• Food,  Recipes

    Summer Risotto with Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

    Got extra summer produce? Try this fresh and delicious vegan summer risotto with corn, tomatoes, and basil. It’s velvety and creamy without any dairy due to the starches in the short-grain Arborio rice. This dish needs a bit of tending to, but the results are worth it! Visual Instructions for Summer Risotto Start by gathering your ingredients and doing the prep work for them such as warming the broth and chopping the vegetables. Soffritto Melt the vegan butter over a large pan on medium heat. Once it starts to bubble, add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Cook until the edges of the onion…

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    Hiking Crowder’s Mountain – Rocktop Trail

    This past weekend I went hiking in Crowder’s Mountain, specifically I took the Rocktop Trail up the mountain. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit rushed and out of touch with nature. I’ve been a bit busy with work, and by the time I get home I end up zoning out in front of yet another screen. I didn’t want this to go on long enough to become a bad habit. So, I thought to make a day out of hiking. This way I can kick myself back into gear by trying to get in shape and clearing my head by being out in nature. Since it was my first time…

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    Vegan Caprese Salad

    Vegan caprese salad, the perfect quick and easy summer appetizer or side salad!There are typically only three main ingredients: tomatoes, basil, and cheese.Each coinciding with one of the colors on the Italian flag. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Since there are so few ingredients, freshness is key to making this simple dish absolutely delicious! Tomatoes ๐Ÿ… If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden, you’re gonna really see their flavor shine with this recipe.If you don’t grow tomatoes and don’t have a friend/family member/neighbor who is, then please try to go to a farmer’s market for some fresh tomatoes. It really makes a difference! Otherwise, I suppose you can settle for the ripest tomatoes you…

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    CLT VegFest 2019

    This past weekend was CLT VegFest 2019! Woo! It was so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course my favorite part is getting to see and taste so many different kinds of food!Here’s some shots of the vendors that were in this year’s food court: Nourish, Fern, Ve-Go, Luna’s Living Kitchen, VietGrill, Jyoti’s, Falafels, Jai Food, & Chef Joya Crown Town Compost Move That Dough Baking Co. Today I decided to have a late “breakfast” and purchased a few doughnuts from Move That Dough Baking Co. Out of the flavors available, I selected the Funfetti with Dragon Fruit Glaze, the Apple Crisp, and the Banana Bread with cinnamon sugar doughnuts. The two…

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    CLT VegFest 2018

    CLT VegFest 2018! But it’s 2019…Can I write about old things? Of course I can, it’s my blog. I wanted to post pictures from last year’s vegfest since this year’s is right around the corner. Here’s the entrance. So many people! We probably showed up in the busiest time, lunch time. Speaking of food… Vegan Food Court! A vegan food court? My dream come true ๐Ÿ˜ There were so many vendors with all types of food you could imagine. Bahn Mi Brothers My family and I chose Vietnamese for lunch, we got food from the Banh Mi Brothers stand. I got a Thai tea (one of my favorite drinks!), summer…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Summer BBQ 2019

    I wanted to share some photos of a few dishes I brought to a 2019 summer BBQ. Who said vegans couldn’t participate in the summer celebrations? Check out the photos below for some summer BBQ inspiration. I wasn’t hosting the party, but I sure did bring enough for everyone to eat! Grilled Corn It’s easy, cheap, and everyone loves it! Make it vegan with Earth Balance instead of traditional butter. Add a spritz of lime and a dash of chili powder for extra zing! Mushroom Steaks For when you want something a bit “meatier” than just veggies.Marinate the mushrooms in balsamic vinegar and garlic, then grill and top with chimichurri.…

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    Fruity Finds

    Fruity finds, the wonderful and edible gifts of nature. My significant other and I are very fortunate that the previous owner of our property was also a gardener, or at least a lover of fruits. We’ve found that there are mature fig trees, apple trees, a large grape trellis, and even a few blackberry bushes! Read on for pictures of the different kinds of fruits I’ve found on our land. Blackberries – Late Spring I love blackberries, they have the perfect ratio of tartness and sweetness. They’re probably the healthiest conventional fruit due to the highly pigmented anthocyanins. If I pick enough of these little babies, I might be able…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Cucumber Salad

    Need a quick and easy summer recipe? Try out this simple, delicious, and refreshing cucumber salad. It’s a great way to keep cool when it’s hot out. Plus, you get to use up all those extra cucumbers from your summer garden! My mom has always made variations of this salad for me while I was growing up. I think she was inspired by a sushi restaurant that we regularly frequented which had a similar salad, sunomono salad. Read on to see detailed instructions on how to create this delicious cucumber salad! Visual Instructions for Cucumber Salad Ingredients 2 cucumbers, preferably from your garden half of a large red onion rice…

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    Summer Garden 2019

    Spring has come and gone, and it’s time for me to share with you our 2019 summer garden! Plot Preparation Since we already had a nice sized plot from our spring garden, all we did to get it ready for summer was: cut down the spent crops, re-till the land, and clean up any weeds that were leftover. This took only one evening of work and then we were ready to sow some seeds. Starting from Seed For our summer garden, we returned to our local independent garden store to buy seeds. Instead of buying the commercial Botanical Interests seeds, we purchased the local Wyatt-Quarles seeds. They were much cheaper,…

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    Beyond Burger Vegan Meatloaf

    The other night I made a Beyond Burger Vegan Meatloaf, and it was so good! “Wait a minute….vegan meatloaf?? I thought vegans don’t eat meat?!” Well, we do eat meat, just not the animal based kind. ๐Ÿ˜‰This vegan meatloaf is made out of Beyond Burger patties, which closely mimics the taste and texture of traditional animal-based ground beef. “Why not just make a chickpea or lentil loaf like every other vegan?” I’ve already tried a few of those recipes and they ended up too dry and obviously lentil tasting. Plus my significant other is not the biggest fan of legumes. Sad, yes I know. So what is a vegan to…