Blog Fact: My first post was a smoothie. My lemon meringue pie smoothie is still one of my favorites.
I need to admit to a very unhealthy obsession:
I love takeout pizza.
Did you know that Papa John’s pizza crust is completely vegan? Yup, sure is.
I like being busy.
After a few years of what seems like a blur consisting of schoolwork, work, and more work, I finally like being busy.
Sure, it gets stressful. Yeah, I sometimes just want to rage quit life. Ok, I do want to just sleep in or watch tv all night.
You know how the new year came around, and we were all really focused on being healthier?
Well, I am still on track, and am feeling great!
However, let’s be real: sometimes we are in need of a good dessert recipe, and I made a goal to share more dessert recipes. While Simply Overjoyed is considered as a healthy vegan blog, I do love showing that vegan food does not have to be healthy. Sometimes, we need a good dessert in our lives. Other times, we need something really greasy and fatty. I will make sure to provide both options from time to time because we all need to live a little.
My boyfriend’s favorite food is fried rice. It has been for years.
Before we were vegan, we would get chicken fried rice all the time (I know, it makes me sad as well).
Fortunately, it is very easy to make vegan fried rice. I make a meat and egg replacement out of tofu, and it never disappoints. After playing around with this recipe for awhile, I am finally ready to share it with you.
“Do you miss meat?”
-Probably the most asked question I receive as a vegan.
My answer: no.
It may seem shocking, but the idea of harming an animal and the environment for my taste buds does not seem appealing to me in the slightest. Plus, I like vegan food. In fact, I love it.
I know this may be surprising for non-vegans. I get it. Our world is so dependent on animal products, so I understand that the idea of going without them seems impossible. I was once there as well. In fact, before I decided to go 100% vegan (in other words, once I fully educated myself), I planned on only being vegan 4-5 days per week so that I could have animal products sometimes. Needless to say, I changed my mind. Still, what I’m saying is that I know how hard it is to change habits.
The first month or so is difficult. I remember how lost Matthew and I were. It took constantly googling recipes and checking Pinterest, and we quickly realized that everything was going to be ok. Matthew doesn’t have to eat salad everyday. I can find substitutions for all my favorite foods. Our diet was initially heavy in processed foods, but that changed once we got the hang of cooking plant-based.
Today, I absolutely love being vegan. It makes me more excited for food than I ever have been. Eating out is so much fun. Cooking and baking has never been more inspiring. I know it sounds unbelievable to non-vegans, but my biggest regret is not going vegan sooner. The health benefits are so worth being somewhat inconvenienced in social situations. Plus, have I mentioned how amazing he food is?
Vegan food is amazing. Don’t believe me? I understand, but I urge you to keep an open mind! Try a vegan dish. I recommend my Peanut Soba Noodles with Sriracha Tofu, Buffalo Cauliflower Wing Burger, Chocolate Raspberry Avocado Pudding, Perfect Vegan Mac and Cheese, and Sriracha Peanut Burger. All are delicious.
Being vegan is awesome, and I am happy to say that I will never go back.
I have never cheated. I have accidentally eaten milk and egg products, but I learn and move on from mistakes.
You are welcome to think that I am crazy, but I am too busy enjoying my food and feeling better than ever to be bothered by it!
Remember, everyone is welcome here. Vegan or not. For all you non-vegans visiting, I hope that you take some time to browse my recipes and try something out. Who knows, you may just love it! Either way, I will still love you!
I swear chili is thee most universal dish out there.
I mean, everyone loves chili, right?
Just about everyone grew up eating a chili recipe of some form….right?
Well, I can say that I absolutely love chili. I make it a few times per month during the cooler months. It is so warm, filling, yummy, and in this case, spicy.
I try lots of different chili recipes, and I think they are all delicious. However, I wanted to create a chili recipe that is super spicy because well, I like anything spicy.
I need to warn you: if you follow my recipe 100% with the highest amounts of sriracha, chili powder, and cayenne pepper, the chili is HOT. All my spicy-lovers will love this dish, but if you have a low tolerance to spicy foods or just do not like them, just use less of the spicy ingredients or omit them.
Make a big pot of this spicy chili, add some nutritional yeast, maybe some sour cream or avocado. Enjoy a big bowl and try not to burn your tongue with all the spices. That’s been my January routine. 2017 is looking better than ever!
Remember when you made a resolution to be healthy? Well, hopefully you are still sticking with it on January 2nd.
I know many of you may hate the idea of healthy food. Veggies are boring, salads are meh, brown rice is bland.
The good news: if you make a habit of eating clean, after awhile, you start to crave all the foods that currently bore you.
My selfie from New Year’s Eve last year….before I started a blog, started at a University, became certified in group exercise, and still lived in that miserable apartment. I wonder where I’ll be from this point next year?
Happy New Year!
I hope you are recovering from a fun night, and are starting the year off relaxing and watching football. I know that’s what I’m doing today!
I also know how cliche New Year’s Resolutions are. And yeah, I know lots of people don’t actually stick to them.
I actually do have some goals for 2017, for both the blog and my life.
In the past, I have made some pretty difficult goals (last year, I planned to eat 5 servings of veggies per day….whoops).
This year, I don’t want to do anything unrealistic. I really just want to strive for better as often as I can.
Here are some simple goals:
That’s really it. I want to eat clean, keep my space clean, organize my thoughts, and stay mindful. I also need to work hard this year since most of my applications for grad school next year are due in January-needless to say I will be in panic mode on the first day of 2018.
Ultimately, I just want 2017 to be a fun year. I want to try new things, go new places, and take advantage of my free time.
On the other side of things, I want to work my absolute hardest. I have some tough classes ahead (ones that I am super excited for, though!), and I have lots of other extracurriculars that I am involved in. Needless to say, I am going to be BUSY!
However, that is not going to stop me from working hard on the blog!
In fact, I want to do more.
My goal for the blog is just to continue learning and growing.
I want to do a bit more work in terms of promotions: building my email list (and actually sending some emails every now and then-probably weekly), improving my Pinterest boards, and looking into scheduling Facebook/Twitter/etc. posts ahead of time so that my social media is frequently updated.
Not only that, I also want to improve my posts themselves….Better photos, better recipes, you name it! I also want a better site in general, like adding a logo and a better design, but honestly, I just can’t afford that right now.
Another thing I want to work on is an ebook! I have a few ideas for a recipe ebook, and I have a couple themes in mind, so we shall see what I come up with. I would love to be able to release something for you in the next year, or at least have one in the works!
Unfortunately, the blog is not my full-time job. I am not able to put in all the time that I wish I could because ultimately, school comes first, and it will until I graduate (3-4 years). However, that does not mean that I have no time or motivation to keep up with posts, share new recipes and ideas, spread the vegan message, and improve my blog overall in the next year, because I absolutely want to do all of the above! I am excited for some of the ideas I have, and I have been busy at work on some pretty amazing recipes and more for the month of January. I will make sure to be engaged with you, and I will be a bit more organized with my work. I feel really inspired to make my blog 10x better!
We shall see what 2017 has in store!
I can’t tell you what I’ll be working on for the entire year (hell, I don’t even know that, yet).
However, I can give you some hints for the month: be prepared for green smoothies, my first pancake recipe (it’s worth the wait), and some dessert. Plenty of healthy dishes as well. Be ready for deliciousness coming to you soon!
Have a wonderful New Year! I hope you reach your goals. I hope you try new things. I hope you have fun. I hope you work hard. Most of all, I hope you are happy.