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sweet potato soup.

Sweet Potato Soup

Super easy vegan sweet potato soup recipe to share with you on this windy spring day! Just a few minutes in the kitchen to make a bubbly pot of soul-warming nutrition for the ones you love! Continue reading

vegan strawberry bon-bons.

strawberry bon-bons

Finding allergen-friendly valentines treats that aren’t just pure sugar is tricky business. Making allergen-friendly valentines treats is not so tricky…and WAY healthier. Blended with a ripe banana and some coconut butter, these strawberry filled bon-bons are just right for satisfying a sweet tooth. Continue reading

heavenly carrot cake muffins.

carrot cake muffinsFair warning: I’m about to get all overly-emphatic-blogger-chick on you. You know the type that gush on and on about how A-MAZ-ING every single thing they ever make tastes? The type that knows all about grammar and proper word usage but somehow loses all desire to care if the sentence is written correctly because, yum. Forgive me? Because, yum.

But seriously. These carrot cake muffins. Heavenly may be a bit of a stretch, but I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful they are. You just have to taste the perfection yourself. It’s a good thing they are healthy because I could have eaten every single one of them. It was love at first bite. 💕 Sigh… It really is unfortunate that “healthy” doesn’t equate to “calorie-free” isn’t it? But I digress… Continue reading

vegan layered bean dip.

vegan layered bean dip

After finally trying and loving a spin on vegan cheesy sauce, visions of vegan layered bean dip danced in my head. I have an unfortunate affection for (translation: addiction to) tortilla chips in spite of their obviously oil-drenched inappropriateness for fitting into an otherwise healthy diet. Maybe I rationalize them as my guilty pleasure…or my attempt to make sure my health-nut status isn’t too over the top…or shall I call it what it is? Hello, my name is Jessi, and I have a chip problem. Continue reading

crockpot sweet bean burritos.

sweet bean burritos

This time of year things can get so hectic it’s easy to end up unprepared for dinner and resorting to unhealthy convenience foods. Along with the added stress of the holiday seasons, as we celebrate with friends and family we also tend to overindulge in unhealthy, fatty foods and lots of sweets. Not surprisingly, this time of year is also known for an increase in the occurrence of colds and flus. We create a perfect storm sort of a situation. Stress hormones are at large wreaking havoc on our bodies. The bloodstream is crowded with an abundance of unhealthy fats, compromising the flow of nutrients and energy to our cells. The immune system is further weakened up to 40% for 3-4 hours after consumption of refined sugars. So taking the time to feed your family well is even more important than usual right now. Continue reading

nut-free vegan cheesy sauce.

vegan cheesy sauceCheese. If following a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle is new to you, I probably don’t need to say more. Cheese. Please. I remember what cheese was like ~ salty, creamy deliciousness that overpowered the flavor of every other food and somehow made everything seem to taste better. Almost every drool-worthy savory recipe plastered across Pinterest is oozing with cheese. You would think it was a near impossibility to cook without it. We are creatures of habit and we tend to crave foods similar to what we are used to. And so, we try to recreate the look, feel, and taste of the foods we are familiar with. Continue reading

making plant-based milks.

plant-based milks
In the interest of simplifying, I rarely cook with or use plant-based milks, but sometimes water or other liquid just won’t do, so it’s time to make some milk. Making plant-based milks is really not that complicated, it just takes a little time and forethought. The result is a cheaper, fresher, healthier version of what you can buy at the store, which often contains added oils, preservatives, and flavor/texture enhancers. Continue reading

orange chia seed muffins.

orange chia seed muffins

Being a whole-foods, plant-based cook in a fast-food, meat-based world has left me as a cook that rarely follows a recipe. This is not always a good thing. And I have three very tough (translation: “picky”) food critics around here. But I am happy to report that this new recipe for orange chia seed muffins passed the toughest of reviews with flying colors today. Continue reading

veggie fajita burgers.

veggie fajita burgers

I asked my son what he wanted for his special birthday dinner today. What was his favorite thing that I could make for him? His answer? “Hamburgers. But not veggie burgers mom. Real hamburgers.” Yes, it’s true. The boy likes meat. And it’s what everyone else eats as far as he’s concerned. And so, for his special occasion, real hamburgers it shall be. Continue reading

apple cake.

apple cake

Yesterday we celebrated a birthday. As I cleaned up what seemed like the aftermath of a hurricane, I found myself full of gratitude for opportunities to celebrate. Our lives are made up of moments and many of the moments seem mundane, but the beauty of the moments added together makes a life – and life is worth celebrating. So the day after a party, I baked a cake for another special occasion: It’s Monday. We’re all here together. Life is good. Continue reading

chocolate pumpkin spice cake.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake

Once upon a time, I found a recipe for two-ingredient vegan marshmallow cream on Pinterest. The two ingredients? The liquid drained from a can of garbanzo beans and a liquid sweetener of choice. Intriguing…or weird? If nothing else, it sounded like an interesting science experiment for the boys. Could those two ingredients really turn into a fluffy topping with just a few minutes of whipping? Inquiring minds need to know. Continue reading

why all oils are bad for you.

oils are not health foods

Nutritional “wisdom” often changes as new research is done. Sometimes the research is sound and should be heeded. More often the research is funded by industries interested in promoting their product and the results are skewed in their favor. Culinary oils are no exception. When scientists successfully genetically modified rapeseed to get rid of two of its undesirable properties, canola oil was born and marketed as the “healthy” alternative to regular vegetable oil. Olive oil has had its time in the spotlight as the “best” cooking oil, with some dietary regimes even recommending direct consumption of olive oil by the spoonful. More recently, coconut oil has been pushed as the wholesome choice and is widely used in all kinds of “healthy” recipes for baking and indulgent treats. While there is some truth to the fact that certain oils have more desirable qualities than others, or at least less undesirable qualities, they are not and never will be health foods. Just as a “better” cigarette will still lead to lung cancer, a “better” oil will still lead to clogged arteries. Continue reading

perfect vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies.

vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies

I’ve been doing some really important research around here. Life changing. Important stuff. And you, lucky readers, are about to be the first to enjoy the fruits of my self-sacrificing labor (that is of course if you first do some labor of your own…or live close enough to swing by for a cookie…). I have recently made numerous batches of chocolate chip cookies in an effort to discover the recipe for perfect vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies. I know, it was hard, but somebody had to do it. How could a household with 4 boys and a mommy that loves chocolate really survive without them?

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crockpot black bean burritos.

crockpot black bean burritos

So how about that snow last week? I saved myself all kinds of time cleaning up the garden before winter by…not cleaning up the garden before winter. I’m sure all that organic matter will break down under the snow and fertilize the soil for next year, right? Continue reading

split pea, lima bean, and mushroom soup.

split pea lima bean and mushroom soup recipe

Today is a good day. The weather is beautiful. The house is clean. The boys are  resting. Dinner is made. And it’s only 3 pm. The day is young! Continue reading