veggie pita

I was staying at a friends house watching her dog while she was on vacation. She gets green chef deliveries, and allowed me to eat anything that came! This was seriously so delicious! Warmed pita bread loaded with grilled mushrooms, broccoli, onions and garlic. Topped with fresh lettuce and avocado slices. On the side was a bok choy salad with mandarin oranges, spicy peppers, and topped with an Asian sesame dressing. Wow, this meal was incredible!

HEALTHY MENU

Eating healthy is crucial to maintaining good health. So here are some of my suggested aliments you can add to your daily food intake. And remember to make small changes over a longer period of time. Hope it helps!

BREAKFAST

  • Yogurt

- You can make a healthy bowl or parfait by adding granola and berries, fruit, etc. Just watch the contents of the yogurt, make sure that it isn’t loaded with sugar.

  • Oatmeal

- When making oatmeal, throw some berries or banana slices on top for your fruit/vege serving. I’d recommend making it with milk for its protein content and it gives taste. If you prefer oatmeal with water, be sure to get your protein somewhere. Like egg, glass of milk or some nuts.

  • Protein Shake

- Milk, a banana, a little cocoa powder and a scoop of protein powder flavors can vary, but you can add peanut butter as well. Also, almond or soy milk for lactose intolerance or sensitivity.

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anonymous asked:

i'm really struggling to find quick, simple, healthy, and affordable vegan meals for all times of the day do you think you can help?

I have a big list of cheap vegan recipes here, and a cheap ingredient list attached to that post. You can do a lot with just those few ingredients. When I’m going for quick and cheap, I tend to go for things like hummus with veggies/pita, chickpeas and rice, lentils and rice, quinoa, veggie burgers, basic noodle dishes, stir fries, baked potatoes with beans and salad, that sort of thing. It helps to make things in bulk and freeze/refrigerate them if you can. I very rarely cook for just one meal, I usually make at least twice as much as I need so I can keep the rest for another day, it usually works out much cheaper that way and far  less time consuming. 

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Holy tzatziki!

Tzatziki is such a great word! It’s up there with vermillion, opulent, eloquence, serendipity, and ethereal.

Luckily, it lives up to its name. I love the cool, creamy taste of tzatziki. It’s an essential component in a pita sandwich next to hot, crispy falafel, crunchy lettuce, diced tomatoes, tabbouleh, and homemade hummus. The fresh yogurt-cucumber taste pulls the whole deal together. It’s also a healthy dip/sauce to serve with grilled meats and veggies, pita chips or soft pita bread.

If you look for tzatziki recipes you’ll find that the ingredients are almost always the same, but the measurements vary. I would suggest following a basic guideline and then taste and adjust as you go.

By the way, just in case you haven’t been keeping track, this is recipe four of seven middle-eastern foods here in the last week. We’re coming down to the finish line. Still to come are falafel and tabbouleh. This is the recipe I use and love.

Tzatziki

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 1 pint (16 ounces) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from ½ of a juicy lemon
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Squeeze out as much moisture from the grated cucumber as you can. Return it to a bowl and squeeze again five minutes later.

Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice into the yogurt. Stir in grated cucumber, garlic, dill and salt to taste.

Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to let flavors come together.

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Kushite’s Vegetable Cuisine (Kingston, Jamaica) :: Inspired by nature, infused with culture. Stop by and enjoy their take on delicious, healthy, vegetarian meals. Make reservations now to dine in their intimate Moroccan dining room.

Meal pictured above – Special Veggie Balls in Pineapple Sweet n Sour Sauce served with Black and Brown Rice and Tossed Salad

Located at Unit 5, 9-11 Pheonix Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica.

$25 Grocery Haul & Recipe, Vol 3

Yet another $25 haul + recipe, yet another series of painful lessons learned. Once again, we were relegated to going to our not-usual grocery store, where the prices are slightly higher and the selections slightly worse, and once again we overestimated our frugality and went a few dollars over budget. We promise that next time will be better (even though we made some great finds, like 14 cents for a big, fresh jalapeño)! We simply got cocky and went for a can of coffee to fuel our afternoon work session, and didn’t think of the cost.

That said, we’re getting better at this every week, choosing the produce that’s on sale, going for generic brand on things where you can’t really taste the difference (as in crappy shredded cheese that’s just gonna get cooked in things anyway), and remembering to get the biggest item of things that are by unit, and not by weight (like with the broccoli). It wasn’t a perfect shopping trip, but combined with some things we had at home — like a block of good pecorino or ground turkey, as well as the usual home cook ingredients that we always have on hand — we have several nice recipes lined up for the week, from pasta to taco salad to our recipe today, a SUPER delicious quiche.

We’ve also planned on testing out some super-cheap and healthy snacks, like baked sweet potato chips, and veggie-stuffed pita pockets with a swipe of hummus and a sprinkling of herbs. The more we can break away from the teat of processed, expensive food (especially snacks), the better, for our overall health as well as our finances.

But first, the quiche

Our recipe is so simple and delicious, literally anyone can make it. And trust us — you will not miss the crust on this quiche, as the flavor is so rich and incredibly light, so you can have the big serving you will undoubtedly be craving. (Also, keep in mind that you can sub in any veggie you like, or keep it vegetarian if you want to omit the ham — though it is super-light in calories and gives the whole thing a wonderfully smoky flavor.)

You will need:

– 2 teaspoons olive oil
– 2 thick slices of smoked ham, diced (about 2-3 oz)
– 1 small yellow onion, diced
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets
– 1 ¼ cups 2% milk
– 3 large egg whites
– 3 large eggs
– ½ cup shredded light Mozzarella cheese
– ½ cup grated Pecorino cheese
– 1 teaspoon hot (or dijon) mustard
– 1 teaspoon salt
– ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– Cooking spray

To prepare, chop your veggies and grate your cheese, if needed. Mix the eggs & whites, milk, cheese, mustard, and salt & pepper in one bowl. Set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degCook down your diced onions — adding in your garlic after about two minutes — until they are nice and soft, about five minutes in total, maybe a bit less. Add in your diced ham, continue to cook down for a minute or so. Add in your broccoli, put a splash of water in the bottom of the pan, stir, and cover. Let the whole thing simmer/steam for 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli is slightly softened and the water is evaporated (you can take off the lid for the last few minutes if you need to for this).

Lightly spray a pie pan — whatever size/depth you have on hand, ours was deep — and add the broccoli mixture. Cover with egg mixture to the top, then sprinkle with a touch more pecorino. Throw it in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on thickness, until a knife comes out clean and there is a golden-brown crust on the top. Voila!

Serve with a large green salad for dinner, or a small fruit salad for breakfast/lunch. Or both! This recipe is light and filling, and serves so many purposes. We promise you’ll soon be addicted, and trying out all the different fillings you can think of.

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I Choose You
 "I believe the two of you have written your own vows,“ the officiant of your wedding ceremony announced, slapping his bible shut before letting his clasped hands fall in front of his torso.
"Yeah,” Harry answered lowly after licking his lips and clearing his throat, the pad of his thumb lightly beginning to brush against your knuckles. You only smiled, knowing why his thumb had begun to rub circles on your clammy skin. From the get-go, Harry had been set on writing your own vows, saying it would make the proper, stuffy wedding you had put together a bit more personal. You had personally thought it tacky and too lovey-dovey, so you had tried your best to compromise on something different but failed miserably. Harry had basically let you go wild planning your dream, modern wedding so you thought it only appropriate to let Harry have the one thing he passionately wanted. Reluctantly you had written your vows the best you could, without making it sound like it had just come out of some cheesy romance comedy. You had to admit you were nervous about what you had written.
“I’ll go first,” Harry blinked slowly as he let go of your hand to slightly raise his hand before reaching into his tux pocket and taking out a napkin with words scribbled all over it. When Harry looked up to see your disappointed features, he only laughed before speaking.
“I happened to write my vows on one of our earlier dates, alright? I didn’t have a lot of choices in a Nando’s while you were in the bathroom for the fifth time doing who knows what,” Harry rolled his eyes with a shake of his head, making your eyes widen in embarrassment.
“I was fixing my makeup. Go on,” you laughed as you patiently awaited Harry’s most likely corny vows. Harry only nodded before looking down at the flimsy piece of material he wrote his vows on.
“To my wife, and only to my wife, do I promise to have and to hold from this day forward. To be eternally faithful to her and only her. To love her and only her above all others above. To never again forget what she orders at Nando’s; the veggie pita with a side of chips and a peach rubro to drink. To cherish the little things about her. To most definitely never forget our anniversary traditions. To be with her in sickness and in health and baby her whenever she’s ill the way she babies me whenever I’m ill. To let her win arguments just so we can sleep together in our bed without unresolved problems, because I hear that’s how you keep a marriage alive. To keep her in my heart and mind whenever we’re apart so that going home to her will be that much more special. To put my shoes in the closet and never leave them out where she could potentially trip over them,” Harry slightly laughed at the remembrance of what you had said when you first went to his flat and almost tripped over some shoes he hadn’t put away. You only huffed out a laugh and shook your head, allowing Harry to continue.
“And I promise to surprise her with much needed date nights; even when we have seven kids and three dogs,” Harry sighed out the dream you had always had since you were a child with a shake of his head and a soft smile playing at his lips, “all of this I promise to my future wife. And I’ve decided to choose you to be my wife, Y/N. I hope to put our past behind us and move forward with the promise that I’ll always try to be a better person for you, and only you.”
“Aw,” you whispered, sarcastically as he slowly nodded his head and put his napkin back in his coat pocket.
“Your turn,” Harry mumbled with an all-knowing smile.
“Okay,” you nodded as your maid of honor handed you the paper she had slipped into her bustier earlier before unfolding the paper and letting out a deep breath and reading your short, yet personal vows. After you were done, you got an approving nod of the head from Harry before the two of you looked at the officiant to proceed with the ceremony.
“It is at this time that I pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss your bride, Harry,” the officiant smiled.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any ideas for easy vegan lunches I could take with me to school?

So many options! Here are a few of my favourites:

- fruit (whole or chopped)
- juices/smoothies
- veggie sushi
- sandwiches/wraps with salad/hummus/avo/veggie patties/pb+j
- crackers + hummus + veggie sticks
- rice paper rolls
- leftovers from dinner
- rice/pasta/noodle salad
- baked or steamed potatoes/sweet potatoes + salad
- dried fruit
- homemade muffins/slices/bliss balls - cereal/rawnola + plant milk + fruit
- oatmeal/overnight oats
- veggie/lentil soup
- pita bread pizza

Also @bonnyrebecca did an awesome video on school lunches! Check it out here: http://youtu.be/9qn5oAN__2w

Hope that helps! Much love xx

anonymous asked:

Hi, so I'm vegan and I have such a hard time eating good nutrient dense meals. I have a history of vitamin deficiencies, which I don't blame on veganism at all, but I'm sick of the supplements and blood tests and the side effects of having things like low iron and vitamin D and calcium etc. I'm a full time student and I work part time and it's hard to find the time to make healthy meals every day that give me what I need. I want to be healthy and work out and feel good. Any tips?

I know it can seem overwhelming to food prep, but it doesn’t have to be.

Set aside some time on Sunday and make large batches of nutrient dense foods that you can quickly grab and go during your busy week.


Here are some quick meal/ideas that might help you.


Breakfast:
- smoothies. When I wake up in the AM, I go to the kitchen and blend up my smoothies (Recipes varies, will post below) and then I put the lids on Togo blender cups (oyster is the new blender I’m using and I LOVE it) I then place all my smoothies/shakes (2-3) in he freezer and get ready for work. After I’m ready, I grab all the smoothies and place them in my lunch box with an ice pack and they still chill throughout the day.

Quick nutrient smoothies:
- pre made frozen berries will make your life easier, I grind up ¼ cup oats in my breakfast smoothie (Grind first and then add everything else) nice boost of carbs, add banana slices, liquid (milk, yogurt, espresso, coffee, water etc), peanut/almond butter, and protein powder. And blend and go!

- peanut butter toast with fruit slices. Takes a few min to make and easy to eat on the go.

- yogurt topped with granola. I mix mine in a bowl and then take it with me to eat.

- morning oats: I mix ½-¾ cup oats, liquid, frozen blueberries, banana slices, and peanut butter in a bowl and then microwave. I take it out the door with me and it’s got all I need for a good morning breakfast.

Lunch:

Pita bread with hummus and veggies;

- pita bread ( buy in packs of 6 from the store)
- hummus ( you can buy the singles or buy a big tub and then place in small containers and grab and go)
- petite carrots (come in a bag at the store all to use. You can place them in containers or baggies and grab and go)
- fruit on the side: Apple, grapes, sliced pear. What ever sounds good. Easy to grab.


Loaded salad:


When shopping, get canned items: corn, different kinds of beans, olives, jalapeños.

Fresh veggies to grab and chop on Sunday: cucumbers, celery, red/ green peppers, red/white/green onions, broccoli.

Bagged veggies that make your life easier:
- shredded carrots, steam in the bag mixes, green beans, chopped kale/romain/boc choy.


Now salad time. When you chop everything up on Sunday. All you have to do in the AM (or the night before) is throw your greens in a today bowl and add whatever you want from your already prepped veggies selection.

Dressing options: hummus, salsa, lemon, or a light dressing.
Add some rice to your salad for a burrito bowl vibe or stuff it all into some pita pockets.


By adding fruits and veggies to majority of your meals you will help your vitamins deficiencies decrease. You can also add B12 packets and meta green powders to your smoothies for a super quick boost of nutrients.