Posts tagged salads
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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Vegan Barbecue Series: Vegetables, Sides and Salads

If you read or listened to last week's post or episode you know we're right in the middle of our delicious vegan barbecue series, in which I get to teach you some of my favorite plant-based goodies to pop on that grill this summer. Last week we covered vegan meats and marinades, and today it's time for some of my grilling favorites. Those barbecue sides, those perfectly charred veggies and the salads that will round out grilling season. Sides are a thing of beauty and we all know it. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are the perfect proof of that. Sure, we might have loved these holiday gatherings because of the big roast (which of course you can make vegan) at the center of the table, but usually when I ask people what their favorite part of their family's Thanksgiving was, they all mention their grandma's mashed potatoes or their dad's famous sweet potato casserole. Deep down, we're all side dish junkies. Grilling season is the perfect excuse to indulge in such a vice.

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Roasted Corn and Bean Salad

Let's face it, Mexican food is the bomb, and I honestly believe that it's one of the easiest cuisines to veganize. It's all about the veggies, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, delicious ears of corn, corn or flour tortillas, not to mention salsa, hot sauce and avocados, three of my favorite things... EVER!

Whenever I want to cook something yummy, but that is quick and easy to make with ingredients I I have at home, I almost always think of Mexico.

This salad is a great tribute to its flavors, and the good news is you can eat it as is, stuff it into a taco or burrito. Anything goes!

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NEW VIDEOS FOR MEMBERS!: PART 2 OF OUR WEIGHT LOSS VIDEO SERIES AND A LEMONY LEEK AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

First of all, thank you so very much to everyone who has written to say they love the new design of the blog! I'm in love with it too. I'm so happy to sit down and write in it I can't even tell you, and your support is a HUGE part of that. Today I'm really excited because I get to share a delicious recipe and part 2 of our weight loss video series with our My Brownble members. If you're new to the blog and you want to know what that is, My Brownble is our signature online membership program where I teach you how to cook vegan and do it in a way that brings joy and balance into your life. We get to cook amazing dishes together and talk about all sorts of things, and you can read more details about it here. Today we're cooking up this amazing lemony leek and black bean salad, well, tossing really, as this salad requires no cooking at all! I also teach you how to make that amazing red onion pickle they serve at Mexican restaurants. You wouldn't believe how easy it is to make, and is it just me or is it simply the best topping ever? 

We've also added part 2 of our weight loss video series which I know you've loved so far. Part 1 was all about practical tips and more food related, and in today's video we get deep into our mindset and the psychology behind diets and losing weight, and we talk about exercise. This video series is quickly becoming a member favorite so I'm very excited to finally have part 2 up for you to watch!

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