If there are two things I think pretty much everyone can get on board with, they are avocado and pesto! Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you are that one percent, please just…go away LOL! Regardless of that statistic, avocado-pesto linguini is one of the yummiest and easiest recipes to make and yes, it can be made 100% vegan!
Something I had not experimented much with is veganizing fish-based meals. It hasn’t been an issue because I didn’t think I really enjoyed seafood that much anyway. One visit to a farmer’s market in South Florida and I realized I was wrong. The ceviche stands, shrimp skewers and fish and chip tents had me salivating and got me thinking. How can I make this vegan? This question is really more of a challenge and in my experience, it makes herbivores super excited! By the way, I did NOT give in to my craving at the farmer’s market; instead, I got an acai bowl (just in case you were wondering)!
It’s already the end of February which means 2018 is flying by! All the “new year, new me” buzz is settling down but have you stayed on track with your goals or new years’ resolutions? Hopefully, you are but also remember to cut yourself some slack once in a while and splurge on a sweet (yet still healthy) treat! If that is exactly what you are looking for you have come to the right place!
As much as I love cooking sometimes the laziness takes over. It’s not so much the act of cooking, but more the preparation. Grocery shopping can be fun, but sometimes the Millennial in me just wants to exert zero effort and instantly have food delivered to my door. For this very reason, meal delivery services exist. They send you exact quantities of ingredients needed to make healthy and fresh meals a few days a week! Unfortunately, most of these meal delivery services are heavily based on animal protein and dairy. The only fully plant-based brand that offers this service (that I know of) is Purple Carrot. They offer only vegan and organic ingredients for you to create some incredible and simple recipes. Needless to say, I finally decided to give it a go and order my first box last week. The three recipes were Jackfruit Shiitake Stir-fry, Butternut Squash Caponata, and Buffalo Tempeh Tacos.
Who’s excited for the Super Bowl?! To be honest, I don’t really care for football but I always enjoyed the social aspect of this event, the commercials, the half-time show, and of course the food. In my experience I’ve noticed that anything with buffalo sauce and chicken is pretty much a staple item to have on Super Bowl Sunday. Buffalo chicken wings, buffalo chicken wraps, buffalo chicken hoagies, buffalo chicken dip, etc. Some ooey, gooey buffalo chicken dip sounded amazing so I decided to create my own vegan version to satisfy my craving.
One of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2017 was when I had the opportunity to visit Rooterville Animal Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Since I live in south Florida, near Miami, it made for a small road trip through most of the state. Melrose is in the northern/central area of Florida (near Gainsville) so you can imagine the rural vibe, green pastures, and ranches. Unfortunately, of course, farm life also comes with a bunch of “Fresh BBQ” spots and butchers scattered around town. So it was nice and kind of cool to see an all vegan farm animal sanctuary amidst the craziness, doing their best to educate people and challenge the status quo.