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Recipe, Shish Taouk w/ Tahini Sauce

It’s been a little while since I shared a recipe with you guys and I thought that I could get back into it by sharing this Middle Eastern one. I’ve shared a few others like Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe and Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe that were super popular but I think this one will be even bigger of a hit.  This recipe is  incredibly easy to make and tastes great, even for those not as accustomed to the typical mid east cuisine. So lets get started with the Shish Taouk with Tahini Sauce.  Ingredients: Shish Taouk  2 Chicken breast  plain yogurt (1/2 cup) olive oil (2 tablespoons) vinegar (tablespoon) 1/2 lemon Spices (this is to your specific taste) garlic, black pepper, curry, salt, cumin, cinnamon, chick spice mix First cut the chicken into cubes, and place into a bowl. Mix in the spices yogurt, olive oil, and vinegar. Then put the refrigerator (this can be done overnight, but at least an hour) so the chicken absorbs everything. Once this is done warm a frying pan, …

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe

I’ll freely admit I’m a bit food obsessed. More often than not this is sweet foods, that taste great but are terrible and just want to make me eat more. Lately however I’ve been working on making meals that are a bit  better for me, and very filling which is where this casserole comes in! While there are a lot of variations on the typical casserole I love the Syrian version because I like the distinctive Arabian taste and the ease to make this casserole. Ingredients needed for the Syrian Casserole 1/2 Onion Vegetable Oil 1 lb Ground Beef 14 oz Macaroni 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sour cream 1 Ranch Packet White Cheese Cream Shredded Mozzarella Spices to taste (black pepper, curry, meat masala powder, cinnamon, garlic, seasoning salt) First dice the onion and sauté in a large pan using vegetable oil, until the onions are golden brown. The add ground beef to the pan as well as the spices and cook for ten minutes.  During this time you can boil macaroni …

Trying out Hello Fresh + Recipes

As someone who doesn’t like to go grocery shopping, and someone who does like to do online shopping food subscription boxes have a huge appeal to me. I’ve been seeing a few different versions like Blue Apron (lots of bloggers seem to be getting these), Plated, Marely Spoony are just a few that I’ve seen floating around. I hadn’t actually known anyone in real life who’d used a food subscription box until a friend of mine began subscribing to Hello Fresh. They liked it quite well (making me even more interested) and I was super excited when they received a promotional discount to give away and I immediately decided I’d be the one to take it! For my box I went with the family plan which can contain meat, fish and veggie recipes and is made for two adults and two children and the option to pick either two (that’s what I chose) or three meals for the week, at a cost of $8.75 a meal. From there you can pick what day you want …

Making Vegan Gooseberry Cobbler

I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately and since a few people have emailed me about good vegan dessert recipes I figured I could share this one with you guys even if one of the ingredients can be a little hard to find. That is if you aren’t like me and have a gooseberry bush in your yard. Making this vegan cobbler is actually pretty easy and the rest of the ingredients are very cheap and easy to find. So here’s my recipe for Vegan Gooseberry Cobbler and a few pictures of me making it.   Ingredients 4 Cups of Gooseberries 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 Cup Almond Flour 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder * Vegan Whipped Topping  The first step is getting the stems off which is actually the longest step. From there but all the gooseberries into a pan with a half cup of sugar and cook it down. I did it for 30 minutes on high but this can be a little dangerous …

Las Posadas Holiday Vegan Recipe

Before I get into another fun vegan recipe I figure a few of you guys might be wondering what exactly Las Posadas is if you aren’t Hispanic, or at live in a Latino area. Well first of all it’s part of the Christmas holiday, but a precursor to the whole opening presents under the tree ordeal. It is a 9 night celebration (from December 16-24) of the journey that Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Lots of food, family and friends are involved. Because I’m in the no meat club I originally looked at vegan Las Posadas recipes, but was completely unimpressed with what I saw. I then decided that this year I would make my own. Luckily I had a little help with my recipe from the wonderful people at HERDEZ who has an authentic culture for authentic food. With them I put together a totally vegan Las Posadas meal that has a whole lot of flavor, is healthy and easy to make. Ingredients: Firm Tofu 16 oz pack Soft Tortilla Shells …

Making Vegan Cranberry Salad

 I know that I said Thanksgiving is officially over when I shared my Homemade Christmas Cards but I really wanted to show off the cranberry salad that I made for Thanksgiving. It turned out a lot better than I thought that it would (even if it isn’t photogenic), and healthy enough for #fitnessfriday. It’s easy to make too, about 15 minutes prep time, and this cranberry salad recipe is totally vegan something that can’t be said about most traditional Thanksgiving foods.  Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Walnuts 2 Cups Strawberry Syrup (unsweetened) 1/2 Cup Diced Celery 1 Cups Diced Apples 16 oz Cranberries The first step is roasting the walnuts. This will give them a darker flavor than just putting them in the salad uncooked. Then heat up the strawberry syrup on the oven to a low simmer. Use a food processor to puree the cranberries, leaving a bit of texture. Then Cut celery and apples and add them it. Then put the syrup in stir and put in the refrigerator.  Once cooled it’s ready to serve. 

Vegan Pumpernickel Bread Recipe

Since I’ve been trying to get in shape something I’ve noticed is that you can’t just exercise and expect results, even if you’re wearing cute running outfits or yoga outfits. The biggest thing is having a better diet something I’ve been trying to work on. So for today’s #fitnessfriday I wanted to share with you guys a bread recipe. This bread is a fairly soft (by European not American) standards, is moist and full of flavor. Best of all though it isn’t high calorie and doesn’t have any weird bad for you ingredients. Of course like all my recipes this pumpernickel bread recipe is vegan.  Ingredients (for 1 1/2 lbs) 3 1/2 Oz Coconut Milk 1 1/2 Table Spoons Coconut Oil 5 Oz Water 2 Teaspoons Coco Powder 2 Teaspoons Active Yeast (Dry) 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 2 Cups Bread Flour 1 Cup Rye Flour Now as you might know I have a bread machine which is much easier than doing everything by hand and makes everything simple. Just mix all the ingredients together and put …

Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe (vegan)

 Even as the weather gets colder I find myself still craving smoothies, especially more tropical ones. Because of this I decided to share one of my more recent favorites with you (though I’m still loving the banana smoothie). Although I’m not much of an alcohol drinker myself this smoothie is actually inspired by an alcoholic beverage the in a Colada. And just like the drink it isn’t too hard to make.  Ingredients: 1 Can Pineapple 1 Can Coconut Milk Dried Coconut (preferably unsweetened) Hemp Hearts Ice Pour in roughly half a can of coconut milk, the whole can of pineapples, and three cups of ice, then begin blending. You can use fresh pineapple, though personally I find this to be tedious, and also freeze your pineapple pieces before putting them in the blender in exchange for less ice. Once this is blended well, add two cups of dried coconut and a cup of hemp hearts. Mix until desired constancy and you’re done. The end Pina Colada Smoothie is actually quite sweet so I’d refrain from …

Easy Vegan Smoothie Recipe

 In honor of Fitness Friday I’m here with a healthy and vegan food option for you guys. Normally when I do these kind of recipe posts I cook something extravagant like vegan pizza, or  BBQ tofu but today I went with a smoothie. It only takes a few minutes to make, and is great for a breakfast before early morning classes or just as a snack.  Ingredients:  2 Frozen Bananas (chopped) Unflavored Soy Milk Honey  1 Can Mandarin Oranges I first put the bananas, milk and a cup of ice into my blender, and then realized I had lost the lid, so blended this part with a stick blender. I then added in a few more banana slices and 3 teaspoons of honey, as well as the mandarin orange juice and blended this in, without completely mashing the final bananas.  To finish off on top I put a few whole mandarin oranges. And… That’s it.  Also a big shout out to the people over at Ozeri, for the glasses I used in this post. They sent …