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

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

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 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

No-Bake Flourless Brownie Energy Bites

I stumbled upon this recipe while working on a baked brownie recipe.  I tasted the batter and it was just incredible.  I literally could not stop spooning the batter into my mouth.  Because the ingredients are nutritious and plant-powered I didn't feel bad about it in the least.  This recipe provides protein, fiber, heart healthy

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

Berry-Cherry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

This savory-sweet salad is perfect for summertime.  It is a healthy, satisfying, plant-based meal that can be served as an entree for two or divided four ways as a side salad.  The tart and juicy berries and cherries pair wonderfully with the sweet and salty toasted walnuts and creamy avocado.  And the tangy balsamic dressing

Blueberry Veggie Smoothie

Sneaking vegetables into smoothies so you cannot taste them is my new favorite healthy food hack.  It sort of feels like I'm cheating at life.  Having something that tastes so sweet and decadent but is secretly full of loads of veggies seems so deceiving.  But, I'm very pregnant and the majority of this pregnancy I have

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing quinoa salad is full of flavor and incredibly satisfying.  It is bursting with fresh clean ingredients and makes the perfect plant-based meal or side dish for picnics or outdoor gatherings.  You can add chickpeas or avocado for a more filling meal. I find the textures and flavors to be completely addictive.

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