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smoothie

I’ve been gone a long time. But I’ve missed having an outlet for non-work creativity, so I’m back. I’m now working for a university and loving my job. Newton and I have been keeping busy, but there’s still been time for some great food.

In the past 6 months, I had the pleasure of eating at some delicious restaurants I’d recommend:

  • The Chicago Diner (in Chicago, where else?). An all vegetarian cafe. Highly recommend the seitan Reuben!
  • The Electric Cheetah (Grand Rapids, MI). I’ve been multiple times and always get The Jimmy Wah Salad with spicy tofu. They also have amazing freshmade vinegar chips and hand cut fries. Best part: If you order a cookie – they’ll bake it fresh while you eat your meal!
  • BruBurger (Indianapolis, Indiana). House made ketchup. I would eat it on anything.

I’m sure there were other amazing places – but those were my top three!

Anyway, I hope you are all keeping cool this summer. Here’s a favorite smoothie of mine… for those days when I feel like indulging, without indulging my muffin top!

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie

Blend until smooth:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 fresh banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • Almond milk

Tips:

  • I add enough almond milk to cover all the solid bits… but less will make it creamier and more like a milkshake.
  • I keep bags of peeled and cut banana pieces in my freezer at all times. I use them for smoothies almost daily. I try to wait til they start to brown to chop and freeze them, that way they are sweeter.
  • Be liberal with the cocoa powder! Mmmm… chocolate.
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Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

A lot of people ask me what I can even eat since I am meat-free (and mostly dairy free). Contrary to the majority opinion, cutting meat out of your diet doesn’t reduce you to rabbit food.
I love snacking on something salty as much as the next person. If anything, my diet has only become fuller and more varied since becoming vegetarian.

These sweet potato fries are a go-to snack or side-dish for me. They are simple to make and delicious to eat.

Ingredients:

– 1 Sweet Potato
– Olive Oil Cooking Spray
– Garlic Salt
– Rosemary

Directions:

  1. Preheat the (toaster) oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse and peel the sweet potato.
  3. Cut into wedges.
  4. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  5. Coat foil with olive oil.
  6. Place potato wedges on the tray.
  7. Sprinkle potato wedges with spices.
  8. Spray with a top layer of Olive Oil.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping once.

Homemade Applesauce

This morning I woke up early to study for class but wound up making applesauce instead! An easy, delicious breakfast with plenty of leftovers for snacks.

Ingredients:
– 8 medium sized apples (I prefer Granny Smith)
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 2 tablespoons white sugar
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel apples.  Some people like chunkier applesauce with the skins left in, but I like to take them off.
  2. Cut apples in quarters and remove the cores.
  3. Slice apples and place in large pot.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon, white sugar, and water over apple slices.
  5. Cover and cook 20-25 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in brown sugar (optional).
  7. Stir apples until they break apart into applesauce.