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...]

Jul 28

Watermelon Rosé Granita

Watermelon Rose Granita

The halfway point of summer break has been crossed, and it feels like a good time to chit chat about the things that have made this particular hot season so awesome. • Working on the blog 50+ hours per week and never growing tired of it. Not even for an instant. I'm so grateful for a job that allows me to take my summers "off" so that I can infuse all of my working energy into Blissful Basil. It's also been wonderful having the weekends freed up to spend time with Dan, and I've been … [Read more...]

Jul 25

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Salad

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Salad

You might be thinking one of two things after reading this post's title: Wait!  Chicken isn't vegan! Great, another recipe for processed vegan meat substitutes. If you thought the first, then you're right. Chicken isn't vegan. No need to fret though, this isn't real chicken. If you thought the second, then hopefully I'm going to pleasantly surprise you. Almost a year to the date after I posted this vegan pulled pork recipe, Jackfruit is back with a spicy, buffalo-coated … [Read more...]

Jul 23

Cherry Chia Jam Overnight Oats

Cherry Chia Jam Overnight Oats

I tend to go through phases with my breakfast choices. One month I'm all about the smoothies and the next it's oats for days. Can you guess which phase I'm in now? Oats! I'm all about the oats at the moment; however, warm oats in the hot summer aren't very appealing, so I'm currently on a cool, overnight oats kick. If you've never had overnight oats before, where have you been??? Just kidding. But really, where have you been? You're missing out on convenience and awesomeness and flavorful … [Read more...]

Jul 21

The Ultimate Vegan Protein Burrito

The Ultimate Vegan Protein Burrito

It's hard to call something "the ultimate" but this protein burrito is certainly worthy of the title. With 22 grams of protein, oodles of fiber, and plenty of other goodness (i.e., healthy fats, omegas, vitamins, and minerals), this burrito takes the vegan cake. One of the most common questions that I've received over the last four years as a vegetarian and (now) vegan has been, "Where do you get your protein?" I think I should just start saying "Plants!!!" because despite answering the … [Read more...]

Jul 18

Crunchy Chocolate & Almond Butter Buckwheat Granola

Crunchy Chocolate & Almond Butter Buckwheat Granola

It's hard to believe that this is the last full day of our 10-day family vacation in Colorado; however, there have been enough memories made to cherish for years. Some of my favorite moments from the trip include: long-car-ride singing + silliness with siblings, paddle boarding for the first time, jetting down an alpine slide, game nights, reminiscing, never ending mountain views, and heartfelt conversations. While these all seem like fairly normal moments, they run near and dear to my heart … [Read more...]

Jul 16

Pesto Farro Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Pesto Farro Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Good morning from the beautiful mountains of Colorado. We've been on vacation for a week now and have been soaking up the Colorado sunshine and fresh air to our hearts' content. I could get used to waking up to this view every morning... I could also get used to mountaintop views with this guy... Something about Colorado in the summer encourages a person to slow down, relax, and find contentment in the moment, and I'm loving it. I always feel that vacations, in general, serve as a … [Read more...]

Jul 14

Dreamy Berry Parfait with Coconut Whipped Cream, Caramel & Raw Granola Clusters | Vegan & Gluten-Free

Dreamy Berry Parfait with Coconut Whipped Cream and Caramel

Now that we're in the midst of summer berry season, there's no logical reason not to make berries a routine part of each and every day. ...or each and every meal. This dreamy berry parfait is the perfect summer dessert or decadent breakfast. Cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are sliced and nestled amongst layers of coconut whipped cream, 5-minute vegan caramel, and cinnamon-almond granola clusters. The berries add color and a bright, summery flavor while the … [Read more...]

Jul 10

Herbed Cashew Cheese & Spicy Tomato Jam

Herbed Cashew Cheese and Spicy Tomato Jam

Happy Thursday! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. I'm currently en route to Colorado for the family vacation I mentioned last week. We're road tripping out to Colorado, so we'll be spending tonight and tomorrow night in South Dakota before making the final portion of the drive into Colorado on Saturday. For the next week or so, I'll be posting from the mountainous comforts of Steamboat Springs and will be sure to mix in some scenic shots from our adventures. To make up for only two … [Read more...]

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