Lentil Chickpea Stew with Tomato + Coconut Sauce

Lentil Chickpea Stew with Tomato + Coconut Sauce

Nashville has had more 'April' weather than 'February' these past couple of days. The trees are blooming, daffodils are popping up EVERYWHERE, and the sun feels warm. Last night I went for a run and heard frogs down by the river's edge. I don't like it. This recipe is an 'Ode to Winter Weather'. The perfect warm, hearty meal to cozy up with during a snowstorm....

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut & Cashew Butter Hearts

Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut & Cashew Butter Hearts

Trust me when I say this - homemade nut butter cups are LIGHT-YEARS more delicious than your average Reese's Peanut Butter cup! They are pretty easy to make and just so happen to be dairy free and gluten free. I used my Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs recipe and made two tiny adjustments...

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Vegetarian Nachos with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Vegetarian Nachos with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I've said it before, but one thing that gives me great joy, is tricking people into thinking there is meat in something. I served this lovely mixture of lentils and barley simmered in homemade enchilada sauce at our Christmas party in 'dip' form. Two meat eating males thought there was definitely meat in this mixture. MU AH AH AH! THERE ISN'T! But aside from that, have you ever made your OWN enchilada sauce?? It is RIDICULOUSLY delicious. (This might be the prefect thing to make in time for that big Ping Pong Championship happening tonight) Also included in this post, is the perfect nacho chip....

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Fresh Greens + Satsuma Oranges + Burrata = Super Salad

Fresh Greens + Satsuma Oranges + Burrata = Super Salad

Last weekend, I managed to scarf down two doughnuts before we left the parking lot of the Franklin Farmer's Market. I felt like I needed some greens to balance me out. The crisp, crunchy greens paired with the sweetness of satsuma oranges would be good enough on its own, but add in creamy burrata with flakes of salt sprinkled on it and a drizzle of tangy balsamic vinaigrette?? DREAMY!

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Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatballs

Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatballs

I have been making Lentil Mushroom Meatballs on the reg for the last two years. After a long history with veggie burgers, I welcomed the challenge of developing a recipe for flavorful 'meat'balls. I figured it was an attainable goal since veggie burgers are one of my favorite things to eat. In the process, I found two magical ingredients that really make these AMAZEMEATLESSBALLS!!!

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Healing Satsuma Spice Hot Toddy

Healing Satsuma Spice Hot Toddy

January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day. I kind of associate hot toddies with an old fashioned cold cure. I mean if I'm being honest, I know that it probably isn't going to cure this awful flu-like whatever it is that I have right at this moment. I thought perhaps the addition of satsuma oranges, ginger, and turmeric might up the atne a little bit!

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One-Bowl Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

One-Bowl Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

This recipe is late. V late. But I worked hard to perfect this ONE BOWL version of Vegan Gingerbread Cookies, and wanted to share it so that at the very least, it will be here next year and we can plan ahead! I am squeezing out every last bit of holiday cheer during these last few days of 2016, and sharing this recipe is one way I can do that! I am SOOO happy to report that no one could guess these were vegan, including my friends sweet mom. I delivered some cookies, and right before I left she complimented me on them. I told her they were vegan! She was just so shocked, because she has never had vegan desserts because when she wants dessert, she wants dessert!!!

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Crispy Herbed Chickpeas over Bucatini with Tomato Sauce

Crispy Herbed Chickpeas over Bucatini with Tomato Sauce

Things are hectic right now. It seems like every minute during this season is filled with holiday activities, whether its shopping for Christmas presents, attending Christmas functions, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, or baking Christmas treats! Busy times plus the fact that my diet has recently consisted of pumpkin molasses cookies, espresso shortbread with butterscotch glaze, the bag of potato chips someone left at our house from our Christmas party (I don't even like potato chips but these are just so DELICIOUS), and citrus fruit.

This is why it is KEY to have a couple healthy, easy, quick recipes on hand! Add warm and filling to the list, and here you have the perfect winter dinner!

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Christmas Desserts!!

Christmas Desserts!!

Its Christmas time and time for a carol, time to sing about the little King,

to fill the bowl and roll out the barrel have our selves a fling!

AND TIME FOR CHRISTMAS TREATS!

Here are some delicious Christmas dessert recipes! Most of these recipes have been healthified (pretty sure that is not a real word, but it should be...) where possible, but you know, they're cookies so they're not as healthy as a carrot... 

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A Compilation of Delectable Thanksgiving Fare!

A Compilation of Delectable Thanksgiving Fare!

It's Turkey Lurkey TIME! No turkey for me, but there is one recipe in this compilation that will help you use your leftovers deliciously! In this post you will find EASY flavorful appetizers, a collection of delectable vegetable focused dishes, a couple of special dessert recipes (including my FAVORITE pumpkin pie in the world), and some hilarious holiday headlines from The Onion!!  

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