where I get the majority of my greens. If I make a salad, I have to really love it. It needs to meet my criteria: some form of hearty protein and a yummy dressing.
I am happy to say that this buffalo tempeh salad with hemp ranch is just that!
If you have seen my BBQ Chickpea Salad with Hemp Ranch, you might be wondering how this salad is much different. Isn’t the only difference the flavor and the protein? Yup. Sure is. What can I say, I have a type.
I promise I will make some different salads for all you greens lovers, but until then, I just have to share what I like. I only really share recipes that I would make myself (at least at the moment), and I can assure you that this is my salad of choice all the time, regardless of the time of year. Everyone likes buffalo-flavored anything, that’s just an unspoken fact. Everyone likes ranch…I think. If you are looking for a healthy vegan salad that incorporates flavors you love, this could very well be it for you!
If you are a fan of my Buffalo Jackfruit Sandwiches or my Buffalo Cauliflower Burger, you’ll love this salad! I hope my buffalo tempeh salad helps you to eat healthier without sacrificing taste. Who wants to eat a boring salad? Nobody. Now you don’t have to!
Looking for a dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free ranch?
Look no further than my easy hemp ranch!
While I like the hemp ranch recipe I used, I wanted to adjust the recipe a bit, and I ended up creating something that I just love! This hemp ranch has less ingredients, but yet tastes even better! Sometimes, I have the tendency to go a bit crazy with the ingredients that I forget that sometimes, less really is more.
This ranch is excellent for salads, sandwiches, dipping sauces, you name it! Unfortunately, it does not quite have the creaminess that vegan mayo or a cashew base might have. However, hemp ranch is still delicious, creamy, and excellent for those who are looking for an allergen-friendly and healthier alternative to regular ranch.
I like this hemp ranch so much that I am replacing my previous ranch recipe with this one. If you’ve tried my old hemp ranch and like it, go ahead and keep using it, but I really think this new version is much better!
What is your favorite condiment? While I make a lot of recipes with ranch, I actually love dijon mustard. I swear I could add it to anything. That, and sriracha mayo. If you want me to veganize any condiments/sauces, let me know and I will be happy to!