RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

This Chickpea & Kale Salad is similar to your standard chickpea mash, but with a little spice and greens thrown in. It’s creamy, full of flavor, and easily customizable! Pair it with some celery + carrot sticks for a quick snack or turn it into a main meal as a big salad or sandwich. 

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

I love the accidental, throw-together meals that end up being share-worthy. The recipe I’m about to share with you is one of those meals! I can’t take full credit for this creation…I have my hubby to thank. Sometimes he uses ingredients I wouldn’t normally think to combine and also has a heavier hand for spices, but more often than not, the outcome is delicious and packed with flavor. The day he threw this together, I made him give me the rundown on the ingredients he used, but he couldn’t tell me measurements…go figure! So the trials began. I’m excited to share a savory recipe with you – it’s been a while!

Before I dive in, I have to talk about our little addiction. A few months ago we discovered Jeff’s Naturals Diced Tamed™ Jalapeno Peppers and can’t get enough. They’re so good that we were going back and buying a jar a week! We’ve been throwing them in tacos, sauces, salads, pasta, and more. I don’t normally buy jarred products like this, but not only is the jar labeled ‘vegan and gluten-free’ but it’s also non-GMO, free from sulfites, and citric acid. If you haven’t guessed it by now, these jalapenos make an appearance in this recipe:)

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

SPICY CHICKPEA & KALE SALAD

{vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option}

Serves 6-8

What you need:

  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 3 cups of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 TBSP Jeff’s Naturals Diced Tamed™ Jalapeno Peppers*
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup soy-free vegan mayo*
  • 2 TBSP (or more) diced red onion
  • Optional add-ins: chopped carrot, red bell pepper, or tomatoes

*We love this homemade version (but omit the sriracha) or you can use Soy-Free Vegenaise

How to:

  1. Tear the leaves of kale away from the stem and wash thoroughly. Shake the water off, but don’t worry about getting the kale completely dry because any water remaining will aid in cooking. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss it with the granulated garlic and salt.
  2. Add the kale to a pan, cover with a lid, and cook on medium heat. Stir frequently and if needed, add a splash of veggie broth or oil. Cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the kale is softened/tender.
  3. Next, throw your chickpeas, cooked kale, jalapenos, and seasonings into a food processor. Pulse until broken down into smaller pieces*
  4. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and fold in your mayo one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. If you want a super creamy texture, go heavier on the mayo. Then fold in the diced red onion*
  5. Add to a bed of lettuce, in a sandwich, spread between two tortillas and warmed up, or as is!

NOTES:

*I have not tried making this with fresh jalapenos, but I imagine they would produce a higher heat/spice level – I probably wouldn’t throw in 2 TBSP off the bat! The jalapenos I used are fairly mild/tame.

*If you prefer a smoother consistency as opposed to the chunkier way I’ve done – add your mayo and onion directly into the food processor instead of folding it in. Process until smooth.

**If you or your kiddo don’t like spicy, simply omit the jalapenos and either cut the spices back or omit all together.

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

Here we enjoyed it in a sandwich with red leaf lettuce, thick slices of homemade cashew cheese, extra red onion slices, and a smear of vegan mayo…

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

 

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RECIPE: Raw “Granola”

*I apologize for those seeing this post for a second time – for some reason it got published way before I had it scheduled for and this isn’t the first time something like this has happened! Sorry, guys!*

If there’s one ingredient I miss more than anything, I would have to say oats. They’re so versatile that they’re pretty much found in EVERYTHING. Granola is probably my most missed oat-y treat and I needed to find a replacement to top my smoothie bowls with. Whether crunchy or chewy, I loved that sweet and often times nutty goodness. While this specific recipe isn’t going to be exactly like the granola you’re probably used to as it’s obviously lacking rolled oats, it does have some “clusters” of nutty deliciousness AND it all comes together in just a few minutes.

I used to LOVE rawnola (dates + gluten-free rolled oats), but when my oat sensitivity returned, I started playing around with a substitute – while this method won’t be nearly as low-fat, the variety of nuts bring some excellent health benefits (iron, selenium, calcium, protein, magnesium, and antioxidants). Ever since seeing my sweet friend Natalie’s latest rawnola recipe over at Feasting on Fruit, I’ve been anxious to throw in some lemon zest…if you haven’t seen her rawnola creations, definitely check them out!

Why did I choose raw walnuts, Brazil nuts, and almonds? Because they’re some of the healthiest options! Not only are they packed with an abundance of nutrients, but they’re also excellent for brain health, heart health, and the prevention of cancer.

Excellent in a bowl with a splash of nut milk, as a topping for ice cream, smoothie bowls, or as is! The Brazil nuts and pinch of salt add a wonderful flavor to this simple recipe. This is also a great base to play around with flavors/spices of your choice…I do have another recipe in the works for you using this raw granola, so stay tuned:)

RECIPE: Raw "Granola"

RAW “GRANOLA”

Makes approximately 3.5-4 cups

What you need:

  • 1.5 cups packed, pitted Medjool dates (approximately 22-24)
  • 1/2 cup raw, organic walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw, organic Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 (heaping) raw, organic almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (ground or extract)
  • pinch of Himalayan salt (optional, but highly recommended)

How to:

  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is broken up and starting to clump/stick together. If you’re noticing that the mixture isn’t really sticking, add a few more dates and pulse again.
  2. You can either enjoy right away OR spread the mixture (in an even layer) onto a parchment paper lined dehydrator tray and set it at 115°F overnight. I love it both ways, but it’s REALLY good straight out of the dehydrator – it produces a warm, slightly crispy, yet chewy texture.
  3. Best stored in a glass, air-tight container in the refrigerator.

RECIPE: Raw "Granola"

RECIPE: Raw "Granola"

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REVIEW: July Favorites

Hello, friends and happy August! I think this is my first favorites post that doesn’t include recipes…we’ve been living on smoothies and salads this summer, so that has meant going back to the basics AND no oven use. My list of “need to try” recipes continues to grow and I’m pretty sure come fall, I’ll be excited to jump in the kitchen to try new recipes!

Speaking of recipes, I only got around to sharing one new creation (pancakes) last month from my kitchen, but I’ve got more coming in the next couple of weeks!

July was a month of travel, new journeys, household projects (when our BIG project is complete, I might have to share about it in a separate blog post), running trials for products for my Etsy shop, trying LOTS of new-to-me products, and reading several books…although not all of them made their way here since I didn’t fall in love with them.

Oh! And we also celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary in July – I’m in shock at how fast the years are flying by!

Before I dive into my favorite products and books, here are some of my favorite photos from last month:

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A trip to Whole Foods isn’t complete without trying on hats and reading through cards…

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The view on our hike around Todd Lake – one of our favorite spots:

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J U L Y  F A V O R I T E S

PRODUCTS:

As always, links are provided when available, in bold italics.

NUCO >> Nucoconut Organic Coconut Vinegar (Garlic) >>  One word…obsessed!!! While in Vermont, we found this coconut vinegar in a few flavor options, but we chose to buy garlic. I whipped up a quick salad dressing using this with raw tahini and loved it so much that not only did we make it every day, but we also had to pack it in our suitcase to come home! Only two ingredients: organic coconut sap vinegar, organic garlic – it’s tangy like apple cider vinegar, but it’s packed with amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

REVIEW: July Favorites

REBEL KITCHEN COCONUT MYLK (Chocolate and Chai) >> Over the last couple of years I’ve seen people post photos of these, but haven’t seen them in stores near us…well, wouldn’t you know, we found them in Vermont! We don’t buy store-bought milks anymore due to ingredients we avoid (xanthan gum, carrageenan, refined sugar, fortified with folic acid, etc.), but guess what? They’re date-sweetened AND zero gums! Yay! Willow and I loved the flavor and the sweetness level was perfect – my only complaint was finding little clumps of coconut, but that was remedied by more shaking or you could blend it up. Reminded me a little of our other favorite store-bought treat (Rebbl drinks) as that same issue can occasionally occur…but that’s because they don’t contain gums or weird preservatives.

Here’s the ingredient list for the Chai Coconut Mylk:

Spring water, organic coconut milk (11%), organic date nectar, organic cacao, organic cinnamon, organic cardamom, organic turmeric.

REVIEW: July Favorites

búcha® live kombucha >> I failed to take a photo of any of the bottles we consumed, but we found these at the local grocery store in Randolph, Vermont and fell in love! We tried: Guava Mango, Blood Orange, Grapefruit Sage, and Raspberry Pomegranate…our absolute favorite flavor was Blood Orange!

THE RAW FOOD WORLD >> UNFORTIFIED NUTRITIONAL YEAST >> I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to get the email that The Raw Food World started carrying unfortified nutritional yeast! Even better…it’s part of the ‘At-Cost’ specials, so we got an awesome deal. Almost every store-bought nutritional yeast is fortified with synthetic ingredients and since many of you ask where we purchase our unfortified option, here’s yet another place to buy it. Unfortified has a MUCH cleaner flavor and it’s SO much safer for consumption.

REVIEW: July Favorites

BEARDED BROTHERS >> MEGA MACA CHOCOLATE ENERGY BAR >> Before we flew to Vermont, I placed a Vitacost order to be shipped to my in-laws house and this was one of the new items we decided to try. I shared this with Willow and we both really enjoyed it! If it wasn’t so pricey, I would go back and order a bunch to have on hand for those hangry moments. The texture was perfect and I love that the first ingredient is dates, followed by nuts, superfoods, and zero refined sugar. Definitely one of the few bars I feel good about giving to Willow.

REVIEW: July Favorites

KING ARTHUR ALMOND FLOUR >> I found this randomly at Target a few weeks ago and it has become my absolute favorite option for almond flour! The package says super finely ground and seeing as I’ve tried pretty much every option out there, this is hands down the finest almond flour I’ve used…I don’t even have to break up any large clumps.

You can also purchase it via Amazon (link above).

REVIEW: July Favorites

STAR WARS PRESCHOOL WORKBOOKS (3-PACK)>> We found these at Costco just before we left for Vermont and Willow had to have them. As a parent (and homeschooling mom) I LOVE these! For a four-year-old, Star Wars obsessed kid, they’re PERFECT! Willow is in heaven and these have made learning SO much fun. While she is above (hope that doesn’t come off as elitist!) the majority of the content, these workbooks have helped her to fine-tune her form.  I highly recommend checking out a Costco near you because you’ll save some money buying them in a three pack as opposed to individually via Amazon. They also offer higher level workbooks for older kids.

REVIEW: July Favorites

SOULFUL BODY >> SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ANOINTING OIL >> I’m serious when I say this is like sunshine in a bottle! The color – the warm, happy scent – it leaves me with a sense of confidence + peace. The blend of peppermint, rosemary, and lemongrass is gentle, yet powerful! I’ve been applying it to my wrists throughout the day. I love that there is a golden quartz crystal inside this beautiful bottle. I received this inside a Goddess Provisions box, but you can purchase it via Etsy in the link I’ve provided above.

REVIEW: July Favorites

INSTANT POT >> Did any of you grab a hold of any deals on Prime Day?! I literally squealed when I got the email that the Instant Pot was available for only $69!!! Total steal! It’s been on our house wish list forever so we immediately ordered one…I think Willow’s face sums it up :) Hello to soup in a flash, dried beans cooking faster, and busy days made simpler.

REVIEW: July Favorites

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BOOKS:

SOUL VOWS by Janet Conner

BE WHAT YOU WISH by Neville Goddard 

THE UNLIMITED SELF: DESTROY LIMITING BELIEFS, UNCOVER GREATNESS, AND LIVE THE GOOD LIFE by Jonathan Heston 

Josh and I ordered these two books (links below) for Willow off of Amazon to bring on our trip to Vermont…both are beautiful and send positive messages to kiddos. I highly recommend them!

UNSTOPPABLE ME! 10 WAYS TO SOAR THROUGH LIFE by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

DREAMS COME TRUE ALL THEY NEED IS YOU! by Mike Dooley

REVIEW: July Favorites

As usual, I would LOVE to hear from you! Did you try any new products? Read any great books? Watch anything exciting on Netflix? Speaking of Netflix…have you seen the series Stranger Things?! Oh, man. Josh and I just started it and it’s taking every ounce of willpower not to binge watch it!

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RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

Hello, friends! It’s been a LONG time, but I’m back and I owe you some recipes! I’d love to hear how you’re all doing, so leave me a comment below telling me a bit about your summer so far! I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of July…the days are flying by.

Is this really my first pancake recipe for the blog?! Pancakes are like a staple in our house at least once a week and I’ve always used recipes from my favorite bloggers and cookbooks…I thought it was about time to try creating my own! In my head, I had a list of ingredients that I wanted to include and some that I wanted to leave out – and after what felt like a gazillion trials, I finally achieved the texture and flavor I was looking for. I wanted a pancake packed with wholesome ingredients and awesome nutritional value, but still tasted really good. Sounds obvious, but let’s just say some of my trials were awful, for example, mushy center (gag me), overwhelming flavor (and not in a good way), and dry, but this recipe is a huge hit in our house!

These pancakes are a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats so you can feel good about making them for your kiddos!

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

OIL-FREE PROTEIN PANCAKES

Makes 7-10 pancakes (depending on how big you make them)

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I use homemade almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*I recommend either King Arthur almond flour or Honeyville.

**Optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, blueberries. I don’t think I have to tell you what we added in😉

How to:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, breaking up any clumps from the almond flour.
  2. Next, in a separate bowl (or I use a liquid measuring cup), stir together the wet ingredients. Once well combined, add this to your dry ingredient bowl and stir until just combined – be careful not to over mix the batter.
  3. Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. At this time, begin preheating your pan. I recommend keeping the heat setting at a low-medium level (notch 4 on an electric stove).
  4. Depending on the pan you’re using, you may or may not need to use a bit of coconut oil or cooking spray. After 15 minutes has passed, add a bit of oil to your pan (if needed) and pour in about a 1/4 cup worth of batter. When the edges start to look a little dry (approximately 2-3 minutes), flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Again, this will all depend on the pan you’re using and stove.
  5. Top with pure maple syrup, maple cream, fresh fruit, or nut butter and ENJOY!

*I used both a cast iron skillet and a ceramic pan – both produced fluffy pancakes, but the cast iron ones had a slight crispy exterior due to having to use a bit more coconut oil to prevent sticking…they also turned out a little darker in the cast iron skillet.

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

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REVIEW: June Favorites

Hello, everyone and Happy Summer! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post – I promise I’ve got some fun recipes coming and some new products for my Etsy shop this summer.  I’ve got a brief, early edition of my favorites for you since we’re heading out of town tomorrow night and will be gone for a bit. It’s also a bit different than my previous favorites posts…not many recipes or products to share, but more photos, videos, quotes, and randomness that made me (and Willow) smile or that I found to be incredibly thought-provoking. Hope you’ve all had a great month and I hope you have a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July!

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J U N E  F A V O R I T E S:

Products:

Living Libations Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum >> I took advantage of another sale through The Raw Food World and bought a few bottles of the Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum (normally $30/ea, but they were being sold ‘at-cost’). Just one little drop on your toothbrush or on a strand of floss will leave your mouth feeling insanely fresh. I’ve been using it to massage my gums twice a day and I bounce between using this and another product to brush my teeth.

Recipes:

PURPLE POWER PARFAITS >> FEASTING ON FRUIT >> Natalie’s recipes are always a hit in our house as they’re colorful, fruity, and free of all the things we avoid! This parfait jumped to the top of our “to-make” list and when Natalie suggested a pitaya nicecream layer to make it a Willow dream jar, I had to make it happen! So we skipped the coconut whipped cream layer and added in the pitaya nicecream instead. This was AMAZING! The purple sweet potato pudding layer (bottom layer) was my absolute favorite! Willow loved this, too and while she initially insisted on having hers layered, after a few bites, she had me deconstruct hers. I loved this recipe for so many reasons and we’ll definitely be making it again!

REVIEW: June Favorites

HERBED PEA RICOTTA, TOMATOES & BASIL >> SALAD SAMURAI COOKBOOK >> If you know me, you know that I DO NOT like peas. Yep. You read that correctly….yet, I LOVED this pea ricotta recipe. I have always disliked the texture of those little green bites, but when pureed (and heavily seasoned), I can get on board with them. We served ours with a cold soba noodle salad…and a dumping of fresh black pepper (oops). We enjoyed leftovers with raw veggies and even a little on a piece of gluten-free toast. Willow took a couple of bites and decided she didn’t like it…maybe she’s an anti pea person, too!

REVIEW: June Favorites

Books:

We’ve been reading a lot of repeats lately, so I only have one new book to share with you today:

About the Night by Anat Talshir >> I am not quite finished with this book, but I am absolutely wrapped up in this love story. I chose About the Night on a whim from the Kindle First options in May (free book) – it’s a historical fiction, romance novel – a genre I would normally pass by, but this has been a beautiful surprise. It’s like a modern day Romeo & Juliet – the book begins in 2006 and we travel back to 1947 where Elias and Lila first meet.

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I have succeeded in breaking Willow out of her Taylor Swift obsession!! After a few months of nonstop Taylor Swift, she has a newfound love for Adam Levine, The Lumineers, and Justin Timberlake! Haha! Rather than listening to the album 1989 on repeat while in the car, I’ve gotten her hooked on this Lumineers album…so now we listen to Flowers in your Hair, Ho Hey, and Stubborn Love over and over again! I’ll take it…for now😉

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We don’t have cable TV so we hop onto YouTube frequently to watch various cooking/baking videos and plenty of music videos. Here are a few of our favorites from this month:

And some funny ones…

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Two great articles:

6 Daily Self-Care Rituals For Highly Sensitive People

3 Steps to Intensifying your Intentions & Manifesting Faster

QUOTES:

Makes you think……

Nobody

is too busy,

it’s just a

matter of

priorities.

 

Religion is belief in someone else’s experience.

Spirituality is having your own experience.

 

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. ~ Deepak Chopra

 

It takes a level of self-love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask yourself these questions:

Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.

 

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REVIEW: May Favorites

Hello, friends!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Did you get up to anything exciting?! We had a pretty low-key weekend which was nice compared to the month or so we’ve been having. Managed to get out on some hikes during the month of May and just spend time together as a family.

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I can’t believe I’m sharing this photo because I am a bit horrified at how I look, but a random stranger offered to take a pic of the three of us….a rare moment!

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For those who were unaware or don’t follow me on Instagram, we were really struggling with our dog Abbey’s health. Six vet visits, x-rays, a few urine analysis, acupuncture, switching vets, herbal supplements, urine culture AND we still don’t have a definitive answer. We made the switch to a local holistic vet because our old one was insanely quick to prescribe medication without knowing what was wrong….not our lifestyle. This new vet is a breath of fresh air! You see, Abbey has been peeing and leaking all over the house. The cleanup and laundry has been absolutely exhausting (round the clock) and not to mention heartbreaking because we just want to see her happy and healthy. All of her tests have come back negative – no infection, so we are left to believe that she is an older dog with incontinence. Since we had exhausted all of our holistic/herbal options, we have moved to a low dose of prescribed medication to treat incontinence…so far we’re seeing improvement! Fingers crossed things continue to look up. It’s also been hard because since we rescued her last January, we don’t know anything about her history other than she is 11 years old. So all of this combined with a few other stressful events, I’m ready for a new month!

But this post is about my FAVORITES! So let’s move on to happier, fun things! Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts!

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M A Y   F A V O R I T E S:

Randomness:

Before I dive in, I just have to share a quote with you that really hit home and inspired me. Do you subscribe to Ruby Roth‘s newsletter? If you do, I apologize for repeating something you already read, but if not, here’s some words of wisdom:

I painted this piece during a tumultuous period in my life, when the idea of surrendering to the chaos with quiet abandon—rather than fighting it—brought a sense of calm over me. They say it’s when you step off the tightrope and stop trying to maintain balance that one finds relief.

And for the last month or so, Willow and I have been obsessed with watching videos from this YouTube channel…totally NOT vegan, but you can absolutely appreciate her mad talent!

PRODUCTS:

ORGANIC (HEMP) NUT MILK BAG >> I purchased this bag a few months ago after my favorite bag finally broke and I’ll be honest…the first few times I used this hemp bag, I didn’t like it. It took more arm work and time to squeeze the pulp, but it produced the cleanest milk I’ve ever made. I ended up purchasing a couple of other bags (not hemp) just after this one and all of them bust open…none of them were as sturdy and strong as this hemp one! Now, a few months later, it’s been broken in and gets used 2-3 times a week AND it’s still going strong! A lot of nut milk bags contain chemicals or are bleached, but not this one – which leaves you with the best tasting milk. With the bag being a super fine mesh, you won’t get any pulp sneaking into your milk after being strained. Another thing I LOVE about this bag is the size! It’s a lot bigger than any nut milk bag I’ve ever had.

I do “sterilize” it after every 3-4 uses by putting it in boiling water for a few minutes. Super easy to clean, too!

REVIEW: May Favorites

NEROLI TONING MIST >> ANNMARIE GIANNI >> If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention Annmarie Gianni’s products! Well, I have a new favorite! This Neroli Toning Mist is going to be my go-to this summer because a couple of sprays leaves your face feeling cool + refreshed! I use it after washing my face with her Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser and then apply a moisturizer.

INTENTIONAL WEAR | SPIRIT ANIMAL | EAGLE™ >> ROOT FOOT >> This delightful little bottle came in my May Goddess Provisions box and it was instant love! Literally all of my favorites in one convenient bottle: Made with Pure Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils with Organic Jojoba: Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Cinnamon Leaf. Heaven. I love how delicate, yet powerful this blend is – it’s not strong in scent like your typical bottle of perfume, but rather a subtle “made-just-for-you” kind of scent. Eagle is for Perspective, Spiritual Awareness, & Leadership. I want to try so many of their products, but I think I’ll definitely order Mountain Lion™  as it is for Assertiveness, Personal Power & Strength. If you believe in the healing powers of essential oils, I highly recommend checking out Root Foot!

REVIEW: May Favorites

RECIPES WE TRIED AND LOVED:

I don’t have many to share with you since I spent a lot of time fine-tuning my own and making repeats, such as:

The Vegan 8’s Mexican Tahini Sauce

Feasting on Fruit’s Mint Chocolate Chunk Nicecream

Vegetarian Gastronomy’s Vegan Cucumber Ranch

and

Peanut Butter & Vegan’s Red Velvet Smoothie

you can find photos and full reviews in previous Favorites posts!

Here are two new ones we tried in the month of May:

VEGAN QUESO BLANCO DIP (WHITE CHEESE) >> VEGGIES DON’T BITE >> Run, don’t walk, to the store and grab any missing ingredients and make this NOW! OMG. We made this in the beginning of May, just before my fully raw week. I looooooooved this dip so much and the possibilities were endless as to what to pair it with. I dipped pretty much any veggie (raw and cooked) we had on hand in it, ate it with roasted oil-free potato wedges, and used the leftovers by tossing it with gluten-free noodles. Since I knew Willow wouldn’t eat it, I didn’t hold back on the spice level and I absolutely loved the tang and spice of this dip!

REVIEW: May Favorites

ZUCCHINI CARAMEL NICECREAM >> from @viedelavegan‘s book HIDE & SEEK VEGETABLES >> I learned about Kyra through one of my favorite people (Natalie of Feasting on Fruit) and when I heard that she was coming out with an ebook with all sorts of hidden veggie recipes, you better believe I downloaded it right away! The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes are all oil-free, plant-based, and have a super short ingredient list! My eye was immediately drawn to this Zucchini Caramel Nicecream recipe because we LOVE zucchini and anything caramel-y. I made it for breakfast one morning and again the following day because it was SO good! The zucchini goes completely undetected and adds more creaminess with the bananas. Veggies for breakfast?! Yes, please! Almost all of the recipes are gluten-free, if I recall, there’s one that uses spelt flour…but the rest are gluten-free.

REVIEW: May Favorites

BOOKS I READ & LOVED: 

I spent the month of May rereading some thought-provoking books (Light is the New Black and Medical Medium) and here are two quick-read fiction books that I really enjoyed:

THE ORPHAN QUEEN by JODI MEADOWS

INCARNATE by JODI MEADOWS

 

BOOKS I READ & LOVED WITH WILLOW: 

Every couple of weeks we take Willow to the library so she can pick out some books to bring home…we leave with a big bag full and some of them are real gems…here are the ones we both adored:

TELL ME A TATTOO STORY by ALISON McGHEE

MAPLE by LORI NICHOLS

MAPLE & WILLOW TOGETHER by LORI NICHOLS

MAPLE & WILLOW APART by LORI NICHOLS

DANDELIONS by KATRINA McKELVEY

MUMMIES in the MORNING (Magic Tree House #3) by MARY POPE OSBORNE

Here is a book we purchased a hard copy of via Amazon and it is WONDERFUL! Filled with awesome ideas and projects to make the outdoors even more fun!

A LITTLE BIT OF DIRT: 55+ SCIENCE and ART ACTIVITIES TO RECONNECT CHILDREN WITH NATURE by ASIA CITRO

 

As always, I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are! Any new products? Books?

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RECIPE: Raw “Breaded” Italian Zucchini Chips

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw the teaser for these last week! This crispy little snack is super addictive like your favorite bag of chips, but without the oil or guilt. Willow and I couldn’t stop eating them right off the dehydrator trays – so they’re also kid-approved!

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

They’re cheezy, zesty, and slightly buttery…and did I mention that they’re addicting? And hey, if you’ve got a picky eater, I promise the veggie taste goes completely undetected!

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RAW “BREADED” ITALIAN ZUCCHINI CHIPS

{raw, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free}

What you Need:

  • Three small bowls, tongs, whisk, dehydrator.
  • 2 small-medium organic zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, homemade, raw almond milk (or your choice of plant-based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos*
  • 4 Tablespoons blanched almond flour*
  • 2 Tablespoons unfortified nutritional yeast*
  • 1 heaping teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

* Can omit the coconut aminos and use a pinch of Himalayan salt in the breading instead.

* We use Honeyville’s blanched almond flour and buy it for a great deal at Costco. You can replace the almond flour and/or nutritional yeast with homemade (or store-bought) vegan Parmesan. You can find my recipe for a simple homemade Parmesan HERE (omit the nutritional yeast if you can’t have it). I have made it both ways, but prefer the almond flour-nutritional yeast combo as it provides a perfect “cheesy” flavor and the finely ground almond flour sticks to the zucchini really well.

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

How To:

  1. Wash, peel, and thinly slice your zucchini. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the milk and coconut aminos.
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients; break up any clumps from the almond flour or Parmesan.
  4. Fill a third bowl with warm water.
  5. Using tongs (or fingers if you don’t mind getting a little messy), dip zucchini slices, one at a time, in the almond milk mixture. Tap any excess off and then dip it in the “breading” mixture to coat the slice evenly. Place the slice on a mesh dehydrator sheet and then dip your tongs in the warm water to remove any excess breading. Tap excess water off and repeat this process until all the slices are coated. I highly recommend whisking the “breading” after every few slices to break up any clumps.
  6. Place trays in the dehydrator and set it at 115° for 8-12 hours. Times will vary depending on thickness of zucchini slices or how much “breading” you used. You’re looking for a crispy texture.
  7. Store any chips that you don’t eat in a glass jar with a lid….but be warned…you will most likely just eat them right off the tray!

I realize that the process to make these can be a bit time consuming with dipping each individual slice in the breading, but this ensures that they’re evenly coated…you can thank my perfectionist tendencies for that! You could try throwing the breading ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shaking the slices in there, but I cannot vouch for the results. If you make these, please let me know! Come back and leave me some feedback or tag me on Instagram:)

UPDATE!! My best friend gave this recipe a try using the oven and my suggestion to use aquafaba. She omitted the almond milk and used just aquafaba (and breading recipe) and baked it at 175° F for 30 minutes and then at 400° for another 30 minutes. Oven times will vary depending on how thin you slice the zucchini. She recommends checking on them after 15 minutes. Thanks, Jen!! xo

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

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