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. 

Pecan Encrusted Delicata Squash and Quinoa Kale Salad with Creamy Maple-Garlic Tahini Dressing

Fall is my favorite time of year for salads.  I love to top them with warm roasted squash, thick creamy homemade dressings and seasonal and colorful ingredients.  This salad is both beautifully vibrant and filling.  It offers plant-based protein from the pecans, quinoa and tahini.  I've been enjoying this salad all fall and am excited to finally share this family favorite recipe with you. Roasted delicata squash seems to be the epitome of autumn vegetables according to social media lately.  I find it to be delicious, hearty and satisfying.  It absorbs flavors well and is quick to cook. Delicata squash is

The Creamiest Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding makes a creamy, satisfying and nutritious treat, pre-breakfast nosh or  mid-morning snack.  I have, in fact, enjoyed chia seed pudding on all these occasions.  It is pretty versatile but if I HAD to pick my favorite time to enjoy chia seed pudding it would be first thing in the morning if I'm starving and don't have time to make my full breakfast.  On rushed mornings I enjoy the chia seed pudding straight out of the fridge and then typically make a larger breakfast a bit later when I have more time. The recipe below is for one

Easy Pecan Granola

Lately I have been topping everything with this simple homemade granola: smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits, chia seed pudding and oatmeal.  It adds a bit of crunch, nuttiness and sweetness and just seems to make everything that much better.  I even enjoy it plain or as a "cereal" with plant milk. This recipe only requires four main ingredients: oats, pecans, avocado oil and maple syrup.  I added a touch of cinnamon and vanilla for sweetness.  The whole house smells amazing when it bakes... baked pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup together make an incredible aroma.  This pecan granola is very customizable and you

Easy Homemade Cashew Milk (Refined Sugar-Free)

Homemade cashew milk is one of my favorite plant milks.  It is incredibly creamy, refreshing and has a mild flavor.  This version is naturally sweetened with dates (or you can use maple syrup).  The recipe could not be easier.  Simply blend together the ingredients until smooth and creamy.  No straining or fancy equipment is needed. I use cashew milk in smoothies, cereal, granola, oatmeal, lattes, chia seed pudding or anywhere else you could use regular milk. So let me break down the easy process for you.  First start with one cup of raw unsalted cashews. Then soak them in water to help your blender make the

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