Vegan Macaroni Salad with Just Mayo

Vegan Macaroni Salad [with Just Mayo]

Hi guys! I have to be honest – I haven’t been doing much in the kitchen, considering how much I have been eating lately. A lot of what I eat is very quick and usually just some chopped up veggies with a side grain. Not much experimenting going on.

But the other night I did end up making a new macaroni salad recipe on a whim. Joe was excited when he got home because he loves mayo-based mac salad (and so do I) but I haven’t made it in a while since going vegan. ENTER JUST MAYO. Just Mayo is my absolutely favorite vegan mayo because it literally tastes… just like mayo (texture, consistency, taste, everything). This recipe tastes just like the good ‘ol pasta salad recipes I used to love at cookouts.

The key to my recipe is having pickle juice. Vinegar is one thing, but… the pickle juice truly elevates the flavor (in my opinion) and this isn’t just because I am pregnant, I promise. Haha!
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Homemade Simple Lavender Syrup

Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup

Most people who know me know that I am a sucker for anything lavender. Lavender iced coffee, lattes, iced tea, muffins, scones… if it had lavender in the title, I’m going to want to try it. Since a lot of coffee shop and bakeries around here don’t usually carry lavender drinks and baked goods, I grabbed my own lavender buds and made this sweet syrup. It’s perfect for homemade iced coffee, lattes, or baking. Plus, it was really easy!

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Lemongrass Noodle Soup

Lemongrass Noodle Soup

Leaving the cold weather behind, I am opting for lighter soups these days. I definitely am one of those crazy people who eats soup year-round, but I think this is a happy-medium. It’s warm and comforting, but not too heavy like some of the soups and stews I make during the winter.

Lemongrass is one of my favorite flavors (and scents), and this is actually one of the first times I have used it in cooking. Happy with the results!

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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Just another recipe from the pregnancy craving chronicles. I had leftover beefless crumbles from that time I made vegan NY system hot weiners, so hey. Why not?

I’ve never even been a huge fan of chili and cheese fries, but the idea of this really excited me because anything having to do with potatoes and cashew cheese is amazing. The cashew cheese is also loaded with protein (about 7 grams) and the beefless crumbles are also a great source (12 grams in just a 1/2 cup!) And even better, this was a really quick and easy dinner to make –  minimal energy.

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it.
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - First Trimester

Yogurt Piled High (Cashewgurt Review)

This post is long overdue, I know. The Forager Project sent me a ton of vegan goodies a couple months ago, but life has been crazy/hectic and I kept putting this post off. I apologize! But finally, I am taking time today to catch up on blogging and review the best vegan yogurt I’ve had the pleasure of eating (yes, best!)

I always want to share how I dressed up my yogurt with all the fixings – you know, just some inspiration. A review and my “recipes” after the cut. :)
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Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

I’ve been craving a lot of sweets this pregnancy. Luckily I am also craving a ton of fruit all the time – so I don’t feel too guilty about that. But sometimes fruit just isn’t enough. I won’t lie – I’ve given into the junk cravings (mostly sour candy – anyone else crave sour everything when they were pregnant?) But I am trying really hard to balance out the junk days with some healthy alternatives.

For me, this is dates. It’s cliche to say “dates are nature’s candy!” but they truly are nature’s candy. They are so sweet! I don’t like to overdo it with them, but they definitely will curb a sweet tooth when necessary. The good news is, along with their natural sugar content, they are also a natural energy booster and are packed with a ton of vitamins. When blended with peanut butter, you get a rich, protein-packed dip (and super sweet!) It reminds me of a healthier caramel.
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My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials Vegan

My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials

Nausea on and off, on and off. I got very lucky the first few weeks of pregnancy, but nausea hit me hard around week 7. I’m sure this happens to everyone, but at first I was like… oh how bad could it be, really?

Well, it could be bad. The worst part is knowing that this is happening and there’s not much you can do. You just need to realize that your body is working very hard to create the most magnificent human being, and all you can do is try and cope. So… I made it my mission at Target to find all the things that would keep me going – especially during work hours. I had a few really rough days, but happy to report that I got through it with the help of these products below.

What worked for me may not work for you, but hey… you never know. I hope this inspires any mom-to-be’s out there who are at their wits end and just need something to try.
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Vegan NY System Hot Weiners

Vegan NY System Hot Weiners Recipe

Okay, here comes the Rhode Island girl in me. If you are from here, you know what the deal is with NY System Hot Weiners. These loaded hot dogs are basically a state delicacy. Before I went vegan, I could eat 3 or 4 of these in a sitting (gross, I know). But the flavor is all in the sauce, mustard, onion, and celery salt. I haven’t had one since becoming vegan. And you can imagine with pregnancy… I started having a bunch of odd cravings that I normally wouldn’t. This being one of them. So when my husband was making himself chili dogs over the weekend, I could’t help myself. I grabbed all the vegan ingredients I’d need to make these babies.

Rhode Islander or not, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you can still enjoy nostalgic staples – even NY system! That’s the beauty of veganism – you honestly can whip ANYTHING up sans animal products. These are definitely proof!

I won’t be eating these regularly. I actually have NEVER bought vegan hot dogs before in my life! I tend to stick with tempeh, tofu, and seitan rather than mock meats. But a pregnant woman wants what she wants. Definitely a treat.

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Chocolate + PB Banana Bites Vegan

Chocolate + PB Banana Bites

Hi friends :)

Simple recipes lately – it’s all I can really handle at the moment. These are not original or unique or anything. I mean, it’s a pretty straight-forward snack recipe but I wanted to share for inspiration. I’ve had a sweet tooth like crazy this pregnancy, and I have been trying to satisfy it in healthy ways. These definitely hit the spot, because who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? It’s the ultimate comfort dessert. Plus… so easy and quick to make!! They last long in the freezer too (if you don’t eat them all in one sitting).

I hope you like!
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Vegan Chocolate Protein Milkshake

Protein Boost: Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I just am not a fan of protein powders. Even when people tell me, “you can’t even taste it!” It’s like… yeah, yeah I can. Probably doesn’t help that I sit there and try to pinpoint the protein taste, but anyways… I just am not into them. So I’ve been relying heavily on smoothie ingredients that are loaded with protein on their own to avoid the dreaded powder. For me, my go-to has been cashews. Just 1/4 cup of raw cashews has 7 grams! Loaded.

This is a smoothie, but I mean… I’m calling it a milkshake. It is so creamy and indulgent. It is loaded with protein, healthy fats, energy (from the date), and all that good stuff. It’s basically dessert, in the best way.

It’s a simple recipe, but I think you’ll appreciate it. Especially if you are an expecting plant-based mama who is looking for easy ways to sneak in more protein! Or you know, not expecting but just want something decadent and delicious chockfull of good ingredients.
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