Sweet Potato + Black Bean Casserole {Heaven in your mouth}

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I must really really love myself. I made the bold decision to do a 21-day sugar detox. But wait. “G, don’t you already treat your body so good and don’t eat many sweets or use sweeteners?” This is true. Really true. Still…sometimes our bodies just need a break and need us to switch things up a bit.

See now this is no ordinary detox. I’m not eating BREAD or grains or my favorite fruits. I AM THE QUEEN OF AVOCADO TOAST! And I love rice. So this is no ordinary cleanse and this also means no pineapple or berries but I can have sour/pungent fruits (grapefruit or green apples- this tricks yo brain into thinking you’re having a sweet treat and lays those desires for sweets to rest).

It’s a ton of juggling but really an opportunity for me to train my palate and give my body a nice break. And when the poops are good, and the energy feels good, it’s aalllll good man.

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Creamy Broccoli + Cauliflower Soup

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Okay, okay I realize I have done a broccoli cheeze soup recipe on No Beef Here like 2 and a half years ago when I was doing the whole super duper vegan thing. In all honesty, I always think about how I can take recipes I’ve already made and make them WAY better and less complicated. Can you imagine a vegan recipe or even vegetarian recipe that doesn’t call for a sh*t ton of ingredients?! Jeez.

Simplicity is key.

I’ve made this broccoli + cauliflower soup at least two or three times in the last few weeks. From working outside in the frigid cold (in all honesty I’ve grown to appreciate my farmers, postal workers, sanitation workers, etc way more as a result) to my weird sleeping habits (Matt is on a different schedule, 4-12 a.m. yikes), my desires for soup has grown immensely. This recipe is a no nonsense, creamy, dunk garlic bread in it type recipe. Wait…there’s veggies up in here too. This makes it EVEN better 😉

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Spicy Corn Chowda’

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I know, I know. I did a vegan version of this soup nearly 2 years ago today. But this soup is just SO DAMN good and I needed to really make this a creamy chowda. And lately many of my soups have involved a LOT of coconut milk and I think I need to play around with some different creamy additions. This recipe combines cauliflower with a bit of heavy cream to balance out the heaviness of the cream and give it a little veggie boost.

But in all honesty if you’re not diggin’ the heavy cream, you can combine coconut cream and cauliflower or make it SUPER vegan and soak some raw cashews in warm water for about 4 hours, blend on high and add the cauliflower for a really nourishing creamy aspect.

If you want the full vegan version of this recipe, check out this recipe here.

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Oh Snap, I’m on a Podcast

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Hello beautiful friends!

I am back from a much needed (and well-deserved) hiatus from social media, work and more. I don’t think we realize how much time is spent doing mindless things (aka scrolling on Instagram for hours…) and how much time is dedicated to our phones, gadgets, gizmos, etc. It’s a lot and when you’re running your own biz, you really spend more time on these things because I know if I didn’t I would feel I wasn’t making any progress. But after a week off, one thing rang true.

Simplicity is key.

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