she eats things: a vegetarian food blog

A twenty-something almost-vegetarian eating foods and writing about them!

twenty—-something:

My roommate turned 21 today, so I obviously had to make cupcakes.

I made these cupcakes last night! I got the banana cupcake recipe here and the peanut butter buttercream recipe here.

Im in college right now with no car (and eating mostly at the dining hall, blech) and I am just counting down the days until I get to go home for the summer and cook and eat good, healthy food. I've been looking for inspiration so I've been looking up vegetarian blogs on Tumblr. I'm not sure if I will go full vegetarian yet... maybe someday, but when I go home I'm gonna try "Meat Mondays (instead of meatless mondays)" and go meatless the rest of the week :)
sheeatsthings sheeatsthings Said:

I totally understand your situation! I lived in a dorm and ate dining hall food for my first two years at school. Unfortunately, most colleges aren’t known for their spectacular food, especially when it comes to vegetarian options. There was always one tofu or tempeh option but it was usually gross.

Cutting meat out of your diet, no matter how much, is always great! I used to think it had to be all or nothing, but it definitely doesn’t! But cutting back on meat, you are making a difference for your body, animals, and the environment!

Some tips for finding veggie protein in the dining halls and in  your dorm:

  • Beans beans beans. Most salad bars have at least one or two types of beans on them. I add chickpeas to almost everything!
  • People argue over the value of animal products like dairy and eggs in your diet, but if that’s not your concern, eat egg whites and low-fat cheeses.
  • PEANUT BUTTER. It’s high in fat, but stick to an all-natural, no extra sugar/added oil/salt/whatever and it’s pretty healthy! Keep a jar in your dorm and spread it on rice cakes, celery, or apples. Also, buy low/no salt nuts to snack on!

Good luck!

What brought me to your blog was the fact that I've been very interested in becoming vegan or vegetarian but on Tumblr I started to realize that I was following a bunch of food blogs that had close ups of bacon and cheeseburgers and shrimps and I felt that I really needed to start following more vegan\vegetarian blogs, so hear I am c:
sheeatsthings sheeatsthings Said:

Welcome and thanks for following!

You will never ever see bacon, cheeseburgers, or shrimp on this blog!!

Good luck with transitioning your diet. My advice is to take it slow! You don’t have to 100% cut out meat right a way. Limit the amount you eat, and eventually, you’ll find it easy to it little or none at all!

Like my page and share with your friends!

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Alright. I know what you’re thinking. It’s like 5 degrees outside and this just screams summer. But people who don’t eat ice cream or ices all year long baffle me. I mean, I eat soup all the time in the summer.

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What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ~10 basil leaves
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 1/2 cups of water for tea
  • 1 1/4 cups of additional water
  • Popsicle mold or ice tray with toothpicks

What To Do

  1. Juice your lemon/pour lemon juice from the bottle into a large measuring cup. (This isn’t necessary, but it’s easier to pour it from a measuring cup later)
  2. Boil the water for your tea and brew according to the instructions on the tea.
  3. While you’re waiting for the tea bag to seep, tear up the basil and add it to the lemon juice.
  4. Add just enough green tea to the lemon/basil mixture to cover the basil leaves. Stir.
  5. Add the remaining tea to the mixture and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove most, or all of, the basil.
  7. Add sugar and stir.
  8. Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold or ice tray*.
  9. Freeze and enjoy! I used an ice tray so they were small and only took about an hour to freeze. I imagine a full popsicle would take longer.
    *If you’re using an ice tray, put it in the freezer without toothpicks and check it after about ~25 minutes. At this point, it should be frozen enough for the toothpicks to stand on their own.

I have two full ice trays of these! Perfect for later when I’m craving something subtly sweet but don’t want to over indulge!

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This recipe was slightly modified from Cooking Stoned.

findvegan:

St Patrick’s Day Superfood Pistachio Kale Cake

GUYS. My motto is that if I can add avocado or kale to something, I will. Avocado is easy, BUT THIS IS KALE. IN A CAKE. IT’S A KAKE.

Kale is so perfect.

ooo i found your vegan blog and followed... looking forward to seeing what awesome things you make to eat! :D give me some ideas. (not vegan, but love healthier options/choices)
sheeatsthings sheeatsthings Said:

Hi! Glad to have you. :) I’m also no longer exclusively vegan, but eat mostly vegetarian and try to eat healthy, natural foods! Hopefully you will find some things you like here! Check out the recipes link on the right to see some of the things I’ve posted about in the past!

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I’m not sure if this is a new thing, or maybe I just live under a rock, but recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of egg/avocado combos - egg salad avocados, egg and avocado omelets, etc. But I was skeptical. Avocados are one of my favourite foods, and I just wasn’t sure I was ready to go there. I’ve been eating a ton of oatmeal for breakfast recently (which I’m sure I’ll post about soon), and I decided to switch things up today and try the whole egg/avocado thing. Here’s what I came up with:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of multi-grain bread, or really whatever bread you want
  • 1/3 ripe avocado (the amount is up to you. I used this much and thought it was the perfect amount.)
  • 1 tsp. butter or oil, just for the pan
  • Salt, pepper or other seasonings, if desired

What to do:

  1. Beat the eggs.
  2. Mash the avocado. I was going to do this in a bowl, but I found it much easier just to do it on a cutting board. Much cleaner.
  3. Put your bread in the toaster. (Or, if you are like me and your roommate moved out and took the toaster, put it in the oven to toast. If you’re going the oven route, maybe do this as step one, because it will take longer. I heated mine to 350F.)
  4. Melt the butter/pour the oil into a pan and wait for it to melt.
  5. Add the eggs and scramble.
  6. Spread the avocado onto the toast. Season with salt or pepper or whatever you desire. My avocado needed no seasoning and spoke for itself, which was really surprising since I purchased it at a New York Walmart in the middle of winter. I really didn’t expect much from it.
  7. Top the avocado with the egg, and pepper or salt or whatever if you wish, and voila! You have breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner.

This is also crazy easy. It took me maaaaybe 10 minutes, including prep and cleaning up.

Enjoy!

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Here’s a not-so-secret: I love to snack.

I’m super happy snacking on a bowl of berries or a stalk of celery, but it’s not always that easy. I don’t have a car, and I share a fridge with three other girls, so I can’t stock up often and when I do, I can’t buy very much. I keep apples on the counter, but that gets boring.

So I resort to non-refrigerated snacks. I’m a sucker for animal crackers and tortilla chips with salsa. I also recently came across a huge box of Cheez-Its in my cabinet? I didn’t buy them but none of my roommates said they did either so I’m not sure where they came from. 

BUT ANYWAY. Whether I keep these snacks in the kitchen cabinet or I’m forced to keep them in a draw in my bedroom, (again, 4 girls. Small kitchen.) it’s too easy to just grab a bag and sit there snacking. Even if I pour something into a bowl or onto a plate, it’s so easy to pour more. Which brings me to portion control. A few months ago, I professed my love for my Sistema Klip-It salad container. It made taking salad to work so fun, with it’s neat little compartments and adorable plastic silverware. Over break, I was in TJ Max looking for random odds and ends when I came across a pack of Sistema Klip-It little containers! I have a bunch of random Gladware and Tupperware containers, but none are particularly snack-sized, and none of them are as fun as these.

Tonight, I looked at the portion size on my animal crackers. 2 grams of fat and 120 calories. Not bad. But that’s in only 16 crackers! I easily eat at least twice that, and probably more, mindlessly snacking. So I decided to count out 16 crackers and put them in their own fun little containers. I did that twice, and then counted out 27 Cheez-Its, which aren’t as healthy. :/

So now, I can grab them easily if I want a snack on-the-go for class, or even just to eat at home. If I want more, this will encourage me to reconsider if since I’ll have to count them out again. And even if I take more, at least I’ll be more aware of what I’m eating and not mindlessly reaching into a bag or box.

I encourage others to try this too! It’s helpful to be more aware of what you’re eating.

twenty—-something:

New knives!

I am really curious, what brought you to my blog? In the past few days, I’ve had a surge of new followers, but I haven’t posted much recently! It’s been a hectic winter, but I promise I’ll be back in the kitchen soon!

Please tell me, what brought you here?

My first positive experience with fondant!

Banana cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream. Punctuation cupcakes for my Expository Writing class.

I’m looking to buy a digital kitchen scale. I see them as cheap as like 8 dollars on Amazon, so I’m hoping to find something descent in the $10-$20 range.

One that I’ve been looking at is the Cuisaid ProDigital Digital Kitchen Scale, for $15 on Amazon. It seems to have good reviews, but I figured I’d ask my Tumblr foodies.

I’m basically just looking for something that weighs in both ounces and grams. I can’t think of any other things I’d need… Not necessarily to count calories, but more to make sure I’m eating the right serving sizes.

Do you have a reasonably priced kitchen scale that you like? Have you heard anything about the Cuisaid one above?