Homemade Pesto—Vegan and Delicious

I can remember the first time I ate my mom's homemade pesto when I was a kid. I loved it so much I wanted it on my birthday dinner that year. This classic basil pesto is so versatile, you can put it on virtually any dish to give it a burst of flavor. Traditional pesto calls for parmesan cheese. I've always omitted that because I don't eat any dairy products, so now it's vegan too! One more difference from a traditional basil pesto is I use walnuts instead of pine nuts. I feel that the taste doesn't change the flavor…

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Easy Creamy Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is super delicious, healthy and so easy to make! It makes a great breakfast with jam, berries and granola piled on top or a yummy filling snack. The best thing about it is you can mix it up in five minutes! Perfect for meal prepping. Chia Pudding Ingredients There is only two required ingredients for this! The vanilla and maple syrup/honey make it way yummier though. Chia Seeds Coconut Milk* Vanilla Extract Maple Syrup or Honey *You can use any plant based milk for this, but the coconut milk makes it super creamy and delicious. I might go…

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Need My Greens Kale Salad

This salad was just so delicious, I had to share it with you. I thought the name would be appropriate since this kale salad is packed with greens and is the perfect nutritious pick me up for your body. The original salad and dressing are from the lovely @thejenjones. She is just amazing with all the plant based recipes she posts on TikTok, check her out when you have a chance. I used her recipe and just added several ingredients to the salad. Kale Salad: Ingredients The base of this salad is kale, broccoli and red cabbage. I added pecans,…

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Vegan Chocolate Ganache (Just two ingredients!)

I can't tell you how many times I've made this easy vegan chocolate ganache. Here's a secret...sometimes I literally just make this and eat it and you bet I lick that bowl every time. It's a great easy recipe to have up your sleeve when you need it. Perfect for decorating all sorts of confections and a great replacement for hot fudge on sundaes. Vegan Chocolate Ganache: Ingredients All you need for this ganache is vegan dark chocolate chips and a plant based milk. My favorite chocolate for baking is Enjoy Life. In my opinion, the best plant based milk…

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Easy Hummus Recipe (Only 6 ingredients!)

Hummus is very much a staple in my house. My husband and I eat it all the time. I'll admit most of the time it's store bought (that Trader Joe's Spicy Hummus...YUM), but when I do make the time for this fresh easy hummus at home, it's ridiculously better than hummus from the store. With a taste that can't compete with store bought hummus, your friends and family will love you forever if you bring this to your next backyard party or hangout. Easy Hummus Ingredients Canned Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) Tahini Garlic Salt Lemon Juice Water (or aquafaba) That's all…

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Mushroom Lentil Soup

It's always good to have a few good soups in rotation for the winter on those especially cold days. This hearty mushroom lentil soup is sure to warm you up and fill you up! This recipe is adapted from an old cookbook my mom has, What to Eat When You Can't Eat Anything. We call it yum yum soup because it is so darn yummy! Mushroom Lentil Soup: Ingredients With only 10 ingredients, you won't have to pull your whole pantry out for this one. Most ingredients, you might already have on hand too! Onion Carrots Garlic Rosemary Parsley Red…

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Raspberry Bars (Vegan & Gluten Free)

After delving in to some of the Medical Medium books, I have been eating a lot more fruit lately. That has translated into baking as well because I can't live without my desserts! These raspberry bars were a product of that and I have made them every week for a month straight because I just cant't stop eating them.  They are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. A completely guilt free dessert to just devour whenever you feel like it. They're super quick to make too. Did I convince you yet? Raspberry Bars Modified Upon making these bars for…

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Start Your Own Cookbook Club

Starting a cookbook club is one of the best things I ever did. In this post, I'll go into what a cookbook club is, how to start your own, and why you should.  Good food, good friends, and good talks. That's it in a nutshell, but let's dig in!  What is a Cookbook Club? A cookbook club is kind of a combination of a lot of good things. It's kind of like a book club. It's kind of like a potluck dinner. But together. The simple concept is this. You have a group of friends that you meet with regularly…

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Easy Guacamole (Only 5 Ingredients!)

Guacamole is one of my favorite snacks ever. I prefer a simple guac, no cilantro, no jalapenos, no extra spices. I like an easy bare bones version. Some nice crispy potato chips to dip and you now have the best snack on earth. My husband and I can demolish a whole bowl of guac in one sitting without trying. The best part is, this is soooo good for you! No need to feel guilty over eating a whole bowl of it. Besides being the best snack ever, guacamole goes with everything...on tacos, chili, quesadillas, fajitas, sandwiches, chicken, heck put it…

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Red Bean Chili

This red bean chili is a fall favorite in my house. I love to make it once it starts getting cold out. Who doesn't love a good chili recipe? It's got a secret ingredient too...cocoa. Who'd a thought, but I'm telling you it works! This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  I did make some slight modifications (a little extra cocoa, cough cough), but other than that this recipe is golden. I. Love. Red Bean Chili. It's like a heartier version of a taco without the shell and there's so much that can go with…

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