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Hello Everyone!

Wow, first of all, HUUUUUUGE Thank You to those who liked my last post “My Month As A Vegan”. As promised here is a recipe that I am IN LOVE with. I only have one picture 😦 I’m sorry, I totally forgot to do a step by step, but lucky for youuuu I’ve broken it down so it’s fool proof and you don’t need the pictures to guide you! PS: For future recipes I will include pictures, they’re always fun.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Fresh corn on the cobs (or 1 can of corn)
1 Bell pepper (your choice for colour, I chose red)
1-1.5 Cups of frozen, shelled, edamame beans (I normally just eye ball it)
Cooked brown rice
Lemon juice
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil (optional)
Big bowl and spoon

Step 1:
Pull everything out and start shoving it all into a big bowl! Personally, I like to put all the ingredients into a bowl then put a plate on top so I don’t have to waste plastic wrap, that way as you’re adding the ingredients all you have to do to cover it is put the plate on! At this point, pull our your frozen edamame so it can defrost a bit.

Step 2:Rinse and cook your brown rice. Rinsing will help remove all the unwanted starch. Make as much or as little as you want! I always make like a cup, then put it in the fridge and use it during the week. Make sure to follow the ingredients!

Quick tip: putting your brown rice into the fridge (uncooked) will help it stay better longer!

Another quick tip: the easiest way to cook rice:
A) use a regular coffee mug to measure out the rice (1 full mug)
B) rinse or soak rice
C) boil some water in a kettle
D) put drained rice into pot, then put 2 mug fulls of boiled water into pot over rice, bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer until all the water is gone.
Rule of thumb: always use a 2:1 method for rice. 2 cups water (or liquid, veggie broth is nice too) to 1 cup of rice.

Step 3:
A)Put edamame in your bowl (still a bit frozen is okay).
B)Add your corn: for fresh just cut down the sides of the corn so you have the pieces, or for canned simply drain and add.
C)Cut up your bell pepper (bite sized pieces is perfect)

Step 4:
Now this step is completely up to you and your taste buds. BUT here’s what I do:
A) Squeeze in some lemon juice (not too much to the point where its watery)
B) Season with salt and pepper
C)Optional: Add a small amount of olive oil
D) Toss everything together

If you have some fresh cilantro or parsley that would be great in here too!

Step 5:
Once rice is finished cooking, spoon on some salad on top and you’re ready to eat!

SEE Now wasn’t that just the simplest!? Make sure to keep your rice and left over salad separate when storing it in the fridge! That way if you want to use the rice for something else you can! It’s perfect for lunches or dinners the next day!

Super easy. Super tasty. Vegan.

Hope you try this out! Let me know how it goes.xoxox

Caitlin

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Hello Beauties!! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and having lots of fun in the sun!!

It’s been a long while, but I always enjoy writing health and diet related posts, so this one was a no brainer!

ENTER: My Month As A Vegan!

Now as a quick disclaimer: I’d been an ovo-lacto vegetarian since 11th grade (meaning I eat eggs and dairy but no meat), Shannon since she was in her first year of university; fast track to 2013- that’s 6 years! It’s not for everyone, I totally understand that and believe you me, I did and still do heavy research about being vegetarian ALL the time. I have books on books and I’ve read countless articles. I am kind of a fact junkie on this specific topic. I’m not a dietician andΒ  I don’t recommend it for everyone, it’s not a trend it’s a lifestyle. πŸ™‚ Do your own research and make your own choices.

How it started:

Well it all started with one of the best/worst sources for vegetarian information ever… PETA. I do not like the PETA website, I think they’re overly pushy about what they stand for, in my opinion. I’m still a strong believer and share a lot of the same values against animal cruelty, however, it’s just too in your face for me. None the less, it’s how it all started. I don’t really want to go into details as it could be really boring for those of you who are reading this post, but just know that it was a strong enough influence to change my mind about eating meat.

What I did:

Remembering back, I think I was in 9th grade or so when I first was shown the PETA website. I immediately wanted to be vegetarian right away, but being that I was so young and still living in my parent’s house it just wasn’t an option at the time (or so my mom says). It wasn’t until Shannon was in her first year of university that my mom said it would be okay (I was in 11th grade). I did TONS of research and cooked a lot of my own proteins (My mom made the side dishes like veggies and carbs). It was crucial at that point in time to make sure that I was providing my body with all of the necessary nutrients it needed. I still to this day do lots of reading and research.

CUE: My Month As A Vegan!!!

Now I’ve always been very sensitive to dairy products. I wouldn’t say that I’m entirely classified as “lactose intolerant” but my body definitely doesn’t process it very well. I can still handle it, I just suffer through the bloating and gassy mess afterwards; therefore I always just bought soy or almond milk instead when I started living on my own! Cheese is definitely a danger zone for me, I get ADDICTED! So I just simply never brought it into the house unless it was for a special occasion. In regards to eggs: I’m not a huge egg eater and lately my ‘want’ for eggs has been even lower to the point where I stopped buying them entirely. That’s when I thought that I would start a one month, self tested body experiment where I cut out dairy and eggs entirely to see if I feel any different!

The Transition To Vegan-ism:

I started by asking my already vegan friend if I could borrow a couple of her books. My main inspiration came from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone; something I’d always wanted to read, but never got around to. It’s a great read for any of you who are doing research, or like to read up on health related subjects! It was very informative, has a lot of tasty recipes and even has different levels of transitioning into not eating meat, dairy, or eggs! Super user friendly.

I have to say all in all, the transition was very easy! I didn’t find cooking for myself challenging at all! You just simply don’t use dairy or eggs when cooking. And for those times that you do, you simply substitute for a dairy, egg free option! Like Earth Balance is a vegan friendly butter, almond and soy milks are easily used in place of milk! They even have vegan cheese and meat alternatives now! The world is becoming more and more vegetarian and vegan friendly! More than I think we know!

How I’m Feeling Now?

I feel AMAHAAZING! Lighter, healthier, and just overall better. Mind you I’m sure I’m feeling lighter because I’m not consistently bombarding my body dairy products which it hates causing me to bloat and feel super uncomfortable. I feel like I have more energy and that I enjoy eating and cooking more. It’s simpler too and fun to try combinations I never thought of.

One thing that The Kind Diet puts emphasis on for those of you who are looking to go vegan is the idea of incorporating whole grains into your diet. I’m not talking copious amounts of whole wheat bread and pasta, I’m talking the pure, unrefined whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, oats and so much more! Beans also take the spotlight. Now, don’t fret! You can have beans and not be gassy by soaking them first! My advice is to buy dried beans, soak them on your own for an entire day (changing the water a couple times) and then boiling them until they’re tender. By soaking them, you let out all of the gassy properties. Fun fact hey?! As a rule of thumb, make sure you’re getting 1/4 plate whole grains, 1/4 plate protein and 1/2 plate veggies/fruits! By doing that you don’t have to worry about missing out on protein levels; one of the major concerns for those who are considering vegetarianism or veganism. To be honest, a lot of people right now get MORE protein than their body can handle processing at one time. There’s actually a lot of protein in food that you never thought, like vegetables, legumes, and leafy greens!! If you’re super concerned, try adding protein powder to your diet.

Where To Now?

It’s been almost a month since I started eating vegan and I honestly don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Therefore, I think it would be great to start a blog series of yummy, easy to make recipes! Within the last month I started making my own hummus (I’ll never buy store bought again), I’ve perfected the most amazing avocado Alfredo, and have a delicious corn and edamame bean salad under my belt!! Make sure to keep an eye out for that πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading everyone!

See you soon

xoxo

Caitlin

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