Snacks Snacks and More Snacks!

It seems like I eat a lot of snacks ūüôā ¬†I have to make sure throughout the day that I am getting enough calories. ¬†So between meals I have little fruit salads, or veggie platters, or hummus plates. ¬† I’m wondering how everyone else makes sure they get enough calories and what kind of snacks they eat?

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Oatmeal Raisin Balls!

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Today I tried oatmeal raisin balls.¬† I got them from over at Hell Yeah It’s Vegan!

As usual, I modified the recipe slightly based on what I had but they actually came out awesome.¬† I’ve been seeing pictures of these things all over Instagram in various different forms, mostly with dates, but this one just had oats, walnuts, and raisins as the base.

My modifications included:

  • Cashews instead of walnuts since I had some left over from another recipe
  • Thyme instead of cloves, and just a pinch of it, since I’ve never stocked cloves and couldn’t even tell you what they would have tasted like
  • No¬†salt
  • I cooked the oats for 30 seconds beforehand to absorb a little water
  • I rolled them in coconut flakes because it just makes it look awesome

So basically these things came out awesome.¬† I am finally getting some recipes of little snack type things that I might be able to make for people to try when they come over.¬† Being vegan is getting me excited about having other people taste these treats.¬† I know most people won’t like them (or maybe they will!) but I am excited to invite people over.¬† Then I wont have to just eat salad at the restaurant anymore.¬† That gets boring really quick.

Nice Cream Round Two :)

 

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Nice cream?  What is this?  Why does everyone post all these delicious looking pictures?  What am I supposed to eat when boyfriend wants to eat ice cream and watch TV!?!?!  Nice cream is the answer.  I tried it just a short while back with cocoa powder and that was pretty good, but I wanted to try some other flavors to see if I can find one that hides the banana taste a little.

I am getting used to the taste of bananas so that’s a good thing.¬† But still, the less it tastes like bananas the better. ¬†My two most recent attempts include¬†a vanilla cinnamon nice cream, and a strawberry nice cream .

 

Vanilla: 1 frozen banana with splashes of vanilla, cinnamon, and soy milk to taste.

Strawberry: 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 a bag of frozen strawberries

Boyfriend liked both of them so much he now asks me to make him some too every time I make any!

I am going Bananas!!

I have a love hate relationship with bananas.  I like bananas whole as a snack, but when I blend them into things and mix them with other foods there is something about the taste or smell that puts me off.  I am trying to overcome that.  I am trying to be inspired by people like Freelee the banana girl and Fully Raw Kristina who just love bananas!  They are so good for you Рand I want to eat more of them!

So.. A recommendation from so many instagrammers, as well as fromIMG_20150118_185839 my cousin, was the banana ice cream!  All you have to do is freeze a ripe banana, and when you are ready for ice cream, you blend it with your other vegan ingredients to whatever flavor you want.

I tried a chocolate one.  I used 1 frozen banana, a splash of soy milk for easier blending, and 1 spoon of cocoa powder.  It came out surprisingly well, barely tasting like bananas.  I am looking forward to adding more types of strong flavored fruits to see if I can have a less banana taste and other flavors as well!

My Stuffed Peppers Monster Creation

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Stuffed peppers is something I¬†will try. This one I modified over many attempts back when I was a vegetarian. ¬†Once again, I don’t like following all those directions. ¬†If it’s simple, I’ll make it.

I cut open two peppers and peeled out the seeds.  I stuffed it with cooked brown rice, mixed veggies, tofu, and chopped onions that I had mixed together right before.

*Note: the brown rice I cooked first in the rice cooker while I went shopping – gotta love multitasking*

I poured some marinara sauce on top and put the extra/leftover filling all around in the crock pot, and cooked the whole mixture on low for 4 hours.  I added the diced peppers from the tops that I had cut off around as well as not to waste.  My non-vegan boyfriend loved the dinner and I had plenty of leftovers for the next day.

Vegan is getting easier as the days go on.  Success!