Recipes

Mushroom Chicken Pita

I’m on week three of my vegan diet and I’ve come across some recipes that I really like. I’ll be posting an update on my veganism soon, so stay tuned. For now, here’s my recipe from today’s lunch. My mushroom chicken pita was stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, Gardein chick’n strips, hummus, and almond cheese.

Ingredients

  • Gardein chick’n strips
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Vegan butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread seasoning
  • Hummus of choice (I used roasted garlic)
  • One pita, halved
  • Favorite vegan cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Prep

Start by preheating your oven (or toaster oven, that’s what I used) to 425. Once preheated, place two pieces of the chick’n strips on a lightly greased tray. Set the timer for 18-20 minutes and flip the tenders over half way through.

Get one half of your pita and warm it up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften it up. Keep the other half aside. After its softened, spread a knife-full of hummus over the inside of the pita pocket.

When there’s about ten minutes left for the tenders to be ready, melt some butter to cover the bottom of your saucepan on low-medium heat. Once it’s warm, add your washed mushrooms. Season them with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. They should take five to seven minutes to fully cook.

After everything is done, cut the tenders into bitesize pieces and stuff the pita with the mushrooms and tenders. Tear up the other half of the pita and put it on the same tray you used to cook the chick’n strips. Drizzle some olive oil and bread seasoning over the pieces and toast to your preference. Finish your pita by sprinkling some of your favorite vegan cheese on top!

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Quick, easy, and delicious vegan lunch packed with flavor and protein.

Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments!

Happy eating,

Nicki G.

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Vegainz

As a lot of you already know, I’m a pescatarian. September marks one year of no red meat, while my chicken intake has varied throughout the past year. After watching the documentary What The Health (twice), I decided I’d try to go vegan. If you’re interested, follow me and my weekly journey! I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely worth a try.

For breakfast I’ll be having things like oatmeal made with almond milk & topped with fruit, toasted wheat bread topped with tomatoes and onions, smoothies, or my signature avocado toast (sans the egg, though). Lunch and dinner is where it’ll get more tricky for me. I don’t like tofu or tempeh, so I have to see what I figure out. I love Gardein products, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with all their delicious vegan options. I plan on incorporating new veggies, mushrooms, and pasta.

I think the most difficult thing for me is going to be giving up cheese. I’m a cheesaholic, so this really is a sacrifice. I’m taking it one week at a time to see how it goes. If anyone has any suggestions/recipes, feel free to share! I’d love to try them out and see how they turn out. Also, stay tuned to my Instagram story where I’ll be posting my meals as I go through the week!

Love always,

Nicki G.

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We’ve Got The Juice

No seriously. We do. 99% of us are obsessed with juices, smoothies, & overpriced fruits. And yes, I did just totally make up that statistic. Why are we ok with spending $10 on a “detox” juice, but can’t afford to buy groceries? I’m not criticizing, I myself am an overpriced juice fanatic. I’d rather spend $9 on a smoothie than buy a $15 shirt at Forever 21. Why is society making me this way??

Anything green is trendy and ‘gramable (word I made up; means able to be posted on Instagram). Don’t act like you haven’t posted a picture of your açai bowl or superfood smoothie on Instagram before. I know you have. We all have. I guess it’s just the world we live in today. New juice bars pop up everywhere, and us millennials are forever trapped into expensive juice and overprices salads. I spent $20 on my lunch the other day and all I had was a sandwich and a juice. Who does that??? Me. And you.

Moral of the story? Work an extra shift so you can buy your weekly juice. Or wear the same outfit three times ’cause you can’t buy a new shirt.

My go-to spots? Raw South and Roots Juicebar. I’ve been dying to try new spots here in Miami, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Happy juicing,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Peanut Butter, Please

I accidentally bought crunchy (ew) peanut butter and opened it before realizing it. Bummer, right? Wrong. Crunchy peanut butter is great for smoothies- it adds the perfect amount of texture. Here’s my recipe (ok I may have stolen it from my sister) to a quick and easy PB protein smoothie that’s perfect for when you’re running late to class. Or when you’re too lazy to make dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (or creamy if you didn’t mess up like I did)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • soy milk
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries
  • honey or agave
  • chia seeds

Prep

Add all the ingredients to a blender. I usually eyeball the soy milk so that’s all on you. Sprinkle some chia seeds and add a dash of cinnamon. I usually add about eight to ten blueberries and drizzle a small amount of honey (or agave) on top to sweeten. Blend that sh*t together and pour it in your cup of choice. Voila! A lazy girl’s dinner (don’t worry guys, we won’t tell anyone you’re skipping out on a #gainz meal) that’s packed with protein, omega-3, and deliciousness. I made this for dinner, but this is also a great option for breakfast on the go!

 

Happy blending,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Avocado Toast

If you follow me on any social media, you know I’m a fanatic for avocado toast. It’s a delicious, superfood breakfast that gives you energy for the whole morning. I’m sharing my recipe because everyone keeps harassing me on Instagram and Snapchat. It’s quick, easy, and fun to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 lime
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1 brown egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Chia seeds
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Prep

Cut your avocado in half and pick the half you’ll be indulging in. You can store the other half in a Ziploc bag in your fridge for up to one day. Cut your lime. In a small bowl, place the cut pieces of avocado (tip: peel the skin off the avocado to keep the nutrients; don’t scoop it out) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and squeeze the lime. Mash and mix until it starts to look like guac. Add about a teaspoon of your pico de gallo. Continue guacing.

Grease a small pan with some olive oil and wait for it to warm up on medium heat. Crack your brown egg and season it with some salt and pepper. Cook to your preference. I always go for over-easy, but I know some people get weird with yolk. Toast your bread to desired toasty-ness. I use different varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread because it’s packed with nutrients and protein.

At this point, you kind of start to feel like a contestant on Master Chef because everything starts moving so quickly. Get your toasted bread out of the toaster and top it with your smashed avocado. Sprinkle a dash of chia seeds over it. Hopefully your egg hasn’t burned at this point. Use your spatula skills to finally top your beautiful toast creation with your egg. If you’re wild, drizzle on some hot sauce for a fun kick.

And there you have it! Nicki’s Signature Avocado Toast. Try it out and let me know how it comes out. If you post on Instagram, use the hashtags #justnickithings and #eatwithme.

Happy Eating,

Nicki G