Vegan Grilled Cheese

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The meal that takes me back to when I was 6 years-old and loved having a grilled cheese sandwich for any meal. When I decided to go vegan, cheese was definitely the number one thing I missed the most. Until I discovered the world of vegan cheese.

My favorite brands and what I used for this recipe! ↓↓↓

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I love telling people about the way I eat and how it doesn’t have to be restricting and limiting. I still eat delicious things that typically come with cheese like, burgers, enchiladas, burritos, etc..

When you stop eating something, eventually your body will no longer crave it. So I very rarely eat vegan cheese. I try really hard to stay away from processed foods as much as possible and although I do believe vegan cheese is way better for you than real cheese, it is still a processed food.

ANYWAY, let’s get into this recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • Bread of your choice (Ezekiel is my fave.)
  • vegan butter
  • 1 slice of Chao cheese
  • 1 slice of Follow Your Heart American style cheese

I also love love using 1 slice of Daiya’s Cheddar cheese for this with the Chao, but I didn’t have any and didn’t feel like going to buy some…so.. yeah..

 

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I’m not going to insult your intelligence by giving you instructions on how to make a grilled cheese…the rest is pretty easy to figure out…so go give it a try!!!

You will looooove it.

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Easy To Make Spicy Black Bean Hummus!

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I love hummus although it’s not something I eat all the time. Every single time I’ve ever bought hummus from the store, it always ends up going bad because I eat it once or twice and then forget about it. The other day I was really craving some but didn’t feel like going to the store, so I decided to try to make my own!

I really impressed myself with this one, guys. It’s a must try. I don’t think I’ll ever buy hummus from the store again. (unless I’m feeling lazy…which is likely. who knows)

Most recipes you’ll find for hummus include tahini, but I didn’t have any.. so you can definitely do without it! Which is awesome for those who have nut allergies.

SOY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE HUMMUS! YAY!!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup cooked/rinsed black beans (or whatever bean you’d like!)
  • sliced jalapeños
  • red cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Extra virgin olive Oil (other oils will work, too)
  • 1 tsp of Cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lime

It’s honestly super easy to eye-ball this recipe and just add as you please, depending on personal preference and how much you want to make. I like my food painfully spicy, obviously.

The fun thing about making your own hummus is that you can add whatever the heck you want! You can make it spicy, sweet, thick, or creamy.. YOU DO YOU, BOO.

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Vegan Buddha Bowls!

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I had never heard about Buddha bowls until recently when I stumbled across some on Pinterest. So, I decided to give it a go and create my own!

These are two very similar variations, which I didn’t realize until I compared the pictures..sorry…but they were still really yummy. so.

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I used:

  • quinoa
  • tempeh
  • beets
  • butternut squash
  • Spinach (you can’t even see it)
  • mixed veggies
  • Sriracha (I’m obsessed..its a problem)

 

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For this one I used:

  • tempeh (again)
  • quinoa (again)
  • avocado
  • brussel sprouts
  • sweet potato noodels
  • Sriracha

 

I love this dish because it’s so easy and you can add whatever you want to it! There is no right or wrong recipe. You can just throw anything you’re craving together and call it a buddha bowl! 🙂

The Wild Cow- Nashville

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Yupp. That is the face of pure happiness because uh… FOOD.

Let’s talk about The Wild Cow! It is a super hip vegetarian/vegan restaurant in East Nashville. One of my favorite things about this place, other than the food, is the casual environment. It’s pretty snug inside, but not too small, and all of the servers/employees are super cool.

Here’s what I tried:

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Taco Sampler Plate- $12 (side of sweet potato fries was $3 extra)

You get: Sweet potato & black bean taco, Chipotle seitan taco, and a Peanut tempeh taco. These tacos were so bomb, you guys. A must try!


 

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French Quarter Dip- $10

SO GOOD AND AMAZING AND SATISFYING AND AWESOME. My favorite thing I’ve tried there so far, for sure.

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DESSERT

The desserts are always changing and different! They have a variety of cupcakes, cookies, and other stuff. I never pass-up their raw cheesecakes, because they are always amazing! I can’t remember what either of these were called, but I do remember that they were both to-die-for.

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Graze Nashville

 

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Since I am the only vegan in my family, my birthday is the one day out of the entire year that I get to pick the restaurant we go to and force everyone to eat vegan.(which we actually do a lot at home because I have influenced them quite a bit ;)) I have been eyeing Graze in my Yelp app for a while now so it was my number 1 choice for my birthday. I was so excited to try it and had high expectations and guys…the food..was. AMAZING!

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I am not super into drinking alcohol of any sort (ask any of my friends and they can attest to this fact) but I do order a glass of wine or a fancy cocktail on rare/special occasions. Graze has their own unique cocktail menu, a juice/smoothie bar, and lots of yummy drinks! I ordered a pink lemonade tequila drink (that I didn’t even finish, because I’m a big baby) and it was super yummy! 🙂

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For my entree I ordered the seitan steak & potatoes- $12, it also came with a side salad and I got balsamic vinaigrette for the dressing! The mashed potatoes and house-made gravy were SO delicious and flavorful. The seitan steak was seasoned to perfection and resembled a real steak a little too much, to be honest. (freaked me out a little)

Also pictured is their roasted veggie alfredo-$12. Any vegan can tell you that it’s pretty hard to come by any super good creamy alfredo-type pastas. But this…..THE BEST ALFREDO EVER!

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My mouth is literally watering looking at this next picture as I’m typing this…

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For dessert we ordered the CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE. It comes with coconut milk, vanilla bean ice cream & its topped with peanut butter sauce. I could eat this every day! It was to-die-for!

Thank you, Graze, for making my 22nd birthday a good one filled with lots of delicious food.

Love,

Zamaria.

Juice & Southern Beverage Co.

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I have to admit, Nashville does not have a ton of vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurants, compared to other places like Los Angeles or New York. BUT, the places that we do have are pretty great. Juice & Southern Juice Co. is one of my personal favorites! It’s outside the Nashville area in the city of Gallatin and It’s truly a hidden gem. It Offers natural raw juices, smoothies, teas, house-made kombucha on tap, coffee, vegetarian sandwiches, and so much MORE! They have a 4.8 star rating on YELP!

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One of the many reasons I love this place so much is the atmosphere and overall welcoming feel it has. It is a small, cozy place that makes you feel like you’re at home. It has a vintage feel to it and the employees there are always so so friendly! (If you go there enough, they great you by name & remember your order) The place is surrounded with books, paintings, and magazines about health, nutrition, and other cool stuff. When they have new things in house like new yogurts or smoothies, they even give free samples!!

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When I went this particular day, I had their buffalo tofu panini as well as the “lean green” juice. It was all SO DELICIOUS! Their juice bar is set up in a way that allows you to design and build your own juice by picking your own ingredients, which is awesome! They only charge by the size and not the number of ingredients. There is also something about the way they make and prepare their tofu and food there that makes them have a unique taste. It’s truly unlike anything I’ve had at any other place.

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Don’t feel like sitting inside? They offer outdoor seating!! Their patio area is ideal for those perfect spring and summer days! 🙂

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If you are every in the Nashville area, make sure to visit this place and you will not be dissapointed.

Love always, Zamaria.

What I Eat In a Day for Weight loss!

What I eat varies and changes from day to day, but I wanted to show you guys an example of what I eat on a typical day as a college student. I included macros for every meal as well as the total for the day!

I used THIS to figure out what my recommended daily macros are for the day to lose weight/ maintain body weight. I highly recommend going to that website to find out what you should eat! 🙂

 

BREAKFAST

 

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Old fashioned oats, unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 1tsp of peanut butter, & cinnamon!

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day! I love to have something super satisfying and hearty in the mornings after my work out. I’ve also found that eating some sugar and something filling, it stops me from craving junk later on in the day. This meal is a favorite go-to because it’s super easy to make, healthy, and leaves me satisfied and full of energy for a long time! I recommend freezing some extra ripe bananas, and throwing them in the oats while they are cooking because when they melt it gives the oatmeal a super creamy consistency! Yum!

Breakfast Macros = Protein-15g, Fat-22.5g, Carbs-50g, Calories: 760

(SNACK: I had an apple but forgot to take a picture of it. Macros for this were still added!)

 

 

LUNCH

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Spinach spring mix, broccoli, 1/2 cup pinto beans, 1/2 cup black beans, cherry tomatoes, peas, mushrooms, carrots, raw jalapeños, and edamame. Topped w/ lemon juice and homemade spicy salsa verde.

One of the first things people ask me when they find out I’m vegan is if all I ever eat is salads. The answer is always a little bit more complicated than just saying “yes” or “no” because I do eat some-sort of salad almost every day for at least one meal, but no, I don’t get tired of it! I’m tired of salads having a bad name! lol I just don’t think many people realize how awesome of a meal a salad is! You can seriously add any vegetable, fruit, or topping you want to your salad!! Don’t be afraid to have fun with it!! There are so many different possible salad combinations! I love to have fun with my salads and add random ingredients to them depending on whatever I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I make them have a southwestern style taste and sometimes they have an asian-y flare, I switch it up!

Lunch Macros: Protein-30.21g,  Carbs-51.4g, Fat-8.9g , Calories: 508

 

DINNER

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Organic tri-color quinoa, edamame, broccoli, sweet bell peppers, mushrooms, organic turmeric baked tofu w/ Sriracha, & baked sweet potato.

I have been trying to meal prep more the past few weeks because it really really helps me save time and stay on track during a busy week. I can just pop this in the microwave for a couple of minutes and eat! Convenience is key, am I right? 😉

Dinner Macros: Protein-47.8g, Carbs-93.75g, Fat-11.24g, Calories: 546

TOTAL MACROS FOR THE DAY:

  • Protein: 93.01 g
  • Carbs: 217.15 g
  • Fat: 42.14 g
  • Calories: 1890 

Sunflower Cafe- Nashville

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Oh how I wish this place wasn’t so far away from my house (45 min drive). I’ve only been to Sunflower 3 times and those 3 times I just wanted to try everything. It all looks so good. I am already planning on having them cater my wedding/ bridal shower/any important event where I can have a cater. It’s happening.

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I love how this place is set up kind of like Chipotle, where you can walk down the line and look at all the food and pick what you want 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I love being able to see the food I’m getting before I chose to get it, ya know?

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This particular visit I got the BBQ Tempeh bowl with quinoa, kale and cabbage salad. It was bomb.

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This is a great place to go on a nice day and enjoy their outdoor patio area with your best friends and some delicious vegan food.

10 Reasons to go vegan now

 

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  1. Animals can feel, just like you and I.
  2. Animal agriculture’s negative effects on climate change and the environment
  3. The egg and dairy industry is just as terrible.
  4. We do not need animal products to survive.
  5. Protect and preserve wildlife
  6. It’s impact on World Hunger
  7. Vegan/ plant-based diet is better for your health.
  8. There is no such thing as “humane killing” of animals.
  9. Weight-loss!
  10. Pigs are smarter than your dog and you don’t want to eat your dog, do you?

Click HERE for more.

Avo- Nashville

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If I could eat at the same place every single day (and had a lot of money because eating out every day is expensive), I would eat at Avo.

Before I decided to go vegan, I had been thinking about it for quite some time, so when I heard Avo opened in 2015, I was so eager to go try it out. It was one of the few vegan places in Nashville at the time, so that made it even more exciting because I had never been to a fully vegan (it was fully RAW at the time) restaurant.

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Picture I posted on instagram the day I went to Avo for the first time on September, 6, 2015!

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Like I’ve mentioned before, I am not much of a drinker, but I never pass up one of Avo’s signature avocado margaritas. So. Delicious.

 

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Zucchini Pasta Verde $13

It’s topped with tree nut parmesan and served warm. Yum!

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Sourdough Avocado Toast $11

Just look at it. I don’t even have to say anything.

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 Cauliflower “Steak”

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Avo always has a variety of seasonal desserts. One thing I always look forward to is trying their seasonal cheesecake because they never disappoint. This time, my family and I asked our server to bring us 3 of her personal favorites. We got a chocolate peanut butter cup and 2 different fully raw vegan cheesecakes, I can’t remember what they were all made out of.. I think one was green tea/ citrus and the other was some type of berry. Either way, they were SO SO YUMMY.

Next time you’re in Nashville be sure to visit this place! I hope you love it as much as I do.

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