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.
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.
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!
I’ve been making this dish like crazy lately – almost every week, honestly. My amazing aunt had us over and prepared this for me. I was so impressed! It’s not always easy to cook with tempeh, but there’s nothing this woman can’t do! I asked if I could share her recipe here, and she was thrilled. I was, too! If your a tempeh person like me, I think you’ll love it. It’s full of flavor and easy to prepare
Another day, another smoothie recipe. I know these are simple, but if I can help someone nail a high-protein breakfast/snack, then hey. I know I am always searching and sifting through vegan recipes with extra protein (pregnant or not!)
This one gets bonus points for tasting like dessert. Chocolate peanut butter pie-like. I’ve had a major sweet tooth during this pregnancy, so I’ve been opting for lots of fruit, smoothies, date candies, etc. I did cave and ate a ton of vegan cake, but I’m only human!! This at least is full of much-needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s good stuff!
Hi friends! I have been really excited these days because my husband, Joe, has been asking for more vegan/plant-based dinners. You can imagine my excitement [!!] He’s always embraced vegan food and is always the first one to find a new local spot for us to try out (which I love him for) but he never made the plunge himself. I don’t expect him to anytime soon, but he definitely lets me know that he is trying to get there. Baby steps, right? For now, if it is vegan dinners that he is asking for… ask and you shall receive!!
These tacos have quickly become a staple for us. Honestly – tacos all the time, right? They are so versatile and easy to make. Whatever I have available in the pantry and fridge is usually what I’ll work with. I was excited with these tacos in particular because of the vegan ranch sauce. Before I adopted a plant-based diet, I was all about that ranch life. Aren’t most people? Yes, no?
Using mayo, soy milk, and some seasoning, it tastes just like ranch and takes the flavor of these to a whole new level. I hope you’ll enjoy. Continue reading →
I’ll be honest. We bought a juicer maybe 2-3 years ago. It wasn’t a crazy expensive one. I can’t remember for the life of me the brand because we haven’t touched it in so long. It’s actually on a shelf in the storage area of our basement. I love fresh juice, but sometimes the whole hassle of getting it setup and then cleaning it is just too much. I like things done quickly, and juicing is not always the quickest task (not to say it isn’t worth it or anything – I know a lot of people who LOVE their juicers). It’s just not for me.
BUT, I love a good juice recipe that doesn’t require the whole shebang. That’s why I looooove watermelon juice. It can very easily be strained with a mesh strainer and it super refreshing during the summer. Plus it is naturally so sweet, so you really don’t have to add much to it! This is a simple recipe, but I wanted to share in case there are any watermelon lovers here who have not tried this yet.
I prefer to eat my watermelon usually, but this is a good way to not waste a watermelon that may not be as sweet as you thought. Buying watermelon is already a gamble… so at least you’ll have another option if you are not into the texture or sweetness of one that you’ve bought and cut up! There’s always another way to use an ingredient. :)
Sometimes I wonder if these cashew cheese pasta dishes are as spot on as I think they are in regards to cheesiness. I know that my tastebuds have changed over the course of 3 years without cheese, but I honestly do think that these are so close. I like making these kinds of dishes for non-vegans just to see their reaction. So this one in particular, I feel like it’s one of those that I’ll need to make for a group of people to gauge their reaction. Because me… well, I think it’s literally heaven on earth.
Pizza pizza pizza. Does anyone not like pizza? We eat it a ton in this family. To be honest, Joe probably makes homemade pizza in the cast iron twice, sometimes three times a week. I’m not complaining! I haven’t been cooking as much lately, and always appreciate when he makes me a good vegan pie.
Over the years, I’ve gotten creative with my pizza recipes – from tempeh burger pizza to a pinwheel squash pizza. Whether you are in the mood for something classic or want to try something entirely new, below are quite a few recipes to choose from. I haven’t done a recipe round-up in a while, so I hope you don’t mind. Bringing back some good ones – they deserve more facetime ;) And… if anyone dares to say that vegan/vegetarian pizza is boring… pffft. Please. Continue reading →