Friday, November 26, 2010

VeganMoFo: Thanksgivingz!!1!

What a fantastic Thanksgiving. I hosted a lovely vegan meal for the third year in a row, and lemme tell ya: it gets better each year! Here's a pic of my wonderful family, we have me, brother, mother, father, and step-dad who's taking the pic:

My finalized Thanksgiving 2010 menu:

Olive Antipasti
Hot Artichoke Dip
Butternut Squash Bisque
Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, and a Maple-Dijon-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Crescent Rolls
Lentil Loaf with Homemade Vegan Gravy
Portobello Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Rutabaga (special request from my step-dad)
Mom's Homemade Stuffing (so thankful for her help!)
Maple-Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Syrup

The best soup in all of womankind.

Second course.

Lookit that plate! Mmm... I'm gonna go get me a plate of leftovers eerily similar to this one pretty soon...

A gorgeous pic of the cheesecake taken by my photographer-roomie. After pouring the mix into the pie crust I sampled the leftover mixture and noticed that it wasn't very sweet at all... and then realized the recipe didn't call for any sugar. Too late to mix any in, so I decided to top it with a simple brown sugar syrup and it made all the difference.

My wonderful family told me they loved the meal, dessert, and company - I was on cloud nine. I hope everyone had as lovely a holiday as I had. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Big Lots

Oh, my dear blogosphere. It would appear I have fallen off the MoFo wagon. Craptastic! Well, I assure you there has not been much to report as I have been preparing for T-Give and finishing up various school papers. A lot of my meals have been PB toast and Boca Spicy Chik'n Patties. Oh, and yesterday I took advantage of a Chipotle BOGO deal. But during my running around I stopped by Big Lots. GAHD I love that place. Mo has also shared her love of the BG (holla!). My mom and I had visited the previous weekend and I had found Stacy's Sticky Bun flavored Soy Thin Crisps - wha?! They were pretty darn tasty. On my second visit I spent $36 and scored 2 medium sized ceramic serving bowls, 1 plastic salad bowl, salad tongs, 3 small sauce dishes, and the following:

2 packages of organic kamut penne, 2 containers of Wolfgang Puck veggie stock, Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix, Thai Kitchen Thai Ginger & Vegetable noodles (50 cents!), some sea salt pita chips and Mediterranean Herb little cracker-doos. I also grabbed some Raisin Bran Plus Fiber... without looking at the ingredients. Along with slivered almonds and cranberries they tossed in yogurt covered somethings. Those bastards. Oh, and none of these eats were over $2.50 each. BIG LOTS FTW!

In other news, I believe I have finalized my menu for T-Give 2010! I'll remind myself to take plenty-o-pix on the big day. Now, in lieu of a dead bird, I will be presenting my Adopt-a-Turkey card. Have you ever?

What sweeties!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

VeganMoFo: Vegan Pup

Us vegans get a lot of flack for having vegan animals. If done responsibly, many domesticated animals can thrive (no... not just survive) on a vegan diet. Dogs, who are omnivorous, have special dietary needs and considerations - just as humans do. An argument I've heard many times stresses the differences between the human digestive system and a dog's, as if that never has crossed a veghead's mind. I'm not going to give my dog a portion of my apples and pistachios brekkie and call that a meal for her, no way. That's why I researched V-Dog really well before deciding to transition her.

V-Dog is an impressive product. It boasts all the nutrients a dog needs in its diet in kibble form. Dori loves these little nuggets. And, for a three year old pooch, she has the energy level of a friggin' 6 month old. Never has she shown signs of lethargy (except for when mama's leaving for work in the morning and the little grouch just wants to crawl back under the warm covers, of course) and has always been an observant and vibrant little twerp.

My little booger-butt has had her urine tested at the vet and was found to have a moderately high ph level, as well as the presence of some crystals in her bladder. To offset these unsavory symptoms I have been feeding her Cranimals supplement, which includes cranberry and other berry extracts as well as Omega 3's and other essential nutrients for all of her bodily functions. She LOVES this shit. It's the weirdest thing. I think she'd stick her paw in the bag and use it as a FunDip if she had the dexterity.

I love treating my little bugaboo with Zuke's organic bite-sized biscuits - so far she's tried Mean Greens and Health Nutz. This line is entirely vegan and packed with nutrition. She doesn't even know the difference. These things are like crack to her - I can't even go near her treat shelf without her getting all excited and whatnot.

This little girl has been vegan for close to a year and a half, and successfully. She is full of life and has a veterinary team who is fully supportive of her diet. Dachshunds are especially prone to excessive weight gain, from which Dori is protected by her diet. She eats just as much as she needs and has maintained a steady weight since her transition. Watching other owners with fat wieners respond in shock when they see how fit she is compared to their kielbasas always makes me laugh. Yup, I have one happy, healthy weenie.

Lookit dat face!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Noms of Convenience

My schedule is just not allowing me to become very involved in efficient MoFo-ery. This is disappointing. What was NOT disappointing was my monster brunch yesterday. I originally wanted to make a big pancake brekkie for the bf, but we slept in far too late and he had to go to work. So I spent only about 25 minutes in the kitch whipping up this fantastic plate:

Tofu scramble (onions, red & green peppers, mushies, Gimme Lean, Daiya, black salt) with home fries, jellied toast, and a naner. Hot dog! Filled me up, but not to the point of stomach explosion.

I had been seeing Evol's burritos in freezer cases nearly every health store I visited... yet they were all omni or vegetarian flavors. SUCK. Welp, I inadvertently tracked down the Veggie Fajita flavor. Which is awesome! 'Specially with some Tofutti & Frank's RedHot on top.

Oh yeah, baby...

VegNews' 2010 Product of the Year was Gardein. My favorite product from them, so far, is their Seven Grain Crispy Tenders. Fan-fuck-tastic. They're the perfect level of greasy and nostalgic - best served schmeared with a sweet BBQ sauce. And sweet potato fries.

I don't remember what this was called and it's not on the website yet... sweet and sour chick'n or something. The sauce was actually very nice, even smothering my steamed broccoli. The protein... reminded me very much of pork. And I don't know how that made me feel. Served with some warm cornbread (wtf kind of combo is that?), it was a nice meal, but nothing to write home about.

Alternatively, their Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n is god damned awful. It may be because I ordered it from Vegan Essentials and it had thawed out almost completely in transit... but I doubt it. The sauce was bland and disgusting. I tried frying the protein and it never progressed beyond mushy. Total failure. Ugh.

I'm hoping to become more inspired as the week wear's on, but I have many a project/paper to work on... probably be seeing some more convenience noms. What's your favorite fast & stupid-easy go-to meal?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Chili Mac

I am the number one fan of creamy, comforting, carby dishes - luckily, since I'm vegan (duh) this means that I can have these dishes plus some healthy benefits. Score. A few weeks ago I was visiting a community center with some clients and they were served chili mac for lunch. It looked SO GOOD. Of course, I was visualizing a vegan version in my head and immediately my gears started turning... I had to have this for dinner. I present to you:

Vegan Chili Mac

1/2 c TVP + 1/2 c veggie broth (optional)
1 can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
1/4 c almond milk
2 T flour
1/4 c nooch
1/2 c each Daiya flavor
1/2 box of whole wheat rotini (you know, those regular sized cardboard boxes w/ the little windows)
2 handfuls chopped kale

  • Dump the TVP & veggie broth in a tall glass or a bowl to rehydrate for 10 minutes (if using). Set aside.
  • Boil water for pasta. Add kale about halfway through and cook until al dente.
  • Whiz your can of maters in a food processor until only slightly chunky. Add to a large saucepan, turn on medium heat, and stir in almond milk, flour, and nooch. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • When pasta is finished, add Daiya to sauce and stir until it's all stringy and gooey. Add TVP, if using. Add pasta and kale to sauce and let simmer for another minute or two. Serve immediately w/ plenty of Parma/nooch/chili pepper flakes/fresh ground black pepper.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VeganMoFo: Squarsh.

Yup. Squarsh. For every season! Yet sweet winter gourds are my favorite... butternut, delicata, acorn, sweet dumpling, etc. I am always on the lookout for new recipe inspiration, which is certainly plentiful during MoFo! Here I steal yet another recipe from Healthy Happy Life: Acorn Squash Alfredo Sauce.

Mmm. Sweet and savory with a touch of nooch - this tasted sinful yet was so healthy! I added mushrooms and kale as veg accompaniment. I recommend this dish for anyone who wants to satisfy their sweet tooth without reaching for the cookie jar.

My all-time favorite squash recipe? Vegan Yum Yum's Delicata Squash Bisque. Without a doubt. I make this every year on multiple occasions. It is sweet, creamy, peppery... hits the spot every time. Make this now. I usually sub butternut because I haven't been able to find delicata - welp! Giant Eagle had some the other day, so I might experiment with these little babies for Thanksgiving.

Did someone say Thanksgiving?

Mmm, what are some other kickass squash recipes?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

VeganMoFo: Thanksgiving is ON!

My exciting news of the day? My mom and stepdad are staying in town this Thanksgiving and have accepted my offer to host Thanksgiving this year! They usually visit my stepdad's side of the family in Missouri, so for the last two years I have hosted Thanksgiving for my dad, his girlfriend, and my brother. The bf has also RSVP'ed to stop by. I'm so excited to have a full house! :D I don't think I've cooked for a crowd this large before... bring it!

Now I am going to bore you with my tentative menu:

  • Lentil Loaf (from last year)
  • Stuffing (my mom volunteered to take on this task!)
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Butternut or Delicata Squash Bisque from VeganYumYum
  • Maple Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Green Bean Casserole from the PPK! (my omni father was a big fan!)
  • Sweet Potato Smash
  • Salad with dried cranberries and pecans
  • Olive appetizer or some kind of dip with crudite... we'll see!
And for dessert?

I tested Happy Health Life's Swirled Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie this weekend, although I had to make some adaptations. No creamer, so added a little more almond milk. Also, no nuts whatsoever, so just added a little extra cornstarch. I would either add more cornstarch or go buy the nuts because it was reminiscent of a pudding pie rather then cheesecake... but SO GOOD. Holy mother. Make this now. In fact, I think I may have another slice. Ha!

Are you thinking about Thanksgiving yet?? Please share recipes - I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is planning!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

VeganMoFo: I made KALE CHIPS.

I had a few kitchen triumphs and one disaster today... First of all, I told myself I had to make simply TOO MANY dishes today. So I set myself up for disappointment when I only made three. How silly is that? Well, I'm gonna break those three recipes up into separate blogs ('cause that's just how I MoFo), but here's a delicious and spontaneous lunch I made to replace my blunder:

I call it a:

Creamy-Sweet Sausage Bagel Sammy

1 bagel, toasted
1 small handful from a tube of Gimme Lean Sausage
2 thin slices of sweet onion
2 T olive oil
1 sprinkling of Italian Daiya
1 small handful spinach
1 drizzle pure maple syrup
1/2 avocado

  • Toast yer bagel. Heat oil in small skillet on medium. Form sausage into a thin patty.
  • Once oil is heated through, place patty and onion slices into skillet. Flip them each once. Add Daiya to top of patty near end of cooking cycle.
  • Meanwhile, drizzle your syrup onto one bagel slice (mmm!). Top other slice with spinach and avocado. When patty is cooked through, spatula that bitch onto your maple-drizzled-bagel-half and top with onions. Sammich together and NOM.
This was so good, folks... the sweetness of the maple with the creaminess of the avocado & Daiya went so well with the mild spiciness of the sausage. Deffers making this again. Hooray for another impromptu success! *high fives self... which is just clapping, if you think about it*

Mmmmmm, what are these tasty morsels?! Why they are Cake Maker's Tastiest of Kale Chips. And there is plenty of truth in that title. Now, I have never eaten a kale chip before... yet I am definitely turned on to this form of greens-consumption because kale by itself (steamed or raw) has never really made me swoon. But cover it with tahini, sriracha, and nooch and I'm hopping on that train! I used my oven, as I do not own a dehydrator. It still took about 3 hours to get the perfect melt-in-your-mouth consistency, which was indeed time-consuming for such a relatively small yield of chips. But I'd do it AGAIN! Just be warned. Oh, and I think I added a bit too much sriracha, so perhaps my chips will last longer than I thought. Spicy!

I'll let you guys know what's for dessert later... ;)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Laaazy Day...

KT is a sleepy blogger today... after attending a KICKASS concert last night I woke up late and with ringing ears. Did some cleaning, some mandatory Enrique-Iglesias-grooving, had lunch with a bestie, took a nap, and then tackled transcribing an interview for a paper due this week. This... is me:

So, today I'm going to continue what I've been doing for the past 2 hours or so, and that is typing maniacally. This time, it's applied to a survey! One I don't believe I've seen in MoFo's past. Excite!

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?
Chicken. I really don't miss it that much at all. There are some tasty analogs out there.

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
Brussel sprouts, yo!

What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Um... traditional Japanese cuisine. I'm just not familiar with it, the textures, the appearance, the ingredients... so I don't start drooling when I see blogs about it.

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?
Water, mos def.

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
Considering the severity of my OCD... no. Not really. This surprises me.

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Sweet potatoes. Veggie burgers. Any sweets whatsoever.

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
I really enjoyed the outcome of making my own vegetable stock and now the idea of buying it is off-putting...

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Oh, there are certain brands that are non-negotiable. Vegenaise. Daiya. Amy's veggie burgers. RUDY'S ORGANICS BREAD.

Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?
I've been known to nosh, it is true. At work I like fresh fruit, maybe a few bites of a Clif bar, oooh - half an avocado sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper. I can turn hummus into a meal, does that count?

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Mmm, all sorts of veggies. Definitely onions, spinach, mushrooms. Maybe some pepperoni analog.

What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
Veggies: brussels, sweet potatoes, asparagus, spinach, red bell peppers, artichokes. Fruits: bosc pears, fuji apples, raspberries, avocados.

What is the best salad dressing?
Love lemon tahini dressing, if it's made correctly... creamy garlicky ranchy is good, maple-dijon-balsamic is bomb.

What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Straight up PB or grape jelly... maybe together, muah haha.

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
My hands down favorite soup is VeganYumYum's Delicata Squash Bisque, made with butternut. I've made this twice so far this year and can't wait to do it again. This stuff is liquid gold.

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
Ooh, I do love a big chocolate cupcake with Oreo buttercream frosting. Mmm!

What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Chocolate chip, fer sure. C'mon now.

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
That's an unfamiliar subject to this grad student. Uh... roasted veggies w/ a veggie burger? Fast and simple.

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
I'm the only vegan human in the household, so I don't have that problem! But my man doesn't like hummus, which I'm working on... :P

How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
Shit, maybe 30-45 minutes. This makes me sad.

How many fingers am I holding up? (Just kidding… but the answer is 11. “My name is Inigo Montoya…”)

Your reward for making it through the survey. See you tomorrow! I'll have some goodies then. ;)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Impromptu Meals

I am not the most creative person on the planet. Those who know me are well aware of this... I need to follow recipes PRECISELY. It is a rare occasion when I feel comfortable to just try making something out of nothing with no direction whatsoever. Yet lately I've been either finding vague inspiration from other blogs or following my cravings and making my own version of a favorite meal. Let's share.

My friend Liv made this lovely pesto dish with veggies and herbs straight from her garden. I wasn't involved in the creation of this dish, but I sure was involved in devouring it. I often forget how much I adore pesto... yum!

I call these bad boys Twenty Minute Twice Baked tatoes:

  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Fork 2-3 medium russet potatoes and stick 'em in the microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  • While they're nuking, mix together about 1/3 cup vegan sour cream, 1/4 cup Daiya, and 1 tbsp of veg bacon bits in a bowl.
  • Slice tatoes in half lengthwise and scoop some of the insides out, leaving a little tater boat.
  • Add potato innards to sour cream mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon mixture into tater boats and top with more Daiya if you're feeling adventurous. Broil for about 10 minutes or until cheese gets kinda melty.
  • Devour. Oh, you should probably let 'em cool down first.

Amy's California Burger with asparagus between work and class. Can't go wrong. (Yes, this classifies as an impromptu meal, damnit)

My weird-ass take on chana masala. Basically I had a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of chickpeas and thought I could make some magic happen. Sauteed some onions and diced potatoes in EVOO. Added the maters and chickpeas. Spiced the hell out of it with whatever was in the spice cabinet. Let it simmer with a little extra water added for about 20 minutes. Served with a side of brown rice (no basmati, unfortch). Not bad. Certainly not authentic... but still yummers!

Have you ever gone into the kitchen and blindly started adding ingredients to a pan or skillet - and enjoyed the end result?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Breakfast Casserole In My Mouf

Day 3, bitches! Let's keep this enthusiasm going!! In my last post I mentioned the benefits of cooking one big meal in preparation for the upcoming week. It's easy to come up with ideas for lunch or dinner, yet I had a specific need to mix up my breakfast routine. Lemme explain: My roomie's... room... is right next to the kitchen, which only has a big overhead light. To be polite, I prepare my brekkie (usually cereal or toast) by the light of the not-even-beginning-to-rise-at-7-am sun. And in a hurry, as I usually cannot motivate myself to get up more than 30 minutes before I'm out the door. SO! What possibilities did I have for a wholesome, preferably veggie-packed, tasty breakfast meal? Casserole, that's right, class.

I initially looked up some recipes online but... there wasn't one that really inspired me. I knew what I wanted and so I winged it (wung it...?). Picked up some vegan specialty items and used up some veggies in my fridge. Here's the recipe, from what I can remember:

Breakfast Casserole In YOUR Mouf

2 medium potatoes (sweet or otherwise)
1 or 2 pieces whole wheat bread (I used Rudy's Organics Nut & Oat - FAVE), torn into chunks
1 small head of broccoli or 1/2 reg sized head, cut into bite-sized florets
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red and 1/2 green pepper, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
5 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 large handful of kale &/or spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tube Gimme Lean sausage
2-3 cups almond milk (depends on how saucy you likes it...)
3/4 cup nooch
1/2 cup of each flavor of Daiya
salt & pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to broil. Spray 9x13 casserole dish with canola spray or lightly oil.
  • Fork your potatoes like Freddy Krueger and stick them in the microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  • Head olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and peppers & saute for a few minutes. Add broccoli and mushrooms, saute for a few more minutes. Set aside.
  • Mix together almond milk, nooch, and some salt & pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Assembly: Line casserole dish with potato slices. Top with bread chunks. Top with kale &/or broccoli. Spoon/pour half of nooch mixture over ingredients. Top with veggie mixture. Top with sausage, formed into bite-sized chunks. Pour remaining nooch mixture over ingredients (adjust moisture as needed - I checked the bottom & sides of the pan to make sure the sauce had pooled a little bit). Spread Daiya & extra black pepper over top of casserole.
  • Broil until Daiya becomes melty and casserole is heated through, about 10-15 minutes, although keep an eye on it.

I first served it as brinner with a side of toast & jelly. I absolutely loved this meal and ate it all week... some days for breakfast AND lunch. It's multi-purpose dish. And totally capable of personalization. Can't wait to make this again... nom.

What's your favorite casserole?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Better Know A Blogger

Day 2 of MoFo and still going strong... this is big, people. It puts a smile on my face to see so many new posts from bloggers who haven't updated in so long! This is what veganism is all about - everyone's passion and creativity makes me SWOON. Yet, in my excitement about other MoFo-ers' posts, I neglected to create any real plan for this month for my own blog. I have a few recipes and fall themed posts and tips for grad school nutrition in mind, yet I don't want to make you all fall in love too quickly, now, come on. So... let's take it slowly. Get to know each other better. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. *lights incense*

I went pescetarian in April of 2008 and have been vegan since June 2008 (quick transish, huh?) It all started with me hitting a deer. :O "Hitting a deer, you say?!" Yes. The poor thing did not seem to be badly injured, as I had slammed on my brakes with all my might. His bum bumped the side of my rapidly slowing vehicle and I saw him run off in my periphery. The whole ordeal had me shaken up quite a bit. It made me think: "If I almost killed an animal, involuntarily... what the hell am I doing every time I sit down at a restaurant and order meals with meat?"

Now, my tastebuds had never been cheerleaders for red meat and were accustomed to a little bit of chicken and seafood during the first 21 years of my life. I had always toyed with the idea of becoming vegetarian, yet the idea of that sort of commitment was off-putting to me. I wasn't ready. The experience with the deer really was the catalyst for adopting a new perspective on the world's creatures and the impact of my lifestyle. I had not heard the word "vegan" until one of my besties became one for a few months. Because I didn't ask questions I still really didn't know her reason for taking that path at the time (sidenote: She's now returned to veganism and has been a card-carrying member for over 3 years now - yay!).

As a person who needs to research the living shit out of things, I delved deeper and deeper into the world of vegetarianism on the interwebs (BTW, I called myself a vegetarian even though I still ate sushi with seafood. Oh, hindsight.). It was inevitable that the truths behind the dairy and egg industries would lead to 1am sob sessions on my couch, in the dark, as I repeated to myself "Oh god, I can never eat cheese again!" I just knew I couldn't continue with my diet knowing what I knew. I just COULDN'T. My transition was a little difficult, as I was dating an omnivore and had an omni roommate, as well. Yet I would not trade in my experience for the world.

There was one day when I tried fake bacon with Vegenaise on a "BLT" for the first time and almost puked. Started crying. Asked my current SO if they would judge me if I went back to being a vegetarian. Got a big ice cream sundae at Applebee's the next day with extra fudge and a side of regret. But I came back from the brink. And I am happier than ever with my diet, my possibilities, my network, my health, and my responsibility to inform and spread veganism far and wide. Veganism is teh awesomez.

I think I use the word "feel" in my line of work easily 25x a day. I'm currently working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness at a community health center doing group facilitation, which is part counseling and part education. While I'm doing that full time I am also pursuing a Master's degree in mental health counseling. Busy, busy, busy. My schedule can be quite 'diculous, if ya ask me, and I have noticed that it's starting to affect my diet/health.

There's a clip from the Simpsons in which Marge & one of the kids are at the duck pond or something and there are bread crumbs on the ground... in scramble a gaggle of grad students who hungrily peck at the morsels while their professor tries to wrangle them back into the classroom. That's... how I feel sometimes. My meals are so sporadic and usually based on convenience: lots of cereal, veggie burgers, fruit, Clif bars, Subway. If I have the energy on the weekend I like to prepare at least one large dish to provide at least one meal a day throughout the week (which I'll blerg about w/ recipes, promise!). Any bloggers out there currently in school? What kind of difficulties do you face concerning your dietary needs vs. your schedule?

Here's what I ate today: local franchise Aladdin's has THE BEST HUMMUS on the planet. Hands down, STFU, end of story. Rich, creamy, nutty... with their signature hot sauce on the side. True vegan comfort (and convenience) food right there.

I'll leave you a pic of my love bug, Dorian, as she adjusts to the change in temperature by unfolding and crawling INTO my warm, fresh-from-the-dryer laundry. Awww... This lovely little lady lump is my world and I love her to pieces. I'll post about her transition into veganism, as well, in the near future.

So... tell me a little bit about yourself. ;)