Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler

Cobblers are much easier to make than pie so they are perfect for lazy summer days when you happen to have way too many of one kind of fruit on hand.  For me, it was blueberries. I have been getting so many fresh blueberries at the farmer's market lately and needed to use some up. I landed on a gluten-free and yet fluffy, moist, sweet, cake-like topping which paired perfectly with the tart and juicy blueberries. The recipe is vegan and lightly sweetened with only maple syrup making it refined sugar-free.  It is full of whole grains from the oats and plant-based

July 10th, 2017|coconut-free, corn-free, dairy-free, Desserts, Easy Recipes, fruit, gluten-free, Kid friendly, peanut-free, Pescatarian, Refined sugar free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian|Comments Off on Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler

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

May 1st, 2017|uncategorized|

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

Gluten-Free and Vegan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and what better way to to show your mom some love than freshly baked homemade cookies?  I'm planning to make a batch of these yummy thumbprint cookies for my sweet and strong mom.  These cookies are soft, delicate and go perfect with breakfast-in-bed, brunch or afternoon tea.  They make a great after dinner dessert too.  You can feel good about stuffing your mama (and yourself) with these gorgeous cookies because they are full of whole grains and plant-based protein. The center of each cookie is filled with Bonne Maman raspberry preserves.  Bonne Maman preserves

Super Seed Granola

  Granola is easier to make than you would expect and is such a nutritious addition to non-dairy yogurt, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, parfaits and even good on its own or with a bowl of cold non-dairy milk and berries.  I sometimes pack the granola clusters in a small container and take it with me to-go when I'm out an about.  My girls love it and my husband snacks on it at night when he gets the before-bed munchies.  Granola is one of those things you can enjoy throughout the day: breakfast, snack or dessert.  You can feel good about

A secretly healthy March Madness party

By now your bracket may be busted, but that doesn’t mean your March Madness viewing party food can’t be a slam dunk.   Here, I'm sharing my tips, tricks and recipes to keep you healthy all throughout the tournament. All good NCAA tournament parties have to have appetizers to keep your friends full as you watch the endless games on TV.  They don’t have to be deep fried or loaded with cream, mayo or butter.  Try these game day appetizers that are on the lighter side: Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - This oil-free and butter-free snack is easy to

March 20th, 2017|Appetizers|

Super Seed No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars have never been easier.  This no-bake recipe is a great option for a healthy and satisfying snack.  These bars offer whole grains, heart-healthy fiber, plant-based protein and the perfect touch of sweetness.  I'm a big fan of soft and chewy granola bars and lately I have been loving this combination.  You can even substitute mini vegan chocolate chips in place of the dried fruit for a different spin on the recipe. Of course, these granola bars are gluten-free and vegan and I even made them nut-free since I have so many nut-free readers now.  You could certainly

Harissa-Roasted Mushrooms over Quinoa, Parsnip & Spinach Salad

This post includes an amazing plant-based, gluten-free recipe from Green Chef plus a full and honest review of my experience with Green Chef.  Green Chef is a meal delivery service with ingredients that are all 100% USDA organic certified.  They provide gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and family-friendly meal delivery options.  Their pricing is reasonable (each vegan Green Chef dinner for two is only $11.99 per meal).  And great news!  My loyal readers can click here to receive an exclusive discount offer for $50 off your first box!   Green Chef sent me a weekly package with three vegan meals and my favorite recipe is

Dijon-Agave Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This is my go-to dressing that I put on everything.  Salad, quinoa... you name it!  I use this dressing on my Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl.  It provides a punch of flavor but doesn't overpower any dish so it is the perfect easy vinaigrette I love to make homemade dressings to help control the sodium and unhealthy fats in my dressings.  Plus, I can ensure it is allergy friendly and not made with any hidden soy, dairy or gluten. Many people think making dressing is time consuming or complicated.  Once you see how easy it is to make your own salad

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