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

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

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

Gingerbread Spiced Poached Pears

Poached pears make an elegant and effortless dessert that are healthy and always impress guests.  You will only need three ingredients.  The best part?  This recipe can be made a couple days in advance.  Dessert really doesn't get any more simple than this. I gently poached the pears in water infused with gingerbread spice tea to

14 Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I literally cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I love slowing down, spending time with family and taking a moment to appreciate life and your loved ones. Growing up, I spent all Thanksgiving day with my family cooking together in the kitchen.  We

Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea Soup

Moroccan soup for the soul!  I'm telling you, this soup is the brothiest and spiciest soup that will hug you and at the same time make you sweat out whatever you need to get out of your body.  This past weekend my husband and I were both fighting off colds and this soup was the

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boats with Quinoa, Chickpea & Veggie “Taco Meat”

Low-carb and low-calorie Mexican comfort food can be hard to find. Here, cooked and shredded spaghetti squash becomes the base of this nutritious entree loaded with spicy Mexican flavor. I love all squash varieties (acorn, butternut, delicata, pumpkin and spaghetti) for different reasons, but spaghetti squash has always been a favorite of mine.  The mild flavor of spaghetti squash

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

When root vegetables are roasted they have a naturally interesting flavor that can be described as earthy, nutty, anise-like or even buttery.  They are often underused which is why serving them is always impressive.  People go crazy when they see all the beautiful colors come together.  I simply roasted the vegetables in heart-healthy olive oil

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for Butternut Squash Soup!  This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash (which can be very difficult).  In fact, it only takes minutes to prep.  This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner

3-Ingredient Creamsicle Smoothie

This is my go-to smoothie when I'm looking for a quick, refreshing immune-boost.  This recipe serves two, but honestly sometimes I gulp down the entire batch myself.  One batch has an entire orange in it (minus the rind).  This means you are getting all the amazing benefits this fruit has to offer including all the fiber

Spicy Red Lentil Veggie Stew with Crispy Chickpea Croutons

It is getting to be that time of year when you want to cozy up to a bowl of hearty stew and maybe even sweat a little.  I'm starting to crave a spicy stew with all the flavors.  When I make a stew I don't mess around.  I'm not a fan of stews that leave you wanting more.

Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl with Apple Cider Maple Dressing

All the flavors of fall come together in an easy and refreshingly sweet Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl that will satisfy everyone. The concept of a Buddha Bowl is growing more and more popular and not just with hippy vegans.  So what is a Buddha Bowl exactly?  It is a large bowl packed so full that it has a

Soft-Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Life is always better with a warm, soft-baked cookie. For me, soft-baked oatmeal raisin cookies are true comfort food.  The warm cinnamon paired with vanilla (and those chewy raisins) have always been the perfect treat in my book.  This version gets it sweetness from maple syrup making it refined sugar-free.  The cookies are kept moist and

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