Hearty Vegan Chili at the Grocery Outlet


Trying to spread the word on eating vegan can be difficult, especially in areas that aren’t exposed or used to it. I partnered up with the Grocery Outlet of Compton, a bargain market grocery store that sells the food you love and need at a lower price than the chained competitors. Shopping here is right up my alley. I live to make delicious food on a dime and keeping healthy is my main concern. Today i was blessed to pass out samples of my personal recipe for a warm and cozy autumn favorite, my vegan chili. Let’s get down to it shall we?
Ingredients: (serves 4-6)

  • Fine chopped small bag of baby Carrots
  • 2 fine chopped Celery sticks and 2 others whole
  • 1/2 White onion
  • Medium can of Diced tomato
  • 4 small cans of Kidney beans
  • 2 diced Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 diced Butternut squash
  • 2 jalapeños (seeded and minced)
  • 1 shucked ear of corn
  • 2 table spoons minced garlic
  • 1 fine chopped red bell pepper
  • SPICES: kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, crushed red chili flakes, sugar.
  • Tortillas
  • EVOO


Directions: 

  1. On a sauté pan brown whole baby carrots (10) half of your onion and celery sticks (2) cut into 3-4 inch pieces.
  2. Filling a large pot with water we are going to make homemade vegetable stock. Boil down your sautéed veggies with a can of crushed/ diced tomatoes adding a table spoon of salt and pepper.
  3. While the broth is cooking, this is the time you can use to chop, dice and slice all your veggies and strain your kidney beans from their liquid. Once your pot has come to a boil, strain the broth and remove the boiled veggies to purée in a blender (this will go back in your soup for your broth to be thicker).
  4. Before adding in your raw veggies, taste the broth for sodium and spice content. Now add in all other spices slowly at a time to your liking. Like extra heat? Throw more chili flakes or cayenne pepper! Like it sweeter? Add more sugar. Now it’s time to throw in all your veggies and beans.
  5. Let your soup come to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Let soup cook for another 20-30min. The slower the longer the better. Since there is no meat in your soup, feel free to taste test any time! Just don’t eat it all before dinner. Enjoy!
  6. Fry some pre sliced strips of tortilla for an extra crunch while staying vegan or cornbread if you want to be naughty!

Thanks to everyone who came out today at the Grocery Outlet in Compton! Was truly a pleasure meeting all of you and changing some of your minds to eating plant based meals on occasion from never! You’re awesome, see you all again next Friday!!

Summer Veggie Spring Rolls

Let’s face it. After watching “What The Health” on Netflix it’s safe to say I’m moved, but not in a bad way! Eating more fruits and vegetables not only helps our world and human kind but it’s everything my mom tried to get me to do as a child. She won! In all seriousness, the diseases that we all think are “genetic” can also stem from the continuous bad food habits that are passed down through generations and that is why we don’t see a change. We must be the change we wish to see (thanks Gandhi) so I dedicate myself to making healthy eating and smart choices on all my future recipes. Veggie based and damn near vegan. Also, for this recipe, I wanted to use my delicious CocoLoco CBD oil from Flower Food again! Just makes everything “better”.

Let’s dive in shall we?

You will need:

  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced snow peas
  • Mint leaves
  • Sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • Green onion
  • Egg roll/ spring roll papers
  • Coconut oil
  • Glass noodles (I used a gluten free vegan sweet potato brand)
  • Optional: Flower Food CBD oil
  • Sweet chili dipping sauce
  • Frying pan


Directions:

  1. Once all your veggies are cut grab a sheet of egg roll paper and place all the contents towards the middle.
  2. Optional: drop 3-5 drops of CDB cocoloco.
  3. Make sure one of the corners of the square are facing you. That will be the corner you grab to fold up and over. The fold in the left and right corners and you’ll be left with what looks like an envelope. Roll up to seal it closed. Rinse your finger under water to stick the paper to itself (no egg whites nesescary).
  4. Repeat until all of your rolls are prepped.
  5. In a frying pan heat the coconut oil to a medium heat. Having the oil too high will burn the egg roll paper quickly and we want a golden crisp color so test one out to see, when ready drop them all and make sure you rotate them with tongs carefully.
  6. Remove your rolls and place them on a paper towel lined plate/bowl to remove excess oil.
  7. Cut in half and serve with a sweet chili sauce.
  8. Enjoy!

[REVIEW] Stay Happy with Hemp Hydrate Water! 

Times are changing and more and more people are accepting cannabis and it’s many forms into their lives. Why? The taboo ideologies for this subject is slowly becoming a time of the past because of its organic perks and bodily benefits. It’s natural, and that’s why so many brands are jumping on board to use it, as well as doctors  recommending it to patients. 

Unlike the “high” you get from using cannabis, CBD is a non-psychoactive element that is all relaxation without intoxication and is one of the most found chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. So don’t expect to get “high” off of this organic chemical, that is not what it’s for. It’s a mood changer and relaxer. 

Compare it to sipping camomile tea when you want to go to sleep, or taking vitamin C when you need a burst of energy. CBD water is great for stress and tension while working out, at work, or sitting in traffic, which lets face it, we all can relate. 


Here is where this company caught the golden ticket. We all need water to live why not have it help us more than just to hydrate? The water is flavorless and can’t be tested under a drug test for those of you who were wondering, because it’s not a drug.


HEMP HYDRATE is the one and only 3mg CBD Infused Water that offers medical properties unique to the Hemp Plant, hence its name. 

Here are a few key points from the good people at Hemp Hydrate themselves: Hey, we trust plants! 

  • ​ THC free
  •  100% Organic Hemp Plant Based
  •  Microbiome Super Food
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  3mg CBD – Hemp Cannabinoid
  •  Using Reverse Osmosis
  •  Ozonated
  •  pH Balanced

MEDICINAL BENEFITS

  • Anti-inflammatory: combats inflammatory disorders
  • Anxiolytic/Antidepressant: combats anxiety and depression disorders
  • Anti-oxidant: combats neurodegenerative disorders
  • Anticonvulsant: combats seizure activity
  • Antipsychotic: combats psychosis disorders
  • Anti-tumoral/Anti-Cancer: combats tumor and cancer cells
  • Antiemetic: combats nausea and vomiting

THERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS

  •  Used to Treat Specific Diseases and Disorders
  •  Pain and inflammation
  •  Anxiety and depression
  •  Arthritis
  •  Spasms
  •  Insomnia and sleep disorders
  •  Autoimmune diseases
  •  Cancer and Cancer treatments
  •  Epilepsy and other neurological disorders
  •  Diabetes and diabetic nerve pain
  •  Gastroparesis and IBS
  •  Parkinson’s and tremors
  •  Cardiovascular disease
  •  And more…

(Thanks HempHydrate.com)

For someone like my mom, who isn’t going to smoke weed and any edible consumed is too strong, CBD water is something that she can feel confident using throughout her daily life and not have to worry about the drug effects. It’s a great way to ease into the realm of cannabis or just stop at CBD. Trust me on this, your body will thank you later. 

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For ordering info on this product or for further questions, drop a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, stay happy and stay hydrated. Until next time street team! 

Doritos Heat Wave Wings

Whether you’re at the pool or relaxing inside by the fan this heat wave recipe is too hot to pass up. Doritos are great chips to turn into your crust mix for any “fried” food. In this recipe I used chicken wings, and let me tell you, they are fire! 

Here is this simple 30 min recipe: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, in a mixing bowl, place your rinsed and towel dried wings with a table spoon of EVOO, OR one egg white. 
  2. Grab a few handfuls of chips and release some anger! Crunch them down to flake size or conveniently use the broken chips at the bottom of the bag. See, they do have a purpose after all!
  3. Mix your chips with the chicken and toss them all around to ensure they have an even coating. Then place them in a baking pan/ sheet to bake for 25min. 
  4. Remove them from the oven and flip your wings over with tongs to make sure the underside gets that crunch it needs. Place them back in the oven for 5 more minutes and remove them to cool. 
  5. Bite into your heat wave wings or impress guests with your creativity. Tell Doritos I sent you. 

Flower Food + Jalapeño Salmon Tacos

Flower Food is a CBD cooking oil company. As of now they offer Rosemary Garlic Oil and CoCo Loco, a coconut oil blend (MY FAVE). If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, this is a great place to start if you want to enter the realm of greatness.


CBD is all relaxation without intoxication and is one of the most found chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. So don’t expect to get “high” off of this organic chemical just enjoy the chill vibes one drop at a time.  

About these salmon tacos shall we? 


Ingredients

  • Salmon (skin on)
  • Tortillas
  • Jalapeños 2-3
  • Purple cabbage 
  • Garlic paste (usually sold in a tube).
  • Tomato
  • Spices: red pepper flakes, black salt, fresh ground pepper.
  • Evoo


Directions:

  1. On a flat grill plan that is preheated, place olive oil and your salmon filet with skin on faced skin side down. Let’s make it crispy. 
  2. On the meat side up, spread garlic paste and spices, and 5-7 drops of GARLIC ROSEMARY CBD OIL, rubbing everything around with a spoon.
  3. Chop your jalapeño slices and add to your pan, let them brown.
  4. 10 min following, flip over your salmon to the meat side down. Let sit for 10-13 min more on medium heat or maybe a little more depending on how thick you Salmon piece is. 
  5. While your salmon is cooking, shred some salmon, and warm you your tortillas. 
  6. You can serve with rice and beans or eat them alone. 
  7. Remove your salmon and strip/ chop your meat into taco size pieces. 
  8. Plate your tortillas, salmon, cabbage and add things like chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, or guacamole to make it bomb-er. 
  9. Enjoy!!! 

To purchase your own CBD Oil from Flower Food that you can add to any food or beverage hit them up on Instagram at @flwrfood and tell them I sent you! 

[4:4 Footwear Foodie] Adidas Yeezy Boost v2 + Portabello & Veggie Yakisoba Stir Fry

The lust to grab a pair. It was fortunate for me to work for the company but you’d think it was just THAT easy. You have no idea! For what it’s worth, yeezy taught me, and by that, I mean this new wavy recipe for my life and let’s not forget that its veganly delicious! Let’s get to the point shall we? 


Ingredients

  • Yakisoba Noodles
  • Pea pods and carrots
  • Green onion 
  • Peanut sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic 
  • Chopped peanuts 
  • 1 Portabello cap (per person)


Instructions:

  1. Mince your garlic and simmer/ steam your pea pods and carrots in 2oz peanut sauce and 4oz of water on medium heat.  
  2. Prepare to drop in a pack of yakisoba noodles. They should come packaged al dente so you’re really adding them towards the end to finish them off. 
  3. Add in your noodles and two table spoons of soy sauce (add more water if you have none left 1-2oz). 
  4. Toss around careful not to break the noodles. Just enough to mix your ingredients. 
  5. Cut your Portabello cap into strips, hold these to the side. 
  6. Remove your stir fry from the pan/ wok. 
  7. Using the same pan or wok, add your mushrooms to get coated with sauce and warm up. This shouldn’t take longer than 3 minutes since the pot was already warm. 
  8. Remove and plate with your stir fry. You can add more garlic, chopped green onions, sesame seeds and crushed peanuts. Have fun with it. 
  9. Enjoy! 

This one is my favorite recipe of the series. I guess this is what they mean when they say: save the best for last. 🙂


Thank you for enjoying the series with me and a huge shoutout to Briana Lopez the beautiful photographer that grasped my vision in seconds. Stay tuned for more series and great recipes! Until next time.