White Bean and Kale Soup with Smoked Paprika Chili Oil

White Bean and Kale Soup with Smoked Paprika Chili Oil3

My poor boyfriend, Ramon, had to get all 4 of his wisdom teeth removed right after we got back from the Dominican Republic this week…..what a way to get back into things! Even though it’s still technically summertime here in Philadelphia, it feels kind of chilly after spending a week in over 90 degree temperatures. The grey, rainy days this week have also put me in kind of a funk after seven days of paradise. So in order to feed my swollen and sore boyfriend, and to warm up the chill that I couldn’t kick, I decided to make soup!
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My Newest Musical Obsession: Sam Smith

Seriously, though…where did this guy come from? If you haven’t hear Sam Smith’s smooth vocals coming through your radio these last few weeks, I’m not really sure where you have been! He is definitely taking over the airwaves and rightfully so….I love when a super talented person gets the radio time they deserve. As much as I love the stuff on the radio, I really enjoy his acoustic versions of songs better. When the song is slowed down, he really has a chance to add some emotion and really showcase his vocal abilities.

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Homemade Arepas with Refried Beans and Cheese

I can honestly say that adopting a plant-based diet has opened me up to a love of cooking, and to so many new cuisines and styles of cooking. I used to just stick with the same meals over and over again, mostly pasta (because it was fast and easy). Now, I don’t mind spending the extra time in the kitchen to make something healthy, delicious, AND beautiful!

I’ve had arepas before, but I have never made them myself. Arepas are flatbreads that are made out of ground maize dough. I’ve had them with Colombian food, but I found out that they are also a staple in Venezuela – in both countries, they are eaten almost every day! They are actually SUPER EASY to make at home. All you need is a bag of this awsomeness:

masarepa

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My Favorite Things: Video Edition

With all of the time that I spend on social media (follow us on FB, IG, and Twitter!), I come across a TON of videos that I love! So, I figured….why not share them here? I love to see happy animals, people showing compassion towards others and animals, recipe/cooking videos and anything else that is awesome!

So, without further ado, my top 5 videos from this week, in no particular order:

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Overnight Oats Addiction and My Decision to Cut Sugar

 

On my never-ending journey to better myself, I decided to try to cut processed sugars out of my diet. A quick Google search will tell you just how addictive and horrible processed sugars really are for you – after reading numerous articles, I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

We all tell ourselves that we really don’t eat THAT much sugar….but I started taking a look at my everyday eating habits and I started to realize how high my intake actually was! I thought I was doing well by eating oatmeal every morning, but the packaged, flavored stuff I was inhaling two packages at a time was insanely sweet. Who doesn’t love a morning cup of coffee, right? I would have 1-2 cups a day, but would always sweeten it with vegan creamers and sugar. Those healthy power/granola/energy bars that we eat during that afternoon slump? PACKED with sugar! The one thing I have to keep telling myself is that just because it’s vegan, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Case and point….Oreos.

 

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