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Tabbouleh Couscous Salad

As a graduate student, any food that I can eat straight out of the fridge is a win in my book. So far, classes and research haven’t ramped up to full intensity so I still have time to cook, but more and more often I’ve found myself turning to quick meals that I can make …

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Avocado, Hummus, and Chimichurri Sandwich [vegan]

Man oh man oh man oh man. This sandwich has revolutionized my life. It started with a recent discovery. Chimichurri sauce. It’s similar to pesto, but tastes more fresh and herb-y, and I want to put it on everything.  I’ve made two variations of this sandwich–first with chimichurri marinated zucchini, and again with  chimichurri marinated tofu [pictured]–and both had me cackling with disbelief because …

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Curried “Meat” Hand Pies (vegan)

This past summer, I’ve finally created a sustainable approach to cooking for one (hungry) person. I aim for fresh meals and zero waste, and so far it’s working well. As a result I’ve been thinking a lot about my food philosophy and approach to cooking. On one hand, I’m a huge fan of the minimalist …

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Seitan BBQ Ribs

So, I go to school in Texas. When my high school friends and relatives found out that I was ditching beautiful NorCal for Texas, most reactions were somewhere between shock and feigned enthusiasm. Can’t say that Texas has the greatest reputation back home. Three years in, I’m pleased to report that the stereotypes aren’t all …

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Vegan Pesto Cream Sauce

In the many months since my last post, I learned something new about myself.  I’m lactose intolerant. Boo. Apparently it’s common for people to produce less of the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose as they get older, but nevertheless I’m feeling a bit betrayed by my body. Betrayed and a bit in denial. Luckily, I’ve also …

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Best Veggie Lasagna

It’s hellishly hot, I’m running on 5 hours of sleep, and I forgot my laptop charger at work so I’m anxiously watching the battery drain, but at the moment all that matters is this lasagna. The origins of this lasagna are a losing battle I have with cheese. Aka, I can’t stop buying new varieties …

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Shrimp & Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

When I began cooking for myself a month ago, I naively thought that I would be like the Sunday meal planners I see on Reddit: I would cook an entire week’s worth of meals over the weekend, and eat them throughout the week. Rinse and repeat. The first week I cooked an entire bag of …

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Asian Mushroom Potstickers

I love dumplings. I love the Czech fruit dumplings my grandmother makes, the Asian vegetable dumplings my mom and I inhale, and the Tibetan potato “momo” I have every time I visit home. Despite my dumpling adoration, up until earlier this year I never attempted to make dumplings because I assumed it was a long and tedious …

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Homemade Pizza for One

This is my kind of pizza. It has a thin, unimposing crust that’s soft and chewy, but also sturdy enough to hold triple its weight in toppings. Because I love toppings. However, I usually shy away from making pizza because I don’t want to buy entire cans of olives or pineapple since it’s a hassle …

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