Creamy Dijon Broccoli Salad {Vegan} & A Little Bit About School

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Hello, foodies!

I hope you’re all having a great fall semester so far! Whether you’re a student, your kids are students, and/or you’re working, I hope it’s all going well.

Mine has definitely been busy. Blogging has crossed my mind several times (especially because I have so many new recipes to share!), but I’m finding it challenging to write anything other than, “try this, it’s yummy,” after a really long day of classes and/or studying. This is definitely my toughest semester so far, and I’m actually sick now. Immune system = shot. I apologize if I ramble a lot in this post, as I’m running on very little sleep.

But there can’t be learning without stress, right? And though this has been a tough semester, it’s also been the best and the most interesting thus far. Wanna know what I’m learning?

Research Methods: We are learning how to build a credible study, how to write the proposal, how to conduct the experiment, how to calculate statistics, and all of the rules that go along with research. We also just finished a comparison assignment between a media article and the original research journal. You would be shocked to learn how badly the media distorts a research study, even adding in entirely fictional “facts” of their own. It’s making me question everything I hear. Next time you read in the Vancouver Sun that “a new study finds…” be skeptical.

Biopsychology: Right down to basic functions, we’re learning about how neurons communicate signals in the brain. This course has been a bit more challenging for me because science is not really one of my strong subjects, but our prof keeps it fun and entertaining. You know class is going to be good when your prof throws himself into a wall to demonstrate a point! Plus, the more I work to understand it, the more I find it interesting and want to learn more. Nothing beats reading a research paper in behavioral neuroscience and realizing you understand EVERYTHING! From terminology to statistics, it feels pretty good.

Sociology: I really wish I’d gotten my shit together and discovered Sociology sooner, as I would have loved to do a minor in it. After learning the different sociological perspectives (Functionalism, Conflict, Symbolic Interactionist, Feminist), we started using the different lenses to look at societal issues. Suicide, gender, inequality, and so on. This might sound stupid, but I’ll be honest: I used to think Feminists were bra-burning man-haters, but I’m finding that I really identify with this perspective. It’s about gender equality, not just women’s rights. We should all be Feminists, including men. I’m finding myself in a lot of sociological discussions and debates lately.

History & Systems of Psychology: All the way back to Greek philosophers, we’re learning about how psychology has evolved over the centuries. It took a couple days for me to really get into this class, but now I’m really enjoying it and finding it interesting. It’s fun to talk about with my brother, too, since he’s so interested in history and philosophy in general.

Math: Let’s not talk about Math, shall we? I will say, though, that I’ve been working very hard to understand it and keep a decent grade, and I get really excited anytime I understand it really well. But am I looking forward to the end of the semester and never taking a Math class again? Yes, yes I am.

Ooh, and can I talk for a second about how I was Minnie Mouse for Halloween?? What were you dressed up as? I love the make-up on my girlfriend’s costume, too!

I rocked the raddest Minnie Mouse slippers, purchased on Etsy. lovelovelove! <3

We also threw a house party, complete with decorations. I didn’t take pictures after people arrived (vodka will make you forget things), but a lot of people came, and many stayed until 2am. It was a good party.

And there you have it! My life for the past few months. I can elaborate on more if you guys like, but there’s a taste of it.

Speaking of taste…

I love having ready-made salads on hand for busy mornings when I need to run out the door with a quick lunch. This recipe is great because you can make it in advance and take it for later. I like to make it before bed and take it to school the next morning. The dressing is creamy and tangy, and it pairs well with the sweet taste of raisins and the crunch of the slivered almonds. Make lots, because you will NOT be able to resist this salad!

Creamy Dijon Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4-5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients until mixed well.
  2. Add in all remaining ingredients, stirring to coat.
  3. Cover salad and refrigerate for several hours.
  4. Serve cold as a yummy side dish.

P.S. Wondering about my running? I’m still seeing a chiropractor and limiting my exercise to the low-impact elliptical and yoga. But I’m not giving up! I just need to heal myself before I jump back on the wagon.

P.P.S. I hope you’re all wearing your poppies, as it’s that time of year to remember <3 In addition, if you want to donate money to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, you can check out the donation page that Angela of Oh She Glows has set up. Even if you don’t have much, every little bit adds up.