Archives for category: Appetizers and Side Dishes

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!

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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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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!

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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.

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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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orzo salad
orzo salad

I’m back with a refreshing Orzo Salad! I know there is a longer time between posts lately but as I keep saying tons more recipes coming up soon. I hope you enjoy this salad, it’s really good and even better if you use fresh parsley! I wish I had some laying around but the dried worked just as well. A giveaway will be coming up soon as well so keep looking for that!

orzo salad

As always, click read more for the recipe!

– Alexis ♥

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baked sweet plantains
baked sweet plantains


Baked Sweet Plantains! 

I LOVE sweet plantains but I hate the fact that they’re always fried so I decided to try and bake them and retain the creamy sweetness of the plantains with a slightly crispy exterior. These are so good and sweet and simple alternative to the fried version!

I apologize for the lack of updates! I have a lot of stuff going on in my personal life that has delayed me in posting as well as the fact that I want to have a ton of recipes prepared in advance to post for you guys. There are a lot of great things coming up though so look out for the recipes!

– Alexis ♥

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the vegg

I’ll be honest I never thought I would be using The Vegg because I never really seen any use for it but I decided to try it out!

How It Works: The way the Vegg works is that depending on the amount of “yolks” you need to have to blend with a food processor or blender until well combined with water. For 2-3 egg yolks you process it with ¼ cup water and the second it starts mixing, the smell of eggs is well pronounced, so much so, that it makes you a little bit uneasy to use it! It becomes a gelatinous mixture similar to egg yolks.

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Flavor: On the flavor aspect of it, there really isn’t any at all but I figure that because it’s not really meant to be used to replace flavor but rather  the texture and use of regular egg yolks. I’ve seen pictures of people  eating it plain but the ingredients are basically nutritional yeast and sodium alginate so I can’t see it having much flavor.

Texture: Like I said in the how it works section, when blended with water or milk it becomes very similar to that of egg yolks which is why I think it works well in replacing them and is one of the main pluses for the product.

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How I Used It:  I decided to try it out in three ways; in a key lime pie, French toast and in the infamous chickpea flour “omelet”. When I used it with French toast, I followed the recipe on the package and while it creates a French toast base similar to regular French toast there was no distinct difference in the final product. I did find that it took longer to brown the French toast than usual but that could have been because I didn’t use stale bread. For the Key Lime Pie, it was very easy to use to replace the egg yolks and there was no worrying about scrambling the eggs in any way which was great. In the chickpea omelet, I used it to try and create a more egg like texture to it and I think overall I don’t like the texture of the chickpea omelet which had nothing to do with the Vegg at all.

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Good Points: The texture is very much like egg yolks and I can see it working well in replacing them in custards and also easier to work with because you don’t have to worry about the “egg scrambling”.

Bad Points:  I really didn’t see any flavor difference in any of the ways I used it or any distinct difference in the “creaminess” in the final product so I wasn’t really wowed but my boyfriend thought the key lime pie was more creamier than usual. He thought it brought a more sturdy pudding consistency to it. It is also kind of annoying having to blend the product in the food processor before using it every single time because it specifically states “must not be blended by hand” on the package so that can be tiring. I find it to be more of a product I would use sometimes when I definitely need to replace egg yolks rather than something I would use all of the time. I do think I need to try it out in more egg based recipes before giving my final opinion on it though! I’ll update you guys if my opinion changes!

– Alexis ♥

mock tuna salad
mock tuna salad

Inspired by the Vegetarian Food Festival, I made this Mock Tuna Salad because I missed the one by De La Tierra! It’s a super simple recipe that comes together within ten minutes and is really healthy as well! You can add some Kelp or Nori seasoning if you want more of a “fishy” taste but I prefer it without it. It tastes really great in wraps or on bread and you can even try the infamous “tuna melt” haha.

Sorry for the very short post but I have to run somewhere really soon so I’m posting this right before I leave.

– Alexis ♥

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