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Hello,
Since I did a vegan breakfast inspiration post, I thought it would be fun to continue with a vegan dinner post. I'm not gonna write out any recipes - that you can find easily searching on Google - but I will write the main ingredients I use. Let's start!

1. NOODLES - I have to say that Asian inspired foods are very easy to make vegan. A tip is to find better products in the asian supermarkets. I never buy the instant noodles.
- Ramen: Cook noodles, add mushroom, spring onions and miso paste.
- Pad Thai: Wok noodles, bell pepper, tofu and pad thai sauce.
- Stir fried noodles: Similar to pad thai, but any vegetable can be used and teriyaki, hoisin or sriracha is good on top.
- Vietnamese Spring rolls: Rice paper, glass noodles, cucumber, carrots, cilantro and peanut butter sauce.

2. RICE - I love rice, but I usually find it taking too long to cook, but that's why food prepping is the best thing ever. I'll make a lot of portions in one go and then divide it up throughout the week. Jasmine and basmati are the only rice I eat, but they can also be replaced by couscous, quinoa or cauliflower rice.
- Stir fried rice: Wok rice, tofu and any veggies with soy sauce, seasoning or teriyaki etc.
- Paella: Rice, saffron, mushroom and some veggies.
- Sushi: Rice, rice vinegar, seaweed sheets, cucumber, avocado and pickled ginger. It is actually not that difficult at all, and it goes pretty fast especially if you have a pressure cooker or pre made rice.
Risotto is good too by the way, but I have actually never tried cooking it myself, I might give it a try though.

3. POTATO - Sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite, and I love how much carbs it has (yes I am being sincere). Other yams are also good, normal potatoes and of course carrots.
- Mashed: I put sweet potato in the oven for about one hour and when it's done I can easily peel of the outer layer and just mash it. It's good to have with some fried tofu, mushroom, eggplant, squash, beans etc.
- Fries and portobello burger: Portobello mushrooms, bread is optional, tomatoes, salad and steak sauce, together with fries and some hummus or guacamole.
- Carrot pasta: Stir fried homemade carrot pasta with broccoli or other veggies and soy sauce.

4. SOUPS - Usually better as a lunch, or a late meal when I've had dinner too early, because it might not be enough calories.
- Tomato soup: Tomato, bell peppers, spices etc. It can also be turned into "bolognese" if I add tofu and mushrooms and eat it with some pasta.
- Lentil soup: Lentils, carrots, onions and vegetable broth.
- Ratatouille: Tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers etc. It takes a very long time to cook though but fairly quick to prepare.

5. TACOS - There's so many different ways to make tacos. You can either use classic corn breads or otherwise make it healthier using salad as the bread. You can either put beans or tofu inside or you can fry bell peppers and mushroom with some soy sauce. Salsa and guacamole is of course a given, and sometimes I'll have some nachos. Corn (bbq) are of course a very good side dish as well.

And that is it! There's plenty of fun and yummy food to eat. This was definitely helpful for myself haha. I feel like I have been stuck eating the same dinner for quite some time now. 
Now I need to get back to writing my essay. Have a good Sunday!
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It is only 3 and half weeks left of school now. This week I have to spend a lot of time in the textiles lab for both my weaving class and knit class. At least I had a fun weekend; Heidi and I spent some time together shopping in Soho on Friday. Saturday Khang and I had lunch at Momosan, and then went to the gym, and in the evening I met up with my classmates at La Esquina to talk about our project. Sunday Khang helped me take some photos, it's a good way of just getting out to get some fresh air, and in the afternoon we headed over to Brooklyn, where they now have an outdoor bouldering gym, to climb with some friends. And afterwards we walked Brooklyn Bridge over to Chinatown to have dinner.
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​Yesterday I was invited to attend a fundraiser for the Order of Malta charitable projects supported by the White Cross Ball at Carolina Herrera. We got to see the Spring collection, drink champagne and learn about flower arrangements. Very lovely! 
Today I have two classes in school; Textile fibers and International Economy. I don't start until 11am so before that I am going to do some research for a paper. 
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Pictures from New York Fashion Week in February

First day back in school is done. I felt extremely unmotivated this morning. For some reason I have been going around the last few days thinking that I am not doing well in my courses. I complaint to Heidi about how I was just gonna settle for less. Long story short, Heidi gave me a good pep talk and now I feel like I am back on track. Sometimes it's nice to have someone else to push you when you feel like giving up. I also took a look on my 'over all grades', and I am definitely not doing as bad as I, for some reason, thought. There's still 5 weeks left of school, and I am super excited to go all in and finish this semester on top.
I had a very good weekend. Khang and I did brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. We have a new favorite place in Midtown East called The Smith. If you're ever in New York then you should definitely check it out. They also give you a free drink on Sundays. We also celebrated easter by going to the Swedish candy store, and also by stopping by the Swedish church for a traditional Swedish fika. Sunday was absolutely beautiful by the way, it got up to 29 degrees Celsius. So myself, Heidi and our new roommate Katie took the opportunity to tan on our rooftop. Definitely gonna be more of that this summer.
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I am back in New York, and today has been all about finishing my to do list. I went by Sephora this morning to return a foundation I wasn't happy with, I did grocery shopping, and I had a look through FIT's Internship Database before I made a good list and sent it to my Internship counselor. I am planning on doing an Internship this summer, but it is not that easy with visas and FIT's CPT policy. I can't just pick whatever I want and apply for it. But it didn't stop me from putting a few companies onto my list that wasn't in the database, because there's always ways around rules as long as I know what I want.
Anyhow, I have been stuck infront of my computer for too many hours now, I think it is time to make some dinner and then I am meeting up with Khang to go rock climbing. It is the first time in almost two weeks so hopefully I haven't lost too much of my progress.
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I finally have Spring Break! After my class on Thursday I jumped into a taxi and went straight to the airport. Arrived in Miami in the middle of the night after my flight got delayed, and after a few good hours of sleep next to Khang the beach was first up on the agenda. Over the weekend we've also been to a nightclub where they had both an ice rink, a bowling alley, and free cotton candy - definitely not something that exist in New York. Miami has basically been a big party throughout the weekend with Pride festival going on, but we have mostly been staying healthy. We have worked out at the beach, and also done some biking. I also discovered how good dragon fruit is, definitely a new favorite.
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​Good evening, 
I have a pretty hectic week in front of me; midterms, projects and volunteering. Luckily I had a whole day today of mostly studying. Yesterday we spent a few hours in the rock climbing gym. We finally decided to get certified to baley each other. We have been using the automatic ones since we started but now we can finally take advantage of all the walls. Eventually we are also gonna get certified to do lead climbing so we can get out and climb in nature this summer. 
I hope you all had a good weekend!
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Good morning,

How cute is this trend? Let's be honest, trends are usually a big waste of money, but this one is super easy to recreate yourself. A fun DIY project! Khang and I went by 'Michaels' the other day to get some fake flowers so I'm gonna give it a try.
Now I'm about to go down to our gym, and then I need to go by Khang's place to pick up my book. I don't have class util 2pm today which gives me plenty of time to study as well.
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Good evening,
I am currently in bed in my robe after a long shower. Yesterday Khang brought food back home, and then we spent the evening watching a movie together, and today we've spent the whole afternoon in the rock climbing gym. The plan was to go out and eat tonight but I'm pretty exhausted.
We saw the movie 'Get Out' in the cinema the other day. It was quite good; Somewhat scary, but also efficient. Don't think I have ever described a move as efficient...
Anyhow, Khang just came back home. Have a good Saturday evening!
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Hello,
I was just thinking about how incredible happy I am that I can eat the amount of food that I am, and also be the healthiest I have ever been in my adult life. I remember when I started eating plant based, which is now over 1.5 years ago (how crazy is that?), and how the first thing I researched was breakfast alternatives. If I could choose I would probably eat only breakfast for the rest of my life. Before I was having mostly yoghurt and cheese sandwiches, and I had no idea what a breakfast without dairy would even look like. First few months I switched out yoghurt and milk to soy yoghurt and almond milk, and my breakfast was still mainly "dairy" influenced. I believe it was Khang who told me to stop trying and replace the foods I was used to and instead just look for completely new ideas and recipes. Now 1.5 years later I eat the same thing for breakfast every single day because it makes me feel satisfied and energetic to take on my day, but I do have a lot of good snacks upon my sleeve that also works great as breakfast alternatives whether you want to eat more plant based or just want some inspiration. I really like lists so here is one with all the easy vegan breakfast/snacks that I use, and hopefully it will inspire or help someone out.

1. OATMEAL - This is my everyday breakfast. Oatmeal, almond milk and bananas on top. If I ever feel like a change I usually put the banana in while the oats are still cooking, it makes the oatmeal a lot sweeter. Heidi usually put blueberries in hers while cooking, and I have to say it doesn't really look appealing but it sure taste good. Sometimes I put granola on as well.

2. SMOOTHIES - I have three go-to smoothies:
- Green smoothie with 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of Spirulina, 1 tablespoon of Hemp powder, leafy greens, almond milk, and lots of ice.
- Banana smoothie with 2-6 bananas, vanilla flavored almond milk, and lots of ice.
- Avocado smoothie with avocado, almond milk and ice.
The best thing about smoothies is that you can put a lot of fruit in, especially bananas, which can make you feel really full. Before I was almost afraid of putting a whole banana in because I believed carbs would make me fat, now I can easily put 5-6 bananas in and feel very happy and satisfied. Also, a great tips is to make pre-made bags of chopped up fruit and greens and put in the freezer for future usage.

3. SMOOTHIE BOWL - I got two different ones I usually go for but the possibilities are endless.
- Blend 2 frozen bananas, frozen berries, ice and a tiny amount of almond milk to help the blender.
- Blend frozen acai, frozen banana, ice, and some coconut water.
Toppings are the most fun: I love bananas, berries, kiwi, granola, musli, seeds, coconut flakes and so on.

4. WRAPS - Super easy and basically no cooking time. My favorite ones are:
- Hummus wraps with whole grain tortilla, hummus (bought or homemade), tofu, cucumber, tomato, and some greens. I usually buy the firm tofu and fry it in the pan with some Chinese soy sauce. Sometimes I add mashed sweet potato to my wrap to make it more fulfilling.
- Chickpea wrap with tortilla, roasted chickpeas, red onions, grated carrot and vegan mayo (or hummus works too).
- Avocado wrap/toast with tortilla/bread, mashed avocado, spices, grated carrot, tomatoes, and leafy greens.

5. PANCAKES - Blend 1.5 cup (3.5dl) oats until it looks like flour, add 1 cup (2.5dl) of almond/soy milk, and 1 banana to the blender and voilà. I usually cook it with the tiniest amount of olive oil in a non stick pan, but dairy free butter also exists. Then top with berries, maple syrup or non dairy ice cream like Ben&Jerry's Dairy Free Peanut butter and Cookies. Yum!

6. DIP - I usually dip Crackers, Chips. Nachos, Potato/Sweet potato/Carrot fries, or chopped veggies like carrot, cucumber, and bell pepper in guacamole, hummus, baba ganoush, ketchup, vegan mayo or chipotle.

And that was it! Once you have a lot of fruit and veggies at home it is much easier to be creative and switch things up. For some reason I didn't like to buy too much of neither fruit or veggies before, mostly because I hated that it went bad so quickly and I had to throw some out. My greatest tip for that is once it starts to go bad just chop it up and put in plastic bags in the freezer. The fruits you can use for smoothies and the veggies is great to cook with some asian soy sauce and have with noodles, you never need to throw out food again.
My last tips is when you are on the go and need a quick snack, besides fruits, go for all the different kinds of nuts.
Have a fantastic Monday!

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