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...]

Aug 08

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

Nutty. Dense. Sweet. Wholesome. Creamy. Rich. Sink-your-teeth-in delicious. And did I mention this is the easiest recipe ever?? It's so easy that I feel a twinge of guilt creating an entire blog post around it. But denying this recipe a post wouldn't be fair because this is the best. fudge. ever. ...and the best fudge ever does as it pleases and gets its very own post. With just three unprocessed, plant-based ingredients, you can have your fudge and feel … [Read more...]

Aug 06

Avocado + Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic Drizzle

Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic

They say that you should always eat your frogs first. I first heard about this concept about seven years ago, and it's stuck with me ever since. If you haven't heard this motivational phrase before, don't worry. No one's recommending you actually eat frogs, just that you prioritize the things you want to do least (i.e., icky frogs) and get them done first, because eating your frogs first makes every other task on your to-do list seem like a piece of cake. My frogs come in all shapes and … [Read more...]

Aug 04

Rhubarb Buckwheat Porridge with Green Figs

Rhubarb Buckwheat Porridge

This rhubarb buckwheat porridge is the perfect summer breakfast, and it's full of vitamins and minerals thanks to all of the superfood ingredients it puts to use (i.e., buckwheat groats, chia seeds, figs, coconut oil). Raw buckwheat groats are soaked in water overnight along with apple cider vinegar. Soaking the buckwheat groats in water along with an acid makes them easier to digest and provides the body with more direct access to the vitamins and minerals within them. As you soak them, … [Read more...]

Aug 01

Best Ever Warm Summer Rice

Simple Summer Rice

Warm rice is probably not the first thing you think of when you're planning out a summer meal, but let me give you 5 reasons why it's so great. 1| You can make a big batch on Sunday or Monday and have a tasty side to pair with your salads, burritos, grilled veggies, etc. throughout the week. One time cooking = a week's worth of rice fulfillment. 2| Rice is the perfect blank canvas to toss your random assortment of farmers market veggies at, and you could easily forget about the vegetables … [Read more...]

Jul 30

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Slaw & Avocado Cream

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Slaw and Avocado Cream

Crunchy. Tangy. Crispy. Creamy. Citrusy. Vibrant. Delicious. These tacos are speaking my food love language, and I just can't quit them. Tacos are, without even the slightest twinge of doubt, on my list of favorite summer foods. I love their simplicity and the vast array of tasty toppings that get nestled within bites of warm tortilla. Add a spritz of fresh lime juice and... oh. em. gee. I'm done. Death by taco bliss. Since becoming vegetarian (almost four … [Read more...]

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