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4 Ingredient Green Smoothie

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Hey scholars!

My breakfast of choice, smoothies. Quick, simple, and delicious. Try this super simple, divinely delicious, green smoothie!

2 frozen bananas
2 cups nut based milk
A handful of leafy greens (I used a spinach and arugula mix)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
Blend until smooth.
Enjoy!!

Oreo Smoothie

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I'm cramping, bloated, in a perpetual state of hunger, irritated, craving chocolate, tired, exhausted, thirsty, and need to be writing my dissertation. Need a pick me up. What makes me happy?? Happiness is oreos are vegan! So why not make a smoothie with some?? Here ya go:

6 oreos
2 frozen bananas
2 cups nut based milk

Blend. Enjoy!





Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Hey scholars!

Fall has been here for a little while, but the temps are just starting to reflect that. With these cooler temps moving in, I am craving comfort foods that are on the filling side, not necessarily heavy. The last few days, I have been hosting a graduate conference, teaching, and working on my dissertation. So, the food that I cook need to be put together pretty quickly. In need of a trip to a grocery store, I took inventory of my kitchen and decided to make a simple pasta- lemon garlic because this recipe is mostly herbs and seasonings. 

Ingredients:

1 box Angel Hair pasta
Sea salt and black pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juiced
5 gloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp crushed red pepper
5 TBSP vegan butter
(optional- spinach and parmesan cheese)
1/4 cup water from pasta

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil
Add pasta
Cook according to package
Save 1/4 cup water 
Drain

In a skillet, on medium heat, heat olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest for about a mi…

Vegan Millionaire Shortbread

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Hey scholars!

My vegan dessert game is lit! I have been wanting to try this particular dessert, but I never have. Until now. Even better. I know what is in it. I can make it for myself anytime. It is vegan. While not raw, it is not baked. It is super easy to make. Let's get into it. 

Ingredients:

Shortbread layer

1 cup coconut flour
1.2 cup maple syrup
1.2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel layer

1/4 cup maple syrup
1.4 cup coconut oil 
1.4 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract 
pinch sea salt

Chocolate layer

1/2 cup coconut oil
1.2 cup cacao powder
3-4 TBSP maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt

Directions: 

Put the ingredients for the shortbread layer into a food processor and blend until well combined. Line the bottom of a 8x8 glass dish with parchment paper. Spread the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish. Place in the refrigerator to set. 

On medium-low temperature, heat and stir the chocolate layer ingredients. Place the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate. I …

FIVE THINGS

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Five things you'll find in my bag/backpack:

1. Business cards
2. Notebook/Pen(s)
3. Toiletry bag
4. Textbook for the US History survey I am teaching fall 2017 (US to 1877)
5. Mints

Five things you'll find in my bedroom:

1. String lights
2. Laptop
3. Vape and liquids
4. Two lazy cats
5. Candles and incense

Five things I always wanted to do:

1. Get small tattoos my both wrists
2. Travel the world
3. Make documentaries
4. Run a marathon
5. Road trip across America

Five things that make me feel happy:

1. Juicing
2. Making vegan desserts
3. Finding new music, movies, social media content
4. Blogging
5. Walking and/or sitting outside in beautiful weather

Five things I'm currently into:

1. Marathoning Insecure, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, That's So Raven, and Broad City 
2. Listening to SZA's Ctrl, Solange's A Seat at the Table, Kehlani's Sweet, Sexy, Savage, and Cree Summer's Street Faerie on REPEAT!!!!
3. Finding vegan desserts on Pinterest 
4. Veganizing…

Cashew Milk

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Hey scholars!

I am used to buying almond and cashew milk, which can be quite costly considering how much milk I go through a week. So, I decided to stock up on cashews and almonds and make my own. In a quick few steps, you can have your own milk. Not only is it good and not filled with a ton of ingredients, but it is cost effective. This recipe is for plain cashew milk, however, if you want it sweetened you dates, vanilla extract, and/or cinnamon. All you need are two ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
6 cups water

Directions:

Soak the cashews in 3 cups of water for 3-8 hours or overnight.
Strain
Put the cashews in a blender
Add 3 cups of water
Blend for a few minutes
Strain 
Pour into glass jar

 Viola! Homemade cashew milk. 

You may use any nut- cashew, almond, mixed nuts, just make sure that they are raw. 

This milk will last up to 7 days. As usual, keep refrigerated. 



Enjoy!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

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Hey scholars! Here is another dessert recipe. Another recipe containing carrots. Another recipe that is absolutely amazing.  Carrot Cake: 2 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)1 cup raw walnuts1 cup pitted dates1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut3/4 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp nutmegpinch of salt Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup water3 tbsp raw agave nectar1 tsp vanillajuice of 1/2 lemonpinch of salt1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
Line 8×8 square pan with parchment paper, so allowing the edges to hang over the sides of the pan.Either shred the carrots by hand or buy some already shredded; place in a bowl and set aside. In a food processor, blend together walnuts and dates until mostly smooth. Add coconut, spices, and salt and blend together. Add carrots and blend until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.Scoop cake into the pan, pressing down evenly across the bottom, and place in the freezer.