Sweet ‘N Sour Sauce

Sweet 'N Sour Sauce

Last night I was craving stir-fry, but I wanted to do something different than my traditional homemade teriyaki sauce. I looked in the fridge and saw the large pitcher of fresh-squeezed tangerine juice from my grandmother's citrus trees and an idea popped into my head. How about sweet and sour stir-fry? I googled homemade sweet and sour sauce to get the basic framework for the recipe and altered it a bit. Here's what I came up with!Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir FryIngredients:1 pack extra firm tofu, … [Read more...]

Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

Last night was a LONG night. I received a swift reminder about WHY I don't consume caffeine anymore, and holy cow I guess I needed it. Let me start off by saying that I used to be a diet coke/Starbuck's soy latte ADDICT. Seriously. Everyday, multiple times a day. These products were pretty much the center of my universe and "my day revolved around knowing where my supply was, how much I had left, and if I ran out where I would get more." LOL the true words of an addict my friends. I had been … [Read more...]

Happy Herbivore Cookbook Giveaway

I'm super excited to share a special giveaway with my blog readers. After taking part in Happy Herbivore's "blog book tour" the publisher has graciously given me the opportunity to participate in a book giveaway. So with that said...one very special reader will get their very own copy of my new favorite vegan cookbook, Happy Herbivore. Blog giveaways are kinda quirky things if you ask me, but overall I think it's a neat idea. For one thing, as a "baby blog" still in my toddler/crawling phase, … [Read more...]

Veggie-birthday

This week I celebrated my one year Veggie-birthday! woohoo! Okay, so maybe it's a little lame-o to celebrate the day I gave up meat, but truthfully this past year has been a journey for me in many ways, and I've truly grown. Last year I transferred to a vegetarian diet, and in the past few months primarily vegan diet, because my body feels really good when I eat this way. Will I eat this way forever? I can't say with 100% certainty that I will. I just don't know. If I have children would I raise … [Read more...]

veggie love

I love collard wraps. I usually have a big bundle of collards in my fridge at all times and enjoy collard wraps several times a week. :) It makes a quick, easy and yummy lunch. It's kind of like an inside-out salad if you think about it...I made these the other day and decided it was one of my favorite combos.I started with a thin layer of garlic hummus, added some warm brown rice, leftover Bean Teriyaki from last night, and topped it with slices of fresh cucumber and freshly grated carrot. Wrap … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash

I have most recently discovered my love for squash. It is yummy, comforting, filling, flavorful and versatile. I could eat squash everyday for two weeks, and have a different kind every day if I wanted. Winter Squash such as Carnival, Kabocha, Spaghetti, Butternut and Acorn have been suddenly appearing in my kitchen more frequently. In the past I tended to avoid squash. In my carb-conscious calorie-counting days squash scared me. Why? I have no clue to be honest. Possibly because I associated it … [Read more...]

tragedy strikes Japan. tragedy strikes home.

Sometimes tragedy strikes when you least expect. I have spent the past week mourning the lives lost in the beautiful country of Japan. I have been meditating and praying over the people of the country. I have donated to disaster relief funds on their behalf. I have contacted all of my company's customers in Japan to ensure their safety. The tragedy has not dissipated. It is still there, and still very real. However, being in the United States, I have still felt somewhat withdrawn from it all. It … [Read more...]

a little birthday bliss

I celebrated my 27th birthday on Monday. Woooooosh did that creep up on me. Last time I checked I was in my mid twenties and now I'm slowly approaching my late twenties. EEEEEEk! Okay, I'll calm down. Worse things have happened.. I'm sure. :) Although now I'm back home in sunny Florida, I spent my birthday with my sweetie in Colorado. We don't usually go out to eat when I visit. Mostly because it's so darn comfy staying holed up inside, enjoying a bottle of wine together, and cooking our own … [Read more...]

Interview with author Lindsay Nixon, from Happy Herbivore

If you haven't heard of Happy Herbivore yet, shame on you. hehe. ;) I know I've been ranting and raving all week about my new cookbook Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon, and all of the delicious low-fat vegan recipes she features. Well Lindsay decided to do a "blog book tour" so I jumped right in and sent her some interview questions, which I'm excited to share with you here. :)BiographyLindsay S. Nixon is a rising star in the culinary world, praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to … [Read more...]

A back country skiing workout

I found a new favorite. For the first time ever I went back country skiing. Now, being from Florida this may seem like not much of a surprise that I've never been... but truthfully I grew up visiting family in the backwoods of Minnesota and spent several of my grade school years living out in Park City, Utah, so I've actually been on snow skis since I could walk. I love downhill skiing. Love, love, love it. But, the mountain is super packed this week, tickets start at $100 a day, and I left my … [Read more...]