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 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.
Happy almost New Year!
We have made it to the end of the year, and I must say, as weird of a year 2016 was, it sure did bring some delicious food! I founded the blog in 2016, and while I did not blog for the entire year, I do have some pretty cool recipes to share.
For my Top 16, I am going with popularity. I want to share the posts that you-my readers enjoyed the most!
Some of my favorite recipes made the cut, as well as some surprises. Seeing what you all enjoy gives me a great idea of what you might like to see in the future.
Without further ado, here are your 16 favorite recipes of 2016:
No contest. This buffalo cauliflower wing burger was by far the favorite of the year! I am so happy about how enthusiastic people were over my favorite summer burger! Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? Add cauliflower wings and…..I’m not surprised this was a favorite.
I was surprised by how well received this recipe was. I thought it was a bit risky since it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of ideas. Still, I would say that overall, you all liked this recipe and it makes an awesome lunch-especially in the spring or summer.
I was very surprised by how popular this recipe quickly became. I am not surprised that people like it because it is probably the most delicious recipe I have ever created. Still, I wasn’t sure if this peanut butter and banana pizza was anything new or exciting, but fortunately, people love it! I hear it’s been making its way around Tumblr, so thank you all for sharing and for your enthusiasm!
My first recipe on the blog, and probably one of my best. I was so excited to create this recipe and bring it to life. I am still so proud of this amazing smoothie. If you have not tried it, I highly recommend it. It seriously tastes like the real thing!
This is the recipe that all fellow health nuts loved! There is nothing more useful than a reset button, and this smoothie can do just that! Filled with dozens of the healthiest ingredients, while I cannot confirm that this is actually the healthiest smoothie on earth, it could totally be a top contender.
I am only semi-ashamed to admit that this is the only salad recipe on the blog to date. I will definitely change that in 2017, but until then, we can go crazy over this delicious BBQ chickpea salad with homemade vegan ranch. I can’t say that this is my favorite recipe I have shared all year, but I can say with confidence that of all my photo shoots, this one is by far my favorite and what I consider as some of my best work (coming from a novice).
This has to be one of my favorites, and mainly because I’ve been working on it for almost a year now. Every vegan needs a good mac n cheese recipe, and this is one of the best (I promise I am only a little bit biased)!
I made this pudding on a whim after getting some fresh raspberries at a farmer’s market, and I was so pleased with the results! I’d say this is one of the best (and EASIEST!) desserts I created in 2016. Here’s to toping I can top it!
I know many people enjoy the guacamole bacon burger at Red Robin, and I wanted to create a healthy, vegan version. I think that this turned out even better than the original! Made with my addicting garlic guacamole, I practically swallowed this burger whole when I first tried it.
My burger recipes were a hit in 2016, and I have no complaints about that! My sriracha peanut burger was something I had in my head awhile back, and I love how they turned out! Without a doubt, the patty is the most unique out of all my burgers in 2016, and it’s inspired me to continue testing new veggie burger recipes.
Everyone loves peanut butter cups, and everyone loves chocolate pretzels. Keeping this in mind, I put the two together as my Halloween candy recipe. These were fun to test, but I can’t say they lasted in my apartment for very long (can you blame us?).
One of my early posts, and one of my favorites. I make this smoothie on a weekly basis, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
I loved my 13 Blogs of Halloween series, and it brought many new recipes, including this pumpkin pie smoothie bowl. This could not have been a more simple recipe, and I like showing that popular Summer meals (smoothies and smoothie bowls, for example) can be adapted and enjoyed in the fall.
I was almost hesitant to post this recipe because it is almost too simple. I made date caramel and spread it over apples and here you go: healthy, vegan caramel apples. I am surprised that so many enjoyed them. It is a good reminder that sometimes simple can be better!
This recipe brought a sentimental story that ended up being very impactful in my life. I wanted to create nice cream and make it even healthier. Using spirulina, cacao powder, and real mint leaves, I consider this nice cream recipe to be easy, perfect for the warmer months, and super healthy (see what I did there?).
I love this recipe because it works any time of the year. I can have this for breakfast in April, July, or January (though it may be a bit cold for that). I think this recipe is really easy and tastes amazing. I am not surprised to see that people like it due to how simple it really is.
2016 was a fun year and I love all the recipes I made for the blog. I am hoping for even better in 2017: better recipes, better photos, better posts, better everything! I have learned so much and I plan on making 2017 a great one! Hope you stick with me!
What was your favorite recipe on 2016?