Pea Pesto Grilled Cheese (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

pesto grilled cheese

I have seriously been in awe lately at how far vegan cheeses have come. Cheese is one of those foods that I still crave, and over the past couple of years I have found myself enjoying the non-dairy alternatives that’s out there #thankgodforthat Grilled cheese is always a super simple go-to, especially in the winter paired with tomato soup. It’s just one of those comfort meals that takes hardly any time to grill up, which is always a win. We aren’t really into the cooler weather here in Ohio yet, but September hit and my brain is ready for some grilled cheese!

I decided to kick it up a notch and add pea pesto to the sandwich, along with some vegan cream cheese, and tomatoes… and holy moly was this Pea Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich the bomb.

pesto grilled cheese

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Blueberry Muffins

blueberry muffins

It was the morning of my birthday and I found myself craving blueberry muffins. I don't remember if maybe it's some sort of tradition, but it was definitly something that I just had to have. Problem is, I haven't quite mastered a gluten-free, vegan moist muffin recipe yet. You can call it birthday luck, or a birthday wish come true because these Blueberry Muffins came out so darn good! The recipe is so simple, which in my house is a must. So what's the secret? What makes these muffins so moist and delicious? Yogurt! Dairy-free blueberry yogurt! I also like to add crystal sugar on the top for that added sweet crunch.

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

lasagna soup

I don't remember the last time it was this chilly at the beginning of September. It literally went from low 90's to 60 in the matter of 24 hours. So naturally, soup was the answer to this anomaly. I also forgot how much I love my slow cooker and how seldom I use it. Like, hello?! You throw in your ingredients and let it do its thing and then you eat! Best invention ever. Now while this recipe isn't 30 minuts from make to sit-down-and-eat, it does only require 30 minutes (actually less!) to prep and then your slow cooker does the rest. I think that I will be adding more recipes like this on my blog this winter. I can still do other things I need to get done around the house, and then when dinner rolls around, we just fill up our bowls and devour!

Orange “Chicken”

orange chicken

  You guys, let me start by apologizing. I've been keeping this dish from you, and there's just no excuse really- but let me tell you what happened. I stopped eating chicken. That's really what it comes down to, so naturally this recipe got pushed way back to the back of my brain and until my hubby requested that I make it, it was destined to just collect cobwebs. Until now. I decided to bring it back and make it with tofu, and now I'm kicking myself for not posting this recipe sooner. We used to make this all.the.darn.time. This Orange "Chicken" recipe is so flavorful and even easier to make (and the leftovers are fantastic too!).

Leftover Mashed Potato Pizza Pie

skillet leftover mashed potato pizza

Calling all mashed potato enthusiasts, pizza muching maniacs, pie swooners, and leftover lovers! This one's for you! So I seem to have a little problem, and I'm not sure if you feel me- but I always seem to make enough mashed potatoes to feed an army! I never think just half the bag of potatoes will be enough... and hey, I figure leftover mashed pototes is less work for me the next night- so I just go with it. Now this time, I was feeling motivated to reinvent those mashed potatoes into a whole new meal- and with pizza always on my brain, I thought... what if I make a pizza from these leftover mashed potatoes, top with vegan cheese, coconut bacon, chives and vegan sour cream?! I mean- I my head this sounded epic. And I'm happy to report, that it was just

Vegan S’mores Treats Featuring Nairn’s Gluten-Free Grahams

s'mores treats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nairn's. The opinions and text are all mine. The Nairn's products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from to use in this recipe, thank you so much! It's that time of year again!! Back to school, woohoo for mom! I'm not quite there yet- I still have a couple years, but I thought some of you might be looking for that perfect back-to-school sweet treat to pack in those lunch boxes and to have ready when those little monsters get home :) I had the pleasure of partnering with Nairn's to create these super easy and super delicious treats featuring their gluten-free, vegan oat grahams! If you think that rice krispie treats were your fav- well I am introducing you to your NEW favorite treat

Banana Bread Breakfast Pizza Sponsored by Simple Mills

banana bread breakfast pizza

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simple Mills. The opinions and text are all mine. The Simple Mills products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from to use in this recipe, thank you so much! Mama always said to eat your breakfast, and that sure has never been an issue with me as breakfast (used to be) my favorite meal of the day. But that was when I could enjoy the traditional breakfasts we all swoon over. I sort of fell out of love with breakfast over the past few years- it just suddenly became so much work. That is until now! This Banana Bread Breakfast Pizza is so simple to make with my favorite banana bread mix from my friends over at Simple Mills! In just 15-20 minutes the banana bread pizza crust is ready to be

Peanut Butter Banana Splits Sponsored by PerfectlyFree

peanut butter banana split

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of perfectlyfree®. The opinions and text are all mine. The perfectlyfree® frozen treats mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from perfectlyfree® to use in this recipe, thank you so much! When I'm looking for a quick and easy dessert, my go-to has always been these Peanut Butter Banana Splits. For one, they are just so delicious- I mean, who doesn't like a good banana split?! And two, these banana splits come together lickety-split... like 20 minutes max (even quicker if you don't want to wait for the chocolate shell to harden). Until recently, I totally forgot about these. My hubby and I used to eat them all.the.dang.time. So when I remembered that I had some of my perfectlyfree® frozen

Coconut Cream Pie Doughnuts Sponsored by Dang Foods

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dang Foods and Mambo Sprouts. The opinions and text are all mine. The Dang Foods Coconut Chips mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from Dang Foods on behalf of Mambo Sprouts to use in this recipe, thank you so much! If you told me five years ago that I would be making my own doughnuts at home, I wouldn't have believed you. Then one day I got brave and bought a doughnut pan, and it sat on my counter for a while and then stored with the rest of my baking sheets and I never quite worked up the courage to try. Seems like a silly thing to be to be afraid of... but I'm not exactly the world's best baker, that's for sure. But these Coconut Cream Pie Doughnuts tell a different story and I am so excited

Vegan Matcha + Pistachio + Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Vegan Matcha Pistachio Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Once upon a time, I loved ice cream. My favorite summer thing to do after dinner or after a softball game- is head on down to the local mom n' pop ice cream shop and get a scoop or two (or three!) of my favorite flava of ice cream. Never did I ever think I would be able to enjoy amazing ice cream that is vegan. I mean, I would go all the way to say this might be my most favorite ice cream I've ever had. Making your own ice cream is so simple with the ice cream machines we have available. The ice cream "batter" is hand blended for 5 minutes, chilled in the fridge overnight and then popped it in the ice cream machine the next day for 15-20 minutes. That's it! Now I know it kinda stinks that you have to wait overnight BUT good news is you don't really! Just

Chocolate Chip Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches Sponsored by PerfectlyFree Frozen Treats

chocolate chip waffle ice cream sandwiches

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of perfectlyfree®. The opinions and text are all mine. The perfectlyfree® frozen treats mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from perfectlyfree® to use in this recipe, thank you so much! Well hello there! Welcome to your new favorite summer sweet treat with perfectlyfree®! I've been feeling the summer heat and eating alllll those summa treats. Friends, get ready for one drippy, oozy, get your hand messy kinda dessert with these Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches! I thought about making traditional ice cream sandwiches with my Vegan + Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I thought waffles sounded undeniably fun, I just couldn't shake the idea from my mind. So here we are! I

Lemon Pistachio Date Bites

Lemon Pistachio Date Bites

Well hey there! Since I have you here, why don't you say hello to your new favorite bite-sized snack! Bliss balls, energy bites, no-bake bites, whetever you call them- they are the King (or Queen!) of the snackin' world and I am so on board. Let me tell you just a few reasons why... other than the fact they are absolutely delicious. ☆ They are no-bake, which means less time in the kitchen for you, AND you get to eat them right.away! ☆ They are naturally sweetened! That's right! No added sugars here! ☆ You literally combine your ingredients, stir, roll, and eat. ☆ They are actually filled with nutrients! That's right! trick those tiny humans of yours wink ☆ Most recipes only require 10 ingredients or less, and these Lemon Pistachio Date Bites

Cherry Pie Protein Nice Cream Sundaes Sponsored by Orgain

cherry pie protein nice cream sundaes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   #mysummerstrength #getpickywithyourprotein #poweryoursummer #CollectiveBias One of my favorite things about summer has always been ice cream. I just don't think summer would be summer without it. When I went dairy-free that meant no more ice cream, or so I thought... then I discovered nice cream. Not only does it look, feel and taste like ice cream- it's healthy ice cream you can make at home! Fist pump You may have noticed that I have a few nice cream recipes on my blog, so clearly I have a slight obsession, sorry, not sorry ;) But perhaps my little secret about nice cream isn't just the fact it's made with frozen fruit, but I like to add

“Cheesy” Tahini Pasta with Brussels Sprouts + Capers + Pistachios

Cheesy Tahini Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Capers, and Pistachios

So this was an interesting meal. Before you scratch your head thinking... 'uh, ok, if this was so "interesting" as in weird, why is she posting the recipe' ?!. Well, let me first tell you that this "Cheesy" Tahini Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Capers, and Pistachios is so darn delicious. I want it again, like today. I've had these capers sitting in my pantry for a while, and I am not even sure why I bought them, to be honest. Weird craving. But I say this meal was interesting because it turns out my 18-month-old son loves capers! Like he was eating them out of the jar people... I mean, that's kinda crazy, right?! haha I mean, this is the kid that is currently spitting out like everything he eats (suppperrrrrr annoooyyyinnnggg!!!!) but he'll down some capers like

Rainbow Cabbage Wraps

Rainbow Cabbage Wraps

Maybe it's all the rainbows I've been seeing for pride month, or maybe I've been eating too many sweets lately and having some serious veggie cravings, but either way, these Rainbow Cabbage Wraps are love. Love for your tastebuds, love for your body, and love for flavorful + colorful food all wrapped into one meal! To be honest, I've been a little unmotivated to cook this summer. It has been hot and any opportunity I get to be outside I take it! Which is why these gorgeous wraps are the perfect summer meal.Now, I blanched the Cabbage leaves just to make them a bit more palatable (a personal preference), but if you skip this step- these raw Rainbow Cabbage Wraps are even easier to make.

Triple Berry Chia Pudding Nice Cream Parfait Sponsored by Suncore Foods

4th of July Chia Nice Cream Parfaits

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Suncore Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. Products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from Suncore Foods to use in this recipe, thank you so much! Crack... Bang... Boom! Happy Independence Day all my American peeps! Talk about firecrackers, these parfaits were for sure a party in my mouth! Now I know, nice cream has been done over and over, and if you've made it you understand why (because it's so darn easy to make and is so freakin' delicious). And if y'all haven't made nice cream- well guurrlll, you've been missing out! But hey! You're here now so let's do this! What is nice cream anyway? And no- it's not a typo, haha. Basically, it's frozen bananas + another frozen fruit

Avocado + Peanut Sushi with Maple Peanut Sauce

avocado + peanut sushi

Hey friend, thanks for stopping by for some Avocado and Peanut Sushi today! Sushi has become one of my favorite things to eat. It is surprisingly filling, super fresh and healthy, and really- you can put all kinds of stuff inside your rolls, including... peanuts! So my first reaction when I saw Avocado + Peanut Sushi on the menu at a local Japanese restaurant was... hmmm, that sounds interesting... and obviously I ordered it. And obviously, I liked it.

Mango Lavender Lemonade Sponsored by Snapfish

fresh squeezed mango lavender lemonade

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snapfish. The opinions and text are all mine. Products were sent to me for free from Snapfish, thanks so much! Snapfish also provided me with a code for you to receive 40% off sitewide when you shop at Snapfish.com! Whoop Whoop! Summa Summa Summa time! Today is the first day of summer, and I am celebrating with some fresh squeezed, ice cold lemonade! Although it has felt like summer here in Ohio since winter left, I'm still going to celebrate. When I think of summer, I think of beaches, picnics, and of course... lemonade! I wanted to bring you a fresh, unique flavor of lemonade that's summery, simple and refreshing- and this Mango Lavender Lemonade delivers!   So now I have the