Simplified Israeli-Style Hummus

Today I'm sharing my secrets for easy, authentic Mediterranean-style hummus.  With just a couple easy hacks you will have next-level, silky smooth hummus that is wonderfully rich.  This is the stuff hummus dreams are made of.  Grab a can of chickpeas (yes, you can achieve Israeli-style hummus with a can) and your favorite hummus vehicle (mine are falafel, fresh cucumber slices or bean chips) and let's get started! Back in college, when traveling in Israel I tasted the hummus there and it is literally on another level.  There is nothing like it.  It is luxuriously smooth and has the perfect balance

5-Minute Stovetop Granola

Homemade granola in five minutes!?  Yes, really! No oven required.  Just a handful of ingredients and your pan.  If you can stir, you can do this.  Promise. My oven has been acting funky this week, so now you have this easy stovetop granola recipe that requires just one pan and six main ingredients.  That is it!  It couldn't be easier!  It is perfect if you are without an oven (raising my hand here) or are just too lazy to use one!  Everything for this recipe is made in the pan so you won't need to dirty a bowl for mixing

Mini Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus

I'm a huge fan of easy-to-pull-together nutritious finger-food.  These Mini Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus are delicious bite-sized poppable party appetizers.  They are also vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and contain no refined sugar. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought this recipe would provide some inspiration for a fun, colorful plant-based appetizer to serve on game day.  Your guests will go crazy over these adorable little bites stuffed with creamy hummus that is bursting with roasted pepper flavor. The recipe starts with colorful mini sweet bell peppers (aka Tribelli peppers).  They are adorable.  They fit in the palm

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

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