I Wanna Yonana

There are few things in life better than ice cream.

It has the unique ability to make everything better with one simple bite. Once the cold, soothing, creamy sweetness touches your mouth, you’re immediately reminded that all is right with the world.

But once you swallow it, you feel the need to be reminded again. So you take another bite. And another. And probably another.

(or if you’re like me, let’s just say approximately 50).

OKAY, I know… I know. It’s bad for us — but let’s ignore the crappy ingredients and empty calories for a second.

I honestly can’t think of a tastier treat (possibly cheesecake, but that’s debatable). And then there’s the toppings. As if ice cream wasn’t amazing enough by itself, let’s just add in butterfingers, cookie dough, oreo cookies, chocolate syrup, butterscotch, chocolate chips, heath bars… the possibilities are endless.

I literally went through a phase in high school where I ate cookie dough ice cream every night after dinner. It took me a euphoric, sweet tooth wonderland that I couldn’t escape.

Until I went vegan and had to sadly say goodbye to my nightly love.

I’ve tried several vegan ice creams that taste good, but recently, I decided to step up my health regimen and focus on curbing my sugar addiction. Sugar addiction. Yes, it is a real thing. And it’s safe to say, I HAVE IT.

Enter ——- YONANA

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I heard of a wonderful little item that makes soft serve ice cream strictly out of frozen fruit (primarily bananas but other fruit works too). You freeze the fruit, then thaw for a few minutes and simply put through the yonana.

This has become my new nightly treat, and it’s strangely satisfying. You don’t need any sweeteners. Just fruit and any toppings you want to add. My favorite combinations — banana and mango with a little peanut butter OR banana and berries topped with fresh blueberries.

It tastes so good that most people don’t believe it’s just fruit. I made it for a friend last night, and she asked about 5 times, “Wait. What’s in this? It can’t just be fruit.” Finally, I had to say, “Shut up. It IS just fruit!!!”

Finally. A healthy, natural treat. Who needs ice cream now? Not me.

4th of July

With the 4th of July approaching and me attempting to be more “domesticated” … I decided to search for easy recipes and happened to stumble across this yummy, healthy and most of all… cool looking idea.

All fresh fruit… no real cooking… I think I can handle this.

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Just kidding. I’ll probably eff it up somehow.

veSTATION

It was a long day. I was tired. Hungry. Annoyed. Possibly even bitchy. (Definitely bitchy).

I typed Chipotle into my GPS and let my car drive me to belly bliss. Finally! Chipotle. It was in sight, and I was visualizing that first bite into my veggie bowl oozing of guacamole.

… if only it was that easy.

In Los Angeles, we have this thing called parking. And it’s a bitch.

After circling the parking lot for 20 minutes (damn you, Studio City), I said screw it and left. I continued my food prowl, passed taco bell, almost pulled in, decided not to and continued on my way.

Right as I was about to pound my steering wheel in frustration, I looked at a nearby shopping center and noticed a little vegan restaurant called “veSTATION.” I had recently seen it on Yelp and there it was. Right before my eyes. Right as my stomach reached the “angry” growl.

It was meant to be.

I slammed my breaks and immediately screeched into the parking lot. Cars may have been cut off and curbs may have been hit. It happens.

And parking?

What do you know… a spot just opened up, and I pulled right in.

Now, the food. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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I tried the Roti Curry Dip, Superfoods Salad and Massaman Curry.

The meal left me satisfied. But, I can’t ever just leave it at that. Oh, no. I have to push the limits of gluttony. IMG_4906

Enter — Golden Crisp Banana & Coconut Ice Cream.

This is perfection. I am slobbering over my keyboard as I type this.

veSTATION, I’ll be back (in an Arnold voice, obviously).

Real Food Daily

IMG_9937Real Food Daily recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary at the Santa Monica location.

So, to celebrate (and to be all around awesome), they offered their original 1993 menu prices.

I gladly went back to 1993. It’s a win-win for my wallet and my belly.

After careful consideration and a few appetizers (I was hungry – don’t judge me), I went with the Real Food Meal, a macro bowl, with brown rice, black beans, kale, sea vegetables, root and ground vegetables topped with their house dressing.

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Healthy, wholesome food that tastes damn delicious? Be still my beating heart.

And to top it off, they gave away free cake. Yes, I said it. Cake.

My goodness. I’ll be dreaming of you, 1993.

Cauliflower Mash

I have a confession to make. I’m not proud of it, but it’s time to come clean.

Are you ready?

Okay, here it goes… I often eat an entire head of cauliflower. I KNOW. I KNOW. Is that really necessary??? Um, yes, when it tastes just like mashed potatoes. I just can’t help myself.

So, if you want to eat a head of cauliflower yourself, I suggest you try this recipe.

Warning: this may become a habit

Ingredients:

  • Raw cauliflower (I use the whole head, obviously)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Garlic (a clove to 2)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices (oregano, parsley)
  • Vegan butter (to taste)
  • Nutritional yeast (to taste)

*If you don’t have a few of the fixings (nutritional yeast, vegan butter, garlic  – don’t worry). You can still use what you have to flavor it to your taste. If I don’t have any nutritional yeast, I use extra garlic, spices and butter. If I don’t have butter, I use more nutritional yeast.

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1) Break the cauliflower up into florets, or just chop. Microwave, steam or boil until it’s tender — a fork should easily pierce it.
2) Add the florets to a blender (I use the NINJA and LOVE it).
3) Add the almond milk and whatever other fixings you may have. Blend away. Taste as you go until you get the perfect combination.
4) I usually top with nutritional yeast and spices. If I’m naughty, a chunk of butter.
5) Get ready to eat the whole thing!

Chipotle’s Braised Tofu Sofrita

a37d5e8ec6b3dfe04f3b3626e9229fe0YAY! I knew Chipotle was one of my favorite eateries.

They became my first love when they offered brown rice and NOW they have my heart forever with a Braised Tofu Sofrita. Now, I have no idea what the hell that is, but I will definitely stuff my face with it soon.

Here’s the info:

Organic tofu from Hodo Soy shred and braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices.

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Oh, ok. I’m in.

Thanks, Chipotle

P.S. – it’s only offered in California locations… so Cali people, let’s eat a lot and help it spread nationwide.