A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

My Ode to Sriracha Sauce

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Beautiful color. Beautiful bottle. Beautiful name. Amazingness. Who, me? Why yes, you, my dear Sriracha sauce. My lover. My friend.  I will slap this stuff on pretty much anything that hits my plate if the bottle is within my arm's reach. It's delicious on rice and veggies, sandwiches, wraps, in soups, drizzled over pizza, sushi and salads... you name it, I've tried it. My younger brother Matt is equally obsessed. I think I've even seen him put it on pancakes before. … [Read more...]

Coconut curry stir fry!

Coconut curry stir fry!

I love curry. There is something about the slightly sweet and yet spicy combination in curry dishes that just tickles my palate. There are so many different types of curry, that the possibilities for cooking with curry are endless! I have just started exploring curry more recently. Believe it or not, I used to think I was allergic to the stuff! When I was a kid I always had a swollen and scratchy throat when I ate my mom's chicken curry dish. But somewhere in early adulthood I tried curry again … [Read more...]

Veggie Lo Mein, a healthy alternative to take-out!

Veggie Lo Mein, a healthy alternative to take-out!

Since making veggie potstickers earlier this week, I've had a serious craving for Asian food. (And no, there is no bun in the oven!) Specifically, I've had an undying desire for Chinese take-out lo mein noodles. Mmmmm. But I haven't had take-out in ages, because there are always healthier alternatives than indulging in greasy restaurant Chinese food; and more often than not it makes me sick to my stomach. So the next best option for me is a healthy low-fat veggie lo mein, made right in my own … [Read more...]

Patience pays off!

Patience pays off!

Last week I was having the suckiest most miserable week EVER. Do you ever have weeks like that? I was feeling piles of financial stress regarding school, taxes, student loans, etc., as well as personal stress with work, my relationship and so much more. I had to put my Colorado trip on hold and focus on some issues that I needed to deal with at home. Which was a major bummer for me. :( I spent a couple of nights crying and wondering why on earth everything was falling apart all at once?! I hate … [Read more...]

Online shopping and Stir-fry eats

Online shopping and Stir-fry eats

Today I happily answered the doorbell to the UPS man! Yay! Packages! Love, love, love :) I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my latest Ruelala purchase. First of all, if you haven't heard of Ruelala, shame on you! It is an online shopper's dream. They feature a select few designer boutiques each and every day with a limited number of items but at major discount prices. By limited number I mean the boutique opens at 11 am and sometimes popular items can be sold out by 11:30 am. But they tell … [Read more...]

Veggie Fried Rice & Coconut Oil tid bits

Veggie Fried Rice & Coconut Oil tid bits

Life has been crazy lately, so I have felt slightly rushed in the kitchen. This can have its perks because it forces me to come up with meals that take very little time, which I think a lot of blog readers appreciate. But it can also be a little stressful! I had exactly 1 hour to prep, cook and eat before I headed to class, and this is what I whipped up. It turned out really yummy and even though I was rushed I was able to snap some pics so enjoy!Veggie Fried Rice Stuffed Portabella (Low-fat and … [Read more...]

Stir Fry & Spring Rolls

Stir Fry & Spring Rolls

Last night I decided to make a yummy dinner to enjoy with my mama. And per her request, I whipped up some fresh veggie spring rolls. She specifically went out to get some ingredients I requested such as rice noodles, rice wrappers,  edamame, cilantro and daikon (Japanese radish), so of course I had to indulge her. :) I make these little suckers all the time, but each time they turn out different and that is the beauty of it.Fresh Spring rollsIngredients:Rice wrappers (if you can't find these in … [Read more...]

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...]

Superbowl Party Stir Fry

Superbowl Party Stir Fry

What is an easy, yummy Vegan meal to make for a group of non-Vegan hungry people? Well, stir fry always comes to mind for me. It is easy to make a large amount of food and usually gets gobbled right up. It does requires a little prep work (chop chop) but then you can sit back, relax and watch the game until halfway through 2nd quarter if you are aiming for a half-time dinner hour :)It took me about 20 min to prep so I started chopping up veggies before kick off.Ingredients:1 lg. sweet onion, … [Read more...]