what vegans eat

Melt in Your Mouth Broccoli & Cheese Soup

“I just couldn’t live without cheese.”

This sentence needs to be obliterated from existence, because this recipe for broccoli and cheese soup (and tons of other vegan “cheezy” goodies out there) will make you a believer. I am nomming on it right now and it is fulfilling every dream I’ve ever had.

Side note: In one of my first posts, I wrote about the effect of opioid-like substances in dairy that cause withdrawals and cravings. I find that I simply do not have cravings for cheese. But I enjoy vegan versions very much and like to incorporate them into my meals sometimes 🙂

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There’s nothing better than a savory soup on a frosty night. Toss some toasted baguette in there and you’ve got yourself an evening fit for a queen.

So what’s the secret to vegan cheese? It’s all about the nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast — or “nooch,” as it’s affectionately termed — can be found at most grocery stores, is inexpensive (get it in bulk), and is a viable source of B12 for plant-based humans. Its cheesy flavor and cooking adaptability make it a surefire way to add umami flavor to your meals. It’s also full of folic acid, selenium, zinc, and other members of the B vitamin family. Nutritional yeast is also a complete protein, and contains a whopping 6 grams of protein in just a 1/4 cup, in addition to 3 grams of fiber, and NO sodium or saturated fat (Bob’s Red Mill).

Make sure the brand you get DOES have B12 added (some don’t) and does not contain whey.

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How cute is this nooch scooped into my hedgehog 1/4 cup?! My dear friend got me a hedgehog measuring cup set for my birthday that I couldn’t wait to photograph for this blog 🙂

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This is what the cheese sauce looks like. You can add more flour if that sauce is all “get me bodied.” I’m obsessed with Beyoncé.

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Best eaten with friends 🙂

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Breakfast Muffins for Mornings on the Go

I’m pretty sure that waking up before the sun rises should be illegal. When you’re morally obligated to stay up late watching Homeland, it becomes a bit of a struggle to wake up at 6 am the next day to go work in a hospital for nine hours! To stay chipper and fuel up in the morning without wasting any time, I concocted an easy breakfast muffin recipe that is packed protein and fiber to help keep me full and focused until lunch time.
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Each of these muffins has 3.5 g of protein and 3.3 g of fiber. I usually grab two in the morning because they’re not massive like the ones you see in supermarkets. You can top them with peanut butter, honey, or just eat ’em plain!
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I used flax meal, oat bran, and hemp protein powder to provide some protein and fiber. Hemp is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids humans needs to survive and thrive! Ground flax seed has a substantial amount of fiber, which can help to lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The fiber helps to promote normal digestion and relieve constipation (aim for about 25-35 grams a day). Flax seed is also noted for its omega-3 content, and is an alternative to fatty fish. Oat bran is simply the outside of oat grains, and is a great source of fiber, protein, and selenium, an antioxidant. It also contains iron and B vitamins that will improve your energy levels.
I also added a fruit “sauce” for even more fiber and some natural sweetness. Simply toss a pear or an apple and 1 tbsp of olive oil (or any oil) in the blender and blend away. Add 1/2 a cup to your mixture.
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I personally don’t like sweet foods in the morning, but if you need a bit more sweetness try adding 1/4 cup of maple syrup to this mix or simply add some berries into the batter.
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This recipe will make about 12 muffins.
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Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!