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So maybe you’ve heard that I’m a dietetics major. And perhaps you’ve heard whispers that I’m a vegan health nut as well. Both true, and to top it off, I love to be in the kitchen making all kinds of crazy stuff.

And since I’ve been home for the summer (read: I have a kitchen and free time) I’ve been trying all kinds of recipes. Mostly from Pinterest. Okay, 100% from Pinterest. But I always add my own spin on things!

Here’s some pictures of what I’ve been whipping up lately:

Dehydrated Cauliflower Crisps – you may think that using a dehydrator is something only crazy hippies do. Well, although I take no offense to being called a crazy hippie, dehydrating is definitely hitting the mainstream. I chopped up some cauliflower and added some nutritional yeast (a type of yeast that is fortified with vitamins needed in a vegan diet, like B12… it sort of tastes cheesy somehow. You’ll find it in a lot of recipes that are going for a “cheeezy” taste without using a bunch of processed cheese substitutes) and they turned out lovely!

Carrot Cake Bites – these involved the food processor, a sort of blender-like device that grinds up and combines food. It’s good for making dough and pesto as well. Anyway! Carrots, dates, coconut, and some spices got whirred up and then molded into balls. They weren’t overly sweet, but they had a nice carrot cake vibe to them. Good and good for ya!

Raw Cucumber/Mango Sushi – another food processor item. Instead of using rice in my rolls, I tossed parsnips, cashews, vinegar, and soy sauce in the ol’ processor and diced it until it was the consistency of rice. Turned out to be a pretty good substitute! Then I just rolled it up in nori paper with some slices of mango and cucumber.

Dehydrated Zucchini Chips – these are being dehydrated as I type this! Just zucchini sliced thin and layed out on the rack. Hope they turn out well! I’ll probably make some sort of dip for them as well. Hmmmm….

I’ve really been enjoying trying out some “high raw” food recipes and busting out the dehydrator this summer (although I do eat cooked veggies/grains/beans and bread, too!). It’s a great chance to try some fun and flavorful recipes that are a bit off the beaten path. So, if you have a dehydrator or food processor or juicer or any other contraption in your kitchen that’s just collecting dust, I encourage you to find some recipes and make use of it! (Hint: Pinterest. Pinterest for everything.)


Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce that it’s time for another restaurant review. And a favorable review I shall give! Although no restaurant has yet uprooted PuraVegan from the number one spot in my heart, I now have a very exciting close second: Frida’s Deli! I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while now, but somehow it either slipped from my time or agenda. I finally found the time to go a few weeks ago, and I’ve already been back twice. It’s that good.

Frida’s is a 100% vegetarian deli, and their menu caters easily to vegans, raw foodists, and gluten-free as well. Their main staples are hot and cold sandwiches (their veggie burger was awarded “Best Non Beef Burger” by the Riverfront Times, by the way), but they also offer soups, smoothies, and juices. You can order straight from the menu, but they do made-to-order requests as well!

And the best part? (Besides the food, natch) They compost and recycle almost everything in the restaurant, and they carry local and organic products when available. Music to my ears! And the chopped kale salad isn’t anything to sneeze at either. It’s suuuuper close to Fontbonne, too!

(622 N and South Rd, right off Delmar!)

Raw vegan sunflower tacos on lettuce!

Chopped marinated kale salad!

Mushroom walnut burger with sprouts!

Takin’ shots of celery juice. I’m about dat life.

PS – I don’t work here, and I didn’t receive any compensation for this rave review. I really just like it that much. Now go try some kale salad.


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