Okay, as someone who lives in the kitchen cooking up my plant-based recipes, my tools and kitchenware are obviously one of my most prized possessions. It's so important to me to use tools that help enhance my cooking experience, make my life easier, and cooking more enjoyable. So let's talk a bit about this unreal frying pan which is seriously, no lie, the best cooking pan I have ever used to make mac and cheese.
As I sit down at my table to eat a simple vegan Thai coconut holy basil noodle bowl, I think to myself: "How simple is this really?" I know the foods I eat aren't really that complicated to make, but does that make me naive? Have you ever put thought into where the ingredients you're adding into your recipes come from? As I stare at my bowl of steaming coconut holy basil noodles I start to think about each ingredient. Those snap peas are local, limes are from Mexico, noodles are made in America, red curry paste and coconut milk from Asia. It's wild to think about all the places around the globe that you get food from without even realizing it.
This post is a little different than my usual posts but I wanted to write this because I just discovered a product which I absolutely love and I think when I find an organic food product I love I NEED to share it with all of you!
Bob's Red Mill just recently launched new Muesli Cups. These come in tropical, paleo and gluten free, and are super simple and an easy way for you to eat healthy on-the-go organic food.
If you've been following along with me over the last couple of months you'd know that I've really been into incorporating Vital Proteins' Beauty Boost tablets into my daily routine. These tablets help to improve the health of your hair, skin and nails because they are loaded with biotin and vitamin c, and a bonus is they are organic and plant-based. I've seen a noticeable difference on my body while using them which is super exciting, because I mean, who doesn't want to feel even more confident and beautiful?!
So I wanted to share with you a unique way I've been incorporating the tablet into my diet. Taking a handful of pills (assuming you're taking other vitamins too) in the morning can be exhausting and boring, so if I can find a way to incorporate them into the plant-based food I'm eating, that's a win win! I put together this quick and easy recipe for a smoothie bowl that I love. It's wicked refreshing, nourishing and perfect as the hot summer weather is approaching.
Have you ever thought about making your own homemade vegan crackers before? Probably not! However, they are so simple to make and wouldn't you rather know exactly what's going into the food you're eating versus buying processed boxed crackers in the store? I would!
This recipe I put together because crackers were definitely a skipped grocery item that I wasn't making on my own. I always bought it! When putting together this recipe for you, I realized how delicious and easy it is to make your own homemade crackers, and you (and your kids) will love them! These bad boys only take 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.
This vegan soup is going to seriously blow your mind and your insides will thank you. Why? Because it is made with ashwagandha. I know what you're thinking, what on earth is ashwagandha? Well let me tell you...
Ashwagandha Herbal Blends by NatureWise are my deep dark secret. Just kidding, it's not really a secret. However, so many people don't know about ashwagandha and I find that so unfortunate because it has so many benefits. First off, it's renowned for being able to reduce the damaging effects of stress on the mind and body, which is fantastic for all of us that sometimes can't catch a breath on those busy weeks/days. NatureWise's product is made with proven vegan ashwagandha extract with select botanicals to deliver targeted support for different areas you may need help with like stress, endurance, libido, brain health, etc.
This is the perfect post gym vegan recipe that'll leave you full and satisfied! I promise.
Recently I discovered Bob's Red Mill's grits and I'm kinda obsessed. It is made with coarsely ground bits of white corn, is healthy and super easy to cook. What I love about it is that it's something cool and different for consuming and enjoying carbs. I noticed grits were popular when I was in Nashville in October and I've been meaning to put together my own recipe using grits since then!
Grits are super versatile, vegan, and there are so many unique ways you can use them. You can eat them on their own, make polenta cakes, polenta chips, casseroles, and I've seen people use them to make mini pancakes that act like tacos! Uhmm... yum!
Who doesn't love a good juice? If you're like me, you get sick of drinking water all the time, and it's nice to have a mix of different beverages in your life, especially ones that are healthy, vegan, and add some flavour and excitement to your diet. Juices are great to have in your fridge for a boost of vitamins and healthy plant-based goodness, and did you know you can make juices without having a juicer?
If there is one thing I've learned from my boyfriend Andrew is that he LOVES his chips with curry sauce. This combo is super common in England (where he is from) but is so damn good that I feel like we need to bring this tradition over into other parts of the world because we're seriously missing out!
The key to the perfect chip (or fry or wedge.. we all call it something different) is that it's crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside and I find this recipe to master that just perfectly so you can get the best damn chips with vegan curry sauce you'll be able to make at home. I mean, we can't always fly to England for chips right?
So I've always had a mega obsession with hummus and other easy-to-make vegan dips that are perfect for snacking. They're usually really simple to make, healthy, and perfect when you're a busy bee like me and just want a quick snack. Also, they can be super great to bring to or have at a party. Who doesn't look a good platter of vegetables, crackers, dips and all that fun stuff?
This red lentil hummus dip is one of my favs and is 110% plant-based. It only takes a few ingredients to make, and you'll have it whipped up in ten minutes or less! The best part that makes it better than regular hummus? The magical addition of red lentils. Yum!