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how to make more time for yourself

In this post, we respond to one of our reader’s frustrations, tackling the challenge of how to make more time for yourself when you work long hours. This one is a doozy, but an area that we’re familiar with.

Let’s take a closer look at this readers concern.

Regarding your question “what is your biggest frustration with your health and wellness journey?” – the first thing that comes to my mind is not having enough time to look after myself. / Read More »

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

I don’t know if it’s just my ignorance here in Australia, but I hadn’t heard of a Reuben sandwich until we did some travel through the US. And it wasn’t that we even came across the traditional one with the corned beef, Swiss cheese, and the lot. It was the vegan version in pretty much every cafe we sat down in. I had it in a couple of different places and loved the combination of the tempeh with the sauerkraut and the sauce. Just the crunch of the bread with the flavours on the inside, quickly made me want it again when we came back home. I love those flavour combinations, and after studying other recipes, what I had tasted during my travels, and what I generally like, I’ve created a vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich that I’m sure others will also love!  / Read More »

What Is Minimalism? An Introduction To Living With Intentionality

What is minimalism? To answer this question, here’s a snippet from our book:

In recent times minimalism has become a trend, even though it’s a concept that has been around for centuries. It’s all over mainstream media, and we’ve seen it used across various industries including fashion, design, food, technology, beauty, housing, and more. We even named our company Minimalist Company Proprietary Limited! But when the hype-dust clears, what does minimalism actually mean?

Minimalism has traditionally been linked to pure, intentional art and design concepts. But we believe it’s much more than that. We define minimalism as the process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest. Less is more. / Read More »

animal rights movement

The animal rights movement is something we’re incredibly passionate about here at The Minimalist Vegan, and it’s a big reason as to why we started this blog in the first place.

In a moment, I’m going to share some ideas of how you can support the animal rights movement, but before I do that, what does animal rights mean?

Animal rights is the idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

As we know, animals cannot communicate directly with humans, well at least not with words. Therefore they don’t have a voice to stand up for themselves.

I believe you, and I have a responsibility to defend the defenseless. / Read More »

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce

I’ve been eating Italian food for as long as I can remember. Out of everything that I found difficult when I became vegan, Italian food was certainly one of the things that I’ve missed the most. Pizza. Good Italian wood-fired pizza. But now with places like Gigi Pizzeria in Sydney, it’s all possible!

I’ve had so many different types of gnocchi, and I must say that there’s nothing quite like making it from scratch at home. I didn’t think that it would be possible to make it using gluten-free flour, as they all have different consistencies, textures, and flavours. I do use an all-purpose gluten-free flour for most of my dishes that call for it these days and find that it works well every time. / Read More »

Minimalist Blogging

Minimalist blogging is the process of focusing on quality over quantity. As a society, we’ve reached a point where there’s an oversupply of content on the internet. There are over 440 million blogs in the world! There’s an abundance of articles on “10 ways to do this” and “40 hacks to do that”, and I know because I’ve been contributing to this style of content for years.

While writing click-worthy headings with long lists like 30 Must-Read Articles If You’re Transitioning To Becoming a Minimalist, can be powerful in attracting an audience, I feel that people are increasingly drawn to honest, down-to-earth stories and real-life experiences. I know at least, I’m interested in this kind of content more and more. I love scrolling through Medium and reading posts that are not trying to hit a home run all the time. / Read More »

Easy Vegan Tiramisu (Gluten-Free)

Creamy Vegan Tiramisu (Gluten Free)

I’ve been working on this easy vegan tiramisu (that also happens to be a gluten-free recipe), for months, and I’m thrilled with it!

I wanted to create tiramisu that didn’t have weird ingredients or young coconut flesh that needs to be chiselled out of a coconut! I don’t know about you, but it would take me about half an hour, a whole lot of mess and most of the time a bent knife to get that stuff out. Not worth it. I know I must not be doing it right, but I don’t bother with it.

This one like many other traditional recipes we’ve shared such as the baklava, chestnut puree, or sacher torte from my childhood – I didn’t imagine that they would be a part of my vegan lifestyle. But I was wrong.

I have so many other European recipes that I plan on experimenting with and veganising them this year (if they aren’t already) and create what will be our first published cookbook! We’re hoping to have the book available early to mid-2019.

With our manifesto book now finished, we’ve created some space to delve deep into our plans for our next project. We know you have all been waiting for a cookbook, even thinking our manifesto was a cookbook (sorry about that) but The Minimalist Vegan book was something that we wanted to publish first as we felt that it was an important message and worthy book to write to prime our mindsets. / Read More »

The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion

We’re so excited to share our first published book with you – The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion.

We became minimalists in 2014 after reading about it for years before on blogs like Zen Habits and Becoming Minimalist. Minimalism has completely changed the way we define success for ourselves. Previously we thought life was about accumulating more things, whether it was big assets like houses and cars, or small products like clothes and kitchenware.

Having more gave us a sense of security. You know, “Just in case” something was to happen, we would have more money and more things to fall back on.

Minimalism has shifted our paradigm to appreciate and want less, so we can ultimately spend more time doing what we truly want to do.

We also became vegans overnight in 2014 after watching a documentary called EARTHLINGS. Veganism has taught us to think beyond ourselves and how our actions impact the world around us. While veganism is about eliminating harm, death, and suffering to animals, it’s also a vehicle to better support humanity by fighting for love and equality. / Read More »

Looking Beyond the Nutrition Label: Being an Ethical Vegan

After picking up a promising-looking treat at the grocery store, the question inevitably arises: Is it vegan? Your natural response is to turn the package around and glean what you can from the nutrition label. If the ingredients list checks out, you’re good to go — right?

The depth of your research into the products you consume is mostly based on your purpose and personal interpretation of what it means to be a vegan. Plenty of vegans use the strict definition of veganism as a guide; they “will not eat or use animal products.” The tenets of mindful consumerism often fall by the wayside.  / Read More »

How a Plant-Based Lifestyle Will Help Your Health

The discussion of a plant-based lifestyle and how it can help your health has been a hot topic for a few years now. With movies like Forks Over Knives and What The Health being known to challenge omnivores into a different way of thinking, there are so many reasons to switch over today.

As heart disease has been the number one cause of death in the US for the past 80 year, we need to start thinking about why nothing has changed and why millions of people die from the disease every year. / Read More »