Summer Gardening: Easier than you think!

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Ah, progress. There is no better feeling than making progress on a project that takes your time, energy and true dedication. In February, I planted 100 little seedlings. I didn’t think there was any chance that anything would come of them—I don’t have a very green thumb. Summer gardening has never been my forté.

But I was wrong. Very wrong. Two heating pads, many sprinklings of warm water, and few months later, and my basement and yard are filled with baby plants! I did learn one lesson. Don’t plant too early! I sowed some seeds a few weeks prematurely so I had to pot my squash/ zucchini outside before my garden beds were ready. Otherwise, everything is going according to schedule (or at least so says my coworker and the Farmers Almanac). 

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Recipe: Vegan Vanilla “Birthday” Cupcakes

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I recently blew out the candles for my 30th birthday. Where did the time go?! The weekend was filled with family, friends, lots of laughter, and of course, plenty of good food! When it comes to baking for my loved ones, I go all out with flavor and style. But for me, I like to keep my own birthday treats simple. 

I love a perfectly done vegan vanilla cupcake. The light airy cake, topped with a sweet icing and sprinkles – it can’t be beat! There is something so comforting and special about it. I’ve been making these cupcakes for years, but I recently doubled the amount of time I let the soy milk and apple cider vinegar curdle. I have to say, it made a huge difference! I’ve never had cupcakes so fluffy! 

Give this updated recipe a try and let me know how it works for you!

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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Recipe: Japanese Curry with Fried Eggplant

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If you’re like me the word “curry” triggers thoughts of rich, creamy coconut milk- based goodness or a nice Indian meal. If so, you’re missing out! 

For years, I too, was ignorant that there is yet another type of curry that should not be missed. It’s Japanese Curry! This style of curry is thick, indulgent and delicious! Simply put — it’s a must try. The base of the dish is more of a gravy than sauce so it’s certainly a splurge meal, but it’s worth it. 

The basic components include white or brown rice, the sauce, and a slew of steamed or sautéed vegetables. My partner was feeling particularly ambitious, so we added breaded eggplant to our dish. The result was an amazing meal meant to be enjoyed with friends. 

Give this recipe for vegan Japanese Curry with Fried Eggplant a try, and let me know what you think!

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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Vegan Enchilada Lasagna Redux

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I know we’ve all been there. A certain is in aroma in the air, and all of a sudden, in comes the grand idea to make a hearty Mexican meal. After a few minutes of mental conversation,  you decide you really want enchiladas, but you just don’t have the patience. Well, I’ve got the recipe for you!

Enchilada lasagna has all of the flavor and goodness of regular enchiladas but only 10% the hassle. I absolutely love this recipe because it’s simple. You sauté a few ingredients, you create layers, and you pop it in the oven. Simple! So simple in fact, it’s become one of my go to meals when I’m having company over. I’ve cooked this vegan meal for so many omnivores who are down right shocked that it is completely satisfying without any animal products.

Still not convinced? It tastes just as amazing, if not even better, as leftovers! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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Sunday Savings: Kite Hill, Newman’s Own, Carr’s Crackers and more!

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I’ve been busy preparing my vegetable seedlings for summer. I’m so excited to garden this year—albeit slightly intimidated by the seemingly never-ending steps in the process. My basement officially looks like I’m a doomsdayTasty Bite Channa Masala, Set of 6 by World Market prepper, complete with 3 hanging shop lights and over 100 plants. I’m hoping that even in my first year I’ll ‘break even’ by producing my own vegetables, but I’ll admit it’s not the cheapest hobby to start.

I took a break from separating my seedlings to round up the freshest savings for the week. There are many new rebates and coupons right now, including one for $1.00 off Kite Hill vegan cheese! If you haven’t tried Kitehill, I urge you to pick some up on your next grocery run! The cheese has a light, rich texture that doesn’t disappoint!

Additionally, I know I’m probably late in the game, but I recently started going to Aldi’s for limited canned goods and produce. This week they even had three packs of tri-color peppers for $1.89. That’s way better than other grocery stores, including Trader Joes. I’m also pleasantly surprised by the quality. They were fresh and lasted over a week! Check out all the latest coupons and deals below!

Happy shopping & eating!

Jocelyn

PS – As always, in case you missed them, check out my top ways to save and other recent savings posts.

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