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No Bake Vegan Chocolate Pomegranate Cheesecake

I haven’t written a blog post in a while because it’s been crazy busy around here! I have created tons of recipes but can’t find the time to post them! I’m hoping after graduation it will get much easier to post more often.
I think the reason I’ve been so busy is because I’m consulting a few hours a week while trying to finish up a few projects and write my thesis. The good news in all of this is that I have finished the first draft of chapters 1 and 2 of my thesis. I usually leave things until the last minute so I think this is great progress.
Aside from working and writing I also try to take a breather every now and then and read a few pages of a fun book or watch a movie. Last July Eric and I bought season tickets to the Pantages theatre to see musicals. It has been really fun to go to musicals every now and then and just relax.

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Vegan Chili – A Slow Cooker Meal

Vegan chili is the perfect meal for the rainy weather we have been having lately. I love when it’s gloomy and drizzly outside. I just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a good book, and a glass of wine! It seems to be clearing up just in time for the weekend, though, so I don’t think that we will be snuggling up during cloudy weather.

I love that this meal was so easy to prepare, but so tasty at the same time. It’s great when a dinner so good is so simple to make. I literally just woke up Thursday morning, threw all of the ingredients into the crock pot, turned it on, and left for work. When we came home the house smelled so nice.  Usually we eat around 9 pm because we get home so late, but slow cooker meals are the best because you walk in the door to a prepared dinner. Slow cooker meals also help keep dishes to a minimum, which is nice because our dishwasher is currently broken.

The other great thing about this chili is that it is so filling. You really don’t miss the meat at all. Lately I have been really into red lentils (I think they are orange lentils, but hey) as a ground beef replacement. They give a great texture and are packed with protein. This week I am going to try baked quinoa as a ground meat replacer. I saw a recipe for taco meat on Minimalist Baker’s website recently and think it would be fun to put a different twist on it! Hopefully it comes out great!

Coming home from vacation and getting back in the swing of things was difficult, but we are finally getting into a routine again. I really thrive on routine so it feels great to be on a schedule. We’re also starting to plan things for the year ahead, which is fun and exciting. Eric’s mom got us an awesome calendar with pictures of the family on it, so I’ve been marking everything in there. We already booked a trip to Portland, OR in May. So excited!!! Eric and I are taking the train up the west coast in a private sleeper car, staying a few days, then flying back. Usually we take our annual vacation in October, but we wanted to go a little earlier this year since I’ll be starting a new job in June (crazy). I’m really looking forward to the rest of 2017 and it has been great so far!

Vegan Chili - A Slow Cooker Meal
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This vegan chili is made with red lentils.
Servings
6 bowls
Servings
6 bowls
Vegan Chili - A Slow Cooker Meal
Print Recipe
This vegan chili is made with red lentils.
Servings
6 bowls
Servings
6 bowls
Ingredients
Servings: bowls
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. Serve with avocado or vegan sour cream.
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Vegan Red Lentil Bolognese – dairy free and egg free

This vegan red lentil bolognese recipe came to me for two reasons. One of the reasons is that I want to start eating healthier in 2017, so this is really part of my New Year’s resolution. I can already tell this vegan red lentil bolognese is going to be a healthy staple for us in 2017. We already try to prepare healthy meals, but I want to add portion control and heartier grains into our diets. Meal prep and planning is not an issue for us. I plan our meals for the entire week (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts) on Fridays when we grocery shop. We then cut all of our veggies and cook our grains on Sunday. This system works wonders for us and our busy grad school schedules. With meal prep done on the weekends we are able to cut cook time down to about 30 minutes per meal. Since we cook 6 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts a week this is a huge time saver. Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan)

Vegan Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry shortcake is such a refreshing spring/summer dessert.

And I’m so excited it is finally summer! Summer time means strawberries and strawberries mean strawberry shortcake! When I was little my Great Grandma took me strawberry picking every year. We even went picking after she lost her leg to diabetes! We brought her a stool to sit on and her and I would crawl through the field picking and picking. I remember rummaging through the fields with the smell of fresh strawberries filling the air. After we picked to our hearts content we took our bounty back home to make strawberry jam. To this day whenever I smell strawberries I think back to those days spent in the fields and in the kitchen with my Great Grandma.

Eric and I usually make jam around Christmas time, so I wanted to make a cake during the summer instead of jam. And thus this vegan strawberry shortcake was born! The cake and frosting work perfectly together along with the fresh strawberries. Look at these deliciuos berries and creamy frosting!

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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Red Pepper PastaAbout 12 years years ago we had a vegan visitor come stay at our house and my mom and I scoured the internet looking for a nice meal to make her. We finally settled on a roasted red pepper pasta and it turned out so great I can still remember the taste. Since then I’ve searched and searched for the recipe but have not been able to find it. This recipe is my recreation of that awesome roasted red pepper pasta. We’ve made it a couple times and each time I realize something else that’s great about this dish. One thing is that it makes quite a bit of roasted red pepper sauce. I usually use half for the meal the night I make it and then vacuum seal and freeze the other half. This is great to have in the freezer so that when we get home super late and no one wants to cook we just heat up the sauce in a pan, cook a pot of pasta and have a homemade meal.

Another great thing about this recipe is how versatile this is. You can do so much with a bowl of pasta. We’ve topped it with roasted cauliflower once and tofu another time. You can top it with any protein (the cashew sauce already contains some protein) or mix it with some veggies.  Continue reading