what I ate and did today // some easy vegan meals

Here is a look at what I realistically eat in a day as a vegan, plus what I enjoyed doing today. Nothing too fancy, just a few simple meals.


tea I’ve been drinking today:

Nutty Almond Cream Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea from Tiesta Tea.

We bought a bunch of bulk tea the last time we shopped at Winco, and this one has been one of my favorites. It tastes really creamy and rich, and has a nice apple cinnamon flavor. If you want to try it out you can buy it online here: Nutty Almond Tea.


breakfast:

I ate breakfast a lot later than usual, so I had some leftover avocado sushi and rice noodles with sriracha sauce. Avocado rolls are my go-to sushi roll to order when we go out to eat. Honestly, I would eat this everyday if I could.


lunch:

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For lunch I had white rice, baked beans (the same ones from my last post), and spinach mixed with some salsa.


dinner:

I got lazy when it was time to eat dinner and made some nachos. I used Follow Your Heart’s vegan American cheese with Julio’s home style mild salsa and tortilla chips. Like I said in the beginning of this post, nothing too fancy.


snack:

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Some vegan m&m’s we found at Natural Grocers. These were so good and so nostalgic for me, since I haven’t had m&m’s in years.


what I played today:

World of Final Fantasy MAXIMA on Nintendo Switch. I’ve only had it for a few days but I’m hooked. It’s like Final Fantasy meets Pokémon and it’s just a ton of fun. 


what I listened to today:

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Thom Yorke // ANIMA

This is the third time I’ve listened to ANIMA since it released, and it just gets better every time.

This is Thom Yorke’s third solo album, and may slowly be becoming one of my favorites (nothing will beat The Eraser for me, though).


That’s everything I ate today. Nothing too extravagant or healthy, but a sustainable vegan diet.

what a vegan eats on their birthday

I took this past weekend to spend time with friends and family and enjoy lots of tasty vegan food. Here’s some of what we ate:

Friday 

We started the day off with vegan donuts from OMG Donuts in Denton, TX. I got the coffee/espresso flavored one and it tasted so delicious! They also have tofu scramble burritos and coffee, so we stop by here for breakfast often.

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For dinner we met up with some friends at BrainDead Brewing in Dallas. We ordered the vegan queso (which I forgot to take a picture of, we were so hungry!) and DJ and I split the Mac and Trees and the Hail Seitan BBQ sandwich (the best BBQ sandwich I’ve ever had).

Saturday 

We went to Seven Mile Cafe in Highland Village, TX for breakfast. They have a lot more vegan items on the menu since the last time we were there! I ordered the Congress Street Benny which was avocado, grilled tomatoes, and seasoned grilled tofu over sourdough toast with chipotle sauce, and it was so delicious and flavorful. I make grilled tofu sandwiches like this for myself at home sometimes, but it was nice to have it at a restaurant! The hashbrowns are to die for too.

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Sunday 

I made tofu scramble burritos for breakfast. Tofu scramble is something I always make on special occasions as a treat because it is so easy to make but so delicious. This time I seasoned it with turmeric, cumin, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and topped it with Daiya mozzarella cheese.

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For dinner my mom treated us to a vegan feast on my birthday. She made Hot For Food’s cauliflower buffalo wings for an appetizer. We had them with carrots, celery, and Daiya’s ranch dressing.

She also made us a homemade pizza with sundried tomatoes, spinach, and Daiya’s vegan mozzarella cheese.

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And a homemade vegan birthday cake for dessert! There are tons of recipes for vegan cakes and frosting to choose from, especially on Pinterest. This vegan cake she makes for our birthdays and special occasions is always so moist and soft.

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I like to post these what I eat in a weekend posts to show how easy it is to be vegan and veganize your favorite meals! We enjoyed lots of food with our friends and family and didn’t have to eat any animal products to do it.

Check out last year’s birthday meals here: what I ate on my birthday // vegan.

a junk food vegan day of eating

I just did not want to cook today. Here’s what I ate throughout the day:

breakfast? (honestly it was like 2:30pm)

I was craving fish sticks, so I cooked three of Gardein’s fishless filets and made a dipping sauce with 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard and 1 tbsp maple syrup. I microwaved them for 1 minute, then air fried them for 4 minutes, flipped them, then air fried them for another 3 so they’d be crispy.

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a very late lunch

For lunch I made a quick wrap out of Lightlife While Bean & Kale Deli Slices, Daiya American cheese, and spinach. I used the rest of the dipping sauce from earlier in the wrap too.

dinner

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Mac and cheese with spinach and buffalo cauliflower. It didn’t turn out pretty, but it was so good.

For the sauce I used:

  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 slices of Daiya American cheese
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • a few drops of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of tapioca flour

Also:

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower

For the buffalo cauliflower I took 1 cup of frozen cauliflower and air fried it for about 10-15 minutes on 400º. Once it was a little crispy I tossed it in buffalo wing sauce and air fried it at 320º for about another 10 minutes.

I made the sauce by heating up the soy milk on medium and melted the Daiya cheese in it. I added the spices then let that simmer for a few minutes. I added 2 tsp of tapioca starch and 3 tsp of water to a cup to thin it out, then added it to the sauce to let it thicken.This will be enough for about 2 servings of pasta.

and then oreos (mega stuf)

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That’s what I ate today! It was a very lazy day of eating.

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 staple meals

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Today was stormy and a super chill day at home. Perfect for being creative, playing video games, and cooking lots of tasty vegan food. These are the meals that have become staples in my diet since they’re so cheap and easy to make:

Breakfast: tofu scramble burrito

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I scrambled tofu and added lots of spinach for a quick breakfast burrito. For spices I used paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and garlic powder. I don’t do much to the tofu, I just take a block of extra firm tofu and “scramble” it in a pan over medium high heat. Once it’s mostly cooked and most of the water has evaporated I lower it to medium and add in the frozen spinach. The hot sauce I used was Taco Bell’s Diablo Sauce. Also, I added in some hummus (I use Sabra’s classic hummus) to make it “cheesy” and wrapped it up in a flour tortilla.


Lunch: rice noodles with veggies

  • One serving of brown rice noodles
  • 1 cup sautéed cauliflower
  • 1 cup of a frozen vegetable stir fry mix (broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, and mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup vegan protein broth
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • and a few drops of low sodium soy sauce

This is a pretty simple recipe: steam then sautée the cauliflower in a pan, and when it’s mostly cooked add in the frozen vegetable stir fry. Boil the pasta, and once it’s drained and the vegetables are soft combine everything in the pot.

Here’s the protein broth and noodles I used:

I have been making some variant of this for the past week to bring to work for lunch. It’s a super quick meal, really hearty, and so tasty.


Today was cosy and rainy so we stayed home, worked on some projects, and played lots of video games. I’ve been playing Pokémon SoulSilver a lot lately, so I wanted to share my Pokémon team:

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Cyndaquil was my starter, and I traded for the Onix in-game. I love how the Pokémon follow you while you’re walking around the map! It’s also my favorite Pokémon game storywise and overall a good time.


Dinner: burrito bowl

I had a burrito bowl for dinner (and DJ made tacos, they looked really good so I wanted to share those too!). This was white rice, black refried beans, a Boca chik’n patty, and spinach with a homemade cashew cheese sauce. We made the cheese sauce by combining a bunch of random ingredients, including cashews, almond milk, yellow mustard, lime juice, salsa, red onion, nutritional yeast, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, and hot sauce. It doesn’t sound like it, but it made a really delicious and creamy cheese sauce.

That’s everything I ate this day! I’ve been trying to incorporate more whole foods into my diet and trying to eat healthier in general. Let me know what your staple meals are in the comments or on instagram: @healthy_ghost. ♡

What I Eat in a Day // easy vegan meals

Getting back on track and trying to be healthy.

Breakfast

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I started the day with two mini bagels with Go Veggie vegan cream cheese and nutritional yeast. Then I airfried a small slab of tofu that I coated with nutritional yeast, turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. I airfried it at 400º for 20 minutes, flipping it after 10 minutes.

 

 Lunch

A sweet potato with peanut butter and a side of spinach that I defrosted in the microwave with nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Peanut butter and sweet potato is one of the best flavor combinations in my opinion.

Snack

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A Clif bar and sparkling water that exploded.

Dinner

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After I got home from work I made white rice, air fried then steamed some dumplings (instead of frying them in oil), and made another cup of spinach (that I also mixed with nutritional yeast and garlic powder). For the sauce I used 2tbsp of classic hummus, sriracha, and a splash of water to thin it out.

And that’s everything I ate today! Simple and easy vegan meals during a busy day. ♡

What I Eat in a Day // kinda healthy eating + cauliflower stew recipe

The thing that makes me the most upset about my rheumatoid arthritis is how often I get sick. I love my job, but I get sick so easily. I always try to eat a healthy diet, but try more so whenever I’m not feeling well.

Here’s some food I ate today to try to feel better.


Breakfast: avocado, white rice, leftover curry, and tofu dumplings

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I was craving white rice. I always do when I don’t feel well. When I had the flu all I wanted was white rice topped with Chao cheese. For lunch this day I had some leftover curry with white rice (the curry had vegan protein broth, potatoes, chickpeas, and vegan beef, I think it was Boca veggie crumbles), half of an avocado, and Nasoya’s Tofu and Vegetable dumplings. Instead of cooking them in oil I’ve been putting them in the air fryer before steaming them in a pan with water and they turn out so much better.


Snack:

I used Triscuit’s avocado, cilantro, and lime crackers and topped three with hummus, three with Go Veggie vegan cream cheese, and all of them with tomatoes, dill, and black pepper.


Lunch: leftover macaroni and cheese

I customized Hot For Food’s mac and cheese recipe from her cookbook last night with what we had on hand and to make it “healthier” (i.e., minus the vegetable oil). We used to go out with friends to macaroni grill and we’d always get the mac and cheese, so we bought penne to mimic it. The pasta absorbed the sauce overnight, so I added a little cashew milk but that didn’t help much. The before and after sitting in the fridge is what’s pictured above. It was still absolutely delicious though.


Dinner: cauliflower stew with chickpeas, potatoes, and carrots

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This was such a random recipe that turned out really good.

For the base:

  • Sauté onions and garlic in a pan with coconut oil (I used about 1/4 of a white onion and 1 clove of garlic).
  • Add in frozen or fresh cauliflower. I used 1 bag of frozen cauliflower. Steam until soft.
  • Blend that all together with enough cashew milk to let it blend easily.

I added the blended cauliflower mixture back into the pot on medium heat, and poured in more cashew milk to thin it out. For spices I used cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, a little bit of salt, garlic powder because I couldn’t taste the garlic, and a pinch of dried oregano. Then I added in cubed potatoes and let them cook in the simmering mixture for a few minutes. I added in chopped carrots after the potatoes cooked for a bit, then a can of chickpeas.

Once the potatoes were soft I served it. DJ suggested adding some Daiya to it and honestly it brought it to the next level, especially with some sriracha on top.

I recommend trying it with some vegan protein broth in the base if you want it more like a soup, and maybe adding in nutritional yeast (we were out of both or we would have tried it).


I tried to eat healthier today and tried to get in lots of veg. I would have added in lots more leafy greens if we had any on hand, especially in that stew. Let me know what you like to eat when you’re not feeling well. Do you go for comfort food or healthier options? Tell me what you think! ♡

What I Eat in a Day // spend the day with us

The tree outside our apartment was sprouting leaves on its trunk.

Today was a really great day and I wanted to document it.

For breakfast I had a tofu scramble burrito before I had to head to my infusion. I scrambled the tofu with black pepper, paprika, cayenne powder, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder. I mixed it with hummus and had it in a tortilla with some Go Veggie vegan cream cheese and Texas Pete hot sauce. I just love tofu scramble burritos and love to make them for myself on my days off.

I had my infusion in a different town than usual, and afterwards while heading home we passed by a Trader Joe’s. We stopped by to pick up some snacks for the day and I left with a succulent.

I just want to have a forest in our home.

We were hungry so we also stopped by Snap Kitchen to eat lunch on the way home. I had the creamy mushroom fusilli. It had spinach, peas, and sundried tomatoes in it and it was so good. I also had a sparkling green tea.

Here’s some of the snacks we picked up from Trader Joe’s:

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Those cookies were amazing. Trader Joe’s always surprises us with how many vegan treats they have. We also bought some avocado oil and pink himalayan salt popcorn but that wasn’t that great.

We watched One Hour Photo while we ate dinner. It’s been on my watch list for awhile and we finally sat down to watch it. It was really good and I loved the colors in the film. We also picked up some vegan tamales and enchiladas from a Tex-Mex restaurant that we discovered is right across the street from us. We added some Daiya cheddar style shreds to the black beans too.

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The picture does not do it justice, it tasted delicious!

Today was a very chill day for us.

What I eat in a day // getting back on track after traveling

My family and I went on a trip recently to Phoenix. We’re back home now, and after eating out for every meal (and eating way too much at Whole Foods) I’m definitely not feeling great. Here’s a quick what I ate today post of me trying to be healthy but also not really wanting to cook since I’m back at work too.

Breakfast pt. 1: a smoothie.

This morning I blended together

  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder from Vega.

Breakfast pt. 2: a burrito.

DJ made some fried rice last night, so I made a lazy breakfast burrito (I was running late to work) with the leftover rice, a slice of Chao vegan cheese, and Tofurky sausage. I also loaded it with Taco Bell’s diablo sauce.

Lunch: more leftover fried rice with spinach and kale.

Since we just got back and we don’t have a large selection of food to choose from just yet, I ate some more of that leftover fried rice with LOTS of spinach and kale for lunch. It was about 1/2 cup rice to 1 cup spinach and kale.

Dinner: potatoes.

I love eating just potatoes and greens for dinner, so I did just that when I got home from work (except for the greens, because it was really late). I threw some sliced potatoes in the oven and DJ had made a ranchero sauce earlier that day, so I had some of that on the side. He made the sauce with two habanero peppers, two anaheim peppers, one green pepper, some radish slices, a block of tofu, two cloves garlic, cashew milk, vegan protein broth, and a slice or two of Chao vegan cheese. He didn’t measure anything, but we’ll have a written recipe up fairly soon. We’re going to use it on enchiladas later today.

That’s everything I ate this day. Most of it was just what we had leftover in the fridge and freezer and what could be put together quickly. What are your go-to healthy and quick meals? Let me know in the comments!

Our vegan Christmas.

We are so grateful to all of our friends and family that made the holidays easy for us this year, and gave us so many amazing vegan meals and treats.

First off, we were gifted three vegan cookbooks! Expect reviews soon, because we are so excited to try these decadent recipes out.

We also received lots of snacks, including dried fruit, nuts, and vegan cakes!

Christmas Eve:

The main course was a veggie lasagna with mushrooms, spinach, and vegan cheese. All of the sides, which were veggies and potatoes, were all vegan too and made with Earth Balance butter. Here’s a photo of the leftover lasagna:

Christmas Day:

My mom made us a baked ziti, which had ziti, daiya cheese, tofu ricotta (recipe is here), Tofurky Italian sausage, and gardein meatballs. We had some bread with Earth Balance butter too on the side.

For dessert we had a vegan cherry pie made with cherry pie filling and a vegan pie crust that was also accidentally vegan:

That’s everything we ate on Christmas! These last few weeks have been so stressful and exhausting, but 2018 is finally coming to an end. Expect lots of new vegan recipes and vlogs coming in 2019.