Good morning, friends!
With our autumn baby around the corner, I wanted to get in some fall things before we’re too tied up and tired to do much of anything (except soak up her presence!!) The weather has cooled down and the air has that smell and perfect crisp to it. I’ve been loooving it so much. First activity on the list: apple picking. I always joke that I must have been a gatherer or forager in my past life because I love it so much. Berries, peaches, apples… doesn’t matter. Give me a basket and a field of fruit and I’m content.
We visited Narrow Lane Orchard – if you are local, this is a must for yourself or family. They also have peach/nectarine picking in the summer and even blackberry picking. When we went, I was really excited to see that they had a few blackberry bushes around that weren’t picked over. Literal heaven on earth – they were so sweet and juicy. Nature’s gems.
But back to the apples – I grabbed quite a variety, including Honeycrisp, Macoun, Liberty, McIntosh, Courtland, and Gala. For 1/2 peck bag, it cost only $10.
Good morning, friends!
A really quick and easy recipe today as I start to wind down before taking time to myself before and after baby. More on that later when I have a bit more energy to write. I’ve been so drained lately (rightfully so) with a mix of anxiousness before our little one’s birthday.
To try and keep my energy up, I made a batch of these healthy fudge bites/balls whatever you want to call them. Dates for the energy, of course. Also dates in general because I heard it eases labor… so along with my caramel date smoothie, these guys have been my go-to.
Cashews for protein. Dates for energy (and ahem, labor). Cocoa powder for my sweet tooth. ;)
Truth: Joe and I ate these nachos for dinner and don’t regret it one bit. Who says you can’t have nachos for dinner when the queso is super healthy and it’s loaded with protein? I mean… these are just as good – if not better – then nachos I would eat when I wasn’t vegan and they are way way way healthier. Okay yes, the chips are not great but if that is the worst of it… fine.
This recipe makes an entire sheet pan (which we devoured by ourselves in like 10 minutes) but would work awesome for a party, too. The more people enjoying these cruelty-free nachos, the better.
Just a note that this recipe features vegan queso that I’ve made in the past. Make sure you check out that recipe here before you begin to make sure you have those ingredients ready to go, too.
Hiiii friends! I had a lot of questions about the homemade queso I posted on my IG not too long ago, so I wanted to share my recipe.
I know there are lots of vegan queso recipes out there, but this is my own spin on it. I feel like all recipes that I’ve looked at either have the boiled veggies with nutritional yeast or cashews and nutritional yeast. Well, I want really cheesy and the protein from the cashews doesn’t hurt either… so I combined. And the result was reeeeallly cheesy and delicious!
I debated on posting this recipe after I shared on IG because it isn’t exactly a recipe… but inspiration for sure. But I thought oh what the hell, this is a space for inspiration anyways and I always appreciate easy meals to make. This has been a staple during my pregnancy because not only is it minimal energy but puts a dent in my protein intake for the day and ups the folate factor (yes, there is a real nice heaping handful of spinach under all that good stuff!) If you are also enjoying a plant-based pregnancy, I hope you’re excited about this. If you are not pregnant or plant-based or anything of the like, I still think you’ll appreciate because it’s just delicious. Really hope you guys don’t mind me pointing out the pregnancy stuff here and there in recipes – it’s just what I am currently living, so hey. I have to say it!
The very best (though, not the healthy) part of this is the vegan ranch sauce that I’ve been hooked on. I can’t stop making or eating it to save my life.
I’ve been busy testing freezer recipes over here for the past couple months – from sauces to muffins and everything in between. I’m hoping to compile a post of all my favorites in the future, but for now I wanted to share this walnut pesto sauce recipe.
It’s very quick to dump all ingredients into a blender and go to town. For this recipe, I used 1/2 of it for 1/2 lb of pasta for dinner and stored the other half in an air-tight container for future use. If you’d like more, just double the recipe up. I definitely will be in the future. I can’t imagine having to cook extravagant things (or cook in general) once our sweet girl is here, so anything that feels decadent and can be stored in the freezer for future use is a win for me. Literally… just boil water and cook pasta, thaw out sauce, and you have yourself lunch/dinner that tastes like it took an hour to prepare.
Hi friends – I’ve been very much into pasta (specifically pasta with cashew cream sauce) lately. Maybe because it is fast and easy? Whatever the case, it is definitely vegan comfort food at its finest.
Anyone else here a huge fan of dates? These babies were life-changing once I gave them a shot. I started by using them in smoothies for natural sweetness. I’m also a huge fan of making my own date syrup to use in homemade applesauce in the fall (so good – you need to try!) Eventually, I got to a point where I started using it to make frozen candies, caramel dip for fruit, and then just eating them plain with a big dollop of peanut butter. YUM. There’s so much you can do, and so many reasons why you should be including them in your diet.
Yes, dates are high in sugar, but they provide a ton of energy and benefits – especially during pregnancy. I’ve gotten into a habit of checking on foods and their benefits during pregnancy over the past 8 months and I was really excited to hear how glorious dates are.
Fast forward to now… ready to pop and bring my sunshine girl into the world. Dates may help ease and shorten labor – really? Sold. Of course, I am not a doctor and do not know if this is true (can anyone attest to this claim?) but I’m down to do whatever may help. Enter the caramel date smoothie.
I’ll admit that before going plant-based, I was a buffalo wings kinda girl. While I can’t even think about eating wings today, I do still love all things buffalo-flavored, so this recipe is for those times when I crave it… which was last night.
We don’t cook too much in the summer due to the heat but I wanted to make something nice (and awesome) for Joe for dinner last night. He’s been asking for more vegan dinners lately, which I may have mentioned before. It makes my life and I will happily oblige. What’s better than some buffalo “wings” made much healthier and kinder? We’re both huge tempeh fans, so it was perfect. He thoroughly enjoyed them (weeee!) and so did I. So if you have a meat-eater in your life that you’re trying to ease into more plant-based choices, I think this substitute recipe will be a hit.
Just a forewarning – I do recommend marinading the tempeh for about an hour or so. If you remember to start the recipe a bit early, you’ll be golden.
Hi friends! Another overnight oats recipe – surprised? I’ve been on a kick, especially since they are 1) cold, and 2) quick and easy. Oh, and good protein, calcium, nutrients, yada yada. Basically, overnight oats are a pregnant women’s dream (during third trimester in the summer, at that!)
I’m so happy to have teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, to bring this recipe to you. I’m a huge fan of all their products – from grains to oats to granola and everything in between. I also LOVE their ground flaxseed (it’s my go-to when egg replacing in recipes). With their high-fiber vegan oats and vegan granola, I’ve concocted the below. I was really excited to find that their granola is vegan – a lot of granola brands out there are not always vegan (it’s something to be mindful of). This type is free of honey.
Plus, if you’re totally digging this recipe or are as big of a fan as I am, you have the chance to win both ingredients featured in this post. Details for this giveaway after the cut!