back at it again.

Here’s the thing.

I’ve been thinking about starting up Hippiefig again for a while now.

Hippiefig began as a health food blog that my boyfriend and I collaborated on in the summer before our senior year. We were finally done studying for SATs and were in for a more relaxed school year (besides college applications and decisions, no big deal…)

Really not much has changed since we have gone away to college, except that I’m now stuck in a cramped dorm room with 2 other girls, and dorm rules permit nothing but crappy microwaves and mini fridges to somehow keep us fed with good food.

Since coming to college (and declaring two majors: public health and theatre) I have learned my way around the dining halls, the overpriced markets, and everywhere in between. I may or may not have had to sneak a rice cooker into my room to accommodate my plant-based wishes, but it has all been worth it. I’ve learned to cook potatoes, lentils, quinoa, and pasta in my rice cooker, and it has been an enjoyable (and 99.99% successful) journey so far! Note to self: red lentils in the rice cooker will turn to mush before you can even eat them.

I may not be the most refined college chef out there (yet) but I have so much to share for other college vegans and anybody else who is curious about this lifestyle. Eating a whole foods, plant based diet is so rewarding for your overall physical health (and I’ve even found it becoming a spiritual aspect in my life as I’ve learned more and more about the ethical and environmental aspects of veganism and what I am doing to help our earth). My goal through these blog posts is to inspire others, provide support, and demonstrate just how easy and rewarding this lifestyle can be for anybody who is willing to try it.

I will be posting much more soon! Until then, here are some photos of me and Mother Earth. I fall in love with her a little more every single day!

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Hello!

Whoa, long time, no blog post!

Senior year has hit… and unfortunately that means that I’ve had to put the thing I enjoy the most (making recipes, taking photographs, and sharing them here!) to the side. Funny how that works. I have been the assistant stage manager of a show for the past 2 months so that has occupied my hours of good sunlight after school almost every day. Now that the show has opened, my hope is that I can get back into the swing of things and begin posting recipes more regularly again!

On a more fun note, Mark and I also had our homecoming and we celebrated Mark’s 18th birthday since we’ve last posted anything! Though school is always very work intensive, it has been a very good few months so far!

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Today was quite an awesome treat. My family’s story was featured on Happy Herbivore! After my mom, a doctor, had a heart attack, and the reality of our serious family history of heart disease became clear, we jumped into this new lifestyle with open arms.

Lindsay Nixon’s blog and cookbooks were some of the best sources my family turned to in order to find easy, delicious meals during our initial diet and lifestyle switch. I especially love her dessert recipes because they are typically the healthiest versions of any treats that I can find!

I’m so excited to welcome all of the new visitors and followers I have had today. My heart is so happy knowing so many people are committed to lifelong health and happiness through a plant-based diet!

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I have tons of new recipes that I have been stockpiling, including healthy pop tarts, a cheesy pasta sauce, and baked falafel! I can’t wait to share these with you very soon!

Have a great week,

Jenna 🙂

Vegan Eats on the Road: Palo Alto, California

Jenna here! This week my family went on a college road trip up through California. Right before we visited Stanford, we pulled over in a small shopping center to use Happy Cow, an extremely helpful guide for vegans and vegetarians hoping to find fitting restaurants while on vacation or in an unfamiliar area. I instantly saw great reviews about Calafia, a local, organic restaurant with an entire vegan and vegetarian menu. To our surprise, we were already in the right location! We walked into the restaurant and were immediately seated and given the special menu.

I ordered the vegan panini, which was packed with zucchini, spinach, a hummus-like spread, and a tomato jam. I was quite surprised by the tomato jam, because it turned the savory panini into something much more sweet, almost reminiscent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I particularly enjoyed the bread, which was quite crispy and fitting for a panini.

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The salad that came with the panini was also amazing. I typically don’t enjoy salad dressing–weird, I know–and eat salads plain, but this dressing, which was lemony and sweet, tasted great over the spicy arugula.

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My parents ordered two dishes to split. One of the dishes was the Dragon Noodle Bowl, which included firm tofu, onions, broccoli, and an almond base. The broth of this noodle bowl was perfectly warm and spicy–it would definitely help with a cold! I am still a bit scared to try tofu, but my parents said it was perfectly cooked and had a comforting texture similar to cheese.

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Finally, my parents split the Vegan Love Fest Pizza, which was topped with the same hummus-like spread that was in my sandwich, onions, olives and jalapeños, and radicchio. I loved the crust on this pizza, which was thin and crispy. It was definitely not a “traditional” pizza, which was a surprising plus because we didn’t feel stuffed or grossed out after finishing off the pizza.

Overall, my family’s experience at Calafia was very positive. The meals were each large servings and all of the food was extremely tasty. I especially appreciated the fact that the ingredients were clean and that the restaurant clearly makes an effort to support local farmers in California and provide its customers with the healthiest food possible. If you are ever in Palo Alto and are looking for some satisfying plant-based foods, be sure to check Calafia out!