The Daily Adventures of a Curious Vegan

somanymoviestosee:

I was really excited to see a new movie from the people who did Food Inc. come through Family Video. I didn’t know what A Place at the Table would be about, but I knew I had to watch it. It was definitely an eye opener about hunger in the United States. I highly recommend it for everyone.
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I recently applied and was accepted for Food Stamps. It took six months of making less than three hundred dollars a month to even meet the initial requirements. I had to go to a local food pantry two different times, because I literally had no way to put food on my table. I was embarrassed and ashamed that I had to accept help in that way. Now I realize just how big of a problem hunger is. I’m not proud of the fact that I have to use government handouts, but without them, I would be starving. Definitely an eye opener, guys. Really worth watching this movie. 

somanymoviestosee:

I was really excited to see a new movie from the people who did Food Inc. come through Family Video. I didn’t know what A Place at the Table would be about, but I knew I had to watch it. It was definitely an eye opener about hunger in the United States. I highly recommend it for everyone.

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I recently applied and was accepted for Food Stamps. It took six months of making less than three hundred dollars a month to even meet the initial requirements. I had to go to a local food pantry two different times, because I literally had no way to put food on my table. I was embarrassed and ashamed that I had to accept help in that way. Now I realize just how big of a problem hunger is. I’m not proud of the fact that I have to use government handouts, but without them, I would be starving. Definitely an eye opener, guys. Really worth watching this movie. 

Nature Box

So, I just signed up for this neat thing called Nature Box. 

It’s a monthly subscription box that sends out healthy, delicious snacks. 

Your first months box is just a trial box, so it’s not customizeable, but from there on out, you can adjust it to dietary needs (aka being vegan). 

I have a coupon code for ten dollars off your first month (from $19.95/month, down to $9.95 for the first month). 

I signed up simply because you can cancel ANYTIME and the first month was just ten bucks. The website also guarantees your money back if you aren’t satisfied, so why the heck not, right? 

My mom is getting them, and she says it’s a TON of food for the price. All really high quality, too. 

If you want to give it a shot, just shoot me a message!

Pancakes!

So yesterday morning I woke up craving pancakes. 

Okay, I can’t lie, I slept till noon, but still, I was craving pancakes!

So, I went online, and found a super simple, vegan pancake recipe here

For simplicity’s sake, I’ll just give you the recipe though. 

 

Ingredients: 

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup soymilk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions: 

1. Set out all your ingredients.

2. Set a stove element with a pan to medium heat.

3. Combine the 4 dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder — two Tablespoons, not two Teaspoons as some have suggested, salt) in a bowl.

4. Add the soy milk and vegetable oil to your mixture.

5. Mix until smooth.

6. Now the pan should be ready for your batter, so spoon one pancakes’ worth of the mixture into the pan.

7. Flip [carefully] when you see bubbles in the middle of the pancake, or if the edges are looking stiffened.

8. Repeat until the batter is gone, and try not to eat them all while you’re cooking them.

 

I struggled with the eighth step, and the pancakes didn’t even survive until I could take a picture of them. Definitely yummy with peanut and syrup!

Starting Over

Hello friends!

I have decided to start actively blogging again! I started working out and eating a cleaner diet last week, and I need to stay on top of it, so I’m bringing you all back into my world! 

I have been starting out every morning with a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Oatmeal. I usually add some cinnamon or peanut butter to give it a flavor boost. 

Then I work out! I found an awesome no-gym workout set that I’ve been using. I do two to three sets of that, and then I do a squat workout. It’s only been a week, but I can feel it!

The rest of my days vary, but today I made a huge salad for lunch, and with the leftovers I made a lemon-rice dish. Very good. 

Also, on an awesome note, I went to Sav-A-Lot today for groceries. I bought a GIGANTIC cucumber, a tomato, a green pepper, a bag of iceberg lettuce, and a can of garbanzo beans. The total? $3.71. I love being able to spend so little and get so much! Definitely going to get a few meals out of that.

I’ve also been snacking on butter-free popcorn all day. Not my healthiest option, but it’s so good… 

That’s all for today guys! I’ll try to stay up to date again from now on. 

Question!

Hello, lovely followers!

It’s my turn to ask a question of you!

I’ve recently started trying very hard to stay hydrated, because I’ve always been bad at drinking water. Last night was my first night of really focusing on it. I drank 32oz of water, and very shortly after, I got a dry throat and my nose stuffed up.

I woke up this morning with a horrible head cold, and every time I’ve had water today, it seems to get worse.

Now, I know that it seems silly, but I really believe the water is what kicked it in.

How do I avoid this? And what are some good vegan ways to kick a cold? I haven’t gotten truly sick since I became vegan, so I’d like a new way of dealing with colds. 

I’ve recently taken to making super chocolate-y dessert type foods.
My new favorite is popcorn.
I buy butter-free microwave popcorn (which is surprisingly delicious). 
I DO have a popcorn maker, but it involves a lot of clean up. Whoops.
So I pop the popcorn, then toss it in a bowl.
Then I pour on cocoa powder,
Crushed up cookies - usually peppermint cookies of some sort,
Dark chocolate chips - after three months, I FINALLY stumbled on a vegan brand. 
It’s perfect. 
You can make it really rich by adding more chocolate chips. 
You can make it more bitter and dark by adding more cocoa powder.
It’s so flexible. 
Give it a shot!

I’ve recently taken to making super chocolate-y dessert type foods.

My new favorite is popcorn.

I buy butter-free microwave popcorn (which is surprisingly delicious). 

I DO have a popcorn maker, but it involves a lot of clean up. Whoops.

So I pop the popcorn, then toss it in a bowl.

Then I pour on cocoa powder,

Crushed up cookies - usually peppermint cookies of some sort,

Dark chocolate chips - after three months, I FINALLY stumbled on a vegan brand. 

It’s perfect. 

You can make it really rich by adding more chocolate chips. 

You can make it more bitter and dark by adding more cocoa powder.

It’s so flexible. 

Give it a shot!

I figured that I should probably share the pictures of my Thanksgiving meal, so here they are.

Finally!

As I stated previously, it was amazingly delicious, and definitely something that I would do again!

I probably should have done it for Christmas, but I was lazy, so I just ate bread and peppermint cookies. 

I do think I managed to lose weight over the holidays this year though!

Thanksgiving - Part One

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I hit up Aldi’s to do some shopping.

I had most of my meal planned out and ready to go, but I needed some final touches.

When I got home, I threw together a vegan pumpkin pie. I’m lame, so I bought a pre-made graham cracker crust. The filling was vanilla pudding made with soy milk and a can of pumpkin. I tossed it in the over for fifteen minutes, then put it in the fridge to set. It was delicious, and even my anti-vegan uncle liked it. 

Next I put together a Tofurky Roast, complete with potatoes, onions, carrots, and a soy sauce baste. I found out later that the roast was filled with wild rice stuffing (I probably could have looked at the box for that). 

I made cornbread stuffing by following the recipe on the package, but of course I used vegan ingredients. Also, I found out while shopping that quite a few stuffing mixes have honey in them, so watch out for that if you’re ever searching. 

I also made a huge batch of frozen green beans with salt.

Later that night I made cranberry sauce. The recipe called for orange zest, fresh squeezed juice from an orange, orange liqueur, and a can of whole cranberry sauce. I switched out the orange liqueur for rum, but kept the rest the same. Boiled it on the stove for a bit longer than I was supposed to, but it turned out amazing. 

I bought potato rolls, cause I didn’t have time to make much more. 

The next day, I loaded it all up and headed to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone said my food looked wonderful, and it tasted even better than it looked. As my first Vegan Thanksgiving, I think it was a complete success. I never want to hear about people saying they couldn’t eat at a holiday, because there were no options. Even if you can’t afford a whole Tofurky roast, don’t ever feel bad about taking your own cooked veggies! You’ll avoid a lot of confrontation that way! 

Anyway, I hope my fellow vegans had as great of a day as I did! Part Two will be up sometime in the next few days (hopefully), and it will contain tons of delicious photos!

Turkey Sandwich

Tonight, I got home from work and was STARVING.

I threw together a sandwich.

Vegan Turkey Slices

A giant Pickle sliced up

Mustard

Whole Oat Bread

I promise that this is the most delicious thing in the world. 

I am in HEAVEN. 

World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day lovely followers! 

Treat yourself to something deliciously cruelty free today and everyday!