Posts Tagged ‘snack’

Classic Green Smoothie

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup fresh spinach
1 frozen banana

blend!

Berry Salad

At work we have the most beautiful berries. I had to buy some and this is a little berry salad that I had for breakfast. It was very delicious! I wish berries were always in season.

Bento 46

I made this snack bento for work. It has fresh strawberries a Babybel gouga cheese and a cutie tangerine.

Tasty Pumpkin Seeds

I love Halloween, and part of the festivities is carving a pumpkin, or two, or three! This year I just carved one and I did it for a contest on the site Reddit. It’s a “news” site where people up or down vote stories and comments. Anyways, I thought it would be neat to use Reddit’s mascot (a cute little alien) in the pumpkin somehow and this is what I came up with.
pumpkin
pumpkin alien
I’m especially proud of the alien since I didn’t use any stencils!

Now everyone knows when you carve a pumpkin you have to bake the seeds so here’s my recipe for slightly spicy pumpkin seeds.

seeds

Ingredients:
fresh pumpkin seeds
salt
cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Once you dig your seeds out of the pumpkin, get all the big chunks of pulp out. Then put them in a strainer and rinse them thoroughly. Add salt to taste and put 1/2 of them on an oiled baking sheet. Then add cayenne pepper to the 1/2 and add to the baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour stirring them up occasionally. When they are done let the cool and enjoy

Banana “Ice Cream”

I heard about the wonders of “one ingredient ice cream” online and after getting a 10 lb bag of bananas for 99 cents  I just had to try it out! If you haven’t heard of it before. All you do is get a banana (or three!), cut it up and freeze it for 2 hours. Once it’s frozen, you just throw it into the blender for a few minutes and voila!

banana ice cream

blueberry "ice cream"

Creamy, delicious, and sinfully rich ice cream! After my first batch of  “plain” ice cream I decided to mix it up and add some frozen blueberries at the end. It turned out sooooo good and it’s even healthier!

Tips:

If your banana gets frozen for more than 2 hours, just leave it out for a few minutes until blending.

At first the banana doesn’t really want to blend (at least for me), just keep stirring and pushing it down and after a couple minutes it’ll start blending into the “ice cream”.

Without any additions it can taste a bit banana-y. If you don’t want that try adding other fruits, peanut butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or anything else that comes to mind!

First trip to Austin’s Farmers Market

On Saturday my man and I went to Austin’s Farmers Market downtown.  It was our first time there because we usually sleep too late on the weekends! But we got up early and headed down there. There’s food stands, plants, bands, and of course fresh fruit and vegetables. When we first got there we got some food. He got duck egg and chorizo and I got tofu curry. Then we wandered around a bit. We ended up getting some carrots, broccoli, radishes and a strawberry plant.

Today I cut up some of the veggies and made a ranch dip to eat them with. The carrots and broccoli were great, but the radishes were a bit dried out.

The ranch dip I made was super easy, yummy and of course vegan! You can easily make more or less depending on how much you need too.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Veganise
1 tsp lemon (or lime)juice
about 1 tsp Italian seasoning (I use the grinder style)
1/2 tsp dried basil
optional: soymilk

Mix all the ingredients together. If you want more of a salad dressing instead of dip add soymilk until you get the desired consistency.

Here’s our strawberry plant right after we replanted it into a larger container. As you can see it already has strawberries on it!

Herb, Ranch and Veggie Snack

As a child I never got into radishes, but my Mom had some fresh radishes the other day and I decided to try them out. And guess what? I loved them! Especially with a little vegan ranch dressing.
I started to play around with different toppings and found that fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, lavender, and thyme were a great addition to the veggie/ranch combo! If you have fresh herbs around you should try it out, even if you don’t have ranch. It adds a nice flavor.

In this picture I have made some sliced radishes and cherry tomatoes with ranch and a variety of herbs.