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Only just found out udon noodles are actually vegan what have I been doing for the past 8 months of my life 😪 😂 Served them up with stir-fry veggies and some crispy maple tofu and peanut sauce 👌 The best meals are just your fridge contents thrown into a bowl right??
So I’ve been eating pretty indulgently in the past couple of days. I blame it on the exam season, which always has me reaching for something decadent or greasy for some reason! After a pizza and dessert-filled day yesterday, I decided to up the nutrition today with this nourishing meal of rice, baked Thai-style peanut tofu and veggies, all on a bed of fresh spinach. It’s all about balance! Indulging here and there is great for mental health- and in my opinion, that’s equally as important as eating physically nutritious food like this.
To make the rice bowl:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, mix 1.5 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp soy sauce, the juice of 1/3 lemon, and a pinch of smoked paprika and ground ginger. Add water slowly to thin it out, mixing it well, until it reaches a thick sauce consistency. Add small cubed tofu pieces (I used a 390g pack for 3 servings). Coat the tofu well in the marinade, then add to a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Place in the oven for 30-40 mins or until the tofu is nice and toasted, flipping it over halfway through to ensure even cooking.
In the meantime, start cooking your rice, either in a rice cooker or on the stovetop. Then sauté some veggies of choice (I used broccoli and chestnut mushrooms) with a dash of soy sauce. You could also steam them if you’d prefer.
Once everything is done, lay down fresh spinach in your bowl, and top with your individual components! I meal prepped this, so I made 3 dinners from this one session in the kitchen. Definitely a more time-efficient method for me, especially this exam season!
My piece for the Sheithlentine exchange on Twitter! Happy Valentines, @foxkunkun! I’m still learning how to draw digitally so I’m sorry if the colours are too bold, but I hope you like it! A lil fic to go with this underneath c: EDIT: Something in my theme is causing this to be copied twice when you look at this on my blog from a computer?? IDK how to fix it, sorry ^^;
1. Do your research
Research and expand your knowledge on veganism! Find out about vegan youtubers, local vegan restaurants around you, recipes, articles and so much more! Before going on a road trip this fall, I was researching on all the fast food restaurants to find out what vegan options they offered. And let me tell u, this was VERY useful! Once I gained my knowledge on what is not vegan and what is, I got a general idea of what I can eat. So now when people offer me things that aren’t vegan, I don’t have to read the ingredients like a maniac, I just kindly reject. Also finding a vegan community online can be very helpful and supportive!
2. Try new vegan recipes
I challenge you to try at least 1 new vegan recipe every week. This will help you get a feel of what food you like, and make it easier for u to cook. I suggest even getting a cook book. For ex. Forks over knifes. This book gave me great food ideas and sometimes I switch up recipes to make them my own.
3. Stock up on fruits and veggies
This is so you always have something on hand. This will prevent you from running to the store constantly. Normally I go to the store once a week and get all the basics: fruits, veggies, almond milk, and 1 frozen dinner. Normally I buy big boxes of rice and pasta 1 a month and then I use my fruits and veggies to make meals out of them, I use the almond milk for random things, and I get the frozen dinner for when I have that lazy weekday. Sometimes I get tofu but it all depends. My grocery list is pretty cheap and far from expensive. Always having fruits and veggies on hand with make it easier to whip up a meal real quick.
4. Make sure you’re getting your calories in
As a healthy vegan, you have to make sure you are getting enough calories in that your body needs. Being vegan it is easy to under eat, especially if you’re new to this lifestyle. At first you’re so used to the mind set of eating smaller portions, because animal products are heavy, and very calorie dense. But on a vegan diet things tend to be lighter, and less calorie dense. So after saying this, make sure to eat eat eat those fruits and veggies, and don’t shy away from bigger portions.
5. Be happy
Try to be happy despite all the animal abuse that continues on. Be happy because you are truly making a difference! You are helping the environment, animal, and your body!
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Big, warm bowl of tofu and veggie udon noodles for dinner.
To make the udon:
Fry some firm tofu in a non-stick pan and flip it on all sides, until the surfaces get golden-brown. Add chopped onion and garlic, and sauté. Next, add any veggies of your choice. I added bean sprouts, mushrooms, cabbage and sliced carrots. In a separate pot, cook noodles according to package instructions. While the noodles are cooking, make the sauce by combining 1 tbsp tahini, 1/3 tbsp miso paste, 1 tsp lemon juice and some warm water to thin it out. When the noodles are done, toss the noodles with the veggie-tofu mix, then pour the sauce over. Add about 1tbsp soy sauce and toss everything well to combine. I added some kale at this stage and let that wilt for a minute. Top it with dried seaweed and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
DIRECTIONS 1. In a large pot add your water (not boiled, warm at most) and miso paste and heat on medium until the paste has dissolved. Never let the water boil or it will kill the miso. 2. Add in the garlic, ginger and tamari and stir until its all combined well. 3. Add your prepped vegetables and tofu (spinach, chilli, nori and mushrooms, tofu), turn the heat down to low and put a lid on the pot for about 30 minutes, check every now and then until the veggies have cooked to your liking. 4. When you’re about to be ready to eat yo soup, add your soba noodles and stir through for a few minutes until they’re cooked (if they’re dry soba like I use, they should cook in less than 5 minutes)
A stick of charcoal, that was all he had been looking for.
And perhaps some archival ink, too, if the clock so permitted. As a third year fine arts major, Jungkook had developed the habit of passing time between lectures in empty art classrooms, taking advantage of its abundance of materials to paint or sketch or whatever he was in the mood for. That day it just so happened that he fancied the idea of smudge work- a forest silhouette, or the twisting labyrinth of an underground city, he wasn’t sure. He supposed he would figure out the details once he had the charcoal in hand.
He only had an hour to spare before his next class, however. As he opened the door to the supply cupboard, he decided to forgo the ink and begin directly with the smudging. Just a bit of charcoal, nothing more and nothing less. He had visited this room enough times to know that it would be in a tin underneath the pastel sticks.
Instead, what he found was you: a slight figure nestled among the cans of acrylic paint, arms hugging knees and head resting against the back of the closet. Oh, and there’s the tin next to your left foot- wait, what?
He sat on the couch, the stench of sex and its fabric ripping off itself was his bed for the past two weeks. His sketchbook and guitar are his only comfort when his hyung came home with whatever random chick he brought home from drinking. Hyung and his professor must have broken up but he doesn’t look like he missed her with the amount of girls that came home with him.
“The last you go do is silence your fuck buddy, my ears picked up every filth moans that left her mouth.”
“Listen well with your two sets of ears, just go to school Jeongguk and keep out of Hyung’s business.”
“Is your sex drive really that high?”
“I’m just teasing, hyung.”
“It’s not my fault that the girls can’t keep their hands off me.”
“Whatever you say, hyung.” His morning coffee walked in, wearing one of his shirts and meekly bowed to them. She went back to pour a cup, quietly drinking it while Jeongguk looked at his hyung in annoyance.
“Go to school, Jeongguk.”
“I mean it.” He turned back to the chick, smiling at her while standing next to her, ignoring him as always when he was with a girl. Jeongguk went to the bathroom with clothes to change into, taking a brisk shower and praying the fling would be gone. Not standing in front of him when he opened the door to leave.
“Oh my, you’re his little brother. I’m–”
“Not important. I’ve got to go.” He brushed past her coldly, not in the mood for her small talk and attempt to be remembered unlike the other flings that came over.
“Wait, Jeongguk. That’s your name, right?”
“You’re more persistent than the other girls, huh?”
“He’s worried about you, you know. He talks so brightly about you and I just wanted to say– maybe I shouldn’t, I mean I just met you this morning and I’m pretty hungover– okay, Jeongguk. Go to school for him, he cares about you even though he had a crude way of showing it. I don’t have any–”
“You remind of this girl I know.”
“Oh. Do you like her?”
“Of course.” He loves you, always has and always will.
“Oh.. Does she go to your school?”
“What do you think?”
“I guess that’s a yes. Have you talked to her?” He didn’t know why he found it easy to spill all his secrets out to a complete stranger that was shamelessly moaning his hyung’s name last night. Maybe it was because she reminded him of you. He could tell you anything, he wanted to tell you everything but you couldn’t do the same.
“I kinda dated her until she kissed her best friend, didn’t tell me about it and now, she’s hooked up with him.”
“Don’t be. I just thought–” He just thought he could be your everything and anything, the only one that could hold you close at night, kiss your nose when you wake up because you didn’t want to kiss him until you brushed your teeth. The one that saw you dancing in a shirt and short to your favourite songs and cover your face when you catch him staring at you. The man that could make you laugh whenever you were sad. He’s fallen into the deep sea that is you, surrounded by you but he only wanted to sink further. Now, it was dark. Pitch black and he couldn’t get out. He didn’t know how.
“I need to get out of here. Nice talk, though. Maybe he’ll keep you around.” He got out the apartment and went job hunting. He wasn’t ready to go back to school where he could see you, the thought of seeing you and Jimin making him sick to his stomach, his fists ready to punch anything in sight and his eyes red with anger. He needs to learn to live without you, that way he could see you with that squid inked hair bastard and not scream on the top of his lungs.
Maybe he wouldn’t ball his fists, ready to push and shove him away from you. Perhaps, he wouldn’t feel like crying at the sight of you two together. He was robbed of his mind, his thoughts slaved to you and he wanted desperately to be free from you. Free from this stupid triangle. Free from the chains of love. Why do you have the key if you won’t set him free?
“Hello. I’m here to drop off my resume, your sign said you were hiring.”
“You can drive a bike?” The man at the cashier looked at him up and down, scanning his body as if he was a robot doing a screening check. He looked away and just wanted the man to take his resume without the unnecessary staring.
“How are your reflexes?” Was this an on the spot interview? What are with these questions?
“I think they’re good.”
“How about balance and speed?”
“I think those are good as well.” What a strange dude, maybe he shouldn’t have–
“You’re my new pizza boy, then. Come back at 9 for training.”
“Thank you, sir.” A part time job as a pizza delivery guy, it’s better than nothing. He’ll learn his way around the city, make money and his hyung will be off his back.
“Are you crazy?”
“I’m pretty sure I’m sane, hyung.” He went to the fridge to refill his glass of water, chugging down the glass as his hyung glared at him. Maybe he was wrong about the last bit about his hyung being off his back.
“Say you can’t make it.”
“What the hell? No. You always say if you can’t study, make money.”
“You can study. You have artistic talents and you rather work as a fucking pizza boy.”
“I could be that pizza delivery guy in–”
“I dare you to finish that sentence, Jeongguk.”
“You get what I mean, anyways I could pay you a bit for rent too along with the–”
“I’m going to make Hyun pick you up and take you to school.”
“You’re going to involve my professor? Hyung, that’s low.”
“And getting a part time job when I specifically told you to go to school isn’t?”
“At least I told you..”
“I’m telling you right now. You’re going to school.”
“My mom’s dead. Did she get reincarnated as you, hyung?”
“Go to sleep, kid.”
“This kid.” He smiled at his hyung who scoffed at him but smiled back anyway.
He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t ready for you.
“I’ll take the bus home.”
“Oh, Good morning Ms. Kang! Oh and look who’s back from the dead, Mr. Jeon.”
“What happened to our little prodigy?”
“It’s none of your business.”
“It is as soon as you step foot on my university, now tell me.”
“Do I have to repeat myself, sir?” Ever since Jeongguk showed him up in his class, it was like Professor Han was looking for a way to get him expelled. If he didn’t see that, he would have punched him like he was the drunk guy picking anyone and just begging to get beaten up. He bowed quicker before walking past him, going to a random class with a forgiving professor that let him work in there. If he hadn’t, he would eventually cross paths with either you or Professor Han, two possibilities with outcomes that he couldn’t predict. He was working, taking photos and testing out different shots until he saw you out the window.
You looked the same, only being two weeks since he last saw you but he couldn’t reach out to you. He saw Squid ink running up to you and your face broke out into a grin, that jerk’s arm slinging around your shoulders to pull you closer to him. He slammed his fist on his desk, scaring a few students around him and the pain shot to his fist.
“Are you alright?” A female voice distracted him from watching the two of you and he answered her instead.
“Give me your hand.” He looked at the girl, her short umber hair, her green contacted eyes and bubblegum pink lips. She had a black bow on her hair with cat eyes on her head, it was as if she was like him but he doubt there were more freaks like him.
“Why should I?”
“Trust me.” He did so, strangely believing her in her words and she pushed in a point of his arm, the pain vanishing and he looked at her.
“How did you…”
“I know the pressure points of the body. Aren’t you glad you trust me?”
“I helped you and you repay me like this.”
“What, there was a catch?”
“Of course. Make me lunch and we’ll call it even.”
He didn’t know why he agreed to meet her here. Or how she even know about a place like this but she sat in front of him.
“I think I’m in the mood for meat.”
“Do I look like a cash cow to you?”
“You owe me, buddy. Now, pipe down and let me think of what I want. Wait, I know exactly what I want! Ma’am! Can I have the Set B?” He didn’t know what a set looked like but after all the food that arrived at his table, it was synonymous to ‘dinner for 8’.
“Are you going to eat all of this?”
“We are going to eat all of this, dig in. You’re paying, remember?”
“It’s like you never forgot.”
“I’m kind enough to cook your meat for you, now hush and eat.” He broke his chopsticks and tried to pick up tofu, hearing her make a sound of annoyance.
“You’re really sad, you know?”
“Shut u–” She put a piece of tofu in his mouth and chewed, feeding him all the food he struggled to pick up with his chopsticks.
“I could have used a spoon.”
“It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s not like this is a date.”
“You’re too much of a stuck up bit–” She kicked his shin, making him bite his tongue and he shot a glare at her.
“You’re a jerk, Jeongguk.”
“How do you know my name?”
“Does it matter?”
“Yes, I have this reputation of being close to no one.”
“Except Y/N, right?”
“Who the fuck are you?”
“An observer that wants to be a part of this narrative.”
“If you think my life is some fan fiction, then you’re short a moon, you lunatic.”
“No wonder she left you for Jimin.”
“You don’t even know the facts.”
“I know you’re still in love with her, that you want to get ride of Jimin and that you miss her but you can’t reach out to her because you did something.”
“I can read you like an open book, Jeongguk. Your eyes say it all. Now, can I get finish my meal that you are so generously paying for?” She didn’t expect an answer, simply cooking meat for herself and him and eating until she was full. He called for the bill, seeing the total was less than he thought he was. When did meat get cheaper?
“This is my grandma’s place.”
“You could have gotten this for free, why the fuck did you need me?”
“Grandma always says to bring new customers.”
“Temper, temper. This is your chance.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Just follow my lead.” She got on her tip toes, her lips brushing against his cheek before pressing them softly against his skin. He could hear someone stop dead in their tracks and she looked over his shoulder.
“Oh, Y/N. I didn’t see you there? How have you been?” She was joking, right. She’s been playing with him all night, this had to be part of her jokes. He turned around and there you were, standing there with Jimin next to you. He looked to his left, the mystery girl linked arms with him as you two stared at each other. You were looking at Jeongguk, your eyes unreadable and he gulped.
What are your favorite vegan restaurants or places in Massachusetts/ Boston?
I’ve answered this before here, but I know a lot of my readers are from the New England area, and there are some new places that opened up recently, so here’s and updated list:
Life Alive (get the swami bowl and a loco coco smoothie)
Cocobeet (everything they make is life changing)
Mother Juice (perfect for breakfast or dinner)
Trident Booksellers Cafe (they have tofu scramble!)
Sweetgreens (the misoba salad is the bomb)
Tasty Burger (their veggie burger and fries are vegan)
True Bistro (when you want to be fancy)
O2 Vegan Cafe (is attached to the yoga studio)
Diesel Cafe (great sandwiches)
Pavement Coffeehouse (the vegan sunrise bagel sandwich is a must)
Freshii (get the Buddha Bowl)
Clover (any location or the food truck!)
Jugos (building your own juice isn’t too expensive!)
Whole Foods @ Ink Block (so much more than a grocery store)
Also, every time I answer this question I get at least five people who point out that I left off Veggie Galaxy, a vegan diner in Central Square. I left it off because I don’t like it. Yes it’s vegan, but it’s still greasy diner food and I’ve just never been a fan.
I've been eating a big bowl of porridge with banana chia seeds and peanut butter for breakfast and then stir fry/veggie curry/veggie chilli with rice/couscous or quinoa with veggies for lunch and dinner, along with snacks of fruit and soya yogurt. It feels like so much and my portions aren't really small - they definitely fill me up! I just don't know how to get more calories😞
Okay so the first and easiest step is just to make your portion sizes bigger :) Keep eating the foods you know and love, you just obviously need MORE of it.
Next is to add more fats and proteins :) They have more calories per gram than carbs, so that can help you get more fuel. Add some more peanut butter or extra nuts and seeds in the morning porridge, add some coconut yogurt, extra milk and so forth. With lunch and dinner, add more beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, avocado, any fats and proteins you can think of.
Smoothies are a great snack to make because you can add in quite a lot of calories and drink it fairly easily, so maybe add that in to your afternoon. For dessert you could add some raw desert, homemade banana ice cream, dates dipped in almond butter, chocolate covered goji berries, anything small and easy to snack on.