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How to survive the winter- recipe roundup

23 Dec

‘The days are getting longer. The days are getting longer.”

It’s my mantra for the  less wonderful time of the year. I repeat it to myself when I wake up in the morning and the sun’s not up. I say it when I walk out of work at 5 and the sun is setting. I think about it when I get off the Metro and it’s pitch black.

“The days are getting longer. At least the days are getting longer.”

When the sun stays up for 4 seconds, I think to myself “Tomorrow it will stay up for 5 seconds”. It gets me through the long winter months.

Something else you have to deal with during the winter is the lack of lighting. When I get home from work, the sun’s not out so my food pictures come out blurry and dark.

But I realized today that I don’t have to take pictures in my dining room, where there’s a tiny lamp in the corner. I can hold my plate under the light in the bathroom or my bedroom and the pictures will come out ten times better!

Kale chips are so easy to make! Just rip some kale leaves into small-ish pieces, season with olive oil, S&P, garlic and onion powder, nutritional yeast, etc.

Toss the leaves on a baking pan and cook at 400F until crispy. Serve with hummus!

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Carrot-Ginger Soup is next on the list of food I’ve made this week. This soup is perfect for those cold winter days when all you want is to warm your soul. Think of it as the chicken soup for the vegetarian soul.

What you need:

2 pounds of carrots

4 cups vegetable broth

2 tbsp fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic

1 onion

spices

How you do it:

1. Sauté the chopped onion, ginger, and garlic with the chopped, peeled carrots.

2. Bring vegetable broth to a boil.

3. Once they are soft, add the carrots, onions, and garlic to the boiling vegetable broth.

4. Allow to cook for 30 minutes while adding spices to taste.

5. When the carrots start to break apart, put the soup in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Add shredded carrots to your zucchini chickpea pancakes when you accidentally buy four pounds instead of two!!

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Lots of people are going home for the holidays, myself included. That means that you want to use up all the food in your fridge that might go bad.

For me, that meant inventing something with my open package of tofu.

I found some salsa that belonged to one of the girls who lives in the apartment normally. She told me I could use any of the food in the fridge while I’m “apartment-sitting”. (In reality, she’s doing me a huge favor by letting me stay there over Winter Break. Thanks Cynthia, you’re the best! <3)

 So I grabbed my tofu, put it in a baking pan, covered it with the salsa, and let it bake for 15 minutes.

Then I pulled it out, topped it with nutritional yeast and tomatoes, toasted some pita bread, and cut up some carrots.

Easy, delicious, and I got to eat it all with this wacky fork.

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I hope you all have wonderful and fantastic holidays. I’m so excited because I’m going home tonight after work. I’m catching a ride with my uncles up to New York, where I’ll spend a whirlwind 3 days singing, giving gifts, loving on my family, and most importantly, eating.

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