Monday, April 23, 2018

Oat Milk

Hey scholars,

I prefer to make my own milk, however, doing so can be a bit pricey. I have found a much cheaper way to make a milk. Use rolled oats! I bought a big canister of oats, a cheap brand at a low priced grocery store; I think it was about $3, not bad at all. These oats will last me a while, which is awesome. Since the oats do not have to soak or boil, the process is quicker than using nuts. This may be great for those with nut allergies. Give it a try.


4 cups water
1 cup rolled oats
salt to taste
dates (optional)
vanilla extract (optional)


Place everything in blender
Blend for 1-2 minutes
Strain into a cheese cloth over a strainer (I made another batch without using a cheesecloth and it was just as smooth.)
Serve immediately or store in a sealed jar for up to three days


Monday, April 2, 2018

Korean BBQ

Hey scholars!

I am loving jackfruit! There are so many different recipes to make with it. Tonight, I tried something I never had before, Korean BBQ. This was a 15 minute meal. From popping open a can of jackfruit, to draining and rinsing it, then pouring it in a pot, and simmering it in Korean BBQ sauce. I also heated up a couple of corn tortillas in a skillet and topped them with leafy greens, carrots, red cabbage, and drizzled it with the homemade Caesar dressing I made a few days ago. Once the Korean BBQ was done, I added some to the tortillas. Simple and delicious! 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sandwich: Try the TTLA

Hey scholars,

Since becoming vegan, I really miss sandwiches. You know, thick, delicious sandwiches- cold cuts, paninis, you name it. For the past couple of months or so, a video went viral of a woman eating and enjoying Whole Foods' TTLA. Rather than the regular BLT, the company came up with a vegan version. This sandwich consists of bacon flavored tempeh, tomato, lettuce, and avocado, although optional, it is recommended that you add pickles. 

This culinary creation piqued my interest. Instead of buying this sandwich at my local store, I bought the ingredients to make it myself in the event that I love it and want it and can whip it up and not run to the store every time I want one. 

I went to Whole Foods in search of bacon flavored tempeh, you can buy plain tempeh and marinate it or you can do what I did and buy Lightlife Fakin Bacon as well as the other toppings.  

No one wants a dry sandwich, so what this recipe also calls for is a vegan garlic aioli sauce. The recipe is simple- vegan mayo (preferably Just Mayo), lemon juice, and roasted garlic. I also added pickles to mine. Serve on ciabatta. 

This sandwich is delicious!!! So glad I decided to make it myself because I will be making this everyday for lunch or dinner until supplies run out (I bought two packages of bacon flavored tempeh!).  

To me, the tempeh is a nice texture and I do not taste an artificial meat, bacon flavor, which is awesome. Of course, you can not go wrong with fresh vegetables. My sandwich was so thick that a piece of tempeh and a sliver of avocado fell off, so I wrapped the avocado with the tempeh and ate it as is... I may have found a new lunch idea, vegan lunchables anyone?? Anywho, try this either from the store or homemade.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

What I Ate Today

Hey scholars,

I have been really busy with writing my dissertation and teaching my U.S. History Since 1877 course. I thought that I would check in with another post of what I am eating these days.


Tofu Scramble- firm tofu, onion powder, nutritional yeast, turmeric, pink Himalayan salt, black pepper, and green onions; served on corn tortillas and topped with sriracha.

Smoothie- plain almond milk, 2 fresh bananas, a handful of strawberries, maca powder, and ice


Mango, Kiwis, Halos (Mandarins) 

Lime water 


Buffalo Jackfruit and Teriyaki "Chicken" Salad with homemade Caesar dressing on corn tortillas.

1/2 cup plain hummus
1 tsp spicy mustard
1/2 tsp lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon
3 tsp brining juice of capers
2 tsp capers
3 TBSP garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1-2 TBSP olive oil 
1-2 tsp of sweetener to offset the salty and briney taste of the dressing, this is optional

Put everything in the blender except 1/4 cup of hummus
Blend well
Pour into a bowl and whisk in the remaining hummus 
*If you find the dressing to thick, slowly add hot water until you reach your desired consistency 

Jackfruit- using jackfruit in water, rinse the jackfruit and separate so that it looks like pulled chicken. Cook with hot sauce. 

For the teriyaki "chicken" use Gardein teriyaki strips and cook according to the package.

Heat the corn tortillas in a skillet and assemble; I used a salad blend. 


I finally paid attention to the label on the cherry juice I was using and found that particular brand uses apple juice. So, I have been using Simple Truth tart cherry juice, which is just tart cherry juice and water. 

Spring Cleaning

Hey scholars,

I have been interested in living a minimalist lifestyle. When you pack up your things to move to another place, you realize how much stuff you have. In those moments when I have to go through closets to find something, I ask myself, "Do I need all of this stuff?" The answer is an easy no, but actually letting go can be tough. I needed and wanted to go through stuff and get rid of any and everything I do not use, wear, need, or even want. I went through my closet and bagged up clothes, shoes, scarves, and handbags to donate.

The toughest part were my books and movies. I am happy to say that I got rid of most of them, keeping mostly books I use for research and some for pleasure reading; I got rid of the wooden cases as well. I cannot imagine moving those heavy things again.

I moved a small shelf from another room into the living room and use it to hold my TV, WiFi modem, and cable box.  Other than the cords, I love the look and feel of having more space and less stuff there.

I also got rid of my couches. One, because they were filled with cat fur and scratches, and two, I wanted one big one. I do not need two couches.

I love my new couch, no cat fur, and it is long enough to lay across and stretch out on. Also, it does not take up a lot of room like the previous two I had.

Speaking of cats, I had to get rid of them because my allergies could not tolerate them. No worries, they are with my friends who found them in freezing weather in December 2016. I like them in this environment since my friends live in a house with a big backyard for them to run around and they have a few other cats to play with. With them living less than 10 minutes away, I can visit them anytime. It works out for all of us!

A part of this newness, is my hair color. I wanted to try a color I have never tried before. So I went blonde and I love it. Not a new year, new me thing, just something different. 

 Laverne Cox came to campus on March 27th, 2018 and spoke about her experiences as a transgender woman. It was great and I was able to speak with her about my dissertation, which is on the history of black transgender women. She was excited about it and wished me the best with my project.

Aside from writing, teaching, and working this summer, I will be cleaning my kitchen getting rid of glass bottles, plates, bowls, and cups I do not need. The bathroom is also on my list. I need to narrow down my face, hair, and body stuff, as well as makeup.

What I will not do is get obsessed with a minimalist lifestyle that I end up getting rid of pretty much everything. I just want to live with what I need and a little of what I want.  

Until next time... ox 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thrive Market Haul

Hey scholars,

I have tried a trial run of Thrive Market. I like that I can save a pretty penny for brands I normally buy. As much as I like that I can get ginger syrup cheaper here than in Whole Foods, I do not think I will be paying a $60 per year membership. I you want to try it for yourself,  click here to get 25% off of your first order. Note: to get free shipping, you must order at least $49. It is worth it to try the 30 day free membership. 

Amazing Greens Tablets

It is nice to have a variety of flavors of these tablets. So far, I have only tried the tropical, I like it. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Ginger Syrup

Yogi Tea

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What I Ate Today

Hey scholars,

I am always asked, "What do you eat?" Many people think that as a vegan I deep throat carrot and/or celery sticks everyday all day. Nope. Never. I will eat shredded carrots in a salad, add them to a carrot cake, as well as juice and blend them. I can eat celery sticks, but, I prefer to juice them. But, these are only a small part of what I consume. I eat pretty much whatever I want, it is just vegan. This post is the first time I have put in one post what I eat in a day. 

Wake up: Water  

I start each day drinking water. When I wake up, I feel dehydrated and want to naturally hydrate my system. I have seen the Amazing Greens powders in grocery stores. On Thrive Market, I found the tablets. I like being able to spend a few bucks to try the different flavors rather than $20-$30 on flavors I may not like in bigger containers; I can invest later. I like the tablets because on the go I can drop one in my water and leave my apartment.

Breakfast: Smoothie

I usually make smoothies in the morning. I find chewing to be a chore I do not like to do in the mornings (lazy ass). Smoothies are a great way to get nutrients and fill up pretty quickly and I can take them to go. This smoothie is made of 3 frozen bananas, spirulina, peanut butter, maca powder, hemp powder, and soy milk.

Lunch: Chickpea Boats 

Using the chickpea spread, I make, variations of lunch meals. I eat bread occasionally, romaine and collard leaves are much better and allow for some flexibility, i.e rolls, wraps, salads, etc. Today, I made boats topped with red onions and pickles with a few halos. I need to make a grocery store run so when I make the spread again this week, I will add tomatoes and avocado and probably make rolls on collard leaves.

Dinner: Pad Thai

This dinner is courtesy of Whole Foods. So, the only prep work I did was heat it up and plate it. It was good enough, it keep me full without making me feel like crap.

Night Cap: ACV drink

I only eat dessert on occasion, but each night I end with an ACV drink. Since consuming these at night, I found that I sleep earlier and better. It could be due to the natural melatonin found in cherries, especially tart cherry juice. This mix reminds me of kombucha. Bonus!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Black Smoothie

Hey scholars,

I have been incorporating activated charcoal into my daily life (almost). From making black lemonade to brushing with it to whiten my teeth, so why not a smoothie?? I kept it really simple. Other than providing the color and providing some digestive benefits, it tastes like a vanilla smoothie. Get into it.....


2 frozen bananas 

1.5 cups non-dairy milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Activated charcoal


Blend everything.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Vegan Burrito

Hey scholars,

I have been trying to be more strategic with my grocery shopping- cost and meal planning. This week, I am making a really simple, yet delicious and filling burrito. Here is what I use, but a burrito can be whatever you want it to be. 


Refried beans
Black beans
Brown rice
Red onions


Heat/cook foods 
Add fillings to burrito
Roll burrito
Eat burrito

(You can also enjoy as a burrito bowl, salad, or nachos)


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cherry ACV Drink

Hey scholars,

A vegan YouTuber I follow made an ACV drink and it is reminiscent of kombucha, which I love. Today was grocery day, so I made sure to pick up ingredients for this drink. One trip I made was to Whole Foods for one ingredient, in particular, Bee Free Honey. I was informed that the store does not carry it anymore since Amazon bought it (a rant for another day). I did come across something I have not seen before, ginger syrup. Once I tasted it, it reminded me of ginger beer- something I need to try on my own. 

It is Saturday afternoon, grocery shopping all done, lectures for Monday and Wednesday are done, Wednesday's reading quiz is done, Friday's writing assignment is done and I also got in some writing on my dissertation. Now on to the ACV drink.....


1 cup Black Cherry Juice

1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

2 tsp Ginger syrup (any vegan sweetener)

3 cups water


Put everything in a cup or jar 

Mix well

To me, it tastes like cherry juice with some ginger. Very nice! 


Friday, January 19, 2018

Chickpea Spread

Hey scholars!

Sometime last summer, I made a couple of chickpea based spreads. I have a new and improved mixture. I was not looking to improve on the recipes I already have, I love them. I made this recipe based on what I had in the kitchen since the weather prevented me to travel to the store(s) and stock my kitchen. I like this recipe because is simple and made of ingredients I pretty much always have on hand. Making these recipes satisfies my love for tuna and chicken salad. 


1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 celery stalks or 2 TBSP celery flakes
1 TBSP nutritional yeast
1 TBSP soy sauce, liquid aminos, or tamari
2-3 TBSP sweet relish
2 TBSP vegenaise or just mayo
1 tsp onion powder
Pink salt and black pepper to taste 


Either mash beans by hands and add other ingredients, mix together or (this is what I do), place everything into food processor and blend until smooth (you may like it a bit chunky so do not blend so much). 

This can be eaten on bread, with chips, with veggies, on romaine lettuce, in a wrap, or as is. 


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