Roasted Pepper Hummus

I couldn’t get myself to like hummus for the longest time. I don’t know what it was that pushed me away from it- maybe the texture. I knew I was missing out on something – most plant based people live off hummus. It runs through their veins. They use it as exfoliant for their skin. Their pillows are extra soft cause they’re stuffed with hummus.

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Baked Mac and Cheese (Vegan!)

Alrightie, I;m back again! I’m home from college, away from bad dining hall food (they started seasoning things with cinnamon and were running out of salad at the salad bar), and I have a whole list of recipe ideas to create.

Secondly, I’m going to expose my family and say that none of us know how to make mac and cheese from scratch. We make it from the box every time. If we wanted to get fancy we would add some extra cheese. At thanksgiving, my mom went wild and added some red pepper flakes. At family functions, there’d be some gorgeous mac and cheese, but I never knew who made it. Probably an aunt that’s not an aunt but I call an aunt because they’re just close family friends (that’s why the entire island of Jamaica is my family). In the blue, stained Jamaican Recipe Cookbook in our kitchen drawer, there are recipes for festivals, ackee and saltfish, and grater cake (a coconut candy), but not for mac and cheese. It’s just not our specialty.

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Banana Zucchini Oats (microwave friendly!)

Way back when, when I was only two seasons deep into Chopped on Food Network and I refused to put any sauce on my pasta, I used to think that sweet and savory foods were two things that should never mix. Vegetables were strictly only for savory foods. Of course, I have now flourished and blossomed and I put sauce on my pasta. And now I put zucchini in my oatmeal.

(Also, tHREE posts in a row? Who is this girl? )

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns are one of my favorite baked goods. They’re up there with red-bean sesame pastries from Paris Baguette (which is actually a South Korean bakery chain) and whole wheat baguettes fresh out the oven, perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the side. Like edible pillows.

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Turmeric Carrot Cake Oats

Hello friends, remember me? Small girl, eats five potatoes at a time, wears her glasses too far down the bridge of her nose, recently listens to a lot of what Spotify calls Indie R&B and Nigerian music (very upbeat and good for running), and as she has learned in college, writes too many run-on sentences.

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Mushroom BBQ Sandwich with a Broccoli Slaw

Veggie burgers and veggie sandwiches at restaurants are either hits or misses. Burgers that involve black beans are usually good. The last veggie burger I had was as if they took a bag of frozen mixed veggies-the peas, corn, and cubed carrots- and squished it into a hockey puck. One time, I had a sandwich was just a portobello mushroom between warm-ish bread with a pickle.

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Vegetable Fajitas

One of my favorite places to eat is a restaurant named Jose Tejas near me. I tell everyone I can about it. I tried telling my Spanish teacher about it, in Spanish of course, and he kept asking “uno y nueve”? and it took me a very long time for me to realize he was saying 1 & 9, the highway that it’s on. The entire time of me squinting and trying to figure out what he was saying, I could see the disappointment in his eyes cause it was looking like his student couldn’t recognize numbers after 4 years of Spanish.

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