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Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

With this muggy, hot July weather, I’m constantly waking up craving refreshing smoothies for breakfast.  This one is a REAL treat.  It literally tastes like a blueberry muffin.  Blueberry muffins are the best (but not so much with the oven in July).  This is the next best thing.  The oats make this smoothie filling the [...]

Healthy & Creamy Key Lime Pie Popsicles

These creamy, frozen treats make me feel like I'm on a tropical island.  They are bursting with zesty, fresh lime flavor and yet sweet and creamy (did I mention they are creamy??) just like key lime pie should be.  They feature just four ingredients: avocado, lime, non-dairy milk and maple syrup (or agave).  This means [...]

Easy Vegan & Gluten-Free Peach Crisp

Peach crisps are staples at summer barbecues, picnics and parties, making delicious use of in-season fruit. But most recipes are loaded with refined flours and sugars, butter and milk. Paula Deen’s peach cobbler recipe uses an entire stick of butter and two cups of sugar. The nutritional value of the peaches is completely overwhelmed by the high content of [...]

Tropical Green Protein Smoothie

My morning breakfast routine was in a bit of rut.  Coming out of an unseasonably cooler spring, we have now been hit with this hot summery weather and there is no turning back it seems.  I knew I needed my breakfast routine to sort of catch up to the sunshine.  Believe it or not, I now [...]

The BIG Vegan Greek Salad

Sometimes, like Elaine on Seinfeld, I crave the BIG salad. I want lots of crunchy greens but also something that will satisfy me and not make me feel like a bunny eating carrots and romaine.  Elaine Benes was on to something.  This episode basically invented The Big Salad in my book. Well, this Greek salad [...]

No-Bake Quinoa Energy Bites

This might be my easiest recipe ever.  No baking or cooking required make these perfect for summer.  Just mix, form into balls and freeze.  Energy bites make the perfect sweet and nutritious snack and are incredibly satisfying.  They are loaded with whole grains fiber and plant-based protein.  Here is a breakdown of the health benefits [...]

Creamy Broccoli & Zucchini Pasta Salad (vegan + gluten-free)

Cold pasta dishes are perfect for summertime al fresco dining.  This one is super creamy but mayo-free, dairy-free and nut-free.  I used tahini as the base for a slightly sweet and garlicky dressing.  Fresh basil and spring onions make this dish really pop in terms of flavor.  It is loaded with fresh veggies: broccoli, zucchini and [...]

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

Summertime means warm weather, fresh produce, potlucks with friends and family and of course outside dining.  This mayo-free slaw is perfect for enjoying poolside or at an outdoor BBQ or picnic.  It features jicama, a vegetable that is crisp, crunchy and basically flavorless... until you add amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic [...]

Classic Chickpea Hummus

It dawned on me recently that although I have a TON of hummus recipes on the blog (salty fig hummus, white bean hummus, black-eyed pea hummus, beet hummus, green lentil hummus), I haven't captured my go-to, classic hummus recipe that I make every couple of days.  This recipe is simple and can be served as a [...]

Vanilla Bean Matcha Popsicles

Adults can have fun too this summer with these creamy green tea pops!  These refreshing and "zenergizing" popsicles are the perfect hot weather treat. They are incredibly creamy from the avocado and full of antioxidants from the matcha powder.  I added in loads of vanilla bean flavor to balance out the matcha flavor (which can sometimes [...]

Gluten-Free & Vegan Healthy Pancakes

I’m all about that mile high pancake stack!  Finally after much recipe experimentation I have landed on the perfect (and simple) pancake recipe that is light and fluffy.  This recipe would be perfect for this upcoming long weekend or any weekend breakfast or brunch.  The best part about this recipe is it will most definitely work [...]

Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Summer is ALMOST here and thankfully this beautiful week has given me a glimpse into how amazing this summer is going to be with my family.  This whole week has been 80s and sunny.  So, we set up our rooftop pool and have been spending our evenings dining al fresco poolside.  Er, babypool-side that is. [...]

Baked Broccoli and Quinoa Falafel

I love incorporating vegetables into dishes in unexpected ways.  Broccoli really doesn't have any flavor and lends a perfect texture to these light and crispy falafel bites.  I also snuck in some quinoa too for good measure.  Why?  Because everything is better with quinoa.  Am I right?  Adding 3 cups of broccoli and 1 cup of [...]

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