Valentine’s Day & Why Sometimes I’m a TERRIBLE Vegetarian!

Hey healthy bunnies!

How are you and how is your week going? It’s Thursday so I think I’m finally safe from people asking “how was your Valentine’s Day??”  Awwwkward. Anyway, I had fun last weekend and wanted to share, plus explain why sometimes I’m not the model plant-based bunny you may think I am.

I went to Willie Jane on Valentine’s Day with a very close college friend who I was dying to play catchup with. I chose the restaurant via Yelp. Many times my friends trust me to make the decision because I’m a foodie and also usually the one with more dietary restrictions.

Willie Jane is what I consider to be typical American-style hipster. Seriously, that should be a cuisine category!  I don’t know why, but Southern food with a cool twist is just so hipster to me, and to prove my point further, it is nestled in the part of Venice which is like the hipster capital (hmm or maybe Silverlake is, I’ll have to fact check). In case you’re wondering, we weren’t given mason jars. haha

We started with biscuits and orange butter.


My friend chose the chickens and waffles. I love the homestyle touch of a patterned plate that looks like it could be from anyone’s grandma’s kitchen.

I had roasted fingerling potatoes, soft scrambled eggs, and grits. Here’s where I failed: I didn’t read the menu close enough and when they arrived, they turned out to be SHRIMP grits. There were no pieces of shrimp, but they were cooked with shrimp paste added.

At the point that I tasted them, I knew something was, well you know– fishy. That’s when I asked the waitress. I didn’t bother sending them back, though. This rarely happens to me so I went with the flow. Even though I told the waitress I was vegetarian, that means different things to different people. It was my job to ask the right questions. I’ve gotten maybe a bit too lax, I think. So for this meal, I ate what I could and made mental note to be more upfront and to ask better questions.

It was still a great meal! Don’t judge me. 🙂

Next, we went to Toms, the shoes brand which has a trendy looking little coffee shop set up as well. Coffee and shoes?! Yes.

I got a matcha latte, because when in Hipsterville…

I was amazed that Toms has way more shoes than the typical slip ons (that kinda look like paper mocassins)! I got these cute peep-toe booties.

If you plan to grab a pair, they run about 1/2 size too big.

 
That’s it for now, but leave a comment below and let me know what you have planned for this coming weekend!

Xoxo

Fifi

Mexican Quinoa Salad

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My latest mason jar salad for the series on my YouTube channel is a Mexican inspired quinoa and black bean salad. It’s got so much flavor with the peppers, cilantro, lime and more. The salad is vegetarian, yet still filling and hearty thanks to the black beans and quinoa which happens to be a complete protein!

 

You will need:

  • 1  quart sized Mason jar
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Oregano
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • Cooked black beans
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Fresh salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  1. Whisk together 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar, the juice of 1/2 lime, a dash of smoked paprika, oregano, and salt. Add to Mason jar first.
  2. Add bell pepper. Next add 1/2 cup of cooked black beans.
  3. Add 1 cup of quinoa which should be lightly salted.
  4. Next add 2 tablespoons of roughly chopped cilantro followed by 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh salsa.
  5. Last, add 1/4 cup cubed avocado. You can add a dash of sea salt oregano and lime to add additional flavor before closing mason jar to store.

Enjoy!

Mason Jar Salads

Hey healthy bunnies!

Happy Wednesday! Now that it’s officially spring – my absolute favorite season, I feel like it’s time to take advantage of all the fruits and veggies that are in season. I’m doing a mason jar salad series and I’ve already posted the first of the series on my channel. As you know, I posted video every Friday. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the other recipes in the series! They’re totally yummy and nutritious! 

  

A Simple Gluten-Free Dinner

I’ve been struggling to get to the bottom of some resurfacing inflammation issues with my stomach. I realized even more so on this journey that I will have to be intentional about what I put into my body…even in the moments when I’m starving and seemingly out of options. When I grocery shop, I get a mix of raw food, frozen food, and quick grab-and-go prepared food which is still healthy, but optimal for days when I’m either lazy or short on time.

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For dinner I enjoyed medium roasted salsa, blue corn chips, lemony roasted asparagus, and balela, which is a Mediterranean chickpea and black bean salad from the grocery store. This was the most perfect and delicious meal for such a hot summer day!

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How to Make Asparagus Milanese

asparagus milanese roasted asparagus with olive oil

Hey healthy bunnies! Check out this easy to follow instructional video on how to make asparagus Milanese. Along the way you’ll find I’ve added information about the health benefits of asparagus and why it works so well with eggs! Just make sure you have eggs, 1 lb of asparagus, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper (cheese is optional). If you don’t eat eggs, I guarantee my way of making asparagus will be just as delicious on its own or as a side with another dish. Don’t forget to rate and comment!

 

xoxo

Fifi

 

Vegan Beet & Lentil Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Veggie burgers are pretty easy to come by these days. When I go to the freezer aisle of grocery stores, there are many types and flavors. The only problem is, most of the burgers have soy and gluten, and the ones that do no,  have so little protein they really aren’t offering much nutrition.

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This latest food project was to make up a flavorful, hearty, and nutrient-dense burger without soy. The main ingredients are just steamed lentils and beets! It’s super easy to make and I found it to be very filling. After practicing a couple of times, I teamed up with my friend Hetal of Prettypolymath and I made the burgers, she made the seasoned baked sweet potato fries. Hetal will show you how to get the fries nice and crisp in the oven, where I show you how to make a great burger which is vegan and gluten free.

Check out my latest video to see how it’s done.