Hearty Winter Squash Soup
This is my favorite winter squash soup recipe ever. Over the course of this winter, I’ve made it about 20 times and never get sick of it. I’m usually not very fond of squash soup, they are typically too sweet for my palate. This soup is more savory, with just a hint of sweet, and the added veggies make it more filling. [[MORE]] Hearty Winter Squash Soup Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1...
A few weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go on Holyship!! Here’s the blog post that I wrote for Entertainment Cruise Review :
Easy Coconut Cumin Lentils
So I know brown lentils aren’t the most beautiful food in the world, but they are delicious and healthy and that’s all that matters. I was cleaning out my cupboards and found an open bag of lentils and a can of coconut milk. I decided to throw them together with a few other ingredients, and this recipe resulted. It’s really freaking good and very easy to make! Also seen in the picture is some kale...
Island Delight Smoothie
I know summer is almost over, but right now in Oregon, it only just started. We just had our first week of warm weather and this smoothie really hit the spot. I recently got braces (for the 2nd time, uggh!) and it hurts to eat anything, so I’ve been making a ton of smoothies. This is by far the best one I have come up with. [[MORE]] Ingredients 1 cup orange juice ½ cup water ½ fresh...
Strawberry Tempeh Salad Sandwich (or wrap)
So I have been having somewhat of a dry spell in the kitchen lately…hence the lack of recipe posts. But yesterday, I had an epiphany. The strawberries in my fridge, along with the half eaten block of tempeh were calling out to me. I gave myself a pat on the back for this concoction. It’s really freaking good. [[MORE]] Ingredients: 4 oz tempeh; cut in ½ inch cubes 2 cloves garlic;...
Hawaiian 'Chicken' Salad Burrito
I have really been neglecting my blog lately, and I have no legitimate excuse….except that I’m lazy. But I did make this recipe 2 times last week! Its pretty tasty…I’ll probably make it again 2 times this week because I’m not creative enough to think of any new recipes lately. Enjoy! [[MORE]] Ingredients: 1-2 teaspoons olive oil 8oz Seitan or tempeh pinch of...
Unbelievably Simple and Amazing Raw Pesto Spread
This pesto spread whips up in less than five minutes, and will blow your mind. It’s so easy to make, and very versatile. Eat it by itself with some crackers or french bread. Or, better yet, I mixed it with some non-dairy cream cheese, and it was literally so good I ate myself into a food coma. Ingredients: 4 oz fresh basil 2 cups walnuts 5 medium cloves garlic 2 tablespoons olive...
Black Milk Clothing
The best form-fitting leggings/swimsuits I have ever worn. #Iseriouslydie This pic of me was taken by my friend Amanda McCombs via Instagram
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Two lonely acorn squash have been sitting in my fridge since well before Christmas. I have been doing a pretty good job at ignoring their existence until today when I opened the fridge and one rolled out and landed on my foot. It was pretty much begging to get eaten, so I threw it in the oven. Since it was the perfect size and shape for stuffing, I decided that would be the fate of this squash;...
Healthy Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE HEALTHIEST PAD THAI RECIPE EVER!!!! Not only does replacing the traditional rice noodles with spaghetti squash and shredded cabbage omit all those unnecessary carbs, but it adds virtually all the vitamins and minerals, not to mention a good dose of dietary fiber. This seriously tastes just like pad thai! Especially since spaghetti squash has a similar texture to rice...
This is the perfect appetizer for your next get together. I made these on Christmas Eve and they were a hit! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic; minced 1 large bell pepper (any color; preferably orange or yellow to add more color), sliced 3 small zucchini, sliced ½ large red onion, sliced 2 cups eggplant, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons dry white wine 2 teaspoons...
Solestruck's New Vintage Lookbook: NIGHT RIDER
I’ll say it once, I’ll say it again, I’ll say it a thousand times…I’m kind of a vintage freak. Searching the thrift stores for cool vintage pieces is like treasure hunting. But if you don’t feel like being a pirate, Solestruck has all your vintage treasures in one place! This lookbook is a combination of Shoes from Solestruck’s Department of Antiquities...
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie
This pie is pure unadulterated bliss! I served it on Christmas Eve to a table full of very skeptical non-vegans. I’m pretty sure it blew their minds. My favorite part about this pie is the Nutter Butter crust, if possible, don’t substitute with another crust type! If you live some place where Nutter Butters aren’t available…then I guess graham cracker crust will work...
Styling Sequins for NYE
Glam Rock Groupie by luxhippie featuring solestruck I made this inspiration board for a contest that Solestruck is having for the best New Years Eve outfit. When it comes to styling sequins on New Years Eve, it’s kinda tricky. How do you stand out in a crowd full of sequined beauties?? Better yet, how do you keep yourself from looking like a Vegas show girl? Be original and don’t...
My Cameo on Solestruck!
It’s wonderful when you get to model for a company/store that you truly love. Solestruck is my absolute favorite shoe store in the world! The people that work there are fabulous, they know their shit, they are obsessed with shoes like me; they are seriously awesome. :) The amount of awe-inspiring shoes that Solestruck carries is almost disgusting, and it seems like every day they get even...
Vegan Coconut Cashew Bon Bons
One of my favorite homemade Christmas candies are my grandma’s coconut bon bons. These are a lower calorie and vegan version. I like them even better! (sorry grandma!) Although these are my favorite Christmas candy, it doesn’t have to be Christmas to make these amazing little balls of joy! I like to keep them in the freezer and sneak one out every now and then for a special treat. ;-) ...
Raw Vegan Banana Coconut Cashew Cream Pie
I made this pie for Thanksgiving, and ended up eating the whole thing myself! It’s gluten-free, vegan, requires no baking and is very quick and easy to make. What could be better?! Just don’t eat the whole thing like I did. Sorry for the poor picture quality, my camera broke and all I had was my iphone camera :-/ p.s. If you don’t like bananas, this pie would also be good...
Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
An interesting twist to traditional pasta sauce. Try this recipe while butternut squash is still in season. You won’t regret it! Ingredients: 1 small butternut squash, (about 3 cups when cooked) 2 + 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons + 1 ¾ cups water ½ red onion, chopped 4 cloves finely chopped garlic 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 2 stalks, celery chopped 2 tablespoons...
Heartwarming Red Cabbage Salad
This salad was inspired by a recipe from the blog 101cookbooks. The original recipe called for feta and parmesan cheese, which I omitted, and added superfirm tofu to make it vegan and I tweaked a few other ingredients. It turned out really good! Even better the next day. Ingredients: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 teaspoon natural cane sugar (or brown sugar) salt to taste 2 tablespoons...
Spicy Green Beans
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon soy or tamari sauce 1 teaspoon maple syrup ½ teaspoon ginger powder 1 pound green beans, strings removed 1 tablespoon seasame seeds 2-3 tablespoons water ¼ cup sliced almonds Directions: 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil; add onions, garlic and red...
Autumn Harvest Muesli
I pretty much eat muesli every single morning. There’s so many ways to make it, combining different fruits. Until now, I never thought to add shredded carrot to my muesli. I came across this genius idea from the blog: Vegan on the Go-Go. Her carrot cake oats inspired this recipe. You can try this recipe with normal soy milk (or whatever type of milk you prefer), or if you want to spend a little...
Kale and Zucchini Stir Fry
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ large red onion, chopped 2 teaspoons salt 4 oz extra firm tofu, cubed 1 cup garbanzo beans ½ cup pesto (see recipe below) 2 large zucchini, chopped 4 cups kale, chopped cracked pepper Directions: 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and salt, cook for about 2 minutes. 2. Add tofu and garbanzo beans; continue to cook for about...
Hearty Chickpea Soup
This recipe is super easy, low calorie, and really freaking good. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced 5 medium carrots, circular slices 5 cups veggie broth 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon basil 1 teaspoon oregano 2-14 oz cans garbanzo beans (or about 1 pound cooked) 4-5 cups of greens (kale or...
I don’t know about you guys, but for me, Halloween has typically been a week-long celebration. I tend to really get into my costumes, and this year was no exception. This year, the festivities started on Thursday night, but ironically, on Monday, the actual day of Halloween, I ignored the holiday completely. There’s something depressing about Halloween falling on a Monday night. I...
Creamy Green Bean and Tomato Salad
This recipe was adapted from a recipe I found on the blog 101cookbooks. The original recipe was not vegan, and I also tweaked the ingredients a little bit, using ingredients I had available from my grandma’s garden. My favorite thing in this recipe is the little yellow cherry tomatoes. They are sweeter than red cherry tomatoes, I eat them like candy. Ingredients: ½ cup plain soy yogurt...
Heirloom Tomato Soup
One reason to love Fall? The overabundance of garden veggies! I brought these beautiful heirloom tomatoes home from my grandma’s garden and made this delicious soup. I paired it with a grilled cheese sandwich and was in absolute heaven. Ingredients : 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium yellow onions; chopped 5 cloves garlic; chopped 1-2 red chili peppers (could also use 1 teaspoon red...
Creamy Low Fat Pumpkin Hummus
Last week I sampled a pumpkin hummus at New Seasons grocery store…I totally spaced it and forgot to get the recipe card, but I figured it wouldn’t be hard to come up with my own recipe. It turned out amazing. This is probably my new favorite hummus. I would have never thought to use pumpkin in hummus before this. The pumpkin makes it a lot creamier, and I didn’t have to used a...
Bunless Baja Veggie 'Chicken' Burger
I came up with this recipe while making my veggie Chicken sausage. The texture is such that they are better without the bun, which is great in my opinion. Who needs all those carbs anyway?! The recipe makes 6 burgers, you can wrap them in foil and freeze them for later, then pop them in the microwave and heat for a minute or so. Cooking the burgers ahead of time makes this recipe quick and easy....
Mayan Harvest Vegetarian Chili
This chili has a unique flavor autumn flavor: sweet potatoes, black beans, squash and chipotle peppers, with a hint of cocoa and cinnamon. A little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy, this savory soup has a combination of flavors that will please any palate. It’s made without any oil, so it’s quite healthy for you too. This soup gets even better the next day so you’ll be...
Chipotle Lime Ranch Dressing
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons vegenaise 1 tablespoon soy milk ¼ teapoon cumin 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from chipotle peppers ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1-2 teaspoons lime juice ¼ teaspoon salt Directions: 1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until creamy.
Street Style: Backstage Portland Fashion Week
My favorite part about fashion week? The street style….. Here’s Anna, one of Portland’s most amazing fashionistas. I’m always so excited to see what Anna is wearing. I basically attacked her with my camera every time I saw her, grilling her on the details of what she was wearing…which was mostly vintage finds….A-mazing. This girl was the cutest thing ever. A...
Savory Stuffed Pattypan Squash
This was the first time I have ever cooked with pattypan squash. They are the perfect shape for stuffing! I filled them with my version of ‘ground beef’ using TVP. Ingredients: 1 ½ cup veggie broth 1 tablespoon soy sauce or liquid aminos ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke ½ cup TVP 1 teaspoon maple syrup ½ teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon olive oil 1...
I Love PureFit Vegan Nutrition Bars!
Sometimes there are days at school when I don’t even have time to eat lunch, actually, a lot of the time… My hour long lunch break is typically spent cleaning up after my morning patient and preparing for my afternoon patient. Thankfully I have a full stock of nutrition bars in my locker for days like these. I don’t know if it was a mere coincidence or fate, but PureFit...
Street Style: Portland Fashion Week
Every year, Portland Fashion Week is held at a huge warehouse in the ship yards. Its an awesome industrial location. Since I have to be there most of the day for fittings, hair and makeup. I decided to kill some time shoot what I was wearing. Blazer: Nordstroms, Pants: Topshop, Clutch: BCBG, Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana, Glasses: Prada, but my favorite part of this outfit is the scarf, which I...
Night 4: Portland Fashion Week 2011
The final night, and oh so glamorous! Project runway contestants Michael Costello and Jay Sario showed their amazing Spring 2012 lines. I saw my looks for the night and almost had a seizure. Here are some of my faves: Jay Sario: I lucked out and was put in my favorite look from Jay’s line Michael Costello: As soon as I put this on, I wanted to run out of the building, catch the...
Night 3: Portland Fashion Week 2011
Day three of Portland fashion week is all about local designers. Portland has some great talent, that is apparent. Starting off the night was Amai Unmei, super chic and sophisticated. Next was Stephani D. Couture showed her classy ready-to-wear line. Ms. Wood showed her bright sassy spring line with her amazing hand made wooden shows. Menswear designer, Collier showed an amazing collection; he is...
Night 2: Portland Fashion Week 2011
Night 2 of Portland Fashion Week was mainly sportswear, which doesn’t really excite me on the runway. But there were some really cute pieces by Adidas. Also being showcased were sustainable designers such as Earthtec and Ethos Paris who use organic and recycled fabrics. Anna Cohen stole the show with her Imperial Knits Collection, which was fabulous as always. Here are some of my favorite...
Night 1: Portland Fashion Week 2011
It’s my favorite time of year again in Portland! The one week were fashionistas unite to celebrate and showcase the amazing designers that Portland has to offer. Night one of Portland Fashion Week is the emerging designer competition, winner chosen by audience vote and a panel of judges from the Portland Fashion Community. It was a tough competition. Don’t have time to say much,...
Day of the Dead Cupcakes!
These are the cupcakes I made for my friend’s birthday last weekend using my recipe: Super Moist and Decadent Chocolate Vegenaise Cake with Ricemellow Cream ‘Cheese’ Frosting All I did to make these was apply an initial white frosting layer in the shape of a skull on each cupcake, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or so, so that the frosting hardens. Then separate and add food...
Super Moist and Decadent Chocolate Vegenaise Cake...
So you might be thinking: “Vegenaise? In a cake?!” But trust me, this cake will seriously knock your socks off!!! Adding the vegenaise makes the cake so moist and fluffy, it’s pretty much unbelievable. I typically don’t do much baking, but it was my best friend’s birthday this weekend, and her favorite dessert in the world is vegan cupcakes. The reason I try to stay...
Veggie 'Chicken' Sausage
Ingredients: 1 cup veggie broth 1 tablespoon soy sauce ½ teaspoon liquid smoke ½ cup TVP Optional: you do not need to add the above ingredients to the recipe, the sausages turn out fine without them, the TVP just gives them a meatier texture. If you choose not to add the TVP, omit the ingredients above and start at step two in the directions. 2 cups garbanzos beans, made into a smooth paste (I do...
I'm in Love...with Thailand
I just got home from my backpacking trip in Thailand, and I’m missing it already. Whenever I visit a new place, even if I love it, I usually don’t make plans on going back any time soon because I’d rather explore some new places that I’ve never seen before. Thailand is one of the few exceptions. I want to go back…right NOW. The food, the people, the culture,...
The Lowest Calorie Eggplant Hummus
Ten years ago, most people didn’t even know was hummus was. Now It’s pretty much a staple item in everyone’s refrigerators. Rumor has it that McDonalds might even start selling hummus (God, probably the most unhealthy, genetically modified hummus they can come up with). Hummus is healthy, but it definitely isn’t low calorie. Most store-bought brands contain anywhere from 60-80 calories per...
Reduced Fat Vegenaise!!!
So, I’m not sure when exactly this new reduced fat Vegenaise came out, but I am so excited about it! Never in a million years did I ever think I would blog about mayonnaise (so not sexy), but it tastes AMAZING and has half the calories of the original Vegenaise. It’s seriously so good I could eat it by the spoonful (ok not really, but still). Even if you aren’t vegan, you should...
Jeffrey Campbell Comes out with Vegan Shoes!
Jeffrey Campbell just launched a vegan shoe line and I am so excited about it! Check out the rest of the line at Convert. These are the new vegan “Vitas” the un-cruel twin sister to the ever-popular “Litas”
The Blessed Gardens (and Grandmas!)
I payed a visit to my beloved grandmothers’ last weekend (all 4 of them), and this is what I was sent home with. They all happen to have the most amazing gardens, and an overabundance of organic fruits and veggies! I have a lot of work ahead of me trying to figure out what to do with all of this. Lots of yummy recipes to come!!! This is the car-load of fruit and veggies I came home with....