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Southwestern Snack Wrap!

Enjoy this vegetarian dish. I sure did!

Really great lunch today! Southwestern Health Wrap: slice up some bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Add any beans you want (garbanzo, kidney, canned bean salad mix, etc.) Throw it in a pan of heated EVOO. Season with some cumin, garlic salt, and smoked paprika. When it’s cooked to your satisfaction, pop it on a wrap with Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and some avocado slices. You can even add some chopped red cabbage and/or savoy cabbage on top for SUPER CRUNCH! Enjoy!

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Home Made Fresh Vegetable Soup: Good For Your Soul (and Your Health!)

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Aaaahhhh! There’s just something about soup that makes you want to put on PJ’s and hug yo mamma.

The problem is, when you buy soup from the store, you don’t really know what’s in it. It’s probably loaded with sugar or sodium. It’s probably got some chemical in it to make it last a long time on a shelf. Gross!

Soup is an intimate thing (that’s why we want someone to bring it to us when we are sick, right?) Let’s reacquaint ourselves with some kick-ass soup that is really good in your mouth and really good on your waistline!

Chef B’Friend’s Impromptu Veggie Soup Recipe: 

Ingredients: (and make sure they’re of good quality, and that means farmers market or organic. It’s important!) Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas! Sin City Vegan Challenge: Meatless Meatball Fail

It’s the third day of the Las Vegas Vegan Challenge, and I’m sad to say… I had a bit of a fail.

Let’s go back to the beginning.

If you’re just joining me, catch up with everyone else by going a few entries back to the beginning of my Las Vegas Vegan Challenge: Travel Day and Day One. I’ve traveled from NYC to Las Vegas to visit my best friend who lives here.

I woke up early and had to fend for myself in my friend’s apartment. He had some microwaveable brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s in the fridge. I popped them out of the bag and sautéed them with a little EVOO, salt, and pepper. Microwavable pouch: you’re stupid and I don’t need you. Be gone!

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The breakfast of champions!

Once my friend crawled out of his cave mid-day, we decided to go to The Meatball Spot in town square. Now, I know from eating the vegetarian meatballs from The Meatball Shop in Brooklyn, NY, that there is a bit of parmesan cheese in the vegetarian balls. I knew that even if I didn’t get any extra cheese on them, I’d still fail. Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Sauce with Fava Beans (The Beans So Nice, You Shell Them Twice!)

I am a huge fan of the easy, ten minute tomato sauce a la Jamie Oliver. His recipe is brilliant and can be used as pasta sauce, pizza sauce, or tomato soup. Rad, right?

I don’t strain it… I just blend it together and use all of it (I also add some thai chili in with the garlic at the beginning), but you get the idea. Anyway, I usually always use this method for tomato sauce… but not last night!

Yesterday I realized the fridge had accumulated a large number of Roma tomatoes. I’d been to the farmers market and Fairway and ended up with a nice little stash of the guys. Chef B’friend also remembered we had acquired a good amount of fava beans and had a brilliant idea. Time to make a vegan pasta dish! (Check that your pasta doesn’t contain egg… some do. If you’re not worried about the egg, then use whatever you want.)

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How to make Chef B’Friend’s Ziti and Homemade Tomato Sauce with Fava Beans: Continue reading

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Ditch the Popcorn. Kale Chips to the Rescue!

Chef B’friend and I decided to watch a movie last night after a long day of running around (I ran up the Hudson River. He ran around on the soccer field.) We chose a very serious and sophisticated movie (Lost Boys) to watch, and we wanted some delicious noms to accompany the flick. Chips? Gross. Popcorn? Stale.

Kale Chips? Hell yeah!

Kale chips are the perfect, guilt free snacky snack that is so inexpensive to make, you can buy yourself a new swimsuit with all the money you’ll save on movie nights (and you’ll have the figure to match since you’re not pigging out on Pirate’s Booty.)

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Memphis Vegan Challenge: Day Three

Day three of the Memphis Vegan Challenge, and it’s almost a piece of cake. I don’t feel deprived. My body feels great.

Let’s get to the food.

Spelt Bagel (Gluten Free) with Tofu Spread (cream cheese substitute)
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I worked again choreographing at the studio out in Germantown. If you’ve been following my escapades, you’ll know that this dance studio is right next to one of my favorite delis of all time, Vanelli’s. I opted for the sandwich. Unfortunately, they were out of wheat bread, but it still tasted great. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickles, salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, and mustard!

I also put chips on my sandwich because it would be weird if I didn’t. It’s just a thing I do. And you know you want to do it too.

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Mayo-free Coleslaw! Warning: Seriously Addictive

I grew up hating coleslaw.

I was born hating it, and I carried a passionate desire within my child-self to destroy all that was coleslaw. This was a big deal because I’m from Memphis, TN (the BBQ capital of the universe). I hated coleslaw so much that I refused to eat BBQ for the first 15 years of my life because it was guilty by association. That cabbage-sprinkled cup of mayo looked disgusting, and I wrote it off forever until I found out there was a better way… the non-mayonaise way.

In the south, pasta salad is drenched in mayonnaise. Potato salad consists of potatoes swimming in mayo. Egg salad is mayonnaise with a side of egg. Cole slaw is not excluded from the mayo-party. It’s the host.

When I moved up to NY for college, I was ASTONISHED to find out my best friend Ray’s pasta salad recipe called for Italian dressing rather than mayonnaise. It was sacrilegious! And I liked it. Three years ago, my boyfriend informed me that we would be making coleslaw, and it didn’t include traditional mayo. With great trepidation and tremendous courage, I tried the stuff. Now, I’m addicted to it.

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I love this recipe because it’s super easy, super fast, and it keeps the veggies you use raw. Raw means nutrients. Delicious and healthy: Boom!

And now without any further ado, I present to you Chef B’friend’s Mayoless Coleslaw Recipe. (I’m going to share with you the completely white-stuff free version as well as the mayo-substitute version. Both are fantastic.)

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Clean Hand-Mashed Potatoes: Yes, you can eat them.

When we think about diets, we think about substituting “healthy” food for “guilty” food. What a totally messed up way to think about what fuels our body. If it’s natural… there’s a clean and delicious way to consume it. Potatoes get a bad rap. Let’s strip them down and allow ourselves to think about mashed potatoes in a whole new way.

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Yes, I like using sweet potatoes sometimes. Yes, there is a really good recipe that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. That’s all fine and dandy, but my point is that we don’t have to “diet.” We have to de-brainwash ourselves into thinking that this vegetable is “bad” for us.

Now, adding lots of dairy and cheese will turn mashed potatoes into mashed thighs, but adding lots of dairy and cheese to ANYTHING will do that.

Here’s my recipe for clean hand-mashed potatoes. It’s a derivation of the version Chef B’friend taught me a while back:

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Ziplock Bag Citrus “Chicken” and Salad

Super healthy AND super tasty AND super easy? Heck yes! All you need to make this dish is a ziplock bag and a few simple ingredients.

This is one of the first recipes Chef B’friend taught me when I started to learn about food. It can be done with regular chicken, but I’d suggest you make sure that chicken had a healthy, happy life and could walk. (Know where your meat comes from!)

I use Quorn faux chicken… and you treat it just like it was meat. Quorn is one of the best vegetarian meatless options out there because it’s made from mushrooms rather than soy. (Too much soy in your diet can lead to an estrogen imbalance.)

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Here’s how to make this tasty dish!

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Red, White, and Blue Cheese Burgers!

This is what I had for breakfast today:

Independence Day Burger. Yeh that's right #murica Red White and Blue burger!

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This is Amurika, and it’s the 4th of July. Hell yeah, I had a burger at 8:30 am.

Now, since I’m not on a diet, there is no such thing as breaking the rules. There is no “cheat day.” Every day, I live my life and try make the best choices I can (while not being a total downer about it.) The boyfriend and I, rather than using “self-control” and feeling deprived, get creative and excited about how to make awesome food that is packed with the best nutritional value possible.

Here’s how Chef B’Friend made our Guilt-Free Red, White, and Blue Cheese Veggie Burgers:

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All American Burger (I usually like to make my own veggie-burger patties out of nuts, but it’s a holiday! Let’s live a little!)
  • Sprouted Whole Grain Burger Buns by Food for Life. Or just find something that has some kind of seed (sesame) and no high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Lettuce (I’m telling you, grow it or get it from the farmers market. It’s SO good.)
  • Tomato (Farmers market, organic, and/or heirloom… there is nothing worse than a flavorless tomato from PathMart.)
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Vegenaise (Don’t use regular Mayo. I swear you won’t even miss it!)
  • Organic Ketchup (no high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Mustard
  • Home-made Cole Slaw (red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, olive oil, lemon, white wine vinegar, capers, and Vegenaise.)
  • Blue Cheese (Only a little… the flavor is intense!)
  • Pickle Chips (Optional. Try to get a natural pickle without that horrible “Yellow 5” ingredient.)

How to cook it:

  1. Whack the patties on the pan (Olive Oil the pan beforehand with heat.) IMG_0143
  2. Chop the veggies.IMG_0145
  3. Prepare the bottom bun with Vegenaise, ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles.
  4. Once patties are browning on both sides, pop some blue cheese on them for a few minutes.
  5. Take patties out of the pan and place them on the bun party you’ve created. IMG_0144
  6. Add avocado, lettuce, and the rest of the fillers in-between the patty and the top bun.
  7. Plate and garnish with a simple salad and some potato wedges.
  8. Sing “God Bless America” and eat.

Happy Independence Day! Let’s all be healthy and safe while we watch fireworks explode into the atmosphere.

(follow Chef B’Friend’s Instagram to see all the amazing things he makes/I eat.)

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