Showing posts from 2017

4 Ingredient Green Smoothie

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.

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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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. 


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


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

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

Vegan Millionaire Shortbread

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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. 


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


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 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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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.


1 cup cashews
6 cups water


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


Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

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.

Homemade Vegan Alfredo Sauce

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So I have posted two alfredo recipes, one is raw and the second one is a quick already made sauce. This time I attempted to make the sauce myself and I will not ever buy store bought alfredo sauce again. Here is my sauce recipe. It really is simple and takes not time to make.


1/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 package of vegan mozzarella (I like Daiya)
2 cups milk (I used Almond Breeze)
1 TBSP nutritional yeast
black pepper


Melt the butter with the garlic
Stir in the milk for a couple of minutes
Add in nutritional yeast
Add in the cheese, I mixed it in a handful at a time 
Add pepper
Stir until the cheese is completely melted 
If the sauce is too thick, slowly add water until you reach the consistency you desire

Hook up your dish however you like- I like Beyond Meat chick'n strips and broccoli 


Carrot and Strawberry Smoothie

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This is the first time I have incorporated carrots into a smoothie. I love it. You should try it. Here is what you need.


4-5 medium sized carrots
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 oranges, juiced
3 cups coconut water 


Blend until smooth


Raw Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

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I have been on a mission to make vegan desserts. One of my favorites is cheesecake- chocolate, cherry, strawberry, etc. I have had vegan cheesecake and it was good, but the ingredients were disturbing and it was highly processed. I prefer to stay away from high processed foods, especially desserts. I like to indulge, so if I make them myself and keep them raw, I can have a bit more dessert when I want. Here is the recipe for the cheesecake I made. 



1 cup almonds
10 Medjool dates, pitted
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP cacao powder


1 cup cashews
2 cups strawberries
3 TBSP lemon juice
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
4 TBSP coconut oil


Making the crust

Pulse almonds in food processor until they are coarsely ground
Add dates, oil, and powder
Pulse until the mixture is sticky

Press the crust into the bottom of a spring form pan
Place in the freezer

Making the filling

Put the cashews, berries, lemon juice, oil, and vanilla into a blender
Blend until smooth
Pour mixture over t…

2nd Vegan-versary

Hey scholars,
As of 17 August, I have been a vegan for two years! Time does fly. I decided to discuss the ten lessons I have learned on my journey thus far.
1. Make sure that you research and arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can. While I went vegan the day after watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives, I do not recommend this to anyone. I would suggest gradually becoming a vegan. Begin with adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks, frozen and fresh. The first big step is eliminating meats and poultry and finding substitutes, for example beefless crumbles and chick’n strips, so that you may still enjoy your favorite meals. Next, omit dairy products. There are many great nut based or soy based milks on the market as well as vegan cheeses, butters/spreads, and eggs.
2. Make sure that your kitchen is equipped with the necessary tools. You do not have all top of the line appliances. There are great appliances that are affordable and will do what you need them…

Veganized: Taco Bell's Chili Chilito

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Many people think that veganism means missing out on great food. I beg to differ. I see it as a lifestyle of abundance and creativity. Sure there are foods that I miss, so I veganize them. Prior to becoming a vegan two years ago, I really did not hit up fast food joints too much. This is not to say that there were not menu items that I indulged in; I did! One of those items were Taco Bell's chili cheese burrito or chili chilito. My brother and I used to bash these mofos!! So naturally, trying my hand at veganizing these things is a challenge I accept. Here it goes...


1 bag Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles
1 yellow onion, diced
4 tbsp chili powder
pinch sea salt
2 tsp cayenne powder
1.5 cups water
1 tbsp arrowroot powder with 2 tbsp water
1 can refried beans
1 (15 oz) can tomato paste
1 bag vegan shredded cheddar cheese
flour tortillas
taco sauce, I used Taco Bell's sauce


In a large skillet on medium heat, cook the crumbles according to the package with the onio…

Matcha Lemonade

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I have been introduced to this drink through a popular coffee chain I shall not name; it is the same one responsible for those unicorn drinks. Yeah, that one. I love matcha and will pretty much try something if it has matcha in it as long as it is vegan. This coffee chain's matcha lemonade is good, amazing even, but it is way too sweet. Not to fear, this delicious drink is easy to make. I will not front, I took a really easy route. I used organic Honest Lemonade, rather than make my own. I will sometime in the future though since I prefer to not buy bottled juices.  


12-14 ounces Lemonade
1.5 tsp Matcha powder


Place ice in a jar that can be covered with a lid
Add lemonade
Add matcha
Secure top
Shake until powder is dissolved 

Add lemon slices, if you like


Key Lime Cups

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Sometimes recipes come to me as a result of needing to get rid of stuff in the kitchen. I try my hardest to not waste any food. This morning, I walked past my metal shelves and saw that the avocados needed to be used and consumed soon. As soon as I got home, I raided the refrigerator and cabinets to conjure up a recipe. I already have guacamole made and I am not craving the “Tastes Like Tuna Spread.” I am looking around and notice that the limes need to be used up, and the agave nectar has been neglected as of late.So, I decided to make something sweet. Here are the ingredients and directions for key lime cups.

2 avocados 4-6 limes or 10-12 key limes (I used regular limes) ½ agave nectar ½ tsp vanilla extract ½ cup coconut oil dash of sea salt unsweetened, shredded coconut flakes for topping (optional) whipped coconut cream
Place everything but the flakes in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into small glasses or bowls, co…