Favorite Oatmeal Recipe & Vegan Soup // a full day of eating

Another what I eat in a day post with easy vegan recipes.

Breakfast: the tastiest oatmeal

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My favorite combo for oatmeal is peanut butter and blueberries, if you’ve never had it before you must try it. I made 1/2 cup of oatmeal with cinnamon, blueberries, and peanut butter. It was my day off, so I threw in a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips too. The brand I use is Enjoy Life, they make a bunch of variants of dairy free chocolate chips. For an exact recipe, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Jif natural creamy peanut butter
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels

First, I added the dry oats to a bowl and added enough water to cover the oats. I microwaved it for 1 1/2 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure the oatmeal didn’t overflow while it was cooking. Then I mixed it, added a little bit of cinnamon, then microwaved it for another minute. Once that was done I added in the frozen blueberries and mixed it together to defrost them, then I added the peanut butter and chocolate chips. I microwaved it for a few more seconds, just enough for the peanut butter and chocolate chips to melt.


Lunch: Split Pea Soup with white rice

 

We found a bunch of Amy’s vegan soups when we were at Kroger, and we picked some up for lazy meals. I had half of a can of the split pea soup with some white rice. It was light in sodium, and it was so delicious! If you pick up any of the soups, just be careful because not all of them are vegan.


Dinner: potatoes and spinach

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I just really wanted some potatoes and hummus. I made a cheesy sauce with 2 tbsp of Sabra’s classic hummus, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, a little water to thin it out, and a few drops of Frank’s Hot Sauce. I made 1 cup of spinach to go with it, but I made it the lazy way by microwaving it with nutritional yeast and garlic powder.


Dessert: cookies

 

This is seriously the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe: Liv B’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. You have to make these, this is going to be my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on. I really wanted some homemade chocolate chip cookies and found her video on YouTube, and had to make them. They turned out delicious and chewy and I recommend trying out her recipe asap.

That’s everything I ate this day! Just trying to keep it simple and tasty, and showing that being vegan is easy. ♡

What I ate today // vegan junk food

Here’s a quick what I eat in a day post! It was my mom’s birthday and DJ and I had lots of really yummy vegan food.

We started the day out with some vegan donuts. We planned on bringing a half dozen to my parent’s house but ended up with nine and some donut holes. There’s a place near our apartment called Fresh Morning Donuts that started making vegan donuts and vegan breakfast burritos along with their non-vegan selection, and they’re some of the best donuts I’ve had.

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We also picked up some vegan breakfast burritos because we couldn’t resist and I had a half of a leftover vegan Philly Cheesesteak from Spiral Diner.

We also snacked on some pretzels and hummus.

And the wine my parents picked up also happened to be vegan according to Vegaholic.

For dinner my dad grilled us some asparagus, Boca chik’n burgers with Daiya cheese, and some baked sweet potatoes. They also had Earth Balance butter in the fridge so I added some to my sweet potato.

For dessert we made a homemade vegan vanilla layered cake. This is the recipe we used from AllRecipes.com. This is our go-to for birthdays because it’s so easy to make, and it’s so delicious and fluffy.

That’s everything we ate! Even though my parents aren’t vegan we ate lots of vegan treats and they enjoyed the vegan desserts too.

what we ate today // vegan birthday

DJ’s birthday was this past Sunday and I wanted to treat him to a day full of delicious vegan food.

We both ate an everything bagel with treenut cheese for breakfast (we use the Treeline brand and we buy it at our local Kroger). I recommend adding nutritional yeast too, but we didn’t have any at the house we were staying at.

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I had to go into work for a few hours, so I had some avocado and more nut cheese on two mini bagels for lunch (this was all we had at the house and I didn’t want to buy lunch, I wouldn’t normally eat bagels for two meals of the day). I topped the avocado with garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

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Once I got off from work we went to Spiral Diner in Denton, TX for dinner. Their Blue Plate Special for this month is the Beyond Burger with different variations. I got the Ghost Burger, which is topped with cream cheese, spinach, fried onions, and Moore Jam’s pineapple-ghost pepper jam and DJ got the Double Melt which had grilled cheese for bread and a milkshake.

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This was our first time trying the Beyond Burger, and I was surprised at how realistic the patty looked. It was really good too! I loved the combination of cream cheese and jam with the burger. It was nice going out with friends and getting burgers and milkshakes; something we haven’t done in over a year.

For his birthday cake I baked him a strawberry cake and dyed the inside blue. This is the recipe I used. It was quick and easy to make and had a strong strawberry flavor which is exactly what he wanted.

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And here’s the frosting I used:

This is definitely not a healthy day of eating, but this isn’t how we eat everyday. We had a fun, food-filled day with lots of yummy vegan treats. Let me know what foods you guys like to treat yourself with on special days in the comments below!

Pumpkin Bread (veganized)

We went to Trader Joe’s for the first time last night, and were surprised by all of the delicious vegan food they had! We kept it simple with our shopping trip since we were in a rush, but here’s our little haul: (Note: the cinnamon squares have D3 in them, which is derived from sheep’s wool.)
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This post is mainly about the bread I made today using the Pumpkin Bread and Muffin mix pictured above. The instructions on the box said to mix the premade mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water. Obviously I didn’t add the eggs, so here’s how I veganized it and tried to make it healthier:

  • 1 mashed banana instead of vegetable oil. The one banana almost filled a 1/2 cup measuring cup, and I added a splash of cashew milk to thin it out.
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed meal with 5 tbsp of water to make 2 flax eggs.
  • I added the mix and the water as normal.

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Here’s the photogenic piece I cut out, topped with the cookie butter we also got at Trader Joe’s:

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I think our first trip to Trader Joe’s was a success and we will definitely make the 30 minute trip to go back and try out more food. Do you guys have any recommendations of things we should try from Trader Joe’s? Let me know in the comments!