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Sweet Potato & Kale Tacos

21 Apr

These are the easiest things ever, and so yummy and healthy!

Sweet Potato & Kale Tacos

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Serves 2-4 (depending on appetite)

1 sweet potato, cooked (I poke it and stick in the microwave for 5 min)

1 bunch of kale

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

A few dashes No-Salt Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash Original)

Corn tortillas

How-to:

1. Steam the kale. I don’t currently own a steamer basket, so I simply heat about 1/2 cup water over medium heat, add kale, and wait for it to wilt down. Then I drain the kale.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients on medium heat until heated throughout.

3. Spoon into tortillas and enjoy! I also like to sprinkle on some sliced green onions, if I have them.

Healthier Puppy Chow

6 Feb

Healthier Vegan Puppy Chow
(adapted from PETA.org)

4 1/2 cups Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls cereal

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6 tbsp Better n’ Peanut Butter

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1/2 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips

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1 tsp vanilla
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1/2 cup powdered sugar

To make:
Microwave chocolate chips and peanut butter for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir in vanilla.

Pour cereal into a large bowl and pour the chocolate/pb mixture over the cereal, stirring very gentle until all cereal is coated.

Lastly, slowly pour powdered sugar over everything, stopping to stir around some more until coated nicely. Then place the puppy chow in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Voila!

This is one of my favorite desserts to make because it’s quick and easy and satisfies my taste buds easily with the chocolatey-salty-crunchiness. However, this may be one of the most un-healthy recipes I’ll be making for a while. Lately I’ve really been staying away from added sugar (which I thought was impossible for me) and the results have been incredible. My skin is clearer, I have way more energy – in fact, I’ve upped my usual workout time and have even been going to the gym in the mornings! – and i’m more focused because I don’t “crash” on extra sugar in my diet. Just as exciting, it’s given me a lot of creative ideas for healthier desserts! That’s not to say that I won’t have my healthy puppy chow sometimes, but probably much less frequently.

I’m really hoping to devote more time to this blog, now that I feel like I’m getting a better hang of it. I want to reach out to other vegans out there, or anyone who is interested in being healthy. And I want to share more tips on how I use my health to get through college in one piece.

So that’s my plan for now! Stay healthy and happy, my friends. 🙂

My fat free, no yeast, vegan pizza!

18 Jan

I must say I’m pretty proud of this post. Late last night I suddenly got a huge craving for pizza. It was probably still early enough to order from Domino’s, but 1) I didn’t have the cash and 2) I hardly do that anymore because it’s higher fat than I’m used to eating.

I tried searching online for a vegan, fat free, yeast free pizza dough recipe but had no luck… So I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and see if I could create my own. This is basically new to me – creating completely my own recipes – so I was overjoyed when it turned out amazing!

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So, I thought I would share. 🙂

Fat Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Pizza

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
1 1/4 c. White whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Few dashes Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c. non-dairy milk (I used Silk soy original)
2-3 tbsp water

Topping:
Canned tomato sauce, as needed
Nutritional yeast, as needed
Fresh veggies of choice (I used sliced bell pepper and spinach leaves)

To make:
Whisk together all dry ingredients, then add non-dairy milk and water and stir until a ball forms. Add a little more water if dough seems too dry.

Knead 5 times, then roll out on a greased cookie dough sheet and spray dough with cooking spray. Spread tomato sauce on top, sprinkle nutritional yeast, and add veggies!

Bake 20-25 minutes. It took 23 for me.
Enjoy!

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