This page showcases various vegan recipe ideas for healthy food inspiration that I have made for myself, friends and family recently. My hope is that these delicious, plant-based recipes encourage you to try them out for yourself – full recipes with ingredients and cooking instructions can be found on my instagram page: @vegoutlook.
In addition to my recipe creation and photography, some other elements I would like to showcase as part of my portfolio are the recent graphic designs I have created for my job (working for Trupo Treats), projects I’ve completed during my time at UF, as well as a few articles I have written regarding local businesses in the Gainesville area. I am including these to show that I am a well-rounded individual with talent and passion for graphic design, writing, recipe creation, photography, communication, and social media. I also believe this section of my website will give more insight into who I am as a person and will allow whoever is reading this to feel more connected to me and the message I hope share with you all.
Vegan Tofu Scramble:
This dish was prepared using extra firm tofu, sautéed vegetables including wild mushrooms, orange bell pepper, heirloom cherry tomatoes, spinach, yellow onion and scallions. For the seasonings, I used vegan parmesan, vegan butter, lemon juice, turmeric, garlic, garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Sauté all together, breaking the tofu up into crumbles with your hands, and serve with a slice of toast cut into triangles.
Strawberry & Banana “Ice cream” Smoothie Bowl:
To achieve an ice-cream-like consistency for the base of your bowl, blend together frozen strawberries and bananas and add just enough liquid so that it is able to blend, but still remains thick. This bowl is topped with sliced strawberries, natural peanut butter, cacao nibs, mini dark chocolate chips, granola, dry roasted peanuts, pecans, chia seeds and hemp seeds.
Vegan Crispy Orange Chick’n:
For this dish, I used Gardein’s brand of frozen Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n. I paired it with sautéed mixed vegetables which included red and orange bell peppers, curly kale, snow peas, red onion and mushrooms. All served over jasmine rice and garnished with chopped green onions. Chopped peanuts and cilantro are great topping options for this dish as well.
Asian-Inspired Tofu Buddha Bowl:
This colorful bowl is topped with soy-glazed tofu, sautéed baby portobello mushrooms and edamame, roasted green beans and cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. All of this is served over a bed of spring mix and jasmine rice and garnished with everything bagel seasoning.
Banana Bread Muffins with Coffee Cake Crumb Topping:
These moist muffins are filled with chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Top with powdered sugar and serve with sliced mangoes and fresh strawberries.
Aesthetic Fruit Platter:
For this fruit platter, I used sun-glow melon, mango, mandarin orange, kiwi, raspberry and mint leaves. While this technically isn’t a “recipe,” I tried to take this platter to the next level by cutting and arranging the fruit in an artistic/creative manner. That being said, I believe the fruit speaks for itself and made for an incredibly beautiful and equally delicious meal.
Thai Vegetable Fried Rice:
This dish is cooked up with day-old jasmine rice, Just Egg, orange bell pepper, mushrooms and onions. It is seasoned with chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, vegan butter, black pepper, garlic, onion, and ginger powder. Finally, it is topped with sliced avocado, lime, green onions and everything bagel seasoning.
Vegan Feta Penne Pasta:
Creamy, flavorful and restaurant quality, this dish features a pasta sauce with cherry tomatoes, garlic cloves, vegan feta cheese, red pepper flakes, olive oil, oregano and nutritional yeast. Topping it with fresh basil is highly recommended for maximum yumminess.
Vegetable Pad Thai with Crispy Tofu:
The items you’ll need if you want to recreate this masterpiece are rice noodles, bean sprouts, tofu, green onions, ginger powder, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup and sesame oil. This dish is most enjoyable when garnished with more green onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts, sriracha and, of course, everything bagel seasoning.
Trupo Treats & Eat Snacklins Giveaway Graphic:
This is a graphic I created for a giveaway between the company I work for (Trupo Treats) and Eat Snacklins, which is the company we were partnering with on the giveaway. This graphic was posted on both company’s Instagram accounts, which share over 32.1 thousand followers across both platforms. I designed this graphic with both company’s images and overall brand aesthetic in mind to be sure that it fit well/flowed with both of their Instagram pages. This graphic also accumulated almost 1,200 comments from followers of both brands and preformed significantly better than both of their recent posts at the time.
Denver Vegan Giveaway Graphic:
This is a graphic I designed for a giveaway I single-handedly coordinated between 5 vegan brands: Trupo Treats, Happy Leaf Kombucha, Nu Foods, Crummies Co. and Peaceful Rebel. This graphic was also posted on all 5 company Instagram accounts, which totaled over 30 thousand followers among all of them and reached even more people.
Childhood Favorites Giveaway Graphic:
This is the first graphic I designed for a giveaway I coordinated between Upton’s Naturals and Trupo Treats. This graphic was posted on both company’s Instagrams, which shared a total of over 61 thousand followers. This post performed better than most of the company’s previous posts and accumulated 3,114 comments between both Instagram pages.
Below I have linked some of the articles/stories I have reported recently:
Curia on the Drag – Content Marketing Strategy Proposal:
This is a content marketing strategy proposal I created for Writing for Strategic Communication (ENC3252), a class I took in the fall of my senior year at the University of Florida. The purpose of the piece was to develop a new brand strategy for the local Gainesville business, Curia On The Drag. The proposal contains a company overview, target audience, campaign goals, strategies, & tactics, a project timeline, and mock-ups of signature story and knowledge-branding content I developed as examples.
The skills I demonstrate in this presentation include:
- Social Media Listening & Analytics
- Implementation of SMART objectives
- Knowledge of how to develop specific campaign goals, strategies, & tactics
- Knowledgable of the benefits of content marketing
- Experience discussing and developing signature story and knowledge-branding content
- Experience using various social platforms
- Identifying target audiences
- Graphic Design (Canva)
- Writing/Narrative Storytelling
- Content Creation
- Recipe development
Hidden Vegan Gems – Gainesville City Walk
I created this assignment for the same class as the previous portfolio piece (ENC3252) to create a unique experience that provided people with a new, more interactive way to discover some of Gainesville’s best vegan food options that can be found within walking distance of one another. This project demonstrates my ability to identify, cater to, and meet the needs of a specific target audience by developing content that appeal to them. For example, many newcomers to Gainesville are Gen-Z college students who will be unfamiliar with the area. In addition, many are vegan and will search for new places to eat that appeal to their dietary needs. The issue is that most pre-existing articles about vegan food in Gainesville either aren’t up to date (therefore contain misleading info) or fail to take transportation from place to place (or proximity to the UF campus) into consideration. For example, the most recent article suggested visiting two sites (Joyfully Baked and Tom Kat Kafe) that are now permanently closed.
This provided a unique opportunity to target vegan college students interested in sustainability or health with a carefully crafted CityWalk visual designed to mimic the sensory experience of traveling to and from some of Gainesville’s hidden vegan gems. This piece is unique because all mentioned locations are within walking distance of one another, so the reader can replicate the journey without needing a car. This appeals to the target audience’s desire to avoid engaging in actions that harm the environment (a common trend among vegan individuals). Driving a car is a prime example of an activity they would want to limit because it releases pollutants that contribute to climate change and negatively impact our health. Thankfully, this project was developed to help them avoid this dilemma.
Click here to access the slideshow presentation showcasing four of the best vegan food hotspots in Gainesville, Florida.
Click here to view the text/story that accompanies the slideshow images.