my cozy vegan meals + making "changes"


Here’s all the cozy vegan food I ate in a day, plus my thoughts on drastic new years resolutions! Get 30% off your first month of Ritual with code CAITS30: (***but only until January 10 so act fast!)
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*** Cozy Oatmeal (Serves 2-3)
1.5 cups rolled oats
3 cups water
1 scoop Ritual’s Vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons ground flax
zest of 1/2 orange
1/3 cup raisins
Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom to taste
~1/2 cup mixed chopped nuts
Instructions: Add everything except for the nuts to a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened to your liking. Add sweetener to taste, if desired (sometimes I add some maple syrup). Top with blueberry compote (below) and chopped nuts or nut butter

*** Blueberry Compote
~2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh (or not) orange juice
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
Instructions: Add the blueberries and OJ to a saucepan over medium high-heat. Thaw, then and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve the arrowroot powder in water, then add to the compote and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened to your liking. Serve warm.

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  1. I have been surprisingly finding joy in cooking for myself and nourishing my body with wholesome, nutritious food! My favorite food to cook is teriyaki tofu rice bowls with a wide variety of veggies!
    I am also feeling very content with myself and my work! It seems so out of line from past me’s plans, but I truly am.
    You’ve inspired me to put on a face mask, light a candle, and read a book. Happy New Year Caitlin! 🙂

  2. Things that bring me joy. Is sitting outside in my patio, enjoying a nice cup of tea or coffee (depends on time of day) and listening to the birds that are around, or the wind rustling the leaves. They have a calming effect to me. Enjoyed your tea time. 🥰

  3. Loved the shout out to local libraries and the Libby app, as I reference librarian assistant it made me so happy! The library is such a great resource and it’s FREE for everyone. Loved the vibe of the whole video and the beautiful snowy tree footage ☺️

  4. I am not a vegan, but I absolutely love all your videos and vlogs. I am from pittsburgh and have followed you since you were at Pitt and just really enjoy all your content! I never comment, but identified with your feeling of contentment, and felt compelled to say that I am also very much enjoying that feeling after finding the first healthy and lasting relationship with a wonderful person that I’ve had in about a decade! Thank you for all your videos and entertainment and happy 2022!

  5. I definitely fell off from watching your videos, but i'm glad I am back! I love this video, it made me think of how of why i started watching your channel ever since your college days. Thank you for being you, and i definitely can't wait to watch more of your viedos this year and you've always been a big influence in my life! 🙂

  6. Those drone shots are absolutely incredible. You live in a gorgeous area.

    As for something that's brought me joy lately, during the pandemic I got into road cycling. This is actually my second time getting into it. Ten years ago I tried it and it brought me a lot of stress and I hated it. Then my bike got stolen and I didn't do any road cycling for about 10 years. With great trepidation, I decided to buy a road bike again in the spring of 2020 (right before COVID hit, as it happens). I was absolutely loving road cycling this time around throughout 2020, over the winter with indoor training (it's amazing how technology has enabled such compelling indoor training), and then through the first half of 2021. It was something I was really getting into. Then that joy got put on steroids when I met an amazing community of other female cyclists. Once you're out of school and as a fully fledged adult, it can be hard to build new friendships and especially friendships that are part of a common group of people which is different than having a bunch of one off friendships. But I've found an absolutely amazing group of people to connect with through cycling and it's really been such a lovely addition to my life. I think the fact that the sport involves people sharing a common activity for hours at a time — usually with a coffee stop mid-way through the ride (!) — and that people tend to do this sport several times a week, means there's way more of an opportunity to build those relationships than in many other activities — like say a book club that only meets monthly.