Dec 19

7-Ingredient Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Aioli | vegan, gluten-free

7-Ingredient Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Aioli

You guys!!! I'm so, so, SO excited about this recipe. It's quickly become one of my favorite dishes because it's warm and comforting (winter) with bright pops of color and flavor (warmer times). This dish marked my first time making hasselback anything. Seriously! I know, I know. I'm a bit late to the sliced-potato party, but let's call it fashionably deliciously late because this is one for the recipe books. I mean, look... Tender sweet potato slices drizzled with garlicky avocado aioli … [Read more...]

Dec 17

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread with Almond Icing

Cranberry + Pistachio Shortbread Bars with Almond Icing

Buttery. Chewy. Crunchy. Sweet. Dip-able. Festive. Simple. These Cranberry + Pistachio Shortbread Bars have got it all going on, which makes them perfect for holiday baking. This shortbread comes together with just 9 ingredients and a breezy 30+ minutes. It's basically a fancy, dressed-up variation of the shortbread in these homemade twix bars. Chopped dried cranberries add a chewy texture and the pistachios offer an addictive, nutty crunch. A subtly sweet almond … [Read more...]

Dec 15

Vegan Gift Guide + A Giveaway from The Purple Carrot!

The Purple Carrot

With Christmas only 10 days away, I figured I'd put together a simple, straightforward guide to vegan gift ideas to simplify your shopping. Without further ado (we have some serious purchasing to do), here it is... 1. The Purple Carrot                The Purple Carrot (TPC) is a new meal kit delivery service that provides customers all the raw, pre-measured ingredients they need to cook healthy meals and snacks at home. TPC meals contain fresh, organic, plant-based, dairy-free … [Read more...]

Dec 12

Holiday Caesar Salad with Hemp Seed Dressing, Protein Croutons & Pomegranate Seeds (vegan, gluten-free)

Holiday Caesar Salad with Hemp Seed Dressing | vegan, gluten-free

This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest; however, all thoughts, opinions, and statements about being in-love with their products are 100% my own. The first salad I ever made outside of my parents' kitchen was a caesar salad in my 6th grade Home Ec class. I barely remember a thing we made in that class besides this caesar salad, and it's because 1) I was surprised it was so easy to whip together homemade dressing and 2) that was the start of my love affair with cooking. Later that week, … [Read more...]

Dec 10

Vegan French Onion Soup with Homemade Mozzarella

Vegan French Onion Soup

The holidays tend to veil my thoughts with a reminiscent spirit. I find myself passing the drive to and from work thinking about the past, and sometimes my thoughts float all the way back to my early childhood and settle into memories that have faded with time. While I was home for Thanksgiving, we made a point to drive by the house that I lived in until I was seven. This was the house my mom grew up in, and my parents purchased it from my grandparents not long after I was born. The family … [Read more...]

Dec 08

Vegan Stocking Stuffer Guide & A Cocomels Giveaway!

Vegan Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014

I think I've hinted at this before, but my family loves traditions. We have all sorts of traditions for all sorts of occasions, and these celebratory guidelines have sprinkled my memories with happiness throughout my life. My two very favorite traditions involve birthdays and Christmas. Growing up, birthday mornings always began with a 5:30am wake-up call. The wake-up call consisted of the non-birthday gals and guys singing a giggle-filled round of Happy Birthday to the birthday person and … [Read more...]

Dec 05

Creamy Carbonara Pasta with Shiitake Bacon | vegan, gf

Creamy Carbonara Pasta with Shiitake Bacon | vegan and gluten-free

Creamy. Rich. Bacon-y. Salty. Comforting. Peppered. Noodly. If the best things in life are free, then the second best thing in life is probably pasta. It's only a smidge pricier than free, and it's reliable, filling, and oh-so-yummy. Plus, it's probably one of the first things that most of us learned how to cook (in either macaroni or spaghetti form), which also makes it nostalgic and memory-inducing. This dish is a play on the crave-worthy carbonara pasta that … [Read more...]

Dec 03

YumUniverse’s Hot Fudge Sauce & A Book Giveaway!

Yum Universe Hot Fudge Sauce

If you've been living a plant-powered lifestyle for any length of time, you've probably stumbled across Heather Crosby's brilliant site, YumUniverse. And if you have stumbled across it, you've likely gotten swept away and nestled in the awesomeness of Heather's eye-catching designs, drool-worthy vegan + gluten-free recipes, and effortlessly-charismatic musings. In a world that sometimes makes those who walk a lifestyle path less traveled feel a bit quirky, Heather reminds us … [Read more...]

Dec 01

6-Ingredient Chocolate & Caramel Slices | Vegan, GF, Paleo

Chocolate Caramel Slices

From a festive detox salad to chocolate + caramel slices in three days flat. A quick change of pace and taste buds can only mean one thing: the holiday season is upon us. These chocolate + sea salt caramel slices might look a bit familiar if you happened to run into this recipe for twix bars a few weeks back. After those turned out to be such a hit in our home and on the blog, I figured I could rework another recipe out of them. So, these chocolaty, caramely squares are essentially the top … [Read more...]

Nov 29

World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Giveaway

Cinnamon Box from Vietnam-highres

  About World Vision World Vision exemplifies the spirit of giving during the holiday season. As one of the largest relief and advocacy organizations in the world, World Vision's efforts serve over 4 million children, 1,650 communities, and nearly 90 disaster and emergency responses each year. Every dollar donated yields $1.15 in terms of impact, and donating can be as simple as purchasing one of their beautiful hand-crafted gifts. From jewelry to bags to spices, World Vision's … [Read more...]

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