Moroccan-Inspired Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup


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I’m pretty sure everyone I know is just about sick of my diet changes. One minute I’m pescatarian, the next I’m posting snaps of the lamb chop I just ordered at STK. I know. It’s annoying. This time I really am sticking to a pre-holiday cleanse. I am sticking to a vegan diet for the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and a low-animal product diet leading up to Christmas. I’ve increased my water intake and vowed to avoid coffee and alcohol until Christmas. For  law student preparing for exams, this is definitely a challenge. With that being said, I scoured my internet and my mom’s recipe books looking for vegan recipes that looked somewhat exciting. I’m the person that rolls their eyes whenever something is labeled gluten-free, dairy-free, or basically food-free. The last thing I want is to spend the entire holiday season eating flavorless meals. I also don’t want to spend a month feeding my body junk simply because it doesn’t have animal product. Because, trust me, if I could I’d live off of bread and pasta for a month and be happier than ever. Over the past week I’ve forced myself to incorporate various ingredients and flavors into my diet and I LOVE it.

This soup is accidentally and naturally vegan meaning I take any additional steps or substitute any ingredients. That’s the best kind of vegan recipe if you ask me. To be honest, I’ve always found lentil soups to be quite boring. But, this is at least one lentil soup I can get behind. It is one soup that my dad, who doesn’t believe in meatless-meals, could not get enough of. It’s a crockpot recipe that basically requires you to just dump everything in a let it cook. Even the lentils. I used red lentils which are cook pretty quick and require no pre-soaking. This soup gives off an aroma that is just as irresistible as the flavors. Its colors and comfort makes it perfect for the season.

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Beginner’s Guide to LA

// Los Angeles, California // 

My trip to Los Angeles to visit my line sister, Rachel, was filled with plenty of unexpected joys. As with my first time visiting any new place (especially in the US), I love experiencing the area as a tourist first as I gradually become familiar with the city’s culture. So, I introduce to you the beginner’s (touristy, yet obligatory) guide to LA.

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| Explore Hollywood Boulevard |

This is the ultimate touristy spot of the city and, nonetheless, an obligatory experience. You can easily spend an entire afternoon in Hollywood walking along the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Shopping at the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center. If you are that corny person (like me) that loves street performers, there are plenty that set up along the boulevard throughout the day.

 

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Chicken Peanut Sauté

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I’m starting to think that I should just keep peanut sauce in my house at all times. Anytime there is a dinner crisis, it’s the first thing that pops into my head. Peanut sautés are quick, easy, and there are so many variations that it’s impossible that there isn’t one out there that you’d love.

 

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Back to Basics: Extra Chocolate Brownies


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There is nothing more perfect than an extra chocolatey brownie made from scratch. The holiday season is a perfect time to get caught up in breaking out your most impressive recipe for  your coveted chocolate truffle cake or immaculate lemon bars. And, I don’t blame you. Foodies cant help but to take pleasure in occasions that allow us to show off our culinary skills. But, let us not forget the simple creations that made us fall in love with all things food. These extra chocolate brownies will make you feel like your inner 8-year old who just wants to rush downstairs on Christmas morning and get your hands on your any treat you can lay your eyes on.

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Grilled Watermelon

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 It seems as if the summer trend this year is to grill anything you possibly can. Although watermelon has been in the grilling game for a while, I wanted to give it a try and top it off with a refreshing mint taste. I’m convinced that if summer were a food, it’d be watermelon – a great summer snack or addition to your next salad. You can use an indoor or outdoor grill, whatever is most convenient for you.


Il semble que la tendance de l’été est de griller tout ce qui est possible. Bien que la pastèque ait été dans le jeu de griller pour longtemps, je voulais l’essayer et le couronner avec un goût à la menthe rafraîchissant. Je suis convaincue que si l’été était un aliment, ce serait la pastèque – un snack qui est excellent pour l’été ou un ajout à votre prochaine salade. Vous pouvez utiliser un gril intérieur ou extérieur, ce qui vous convient le mieux.


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