Challahhhhhhhhh. It seriously doesn't get much better than challah… Unless, of course, it’s challah french toast.
There aren’t really many things that I have missed since becoming vegan, but challah bread is definitely one of the few exceptions to that general rule. That sweet, fluffy, pillowy goodness is the mother of all carbs and it just can’t be replaced. Lucky for us . . .
Summer is definitely upon us and with temperatures creeping into the mid-90s, and humidity doing what it does, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been living in a giant sauna lately. It’s definitely time to break out the bathing suits, misting fans, and best of all, the summer salad recipes! Because there’s no time more appropriate than . . .
This sauce though… 🙌 Back in high school I practically lived off of chop chops from chicken kitchen. Someone tell me I’m not the only one who used to dump about 5 containers—more or less, probably more—of the Mustard-Curry sauce over my dish before devouring it… 😳 I mean, come on, it’s all about the sauce!
The other day I was tinkering around with some ingredients in the kitchen to make a sauce for some kale and quinoa I had just made. And with a jar of curry powder in hand . . .
I recently started going to the gym again after a very extended sabbatical. 💪 And earlier this week, I left there feeling like I had totally kicked ass. Just kidding. I totally got my ass kicked. 😳 After sitting outside on a tire for a good ten minutes trying to catch my breath and not throw up, I was eventually able to get myself in the car to head over to the grocery store and pick up some post-workout fuel.
Well, as soon as I got there and stepped out of my car, I was feeling just as bad as I was when I stepped off of the stationary bike that nearly did me in... 🚴😵 The soreness was already setting in and I just couldn't shake the queasiness. 😷 So I decided to pick up some of nature's best medicine in the produce section and go home and make myself some fresh juice. 🍋🌱
I made a little . . .
These pancakes are EVERYTHING! 🙌 We’ve been eating them for breakfast all week because we just can’t get enough. 😋 I mean, is there even such a thing as enough pancakes? I don’t think so, anyway. 😎 And when they’re free of oil or butter, refined sugar, and gluten-y, processed flour, I ain’t even worried about having pancakes for breakfast every day this week... 💁🏻
I have another gluten free pancake recipe that I usually make, that have about half the ingredients in them that these do. We’ve always enjoyed those, but they don’t have the thick, fluffiness to them that I really love and crave in a good pancake. I’ve tried upping the proportion of oats and adding some baking powder in that recipe, but in addition to thickening the batter, it also dries it out. 👎 So instead of just . . .
One of the perks of growing up in South Florida is that Bimini, Bahamas is just a hop, skip and a jump—just a quick 2.5 hour boat ride—away from home. 🌴 With a tropical paradise practically in our backyard, over the years we’ve spent a good amount of long weekends over in Bimini. 🌴 Every time we would go, we would never leave the island without having a bowl of conch salad—it’s a staple in the Bahamas. The last time we took a family trip over there, I had just recently started out on my vegan journey and wasn’t sure if I would bend to have a bowl of conch salad. After reflecting on the idea, I decided that I didn’t want to eat conch and that I wouldn’t even be missing the conch itself, just everything else that comes with a conch salad.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when . . .
This is my signature quinoa. I made it for the first time a couple of years ago, and ever since, I’ve been making it regularly for dinner, lunch, as a side at parties, etc. If you haven’t noticed yet, I love cumin. I think it’s such a great spice that goes so well with so many different flavors. I just love the flavor of the cumin along with the black beans in this dish. And what’s especially great about this dish, aside from the flavor and all the protein from the quinoa and the beans, is . . .
Everybody needs a good muffin recipe in their life… and one that’s healthy is just a bonus. There’s nothing like baking up a fresh batch of muffins and eating them fresh out of the oven. Whether it be banana bread, chocolate chip, blueberry or lemon poppy seed, I don’t think I’ve ever met a muffin that I didn’t like. But who has, right??
I’ve never been the biggest blackberry fan—not that I disliked them or anything, but strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries have always been my staples—but I was . . .
In case you don’t already know, I’m completely in love with doughnuts. But not just any old doughnuts will do… deep-fried vegan yeast doughnuts have my heart and they are a hard thing to come by, at least within a 250 mile radius of me. 😩 Sigh. There’s this one amazing bakery in Orlando, Fl. (a three and a half hour car ride away from me and yes I may have driven up just for some doughnuts a couple of times 😳) that makes the most delicious square, deep-fried, vegan, yeast doughnuts. Unfortunately for me, I’m not the only one aware of just how amazingly delicious these doughnuts are. Nowadays there’s usually . . .
Who doesn’t love a healthy little treat that can be enjoyed as breakfast, dessert, or even a midday snack?! Well, here's one more dose of green just before St. Patrick's Day. This avocado mousse is an incredibly simple and healthy way to satisfy a light sweet tooth craving and is so versatile that it can be served in a number of ways! You can enjoy it instead of yogurt, layered with fruit and granola, making it a breakfast parfait. Or you can sneak in an extra tablespoon or so 😉 of maple syrup or agave and enjoy it as . . .
Why, oh why, did this idea not come to me sooner???? I should have taken notes from Dr. Seuss sooner, but I guess I had to be in a festive mood and get inspired to make all things green. 🐸 So thank you, St. Patrick’s Day, for giving me the idea to put spinach in my pancakes! 🍀 Ok, so maybe the idea of spinach pancakes doesn’t actually sound all that appetizing, but, really, you can’t taste the spinach. Like at all. Extra vitamins, extra nutrients, and extra downright goodness packed into a stack of yummy, wholesome pancakes! 😋
And the best part is (you know, aside from being vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, etc.)... Drum Roll, please... These babies are . . .