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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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Healthy Diet #FOTD: Vegan Juevos Rancheros

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As a breastfeeding mother, I am adamant about breakfast. Actually, as a person period. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it’s also when I’m the most creative. I start my day with a large protein smoothie. Then I have oatmeal by itself, with toast, or like in the photo, a breakfast platter.

I loved omelettes before I was vegan and I was happy to learn I can still have them, minus the cholesterol, abuse, and consumption of another animal. For the omelette, I used 1/4 c garbanzo bean flour, 1/3 c water, mushrooms, Field Roast tomato cayenne chao cheese, pink salt, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil. I mix all of those together in a bowl and then poured it into a skillet with hot grape seed oil (oil is important or it will stick). I then topped it with avocado, salsa, and vegan ranch (I use the Hampton Creek Just brand). For a full meal, I added power greens, Sweet Earth hickory and sage bacon, and oatmeal (great for breastfeeding so I have it every morning).

So, there you have it. What’s your breakfast go to?

All Black Everything, Health + Wellness, Vegan Mommy Things

Eating Healthy is for POC Too

Podcast: Black Girl in Om

Grocery Haul:

Avocados

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Potatoes

Tomatoes

Pumpkin seeds

Pecans

Raisins

Kale

Nutritional Yeast

Bolthouse Farms Non-Dairy Milk

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.

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Baba Yega

My friend Jazzie told me about this place months ago and I’m not sure why I am just now getting around to it and I could kick myself for it. It’s located off Montrose and it’s a nice little restaurant. It kind of has seating for everyone. They have the inside area that looks more upscale that I assume may be for if you want a classy date or something. They have another inside area that looks like it was added on to the building and seems for something more casual. Then they have the outside area. I sat in the casual area.

What made this experience so amazing was my waiter, Gareth. He was so nice, personable, attentive and knowledgeable of their vegan items. He asked if I wanted the artichoke dip as an appetizer, and upon asking him if it was vegan, he recommended the spinach dip, which was vegan. I was blown away at the taste. It was unreal that it was vegan. It came with some fresh tortilla chips.


As my meal, I ordered the Veggie Black Bean burger. When Gareth brought it out, he said that the chipotle mayo that came on the burger was not vegan, so he had them just put their regular vegan mayo on it. Talk about going to bat for a customer. I would’ve never known that the mayo wasn’t vegan. It came with a side of fries and a pickle spear. The fries were really good, and I could tell they weren’t the fake ones that come frozen that you get from most fast food places and restaurants.


It was a great experience and I have Gareth to thank for that, and the chef for making such amazing vegan food.

Product Reviews

Tout Suite’s Vegan Falafel Sandwich

The best way to get repeat vegan customers to a non vegan restaurant is to have vegan options on the menu, actual vegan options, not salads. A lot of non vegan restaurants think that a way to serve vegans is to have salads. I’m here to tell you that’s more of an insult if anything. 

Now I’ve written a review before for Tout Suite and you can read it here. I found out through their The Annex rep, who told me that they now have a vegan falafel sandwich and me being a falafel lover, I was in. 
Before I get into the food, I did speak to one of the managers and he explained that they are in the testing stage and seeing what people like and are requesting. They do not have this sandwich all the time, mainly on Friday, and throughout the weekend, or until it sells out, then they go on to a different vegan item. The goal is to have a complete vegan menu. They do not have vegan desserts at the moment, however, they will be coming soon.


The sandwich comes in the form of like mini sliders, with fries. I used to be a salty fry person, meaning I loved my French fries hypertension salty, but since becoming vegan, my taste buds have changed. Their fries are lightly salted, and when I say lightly, I mean lightly, which is a good thing because we shouldn’t be consuming so much salt anyway. 


The sandwich consists of pesto, cucumber, falafel, lettuce and tomato. I loved the pesto, though I think hummus or a vegan tzatziki sauce would be good to add or have the option of it. It is on toasted ciabatta bread and it’s very flavorful for and filling. I would definitely get this again. They also have other vegan options like their avocado toast, which is killer and their mushroom toast.


For my drink I had a chai tea latte with almond milk and to be honest, I think they have Starbucks beat. I am a huge Starbucks chai tea latte fan, so for them to beat Starbucks is a win. I would also suggest they add coconut milk, or different nondairy milks for people who have nut and soy allergies. 

If you’re in Houston or just visiting, make sure to give Tout Suite a try. 

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Unity Vegan Kitchen Review


If I could give more than 5 stars dammit I would. This food truck was my initial first stop on this tour but because of my schedule and their hours, I ended up having to save the best for last. 
First let me say, the woman who took my order, I believe it was Leslie (sorry if I’m wrong), she was so nice and friendly and made my day when she said they had chikn n waffles. I had seen these all over IG and made it my mission to get them whenever I was in Austin. 

When I say they were everything, they were absolutely everything. The gravy was tasty as hell and I loved it on the waffle, despite me never thinking to put gravy on my waffles.

The waffle was cooked to perfection and the faux chicken had an abundance of flavor and tasted like chicken if I do say so myself. Talk about southern vegan comfort food. I have half a mind to go back before I leave and get it again.

Please, if you are ever in Austin, make this a priority.

Product Reviews, Travel

24 Diner Review 

My first time coming here was in 2010 when my brother graduated with his undergrad degree. This is one of his favorite restaurants and it’s open 24 hours, like in the name.

It wasn’t crowded the first time we came and it wasn’t crowded this time. Another major thing I like was it wasn’t cold. Most restaurants I go to have me sleepy before I even order my food. 


The first time I went I had the Betsy Veggie. It’s a handcrafted burger made with beets, lentils, flaxseeds and other delicious goodness. I swear I tried to recreate it but no such luck. 


Since then I had been feigning for that burger so when we went last night, I was too hype. It tastes just as good as I remember. My waitress was pretty amazing. The waiter the first time I came was very knowledgeable about the burger so I was comfortable ordering it this time. 

Product Reviews, Travel

The Vegan Nom Review


If I tell y’all that the taco I had should be damn illegal and questionable about being vegan. I’ve never had a vegan taco that taste so damn good and was super flavorful.

I am a huge fan of food trucks and I loved the location. There was no long line and they prepare your food fairly quickly. I ordered there Gracie Madre which came highly recommended by the woman who took my order. 


I took the first bite and fell in love. I will definitely be going back before I head back to Houston. 

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Review: Sambuca 

This was a really nice restaurant with a warming, intimate atmosphere. They have live music, friendly staff and a beautiful outside seating area. 


The main thing I didn’t like was their lack of vegan options. I could only eat the sides because most everything is premade, though I don’t want to eat anything premade that’s been sitting out all day, then just warmed up when ordered. 


Even the sides I had to veganize by asking them to not cook the veggies in butter (I don’t know why people think veggies have to be cooked in butter), the brussel sprouts came with bacon though I’m not sure why but I asked for them sans bacon, and the maple bourbon sweet potatoes, I asked to be cooked without butter. 

I have to say, those sweet potatoes were orgasmic. I will definitely have to try to recreate them because I can’t even describe how amazing they tasted. 

Overall, it’s a great restaurant but vegans like upscale too. Would get more service with more vegan options.

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5* for Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli

3102 Old Spanish Trl., Houston, Tx 77054

I have been seeing this restaurant posted on social media by different people for the past few years and still had not gone until June 17. I think it was because before they moved to this location, it was somewhere weird and far. The location they are at now used to be Beaucoup, a Cajun seafood restaurant and I went there a lot with my ex, before I was vegan and holistic (basically before I knew better).

What I like about this restaurant other than the fact that it is Black owned, is that it’s a health food store and you can buy supplements and all kinds of other things. When I walked in, it just felt right, just natural and the atmosphere was clean. The staff was super friendly and accommodating.

I ordered the nachos, which were bomb might I add. Even though the cashew cheese was sweet, the flavors blended together so I didn’t mind. I also had this Lemon Essence juice which was also really good (I like anything with ginger in it). I will definitely be going back. I am a huge fan of black owned health food stores and eateries. It gives me hope when I see my people trying to help each other out.

It is located in what we call 3rd Ward, which resides a lot of Black people, so having a healthy place to eat, is a huge step. I do hope to see in the future more stores and eateries in Black neighborhoods, hopefully owning one myself.

I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Houston area or even just visiting.

Afro Hippie Vegan