Good morning, friends! We’re getting a ton of snow over here today – plus hurricane-type winds. Basically, the whole family is hunkered down. Hoping to keep power, but I have all my candles and blankets ready to go, just in case. If we lose power, we’ll just be snuggled away under a pile of blankets with Willowbean. ;)
At any rate, while I do have internet… I wanted to share a new go-to recipe in this house – spicy and lemony spaghetti, tossed with warm olive oil, fragrant garlic, and hearty chickpeas. This dinner is so quick, family-friendly, and packs protein (and some heat). If you are not a fan of spicy, you can omit the red pepper flakes or just use less. I am not one for anything crazy hot, but this is definitely one dish I prefer on the spicy side.
But the all-star is the lemon – it’s bright and refreshing while still making this a comfort food kinda meal.
As a part of the new year, I wanted to start a new series based on some of the cheap and easy meals I’m preparing over here. As a new mom, you bet your ass I’ve been making super quick meals to get through the day. And not only do they have to be fast, but filling because I am nursing and I am definitely burning through energy to keep up with the demand (Willow is actually the very hungry caterpillar). But as much as I have to eat to keep up, I also have been feeling pretty sluggish with my diet, so I am definitely trying to eat more salads that pack on the protein. Both Joe and I are trying to eat better to get back into shape.
ALSO, I know that a lot of people have concerns when it comes to eating vegan or more plant-based. I think the top concerns and excuses that I usually get are “I don’t have time” or “It seems expensive.” But to be honest, 95% of what I eat will take me less than 20 minutes to prepare. I want to make it my mission to show you that these statements don’t have to be true. I believe that a lot of what I post proves both wrong. But as the new year has begun, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your diet and give plants a shot. Less/no meat is cheap and easy, trust me. Tack on the fact that a lot of people resolute to be healthier, I thought this cheap and easy salad was the best recipe to kick this series off. I hope you appreciate it’s simplicity.
Good morning! I never got around to sharing the recipe for this bowl after I shared it on Instagram in the past. It’s gorgeous and delicious, so might as well.
Also just a little update on life over here. Willow is coming up on 4 months, and I still can’t believe it. Time is absolutely flying. The holidays helped make it fly by, too. The day after Christmas, I took down all the decor and spruced up the house a bit. I organized and made room for new things (especially Willow’s gifts… SO MANY). It feels good to be organized and cleaned up before the New Year. The weather has been so cold here… in the negatives some mornings. We haven’t gotten out too much and have been laying low and bundled up at home. While I tend to get a little stir crazy some days, I welcome the quiet lately. Focusing on putting together more posts for you all. Any topics you’d like covered? I’m open to anything!
I don’t think we’ll be doing anything crazy for New Year’s Eve this year. Honestly, I don’t have the energy and Willow is still so young. The last thing I need is to mess up her sleeping schedule, because she has been soooo good. 9 hour stretches! We’re lucky with this little girl.
Anyways, just wanted to touch base and share an old recipe. I hope you all have an awesome holiday weekend, and I will be back in the New Year! Continue reading →
Soup recipes are basically all you may be getting lately, haha! This is honestly all I eat this time of year and paired with an infant, even more so. Tossing a bunch of veggies into a pan to simmer all day is so much easier than preparing anything else. I usually do this first thing in the morning during her first nap of the day, then lunch is ready in no time. I also make soup in large batches for leftovers – and I freeze sometimes, too.
This is honestly just a glorified vegetable soup, with its title of “golden” coming from the addition of turmeric. Really great color.
Whether you are a busy mom like me or are just busy in general, here’s an easy and healthy soup to add to your arsenal of recipes. Continue reading →
Breakfast burritos are one of my all-time favorite morning staples. I love tofu scramble breakfast burritos, but I don’t always have tofu on hand. But honestly, who needs it when you have a ton of other protein-packed ingredients at your disposal. Filled with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, and tempeh, this eggless breakfast is wholesome, colorful, and filling.
With Willow, it’s hard for me to make and enjoy breakfast some days. What I love about this recipe is that I can prepare all these ingredients ahead of time and store away for use all during the week. On Saturday mornings when Joe can hang with her, I usually prepare 5 sweet potatoes in the oven to stash away in the fridge for a quick and healthy grab. I make a large batch of quinoa (versatile for any meal, really) and marinate and bake tempeh to keep on hand. The rest of the ingredients are easy enough to toss in quickly. In just 5 minutes, I have myself a filling and nutritious plant-based breakfast to kick off my morning. It pays to prepare and bulk cook! Continue reading →
I hope everyone is staying cozy this month. Cozy meals are happening on this end, battling the cold and getting ready for the holidays. This time of year is my favorite – and it is even better with little Willow. She makes everything better!
And by now, I’m sure you know that I’m all about soup in the fall and winter. I think that’s pretty much all I make and eat these days. This soup came about because I wasn’t sure what to do with my leftover lentils, and I’m really happy about it. Gorgeous golden color. Hearty vegetables. Warm spices. Creamy coconut. It’s tastes like winter. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading →
Over two months as a breastfeeding mama and there has been no shortage of good food over here. I am definitely hungrier than usual, but have been trying to eat as well as I can. Being home does make this tough… especially when it’s too easy to make a vegan mug cake. I find myself gravitating towards a lot of carbs, too. I think this is mostly because making pasta is quick and easy when I am so busy during the day taking care of Willow. But I’m not perfect. I’ve also been trying to make more salads and greens. Balance is a good thing, yeah? Anyways. You’re here for the food inspiration and ideas.
As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration. xx
I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Chic casual comfort is my thing. Give me a pair of vans sneakers and some black sunnies, and I’m good to go. So you can imagine how excited I was to team up with the Dharma Store. They have some of the coolest vegan graphic tees on the market. Super soft, vibrant, and the best part… cruelty-free!
The Dharma Store is a vegan clothing brand created to spread awareness through fashion. They are 100% cruelty-free, using water-based and eco-friendly inks on all of their unique t-shirt designs. Offering designs for both men and women, it’s so hard to pick a favorite. There are so many designs to choose from, including vegan statement shirts, veggie and fruit graphics, sacred geometry designs, and even yoga designs. Another thing I love about this company is that they shipped my shirts in recyclable material. Continue reading →
Hi friends! I’ve been eating all things warm and cozy – basically anything that tastes like fall. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe that would make a great addition to your table. Full of sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin, you’ll most likely have all the ingredients readily available. Coconut milk makes it creamy and a dash of cinnamon gives it the warmth you may be looking for. I hope you’ll give it a try!