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Vegan Grub Hub – Hibachi 2Go

You can get delicious vegan food where ever you are!
Tonight was a gub hub kinda night. aaaaand sushi was calling my name.

I ordered:
Seaweed salad
Sweet Peanut Avocado roll
Sweet Potato roll
Oshinko roll
Total: $18.00

Delivery Details:
-Free Delivery
-$10 Delivery Min

Overall I thought this was a great option if you are in the Philly area. The delivery is SUPER fast and rolls are pretty good. My favorite was the peanut and avocado. Least favorite…. probably the sweet potato roll. It was kinda dry. And lets be honest how can you mess up an Oshinko roll…

Hope you enjoy this little review (:

CIBO Gourmet Market

If you are ever flying out of O’hare and need a quick bite.  Go to CIBO (Terminal 3)!

They are kind of on the pricey side..but hey, your in an airport.  What isn’t expensive? -McDonald’s.  Yes.  But who wants to eat that crap.

Here is what I got the past 2 times.

“Tuna Salad”. This was ohhhhkay. not the best
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Buffalo Tofu. I liked this much better.
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Both of these were $7.99 I believe.  I also purchased some Spinach and Kale chips ($2.99) for later also.

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Overall, if you are in O’hare airport and looking for a great vegan place.  Go here!  Or.. you could go to McDonald’s and get their oatmeal.  Its actually not half bad. haha

Keren Restaurant and Coffee Shop

If you have never had Ethiopian food before you are missing out!  I want to Keren located in Washington DC mid July but I was scrolling though some pictures and decided to post.

Honestly, this place was the 10/10!!

The dish I ordered was Veggie combo with enjera (or injera- it is spelt both ways).
Enjera is a spongy flatbread that you can see everywhere in the picture.  You get a ton of it because serves as the spoon… that you eat.  I kinda looks like a big flat morel mushroom?  Also, in the picture, you see that wine?  It’s honey wine.  I know, I know, if your truly a vegan you don’t eat honey.  But  if you are a vegan that eats honey (like me) you should try out the honey wine as well.   SUPER DELICIOUS.

This dish is completely vegan and it is a must to try out.  You will love it (:

The Chicago Diner

Well. This place is freaking delicious.

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The menu had a good variety and the prices were actually really cheap for what you get!

I ordered the Radical Reuben Sandwich…  here is the food porn

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This thing tastes so much like meat it’s almost scary…… It was definitely better than a regular Rueben sandwich. Not because it was vegan, because it was just a GOOD Reuben Sandwich. Best I’ve ever had.   The mac and cheese was Ohhhhkaaay.  I think if they had toasted the top with some bread crumbs it could be much better.

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My friend Milon ordered some waffle fries with gravy.   And to top off the night we got a vegan Sunday.

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The entire dessert menu looked amazing but after a long contimplation on what to get, we chose this beauty.  No regrets.  DELICIOUS!

overall rating: 10/10

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Last night I was inspired to make some gnocchi after seeing The Vegan Side Of The Moon blogs post on the delicious Hokkaido squash gnocchi.  Unfortunately I did not have any squash at the moment so I made a cheap pumpkin puree version.  Here is the recipe:

Recipe

  • ½ can pumpkin puree
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • Salt

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  1. First things first, steam the potato in the handy dandy silicon steamer. It took only 4 minutes in the microwave.

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2.  Add the potatoes to the pumpkin puree and mashed them with a fork. IMG_6650

3. Added the nutmeg and the flour to the mixture. (note: the amount of flour may not be exact depending on the size of the potato so I would add about a cup first and then adjust accordingly)

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4. Cut the mixture in to four sections and roll it out with your hands. (Honestly, I’m just lazy and don’t want to clean the rolling pin.  It’s easier to make 4 little rolls to cut than 1 large roll)

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5. Boil the water so it’s ready!

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6. Use the fork to cut the gnocchi into little “gnocchi squares” and use the fork to make the marks.

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7. Add the gnocchi into the boiling water and take the noodles out when they float to the top. I just took a large spoon to scoop them out.

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8. If you don’t want to eat the gnocchi that night and you want to save them, you can place them on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Now you can quick heat them up and eat whenever!  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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7 Ways to Saving Time & Money on a Vegan Diet

  1. Go straight for the discounted stuff

When I pop into the grocery store, I head straight for the discounted produce section.  Here, I can buy my bananas, avocados, mangos, zucchini, etc. for a much cheaper price.  And I don’t have to wait for them to ripen… which is another plus in my book!

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All of this was only $10

  1. Stock up and freeze

This kind of goes along with #1, but after I buy these discounted produce, I cut them up, place them in a gallon zip lock bag and freeze them.  By buying ripe mangos and freezing them, you can save a lot of money compared to buying those prepackaged frozen mangos.  Usually I can buy 2 mangos for only $1!  Personally I think freezing my own mangoes taste much better than the store bought frozen food.    Same thing goes for bananas.  I love buying “rotten” bananas in bulk for a $1 and freezing them.  This money saving trick is a must!

  1. Shop mainly in the produce section

When people think of vegan food, they get the idea that it is very expensive.  This is true if you are eating like you would on a regular American diet and replacing the food with vegan food.  For example, if you are buying Toferkey, Daiya Cheese and making a sandwich every day for lunch, this will definitely put a dent in your wallet after a while.   If you really want to save money, I would stay away from fake meat and cheese as much as possible.  Instead, try making yummy salads, vegan sushi, pasta dishes, tacos, etc. with the produce you buy.  Vegan versions of food are always very expensive because the demand is so low… natural law of economics. Since non-vegans and vegans both eat fruits and vegetables, the demand is high, making them a much cheaper option.  Try making yummy vegan dishes that don’t require too many vegan substitutes.

  1. Prepare rice, beans, oatmeal ahead of time

These are really cheap food staples that you can find at any grocery store.  The problems with these items are that they are just soooo time consuming to make.  That’s why when I make rice, bean, or oatmeal (steal cut), I like to make a big batch and freeze them!  I will place an image of how I freeze my rice:

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After I do this, all I have to do is take out one of the square rice blocks and reheat it in the microwave with a little bit of water.  It’s just that simple.

  1. Invest in a silicon steamer

This is no joke.  This item has saved my life/time.  I bought mine in Japan but you can buy this steamer on Amazon Norpro Silicone Steamer.  I am a very impatient person and this little gadget makes steaming vegetables, rice, baking potatoes, tolerable.  It only takes about 3 minutes in the microwave to steam anything!

Here is a link to the items you can use in this steamer: Silicon Steamer Recipes

  1. Buy expensive condiments on sale

It’s always nice to have some nice vegan condiments like vegan mayo on hand but these items can sometimes be so expensive!  As I talked about earlier, vegan items are not high in demand causing prices to be preeetty high.  This can be to our advantage sometimes!  Often times you can find interesting vegan condiments discounted because they passed the sell by date.  These items can be in still perfect condition yet you can get them for a much cheaper price.  It’s nice to stock up on vegan pantry items while they are on clearance.

  1. Stay away from buying too many nuts

Lastly, if you really want to save money, I would avoid buying too many nuts. A lot of vegan desserts, creams, etc. require cashews but they can be so expensive!  Nuts in general are never cheap.   I wouldn’t avoid them all together but if you are really trying to save money, I would buy beans instead.

I hope you liked these tips!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

7 Minute Creamy Raw Cucumber Pasta

This is a super simple vegan recipe that is hassle free.

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Recipe

  • 1 Large cucumber
  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 3 Garlic cloves (or just buy crushed garlic in a can if you are lazy like me)
  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Nutritional Yeast (Optional)
  • Liquid smoke (Optional)

Supplies

  • Spiralizer (or cheese grater)
  • Knife (I hope you have this)
  1. Spiralize the cucumber or grate the cucumber into long strips of “noodles”.

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2. Cut ½ of the Avocado into small little cubes

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3. Cut the bell pepper in to small cubes

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4. Put avocado into the bowl and mush it into the noodles. All you need to do now it add the red pepper, garlic, black pepper and garnish with basil.  That’s it!  I like to sprinkle some nutritional yeast on the top and liquid smoke.  This will give a little “smoky cheese” flavor if you like that.

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I hope you enjoy!

How to make natto (EASY!)

Have you ever heard of natto?

Natto is essentially fermented soybeans which are popular in Japanese culture.  A three ounce portion contains 15 grams of protein and 178 calories and various vitamins such as Vitamin E, B2, and K2. I was hesitant on making natto but I finally had the guts to make it yesterday and they turned out great!  I want to share my experience making natto in this blog post.

Recipe

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Supplies

  • Tupperware
  • Cloth (I used a handkerchief and it worked fine!)
  • Spoon
  •  Heating Mat (I  ordered mine off Amazon)

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For making natto, I could give a long description on how I did it… but I think it would be easiest if you just watched this YouTube video–>(How to make easiest natto(Method to use the Natto bacteria)). He does a great job at explaining how to make natto! I didn’t realize how simple it could be until I tried it out myself.

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I personally love natto but I must say it is quite an acquired taste.  You either love it or you hate it.  So, I guess this means you have to try it out (:

References:
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401079/Is-Natto-Nutritious.html

Fancy Curly Fries

For tonights dinner I made some curly fries!  Super simple, super tasty.

Recipe
2 Potatoes
Coconut oil
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Basil
Ketchup

1.Get your spirolizer out, I ordered mine on Amazon and it was only $12.  Start spirolizing your potato.  I found it helpful if I steamed mine for a bit.   For the steaming I used a silicon steamer which can also be found on Amazon.  IMG_6583

2.  I then put the noodles in a bowl and covered them with coconut oil.  As you can see in the picture, some of the potatoes I decided to cut instead of spiralize.  They will cook in about the same amount of time if your cut the potatoes thin enough.IMG_6581

3.I then placed the potatoes on a baking sheet with parchment paper and broiled them for about 5 minutes.  However, the time may vary depending on the oven so I would keep an eye on them.  I then stirred around the potatoes and cooked for another 3 minutes or so.  and DONE!  It’s that simple.    As you can see in the picture I decided to garnish with some basil and spread ketchup on the plate.  It made the dish look a little more fancy.

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