Saturday, May 23, 2015

Raw Vegan Berry Tarts

raw vegan strawberry pies
Memorial Day is a couple of days away so I had to share this healthy red, white, and blue treat with you. We are loving all the summer berries lately. Our strawberry plants are producing lots of sweet berries and the markets have plenty of perfectly plump blueberries. This has a crust that is guilt free - just nuts, dates, and coconut. The filling is coconut whipped cream and for the beautiful patriotic topping - nothing beats fresh berries. They are nature's candy. I love that this recipe is made with 100% plants and no refined sugar.
keep reading for the recipe!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Make Vegan Whipped Cream with Coconut Cream

an easy recipe for vegan whipped cream using a can of coconut cream
vegan whipped cream
I'm not sure where I first learned to make vegan whipped cream with a can of coconut milk or coconut cream, but I can't believe I haven't shared the recipe here! Even if you're not dairy-free or vegan, this is a great recipe to know for those days when you want some fresh whipped cream with your summer berries, but don't have cream on hand. Keep a few cans of coconut cream in the pantry and you'll be good to go for a last minute dessert. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

5 more healthy lunches with Planetbox

Healthy kids' lunch ideas using PlanetBox lunch boxes. 
A friend on Instagram reminded me that I haven't posted lunchbox ideas in quite awhile. I do often post our lunches on Instagram as I'm dashing out the door to get to two schools on time. As the school year nears an end and many of us are in a lunch packing rut, I wanted to share some fun recent lunch boxes from our kitchen. I also know that most of us will be packing lunches for summer camps. Many of you have asked where I get the fabulous lunch boxes I use. They are from Planet Box. I have used many many lunch systems for my kids over the past few years and this is by far my favorite. A few of the reasons I love PlanetBox
  • They are eco friendly
  • They make packing creative, colorful lunches easy and fun 
  • They are easy to clean. Mine go right into the dishwasher after school. 
  • They come with great little condiment containers that fit nicely into the main container
  • They are ideal for all ages. I pack these for park and beach days as well as grown-up work days.  
Keep reading for more lunch ideas! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kitchen Remodel REVEAL!

kitchen remodel before and after
Our new kitchen is finished and I can't wait to share all the details with you. After several years of planning and Pinning white kitchens to Pinterest (seriously, there are 275 pins on my board!), and months of using my laundry room as a kitchen, my dream kitchen is ready to be enjoyed. Side note, you can make anything - anything- with a toaster oven and a grill. If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen my grilled pizzas. My main objective with the remodel was to get rid of the wall that separated the kitchen from the family room. And having that wall down has been life changing.

Keep reading for the details!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Slow Cooker White Bean and Quinoa Veggie Chili

white chili
When we began this kitchen remodel I thought I would love using the slow cooker all the time. But I have a confession to make… it's a love-hate relationship. I absolutely LOVE how easy it is to throw a bunch of fresh ingredients in and have a warm dinner ready whenever we are. Washing the bowl in my little laundry room at 9PM after the kids go to bed, however, is not quite as enjoyable. Sill, the ease is worth it. One of our favorite slow cooker dinners right now is this white chili. It's so super easy to make and light enough for spring and summer.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Beet Hummus Recipe




For my birthday this year my wonderful Yummy Hubby and kiddies gave me a morning away at the spa for a facial. It had been years since my last facial and just what I needed to de-stress. Us moms (and dads) of littles give and give and give, and often forget to have a moment to ourselves to regroup. The spa staff was so warm and attentive that it made me realize what a difference the quality of service can make. After my treatment my esthetician brought me complimentary fruit and a fresh plate of veggies and hummus. She invited me to stay and relax in the spa for as long as I liked before heading back home to my sweet monkeys. The caring hospitality and attention to detail made all the difference in a rejuvenating spa day. I only hope I can make my own guests feel as welcome when they come to my house. One recipe I love to make when girlfriends come over is hummus. It’s a great make-ahead snack that is tasty and good for you. Homemade hummus is incredibly easy – it’s just a can of garbanzo beans, a spoon of tahini, some lemon juice and olive oil. From there you can spice it up however you like. One of my favorites is the Edamame Hummus in my cookbook, but I also love adding beets. The color is an incredible magenta. It’s so vibrant that’s almost hard to believe came from nature and not a neon food dye.

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