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10 Unmissable Recipes Recommended By Popular Vegan Bloggers

10 Unmissable Recipes Recommended By Popular Vegan Bloggers

It is fall and you’re a vegetarian – everyone seems to be cooking only meat, you have gotten pretty tired of the vegan meals you know how to prepare and you have run out of ideas to try out something new.

Ariel Knutson of “The Kitchn” asked her favorite vegan bloggers to share their most popular vegan recipes on their site. So they took a time off from the world of optimizations and analytics to share their wonderful recipes.

Here below we present you 10 unmissable recipes as recommended by those popular vegan bloggers, which originally appeared in The Kitchn. One thing to observe is that kale, squash and lentils are recurrent themes in these recipes.

1. Lacinato Kale and Pecorino Salad (101 Cookbooks)

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    This salad is easy to prepare without being plainly obvious. Pecorino cheese, toasted pecans and shredded Brussels sprouts are added to finely minced Lucinato kale. It fits perfectly with the season as well.

    Meanwhile, lemon-tahini dressing is used to enhance the taste and take rawness off of the kale. It’s a great way to enjoy dinner. It’ll be even better if you choose pebbly leafed and dark Lucinato kale. (Click here to view recipe.)

    2. Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce (The First Mess)

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      This very unique and palatable recipe requires spaghetti squash, nuts, some broccoli and kale along with peanut sauce and lime. It’s a perfect way to treat yourself and your loved ones for the lunch.

      Although the list of ingredients required to prepare this recipe seems to be rather long, most of the ingredients are easy to find and you’ll notice that you already have most of them in your kitchen. (Click here to view recipe.)

      3. Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream (Naturally Ella)

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        This easy and perfect recipe for dinner only requires you to fill a tortilla with lots of roasted vegetables and spread some goat cheese and avocado cream over it.

        This is a very flexible recipe and you can use ingredients at your preference and convenience. You can add a bit of black beans or chickpeas if you want to have some protein in the diet. (Click here to view recipe.)

        4. Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup (Cookie and Kate)

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          This splendid lentil soup recipe can be made with very simple and easy-to-find ingredients. All you need are some green vegetables, lemon and some spices. The flavor of this recipe is very fresh and lively.

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          One of the spices that you must not miss is black pepper. Besides that, it is another flexible recipe and it offers you a lot of space to experiment. (Click here to view recipe.)

          5. Lentil “Meatballs” in Lemon Pesto (Sprouted Kitchen)

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            This is another lentil recipe in our list. Lentils are first cooked and then turned into delightful “meatballs”. Now, cook them in light lemon pesto sauce and you can serve this delicacy along with green vegetables or even pasta.

            Be careful not to use too much of the pesto sauce as it’s quite acidic. You can always adjust it to fit your personal taste but it’s better to add water to the pesto sauce to thin it. (Click here to view recipe.)

            6. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai (A Couple Cooks)

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              This vegetarian pad Thai recipe is another simple-to-prepare recipe that only requires you to start with spaghetti squash as a base and you are free to choose pretty much everything for the toppings as per your preference.

              This is a Thai take on spaghetti squash, which is otherwise commonly treated in Italian style. However, it’s not an old-style pad Thai dish but a delightful variant of it that doesn’t involve noodles. (Click here to view recipe.)

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              7. Broccoli Fennel Soup (With Food and Love)

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                There are lots of greens in this soup. Raw cashews, lemon juice, sea salt, black paper and some water are blended until smooth first. Then, add in some roasted broccoli, fennel, kale and garlic and blend it again.

                While serving, the soup is best when topped with some olive oil. Finely shredded fennel leaves and lemon zest along with black pepper can also be added to make it even better. (Click here to view recipe.)

                8. Kimchi Ramen (Happyyolks)

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                  There are lots of apple, ginger, miso and eggs in this vegetarian ramen broth. The kimchi makes the real difference as it makes this recipe very spicy. This unique meal is perfect for dinner.

                  The broth is prepared by mixing the ingredients other than miso first and letting it cook for about half an hour. Miso is added after that. Then, noodles are cooked and added to the broth along with green onions and poached eggs. (Click here to view recipe.)

                  9. Kabocha Squash, Fennel and Ginger Soup with Spicy Coconut Cream (Dolly and Oatmeal)

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                    What makes this recipe unique is the addition of spicy coconut cream and the fennel. It’s a perfect way to treat your guests as this is not much difficult to prepare on one hand and tastes great on the other.

                    All the different varieties of squash work well for this soup just well. Fennel seeds and ground ginger can also be used in case you don’t find garden-fresh fennel and ginger. The soup is rich in spices such as garlic and fresh herbs. (Click here to view recipe.)

                    10. Roasted Acorn Squash and Apples with Quinoa, Kale and Tahini Dressings (Edible Perspective)

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                      Perfect as a salad for dinner, this recipe is rich of exciting flavors. It can however be used not just as a salad but as a main dish itself. If you only want to use it a side dish, just add some roasted squash or apples. For use as a main dish, also add plenty of quinoa and kale.

                      The recipe is rather simple to prepare but a very tasty treat for any palate. There’s a perfect balance between the sweetness of the likes of apple and the savoriness of the likes of cayenne pepper. (Click here to view recipe.)

                      So, here we presented to you 10 incredible vegan recipes as recommended by popular vegan bloggers, courtesy of The Kitchn. Do you also have some great recipe ideas? Why not start blogging about food? It’d a great idea to start blogging. Or, you already have one? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

                      Featured photo credit: Summer Quinoa Salad (Vegan) via flickr.com

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                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                      Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                      More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                      Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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