Favorite Snacks?

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Freshly made tortilla chips and salsa… My favorite! What do you like to have for an occasional treat?

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The Sunshine Award!

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Thank You!

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A big thank you to eatmunchlove for nominating me for The Sunshine Award! It’s awesome to know that people like reading my blog as much as I like writing it!

The Rules

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

Here are the questions that she asked me, with my answers!

1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Well, I would say smoothies, so I could still eat as many fruits as possible, but that seems a little like cheating. I would have to say sweet potatoes, Spanish rice, or strawberries.

2. What recipe should I post up next?
Anything with coconut!

3. What are you going to do tomorrow?
Work as usual, and hopefully a nice walk or trip to the gym.

4. What’s your go to savory comfort food?

I LOVE a good bowl of veggie soup or beans and rice.

5. What inspires you?

People that I see on WordPress and Instagram inspire me to eat better and be healthy.

6. What’s your favorite sweet treat?
Dark chocolate or lemon poppy seed anything!

7. What’s something you could live without?
I could never live without my family, friends, or a good bowl of fruit (or vegetables).

8. What’s your favorite season and why?
Summer, definitely! I love to be outdoors and in the sun.

9. What’s your least favorite food?
Well, as a vegan, my least favorite foods come from animals. My least favorite fruits are melons.

10. What’s your favorite quote?
“Never be ashamed.”

My questions go out to: All of you!

1. What was your inspiration to start blogging?
2. What is the best thing you have ever eaten?
3. What is a typical day in your life like?
4. What is your biggest accomplishment?
5. What is your version of a “Perfect Meal”?
6. What is the strangest food combination that you actually enjoy, but other people might consider strange?
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
8. If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be?
9. If you could own a restaurant (or already do), what would you call it?
10. If you could describe your personal style in one word, what would it be?

Spicy Sesame Green Beans

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Simple and delicious, this is another one of my easy recipes that requires just a few ingredients and is ready to go in less than 10 minutes! It tastes better than take-out, I promise!

Ingredients

6 oz. fresh or frozen green beans
1 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Add green beans, sesame oil, and olive oil to a sauté pan on low-medium heat. Add in spices and sesame seeds. If using frozen beans, sauté for 10 minutes. If using fresh, sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until thoroughly warmed. The beans should still be crunchy!

A little bit of sesame oil goes a long way! If you want an even bolder taste, omit the olive oil, and add another tsp of sesame oil. For a pretty presentation, sprinkle sesame seeds on top. I love these beans on top of brown rice or quinoa. Let me know how you like this recipe!

Product Review: Hail Merry Miracle Tarts

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Look at these bad boys! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down with a cup of tea and Hail Merry’s Coconut Vanilla Creme Miracle Tart. I was pleasantly surprised! The Creme, which is coconut oil based, is the texture and thickness of custard, with a rich coconut vanilla flavor. The crust is rich and buttery. These little guys are cute, raw, vegan, and worth giving a try for sure!

Just when I thought I’d found the ultimate treat, I tried the Chocolate Mint Miracle Tart…

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There are no words to accurately describe the deliciousness of this tart. None. Picture the deepest cocoa flavor on the planet, mixed with smooth and refreshing mint, wrapped up in dark chocolate buttery crust. Or picture a giant Andes mint, only bigger and 5,000,000 times as good. Oh, this one is raw and vegan too. Give these a try, you won’t be sorry! (Unless you’re on a diet or just hate delicious things)

Product Review: Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders

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WHOA!

These crispy strips far exceeded my expectations. I’ve tried many chicken substitutes and haven’t found a great one. The texture was off, the breading left something to be desired, or the flavor was just plain boring.

Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Strips have completely changed my mind. They blow every other chicken substitute out of the water.

These strips are extremely crispy and have a texture that is very similar to the real thing. The flavor is delicious, not too faint or too pronounced that they couldn’t be successfully added to other recipes that call for chicken. I’m so happy I tried these!

Carnivore Review: My hardcore meat-eating boyfriend gave these an A+, and asked me multiple times if they were real chicken!

Chipotle Fiesta!

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Look at this enormous burrito…

Beans, cilantro brown rice, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, and enough guacamole to drown in… What could be better?

Well, Chipotle stepped it up a notch with their Sofritas, a marinated tofu crumble that is so flavorful and delicious you might cry! The tofu has a meaty flavor, or as meaty as I remember meat tasting!

This is the ultimate treat when you want Mexican food and don’t have the time or energy to make it yourself. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

(This post is not sponsored in any way. I just love burritos!)

Healthy Taco Bowls!!

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Before I went vegan, even way back before I was vegetarian, I LOVED taco salads in the huge fried tortilla bowls. Ya know, the ones that were about 1500 calories and could feed a family of four? Well, this is my updated, vegan version… Just as good in my book!

Ingredients (4 servings)
4 whole wheat tortillas

4 slices of Daiya cheddar

3 cups saffron rice/Spanish rice

1 cup black beans

1 cup diced tomato

1/4 cup red onion

1 tbsp cilantro

Cook the beans and rice. When they are nearly done, put a slice of cheese on each tortilla and toast them for 5 minutes in the oven.

While waiting, dice the tomatoes and red onion to make a salsa. Mix in the cilantro.

Remove the tortillas from the oven and place each in a separate bowl. Press the tortilla to the sides of the bowl so it takes its shape.

Start to assemble your taco bowls! Spoon in the rice, beans, then salsa. Feel free to add sea salt and/or more cheese on top!

Enjoy!