A Blue Apron Experiment: Vegan Chickpea Burgers

13 Aug

Chickpea Veggie Patties

I’ve been hearing about so many meal-kit services lately but haven’t tried any, although I did buy a box from Saffron Fix recently. My friend Rupa Badlani told me that she’d been experimenting with Blue Apron and that so far, although it took longer than expected, the recipes turned out good. Since Blue Apron posts all of its recipes online, I decided to try out a few recipes on my own. I first tried the Fresh Gnocchi & Maitake Mushrooms – my hubby really liked it and I thought it was good too but it was a huge pain to find all of the ingredients, especially the maitake mushrooms. I then tried the Chickpea Veggie Burgers and OMG – they were AMAZING! So amazing that we had them for dinner, lunch the next day, and again and again every day thereafter. Below is my review in detail including my modified recipe.

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Tofu & Black Bean Tacos

5 Aug

Hello everyone and happy Tofu Tuesday (my version of Taco Tuesday)! Last night, I dreamed I was in Tulum… It must be because I recently ordered Max Wanger’s Tulum print and can’t wait to pick it up today! In my dream, everything was bright, colorful, and beautiful, just like these tofu tacos. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! PS. These are great for meat-eaters too. I took these to my meat-eating neighbor and he was like: “I don’t like tofu” and after I insisted he try just one bite, he proceeded to finish the taco… :)

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Boatacos!!

27 Jul

There are an infinite number of reasons I fell in love with my hubby but at the top of the list is definitely his wit. His jokes are so original, funny, and make me laugh till my tummy hurts. In fact, most of the jokes on this blog are courtesy of him! (Thanks bear!) When I made these boat-shaped tacos for dinner last week, he yelled “BOATACOS!!” and I was like OMG, perfect. Even though this recipe is super simple, I felt compelled to blog about it because of the absolutely fabulous name. Guys, let’s get #boatacos trending. I googled it and it seems no one has come up with this name before. Let’s do it!!! Tag me in your pictures by using #boatacos and/or #recipris. Can’t wait to see them!

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Panda-Inspired Veggie Chow Mein

11 Jul

This recipe was inspired by my panda bear stuffed animal. I wasn’t what to make for lunch on Sunday but one look at him and I knew I should be making some vegetarian chow mein. I think restaurants like Panda Express mess with my head to make me associate Asian food and panda bears. Anyway, this recipe is super easy, super delicious, and super nutritious. Tofu is packed with protein. Plus, I added slaw (which you buy pre-shredded in the grocery store) which added some crunchy texture and healthy bites to this recipe. Enjoy! 

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Magimix Vision Toaster + Goat Cheese Bruschetta!!

7 Jul

Goat Cheese Bruschetta
I feel like we’ve really made it when we have a toaster you can see through. These were the wise words spoken by my hubby when we received our new Magimix Vision Toaster. I first saw this toaster on love + olive oil’s giveaway. I immediately fell in love with it. My girlfriend Akanksha, who is a huge recipris fan, suggested that I reach out to them to see if they’d do a similar sponsorship deal with me. She was like: “Being featured on recipris would be an honor for them” and I was like: “No way, girlfriend. Recipris isn’t that cool.” But because I really loved the toaster, I reached out to them via Twitter. A few tweets and emails later, they agreed!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was SO incredibly happy. And weeks after receiving my toaster, I cannot imagine going back to my old toaster.
 
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Summer Spinach & Berry Salad

2 Jun

If I am posting a salad recipe, you KNOW it must be good because I rarely eat salad (although I am trying to eat more). In fact, I just checked and this is my first salad recipe! Cheers to that :) On Memorial Day Weekend, I went to dinner at BJ’s with my dance friends Pragati & Vince and this salad was on their new summer menu. It’s the “Enlightened Summer Spinach and Berry Salad” and has a bunch of ingredients (listed below) that I love individually and apparently, are even better when paired together. 

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Black Bean Patties

13 May

Patties, patties, more patties! Patties are my favorite because you can make them out of almost anything. My mom recently sent me a recipe for corn patties that she made. While I like corn in moderation, I’m not a fan of it in huge quantities, so I thought I’d instead make black bean patties instead. Also, I’ve had black bean patties at Which Wich and love them! This recipe was inspired by Whole Foods and slightly adapted. They are perfect for a small nutritious snack or a summer lunch. 

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Thai Vegan Spicy Mint Noodles

12 May

A few months ago, I started a baby mint plant in a pot on our balcony; the roots were from my Mom’s garden. To date, all I’ve done is water it when it was dry to the touch and keep it in a place where it gets quite a bit of sunlight. It grew so fast!! Mom’s coconut mint chutney is really the only mint recipe I know so with all of this fresh mint, it was time to get creative. I’ve had spicy mint noodles at Thai restaurants before and this recipe surprisingly turned out quite tasty. To be honest though, the mint leaves are SO flavorful that it’s really hard to go wrong with this recipe.

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Grilled Black Bean & Cheese Burrito with Creamy Jalapeno Dressing

5 May

I love finding new ways to make my favorite foods taste even more amazing. This recipe is a perfect example of that. It’s just a simple bean & cheese burrito upgraded by grilling it in a panini press and topped with a creamy dressing that takes less than a minute to make! The pepper jack cheese with the jalapeño dressing is an unbeatable combination which makes the burrito burst with flavor! Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Surprise your bestie with this recipe tonight and I promise you’ll be showered with love :)  

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Chipotle-Style Guacamole

4 May

It’s my husband’s fave holiday – Cinco de Mayo! I’m pretty sure my hubby was Mexican in his previous life because he could literally eat Mexican food all day every day. One of his favorite things to eat is guacamole. Thus, it was an easy decision to make guac on this festive holiday. The recipe below is inspired by Chipotle’s guac and according to the hubby, tastes better than any restaurant guac!

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