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No-Bake Funfetti Ombré Cookies

no-bake funfetti ombre cookies

You guys, ombré is taking over the food world! It's no longer cool just for your hair, but also your cookies and pancakes! As if I know what cool is... But I, for one, am so in love with this idea. It's like an art project that you can eat! Which makes this super fun for your kiddos too :) If you're following me on Instagram you'll know that these weren't a planned weekend activity. My poor little guy had a raging fever when he woke up on Friday that carried on through Saturday. My husband and I actually had plans to attend a couples massage class (my most anticipated Christmas present!) and of course inevitably, my kid gets sick. Good news, and very good news, his fever finally broke and we didn't have to take him in to the emergency room. The kinda bad

Mushroom + Bean “Meatballs”

mushroom + bean meatballs

What do meatballs, mushrooms, and beans all have in common? Apparently, more than we think! Obviously, there is more in these yummy morsels- but they only require 10 ingredients and are super simple to make. These "meatballs" would be great in your traditional spaghetti & meatballs, but also in other recipes like Swedish meatballs! You could really add these to any meal for some plant-based protein, or eat them as a snack. I know I mentioned above that they are easy, but let me show you just how easy they really are...

The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich

  When I found out that I have Celiac Disease, I thought my whole bread lovin', pizza party throwin', pasta slurpin' days were over. I mean, is there really anything else out there to eat?! Haha, obviously I have found the holy grail of food and am actually so thankful for my diagnosis, because it has forced me to explore this whole world of food I may not have otherwise, but that doesn't mean there weren't rough times that I had to go through to get to where I am today. And you guys, gluten-free has come such a LOOONNGG way from even five years ago. The bread alone has made leaps & bounds. And thank heavens for that! So quit loafin' around and get yo sammich on!

Strawberry Vanilla Nice Cream Sundaes

strawberry vanilla nice cream sundaes

When I think of Valentine's Day, I suppose I am a little cliche, but it usually involves pink + hearts + strawberries + chocolate + sprinkles. I mean, who really cares if it's cliche when it's as tasty as these Strawberry Vanilla Sundaes! So in this sundae, I made vanilla nice cream and strawberry nice cream. Oh, and btw, no- nice cream isn't a typo. Have you heard about the nice cream craze?! Well let me tell you, if you’re just now getting on the nice cream truck, then you’re in for a real (healthy) treat! Omigosh, someone should totally start a nice cream truck... genius! You won't believe how much the texture really is like real soft serve ice cream! And guess what?! The actual "ice cream"  is made with only 5 ingredients! F.I.V.E. And you know what

No-Bake Brownie Pops/Bites

pink dragonfruit chocolate chip waffles

Brownies! Brownies! Brownies! Common' chant with me... I can't even contain my excitement about these little gems! For one, they are SUPER simple to make, two- you don't have to bake them, three- they are naturally sweetened and taste just like brownies (even my brownie lovin' dad says so!), and four- your kiddos will love them! I mean, I could go on with more reasons- they're adorable, fun, colorful, did I mention easy to make ;) They are perfect for Valentine's Day and make for one dynamite snack! So you might be wondering what's in these tasty little morsels? You wouldn't believe me if I told you... but don't fret, I'm gonna tell you exactly how to make these. But first, a little brownie pop checklist: Naturally sweetened: you bet! Gluten-free: as always!

Pink Dragon Fruit Chocolate Chip Waffles

pink dragonfruit chocolate chip waffles

So Valentine's Day is right around the corner- and typically I am not a huge fan of the mushy gushy holiday- probably because I was the girl in high school who always hoped for a candy gram and never got one #highschoolhell (not really... but you know what I mean...) But you know what? I decided to appreciate V-Day for its celebration of LOVE, because it seems there is far too little of that in this world today. So, why yes, I will partake in the tradition. I am really adoring what it stands for- and not to mention, I get to create an abundance of pink recipes guys! Not that I need an excuse to do that really.  I ordered pink dragonfruit powder for the first time and was so excited to try it out in this easy peasy waffle recipe. And what's Valentine's Day without

Kale + Crispy Chickpea + Caramelized Red Onion Pizza on Sweet Potato Crust

kale, crispy chickpea, caramelized red onion pizza with sweet potato crust

Alright friends, I'm throwing a virtual pizza party and you're invited! So stop what you're doing and join in on the fun as I take you through my latest and perhaps greatest culinary creation! Maybe it's because I love pizza so much, or maybe it's just THAT darn good. I do have to warn you, it does take a little longer than 30 minutes to make, BUT it's worth every extra minute. So, here's how it all started. I had this idea in my head for quite some time. I went out and bought a ton of sweet potatoes, like giant ones! And then they proceeded to sit on my kitchen island for a while. Good thing is, they don't go bad very quickly. I had lost my inspiration for some reason. Then Friday night rolled around, and I was trying to figure out what the heck to make-

30 Minute Stir Fry with Maple Peanut Sauce

30 minute stir fry with maple peanut sauce

So I buy a lot of produce, because well that's what I eat most of, but also because I walk in the grocery store and I just can't help myself! It's kinda like walking into a shoe store (for me at least). But sometimes that means that I end up having way too much before it starts to go bad, and I loathe throwing food away. I think it's because I know that there are other people in the world who are less fortunate than I am. So my go to when this happens is almost always some kind of stir fry. It solves all my problems AND it's super duper easy to make, not to mention who doesn't love a good stir fry?! In this version, I decided to try to also use up some maple tamari peanut sauce that I dipped my homemade sushi in last week- because again- I didn't want to

Yogurt Berry Parfait with Homemade Granola

Breakfast is actually the meal that I struggle with the most. When you think about traditional breakfast dishes- eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, waffles, biscuits and gravy... (I know, you're drooling now) But I mean- do you see the trend there? Don't get me wrong... breakfast used to be my favorite meal when I ate all of those things, and yes- I do miss it, especially when I think about it, but I know it's for my own good to omit those items from my diet. Now I have the opportunity to reinvent some of breakfast's celebrities and guys, there are some really good options! In fact, I find myself branching out a little bit and trying things that maybe I haven't tried before- like chia pudding, nice cream, smoothie bowls, and my personal favorite-

Shredded Brussels + Kale Salad with Rhubarb + Grilled Oranges + Citrus Tahini Dressing

shredded brussels and kale salad

Lately I've been craving citrus. I am not sure if there is an underlying meaning to that other than I must be longing for spring. So I decided to embellish this salad with some sunshine to brighten things up a bit. I quite enjoy brussels sprouts, but actually very rarely eat them raw. Kind of a weird concept... to me. But when you shred them like this and jazz it up with some delicious toppings and dressing, they're a veggie to be reckoned with! I think I'll be adding raw brussels into my recipe rotation more often! (not to mention it literally takes 20 minutes less to prepare) So in this salad I shredded brussels sprouts and kale (because I add kale to pretty much everything), I sliced a stalk of rhubarb to add a little crunch and because it's just so

Magical Mango Matcha Shakes

Magical Mango Matcha Shakes

Oh matcha, where have you been all my life?! Since the first time I had matcha was a few months ago, I'm shocked that I haven't tried it before then. I know that it has been very popular, especially lately, and now I understand why. Other than it having that beautiful green hue and it being versatile enough to mix into almost any food, it has amazing health benefits too! Let's visit them briefly.

Quinoa Power Bowls

baked falafel with zucchini and mint

  Often times I forget about quinoa. I'm not really sure why, because I love it... it's a nice alternative to rice, and when paired with veggies, like in this recipe- it creeps right up there on my list of favorite grains. I actually made this last weekend and I'm still thinking about how scrumptious this meal was. So what all is in this bowl that makes it that yummy, you ask? Well, this version features my zucchini + mint falafel, really those tasty little gems might steal the spotlight in this recipe, but I think this bowl would be equally delicious without. But if you haven't tried them, you really gotta. So, we have quinoa, falafel, baby portabella mushrooms, red + yellow + orange baby bell peppers, avocado, zucchini, arugula, and a drizzle

Baked Falafel with Zucchini + Mint

baked falafel with zucchini and mint

Oh hey there! What's that?! You've been searching for the best baked falafel recipe? Well... search no more my friends, because these little gems will be on repeat at your house just like they have been at mine! These are seriously da bomb. Falafel is so big in other parts of the world, and I've recently just discovered why. Guys, I haven't been on my falafel game, and really, I am wondering, what the heck took me so long?! They are easy. DELICIOUS. Add some plant-based protein to any meal (they really could be eaten with any meal). Did I mention they are easy as pie? (I'm not sure who coined that term because pie is not easy for me! lol) Anyway, I think you guys will love them! I happened to make them for my Quinoa Power Bowls (I'll be posting soon), but you

Sweet Potato Toasts- 4 Ways

sweet potato toast

Have you heard all about the sweet potato toast craze?! It's totally the new (old) thing and I am definitely on board. Not only because it's delicious and plant based, but it also allows me to be creative, and never gets old because the topping combinations are endless! I've made them in the past, but have a few new tricks I've learned this time around that made them easier + tastier. Let's take a closer look. Literally.

Raspberry Champagne Waffles

raspberry champagne waffles

Well, I am not sure about you, but I started off 2018 with bang! Let me tell you, my first meal of the new year was all that and then some. **Happy New Year friends!** I think my goal this year is to start putting champagne in all my waffles. Here's the thing- we all love waffles. Most of us like champagne. So together- they're magical. It's just a fact. And in fact, I didn't think that I could love waffles any more, until now. You guys, I replaced all the almond milk with raspberry champagne. Mind.Blown. Here's the other thing. I am one of those people that actually doesn't even really like alcohol haha #boring. But I got this wild idea of disguising the taste in sweet + delicious waffles, and while there's still the hint of raspberry champagne, it's not

Green Goddess Rice Bowl

Green Goddess Rice Bowl

Well I don't know about you, but I'm all holidayed out. You guys, I ate so.many.cookies. And they were delicious, but I majorly needed to hit the reset button and make something that was green + healthy + easy + delicious, and loaded with veggies. This rice bowl is the definition of all those things, so if have a little holiday fatigue, I think you'll really like this recipe. Now I used an assortment of veggies in this recipe, but I am sure this would taste just as amazing with whatever green veggies you choose. The fun thing about this Green Goddess Rice Bowl is even the rice is green! I used Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Rice and it was perfect for this bowl. All of these veggies can be roasted on one sheet to cut down on time (and cleaning), which is always a

Quinoa + Pea Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Quinoa + pea pesto stuffed sweet potatoes

Sometimes I just don't know what to cook, and I get overwhelmed with thinking of what to make for dinner. I'm right there with ya, friend. And you know, let's not over complicate it. What's that saying? Less is more. And you know, sometimes it really is. So as I stood staring in my fridge, I grabbed some leftover pea pesto and went from there. Sweet potatoes are always good, and the good news is, you can stuff them with pretty much anything and it's a winner dinner (or breakfast, or lunch!). In this particular dish I cooked up some quinoa, mixed in some cranberries, drizzled some avocado cream, added a dollop of pea pesto, and sprinkled some pomegranate seeds over top for a perfect touch of sweetness (and antioxidants we all need this time of year)! You can

3-Ingredient (no)Eggnog Overnight Oats

3-ingredient (no)egg nog overnight oats

Happy December! I think that December is my favorite month, especially because my son was born Christmas Eve last year (how is he almost one?!). So at this point I've got the Christmas music blaring, my three trees up, and I'm craving all the holiday goodies... cookies, pies, nog, hot chocolate, and the naughty list goes on. But if I am being completely honest with myself, and practical, I can't or rather shouldn't be having cookies and pie for breakfast. I'm not going to lie, this probably isn't the most nutritious breakfast- but it's so yummy, there's only 3 ingredients, and it's instantly ready for you when you wake up in the morning. With all the hustle and bustle this time of year, I call that a winner.