A Vegan Girl On Her Life Journey :)

Archive for January, 2011

Weekly Purchases!

I love shopping (grocery, for fun…any type is welcome!)!

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From Trader Joe’s and the local Food Co-Op. (I love their goodies!!!!!)

TJ’s has the best chocolate soymilk ever.

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Not too thick like the Silk Chocolate soy milk; juuuuuuuuuust right. 🙂 And each is only $1.69!! That’s pretty cheap/afforadable! 😀

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Brownie (without the cinammon – tastes 100 times better!!), PBChocolate bar, and Bobo’s Oat Bars. (Chocolate for me, PB for him) 🙂 My bf ate both the PB bars in one day! What a peanut butter monster he is 🙂 (the girl on the Oat Bars is really cute!) 🙂 They seem to have lots of other flavors, like Almond, Apricot, Banana, Coconut, and much more!!

Got luna bars in a box for the first time ever.

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15 in each. It’s the same price no matter how you buy it 🙂 This is my emergency food, in case the school loses power or something.  🙂

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Do you think I got this at the food co-op? Nope! Actually from Trader Joe’s, too! (The food co-op has it for $3.75-ish) While at Trader Joe’s, it’s $2.99!!!

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Same thing with these tooth brushes! It was also $2.99 at TJ’s!!! (around $4 at the co-op!) 😯 Recently, throwing stuff away was becoming a concern for me (thinking about how it stays in the landfill) I can recycle these at the Preserve Gimme 5 located at Whole Foods. 🙂 I can recycle any “5” marked containers here (like hummus containers, yogurt containers, etc.) too!! Awesome program!!

This video we watched in English got me thinking about it. (“This is not an environmental class!” is what my teacher likes to say)  I decided to make as much toiletry products (shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc.) that I can, because really, I think that now is the right time to stop being selfish and think about what’s happening to the planet! **DIY Lip balm post to come!!

As of now, I already use homemade conditioner. (2 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 5 seconds squirt of lemon juice + water) This has been working out really good for me. It’s actually helping my hair grow faster!!! I was surprised by this result, so I recommend people using it and continue using it!

This video got me thinking: “What the heck are all those chemicals that I’m putting on my head?!” Looking at the ingredients and searching what they were, they were actually petroleum!!!! Scary? Yes. Want something better? Yes. Apple cider it is? YES!!!

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Buys Round 2. The chocolate chips and coconut butter were used to make my Nut Free Chocolate Coconut Butter Spread.

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I love big clips: I like paper clips!!! They keep everything organized, don’t they? 😉

New Finds and Eats!!!

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Finally found the Chocolate Dipped Coconut!!!! And I found Chocolate Chunk, too!! (WF’s was doing a beauty section make-over) The Coconut one was great! The taste and smell of coconut was good, but it was very oily 🙂 (photos to come soon!) The Chocolate Chunk tasted like coffee!! Yes it is chocolate, but it had a slight coffee taste. Coffee-lovers might  like it 🙂

This local bakery reopens on February 1st!!!

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They have vegan pretzels, and I want to go check ’em out! 🙂

And I hope this weather comes back soon!

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Upcoming posts:

  • Eats for the week + Product Reviews!
  • Da Weather around here
  • Cooking and Bread baking-buys!
  • DIY Lip Balm Recipe and the Soap Store!

Sushi is Good!

I love when it’s sunny

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But it’s very snowy right now 😦 I hope it melts soon so we won’t  slip ‘n’ slide on the streets!

I got a haircut on the 2nd of this month. 🙂

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That’s a lot of hair gone! (12 inches + -ish?) I really wanted to donate it, so (without giving second thoughts – like usual. Ha ha) before I left for my dorm, I went to Great Clips and got it cut. 🙂 (I don’t really care where I go to get a haircut because I go maybe around every two or so years.) I hope they can make a nice wig out of it, because I was growing it out for a loooooooooong time! 🙂

Didn’t get this photo in time, but

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A traditional Southern soup my BF’s mom made. For New Years 🙂 It tasted bitter and strong; never tasted something like this before. 🙂

And my dinner on Sunday. Because I come back from home to my dorm, I usually feel like not going to the dining hall and just enjoy eating in my room watching tv. 🙂

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The amount of fries they gave me was scary – it took me two days to finish it! Ha ha! 😀

I’ve made a whole container of this as well.

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Nut-free Easy Chocolate Spread. Never hurts to have it! You can roll these into balls or put them in molds and freeze it to make a little snack, too! I tried it, and it’s pretty tasty! 😀 Ahh, the chocolate!

When I came home, I got a letter from three sisters. I emailed them asking if their chocolate oatmeal was vegan (and it’s not). They emailed me back saying no, but I got this in the mail!

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Coupons! They actually gave me an extra 75 cents off coupon. Whoops 🙂 But that’s okay. I’ll be using it. 🙂

So about the title. For my grandpa’s birthday, we had a sushi party!! 😀 Who doesn’t enjoy that? 😉

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From the left: Brown rice with rice vinegar, vegan tuna, edamame, nori, salmon, romaine hearts, cheese cake (a little hidden behind the romaine hearts, sea breambrown rice with vinegar, and nori. (<- on both sides of the table because it’s a pain to reach over to the other side) 🙂

Close-up of my side:

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Vegan tuna:

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It’s vegan tuna + vegan mayo to be more specific 😀 This one tasted better than the one you can get at Whole Foods. (I get headaches when I have theirs – lol – too much chemicals, perhaps)

I bought this cheese to go with the sushi.

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Who thought sushi with cheese was good?! I liked it!! 😀 It gave it a mild taste!

And pickled plum paste + sushi = Heaven!! 😀

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Yeay for sushi mats because then it can be made perfect! 🙂

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I was too busy eating to shoot photos everytime. Ha ha 😀

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!!!!! 🙂

New Year’s Food ‘n’ Buys ‘n’ Eats!

Food post! Just too much (non-New Years related) pictures to put on the previous post. 😉

Recent buys:

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Ran out of Whole Wheat Flours because I was making pancakes like crazy. 🙂 And though I decided to cut out Kombucha, I wanted something fizzy. Thought it was better than having a soda. 🙂 (but I had some of my brother’s anyways)

Honest Tea’s Apple Jasmine Kombucha: This had a fair taste of apples (and the smell too). It tasted like it was watered down A LOT. (compared to Synergy or Vibranz kombucha) But if you want a light “fizz”, it’s okay. 🙂

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And I wanted to make Averie’s Chex Mix, so I bought this Kashi’s Island Vanilla a while ago. As a cereal, it’s not sweet. Too hard, and it gets soft too easy. I like “crunchy“, but this wasn’t “crunchy” at all. I like my Hemp Granola Cereal waaaaaaaaay better. 😉

This next one was buy one get one free special (and it was only $2.59 each), so I bought it. Three Sisters Instant Oatmeal.

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The package that the oatmeal was in is very convenient and eco-friendly. Open the package, and fill it up to the line with water; no cups needed! Very convenient.

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But the oatmeal part of this: EW. Oatmeal is the most bland, disgusting food I’ve ever had. It’s mushy and tasteless; it’s lacking “crunchiness” so much! Yes that’s how oatmeal is supposed to be, but I hate it. XP I will eat it up (or maybe use it in a recipe?) though; don’t like wasting food. 🙂

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Tried adding it in Whole Soy & Co’s Vanilla yogurt, which made it a little flavorful.

Also bought this at Whole Foods, and these are yummers!!

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A little bit on the dry side, but not going to complain. It has less than 10 ingredients, and it’s like Chips Ahoy! but vegan!!! I’ve wanted cookies like that ever since going vegan (in a package with about 20-25 cookies each), and it costs technically the same! ($3.69) I’m willing to buy it again, but that’s if I’m craving cookies on the dry side. (I like TJ’s cookies better; super-moist!!)

This is always fun to eat:

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Odwalla‘s Choco-Walla Bar!! I like their Superfruit juice, too! We’re good friends. 😉

I bought a different Kombucha for New Year’s Eve. 

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Kombucha Botanica Hibiscus. This one tasted good! (looks like beer lol) Not too watered down like the above one, very fizzy, and I was able to taste the hibiscus! If you’re going for a stronger, flowery one, then this one’s better. 🙂

Recipe! Eggless Egg Salad!!

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From peta2‘s 2-week vegan recipes. The recipe makes it into a sandwich. I didn’t. 🙂

Eggless Egg Salad:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu (drained) – it better be firm because if it’s soft, it does NOT seem like eggs!!!
  • 1/2 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of dejon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (for yellow color)
  • 2 – 3 stalks of green onion (chopped – optional) <- I didn’t add any
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Mash tofu.
  2. Add in all other ingredients.
  3. Eat!

You can put it into bread of course! Then it will yield 4 servings.

I doubled the recipe because I added an extra package of SOFT tofu (that’s all I had), then it tasted plain. (I still have some left) The sourness of the relish makes it taste really good, and I made this into a sandwich as well, and it tasted just like real egg salad sandwich!! If you like egg salad, it’s worth a shot to give it a try! 😉 I think this will be a staple at my house!

They also have a Tuna recipe, and I’m looking forward to making this too! (but first, I need to use up my relish…Relish tastes really good!) Maybe I’ll have an egg salad sandwich for lunch everyday in college! (sandwich is convenient, I don’t have to pay a high price for my lunch at the dining hall, and I won’t have to go back up to my room every time for lunch!) Hm, maybe! 😀

Lesson learned: buy relish at TJ’s, because they are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY cheaper than Whole Foods ($4.99 vs $1.99; both organic)!!! Both preservative free. 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2011 is here!

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Taken on New Year’s morning around 9:30 am. There’s an orb on the top left! Good things are to happen this year!! It snowed two days ago, and there’s still some snow left in the back!

Traditional Japanese New Year’s Food:

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And the not-so traditional food:

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Our tradition is to play the Game of Life. It’s our 9th year playing it! (we’ve been doing this for a while now!) I’m always the banker because I like to be in charge of things. 🙂

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I was last in place, but hey! Calculate the $$s and guess what! I won!!

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Highest $$ so far in the 9-year tradition! (and my dad got the lowest of the all-time.) Wow! I feel even luckier! 😀 (my grandpa and my little brother thinks I cheated because I’m the banker – uh, no! THEY are the ones that would cheat if they were the banker!) 😉

And while being the awesome banker, I was nibbling on this fun chocolate from the vegan store that my bf bought me. 🙂

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I’m back in my dorm, and barely anyone’s here! Perhaps a good time to go buy textbooks tomorrow morning and figure out where my classes are 😉 Lets reverse this night owl schedule and get up early!

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