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vegan quesadilla

quesadilla

The pepper jack cheese from Daiya sounded perfect for this yummy vegan quesadilla with pinto beans! It’s stuffed with the beans, peppers and tomatoes for a fresh twist and topped with a quick and simple salsa! There are SO MANY variations you can do with this like a mixed bean filling or stuffing it with different kinds of veggies and topping it with some fresh guacamole and vegan sour cream! I find that quesadilla or on a more broad note Mexican and Spanish foods are one of those things that you really miss when you go vegan. I swear everyone thinks it is so hard to replicate them but it really isn’t now that there are tons of vegan cheeses out there as well as easy nut based cheeses that actually melt.

These are SO QUICK and EASY to make!

I pulled these together within a few minutes and the only real waiting part is for the cheese to melt! Isn’t that the best part though?! It does take a bit for it to melt because it isn’t a traditional cheese but that problem is modified with cooking them on low for an extra amount of time so the tortilla doesn’t burn! Definitely try using a bunch of different color variety of peppers because the extra color looks so pretty in this! As you can see from the pictures I stuffed these a little too much because they’re not as thin as regular quesadilla but hey, the more the merrier! Feel free to use a whole wheat or gluten free wrap as well for an even healthier version!

vegan quesadilla

vegan quesadilla

Now, the salsa I made with this is not an authentic “omg I am in love” kind of salsa but a very simple one you can make when you don’t have anything else on hand. I actually used the “salsa” as a seasoning for the beans because I hate when you have smashed beans and they’re too dry so I like to add a little liquid while they’re cooking. You can definitely try adding whatever seasonings you like to it to spice it up a bit!

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leek and split pea soup

My boyfriend actually came up with this recipe on a whim so I have to give him a little credit for this one haha. Everyone has those moments when there’s nothing to eat and you have to brainstorm a little to figure out what dinner is going to be that day and this was definitely one of those days! We tried this out a couple of times with the potato and without it and I can voucher that it is delicious both ways but it is more creamy with it! Can you believe this gorgeous soup only has five main ingredients?! The rest you would most likely find in your cabinet or pantry and remember you can play around the spices to suit your tastes! Don’t ever feel obligated when doing a recipe because the best part is taking that recipe and making it your own!

leek and split pea soupleek and split pea

Such a yummy, fast and summery dish!

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Also, did you check out that awesome bowl?! Sambazon sent me it along with a matching spoon! I adore it! Now back to the soup, this is literally the easiest thing in the world to make and the cooking time is basically how long it takes for the split peas to cook and that’s it! You just saute the leeks with a little garlic and you add that to the split peas — blend, blend, blend and you’re good to go! Don’t worry, there are more detailed instructions with the recipe! 🙂

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If you follow me on twitter, facebook or instagram, you know I recently did a one day Terri Juice Cleanse and let me tell you; those juices were delicious! The Cashew Milk was the bee’s knees man! This cleanse features six drinks a day ranging from Strawberry Mint Lemon to of course my favorite Cashew Milk. The instructions recommend you sip the juices throughout the day and drink them along with tons of water. I felt amazing after this cleanse but I will admit it got harder throughout the day definitely towards the night but the cashew milk was much appreciated because it provided that extra protein and healthy fats to get me through the night!

I would recommend it 100%! The juices were delicious and filling and Sarah, the Cleanse Guru is awesome! One thing I would say is that if you’re new to juice cleanses, I would ease into by only eating fruit and veggies for a couple of days before the cleanse and it will make it SO MUCH EASIER! If you feel super hungry during the cleanse, eat some raw fruit and veggies and won’t mess with the detoxification process to much!

I’m excited to say Terri has provided me with a TWO DAY CLEANSE to giveaway through a contest to one of you lucky readers! Find out how to win below! 🙂

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vegan sushi
vegan sushi

Lunch:

Rice-less vegan sushi with avocado paste and sliced carrots and cucumbers topped with spicy vegan mayo.

There’s no real recipe to this just mash your avocado into a paste and layer it on the nori and then top with ingredients and roll like you would regular sushi! It’s super simple and so tasty! It’s actually pretty refreshing as well. I love to make these quick and simple dishes when I’m not really in the mood for cooking. I don’t dabble as much into the “raw food world” but I do enjoy a couple of raw food dishes.

*The VegNews tumblr ended up reblogging this post! (I’m a dork but I was excited about it!)

kongnamul guk

Here’s my veggie filled spin on the Korean Kongnamul guk which is Soy Bean Sprout Soup! I love this soup and I think the shiitake mushrooms add some depth of flavor that isn’t there if you only use the kelp to make the broth. This soup tastes even better the next day because the flavors really meld together beautifully overnight. Another thing you can do is add some fresh ramen noodles and it’ll be a delicious variation on ramen. I hope you enjoy! Eat it with some tasty banchan and rice!

– Alexis ♥

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kimchi fried quinoa

I love this Kimchi Fried Quinoa which is inspired by the traditional Kimchi Fried Rice (김치 볶음밥)! It’s a super healthy version of the classic that tastes just as good! Make sure to use good kimchi and make sure there’s no seafood in your kimchi either. I make my own but a good brand that I have tried is the one they sell at Trader Joe’s for only $2.00. This recipe is quick and simple and takes only five minutes to come together!

kimchi fried quinoa

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to Kimchi fried rice try it with quinoa next time! Click read more for the yummy recipe!

– Alexis ♥

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egg roll

These Baked Rainbow Chard and Ginger Egg Rolls are sooooo good! The only main thing you have to find is some “egg free” egg rolls. You can definitely find some; you just need to look around. These are very easily baked and turn out super crisp and really flavorful! If you want a nice spicy kick mix the soy sauce with a little wasabi before adding to the filling.

egg roll

Well, I’m off to go to the Farmer’s Market at Union Square on this beautiful day! Click read more for the recipe!

Have a wonderful day,

Alexis ♥

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recipes
recipes

 

Here are some delicious recipes I have found lately!

Definitely check out the talented bloggers behind these scrumptious looking treats! They deserve all the attention they get and just as a side note all pictures belong to their original owners. I love finding new recipes to check out and an awesome resource for new recipes is finding vegan! Another great website to check out is forAnima which is an all inclusive vegan website that features everything from clothing to beauty products.

It’s great to see all of these new vegan products and companies pop up! Seeing Veganism grow is an amazing experience.

Have a beautiful day!

– Alexis ♥