Poppin’ Peanut Noodles

Tempeh Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sammies (1)

There’s nothing better than a quick and easy dinner on a weeknight. Yesterday was not the busiest of days (which I am truly grateful for) but Matthew and I got quite a bit done around the house. I am so grateful I am marrying a man who doesn’ t mind sweeping and mopping. We’ve done some serious sweating the last few days. We did one round of Insanity by Shaun T (which is 2 months) and now we are starting all over again. And we are going harder this time around. This equals buckets of sweat. So I am really grateful for a clean floor.

After a 40-minute sweat fest, I didn’t want to spend so much time in the kitchen. I really wanted something easy, nourishing and freakin’ delicious. I love throwing a bunch of things together (basically cleaning house in the fridge- this keeps things from going bad) and what better way to do that than stir-frying some veg and tossing some brown rice noodles with peanut sauce. Amazeballs!

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Spicy Corn Chowda’

Tempeh Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sammies (6)

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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No Way It’s Vegan Mac n Cheese

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A few weeks ago I had to put myself in the mindset of a child and think about the things they would truly enjoy for my first ever kids cooking class. And to be honest, that was SUCH a challenge! Kids are picky! How the hell was I going to get the pickiest of eaters to eat healthfully AND enjoy veggies with so much flavor?!

I thought…hmm…kids seem to really enjoy mac n cheese. So, cleverly thought I could hide some veggies (ahem butternut squash) in the cheese sauce while also giving kids the option to add in their fave veggies. You’d be surprised, some actually chose to add broccoli to their mac n cheese and those who didn’t still got a dose of veg with the butternut squash hiding in plain sight in the cheese sauce.

For those of you who want a super cheesy but still nourishing baked mac, I’ve provided an additional version for your pleasure 😉 A little something something for all mac n cheese lovers, vegan or not.

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