Finding The Vegan In You: A New Way To Look At Vegan Food

My new obsession is gawkerverse.com. You may have been expecting a killer intro line just then, but I am getting to the gut of my newest time eater. Gawkerverse is a blog which hosts a few subcategories.

Each one offers something different and is completely given away by their name including; foodgawker, craftgawker, weddinggawker, dwellinggawker, and stylegawker. If you thought that your Pintrest or Twitter accounts were leading your life, think again. Once you take a look at these websites, tell your homework time goodbye.

  • Foodgawker is my personal favorite at the moment. There are recipes upon pictures of completely scrumptious food that my eyes just cannot get enough of. While this may already seem too good to be true, there are different food categories based off your most current interests. The recipes are linked to other blogs too, which is a great way to find more healthy eating websites.

As of right now I especially have taken a liking to the vegan areas. With New Year’s being just past, I know many of us are in the “healthy food, clean eating” mode. And why shouldn’t we be? Even if it does last for a mere month or two, at least we are treating our bodies right for the time being.

While I pride myself on cooking, not only because I enjoy it but because I like to try new things, eating vegan is something I have been considering. It may not have been my resolution for 2013, but the pictures on this sight have certainly caught my eye and given my tummy something to get excited about.

The newest vegan recipe that I am looking forward to trying isbaked_banana_wontons_with_coconut_caramel_sauce_recipe called baked banana wontons with a coconut caramel sauce.  I realize this is dessert but it was one of the first recipes that caught my eye. Even better is that this recipe is not something I would peg as vegan right off the bat.

Not to stereotype but when the word “vegan” comes to mind, I think “of the earth.” Strictly plants and earthy foods, nothing processed. Truly, the definition of being vegan is “a vegetarian who omits all animal products from their diet,” so writes dictionary.com.

So while dessert may be the last food item you are thinking about with the holidays just behind us, this one is worth it. These crispy golden wonton wrappers hold a cinnamon banana center, and the coconut caramel sauce is not to be missed. Even though the recipe calls it optional, you really should make it. Drizzled over the top of the wontons it really makes the dish come together as a whole.

Plus, this is an easy one for college student to make. It does not call for any fancy tools, and as far as ingredients, a trip to the grocery should do just fine. While coconut oil and milk may not seem like a kitchen staple to you, I guarantee most every grocery store will carry these two items. The tricky part may be finding eggless wonton paper. I have been told that many Asian food stores have these. However, if you are not a vegan than wonton wrappers made with eggs are fine too.

IMG_8062-1024x682One other recipe, which I have not made yet, are how to make coconut date bars. This recipe is from the blog Yum Yummer. The just of the recipe is that they are homemade Lara Bars. You  know the ones we see at the store but only get as a “special treat.” At a price point of almost $2 for one bar, how could we buy them everyday?

Well, here is to Kerry, the creator of this blog of coming up with an almost identical recipe to the Coconut Cream Pie Lara Bar. The recipe calls for only 3 ingredients, and after doing the math, Kerry writes that they come out to a mere 65 cents-75 cents per bar. That is quite a college savings if you ask me. To check out how to make these bars yourself click here.

And so, while school is just back in session for some of us, I am here to provide you with this article. While you need a new way to waste time between classes, now you can peruse new recipes on a fabulous site and also be healthy about it. To me there is nothing better than finding a killer recipe that not only my body likes, but which also make my taste buds dance. They are happy, so am I, and you will be too. I would like to hear about some of the recipes you try,feel free to leave them in the comments box below. Happy new year, happy cooking, and most of all, happy healthy eating.

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.