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Simple Tomato and Avocado Salad


I’m feeling pretty good today. I woke up early and did an hour in the pool and a 5 mile run. I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen since the weather is so nice today. I also was feeling light and trim after exercising and wanted to maintain that feeling by not eating anything too heavy.

This tomato and avocado salad was thrown together from leftovers in the refrigerator. I cut up half an avocado, some lingering chunks of red onion, and a tomato then mixed everything together with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. It’s so simple and I didn’t plan on sharing but sometimes the easiest recipes end up being the best tasting. Try it out and tell me what you think!

Tomato and Avocado Salad
  1. 1/2 avocado, cubed
  2. 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  3. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1/2 - 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  7. salt and pepper
  8. cilantro (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve immediately.
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Creamy Coconut Water Smoothie

 vegetarian for a new generationWe’ve already had a pretty warm spring here in the Pacific Northwest, but the weather in the past few days has started to push 70º. Here’s a drink that’s perfect for the coming warm summer days. The recipe comes from Vegetarian for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff and it’s definitely worth checking out. One of my favorite features of the book is that the recipes are organized by season.

This smoothie is super easy to make and can be thrown together in a couple of minutes. Combine ice cubes, coconut water, avocado, lime juice, maple syrup, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth. The mint or basil is optional but highly recommended. I took a cutting from the mint in my yard, which is already growing out of control. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


creamy coconut water smoothie

Creamy Coconut Water Smoothie
  1. 1 cup ice cubes
  2. 1 cup pure coconut water
  3. 1/2 avocado, pitted
  4. 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  5. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. 1 small spring of mint or basil (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
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The BKT (Bacon, Kale, & Tomato) Bowl

Salad SamuraiI picked up the cookbook Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero on a whim and was quite impressed with it. I originally had no intention of taking it home as I generally don’t care for salad recipes, but quickly flipping through it changed my mind.

The pictures are pretty amazing. I’m a very visual person; I like cookbooks with high-quality color pictures because I need to some point of reference for how the food is supposed to look on the plate if I’m going to make it. The recipes in this book really go beyond what I think of as a traditional salads. Many are hearty enough to be entire meals on their own, including the BKT (Bacon, Kale, & Tomato) Bowl, which I plan on sharing here.

Many of the salad toppings, which are referenced in the front of the book, are excellent recipes for cooking tempeh and tofu and can easily be utilized in any recipe calling for similar ingredients. The book is also organized seasonally, which I think is a fun way to look at food especially if I’m buying locally grown and available produce.

Coconut Bacony BitsCoconut Bacon

This salad is comprised of 3 easy recipes (the first 2 are components of the last): coconut bacony bits, tempeh bacon bites, and the BKT Bowl. Use large coconut flakes for the coconut bacony bits. I found mine at a local co-op in bulk. Combine the tomato paste, liquid aminos, and liquid smoke and incorporate into the coconut flakes until evenly distributed.

Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 325º. Keep an eye on them towards the last 5 minutes. Mines began to brown quickly around this time. Remove from oven and let cook completely. The flakes will become more crunchy as they cool. These will be used as a topping for the salad.


Cut tempeh into bite sized pieces. Combine maple syrup, tamari, ketchup, vegetable oil, and liquid smoke and let pieces marinade for about 10 minutes. Spoon tempeh into a frying pan set to medium heat and reserve the leftover marinade for later use. Let each side cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Once golden brown all-around, pour in leftover marinade and let cook until all the liquid is absorbed.

The last part of this recipe involves making the dressing and combining all the salad components. Remove stems from the kale leaves and cut or tear into bit-sized pieces. For the dressing, mix together the shallots, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour half of dressing onto the kale and use hands to massage kale for about a minute. Now add the red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and remaining dressing and carefully combine ingredients until dressing is eventually distributed. Top each plate with the coconut bacony bits and enjoy!

BKT Bowl BKT Bowl

Coconut Bacony Bits
  1. 2 cups large, unsweetened coconut flakes
  2. 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  3. 4 tsp. liquid aminos
  4. 1 tbsp. hickory liquid smoke
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine tomato paste, liquid aminos, and liquid smoke until smooth. Add in the coconut flakes and stir until the flakes are equally coated.
  3. 3. Spread the flake in a thin layer onto the parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the flakes are completely dry
  1. The flakes will continue to dry as they cool after being removed from the oven. Store in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Tempeh Bacon Bites
  1. 1-8 oz. package of tempeh
  2. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  3. 2 tbsp. tamari
  4. 1 tbsp. ketchup
  5. 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 tsp. hickory liquid smoke
  7. Olive oil, for pan-frying (optional)
  1. 1. Cut tempeh into 1/4-inch strips then cut these into 1-inch pieces.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, tamari, ketchup, liquid smoke, and vegetable oil. Add the tempeh and carefully coat with marinade. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. 3. In a frying pan at medium heat, spoon in tempeh and keep remaining marinade in reserve. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until the tempeh is well browned. Oil can be added to the pan if necessary.
  4. 4. Once tempeh is browned on both sides, pour in remaining marinade and cook until absorbed.
  1. Store any remaining tempeh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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The BKT (Bacon, Kale, & Tomato) Bowl
Salad Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. kale, stems removed
  2. Tempeh bacon bites
  3. Coconut bacony bits
  4. 1/2 red onion, sliced into half-moons
  5. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. 1 ripe avocado, cubed
Dressing Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. minced shallots
  2. 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  5. 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  6. pinch of salt
  7. ground pepper, to taste
  1. 1. Remove stems from kale leaves and cut or tear into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry kale then transfer to a large mixing bowl or container.
  2. 2. In a small mixing bowl, combine shallots, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Pour half of dressing onto kale and massage for about a minute.
  3. 3. Add in tempeh, red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and remaining dressing. Gently fold ingredients into each other until eventually coated. Top with coconut bacony bits and serve immediately.
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Kimchi Avocado Quinoa Bowl with Chipotle Lime Sauce

kimchi bowl


There’s a restaurant that I constantly walk past but was only vaguely aware of until recently. It sort of existed on the edge of my mind until one day a friend and I looked inside and decided to give it a try. I’m a big fan of fermented foods and on the menu was a version of this recipe. From the first bite it was one of those “Oh my god!” moments. It was a recipe that I needed to learn to make at home.

It didn’t really take much reverse engineering. The main ingredients are pretty straight forward and simple. Probably the most complicated part of the recipe is the sauce and it only contains 3 ingredients. There are some pretty power flavors in this recipe: spicy, creamy, and tangy. When I first started making this recipe on my own, I ate it everyday for a week straight.


Start by making the quinoa. The water to grain ratio is 2:1. I combine 2 cups of water to 1 cup quinoa and bring it to a boil in a sauce pan. Lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes before fluffing with a fork. Gather your remaining ingredients and mix sauce while waiting for the quinoa to cook.


 Kimchi can be easily made. Follow my recipe from an earlier post if you want to give it a try. It can also be readily found in many grocery stores. Make sure to check the ingredients as it frequently contains fish sauce. Begin adding the layers to the bowl starting with the quinoa then kimchi. I also like to pour on some of the juice from the kimchi. Top with kale, carrots, and cubed avocado. Drizzle on sauce and enjoy!

kimchi bowl

Kimchi Avocado Quinoa Bowl with Chipotle Lime Sauce
  1. Qunioa
  2. Kimchi
  3. Kale
  4. 1 carrot, cut into thin strips with a peeler
  5. 1 avocado, cut into cubes
  6. 3 tbsp. vegenaise
  7. 1 tbsp. lime juice
  8. 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  1. 1. Cook quinoa according to package. The ratio of quinoa to water is 1:2, so for every cup of quinoa use 2 cups water. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a sauce pan. Lower heat, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Let it cool for a few minutes then fluff with a fork.
  2. ​2. Check out my previous post for instructions on how to make kimchi.
  3. 3. Spoon desired about of quinoa into bowl and top with kimchi (and some of the juice). Layer with kale, avocado, and carrots.
  4. 4. Mix Vegenaise, lime juice, and chipotle powder in a small bowl. Drizzle this over the top of the kimchi bowl.
  1. *Chipotle powder is very hot so use it sparingly. I recommend starting with less than 1 tsp. and adding more until desired spiciness is achieved.
  2. *Other greens such as baby kale leaves and spinach would work well, too.
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