Homemade Vegan Pizza

img_6339When I made the decision to go vegan more than a year ago, I thought that truly delicious pizza – one of my favorite comfort foods – had suddenly become a thing of the past. I was willing to give it up, though, because I feel strongly in my convictions to maintain a vegan lifestyle; however, I was delighted to learn that I didn’t have to. After many months of tinkering around with different recipes and trials on our weekly pizza nights, I am proud to share with you what I think is a pretty tasty vegan pizza recipe. It possesses all of the comfort and flavor of a traditional pizza while being 100% compassionate toward animals and the environment and completely free of cholesterol.  Continue reading →

The Day I Stopped Eating Meat

IMG_2454It’s been 55 days since I last ate meat. It was chicken, part of an improvisation on Mexican pozole that I had made for Halloween. As I was cooking the pozole, I hadn’t planned on it being my last dish with meat, but somewhere between pulling the giant pot of finished soup off the stove and slurping down the last helping a few days later, something inside me had changed and I knew that meat on my meal plate had become a thing of the past. And it didn’t stop there. Continue reading →

Tarator (Cold Cucumber-Yoghurt Soup)

It’s summer time! And in Bulgaria, that means time for the Black Sea coast, long evenings at the outdoor cafes, and of course, tarator. This cold cucumber-yoghurt soup is divine and can be eaten as a snack, a first course, or, if you’re like me and eat it by the bucketful, it can serve as refreshing and healthful meal. With ingredients similar to the Greek tzatziki sauce, tartator is easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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A bowl of freshly made tarator is perfectly complemented with a piece of banitsa, Bulgaria’s national pastry.

A Fresh Take on Thursday Night Pizza

IMG_5505Thursday Night Pizza became a tradition for M. and me during our first foreign service tour in Matamoros, Mexico. Since our movement within the city was quite restricted due to security concerns, we spent a lot of time at home and tried to come up with some creative ways to make our weeks and our meals more fun. In addition to our nearly weekly visits to our favorite little restaurant in Matamoros, Las Parrillitas, we came up with Thursday Night Pizza, as pizza is a favorite of both of ours. Continue reading →

The High Cost of Eating Well

IMG_5338A little more than a year ago, I wrote a blog post about the surprisingly counterintuitive (to me, anyway) relationship between hunger and obesity, specifically, in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where hunger and obesity are a growing problem, both independently and together. When I first read a Washington Post article shedding some light on this issue and the accompanying debate on whether food stamp purchases should be regulated by the federal government, I felt frustrated and appalled that this problem exists in the first place and wondered whether a potential solution could be found in something as simple as nutrition education. Continue reading →