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My Chips Alternative – Popcorn!

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Those who have been reading my blog know that I am a big, big CHIPS lover. When I gave up chips after the New Year, I knew I would have to invent something to satisfy my chip craving. I bought my sister this antique popcorn machine a few Christmas ago and decided to bring it back out. I bought a bag of popcorn kernels from Trader Joe’s. They are organic and only $1.99 per bag! Pretty big too…should give you about 20 servings at least. I seasoned the popcorn with melted vegan butter (Earth Balance), sea salt, paprika, and a big load of nutritional yeast. I coated the popcorn and OMG, they are to die for. Salty and buttery! Way HEALTHIER than chips and tastes better too! Definitely satisfies the salty crunch cravings. You guys need to try this out. It’s fantastic!

Salty, Cheesy Popcorn
– Top plain popcorn with melted vegan butter, salt, paprika, and nutritional yeast depending on your liking!

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Namaste,
Jenn

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Happy New Year, My New Years’ Resolutions, & Roasted Vegetable Recipe

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First of all, I want to wish everyone a happy new year. I realize that I’ve been slipping updating my blog and I will do my best to post 2-3 times a week for everyone. Last January, boyfriend and I gave up eating meat. This included: chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc. We still eat seafood occasionally. I am so proud that we have kept up with it and cannot wait to conquer another year. It is not longer a struggle but part of our lifestyle. This year, as I was thinking of resolutions to set for the New Years, I decided that I’m going to conquer ‘monthly’ resolutions instead. Having a long list of resolution for the new year can be extremely overwhelming. And to be honest, who keeps up with the resolutions for the entire year? Resolutions tend to fail within the first month. I decided that I’m going to have a new goal for every month and commit to it for the 30-31 days, which is still a LONG time! These resolutions can be anything that would be make me become a better person. If I enjoy the outcomes within that month, than I will continue with it. If I don’t enjoy it, I can always stop or adjust it to my liking. “Diets”, food, exercise, hobbies, and service is all an experiment to me. Try it, commit to it, and if you like it, stick with it. If not, change it. No need to beat yourself over something that doesn’t work for you. Acknowledge the uncomfortable and move on.

JANUARY 2013: Give up dairy and chips.
I’ve always wonder how it would feel to not eat dairy so I’m going to experiment with it. I’ve done some research and there are many benefits to not consume it. I’m going to have to do even more research to ensure that I’m getting enough calcium and nutrients in order to get the essentials that my body needs. Chips has always been my weakness and I KNOW it is not very healthy. I want to challenge myself to find healthier alternative. This is going to hard for me because I’m always craving salty crunchiness. I’m going to do weekly updates so that I can hold myself accountable.

Week 1 – Jan 01 – Jan 06
Giving up chips has been easy. I’ve been able to find healthier, baked crackers to satisfy my salty craving. Eating them with hummus or homemade guacamole gives me a satisfying snack. Giving up dairy has been HARD, HARD, HARD. I LOVE CHEESE. I make bomb bean and cheese burritos that my family LOVES and they constantly eat it in front of me! I’ve learned to substitute cheese with avocados and also discovered an awesome vegan cheese – daiya. Boyfriend and I actually made vegan pizza yesterday! Will post the recipe for that soon; it was delicious. I also have a fat sweet tooth and can’t have any of the store bought stuff. I usually have a piece of chocolate everyday and giving that up has been hard. So far I’ve made healthy oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle to help with my cravings. Both with vegan butter of course. Also, went to Whole Foods yesterday! Boyfriend and I got two vegan donuts: blueberry & crumb, and a german chocolate walnut cookie. All 3 were delicious! Thank you whole foods!

Oopsie Moment
I accidentally ate dairy ONCE. Boyfriend made toasted up some waffles with peanut butter for breakfast today and I forgot to look at the labels. Dove right into it and then realized that it was made with milk. =( But it’s okay. I’m going to keep going with it. Slipping up once doesn’t mean that your whole day is ruined. Many people tend to just give up and say that “they’ll start again tomorrow”. Haha. It’s okay, I’ve been guilty of that too. Continue RIGHT NOW. Slip ups happen. Don’t let them discourage you! =)

Finally, a new recipe from me: Roasted Vegetables.
This recipe is absolutely DELICIOUS. I can just eat them as a snack and be happy. Here is what you need…

Ingredients:
– 1 butternut squash
– 5 shallots
– 1 fennel bulb
– 4 garlic cloves
– 1 asparagus bunch
– 4 tbsp olive oil
– 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Chop your butternut squash into bite size pieces. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.
3. Quarter your shallots.
4. Slice the fennel bulb into small slices.
5. Chop and rinse asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
6. Toss your butternut squash, shallots, fennel, and garlic with the olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
7. Place it in the oven for 20 minutes.
8. Toss the asparagus into the oven and roast for another 20-25 minutes; until butternut squash is soft. (toss the other vegetables as well so the other sides can touch the pan!)RoastedVeggies1
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Tip: use a large baking pan. don’t crowd the vegetables on top of one of another. You want the sides to touch the pan because that’s where it is hottest. You’ll get a nice golden carmelization on the sides. Do it in two batches if you have to.

Please, please try out this recipe and let me know how you like it. It is seriously DELICIOUS!

Food Review: Vegetarian House – San Jose, CA

Vegetarian House is located in downtown San Jose, CA. It has been around for 20+ years! Boyfriend and I just started going there this year after we stopped eating meat. Many of my friends call it a “cult house” and when you walk in, you’ll know why. Seems like all the workers idolize this lady that they consider their God. Her picture is everywhere on the walls. I’m not sure what her way of life is; however, I don’t really pay attention to it while I eat there. This restaurant uses all organic items when they can which is awesome. My favorite dish to get there is the Pesto Divine and let me tell you, it is very DIVINE. It comes with chicken strips in a toasted hot baguette bread. They put vegannaise, tomatoes, lettuce, and pesto in it and it’s very tasty. The sandwich comes with soup and salad but I always substitute for fries..=X Haha to be honest, I don’t really like their soups that they give and the salads alright…Boyfriend got the jolly burger. This burger is quite interesting…it comes with crispy chik’n nuggets (as the m aeat), mushrooms, tomatos, pickles, and lettuce with french fries as well. It is very delicious. Their fries are so good; they are steak fries with seasonings and herbs on them. Yum! I’ve been to this restaurant maybe 10 times. Their food and service has always been good. Sometimes when I come on an off day, the service is extremely slow but they always apologize and are nice about it. Another dish that I recommend (not pictured) is the Sea Fruit Grill. It is fake fish and comes with all these vegetables and rice paper. You actually make the spring rolls yourself! Delicious and fun to share with a group of people. =) Hope you guys try out the restaurant when you get the chance!

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Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Sweet Tomatoes (Take-out)

Hi!

So glad you guys liked the ramen post yesterday. Ramen may not be the healthiest thing but when prepared right, it can be a great healthier alternative to junk food. Needless to say, it is savory and satisfying, especially during those cold winter nights.

Today, I’m going to do a restaurant reviews for Sweet Tomatoes. Sweet Tomatoes is a franchise so there are many locations all over the world. It is buffet style; they offer a wide range of soups, bakery goods, pasta, and a huge salad bar. The only time boyfriend and I eat Sweet Tomatoes now is when we get take out. When we are craving the breads/pasta/salads — the whole shabang, we get the $9.79 deal which gives us a large container of salad, a small bag for breads/muffins, and two 8 oz containers for soup/pasta. The only thing bad about take-out is you don’t get to try all the soups since you only get two containers and the bakery bag is really small so you can’t a lot. Majority of the time, we just get one salad container as our takeout. A salad container is about $5.89 and it is SO SO SO worth. I cannot stress it enough! Their salad bar is 45 feet long – containing, about 5 freshly prepared salad (caesar, summer medley, asian chicken salad, spinach and strawberries, etc..they make it every 30 mins and alternate the flavors depending on the season, and make you own fixings such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, seeds, mushrooms, anything you can think of to put on a salad.

Boyfriend and I are able to get full off ONE take-out container making it about $3 for each of us! We are STUFFED. When we eat in, we usually don’t eat much and it’s 9.49 a person, totaling the meal to $20! But no, we’re cheap so we take out for $6. Haha!

Here’s pictures of our take-out last week….st1st2
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I wanted to put the salad bowl next to the cereal box so you guys can get a feel of how big this salad was!
What I put in my salad: a tiny bit of caesar salad, a whole bunch of baby greens and spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, sunflower seeds, corn, and pasta. I don’t like to add the prepared salads because those add a ton of calories and plus when I put all the potato/tuna salad and toppings, those give it a TON of flavor already. Putting the topping over a bunch of prepared salads make the taste too strong and flavorful to me. But cmon, is that big tub of a salad a great deal for $6?? You can bet I stuff it as much as I can! Haha

You guys should go to sweet tomatoes…and get take out! I don’t think it’s totally worth it eating in and paying triple, quadruple, or however depending on how many people are eating. Plus this way, you won’t be stuffing your face with all the pastries! Have a good day everyone!

Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Hue Restaurant – San Jose, CA

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First of all, I’d like to apologize for all the food reviews I’ve been doing lately. I am a college student and the semester is coming to an end. With that said, I am swamped with papers, projects, and finals. I have no time to grocery shop, let alone cook; therefore, I’ve been eating out way more often.

Hue Restaurant

Boyfriend and I went to Hue Restaurant today for lunch. There’s this Vietnamese dish called Banh Beo and it’s these little steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp and scallions with fish sauce. I love these and Hue makes great individual small plates of it. They are super soft and flavorful. A plate of five little dishes cost about $3.25. It’s a little pricey but so worth it. Boyfriend and I both got one and shared a big bowl of vegetarian Bun Bo Hue. Bun Bo Hue is a spicy noodle soup, usually made with meat but this restaurant had many vegetarian options which I am always grateful for. The broth was flavorful, spicy, and addicting. It left me wanting more and that’s how I know it’s delicious! The bowl was $6.50 which is so affordable. This restaurant is great for vegetarians. They specialize in appetizers and provide vegetarian options for ALL of them. I’ve had banh ram it and banh nam from here before and they were delicious. You guys definitely need to try this if you get the chance.

Namaste,
Jenn

PS. I’ll have a yoga post for you guys tomorrow! =)

Awards, Awards, Awards!!

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Good morning everyone!

I had been wanting to start writing in a blog, hoping to inspire others for many years. When I decided to start Eat Breathe Yogini, I didn’t expect all the support that I have been getting from all of my readers. I for sure didn’t expect to be to nominated for any awards! I just want to say thank you for all your support. I hoped I have inspired you to eat healthier and be more active. We only get one body so we need to treat it well.

1. The lovely Miss Marzipan nominated me for the Liebster award. The Liebster award is give to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. “Liebster” means “Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite” in German and the award is intended to chine a spotlight on blogs deserving some recognition. I’m going to follow Miss Marzpan’s layout on how she did this award.

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I love arts & crafts. I love making scrapbooks; they are a ton of work but so special to look back on.
2. I love going to school. I’m majoring in Child and Adolescent Development and graduating in Spring 2013! Woot woot! I will plan on getting my teaching credentials after and hopefully teach Kindergarten-2nd grade.
3. My boyfriend is one of the best people I know. He’s supportive, caring, and loving. We’re going on our 6 years. *blush*
4. I love to bake and experiment with new recipes.
5. I love playing board games. In fact, I bought a ton on black friday. My favorite game so far is one called HedBandz. (Disney Version, of course)
6. I am 23 and do not drink. I have not gotten drunk since I was 18 years old and stopped drinking at 19. I’ll have occasionally one drink but definitely not your typical 20-something year old. I’ve only been to the club once or twice. TBH, they give me major anxiety!
7. I have a fat sweet tooth. I’m trying to find more health alternatives for it…but fruit doesn’t satisfy it for me. Haha!
8. Dogs are my favorite animals. I very much dislike cats. =P
9. I want to try to get back into running. When I’m driving around and I see runners, they inspire me. They look so liberated!
10. When I buy my own house, I want to live out of the city. I want a simple life for me and my kids. Living in the city…kids are too worried about how they look and what they have. I don’t like that.
11. I hope to be a mom someday. =)

Questions from Miss Marzipan.
1. Colour or monochrome? Monochrome! I like everything looking clean and simple! I don’t much color either…except yoga/workout clothes. I love bright workout clothes.
2. Winter or summer? Winter. I love to layer clothes and dress warm. I love being under blankets and cuddle. I love soup. When I’m hot, I’m a little cranky and don’t like to touch. My make-up melts. I don’t like to sweat when I’m not working out.
3. Ready-made or homemade? Homemade is always better!
4. Chocolate or vanilla? MmmMm chocolate please!
5. Glass half empty or half full? Half full! It’s important to be optimistic in life.
6. Work or play? I love to work hard. Playing makes it more worth it.
7. Casual or formal? Both. Depending on the occasion. I love to dress up but I wouldn’t like to do it every day.
8. Ski lodge or tropical island? Tropical Island. Nothing like being at the beach with my pup.
9. Breakfast or dinner? Breakfast! Most important meal of the day.
10. TV or film? TV. My guilty pleasure is reality TV. I know, so bad. Yet so funny!
11. City or country? City for now…probably country later.

Questions from me:
1. Water or juice?
2. Coffee or tea?
3. School or work?
4. Salty or Sweet?
5. Theatres or redbox?
6. Red Vines or Twizzlers?
7. Hoodie or zip-up sweaters?
8. Travel or home body?
9. Dessert or main meal?
10. Beer or wine?
11. Tattoos or piercings?

I nominate:
Dressed with Pepper
The Clean Plate
Journey To Binge Free
Sugar and Spice Baking
Honey for the Bees
Earthgiven Kitchen
Veggie Vinyasa
Made Of Stars
Rabbit Can Cook
The Pescatarian and the Pig
Loving Homemade

2. Liveblissful nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thanks Liveblissful; I love your blog and vegan recipes!!


Here come the rules for this award:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about me:
– I still live at home with my dad, mom, and sister. I want to move out by August of 2014. Love to live with my fan but I need my own space and frig to cook freely!
– I sometimes can eat more than boyfriend. Kinda embarrassing…
– My mom’s side of the family is from Germany andI can’t wait to visit this summer with my boyfriend! It’s going to be his first time meeting that side. =)
– I love CHIPS. UGH UGH UGH, guilty guilty pleasure. Whoever invented that, pure genius but pure evil as well!
– I can’t remember the last time I ate fast food. Other than grilled cheese from In N Out…haha
– I love make-up and fashion. I have more make-up and nail polish than I’ll ever need.
– I’m not scared of dying but I’m scared of people I love dying.

I nominate:
Emmy Cooks
My Small Potatoes
Savor the Rainbow
Dannivee
The Healthy Epicurean
Playful and Hungry
Nourishing Chow

3. Sugarandspicebaking nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thanks =) Sugarandspicebaking has fantaste baking recipes, check her out!

Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.  State 7 things about yourself.
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (I nominated 7 because I think 15 is too many.)
5.  Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about me and food:
1. I love red vines. I hate twizzlers.
2. I love salted caramel truffle ice cream from Haagen Daaz.
3. I could live on bread and butter…although it’s not too healthy for you.
4. My favorite cake is strawberry short cake.
5. My favorite meal is any type of Vietnamese soup; like pho, bun rieu, banh canh, etc.
6. My favorite food is SUSHI! I LOVE IT!
7. I will only eat chocolate when there’s some kind of nut on it.

Nominations:
Turning Veganese
Vini Cooks Veg
Relaxing Cooking
Uber Dish
Avocados and Ales
Jennova Foodblog
Peri’s Spice Ladle

Thank you so much to everyone that nominated me. I truly appreciate it. Have a good day!

Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Veggie Grill – San Jose, CA

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Veggie Grill has finally made its way to San Jose, CA!

Veggie Grill originated from Southern California but has branched out to Oregon & Washington. For the first time ever, it came to Northern CA! I was sOooOoo excited! Veggie Grill is a restaurant that serves delicious food with NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS! YAY! Their menu consists mainly of salads, sandwiches, and burgers. They have many appetizers or sides such as nachos, mac n cheez, buffalo wings, fries. My family and I ventured over there Friday evening to try some of their food and it was so delicious! Here is what we got…

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The All-American Stack – This burger consisted of veggie-steak, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, crispy onion rings, and thousand island dressing. This burger was delicious! I’m guessing the veggie-steak is tempeh. It was seasoned very well and tasted great hot; however, once it got cold, it had a funky taste…especially when eaten alone. However, still delicious! Look at the the fresh veggies =)


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My mom got the Crispy Chick’n Plate. This came with cauli-mashed potatoes topped with mushroom gravy, fried chick’n, and rosemary steamed kale. My mom raved on and on about this plate. I tried some of the potatoes with the chicken. Absolutely fantastic! The chicken was crispy and the texture was right on. It was more like a chicken patty rather than a piece of fried chicken. Trust me, meat-eaters wouldn’t know the different; they’d think it’s a chicken nugget. Lol!

 

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Boyfriend got the Buffalo Bomber. This was fried chicken strips tossed in buffalo sauce, tomato, red onion, lettuce, and ranch dressing. This sandwich was really good. The buffalo dressing tasted awesome!

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My dad got the Santa Fe Crispy Chick’n burger. This came with fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, and spicy vegan mayo. Now, my dad is a meat eater and even he said this tasted delicious. I’ve had this sandwich before and it’s nom nom nom. =)

Seriously,
If you guys are near a Veggie Grill, you must try it! Food is fresh and delicious! I’d say the chicken comes closest to the real thing. The steak was ehh, okay. It’s delicious when paired with others things but when it’s alone, it tastes a little weird. Haha Oh! and the sweet potato fries are awesome. They come with this chipotle ranch that is so creamy! The price is just right…for a meal it’s about 8-9 dollars. All the burgers/sandwiches come with a side of cole slaw or chili but to substitute to sweet potato fries, they add an extra $2.25, which is a little steep since they only give a handful of fries. It should be +$1! Haha but still worth it…hope you guys like this food review.

Namaste,
Jenn

PS. Check out this cup I got for my mom for her birthday from “Teddy”. Isn’t it just hilarious?!! I love my dog! ❤

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Small Potatoes

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Turning Veganese

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