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Vegan Harvest Bowl Recipes

Looking for a quick and easy way to eat your fill of healthy food as autumn and winter sets in? Might I suggest, Harvest Bowls?

Harvest Bowls are a great way to make sure you’re getting a heaping ton of vegetables and nutrients with every bowl. They are also a fun way to keep your dinners fresh and exciting.

What is a Harvest Bowl?

Honestly I couldn’t find an exact definition or example of a Harvest Bowl but based on my quick internet research the basic difference between a Harvest Bowl and a Buddha bowl is the distinct lack of fresh salad. Both are packed with vegetables, but Harvest Bowls are perfect for autumn because they make use of seasonal vegetables.

Why a Harvest Bowl?

Harvest Bowls are a great meal for new vegans in search of easy vegan dinner recipes. Unsure what to make? Here’s my basic recipe:

*Grain
*2 types of vegetables
*Protein
*Sauce (optional)

BOOM, that’s it! Super simple, right?

Let’s get right into today’s vegan Harvest Bowl recipe!

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A Day in Bucharest ~ Sightseeing & Vegan Eats

Last week was our 18th wedding anniversary and we decided to do something that we have been avoiding for the past few years. Driving in Bucharest. Well, that’s not entirely true as we did spend some time in 2021 there in order to get some tattoos, but in general it is a huge headache and something that was just…ick.

But there are some tourist attractions that I really wanted to see and figured I could pull the Anniversary Card to make it happen. It worked like a charm.

The plan was simple; spend the morning sightseeing and stop at some kind of cafe for a coffee or a drink and then finish off our day of sightseeing at Ceauşescu Mansion and then a nice vegan dinner. But then we both remembered that this is Romania and things rarely work out the way you planned, especially in Bucharest.

The good news? We did manage to get in some sightseeing so you’ll have some pretty and historic sights as well as some delicious vegan food!

Let’s start with this beautiful tapestry made by an unknown Romanian artist for Ceauşescu Mansion.

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The CREAMIEST Vegan Polenta

I’m not sure if you guys know this or not but I kind of love polenta. When I grew up it was all about grits but now that I’m an adult, polenta is where it’s at.

If you’re not sure about whether or not you love polenta, check out some of these recipes to get you started:

Creamy Polenta & Oven Roasted Veggies
Sweet Potato Polenta
Vegan Meatball Stew & Polenta

As you can see, I’ve done quite a few vegan polenta recipes in an effort to get it just right. Some end up too grainy or chunky and I was striving for perfectly silky polenta that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy and bloated.

Today I think I’ve finally gotten it right!

The full recipe is Crispy vegan chicken & veggies with creamy polenta but I’m going to focus on the polenta.

So, let’s get to making the creamiest vegan polenta you’ll ever eat!

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Quick & Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas ~ Vegan Rainbow Bowl

For those of you vegans who work outside the home, lunchtime usually means a break from the office, time away from annoying and chatty coworkers, bosses looking to get a few extra minutes of free work and endless tasks. To escape that, we usually head out of the office for lunch–at least I know I used to and often–which usually means eating out.

Whether it’s fast food or restaurant food, we choose it because it’s convenient and consistent. Mostly. But what if I told you that you could make a vegan lunch bowl that’s just as convenient and consistent?

With a little bit of prep work and forethought, of course.

Easy vegan buddha bowl lunch recipes

This Vegan Rainbow Bowl recipe ticks all the boxes:

It’s quick
It’s colorful & nutritious
You can switch up ingredients for different flavor profiles so it’s like you’re always eating someplace new.

Grab your favorite kitchen tools and ingredients and let’s do this!

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Vegan Cafe Treats

Since yesterday was a holiday in the United States I decided to hold off on posting a vegan recipe until Wednesday but I wouldn’t leave you hanging so I thought I’d share some more goodies from a local vegan cafe.

This is kind of a big deal since there are just about NO vegan places to eat in Ploiesti. There are a few places that have a couple vegan items but most of them are the same vegan meat alternatives we have in our fridge or freezer so why pay the markup, right?

Exactly.

But this place, Cafeneaua Nației, has a few completely vegan dishes made from scratch. They have a few of the well-known vegan meat alternatives like Mici and Schnitzel but they have quite a few surprises like the chickpea pancakes we had last time, which you can read here.

This time around we chose a few different dishes and one that’s already become an old faithful dish, the pureed lentils and rice dish with caramelized onions served on top.

To start we tried something other than beer and water. I chose a ginger lemonade with fresh ginger which was very delicious and refreshing, which was much appreciated on one of the last days of this European heatwave. He ordered a green smoothie that came with kale and apple and carrot and a bunch of other stuff that was…okay for me but he loved it.

It was another nice day out and we decided to eat outside this time, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

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Vegan Fried Rice & Vitasia Veggie Spring Rolls

Here’s a secret I want to share with you all. Sometimes I can be a bit of a food snob and it’s not necessarily one of those instances where I believe that I’m too good for a certain type or food product but more so that I’m very distrusting of a lot of pre-packaged foods and it gives me extreme anxiety so I just avoid them. This is especially true when it comes to bagged or any other pre-packaged salad products, thanks to a childhood of recalls that left me deathly afraid of food poisoning and other food borne illnesses.

But the more this vegan food blog grows, the more I try to step out of my comfort zone to try new vegan food products because I know I’m not the only one. So when I was at Lidl this week and came across a package of veggie spring rolls from Vitasia, I took a long hard look at the ingredients list and decided to give it a shot.

What goes well with vegan spring rolls? Well to be honest plenty of things but my Hubs requested veggie fried rice so that’s what we went with and it was pretty dang delicious. Mostly.

I wanted to make a quick and easy vegan meal that was plant based and delicious, so I kept it simple but please, tell me what you prefer to eat with vegan spring rolls?

Easy vegan Asian dinner recipes

The pre-packaged spring rolls came with those little packets of what I still call duck sauce even though I have always and only eaten them with egg rolls, but I improvised and added a few things to them, which we will talk about.

DO you have a favorite brand of vegan egg rolls? Brand names & links welcome in the comments!

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New Vegan Eats!!! ~ Lunch @ Cafeneaua Nației in Ploiesti, RO

If you’ve been following this blog for the past year or two or three (has it been 3 years already?) then you’ll know that the town where I live in Romania, Ploiesti, has very VERY limited options when it comes to vegan food. I mean, sure, you can eat anywhere if you don’t mind eating a basic salad, French fries and other items on the ‘side dishes’ list. But if you want something to satisfy your appetite? Well, look outside Ploiesti.

Things have gotten better here, at the grocery store anyway. But everywhere else we’ve gone like Constanta, Cluj and Sinaia have all had incredible options for vegans.

So, imagine my surprise when I decided to torture myself by seeing if there were any new vegan options in Ploiesti because I was feeling a little sluggish and I hadn’t been outside for a few days and I was in the mood for some yummy vegan food on a sunny terrace. And guess what pops up?

Cafeneaua Nației.

Cafeneaua Natiei – Ploiesti Romania

It’s in the city center which was nice–except for the traffic–and the place was great. This was our experience.

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Vegan Beef Gyro Fries & Creamy Vegan Tzatziki

As you guys know, I love to test out different vegan products when they come out, so when I was visiting Metro last week, which is what I like to call Romanian Costco, I found a big ass bag of vegan beef. After some quick math to figure out if the grams versus price was worth it–it was–I dropped it in the giant shopping cart and started creating recipes in my mind.

I’ve cooked a few different vegan gyro recipes including Mediterranean Vegan Gyro Fries, Vegan Gyro Bowl and Vegan Gyro Salad Bowl. But this new vegan beef from Metro is delicious. It’s not too greasy or too dry that you need to add extra fat. And the best part? It soaks up flavors like you would not believe. Whether it’s broth or sauce, you won’t be disappointed with this vegan beef product…if you can find it.

The weather here has been INSANE. So hot that most days I’ve been tempted to make something like salad or sandwiches, anything that doesn’t require turning on the oven or the stove. The air fryer will do in a pinch but I also want to eat good, warm food so that’s my dilemma.

But this was my Hubs’ night to cook so I asked for gyro fries with vegan yogurt tzatziki sauce and even though HE forgot to take photos of the vegan tzatziki sauce, I’m still posting this recipe.

I hope you try it and enjoy it. Leave a link in the comments or find me on Instagram with your recipes.

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(Mostly) Raw Vegan Cabbage Salad Recipe

With the heatwave sweeping through both the United States and Europe, now is the perfect time to revisit one of my favorite lunch time recipes; salad.

I love salad because it is a low calorie dish that is packed with wonderfully colorful vegetables, nutrients and fiber. It’s a win-win-win for my tastebuds and my palate and better than that, it doesn’t require you to use the stove at all…unless you need to rehydrate some TVP, which I used for this recipe.

Some people might quibble over my use of the word ‘salad’ when this recipe lacks any form of lettuce, and the use of cabbage might prompt some to think its a slaw, but I promise that it is a salad. The problem is that here in Romania there seems to be a fresh salad shortage. If you want any type of leafy green that’s (allegedly) been washed for you and packed, you have some options but I prefer my salad with some dirt on it that I wash off myself and that, has been sadly lacking for the past few weeks, maybe a month.

So I’ve had to get creative with my salads because it’s too dang hot for stoves and ovens and all that jazz.

For today’s vegan salad recipe, I decided to use a mix of green and red cabbage, keeping it 95 % raw and vegan.

Creamy vegan cabbage salad recipe

You can forego the protein altogether or replace with chickpeas or quinoa, or any type of vegan meat alternative you choose.

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Asian BBQ Cauliflower Noodles

Some of the people I know who skirt with going vegan for many of the reasons the rest of have already adopted the lifestyle, ask me how I come up with recipes. They have all settled into the meat and potato version of meals with the occasional vegetable added in, so I get their confusion.

The thing they don’t understand is that before going vegan, I was a huge vegetable eater. They were a part of every meal so in those early days all I did was remove the animal products and replace it with non-animal protein, usually beans. And then slowly, but surely, I learned more. I discovered more.

The vegan food industry became more.

Still, it does get difficult to come up with new ideas when you have to cook often due to a lack of vegan restaurant food options. But we find a way, don’t we?

So for today’s vegan recipe, I had a few different ideas in mind. I wanted to take buffalo cauliflower (Buffalo Cauliflower recipe) and make it Asian style, but I also wanted Asian noodles and from there, the Asian BBQ Cauliflower Noodle dish was born.

Hoisin Cauliflower Noodles – Vegan

This vegan recipe is simple and delicious, so what more do you need?

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