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 fats and loads of fudgy brownie flavor.  It seems too good to be true, right? Energy bites (or balls) are wonderful snacks that I love to keep in my freezer and enjoy when I need a sweet, filling and healthy treat.  I have two other

Baked Chocolate Chia Seed Donuts

Healthy donuts that can be eaten for breakfast?  Yes, it is true!  Wait, really!?  Yes, really!  They are baked and the main ingredients are oat flour, almond flour, chia seeds, non-dairy milk, unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder) and maple syrup.  This means they are 100% vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and full of good-for-you ingredients. The pictures here show the donuts topped with melted dark chocolate and vegan cream cheese frosting but you could easily leave these off for a healthier version.  I eat them plain all the time for breakfast. The texture of these donuts is light and fluffy

Brown Rice Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado

Rice and beans can be ho-hum unless you add the right flavors and complimentary ingredients.  I always see such fun and colorful salads at the Whole Foods salad bar and want to replicate at home.  It sure makes for great recipe inspiration! This recipe came together because I have recently been experimenting with my new Instant Pot that I got for Mother's Day from my mom.  I have been making brown rice and fresh black beans in large batches.  Fresh black beans are so much better than canned.  And making rice in the pressure cooker saves so much time! I had

Three-Ingredient Vegan Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Honey mustard sauce has always been my all-time favorite condiment.  I just love the creamy, sweet and bold flavor combo.  I use this easy homemade sauce for everything but my favorite combination is to use it with sweet potato fries.  It also works great as a vegetable dip or as a dressing on salads. You can adjust the proportions as you see fit but the below recipe is my ideal combination.  If you want it creamier you can add more mayo.  If you want it spicier you can add more mustard.  And if you want it sweeter just add a bit

2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

This refreshing and smooth strawberry sorbet could not be more simple.  No ice cream maker or churning needed.  This method is quick and simple.  And you only need two ingredients: frozen strawberries and liquid sweetener of your choice (agave or maple syrup).  Toss both into your blender and enjoy immediately, or freeze for about an hour if you want that perfect looking sorbet scoop.  It is sophisticated enough for adults but also a crowd pleaser with the kids.  My two toddlers love to make this recipe with me and devour it right away.  No time for freezing for my girls.   Strawberries are

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado

This spicy and flavorful quinoa salad is loaded with plant-based protein from the quinoa and black beans.  It can be served as an entree or side dish.  I like it best at room temperature but it can be served chilled or slightly warmed.  It is oil-free and flavored from the red onions, jalapeno, fresh lime juice, garlic and cilantro.  It is so easy to throw together and always a crowd-pleaser. I love this quinoa dish since it is studded with black beans which are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They also provide dietary

Creamy Vegan Black Bean Dip

Black bean dip is the perfect spicy, creamy dip that is incredibly satisfying.  It is naturally dairy-free and full of healthy ingredients.  Black beans are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They also provide dietary fiber and important nutrients such as iron and zinc.  I love their texture when pureed and they absorb flavor well.  This zesty dip is perfect for serving with raw veggies or chips.  It can even be used as a healthy spread for your sandwich or wrap. I hope this recipe inspires you to incorporate black bean dip into your

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round Up

In preparation for Cinco de Mayo I’ve rounded up my top Mexican recipes! Get some tasty vegan and allergy-friendly recipe ideas to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration simple, delicious and healthy.  From apps to entrees, sides to dessert, get inspired with this collection of recipes: Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado This one is perfect for Cinco de Mayo since it is loaded with avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. It is perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  No dressing needed, just lime juice, fresh garlic, salt and pepper.  No oil.  This dish offers fiber and protein from the black beans and

Jade’s Big Girl Bed Reveal + Life Update

I'm finally in the third trimester!  #MADEIT #30weeks #lotstodobeforebaby! This blog has always focused on recipes but I wanted to take this time before Mother's Day weekend and before baby #3 arrives to share a quick life update and some kids' room redecorating advice for those interested.  Last month we celebrated the girls' birthday party with a picnic at our local park.  Their birthdays are just two days apart so for now we celebrate their birthdays together. Riley turned four this year and Jade turned two.  I'm loving this stage for both of them and kind of wish I could

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Creamy Chocolate Shake with Hidden Veggies

I've been on a 'sneaking in veggies' kick lately.  I'm trying to increase my vegetable intake whenever and wherever possible, especially since while pregnant vegetables are not always the most appetizing of foods.  This chocolate shake is such a sneaky way to get some cauliflower into your diet.  Stay with me here.  If you steam the cauliflower and freeze it you can actually toss it into smoothies for a super creamy, silky effect.  And no cauliflower taste - promise.  This adds dietary fiber, folate and vitamin C to your breakfast routine without even trying.  And did you know cauliflower is

Chunky Tomato Basil Spaghetti

Everyone needs a killer pasta recipe in their back pocket.  This one is mine and it is a total classic.  It is always a hit and always surprises people when they find out how simple and quick it is to make this homemade sauce.  Once you make a homemade sauce you will never want to go back to jarred.  The whole dish comes together in 15-20 minutes.  You really cannot beat how fresh and gourmet this easy dinner is. Growing up, pasta night was never simple in our household.  My dad was from the south and cooking was sort of his

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