Split Pea & Red Lentil Creamy Vegetable Turmeric Soup

This post is brought to you by Imagine.  In partnership with Imagine, I encourage you to embrace creativity in your at-home cooking by experimenting with your own simple and approachable recipes. I love a steamy, creamy bowl of comforting soup during winter to make my body feel boosted, energized and healthier. This soup is like a big, warm healing hug for your entire body.  It is full of good-for-you colorful ingredients.  Soothing vegetable broth, freshly ground black pepper and pungent garlic and onion are perfect for your throat and sinuses this time of year.   I added turmeric which contains

Mexican Veggie Burrito Bowls

Speedy, healthy dinners are my love language these days.  This one is ready in under 30 minutes.  With three young kids I want to be able to get dinner on the table fast but also feel good about what I'm putting on the table (and in our bodies).  These burrito-like bowls have been game changers for us.  My husband goes crazy for them and says how delicious and filling they are.  I love how easy and healthy they are to pull together.  And my kids even enjoy them.  They usually skip the pico de gallo but they love everything else.  These bowls

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

I am a year-round smoothie kind of girl.  My morning just feels incomplete if I don't start it with a nutrient-packed smoothie. I just find them to be so easy and refreshing in the mornings.  Even in winter I love to cozy up to a smoothie with a sweatshirt, warm blanket and cup of steaming hot tea in the other hand.  Smoothies are such an easy way to get in loads of nutrients and I just can't seem to stop making them.  This one has all the classic flavor of decadent apple pie but in smoothie form (and best of all no baking required!). 

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

This winter, treat your skin to this luxurious homemade sugar scrub.  It moisturizes and exfoliates all at once. I use 1/2 tablespoon on both my hands rubbing them gently together for 20 seconds.  Then I rinse with water, pat them dry and my hands feel like silk. It could not be easier to make yourself with just two main ingredients that you likely have on hand already: coconut oil and sugar.  This sugar scrub doubles as the perfect DIY holiday gift.  I'll be giving these out for sure this holiday season. On the east coast when winter hits, my skin immediately dries

December 21st, 2017|DIY, how to|

Spiced Lentil & Split Pea Soup in a Jar: A Food Gift for the Holidays

This post is brought to you by Imagine.  In partnership with Imagine, I encourage you to embrace creativity in your at-home cooking by experimenting with your own simple and approachable recipes. These colorful mason jars layered with legumes, rice and spices make the most adorable, thoughtful and delicious holiday gifts for teachers, hosts, your favorite barista, neighbors, friends, family or really anyone on your list that would love a good cozy winter soup.  The idea behind this "Soup in a Jar" is that all you would need to add is the broth.  So your recipient would literally just dump the contents of this jar in a pot and simmer with

Quinoa Cauliflower “Rice”

Cauliflower rice has been a trend for a couple of years now and continues to be gaining popularity.  It is a great way to sneak more vegetables into your diet.  I love to make it with store-bought frozen riced cauliflower but you could certainly buy fresh or make your own cauliflower rice in your food processor.  I find the already prepared and frozen one best so that I always have it on hand and can enjoy without any effort (no cleaning, chopping or kitchen tools needed).  Lately I have been combining the riced cauliflower with fluffy cooked quinoa.  I love

Creamy Pitaya Beet Smoothie

This smoothie has been giving me life lately.  It is my go-to reset smoothie and it tastes absolutely incredible.  It is creamy, sweet, earthy and has the most vibrant magenta color.  I love when nature makes gorgeous colors like this. I'm loving this smoothie because it gets me a fruit, a vegetable, plant-based protein and healthy fats all in one shot.  The pitaya pairs beautifully with the beet from both an aesthetic and taste perspective. This refreshing and cleansing smoothie has been on daily rotation in our house.  My husband and girls gulp it down. I kept this recipe super

Easy Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Soup (+ Stove Top & Slow Cooker Instructions)

This comforting, vibrant soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall-time gathering.  Everyone loves the velvety, silky-smooth texture and slightly sweet and nutty taste of butternut squash soup. This recipe includes instructions for your stove top, slow cooker and Instant Pot.  For me, the Instant Pot is my top choice and I'll talk about why in this post.  But feel free to use whatever method works best for you.  I have tried them all and love them all equally taste-wise. I have done three things to make

Grapefruit Vodka Tonics

There is so much celebrating and home entertaining that happens this time of year.  And that usually means gathering with friends and/or family multiple times throughout the month of December and enjoying some libations.  This one you can feel good about because it uses freshly squeezed grapefruit juice which offers immune boosting vitamin C and vitamin A.  It makes for the perfect winter cocktail since grapefruits are now in season. Vodka is usually my go-to spirit of choice since it has a clean taste.  For me, my cocktails must have refreshing bubbles and fresh squeezed juice.  The grapefruit juice is slightly sweet

November 14th, 2017|Beverages, drink, Easy Recipes, fruit|

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie Bowl (+ Vitamix Giveaway)

You can enter to win two Vitamix blenders at the bottom of this post (directly below the recipe).  Good luck! I have been into no-fruit smoothies lately.  Nothing against fruit at all (love fruit and eat it every day), but sometimes I like to use smoothies as a way to sneak more vegetables into my diet early in the day.  It's nice to kind of check that off my "list" so to speak.  Not that I have a daily to-do list that includes eating vegetables or anything...no that would be totally weird.  Anyhow, this smoothie is made with sweet potato to give

Three Bean Chili

Growing up, almost every Sunday during football season my dad made a huge pot of chili.  His chilis were totally epic.  He would taste, adjust seasonings and stir it regularly as it simmered on the stove for hours. It was a ritual.  He liked to let it really thicken and for the flavors to meld together.  I have taken aspects of his famous chili recipe and incorporated it into this plant-based version.  I loaded it with three beans (garbanzo, kidney and black beans) to really bulk it up.  I added sweet potato and carrots for a heartier texture and slightly sweet flavor. 

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