First off, can you believe it’s March already? I really don’t know where time goes. It seems like just yesterday we were opening Christmas gifts and celebrating the New Year. Before I know it, it’ll be summer! Or at least I hope so…
Anyway, it’s also time for Meatless March! If you haven’t heard about it, Meatless March is a movement that encourages individuals to try a vegetarian way of life just for a month (or even just a week). It’s all about becoming more aware of daily nutrition and the way we eat.
While I’m not giving up meat completely (because really? I love bacon), I am focusing on integrating a lot more meatless meals into my life – specifically lunch and dinner. I think everyone should give it a try. A few meatless meals can’t hurt!
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of awesome vegetarian recipes to add to your must-try list. Enjoy!
Can we talk about how I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s?
Three words: Homemade Irish Cream.
Firstly, I didn’t even know that this was a thing. Making your own Irish cream? Pssssh. Irish cream is magical, therefore I figured that some amazing little leprechauns concocted it at the Bailey’s factory in Ireland (Yes, I know that Bailey’s is probably actually made in the US, but let me have my beliefs, k?). I was just sitting there innocently looking at some of my favorite blogs, and Shawn saw this recipe over my shoulder. Next thing I know, he’s making a list and headed to the store.
And we spent the next few days drinking it for breakfast and dessert and maybe a little in our coffee in-between meals. Personally, I thought it was better than Bailey’s – a bit more of a chocolate flavor, which is never a bad thing in my book. Also, it was amazingly easy to make. Just melt down some chocolate, mix a few things together, and chill. And I just had to share it… So head over to How Sweet Eats for the recipe! I heard she’s also making milkshakes out of it too…
I bought my first bunch of kale the other day. Unbelievable, I know. I’ve had friends extol its virtues to me time & time again, but I’d still yet to try it (outside of zuppa tuscana, of course). Yes, I know it’s a “nutritional powerhouse” with tons of iron, fiber, vitamins A, C & K & antioxidants. I also know it’s an anti-inflammatory food. So in short, yes, I know I should be eating it.
On Friday, I was at the farmer’s market, spending my lunch hour wandering & getting ideas based on what looked good & what was in seasons. Then I saw the kale laying there on a table, & it was so vibrantly green & beautiful. I just had to buy it. Once I got home, I kinda stared at it. I had no idea where to go from there. So what did I do? I turned to Facebook to get some ideas.
Fact: Before I get out of bed in the morning, I grab my iPhone & check Facebook, Twitter & my email. I can’t even begin to function before I’ve done those. But those aren’t the only things I compulsively check every day. Since it’s Friday, it’s time for me to ramble incessantly about 5 random things, so this Friday… It’s 5 Websites I Check Daily:
1) Get Off My Internets
While I love the blog world & the amazing creativity that inspires me every day, there’s something about a cookbook covered in flour, splattered with vanilla extract & falling apart at the seams that is still so very dear to me. With that in mind, here are 5 cook books I’m absolutely dying over right now:
1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
If I knew how to black out my blog for today in protest, I would. But I don’t.
So like The Bloggess, I’m merely stating my protest & giving information on why SOPA sucks.
Oh & SOPA? Tess & I have just one question for you:
WHERE HAS ALL THE RUM GONE?
(Yep. That’s going to get censored due to piracy.)
Per The Oatmeal’s request, I am pirating the shit out of this gif: