A Vegetarian In Texas

IMG_2257The look of shock and horror had crept up on her face. I sensed jolts of confusion from her as I spoke the words. “I would like the number four without meat.”

Her eyes went blank in expression before she refocused them again on me as I stood patiently at the cash register. “Did you want another type of meat?” she asked hoping quietly to herself that I had just misspoken.

“No, just the sandwich without any meat.”

She turned around for a second to look for help and asked another cook behind her, “Do we have sprouts?” She turned to face me again. “Did you want sprouts? We can put sprouts in it.”

I smiled. “Sure, that sounds great.” I realized that the encounter that I had just gone through wouldn’t be the last in the beef state of Texas. Continue reading “A Vegetarian In Texas”

“Q” is for Quiche… And The Realization That Times Have Changed

QThe other day, as I curled up on the couch with some hot green tea after a late class, my sister asked me a strange question. “Hey, is it okay if someone borrows an egg?”

I removed the thermos full of tea from my lips and replied with a, “What? Just one egg?”

“Yeah, one of my friends who lives in the building just texted me and she’s coming over to borrow an egg, if that’s okay.”

“That’s totally fine. She can take an egg.”

Several minutes passed and there was a knock at the door. My sister answered it, inviting her two friends in and gave them the cooking ingredient that they asked for.

“Thank you!” The girls said as they moved toward the door.

“You guys just want the egg? You don’t want a cup of water or something?” My sister watched the girls shake their heads with a smile. “I just feel like I should be offering you guys something else.” Continue reading ““Q” is for Quiche… And The Realization That Times Have Changed”

“F” is for Food #VeganMoFo

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Quinoa Guacamole with Vegan Chicken

So, last week I realized that I had forgotten about a rogue avocado sitting next to my blender on the counter. I figured it was time, once again, to play my favorite kitchen game: “Let’s get rid of stuff that’s about to go bad and Google a recipe that includes these random ingredients.”

I had some uncooked quinoa lying around, a tomato that was going soft, and I spotted an onion out of the corner of my eye. These ingredients led me to Guacamole Quinoa recipe by foxeslovelemons on Food52, which was a perfect recipe for VeganMoFo, or the Vegan Month of Food.

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Serves 4
What You’ll Need
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
Juice of 1 1/2 limes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 garlic clove, crushed with a press or minced and ground into a paste
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 servings of Gardein Chik’n Continue reading ““F” is for Food #VeganMoFo”

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

After the removal of my wisdom teeth I was left with enough tomato soup to feed the entire state of Maine. I had made way too much tomato soup and it was on the verge of going bad. However, pared with potatoes and other veggies, my new tomato soup diet doesn’t have to be so bland. So here’s a veggie-friendly chunky tomato potato soup recipe that you can try at home.

Chunky Tomato Potato Soup
Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups soy or almond milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste Continue reading “Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Chunky Tomato Potato Soup”

Traveling As A Vegetarian #StudyAbroad

Caprese Salad from Italy
Caprese Salad from Italy

Traveling as a vegetarian isn’t impossible, and it doesn’t have to be such a difficult thing. If you have already been a vegetarian for a while and you are used to going out and eating veggie-friendly foods at restaurants then you can definitely find vegetarian food abroad.

After a month of travel I’ve picked up a few tips that helped me remain a vegetarian while studying abroad. Here are some of those tips: Continue reading “Traveling As A Vegetarian #StudyAbroad”

The Vegetarians of Paris, France #StudyAbroad

A Parisian desert
A Parisian desert

It’s definitely more difficult being a vegetarian in France than it is in Italy and Spain and, by default, it’s even harder to be a vegan. According to the European Vegetarian Union, there is a law in France outlawing the serving of vegan meals at any public or private school in France. Similar laws have been proposed for kindergartens, hospitals, prisons and retirement homes.

One million French, or 1.5 perfect of the total population, in the 1990s called themselves vegetarians, and it has reportedly increased to 2 percent. With such dishes as basil salmon terrine, bisque is a smooth and creamy French potage, foie gras with mustard seeds and green onions in duck jus, french onion soup, and croque monsieur all made with heavy crème and meats, it’s no wonder there aren’t a lot f vegetarians living in France. Continue reading “The Vegetarians of Paris, France #StudyAbroad”

Cooking Vegetarian Food in Italy #StudyAbroad

If you ever plan in staying more than a couple of weeks in Italy, and happen to have access to a kitchen, it would behoove you to save money and try cooking at home from time to time. Authentic Italian food is easy to make if you take the time to become familiar with how Italians live.

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Veggie sandwiches I made myself

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The Vegetarians of Barcelona, Spain #StudyAbroad

There is a quite a difference between Barcelona, Spain and Florence Italy. Remaining vegetarian, or even vegan, is ridiculously easy in Italy, but the land of paella, seafood dishes make it a little more difficult than the country sitting across from two seas.

According a 2002 article El Mundo claimed that Spain had 1.5 million vegetarians at the time. In more recent times, Asociación Vegana cited that the numbers may be in two millions, while the European Vegetarian Union cites 1.800.000 vegetarians, a 4% of the population.

According to  Piccavey, when in Spain, try dishes such as: Continue reading “The Vegetarians of Barcelona, Spain #StudyAbroad”

The Vegetarians of Florence, Italy #StudyAbroad

pizza marinara
Pizza marinara

According to the reports submitted by Italian research institute, Eurispes, and the research conducted by  the European Vegetarian Union, Italy has over six million vegetarians and the highest rate of vegetarianism in the European Union, which is about 10 percent of the population. So, no wonder is has been so easy to go out and grab meals all over The city of Florence. Continue reading “The Vegetarians of Florence, Italy #StudyAbroad”

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Vegan Sausage, Olive Oil, Tomato and Basil Pasta #StudyAbroad

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So, in honor of my month-long trip to Italy, I thought it would be appropriate to reintroduce some easy Italian-inspire dishes. This pasta recipe is probably the easiest thing you can make, and it’d pretty tasty too. The Vegan Sausage, Olive Oil, Tomato and Basil Pasta dish is really great for a last minute dinner at the house, and it goes great with a little garlic bread too. Buona Apetit!

Serves 4

What you will need:
1/2 (16 ounce) package spaghetti pasta
1 roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
salt and pepper to taste
1 package of vegan Morning Star sausage
Wine to drink (optional, yet preferred) Continue reading “Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Vegan Sausage, Olive Oil, Tomato and Basil Pasta #StudyAbroad”