daedal_lives Hey guys, guess what?! Today is no ordinary day! I actually celebrate my second veganversary today! That's right - two years ago, I took the step from being a lacto ovo vegetarian to a fully commited vegan, to my own delight and my parents dispair ;) I have learned so much about myself, animals, society, kindness, compassion and how awesome eating and living cruelty-free is during these two years! I cannot comprehend why WE are the ones society frown upon while we cause the least amount of harm to ourselves, other living creatures and this planet as a whole! But I have not for a second doubted my choice and I'm so happy to have all of you lovely followers - vegans and non-vegans alike - to share my vegan life with! And for you who are vegans (or are thinking about it) - remember: We are the ones leading the way to a kinder way of life, one mouthful at a time ;) Cheers for many more anniversaries to celebrate! 8h
  •   tinaeye Congrats! 6h
  •   bhamilton0347 I couldn't do it. 5h
  •   karla1199 Congratulations! 5h
  •   veggyrich Happy Veganniversary! here's to many more! 4h
  •   quickgivemeaname I can't remember when I went vegan. It's pretty terrible when it comes to celebrating haha I think it's been 4 years? Maybe 5?!?! Happy Veganversary!!!! 4h
  •   oh_choco_neko Happy Veganversary!!(mine was 10 days ago(1year)..).My year was very interesting and I'm healthier and stronger than ever..Congrats, and enjoy:)! 4h
  •   larrahcroft @daedal_lives Happy Anniversary, Angel! And many more to come xxxx 3h
  •   _daniellealine_ Happy Anniversary!!!!! @daedal_lives 3h

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daedal_lives Morning and sorry for the tiny insta-break; I had my parents here over the weekend and phew - they are intense! ;) But today is both a new week AND a new month which I love ♡ I also start my new semester today (though my first class is tomorrow) and I am incredibly nervous! To start off September I had overnight strawberry vanilla oats with more strawberries and almond butter on top. Orange juice and tea on the side ♡ Have a wonderful Monday! 13h

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daedal_lives Thursday morning and oatmeal morning! I usually add flaxseeds and chia seeds but I'm out of both (grocery shopping time!) and all I added to my oats except water was banana, pumpkin spice and salt. Toppings: banana, dried mulberries, cranberries and almond butter (sorry pb lovers, almond is always number 1 in my book - and I had pb last night). Enjoy your day guys 5d

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daedal_lives Okay, this looks dreadful compared to @isachandra's beautiful pictures in #isadoesit but it was late when I tried out her sunflower seed mac and cheese the other day and the lighting in here is beyond bad! Even so - how fun to make a creamy mac with such an unexpected ingredient as sunflower seeds! No vegan cheese found here (or regular of course) :) It got very creamy and quite yummy, though I added kale and sundried tomatoes in my dish which wasn't in the original recipe and used brown rice pasta figures instead of 'ordinary' ♡ 5d
  •   robinsveganlife Check out the recipe from Vegan Yumminess! I made a baked mac n cheese with it recently and it was to die for. 5d
  •   jendiggitydirt Our healthy spot in town does amazing sunflower seed cheese spreads! You MUST try the VegNews mac n cheese (google). The cheese flavor comes from potatoes, carrots, and onions. It's CRAZY! I've subbed the cashews with steamed cauliflower to make it fat free. Trust me!!! But use a bit less salt - I love salt but it was like 1/2 tsp too much. 5d
  •   jeddy_umami I know you think it looks bad, but to me, this looks like some warm gooey comfort food!!!! 5d
  •   lowrenlowexvx Yes I've seen far worse! :) Usually my own cooking! You're welcome. 5d
  •   sedwards90 Where is the recipe?! I need to make this! x 5d
  •   jonnagrann Låter jättegott! :) 5d
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  •   peanutbutter_nlashes Looks amazing!!! Omg! 16h

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daedal_lives Morning picture of today's breakfast (very late, I am already done with lunch and snack as well) ♡ Vanilla chia pudding that didn't have enough chia seeds in it cause I used the very last I had so it didn't set properly (that's not unusual for my chia puddings unfortunately) but it was still tasty :) I added unsweetened applesauce, sunflower seeds, dried mulberries, goji berries, coconut chips and lemon balm. You can't see all those toppings here but I promise they're there ;) Tea om the side. Hope your day is amazing so far! 5d

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daedal_lives I was gonna make a paella yesterday but I didn't have enough red rice to make it look like a paella XD But almost paella at least! Apart from red rice I had onion, celery, tempeh, saffron, smoked paprika powder, sambal oelek,veggie stock, peas, salt and pepper in there ♡ 6d

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daedal_lives Late picture of breakfast today guys, I have been so tired today for some reason - I'm blaming the weather, it's being indecisive and changing multiple times a day XD Anyway, back to breakfast! I had overnight oats this morning in a cashew butter jar from @kungmarkatta1983 - oats, oat milk, chia seeds, vanilla powder, the rest of the cashew butter and salt + lots of banana and dried cranberries that I added this morning. Juice and tea on the side ♡ 6d

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daedal_lives Wiie! You guys; I was so happy with these oven baked fries! No oil used whatsoever and they are still so crispy! I had all of these - and then some ;) the secret is veggie broth - let the chopped potatoes (and carrot if you want) take a quick bath in broth before roasting and stir once in the middle of roasting, brushing them with some more broth to not let them dry out :) I added salt (I love salt - not avoiding it in my food!), pepper and dried oregano. I also roasted a yellow bell pepper, took the skin off and mixed the pepper with white beans, smoked paprika powder, sambal oelek, salt and pepper for a fun take on hummus to dip the roasted root veggies in ♡ 1w
  •   omgitis_healthy_kellie Girl ur a genius they look so yummy! 1w
  •   lillisl MMMMmmm gott :) 1w
  •   kalecrush Interesting! Never tried veggie broth... 1w
  •   exhale_ed I love mashed white beans 1w
  •   tinaeye Ooooh! Great tip! I'm definitely going to try this! 1w
  •   sarahnealy Great idea for keeping them moist enough to bake! Gotta try that myself 1w
  •   quickgivemeaname Ooooooooh! When can we live next to each other? I want to have cooking adventures with you! <3 1w
  •   hovkonditorn Tack för ett bra tips 7d

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daedal_lives Monday is here once again guys! My new (and probably last) semester starts in exactly a week, I need to start preparing! But first; breakfast! I'm getting paid later this week and I'm looking forward to getting groceries, I don't have much fruit at home :) but I had plain oatgurt from @oatlyab this morning, with warm blueberries, topped with raw oats, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, puffed quinoa, dried cranberries, mulberries and almond butter. Juice and tea on the side ♡ Enjoy your day :) 1w

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daedal_lives Miss Kenia has now been here for two whole weeks! She is steadily getting more secure, starting to explore more and has begun to realize I have tasty stuff on my plate when her food is gone that she can look longingly at for a chance of getting a nibble or two (yeah, I know; I suck at not letting dogs have a bite when the food I made isn't bad for them). She's still very shy around others (that fear will probably take years to fade away) but she is my little shadow and hates it when I close the bathroom door. "I wanna sit next to you everywhere!" And yes - this is one of all the ways she sits. It's like she doesn't care where her paws end up ;) she had been out in the rain earlier here, hence the poffiness ;) 1w

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daedal_lives The bread I made yesterday that I was completely certain would fail miserably. Why?
1) the first ingredient in the recipe: millet flour. I have hundreds of gluten free flours (slight exaggeration) but not millet. I substituted buckwheat.
2) I found my yeast behind stuff in my cupboard. I was half a year late according to the date on the package.
3) the first rule I learned about gluten free baking: don't over work the dough. What does this recipe tell you? The exact opposite. But I still thought it looked good and figured I'd give it a try - so happy I did! It's a bit denser than ordinary bread which gluten free bread usually is but still really tasty I think and the buckwheat worked well after all! I'm gonna be lazy abd link you to the recipe cause it's also a really good guide to baking gluten free bread :) go here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/tips-on-how-to-make-gluten-free-sandwich-bread/ and try it ♡
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daedal_lives Good morning and happy Sunday! :D I did some baking yesterday which meant homemade gluten free bread for breakfast today! Topped with avocado, balsamic crème and fresh herbs from my window. Veggie/fruit juice (apple, carrot, orange, lemon) and tea on the side. Only a week left of August; make the most of it (and with that I mean - do what makes you happy)! ♡ 1w

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daedal_lives A salad with everything except the kitchen zink? Yeah, it happened! I started out with lots of fresh greens, carrot shavings, cherry tomatoes, yellow bell pepper and pan fried smoked tofu. Then I found a few poor mushrooms in need of use asap and pan-fried those with half a red onion and topped the salad with it. Some balsamic vinegar drizzled over it (I like pure vinegar) and I was ready to dig in! ;) 1w

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daedal_lives Happy Saturday guys! :D My breakfast this morning was maca oatmeal (thank you for the inspiration @papaya_sunshine!) Topped with unsweetened applesauce, almond butter, dried mulberries, goji berries and hemp seeds. A veggie juice and tea on the side ♡ I have been resting and cleaning today, with a few walks thrown in there - lovely Saturday ♡ hope you have a good day too! 1w

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daedal_lives Just wanted to say hi to all my lovely followers! So... Hi! :) I'm Alexandra, I live in Sweden and I'm almost done with my studies to become a social worker (if all goes well this next semester). I enjoy a kind, cruelty free life by eating plant-based yummy food, avoiding everything animal tested and not buying things made out of animal skin/fur/wool etc :) I went vegan two years ago (after six years as a vegetarian) and have never felt better! the knowledge that my life choices don't hurt other living beings has given me a peace in my heart I have searched for my whole life ♡

I also speak out against the stigma of mental disorders. I stopped hurting myself physically 5 years ago, was finally recovered from my devastating anorexia 3 years ago and keep depression and anxiety at bay by making sure to care for myself every single day. There's no shame in suffering mentally and all of us need to work together to speak out and reach out!
Oh, and I just adopted a dog whom I adore, she is already a big part of my life :) Thank you for following, I am so thankful ♡
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  •   elibittnerova Wow, beautiful 1w
  •   eatingalien how can u be so pretty 1w
  •   daedal_lives @eatingalien haha, aaw, you know, I never thought I was and I still struggle seeing myself as "pretty". I have lots of issues with the way I look but I am happy in my own skin because my body is healthy and functions well - which is all that matters in the end! I am so thankful to be alive after all I put myself through during my ed days - thinking about it makes me value life so much more ♡ 1w
  •   eatingalien @daedal_lives BE MY FRIEND PLZ I LOVE THE WAY WE THINK THE SAME 1w
  •   daedal_lives @eatingalien following now :) 1w
  •   eatingalien @daedal_lives awwwww im so glad cause you helped me tonight 1w
  •   daedal_lives @eatingalien aww, that makes me happy ♡♡ glad to have found you! :) 1w
  •   veganmiam You are amaaaaazing xx 5d

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daedal_lives Friday morning already! Can't believe how quick time runs away when you're on vacation ;) This morning is pretty autumnal, but I'm holding on to summer with some watermelon juice, I added a squeeze of lemon before mixing too. Two buckwheat crackers with sliced avocado, tomatoes or bell pepper and fresh oregano on top + tea as well ♡ don't forget to celebrate that the weekend is here :D 2w

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daedal_lives Can't decide if this looks good so I will just post it and let you guys decide :) The potato gratin I made to have with my chickpea patties the other day. I made it the way I usually do:

Slice a few potatoes quite thin (for two servings about six potatoes) and slice an onion or leek (I used leek here, about 1/3 of one). Bring 1/2 cup vegan milk and 1/2 cup vegan cream (both mine were oat based) to a boil seasoned with a crumbled bouillon cube and one or two pressed garlic cloves. Mix in some herbs when done if you want (I used fresh parsley and oregano) Add the potato and onion slices to an ovenproof dish, pour over the milk/cream mixture. Cover with tin foil and put in the oven (about 200 C or 400 F) until the potatoes are soft - 45 minutes to an hour remove the tin foil and if you want to add some shredded vegan cheese on top you can and let it bake for another ten minutes. Enjoy :)
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daedal_lives Another quick pizza for a lazy day: tomato purée with oregano, salt, pepper and a tad sambal oelek for the sauce on top of a gluten free bought wrap (I like thin crusts) with vegan cheese, tomato, sundried tomato, yellow bell pepper, mushroom, leek and dried oregano. Baked in the oven and decorated with more raw bell pepper, leeks and fresh oregano 2w
  •   daedal_lives @crispipics aww, thank you! So happy you noticed a difference! I have worked out a place in my apartment that doesn't end up tinting the picture yellow and I have experimented a bit with my Canon instead of my crappy Samsung galaxy camera! Though I might have to go back to it when I'm starting my semester again, I have more time now :) but again - thank you ♡ 2w
  •   daedal_lives @quickgivemeaname haha, nothing left of this one but I'll make another for you :) 2w
  •   daedal_lives @vegangabe that's an amazing compliment :) 2w
  •   madameeatswell Wow, this looks divine!!! 2w
  •   daedal_lives @madameeatswell you're too sweet! Thank you ♡ 2w
  •   quickgivemeaname Yay! I'm gonna need it. I have no idea what I'm gonna eat on my way back home. Northern Utah is vegan friendly, but southern Utah isn't :( 2w
  •   portlandveg Wow!! 2w
  •   crispipics Of course I can notice the difference!!! However, i have aleays loved your posts 1w

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daedal_lives Thursday morning = Thursday breakfast! I started with mango pieces, added plain oatgurt, warm raspberries, more oatgurt, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and raw sprouted almond butter. And tea on the side ♡ Have a lovely day guys :) 2w
  •   daedal_lives @meherajeanne thank you lovely ♡ 2w
  •   daedal_lives @myntans_paleo tack fina du! Det smakade bra efter morgonpromenaden :) 2w
  •   evy_cheerios it looks divine! 2w
  •   quickgivemeaname Haha my days are so mixed up since I'm not home. I keep forgetting it's Thursday. It feels like the beginning of the week for me 2w
  •   daedal_lives @evy_cheerios thank you dear! I hope you're doing well ♡ 2w
  •   daedal_lives @quickgivemeaname haha, I have this week (and last and next) off and I'm getting it all mixed up as well! The days are passing by so quickly even though I do nothing but walk miss Kenia, eat, read and watch Doctor Who! :) 2w
  •   quickgivemeaname Haha I've been working since the beginning of the month NONSTOP! I've lost track of all time lol 2w
  •   evy_cheerios Im working on it <3 2w

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daedal_lives When I found out I got to adopt Kenia, my precious pup that has been here with me for about a week and a half now, I tried to consider what aspects we needed to work on for her to feel safe and loved. Since I knew she is very intimidated by people and hasn't had much training in the past I immediately started planning for the best way of making her comfortable with her new life (though I couldn't plan all of it, we had to get to know each other first). Something I did to hopefully help me in this process was ordering this notebook from #personligalmanacka. Yup, that's Kenia on the front :) there's another picture of her on the back of it, and I got to choose the title; the layout of the paper inside (it's lined and pink) and write an introduction page.

I use this notebook to write about her progress. What used to scare her that doesn't anymore, what did we practice on that given day, what new experience did she have (like being left alone or getting brushed) and what was her reaction? I think it might be helpful to look through it from time to time to see the progress she makes, especially if we end up with a frustrating part of training. And it will be a precious belonging to keep with us when we're both older and hopefully wiser ;)
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