Easy Homemade Vegan Naan

Easy Homemade Vegan Naan

Great things about naan. 1) What's better than warm, chewy bread, slightly charred (my FAVORITE), lightly brushed with butter? Not many things, which is why you need to make homemade naan as soon as possible! 2) Naan pairs well with anything. Dip it in hummus or olive oil, pair it with soup or Lentil Chickpea Stew with Tomato + Coconut Sauce. 3) It is easy to make. I've got the perfect recipe for you. Also, through much trial and error, I found four integral parts to making perfect naan. All you need are the ingredients!

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Easy Vegetarian Pho Broth!

Easy Vegetarian Pho Broth!

Our go to fast(er) food places are Chipotle and Vui's Kitchen. This summer while I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I had a slight case of food poisoning the night before and then again after my run. It was the only long run I did inside, you know, easy access to bathrooms... I needed something that would be easy on my stomach, and Vui's pho was just the remedy. I now associate it with magical healing powers. Making broth from scratch is something I have always wanted to do and was also a goal for this year in my life, this was a great starter recipe to fulfill my goal! (One more thing!! Hello to my precious friend Jess, from college, who requested this recipe!!)

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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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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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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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Quinoa, Black Beans, and Sweet Potato with Spicy Lime Sauce

Quinoa, Black Beans, and Sweet Potato with Spicy Lime Sauce

This recipe has been my go to recipe for years!! It is super quick, easy, and nutritious! Somehow, during the last couple of months, I managed to make it even easier by straight up microwaving the sweet potato instead of roasting it.... This recipe is will be the perfect addition to your life during these next few weeks when everyone seems to have delicious holiday candy and cookies on hand.

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Roasted Banana Caramel Swirl Vegan Ice Cream

Roasted Banana Caramel Swirl Vegan Ice Cream

I have been lactose intolerant since before it was a 'thing'. The older I get, the more sensitive I am to even the smallest amounts of dairy. That being said, I don't even want to eat ice cream anymore because it makes me feel so terrible. One of my goals for the summer was to perfect a recipe for vegan ice cream. After many trials and tribulations, I realized there were four major problems. SPOILER ALERT. I SOLVED THEM ALL and Roasted Banana Salted Date Caramel Swirl was born! I think this is one of the best recipes I've ever developed!

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Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie

Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie

Strawberry picking is one of our favorite summer activities! Usually we pick about three to four buckets of strawberries, but this time we we had to scale back a bit due to the size of the freezer in our new house. (I'm fairly certain our freezer was designed by someone with only ice cube and frozen pea storage in mind) 

Until we can get a new fridge/freezer, I've taken to bribing people with berry desserts in exchange for freezer space. This pie is my newest bribery tool! The strawberry fruit swims in a sweet syrup right on top of a rich layer of cashew cream, all of which is complimented by a salty pistachio crumble on top.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Aside from the dark chocolate Easter bunnies, Resee's peanut butter cup eggs used to be one of the most highly coveted treasures in those Easter baskets. Then, one day, I became an adult and now most sweet things that you can buy in the candy aisle make me feel terrible, and I am not even the least bit tempted to indulge. One day I was making protein bars, and then these happened. What a happy accident!! I've experimented several times, and after making these into hearts, shamrocks, and medallians, I am so proud of how this recipe turned out! 

100% more delicious than Reese's peanut butter cups and probably 100% healthier too! Peanut Butter Filling: 8 ingredients, including vanilla and salt. Dark Chocolate Covering: 3 - 4, ingredients including salt.

 

 

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