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New Year's Resolution


Happy New Year Everyone! 
... and whats a new year without some resolutions and a little reflection? 

New Year's Resolutions are little things that we pledge to do better in out lives. For me specifically they have been that great opportunity I've needed to actually make some improvement in my life and take, sometimes a little drastic, action.
Two years ago my resolution was to completely remove soda from my diet. Surprisingly, I prevailed through the year and today I've actually extended that resolution to forever, no more soda.

Last year I became a vegetarian for new year's and as I look back on that decision I think I missed out a little on all the things I could have done with the new life style I was adopting. Throughout 2013 I was so focused on not eating meat and being vegetarian that I forgot everything that I COULD eat. I felt limited and my diet was somewhat confined to mostly carbs and a lot of cheese, eggs and pasta with white sauce. So this year I want to propose to myself the resolution of being a good vegetarian, experimenting with lots of different vegetables and recipes and actually opening the vegetarian cookbook I have sitting in my kitchen.

The primary inspiration fueling all of this food talk and experimentation in my life has been the segment on the youtube channel, Tastemade, called "Raw. Vegan. Not Gross" by Laura Miller.
I love the idea of reaching that stage of a complete raw and vegan diet. I do not think I am completely there yet but I am determined to try out many of Laura Miller's recipes throughout the year.
 So far I have tried one of their recipes, raw and vegan brownies. They are absolutely amazing! The recipe yields for one large batch and I still have two large containers in my refrigerator filled with these rich chocolaty bars. They have become my constant snack.
Some of the ingredients for this recipe are a little expensive. I ended up buying various nut trail mixes and washing out the favor from the nuts in order to make a slightly cheaper home made nut flour. It was a mixed nut flour and since it was homemade (as in, I made it in my own food processor) it gave my brownies a really nutty and crunchy texture, yum:) I also made "homemade" coco powder for these. I don't know if this is exactly vegan or raw but I found that semi sweet chocolate chips were cheaper than coco powder so instead of coco powder I put a bunch of chocolate chips in my food processor.
When I was making the ganache I did use actual coco powder. Just one tip here: do not use extra dark chocolate for your ganache unless you like 99% rich dark chocolate that is almost entirely bitter. I made this mistake and fixed it with some semi sweet chocolate chips:)


Another recipe I tried today and really loved was these sesame seed tofu bites with a yogurt sauce. If I look back on 2013 I can tell you that I never ate absolutely any tofu at all. Tofu is very nutritious and powerful vegetarian ingredient so I needed to incorporate that into my everyday eating. The recipe I used for these bites came from The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook from bay books.


And that is all I have to say about my new year's resolution for now. I hope you enjoyed that post and that you had some amazing holidays this year. :)

Happy 2014!

With love,

LaianaIsabel

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