This site has been going through a rebirth… PlantBasedFun has been rebranded as Gr(AteFull) Eats. PlantBasedFun started as a vegan blog for me to share my personal growth with health and fitness tips. I expect Gr(AteFull) Eats to continue to grow as such but also to have more focus on vegan recipes with superfoods and ‘hidden’ veggies, whole nutrition and living gratefully.
For me, it is just as important to create food in a loving manner as it is to eat nutritious food. Any food created with loving intention will always have something better about it than any store bought version of the same. This isn’t to say that the food is going to have a better nutrition profile, or that it will have some extra special umami flavor… but I promise, the eating experience will be very different.
Cooking Food Is Creating LOVE
When I cook food, I choose my ingredients with intention. I choose whole foods as much as possible, understanding that when food is closer to it’s most natural state the body will absorb the nutrients more easily. I choose organic and non-gmo when the option is available and affordable. When the option is neither, I carefully choose my vegetables and fruit knowing which ones are considered “cleaner” because in their growth they absorb less pesticides. I think about how each product has been harvested and has given its life to sustain my family and myself. This thinking allows me space to appreciate and be truly grateful to the life sustaining power food gives.
This thought and this intention, creates a special aura, air and flavor that cannot be created in any other way. The way I create love in the kitchen, is different than how you create love and how our parents and grandparents create love for their food too. Even with similar thought patterns and intentions, loving food can never be created exactly equal. Each person brings their own touch of love and flavor that can be achieved no other way than by their own hand.
This alone is a food miracle to be grateful for!
So what is Gr(AteFull) Eats?
At Gr(AteFull) Eats, I will provide you with vegan recipes that are plant based and created with loving intention. These recipes are designed to allow you to find comfort in tasty vegan food that is packed with nutrition. Recipes to satisfy cravings and big appetites while being nutritious enough to sustain a vegan lifestyle in the easiest way possible. Food can and should be used like medicine and here at Gr(AteFull) Eats, I will pay attention to macro nutrients (vitamins, iron, protein, etc.) so you don’t have to as much.
We will still be having PlantBasedFun… but now we will be doing it Gr(AteFull)y 🙂
I hope to be able to create a safe space for my Gr(AteFull) family here where we share thoughts and ideas for living gratefully and eating yummy vegan food that is incredibly nutritious.
Here’s my newest recipe for you, my Gr(AteFull) Family,
Vegan Falafel Recipe with Hidden Greens
Prep 10 mins, Cook 10 mins: Total time: 20 mins
Comfort Cuisine, Middle Eastern Cuisine
Entree, Appetizer, Snack
<3 Glitterfly Jessa
- 2 cups chicpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 4 cups kale greens
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Tahini Goddess Dressing
- Juice of half a lemon (about 1.5 Tablespoons)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon tumeric
- Salt and Pepper (adjusted to personal taste)
- 3-4 Tablespoons of crushed oatmeal (oat flour)
- Oil for cooking
- Put all kale in food processor with 1 teaspoon water and blend till finely chopped.Then transfer to a medium/large bowl.
- Blend all chicpeas and garlic in food processor till mostly crumbly. Add to bowl with kale. Mix till combined.
- Add tahini dressing, lemon juice, and seasonings. Blend till well mixed.
- Mix in oat flour till mixture is firm enough to handle.
- Form patties, smaller stays together better. Then cook in a little oil over medium heat till both sides are a nice brown color.
- Enjoy over a pita or a salad… or get creative with it!
If you try this recipe, I would love to hear some feedback in the comments!
Some love on IG @gratefulleats if you make this recipe!
Also, what do you think of the new rebranding??
Namaste, from my hungry heart to yours,
<3 Glitterfly Jessa