All posts by Cypress Lee

Mac N’ Cheese Using Nutritional Yeast!

Many people are unaware of all the tasty vegan options out there. Nutritional yeast is an amazing alternative for a cheesy fix! Below is a recipe for spicy mac n’ cheese without using real cheese or even processed vegan cheese… just nutritional yeast and seasonings.


8 oz. favorite pasta (I used quinoa pasta)
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or your favorite unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 heaping tablespoons flour (spelt, rice, tapioca or all-purpose)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
mineral salt, to taste

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Question : What are some of your favorite cheesy foods and how could you replace the cheese for a healthier meal? How does nutritional yeast become “cheesy”?


Why Meat Shouldn’t be Your “Go To” Meal…EVER

Many people are unaware of the damage eating meat does to one’s body and health. This has been misunderstood for a number of years now. It is important to note that I am in no way judging anyone who does eat meat because not everyone is knowledgeable about the effects. Eating meat is not only animal cruelty, but also extremely unhealthy. Studies have shown that consumption of meat can leads to cancer, heart disease and many other diseases. Consumption of meat can also lead to erectile disfunction in men. The link below further discusses these issues.

Question: What are some misconceptions you have heard regarding eating meat?

[Remember: this post is not to have an argument under, just to get different perspectives on what you have been taught]

DC Eats: Takorean – Union Market

This past weekend my family and I stopped by Union Market for some tasty lunch and stumbled upon Takorean, a Korean taco restaurant with a variety of options. Since I am vegan, I got the tofu tacos of course. BEST DECISION OF THE DAY! These tacos consisted of soft corn tortillas, spicy kale slaw with purple cabbage & carrots tossed with soy sauce and gochugaru dressing, organic tofu sautéed with house-maid hoisin sauce (caramelized), cilantro, avocado crema and sriracha! AMAZING! I highly recommend visiting Takorean.

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Question: Since there is so much contradicting information surrounding tofu, what are some of the benefits you’ve heard as well as warnings you’ve heard with regard to the use of tofu in one’s diet? Which do you believe?


Vegan and Gluten Free? It CAN’T be Good…

Many people have this misconception that just because something is free of animal products that it just can’t be delicious. This is in fact completely false. Not only will your meal be healthy if it is gluten-free and vegan, but it will also be tasty. Not to mention, no animals will be harmed. Just watch the sugar! Many gluten free foods contain a large amount of sugar, which will spike your blood pressure. This recipe is not sugar filled though.

Here is a yummy recipe for Vegan, Gluten-free Chocolate chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes:

Question: What do you think would happen if the recipe called for peanut butter instead of almond butter? Would the texture of the pancake change?

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Sweet Potato Pecan Tacos (I Used Butternut Squash Instead)!

This tasty vegan dish is very simple, but healthy as well. Yesterday, my mom and I made butternut squash pecan tacos. The recipe was for sweet potatoes, but we wanted to use butternut squash instead. The lime juice added such a delightful flavor to the bean dip as well as the overall dish. Along with these simple, yet tasty ingredients, this taco dish is extremely nourishing to one’s body. The bean dip is full of protein along with the vegetables. I would love to make this again, but with the sweet potatoes like the recipe does. Not that the butternut squash wasn’t AMAZING…I just like variety! This is a must try whether you are vegan or not.

Question: Do you think lemon juice would serve the same purpose and flavor as the lime juice?

Vegan pecan sweet potato tacos
Vegan pecan sweet potato tacos