Polenta Bowls with Peppery Veggie Saute

When someone finds out I eat a vegan diet, the first question is almost always, "what do you eat?". It is either asked in a genuine, truth-seeking tone, or one of complete shock that implies that surely I cannot survive without meat let alone all other animal products. It's rather comical but I am always willing to have a discussion about what I eat and especially ready to address the most common concerns about protein sources, etc. etc. If the person who asked the question is willing to stand there long enough, I'm relatively certain I could talk their ear off. In case you have not figured it out already, food is totally my jam!


Cocoa Strawberry Smoothie

So it's currently 70 degrees and sunny out. In the middle of January. I guess I need to get used to this wonky Houston weather again. Since it's been much warmer the last couple of days, my body has been craving smoothies again. Even though I love smoothies, I have a hard time enjoying them in the dead of winter. Perhaps it's instinctual. My body senses cold weather and immediately craves warm, comforting foods. And the second it warms up, I want smoothies and fresh, raw foods.

Since it has become my latest favorite, I thought I would share this super simple smoothie with you. I actually borrowed the idea from a smoothie I frequently order when I'm at Whole Foods. I've tweaked it a bit to my liking, adding some hemp hearts for a dose of protein a medjool date instead of agave for a touch of sweetness. The flavor is sort of like a chocolate covered strawberry and it has a super creamy consistency thanks to the avocado.


A Birthday Tart & Changing Dreams

Another year has flown by and I've managed to continue the tradition of making my own birthday cake (or in this case birthday tart) and sharing it here on the blog. Today marks the start of the last year in my 20s. I have mixed feelings about this birthday. I'm currently in a transition period after having quit my former archaeology job. I'm trying to figure shit out and make a plan for the future. I'm attempting to cultivate a new dream and make it happen. I have a lot of lofty goals and aspirations that are causing a lot of anxiety and stress at the moment but my hope is that in time, they will lead to something amazing.


Glowing Turmeric Tea

Turmeric has become one of my favorite spices lately. It's warm, glowing color instantly lightens my mood. I mean, look at that color! Turmeric is actually one of the spices in curry powder and what gives it that quintessential golden hue. Perhaps that's another reason I've been crushing on it lately. Or maybe it's the fact that it has amazing healing properties and works wonders for your insides.