Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Eat fries for dinner. Seriously – they don’t have to be greasy, unhealthy, and loaded with trans fats. To be honest, Joe and I enjoy a plate of fries and dip for dinner more often than I care to admit. It’s just soooo good. So filling. SO CHEAP. Potatoes, man. They are cheap cheap cheap.

I try to balance out the fact that we’re eating just fries for dinner by pairing with a dip. While I usually opt for some cashew cheese dip on the side, I thought a black bean dip would be perfect. Black beans are loaded with protein (not to say cashews aren’t) and add a healthy dose of fiber. Side of lime for extra flavor and some fresh lettuce leaves. Romaine lettuce is is super fresh paired with fries. Trust me – just try it!

The best part is that these fries are oil-free, so go to town.
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Second Trimester

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

Still hungry as ever, and still trying my best to eat well. It’s definitely hard some days. Some of my more recent cravings have been bagels/toast with tofutti and cream cheese (still), tomatoes in general, pickles, sour gummy candy, chunky peanut butter, salt and vinegar chips, and Del’s lemonade (local frozen lemonade). Definitely hitting all those cravings in the below photos.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.

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

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

Second trimester – weeeeee!! Thankfully my appetite for healthy food came back full throttle toward the end of my first trimester and right into the second. Finally!! I feel so much better – more energy, “cleaner”, and just not as sluggish. And now I can focus on all the good stuff that this little girl needs. Judging by all the fruit I have been consuming, I may birth a watermelon. ;)

There’s a ton after the cut – more energy = more motivation to take pics of my food. So, get ready! Aaaaaaand as always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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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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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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What I've Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy - First Trimester]

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

Hey there friends – I’ve been compiling all the things I ate over my first trimester, and now I can finally share with you! So warning, there is A LOT after the cut. Not going to lie though – a lot of what I ate is not on here because it was way too boring and just not interesting (plus I kept forgetting to take photos – rather, did not have the energy or drive to!) I had a rough couple weeks (7-9 were ughhh) and I ate a whole lot of carbs. Think: bread, dry cereal, pasta with butter, crackers, potatoes, frozen waffles, etc. But in between and towards the end, I did get to eat some good stuff and that’s what you’ll find below. Plus… so many oranges. All I want is orange juice and oranges. It’s wild. xx

Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls Vegan

Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls

Happy Monday, friends! How are you? I’m feeling so good lately – more energy, less nausea. Joe and I also bought tickets for alt-j at one of our very favorite outdoor venues this summer. I’ll be 33 weeks pregnant – oof. But alt-j is one of my favorites, and I’ve never seen them! I gotta do everything before this little lady comes… and this will be a summer night to remember, I’m sure of it. I bought tickets toward the back and on an end (who knows how much I’ll have to get up and down at that point – lol!) The best part is the venue is right on the water, so if I need to take a breather, there’s that. Yay – I cannot wait!

Excitement aside, for now. Ha!

So like I was saying, thankfully I’ve had more energy lately. But… pregnancy is still exhausting, to put it lightly. I always heard people say it, but you really don’t understand until you are going through it. Some days, I feel like I got hit with a sedative. Even making breakfast in the morning will have me a bit winded and ready to sit back down. So, I’ve been trying to make breakfast in batches – quick and easy on the weekend to have during the week. It’s easier to grab something pre-made when I am rushing around to get to work (especially since I’ve been sleeping in more!)

These peanut butter cookie energy balls have been a go-to for me. Aside from tasting like dessert, they are made with dates. Dates are known for boosting energy levels. That’s because the carbs in dates are mostly simple sugars. Simple sugars are easily and quickly converted into glucose for cells to use as energy (according to NaturalLifeEnergy.com!) Paired with some oats, walnuts, and peanut butter… these babies are a protein and nutrient powerhouse.
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