Everyday Non-Recipes & Things

August 5, 2017

Everyday Non-Recipes & Things by Faring Well

I think the most beautiful part about living a whole foods, plant based lifestyle is the simplicity brings to my life. Of course there are the specialty recipes with over a dozen ingredients to make me feel fancy every once and a while. But most days, it’s the simple things I choose that bring me the most joy and satisfaction with this path I’ve chosen. I thought I would take a pause this week from sharing a more detailed recipe, and instead share with you a bit of my day to day life. This includes the basic meals often found on my plate, and the plates themselves (later in this post).

My main philosophy when it comes to feeding Scott and I is to keep it simple and varied. Whole foods are the stars, and specialty ingredients are kept to a minimum (for cost, and just overall life simplicity). I get caught up from time to time with the myriad of health food “products” being marketed to me constantly. My pantry will get too full, our wallets will get too small, and then I’ll bite into a fresh plum and think what am I doing buying anything but things like this to sustain me. The past few weeks I’ve weeded out and used up most specialty items and variants of certain things I just don’t need more than one or two of at any time. My grocery cart is back to only being filled with produce, dried beans and grains, and occasionally a few bottles of vegetable broth/tomato sauce. Our pantry is trim, the fridge is clean, and our meals are so flavorful and varied.

Although no day looks the same as the next with me at meal time anymore (thank goodness) I have had a few favorite “simple meals” below that I was able to snap pictures of to share with you. (See below the photo for all the descriptions.)

My main goal with this post was to open up a bit more about our lifestyle, and hopefully encourage anyone new to plant based eating that it doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or fancy in the slightest. The header image shows Scott and I enjoying some of our favorite cereals in bed this past weekend, and although cereal is a major treat that rarely enters our home – it was important for us to simplify our mornings for a few days and indulge a bit in something that soothed our kid-like souls. So we did, it was wonderful, and I’m back to oatmeal again – no harm done ;).

I posted a photo the other day of our daily dishes cabinet and received such a sweet and positive response from you! I decided to include the photo later in this post, along with one of our drinks cabinet, linking to some of our favorite sources and makers who have led us to accumulating a collection we rather love. I hope you enjoy and find something you like within it’s shelves too. On a random side note, I’ve finally updated my images in the sidebar/on the ‘about’ page to *gasp* reveal my face after hiding behind my hair for two years ;). Thank you for making me blush like silly with your comments on my Instagram post the other day, shucks times a million you guys! This goof appreciates you.


Everyday Non-Recipes & Things by Faring Well

The first up is a simple banana oatmeal, which I enjoy pre-workout sometimes in the morning. I know there are tons of beautiful ways to “do up” a bowl of oatmeal, but I really just like it best with ground flax, cinnamon, and a mashed banana stirred in – so that’s what I do. A smoothie is always a part of my day, and I don’t have a dozen ingredients or special powders racking up the dollar bills in mine. Just fruits, vegetables, ground flax, and sometimes a few sprouted nuts. They are thirty two ounces, and therefore water based – cause plant milk does not grown on trees, plus I find it more refreshing this way.

Sometimes for lunch, or a lazy dinner, I love a simple platter of fresh veggies (carrots and celery and occasionally pre-steamed beets) with a hefty portion of brown rice, a simply dressed salad (maple and mustard), and a portion of homemade hummus (chickpea or red lentil based).  Burrito bowls have also been a major go-to lately, either over brown rice or a baked sweet potato. Black beans and a kind of vegetable (grilled zucchini here) with lots of spices, garlic, shallot, cilantro, and lime (my go-to recipe is coming to you next week). Occasionally with a half of an avocado when one is ripe. Sometimes with cherry tomatoes. I just roll with what is already prepped and sitting in the fridge.

And my favorite two snacks this week have rotated between fresh fruit on the hotter days (plums and nectarines are amazing right now) and a loaded slice of toast. This one here is topped with cooked french lentils I had in the fridge, a half an avocado, squeeze of lime juice, minced garlic and shallot, and chopped cilantro leaves (the last three I had pre chopped sitting in the fridge – easy peasy). As you can tell, aside from my nine to twelve servings of fruits and veggies a day, I value two to three servings each of whole grains and beans/legumes. Fiber is my friend, and I welcome it wholeheartedly. Of course there are so many little meals I enjoy different from these I would have loved to squeeze in, but time wouldn’t allow for me to in this post. Let me know if you enjoy these non-recipe snaps of my day-to-day and I can try to do more in the future too!


Everyday Non-Recipes & Things by Faring Well

It should have been a sign when we chose yellow, turquoise, and peach for our wedding colors five and a half years ago that those same tones would grace every inch of our future home. Of all the pieces that have floated in and out of our cabinets, these have been the ones that stuck, and we are rather smitten with each piece (and use them all weekly). I hesitate to say we are “completely settled” knowing I’ll jinx my contentment, so before I do, onto the people and places that connected us to them – and happy nesting/collecting from me to you.

Basics: our white plates and low bowls have mostly come from West Elm, with a few random pieces originating from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. Most of our traditional coffee mugs have come from The Created Co. and Almond Surfboards.

Ceramics: Without a doubt, Wolf Ceramics is a new favorite and we hope to use her beautiful bowls, small dishes, and mugs forever. I also love my pink stripe mug from ML Pottery and my blue crater lake mug from Manzama Wares. I have a few small bowls made by Felt + Fat and One and Many, and plates from Barombi Studios and Suite One Studio. Then my cherished plate and bowl from Herriott Grace from a splurge a while back. Our local shop here, Heritage Mercantile, is where I find some other unique pieces.

Glassware: I have a few standard pieces from Crate & Barrel, and more fun/specialty pieces from Anthropology, Heritage Mercantile, Target, and Terrain.

Funky: My swirled marble bowls are an old purchase from Urban Outfitters (as are a few other pieces). A few decorated mugs from Anthropologie. Striped bowls from a small shop that brings in pieces from the owner’s travels here locally, and angular bowls from Convivial.

Measure/Store: I have a few different glass measuring cups, one from West Elm, but several from Schoolhouse Electric. Also a little pouring glass from Heritage Mercantile. I love my mason jars for storing sauces and drinks and things in, especially now with my new slew of Intelligent Lids (they are the best).

I hope you found this differently styled post to be fun in some little way! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more daily posts and stories. 


  • Reply Gena August 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Love this, Jessie! I so agree that simplicity is part of the beauty of this lifestyle, and that a few everyday staple dishes can do so much heavy lifting. It’s fun to see some of your favorites! <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      You are so wonderful at the everyday dishes Gena, I am so inspired by you! Thank you for reading + commenting lady, making my day that much brighter. XO

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high August 5, 2017 at 6:50 am

    love your prop shelf. xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Ah thank you Michelle! I’m sure I’d love to raid your cabinets as well ;).

  • Reply Caitlin Boulware August 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I love love love hearing your everyday non recipes thank you :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you so much for this feedback Caitlin! I’m so glad to hear :).

  • Reply Marina Gunn | Live More With Less August 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I love this so much! You have such a cute style :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      You’re too kind Marina, thank you! <3

  • Reply Rebeca August 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I’m all for simple meals, especially during the summer. Next week is off to a great start with everything I’ve gotten from my grandma and neighbours: green beans, tomatoes, peppers, two heads of lettuce, apples, and plums. Am I lucky or what?!
    I’m swooning over your dishes cabinet!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      So so lucky! What great neighbors and grandma you have :) enjoy them all tons Rebecca, and thank you for commenting! xx

  • Reply Rezel August 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I am loving a peek inside your shelves!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      I’m so honored you are Rezel, thank you girl!

  • Reply Pia August 6, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Yes, yes, YES! I most certainly enjoyed this post, as well as the subsequent clicking through all the gorgeous tableware on the sites you linked to (guilty :P) Also, I think it’s great that you focus on keeping it simple and that you’ve started sharing more of those kind of things on here, as it could really be helpful and comforting for whoever may be playing with the idea of going plantbased, or at least incorporating more whole plant foods into their diet, because I believe many people still get intimidated and think it’s so hard an complicated, when in reality the opposite is the case! So, yeah, that’s my little input to this lovely post of yours, and with that said, I wish you a beautiful Sunday and am sending you big beary hugs xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      You’re response was so uplifting to read Pia, thank you for taking the time to share this with me! You are such a sweet soul, and I’m happy to be intertwining some more practicality on my part. This was one of my favorite posts to write in some time :).

  • Reply Rachel August 7, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I love the non-recipes! Sometimes it’s great to hear what someone else’s non-recipes are to get you thinking outside of your comfort zones! One of my favorites are some green plantains boiled, flattened, and baked with some lime and salt! Yum! Just in case you were looking for another little idea — I make a meal out of them too and top them with salsa and beans sometimes.

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Rachel! It always helps me to read others too. Those plantains sounds amazing, especially with the salsa and beans – drooling. Will have to give them a try soon too! Thank you for inspiring girl!

  • Reply Sarah August 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Jessie! I love reading practical posts like this & it definitely inspires me to rethink my daily meals <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      You are so welcome Sarah! I’m glad you enjoyed it and found it inspiring in some way <3 that's so wonderful. Hope you have a lovely + tasty week!

  • Reply Jayne August 9, 2017 at 3:29 am

    I like this post so much. I’ve been finding myself weeding out the unnecessary lately. It’s amazing how much it impacts my budget and my time. Thanks for sharing this…also, your photos are AMAZING. :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

      This made me smile, thank you Jayne! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the trim-down too, and thank you for your kind words! <3

  • Reply Brina August 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Fairly certain that your pantry belongs in a catalogue. <3 I love it!

    • Reply Faring Well August 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Oh my goodness, no way! Thank you Brina – XO.

  • Reply Julie August 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Your collection is so great! I actually never thought about having a wooden plate divider – it is such a good idea for those more special pieces. <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thank you Julie! And yes we love the divider, makes for grabbing plates for this and that so much easier everyday :).

  • Reply dana August 10, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Beautiful post, lady friend! xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well August 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thank you so so much Dana, appreciate you <3.

  • Reply Beatrice August 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Your photography is amazing! I agree that it’s easy to get sucked in and buy a lot of unnecessary things. It’s wonderful to experiment with those specialty products and see if you really like some of them, but slowly, so that your pantry doesn’t overflow! The meals you shared look absolutely delicious, especially that banana oatmeal. And your tableware is to die for… Peach and turquoise is not a combo I’ve seen a lot but seeing it in your cabinet… I want that in my own future home!!

    • Reply Faring Well August 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      You positively radiate joy in this comment Beatrice and I super appreciate you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the simple meal share :) and that you are inspired by the dishes colors too! We really love those colors, as you can tell, and I hope you get to incorporate them in your someday too – they are just so happy. xo

  • Reply Jodi August 17, 2017 at 6:42 am

    You are such a gem! Thank you for proving that a plant based lifestyle does not need to cost a fortune. Foods should never be trendy, and a market plum will always be in style. Your voice is so important, Jessie x

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Thank you for this wonderful inspiration and encouragement Jodi! I am so grateful for you. Thank you thank you.

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore September 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Jessie :) I’ve been working on simplifying my food as well. I was getting too many random nuts in bulk, making several dressings a week (WHY!?!) and instead of cooking the complicated things we’d opt to eat out :/ Not to mention I’d die a little inside when I saw the total on the cash register! And I absolutely love your random assortment of dishes!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thank you for this encouraging note KJ! I know that feeling all too well, it’s easy to get lost in the amount of choices we have available to us at the stores. I’m happy to hear you’ve been simplifying things too! Hoping they are going well for you girl.

  • Reply Julia December 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Jessie, thank you for the inspiration. You have so simple and so stylish blog!! I found your blog when it was already quite cold in Moscow. And I can not tear myself away from reading it (because it radiates warmth and calmness)). Especially liked the posts about props and shelves with food, as everything is clean and beautiful))

    • Reply Faring Well December 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      You are so kind Julia, thank you. This just warms my heart to read <3. I hope you are staying cozy over there in Moscow, and I'm so happy to have you here!

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