garlic cashew sauce

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garlic cashew sauce

makes about 1 ½ cups

this is so good with pasta! one of my favorite things to eat. it’s also great as a dipping sauce. 

INGREDIENTS:

↠ 1 cup of cashews, soaked for several hours

↠ 3 cloves of garlic, minced

↠ ½-¾ cup water

↠ 2 tsp safflower oil or olive oil

↠ salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

blend all ingredients in blender until combined. salt and pepper to taste. enjoy!

popcorn cauliflower with garlic cashew sauce

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popcorn cauliflower with garlic cashew sauce

serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

↠ 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces

BATTER:

↠ 1 cup water

↠ 1 cup flour

↠ 1 tsp salt

↠ 1 tsp pepper

↠ 1 tsp paprika

BREADING:

↠ 1 ¾ cups vegan breadcrumbs

↠ ¼ flour

↠ ½ tsp salt

↠ ½ tsp pepper

↠ 1 tsp paprika

INSTRUCTIONS:

preheat oven to 350°. mix breading ingredients together and set aside. mix batter ingredients together and dip pieces of cauliflower into the mixture and then roll them in the breading mixture and place in baking sheet. make sure you get the excess batter off each piece of cauliflower before coating it in the breading mixture. bake for 12-15 minutes and flip over and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. serve with garlic cashew sauce. enjoy!

vegan chicken noodle soup

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vegan chicken noodles soup

serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

↠ 1 medium onion, finely chopped
↠ 2 clove of garlic, minced
↠ 2 cups water
↠ 6 cups vegetable broth
↠ 12oz vegan chicken tenders
↠ 2 cup frozen diced carrots
↠ 2 cups whole grain rotini pasta
↠ 3 tbls light olive oil
↠ 1 tsp oregano
↠ salt
↠ pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

add oil and chopped onion to medium pot and cook on medium/low until onion is caramelized, about 30 minutes. add garlic and sauté for a few minutes. add water and broth to pan and turn heat up to medium/high but do not boil. add chicken tenders and carrots and cook for a few minutes. add pasta and cook until tender. add oregano and salt and pepper to taste. enjoy!

vegan chicken fried rice 

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vegan chicken fried rice

serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

↠ 1 medium onion, finely chopped
↠ 1 clove of garlic, minced
↠ 5-6 cups of cooked brown rice
↠ 12oz vegan chicken tenders
↠ 1 12oz package of frozen diced carrots, cooked
↠ 4 tbls olive oil
↠ ½ cup soy sauce substitute
↠ 1 tsp salt
↠ 1 tsp pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

add 2 tbls of oil and diced onion to medium pan and cook on medium/low until onion is caramelized, about 30 minutes. add garlic and sauté for a few minutes. turn off heat and set pan aside. add remaining oil and chicken tenders to another medium pan and sauté until brown and crispy. add the chicken, rice, cooked carrots, and soy sauce substitute to the caramelized onions and stir until everything is incorporated. salt and pepper to taste. enjoy!

vegan meatloaf

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vegan meatloaf

serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS:

↠ 1 medium onion, finely chopped
↠ 2 cloves of garlic, minced
↠ 2 tbls vegetable broth
↠ ¼ cup breadcrumbs
↠ 24oz vegan beef crumbles
↠ 4-5 chia or flax seed eggs
↠ 2 tbls olive oil
↠ 1 tsp salt
↠ 1 tsp pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

preheat oven at 325°. add oil and diced onion to medium pan and cook on medium/low until onion is caramelized, about 30 minutes. add minced garlic and cook for a few minutes. turn off heat and add salt, pepper, broth, breadcrumbs, and beef crumbles to the pan. stir ingredients and then add chia/flax eggs and mix until everything is incorporated. grease bread loaf pan and add meatloaf mixture. press the mixture down into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. enjoy!

behind the name: Kimberly

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my name literally means “from the Royal forest“. I love my name! it fits me perfectly. I’ve always been fascinated by trees. if I could live in the middle of a forest, I would. my birthstone is the peridot and my favorite color has always been green. forest sprite is the perfect nickname for me.  

the origin of Kimberly is from the city of Kimberley in South Africa, which was named after Lord Kimberley (1826-1902). the city came to prominence in the late 19th century during the Boer War.

unbeknownst to many, the common Korean surname Kim is not related to Kimberly. most people call me Kim and it’s extremely frustrating. my name is Kimberly, not Kim!

the weeknd

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I’m reminiscing so hard today. I miss 2012 Abel. I miss the days when no one knew who The Weeknd was. I miss the days when his music wasn’t played on the radio. I will always be a fan of everything he does but I really miss his old style of music. I hate the bandwagon fans who only know “earned it” and have never even heard “the knowing”. I hate the big venues that will be home to all of Abel’s future shows. I’m proud of his accomplishments and how far he’s come, but I will always miss the small intimate shows where I could sing along with him from ten feet away without getting elbowed by screaming teenage girls.