recipes

California Kale Bowls

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Here’s my take on the California Kale Bowl.

ingredients:

1 c long grain brown rice

1/3 c almonds

1 pkg broccoli florets

4 c kale, destemmed and chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp grape seed oil

1 can white beans

1 can kidney beans

1/3 c citrus vinaigrette

directions:

cook brown rice per usual.

in a separate skillet, sauté broccoli and onions.

stir in beans and kale. Cook until kale is wilted.

im a bowl, mix brown rice and veggie mixture. Toss with the citrus vinaigrette and top with sliced almonds.

 

 

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Chilaquiles con Frijoles de Negro y Zucchini

Being that I live so close to the border of Mexico, it’s inevitable that I love me some Mexican food. If I could eat it all day everyday, I would. Now, Mexican food can sometimes be vegan friendly and sometimes not so much, but like any other food, it can be veganized. So let me stop chatting and share this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 large zucchini, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced

1 can black beans

1 can mild rec enchilada sauce

1 bag of tortilla chips (I used quinoa and seed tortilla chips)

1 bag shredded vegan cheese (your choice)

Directions:

Saute onions and zucchini for about 5-10 minutes. Add in beans, enchilada sauce and tortilla chips. Let simmer.

Top with vegan cheese, cover and let simmer until cheese is melted.

Once done, plate and garnish with avocado.

Voila! That’s all I have for you. I hope your try this recipe and if you do, let me know.

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Protein Smoothie Bowl

Now I’ve never had nor have I ever made a smoothie bowl. I see them on IG all the time, but I’ve never considered trying one, at least not until now. What made me make a smoothie bowl? I have no earthly idea. I just know I wanted a smoothie and I had a bunch of toppings that I could throw on top.

Now for this recipe there are no measurements. I never measure, I just eye it. Let me know if you try it. Enjoy!

Blend:

Frozen berries

Frozen dark cherries

Açaí powder

Goji berry powder

Vegan plain yogurt

Flaxseed oil

Silk protein nut milk

Toppings:

Pecans

Shredded coconut

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Raisins

Granola

Pumpkin seeds

My Life, Uncategorized

4 Years Vegan!!

I can’t believe it has already been four years that I have adopted a plant based lifestyle. I remember like it was just yesterday (it was actually last Friday that made 4 years, November 17). It was right before the thanks-for-killing-millions-of-Indians break, and I was so sick. I had spent the weekend in Huntsville, Texas, on a field trip with some of the kids from the YMCA that I was working with. I was vegetarian at the time and that weekend was full of just cheese pizza. When I came back, the constipation was so real.

On November 17, 2013, I made the decision to give up all dairy and eggs. No transitioning or anything. I didn’t like the constipation and stomach pains, and I really had no reason to continue eating dairy and eggs. My family thought I was crazy and didn’t think it would last, but here I am, 4 years later, thriving and about to have a little vegan human soon.

I won’t say that being vegan has been easy; there were times that I slipped and ate something that was made with dairy or eggs. Funny thing is, I couldn’t finish eating it because it tasted so different and weird. Once your taste buds become accustomed to not having something and you finally have it, you don’t want it anymore. Meat is the only thing I have not slipped up and eaten simply because the thought of it makes me want to vomit. Although, I still love the smell of bacon cooking.

If you are having doubts or wondering about this journey, check my shop page for my guide to veganism and meal plans.

 

Product Reviews

Ruffles Green

Before I tell you about my experience here, let me just say that the best part of eating out as a vegan at a non vegan restaurant, is that your food comes out fast and is prepared fresh.

Now this restaurant is located in The Woodlands and if anyone knows the area, you know its bourgeoisie (that’s the correct way to spell the word, it’s not boujee or any other spelling), like for real for real. Walking up you see the outside area, and with the weather like it is in Texas, ain’t nobody sitting outside unless it’s night time, and even then, mosquitoes won’t let you be great and eat. 

Walking inside, they have a very sleek look. Lots of neural colors and white. It was pretty empty, guessing I beat the lunch hour rush, so there was no line. The lady who took my order was really nice and very patient.

I ordered as my appetizer the hummus with pita bread, which both are made in house, and as my meal I had the Veggie Nut Burger, 86 the cheese.

Both dishes were phenomenal. I would highly suggest them. The burger literally will melt in your mouth. The pita bread and hummus were the best I’ve had thus far.

What I also liked was it’s a self serve restaurant. You order and pay at the same time and then you get your own drink, silverware and napkins. You also can get your own to-go containers which is a plus because I feel waiters take entirely too long to bring the check and to-go containers. 

The only negative I have is that my appetizer and meal came at the same time. I would’ve preferred to get my appetizer before my meal. Not sure if that is something I should’ve requested, however, that’s the only negative I have. So, if you are ever in the Houston area, give them a try.

Product Reviews

5* for Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Today I went to Green Vegetarian Cuisine and what I love about them is that all menu items, you can make vegan. I had the chik’n fried chik’n with herb mashed potatoes and kale. It was amazing and so flavorful. I don’t typically eat meat substitutes but when I do, it is only when I go out. The gravy was so flavorful and savory.

I typically only go to vegan/vegetarian restaurants when I am in the area or I am meeting a friend. I had only been to this restaurant once before and since I had business in that area (a mile away), I figured I would stop by. I am glad I did.

The staff is uber friendly (thanks Victoria) and always willing to help, at least for the time that I was there. When I came in, there were only a few people but after a few minutes, the place was becoming packed.

Another thing I love about them is that they are fast. In this instance it is actually okay to be fast. When cooking vegan food, it doesn’t take as long as it does when cooking animals. Vegan foods can even be eaten without being cooked all the way because there is no chance of getting any kind of illness by eating half cooked vegan food.

I think I had been sitting there for 5-10 minutes after ordering until they brought my food and I was glad because I was starving. The presentation was also key because I am a very visual person. If it is presented pretty, I am more likely to inhale it.

I highly recommend this restaurant if you are ever in Houston or San Antonio.

Afro Hippie Vegan