Green Ginger Broccoli Soup (vegan friendly)

I made my very first blended soup!  This has been a long time coming.  I got an immersion blender awhile ago to make soups, and I am only now trying it out.  I got so hooked on making smoothies that I never made soup.  I was a little weary about this soup as it is 95% veggies and not much else.  However, I was pleasantly surprised and gulped down about 3 bowls of it.  This will definitely, definitely be made again.  It was delicious and was a great detoxifier!

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Side Notes: Austin Food Blogger Alliance

I have some exciting news!  As of last week, I am a new member of the Austin Food Blogger's Alliance and I couldn't be more excited!  They accepted my application and I am already amazed with the opportunities it has presented.  Coming up, there is a Google+ workshop and a welcome dinner I can't wait to learn more and also meet some of the members.

Through AFBA (Austin Food Blogger's Alliance) and Twitter, I have linked up with many Austin bloggers.  I have discovered amazing recipes and local eateries my 'To Eat' and 'To Cook" lists are growing too fast!  But I love it; there is something about reading from bloggers that live in your town.  When I read from Austin bloggers, I can connect with them by the places they mention.  I can visualize myself at the restaurant they went to, that food truck that I pass on the way the work, or the park that I also play sports at.  
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Steam-Fried Eggplant Pasta

I made the simplest Asian style dinner the other night and it was exactly what I wanted.  I am in the midst of busy season and working more than usual, so when I get home, the very first thing I want to do is get in my PJ's and the last thing I want to feel is hungry.  Which means, I need dinner, and I need it fast.

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Texas VegFest 2013

Texas VegFest is coming on April 6th, 2013!

This festival will be alongside (the beautiful) Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX, and a fun event in celebration of all the benefits of a plant-based diet.  Vegetarianism does not only improve health, but also preserves the environment and protects animals.  For those non-vegetarians/vegans, I know you are thinking, "Well, I eat meat.  I love meat."  Guess what, I eat meat too.  And I will be there!  
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Yoga Inspired

Black Swan Yoga, Austin, TX

 I have recently started getting into yoga and I am falling in love with it.  I used think yoga was easy- all about breathing and stretching, and not a workout at all.  I was used to running, lifting weights and more cardio types of workouts.  How could yoga get my heat rate that high?  I couldn't have been more wrong, and I am so happy I gave it a chance.

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Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seeds (and Overnight Chia Oats)

Ch, ch, ch, chia (seeds)!  These little guys have become quite popular in the health and nutrition realm.  After receiving a few questions from friends about them, I decided to do a little research and try them out.

Just a little background: Chia seeds are part of the Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant of the mint family.  This plant is cultivated in Mexico and Guatemala.  Chia seeds have been a staple food source for Native Americans for centuries. Aztec warriors (yes, warriors!) would eat chia during hunting trips, and on trips to trade products in which they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean.  

In summary:  Eat chia = run for hundreds of miles= become a warrior.  Need I say more?

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Spinach Egg White Quiche with Brown Rice Crust

This quiche is a great breakfast idea- simple and delicious.  I am only cooking for myself, so since it made a whole pie, I saved the leftovers and packed it for work for the week!  It was a great breakfast and snack, and I'm sure kids would love this fun "pie" breakfast.
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