Meal Planning 8.12.18

I’m taking the time while my family naps to write about this week’s upcoming menu. My sister had a baby on Monday, so we’re visiting them this weekend in Philly! It’s been so much fun playing with our 2 year old nephew and holding our newborn niece, but everyone needed a nap. I decided to…

BBQ Tofu and Rice Bowl

The taste of summer is BBQ sauce, and this BBQ glazed crispy tofu hit the spot. I added roasted Brussel sprouts, Worcestershire baby Bella mushrooms, and tomatoes over long grain brown rice and drizzled my maple mustard bbq dressing over the top. It’s a summery, yet hearty meal made in heaven! You can add whatever…

Meal Planning 8.6.18

This week has been super busy with going back to school with the kids, and planning my cousin’s bridal shower that was yesterday. Whew! So far my class seems like they’ll be an adorable bunch, and the shower went perfectly so now I can breathe out a sigh of relief! I went to get the…

Summer Veggie and White Bean Soup

It’s been raining for what feels like forever so I’ve been craving some kind of light, yet comforting, soup. The summer veggies are in their prime so I decided that was what kind of soup I wanted to make. I mixed frozen with fresh and it turned out to be the perfect meal for my…

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

Last night I made this light yet satisfying salad with crunchy spiced chickpeas, and an array of fresh veggies then topped it off with a creamy tzatziki dressing. It’s perfect for summer when you want something flavorful but it’s 100* outside. I used High Carb Hannah’s tzatziki recipe that I’ve posted before and it’s pretty…

Eggplant and Quinoa Bake

I came up with this invention because I was missing the constant supply of eggplant and zucchini that I had in Italy, but I was still not ready for a regular pasta dish. What about a lasagna type bake with quinoa instead and layers of tofu ricotta and zucchini? Delish! It was really different and…

Creole Spiced Lentils with Roasted Potato Chips

Just when I thought I was so prepared for this week’s meals… I ran out of most of what I needed for the sloppy Joe’s I was going to make tonight. I was out of chili powder, down a can of diced tomatoes, and then I was missing the main ingredient, BROWN LENTILS! Uhhh I…

Meal Planning 7.28.18

Is it weird that I really enjoy sitting down on a Saturday morning with my breakfast, tea, and a notepad to meal plan? There’s something relaxing about the ritual and the 5% part of me that is OCD likes the planning and organization so I know what to expect throughout the week. I’ll have crazy…

Expanding my blog following…

In order to expand my blog following, I’m going to be making my Instagram public and post more vegan cooking videos and pictures relaying followers back to my blog. If you’d like to follow what I’m making on Instagram, you can follow me on charmingchickpea and if you have any questions you can email my…

Meal Planning 7.23.18

After a glorious two weeks of endless white carbs (bread, pasta, bruschetta, pizza, bread, pasta, repeat) I’m ready to get back on my high carb low fat lifestyle. I know I usually eat a lot of carbs, 80% of my daily intake in fact, but complex carbs affect me so differently. After a few days…

Positano, Italy Vegan Eats

We just got back from an incredible 12 day trip to Italy and I’m up at 4:30 with my messed up time change alarm clock, so I thought I would start to share with you the best vegan finds and delicious restaurants we went to while we were there. I already shared the not so…

Eating Vegan in Venice

We arrived in Venice and the first thing we needed after an overnight plane ride (that luckily had a vegan option of lentils, quinoa, and salad to start then some kind of beet and kale mixture over brown rice) we were ready for our first Italian meal. We left the hotel and wandered to a…

Let’s Get Physical (exams)

Last year I got a physical right before going vegan and everything was normal, which is good, but I wanted to see how much better it could be. I was doing high-intensity workouts almost 6 days a week for 6 months before that physical and haven’t done much of that this year. I usually get…

Quick Chickpea and Potato Curry

After 7 hours of driving back from the beach in on and off pouring rain, I was ready to be home! It was hard to get myself unpacked and back out of the door to the grocery store but I wanted a quick and healthy home cooked meal after eating out more than usual. I…

Vegan Beachin’

I’ve spent this week at the beach relaxing with family and my bestie, so I haven’t been posting many recipe because I haven’t been cooking much. We’re in Blue Mountain Beach near Seaside, FL. As I mentioned, I packed a lot of food to have as back ups in case there weren’t many options for…

Greek Oil Free Pasta Salad

Need a simple and fresh pasta salad for summer? This was a tasty and dill-icious light dinner and would be perfect as a side for a cook out or party. It’s only a few ingredients and it comes together quickly, so I’m glad I put these things together because it definitely works! I used High…

Meal Prepping for Travel

Well, the travel portion of my summer is here and I’m ready! I’m headed to my family’s beach place for the week and then I’m headed to Italy for almost two weeks. I’m so excited! I’ll be taking pictures while there and writing blogs about where to eat in Venice and Positano. Unfortunately, Josh can’t…

“I’m Possible” Burgers and Fries

Have you tried the Impossible burgers? They’re vegan burgers that, like Beyond Meat burgers, taste really similar to beef burgers but are made from plants. They’re starting to carry them in some restaurants and Josh tried one at Punch Bowl Social at the Battery a while ago and loved it, so when I found this…

Italian Quinoa Stuffed Portobellos

These were savory, meaty, flavorful, and scrumptious! I wanted to create something that looked fancy, but wasn’t that complicated and only required a few ingredients. These were a hit and the portobello and quinoa give you plenty of protein. I paired them with roasted potatoes sprinkled with Italian seasoning and garlic roasted asparagus. You put…

Meal Planning 6.24.18

Above: Honeycrisp apple with PB2 and Everything but the Bagel seasoning These weeks of summer are flying by! I should have known, they always do, yet I’m always surprised how fast they go. It’s another week to meal plan so I made my list and went to Trader Joe’s yesterday for my weekly haul. It’s…