Berries!

     I can’t think of any other food during the summer that is so delicious. I get strange looks from people when I get a cart full of berries and a box of Fruity Pebbles (Hey, I am 24, not 84. Don’t need to worry about fiber content OR the the fact that the Fruity Pebbles looks way out of place).

     I understand that fresh fruit of any kind can be expensive, but so is that trip to a restaurant. You can buy DAYS worth of fruit compared to the ONE veggie burger value meal.

     Plus, all those fun anti-oxidants everyone is sooooooo excited to talk about are in each and every berry. Eat up!

Fueled by (Oriental Flavored) Ramen

     *in that guy who narrates awesome previews voice* In a world plagued with debt and destruction, a hero emerges that a lot of people don’t care about until they see their electric bill.  His name: Ramen. *end voice*

     So I was a BIT over dramatic about Ramen, but broke families and too-proud-to-go-home college students know that this little creature is a lifesaver. What people forget is that they just cannot live on Ramen alone. Here are a few ideas:

*Crush it and put it on top of a salad.

*Throw some nutritional yeast and soymilk and make cheesy ramen.

*Add steamed veggies and vegan meat alternatives for a more complete meal.

*Cook just the noodles and let cool. Cut up some tomatoes and cucumbers and when the ramen is cool, add the veggies to the ramen and marinate with Italian dressing.

Ramen: coming soon to pantries

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PS: Just a reminder that the chicken, beef and shrimp flavors are not vegan. Only the oriental flavor is.

I Believe I Owe Everyone A Pancake Recipe

I cannot remember if I said I would post a recipe in the breakfast post, so here is an easy one to make in the microwave (hey, we’re all busy)!

Fruit of your choice
1/2 C flour
1T white sugar
1T brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
Soymilk

Cut up fruit and throw in a big mug. Add flour, sugars, soda, powder and salt to mug. Mix with fruit (this is so the fruit doesn’t sink to the bottom). Add enough soymilk to the the mug so you get a nice batter. Nuke for 4 to 5 minutes. Top with cinnamon and sugar.

I tend to dump mine out of the mug then add cinnamon and sugar. This is one I made with blueberries!

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Np: I’m On A Boat…because I want to be on one right now.

Comfest

Here in B-E-A-Utiful evening in Columbus, Ohio! Comfest is in full swing, and so are all the vendors, selling everything from plush cutesy pot leaves to…wait for it…VEGAN FOOD! Just had an amazing (albeit cold) burrito while my friend had a couple vegan tacos from a vendor that came from Clintonville. Awesome place to hang and it goes on all weekend! I might pop by again, so be on the lookout!

Hot days, cool food

     It is hotter than blue blazes outside so a cool dinner is in store for me. I am guessing everyone here is in the same boat, so let’s discuss this. Sandwiches? Sounds good when you smear hummus and taboleh on a sandwich wrap. Potato salad? Sure! With some diced potatoes, vegan mayo and some spices, dinner will be awesome!

Mrs. Potato Head

Ahh, the potato. A vegan’s best friend. It will always be an option on the menu (if baked and plain). It is a versatile carbohydrate that can be deep fried, baked, twice baked, scalloped, mashed and many more things I cannot remember. Packed with vitamins (even on the skin!) this little guy is amazing. Put some vegan cheese , vegan butter, vegan bacon and ketchup et voíla! Dinner is awesome!

Item To Try

   I have sworn by nothing other than soy milk for nearly 9 years now, but I think I have a new favorite drink: almond milk. I figured I would try it because even soymilk at Aldi is getting to be pricey (plus, there was a coupon) and I love almonds.

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Now to make my own chocolate syrup…Mmm!