Sep 02

Give-Me-A-Kick Vegan Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese

Vegan Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese

It's not yo' cheese. Just kidding. It's absolutely yo' cheese. Dip-able. Creamy. Spicy. Snackable. Thick. Dreamy. Nacho cheesy. I've mentioned this before but when I first went vegan, I mourned the loss of dairy cheese for quite some time. Those close to me know that cheese was one of my absolute favorite treats, and I ate it almost daily. Little did I know that vegan cheeses, homemade or store-bought, are so good that they wholly and completely fill the … [Read more...]

Aug 29

Light & Fluffy 4-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Fluffy Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This fluffy 4-ingredient chocolate mousse is a vegan recipe in disguise. Going on taste, texture, and decadence, you'd never believe this dessert is 100% vegan. It will have you swooning within a chocolaty embrace, and it will take you for a fool. Naysayers beware, this one isn't playing games. I have another vegan chocolate mousse recipe on the blog and not to knock that one, but there is really no comparison. That one is delicious in its own right but a bit more pudding-like because of the … [Read more...]

Aug 27

Revitalizing & Raw Cauliflower-Tomato Detox Salad

Raw Cauliflower Detox Salad

I'm a bit disappointed in myself. National Mac n' Cheese Day -- not to be confused with National Mac & Cheese Day on July 14th (who knew that a swift conjunction swap necessitated a separate holiday) -- was this past Monday, and I completely missed it. I don't play into too many of the national food holidays, but Mac n' Cheese Day deserves a special exception. There I went posting this recipe for a protein smoothie when I could have been talking about comforting noodles coated in … [Read more...]

Aug 25

Creamy Strawberry-Mango Protein Smoothie

Creamy Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

The best things in life are simple and sweet. In the case of this creamy strawberry-mango smoothie, the best things in life are also dreamy, protein-rich, easy on the eyes, and satisfying. It's impossible to deny that adding bananas to smoothies adds a rich creaminess to their texture, but what happens when you also include silky-smooth mango in your smoothie? That's right. Silky-smooth creaminess that will leave you smiling after each and every sip. With just five whole, plant-based … [Read more...]

Aug 22

Late Summer Stone Fruit & Fresh Herb Sangria

Late Summer Stone Fruit Sangria

  First bit of news Summer and the land of working on Blissful Basil 12-14 hours a day, five work days a week is officially drawing to a close in my world. Another school year has begun, and I'm trying to remember how I balanced my full-time career with my full-time blogging life just a few short months ago. Regardless of how much added time, effort, and energy that blogging requires on top of my daytime job, I've never been crazier about it. It's an honor, a passion, and a love that … [Read more...]

Aug 20

Sweet Potato & Lentil Cakes with Lemony Avocado Sauce

Sweet Potato and Lentil Cakes with Lemony Avocado Sauce

It seems I have a hankering for lentils lately. Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with a list of lentil facts like I did in this post. This time, I think it's best that we go straight into the description, because it's a doozy in the most wonderful of ways. Versatile. Fresh. Flavor-packed. Light. Protein-rich. Savory. Slightly sweet. Nutty. And covered in a creamy, lemony avocado sauce. In my books, this fact alone means end of story, game over, I'm making … [Read more...]

Aug 18

Kale & Stone Fruit Salad with Balsamic-Peach Vinaigrette

Kale and Stone Fruit Salad

The last week of summer break is always a bittersweet time. On the one hand, I'm happy to return to a wonderful and fulfilling job. On the other hand, I have the back-to-school butterflies. I don't think any of us, working in a school or not, fully relinquish the back-to-school jitters even if we're working the 9-to-5 year round. Something about the overflowing aisles of unblemished notebooks and the sight of squeaky-clean backpacks incites a twinge of nervous excitement in each of … [Read more...]

Aug 15

French Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing

French Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Salad

I'm having one of those moments where I can't think of what to write so I opt to tell a silly story about my life, only I can't think of a decent story. Perhaps I've shared all of my embarrassing life moments already? Surely this isn't possible, but I'm drawing a blank, so instead of a story you get some cold, hard facts about... lentils. Lentils are your friends. <-- That? That right there substantiates my statement about having writer's block. I'm sorry, but you're about to get more … [Read more...]

Aug 13

Sweet + Spiced Vegan Vanilla Chai Smoothie

Vegan Vanilla Chai Smoothie

I've been doing a post-now-or-later dance with this recipe for the last week or so. Is it summery because it's a cold smoothie or fall-ish because it's spiced? The only answer I have: it's delicious. Here's to tossing caution to the late summer breezes and hoping that the early fall winds catch it. It's turned out to be the perfect breakfast for the cool August weather we've been having in Chicago (no joke: I just witnessed a flock of geese flying south in a V formation); warming … [Read more...]

Aug 11

Heirloom Tomato, Basil & Balsamic Zucchini Noodles

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Pasta

Heirloom tomatoes? Balsamic reduction? Basil? After posting this recipe last week, it's feeling a bit like déjà vu today. Sweet summer déjà vu that is. I've always been amazed by dishes that seem overly simplified at first glance but are full of flavor because each ingredient is used at the peak of its season. Late summer offers the best of so many fruits and veggies that it's hard to resist repeat-ingredient offenses. Especially when perfect tomatoes have such a short season … [Read more...]

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