Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine

So, I was watching Real Housewives of Atlanta the other day and I noticed two of the “characters” were eating lunch at this vegan restaurant. Since it wasn’t too far from our house, my husband and I decided to give it a try today. And I didn’t drag my hubby to come along. He wanted to go. He’s slowly coming around to the healthy eating side. LOL….

I ordered the falafel wrap. It was a fusion wrap with hummus, baby spring mix, red peppers, tomatoes, falafel (chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic, cilantro and cayenne pepper),cucumber, avocado and celery dressed with organic lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. It was fantastic. It was just flavorful goodness. I could only eat half because it was very filling. My husband ordered the classic burrito. It is made with onions, green peppers, red peppers, cilantro, kidney beans and black beans. He also gave it a 2 thumbs up. He said it could have used a little meat but otherwise it was suitable to his liking. Baby steps… But he has come a long way. LOL!! Our meals were also served with homemade fries and side salad. I was truly impressed and satisfied.

The ambiance was cool and chic. The staff were pleasant and the service was fast. It was a hidden gem in Sandy Springs, GA. There are a few other items on the menu I would love to try. So, I will definitely be back!
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Day 21 of 21 Day Vegan Kickstart

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It’s Day 21!!! Yay!!! I can’t believe I made it to the last day. It was more of a vegetarian Kickstart instead of a vegan Kickstart. LOL… I didn’t eat any meat. But it was so hard not to eat any animal products. Dairy is in almost everything. Not eating any animal products truly takes a conscious effort. There are lots of dairy substitutes but I really didn’t take the time seek them out except for almond milk.

I truly feel like I gained more energy and less brain fog during these 21 days. I lost about 2 lbs. I also came up with some creative dishes. I never thought I would ever like Tofu let along try it. Lol!!

I don’t think I’m going to become a vegan, at least not right now. I’m going to make an effort to stay on my meatless journey. I don’t want to label myself as a vegetarian because I hate labels. Haha… But I really don’t want to put any strict rules on my food consumption. And I may want to eat a nice baked wild caught Alaskan salmon from time to time. I’m going to try to limit my dairy intake even more than before and try to mainly stick to a whole food, plant based diet.

I’m very proud of myself for sticking to this meal plan even though I didn’t follow all the rules. I give this challenge a thumbs up and I plan on trying it again in the near future.

Sweet and Sour Tofu Egg Rolls

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A couple of days ago, I decided to venture outside of my usual Vegan Kickstart menu and try some tofu. I was a little hesitant but it was Day 10 of my 21 Day Vegan Kickstart and I was starting to miss having meat in my diet. So, let’s try some meat substitutes! I found a great recipe on Yummly for Sweet and Sour Tofu. I bought some egg roll wraps on my latest health food store excursion. So, I decided to combine the two.

Here is the recipe for the Sweet and Sour Tofu:
Ingredients
1 block firm tofu
about 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey/maple syrup/brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated ginger (or garlic)

Cut the tofu into slices about 1 inch thick. Press the water out of the slices, then cut them into 1-inch square cubes. In a baggie or on a wide plate, toss the tofu with the whole wheat flour til all the pieces have a thin coating.
Mix the lemon juice, sweetener, soy sauce, and ginger in a small bowl.
In a frying pan, warm the oil. In one layer, brown the tofu (in two batches if your pan is small). When it’s browned, add the sauce and let it cook down so the tofu is nicely and thickly coated, 5-10 minutes.

I used Nasoya egg roll wraps and filled the wraps with the cooked sweet and sour tofu, cucumber, mixed greens (spinach, chard, kale and arugula), and mushrooms. I fried the egg rolls in coconut oil for about 2 minutes.

I thought it was actually tasty. I don’t know if it was because I haven’t had any meat in 10 days but I really enjoyed my meal. My husband thought was ok but couldn’t get pass the consistency. My 2 year old thought it was gross. But what does she know?! LOL!!! I really enjoyed it and will be making it again!

Flaxseed Gel

Flaxseed hair gel is an easy, DIY gel that suppose to define and hold curls without making the hair hard or stiff. Here are other benefits of flaxseed gel…

Leaves hair soft, shiny, and moisturized
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Promotes hair growth
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You can reuse the flax seeds
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Cost effective (more for your money)
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Nourishing for the hair rich in omega 3
Fast drying
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Great for wash n go’s/sleek styles/twists.
Mixes well with oils/conditioners/ many products
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All natural..organic
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Great for all hair types.

Here is the recipe that I got from urbanbushbabes.com…


Strainer or stocking sock

Wood spoon

Bowl or air tight container

2 cups of water

1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seed depending on how thick you want it

1 tblsp of aloe vera gel (optional)

3 drops of essential oil (optional)

You can also add other oils (optional)

Pour 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of flax seed into a pot, on low/medium bring it to a boil stirring flax seed often with preferably a wood spoon. Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms (it will have a raw egg white consistency). Continue stirring while it simmers. Place strainer or stocking sock on top of your bowl or container and pour mixture in. Let it cool down, add aloe gel and essential oil. Proceed to use gel while hair is cleansed and damp :).
Place the rest of the gel in an air tight container. The shelf life is 12-14 in the refrigerator . Place used flax seeds in a container and place in fridge to use them again.

Since I didn’t have any Aloe Vera gel, I used avocado oil. I also used about 4 drops of lemon essential oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.

It worked really well with my girls’ hair. It really defined their curls and kept their hair soft. I was really impressed. But making the flaxseed gel was a little time consuming for a small amount of gel. I don’t have a strainer so I used a stocking sock. It was hot and messy. Lol… I think I need to invest in a strainer. Haha!! But other than that, it was great! Thumbs up!!

Day 6 of Vegan Kickstart

Ok, today is day 6 of the Vegan Kickstart. I was about to type “epic fail”. But it hasn’t been a complete failure. I haven’t eaten any meat. Yay!!! But, I’ve had some meat products. Those chocolate chip cookies keep calling my name. Luckily, they are almost gone. Thank goodness!!! And eating out is tough when you’re a vegan. I think I may need to stick to eating at home and making my own meals.

So, my meals have been a little “blah”. I’ve been eating a lot of salads, steel cut oats, fruit, green smoothies and vegetables. I had a bean burrito at Taco Bell. I cheated at IHOP and had a Californian Scrambles. Yes, eggs and cheese!! But I’ve used a lot of substitutes at home. I use almond milk instead of cow’s milk. I use coconut oil instead of butter. I just need to find an egg substitute. I’ve learned that meal planning is a must. Next week, I’m going to step it up some. I’m going to be more creative with my meals. I’m going to stick to my basics. But I’m going to add lentils, quinoa and sweet potatoes to my meal planning. And no more chocolate chip cookies!!

21 Day Vegan Kickstart

So, today is day 1 of my 21 day vegan kickstart. A few weeks ago, I signed up for this program with the Physicians Committee for responsible medicine. It is an online program designed for anyone wanting to explore the health benefits of a vegan diet. This program consists of meal plans, menus, daily inspirational messages, and community support. Every meal should be free of animal products and low in fat.

Sounds easy, right?! Wrong!! I’ve already had a slight set back on day 1. Those chocolate chip cookies I baked last weekend were calling my name. No, they don’t have meat in them. But they do have eggs, milk and butter. I only ate one so I won’t beat myself up too bad. And this is a process, right? So, I will continue on my mission. I will make it to day 21. And from there, I will decide if this is the lifestyle I want to maintain for myself and my family.

Side note…
*The president of the Physician Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.*