Chipotle Guacamole

I love guacamole.  And I really love Chipotle's guacamole.  They keep it simple and mash it to perfection.  I set out to replicate their recipe at home so I could enjoy their addictive guacamole anytime I want. I was pleased to find that they actually published their recipe online.  You can even find YouTube tutorials from Chipotle employees to walk you through it step by step.  After watching a couple videos, reviewing the recipe and making the guacamole twice, I found I didn't have to change much at all.  It is healthy, allergy-friendly and tastes just like the real deal.  I

Creamy Vanilla Acai Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a healthy and easy way to turn a smoothie into a meal.  They are decadent, filling and healthy all at once.  This smoothie bowl is thick and creamy but 100% dairy-free.  It is also vegan, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free making it something that everyone can enjoy. Making smoothie bowls at home is way less expensive than store-bought.  Most smoothie bars charge $10 a bowl nowadays.  Plus, homemade smoothie bowls aren't loaded with sweeteners.  This recipes uses two dates to keep it refined sugar-free and not overly sweet. I love smoothies in all forms, but when I make a smoothie

Beets & Greens Detox Smoothie

This is the sweetest and creamiest way to cleanse and hit the reset button after the holiday madness. I love a good refreshing smoothie that doesn't taste like you are downing raw vegetables.  This one contains an entire beet with the greens plus more greens and you would never know it.  This smoothie is my new favorite way to sneak in my veggies.  Despite all the greens hidden inside, it tastes incredibly sweet and has a gorgeously vibrant pink/purple color.  My two little ones beg me for sips when I make it.  Just be sure to monitor children closely with this one because beets

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Sometimes we just need a little hot cocoa to pass the long, cold days of winter. This spicy and luxurious drink will warm you from the inside out on a chilly day.  It is made from scratch using the perfect blend of spices for a spectacular sweet and spicy decadent combo. Made with creamy plant-based milk, it is super thick - all without a hint of dairy. It is lightly sweetened and full of rich dark chocolate flavor.  Add it to your Valentine's Day menu for a steamy romantic drink to sip fireside with your loved one! 5 from 1

Cooking with Purpose + 3 Warm Drinks for Chilly Winter Days (Turmeric Latte, Chai Latte & Hot Chocolate)

As we begin the new year, I am thinking more and more about cooking with purpose and what that means to me.  For me, cooking and eating is about three main pillars: 1) the experience of preparing a homemade meal, 2) the impact the ingredients have on my health and 3) the impact of what I eat on our world.  I know that sounds like a lot to think about when it comes to “just eating” - but over the years for me I have realized that these three components are incredibly important to the values I hold. Allow me to

December 21st, 2016|Beverages, coconut-free, dairy-free, drink|

Vegan Chai Latte

Ditch the expensive, store-bought coffee shop chai lattes for this authentic, homemade version that is dairy-free and naturally sweetened with a touch of maple syrup.  It is simple to make and so much better than those sneaky chai tea powder mixes with mystery ingredients and additives.  Using freshly brewed black tea and real spices boosts the flavor of this drink and makes it totally addictive.  It is not watered down at all and has a luscious plant-based milk base. Blending the ingredients on low speed makes it extra creamy, frothy and foamy.  I recommend enjoying this energizing latte piping hot and

Vegan & Gluten-Free Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

We have officially reached the week of Christmukkah!  I'm counting down the hours until it is all about family, food and all the holiday cheer.  One of my favorite activities around the holidays is making sugar cut-out cookies with the kiddos.  I set out to create an easy recipe that would work for everyone in our family.  The goal was delicious cookies that are dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free. For this recipe I used a combination of oat flour, arrowroot flour and almond meal.  Together this blend lends a wonderful buttery texture and flavor.  I even made a nut-free version since we

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

This quick and easy homemade frosting is perfectly spreadable and totally decadent.  Unlike store-bought icing, it has zero artificial colors or flavors and zero high fructose corn syrup.  It is 100% vegan and allergy-friendly too.  I will be using this frosting recipe in an upcoming post for decorating holiday cut-out sugar cookies (vegan and gluten-free of course). This frosting is smooth and creamy and will work on any cookie or cupcake.  It has a lovely and subtle vanilla flavor.  The frosting is best when fresh but can be stored in your refrigerator. And have no fear, despite being homemade and vegan it holds up extremely well.

How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

Sound the alarm!  I'm finally sharing my not-so-secret-anymore trick for how to make perfectly cooked quinoa.  It is easy and quick (which are my two favorite things when it comes to cooking methods these days).  No more soggy quinoa, crunchy undercooked quinoa or burnt quinoa for you!  This "trick" is magical.  I never do it any other way.  Your quinoa will be light and fluffy just like it should be. I stumbled upon this method accidentally one day when I was cooking dinner while one of my girls was napping.  I had just started making quinoa on the stove when

Spicy Red Lentil Veggie Pasta

This time of year I start craving hearty and satisfying entrees that warm me up.  I love comforting pasta dishes and I love them even more when they are loaded with plant-based protein and vegetables.  This recipe sneaks in so many veggies (carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms) but you barely notice them because most are finely diced. It seems like a lot of vegetables at first but they soften, cook down and eventually blend into the sauce. There is not a drop of dairy in this dish and I promise you that with all that is going on

Healthy Creamy Chocolate Smoothie

This is my favorite vegan chocolate smoothie that I enjoy year-round!  It is rich and creamy and packed with good-for-you smoothie boosters: avocado, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, cacao nibs and chia seeds.  The smoothie contains hints of vanilla and cinnamon which pair beautifully with the intense chocolate flavor.  The decadent chocolate is enhanced by a pinch of salt making this smoothie incredibly addictive. My entire family loves it for a filling breakfast and sometimes we share it for a hearty afternoon snack to get everyone through until dinnertime.  My girls just love it even when I sneak in some baby spinach (which they

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