Plantiful Sunday: “But.. How do you eat sushi as a vegan?”

You can’t buy happiness, BUT, you can buy sushi and that’s basically the same thing.

As a non-vegan, sushi was literally, life (plus I’m asian, so I’m biased towards all and any forms of asian cuisine). When I transitioned into becoming a vegan, a lot of the people who know my eating preferences questioned how I was going to live without beloved seafood? Especially, sushi. Get this..

Scary fact: If we continue the consumption of seafood at our current rate, there will be NO more cutesy, adorable, fun-loving marine animals left in the ocean BY 2048. Saddening, right? Not to mention, seafood is (now) HIGHLY contaminated with pollutants and irritants AND.. SO many of them are endangered and facing extinction. You don’t want to contribute to that anymore, right? Right. You’ve got a good heart.

On a lighter note: AVOCADO IS THE ANSWER. The creaminess and fatty-like texture mimics that of sashimi-grade fish. Which makes sense as to why there are like 57631 recipes on vegan sushi focusing on avocado. SO LET’S DO THIS.

What you’ll need:
1) White rice in (yes, white, not brown. Texture issues..)
2) Seaweed paper
3) A delicious and perfectly ripe avocado
4) Rice vinegar (seasoned meaning it’s got salt & sugar in it already)

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How-to set up this bad boy:
1) Once your white rice is cooked and cooled, pour 1/4C of the rice vinegar and mix well
2) Place seaweed paper (rough side down) and carefully, place rice on half on the paper
3) Place toppings diagonally on top of the rice
4) Roll diagonally, and use warm water to wet the ends to make them stick! AND..

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YOU HAVE A HAND ROLL. They see me rollin’, they hating.. Okay, I’m done.

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Good luck, and enjoy. xo, T.

Plantiful Sunday: Blissful date balls

Does anyone else laugh at the term “balls”? I’m so mature, I know. IN OTHER NEWS..

Who doesn’t want to snack on complete, delicious goodness which also happens to be raw, vegan, easy to make and packs the most nutritious punch ever? Not to mention, these taste SO naughty, but are totally guilt-free. These bliss balls are 3 ingredients.. YES. That’s it. No, I’m not lying.

3-ingredient bliss balls include:
1 cup of dates (pitted, duh)
1 cup of nuts (I used peanuts for that peanut butter flavor because… it’s life)
1/2 cup of raw cacao

How to:
1)Dump everything into a food processor until it all blends together like a paste
2) Roll into bite size balls
3) Coat in toppings of your choice (I used coconut sugar, coconut shreds and raw cacao) or not. It’s up to you. Your balls, your decision.

BOOM. Literally, the easiest things to make. Naturally sweetened by dates, bursting with that peanut-buttery flavor and packed with absolute nutrition. Health IS wealth. They’ll last in the fridge for atleast a week but trust me, they won’t hang around for that long. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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Enjoy. xo, T.

PS: I’m a college grad now, so I’ll be around more. Adulting is real.

Red Lentil Dal with Rice – OBSESSED!

Midterms are now finished & I can finally do what I do best, make my way into the kitchen to create (and share) some recipes with you. SO excited about this.

Ever since I transitioned into becoming a vegan, I made it my mission to follow a few rules:
1) Never give up any ingredients I love (Sorry, but I love EVOO & fats like avocado!)
2) Learn to tweak the recipe to making palatable for myself
3) Keep it simple, easy & convenient

I came across the delicious combination of basmati rice and dahl. This has seriously become a staple in our house because of AMAZING it tastes.. And who doesn’t like indian food? Seriously, we can’t be friends if you can’t hang with indian.

Set up is simple:
1) Cook 1 cup of basmati rice in a rice cooker or whatever you have handy
2) In a large pot, sauté 1 diced onion, a few minced garlic cloves and a small piece of ginger
3) Then add 2 cups of red lentils, 5 cups of water, 1 cup of veggie stock & some spices

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Allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes (keep an eye on it!). Then serve some for yourself and satisfy your hanger pangs. I LOVE adding lemon/lime/coriander to everything. Literally.

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Eat well. Xo, T.

Plantcakes for breakfast

Traditional pancake mixes contain ingredients that are unnatural and even worse… unseen mold can grow in there causing pancake-lovers to experience difficulty breathing and other internal and sinus nastiness. I’m NOT okay with that. Sorry to be the grim reaper of your life, but that $2 box of pancake mix is not worth it. So, make your own!

Okay, I’ll have to admit, I didn’t coin the term “plantcakes”.. But how clever is it to describe pancakes made completely out of plant-based ingredients? Not to mention, these plantcakes take half the time to cook than traditional pancakes.

Plantcakes:
Blend 1 banana, a heaping cup of oats, cinnamon & almond milk to a flour-like consistency. Cook them like traditional pancakes (bubbles form then flip).

Chocolate sauce:
Blend 4 dates, 1 tablespoon of raw and organic cacao and a bit of water.

Lastly, top your stack together, add some fruit & seeds and make it as pretty as you want before gorging into it like a wild animal. Don’t say I didn’t tell you these were addicting!

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Eat well. Xo, T.

 

Plantiful Sunday: Pitaya Bowl

Notice anything different? This platform was “Wild in Practice,” but that was a remnant of the past. I decided to rename this blog “Plants and Balance” because it completely resonated & aligned with my personal, moral and ethical beliefs – that the pursuit of eating well can lead to patterns of discouraging disease, enhance well being & improve quality of life.

Every Sunday I’ll be posting a delicious, vegan, plant-based meal. This series will be called “Plantiful Sunday”. Get it? Get it? I’m SO excited to share my vegan lifestyle with you.

I was introduced to dragonfruit (pitaya) years ago when I discovered my health. Intrigued by its cactus-like skin & its vibrant green and pink hues, I gave it a go. These fun-looking fruits give way to rich properties such as being low in cholesterol, high in fiber, high in antioxidants, stabilizes blood sugar, treats acne & more!

So.. How do I make this part of my daily routine? Pitaya smoothie bowls, duh.

Process is simple in 3 easy steps:
1. Blend 2 pitaya packs (purchase here), frozen bananas & mangoes and coconut water.
2. Place in a bowl and top with your fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.

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3. Take a picture of your gorgeous bowl to remind yourself how awesome you are for choosing to indulge in a nutritious, plant-based meal.

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Eat well, and good luck. Xo, T.