gour·mand 1: one who is excessively fond of eating

2: one who is heartily interested in good food and drink

Chipotle Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Main Course, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers

Happy Labor Day! To honor all of the hard-working men and women out there, I thought I would share my simple and scrumptious recipe for chipotle black bean and mushroom burgers. These burgers are easy to make, chock-full of nutrients, and something the whole family can enjoy. I like to make some extra to freeze for school/work lunches. It’s one less thing to worry about during the week so you can stay focused on everything else that’s important to you! Buen provecho!

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Sesame Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Main Course, Recipes | 0 comments

Sesame and Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Happy Saturday, y’all! For many of us, summer is winding down and the start of another school year is just around the corner. While I thoroughly enjoy the slower pace of summertime and the freedom that comes with a more flexible schedule, I also get excited to jump back into certain routines. My favorite routine, of course, is more regimented meal planning. I know, as I was typing that I realized how unfun and drill sergeant-y it sounds, but meal planning actually eliminates a lot of stress (not to mention money and weight-gain) that can often surround the eternal question: “What’s for dinner?” With that said, my husband and I typically plan about 3-5  meals a week to cook at home, (and yes–we take turns!) However, we leave it pretty flexible in case anything  out-of-the-ordinary pops up, which happens more often that not.  Also, we always try  make extra so lunch is taken care of, too. I’m sure when we add members to our clan one day, this “plan” will look very different, but for the newlywed, cooking-for-2 phase of life, it definitely works!

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Green Chile Mac ‘n Cheese

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Gluten-Free, On the Side, Recipes, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Green Chile Mac 'n Cheese

With the languid days of summer dwindling down to hours, I am set on savoring every last morsel of solitude. For me, this means a few more healthy doses of sun and sleep, losing myself in embarrassingly too many abandoned novels, and long afternoons spent flipping through cookbooks and creating in the kitchen. Did you know that creating, in whatever capacity, is the highest form of self-expression and intelligence? (Bloom’s taxonomy)  We can only learn and retain so much information, repeat so many ideas. At some point, we have to make something that is truly ours (even if it is influenced by lots of somethings that aren’t “ours”). If you really think about it, one of the purest forms of satisfaction stems from creation. Think about the satisfaction the Creator of our universe felt upon completion! “God saw all that he made and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Pistachio

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Guess what, foodie friends? It’s Gouramanda’s 2 year blogiversiary! (Ok, actually it was yesterday, but who’s counting??) I was thinking of celebrating with an over-the-top, homemade, triple layer yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles, but you know, I  just felt like making muffins instead. And I’m so glad I wasn’t in the overacheiving mood today, because these muffins in particular are freakin’ delicious, unbelievably easy to make,  AND they’re vegan/super healthy. What what. Yeah, I’m not sure I’d be able to veganize the aforementioned cake (though I bet it’s too much work totally feasible.) Also, I have an unjustifiable fear of cake-baking (they put it in a box for a reason, people!) and don’t feel in the  mood to conquer that particular fear today. It’s just one of those days, y’all!

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Libations, Recipes | 0 comments

watermelon agua fresca

It’s another beautiful Sunday in Austin, Texas!  Typically during this time of year, I relinquish the oven from its faithful service and my cooking domain switches over to the counter top OR I kindly coax my chivalrous husband to man the grill.  But it’s August 3rd and we’ve hardly hit the triple digits. My body is so seasoned in terms of the August + Austin = Melting equation when I temporarily become a “no” person in regards to any and all outdoor activities sans cool body of water, that I’m a bit at odds with what to do! The options are so bizarrely ubiquitous. Picnic in the park? Don’t mind if I do. Leisurely jog around the lake, sure! Watch in reverie as the glowing sun plunges beneath golden horizon from my back porch? Absolutely.  I’m just in awe that I can walk outside and not immediately start to “glisten” (that’s a Southern euphemism for sweating your face off). I [don't] apologize if you are reading this and live in a more temperate climate. We ramble on about the weather around here not because we are simpleminded, but rather because its capriciousness equally captivates and bewilders us (and our wardrobe!)

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Rosemary and Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Main Course, Vegetarian | 0 comments

rosemary and cauliflower crust pizza

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I am really jazzed about today’s post.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so quick to write a post about food that has literally just come out of the oven, but hey, when you’re enthusiastic about something, why wait to share? Ok, so maybe it’s not just a unique pizza recipe that I am enthusiastic about. Let’s get real; has that ever been the case? I think this blog would be a little too focused vapid if it were.

So, have y’all  heard about the peculiar “cauliflower pizza crust” phenomenon? I’m sure you have. I’m always a little tardy for the trend-train. I used to think it was because I was this cool, rebellious, nonconformist who refused to succumb to the latest trends and fads because, well, I’m so wonderful and unique, and  that’s middle school, and we can talk about it another day (I’m okay with never, too.) If I’m really honest with myself, a big little part of me is still like that, though. But now I get it. I understand the desire to stand out from the crowd and to be original because we live in an age where it can be increasingly difficult to feel or think for ourselves. Oftentimes, I have to make a concerted effort to completely unplug  from virtual “reality” just to clear my mind and think on my own terms for a while (which is a lot easier said than done for me….my husband is a different story. I admire him more than he knows for this.)

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Greeña Colada Smoothie

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Libations, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

greeña colada smoothie

Right now, as I await my connecting flight back to Texas in the frigid, stale airport air, I can’t help but reminisce on warm memories of the fun-filled, long weekend I just spent with my best friend in sunny Florida. The past five days were a little slice of heaven to my soul. We took long walks down the powder-white sand beaches, swam in the cool azure waters, tasted our way through some fantastic restaurants and just enjoyed one another’s company.

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