Breakfast of Champions

Woke up this morning and so badly wanted to give into my normal cravings of vegan buttered ciabatta bread, but decided to be good to myself and made a healthier choice. So here you have it: ciabatta bread with avocado, tomatoes, spring greens, fresh basil and seasonings. And a side of my addictive green tea. Here’s to a guilt free healthy start in the morning. Hope you all make the conscious choice to eat healthier & have a beautiful day!DSC_7215

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Veggie Fried rice + plantains

It’s been a while since I cooked. We’ve eaten out lots over the past few weeks, and it felt so good to get in the kitchen again, whip up this meal with a smile on my face like “I back”.

So here it is….veggie fried rice with fried plantains. It was relish…. just stir-fry your fav veggies with garlic + onions then add cooked rice. Adjust taste with your fav seasonings- mine were just salt & Tony Chacheres. 🙂

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Yummy Banana Breakfast Bowl!

Banana Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast is one of my favorite foods to eat, and I can eat it at any time of the day with little to no consideration of “lunch time” or “dinner time”.  I’m thankful to Instagram for introducing me to a lot of vegans and vegetarians that inspire me with new food ideas.  As much as I love to cook, sometimes it’s just easier to settle for the simpler, easy routine of eating the same things most days- and for me, that’s been a bagel with green tea most mornings.

Recently, I noted my Instagram feed flooded with breakfast bowls and everyone touted how good, healthy and simple they are, so I decided to take the plunge and see what all the hype is about.  I made my first one over a week ago– a banana bowl and I have seriously been addicted to it!  They were so right…..it’s super easy to make, simple and packed full of nutrients.

Banana breakfast bowl

Banana Breakfast Bowl

To make this banana bowl, you’ll first need to freeze one or two ripe bananas.  Once bananas are frozen, I blended them with coconut water (you can use milk), raw almonds, raw pecans and 1 teaspoon of flax seeds.  The result is a super-nutritious cereal base that quite honestly tastes like desert!  I then topped the banana cereal base with a few of my favorite fruits and nuts and got down to business of indulging in my new creation.  Seriously, try this….customize it any way you want with your favorite fruits and nuts- you really can’t go wrong, and you’d be as amazed as I was that something so simple can be oh so good!

Banana Bowl

By the way, I know nuts are healthy, but I find it hard to eat eat them plain, so this is a great way to get my daily intake blended with the banana cereal base!

Hope you try this delicious and nutritious breakfast/lunch/dinner today, and I’ll bet your socks you’ll love. Let me know what you think. 😉

The BEST Vegan Mac n’ Cheese….seriously!

Vegan Mac n' Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of my all-time favorite foods, but ever since becoming vegan, it’s been hard to find that “it” recipe that doesn’t taste like a cheap vegan knock-off of the real thing.  Well, fear no more, vegans….. this Mac n’ Cheese recipe will leave you wanting to slap yo’ mama. Ok, ok…. maybe not, but it literally tastes THAT good and will convince you and any meat-eating friends of yours that there’s no need to sacrifice taste and flavor when it comes to a traditional American staple! Not to mention, it’s healthier for you as the base is made with soaked cashews!  Visit Minimalist Baker for the recipe!  The cashew sauce for the recipe also makes a great queso dip for chips and salsa!

 

Super Awesome Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes.

So, I have a love for pancakes and last week, I tried making these same pancakes by modifying the recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker (by the way, I have a healthy obsession with her recipes), but they fell flat- probably due to my modifications. I refused to be beaten, so a few days later, I tried again, this time only leaving out the chocolate chip cookies from the original recipe since I wanted to make it more healthy.  And here we have it, some awesomely delicious, finger-licking good vegan whole wheat pancakes that serves as a gentle reminder to never give up on something that I can literally taste the potential yumminess!

 

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes!

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes!

Visit Minimalist Baker’s blog as linked above for the recipe. After the cakes were cooked, I topped it with fresh fruits and maple syrup.  And down the hatch it went with all its yumminess….

Our Philosophy on Food.

We believe that what you put in your body can either prevent or promote disease.  Heart disease, cancer, strove, diabetes and other dietary-related illnesses are amongst the top leading causes of death in America. Given this information and knowledge, me and my family have vowed to make a conscious effort to eat those foods that promote health, daily through a vegan lifestyle.  We’re not perfect; somedays we’re lazy and would rather indulge and eat-out, but this lifestyle choice is more about consistency than punishing ourselves for the occasional/rare indulgences.  I encourage you today to care for your body as a temple and it will serve you well in the long run.  The gift of health is the one of the best presents you can give yourself and your family, because without good health, nothing else truly matters.  So, make the choice today to not become another American statistic by fueling your body with healthy, healing foods.

Vegan Mushroom Sandwich with a side of Potatoes + Vegan Banana Bread.

Simple meal of the day is a plain potato skinned and wrapped in foil and baked for 50 minutes, turning to either side half way through baking. Once potato is done, remove and slide down middle, then top with sliced tomatoes, avocado, chopped basil, Tony Chachere seasoning and salt. For the veggie burger: cook burger according to instructions, then add the same ingredients on the baked potato. Simple, delicious & healthy! Now, that’s my definition of a good meal.

For the Vegan Banana Bread, I used a recipe from Minimalist Baker.  I veganized the recipe by using flaxseed meal instead of eggs for the riser. This was my first attempt at making banana bread and dear God, it was delicious.  Me and my husband ate half of it the first day and will make more in a couple of days once the bananas are ripe! Can’t wait.