Mediterranean Pasta Salad

You (yes, even you) have the skills, budget, and time to make lunch for a whole week. img_4984

For this delicious Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad, all you need to know how to do is boil a pot of noodles and chop vegetables. Seriously, it’s that easy to eat home-cooked, nutritious meals.

It takes less than 20 minutes and under $9 to feed yourself for the whole week! Your wallet and waistline will thank you for bringing you lunch this week. (travel adventures >> lunchtime carry out.. in my opinion)

Like most recipes on here, please customize as you like!! No red pepper? Use some broccoli. Gluten free? Quick sub of quinoa pasta and you’re good to go. Omnivore? Feel free to add some feta. Continue reading

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Easy Hummus

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Hummus is a serious staple of a vegan diet. The chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are full of protein (28 g in this recipe), fiber, and unique antioxidants.

This recipe is so easy! All you have to do to make fresh, chemical free hummus is open a can, add a few ingredients, and turn on the blender (or food processor). That’s all it takes!

I love enjoying hummus with fresh peppers, cucumbers, and carrots. Its also delicious on pita bread or with crackers. Pair it with some tabbouleh and falafel and now we’re really talking.

Feel free to add as much garlic and spice as you’d like! Like many of the recipes on Flavors of Living, this is meant to serve as a base to get you more comfortable in the kitchen and to allow you to find what you enjoy eating. So experiment away! Red pepper and olive are two of my favorite add-ins.  Continue reading

English Muffin Ideas

English muffins (whole wheat or sprouted) rock my vegan diet for three reasons –

  1. Good source of protein and fiber. In the muffin alone, the protein averages 5g-6g with about 3 g of fiber. Add to that the protein and fiber from whatever I top them with and it’s not bad for an easy snack.
  2. Endless possibilities. From sweet to savory and breakfast to dessert, it’s all good.
  3. Affordable. Whole grain/sprouted English muffins range in price from $.48-.61 a piece. With the cost of toppings you’re looking at a total of less than $2 (max) for a great meal. Compare the cost and nutrient density of these meals to those at McDonald‘s or Dunkin Donuts the choice is clear.
  4. Quick and easy. They are honestly simple to make. All are delicious and require minimal clean up. In addition, they pack well and are pretty portable.

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Avocado Tomato

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Sprouted english muffin + 1/2 avocado + tomato slices + nutritional yeast + pepper

  • Calories – 387
  • Potassium – 835 mg (24%)
  • Fiber – 14.1 g (56%)
  • Vitamin A – 13%
  • Vitamin C – 34%
  • Iron – 5%

Cranberry Peanut Butter

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Sprouted english muffin + 2 tbs peanut butter + chopped dried cranberries + chia seeds + ground flax

  • Calories – 512
  • Potassium – 600 mg (17%)
  • Fiber – 19 g
  • Protein – 23 g
  • Calcium – 30%
  • Iron – 50%

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Welcome

Welcome to Flavors of Living!

I’ve been sharing my health journey (with lots of yoga, delicious vegan foods, and a healthy dose of self care) casually on social media for a year now. Over that time, I’ve started to hear from more and more individuals with questions or positive feedback about something I had shared.

Driven by the desire to reach more people, to better provide resources and recipes, and to show that healthy living can be easy and affordable, I created Flavors of Living (the blog!).

Flavors of Living will feature easy recipes to help you feel your best, affordable meals for busy lives, and ways to lead a healthy, compassionate lifestyle.  

To get started –

Check out some of my favorite recipes- Nut Butter Wrap IdeasTofu Scramble Tacos, and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Check out beginner cook/vegan resources- Cooking Without RecipesGrocery ListVegan Resources, and Recipe Resources

Check out healthy lifestyle posts- 15 Simple Acts of Self Care6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

I welcome and encourage your feedback! Flavors of Living will change based on feedback in order to meet the community’s needs and desires. I wish you much health and happiness on your wellness adventure and look forward to sharing this small piece of it with you.

Basic Acai Bowl

Acai bowl – the smoothie you eat with a spoon

 Until I tried this myself, I was quite the acai bowl skeptic. I’m not the biggest fan of smoothies so I didn’t really get the hype or huge pull.

Boy, was I wrong. Being able to eat with a spoon (and even chew!) made me slow down and really taste each bite.

Three huge pluses with acai bowls

  1. Easy. Prep, clean up, and shopping are all a breeze. Can also be prepped before and blended in the AM!
  2. Nutritious. Fruit, nuts, seeds, milk – need I say more?
  3. Customizable. Between the blender ingredients and the toppings, the options are nearly endless.

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Chia Seed Egg

When you think about it, most baked goods are just different combinations of the same few ingredients. Puddings, cakes, cookies, pies, and breads are all made from a few versatile ingredients (primarily flour, sugar, eggs, milk).

Vegan baking is made much easier by the variety of milk alternatives and the ease of making flax and chia eggs. Continue reading

Grocery List

Knowing how to shop when starting to eat a plant based diet can be really overwhelming! It took me lots of trips to the store and too many spoiled kale bunches to figure out what works for me… I hope this post helps some of you!!

The sample list below should be a good starting point. Customize it for whatever you like or don’t like! That being said, a new diet is a great chance to try out new food (or try foods you think you don’t like in a new way) so I encourage you to push yourself to try out something new. Continue reading