Vegan Walnut Pesto Penne

Vegan Walnut Pesto Penne (the perfect freezer meal)

Hi friends!

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.
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Inside My Minimalist Hospital Bag

Inside My Minimalist Hospital Bag

Just another month to go over here! But, I slowly began tossing items into my hospital bag a month or so ago. After watching countless hospital bag videos on YouTube and scouring all Mommy blogs, I finally think I have everything that I feel necessary for me. I tried to pack as light as possible (forgoing items that the hospital will provide) but I’ll have to do a recap once I actually see what I used and what I didn’t. Should be interesting!

Whether you are also an expecting mama, planning on having kids, or just interested or nosey, this post is for you. Just a quick peek into what I’ve been focusing on! This bag is only for mama and baby (dad’s will be his own situation).
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Caramel Date Smoothie for Pregnancy

Caramel Date Smoothie for Pregnancy

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.

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Baby Girl Jungle Nursery Tour

Nesting: Our Nursery Tour

I’m soooo excited to finally be sharing this post! I was really dragging on taking photos (some are not the best quality, but I tried my best with the lighting). But finally, here we are. The room is ready and I’m pretty much losing my mind over seeing her sweet little face. Only a few more weeks!

So… I don’t really know what to call the theme? It’s sort of all the things I love… animals, flowers, bright colors, etc. I guess you could say it is a girly version of a jungle or Lion King theme, maybe? Whatever it is, it is bright, colorful, and airy and just makes me so happy. I find myself just sitting in here and looking around, soaking it up. It’s my favorite room in the house.

I’ll try and share as much detail as to where I got some of the sweet products and decor, too. So without any other introduction, welcome to our nursery!
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Third Trimester

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Third Trimester]

Lots of calcium, protein, and as much nutrients as I can get as I come in on the home stretch. I can’t believe we’re in the single digits for weeks left in this pregnancy. I’d say I’ve eaten pretty well (with the exception of the first trimester… that really sucked). If you’re interested in seeing past food posts during this pregnancy, you can browse them all here.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Wings + Ranch

Buffalo Tempeh + Ranch [vegan]

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.

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Inside My Diaper Bag (Pre-Baby)

A Look Inside My Diaper Bag (Pre-Baby)

Hi friends! I’ve been going crazy these last few weeks to make sure everything is in order before baby girl arrives. This included me packing up my diaper bag. I know she isn’t here yet, and this is more than likely going to change A TON as I get to know her and our new situation, but this is just a start.

I’m a huge fan of watching mommy vloggers on YouTube and reading blog posts, of course. I pulled a lot of inspiration and ideas from such sources… so I hope I am not too off base here. I labeled this post “pre-baby” because I definitely plan on following up after she arrives and once we find our new groove. I’m sure it will vary, and I am actually excited to see the differences. So anyways, I hope you at least find this helpful or interesting!

First, if any of you are wondering… I have the Hip Cub diaper bag, which I was gifted at my shower. I have no complaints! It’s sturdy, roomy, and pretty cute for a diaper bag. It fits everything with ease and isn’t too heavy on the shoulders. It also came with a changing pad insert and straps that can attach to my stroller.

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Vegan Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats + Bob’s Red Mill GIVEAWAY

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!

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30 Blog Posts for Vegan Plant-Based Beginners

30 Blog Posts for Vegan/Plant-Based Beginners

I can’t believe it’s been three years this month since the Friendly Fig started! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this blog and community, and how much I enjoy sharing pieces of my life with you guys. So much love and compliments from people – people I know and complete strangers who have turned into friends. It’s very cool to see how the blog has evolved.

To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts to date. This blog started as a way to share tips on eating plant-based/vegan/vegetarian. I wanted to show the world just how easy it is to enjoy food without ending an animal’s life. There have been so many posts written for beginners to get started – because at the end of the day, people truly fear what they do not know. I hope I do an okay job sharing my own personal tips and advice to lessen the fear of “what do I eat then?” and inspire for a healthier and kinder diet. Below are 30 blog posts for beginners that – I believe – embody all that you need to know for a successful and seamless transition.

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