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Quick & Easy Truffle Mac & Cheese (vegan + gf)


Since it’s comfort food season, I’ll occasionally throw in chili, tomato soup & grilled avocado & cheese sandwiches, or minestrone and paninis into our dinner mix. Mac and cheese is another easy staple to add as a side dish.

I’ve tried countless vegan mac & cheese recipes and they usually require a ridiculous amount of ingredients and never resemble the cheesy comfort dish. So I got basic and created my own, the same way I make it for my family, using only 4 ingredients and the result is amazing! This isn’t the type of measured recipe, but it’s super simple and can be made all in one pot! To add to the deliciousness, drizzle black truffle oil on once served!

  • Brown Rice Pasta
  • Daiya Cheddar Shreds
  • Earth Balance Butter
  • Original Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Truffle Oil (optional)

Boil the brown rice pasta until cooked. Strain, rinse in strainer and return to pot. Add 1-2 TBSP butter, and stir until melted. Add cheese by the handful as you are stirring, until melted and reached desired cheesy consistency. Add Cashew milk for creaminess, while stirring. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and drizzle with truffle oil.

Enjoy!

Homemade Tomato Soup

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The temps rapidly declined this weekend, and staying inside with a warm cup of homemade tomato soup sounded like the perfect Sunday. This recipe was the ideal fix, not only did it taste amazing, but I whipped it up in just 15 minutes.

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A gluten-free, vegan grilled cheese was the perfect pairing. Stay warm 🙂

NYC Fave Vegan & Gluten Free Spots

One major benefit of traveling to NYC and LA is the abundance of veg and gluten free options and restaurants. I always take advantage of my fave spots and this time added some new ones to the list!

I stopped into Peacefood Cafe one morning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and delicious GF Pumpkin Loaf. The tofu scramble is yummy, also!

Dinner at Cafe Blossom in the West Village was amazing. We shared a variety of dishes to try a little bit of everything, and it was all delicious! We tasted the Chickpea Fritters, Caesar Salad, Sunflower Burger, Berry BBQ Tempeh, Quinoa Spaghetti (which was tdf!).

I ventured to Pure Food & Wine for a prix fixe brunch, where I ordered the Caesar Salad, Tortilla Wraps and Raw Lemon Bar. The salad was great, and the lemon bar had the perfect subtle taste.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co is the ultimate guilt-free treat. The Banana soft serve is so delicious! Topped with fresh fruit, coconut, carob chips and a gluten free waffle, it was perfection. 😉

Fresh & Co was conveniently located across from my hotel. Hot quinoa bowls and create your own salads, make for the perfect quick dinner! I tried the warm Kimchee Quinoa Stir-fry Bowl, it was yummy.

Le Pain Quotidien is one of my favorites! I adore their Quinoa Taboule Salad, but this time I opted for the Turmeric Chai Latte and Kale Caesar Salad. It was a nice change for the new season.

When craving a quick slice, Cafe Viva, offers both vegan and gluten free pizza, although Pala takes the spot as my fave.

For quick lunch takeout that’s totally green and healthy, Green Symphony has an abundance of options. I opted for the kale salad.

While in the West Village, we had dinner at S’Nice. I ordered the quinoa salad, it was full of flavor.

If you crave froyo, Tutti Frutti offers a variety of soy frozen yogurt and fresh fruit and carob toppings and it’s delicious!

A few others that I usually visit while in the city…

Babycakes NYC is the ultimate vegan, gluten free bakery. Everything is scrumptious from their doughnuts, to cupcakes, to cinnamon toasties. My birthday cake is even shipped from there every year.

Terri NYC is great for wraps, salads, fresh juices or a quick snack. Their smoothies are really yummy too, and are open early for breakfast.

Burrito Box is the ultimate Mexican fix. Their vegan options go above and beyond, and never disappoint. Great for delivery or takeout.

Blossom Du Jour is great for a quick lunch and fresh pressed juices on hand.

Two Boots is perfect when craving a big NY slice of pizza, and is conveniently located around the city.

Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops

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Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops are a simple dessert to throw together and the accessible containers are great for any picnic or BBQ.

IMG_3879 What you need:

  • 1 – 16.25 ounce box white cake mix (as well as  ingredients to bake)
  • 1 – 8 ounce container COOL WHIP whipped topping
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries – sliced

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini whoopie pie pans with non-stick cooking spray.   Mix cake batter according to directions, and fill pie pans 1/2 full with batter. Bake 10 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

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Place a mini shortcake in each push pop container.

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Using a pastry bag, pipe cool whip on top of each mini shortcake.

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Layer with sliced strawberries.

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Layer another mini shortcake on top of strawberry slices.

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Pipe another layer of cool whip, and top with strawberry slices. Seal with lid and refrigerate to stay fresh!

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Your Ultimate Summer To Do List

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1. Try Something New – You only regret the chances you didn’t take.

2. Sport a New Do – Braids are Summer’s hottest accessory. Keep cool, while looking cute.

3. Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail – Watermelon & Champagne? Can you think of a better pairing?

4. Find Your Prints – Summer is the ultimate time to have fun with fashion. Prints are in full force. Find your perfect match.

5. Fairs, Carnivals, Festivals – Need I say more?

6. Indulge. – Salted Caramel? You’re just beating the heat.

7. Detox… Your Closet – And make some cash. Copious anyone? (Check out my closet organization tips here)

8. Go on a PicnicFinally, you have an excuse to buy that Kate Spade champagne tote.

9. Adventure Awaits – Buy a ticket & leave.

10. Throw a chic soirée – String lights make me swoon.

11. Try Out a Trend – Mirrored Sunnies are a safe bet if you’re not ready to get wild.

12. Plan a Staycation – Explore hidden gems in your own city.

13. Channel Your Inner Holly Golightly – Diamonds and floppy hats are always acceptable.

14. Document – Snapshot your memories.

15. Go to an Outdoor Movie – Or create one in your backyard.

16. Get Your DIY On – Glue guns optional.

17. Lighten Up – Who doesn’t love a fresh faced Summer glow?

18. Relax – Pool day, enough said.

19. Buy a bouquet – Guaranteed to brighten your day.

20. Get Grillin’ – Finally put those upteen recipes you pinned to good use.

21. Get Sweaty – Try a Summer sport and reap the benefits.

22. Have a Spa Day – Or invite over your besties for a spa night.

Vegetable Quinoa Sushi

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Ingredients:

  • Nori Wraps
  • 1 C Quinoa, dried
  • 2 C Vegetable Broth
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Liquid Aminos (or tamari or soy sauce if preferred)
  • Fresh Ground Ginger

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Place 1 Cup dry quinoa in a large pot. Add 2 Cups vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. While quinoa is cooking, chop up carrots, cucumbers and avocado.

IMG_3856Place a portion of quinoa on one side of the nori wrap and press down to flatten.
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Assemble veggies over the quinoa. Drizzle with coconut liquid aminos and fresh ground ginger.

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Tightly roll up the nori wrap.

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Hold the rolled up nori wrap firmly, and slice into bite sized portions.

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Enjoy!

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.

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      • 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

Cake Batter Cookies

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Sometimes I just get into total baking mode. Particularly, when I’m perusing Pinterest and come across a fun recipe. This one happened to look cute, smell yummy and be super simple. A great recipe when you need a dessert in a pinch! Granted I don’t actually try any of the non-vegan recipes I bake.. I promise they get good reviews! I can’t wait to try a festive red, white & blue version for the 4th of July!

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Ingredients

  • 18.25 oz Box of French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1 C Sprinkles

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Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together cake mix and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

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Mix together eggs, oil and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.

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Pour egg mixture into cake mixture and mix well.

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Add sprinkles and incorporate well.
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Use cookie/ice cream scooper to scoop out dough and place on baking sheet.
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Bake 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, cookies will be very soft when they come out!

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Enjoy!