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May 20, 2015


I can’t be the only one constantly battling with herself to get more greens in her diet, right? I LOVE romaine lettuce, but it really takes a lot of thought and follow through to get other greens in my shopping cart. There’s nothing wrong with the average leafy green or any green, for that matter, but fresh veggies just don’t keep for very long and I never make a dish the day I originally plan for it. So how do I get enough greens in each day? With more effort than I’d like to admit, but here we go: Plan Ahead: I know I just said I’m bad at planning, but some degree is key here. What works for me is making a grocery list with everything I need for...


May 18, 2015


I’m a little late to the party, but I recently started watching the latest season of American Horror Story. It’s great and I love it, if it weren’t for the fact that I started watching this right before Josh was out of town overnight for a bachelor party. While I’m not normally afraid of clowns, there’s something about being alone in a house for the night (when you haven’t been in probably years) that makes EVERYTHING terrifying. As the cherry on top, I thought it was smart to watch this in bed. at midnight. as I was settling in to fall asleep. Needless to say, I didn’t have the soundest night of sleep and the kitties weren’t even close by to protect me. Next time, remind me to watch a...


There’s very few times I feel deprived as a vegetarian. There’s a meat sub for this, a better version of that, so really there’s no reason to feel deprived. Until I see someone’s meaty sandwich stacked mile high. While I’m a HUGE fan of a cheese sandwich (like seriously cheese + mayo/mustard, maybe some lettuce or tomato if I’m feeling crazy), there’s just something so alluring about a sandwich you may need to unhinge your jaw to eat. I guess I could stack cheese a mile high, but I kind of like my arteries the way they are. When Lightlife contacted me about their meat-free Smart Deli slices, I knew I wanted to create a HUGE sandwich. I’ve had the veggie turkey slices before, as well as the smart sausage...


May 8, 2015


Revisiting one of my old favorites today! I used to make this allll the time, then stopped and I’m not sure why. I made it again recently and thought that I should really update my old terrible photos (I’ll leave them in at the bottom for embarrassment/kicks). Sadly, the new photos are only marginally better — I had this idea in my head that I just HAD to use a square plate because I used a square plate last time. Not my finest idea. Asparagus though? Always a good idea. Unless you have to actually hear me talk when I’m making it — then you might want to just wait to come over until it’s done cooking. Because if we were keeping a list of the annoying things I do,...


You know I love me some nondairy milk, but they usually make some pretty pathetic lattes.  I like extra, extra foam and it just has to have good flavor. Sweetened almond milk tastes amazing in lattes, but just doesn’t get the foam factor right. And you can trust that fact because Josh and I have tried a variety of ways to craft the best at-home latte according to our standards. I won’t get into the specifics, but we’ve tried a steaming wand, a milk frother, and even just a good old fashioned whisk. Each has pros and cons (that maybe Josh, the expert coffee maker, can get into another time), but with no method can you get a thick foam like they do at a coffee shop. When Almond Breeze...


April 21, 2015


This month’s Recipe Redux theme was Spring Cleaning and, as my mother will insist, I’m not always the best at cleaning. I always have extra cans of this or that plus a freezer and fridge full of fruits and veggies that really should’ve been given a home (in my belly) sooner. One of my favorite ways to quick use up a lot of things in my fridge is making a taco salad. Normal people can probably be equally happy with a wide variety of salads, but for get me really, truly excited about eating a salad, it almost always has to be taco-themed. Sometimes I use TVP (which is always stockpiled in my pantry), but this time I had an excess of black beans. And corn. And avocado (<– problems...