Mar 02

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado-Basil Aioli

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado-Basil Aioli

Juicy. Stacked. Roasted. Garlicky. Saucy. Colorful. Sink-your-teeth-in tasty. This roasted vegetable sandwich feels rather burger-like in look and heartiness. But don't be fooled. It's nothing more nor less than a stack of roasted vegetables slathered with a creamy avocado-basil aioli and jazzed up with a frilly piece of butter lettuce. Roasted portobello caps serve as buns, and roasted zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and red peppers are piled high within to yield layers … [Read more...]

Feb 27

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chia Pudding

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chia Pudding

PB + J pancakes, smoothies, and chia pudding! Oh my! It's hard to resist that whole salty-sweet combination, isn't it? And there are endless ways to reinterpret and modernize the classic pb + j sandwich. This particular variation infuses thick chia pudding with peanutty goodness and nestles it between rippled layers of raw strawberry chia jelly. The recipe calls for just 7 ingredients and only requires about 10-15 minutes of active kitchen time. As usual, the hardest part about making … [Read more...]

Feb 25

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

I'm fairly certain that the wheels on my metaphoric balance mobile went flat or fell off altogether over the last few weeks in response to an overstuffed work schedule. My daily green juice and smoothies dwindled to about two over a three week period; the closest I got to a meditation practice was a series of audible, frustrated exhalations over my computer at a point when I believed a 15-page psych report I had just finished was deleted (it wasn't -- yay!); and I might have put a little … [Read more...]

Feb 23

Warming Yellow Split Pea Soup

Warming Yellow Split Pea Soup

Vibrant. Warm. Spiced. Protein-rich. Slightly sweet. Mostly savory. Creamy. Comforting. This yellow split pea soup is a flavor and protein powerhouse. Just one small bowl offers 17 grams of plant-powered protein. Yellow peas are packed with fiber, protein, and oodles of micronutrients, and they're one of my favorite ingredients to add to winter stews and soups.  If the protein count doesn't entice you, the taste most certainly will. This soup uses rich, warming … [Read more...]

Feb 20

Shiitake Bacon, Lettuce & Roasted Tomato Quinoa Salad

Vegan BLT Salad with Shiitake Bacon, Lettuce & Roasted Tomatoes

I could probably shorten the title of this post to "BLT Quinoa Salad". I mean, let's call a spade a spade, right? This salad puts a (slightly) fancy, vegan twist on a classic BLT by doing this... 1| swapping out bacon for crispy, salty, smoky shiitake "bacon" 2| benching iceberg and sending fresh butter lettuce onto the field plate 3| casting aside bland, sliced tomatoes and making room for roasted roma tomato wedges 4| bidding mayo farewell and welcoming fresh, flavorful sunflower … [Read more...]

Feb 18

G.H. Cretors Organic Popcorn Giveaway

GH Cretors Organic Popcorn Giveaway

Why We Love GH Cretors Organic Popcorn First of all, who doesn't love popcorn? It's hard not to love those crunchy popped kernels flecked with salt. Second of all, in the midst of Chicago winters, there's nothing I love more than curling up to watch a movie with Dan by my side and popcorn in hand. It's hard to beat the simple stuff. GH Cretors Organic popcorn is perfectly seasoned, has just the right amount of oil, and offers the most addictive crunch. Plus, both variations -- Simply Salted … [Read more...]

Feb 16

Blackberry, Basil & Chia Smoothie

Blackberry, Basil & Chia Smoothie

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Dan and I have spent the last couple of days in the sunshine state for our friends' wedding. I've taken the time to decompress and detach from technology, and the downtime has been rejuvenating. As I write this from the comforts of our compact rental car, we're making our way to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where we'll spend the day before heading back to Chicago late this evening. I never finished the series -- still have grand … [Read more...]

Feb 13

Chocolate-Covered Caramel & Coconut Bars

Chocolate-Covered Caramel Coconut Bars

Gooey. Dense. Chocolaty. Sweet. Slightly salted. Caramel-laden. Make-your-heart-beat-faster treats. Although appropriate for Valentine’s Day, these caramel and chocolate treats are completely welcome to grace each and every day of my year. I once proclaimed that I wasn’t a fan of date caramel, but I’ve changed my tune. The sink-your-teeth-in density that date caramel offers has a time and a place, and both are upon us right this very second. To make the caramel, … [Read more...]

Feb 11

Creamy Cashew Caramel Smoothie

Creamy Cashew Caramel Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

When life gives you lemons brown, speckled bananas, freeze 'em quickly and make a sweet, creamy smoothie. This year has already brought with it an immense amount of excitement, positive experiences, and inspiring opportunities for which I'm so ecstatically grateful. On the flip side, there have also been a handful of stressful and tough moments that were completely unexpected. Life has a way of keeping us on our toes. Just when we settle in and get comfortable, something gets tossed in our … [Read more...]

Feb 09

7-Layer Vegan Nacho Dip

7-Layer Vegan Nacho Dip

This post is sponsored by Gardein™ in conjunction with the Meet Chef campaign; however, all opinions are my own. Refried black beans. Avocado mayo. Sweet potato nacho cheese. Shredded Gardein Chick'n. Fresh pico de gallo. Zesty sliced green onions. Tangy hemp seed sour cream. Layered one after the other to create the tastiest seven layers of plant-based nacho awesomeness. Making this layered stack of goodness requires a handful of steps, but I promise that … [Read more...]

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