When I switched to a plant-based diet, I thought it meant I wouldn’t get to enjoy my favourite breakfast foods. I used to be obsessed with eggs and would eat them every day if I could. Now, of course, I no longer eat eggs for health, ethical, and environmental reasons.
So I wanted to find a way to recreate the taste and texture I loved, with a healthier and of course cruelty-free version!

However, every restaurant I’ve gone to that serves a tofu scramble always serves some crumbly, dry scramble with a seemingly random jumble of vegetables thrown in. Ya girl is not about that life. SO I set out to create the BEST tofu scramble I could! This is one of my absolute favourite breakfasts!

The key to this is using medium-firm tofu – it has more moisture and much more of an egg-like texture than the firm or extra firm tofu that most restaurants seem to use. Eggs have moisture and are squishy – not crumbly and dry. Adding some milk also helps a lot with this!

Also crucial to this (though you can omit it if you aren’t able to find it) is the Black Salt – otherwise known as Kala Namak. This is a pungent spice that comes from rock-salt. It smells and tastes like eggs because of its sulphur content – adding it to the scramble totally makes it taste more like eggs.

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As for the potatoes, one trick to make them crispy without adding oil is to use a small amount of tahini (sesame paste.) This also helps the spices stick to the potatoes!

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I hope you enjoy!

February passed by so quickly that I completely forgot to post a review for last month’s brushes!

I received March’s brushes a bit late, so sadly I wasn’t able to post a review as soon as I had hoped. I tested most of them out in my recent Get Ready With Me video, which you can watch here!

March’s brush package is a fun spin on St. Patrick’s Day and features 4 Rose Gold brushes:

  • The R3 Precision Pointed ContourMorphe suggests using this brush to contour or apply cream products. While it definitely works for that, my favourite way to use it is to set my foundation with loose powder! It’s the perfect shape for setting under eye concealer!
  • The R4 Pro Angle Brush – this is marketed as a blush brush, but I personally find it a bit too small for my personal blush preference. I love this brush for applying a natural contour, as the slanted shape hugs the cheekbones really well.
  • The R3 Round Blender – this is my favourite brush of this month’s package, and one of my new favourite brushes of all time. It’s perfect for applying concealer into all those hard to reach areas, such as around the eyes and nose. I use this every day to apply my colour corrector on my under-eye area before my concealer!
  • The R42 Oval Shadow & Concealer – this is a strong contender for my favourite brush of the month. This small, pointed brush has the perfect amount of flatness and density, making it ideal for packing on eyeshadow to the lid. It’s not a blending brush, but really is perfect for depositing colour!

You can see these brushes in action here!

Strangely enough, I don’t use most of these brushes for their intended purpose. I love all of these brushes, don’t get me wrong. But I always recommend trying the brushes for different things to figure out the best way they work for you!

Interested in joining Morphe’s monthly brush subscription? You can join here, and you’ll receive bonus points/a free brush!

Previous month’s reviews:

Morphe Me Subscription – January 2018 Brush Review

Morphe Me Subscription – October Brush Review

This post is not sponsered, but I do also receive bonus points when you sign up through my link!

This is my go-to makeup look for every day, when I don’t have a lot of time, or just don’t feel like doing anything particularly dramatic.

It’s easy, and really brightens the complexion (which is great if you’re like me, and have atrocious sleeping habits.)
I’m using a lot of my current favourite makeup products.

Don’t let the long list of products fool you – this really is an easy look to create!

Products used: 

  • Lise Watier extreme hold cc eye primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette – “Naked” & “Buck”
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • Marcelle Forever Sharp Waterproof Eyeliner “Blackest Black”
  • Pur Fully Charged Mascara Primer
  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
  • The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Foundation “Porcelain”
  • Pixi Brightening Under Eye Concentrate – Peach
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Light
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Metallic Strobe Palette
  • Stila Stay All Day Bronzer
  • Essence Satin Touch Blush “Satin Love”
  • Marcelle Eye-Brightening Kohl Eyeliner “Beige”
  • Urban Decay Naked palette “Smog” & “Buck”
  • Lise Watier Waterproof Lip Crayon “Nude”
  • Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme Lipstick “Charlize”

Brushes used: 

  • Morphe R3 brush
  • Morphe R40 brush
  • Morphe R42 brush
  • Morphe r3 brush
  • Quo Liner & brow brush
  • Morphe M510 brush
  • Morphe R7 Brush
  • Morphe E4 brush
  • Morphe M508

 

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what your current favourite products are!

 

Check out my previous posts:

Easy Mushroom Stroganoff – Vegan/Plant-Based

February 2018 On Instagram

Kardashian Inspired Glam – Chatty Tutorial

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Pasta is synonymous with happiness. Well, not really, but it should be. I would eat pasta every day if it were healthy to do so. One of my favourite things to do is try to make pasta bit healthier – such as using a gluten-free or brown rice pasta, and making the sauces out of things like vegetables and beans.

Then again, sometimes you just need a good old-fashion comfort food pasta. I love Stroganoff and knew I wanted to veganize a recipe. I began searching for different ones online, and while there are lots of great ones – like this one from Caitlin of From My Bowl – I knew I wanted to play around and see what I could come up with.

This instantly became one of my favourite recipes. It’s a super easy, one-pot mushroom-stroganoff style pasta. It’s dairy free, vegan, and can be customized in a ton of different ways! !

Best of all it’s easy, quick, and can be made in just one pot!

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Notes:

  • When adding your pasta, the liquid should be just covering the pasta. Depending on the pasta you’re using, you may need to add an extra 1-2 cups water.
  • I decided to add extra pasta for leftovers, so I added an extra 1 & 1/2 cups water.
  • The beefless ground is optional but adds extra heartiness, protein, and that “traditional” stroganoff texture. You could substitute this with lentils!
  • Omit sprinkle of vegan cheese for a healthier option
  • You can use any type of pasta, but I prefer gluten-free. It’s healthier and easier on the stomach! My current favourite is the Catelli Gluten-Free pasta, or brown rice pasta.

February was full of contradictions; an antithesis of sorts, if a month can be such a thing. It seemed to be full of both good and bad; both light and dark, both retrogress and progress.

It wasn’t quite what I’d hoped it would be in some ways, yet more than I’d hoped for in others. On the positive side, I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for 2 of my co-workers and celebrated my 23rd birthday with my friends and family. It was a month of social reinvigoration, and was much needed!

With this, I also found myself slowly rekindling that creative spark I’ve been missing. Despite frustrations and disappointment with Instagram’s Algorithm and the new YouTube Partnership update, I feel like I’m finally starting to find my creative “groove,” if you will. I feel more determined than ever to get back into the routine of creating content, but in a way that feels fresh and more like me.  You can expect to see more frequent posts on here, my Instagram, and my YouTube channel! 

Here’s a look at my month on Instagram:

 

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You can find me here, or as “raincoatesbeauty” on the app!

 

 

Make sure to leave me your Instagram links in the comments! Here’s hoping March is full of growth, light, progress, and energy!