Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Smoked 3-Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Hi friends! I’m excited to share one of my favorite chili recipes – warm, cozy, smoky, and belly-filling. Joe mentioned that he was craving chili while we were out shopping and I immediately thought YES, I LOVE YOU. I grabbed all the odds and ends I needed and the result is wonderful. I love adding 3 different types of beans to mine for extra protein and fiber – plus the tempeh and portobello makes it extra hearty.
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200 Artsy Creative Spirit Baby Names

200 Artsy + Creative Spirit Baby Names

Artistic and creative spirits are some of my favorite people. Not only do I work on a design time myself, but I’ve just always connected to creatives (I mean, I majored in English/Creative Writing with a minor in art). That said, I love names that evoke that same artistic aura. These may or may not resonate with you the same way they do me, but here’s a list of names that I personally compiled that I feel captures a creative spirit. Enjoy the inspiration – whether you are a name lover like me or a mama bear on the hunt for the perfect moniker. xx

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Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been taking a teaspoon of maca a day and having fun trying to come up with new ways to enjoy it. My favorite is by smoothie, and I think I nailed it with this one.

Also – having taken it for a bit now, I can tell you that the taste doesn’t bother me anymore. I hardly notice it – finally! I think this smoothie in particular does a great job at covering up the taste (for any of those who are not into it… I get it).

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Vegan-Friendly Hot Spots in Rhode Island

Vegan-Friendly Hot Spots in Rhode Island

Hi friends – especially local friends :)

For the smallest state, we really pack a lot of vegan and plant-based options here. Joe and I are always looking for a new place to try, and quite honestly, we never have too much trouble. Rhode Island is extremely vegan friendly, especially our Providence capital. I’ve reviewed a ton of local places on here before – you can find more posts HERE, HERE, and HERE (this one is particularly great for coffee lovers). Since my last post, we’ve fallen in love with a whole new batch of spots.

If you’re local or in the New England area, I encourage you to give these places your business – they’re all wonderful.
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Thai Tofu Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Thai Tofu + Peanut Lettuce Wraps

I can’t stop eating peanuts to save my life lately. I’ve been topping them on salads, rolling up in rice wraps, sprinkling on lettuce wraps… eating straight from the bag while working. It’s strange how your taste buds will shift out of nowhere. I never really liked peanuts. I mean, yea, peanut butter and the flavor and all but never a huge fan of the actual nut. Until now.

I also think peanuts have a weird reputation for being fattening (which yes, any nut is pretty fattening when you eat past the recommended serving!) but they actually pack their own cool health benefits. But anyways, I’m pretty hooked. To balance out the extra fat content in peanuts, I like to pair them in a light and refreshing way – lettuce wraps are my go-to.
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Elderberry for a Healthier Immune System

Elderberry for a Healthier Immune System

So, I am the person who asks, “have you been taking your elderberry?!” during the winter months. I got this habit from my mom, and now I’m a believer. If you’re thinking… what the hell is that? That’s totally fine – I’m here to give you the 411. If you’re an avid Walking Dead fan like me, it may ring a bell. Remember when Hershel (bless his heart) used elderberry tea to save lives during the swine flu breakout at the prison? YUP. And you bet your ass, I was SO EXCITED WHEN HE SAID IT!! I turned to Joe immediately – DID YOU HEAR HIM? ELDERBERRY!!

If you still have no clue what I am talking about, it’s okay – I’m ready to explain.

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Smoothie Superfoods

In My Smoothie: 6 Favorite Superfoods

Smoothies are my favorite way to pack in all the nutrients I can. Mainly, my go-to is chocolate peanut butter + banana, but I will usually try to sneak in something better than just that… whether a tbs of chia seeds or some flaxseed oil – and sometimes, spinach! I thought I’d share six of my favorite smoothie superfood add-ins with the health benefits that stick out to me. There’s plenty more, too. Research research research!

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5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

Hi friends!

I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!

This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!

Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.

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200 Indie Bohemian Baby Names

200 Indie + Bohemian Baby Names, part 2

Hi friends!

I wrote this same post in the past, and it has been such a hit. Being as obsessed with names as I am, I wanted to follow up with a part 2 – there are plenty more indie and boho names out there, and they are a great addition to part 1 of this post – no repeats! I hope you don’t mind ;)

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