Carrot Pancakes with Spicy Cumin Yogurt

Can you play favorites with your vegetables?

As much as I would not like to believe so, I always come around to the same veggies over and over again. I’ve been trying to branch out, especially with summer coming and all. The beauty with the start of summer and warm days is that produce really has its moment to truly shine. No more apples stored for 6 months. No more sad looking greens. We’re talking about tomatoes, berries, eggplant, and corn. Oh and giant zucchini. AND THE PEACHES.

Please tell me why summer produce cannot be an all the time type deal?

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Learning to Love Tea Again

As I get older, it gets harder and harder to keep up with the speed of life. And, while it seems like we are doing a good job to maintaining the pace, we must admit that our bodies were not made for this fast paced lifestyle of modern society. We are still struggling with early morning school bus runs, scheduling one activity after another, and electric lights that let us stay up way past dark.We have so many options that weighing the slight differences between two equally good choices drive us toward our breaking point. I go in and out between periods of anxiety about the future, about plans that franly can change in a blink. I am only 24, but I feel completely burnt out.

And that’s when tea saved me.

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Pickled Beet White Bean Dip

Let’s take a journey into the way back machine.

Back back back, far beyond when I first had a blog. Or the blog before this blog. I bet you did not know that I had a blog before this blog, did ya? I started it between my junior and senior year of college. The Cutting Veg name has always stuck along, but that blog had the funniest attempts at photos. We’re talking photos on the floor to catch that lighting. And the recipe that started it all was a smoothie bowl!

I hope you guessed right, cause that smoothie bowl was INSANE! Ice ream for breakfast insane!

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My Favorite Places to Eat in DC

Summer is coming.

And hopefully, it will not be as morbid or bloody as a Game of Thrones winter! Fall is actually my favorite season, but there is something about summertime that is always so magical. It is PRIME beach season. It becomes socially acceptable to eat ice cream all the time. The fact that I can wear shorts outside and not be judged that it is not “shorts weather”.

Personal choice that shorts weather is all the time weather.

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Thai Iced Tea

Channeling my role model, I had an “aha” moment this weekend.

Can you guess just from that who my role model is? That’s right. It’s Oprah. Oprah has been my spirit animal for as long as I can remember. And she has a lot of moments called “aha” moments. I remember watching Oprah with my mom, and wondering how Oprah all of a sudden would get these lightbulbs in her brain. It was as if she was an idea factory.

And if her bank account is any indicator, the factory is doing QUITE well.

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Ways to Eat Healthy Without Burning Your Budget

Aka how not to spend all of your dolla dolla bills.

When I first became a vegetarian, I was bombarded with questions about how I was able to AFFORD being a vegetarian. To me, this question always struck me as odd. Meat is one of the most expensive things in the store, at around $4 or more dollars per pound. Why would eating vegetarian drive up the costs of your food budget? It was not until I moved to NYC and eventually DC that I understood why so many people had trouble thinking of vegetarianism as an affordable way to live. I had never stepped foot into a Whole Foods or a farmer’s market until I got to college. However, when I saw the prices of “fake meat” product and the produce, I finally understood where people were coming from. Living on a meager budget in the heart of Manhattan (I was a college student after all!), I started developing strategies to living as a vegetarian affordably.

And I have learned a lot!

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Dal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It is here! It is finally here!

I know I have been promising y’all a dal recipe for some time. And I have finally got around to posting about it. I know it makes absolutely no sense for me to be posting a warm, stew-like creature of a meal during some of the hottest days we have had thus far, but I cannot help myself! It is just so rich, so filling, and yet made of wholesome ingredients.

Plus, when warm stew-like creations ever stop me before? I’m melting and still rocking this.

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The Gendered Side of Pain

I had always had a fear of standardized testing, but I never thought it would manifest like this.

Like many high schoolers, I had to pass exams to graduate high school. Despite my fear of exams, these state tests were a breeze for me. You know, the type you would finish before everyone else but wonder if you did something wrong. It was during one of these tests when I experienced one of the worst pains I had ever felt in my life. As I plugged away at math problems at my desk, I felt as though someone was stabbing me in the abdomen. I hunched over, unsure of what was going on. The whole perverted side of the story was I tried desperately to save face. The state I lived in had a rule about the entire class having to retake the test if someone interrupted it.

And if I made kids sit for another round of tests, well then that spelled the social end for me.

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