What’s Been On My Plate Lately: Part 5

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Crunchy Thai Salad Recipe

This is Crunchy Thai Salad that we made a while back – delicious every time.

Yep there is more to share with all of you from the photo reserves on my hard-drive.  I’m so far behind as you call tell, every time I post another installment of this series I feel guilty for being so far behind.  Hopefully all of you will forgive me!  After I am finished with catching you all up, I will start posting normal daily blogs and hopefully soon vlogs!  For now though, please enjoy the photos and recipes below the link.

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What’s Been On My Plate Lately: Part 4

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Vegan Pasta made with corn pastaHere’s another installment of what I have been eating – the backup files.  I did not forget to pass along all these photos for you that are awaiting for your entertainment.  Starting with a very simple dinner that just about anyone can make at home or in a dorm room.  See more recipes, photos and instructions after the button below…

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What’s Been On My Plate Lately: Part 3

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Waffles RecipeOkay so I decided to start this part 3 off with something completely different than the last one.  Instead of the fruit breakfast I prefer to eat in the morning, this is what Genki Husband loves to eat.  I love to bake so Genki Husband gets to eat his favorites such as waffles, pancakes and bagels while I get to eat what I love which is fruit.  Mmmm  Are you a waffle or fruit type of breakfast eater?  Let me know in the comments section.

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What’s Been On My Plate Lately: Part 2

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beauty of grapefruitThere are still a million and one photos I have to update ya’ll with so I figured I would post another part of the “what I’ve been eating” lately blogs.  Do you guys like these photo blogs?  Or would you rather me slowly catch with with less content in each blog?  Just let me know what you think in the comments section, thanks.  On to the photos with ingredients and/or recipes.

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What’s Been On My Plate Lately

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persimmon dessert

Frozen Persimmon – for a dessert!

Lately I have been so busy and have missed out on sharing a lot of meals with all of you.  Unless of course you follow me on Instagram- which I post to daily.  If you ever want to see just about everything that goes into my mouth, you can see it there on my account.  Lately I have been following the 80/10/10 type of lifestyle a bit more than normal seeing as Genki Husband has been away on many trips since coming to Indiana.  It’s funny how a company states you will not have much travel and then once started it becomes aware there is more travel than first thought.  It’s okay though, I get to eat more raw vegan food than normal.  (He loves his cooked foods.)  So sit back and take a gander at all the meals I have been devouring lately.  Warning: Picture intense!

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Broccoli ‘n Rice One Pot Dinner

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Broccoli and Rice One pot dish veganAnyone else do this too?  You setup an entire week of menu items, buy all the ingredients and then not feel like any of the entrees when the day comes for it to be on the menu?  Hopefully I’m not the only one that does this too since it happens quiet often in our household.  This dish was inspired by the broccoli that was sitting in our fridge awaiting to be placed in a pre-planned entree but I didn’t feel like making that week.  It was the perfect solution for an easy dinner night after a workout at the gym.  Basically you can prepare everything before you go to the gym and reheat when you get home.  So easy for busy people.

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New Things as of late…

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Sunrise over University of Notre Dame in Winter

After moving from the capital of the United States, I just adore these sunsets without obstruction.  Living in Virginia was inspiring but considering we were so close to the proximity of D.C. it was hard to see sunrise and sunsets on most days.  So now it is awe-inspiring and heart-warming to see them each day. This was just another day here in South Bend, Indiana.  It’s a city but not a large one.

San Francisco Bay coffee for the Keurig

We love San Francisco Bay coffee for the Keurig. We have tried other ‘flavors’ but never this one until this month. Each type we try, we fall in love even more. One thing we love about this company is the bottom of this k-cup is not made from plastic but rather a mesh so it’s better for the environment. It holds a nice bold flavor.

Starbucks Green Tea Latte made with coconut milk

Starbucks Green Tea Latte made with coconut milk. Did you know Starbucks has finally caught up and started to serve coconut milk? We asked for almond milk but we’re still working on that one.

Method Almond Wood Floor Cleaner

Some greener options available in most stores around the nation. This is a normal sponge (if you reuse it and clean often, these last long). I love this almond Method wood floor clean, it has a nice mild, sweet scent.

Cuisinart Dutch Oven

Cuisinart Dutch Oven, my latest addition to my kitchen. This is so heavy to move around the kitchen but it is worth it because I love it so much. I have used it quite a few times already. I love the option I can start to cook on the stove-top and then place it in the oven without having to switch to another pan. Worth the price!

iherb purchases

Lately I have been making weekly iHerb.com orders, my latest addiction. This is my latest purchase with some new items for our household. Annie’s Ketchup, TVP, Method Eucalyptus Bathroom Cleaner (doesn’t smell like eucalyptus), Vegan Chickenless Bouillon and Eucalyptus oil. I love all of these products, minus the Method cleaner. There is nothing wrong with the quality but it just seems like the price does not match the quality and there is no eucalyptus scent to it.

Meijer Corn pasta

Corn pasta I wanted to test out after seeing it in the stores. This is available in Meijer’s Grocery stores only. It is a bit more than regular pasta on the shelf but it is gluten free and made without any flour. It cooks the same as semolina pasta but it has a bit more of a calmer taste. I love this pasta but Genki Husband is not a fan. He thinks it does not have enough flavor. I continue to purchase this when he’s on business trips but when he’s home I have to purchase other types.

trumpet

Okay so maybe this isn’t new to me but I am loving the option to play the trumpet again after about a year. It’s very freeing to play an instrument – anyone else out there a proud band geek?

Vegan Hot Cocoa from Kalamazoo Coffee Co.

Vegan Hot Cocoa from Kalamazoo Coffee Co. We get about ten of these each season and just love them. It’s a great vegan hot cocoa available in the winter months. It’s made from potato milk powder and has a great flavor that is very sweet and rich. All you need is to add some hot water and you have a hot steamy drink in front of you. It ranges around $9.99 a bag and it can be purchased online as well as in stores in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mann's Organic cabbage coleslaw

Something I have fallen in love with and can’t stop buying it. Mann’s Organic cabbage/broccoli coleslaw is sold in Meijer’s Grocery Stores. It is probably intended to be mixed with coleslaw dressing but it comes with no sauce included. I love to take any salad dressing we have in the house and place it in a large bowl and mix everything together. It’s perfect! Or you can add the mixture to a soup broth and you have an instant meal. So delicious and easy!

sunset in south bend, indiana

A photo of the sunset as we were driving in our lovely new city of South Bend, Indiana. Both times of the day are just breathtaking thanks to the wide open spaces.

Evil Czech Brewery in Mishawaka, Indiana: Vegan Options

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Evil Czech Brewery in Mishawaka, Indiana Vegan Options

Sometimes you drive in a new location and there is a name of an establishment that just really catches your eye?  Well, we were caught off guard the other day when we drove past Evil Czech Brewery in Mishawaka, Indiana.  I mean, how could someone just pass a restaurant with that name?  We knew it was our destiny.  Sometimes we just dive in without caring about vegan options availability. I guess with a brewery, even if they don’t have vegan food, there is always beer.  It’s a win-win situation.

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Why I Won’t Buy Whole Foods Market Tofu…

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Why I won't buy Whole Foods Market Tofu Again

There are always a lot of discussions around the idea of buying products from Whole Foods Market instead of more local grocery stores.  While I believe in supporting local businesses, there are not any local grocery stores that are not apart of chain stores in our area.  So, I figured I would go to the local Whole Foods Market to purchase our groceries for the week.  Things were going good for a few weeks and sure we were spending a bit more money but it was okay because we felt we were buying quality products from people that cared about their customers.  Boy was I wrong!  Click on the link to find out what happened:

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Australia Day 2015! Making Pikelets!

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Australian Pikelets Vegan Recipe

Yes I really am that far behind on posts this year…  almost a month behind and I feel terrible about it.  But thankfully I have kept all my photos so I can backlog everything and share with all of you here on Genki Kitty.  I think one of the reasons why I have been so slow is because I got so far behind while moving that now it is overwhelming me.  That is not going to stop me though, I am going to push through for all of you loyal Genki readers. I adore how everyone comes back here day in and day out – I thank each and everyone of you for your support.

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