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: B.K.T – veganized BLT!

*DISCLAIMER: No cute, little piggies were harmed in the making of this sandwich*

Okay, so it’s 2016, meaning that there’s no reason why we all shouldn’t can’t adhere to a plantbased lifestyle. Living in a first world country, the alternatives made for meat & dairy are endless… Including tempeh (soybeans) as bacon! This sammie.. Literally, MOUTHGASMS all over the place. If you’re into savory, smoky flavors, this is for you.

Tempeh “bacon” prep:
Thinly slice a package of tempeh and allow to marinate for atleast an hour (I do overnight!) in a container with half cup of water, half cup of soy cause (we use liquid aminos), a third cup of liquid smoke and a couple of hefty tablespoons of smoked paprika. Cook tempeh until there’s a good brownage going on.

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Then the rest is suuuuuuper easy..
Bake some chippies, I did! Toast some delish sprouted bread, slice your veggies (tomatoes & kale), spread a little bit of vegannaise on those bad boys & put together!

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you of this heavenly addiction..

Eat well. Xo, T.

Plantiful Sunday: Rainbow rolls & ginger-peanut sauce

So much goodness in every bite. Seriously, you need/MUST make this and show your friends what “#brunchgoals” is really about. And don’t even get me started on the peanut sauce. Holy shit, I’m SO in love. Here goes!

Peanut sauce set up is simple:
1) In a bowl, add 2 TBS soy sauce (we use liquid aminos!), dash of chili flakes, 2-3 TBS of pure maple syrup, grated ginger, juice of half a lime, half cup of nut butter (we make our own so pb/almond/whatever works).
2) Pour a little bit of hot water and whisk all ingredients until desired consistency.

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Springroll set up is even simpler:
1) Slice all (and any) veggies/fillings you want – make it vegan. 😉
2) Dunk your rice paper in warm water for 20 seconds, remove & place on a damp surface, put in your fillings & wrap it like the pro that you are.

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Go ahead and nosh on this full force. I basically attacked this like a wild animal.. This is SO easy to make, and SO nutritious. Love that combo.

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Eat well. Xo, T.

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.