Homemade Oat-milk

Literally one of the easiest recipes any one will ever make, which is why it is my favorite. There is no extra prep, hardly any work and this recipe is so easy (and cheap) to do. I got this recipe from my vegan cookbook-find it here. I highly recommend this cook book there are a lot of really simple, tasty and easy to make recipes in here. Anyways onto the recipe.

You will need:

Raw oats (1 cup)

Water (2 cups)

Vanilla or agave syrup (optional)

Cinnamon and/or nutmeg (optional)

 

To make:

Blend water and oats together in a blender (we use a Nutri-bullet and it works just fine) until blended. Strain out through a strainer. For smoother milk strain again through cheese/milk cloth. Add in vanilla and spices to taste. Chill and enjoy.

This milk is so tasty, so easy and so cheap. Oats are probably one of the cheapest items that you are able to buy in bulk, which really makes this milk one of the best recipes. Plus the oats just have a really great taste as well, which makes for a super tasty milk. Great for any recipe calling for milk, cereals, to drink and more.

Back into blogging

Hey guys this will be super short. Sorry for not posting often and like not at all, I needed some mental health days like desperately bad. Which ended up with me playing lots of Minecraft and falling in love with survival mode. I also became addicted to streaming on Twitch because if I’m going to waste the day playing I might as well share right? Gaming therapy! Weird, but I do love me some good games. So now that I am back to my fully peppy self I am planning lots of blog posts to come with some super tasty recipes! I have a homemade vegan pasta, homemade vegan cinnamon rolls AND homemade vegan chocolate cake all coming up as well as some zero more zero waste tips including how to deal with being zero waste when you’re just not feeling it, what to do about books and paper and more.

I also have some exciting yoga news as well coming soon, and I am making up flows like MAD and will soon be sharing those as well that you can totally feel free to take, use and modify for your own use.

Comment below if you would like it if I started doing some yoga flows on youtube plus some other things like baking and shopping.

Okay so I have already run the limit on this short post, that’s all I have for now. If there are any topics that you want me to cover please comment down below. I thrive on feedback so please feel free to pester me 🙂

Thank you for all your understanding and I promise to be back on schedule very soon. Also kitten picture because they are so cute! I love my kitties.

Quinoa Meat(less) balls

I am back with another quinoa recipe because quinoa is life and these meat(less) balls are the bomb. Non-vegan approved too, so these are sure to wow friends and family. The recipe I have will serve 4, if you want less just cut the recipe in half.

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

4 cloves (chopped and crushed) garlic

6 tbsp soy sauce

4 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp ground cumin

Lots of flour

Oils of choice

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to directions; bring quinoa and water to a boil then cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 3-5 minutes to soak up remaining water.

Add all the seasoning ingredients (expect the flour) to quinoa and mix

Add the mix to a food processor (make sure it is a big enough, or do it in batches) and pulse a few times until mixture is sticky and slightly blended.

Add flour to the batch, you will have to eyeball it until the mixture begins to resemble a meat like dough texture. You will have to keep adding flour throughout as well to keep the mixture from being too sticky

Form balls by rolling them in your hands, adding flour to batch as needed. More flour is never a bad thing. Flour is what keeps the recipe together.

In a frying pan heat up your oil of choice (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan fully.

Once oil is hot cook the meat balls until browned on each side

Now eat and enjoy! Or add to spaghetti or just have them with homemade marinara sauce! We served these to our meat eating friends and they really liked them! After having these I don’t think I can ever go back to meat again, so delicious! You can even add some other spices or maybe even some onion to spice them up. The possibilities are endless with quinoa.

Happy eating!

My 2018 New Year Goals

I know that it is a little Cliche to be posting my New Years goals or resolutions. I am not really an advocate for resolutions because I feel as though if you are wanting to change you can do so at any time and you don’t need a whole new year as an excuse. But there is also nothing wrong with sitting down and writing out what you want to accomplish for this year. Goals can be a wonderful thing, especially those goals that help to better your life. So this post isn’t really about the resolutions that I am trying to hold myself up to. I don’t want to set some crazy standards about how I need to be this year, and I don’t feel that I need to change who I am. I just want to better the lifestyle that I already am living. So here are my goals for this New Year, the things that I want to accomplish and work on the most.

1. Go fully vegan: This is probably the biggest goal, and the worst thing coming from a self proclaimed plant eater. I have always tried to use plant powered wherever possible because in reality I eat about 90-95% plant. As a transitioning vegan, it isn’t always easy to switch over cold tofu. I hadn’t properly prepared or made it clear to friends and family that I was eating this certain way and did not want to stray. So for holidays or special occasions I would let it slip. Why bother others with my requests, why tell them that I can’t eat that? It was just easier to eat the meal they prepared. But for this year I want to eat 365 days no meat. 365 days of making my own thing, requesting something else and saying “I can’t eat that”. 365 days of refusing the normal holiday fare. We shouldn’t let a good habit slide because of those around us and we shouldn’t compromise our goals just because it’s a holiday or because that was the food that was made. I am going to have to get really good at making and/or bringing my own things. The hardest part-explaining to my mom why I still can’t eat the veggies because she put butter on them.

2. Go full zero waste: We have slowly been transitioning and moving to this lifestyle. I have all the packaged things we have left over in their own area waiting to be used. The main goal is to get rid of the trash can and potentially just have a jar. We have a compost set up, recycling for stuff that can be that we still had and we buy in bulk and unpackaged when possible. My next step is to announce to everyone that we are doing this lifestyle because I do not want to receive anything in packaging anymore. Thankfully this Christmas people got us useful gifts that are actually minimal waste. So we are off to a pretty good start.

3. No spend year: I talked this over with my husband and we agreed to a no spend year. The rules: no spending anything unless it’s a needed item, a holiday in which you give a gift or the occasional game because we are currently trying to build up a gaming collection. But wait, doesn’t that go against minimalism and zero waste? Well yes, kind of. But the way that I do minimalism is if it brings me joy then I keep it. I am a lover of movies and games (both video and board) so that is something that I still need to explain to people that I won’t stop buying because I actually use them. However, I can start buying used ones instead of the packaged new ones in store. That can at least cut down on the plastic packaging we get from games. Also I do weed out those items that we no longer watch or did not like. I either donate or sell them. And even though it would be minimalistic to ditch all their cases, I keep those because I do not want to toss that much plastic just to have nothing on my shelf.

4. Blog more: I always have so many ideas for blogging but I go stretches without doing anything. I need to keep up on it, mostly because blogging for me is kind of like my journaling. I also need to stop worrying about numbers, which is something I am always concerned about with social media. If people like what I post then they will follow, if not oh well. Not the end, not everyone likes everyone’s content.

5. Do yoga every day: I know, I know. I am an instructor for goodness sake. But honestly I slack so much in this department. Not only do I want to do yoga every day I want to accomplish some hard poses and become more flexible. I want to make more flows, share them with people and just feel good in my body by doing what I know I should be doing everyday. So no more slacking. Yoga everyday needs to happen.

6. Last but not least, have an awesome year: Honestly our lives are what we make them. I have seen so many people complaining about how crappy 2017 was. And the same went for 2016 as well and so on. But honestly, despite all the bad I had some great years. I became a certified yoga instructor that; is pretty awesome. So I want to focus on positives this year, and really make it a great year. Because 99% of the year is how we react, perceive and make things. So here is to positivity and joy this year!

What are some goals you guys have? Some things you want to really focus on? Let me know in the comments, if we have similar goals don’t be afraid to chat with me. We could be buddies and help each other get to our goals this year.

Happy New Year guys! Let’s make this the best year yet!

Quinoa Pasta Salad with tomatoes and Kale

As a plant based eater I have to be creative with the things that I eat. I get bored easily of new foods and tend to stick with the things that I know and love. Which has really made this transition all the more difficult. But with some experiments in the kitchen I am slowly learning new ways to prepare food that is super delicious. Today’s adventure was a Quinoa pasta salad that I tossed together for lunch. It’s super simple and super tasty.

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1 can diced tomatoes (any seasons or flavors that you like)

1-2 cups pre-cooked pasta of choice, anything but spaghetti really works well. (this recipe is really great if you have leftover pasta without any sauce)

1-2 cups kale

Desired spices for flavor

Directions:

Cook Quinoa according to the directions. Mine said to boil 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa then cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Take off the heat when done and let sit 3-5 minutes or until water is soaked up then stir. I added some spicy seasons and garlic to the water/quinoa while cooking for flavor.

Once quinoa is done put some oil (vegetable, olive or coconut) in a large frying pan and let the oil get a little hot. Then toss in the quinoa, pasta, tomatoes (I did not drain them but you can if you want, I found the more water in the pan the better it was for cooking.) and kale. Add your desired seasons to the mix. I added garlic, spicy pepper flakes, sriracha seasoning and Italian flavor.

Cook until the kale has wilted and become soft and the entire mixture is hot. Let cool a little and then serve.

I really like this recipe because you can totally make it yours. I added whatever seasons I had within reach and you can even add other veggies or not add something as well. Quinoa is pretty low-key and super fun to play around with. It goes with a lot of things and really adds to a meal.

Happy eating!

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Muffins

As a vegan I am always looking for new recipes to try, to keep things interesting or spice things up a little bit. It takes some time to adjust to a new diet like this and I have to keep trying new things to please my palate. So while browsing facebook I found a video recipe on one of those recipe sites for vegetarian muffins (which I don’t really get because who puts meat in a muffin anyways so either way the muffin would be vegetarian no matter what.) and after watching the video I decided to try the recipe with some much needed changes to make the muffins vegan.

Here is the original recipe: Banana oatmeal muffins

Now lets dive into the recipe that I came up with:

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

6 tablespoons aquafaba (drain a can of chick peas and use the juices from the can-works great as an egg replacement and does not affect the taste of the recipe in any way.)

1/3 cup of maple syrup or agave syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (I used maple syrup instead as I didn’t have vanilla extract on hand)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup vegan yogurt (I used a blueberry flavored one because it’s what I had but plain or vanilla would be best.)

3 cups oats

1 cup almond milk

Chopped apples, dried fruit or nuts (optional

Prep:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a muffin tin with muffin liners (you may need 2 muffin tins, depends on the size of your tin and how much you scoop in)

Directions:

Mash the bananas till smooth then mix in the aquafaba, baking powder, salt, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and yogurt. Combine well.

Then add in the oats and milk and combine well, let sit a few minutes so the oats become moist.

Fill the muffin tins with the mixture, about 3/4 full

Top with fruit or nuts (optional)

Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes

Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy.

This were super amazing, and not that hard to make vegan or even that hard to bake. My husband was a huge fan of them too, and they passed my picky standards. They may not look the best but they sure are tasty. They are simple, tasty and totally vegan. Great for breakfast or a quick snack. So if you’re looking for a nice vegan recipe to test out I recommend this one. You can even look at the original recipe and make changes of your own to fit your needs. Hope you all enjoy!