April 10, 2015

Nobi’s Kitchen- Baking Up A Storm in Plantation, FL

by jmichael614

I am in love with the healthy ingredients in Nobi’s Kitchen’s bakery items (most are vegan by the way).  She makes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, breads- the challah she bakes is way better than you’ll find anywhere.  And moms that are nursing?  No problem!!  She has lactation cookies that are not only great for building up your supply but are tasty too.

I recently ordered a dozen zucchini muffins for myself and my son as a way to get him to eat more veggies.  He is the pickiest eater on the planet and he loved them!  They tasted moist and flavorful, sweet even though they have only about 1/4 cup of sugar- IN AN ENTIRE DOZEN!  That low sugar content is so hard to find isn’t it?

The name “Nobi” is actually an adorable mash-up of her children’s names.  She started her business baking in her gorgeous rustic kitchen so she could spend more time doing what she loves: baking and spending time with her family. She’s an entrepreneur and a great mom!

For pricing on her products and how to get your own (cause we are not sharing), please go to https://www.facebook.com/nobiskitchen?fref=ts for more info

*Photos courtesy of Nobi’s Kitchen

More posts about this baker: http://vegontherun.com/2013/09/03/baklava-to-die-for-by-natalie/ 

March 20, 2015

Graze Individual Snacks – Control Your “Grazing”

by jmichael614

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Just wanted to tell you about a new food we found online!! We love new foods, it’s so much fun to get things in the mail. :) Graze provides a free trial to their little snack boxes and we just got two in the mail!! Woot Woot.
They have several different boxes to choose from but the 8 single servings shown here would be about $11.99/order.  Not bad considering you get to pick and choose what types of snacks you get.  They are also all perfectly portioned to be around 100-150 calories- yeah healthy eating!

Thanks Graze for the fun treat in the mail!  PS. it looks like the pricing is including shipping on all boxes.

http://www.graze.com for more info.

March 5, 2015

Vegetarian/Vegan Meal Delivery South Florida

by jmichael614

As proponents of healthy eating, Ashley and I have tried many of the meal delivery services here in South Florida.  We thought we’d make you a short list so you know what is available and can try them for yourself.  It’s always great to be able to have your options laid out for you:

Supa Kitchen– Run by Kelsey Vasquez in Pembroke Pines- Current rates (as of March 2015) $70 for two meals a day for five days.  Please check with her to see how far she delivers.  She can do- vegetarian, 21 day fix, weight watchers meals. https://www.facebook.com/SUPAKitchenHollywood
Eco Healthy Meals– Out of business it appears
The Fresh Diet– I have done this one several times when they are on Groupon but can be a bit high otherwise $249 for 7 days.  http://www.thefreshdiet.com/
Fit2Go– Also one that I’ve done on Groupon- about $20 a day for two meals and you can add on extra meals. http://fit2gomeal.com/en/
Catered Fit– can deliver all your meals for the day- 5 day plan is $125 depending on your area.  http://www.cateredfit.com/meal-plans/vegetarian/
Wholly Kitchen– a little on the high side but looks amazing- 5 meals $250 Vegan option. http://www.thewhollykitchen.com/
22 Days Nutrition– Vegan meal delivery- you can choose from 1, 2 and 3 meals a day- 2 meals starts at $115 for 5 days.  https://www.22daysnutrition.com/vegan-meals-plan2.php
The Special– Vegetarian/Vegan Daily meal delivery starts at $14 a day for lunch. http://www.thespecialmiami.com/index.php

And of course you have your litany of grocery deliveries so you can make your own food at home:
Plated https://www.plated.com/
Blue Apron https://www.blueapron.com/
Hello Fresh https://www.hellofresh.com/

These are just a few, please send us anything we have missed on this list!!

February 12, 2015

Hello Fresh Meal #1 “Caramelized Shallot Risotto”

by jmichael614

I just received the Hello Fresh box yesterday and busted it open to make dinner last night. Ermergerd!!  I had to stop myself from eating the entire meal. I felt like the best chef in the world, I wanted to invite people over so I could force feed them my dinner.  I never knew you could eat two whole shallots in one serving and not be overwhelmed by the onion-y taste.  This was also the first time I baked them first before adding them to my meal.

The Hello Fresh box was on special for dirt cheap on Groupon a couple of weeks ago plus I had a 20% discount so I paid almost nothing for three whole meals for 2 people.  I would have paid much more at the grocery store.  It was worth every penny… and then some.  I can’t wait to make meal #2 and #3.

Meal delivery services are so much fun, if they are good, they can turn you into an expert chef in one meal.  I love that every single step is laid out for you and all you need to supply is the salt, pepper & oil (*butter as well this time).  Hello Fresh is definitely going to be ordered again in my home.

For more information on the Risotto, please go here:  https://www.hellofresh.com/recipe/week/current/

January 22, 2015

Bring on the Edamame

by jmichael614

Ashley tried the Edamame Hummus from Eat Well Embrace Life last week and she raved about it so much I had to try it myself. This stuff is uh-mazing, smooth and tasty and only 60 calories (3 carbs, yes you saw that right, 3) per serving. I have only seen three flavors in the store but EWEL has several different bean flavors on their site. I paired this with Tamari black sesame crackers I found at Whole Foods and it was the perfect combination.  I actually had this as dinner last night and felt sated. However, the drawback is that I could only have 5 crackers (22 carbs-eek), normally not horrific but I’d already met my limit for the day.  The crackers are nice and chunky though, not thin and empty and the taste was mild, not at all what you would expect from this type of cracker. For more information on the Edamame Hummus, go to http://eatwellembracelife.com/.  For the Sesame crackers, http://www.san-j.com/products/tamari-black-sesame-brown-rice-crackers.

Eat healthy 2015!

October 7, 2014

Quickie Post: Jumping Kitchen Bakehouse (Yum Vegan treats)

by jmichael614

Just wanted to share what we found this weekend at the Commercial Beach Farmers Market in Fort Lauderdale:

This “bakehouse” sells at a farm to table restaurant in Broward but there isn’t much information online for them.  Looking forward to seeing where they will go from here…

*Update- they have a Facebook page now! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jumping-Kitchen-and-Bakehouse-LLC/874731802551930

October 6, 2014

Our Vegan Cuts Snack Box Finally Arrived and We’re So Happy!

by jmichael614

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We just got the box for our Vegan Cuts Snacks, yeah!  Their snack box (starting at only $19.95/month if paid on a monthly basis), included about 11 snacks that ranged from a couple of “electrolyte” pouches to a big bag of chai flavored popcorn (this flavor is new to me and probably my favorite snack out of the whole box).  Their snack boxes usually range from 7-10 snacks and you have other options for payment besides the monthly option.

How great is it to have new vegan snacks introduced to you EVERY SINGLE MONTH!  Expand your horizons, find more things out there that you can munch on when the craving hits.  We even got some Earth Balance Mac & Cheese and a very interesting “instant shiitake” pouch that only Ashley is brazen enough to try.

I actually kind of liked the BARNANA snack, made of just bananas and coconut but the kiddo was not having any of it- I think the smell of banana +brown turned him off but …. he’s 2 and hates everything that is healthy right now so I take it in stride.  More snacks for myself, I say.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this box at less than $20.  Most of the boxes you get these days are at least $25.  Also, for those of you in remote areas and have a hard time finding vegan snacks- I highly recommend getting a box!

For more information on Vegan Cuts and their snack boxes and other treasures, go to: Vegan Cuts Snack Box.

September 29, 2014

Curry Leaf San Fran- A Break From The Seafood “Norm”

by jmichael614

As a vegetarian staying in Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s hard to find something close-by that I could actually eat.  I mostly ate salads and pastas during my stay.  That’s sad and depressing (for me anyways).

The second to last day in California, I had enough and figured the easiest way to get some vegetarian cuisine was to find a local Indian restaurant.  I was in luck, just a few short blocks from the Sheraton on the Wharf, was “Curry Leaf”, an adorable little Indian/Pakistani restaurant.  I ordered up a storm- papadum, veggie samosa, naan, palaak paneer, and masala chai (which I actually forgot I ordered) as well as something chickeny for my son.

The papadum was perfect, the right spiciness and flavor.  The palaak paneer was delicious, not too creamy, not too watery, a great flavor and it wasn’t crazy expensive for the area.  Curry Leaf also does things a bit different than normal restaurants- you order at the front and then pick up your own drinks (and pour your own Chai that I forgot I ordered).  You also grab your own plates and cutlery, get your own water and don’t forget to get the salsas from the fridge!

So happy I was able to eat something besides pasta, I wished I would have branched out a little more.  I think next time I’m in San Fran, I’ll probably stay somewhere besides Fisherman’s Wharf….

For more info and to find your vegetarian safety net, go to: http://www.curryleafsf.com.

On a side note, if you’re brave, I also saw this strange Irish pub/Indian restaurant on the way.  If you try it, let us know your review and we’ll post it here!

September 22, 2014

Beyond Meat for Tacos!! Yes!!

by jmichael614

Until last week, I had been eating my tacos plain with some beans.  Beans aren’t horrible but they don’t always do a taco justice.  You need some sort of ground something in it to make it feel like a taco.  So instead of shoving down a plain taco, I found the “Beyond Meat” ground “meat” in the freezer section of my local grocer.

It was the perfect alternative!! I flavored it like I did the hubs’ ground turkey (with the taco seasoning).  The result was a perfect taco!!

The only negative that I have to mention is that this “meat” is a little peppery, like that was the major flavor that was added.  However, it doesn’t destroy the meat and I would definitely use it in place of ground turkey in the future!! Super excited to have a new brand to add to my daily collection.

For more information on “Beyond Meat”, go to www.beyondmeat.com.  September 2014, you can also get a $1 off coupon on their Facebook page.

 

September 2, 2014

Starlite Vegan Enchiladas Rojas

by jmichael614

I’m so happy I found this Vegan Enchilada meal!

It’s a new brand for me, I’ve never heard of Starlite Cuisine but I found them at Nutrition S’mart last week.  I have to fill my macros by eating higher-protein meals and this one did semi-ok with 11 grams of protein.   Also on the plus side, you can actually pronounce their ingredients.  The taste was pretty good and somewhat spicy.

What sets this aside is that it uses a “pea protein” for the “meat” of the enchilada.  It didn’t taste OFF like I expected to so I was pleasantly surprised.  I think the packaging kind of throws me off, something about it makes me think it’s not going to taste good but I’m glad I pushed past it. Looking forward to other products from this company…

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For more info go to http://www.starlitecuisine.com/.

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