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  1. April All Natural Day 11 + 2 New Recipes!

    April 12, 2015 by pb&v

    I had all intentions of making this a lazy day, but I ended up spending the majority of the day doing homework and chasing around an energetic Rory. I also intended on doing a nice long run in the morning, but got a little over a mile in and my hip started to hurt, so I immediately turned around and went home. No hip bursitis for me! One good thing about the morning though is I changed up my oatmeal flavor, *gasp*! And I mean I completely changed it up… I made carrot cake oatmeal! I probably added way too many carrots, but hey, you learn from your mistakes. I also probably should’ve measured the shredded carrot before I just threw it all in the pot…

    I’ll still give you the recipe though because I thought it was deeeeee-licious. Although, not very braces friendly.

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  2. April All Natural Day 9 and Banana Bread Oatmeal

    April 10, 2015 by pb&v

    Day 9! Another Thursday, which means Chemistry at 8am again… but it also means I finished classes at 12 and got to spend the rest of the afternoon hanging out with the coolest mom ever. Since day 9 wasn’t particularly interesting (we spent the afternoon out and about because it was a cold and yucky day, not ideal for gardening), I’ll give you a little post about how I prepare my breakfasts and lunches throughout the week!

    My breakfast is 9 times out of 10 some flavor of oatmeal. As of now you’ve probably caught on to what my top 2 favorite flavors are. Those are my favorites because apples and bananas are 2 fruits that I just absolutely love. Occasionally I’ll make blueberry or strawberry. Peach hasn’t been made in a long time because I used up my whole bag of chopped peaches from the freezer already! I need to pace myself next time and not eat them all so quickly. Or freeze 2 bags of them instead of 1… I think I like the second option better. I decided to have banana oatmeal before class because it’s a lot quicker than the apple one since the apples need to be washed and sliced, then chopped. Plus, the banana one keeps me full longer, which is a plus since I eat around 7:15 am and don’t get home for lunch until 12:15 or later. So here is my basic banana oatmeal recipe:

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  3. Homemade Vegan Mayo with Aquafaba

    April 6, 2015 by pb&v

    OK, so I already missed a post, but it wasn’t on purpose. Plus, day 4 wasn’t all that exciting because I got addicted to those soba noodle salads and have basically been eating them for every single meal except breakfast. Day 5 however, was extremely exciting! I even switched up my oatmeal flavor in the morning! Ok, so I only switched it up because I ate all the bananas, but it still counts. I got the hint though and we got 3 bunches of bananas for the week instead of just 2, which got us plenty of weird looks at the store, but who cares.

    So anyway, back on track. Yesterday I had some apple pie oatmeal for breakfast, then my mom and I headed out to do our weekly grocery shopping. Every Saturday we sit down with a notebook and write out a list of 7 dinners and a grocery list to go along with them, including any other household staples, like bananas ;). This is our way of budgeting and so far it seems to be working out really well. With the exception of our loading up on Whole Soy yogurts (no, I haven’t been eating them this month, but you bet I was that last week of March!) because they are going out of business and we are devastated.

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  4. April All Natural Day 2

    April 2, 2015 by pb&v

    Yesterday we told my dad that we wanted to try doing an unprocessed month and he was not too excited- he is not a fan of our unprocessed challenges. We don’t make him play along, but he can if he wants. I actually started a bit early and stopped eating sugar and processed things on March 30, which really isn’t that much of a head start, but it means I’m seeing differences already. I actually wanted to get up for my run this morning and have had tons of energy all day. Enough for a long walk to play at the park with Rory, getting some homework done, and making various foods. Yay! I think the only problem we’ve had so far is being a tad bit hungry, but that just means I get to make some delicious afternoon smoothies, so that was an easy fix.

    Since we didn’t really prepare for a whole month of completely unprocessed (we only prepared for cutting out sugar for a week, really), I had a bit of preparation to do. After I got home from class I grabbed the bag of almonds and got those suckers soaking in some water. Almond milk is a staple in our house, so I wouldn’t really even know how to function if it wasn’t in the fridge. If you want to cut down on the soaking time for almonds (or any nuts), just bring some water to a boil and then add the nuts. They’ll only need to soak for a couple of hours instead of overnight, which is perfect because I’m extremely impatient and needed the almond milk right away!

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  5. Vegan Meringue?!?!

    March 14, 2015 by pb&v

    If people thought vegans were crazy before, just wait until they hear about this one….

    So about a week ago Goose Wohlt posted on the What Fat Vegans Eat Facebook page that you can save the brine from a can of chickpeas, beat it like mad with an electric mixer (handheld or standing), add some sugar, and boom! Vegan meringue! Crazy right? Now we’ve all just gone completely insane playing around with said meringue making things from pavlovas to macarons to pies. There’s even another group for the hits and misses of various uses of chickpea meringue!

    The first time we whipped up some chickpea meringue, my mom was double dog dared (the ultimate dare) by the lovely Somer McCowan of Vedged Out and I couldn’t have been more excited to try it. We played it simple and just whipped it up with some sugar and vanilla, popped it in the oven for a couple hours, and ended up with such light and airy little meringues. They were delicious and as far as I can remember, just like an eggy meringue! Being a science major, I was absolutely amazed that this was even possible!

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  6. Banana Bread Muffins

    November 8, 2014 by pb&v

    Banana Bread Muffins

    I’ve been making a lot of muffins lately. They’re just the perfect grab n’ go snack to always have in the house, especially for busy days! I like being able to grab a muffin as I’m heading out the door to class, my mom can take them for snacks at school, and my dad can take them to work with him, everyone wins!

    I try my hardest to alternate the flavor of muffins I make each time I make them. Sometimes it’s blueberry, could be pumpkin, maybe banana, the list goes on and on. The two I’ve been making the most often are pumpkin and banana, especially since we have 2 jars of pumpkin puree in the fridge and 2 bunches of bananas sitting on the counter.

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  7. Apple Pie Green Smoothie

    October 26, 2014 by pb&v

    On weekday mornings, my mom leaves for work around 7:50 or 8 in the morning, but I don’t leave for class until around 8:45, so I usually opt to help her get ready in the morning by making a delicious breakfast to help her get through the school day with those oh so lovely high school students. It’s usually either a jar or overnight oats or a big ‘ole green smoothie because these are easily taken to be eaten at school. The smoothies are a popular choice, especially since we ordered those fancy jar lids with the straws! Like anyone, she has her favorite smoothie flavors: pineapple mango and chocolate cherry, but really who doesn’t love those flavors? This morning, however, I decided to make her an apple pie smoothie because, well, we still have a butt load of apples in the fridge. I’ve been a baking fool lately and we still have a fridge full of apples!

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    I stole a little sip of this one before popping a lid on it and oh my…. it was so delicious I would’ve made one for myself if I hadn’t already started making my oatmeal! I even got a text after my first class saying it was delicious! It was like having dessert for breakfast, which is definitely necessary when sending someone off to high school for the day 😛 I hadn’t had my first slice of apple pie until a couple months ago and this tastes just like that pie in liquid form. I definitely see many more of these smoothies in our future! Maybe even for dessert next time.

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  8. Easy Homemade Apple Butter

    October 21, 2014 by pb&v

    Fall is finally here!! The weather is finally cooling off, the leaves are changing colors and falling, I can wear flannel button downs and sweaters all the time. Oh Fall, how I love thee. Not only do I love the weather, I love all the fun things that come with fall. Raking leaves and jumping in them, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, going to the pumpkin patch, Halloween, curling up by the fire, Thanksgiving, and, most importantly, apples. That being said, I’m ready to jump right into Fall!

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    Last Sunday, we decided to pack up early in the morning and head for the mountains for some good old family apple picking. We’d never been before and thought it would be a fun experience, which it totally was. The mountains were just beautiful!

    Apple Picking

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  9. Strawberry Milkshake

    September 16, 2014 by pb&v

    Back in July I went to the dentist for my regularly scheduled cleaning, only to find out that my wisdom teeth were starting to make their first appearance, meaning I was due for some X-rays. I went in later that week expecting the usual “oh you should probably get those taken out soon,” but instead I got a “holy crap, you have teeth in your nose!!” Then I remembered…. I never lost my top baby cuspid teeth. The adult teeth now reside aaaalll the way up in my nose. Turns out the dentist wasn’t even worried about my wisdom teeth coming in, but something has to be done about those teeth in my nose.

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    See! Look at that! It’s crazy, man!

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  10. Homemade Bubble Tea

    August 22, 2014 by pb&v

    The other day my mom and I took a look into our pantry and noticed that we have a CRAP TON of stuff in there and yet, we are never able to find anything to eat. There is so much stuff that we can’t even tell what we have in there! Today, we decided to re-organize the pantry and the refrigerator and have made it our goal to eat only out of the pantry, fridge, and freezer until we’ve managed to dwindle it all down to nothing, only going to the store for non-food items and little things to complete a recipe. For example, if we wanted to make something and have everything for that recipe but cauliflower, we would go out and buy some cauliflower.

    We started off today by eating some of the leftovers we had hiding in the fridge: our last Salad Roll Whopper, butter beans, mashed potatoes, and leftover tofu scramble with soy chorizo and potatoes. For dinner, we grabbed a can of jackfruit and made some BBQ jackfruit sandwiches with coleslaw (using the leftover cabbage from the salad rolls) and mac and cheese (using the rest of our mac and cheese sauce we had in the fridge and a bit of some pasta from the pantry. So far, so good!

    We’ve already got some plans for that leftover coleslaw too! Field Roast Frankfurters (from the fridge, buns from the freezer) with coleslaw on top mmmmmmmm.

    Now back to the whole “organizing the pantry” thing…

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