Roasted Winter Hash

It’s been a while! So, what delicious recipe inspired me to update the blog? A super simple, super yummy roasted winter medley. And of course, it was very popular with my husband, which is also a good indicator to put it on the blog :) Read more of this post

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Nicoise Tuna Salad – Whole30/Paleo

Nicoise Tuna SaladSalads are da bomb. I love making salads for lunch and/or dinner because the possibilities for flavor combos are endless! Here is what I threw together to make a Whole30 approved/Paleo Nicoise Tuna Salad. This could easily be made vegan by replacing the egg and tuna with your favorite vegan alternatives, or by just omitting them completely. Read more of this post

Banana nIcecream

banana nIcecreamIf you haven’t tried Banana nIcecream by now take this as a sign from the universe that the time has come for you to partake in this tasty little treat. Skeptical? I was too. I thought “Seriously, you don’t just blend a frozen banana and it magically tastes different than just eating a banana.” Well, it does. So give it a try and prove your skepticism wrong! Read more of this post

Mango Avocado Salad or Dip

MangoavosaladMake this now; thank me later. Seriously, this is to die for. I could eat it every day. I adapted this recipe from my coworker’s “Cowboy Caviar Chip Dip” and I’m forever thankful to her for bringing it into my life! The adaptations were: I used mango and/or strawberries instead of corn and/or black eyed peas, reduced the amount of oil and added lime juice. This is a slap-your-grandma damn good salad. Or if you dice the ingredients smaller it makes for a dip that’s the best thing that’s happened since studies claimed red wine in moderation is good for you. I’ve made this recipe five times in two weeks, I simply can’t get enough and I bet you won’t be able to either! Eat it plain, with mixed greens, or use it to make loaded yams, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc! Read more of this post

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – Vegan, GF, Paleo

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings - Vegan, GF, PaleoI had Buffalo Cauliflower Wings at Sage Vegan Cafe in L.A. and they were soooo good I was craving them for over a month when finally I decided to try and make them at home. These are easy, delicious, and healthy because they’re baked not fried and there’s no oil or butter! Well, okay, there’s 1 tsp, but that’s it! Read more of this post

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

IMG_2742 Four. That’s how many times I’ve made this soup in the last month. My husband and I had a family house warming party on the Saturday after Christmas and my mom recommended we make this soup. Since she was coming up for the party I had blessing of making it together. Everyone loved it! Then I made it again the following weekend for guests, and two more times since then when we had company over for dinner. It’s the perfect home-run homemade meal because it’s both simple and incredibly full of robust flavor! You could also saute everything in a regular saute pan instead of a soup pot if you want to make this in your crock pot! Read more of this post

Hearty Vegetable & Grain Soup w/Stuffed Mushrooms

soupandmushroomFall is for warm comforting bowls of soup. This weekend we had the delight of having my cousin and her husband over for dinner, and these carnivores didn’t miss the meat in this hearty vegetable & grain soup with stuffed portobello mushrooms served on the side.
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Pumpkin Mini Muffins & Bars – all natural, gluten free, sugar free, vegan.

pumpkinbarsmuffinsAnother pumpkin recipe! Sick of ’em yet? :) I aspired to make some raw vegan pumpkin bars, for which the pumpkin filling part of it was PERFECT! But unfortunately the base that I made for a crust was way too overpowered by the taste of molasses (who knew that just two tablespoons of molasses can totally overpower a recipe?!) It was way too strong to eat, so since I no longer had a base for my pumpkin filling I decided to switch gears. To the raw vegan pumpkin filling I added 2 flax “eggs”, applesauce, gluten free flour, coconut & safflower oils, salt, and baking powder. Now I had a perfect batter for a homemade vegan pumpkin mini muffin recipe or also a homemade vegan pumpkin bars recipe.

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Carrot Ginger Soup w/Multigrain Blend & Veggies

carrotgingersoupcookedI love shopping at Trader Joe’s, especially when their samples are right on the money because they’re generally SO incredibly easy to throw together. Last time I went to Trader Joe’s they were sampling their Carrot Ginger Soup combined with their Multigrain Blend with Vegetables. Sold. I just threw this together at home today and added two organic sweet potatoes to the mix; it was the perfect cup of soup on this beautiful fall day. The soup is gluten free and vegan (besides the honey) and the multigrain blend is vegan/vegetarian, but not gluten free. You could easily make a homemade version of this in the crock pot! My husbands satisfying quote after scarfing it down, “Mmmm. *Pause* That was really good.”

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Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Gluten Free Granola Bars

granolabarscutThat Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola recipe was sooo tasty I had to make it again. But this time I adjusted the ingredients to reflect that of the season…pumpkin with walnut! It’s very similar to my homemade gluten free Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola, clusters, or bars recipe, but I with just a few additions (pumpkin and more spices) and adjustments (1/2 cup more oats, walnuts instead of pecans, 1/4 cup more cranberries, 2 TBsp more oil).

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