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Red, White, Blue, and Vegan (Part One)

Ok, first I have to tell you all this hilarious story: On the morning of the Fourth of July, I went out to a running trail by a local lake. I was minding my own business when suddenly I noticed a man going the opposite direction, wearing patriotic SPANDEX shorts! He had on a blue tee […]

May I introduce you to one of my new friends?

My friend is named “Smart Tex Mex” by Litelife. Said friend is very delicious when eaten in a burrito, mixed into pasta, or even eaten plain. Below are some meals I’ve enjoyed with my friend: (Tex Mex chili, cooked bulgur, a baby apple, and frozen veggies that I mixed in a wok with Italian seasonings […]

Somewhere over the Rainbow

The other day for lunch, I made one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my life. Yes, it was that good. Katie’s Rainbow Sandwich 1/4 cup refried beans a few handfuls broccoli slaw (I’ve subbed mixed greens or spinach, too) 1/2 cup peach salsa 1 pita pocket On both sides of an Ezekiel 7-grain […]

When is a Pot Pie not a Pot Pie?

Pot pie was one of my favorite dinners when I was a little girl. As soon as I was served, my fork would plow into the scrumptious filling, as if there were a bottomless pit where my stomach should have been. However, long after I’d finished eating, the poor crust of the pie would remain, […]

Vegan Sausages

When I became a vegetarian, it was at a time in my life when my mom still prepared most of my meals (I was in middle school). Therefore, Mom was NOT too happy to hear me announce I would no longer be eating her barbecue chicken, roast beef, or smoked ham. “What on earth am […]

Curious about Veganism?

When I first started writing this, it was just meant to be a simple reply to a comment I received from someone interested in veganism (Hi Cecilia! *Waves*). But by the time I’d finished writing my answer to her question, I discovered I’d written so much that I should just turn my reply into a […]

Wally’s Vegetarian Chili

Midterms looming. Essays calling. Homework knocking… . I invited a few friends over to de-stress, and together we cooked up Wally’s Chili while listening to music and relaxing. After my friends went home, I turned back to my other good friends– the essays, midterms, and homework. But now with renewed energy.     . Wally’s […]

S is also for Soup!

I love soup– all kinds of soup; and I’m happy to eat soup in any sort of weather (yes, even in the 105-degree Texas summers). But the best time for soup is on those blustry winter days when all one wants to do is snuggle up in front of a fire. When the temperature dropped […]

Texas Caviar and Watermelon Salsa

. . . . . .. Amidst the mounds of brisket, ribs, pork-laden beans, and other offending foods you’ll find at the typical Texas barbecue, there’s one dish that is actually vegan. Here’s my family’s recipe for the dish known as Texas Caviar: Texas Caviar INGREDIENTS: 1-1/2 cups chopped, seeded tomato 1/3 cup thinly sliced […]

3 Bean Vegetarian Chili

You can still make chili when it isn’t chili! *Ducks to avoid the tomatoes being thrown at her lame pun* But then again, extra tomatoes could be useful for the following recipe… so keep throwing! I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to the Austin Chilifest that I decided to bring the Chilifest […]

Don’t worry, make curry!

As I’m sure I’ve written before, being in college affords little time to cook (unless, of course, you are in culinary school). My newest solution for those crazy college days? Curry!                             Katie’s Curry Ingredients: (I’m not listing amounts because it depends […]

Muffins and vegan cheese and brussel sprouts… Oh my!

Although the plethora of cake posts on this blog may suggest otherwise, I am actually a very healthy eater. Above, dinner from the other night—I marinated a bunch of seitan in Jamaican Jerk sauce, then served it with quinoa pilaf, steamed broccoli, and a salad with tahini dressing. Healthy and delicious; no crumbs left :o). […]

Easy Meals

What do you serve on those days when you’re soooo busy with everything else that there’s no time to even think about—let alone make—a gourmet meal? The following are two recipes I know I can count on; they’re both easy, quick to make, and taste delicious. (Of course, stir fries and pasta marinara are two […]

New Farm Mac and Cheeze

Dinner tonight: New Farm Mac and Cheeze (with some spinach mixed in), sauteed mushrooms in olive oil and garlic, steamed green beans, and a glass of chilled mango juice (not pictured). My macaroni of choice tonight was Vitaspelt baby shells. I loved every bite (and sip)! And for dessert… Amazing homemade peanut butter cookies, baked […]

Three Cheers for Vegan Cheesecake

I’ll start off with a picture of my amazing afternoon snack today– apricot cheezecake! I bought a slice at a restaurant about a 1/2 hour away from my house; it was so reminiscent of “real” cheesecake that I had to call the place to make sure it really was vegan! Once assured, I happily gobbled […]