Foodless

     This one’s for the people who have yet to go grocery shopping and the cupboards are bare. Take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Like, pull out everything that you have (and throw out anything that looks fuzzy) and take a good look. Chances are, you will find SOMETHING for lunch. Always, always, always eat before tackling this next part. I always make sure to have some emergency ramen on hand for instances like this. With a pen and paper (the physical objects, not in your brain) make a note of what you need. Divide your list into sections (fresh fruit, bakery) and write it all down. Then, get off your butt, Old Mother Hubbard! Tora, tora, tora!

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming!

     I am sorry that I have missed the past few days. I am not okay getting excited about my 25th birthday on Wednesday. I feel like I have accomplished nothing, but this blog is not about my life, it is about food.

     With an awesome fruit season coming to an end, I am gearing up for squash season. I promise to fill my butternut squash with Earth Balance and Brown sugar. Spaghetti squash will be in abundance at this residence and don’t even get me started in pumpkin (really, don’t. I am saving it for another post).

A New Love…

     I have found “The One” for me.  It fills me up with so much live that I am bursting at the seams. Its name: Gardein. The chickn breasts have been awesome and the chickn tenders make me want to do cartwheels in my apartment. The beef tips make an AWESOME stir-fry. This is the answer to meat vegans have been looking for. This is the answer to all who question if they can go vegan and not miss meat. Words cannot contain my fan-girlish attitude right now. Go get some TODAY!

Meatless Mondays?

     I have been thinking about this topic for a while now, and I think it deserves its own post. Everyone has that one friend (or boyfriend) that won’t go vegan even if their life depended on it. Today is a perfect day to sneak attack have them try a vegan dish or at least a vegetarian dish. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. If they absolutely refuse never call them again don’t sit there and worry about it. Do not get mad. They might push meat or dairy on you, but you have to be the stronger person. Just know that it isn’t going to happen and go to your vegan happy place (complete with unicorns, rainbows and blocks of dancing tofu).

It’s Alright

      I might have already blogged this, but it bears repeating. Read the label of your food. Even if you haven’t in awhile, read the label of your food. But, should you bring something home and it is not vegan, remain calm. You can always return it if you haven’t opened it. Better yet, make some food for a friend who would enjoy it.

Granola!

     The hippies invented it. The vegans made it over. Now, it is a health nut’s best friend. It is also super easy to make! I am making some for a bake sale (might not be a best seller, but it is for the American Heart Association, which advocates healthy eating) so I will pass on my recipe to you. Enjoy!

2 cups instant oats, toasted

1 medium sized bag of fruit and nut mix from the grocery store

Mix these first two together in a pan with non stick grease.

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups water

Put sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat up to hard crack candy stage (320 degrees F)  Stir, stir, stir, stir, stir! Pour onto oat mixture. Let cool. Pour into a bag and smash into pieces. Enjoy!