Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vegetarian Gyros

This is a super yummy recipe that's great for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike.  In my recipe, I use tempeh as a meat replacement, but you could also use imitation chicken or beef strips if you like!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Photo Diary: Harney Peak

A couple weeks ago my family traveled to Colorado and South Dakota for a family hiking vacation.  The first mountain we decided to tackle was Harney Peak in South Dakota.  Harney Peak is a beautiful mountain located in the Black Hills of South Dakota that shares a fascinating history with local Native American tribes and is still considered sacred Native American ground today.
The hike itself was between 7.5-8 miles and was no walk in the park, although it was insanely beautiful.  It was interesting experiencing the terrain and landscape of the Black Hills in comparison to the forests and mountains my family typically hikes here on the east coast.  If you ever find yourself in South Dakota, I would highly recommend hiking Harney Peak; the history of the peak and the surrounding areas is fascinating, and the views are spectacular.  It's also fun to spot the local wildlife: we even saw a lone buffalo in an area near the peak! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer Sunrise Juice

Hello all! 
One of my favorite parts of the summer is being able to enjoy all the fresh and delicious fruits that are in season.  Juicing is a great way to enjoy all the sweet fruits that make summer great, and this recipe is one of my absolute favorites.  Here are a couple notes on this recipe:
- This recipe is really more of a foundation for you to create your own recipe.  I really encourage you guys to try different combinations and amounts of fruits to create the juice variation that you really love.  You can try adding fruits like grapefruit or even try adding some carrots!
- Every juicer is designed differently.  My juicer, for instance, doesn't require apples to be peeled or have the core removed as it filters those out on its own.  Do your research on your juicer to see how big to cut the fruit slices and what to remove from the fruit (or vegetable) before juicing.
- I would recommend making this juice in steps.  Although it does make the process a bit more time-consuming, it's really handy to be able to juice a few fruits at a time, let that mixture refrigerate, and then add the next batch of juice.  That way, your juice stays cool throughout the whole process and you're not worried about your juice oxidizing (aka turning a yucky color) or getting room temperature as you're juicing.

Phew, and now for the actual Summer Sunrise Juice recipe!

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe; be sure to share your favorite juice recipes with me! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Non-Dairy Ice Cream Taste Test

We have come to the last video in which my non-vegan friends help me taste different vegan foods!  Today my friends Shannon and Hannah joined me in trying 3 different kinds of vegan/non-dairy ice cream.  Check it out below! 

See you next time!