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Vegangrams

Welcome to the fourth installment of Vegangrams. This is where I curate pictures that accumulate on my phone.  Some have made an appearance on instagram, while some have just been sitting and collecting digital dust on my phone. In no particular order…

BBQ “shrimp” with sauteed kale and tomatoes on top of creamy polenta. This dish was inspired by Cadry at Cadry’s Kitchen.

BBQ vegan shrimp with kale and tomatoes on polenta - Luminous Vegans

Simple yet extremely flavorful and comforting red beans and quinoa dish inspired by Monique at The Brown Vegan.Red Beans and Rice- Luminous Vegans

Me getting scurred at the Netherworld haunted house before Halloween. This was my second year going courtesy of Neal’s sis (thanks!). I’m proud to say that I did not pee my pants this time around. Just kidding, I peed my pants both time. No, really just kidding…I didn’t pee in my pants either time. I was even brave enough to get my pics taken with these hotties.Netherworld - Luminous Vegans

Using up my free sample of the Vegg in a breakfast english muffin sandwich. There’s fried tofu “egg” with Vegg yolk and coconut bacon (the same coconut bacon used in this twice baked butternut squash).The Vegg - Luminous Vegans

Mexican casserole with nacho cashew cheese.Vegan Mexican Casserole - Luminous Vegans

The dogs clearly not caring that I’m trying to put the sofa covers on after having washed them. This is their nap time after all.Greyhounds - Luminous Vegans

Oh, just hanging out with Alicia Silverstone at a Kind Life Atlanta Meetup hosted by Dough Bakery.
Alicia Silverstone - Luminous Vegans

Getting my grub on at Harmony Vegetarian Cafe in Atlanta: salt and pepper “squid” and eggplant with garlic sauce.Harmony Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant - Luminous Vegans

We recently took a trip to Oregon and played in Eugene for a couple of days. Here’s a chocolate chip doughnut from Voodoo Donuts in Eugene, Oregon. By the way, is it DOUGHnuts or DOnuts? I donot know which is correct. See what I did there?
Voodoo Donuts - Luminous Vegans

We also played in Portland some. Here we are by Multnomah Falls thanks to our lovely tour guides Kenn and Jeanette.
Multnomah Falls- Luminous Vegans

When we travel with the pups, they each curl up on opposite ends of the backseat. But Miles sometimes plops himself in the middle not giving his sister any room. She’s a resourceful cookie though. (Please know that they did not stay this way. I made sure to help readjust them so they were both comfortable.)
Greyhounds -Luminous Vegans

My eyes on Neal’s face and Neal’s eyes on my face. Things like this are not an uncommon way for us to entertain ourselves.
Luminous Vegans

A meal with Neal’s family at Cardamom Hill Restaurant. Acorn squash roasted in a banana leaf and topped with coconut curry. Served with cardamom-scented plantains and rice pilau. Cardamom Hill Atlanta - Luminous Vegans

This last pic is technically not a phone pic. Here, I am watching Isa give a fun food demonstration at Atlanta’s Veg Fest.  The room was packed and I was in the back because, well, because Isa. She made an extremely tasty caeser salad with tempeh and quinoa. Leave it to Isa to make a salad that made me go “Day-um!! That’s good!”. She also talked about her new restaurant in Omaha a bit. It is meant to be cozy comfort food. I may or may not want to move to Omaha now.

PS. More pics of the Atlanta Veg Fest taken by Seth at VEGANesp can be found here.

Atlanta Veg Fest - Luminous VegansThe End!

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Vegangrams

According to my phone in the past few months I made stuff, ate stuff, did stuff and shaved stuff.

I finished up this Gemini top. The yarn is a hemp, cotton and rayon blend. No wool for me!IMG_2149Some amazing-ness that I got at Dough Bakery. I think it’s their Sunday “Southern Benedict”- open faced biscuit with eggless patty and Gutenfleischer’s meat topped with sausage gravy. IMG_1939Doughnuts from Revolution Doughnuts. They are not a 100% vegan shop, but they clearly label all the vegan doughnuts and usually about half of their doughnuts are vegan! These look like (CW from left) chocolate glaze, apple fritter, coconut and king cake.
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Typical Game of Thrones meal: vegan drumsticks grilled in BBQ sauce, sautéed green beans and shrooms, and mashed taters.
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The behind-the-scenes of a wannabe food photographer. This was for the Sansa lemon cakes.

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Leftovers from Cafe Sunflower. Quiche on the left and soy chicken enchilada on the right (these were on the “specials” menu).IMG_2130

Vegan junk food from Food Fight Grocery when we went to PDX. Can you guess what the non-labeled item is?IMG_2185

The tropical greens smoothie from Canteen in PDX.
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Nachos with Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, kidney beans, nacho teese (from my VVC swagbag) and green onions.IMG_2246

My most favorite candy bar. They’ve changed their packaging a bit and the bar looks a little different but it still is hands-down my favorite chocolate bar.IMG_2431

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (also from my VVC swag bag) with sliced strawberries snack time.
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Banana chia oatmeal from Oh She Glows.IMG_2350

Blueberry cobbler that Neal made. I think he just veganized this recipe from Rachael Ray.IMG_2368

Another goodie from my Vida Vegan Con bag. It’s a superfood disguised as a vegan starbust candy.IMG_2210

I made the Chipotle Mac and Cheese recipe almost as soon as Isa put it up. We ate most of it in one go and only had a little leftover. To make it another meal, I topped it with sweet baked beans and some cole slaw. I love this mac and cheese.
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This is the picture text I sent Neal after I posted the above pic on instagram. I realize I am an uber dork. I’m okay with that.IMG_2373

A morning of knitting wash cloths and drinkin’ a smoothie- almond milk, banana, chia seeds, Eat Pastry cookie dough and raw almonds.IMG_2441

Experimenting with a new phone app called “Over” that puts text over images. The cashew cheese spread is a recipe from an old VegNews magazine.IMG_2404

Hanging out with Neal at the art festival, Artlantis. He mostly does gig posters, but he has created an original illustration for the upcoming Atlanta Veg Fest.
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Miles- looking all goofy after Neal stuffed blankets around him.IMG_1898

An afternoon walk near the Chattahoochee river. A big storm knocked some trees in the path. Miles is already very afraid of sticks so he wasn’t going anywhere near this. Neal had to carry him over. Nikko (our other greyhound) jumped over it because she’s a bad*ss like that.IMG_2333

Oh yeah, and I shaved my head using Neal’s clippers with a #3 guard (I think).  It is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It’s perfect for summer don’t cha think?photo

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Dude, what’s a blog? I’ve been working so hard to help “put food on my family” that I haven’t had time or energy to post. So of course I’m just going to inundate you with pics from my phone now…of course. So, in no particular order…

Eggplant parm sandwich with a side salad and spicy mango and avocado cucumber gazpacho from Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe.

The easiest, creamiest and tastiest nooch-based mac and cheese recipe evah!!! Seriously. It’s from Susan Voisin over at FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

I think I made this twice in one week. This here second time, I stirred in some peas and elegantly dotted it with some Sriracha sauce. Oh yeah.

Our local asian market sells these frozen vegan fish slabs. One night, N fried them up and we ate them with cocktail sauce and noochy, bread-crumb covered baked brussels sprouts.

I haven’t picked up my knitting needles in awhile but this is what is on them, a short sleeve pullover/t-shirt thingy. After I passed the interesting neck section, I can’t bring myself to just knit the boring bottom part (knit, knit, knit…). The yarn is a hemp-based yarn.

One day when I accompanied N to Sam Flax art store, we saw this. This is the first seedbomb machine I’ve seen in Atlanta. Super exciting! How it works: insert coins, get seedbomb, throw seedbomb somewhere with dirt, repeat, watch your city fill up with plants native to the region.

N was feeling brave one day and decided to make Vietnamese crepes again. He did a better job than me.

Samoas-style vegan pancakes at Radial. Yes. Like the girl-scout cookies. I’ve been leary about Radial Cafe ever since we found a huge chunk of brisket, yes brisket, in our food after numerous strange interactions with a server who overly emphasized the fact that we were vegan. The pancakes were nom so Radial, you’re regaining my trust again. Maybe you and I were just meant to be breakfast friends.

Breakfast biscuits at Dough Bakery and Gutenfleischers.  These babies are so good and so reasonably priced. They also have these as grab-n-go meals kept warm or in the fridge for stocking up.

More eats from Dough Bakery and Gutenfleischers. This here is a vegan gyro wrap with a side of potato salad.

Yup, there’s more. Vegan french dip sandwich with a side of “beet it or I’ll kale you” salad. Love that name!

And of course, dessert. A strawberry whoopie pie from Dough Bakery.  Damn you Dough and Gutenfleischers for being so delicious! Not really, I love you guys and will probably be there tonight or tomorrow to get that SK philly special!

N’s parents gifted us with passes to the High Museum, so we went recently to see the Hale Woodruff’s restored Talladega College murals.

Across the street (nearly), is the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). We went there too to catch the “Skate it or Hang it” exhibit.

I got a hold of some fresh mangosteens from the farmer’s market. I only had them canned before so I had no idea how to open them. First I sawed at em’ with a knife, then I found this video on how to open them. Life got easier and I ate them all.

A quick meal of quinoa chili over masher taters.

Tempeh-bacon, lettuce and tomato sammich with avocado and sprouts.

My favorite raw breakfast. Raw ackee mixed with 1/2 cup of smooshed young coconut, cilantro, tomatoes, black salt and chives. I had it with mangoes and avocados.

Hanging out at one of my favorite used bookstores, Book Nook, one rainy Saturday afternoon.

A curry dish made with Patak’s mild curry simmer sauce kale, tomatoes and canned seitan over jasmine rice.  N added coconut milk to make it creamier and less spicy for me because I am a spice wuss.

And finally, these guys. Always these guys keeping me sane. She stood like this for 2 minutes.

This guy kept me company when N was sick in bed one weekend. We laid about and he helped me grade papers.

Vegangrams

It’s the second installment of Vegangrams. Most of these were taken since my summer par-tay started (read: much needed and much too short break after an academic year that chewed me up and spit me out after swishing me around for a while).

So, according to my phone and in no particular order:

Awesome summer break perk…lunch specials! Like the lunch special at Harmony Vegetarian which is the perfect amount of food. I always get the Szechuan string beans when I’m there because its delicious.

 Almond milk, pea protein powder and whatever fresh or frozen fruit on hand (and sometimes coconut water) in the Vitamix equals after-gym muscle food.

Green beans and tofu peanut satay over kelp noodles. The peanut satay is just a blend of peanut butter, coconut milk, red curry paste and a touch of sweetener.

Noochy stuffed baked artichokes with bread crumbs. I posted this recipe a loooong time ago here. This time I cut the amount of Earth balance by half and it turned out just as good.

Inspired by the post from belalu, I made my own summer salad. I never measure stuff when I make this (I just taste it with my mouth as I go), but here’s what’s in it: quinoa, black beans, corn, handful chopped cilantro, tomatoes (seeded), Vidalia onions, avocado and the dressing (olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper).

Are you ready? Apparently, I live in a hotbed of outbreak shall the zombie apocalypse occur.  Good thing I’ve been working out (see #1 in this post) and am prepared to haul myself out of the city into safe zones all while chopping zombie heads off Michonne-style.

Chia seed chocolate almond milk. I eats it.

Oh, donuts.Why must I love you so? Revolution Doughnuts opened up and most of their donuts (doughnuts?) are vegan. They have some fried ones and some baked, cakey ones. They are all good. My mouth likes them all. (Pictured: almond, cinnamon sugar and chocolate glazed).

Chocolate raspberry mousse slice from Cafe Sunflower. No need to elaborate.

Amazing coconut curry that N made that has canned seitan (more on that in a future post), bell pepper, potatoes and mushrooms. This was actually taken on one of my last days at work, so instead of working while I ate, I was reading Game of Thrones and taking pics on my phone.

Ever since I saw the raw vegan ceviche over at feast your eyes on my veg, I’ve been making my own variants. This one has sea kelp noodles mixed with hearts of palm, avocados, peaches, tomatoes, cilantro, jalepeno, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Catching up on my monthlies. I discovered a new one (Mind MGMT) that seems promising.

1/2 limeade, 1/2 sparkling water with ice and blueberries poured in a jar to up the hipster factor. Vegan Kat made a better homemade version of this. Mine is store-bought limeade.

Vegan BBQ plate special over at Burnt Fork that includes the bbq tofu, kale (sooo delicious b/c it’s sweet and candied), fries, bread and pickles.

Oh, the strange things I find at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. Can somebody please explain this label to me?

My obsession with ackee continues. I discovered that these babies are expensive ($12-$14 at regular stores), so I  stocked up on a few cans at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market where they are half the price. This is just ackee mixed with chopped onions, tomatoes, black salt (the same sulphury one used to make the eggless salad) and pepper.

Dinner at Soul Veg Two. I got the egg salad pita with onion rings, N got the mac-n-cheese and the bbq cauliflower.

I hoard yarn. This is only part of my stash. A summer goal is to catch up on knitting projects.

Breakfast biscuit with bacon and cheese at Dulce Vegan. Looks like I had some of their awesome tea too.

Happy Friday!

PS. We have two dogs.  Nikko will be featured in more future posts, b/c I think she’s getting jealous of Miles’ blog time.

Vegangrams

In addition to the pics I take with my camera-camera, I take a lot of pics on my phone-camera and post to instagram. Inspired by typicalhousecat, here is my first installment of vegangrams.

Korean tacos from Takorea which I learned about from Abracapocus. Nom.

I don’t want no blood diamonds, but give me some of those blood oranges!


Dinner at Soul Veg One. From the upper left corner clockwise: spaghetti casserole and collards, “meat”loaf with mac ‘n cheese and sweet potatoes, salad with their signature dressing, and cornbread. Nom squared.

A dessert for breakfast brunch. Blueberry muffins with fried tofu “eggs”, and some fruit.

Cherries!

Crazy chili cheese potato goodness that N made because he enables my vegan junk food addiction.

A chocolate peanut butter pie I made for N. Note the envious onlooker in the background.

Cottage Ethiopian veggie plate. We shared this and it was plenty filling. I’m pretty sure injera expands in the stomach.

Weekend pick me ups from Dulce Vegan.

Relaxing greys.

Crazy grey.

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