Vegan Waffles – I Want You Every Day

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If I had an easier waffle maker to clean, I would literally be making these every single day of my life.

*Side note – does anyone know if there are easy to clean waffle makers? Mine has a cord attached to it and I have to hang that out of the sink while I rinse off the waffle iron part of it and I’m like.. This can’t be safe*

You might as well just make a waffle IV.  The first time I made them, I forgot to put in baking powder, and they still came out awesome.  This picture here is from my second attempt.  And trust me,  I will be making more.

Waffles are essentially some flour, vegan chocolate chips, agave/honey, oats, oil, and maybe some baking powder or water/almond if you don’t forget.  When there are so few ingredients, how could you not try and make them?

I got my recipe from the Minimalist Baker, but like I said – I messed it up a few times and it still came out fine.  And my fine I mean amazing.  You should try them too.

Collard Roll Ups

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Who wants a salad when you can have some of these little collard roll ups?

Instead of using taco shells or quesadillas – I just use some collard greens!  Inside is some guacamole, beans, rice, and corn.

What do you think?  Delicious 😀

 

I have been doing this vegan diet thing for a year and 9 months.  Before that, I was a vegetarian for about a year.  Now, I know I have posted something similar in the past, but I’d like to reflect on how difficult the vegan diet is.

When I say that, I know there are tons of people who will go on about how cheap it is, and how easy it is if you are just prepared etc. and more often than not I would agree.    Basically, I think the vegan diet is completely accomplish-able if you set your mind to it.  Just be ready to eat more, more frequently.  I do think, however, that depending on who you are, where you live, and the circle you have around (for example do your friends always want to go to a steak house?) that there could be more challenges.  It’s obvious, by my 21 months of being a vegan, that it is not impossible even without endless smoothie shops and dedicated vegan restaurants in your area.  I just do my vegan thing using a regular grocery store and some interesting attempts at cooking where I basically alter every recipe I find because I don’t like to have too many steps, and I prefer to use what I have.

I would also like to make a note that in the 21 months I have been a vegan, not a single friend who lives close by to me is also a vegan.  The BF who I live with is also an omnivore, but he is trying to eat more plant based, although he hasn’t made a complete switch.  I have been unable to tap into a local vegan community with real people here where I live to go to places with and try and make recipes.  I have met plenty of people online, and have been completely inspired by the enthusiasm there, but in terms of a real human being in my area – it has yet to happen.  Part of it might be a reluctance to share my information over the internet, and my hope that I will just run into people.  I even went to a local vegan restaurant to read by myself (a book called How Not To Die).  I ate vegan appetizers and expressed to the wait staff that I was hoping to meet some vegans! Guess what? The one I spoke to was a vegetarian.  At least the food was vegan.  I guess it time, maybe it will just happen.

What I am trying to say is, even though I will never eat meat again, it is just exhausting when you go out to restaurants and you have to ask a million questions.  What is this made with? Can I see the ingredient list for your home made “power bars”? Does that have egg in it? Do potato pancakes have egg in them? Can they be cooked with olive oil and not butter?  What about Chinese noodles? Some are rice noodles, some are egg noodles – how do you know?  And Chinese brown sauce? It’s all over the broccoli but is it made with beef broth or oyster sauce and am I allowed to eat that?  Is it thickened with a gelatin? Or agar? Or is it just corn starch to thicken it?  I just can’t tell.  So sometimes, you think you are getting just a veggie dish, and it turns out the sauce might be made from something else – how do you send it back?

That being said, I am still trucking along.  Also, I am trying, to be perfect.  We can’t always be perfect all the time.  Sometimes you mess up.  Sometimes, especially if there is a language barrier, you might now know exactly what is in what you are getting.  The best bet here is to eat out less often, and make more at home.  But guess what? Sometimes you are on the road a lot and it just can’t be helped.  We all do our best.  I do my best, and I will continue to do so, but I recognize that this path is more of a journey, where I find things that work for me, and some that don’t.  And with each little bit of discovery, I try and make it work towards my vegan goals the best I can.  I hope that people can at least recognize my efforts and know that they are based in a strong belief that we are meant to get our nutrients from a plant based diet.

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!

My Best Banana Ice Cream Yet – Raspberry

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It was so delicious, so tart, and I spent extra time blending it so I didn’t add more almond milk.  That gave it a creamier consistency.  Fantastic!

2.5 Bananas (some frozen)

12 oz. Raspberries (frozen)

A splash of almond milk to help it blend.

New Instagram Inspirations

Using Instagram has motivated me as a new vegScreenshot_2015-01-14-13-36-04an.  I was searching for a community, and I found it.   I get to scroll through pictures of fruit and veggies all day and be inspired.  People also share recipes and great ideas, and it makes me want to keep eating healthy.  If they are eating healthy, I should too!

What’s even better is that my Instagram account is ONLY for vegan ideas, so there is nothing clouding the motivation.  I feel no obligation to scroll through my friends lives, as I have Facebook, email, and real interaction (gasp!) to update me on the ones I love.  This Instagram is purely motivational.

Granted, I want my motivation for eating vegan to be health and energy, and not a trend (don’t worry – it’s not!), but sometimes I need a little inspiration.  Instagram is the perfect outlet, and I’m posting photos of my own on a daily basis!

Today is day 8 and I am still going strong.  I am about to cut up a bunch of oranges for breakfast and scroll through beautiful fruit photos!