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Hi.

Vanessa here. The over-caffeinated cat lady in black behind girlfriendtoast.com. Welcome to my little space on the internet where I post about food, clothes, wellness and the like. <3

a minimal meal

a minimal meal

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I'm a minimalist in all the ways--food is no exception. Having so many dietary complexities: needing to be gluten-free, eating mostly plant-based, etc. it can be really hard on my stomach to eat crazy recipes with tons of ingredients. Sometimes I do splurge and create something elaborate and exciting, but my everyday meals look a little something like this. Simple and delicious. Here's a little mini-feast I threw together in less than 10 minutes. I'll leave instructions below so you can make your own simple at home picnic too if you're feeling it.

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A Minimal Meal
Feeds 2 hungry girls or 4 normal people

Ingredients
1 bunch kale
1 cucumber
1 large tomato
2 lemons
1 handful assorted olives
1 cup store bought hummus
1 cup organic greek yogurt (or coconut/cashew/almond yogurt if making vegan) 
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons za'atar
*extra virgin olive oil and fragrant spices like za'atar and sumac for a sprinkle at the end  

Directions:
1. Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water. Remove stems from kale and place large pieces in steam basket inside the pot. Cover and turn stove to high heat. Kale needs 5-7 minutes cooking time. You'll know it's ready when the kale turns a bright, vibrant green. 
2. Chop avocado, cucumber, and tomato into large chunks and place on a plate with olives. 
3. To make a simplified take on a labneh, combine yogurt with the juice of 1 lemon + 2 teaspoons of salt. Stir in 2 teaspoons of za'atar and pour a little olive oil on top. Season with more za'atar and/or sumac. 
4. Place hummus in a small bowl and 'make it fancy' with a sprinkle of seasoning and a spritz of olive oil. 
5. Season veggies with za'atar and squeeze lemon on all veggies to finish. 

**A little note: Some things are store bought here because the reality is, we can't always make our own hummus, but I think it's fun to spruce up regular things that you find in your fridge so I'll continue to post ways to do that. (I will also definitely be posting my own hummus recipe soon too though.) Also, I am not exclusively vegan. I almost always eat vegan, but for me personally allowing myself a little flexibility in areas where I can be flexible is important to me and how I maintain a healthy food mindset. Considering all the things I am not able to eat, it's what works for me but I totally respect every person's ability to choose what works best for them and I love all the vegans out there. 

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