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Healthy Jambalaya

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve been expanding our usual eats, with some creative swaps and cuisines lately, and putting a healthy spin on them. This recipe was delicious, and one of my hubby’s faves. It can be made vegan or non-vegan. I made both and just added the preferred meat to the individual dish. Mostly a one-pot meal with the addition of the meat on the side. It has the perfect amount of kick, without being too spicy. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, the healthy swaps fit right in.

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

This Week… Party planning, life, etc

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Party supplies.

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 Drink station, let the Summer begin!

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 This is such a simple DIY and it glams up everything from food labels to photos.

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Three sheets of tissue paper is all you need for festive party decor. 20130702-012732.jpg

 Happy Summer Solstice!

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I feel like I run through a consistent cycle of packing and unpacking.

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An afternoon pick me up, fresh green juice. {spinach, cucumber, beets, apple, lemon, carrots}

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I have an obsession with delicate midi rings of all colors and shapes. Btw how fab is this nail color?

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Fresh summer veggies. I think my favorite food is grilled vegetables, I love Summer dishes!

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Summer  arm candy is an essential.

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I made an Ulta Beauty haul, and scooped up some great Summer goodies that I can’t wait to review and share!

Tropical Sangria

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A citrusy sangria with an island twist was the perfect way to kick off a Summer party. My goal was to find a healthier version, so I was so happy to discover Oh She Glow’s Sunny White Sangria. It definitely fit the bill! Mason jars, paper straws, and DIY labels add a festive finishing touch.

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tropical sangria

Directions: Add everything except the sugar into a large pitcher and stir well. Add sugar to taste and adjust until your desired sweetness is achieved. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours prior to serving (I chilled mine overnight.) Before serving, you may add some club soda & ice if desired. Taste again and add more sweetener if necessary.

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Green Goddess Bowl

Green Goddess Bowl

I’ve been traveling excessively lately, and I’m always trying to come up with innovative recipes to stick with clean eating, but also store well. I whipped together a guilt-free green goddess bowl, sans oil, yet loaded with nutrients and flavor.

Green Goddess Bowl Ingredients

    • Kale
    • Peas
    • Zucchini
    • Tomatoes
    • Hemp Seeds
    • Flax Seeds
    • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Lemon
    • Cilantro
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Nutritional Yeast

Green Goddess Bowl

      • Steam kale and peas. When I’m in a rush, a microwavable steamer works really well. I buy organic frozen peas, they’re are a great quick dinner staple.

Green Goddess Bowl

      • Dice zucchini tomatoes. Mix in large mixing bowl with kale and peas.

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      • Add hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, spices, and nutritional yeast to taste.
      • Drizzle with fresh lemon and apple cider vinegar and mix well. Can be served hot or cold for an easy Summer go to. Enjoy!

Green Goddess Bowl

How To Cook Dried Beans

Being a vegan, beans are a main source of protein. Since I’m frequently using them in dishes, I decided to start cooking the dried version to eliminate salt, reduce complex sugars and make an abundance to freeze for a convenient go-to. I found a great tutorial on the Chez Bettay blog.
Soak dried beans in water for 4+ hours, or overnight.

Transfer beans into a large pot and cover with water 1 inch above beans. Bring to a boil.

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Once boiling, use a large spoon to scrape off and discard foam off the top of the water.

Turn heat down to low, and cover. Cook for 30+ minutes, checking on the tenderness of the beans.

Once cooked, drain the beans in a strainer. May be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen up to 3 months.


Snow Day

Snow Day

Growing up, the best thing about Winter in Pennsylvania was the Snow Days. Sled riding and hot chocolate made up the perfect Winter day. Today marks off the first of ‘snowed in’ Winter days this year. Traveling may not be an option, so here’s a few ideas make the most of being snowed in.

Snow Day -- Chick Flick Marathon

Host a chick flick marathon. Make use of your Netflix subscription, whether it’s classic girly faves or a Ryan Gossling vs. Channing Tatum face-off, it’ll be sure to keep you entertained.

Snow Day -- Do a Face Mask

Get a Winter glow. Face masks are a fixture in my beauty routine. There’s just something therapeutic about them, that I love. Polished supple skin is only a face mask away. If you don’t have a mask on hand, whip up one in the kitchen with one of these homemade recipes. My faves include Mario Basdecu ‘Super Collagen Mask’ & Cucumber Tonic Mask, Philosophy Oxygen Peel, and Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask.

Snow Day reading

Catch up on your reading. I subscribe to an absurd amount of magazines, so getting caught up is sometimes a weekend project. Get the latest on style, beauty news and bikini body moves.

Snow Day -- Glitter Fade Mani

Give yourself a mani. Take the time to master that mani you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. I’ve been a huge fan of the glitter fade, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sport it!

snow day baking -- vegan gluten-free brownies

Try a new recipe. I’ll admit, I’m a little Christmas cookie baked out, but now is the time for all of the those tdf recipes on my Pinterest board, or a warm Winter soup. (Vegan, gluten-free brownies pictured.)

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Play in the snow. Skiing, tubing, or a snowball fight.

snow day -- hot chocolate bar

Create a hot chocolate bar to enjoy after. Add marshmallows, peppermint candies, chocolate, cookie sticks, etc.

DIY Homemade Christmas Loaf


DIY Holiday Loaf GiftI love to bake, so I love sharing baked goods around the holidays. Sugar and gingerbread cookies are a must, but I love including a Christmas loaf and of course adding some festive packaging. I usually buy a set of 6 mini decorative loaf pans and one recipe usually fits the bill to fill each one. Search Pinterest or Google to choose your family & friends’ favorites, cinnamon is usually a safe bet. I found a recipe for Cinnamon Bread on Julie Blanner’s blog and her adorable packaging inspired mine, as well!

I bought some cinnamon sticks a while ago, which served as unique decor. I always keep a spool of twine on hand, it never fails with pretty packaging.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xo Brittany