Foodie Friday: Vegan Black Bean Burgers

As you can see, I’m still on a burger theme this Foodie Friday. Maybe it’s because grilling season is here and I’ve been to a few barbecues already? Maybe because I’m anxious for a new burger to try?

In any case, I rediscovered a yummy vegan black bean burger recipe from my friend Brown Veggie Mom (also known as Cherri). Remember Cherri from this post about her blog? Yup, same one. 🙂 Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Pineapple Cucumber Salad

So it is May and summer food season is officially here – for me anyway. I love salads in the spring and summer! It makes me feel so refreshed and healthy. The other day, I was doing my usual Pinterest browsing and saw this loveliness of salad: Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Cranberry Cherry Popsicles

With the weather changing for the better (warmth and sun) we are getting closer to having cool summer treats! I am looking forward to making Popsicles made with real fruit instead buying ones from a package. I found this lovely recipe by Ginny from Vegan In The Freezer:

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These Cranberry Cherry Popsicles are made with only three ingredients! Grab an ice mold and a bag of popsicle sticks from your local craft store or dollar store and make these for the weekend. 😉 Here’s the recipe via Vegan In The Freezer!

Need more recipe ideas? Come back every Foodie Friday for a new one to try!

Foodie Friday: Smoothie Bowl

Back to the healthy stuff. 😉

Many people opt for a smoothie or pressed juice drink in the morning when they are trying to get fit and lose weight. I have tried it and realized it is not for me. Not all the time, anyway. I need to physically chew food in the morning just to feel like I’m going to be full or satisfied. I guess it’s a psychological thing.

Lately, the only smoothies I have had are the ones from the store (Bolthouse, Naked, Odwalla) and even those were far and few between. Almost out of nowhere, I start hearing about smoothie bowls. I’m almost positive these things have been out for years and I am just late. What is a smoothie bowl, you ask (if you are clueless like I was)? Essentially it is what it sounds like: a bowl filled with a smoothie.

You make a smoothie with the normal ingredients but blend it a bit thicker in a yogurt consistency. Add toppings like granola or leftover fruit and eat with a spoon. 🙂

Here’s a helpful infographic from Hello Glow on making a smoothie bowl:

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Sounds easy enough, right? I really like how the site breaks down the nutrients of each layer. Mind Body Green is another great health site that features other smoothie bowl recipes like these:

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Don’t these look more filling than a drinkable smoothie? Maybe it’s the artsy girl in me and the colors make it more appealing to eat? I can look forward to having these throughout the day!

Have fun produce shopping this weekend! 😉

Need more recipe ideas? Come back every Foodie Friday for a new one to try!

Foodie Friday: Cucumber Roll Ups

This week, I aim to please the vegetarians and vegans with a recipe I found via Pinterest. Clearly, I’m a carnivore – apparently also a dinosaur (*sarcasm*). Sidenote: What is the politically-correct term for “meat eater” anyway? In any case, these roll ups are great for everyone as well as a good choice for entertaining guests.

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Allergies…and a Temporary Remedy?

For so many years, I’ve been suffering through year-round allergies. It intensifies during the season changes. Ugh. It truly doesn’t matter what time of year it is – I’m sneezing, blowing my nose, rubbing my eyes and “scratching” my inner ears. And don’t let my sinuses get pressure because I am usually DONE for the day.

I also suffer with mild eczema and found out I’m allergic to dust, pollen and have a high sensitivity to cats! I like cats too…

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I tried the usual over-the-counter medications, homeopathic meds and the Neti-Pot (which I haven’t used lately since it’s a really icky process). They helped, but never seem to last long. That’s when I was told by health enthusiasts alike (vegans especially) that I should limit or stop dairy.

To be honest, I cannot stop dairy so abruptly. I must have my eggs and cheese and yogurt and whipped cream for goodness sakes! I don’t fill myself with dairy everyday and honestly, I barely drink milk. However, I will opt for a test week with limited dairy and use almond milk products JUST to see if this dairy thing really affects my allergies.

In the meantime, I was inspired by another blogger, Raven Foodie to share a recipe to temporarily remedy the sinus situation. She posted a recipe to help the common cold. A friend of mine from New York showed me a similar recipe to help with my allergies, mainly to clear up my stuffy nose.

There’s really no name to it, but I’ll call it Homemade Lemon Ginger Tea.

HOMEMADE LEMON GINGER TEA
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
• 2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced or chopped
• 1 lemon, sliced
• 1/4 cup of honey

So, you’ll add the water in a deep, medium pot. Add the ginger and lemon and begin to heat the water on medium for about 3 minutes. Add the honey. Stir. Always stir. If you taste-test it and feel you need more lemon or more honey, feel free to add it. Ginger can be a bit overpowering.

Continue boiling water until it’s all bubbly and steamy and the lemons lose their color/shape. Remove pot from stove carefully.

Now the tricky part.

When you pour the tea into a cup or thermos, BE VERY CAREFUL. I’d recommend you grab the pot handle with a potholder, slowly pour the tea into a thermos over the sink in case of spills. Then from the thermos into a mug. Rather be safe than have a stuffy nose and be scalded. 😕

Voilà! Now your nasal cavities will be free again, at least temporarily. Even while making the tea, the steam loosens your stuffy nose. And the mixture of fresh lemon and ginger will invigorate your tastebuds – well it does for me. 🙂

Anyone have any tips or knowledge about dealing with allergies?

Healthy Meal Tips from Brown Veggiemom

First things first, I am sooo not a vegan. Far from it, really. I’m pretty carnivorous.

However, I have tried some vegan and vegetarian meals and I approve. 🙂 It took me a while, but I’m actually ok with meatless meals every now and then. Two caveats though: it MUST be flavorful and FILLING!

I cannot be satisfied with a kale/ spring mix/tomato/carrot salad with an ounce of olive oil dressing and be “good”. Now if you personally have that diet, I have all the respect; it may be delicious for you. For me? Nada.

I have a friend named Cherri. Who is Cherri?

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This is Cherri – the Brown Veggiemom

The best vegan chef that I know! She has this knack for making vegan and vegetarian meals fun, flavorful and filling. Plus, she doesn’t force people to be vegan. She simply suggests ideas to make food more plant-strong.

For example, I am big on desserts. She made this loveliness of an Apple Crisp and posted it on her blog:

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Apple Crisp via Brown Veggiemom

Here’s a tip explaining the uses of various apples:

  • Pies: Granny Smith is the classic green apple that is crisp and has a tart flavor that stand up to baking.
    Other choices: Cameo and Winesap
  • Apple Sauce: Gala is mildly sweet with fragrant yellow and red thin skin.
    Other choices: Rome and Macintosh
  • Baking: Pink Lady – my second favorite, they are firm, crisp and have a sweet-tart taste the skin is pink with yellow
    Other choices: Pippin, Sierra Beauty and Granny Smith.
  • Cider: Fuji is extra crisp and both sweet and tart and have a flavor that most resembles that of freshly pressed apple juice.
    Other choices: Winesap, Jonagold and Gala
  • Eating: Honeycrisp is sweet with a touch of tart and amazingly crisp and as you can probably guess, my favorite.
    Other choices: Gala and Criterion”

Her blog is called Brown Veggiemom and it features various recipes, tips, meal revamps, help for families who want to be vegetarian/vegan and much more to live a fulfilling, healthy life.

No frills. Just healthy meals.

BOOM.

Check out her blog and the latest in her vegan living. By the way, she has a great interview posted with another vegan blogger, Brown Vegan.

So, what do you think about the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle?