Something really, really cool happened yesterday. I submitted a recipe to one of my favorite blogs: Oh She Glows and it was featured in a post! Angela (the author) is doing a series of vegan recipes from other bloggers and mine was listed here (it’s #18). The mention of my blog resulted in an all-time record number of visits yesterday. So, welcome new readers!
If you’re deciding whether or not to read my blog on a continual basis, I’ll just say that my goal here is to inspire readers to make healthy, plant-based recipes that are low in added fats, sugar and salt. I’ll also add that I’m a student of nutrition currently pursuing my master’s degree in public health nutrition. I try to make my posts (and my recipes) simple because we are all leading busy lives.
Today for lunch I deviated from my usual giant salad and re-heated a tempeh chili I made a few weeks ago. Apparently I never posted this recipe but it’s a good one! I served it with some of the world’s easiest guacamole (see recipe below). I rounded out this lunch with a small salad (couldn’t help myself) and some leftover green smoothie from breakfast.
Vegan Tempeh Chili – Serves 4-6
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 package tempeh, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cans cooked pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water for no added sodium)
chopped parsley (optional) for garnish
In a saucepan, heat up 2 tablespoons of water on medium heat. Add onions and water-saute for 3-4 minutes. Add red bell pepper, mushrooms and garlic and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add an additional tablespoon of water if mixture starts to dry. Finally, add tempeh, beans and broth to the pan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Serve with the guacamole and chopped parsley.
World’s Easiest Guacamole – Serves 2-4
2-3 ripe avocados
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
My excitement at my bump in readership today was balanced by the frustration of having to deal with my first self-hosting problem. Running a website isn’t as easy as it looks! I’m okay with it though, I love blogging and the challenges that come along with it.
P.S. Is anyone else attending the Vida Vegan Conference in August in Portland, OR? I just bought my ticket and I can’t wait!