Posts tagged meal planning
Meal Prepping Before a Massive Kitchen Remodel (or Anything Else that Will Keep you Out of the Kitchen)

If you’ve listened to some of our previous episodes in the podcast, you probably know that right after the big launch of The Roadmap (our brand new online course that teaches you how to go vegan step by step), we were heading straight into a MASSIVE kitchen remodel. When I shared this, a lot of you wrote saying that you thought our current kitchen looked so great in our videos and you were wondering what on Earth we were going to do with it. Here’s the deal, and this might come as a huge surprise if you haven’t heard me confess it before. The kitchen you see in our videos is not our real kitchen!

What?!

Well, yes that is the truth.

When we first started filming for brownble we filmed one yummy recipe in our real kitchen and it has forever been under lock and key! The light wasn’t good enough and our lights for filming didn’t fit comfortably in the kitchen. Carlos had trouble moving around the kitchen with the cameras and tripods, not to mention the mic stand, or the fact that I’ve never really loved our kitchen and we’ve been wanting to change it practically since we moved into this apartment about 9 years ago. As we were pondering at night how we might be able to improve the quality of the videos filmed in our kitchen, Carlos suddenly had a stroke of genius and he began to plan and draw up a set for filming. Aka, our video “kitchen” set that was, and still is, very beautiful, but which we have to take down and set up after and before each new video.

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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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Overwhelm City: When Self Care Goes Out the Window and How to Bring it Back

Hey my lovelies! Today we have a very special episode that came straight from the heart early this morning. I thought we’d have a conversation about self care and those moments in life in which we feel so overwhelmed. I wanted to make it an informal, off the cuff chat, so today’s episode won’t have our traditional written format but you can of course join in by clicking play above or listening to the episode through your favorite podcast app.

In today’s episode I talk about:

  • Those moments of absolute overwhelm and stress that just sneak up on us.

  • How self care starts leaving us in stages when we’ve entered overwhelm city.

  • The many aspects of self care that we often forget are important to keep as a precious part of our routine.

  • How things like our eating, joyful movement and our relationship with others gets affected when self care seems to have left the building.

  • and the different stages to bring it back into the picture again, making sure we’re prioritizing our own well being and care.

  • I also give you my favorite 1 minute emergency visualization that helps us step out of a very anxious space and get some breathing room, and much more.

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Vegan on the Go: Simple, Delicious Vegan meals for Taking to School, Work, Picnics or Travelling

There's something about the summer that always makes me think of potlucks and picnics on the beach or by the lake. We don't have an ocean near where we live but we love taking the dogs to a beautiful reservoir nearby, where they get to swim, roll around in the sand, and we all get that change of scenery we need sometimes. As you know by now, my favorite thing to do is spending time in nature with Carlos and the dogs, and this little reservoir is one of my favorite places ever. It's surrounded by the most beautiful rocks and mountains that look almost Pre-Historic, but then you look out into the sand and water and you see families eating together, or people paddle boarding or sailing in the water, and of course, no one is having more fun than the dogs (by dogs I of course mean me).

When we go there, we always know that there will be a delicious picnic in the itinerary, including doggie treats of course, and there's something so exciting about eating a picnic near the water that I think although neither of us wants to admit it, we secretly want to dig in and start eating it the minute we arrive, even though we've just had breakfast. For this reason, our picnic usually includes several stages, the first one usually involving watermelon or cherries to help cool us off in the summer, some chips and guacamole for a bit later, delicious sandwiches for the main event and sometimes that includes a a container filled with my potato salad on the side. Then of course, something sweet for dessert which can either be more fruit, cookies or energy balls (chocolate melts so sadly that one's a no-no). As you can probably tell, picnics are one of my favorite things to do, and in today's post and episode I'm going to explain where that tradition got started, and I'm giving you tons of simple delicious vegan meals you can take on picnics or to the beach, but that are equally as portable, practical and yummy to take to work, school or when you're traveling or going on a road trip.

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My Journey into Cooking

Our idea for Brownble initially came from my desire to teach people how to cook vegan food, and the fact that we live far enough away from the city that starting with a  small group of "in person" classes was a bit complicated. That's when Carlos came along with his high tech ideas and placed the first grain of sand into what Brownble is today, not only our new site and this blog, but also our online vegan cooking classes as part of our cooking membership program. What I realized the other day was that this has actually been a huge metaphor for what my journey into cooking has been like, and now I'm looking at Brownble in a whole new different light. Today I'm sharing a bit of that story with you. By the end of this post you'll know all about the strange way my mom influenced my cooking, what I used to do as a teen every single day after school, my obsession with the French, how veganism completely changed my experience in the kitchen, and why cooking scrambled eggs under a tree made me into the vegan cook I am today. Yes, I said scrambled eggs!

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Helping Moms Get Organized in the Kitchen

Moms surely don't get enough credit for all the work they do. They are professional jugglers, they've mastered the art of developing a figurative third arm, plus a third eye in the back of their head, they can run marathon style or slide to second base in one second flat when their kiddos are headed straight to the pointy corner of the coffee table. They can give and give even when they feel they're running dangerously low on fuel.

Mamas are basically superheroes.

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5 Tips to Help you Get Organized with Vegan Meal Ideas

So many of our unhealthier choices stem from that moment of complete brain freeze when we have to get dinner ready and we have no idea what we're going to make. Keeping a varied, fun and delicious diet is so important when it comes to sticking to a plant based way of eating, and especially if you were, or are, a total meat and potatoes person like I used to be, the transition to a vegan diet can be overwhelming sometimes, and you can often find yourself making the same dish over and over again and eventually grow tired of it. Not to mention the fact that glowing nutrition comes hand in hand with varying up those veggies and beans and whole grains and textures, flavors, colors. That's the sweet spot!

One of the great changes that veganism has brought to my life is how varied and colorful and creative my dishes are now, when compared to what I ate before, but this isn't something that just comes automatically the second you go vegan. Nope! I had to do a little leg work and wrap my head around some systems that now take no effort at all, and that made all the difference for me. 

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5 Simple Tips to Start Improving your Plant Based Cooking Skills

As you know, although my cooking skills skyrocketed when I studied cooking and got certified as a plant based cook, most of my skills and creativity in the kitchen was something that developed over time, and something that simply came from huge curiosity and practice. Not to mention all the wonderful and unexpected teachers I had along the way.

Most of what I know about cooking was completely self-taught and is the result of over 19 years of simply spending time in the kitchen and having the desire to get better and better and learn what I needed to learn. It's also the result of just loving food and being a serious eater! That's the funnest part.

Whenever friends come over for dinner or I listen to them talk about their cooking, I always hear the same thing, people have the firm belief that outstanding restaurant-like cooking is reserved for just a select few, and that you're either born with the gift or went to the best cooking school in Paris. They also use time as an excuse not to create varied and creative meals... "if I had more time I could make more interesting meals, but now I only cook the same foods over and over again". Sound familiar?

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