Vegan Grilled Cheese Done Right

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I wasn’t sure how I felt about vegan cheese.  It really isn’t that great.  It usually tastes pretty salty, and the hard cheddar kinds are just that… hard… and kind of cheddar-y?  So we were with some friends away for a weekend and I packed a bunch of different vegan items to hold me over.  Then I realized, I have a vegan cream cheese – that tastes like virtually nothing – but hey it’s creamy right?  And I ALSO had that hard cheddar cheese.  So, what better way to enjoy a grilled cheese than to mix the two!

BEST IDEA EVER.  I got the salty cheddar-y hard cheese mixed with creamy tasteless nothingness but had added texture benefits, then grilled it up and dipped it in tomato soup.  The tomato soup was the winner for flavor, and the bread and combined cheeses really added the texture I was looking for.

See – grilled cheese can be good vegan too. Thank goodness.

What Is Your Go-To Vegan Food?

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You know when you’re in a super rush?  Which happens to be like almost every day of the week?  And you are like… I swear I said this vegan thing wasn’t that hard but seriously, who has time to wash up everything and make it nice?  Well, that’s how I feel a lot.  Especially now that I am in school and I have so many exams all the time, all year! I don’t even get summers off!

Well, when things get kind of crazy, my go-to vegan foods are basically tacos and Mexican style foods.  I will take anything that’s diced up, stir fried and eaten in a taco shell or scooped up with a tortilla chip.

For example: Guacamole, salsa, beans mushed together, blended beans with random spices, “chili” that may or may not be chili and all you know is it’s completely vegan and has some spices in it…. those are just a few.  And for a summery touch even some squash and tomatoes cooked up with some rice makes a good filling.

Bring on the easy, non-expensive vegan dishes!

Remember to Enjoy The Little Things

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I took this picture while out on a friends boat.  I always feel kind of at peace in the evenings.  I know our lives our hectic, and every day its just another thing happening, all day, every day.  It feels like we never get a break.  Then you realize.. wait, I had a break when I was on that boat that one time – and look at how beautiful it was!

So basically, don’t forget to appreciate all the little moments you have.  Let them inspire you and give you hope for more peaceful days.  Love and embrace these moments, because in this hectic world, they always seem so few and far between.

Fruit Bowl!

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I just wanted to share this lovely fruit bowl that I had for brunch.  I featured it on my Instagram (@razzledazzlelove), and I basically get this same fruit bowl every single time I go to this one cafe.   If I’m lucky they will even give me extra raspberries.  Have a lovely Day!

Happy 4th of July Weekend Everyone!

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When starting off this holiday weekend don’t forget to prepare yourself for the BBQ vegan style!  The worst is when you show up to a BBQ, and then you realize there was nothing for you anyway, and you probably should just eat the lettuce.

That’s why you have to bring your own stuff.

Featured above is a photo from my Instagram (@razzledazzlelove) from my last BBQ.  They are fabulous veggies skewers!  They have onions, potatoes, tofu, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini on them.  I would recommend cooking the potatoes first in another fashion, maybe baking them before putting them on the skewer or they do not cook at the same rate as the other veggies.

If you’d rather not put in the effort for skewers, there are those sweet grilling baskets that you can buy for anywhere from $15-$30 in a grilling section of almost any store.

Happy and safe BBQ-ing to all!

Cruise Adventures and Being Vegan

IMG_20150327_085715So I went on a cruise… And the Vegan part, lets just say it was way easier than I expected.

I used to flip through magazines and say “oh hey look there is a vegan cruise! But it’s 9x the cost of a regular cruise” and then not go on a cruise.  This time, I said, “The heck with it” and took my chances with the run of the mill budget cruise.

So it was a Carnival cruise… and first of all, the fruit selection was AMAZING.  The fact that there are options at any hour of the day/night for the duration of the cruise is also AMAZING.  Additionally, on Carnival, the room service was free, so even when the only thing that was open was the pizza place and the ice cream parlor at 1 am, I could order free fresh fruit and oatmeal delivered right to my room!  I mean, I didn’t even have to walk to get my vegan fix, how great is that?

Also on cruises, the BF and I try and jump start our healthy lifestyle choices.  I would say this is my favorite part.  So healthy fruits, fresh raw options, and some jogging with a side of salsa dancing?  I’ll take it.  We went jogging on the track, swimming in the pools, dancing in the clubs, and even visited the gym to check it out.  Overall, cruises make me happy 😀

Oh, and if you go to the service desk when you first get on the boat, and tell them you have special dietary requirements – they tell the kitchen! And at your dinner time, since you have the same wait staff every night, they come up to you and alert you that they were told about your food preferences.  I was offered to select an entirely vegan cooked meal not on the menu for every single night.  The only caveat was that I had to let them know the night before, but they usually gave me two or three choices to pick from.

Needless to say, I will be cruisin’ more often for vacations!  Less work for food prep, and fresh fruit around the clock! Sign me up!

 

Chickpea Salad

 

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This Chickpea salad was modified from Oh She Glows.  The origional has additional ingredients like onion, pepper, cilantro, and peanuts.  My sister and I chose to make this salad with other ingredients because we like the flavors of carrots and tomatoes better.  Either way, I am sure the original is great too! It was simple to make, and easy to modify, which makes it a perfect salad to me!

This Asparagus Soup IS AMAZING

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So I was going through some blogs and looking for something creamy and filling on my vegan diet.  I found an asparagus soup over at the Vegangela blog and I noticed that the ingredients list was short (perfect), and there was lots of simmering and not much stirring (also perfect).  I decided to give it a try.

Now, asparagus tastes great, don’t get me wrong, but it totally tastes like veggies.  A very distinct veggie taste.  I was apprehensive about the recipe, especially since I had to use ALL the asparagus in my fridge, and I didn’t want to waste it.

I didn’t weigh out the asparagus like it said to in the recipe, and I used 32 ounces of veggie stock, instead of the 5 cups, because that was the size of the container I had.  I soaked my cashews in water, and cooked for the full 20 minutes, maybe even longer because I got distracted on the phone with my friend 🙂

This soup is amazing.  Thank you Angela at Vegangela for sharing this on your blog.  I recommend everyone make it if they are looking for a nice, filling, warm soup.  Smooth and delicious!  Looking forward to trying more recipes from your site Angela!