Vegan Kale Orzo Pasta Salad

This is probably one of my favorite salads for winter that’s heavier than a normal kale salad. I love the texture and taste of this salad as its a perfect compliment for any entree Or you can simply add a protein - like I’ve done all week long and its been my go-to lunch and dinner!

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Vegan Mac & Cheese

Now who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? I mean when I was a kid, and lets face it into my 20’s I still ate Mac & Cheese out of the box. Like piled on the butter and powdered cheese! Now this was the true-to-form stuff right out of the box and it was delicious! However, now knowing what I know, its almost impossible to eat!

So, in order to fulfill my childhood cravings AND be able to provide my daughter with something that nutritious, easy to make and very tasty! As we know toddlers and kids can be very picky eaters so its great to have this in your back pocket for a toddler or for yourself!

There are a couple ways to make this. 100% vegan OR vegan + butter. When I say butter I mean in the truest from. No margarine, no salted butter, no oleo, just 100% organic unsalted butter OR clarified butter using Ghee another one of my favorites. Now what’s the difference you ask? Great question! I read a great article on this articulating the difference in simple terms so I have shared it below.

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Super Easy Vegan Crockpot Chili

A delicious and VERY simple preparation for one of the most amazing vegan chili’s I’ve done so far! Beyond easy and really is a way to use up all of your remaining veggies for the week in a very large way! All you do is rinse, chop and dump! That simple! You do need a few basics in your kitchen but I’ll take you through how to prepare for that and what staple pieces I keep in my kitchen at all times.

I’ve included my Facebook LIVE video here as well to take you through in greater detail and included the full recipe in this post! I hope you enjoy! Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for more LIVE recipes to come!

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Fudgy GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s all about the fudginess of the cookies. I mean who doesn’t like a half cooked cookie with the doughy center? Come on! The absolute dream cookie! Am I right?!? The trick is the consistency in the beginning. This is where you really want to pay attention to the amount of almond milk. You may want to add more if needed. The batter should be fudgy and sticky. Not runny. Not dry. Fuggy. That’s exactly how your cookies will turn out so pay attention here!

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Simple Creamy Broccoli "Cheese" Soup (V, GF)

This particular dish I set out to do a Broccoli “Cheese” Pasta for my baby and family and I had zero time that day as I was teaching all day. I threw everything into the crock pot and let it cook until I go back. Originally I had planned it to cook for about 2-3 hours but it ended up for cooking for more like 4. So what I came home to was virtually a soup at that point. Good news it was SUUUPPPEEER creamy and really tasted like soup!

A few nutrition facts about what I used. I used a chickpea pasta which is here and it is packed and it looks and tastes like pasta if you’ve never tried it! Gluten Free, Vegan, simple ingredients and protein packed (25 G for 4 oz cooked pasta)! 4 Servings in a box and that is pretty much what the total recipe below makes up.

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PB & Chocolate Collagen Granola

When a peanut butter and chocolate craving strikes you better submit because sometimes your body just needs chocolate and peanut butter.

The past couple of week’s I’ve been so off of my normal routine, my hubby has been gone for almost a week, my daughter and I have gotten sick and I’ve been just feeling down, sluggish and had major cravings! While this is my variation of a healthy pb & chocolate craving by no means do I never cave! I mean, I indulged in ice cream last night and regular chocolate over the weekend so there’s that. However, trying to stay on track yet also satisfy my sweet tooth this was a great options!

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (V, GF)

When I set out to make this I had no idea what I was making - as usual! However, the creamy consistency and the flavor is just bursting out of the bowl! I can’t even take it!

All I’ve been craving is soups lately! It’s crazy how fall makes you immediately transition to more earthy and warm foods! Based on Ayurvedic lifestyle I am a Pitta and for fall I should be having seasonal harvested foods like apples and pears for cooling energy.

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Loaded Veggie Lasagna (GF)

started making veggie lasagna probably 6 years ago when I really started eating plant based and incorporating all the veggies I could into my diet. From that initial lasagna to the current one I’ve gone through several variations and the best thing about it is you can play with it and try seasonal veggies and add noodles, keep them out, anything goes here.

Whether you’re making this for yourself or your kids you’ll find that tastes vary and depending on what veggies you like or what veggies your kids will eat, just keep mixing it up and trying new things.

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Easy Maple Walnut Granola with Blueberry Sauce

This is not only simple and you can do it in the crock pot or in the oven. I always prefer the crock pot because its low maintenance for me. However, feel free to use the oven and place on a baking sheet.

I love this combo because I’m always looking for a bit more flavor in my yogurt and I love jam but with the sugar content I’m hesitant to use it so I made this little blueberry syrup as an alternative and all l can say is….. GAME CHANGER! I really added so much to the dish without all the sugar!

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Gut Healthy Rainbow Chickpea Salad

As I dive more and more into gut health and we establish its importance to your overall health I’ll take time to write out my own recipes and creations that I’ve come up with in order to combat an ever-changing gut microbes. I know that seems extreme and sounds like a long crazy word but as I dive into this you’ll begin to see the importance and what foods can not only heal the gut but along with it heal any ailments you may be dealing with currently.

I have many favorites and I continue to develop more and more recipes that help maintain and develop a healthy gut for me and my family along with all of you! This recipe has so much flavor and is so easy to prepare. 100% vegan. 100% Gluten Free. 100% whole food.

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Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake (V,GF)

When I set out for this little experiment I really had no idea what the result would be - like most things I make. However, this one in particular I was hoping and praying as I went along my baking way! A few things about this recipes. Yes, its pumpkin, of course its almost OCTOBER! Second, it contains no gluten, has low glycemic index and can also be vegan. However, this particular recipe I did use eggs so therefore NOT vegan. An easy swap and you can make it vegan by using flax eggs.

One thing about my site is every single recipe is healthy! All of them I use natural sugars if I’m baking and I always use a grain substitute like chickpea flour, tapioca starch, almond flour, coconut flour and etc.

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Crockpot Marinara & Spaghetti Squash

ts hard to believe! I just love it because there NO FUSS when it comes to cooking. Just dump and cook! Coming home to the aroma of delicious food is enough for anyone to have a guaranteed great night!

So Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the changing season and I LOVE the colors you see in the trees. Its such a magical time of year! On top of that I LOVE the winter squash foods that can now be created and let’s not forget our favorite - Pumpkin!

So I shared a funny store about me making this in a hurry as I usually do or trying to keep my daughter occupied long enough to chop of some veggies and throw it in the pot. Its quite a challenge you know She happened to be playing quite well on her own for the 10 minutes this

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Apple Cinnamon Granola with Comparisons to Store Bought!

I absolutely love making my own granola! I did a presentation last week on healthy snacks on-the-go and I wasn’t surprised at all to see the amount of sugar found in these little healthy gems! This one is actually one of the many reasons why I started making my own because I always got a sugar high and before I knew it polished off an entire bag! This defeats the purpose of granola in the first place!

First, let’s discuss the granola that’s out there. It comes in many forms and you can really buy so many varieties its ridiculous. This is a highly saturated market from gluten free, to paleo, to grain free, to nut free, to really anything you want. Marketing is all about labels and you absolutely have to look at the ingredients and nut trust labels.

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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Salad

Looking to add some bulk to your salads? I find salads to be very unsatisfying and frankly I don’t opt for them often for that reason! I like to add some whole grains and fats to my salads and this is a great way to do that to keep things interesting, and filling!

With salads I don’t usually feel sustained energy and you may feel that way too if you are constantly running all day long! I always feel like I have energy longer and can maintain when I’m having a hearty lunch. By hearty I mean adding in some fats and whole grains.

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Paleo Blueberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins

This recipe was inspired by my favorite coffee shop that serves the most amazing blueberry muffin.  I go there a few days a week to work and they have the absolute best cappuccino ever - strong and smooth - and I always get their paleo muffin.  Its a perfect blend of light and fluffy, tasty, blueberry filled, a bit of crunch and very filling!   I would eat one of these and be satisfied for at least 3-4 hours which if you know me, is quite a feat!  So after paying $4 for my favorite muffin several times and carefully studyihg each bite, I decided to give it a try and make it myself!

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Grilled Eggplant & Marinated Tofu

This was really something I was dreaming up in my head and to be honest I didn't think it would live up to its expectations.  I mean, I like eggplant but it needs to be cooked really well with some major seasoning and/or marinade.  It lacks flavor and is really just a giant fibrous vegetable.  Thinking of vegetables, I really like to keep the variety in my palette.  Since this is purple it really keeps it mixed up and allows for me to have a full range of benefits.

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Meals Under 20 Min: Pesto Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

If there's anything that can be created in less than 20 minutes, I'm in!  How about you?  I mean, most days I barely have time to get myself together let alone cook an extravagant meal with 10,000 ingredients.  Don't get me wrong I love cooking!  And I don't mind taking the time, SOME DAYS.  However, generally speaking I'm rushing just like most of you!  

Because we want to eat clean, and usually in the evening I'm trying to cook meals that are primarily veggies with protein.  I love shrimp because its easy to make and it goes with so many things!  I get the frozen wild shrimp often at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's - but it can be purchased anywhere.  The key is to look for the wild stuff.  By letting it set out for a few hours or keeping it in the fridge the night before is a great way to de-thaw it without having to think about it.  

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Gut Healthy Dal with Grain Free "Naan" bread

Ok, you guys I may have made one of the most amazing lentil recipes yet for me and my fam!  We're on day 3 now and its a huge hit and SO filling!  Usually my husband needs meat in addition to anything vegan I make but this time he's loving it as much as I do!  I also paired it with some delicious grain free, naan bread!  Ok, so my husband calls them pancakes but they are much more dense and I cut them into quarters and served them with the dal and my, oh my they are fantastic!  I consider them a mix taste-wise between corn bread, a pancake, and bread.  My husband just says they are pancakes but you be the judge!  Either way, they add to the texture, and keep this recipe grain free, dairy free, gluten free, and all the other buzz words.  AND they are natural meaning made with REAL FOOD!  

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Sunday Grocery Haul & Meal Prep Series 1

I've been wanting to do this a long time and I thought there's no better time than the present, right?  We all grocery shop, obviously.  We are shop at probably our favorite spots, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, online via Amazon or another grocery service, but the point is there are a million places to shop and its where do you get the most bang for your buck?  Ya know what I mean?  I toggle between stores and really go where I can find the freshest and organic produce, the cleanest food and some things I care about saving the most.  However, that being said, the food we put in our bodies should be the most whole and natural form we can find.  That is hard to do these days with all of the labels, tricky marketing and etc.  Its hard to navigate through a grocery store so I'm going to provide some inside and let you take a look into my Sunday shopping going through everything that I buy, the total cost, and the meals I plan to make with all of the ingredients.

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Split Pea Soup (V) (GF)

This is one of my favorite recipes and I LOVE making this in the fall to warm my belly.  I may have started the process early because I was craving it in August but we had a cool week here in Denver and really put me in the mood for warm soul food. 

This recipe is very simple and I love to use my crock pot for this recipe.  It makes life easy for me the more I can use my crockpot. I've tried every type of "healthy" vegan split pea soup - normally it comes it with ham - and this one is soooooo incredibly creamy and smooth AND contains NO dairy!  How amazing is that?

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