cacao hazelnut latte with herbal coffee - The First Messpin it!
So I’m here, not with an alcoholic libation to help you celebrate the long weekend, but with something a bit cozier to keep you going once it’s over. Preparation in life is key, especially post-holiday weekend life. I’ve been turning to some sort of herbal coffee concoction around 3 or so pretty much every day–sometimes just simple with a splash of non-dairy milk/creamer and sometimes blended up into something a bit more elaborate like this. It gets me through that hangry slump that sometimes has me contemplating a trip to the convenience store for a salty snack. This is the time of year that I start craving new routines and an overall fresh glance at my day-to-day. This little sip tends to lead to a definitive pause. I enjoy this one slowly, and I find that I’m much less likely to go for a late night snack when I take the time to enjoy it. Weird? I don’t know. It works for me in a big way. View full post »

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  • Lee03/09/2016 - 6:01 am

    Wow! This looks SO creamy, really, like heaven! Thanks for the recipe :) About the links, I always enjoy reading them, but maybe a theme with be more consistent? Have a nice weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Pia03/09/2016 - 6:01 am

    Honestly, I love the whole concept of sharing links every once in a while -even if I of course don’t generally read every single one- and am thus super glad you’re getting into posting them regularly :) That said, I personally like a mix of different kinds of links, BUT to be fair, I’ve never seen anyone do themed series, so I say give it a go and the perhaps ask your readers which they preferred!
    So yeah, thanks, girl & have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • thefolia03/09/2016 - 6:25 am

    Oh so yummy looking…I will give the herbal coffee a shot. I adore your glass jars with wooden lids so over the easily rusting metal ones.ReplyCancel

  • Jess | Urban Alchemy03/09/2016 - 7:59 am

    I looooove link love posts! While I admit, I usually don’t read every single article, I always click. I prefer the totally random – sometimes there’s a gem with just the right words. I say keep em’ coming. And I’m not a coffee person but need to make this ASAP. Coconut butter added to anything is heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay03/09/2016 - 9:19 am

    Loving all these cozy comfort recipes at the moment!! Going to try this as well!!ReplyCancel

  • Shira03/09/2016 - 11:22 am

    Great post Laura, keep the weekend links coming! Vancouver would love to have you guys here! xoReplyCancel

  • Cassie03/09/2016 - 11:23 am

    Very interesting links! It would be so cool to discover the color of my own energy. Also, I absolutely love the combination of cacao and hazelnut butter! So delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kerianne Taves03/09/2016 - 12:13 pm

    Yum, this looks so comforting and delicious. Love these posts, keep them coming.

    You and Jessica would LOVE Victoria, BC! The plant love is definitely strong here ReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/09/2016 - 12:20 pm

    I once had I very sweet and indulgent Nutella hot chocolate at a French chocolate shop. I loved the flavor combination, but it left me feeling not so well. I love this lightened up version. I drink hot beverages a few times a day all Fall and Winter =)ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha03/09/2016 - 12:29 pm

    My energy is lilac!
    Btw, I’ll crave for this recipe this evening : I have a moving today :( 1/3 excited, 2/3 terrified! This is our first U-Haul moving…I think I’ll be dead under the sofa in a few hours :PReplyCancel

  • Sophie03/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    Loving the links! Yes to Nanaimo Bars and Stacy London (who I once took creepy cell phone pic of…. :) . I totally agree with Shira, come to Van! I saw the Minimalist Baker at Nourish Vancouver a couple of weeks ago, it was a great little venue that would be perfect for consuming copious amounts of wine spritzers <3ReplyCancel

  • Smadar03/09/2016 - 12:36 pm

    Your happy hour posts give me life.

    Please do an event in Montreal!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shilpa03/09/2016 - 3:55 pm

    Hazelnut butter from Prana. On that!

    Guelph! Lots of plant loving folks here. And it’s not far from you.ReplyCancel

  • Libby03/09/2016 - 9:35 pm

    My energy was lavender! I’ll take it. :)
    This drink looks so calming and satisfying. I can’t wait to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia04/09/2016 - 6:45 am

    “Sometimes I just drizzle a bit of it on a dark chocolate square, and I feel like I’m going straight to space.” Love you for that saying <3 Now I´m off to the kitchen to make this hazelnut hug with tahini instead because that´s what I have on hand! XOReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout04/09/2016 - 8:30 am

    My energy was rose too! :) This drink looks super cozy and ready for fall crisp weather. Alsoooo, come to Montreal!ReplyCancel

  • Diane04/09/2016 - 1:25 pm

    Hi Laura! I just wanted you to know that I LOVE the links you attach and read all of them. The one stacy London wrote was brilliant!!! As for places to visit I live in Edmonton, Alberta and know many plant eating friends who would be over the moon to meet you…myself includedReplyCancel

  • Sophie04/09/2016 - 4:40 pm

    Toronto, please please! I know we are so close, so crossing my fingers, but I, and I imagine many others are into all of these things: “dinners, workshops, and talks with hella wine and snacks.” Those all sound like the best things :)ReplyCancel

  • Ellen04/09/2016 - 10:09 pm

    I have never minded whether or not the links have a theme. I do enjoy these posts because I come across many things I wouldn’t usually see.ReplyCancel

  • Love this, it looks amazing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Abby05/09/2016 - 10:32 am

    You should come to Philly! We’ve been having a real resurgence in our vegan/vegetarian food scene in the last several years and I feel like you could do really cool things with Vedge, V Street, and other veggie establishments.ReplyCancel

  • The Wooden Spoon05/09/2016 - 11:34 am

    I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Wow!! This drink looks super delicious and decadent. Who doesn’t love a hot drink?? Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Allyson05/09/2016 - 3:04 pm

    Oh man this looks good. And so perfect for fall. I too predate the internet (though barely) and it’s pretty weird to remember a time when it wasn’t ubiquitous. It’s crazy how time flies.ReplyCancel

  • Mere | Pollinate Journal05/09/2016 - 9:12 pm

    Hi Laura! It was really comforting and humbling to read that you sometimes struggle with what content to share/feelings of aimlessness with writing, as that is something I can certainly relate to! For what it’s worth, all of these links were great :). In terms of your book tour (!!!), I already said this to you via Instagram but you should absolutely come to the Bay Area. I have some connections to food/alternative event spaces here and would LOVE to help you set something up. Give me a holler! :DReplyCancel

  • Abby05/09/2016 - 10:19 pm

    PUHLEEEEASE come to Dallas. Or at least Austin.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy05/09/2016 - 10:45 pm

    I basically read all of your links, every time. But no pressure! I’m liking the theme though and just got a hit that you would enjoy Lena Stevens’ monthly forecast.

    The plant power is pretty strong in Santa Fe. Bookstore that does readings often is Collected Works. If you come try hitting up Verde Juice, Sweetwater Kitchen, and/or Modern General for foodtime!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi06/09/2016 - 11:39 am

    Yes to cozy! Ah I’m loving the comfort of this post, Laura. And I’m in love with these links – that 100% article? Bang on! And I would say please please please come to my little mountain town of Revelstoke but I know that’s a stretch, so I’ll make the journey to Van :) Or Kelowan – hella wine there ;) xReplyCancel

  • Jessica06/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    HEY! Thanks for including the podcast. And I suggest any and all cities…as long as I’m going with you.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia22/10/2016 - 7:10 pm

    Just got done making this…..heavenly!!! Doubled it so my boyfriend could have one but he didn’t like– probably because I didn’t add sugar. So I got 2. ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Janzen03/11/2016 - 5:13 pm

    Laura you should absolutely come to kamloops, BC for your cookbook tour!! Super pumped for your cookbook debut and love love your blog. Just listened to your podcast with Jessica Murnane and it was awesome! Kinda feels like I was sitting in the room with you guys. Haha, feels like that’s a bit of a weird comment, but it was just really good :)ReplyCancel

cozy & spicy vegan breakfast skillet w/ cilantro jalapeño sauce - The First Messpin it!

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cozy & spicy vegan breakfast skillet w/ cilantro jalapeño sauce - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Respect, I am always cold so flip flops in winter time are not an option for me. I could leave in a place where’ 30*C all the time. Lovely idea for a breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Lee31/08/2016 - 4:41 am

    I love fall/winter… which is weird for everyone around me as I live in Portugal with mostly good weather. I just embrace the cold with all my being, the sweaters, the boots, the scarfs, tha blankets…aah, so cozy! Honestly, iss there something better than to watch movies or read a book in the sofa with a hot beverage and cozy warm clothes and a blanket? Hot weather is only bearable if you are already at the beach, not when trying to go through your everyday life sweating and with a red face! Having that said, loved (and pinned) this recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn31/08/2016 - 7:00 am

    Love savoury breakfasts!ReplyCancel

  • Edith31/08/2016 - 8:22 am

    This Looks so good! Such a cozy and healthy meal :))
    Love it!

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  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker31/08/2016 - 9:36 am

    This couldn’t be more of my dream breakfast if it tried! Damn girl, that sauce though. I’m all about sweater weather, but shutter at the thought of winter because..NO.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full31/08/2016 - 9:42 am

    Reading about your favorite autumnal things is getting me so excited for fall. I actually just bought two new sweaters in preparation for bundling season – even though the temperature has been floating around in the 90’s here in Connecticut, I was just too excited to wait. :) This breakfast skillet looks absolutely delicious, perfect for any season. And you know I’m down for anything spicy!! :DReplyCancel

  • Robin | CaliGirl Cooking31/08/2016 - 12:20 pm

    I’m not even vegan and this looks AMAZING!!! I cannot wait to try it. Especially that sauce!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ Sprinkles & Saturdays31/08/2016 - 12:48 pm

    I used to be the exact same in college with flip flops all year round! Now I love my boots too though and actually rarely wear sandals. This looks delicious and perfect for a sunday lazy brunch at home! love it.

  • Alexandra31/08/2016 - 1:03 pm

    I so love this concept of nutpods! Never heard of the brand before. Soaked cashews are one of my favorite ingredients when adding creaminess is necessary, but I’m not always so forward-thinking to remembered to soak them.

    Gorgeous pics as always!ReplyCancel

  • Krysten01/09/2016 - 12:09 am

    This looks absolutely amazing.
    I lived in Texas for most of my life, so I totally get the whole getting excited for fall because it was so hot before.
    But now, I’m completely the opposite, I’m the one in a tank top and flip flops in the winter!
    This skillet looks absolutely amazing!
    I’m going to have to try this soon!ReplyCancel

  • Becky02/09/2016 - 10:21 am

    Fall is my favorite season, so definitely looking forward to some cool, crisp air. This recipe looks divine!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie06/09/2016 - 12:00 pm

    Hi Laura – may I ask, what sort of tortillas you use? Brand of corn, or flour, or both :) I’m been using an organic corn one for the last few years which I don’t like very much – they’re a bit too robust and crack and break with everything. I love me some soft, warm tortillas (don’t need to be gf) and I’m just wondering if you have a recommendation?ReplyCancel

  • Kate06/09/2016 - 9:13 pm

    This looks hearty and delicious. The sauce sounds especially good. Beautiful photos as always too!ReplyCancel

  • […] Yogurt from Cashew Kitchen 2. Apple + Almond + Buckwheat Muffins from Green Kitchen Stories  3. Breakfast Skillet With Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce from The First Mess 4. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties from My Darling Lemon Thyme  5. Brown […]ReplyCancel

miso and molasses baked beans - The First Messpin it!miso and molasses baked beans - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Anya18/08/2016 - 7:24 am

    Laura, I love your tips on making successful dishes for a potluck. I too find that, even if I’m dealing with picky eaters, if I make a killer & beautiful veggie dish, it will often be the first bowl licked clean. I’ve been loving the book as well and hoping to make something from it next weekend. And you are really good at photographing brown foods, these look SO appetizing :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda18/08/2016 - 8:08 am


    This sounds really good. Is it possible to make this in a crock pot as opposed to baking them in an oven? Just curious….ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/08/2016 - 8:25 am

      I think it would definitely work! Once you have the beans at the first boiled stage, transfer all of the liquid and beans to the crockpot. Throw the miso, molasses etc in as well, and then I would put it to the “high” setting. Then just keep checking on it/stirring it up every 30 minutes or so.

  • Tori//Gringalicious18/08/2016 - 8:13 am

    Delish! Baked beans are a summer fave in my family so I really need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker18/08/2016 - 8:57 am

    GIRL how you make these beans/brown foods so pretty?! This is my summertime jam right here (extra corn on the cob, please and thank you). xoxoReplyCancel

  • Michelle18/08/2016 - 9:34 am

    Ok I need this book in my life. Getting on it, stat.+ Also these beans. I love the idea of making a big pot of these on the weekend and eating them in different applications.ReplyCancel

  • Lee18/08/2016 - 10:08 am

    Hey Laura! Gorgeous post as always ☺️ I’m wondering what you cook on… Is that an induction stove I spy in the photos above? I’m considering switching to induction and am curious if you’re a fan. Also, champing at the bit for that cookbook to come out! -LeeReplyCancel

    • Laura18/08/2016 - 11:24 am

      Hey Lee! My stove is just a basic electric one with a smooth cooktop. Induction ranges are amazing though–you can boil a pot of water with those things so fast! I’ve used them at some cooking classes and demos and stuff and they really do perform with the speed of gas. I think the only drawback is that you have to ensure that all of your pots/pans/skillets are compatible.

      • Lee21/08/2016 - 10:16 pm

        Thanks for your reply Laura! ☺️ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha18/08/2016 - 11:34 am

    Her book seems really interesting, even if I never have the occasion to cook for potlucks :D And these beans look just delicious *___*ReplyCancel

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  • Alexandra18/08/2016 - 12:50 pm

    I totally love this! I’m always looking for new fun ways to make weeknight bean dishes :)

    These photos are stunning too! Did you use VSCO on them?ReplyCancel

  • Libby18/08/2016 - 1:10 pm

    Some friends and I started hosting twice-monthly potluck dinners where everyone is invited. The only rule is that we all sit at the same table. The table… is getting really, really long! We’re averaging 30-40 people for every meal!
    That being said–this is exactly the kind of book that I need! :DReplyCancel

  • Kristin18/08/2016 - 2:28 pm

    These look amazing so much so that I don’t think I can wait overnight to soak them. Any recommendations for cooking the beans first in a pressure cooker? Should I under cook them? Should I still put in the recommended amount of broth/water to the pot with the sauce?

    Thanks for the help!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/08/2016 - 3:17 pm

      Hi Kristin,
      I’ve never used a pressure cooker so I’m hesitant to offer advice here. Hopefully some readers with experience will see this and be better able to help you out!

  • Cassie18/08/2016 - 4:29 pm

    I don’t normally have baked beans but this looks delicious! This looks like such a great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn long18/08/2016 - 5:32 pm

    Perhaps the miso in your recipe is only for taste, but miso has so much more to offer. By adding it at the end of the cooking time, you’ll also get the probiotic benefits of the miso. Long cooking, especially at high temperatures, will kill all the beneficial stuff miso has. In macrobiotic cooking we always add miso at the end and simmer for only a few minutes before serving.ReplyCancel

  • Daria19/08/2016 - 2:11 am

    I am living and working in UK and we are serving everyday baked beans with brakfast but… there is nothing better than homemade baked beans – I love them so much, this is way I don’t like to buy the ready ones. I really need to try your recipe! With miso it has to be very intresting flavour :)
    An amazing photos, as always! <3ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey19/08/2016 - 10:52 am

    Making beans look fine since always! These photos are gorgeous, Laura! xoReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace19/08/2016 - 8:11 pm

    Your potluck ideas: Winners all, I can attest. I never thought of adding miso to baked beans. What a terrific ingredient! I’ll give that a try next time. Had to laugh, though–always thought ginger was my personal baked beans secret. Oh well. Makes the beans so good, doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Berkey20/08/2016 - 1:15 am

    This must be popping inside my mouth and I like it. Can’t wait to try one on my own!ReplyCancel

  • Katja21/08/2016 - 4:23 am

    Hi Laura,
    This recipe looks gorgeous and so delicious, as always! Do you think – from a time saving point of view – it’s possible to make this with canned beans? Just stir in the sauce with the canned beans, and simmer them in the oven? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!ReplyCancel

    • Laura23/08/2016 - 11:42 am

      Hey Katja,
      I think that would be do-able. In this recipe, when the beans go into the oven, they definitely aren’t cooked all the way through. With that in mind, I might reduce all liquid components in this recipe by about a third. And when they go in the oven, I’d stir in about 1-2 cups of vegetable stock. Be mindful that if you use canned/cooked beans, after baking in the oven, they’re going to be reeeeaaallly soft (but probably still really tasty). Hope some of this is helpful!

  • Allyson21/08/2016 - 1:14 pm

    These baked beans sound excellent (beans+miso=yes), but I’m also salivating at the thought of your corn salad. Potluck food is tricky because there’s so many diets out there, and so many picky eaters, but sometimes magic strikes and you find just the right thing.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}22/08/2016 - 11:44 am

    YUM yes please! This sounds so simple and delicious. Everything with miso and tamari is like <3<3<3
    And you definitely did well on that brown food photography challenge :DReplyCancel

  • Jimm22/08/2016 - 1:59 pm

    Approximately how long do they need to simmer in the first step?ReplyCancel

    • Laura23/08/2016 - 11:44 am

      The first boil was roughly 20 minutes for me. It will really depend on the freshness of your dried beans though. The blowing trick is really helpful to assess the doneness!

  • molly yeh23/08/2016 - 7:18 pm

    i don’t know why it took me SO LONG to have baked beans for the first time (had them earlier this month), but i am a new convert! cannot wait to try these and i am so in love with these photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily28/08/2016 - 7:27 am

    I so appreciate your philosophy of how you approach bringing food to potlucks- familiar with a bit of flair, and getting people to love eating vegetables. You have the gift to make everything look gorgeous, so I’m sure your dishes are always such a hit! Baked beans are such comfort food- so intrigued by this version with the miso, tamari, and ginger. Sounds and looks SO good.ReplyCancel

  • […] Some of the recipes that caught our eye include Potato Salad with Fennel and Pickly Things, Miso and Molasses Baked Beans, Samosa-Filling Stuffed Poblanos, Vegetarian Borscht Salad, and Vegan Caprese Salad. All the […]ReplyCancel

  • […] fresh and new again = guaranteed potluck success.” Perhaps it’s why she loved these Miso and Molasses Baked Beans, which are deeply savory […]ReplyCancel

  • Smadar15/01/2017 - 12:54 pm

    Laura, any advice on how to make this recipe in a slow cooker? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • […] Slow Cooker Miso Molasses Baked Beans Adapted from Modern Potluck, as originally seen here […]ReplyCancel

Peach Crumble Shake with Chia - The First Mess (vegan)pin it!
Once August is here, I make versions of this peach crumble shake pretty much every day. Sometimes I’ll use a handful of berries in the mix, some greens, or I’ll nix the protein powder or something, but the basic formula is there. Oats in breakfast-y shakes is something I’ve been doing for a while. It loans a thickness to the shake/smoothie that tends to lessen the need for banana or another texture-enhancing fruit. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for the taste of banana, ya know?  View full post »

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  • Allyson13/08/2016 - 8:41 pm

    I keep getting reminders that I need to up my breakfast game, like this one. This looks beautiful- and I’ve never thought of adding oats to my smoothies.ReplyCancel

  • Sophia @ Little Box Brownie15/08/2016 - 2:46 am

    This looks like my kind of breakfast. AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow16/08/2016 - 7:12 am

    Hey Laura! Thanks for the fab links. And what a wonderful drink!! I need this in my life! :)ReplyCancel

  • Claudia16/08/2016 - 8:26 am

    I go to Starbucks maybe every few weeks but I too was thrilled once they added Coconut milk. I drink only espresso drinks and an iced latte with coconut milk is quite tasty and I consider it a dessert drink because they use original and not unsweetened milk. :)ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout16/08/2016 - 10:10 pm

    This looks awesome! Totally making it for breakfast tomorrow. Also, the coconut milk at starbucks IS totally weird! Or I guess just sweetened. Love the links as always <3ReplyCancel

  • Cassie18/08/2016 - 4:29 pm

    Genius recipe! Peaches are my favorite fruit in a smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • The Wooden Spoon22/08/2016 - 9:30 am

    I never thought of adding lemon juice to a smoothie before, but I love the idea. I have to try this with a dash of cardamon!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie26/08/2016 - 7:55 am

    I took the liberty of roasting the peaches before freezing to make this shake. TOTALLY MOUTHWATERING.ReplyCancel

    • Laura26/08/2016 - 7:56 am

      Whooooooa! Next level move for real :D

  • Dusty27/08/2016 - 2:57 am

    Great links! I’m loving the Plant Gourmet podcast :)ReplyCancel

garlic sesame noodles with broccoli, basil & crispy tempeh (#vegan, quick and healthy) - The First Messpin it!garlic sesame noodles with broccoli, basil & crispy tempeh (#vegan, quick and healthy) - The First Messpin it! View full post »

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  • Julia @ HappyFoods10/08/2016 - 4:41 am

    Never eaten tempeh but looking at this dish I feel like running to our local shop to have a look if they sell it so I could make it!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn10/08/2016 - 4:48 am

    Excellent. I have a packet of tempeh in the fridge too. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Clémentine10/08/2016 - 5:04 am

    Thanks Laura for the words on Instagram & co… I’m also trying currently to check only once a day and maybe not scrolling through the whole feed thread as I followed more people/restaurants recently…

    Same for this kind of noodle dish is exactly what I will go for if I feel lazy, craving for comfort food and that it seems that my fridge has nothing to offer! It turned out to be always a nice and yummy surprise!ReplyCancel

  • Anya10/08/2016 - 7:13 am

    SO many good points you make here, Laura! We just started getting into the groove of things with Snapchat, and then Stories came out, and now we are kind of at a loss :) And I do find those apps taking up way too much time. What I like about them is getting the ‘raw,’ unfiltered view into the lives of people I admire over the internet, and I do think it might make readers feel more connected as well.
    Anyways, these noodles look amazing! Never seen tempeh captured in a more appetizing way.ReplyCancel

  • Alys10/08/2016 - 8:14 am

    Holy cow this is like all my fav ingredients in one recipe! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High10/08/2016 - 8:19 am

    dude, i am not a fan of how all these stupid social media apps are turning out. i’m barely on instagram anymore, it stresses me out way too much. and if i’m being honest, it all looks the same now? it’s hard to find people who are truly innovating and inspiring. sigh. can we all go back to just blogging??ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker10/08/2016 - 8:54 am

    I feel these feels so hard right now! Once I get done watching Snapchat, I feel like I have to move onto Stories..then there’s regular Insta, then Facebook..ahhh!! I need to start giving up on a few and just chilling on the screen time :) In love with those noodles chica, that broccoli is calling my name!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica10/08/2016 - 9:11 am

    I feel exactly the same, it’s too much! Not into Instagram stories at all. The more time I feel forced on one app, the more time I end up away from it. Spending too much time looking into others lives and not in my own, and it just doesn’t feel right. Loving this noodle bowl :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder10/08/2016 - 9:24 am

    I feel you on those Instagram stories, and appreciate you honest thoughts here Laura <3. As someone who is also really sensitive to overstimulation too, trying to figure out the SM balance personally + professionally is really tough. But you are encouraging me to go with my gut here, thank you! And this noodle dish sounds innnnncredible girl! Broccoli is my favorite, and I love what you've done with that tempeh ;). Hugs and cheers to less screen time – xoReplyCancel

  • Ashley10/08/2016 - 11:29 am

    Frankly, I think the Snapchat/IG Stories-like apps encourage anxiety & compulsion by creating a false sense of urgency relating toward checking social media: If you don’t check regularly, you might miss something! I am severely disappointed in the lack of ethics among gaming & app developers, who are more interested in creating technology that people “won’t be able to live without” in order to increase their bottom line, instead of creating technology that actually enhances people’s lives.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson10/08/2016 - 11:50 am

    I’m stealing your “if it doesn’t add, subtract” mantra. I haven’t tried Instagram stories yet and I’m not particularly interested. It seems like all of our technology is moving in the assumption that we want to be connected 24 hours a day, when really it’s quickly becoming (at least for me) just one more thing to keep up with. Ugh.

    In noodle news, these look excellent. I imagine this would be excellent with soba.ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha10/08/2016 - 12:08 pm

    1. I wasn’t able to use Snapchat, Instagram is so easy that I share some little videos and “backstage” shots, but I try to not overdo, since I think it can be a double-edged sword – I unfollowed some accounts because they post a new story every 30 minutes and they’re pretty boring.
    2. Your photos are more stunning than ever!
    3. These noodles, gosh *___*


  • montanahappy.com10/08/2016 - 12:55 pm

    Your photo skills are amazing…wow! This recipe looks delicious…can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats10/08/2016 - 1:12 pm

    This is the kind of thing I like to make an obscene amount of and eat for lunch everyday. Tamari + citrus + maple syrup is the BEST dressing for nearly everything.

    And for me my Snapchat is private/for friends so I don’t mind Instagram stories so I can post food content there and save bee filter face/excessive cat pictures for my snaps!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha10/08/2016 - 1:43 pm

    Hi! loved your thoughts about the Instagram and snapchat stories! I think we are molding into a society that tries to force everyone into maintaining an online presence, which can be rewarding but takes us away from the real stuff happening in the moment! A reminder to visit the present moment more often. :) The noodles look great!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full10/08/2016 - 1:49 pm

    I’ve never heard that before, but I love it – “If it doesn’t add, it subtracts.” Very wise words. I’ve been slowly moving away from instagram as it’s really been stressing me out (i.e. hashtags, how many followers I have, etc), and I never got into snapchat in the first place. It doesn’t add, so it subtracts! :pReplyCancel

  • Adina10/08/2016 - 3:16 pm

    I am in full support of stepping back from Instagram!!! I love everything you said. I feel like Instagram can take over your entire day, business, and life if you try to keep up with it. Keep being you! I love it, I will definitely be checking in on your blog. Thanks for the quality content and REALness.ReplyCancel

  • Leah11/08/2016 - 2:17 pm

    Thanks so much for this yummy recipe. Made it last night and we loved it. My 5 year old ate every bite!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie12/08/2016 - 8:56 pm

    I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the photos are! I agree that Instagram can be addicting and a bit toxic if you abuse its algorithmic structure. The scenario of “if it doesn’t add, it subtracts” is definitely true!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne13/08/2016 - 12:11 pm

    Ah, such a relief to hear other people feel the same was about social media apps! I actually deleted Twitter about a month ago, I was only keeping it because I thought I was supposed to and then felt guilty when I never used it. How silly! I haven’t used Snapchat for my company and probably won’t be using Instagram stories. It just doesn’t sit well with me. Like you said ” A lot of this has to do with being a sensitive person that’s easily overstimulated.” I totally agree.



  • Maya | Spice + Sprout16/08/2016 - 11:11 am

    I feel like you are always so articulate about these things! I really love and appreciate your honesty here. I feel like as a pretty small and new blogger and I am always trying to play catch up, and social media is such a big part of that, but something that also creates stress/envy/bad vibes. I am going to make a big effort to listen to myself more! Thanks, Laura! <3ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}22/08/2016 - 11:53 am

    I’m totally with you on the instagram stories thing. Whenever something requires my attention repeatedly throughout the day I feel easily overwhelmed. I’ve never been good at updating things often in general, and whenever I have an ongoing conversation with a friend on, say, Messenger, I like to wait for a day or so before answering. Because falling into that spiral of constant back-and-forth communication stressed me out for some reason. I’ve always preferred to work on my things in solitude, only to pop out every once in a while and publish it. In between I keep a pretty low profile.

    And regarding the recipe here, it sounds like exactly the kind of things I enjoy! Tempeh pairs so well with noodles, and broccoli is always a favorite :-) And the dusky light here is simply gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie06/09/2016 - 10:30 am

    I usually don’t like tempeh much unless it’s in a dragon bowl at a restaurant.
    Well… I LOVED THIS DISH! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Mado07/11/2016 - 9:43 pm

    Love the recipes, pix are gorgeous. Do us a favor, however, and increase your font size. It’s a deterrent.ReplyCancel

  • This recipe was so delicious! The dressing ratios were right on point (salty nutty tangy with a bit of sweet) and I loved blanching the broccoli with the noods to make it super quick. Thanks Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine20/12/2016 - 11:50 am

    I made this last night!- delicious and easy! I might make a bit more sauce to use on the leftovers tonight. Yum!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen30/01/2017 - 1:53 am

    Somehow I have all these ingredients on hand! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Lily09/02/2017 - 10:31 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Made it with rice noodles and was really happy with how it turned out (so was my boyfriend who doesn’t love eating vegetarian). I’ve never tried steaming and then searing tempeh, but I like the sound of it. Do you have any tips for this?ReplyCancel