gluten-free

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!

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I always look forward to my go-to breakfast, a tofu scramble loaded with veggies, cashew cheese, a drizzle of hot sauce and a slice of toast, but there’s something about Sunday mornings that makes me crave sweet indulgences. This weekend, I decided to try to whip up strawberry chia seed jam. I can’t believe I haven’t tried it in the past, it was so quick and easy and tastes absolutely delicious! It was amazing on sprouted grain toast with Earth Balance butter, but I can’t wait to try out thumbprint cookies for Christmas using the fresh jam! The fact that it’s guilt-free makes is an added bonus! 

  • 1 Bag Organic Strawberries, frozen 
  • Agave Nectar (I use Organic Agave Five, only 5 calories!) 
  • Chia Seeds

Place a bag of frozen organic strawberries into a pot and mash with a potato masher as they begin to cook. Once cooked through and mashed, add agave nectar to taste. Next add a generous amount of chia seeds until a thick consistency is reached. Transfer to a glass jar or bowl and let cool. Once cooled, seal the chia seed jam and place in the fridge to let flavors marry, for best taste! 

instagram roundup / saturday sales

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Fresh fruit has been a serious go-to craving as of late. [macbook cover / wallet]

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I made my Best Banana Bread Recipe into fresh muffins & it’s even better (update: use 3 overripe organic bananas for best consistency) they’re vegan & gluten free

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My favorite hue I shared last week lasted me 9 whole days! My usual run is 3-4 with polish. This polish & top coat are amazing.

WEEKEND SALES

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Old Navy is having a 30% off sale today only online! Stock up on Spring staples, and cute sandals for a fraction of the price, no code needed!

denim | sunglasses | slides | top

field jacket | poncho | mules

cold shoulder top | lace up gladiators | sunglasses | shorts

Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase, until 12pm PST, Code: BRSPRING

Gap: 35% off your purchase until 12pm PST, Code: HELLODAY

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off Sale Clothing, Code: XTRAXTRA

Instagram Round Up

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This blue hue has been on repeat lately. This polish is really long-lasting, especially with how my fast my nails have been growing.

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The countdown is on to meet our sweet baby boy! I’m gravitating towards basic tees, comfy lightweight cardigans, and my favorite maternity denim and ankle boots (even though they’re becoming a little more difficult to zip on and off! haha)

breakfast

My favorite weekend breakfast, vegan sausage patties, gluten free cinnamon raisin toast and fresh fruit. When in need of a caffeine fix, this Black & White Cold Brew with Almond Milk is pretty yummy!

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Coloring eggs for Easter weekend.

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The Freshly Picked team sent Baby H the cutest moccs! I can’t wait to stick his little feet in them!

Spicy Rice & Beans with Fresh Salata

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One of my favorite lunch spots serves healthy Lebanese-American food. I love that they offer healthy and nutritious options on their menu like quinoa, kale, brown rice and fresh veggies. A dish I usually crave is made with well seasoned brown rice, beans, cooked vegetables, and topped with fresh Lebanese Salata. I had a serious craving for it and decided to recreate a version of my own. If you like food with a spicy kick, the mix of flavors is amazing!

Ingredients

Rice & Beans

  • 1 Cup Della Basmati Light Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 “Chicken” Bouillon Cube (I used Celifibr Gluten Free Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, dried
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Carton of Simply Balanced Organic Low Sodium Three Bean Blend (at Target), rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Peas

Salata:

  • 1 Organic cucumber, chopped
  • Campari Tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

  1. Add bouillon cube to 2 cups hot water, mix well, and set aside to dissolve.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in spices and rice and mix well, cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add bouillon water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until water has absorbed.
  6. While Rice is cooking, chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Add to a medium bowl, and add lemon juice, parsley, granulated garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When rice is done cooking, add frozen peas, and beans, and stir well. Let cook 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add rice & beans to your bowl and top with fresh salata. Enjoy!

*You can easily add grilled chicken to this dish, as well!

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Gluten Free, Vegan Pizza

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Happy National Pizza Day! Pizza is one of my biggest weaknesses and (& biggest cravings!) So I try to make it as guilt-free as possible whenever I make it myself. Gluten free/vegan crust isn’t exactly the most cooperative recipe to make most of the time. I found this recipe, which if rolled out thinly, and added flour, it has been the most successful crust recipe I’ve made thus far.

Vegan Pizza Toppings

San Marzano Tomatoes, blended in blender

Granulated Garlic

Daiya Vegan Mozzarella

Mushrooms, sliced

Fresh Basil, chopped

After following the crust recipe, and baking accordingly, I evenly spread the pureed San Marzano tomatoes to the crust by the spoonful. Next I sprinkle granulated garlic. I cover with vegan cheese shreds, then top with sliced mushrooms and fresh basil. The ingredients marry together so well for a subtle burst of flavor.

Morning Links

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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes

I usually make a couple vegan dishes for Thanksgiving, but ironically this is the first year I’m actually making Thanksgiving-inspired dishes, instead of my usual go-to’s. I’ve rounded up some yummy recipes, that I can’t wait to try next week. All recipes are vegan & gluten free. What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

mashed potatoes

The Best Damn Mashed Potatoes

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Best Ever Vegan Mushroom Gravy

stuffing

Onion, Celery and Mushroom Stuffing

brussel sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

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Sweet Potato Casserole

buscuits gravy

Gluten Free Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

healthy pumpkin pie

Healthy Pumpkin Pie (you NEED to try this!)

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Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp

 

Weekend Links

  1. This homemade “chicken” soup is essential this weekend, while I’m feeling under the weather. I switched up this recipe a little by adding gluten free noodles and vegan chicken. It can easily be swamped with  chicken, for a non-vegan version.

2. Get a start on your Holiday shopping, while staying warm and cozy. Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase at Kate Spade and Saks.  Kate Spade code: INDULGE   |  Saks code: THANKYOU

3. Looking for Fall inspo? Check out the tablescapes, decor and recipes that have me inspired.

4. Pregnancy has my skin totally out of whack. This mask is one of my go-to’s and so is the cleansing sponge. Definitely trying out this detoxifying cleanser, in this perfectly poreless trio, this weekend.

5. I’m all about cozy cardigans and ponchos right now. All full price apparel is 20% off. Code: FALLFUN