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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garlic & Chive Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is my favorite way to enjoy vegetables.  It brings out the best of their natural flavors and is so easy.  This recipe is a great way to get in all the colors of the rainbow.  It makes the perfect side dish for any occasion.  I recently made it for a large family dinner and

No-Fruit Smoothie (aka Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie)

This smoothie tastes like a thick and creamy (purple) milkshake.  It is naturally sweetened with dates and purple sweet potato and flavored with sweet cinnamon and vanilla.  It basically tastes like dessert. Smoothies are typically known for helping to sneak in fruits into your diet.  But, more and more people are using smoothies to sneak in

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Acai Smoothie Bowl

The chocolate-cherry combination has always been a winning one in my book so I figured why not put it in smoothie bowl form?  Smoothie bowls are a fun and beautiful way to cram in loads of nutrients into one filling breakfast.  I love to decorate mine with toppings that provide different textures.  Anything crunchy is great

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