What I’ve Been Eating Lately | November 2017

I’ve been eating (and cooking) a bunch of delicious stuff lately, and thought I’d share it with you all in a blog post!

I recently found an awesome vegan waffle recipe on the Food Network and have been making them when I want something on the sweeter side for breakfast.  It’s the perfect vegan waffle recipe, and I use unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil in the recipe for a lower fat version. I love topping the waffles with peanut butter, bananas, and syrup.

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Another one of my go-to breakfasts is a tofu scramble, hash browns, veggies, and toast. It is so hearty and perfect for mornings I wake up starving. I love altering this breakfast based on veggies I have on hand, and topping it with different sauces and herbs.

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There have been several mornings this month that I wanted something not even close to being healthy… that usually results in vegan biscuits and gravy. This is a dish I thought I’d never be able to have after going vegan, but to my surprise it’s incredibly easy to veganize. I’ve been using The Southern Vegan’s recipe and using LightLife sausage throughout the gravy.

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This recipe is seriously so delicious and even though it’s not the healthiest way to start your day it’s MUCH better for you than non-vegan biscuits and gravy.

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Chicken Noodle Soup | Veganized

 

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Up in the High Country fall starts early, so the chilly weather has begun to set in and I’ve been wanting all of my favorite cozy foods like soups, chilis, and casseroles. I’ve especially been loving the process of making (and eating) homemade chicken noodle soup. Soups are so comforting for me to make because they are almost always simple, leave my house smelling delicious, and just puts me in an overall good mood. I’ve put together an incredibly simple homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that will leave you wondering… “how is this vegan??”.

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  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup white onion
  • 1 1/2 cup yukon potatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 – 6 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups dry noodles of choice
  • 1 package of frozen vegan chicken
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Parsley & rosemary (optional)

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie

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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.

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Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.

You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.

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10 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

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    1. I’ve seen lots of people watch a vegan-friendly documentary or read an article on plant-based diets and go cold turkey (or Tofurky, if you will) giving up all meat, dairy, and egg products immediately. While this ambition and drive is awesome, Ive seen it almost always lead to disappointment and failure to maintain a plant-based diet. I always urge people start slow, and make reasonable goals that will help maintain motivation and long-term success. I started with eliminating meat products, once I grew comfortable with that I began to eliminate dairy products, and lastly eggs. Starting where you’re most comfortable can make the transition smooth and realistic and not seem as daunting or overwhelming. Easing into a whole new way of eating will make going vegan more obtainable and sustainable.
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This step is huge and one of the most important parts of becoming, staying, and thriving on a plant-based lifestyle. There is so much incredible research, and studies that backup the power of plant-based eating, knowing just how powerful it can be is helpful when transitioning into this lifestyle as well as sustaining this way of eating. Knowing the power you have on your own health can help you to make consistent and educated food choices. When I say research I don’t mean reading journal reviews, lengthy clinical studies, or even books… it can be as simple as watching some Youtube videos , documentaries (Forks Over Knives, PlantPure Nation, What The Health), or spending a little time on google looking up some questions or doubts you may have.

Knowledge is power! 

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Chicken Salad | Veganized

One of my favorite foods before going vegetarian was chicken salad. After going vegetarian, and then vegan I was afraid I’d never be able to enjoy the same flavor, and texture again… but I was wrong. At a local health food store in Boone I discovered a pre-made vegan chicken salad and realized that I could recreate it at home and save a lot of money.

Most people are hesitant about giving up meat, dairy, or eggs because they don’t want to miss out on some of their favorite foods. But once you start to realize the amazing plant-based alternatives out there it makes it a whole lot easier! This recipe is just as easy (if not easier) than your typical animal meat-based chicken salad and it’s also much healthier.

The Beyond Meat chicken strips (and all of their products) are one of the best meat-alternatives on the market. Their ingredients are all plant-based and the texture and flavor of all of their products is mind-blowing. The chicken strips have absolutely no saturated fat, and provide a great source of iron and protein.

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Just Mayo is an awesome product to have on hand if you’re trying to eat more plant-based or if you are a mayonnaise lover and want to use a healthier alternative. I found a huge jar at Walmart for only $3.75!               1baa5e59-1014-4f66-8f85-3dbde9077306_1.d455b24fca561bc90f0622c6419a9153

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