Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Smoothie

 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Smoothie

This is a video I made showing you how to make my Peanut Butter chocolate Chip Dessert Smoothie. It’s about 220 calories. I came up with this recipe while visiting my parents. They love when I make vegan dishes for them, but my dad always wants dessert. Since Gabe and I rarely eat sweets I don’t have a huge repertoire of desserts. Don’t get me wrong we like our sugar in the form of beer, wine or bread. Our pallet is usually more on the savory side. I do however, love a good smoothie and I wanted my dad to be able to enjoy a sweet treat without the added calories from lots of refined sugar and fat. Continue reading Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Smoothie

Thumbs Up to Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

Don’t you just want to tell everyone when you find an all-natural product that does its job?  

Front of Schmidt's Bergamot+Lime Deodorant

I wasn’t looking for a new deodorant when I happened upon Schmidt’s.  I’m a bare minimum kind of gal when it comes to beauty products. I had been rubbing tea tree oil on my underarms all summer and that seemed to work better than any of the many natural deodorants I have tried. Although I am now finding out my husband wasn’t such a big fan of the scent of tea tree oil, but likes Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime. The scent is refreshing and clean doubling as my morning aroma therapy session since I cannot stop myself from taking a big sniff after opening the jar. It contains just the right amount of essential oils and the scent quickly dissipates. Continue reading Thumbs Up to Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

Gonzo Flatbread

Gonzo Flatbread

An Out of This World Hummus, No Dipping Required, Fork and Knife Suggested

 gonzo flatbread

A love of hummus and a deadline inspired this delicious flatbread. I had an hour and a half before Gabe came home for lunch. I looked around the kitchen to see what I could make. When I saw garbanzo beans and some vine ripe tomatoes I started to form a plan. I knew I could pull this off in the allotted time frame if I started on the dough right away. Gabe, a self-proclaimed glutton for gluten, would be very happy, indeed. He never knows what he’ll come home to. On a good day, for him, that’s falafel or soy curl surprise, on a bad day it’s a big bowl of kale and quinoa. He is always willing to try what I make so I am happy to indulge him with treats like this. For our sans gluten friends out there, try topping a gluten-free crust the same way. Continue reading Gonzo Flatbread

Wakame Up Miso Soup

Wakame Up Miso Soup

A hearty version of miso soup with an abundance of vegetables. Served with soba noodles it’s a lovely, filling meal.

wakame up miso soup

Loading up miso soup with an abundance of vegetables is an easy and enjoyable way for me to take in lots of nutrients at one time. Miso soup is generally miso paste added to dashi, which is a soup stock made of kelp and dried fish, scallions, and tofu. Here I add tamari and seaweed in my stock along with miso paste, mushrooms, sweet potato, radishes, celery, baby bok choy, and radish greens. Continue reading Wakame Up Miso Soup

Mandarin Orange Soy Curl Spinach Salad

Mandarin Orange Soy Curl Spinach Salad

 mandarin closeup plated

My husband loves Butler Soy Curls. I can tell him we are having soy curls surprise and he is psyched. Basically that means I get to prepare the soy curls anyway I want and he will gladly eat them.  Soy curls are actually growing on me, well, not actually growing, but you get the point! These are so easy to use and the package I have reads, “NON-GMO grown without chemical pesticides”, “contains the whole bean”, and my favorite, “100% natural no additives or preservatives”. The label does not sport a USDA organic symbol, but I’m ok with that because what can I say, I believe the label claims and the only ingredient listed is “textured whole soy beans”. Once these soy curls are rehydrated they don’t have much taste on their own, however, they will suck up the flavor of a marinade or cooking liquid. Continue reading Mandarin Orange Soy Curl Spinach Salad

Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.

Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.

And spicy pickles, too.

Deconstructed Death Jam

We like spicy food. No, really. We really, really like spicy food. That burn that’s felt in the mouth that lingers making even someone who doesn’t drink milk want to reach for a glass. That burn that’s telling me absolutely not to take another bite and I do. That burn that actually bites me back.  That burn that can be felt half an hour later in the stomach. That burn that goes something like this… “Sweetie, did I over do it this time?” My husband, rendered speechless, with watering eyes, a look of discomfort, and a cough, shakes his head, no. What more can I say, we like it HOT. Continue reading Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.

Grammy Hammy Sammy – Even Vegans can “Ham” it up!

Grammy Hammy Bean Salad Sandwich

I remember when my mother used to buy ham ends from the deli, and put them in the food processor with pickles, celery, red onion, and mayo creating a wonderful ham salad for lunch. Not being vegan at the time, what I remember most about the sandwich was the flavor from the pickles and onion and the texture of all the ingredients when combined. Continue reading Grammy Hammy Sammy – Even Vegans can “Ham” it up!