Chocolate Superfood Truffles

Once you start, you just can't stop.  Seriously, these things are UBER addicting.  I could pop them into my mouth ALL DAY LONG.  These fudgey balls of chocolatey goodness are the perfect little snack to satisfy all your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings.  And they'll probably even give you a little boost of energy (at least for me they do).  They're packed with tons of healthy fats, carbs and superfoods.  So, basically, there's no reason not to put your phone down or step away from your computer right now and go make these!

Beet Smoothie

Let's face it, vegetables aren't the easiest thing to get a toddler to eat.  Put a plate of fruit in front of mine and she can't shovel it into her mouth fast enough.  Veggies, on the other hand, are inspected, cherry-picked, and often left on the plate.  Of course, she's got her favorites like: broccoli, green beans, and peas.  But then there are the untouchables . . .

Hurricane Bowl

The Hurricane Bowl... Given the huge bullet we dodged this month that was Hurricane Matthew and the vibrant orange and green colors that represent my alma mater, The U, I couldn't think of a more appropriate name for this Autumnal dish. 

I have been obsessing over sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds lately and have been adding them to anything and everything I can!  From oatmeal to sauteed greens, and salads to. . . 

Sweet Potato Toasties

I've been seeing the Sweet Potato Toast craze blowing up the internet lately.  And I must say, Ive been intrigued.  Take a slice of sweet potato, toss it in the toaster a few times, and voila, straight-from-the-earth perfectly toasted toast.  Or maybe not?  Along with all the praise it's been getting, I've also read a number of horror stories about toasters damaged beyond recognition, fire alarms getting set off, and houses nearly burning down all in the name of the perfect piece of healthy sweet potato toast.  So I decided to stick to my gut . . .

Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Back to back peanut butter recipes because peanut butter is pretty much the solution to all of my problems... I recently started hitting the gym and have been following up my workouts with protein shakes.  And I've finally found one that I absolutely love! 

I'm definitely not a huge fan of most protein powders that I've tried.  I've seen people mix protein powder and water and guzzle the drink down, but that's not even tolerable for me.  But mixing protein powder with allllllll the peanut butter makes everything better! 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough by the spoonful--come on, we've all been there.  It makes for a perfectly acceptable snack, doesn't it?  Well, maybe not always, but it definitely can!  These peanut butter cookie dough bites are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and packed with protein!  They make an awesome pre or post-workout snack, are the perfect toppings for oatmeal, ice-cream and smoothie bowls, and are totally decadent and delicious.

Challah French Toast

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 . . .

Buffalo Tempeh Salad

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 . . .

Golden Kale Bowl

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 . . .

Shades of Juice

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 . . .

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Pancakes

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 . . .