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Friday, October 17, 2014

Sweet Pumpkin Noodles (Raw)

Here's a word of warning kids: Don't lick food off of broken glassware.

You're probably thinking, "Duh, why would I ever do that?"

Well, maybe because you had tasted something so delicious that you couldn't bear to let it go to waste despite that you shattered the container it was in.

...Or at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
The item in question was what you see above- well, the dressing part anyway.
It is sweet, creamy, raw, and full of autumnal flavor- 
namely from pumpkin, the goddess of the season.

The difference between this recipe and the fall-flavored goods quickly lining store shelves is that it is made with real pumpkin- not with artificial pumpkin flavor or even canned pumpkin puree.
I slathered the sauce over kelp noodles and topped with lemon verbena to complete the look. 

This was before I dropped the mason jar it was in, sending broken glass and pumpkin cream all over the kitchen. I'll skip the embarrassing and slightly gory details... I'm sure you can guess what happened from there. 

I couldn't resist trying to savor the last remnants of my sauce that didn't touch the (admittedly dirty) floor. I live in a college theme-house with nine other kids- what do you expect?
That being said, DO NOT do what I did and lick broken glass! You will make your lip bleed, if not worse. Also, clean your kitchen.

Um, and make this recipe. I mean, if you want.

Here's the how-to in case you're so inclined.

  • 1 young Thai coconut (water + meat)
  • 1.5 cups raw pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 in. knob of turmeric
  • 1 in. knob of ginger
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Stevia to taste (or S&P for a savory variation)
  • 1 package of kelp noodles

  • Combine all ingredients except noodles in high-speed blender
  • Blend until very smooth
  • Stir into noodles and serve

Oh and if you are still reading: I almost forgot the coolest part of this recipe.
The whole thing cost about $5 to make!

Between dumpster diving and my local Asian grocer, raw food on a budget is a cinch.
Here's the breakdown:
-Coconut: Super G, $2
-Pumpkin: dumpster, $0
-Turmeric: Super G, roughly $0.50
-Ginger: Super G, roughly $0.50
-Spices: in the house, $0
-Noodles: Super G, $2

Hope that serves as some inspiration for the day!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vegan Birthday Weekend: New York Edition

I just want to start by pointing out that as of September 10, I'm 20 years old. Woohoo!

I'm no longer an angsty teen, you guys. Well maybe still angsty, but no longer teen.
And I went to the good ol' big apple to celebrate. Yeah I called it the big apple... Don't judge.
I said 'ol too. What about it?

I find that it is easier to do "What I Ate" travel logs in a photo-journal style. 
So I'm opting for mostly pictures in lieu of flowery language about my adventures.

Yeah I'm way late in rehashing my birthday happenings, but whatever.
If you're anything like me, you're probably just skipping over this text to get to the pictures anyway.
(Whoops, did I just admit that?)

Anyway, here goes.

After a long day of flying and layovering (laying over?), I landed in the fine state of New Jersey- Rutherford to be specific.

Day 1
I was greeted by my loving grandparents and some damn delicious vegan cupcakes. 

Day 2
 A day trip to Hoboken is incomplete without a pitstop in a hipster coffee shop.
A chai almond milk latte and XGFX PB&J bar (!) at Bwé Kafe

Day 3
 A class at Jivamukti Yoga followed by Jivamuktea Cafe
A mad hatter tea party platter consisting of...
Jivamuktea Chai with almond milk
Avo Bravo on GF bread
 Vegetable Panino on GF bread
 Veggie crudites + hummus
and XGFX oatmeal raisin cookie/chocolate chip brownie chunks.

Day 4
Seacaucus VeggieFest with live music...
and a delicious platter of spiced chickpeas, rice/lentil mixture, indian salsa and pori.

Day 5
My first (and definitely not last) trip to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
I would live here if I could.
Meet Dylan.
Connecting with animals on a personal level reminds me why I am so devoted to veganism.
They all have such distinct personalities.
After the farm was lunch at Garden Cafe in Downtown Woodstock.
We started with a corn & cheddar tart...
and a simple mixed green salad.
For entrees, we split a roasted sweet potato sandwich on GF bread with a red bean side salad...
and a classic but delicious macro bowl.

Dessert (unpictured) was some vegan froyo at a place called Little Apple.
It's pretty pricey but super cute with good options.
You can find raw goodies (like chia cups and kale chips, fresh-pressed juice, smoothies, acaí bowls, and more.

Well, that basically wraps up my birthday trip (or what I ate, at least). I highly, highly recommend venturing to Woodstock, NY if you ever get a chance. 
If you're looking for good vibes, cool people, delicious food and interesting culture, it's the place to hit up.