Vegan Thai Iced Tea

I don’t have a ton of sweet guilty pleasures (LOTS of savory), but one of them is thai iced tea. That beverage that is delicious condensed milk mixed with aromatic black tea. Um…heaven?

Alas, too much thai iced tea isn’t that great for the human diet due to the sugar content (mostly). So, I tried this Vegan Thai Iced Tea recipe from Minimalist Baker (ya know how much I love the Minimalist Baker). It was easy and I loved the way it tastes…

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Spanish Rice (Veg.)

Ok ok, so it’s not your traditional spanish rice. It’s…a veg. version. Still very very yum, I assure you!

I used a recipe I found online and made it my own. Basically, I used my own salt and did something different with the rice. Instead of 1 cup of rice, I used 1 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup quinoa (protein!). I doubled the amount of grains and added an extra cup of broth because I noticed that substituting quinoa makes the broth to grain ratio disproportionate.

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Favorite Vegan Recipe Sites

Hello. My name is Greta and I’m a vegan. Well, almost. I don’t talk about my diet much because I break too many rules to be called a “vegan”, but I still have too many rules to not be labeled as something (vegetarian, pescaterian, macrobiotic, etc.). Must we label everything?

For me, diet is really personal. One person’s diet may not have the same results for another person. Playing around with what foods work for you shouldn’t be something that we need permission for. The more we experiment the more we know about ourselves and what’s available in this industry.

With that said, for anyone who is thinking of delving into veganism, or adding more vegan dishes to their diet, I’ve found these sites to be the easiest and yummiest…

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A Simple Guide to Roasting Veggies

I try to live a well-balanced life, where my days aren’t just filled with work, but also friends, exercise, hobbies, healthy meals, dating, art, adventures, etc. The list goes on. However, when life throws a couple of stones in your path (as it does), the first thing to go is self-care, and that includes eating healthy.

So, to prevent myself from going down the path of easy “to-go” eating, I’ll just roast whatever vegetables I have in the fridge. Aside from eating them raw, roasting veggies is by far the easiest and yummiest way to get my nutrition when I’m busy.

Roasted veggies are incredibly versatile. If you have some type of grain in your cabinet, you can make a roasted veggie bowl. If you have pasta, you can add it to your pasta noodles with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. If all else fails, you can fry or poach an egg and put it on top. Nutrition packed deliciousness.

To roast, I basically cut up veggies, mix them in a bowl or ziploc bag with olive oil and spices (I must say, the latter is extra fun), put them onto a baking sheet and roast them at 425 degrees in the oven. The simpler the recipe, the more it’ll get me into the kitchen so I’ve pretty much got it down to the following flavor combinations…

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Black Bean Brownies

Brownies. Need I say more? Brownies are one of my favorite foods and I’m not even a “sweets” person. I like sweets, but put a bowl of tortilla chips and salsa in front of me and…I’m spent. Except brownies. I do love brownies.

When I heard of these “healthier” black bean brownies, I was a little skeptical. Why waste the calories on a “healthier” brownie that sort of tastes like a brownie instead of just eating an actual brownie that tastes delicious?

Well, lemme tell ya….these black  bean “healthier” brownies are pretty damn delicious, and are about
several hundred calories less than your conventional brownie, depending on how you make them.

I’m a simple cook and not much of a baker, so I used the simplest recipe I could find and put little tweaks in it to make it my own. For example, instead of just cane sugar, I did 1/2 cane sugar and 1/2 maple syrup. They turned out pretty good, and even my friends who aren’t vegan, gluten-free, health nutters (like me) enjoyed them.

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Favorite Morning Beverages sans Caffeine

I love mornings. Scratch that. I love leisurely mornings. Ones where I can indulge in a leisurely breakfast, and snuggle up on the couch with a cup of something yum. Usually that cup of something yum is an almond milk latte, but recently, I’ve been on a caffeine-free kick so it’s been one of these beverages…

  • Herbal Tea. Who doesn’t love a nice cup of herbal tea? It’s not only delicious but also has detoxifying and healthy benefits on your body. My favorite tea company is Mighty Leaf. Yes, it can be a little pricey, but I promise you, the taste and quality are worth it. If you like to keep things simple, try their Jasmine Tea, but if you want to try something new, try their African Nectar. It is my go-to.
  • Kombucha. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a little fizz in the morning. It kind of wakes you up. I’ve tried a ton of kombucha companies, but so far, GT’s Gingerade is my favorite. I also find it to be a great substitute for soda.
  • Yulmucha. This tea reminds me of my childhood, so maybe that’s why I love it. It is a milky tea (without the milk) made of powdered Job’s tears. It has a nutty flavor that satisfies that craving for a milky latte.
  • Matcha. I mean…where to start? There are so many ways to make a matcha tea. I personally
    love Califia Farms’ Matcha Almond Milk because it’s already made, so it’s easy and it’s slightly sweetened by maple syrup, so it’s delicious.
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10 Favorite Uses for Lemons

Is anyone else feeling a little sluggish lately? I feel a little somethin’ coming on so I have stocked up on soup, honey, ginger, and all things nutritious to combat this sluggishness before it turns into anything more. Did I mention lemons? I mean…they really are in a category of their own. There are so many wonderful uses for them so I thought I’d share my favorites.

Lemon is a great antibacterial and all-natural cleaner. So, you can take half a lemon, stick it in some water and microwave it to clean the microwave. Sometimes, I use vinegar instead, but I love the smell of the lemons.

You can also make an easy and affordable all-purpose cleaner with them.

Since lemon is not only antibacterial, but antimicrobial and antifungal, they are a great aide when you’re sick. I personally like to do a honey, lemon and ginger combo in water. Sometimes, I’ll put some cayenne in to clear up the sinuses. Here’s a good recipe for Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.

I make a conceded effort to not get sick, so I also often drink lemon water. Staying hydrated is important on its own, but adding lemon adds flavor and vitamin c.

I really do love the smell of lemons, especially in the kitchen. So, I like to make an air freshener with them, or I’ll pour a few drops of lemon on my carpet or curtains before vacuuming. Sometimes, if I’m feeling exceptionally crafty, I’ll make potpourri or scented drawer sachets.

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup

The weather has been exceptionally chilly here (for LA ha!), so I decided to whip out my Vitamix and make the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup from Minimalist Baker.

Can I say…YUM.

I used light coconut milk since the sweet potato adds to the creaminess, and added more cayenne because I wanted a little kick. Voila!… deliciousness in less than an hour.

I’ve always enjoyed Minimalist Baker recipes because….well…they’re minimalist. The simplicity of the recipes without sacrificing flavor is a lifesaver for those crazy busy days or, let’s face it, those crazy lazy, stay-in-bed-for-hours kind of days.

Perfect remedy for my “chilly” day.



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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,

I woke up early this morning, took a Bar Method class, and went straight to Simple Things to pick up the pumpkin streusel pie I ordered for dinner tonight. Yup, you heard that right.

Pumpkin. Streusel. Pie.

I hope you guys are as excited for dinner as I am about this pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!



Why yes pie, I think I did make a good decision…


With gratitude,


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