Posts tagged meal ideas
Getting Instant Inspiration for your Daily Meals

One of those questions many of us face on a daily basis is “What am I making for dinner tonight?”. If you’re like us, and you also have breakfast and lunch at home, then you can multiply that little question times three. That’s a lot of meals over a week, a month, or a year, and although we’re creatures of habit and tend to reach for a few meals and recipes over and over again, sometimes it’s nice to vary things up.

Variety is also important as vegans, since eating lots of different fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, grains etc., provides us with a large array of nutrients, and what is of equal importance, there’s a lot of pleasure and satisfaction present when we’re eating different foods we enjoy and we’re looking forward to our meals and snacks.

This was one of the things that inspired us to create our online program My Brownble. We wanted to give you an ongoing supply of ideas, and something not a lot of people know about me, is that I use our program too! There are close to 300 videos in the program as of right now and that continues to grow every week, which means I can’t remember half of them off the top of my head, so sometimes when I’m planning out meals for the week, or I’m in the train coming home unsure of what to make for dinner, I scroll through the program to remember old time favorites of ours.

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Favorite Spring Vegetables and What to do with Them

When people ask me what my favorite season is, I always have to think about who is asking the question. Are they talking about my favorite season in terms of nature and its beauty? Autumn obviously! Are they asking in terms of my deep pluviophile nature, which loves grey and gloomy days and having any and every excuse to practice Hygge? Winter, of course! Are they talking about relaxing, being playful and enjoying my city's life to the max? Summer, of course! Or are they talking about vegetables? 

When it comes to seasonality, each person is so different! I remember my veggie vendor at the farmer's market once told me: "you are SO not a summer girl. You come in August looking for kale and asking where the heck are all the vegetables, and when I show you my peaches and nectarines you look so unimpressed!". He is so right, as much as I enjoy fruit, vegetables have the key to my heart and summer veggies are just not that abundant.

The fall is great for green leafy vegetables and squashes, and even the winter brings about some of my favorites, but spring has magic in it and it has nothing to do with all the flowers.

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What I Eat in a Day, Weekday Edition!

Time for another little vlog! Yes I get to show you what I eat in a day, and yes, of course the dogs make their regular appearance! I recently showed you what I eat in a typical Saturday here, but a lot of you have asked me how I get organized with my meals during the week, when we're busier, our schedules are tighter and we don't have a lot of time for cooking.

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Easy Peasy Vegan Entertaining, Tips for Feeding a Non-Vegan Crowd, Hosting Delicious Dinner Parties and more

When I was growing up my house was always full of the most interesting characters. My mom was an archaeologist and for a very long time worked in the science and art museums in town, which meant my house was filled with artists, scientists, writers, adventure seekers and sometimes a combination of all four. This meant two things, I was blessed to grow up in a house where I saw a lot of people living their lives in so many different ways. Some were married, others were not, some were gay, some were straight, some had high paying jobs, others had several low paying jobs, some were the corporate type and came in suits, others were hippies who loved living off the grid. Some had children, some had cats. 

It also meant that there was ALWAYS food being served at our house. Perhaps it's the reason why people were always hanging out there! My mom was known for inviting people over for full English teas (cucumber sandwiches, buttery scones and all), in the middle of the tropical heat and weather of Venezuela, might I add.

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Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Puff Pastries

I grew up eating these babies in my home country of Venezuela. The traditional ones aren't vegan, as they use ricotta cheese to make the filling, but I could not let you continue living your life without getting a little taste of this South American treat. 

Traditionally, people have them for breakfast with a latte or even chocolate milk. They are flaky, soft, pillowy, and so full of flavor. In today's video, which we created specially for our friends at Vegan Outreach, one of our favorite non-profits EVER, you'll learn how to make the perfect tofu ricotta, which can also be used to stuff shells, manicotti, as a filling for lasagna, or even eaten as is or in a wrap or sandwich.

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The Fun Factor: Small Additions for Making your Meals a Total Treat

Two weeks ago we published our post and podcast episode on umami or what I call the "yum" factor. Adding ingredients with certain flavor profiles that can completely elevate the yumminess and heartiness of a dish to new heights, was one of my tips for adding that "yum". Today however, we're talking about another little factor that can really make a difference in your eating, your cooking, and especially in your enjoyment of food. Nowadays there's no lack of posts and articles that all seem to focus on the nitty gritty details of what you should and shouldn't eat on a vegan diet, what I call sub-vegan diets, an intense focus on superfoods, nutrient boosting powders, etc. Food, at least online, is becoming more of a science experiment than the beautiful art form that it is, and since I'm all about going back to basics in the kitchen, I think we need to talk about the love of food and being able to find joy in the process of cooking and eating again.

Hence, the fun factor.

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Vegan Meal Ideas that Just Need Assembling

If life with my mother taught me something it's that sometimes, when you least expect it, life gets rocky. You get a big project at work, someone (or you!) gets sick, you get some bad news and are having to deal with it emotionally, sometimes unexpected things happen, whether good or bad, that throw you off your routine. What is the first thing that goes out the window when life gets complicated? You guessed it! Your exercise and eating habits. We'll be discussing exercise in a future post, but today I wanted to give you some tips when it comes to eating healthily when things get tough.

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Delicious Plant Based Food Pairings to Help you Improve your Cooking Skills (Part 1)

Last week I gave you 5 simple tips to start improving your cooking skills, and one of those was to start getting familiar with food pairings. I got so excited that I started writing today's blog post almost immediately! Food pairings, aka foods that just go together like two little peas in a pod are what have helped me elevate my cooking the most, especially as a recipe creator, since 90% of the time I'm not cooking tried and true recipes but developing new ones (yes... it's an illness... yes, my husband is a happy man when I don't mess things up too much!). 

When you're on this quest of improving your cooking skills, when you want to feel more confident in the kitchen, come up with new ideas and eventually learn how to cook without using a recipe, understanding food pairings is such a fantastic tool. I'm not talking about food and wine pairings, although these are great to learn too if you're a wine lover. I'm also not talking about the traditional and famous food duos like peanut butter and jelly, or caramel and sea salt, or french fries and ketchup, cookies and milk. I'm talking about going right back down into basic ingredients, and which ones go so well together you can build an entire meal on just a simple flavor combination.

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