Saturday, May 23, 2015

Simple Margarita Recipe

Refreshing and delicious! 
This is one of my favorites. 
I mix up what fruit I use for this recipe 
depending on what I have at the time. 
Pineapple is a great one for how sweet it is. 
Berries make a great red margarita.

1/2 cup (4 oz) Tequila
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Fresh Pineapple
1/2 Tablespoon Lime Juice
Enough Ice to fill your blender
Optional sugar and/or salt

Add ingredients and blend until smooth. 
Rim serving glasses in salt or sugar for enhanced flavor.

Nutrition Facts:
Portions: 2
Nutrients Amount Per Portion
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 151 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Total Sugars 9 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 0 g
Minerals Amount Per Portion
Calcium 13 mg
Potassium 165 mg
Vitamins Amount Per Portion
Vitamin C 43 mg

Vegan Sloppy Joes

This recipe was shared with me by a family member when they heard I had adopted a vegan diet. I have tweaked the original recipe from the Imus Ranch Cookbook for kids and cowboys, which includes a bunch of delicious vegan recipes and helps raise money for kids with cancer.

Vegan Cowboy Sloppy Joes:

    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    1 medium Onion, diced
    1 green Pepper, diced
    4 cloves Garlic, peeled and sliced
    2 teaspoons dried Oregano
    3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
    32 oz Tomato Juice
    14.5 oz Fire-roasted diced Tomatoes
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
    2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce**
    1 teaspoon spicy mustard (optional)
    4 Cups Textured Vegetable Protein
    8 Hamburger Buns
    Optional: 2 cups shredded soy mozzarella cheese
   **If you don't happen to have Worcestershire sauce, for this recipe you can substitute:
   1 Tablespoon Chili Powder  
   1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 
   1/2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar 
   1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 
   1 teaspoon Lime Juice
   add 1/2 clove Garlic to the original amount

How To
-Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
-When the oil is shimmering, add the onion, garlic and oregano & sauté until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. 
-Add the balsamic vinegar and boil to reduce by half, about 3 minutes. 
-Transfer everything to a larger pot and add vegetable cocktail, tomatoes, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce**, and mustard and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, 

-Add the textured veggie protein and stir until it is softened and the liquid is absorbed.

Nutrition Facts: Vegan Cowboy Sloppy Joes
Portions: 8
Total Calories 159 Calories
Empty Calories* 2 Calories
Nutrients Amount Per Portion
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Total Sugars 11 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Minerals Amount Per Portion
Calcium 50 mg
Potassium 475 mg
Sodium 585 mg
Copper 135 µg
Iron 3 mg
Magnesium 28 mg
Phosphorus 50 mg
Vitamins Amount Per Portion
Vitamin A 41 µg RAE
Vitamin C 43 mg
Vitamin E 1 mg AT

Friday, May 22, 2015

Margarita Fruit Salad

I originally got this recipe from Vegetarian magazine. I thought it looked delicious so I ripped it out and hung it in my kitchen where it's been collecting dust for almost a year. Finally I have attempted it and have not been disappointed! It's as delicious as it looks! 

Serves Two
3 Tbs Tequila 
3 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Orange Juice
1 Tbs Fresh Lime Juice
pinch of salt

1 Mango, peeled&diced
3 Kiwi, diced
1/4 of a fresh pineapple, diced
40 blueberries

Mix the liquids in a large bowl. 
Add fruit and mix. 
Chill for an hour, mixing occasionally. 
Serve chilled. 
Optional: Add a slice of lime or pineapple or rim the serving glass in salt or sugar

Nutrition Facts: Margarita Fruit Salad
Portions: 2
Total Calories 391 Calories (Per Portion)
Added Sugars 72 Calories (Per Portion)
Nutrients Amount Per Portion
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 86 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Total Sugars 68 g
Added Sugars 18 g
Total Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Minerals Amount Per Portion
Calcium 74 mg
Potassium 766 mg
Sodium 590 mg
Iron 1 mg
Magnesium 51 mg
Phosphorus 76 mg
Vitamins Amount Per Portion
Vitamin A 52 µg RAE
Vitamin C 209 mg
Vitamin E 4 mg AT
Vitamin K 73 µg

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Strawberry Jello Shots

I originally found this idea from a buzzfeed article. After attempting this recipe twice, I have some tweaks and tips. This recipe is a great sweet fix for people who don't like the taste of alcohol. It's also a refreshing snack perfect for hot summer days.

You Will Need:

-melon baller or small spoon
-liquid measuring cup
-30-40 large strawberries
-1 packet jello mix
-1 cup boiling water
-i cup cold alcohol (tequila)

How To:

1) Rinse strawberries. Make sure they are large enough to hold a jello shot. Cut off the tops.

 2) Carefully cut the strawberry bottoms so they can stand up on a plate. 

3) Use a melon baller or small spoon to scoop a hole in the strawberry. Be careful! It's easy to scoop out too much which will make the jello leak out

4) Boil 1 cup water & add jello mix. Stir until completely dissolved.

5) Add 1 cup cold alcohol 

6) Refrigerate for 4 hours.


Grate fresh lime zest over coarse sugar to rim the strawberries before serving. 

My Tips:

Freeze for 10 minutes right before serving for ultimate refreshment.

If you have extra jello, make regular jello shots or cut up chunks of strawberries that were too small and add them to the jello in a bowl. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Green Smoothies & Vegan Banana Ice Cream

We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but many of us struggle to get the recommended amounts each day. Smoothies are a great way for people who don't want a vegetable flavor to still get the nutrients from consuming them. Recently in NYC I have noticed more and more smoothie carts that blend fresh fruit at your request. I love it. I myself have been blending with my Ninja blender for almost four years now. Through trial and error I've learned a few tricks and come up with a few recipes I love.


You need a good blender. I have never had a problem with my ninja. I have struggled trying to use other blenders that only had blades at the bottom.

- Pineapple and Banana are sweet enough to over power any vegetable flavor. Banana can also be frozen for a creamier smoothie.


-Banana Ice Cream (Vegan)
1.Cut up bananas into slices or small chunks
2. Freeze (3-4 hours)
3. Blend until smooth
Optional: Add frozen berries or small pieces of chocolate to the blender to add extra flavor

Nutrition Facts for Banana:
  1. Calories 105 (Per Banana)
  2. % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0.4 g0%

    Potassium 422 mg12%
    Total Carbohydrate 27 g9%
    Dietary fiber 3.1 g12%
    Sugar 14 g
    Protein 1.3 g2%
    Vitamin A1%Vitamin C17%
    Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-620%
    Vitamin B-120%Magnesium8%

-Green Smoothie (serves 2 adults)
   2 cups greens (kale or spinach)
   1 cup pineapple or banana
   3/4 cup berries, peaches or other fruit
   1/2-1 cup almond milk (you could also use regular milk or ice)
Blend fruits and vegetables, adding almond milk gradually until desired texture is reached.

   Mint, Pineapple & Kale                                           Orange, Pineapple & Kale

Strawberry, Banana & Spinach

NYC locations, places to grab a delicious smoothie on the go:

 Liquiteria has multiple locations in NYC

                                 E11th st

Juice Generation is another great place with multiple locations in Manhattan 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NYC Vegan Shop-Up Market

Sunday May 3rd my boyfriend Hayden and I ventured out to the spreadhouse coffee shop on Suffolk street for the Vegan pop up market. I had seen pictures of past pop up events on instagram but never had the opportunity to go. These events are a great way to sample vegan foods and goods from a variety of vendors all in one place.

Some of the vendors we saw today were the Freakin Vegans with their vegan empanadas. We got a 4 pack so we could try the different flavors. I really enjoyed the spinach and ricotta flavor. The philly cheese and breakfast empanadas would have fooled any non-vegan. Hayden preferred the cheddar broccoli flavor.

We also tried a strawberry-chocolate fritter from the Cake Thieves who are regularly located at the spreadhouse coffee shop. The cake thieves tagline is "We make vegan things that don't taste vegan...cause that would be gross." And they don't lie. Their doughnuts are delicious.

My personal favorite today was something I had seen only in pictures. Sweet Maresa makes artisan vegan french macaroons using ingredients from local farmers markets. The chocolate macaroon was so soft and delicious. Hayden tried a chocolaty smores cookie. My favorite was the Smacaroon, smores flavored macaroon.

The sunny weather made today the perfect setting for a pop up market. We enjoyed everything we tried and will most likely attend another vegan pop up event. There were a few vendors I saw but didn't get to try today, like Cheeze Hound nut based cheeses, 3 little birds vegan ice cream, and The Fanciful Fox natural soaps and body products. All of these vendors & their products are vegan. I feel good supporting small businesses local to the NYC area. I love being able to sample all these vendors in one place.