Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

April.

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If you haven’t been, take some time away from General Luna and head up to the Magpupungko rock pools. Its amazing there! Make sure to check the tides so you know when its the best time to go.

After an afternoon there, we found this little guy… so we took him home! Name: Pungko ♥️

My boyfriend’s family have a beautiful place in Pilar, a town located in the middle of Siargao Island. Quiet and right on the water, this is a destination fit for friends and family. Rooms will be available for rent very soon! This is the view from the deck.

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Shooting Steph in her SOLTI Activewear reversible bodysuit

Swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family 💙 and of course, watching Mike poi dance…

I don’t leave my room without using my favorite La Mer products, especially the UV Protecting Fluid with SPF 50. Need to keep those sunspots away!

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SOLTI Activewear Luli Bodysuit, La Mer essentials, and my favorite scented flip flops from Lookeeya.

Shakin it up at Shaka. My favorite place for juices, power bowls and banana bread.

At our “Secret Beach” that’s not so secret anymore. Still a great place to swim, chill and play silly.

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After basking in the sun and enjoying the quiet, we went to Lotus Shores in General Luna. If you’re ever in Siargao, you have to try out this restaurant. They are well known for their delicious vegan menu 🌱👌🏼  and everything was superb.

Lovely as always 🙏🏼 Salamat, Siargao

All photos taken by my Fujifilm X-T20

Stir Fry Miso Udon

Stir Fry Miso Udon

My quick, go-to meal. I am obsessed with noodles…

Prepare your udon noodles by cooking them in a pot of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes and then putting them into a colander

Chop up garlic, green beans, tofu, and spring onion

Heat up a saucepan, pour some sesame oil and add the garlic

After 1 minute, pour in some soy sauce, sweet rice wine, sriracha
and a dash of maple syrup to taste

Add the string beans and cook for approximately 4 minutes while stirring

Add the tofu and a pinch of salt

Mix the udon into the saucepan and stir

Pour the noodles into a bowl, add the spring onions and throw in sesame seeds

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Viola! Enjoy!

Green beans are high in fiber, great with preventing blood clots in arteries and veins, controls diabetes, is great for bone health, eye care, and also boosts your immunity! Tofu is high in protein, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B1. ♡ Plant based, baby!

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Easy and filling! This meal is low in fat and a good source of protein, vitamin A + C + K + B6, dietary fiber, and magnesium.

Cook barley with 1 cup barley to 3 cup water ratio, chopped garlic and salt

Chop up more garlic for the squash

Cut squash up into medium sized cubes and heat in a pan with dairy-free butter or cooking oil of choice till cubes soften

Add apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, garlic salt and pepper to taste

Place in bowl and top with ground pistachios

Enjoy!

Photos take with my Fuji Film X-T20

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Simple and light, perfect for dinner.

– Boil 1 teaspoon of sesame oil with 3 cups of vegetable broth (I used one from Healthy Options)

– Add 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/3 a large carrot, and a handful of broccoli

– If you’d like, add soy meat/tofu to the mixture and let cook

– After 3 minutes, add the noodles of your choice (I used a mixture of rice & glass noodles) and cook for another 2 minutes

– Add a tablespoon of liquid aminos or vegan soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

– Squeeze in some lemon and it’s ready for you to eat!

Enjoy! ❤

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius & mix all ingredients together in a food processor:

– 3 ripe medium sized bananas

– 1 1/2 cup of peanut butter

– 1/2 cup of almonds

– 1 cup of oats

– 2 tablespoons of coconut flour/flour of your choice

– 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

– 1 teaspoon on vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup of maple syrup

– 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

– 1/4 cup of almond milk

(Make sure the mixture is not runny. Add more oats till you get a thicker mixture.)

Put mixture into an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Coconut Sugar Glaze:

– 1/2 cup of coconut sugar

– 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

– 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk

Mix ingredients together with an electric hand mixer and then pour and spread glaze on top.

I sprinkled some cinnamon on top of my cake :]

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Enjoy!

Live cruelty free! ❤

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

This is my first time making an apple crumble AND ice-cream! Pretty happy with how it turned out :] I hope you enjoy these delicious, cruelty-free, vegan desserts!

Peal and dice 3 red apples and 1 pear

Heat saucepan and put in the apples and pear

Add a tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar (I mixed half and half), and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder

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Mix and stir for 4 minutes then place the contents into an oven-safe dish

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F

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Mix 1 1/2 cup of oats into a bowl with 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup, 1 table spoon of coconut sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of mineral salt, and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder.

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Sprinkle oats evenly on top of the apple and pear mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until oats are golden brown and crunchy

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Cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream without ice-cream machine

Make sure you have time to make this! I made this without using an ice-cream machine and it took about 6-7 hours to complete.

 1 can of coconut milk – 400 ml

1/2 cup of cappuccino flavoured soy milk (S&R)

1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup (S&R)

Mix into a pan and bring to simmer while stirring, then empty pan into heatproof bowl and leave to cool for 30 minutes

 Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into bowl and stir

Place bowl into the freezer and let it freeze for 2 hours

Mix the icy mixture aggressively with a fork until smooth and creamy

Place bowl back into the freezer and repeat after 2 hours

Do this a total of 3 times

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The final product! Vegan apple crumble & cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream ❤

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My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: The Naam, Vancouver

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: The Naam, Vancouver

Cycling around Stanley Park was so much fun and the scenery was superb!

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We worked up our appetites… The Naam is a 24 hour Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver.

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Michael had the Tempeh Reuben; marinated tempeh with melted cheese, grilled mushrooms, mustard, sauerkraut & grated beets, on a whole wheat burger bun.

I ordered the Asian Noodle Bowl; rice noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli, red pepper, shiitake mushrooms, deep fried tofu and vegan tempeh strips, in miso broth.

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Our meal was good, but I would have to say that Mike ordered the tastier dish. The noodle bowl was full of vegetables and tempeh but I wish the miso soup had more flavour. Over all it was a good and healthy meal! I now know where to go when Im hungry at 3AM in the morning in Vancouver!

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: Nourish Bistro, Banff

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: Nourish Bistro, Banff

Im back! Canada was so beautiful, and the food was insanely delicious! I was able to hit up some great Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants while I was there, and while road tripping to Calgary from Vancouver, we stopped over a beautiful town called, Banff.

Nourish Bistro was the first international Vegan/Vegetarian I tried since turning vegan, so you can imagine what I was like reading ALL the options I had to choose from! (I was drooling much more than a kid in a candy store)…

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This is the 420 Burger. Yes, I chose it because of the name… It had a charcoal bun! Interesting, and super yummm :p

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The side salad; so simple but so delicious with grape vinaigrette.

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The BEST dish we ordered, the Mac & Squeeze; qnocchi in a creamy coconut and smoked paprika sauce.It seriously tasted better than any mac & cheese I’ve ever had. I need to try and make this!

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Nourish Bistro was so delicious, it had NO MEAT in the menu and there were vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. I wish I was able to try all the dishes!

Why Milk?

Why Milk?

A girlfriend shared this video to me yesterday; short but very informative video for those who question, why is cow’s milk is included in our diet? Here is the answer.

This did not come shocking to me. Luckily, when I was a child, my parents never forced milk on me. Sure, it tasted great with my cereal, but I was never one who drank glasses and glasses of milk. To me, it was unappetising and I just didn’t understand the whole hype of it. Growing up living in the countryside of England, I was exposed to milk farming, and I just wasn’t drawn to the idea that the milk came from another animal’s “breast”. Of course I was told that it would make my bones stronger and help me grow, but when you’re a kid, non of that really makes you want to eat or drink certain things.

Evidence of humans milking cows dates back to 4000 BC. It was part of a lot of civilisations, including the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians, however, how we milk cows today is disheartening. These industries only care about money, they don’t care about our health, and they sure don’t care about living animals.

Here is a video that explains why how dairy is produced. This is the reality.

Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is NOT bliss.

  • Dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant in order to maximize their production of milk. Calves are separated from their mothers within 12 – 24 hours of birth and most are trucked to slaughter from just 5 days old. Around 700,000 ‘bobby calves’ (mostly males) are killed every year as waste products of the dairy industry, and others are made into veal. These young, vulnerable animals can legally be deprived of food for up to 30 hours during this journey to slaughter.
  • Mother cows are milked twice a day and the use of machine pumps can contribute to painful mastitis. Before long, she is artificially impregnated again, carrying another calf to term, only for the same cruel cycle to be repeated.
  • Cows can expect to live up to 20 years. Dairy cows used in the milk industry though are regarded as ‘spent’ after just 6 or 7 years and are sent to slaughter – their years of pain and sacrifice not sparing them this premature end.

Fortunately, many tasty and healthy plant-based ‘milks’ are now available on the market or can be made in the comfort of your own home. From hemp and coconut to almond and soy, plant-based, creamy beverages can fill the dairy ‘void’ in your home and help you live a longer, healthier life. My favourite place to buy these beverages are in S&R.

I hope this has opened your eyes to the cruel, cruel world of the dairy industry. Make the right choice and stop the violence.

Live cruelty free.

Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles

Vegan & Gluten-Free Waffles

People think going vegan means you miss out on all the goodies, but that’s not true! Taste and texture can be different, but it’s about feeling good about what you’re putting into your body and that what you’re eating is cruelty free.

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Luckily, healthier grocery items are becoming more available in Cebu city. S&R is a great place to shop for healthy items, as well as Healthy Options and Rustan’s.

(You can use any brand of these items)

Ingredients from S&R:

Natura- Almond Milk Vanilla

Cloud 9- Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

Coconut oil

from Healthy Options:

The Chia Co- White Chia Seeds

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Directions:

Soak one cup of chia seeds into one cup of water for 10 minutes

Put 1 1/2 cups of  the gluten-free waffle mix into a big bowl

Add 1 1/4 of almond or any non-dairy milk and mix

Mix in the chia seeds with 2 table spoons of coconut oil

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If you’re making pancakes, heat up the pan and pour in the size you want. Flip after about 1-2 minutes.

If you’re using a waffle maker, pour in and remove after 2-3 minutes, depending on  your waffle maker.

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Serve and eat with your favourite toppings. I chose Agave syrup (from S&R), Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup (yes, it’s vegan!), and Cashew Butter- Vanilla Chia (from The Echo Store).

Enjoy your waffles and enjoy eating cruelty-free!

 

New Blog

New Blog

 I hope to touch people and bring out their compassion towards Earth’s creatures, Mother Nature, and towards themselves.

My name is Kymberly Muego Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling 2 months ago on Daku Island, a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..

 I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…

 I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the beautiful animals we are supposed to share Earth with, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.

 I haven’t consumed meat in over 8 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci

 In this newly altered blog, I will be spreading the awareness of animal-cruelty, veganism, health & wellness, and of course, how you, too, can live a consciously harmonious and cruelty-free lifestyle.

After all, we are all animals, and that is a beautiful thing. ❤